WWE Friday Night SmackDown Live Results (March 11, 2022): Legacy Arena - Birmingham, AL


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WWE's official preview has changed throughout the day, initialing adverting the New Day vs Sheamus & Holland and a women's tag match between Carmella & Queen Vega in non-title action against WrestleMania challengers, Sasha Banks & Naomi. Throughout the day, however, the latter/women's tag match has been removed from the official preview. Guess that means tonight's a mystery episode!

We'll have this one whole match (and dear God please let there be) more tonight 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 (March 11, 2022): Legacy Arena - Birmingham, AL

Show Opening Video Package: Last Week at Madison Square Garden...

We open with clips from last Saturday's Madison Square Garden, in which Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar clashed after the match. Brock attacked Heyman, only to be brutally beaten by Roman Reigns with steel chair shot after steel chair shot, even using the steel steps as both a weapon and a platform to Powerbomb Lesnar on. Lesnar was busted open. At the end, Reigns stood on the steps astride Lesnar, holding both belts, and demanded Brock Lesnar acknowledge him.

Welcome to SmackDown!

Michael Cole and Pat McAfee welcome us to Birmingham, Alabama, for tonight's episode of SmackDown. We don't waste anymore time getting down to it as...

"The Beast" Brock Lesnar is in Birmingham!

Lesnar gets a huge pop when the familiar notes of his theme plays. Cowboy Brock makes his way out as the fans applaud and record with their phones. He still gets a solid reaction live. Lesnar marches down to the ring, ready to talk about Roman Reigns and maybe some cowboy shit. Brock gets on the mic. "Roman Reigns! You done changed the rules, boy. Roman, you done changed the game. You see, for the last six days I drug my ass out of bed and looked in the mirror. Get a good look at that, Roman," he says as he shows us the stitches above his brow. "You don't draw first blood on Brock Lesnar and live to tell about it. You see, Roman, I'm here for blood tonight. I don't care about WrestleMania contracts, I don't care--" he says as he throws his title out of the ring at Michael Cole! "I don't care about WWE titles. Roman, get your ass out here! You done screwed up, Roman! I want your blood, Roman! Roman! Blood for blood! That's what I want! Roman Reigns, get your ass out here!"
Paul Heyman makes his way out to huge boos. Heyman tells the fans to stop booing and says we should cut to the commercial. He then addresses Lesnar. "Listen to me now, you got bled by the Bloodline. You got smashed by the Tribal Chief. You want the Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief, R-r-r-oman....Reigns.....is not here this evening." Huge boos. Lesnar tells Paul to shut up. "Paul...if what is coming out of your fat, lying jowls is true--if Roman Reigns isn't here tonight, Paul...so if Roman's not here, who's gonna protect you, Paul?" Lesnar exits the ring and chases Heyman up the ramp! Heyman streaks off to the back and we cut to the backstage area. Lesnar plows through anyone in his way, knocking security across a table and manhandling any other guards in his way. Heyman leaps into a waiting SUV and speeds away as Brock chases it up the parking lot ramp. We cut to Cole and McAfee as they recap what we just saw.

Backstage: Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Pete "Butch" Dunne

Pete Dunne has apparently been called up to the SmackDown roster and was called "Butch" by Sheamus/Holland. Not sure if this is permanent but yeah.

Tag Match: Ridge Holland & Sheamus w/ Pete Dunne vs the New Day

The New Day are out first, ahead of a break. When we return, Holland, Sheamus and Dunne--called Butch--make their way out. Big E goes after Sheamus prior to the bell. The ref restores order and we start with Kofi and Sheamus. Cole confirms that Pete Dunne is now called Butch. Dunne's wearing slacks, suspenders, and a cap that fits in with Sheamus & Holland's whole attire theme. Kofi and Sheamus start briefly before Ridge Holland comes in. The powerhouse Holland takes control for a few moments, but Kofi restores order with a top rope dropkick. Big E is tagged in and Holland quickly backs up, tagging in Sheamus. Big E beats Sheamus in the corner, seeking a measure of revenge for last week's destruction of the New Day's birthday ATV. Sheamus with a big blow to attempt a comeback, using a side headlock before running off the ropes. Big E leap frogs over Sheamus and drops the Irishman on the rebound.
The fight continues through the break, with Big E weathering the onslaught for a few minutes over the course of the break as Holland and Sheamus try to isolate the former WWE Champion. Big E drops Holland and both men make hot tags. Kofi hits the ring absolutely on fire, practically flying from rope to rope as he takes down Sheamus with springboard attacks and stiff kicks. Kofi executes the Boom Drop for a fired-up crowd. Kofi counters a lariat attempt with an SOS, covering--but Holland makes the save. Big E gets involved and sends Holland outside. Big E looks for a suicide spear but Holland counters. Big E is hurt, per Cole, after Holland sends him into the floor hard. Kofi ascends the ropes but is distracted by both Holland, then Pete Dunne, allowing Sheamus to pick up the win. We're told that medical personnel are attending to Big E outside the ring. After the match, Dunne stomps a mudhole or three into Kofi. The trio raise arms before Dunne again attacks Kofi until they force him to stop.
Your Winners, Ridge Holland & Sheamus!

