Welcome one and all to Friday Night SmackDown! Your host tonight is your Friday Night Friar, Hogan. Refresh this page frequently as we'll have live coverage with updates every five to seven minutes. Tonight's episode comes to us from the O2 Arena in London.
Speaking of tonight's show, our official preview is up, and tonight features an Intercontinental Championship match between defending champ Ricochet and Shanky. We've also got a steel cage bout on the books between Drew McIntyre and Sami Zayn. And both SmackDown Champion Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey will face other opponents in an "Beat the Clock" I Quit challenge. Also, added late this afternoon was the announcement that RK-Bro and the Usos will have a contract signing.
All this and much more, next on SmackDown! So with all that said, let's get things started! For those of you who want just the results and not the novella, click here!
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Live Results (April 29, 2022): O2 ARENA - London, UK
Welcome to SmackDown on Fox
Michael Cole blandly welcomes us to SmackDown on Fox and mentions that WrestleMania Backlash will be a week from this Sunday. Pat McAfee and Cole run down the bit previously announced for tonight. Ronda Rousey will take on Shotzi and Charlotte Flair will take on Aliyah in their respective beat-the-clock matches. The steel cage is shown hanging over the ring and we get right to it!
Steel Cage Match: Drew McIntyre vs Sami Zayn
Drew is out first, followed by Zayn, and Cole recaps Zayn's recent streak of running from McIntyre in matches. Drew Gulak is apparently the new timekeeper, and is auditioning for the gig permanently. Hey, at least he's on tv, right? After nearly five minutes of BS, both men square up in the ring and we get the bell. Zayn attempts to escape early and often but McIntyre refuses to let the coward run yet again. McIntyre uses the cage as a weapon, brutalizing Zayn's body by throwing it against the steel cage all to the crowd's blood-lustful chants of "one more time." Drew is happy to oblige. Drew asks the crowd if they want one more, then attempts to throw Zayn into the cage again. This time Zayn latches onto the cage and attempts to climb out. McIntyre stops him and the two battle in the corner. Zayn sends McIntyre's face into the steel once, twice, three times! Zayn stands on the top of the ring post and executes a beautiful Sunset Flip Powerbomb! We head to break.
We return to find the camera in Drew's face as Zayn stomps his head into the steel cage. Zayn continues to keep McIntyre pinned between the ropes and cage, using it to his advantage until he finally pisses off McIntyre. McIntyre gets very, very angry and side headbutts Zayn off of him. McIntyre charges Zayn but Zayn wisely sidesteps and uses Drew's momentum against him. Drew crashes into the cage again, and is once again pinned between the ropes. Zayn sets up a Helluva Kick and connects! The digital crowd (aka piped-in noise) heavily boos but the real life crowd is silent. McIntyre climbs and drags Sami back in and the in-house crowd does cheer a bit, but they're very, very quiet so far. It's all digital boos and cheers as McIntyre sends Zayn smashing into each side of the cage before using an Exploder suplex to toss Zayn across the ring. McIntyre follows it up with a neckbreaker and kips up, sizing up Zayn for a Claymore. Drew counts down with the crowd and stops as Zayn starts to climb the cage again. Drew and Sami fight on the top rope briefly. Drew quickly wraps it up by connecting with a speedy Claymore to finally put Zayn away. The crowd woke up a lil' bit, maybe...
Your Winner, Drew McIntyre!
Happy Talk with Happy Corbin
Corbin comes out for his first solo episode of Happy Talk. McAfee makes fun of Corbin for still being able to "afford pyro." We head to break. The segment consisted of many bad jokes and recaps that showed Corbin/Moss' feud and Corbin stealing the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy--which was the special "guest" tonight. Corbin threatened to destroy it until Madcap Moss showed up and beat the tar out of him.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Ricochet(c) vs Shanky w/ Jinder Mahal
Ricochet is out first to a nice reaction from the crowd. We head to break ahead of Shanky & Jinder's entrance. Shanky takes control early and uses big chops to stun the champ. Shanky works Ricochet's neck and manages to fend off Ricochet's early attempts to gain control. Shanky with a lovely leaping elbow drop for a close two. Shanky absolutely towers over Ricochet. Ricochet looks for a middle-rope attack but Shanky uses a chokeslam toss to send Ricochet literally crashing into the opposite side of the ring. Shanky with a big right hand to drop Ricochet, then resumes using working holds on Ricochet's neck. Ricochet starts a spurt of offense when Shanky sends Ricochet into the ropes. The champ looks for a quick cover but gets barely two. Ricochet with a step-up kick that stuns Shanky. The champ climbs up the top turnbuckle but, as the ref is distracted by Shanky, Jinder shoves him off the turnbuckle! Shanky fails to capitalize on the interference, however, taking too long with Ricochet in a fireman's carry. Ricochet reaches deep and rolls up Shanky, stealing the win. After the match, Mahal scolds Shanky--who towers over Mahal, too--but Shanky wants none of it. He storms off alone.
