WWE's main roster returns on FOX this evening with the latest installment of the blue brand program.
On tap for the Friday, April 22, 2022 edition of the weekly two-hour WWE on FOX show is a Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair contract signing segment for their championship showdown at the WWE WrestleMania Backlash "I Quit" match.
Additionally, tonight's show will feature Sami Zayn vs. Drew McIntyre in a LumberJack match, Angel of Los Lotharios vs. Madcapp Moss, as well as Riddle vs. Jey Uso in one-on-one competition.
Featured below are complete WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX results by Rajah.com reporter Matt Boone (@MattBoone0709) from the MVP Arena in Albany, New York on Friday, April 22, 2022.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN RESULTS (4/22/2022)
This week's show kicks off with the usual cold open video package and theme song, and then we shoot live inside the MVP Arena in Albany, N.Y.
We hear the commentary duo of Michael Cole and Pat McAfee welcoming us to the program. They then quickly run down some of the action scheduled for tonight's show, which is just two weeks out from the WrestleMania Backlash 2022 pay-per-view.
Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey WrestleMania Backlash Contract Signing
From there, we head to the ring for our opening segment, which will feature Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey signing the contract for their rematch under "I Quit" rules for the championship at the aforementioned PPV in two weeks.
Charlotte Flair is introduced first, and the SmackDown Women's Champion emerges from the back and heads to the ring as pyro and fireworks explode.
As she continues her ring entrance, the camera pans over to Cole and McAfee for the first time in the broadcast, and they once again formally welcome us to the show.
"The Queen" settles in the ring, and as she does, we see a video package showing the history between Rousey and Charlotte over the past two weeks since Flair defeated Rousey at WrestleMania 38.
The video ends with footage of Charlotte's attack of Drew Gulak and forcing him to say "I Quit" in her Figure-8 submission finishing move. We return live and Ronda Rousey is introduced.
Out comes the Women's MMA pioneer and former WrestleMania headliner. The fans give her a nice reaction coming out and as she heads to the squared circle, the official Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey match graphic for WrestleMania Backlash 2022 flashes across the screen.
Charlotte is seated, and Rousey takes a seat as well. The host of the contract signing, Adam Pearce, realizes the contract is not there. Out comes Drew Gulak, whom Pearce points out is auditioning to become his assistant.
He brings the contract with him and then gets on the microphone to introduce a power-point presentation he prepared to break down the "I Quit" rules for their match.
Charlotte jumps in and tells Gulak to shut up. As she continues to chastise him, Rousey cuts in and mocks Charlotte for picking on Gulak. Charlotte tells Rousey, "Guess what? I beat you at WrestleMania!" The fans get on Charlotte's case with "You tapped out! You tapped out!" chants.
Flair then jumps in and claims she was fixing her bra. She says the rules for an "I Quit" match are simple -- there are none. She then says she can make Rousey quit in a number of ways -- a big boot to the face, a figure-four leg lock, a Figure-8 or even a "good old fashioned beating."
She notes that she always finds a way to win and vows to make Rousey say the two beautiful words, "I Quit" in two weeks. She then grabs a pen and signs the contract.
Rousey gets her turn on the mic, but is interrupted by Charlotte, who says "I beat you at WrestleMania" after everything she says. The fans chant "You tapped out!" at Charlotte again. Rousey vows to make her say she's better than her at WrestleMania Backlash.
As she continues to talk, Charlotte loses her cool and begins attacking Rousey and taking apart the contract signing set inside the ring. Rousey recovers and gets a hold of Charlotte's arm.
We then see Charlotte bails out of the ring as Rousey grabs Gulak and slams him. She then grabs his arm and demands a pen while holding the contract in the other hand. She slaps an armbar on him and while holding the armbar, she signs the contract.
Her theme plays and the crowd pops. The camera shot shows Charlotte at the top of the entrance ramp holding her arm and looking upset and nervous.
"King" Xavier Woods vs. Butch
We see some highlights from the past couple weeks of SmackDown involving The New Day and the trio of Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch.
From there, we return live and The New Day theme hits. Out comes "King" Xavier Woods accompanied by Kofi Kingston.