Vignette: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin Answers KO's Invitation

A short video airs in which we watch Austin drive up on an empty road. He then calls KO a dumb sonuvabitch, threatens KO for stealing his move and calling him out, and accepts the invitation to show up at WrestleMania.

Backstage Interview: Kayla Braxton w/ Sami Zayn

After a short video that showed Johnny Knoxville airing Sami Zayn's cell number over LA (by way of skywriter/banner). He's then asked about his Intercontinental Championship rematch tonight and he goes on another conspiracy-laden rant.

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Drew McIntyre & the Viking Raiders vs the Happy Folks & Jinder Mahal

Drew makes his way out first. He'll be joined by the Viking Raiders after this break; Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss were called "the Happy Folks" by Cole--not sure if that's a new team name or just banter. We head to break. The match has not begun when we cut to the back and find Happy Corbin, Madcap Moss, Jinder Mahal and Shanky beating the tar out of the Viking Raiders. McIntyre starts to head up the ramp when Jinder & Shanky charge down the ramp. McIntyre dispatches both of them, and Madcap Moss, then stares down Happy Corbin. Corbin and the Happy Folk--yes, that's their name apparently--end up beating down McIntyre as the four-on-one odds were too much. Jinder and Shanky restrain McIntyre in the ring as Corbin mocks McIntyre, counting down to a Claymore. McIntyre fights free and drops Moss with the Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre uses an overhead suplex on Jinder and a beautiful scoop Michinoku Driver on Shanky! Drew retrieves his sword from the corner and points it at WrestleMania. The segment ends with McIntyre screaming death threats at Corbin.
No Contest, No Match

In the Ring Promo: Ronda Rousey and SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair

Rousey speaks to the WWE Universe, addressing Flair's comments that Ronda is a one-trick pony as she "only" has the arm bar. Ronda goes on to state that she's been doing more than just having babies, and she wants to tap out Flair again in the arm bar, just as she did last week. Charlotte Flair makes her entrance wearing a fur coat. Flair states that Ronda didn't tap her out int he arm bar last week; Flair was wearing expensive clothes and it wasn't a match. Flair states Ronda won't be tapping her out at WrestleMania. Ronda replies she's already done it, and will again. The crowd heckles Flair, and she heckles them right back as they chant "you tapped out." Flair and Rousey go back and forth with the tooting of their own horns, and Flair still feels Rousey is a one-trick pony even if she's now using Kurt Ankle's ankle lock. Flair threatens to tap out Ronda; Ronda offers to give Flair time to take off her heels this time. Flair, instead, leaves the ring to massive boos. "Uh oh! Uh oh," she exclaims to the booing crowd. They fire off another loud "you tapped out" chant. "And I'm still the SmackDown Women's Champion," she responds to the crowd as she walks up the ramp. Rousey tells Flair that at WrestleMania, she's either going home with Flair's arm (ripping it off) or she'll make Flair tap.

Tag Match: Natalya & Shayna Baszler vs Naomi & Sasha Banks

Naomi and Sasha are out first, sending us off to a break (including the Toyota Tundra Rick Boogs commercial). Afterwards, Women's Tag Team Champions Queen Zelina & Carmella have joined commentary as they observe their future opponents in action. In the ring, Nattie starts off strong against Naomi after a Wishbone double-team from Nattie and Shayna. Natalya hits the Michinoku Driver and brings Baszler back in. Both women use frequent tags and isolate Naomi. Baszler's offense focuses on stomping hands and wrists and using leg bars. Baszler fails to contain Naomi and both women make tags simultaneously. Natalya and Sasha clash, with Banks dropping Neidhart with a Meteora. Banks counters a double-team move from Natalya and Shayna, sending them crashing outside. Banks dives out and attacks them. Naomi joins in the fray, leaping off steel steps to attack. The action eventually goes back into the ring and an attempted distraction by Queen Zelina backfires, costing Natalya & Shayna the match.
Your Winners, Naomi & Sasha Banks!

