WWE Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap (Feburary 25, 2022)

For those of you who want just the quick results and don't want the details of matches, this is a quick recap of tonight's show. There are spoilers for tonight's show below. The full results can be found right here and you can find our preview over here! Tonight's episode--the first since Elimination Chamber last weekend--came to us live from Hershey, PA.


WWE Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap for February 25, 2022

Matches Tonight: Four (approx. 26 minutes)
  • Tag Match: The New Day vs Los Lotharios. The New Day won with the Midnight Hour double-team finisher. 8:22-8:33pm EST.
  • Singles SmackDown Debut Match: "the Protector" Xia Li(d) vs Natalya. Li picked up the win. Natalya used a very unique variant of the Abdominal Stretch submission. Li won with a loud & hard kick to the back of Natalya's head and bowed to the loud crowd, proud of her win. 8:47-8:51pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Sasha Banks vs Shotzi Blackheart. Poor Shotzi had maybe 10 seconds of offense. Banks squashed after that. 9:15-9:17pm EST.
  • Singles Main Event Match: Drew McIntyre vs Madcap Moss. Short match (long commercial break in the middle) that saw McIntyre win easily. 9:27-9:36pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • Opening Segment: Royal Rumble winner Ronda Rousey had an in-ring interview with Michael Cole. Charlotte Flair interrupted and the two exchanged words until Sonya Deville attacked Rousey. Rousey fought her off to end the segment. 8:04-8:14
  • Sami Zayn's Celebration: New Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn's celebration was interrupted by Johnny Knoxville. Zayn issued an open challenge; Knoxville showed up to accept it. Zayn attacked Johnny, hitting a pair of Helluva kicks, but teasing at the probable-WrestleMania match. 8:59-9:06pm EST.
  • Next Week: Ronda Rousey vs Sonya Deville. Ricochet vs Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. The Viking Raiders vs the Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
  • Worth Noting: The "title versus title" match has had its verbiage changed to "championship unification" match. Sasha Banks & Naomi have officially formed a tag team and are seeking the women's tag titles.
  • WrestleMania Note: Roman Reigns v Brock Lesnar will be a title unification match and will air on WrestleMania Sunday.
  • Main Event Segment, Contract Signing: WWE Champion Brock Lesnar & Universal Champion Roman Reigns signed the title-vs-title WrestleMania main event contract. Roman began his entrance at 9:38pm, escorted by the Usos and Paul Heyman. At 9:46--eight minutes later--he demanded acknowledgement. Heyman confirmed in his promo that it is a title unification match. Heyman hyped this as the biggest match in the history of WrestleMania. Brock made his way down and, after some verbal jockeying, a security team (hired by Roman to "protect Brock") turned on Lesnar. Lesnar easily fought them off to end our program. 9:38-9:59pm EST.

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