Tonight’s WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with a recent look at happenings between RAW Tag Team Champions RK-Bro and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos. We’re live from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Pat McAfee.
We go right to the ring and out come RAW Tag Team Champions RK-Bro – Randy Orton and Riddle. Samantha Irvin does the introductions as they hit the ring and the pyro goes off. Orton and Riddle pose as fans cheer them on.
Fans chant Orton’s name so he poses one more time in the corner. Riddle says he’s so stoked to be back on SmackDown, especially with his best friend Randy, but they didn’t come to talk. Riddle jokes about the name Worcester. Orton says they are not here for jokes, they’re here because SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos came to their show, kicked Orton in the mouth, and challenged them to a match to unify the Tag Team Championships. Orton says now here they are in The Usos’ ring on their show, so if they want an answer… bring your asses to the ring and let RK-Bro give it to you. The music hits and out comes Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso.
The two teams face off in the ring now. The Usos warn them that they are behind enemy lines now. The Usos want an answer to their challenge. The Usos keep talking trash and hyping each other up while staring RK-Bro down, telling them to just leave the Championships here and go back to RAW. The Usos drop the mics and raise their fingers in the air. Orton goes on about loving and respecting The Usos’ whole family, but you two are assholes. Orton mentions The Big Dog, Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, letting his bitches off the leash. Orton gets fired up now about how this is his show and ring, Riddle’s show and ring. He also goes on about how he’s been setting WWE records for 20 years, and they have the three most destructive letters in WWE.
Orton accepts the challenge, tosses the mic at The Usos and stares them down. Both teams raise the straps in the air while facing off. Cole says WWE officials will need to make the match official now. The Usos exit the ring and head up the ramp as Orton’s music starts back up. The Usos double team Riddle and knock him off the top while Orton is posing in the opposite corner. Orton rushes to tend to Riddle while The Usos back up the ramp, taunting the red brand champion. The two teams continue yelling at each other.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Naomi are backstage. Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley appear. The champs taunt the challengers over tonight’s singles match, then they head off to the ring.
MATCH #1: Women’s One-On-One Match:
Naomi vs. Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring and out come the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions – Naomi with Sasha Banks. They head to the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and RK-Bro walks up on Adam Pearce backstage. They want the unification match but Pearce says as of last Friday, higher-ups were still deciding on if they want to do it, and he hopes there will be a decision tonight. Riddle mentions wanting Jimmy Uso and Pearce books Riddle vs. Uso for tonight. We go back to the ring and out comes Rhea Ripley with Liv Morgan. Cole and McAfee hypes Monday’s title match between these two teams on RAW. The bell rings and Ripley locks up with Naomi, taking it to the corner and backing off as the referee counts.
Ripley misses a quick jab and Naomi turns it around in the corner. Ripley counters and puts Naomi on the top turnbuckle, then taunts h er some and backs off. Ripley catches Naomi in mid-air but Naomi gets free. Ripley drops her with a big shoulder. Ripley with thrusts in the corner now. Ripley goes to work on Naomi’s arm as Liv looks on. Naomi ducks a big boot, then sends Ripley flying through the ropes with a head scissors takedown.
Ripley comes back in but Naomi knees h er on the apron. Ripley fights in from the apron and sends Naomi to the mat by her hair. Ripley goes to the top but Naomi kicks her to the floor with a big kick to the mouth. Naomi slides to the floor but Ripley side-steps, then flattens her with a ringside lariat. They’re both down as the referee counts and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Naomi is mounting a comeback. Naomi with a scissors kick and a pop from the crowd. Naomi sends Ripley into the turnbuckles and then goes to the top for a big crossbody. Ripley kicks out just in time. Ripley fights back and hits a big roundhouse kick. Naomi takes the knee out, then spikes Ripley face-first into the mat with a scissors. Ripley kicks out. Ripley fights off a Full Nelson, then connects a headbutt. Ripley keeps control and hits a Northern Lights suplex but Naomi kicks out.
Ripley can’t believe it and she is frustrated now. Ripley goes to the top but Naomi leaps up with an elbow. Naomi looks for a superplex but they trade strikes up top. Ripley goes for a super Riptide but Naomi kicks her in the head. Naomi goes to the mat but Ripley hits a missile dropkick for another close 2 count.
Ripley grabs Naomi but Naomi rolls her into a 2 count. Naomi ducks a move and hits the springboard kick to the face. Naomi follows-up with the Full Nelson Bomb for another close 2 count. Ripley rolls through for the Riptide and Naomi resists but Ripley manages to hit it for the pin to win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match: Ripley and Morgan celebrate as the music hits. Banks looks concerned for the titles as Cole hypes Monday’s title match.