SmackDown Tag Team Champions the Usos Address Their WrestleMania Future

The Usos inform Birmingham that the Bloodline is now in their city. The Usos cite their accolades, as they've held the titles for 286 days and Roman's pushing on two years as Universal Champion. The Usos complain that management doesn't have an opponent for them when...Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura make their way out! Boogs plays up the crowd as only he can. Boogs declares they'll be the next SmackDown tag team champions. Boogs' leg is heavily bandaged up. The Usos state that if "peg leg" Rick can defeat "Main Event" Jey Uso, the Usos would give them a title shot.

Singles Match: "Main Event" Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso vs Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura

In a ninety-second match, Boogs unwrapped his leg to show it was not injured any longer. Boogs won in short fashion, garnering a title shot for Nakamura and himself at WrestleMania. Post match, the Usos broke a guitar across Boogs back.
Your Winner, Rick Boogs! New Number One Contenders, Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura!

Intercontinental Championship Main Event Rematch False Start

Zayn is out first after a break, followed by the new IC champ. Ricochet's new music is...well, it's new. The ref checks in with both competitors...and Raw's Austin Theory makes his way out! The crowd boos Mr. McMahon's favorite altar boy understudy. Theory takes up post at the announcer's desk to watch this match. We get our announcements and, finally, our main event is ready to get underway when Austin Theory attacks Pat McAfee. Pat leaps over the table and takes it to Austin, slamming his face into the desk and pounding him on the ground. Cole tries to get Pat to back off and the crowd goes wild, cheering and chanting for Pat. Theory leaves up the ramp as security remains with Pat, keeping him in the commentary area before escorting him up the ramp. Theory, stupidly, awaits at the top of the ramp and taunts McAfee. Pat heads right for him on the ramp as security is, apparently, escorting him out. Theory tries to get past security both both men overpower him. We head to break.

Intercontinental Championship Main Event Rematch: Ricochet(c) vs Sami Zayn

We, finally, get our main event started. Michael Cole informs us that Pat's "unprofessional" actions could put his job in jeopardy as a commentator on SmackDown. Cole calls this match solo. Ricochet starts off strong and chops Zayn around the ring. Ricochet makes a mistake when reaching over the ropes to reach for Zayn, as Zayn uses the top rope to assist with a neck breaker. Zayn enters the ring and hits a sit-out Powerbomb out of nowhere for a close two! Zayn takes the lead for a bit, but the hot crowd is firmly behind Ricochet. Nice to see a crowd showing life! Zayn looks for covers frequently, and shifts his offense from powerful strikes to working holds as he attempts to wear down the high flyer. Zayn and Ricochet go back and forth, with Zayn maintaining the lead through the final commercial break.
Zayn continues to shut down all of Ricochet's attempt at offense and continues to focus on wearing down Ricochet. Zayn attempts a suplex but Ricochet counters it into a Hurricanrana, covering for two. Impressive counter! Ricochet is fueled by the crowd as he exchanges blows with Zayn. Ricochet with a Superkick. Ricochet counters a Helluva Kick but Sami counters a backflip into a Blue Thunder Bomb for ac lose attempt. We wrap up our match as both men seem winded. Zayn looks for a Superplex, weathers Ricochet's attempt to block it, and finally executes it! Zayn is too slow to cover and, instead, posts up in the corner. Zayn sets up Ricochet for the Helluva Kick, but the champ had it scouted and countered with a Recoil. Ricochet shifts into gear, ascends the turnbuckles, and hits the 630 splash to pick up the win!
Your Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion, Ricochet!

Brawl in the Parking Garage

We cut to the back where Flair and Rousey are going at it. They fight through the garage and, at one point, Flair puts Rousey in a submission on the hood of a car. The show ends with Flair triumphant and Rousey down.

In Closing

And that concludes it for tonight's episode! Our WWE 2K22 hands-on review will be amended over the weekend as we get our grubby hands all over the online modes as we test server integrity and response. 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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