As he heads to the ring for a scheduled one-on-one contest against Butch, we head to a commercial break.
When we return from the ad time out, we see Woods in the ring wrapping up his entrance. His music dies down and now the theme for Sheamus plays.
Out comes "The Celtic Warrior" and Ridge Holland to accompany Woods' opponent, Butch, to the ring for this singles bout that kicks off the in-ring action on this week's SmackDown.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. After some initial back-and-forth action, we head to a mid-match commercial break with Butch in control of the offense.
When we return from the break, we see Butch still controlling the action, as he has Woods grounded in a hold. Woods eventually fights his way free and fires up for an offensive comeback, which gets the crowd on their feet.
Woods hoists Butch up for a slam, however Butch grabs Woods' ear to escape before the "King" can do anything. Butch ends up hitting a crazy release-suplex for a close near fall. Afterwards, he regains control of the offense and works over Woods in the corner.
Seconds later, Woods grabs Butch and rolls him up after countering a DDT attempt. 1-2-3. Just that fast we see "King" Xavier Woods steal the win.
Winner: "King" Xavier Woods
After The Match: Butch Snaps!
Butch looks angry as hell in the ring. Sheamus and Ridge Holland try and calm him down as he throws what Pat McAfee calls a "temper-tantrum" on commentary.
The temper-tantrum sees Butch lose his cool and start beating on the ring ropes and turnbuckle pads.
He exits the ring and attacks a security guard. He heads to the back by himself as we transition into a backstage segment.
Dilsher Shanky Wants A Shot At Ricochet
We see Ricochet and Aliyah talking backstage. Up walks Jinder Mahal and Dilsher Shanky. Shanky makes it clear he wants a shot at Ricochet.
Gunther vs. Teddy Goodz
Ludwig Kaiser does his introduction for Gunther. As Gunther heads to the ring, we head to another pre-match commercial break.
When we return from the break, we see Gunther settled inside the ring for this scheduled one-on-one match. Already in the ring is his opponent, Teddy Goodz.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. Gunther immediately begins manhandling Goodz with ease as Kaiser watches on from ringside.
He dumps Woodz out to the ring apron outside of the ring ropes. He brings him back in the hardway, executing a nice suplex over the ropes and onto the mat.
From there, we see what has been a complete one-sided squash match end in all of two-or-three minutes in total, as Gunther slaps on a match-ending sleeper-hold for the win.
Backstage: RK-Bro, Drew McIntyre & Sami Zayn
After the match wraps up, Cole and McAfee send us to an elaborate video package that shows us how the advertised Riddle vs. Jey Uso LumberJack match for tonight was set up.
We return live backstage and see RK-Bro talking, as Riddle is chopping it up with the man of the week, "The Viper" Randy Orton.
As the two chat we each other, we see Drew McIntyre approach them. Riddle tells Orton that he's been selected as a LumberJack for "The Scottish Warrior's" showdown later in the show against Sami Zayn.
Orton is asked if he is done with his issues with McIntyre. "The Viper" says, "Yeah, we're good." He and Riddle walk off.
McIntyre is shown with a smirk on his face and then we see Sami Zayn creeping around in the background.
Riddle vs. Jey Uso
That ends the backstage segment and then we return live inside the MVP Arena in Albany, N.Y. where the familiar sounds of the RK-Bro theme hits over the house speakers.
The Raw tag-team champions make their way to the squared circle and settle inside the ring as we head to a pre-match commercial break.
Xia is featured in a quick vignette when we return from the break. After that, we return inside the arena to see RK-Bro in the ring awaiting the entrance of The Usos.
The theme for The Usos hits and out comes the SmackDown tag-team champions -- Jimmy and Jey Uso.
As they head to the ring, we see a shot of Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman watching on from a monitor in the locker room backstage.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one-on-one showdown between Jey Uso and Riddle.
We see "The Original BRO" take Jey down straight out of the gate. He hammers away with ground and pound until the two scramble back to their feet, where the action continues standing.
After some back-and-forth action, we see Uso and Riddle duking it out on the floor when some distraction by Jimmy leads to a momentum-shifting cheap shot from Jey.