BACKSTAGE: Kayla Braxton stops The Usos for comments on what they just saw with RK-Bro and Adam Pearce. They ignore her and just keep walking, entering the locker room suite of Roman Reigns.
Still to come, a look back at when Happy Baron Corbin lost his smile last week. Back to commercial.
Back from a break and we see how Madcap Moss and Happy Baron Corbin fought and split up last week. Megan Morant is backstage with Corbin now. She asks about his former associate Moss. Corbin says calling Moss his associate puts them on the same level, but Moss was nothing but a hanger-on, his lackey. Corbin says Moss was funny at first but he started bringing down his career. Corbin blames the end of his undefeated streak on Moss. Corbin says he dropped some dead weight and now he’s happier than ever. Corbin says Moss is trying to make a name for himself, but he can’t wait to see Moss fall flat on his face and become the laughing stock of SmackDown. Corbin laughs to end the segment
We go to Drew Gulak backstage with a mic. Cole says he is trying out to be a member of the SmackDown broadcast team. Gulak asks Madcap Moss about the comments just made by Happy Baron Corbin. Moss feels sorry for Corbin because of his personality. He says Corbin did bring him to SmackDown and give him a nice pair of suspenders, and teach him some jokes, which is why the jokes were so terrible. Moss goes on and says he’s happy to be moving on from Corbin. Gulak asks about tonight’s match with Humberto. Moss gives Humberto some props but says if Los Lotharios thinks they will make him a laughing stock, they can put their Kiss Cam right here – Moss points to his rear and we see the Kiss Cam graphic show up on the screen.
MATCH #2: One-On-One Match:
Madcap Moss vs. Humberto
We go back to the ring and out comes Madcap Moss by himself. We see the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy on display at ringside. Moss enters the ring and poses for the crowd as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Los Lotharios – Humberto with Angel. It’s time for the Los Lotharios Kiss Cam as they find a woman at ringside and give her a kiss on each cheek. Moss taunts them from ringside near his trophy, telling them to kiss his rear. The bell rings and Angel immediately distracts, allowing Humberto to unload and beat Moss down.
Humberto beats Moss down in the corner and continues to work him over. Humberto with a boot to the throat now. Humberto distracts the referee while Angel gets some cheap shots in. Humberto attacks again but Moss fights back. Humberto with a headlock takedown and more strikes. Humberto with a big kick in the corner. Humberto takes Moss back down and grounds him.
Moss runs the ring and levels Humberto with a big shoulder. Moss with more physical offense until he runs into an elbow. Moss catches Humberto in mid-air and delivers a big fall-away slam. Moss yells out for some cheers from the crowd.
Moss with a big running shoulder into the corner. Humberto kicks out just in time. Angel fails to interfere, and Moss drops Humberto with The Punchline, his modified neckbreaker, for the pin to win.
Winner: Madcap Moss
After the match: Moss stands tall as the music hits and some fans cheer him on. We go to replays. Moss goes back to his trophy to pose. Angel checks on Humberto in the ring and yells at him for losing to a joke.
Charlotte Flair confronts Adam Pearce backstage, asking who accepted Ronda Rousey’s request for an “I Quit” match. Drew Gulak interrupts and asks Pearce how he did in his first backstage interview segment. Flair is upset at Gulak. She says he can get a performance review only after he interviews her in the middle of the ring. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and a Winners Take All match between RK-Bro and The Usos is set for SmackDown.
We go back to the ring and Drew Gulak has a mic. He gives a grand introduction to SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and out she comes. Flair stops and gets pyro on her way to the ring. Gulak opens the ropes and Flair continues making her entrance, posing to a mixed reaction. The music stops and the boos are louder now.
Gulak welcomes Flair, introduces himself, and asks if she’s ready for a hard-hitting interview. She tells him to just hold the mic. Gulak says very well, but he asks if she’s concerned about Ronda Rousey’s submission game ahead of their “I Quit” match at WrestleMania Backlash. Flair says she didn’t refuse the match, she was trying to protect Rousey by telling her to go to the back of the line. Flair goes on about Rousey having a fragile ego, and says she went crying and complaining to officials to get her way, and that kind of scares Flair because it’s a dangerous way of doing things. Flair brings up their WrestleMania 38 match and Gulak says he watched it, and it looked like Rousey made Flair tap out. Flair says that’s ridiculous.
Fans chant “you tapped out!” and Flair insists she was just fixing her bra. Gulak believes Rousey would be standing here with the title if the referee saw Flair tap out. Flair says Gulak is out of line. She says she is the champion and she didn’t tap out. Fans taunt Flair. She asks Gulak if he stopped being a competitor so he could stand here and ask her stupid questions. She knocks Gulak and the fans for being quitters. Flair says quitting isn’t in her DNA, but winning is. She raises the SmackDown Women’s Championship in the air and calls herself a submission master, one who has been submitting competition for a decade. Flair says Gulak doesn’t deserve to interview her. She orders him to get out of her ring… now. Flair starts singing goodbye to Gulak as he turns and slowly walks away.