Your Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion, Ricochet!
SmackDown Debut Match: Raquel Rodriguez (fka Gonzalez) vs Cat Cardoza
Raquel is out first for her SmackDown debut match. We head to break with no named opponent yet. We return and we're told the opponent is Cat Cardoza but the spelling may be incorrect as a title card was not shown. Cat attacks Raquel before the bell but Rodriguez weathers through it and proceeds to rough up Cat. Raquel uses a pair of Fallaway Slams before a spinning splash from the second rope to try to put it away, but Cat gets a little bit of offense in before the squashing begins. Raquel uses the Chingona Bomb to pick up the win.
Your Winner, Raquel Rodriguez!
Tag Team Championship Unification Match Contract Signing
Raw Tag Champions RK-Bro are out first to a nice welcome. They make their way to the ring, which is carpeted in black and has chairs and a table set up. We head to break ahead of our contract signing fun time. When we return, RK-Bro and WWE Official Adam Pearce are in the ring. SmackDown Tag Champions the Usos are announced next and come out like two jackal on the hunt. Cole reminds us that the Usos are on day 284 as tag champs, then hypes the winner-takes-all unification bout in 9 days. Both teams flank the desk and place their belts on the table. Adam Pearce thanks everyone for joining and announces the contract signing. He briefly goes over how you sign contracts--if Orton doesn't know how that works by now... Jimmy gets on the mic, telling "AP" that they've got nothing to prove to him or RK-Bro "because everyone in the whole damn world know that you the two's and we...the...ones!" Jey yells the Bloodline is taking all the gold. Jimmy states "we gonna need bigger luggage...and you two going to be doing a whole lot of acknowledging." Riddle hops on the mic and tells Randy "I can't tell you two apart." He points out his physical differences from Orton, then suggests the Usos get name tags or perhaps "a mustache" so they can tell them apart. Pearce states he'll work on that. Orton questions Riddle as to not being able to tell them apart. "They've been here a long time> I've never had a problem telling these two apart, you see this one--this one right here (Jey) he's the right hand man." The Usos clap hands excitedly then Orton turns to Jimmy. "(And) this one here's a little bitch." Jimmy takes a swing and both teams begin to spar! RK-Bro takes the lead until...
The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns' music plays. And out comes the big dog with his special counsel! Orton and Riddle turn their attention to Roman, allowing the Usos to attack from behind. The Usos take down Orton then hit the 1D (3D) on Riddle! Roman enters the ring, holds up the contract and tears it up. HE shoves the teared contract into Riddle's mouth briefly then begins to pound his face until Drew McIntyre's music plays and out comes the Scottish Psychopath! Jey Uso runs out the ring and up the ramp and straight into a right from Drew! And to prove they're twins, Jimmy does the same exact thing. Drew enters the ring, in which only Roman stands, and the two briefly face each other. Romans throws the first punch and both men come to blows! Drew battles Reigns back into the corner and uses an Exploder Suplex to send Roman flying across the ring! Roman flees the ring and backs up the ramp, stunned, as Drew babbles words at him and RK-Bro flank him.
Singles Match: Naomi w/ Sasha Banks vs Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya
Baszler takes the early lead and draws from her MMA and technical background to control the pace. Baszler hits a few brutal suplexes but it isn't enough to contain the Glow. Naomi weathers through Baszler's attempted comeback and quickly picks up the win. After the bell, Natalya attacks Naomi. Sasha Banks looks to make the save but Natalya beats her to the ropes and uses the ropes to lock in a rope-assisted Sharpshooter! Naomi fails to make the save as Baszler drives Naomi into the canvas and uses a wrist lock to restrain her. Baszler inverts Naomi's hand and stomps the elbow, but it looked like she hit it a little off-angle and instead stomps the back of Naomi's upper arm. Natalya and Baszler celebrate on the ramp as we had more action after the bell than between them.