Uso ends up dumping Riddle on the commentary table with a big spot. He then does one of Randy Orton's trademark moves to Riddle as a follow-up on the table. Afterwards, we head to a mid-match commercial break as the action continues.
As we return from the commercials, we see the action still in progress just as Riddle starts fighting from underneath for a fired-up offensive comeback.
After he goes on an offensive rampage, we see him hit his semi-finisher and follow it up with a "Floating Bro" moonsault off the top-rope for a super close near fall.
We see Randy Orton take out Jimmy Uso at ringside, dumping him on the commentary table as the action continues inside the squared circle.
Riddle blasts Uso with a running knee but then eats a big super kick. Uso heads to the top-rope for the Uso splash, however Riddle gets the knees up and then scores the pin fall victory.
Roman Reigns is shown backstage not looking too pleased at the outcome of this one.
Boss 'N' Glow Confronted By Natalya & Shayna Baszler
We hear the familiar sounds of Sasha Banks' theme song, which transitions into the "Boss 'N' Glow" tune as "The Boss" and Mrs. "Feel The Glow" Naomi head to the ring together.
The two do their hip-swivvling dance routine at the top of the entrance way and then head to the squared circle as we head to another commercial break.
When we return from the break, we see Kayla Braxton standing in the ring with Banks and Naomi. She begins a live in-ring interview with the WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions.
The two boast about how well they work together as a tag-team. Banks says they work together so well that they don't even have any real competition.
Naomi follows up by saying it doesn't really matter who comes after their titles next. Before she can say anything else, however, she is interrupted by the theme of Natalya.
Nattie makes her way down to the ring with a microphone in hand. She and Shayna Baszler head to the ring as Nattie reminds Banks and Naomi that they haven't beaten she and "The Queen of Spades."
We hear Natalya gloat about being a multiple-time Guinness Book of World Records holder after entering the ring.
Banks and Naomi try and mock them but then Baszler cuts in and says while they're focused on having fun, she and Nattie are preparing to stretch them and tear them apart limb-by-limb en route to becoming the new WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions.
Baszler shoves the champs. The two teams have a stare down / stand-off to end the in-ring segment.
Madcap Moss vs. Angel
We shoot backstage after the WWE Women's Tag-Team Championship in-ring segment where we see Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin.
Corbin offers Moss the "opportunity" to bury the hatchet and once again become his sidekick. Unfortunately for Corbin, Moss doesn't seem interested.
To make matters worse, Moss takes a shot at Corbin by telling him there's as good a chance of that happening as there is of Corbin getting his hair back -- none. He laughs it up as Corbin turns serious and walks off.
Back inside the MVP Arena, we hear the entrance music for Madcap Moss. Moss makes his way to the ring for his one-on-one showdown against Angel of Los Lotharios -- the Lethal Lovers. On that note, we head to a pre-match commercial break.
When we return from the break, we see a vignette promoting the SmackDown debut of Raquel Rodriguez on next week's show.
As we return live inside the arena, the theme for Los Lotharios hits, which brings out Humberto Carrillo and Moss' opponent for tonight -- Angel.
We see some footage showing ongoings from last week as the duo make their way down to the ring. Angel settles inside the ring and the bell sounds to get this one-on-one bout off-and-running.
Angel tries charging across the ring and beating on Moss, but Moss no-sells it and simply looks at him unfazed. From there, Moss begins to put a beating on the Los Lotharios member.
Moss dumps Angel out to the floor and continues the beatdown at ringside. He rolls Angel back in the ring, however when he goes to follow him in, Humberto Carrillo gets involved and holds onto Moss' foot, which trips him up and allows Angel to take over on offense.
We see Angel go on an offensive run for about a minute and then Moss takes back over. He hits his Punchline finisher and scores the pin fall victory in an easy, quick match.
Winner: Madcap Moss
Sami Zayn Acknowledges Roman Reigns, Approaches Him With A Request
We head to another commercial break and return to a Make-A-Wish video package before returning live backstage in the locker room of "The Head of the Table."
As Jey Uso talks in disappointed fashion seated next to Roman Reigns about how he was "just about to get" Riddle, up walks a nervous-sounding Paul Heyman.