Flair attacks from behind with a chop block, taking Gulak down. Flair applies the Figure Four on Gulak now. He taps out as she bridges into the Figure Eight. Flair keeps the hold applied while slapping Gulak in the face, yelling at him to say he quits. Gulak yells out, screaming about quitting, but Flair just tightens the hold with the bridge. Referees rush down to tend to Gulak as Flair finally breaks the hold. Flair stands tall to big heat from the crowd. She poses and raises the title in the air as the music hits and the boos continue.
We see how Sami Zayn was counted out against Drew McIntyre last week.
MATCH #3: One-On-One Match:
Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn
We go back to the ring and out comes Drew McIntyre with his sword, Angela. McIntyre raises the sword in the air as the pyro explodes. Drew marches to the ring and poses for the crowd as we go back to a break.
Back from the break and the announcers tout some of the WrestleMania 38 numbers. We go backstage to Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser. Kaiser says to them, the mat is sacred. He goes on about how Gunther protects the honor of the sport, while doling out punishment to the weak. Ludwig then speaks some in his native tongue. Gunther says you will obey The Ring General. We go back to the ring and out comes Sami Zayn. He rants about how his reputation has taken a hit after WrestleMania 38. Drew looks on as Sami insists he didn’t run away from Drew last week. He’s not afraid of Drew, anything or anyone, he is The Master Strategist, and everything he does is calculated as it’s part of a master plan.
Sami enters the ring and tells Drew he’s not going to run or hide tonight, he’s going to beat Drew in the middle of the ring to regain the respect the fans owe him. Fans boo. The bell rings and Drew takes control at ringside, ramming Sami into the barrier a few times. Drew brings it back in but Sami quickly retreats to the floor. Sami crawls over the announce table as Drew comes after him. Sami hides behind McAfee, but McAfee ducks when Drew swings and Sami gets punched in the face.
McAfee thanks Drew. Drew brings it back in the ring but Sami tries to escape again. Sami fights in from the apron with a rake to the eyes. Sami unloads on Drew with strikes as fans boo him some more. Drew turns it back around and launches Sami out of the corner with a big belly-to-belly suplex. Fans cheer Drew on as he stalks Sami. Sami with a big right hand but it does nothing. Drew levels Sami with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt in the middle of the ring. Drew calls for the Claymore Kick but Sami escapes to the floor.
Sami goes to hop the barrier but Drew brings him back in. Sami avoids the Claymore again, and this time escapes to the crowd as fans boo. Sami makes his way through the fans, and up the stairs as Drew looks on. The referee counts Sami out.
Winner by Count-Out: Drew McIntyre
After the match: Drew rushes to the crowd as Sami runs away and fans cheer Drew on. Sami disappears into the arena as Drew stops and turns back to the crowd as his music starts up.
BACKSTAGE: Kayla is with WWE Intercontinental Champion Ricochet. He gives some props to Jinder Mahal but says he sees someone else who simply can’t match his abilities in the ring when he looks at Jinder, another tree trunk of a man ready to be chopped down. Ricochet says people don’t call him flawless because he’s perfect, but because he makes it look perfect. Ricochet says the title isn’t going anywhere tonight. He walks off.
MATCH #4: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Ricochet © vs. Jinder Mahal
We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Ricochet to a pop. He hits the ring and shows off with a flip, then poses on the ropes as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see Sami Zayn still running away until he runs into Adam Pearce backstage. Pearce says this won’t happen again because next week Sami has to face Drew McIntyre in a Lumberjack Match. We go back to the ring and Jinder Mahal is out with Shanky. Jinder takes control to start, beating Ricochet down and unloading to keep him there.
Jinder stomps away, then spikes Ricochet into the mat for a 2 count. Mahal man-handles Ricochet with a submission now. Ricochet turns it around and hits a big springboard crossbody, then a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Jinder side-steps a kick but Ricochet blocks The Khallas. They tangle and Jinder tries for a pin. Ricochet comes right back with a Recoil. Ricochet goes to the top to finish Jinder off but Shanky pulls Jinder to the floor to safety.
Ricochet changes his mind and leaps out, taking Jinder and Shanky both down at ringside for a pop. Fans chant for Ricochet as he brings Jinder back into the ring. Ricochet hits the big Shooting Star Press for the pin to retain.
After the match: Ricochet stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. Ricochet poses in the corner as fans cheer him on.
