Welcome back 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 ten minutes. Tonight's program is coming to us live from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Speaking of tonight's show, our official preview didn't have much to reveal, starting off by simply stating that tonight we get to hear from Roman Reigns, regarding his next moves after defeating Lesnar. We'll also have a special episode of Happy Talk that totally won't see Corbin turn on Madcap Moss. And that, dear Reader, is all we know about tonight's program.
So sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tail of a faithful trip that starts at 8pm aboard the SmackDown ship! And 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 8, 2022): Fiserv Forum - Milwaukee, WI
Video Package: WrestleMania 38
We open our show with a video recapping the SmackDown elements and other highlights from WrestleMania 38. If you missed it, catch the replays on the 'cock Network or read our Night One results or our Night Two results. Heck, while I'm at it, check out our NXT Stand & Deliver results, too!
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey Speaks
Kayla Braxton awaits in the ring as the "baddest woman on the planet" makes her way out. She's asked about WrestleMania, specifically the fact that Rousey made Flair tap out--despite the ref's downed status. Braxton makes the genius observation that "it looks like you made her tap out" and Rousey affirms this. Rousey is heckled by the crowd a bit. Rousey seems upset and states she's made Flair tap-out, she's beat her twice, so that's not on her. She demands a rematch and gets a good pop. "But not a regular match," she insists, asking for a rematch with "no loopholes, no doubt." She challenges Charlotte to an I Quit Match at WrestleMania Backlash! Flair shows up on the screen, telling Ronda that she couldn't beat Flair in checkers let alone an "I Quit" match. She states quitting isn't in her DNA but winning is. She then calls Rousey's status as the "baddest woman on the planet" a myth because Ronda can't win when it matters (truth). "So get in (the) back of the line, bitch," Flair states with a laugh. Oooo, snap. Rousey tells Flair this fight will happen and she'll make Flair scream it ("I Quit") when she bends Flair's elbow backwards.
Singles In-Ring Debut Match: "the Butcherweight" Pete Dunne(d) w/ Sheamus & Ridge Holland vs Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston
Sheamus, Holland and Dunne are out first ahead of this match. For the one or two tools who will inevitably get butthurt over how I bill his name, Pete Dunne is now known as Butch. I will refer to him as Pete Dunne, Dunne, the Butcherweight, and maybe, sometimes, Butch. Feel free to file a complaint. The New Day make their way out and Kofi congratulates the three men in the ring for being part of the WrestleMania "winners club." Xavier mentions he's not yet won at WrestleMania, but Kingston informs Woods that his (Kofi's) win in 2019 counts for Xavier and "everyone." Woods tells us this is our SmackDown season opener and then exclaim "all records are reset." They lead the crowd in cheering that, in fact. Kofi tells them that means "the score between us is zero-zero." Woods tells Dunne that he called Pete's aunt, who stated she can't wait for Woods to beat Dunne's "rabies-infested ass." Both men ready up in the ring and the ref calls for the bell.
Butch charges Xavier, who side steps, then pursues Woods until he can tackle him down. Dunne rains down blows for a few moments, but Woods regains a vertical base and takes it to Dunne. Pat McAfee tries to call Sheamus' group the "Eastie Boys." Guess what? I won't be using that name, either. Dunne drives Woods to the mat and slaps on an arm bar. Dunne draws from his sadistic NXT playbook and begins to manipulate the digits, then stomps on Woods' wrist and hand. Woods starts his comeback sequence, using a Side Russian Leg Sweep to send Dunne rolling outside. Dunne counters an attempted dive to the outside and, instead, slams Woods down into the apron. We see Dunne's nose bleeding near the bridge, slightly, and head to break!
We return to find Woods in a modified crossface/arm bar from Dunne. Woods hangs in there and Dunne breaks it, only to drop a forearm down on Woods. Dunne pounds Woods with forearm smashes in an effort to beat the former King into submission. Woods again fights to his feet and throws rights and chops until he breaks free of Dunne's clutch. Woods uses rapid-fire chops to force the Butcherweight against the ropes. Woods is on fire and counters everything Dunne throws at him. Dunne attempts to escape a suplex but Woods kicks him in the ear. Woods positions on the apron and uses a step-up kick to stun Dunne. Woods looks for a springboard DDT but Dunne slugs him with a huge right, dropping Woods down instantly. Dunne unloads kicks to Woods' head and covers for a close two. Dunne stomps at Woods head and posts up in the corner, looking for a kick finisher. Woods sidesteps and rolls Dunne up in a small package, stealing the win outta nowhere!
Your Winner, Xavier Woods!