Your Winner, Naomi!
Singles Match: Xavier Woods w/Kofi Kingston vs Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus
We get a video earlier in the night showing us that "the Butcherweight" Pete Dunne is missing. The New Day cut a promo on their entrance, mocking Sheamus for having a lot of partners, calling him "WWE's resident thot" and "a little tag team thotty." He goes on to state Sheamus was out here shaking it for the Swiss and these two "young booties who don't know any better." They continue to taunt Sheamus. The crowd starts up a "shake it, Sheamus" chant. Woods and Kofi cut the schtick and we get ready for this match. The two go back and forth for about a minute until Woods sends Holland out of the ring, and us to a break. We return to find Holland in control, and Cole & McAfee talk about Holland's past in which his barkeep father used him as a bouncer "as a kid." Woods attempts to chop away at the larger Holland but the big man shakes it off and downs Woods with a headbutt. Holland locks in a sleeper but the crowd wakes up and chants "shake it, Sheamus" again, haha. Woods powers to a vertical base and uses a jawbreaker to gain some separation as the crowd cheers for the New Day. Woods unleashes rights and lefts then runs off the ropes and looks for a spinning kick--only to have Holland counter with a Spinebuster! Ref Jessica Carr counts two, and Holland begins to taunt Woods by standing on his head. Woods withstands the disrespect and manages to roll-up Holland and steal the win outta nowhere.
Your Winner, Xavier Woods!
Singles Match: Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods vs Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland
After Sheamus issued the challenge, Kofi accepted and we went to break. We return to find both men mid-combat. Sheamus uses the Ten Beats of the Bodhran on Kofi on the apron; Kofi uses a top-rope diving hip attack to wipe out Sheamus at ringside. They take it back inside and Sheamus misses with a spear, hitting his shoulder on the ring post. Sheamus and Kofi battle back and forth until Sheamus hits three consecutive Irish Curse backbreakers in a row. Sheamus doesn't cover, instead looking to torment Kofi by using a finger hook pull. Kofi fights back and gains separation with back elbows, but runs right into a scoop slam to boos. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick but misses; Kofi hits the SOS on the counter and rolls up for one. Kofi eats a wicked Brogue Kick off an aerial counter to pick up the win to big boos. After the match, Ridge Holland attacked and worked with Sheamus to put Woods through a table.
Your Winner, Sheamus!
Beat-the-Clock "I Quit" Challenge Match 1: Ronda Rousey vs vs Shotzi
Rousey's up first in our co-main event/challenge match. Charlotte Flair makes her way out to observe this match to a decent heel reaction from the London crowd. After far, far too much time wasted between matches, we get to it. Ronda and Shotzi go at it right away, with Ronda attempting to pick the leg while Shotzi attempts to flee. Shotzi looks for a roundhouse but Ronda ducks under. They briefly spill to the outside before Ronda heads back into the ring. The clock on-screen hits one minute. Shotzi tries often to escape but Ronda drags her back into the ring and hits a Fisherman's Suplex. Rousey rolls Shotzi through and locks on an ankle lock, and Shotzi states she quits at 1:39 (the official clock countdown to 1:41).
Your Winner at 1:41, Ronda Rousey!
Beat-the-Clock "I Quit" Challenge Match 2: SmackDown Champion Charlotte Flair vs Aliyah
Flair gets on the mic and tells Ronda that was amazing, bu states it'll be Rousey's last win for a very "long time" then shoo's Rousey! She calls for Aliyah to come out and get her "ten seconds of fame with Charlotte Flair". Aliyah is out and we're reminded that she's the record holder for fastest win in the WWE, over Natalya. Flair is aggressive but Aliyah hangs in there and, at about a minute left, Aliyah hits a backpack stunner. Aliyah looks to connect with a top-rope cross body but Flair moves and Aliyah goes splat. Aliyah throws Flair out of the ring when she attempts a Figure four. Flair hurries into the ring and slaps on a Figure Four at 10 seconds. Flair starts to arch at three seconds left for the Figure Eight. Aliyah hangs in there and the buzzer goes off before she taps. After the match, Flair beat Gulak--whom she blamed for costing her the match.
Your Winner at 1:44, Charlotte Flair! Your WINNER of the Beat the Clock Challenge, Ronda Rousey!
And that concludes it for tonight's episode. Have a great weekend, stay cool, stay frosty and stay safe out there, Rajahmaniacs. See you all Monday Night for Raw.
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