The special counsel to the WWE Universal Champion nervously informs him that he has a guest -- Sami Zayn.
In walks Zayn who talks about Reigns being the locker room leader and says because of that he might not be worried about something like Drew McIntyre getting real chummy with RK-Bro earlier this evening.
Regardless, he says he feels the need to point out that he heard them say something very unflattering about Reigns' family. He tells Reigns he's not afraid of McIntyre like everyone claims.
Zayn says he needs to beat him tonight and was wondering if, maybe, he could get some help. He says if so, he'd be more than willing to help him out, too.
He tells Reigns that he acknowledges him but wants him to recognize him. He wraps up by saying, "Okay, good talk!" He walks off.
Reigns calmly tells Uso that he better make sure that people on his show better keep his name out of their mouths. He asks if Uso understands as the segment wraps up.
Lacey Evans Talks About Her Troubled Childhood
We return inside the MVP Arena with a camera shot of Michael Cole and Pat McAfee at the commentary desk.
Cole and McAfee set up a special segment involving Lacey Evans.
The former Marine talks about her troubled childhood. She tells a lengthy story about growing up in a house with a drug addict father.
She mentions how it fueled her to want something more out of life, noting she was juggling her dreams of being a wrestler with school and a job.
Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn
After the latest Lacey Evans story segment wraps up, we return inside the MVP Arena again in Albany, N.Y. as the LumberJacks for our main event begin making their way down to the ring.
As the roster empties out and heads to the ringside area for our final bout of the show, we head to a pre-match commercial break.
We return to some announcements for next week's show and then the bell sounds to get the official pre-match ring introductions underway by the ring announcer.
The LumberJacks are shown surrounding the ring and then the familiar sounds of Drew McIntyre's theme hits. Out comes "The Scottish Warrior" for our headline bout.
As McIntyre heads to the ring, Cole sets up a video package that tells the story of the events that led to tonight's LumberJack Match between McIntyre and Sami Zayn.
We return from the video package to McIntyre wrapping up his ring entrance, as he poses for the fans in Albany inside the squared circle. The camera continues to show shots of the various LumberJacks surrounding the ring.
Now McIntyre's music dies down and we hear the familiar sounds of Sami Zayn's theme. The Conspiracy Theory victim begins heading to the ring as Cole and McAfee continue to inform viewers of the recent history between these two.
Zayn's music dies down and it's about time for our main event. Before things get started, however, the theme for The Usos hits and out comes Jimmy and Jey Uso.
We see Sami Zayn with a big ear-to-ear grin on his face as he watches The Usos coming out, unaware of the comments that Reigns made to Jey after he left their locker room following his request earlier in the show.
Now the bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. Zayn immediately tries escaping the ring, but is ambushed by the LumberJacks, who force him back into the ring.
McIntyre is then thrown out of the ring, where the heel LumberJacks do a number on him. This leads to a stand-off between the heel and babyface LumberJacks. On that note, we head to a mid-match commercial break as our main event of the evening continues.
We return from the break to see McIntyre making a comeback. He ends up getting attacked by the LumberJacks outside the ring. Eventually he recovers and hits the ropes, building up a full head of steam and then leaping and flipping over the top-rope to splash onto all of the LumberJacks at ringside.
While all of this is going on, we see Sami Zayn head for higher ground, escaping through the crowd and once again avoiding the fight with Drew McIntyre.
As Zayn high-tails it to the back and presumably out of the building, we hear the familiar voice of Adam Pearce. The WWE executive comes out to the top of the entrance stage.
He says he never thought he'd see the day where someone ran away from a LumberJack match, but notes he should have expected it with Zayn.
He announces that next week Sami Zayn will once again square off against "The Scottish Warrior," however this time it will be held inside the confines of a Steel Cage.
Back in the ring, we see McIntyre still amped up and he ends up hitting Jinder Mahal with his Claymore Kick finishing move. His theme hits as the commentators hype up next week's cage match.
That's how this week's show wraps up. Thanks for joining us here at Rajah.com for our live coverage! Follow me on Twitter @MattBoone0709.
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