Backstage: WWE Official Adam Pearce and Sami Zayn
We get a video that showed the highlights from the Zayn/Johnny Knoxville match. We cut to just outside the SmackDown locker room, where Adam Pearce listens as Sami complains about wanting an "anything goes match" and instead he got an "everyone's involved" match. He then segways and demands a match against the next person to walk out of the locker room. Pearce seems to be skeptical as if that's a good idea, but Sami insists. And the next person to walk out of the locker room is...Drew McIntyre! Sami tries to weasel out of it but it's official.
Singles Debut Match: WALTER(d) w/ Marcel Barthel vs Joe Alonzo
RIP IMPERIUM. For the nitpickers, Gunther will be called WALTER and Ludwig Kaiser--Marcel's new name--will still be called Marcel, Barthel, Marcel Barthel, or some combination of the matter. We head to break ahead of this match. No sign of Fabian Aichner, but we speculate his new name will be Otto Octavius. After a break, a scrawny local talent is in the ring and is promptly squashed by WALTER. WALTER takes some time to show off his famous, blistering chest chops on poor Joe Alonzo. Pat apologies to Alonzo, stating "you're the first of many!" WALTER uses chops and a Powerbomb to wreck Alonzo. The bored crowd begins chanting "WALTER", which could've sounded like "Goldberg," but McAfee and Cole somehow heard "Gunther." After about two minutes, WALTER puts poor Alonzo away.
Your Winner by Squash, WALTER!
Raquel Gonzalez Has Been Collected...by SmackDown!
Raquel Gonzalez, now called Raquel Rodriguez, towers over Kayla Braxton as she's interviewed about being on SmackDown. Now the tag title drop Tuesday makes sense. Los Lotharios come up and hit on Braun Strowman's real-life girlfriend. She feigns politeness and, when they leave, asks Kayla if they're always that annoying.
The Final Episode of Happy Talk (Hopefully), featuring Madcap Moss
It's time for Happy Talk! The Happy Folk make their way out...but a special note is made of Moss' winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last week on SmackDown. If you've missed the last three weeks, Moss' jokes have been bombing with Corbin and Moss' win technically gave Corbin his first loss in some time. We head to break with the crowd booing a happy Moss and a not-Happy Corbin. We return and the ring is set up with a red carpet, champagne on ice, and semi-deflated balloons. Corbin starts by stating this was supposed to be a happy time, he was supposed to beat Drew and instead, he's been forced to do a lot of "self reflecting this week (out) on my yacht." He states he's analyzed the man he is, and has become, and is "ready to admit there is only one person to blame for this loss to Drew." He turns to face Moss. "And that man is Madcap Moss." Moss looks shocked and the digital audience boos. "Never in a million years would I have lost to Drew if you hadn't climbed on the apron and distracted me!" Corbin accuses Moss of making WrestleMania weekend all about himself, from his winning the trophy to the adoration from the crowd. He mocks Moss' excitement last week when he won, including kissing the statute. The in-house crowd loudly chants for Madcap Moss. Yes, really, the human beings.
Corbin demands Moss tell him a joke, and he offers up: "What do you call me when I'm such a bonehead that I cost you a match? Madcap 'Loss!'" He cackles at the joke and Corbin tells him it's terrible, then demands another. "Uh..." The crowd again chants for him. "What would you call Adam Pearce if he ran a brothel? 'Madame Pearce'." Corbin informs him that one sucked, too, and tells him to be ashamed as Corbin did him a favor by bringing him to SmackDown to make him laugh. Corbin again demands a joke, and tells him to "tell me a joke like your job depends on it because it does!" Moss thinks. "Ok, yeah. What do you cal la guy who treats his friends like garbage, who thinks he's better than everybody else--a guy who dresses like he's going to a funeral for Tommy Bahama? You call him 'Happy Corbin!'" He cackles and the crowd eats it up. Corbin asks the crowd if they think it's funny, then attacks Moss.
Moss fights back, throwing rights and whipping Corbin through the podium and to the ropes. Moss hits a spear on Corbin in the corner, then battles him to another. Moss tosses Corbin across the furniture set up in the ring and Moss pursues him to the outside. Corbin fights back, and throws Moss skull-fi9rst into the barricade. He then holds Moss' head and yells about the nearby Andre the Giant trophy. Moss again fights back, slamming Corbin's face into the desk multiple times as Pat stands up and gets into it. The crowd cheers on Moss, surprisingly to me. Moss continues to battle Corbin across the ring before hitting a clothesline that sends Corbin over the top, crashing to the hard floor. Moss whoops and hollers, standing in the corner and soaking up the positive reaction from the fans. Moss then throws various parts of the set out the ring and at Corbin, then stomps Corbin's hat repeatedly.