BACKSTAGE: Megan is with Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch last week. She says there seemed to be some dissension last week. She shows us how Butch was livid at losing his in-ring debut to Xavier Woods as he took the loss out on Sheamus and Holland. Sheamus laughs and says they’ve had bigger fights over the TV remote control, from where he comes from that’s a civil discussion. Sheamus admits they have decided that Butch needs to harness his aggression, and that they are not the enemy. Sheamus and Holland taunt and laugh at Butch some, asking him who the enemy is. He shoves Sheamus and just blurts out, “New Day!” Butch storms off as Sheamus goes on talking to Megan. Holland gets his attention and says they’ve lost Butch. McAfee asks where the hell is Butch as we go back to commercial.
Back from a break and we get a Pizza Hut-sponsored video looking back at how John Cena debuted against WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle on June 27, 2002.
BACKSTAGE: Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston are signing merchandise when Butch attacks out of nowhere and runs wild. A brawl breaks out as Sheamus and Ridge Holland join in. Officials try to break up the chaos to end the segment.
Cole sends us to Chapter 2 of the story of Lacey Evans. She talks about how her father eventually found them after her mother ran with them. The anger and sadness grew in their home. She talks about the manual labor she did as a kid, and the abuse her father put them through. Evans gets emotional as she recalls her father’s abuse, mental health issues, and addiction. He soon found himself a wanted man due to an assault charge, and they were on the run again, going from campground to campground, state to state. Child Protective Services were involved from the start, almost as much as law enforcement, but neither saved her from her family. She learned to rely on herself because no one else would save her, she learned to keep her head up no matter what life threw at her, and she’s never been handed a single thing. She goes on about keeping your head up and working hard when all else fails. She says unlike the other female Superstars, she’s comfortable at rock bottom and they can’t do anything to faze her. What she’s went through in life has made her a motivated, ready for anything, confident, mother, wife, sister, daughter, U.S. Marine, and a WWE Superstar. Evans says that doesn’t make her any better than these other WWE Superstars, but they sure aren’t better than her. The last two lines were what she said last week as well.
BACKSTAGE: We see Natalya and Shayna Baszler watching the Lacey Evans promo, rolling their eyes. They say everyone has had a hard life, and all these newcomers don’t respect the Legends like them. Natalya says she doesn’t know what SmackDown has become but it’s now a land of misfit toys. They rant about how this other new person has taken a spot in the locker room. Raquel Rodriguez, who she was apparently referring to, is in the room working out behind them. Raquel introduces herself and they shake hands, but Natalya is annoyed. Natalya and Baszler walk off as Raquel looks on.
MAIN EVENT: One-On-One Match:
Riddle vs. Jimmy Uso
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event as RAW Tag Team Champions RK-Bro are out first – Riddle with Randy Orton. They hit the corners to pose as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out come SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos for the main event – Jimmy Uso with Jey Uso. The bell rings and they go at it. They counter big moves to start and Uso goes to the floor to regroup. Riddle chases Uso around and back in, but Uso suckers him into a superkick. Uso unloads in the corner now, then launches Riddle into the turnbuckles. Uso talks some trash as the referee checks on Riddle.
Riddle comes back with a big kick to drop Jimmy, then a throw across the ring. Jimmy goes to the floor for a breather. Riddle runs the apron for a punt kick but Jimmy blocks it and drops him on the apron. Uso sends Riddle into the steel ring steps, then the barrier as Orton watches. Jimmy superkicks Riddle in the jaw while he’s against the barrier. Riddle goes back down as a concerned Orton looks on.
Back from the break and Riddle makes a comeback for a 2 count. Riddle with another big kick for a pin attempt. Riddle with a Fisherman’s suplex. Riddle misses a knee but comes back with a senton. Riddle connects with a knee now. Riddle with a Go To Sleep, then a German suplex in the middle of the ring for a close 2 count.
Orton rallies from ringside now. Riddle with more offense. He hits the Floating Bro from the top but Jimmy gets his knees up. Jimmy comes back with the pop-up Samoan Drop for another close 2 count. Jey cheers his brother on from ringside now. Orton cheers Riddle on some more until Jey comes over and they have words at ringside.
Jimmy hits a baseball slide to Orton through the ropes. Riddle rocks Jimmy with a big knee as he turns back around. Riddle goes to the top but Jey knocks him off while Orton is arguing with the referee. Jimmy superkicks Riddle. Orton brawls with Jey at ringside and slams him on the announce table now. Jimmy goes to the top but is briefly distracted by Orton and his brother. Jimmy flies but has to roll through. Riddle comes right back with the pop-up RKO for the pin to win.
After the match: Orton rushes the ring to celebrate with Riddle as the music hits and fans cheer them on. We go to replays as Cole hypes the Winners Take All match at WrestleMania Backlash to crown the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. Orton and Riddle hit the corners to pose as fans cheer them on. SmackDown goes off the air.