Singles Match: Drew McIntyre vs Sami Zayn
Drew is out first, and we head to a break. Afterwards, Drew is still playing up to the crowd. He's got a neato 3D/CGI Frostmourne/sword that points at the ring now. Sami is out next, ready to liberate greatly. McAfee reminds us that Sami Zayn got body-slammed by Wee man. Sami exits the ring to take a moment to think. The ref counts, and Sami reluctantly gets in at the count of nine. Sami teases at locking up then rolls outside. Drew pursues him this time and whips Sami into the barricade. Drew drops Sami's face across the barricade, then throws him in the ring. Sami attempts to fight back but McIntyre uses a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes to drop Sami. Zayn again slips to the outside and, again, McIntyre pursues him outside. Zayn continues to attempt to get counted-out until, finally, he flees up the stairs through the audience and is count out after McIntyre gives up.
Your Winner by Count-out, Drew McIntyre!
Promo: Lacey Evans
Evans returned, sporting a new modern look (RIP, Bombshell-era Evans character) and a new attitude. She touched on real-life hardships growing up and noted how it led her to the USMC and, eventually, the WWE. More vignettes will air in the coming weeks.
Singles Main Event Match: Sasha Banks w/ Naomi vs Liv Morgan
The Boss and the Glow are out first. We get clips from Rhea and Liv last week on Raw, and Rhea's announcement that she and Liv get a tag title match Monday on Raw. We're shown Liv backstage, and when asked about why she's on SmackDown, she states she wants to make a statement ahead of the tag match. She's asked if Rhea's with her and hesitates before stating no. The build-up from Raw this past Monday is heavily alluding to the dissolution of their team soon. Morgan makes her way out and we get ready for our main event match! We're reminded a lot of tag records were set this weekend, as Naomi & Sasha are the first African-American women's tag team champions and Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai are both the first two-time women's NXT tag champions and 0-2 in title defenses. Naomi joins commentary as Banks and Morgan clash in the ring. Neither seems to have the upper hand until Banks sends Morgan crashing to the outside. We head to break as the ref begins counting.
We return as Banks is mid-move on the Three Amigos. Banks hits a Frog Splash, hooks the leg and covers for two. Backstage, Shayna Baszler & Natalya are shown watching on a television. Morgan begins a spurt of offense, but Banks easily blocks a kick, counters Liv's attempt to reverse Banks' offense, and the duo begin rolling each other back and forth, attempting pins. After several attempts, they break. Banks picks the legs and uses a Jackknife cover, but Morgan somehow powers up Matrix-style. Morgan takes it to Banks and both women are down, the crowd cheering them on and very hot for the duo. Banks is up first and Morgan rises, telling her to bring it. Banks looks for a Backstabber but Morgan counters with an elbow. Morgan with three Crane-style kicks. Banks with running knees to Morgan's chest, but Morgan recovers and chases Banks into the corner, attempting to tackle her. Both women battle up to the middle ropes and Sasha Banks executes a Superplex! Liv Morgan rolls through, hooks the leg, and steals the win! Banks is shocked!
Your Winner, Liv Morgan!
Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion & the Bloodline
Paul Heyman escorts out the SmackDown Tag Team Champions the Usos and the new Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion. Reigns has both belts with him and hoists them up as Cole takes us to a video touching on the WrestleMania 38, Night Two main event. Seven minutes later, literally, Roman speaks. He states that SmackDown and the Universal Championship wasn't enough for him, so he went to WrestleMania and "smashed Cowboy Brock" and took his title. He then states that he doesn't think there's much he can do as he's "done did it all." He states there's much left for the Bloodline to do, however, and points out that he saw many photos of the Bloodlines trending.
"I saw my two titles, but the thing I saw was my cousins only had two titles. hear me out--I'm just one man with two titles. Clearly there's two men with two titles and that's not enough. Ya see Jey, what'd I tell you a long time ago?...I said we was gonna lift you up, we was gonna show you greatness, and there's only one way to do it. it's time we unify the tag team championships as well! I want y'all to go to Raw...and bring me those tag team championships." He tells them to do it for the Bloodline and asks if it's a deal, which of course they accept. He states that soon the Bloodline will have it all. Cue up the violin because here comes Shinsuke Nakamura! Before Shin can talk, Roman tells him he knows what he's there for. He empathizes with Shin's loss of Rick Boogs due to injury, and mentions that "Main Event" Jey Uso was born of such an event. He then hugs Shin, shocking him, just long enough for the Usos to deliver a double superkick to leave Shin laid out.
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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