WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 11, 2022) with a live show emanating from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 38 two-night extravaganza in early April in Arlington, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: Sasha Banks & Naomi take on WWE Women’s Tag champs Queen Zelina & Carmella in non-title action ahead of their WrestleMania Triple Threat, and
New Day Big E & Kofi Kingston take on Sheamus & Ridge Holland in tag team competition.
Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are also listed in the advertising for this card. Lesnar will be looking for revenge after Roman Reigns left him in a pool of his own blood at Madison Square Garden last weekend.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. It will be below this line here. (Note: Going forward, there will be no ban on GIFs or images in the live blog threads. Feel free to post as you wish.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAR. 11
You’ll soon be hearing the chime close to midnight. If I could turn back the time, I’d make all right. How could it end like this? There’s a sting in the way you kiss me. Something within your eyes said I have to liveblog this pro wrestling show for these folks.
The show opens with a recap of last weekend’s Madison Square Garden Lesnar vs. Reigns business.
Brock Lesnar makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He calls Roman Reigns out and says he done changed the game by drawing first blood on him, and you don’t draw first blood on Brock Lesnar and live to tell about it. He’s here for blood, and he doesn’t care about WrestleMania contracts or title belts, he just wants Roman’s blood!
Enter Paul Heyman.
He calls for a cut to commercial and a lowering of the temperature and says it’s fine if Lesnar never wants to listen to him again but he should listen now. He got smashed by the Tribal Chief, and Roman is not here this evening. He knows Brock better than anyone else—
Lesnar tells him to shut up and if Reigns isn’t here tonight, who’s going to protect Heyman?
Brock climbs to the floor and Paul runs away, the Beast giving chase! Into the bowels of the arena they go, and Heyman eventually slips away, leaving Brock stymied.
We get a recap of Sheamus and Ridge Holland destroying New Day’s ATV.
They’re interviewed backstage and they say they made it lighter and faster than ever and they just improve things. They’ve brought someone along who’s deadlier than two sledgehammers, and some know him by another name, but they call him Butch.
Pete Dunne rolls up. Oh no.
New Day make their entrance and we go to break.
New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. Ridge Holland & Sheamus
Kingston attacks Sheamus before the bell, referee Jessika Carr does her best to restore order. Holland in with Kofi to start the match proper off the ropes, leapfrog into a dropkick, knee drop across Kingston’s face! Tags made, E blasts Sheamus off the apron and clobbers him with alternating forearms into the corner!
Leapfrog, back elbow, to the floor and back on the apron and the Celtic Warrior gets the Beats of the Bodhran! He dives into a belly-to-belly suplex, cover for one, back to the floor, Sheamus gains control and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Kingston rolling, New Day Bomb Drop, SOS for a nearfall but Holland breaks it up! E and Ridge get into it on the floor, Holland dumps him on his dome with a belly-to-belly suplex! High stack schoolboy from Sheamus for two, Kingston goes up top in the aftermath but Pete Dunne who I will NOT be calling Butch tonight thank you runs interference and the Celtic Warrior lands a boot...
Ridge Holland & Sheamus win by pinfall with a Brogue Kick from Sheamus on Kofi Kingston.
Post-match, Dunne puts boots to Kofi!
Commentary promises us a response from Steve Austin to Kevin Owens’ call out and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a media reel of coverage of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s response to Kevin Owens, wherein he accepted a challenge to show up on the KO Show at WrestleMania.
A recap package of the same follows, and we get the footage of Stone Cold accepting the challenge.
Sami Zayn is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s got a lot to deal with and then has to sit through footage of Johnny Knoxville flying a banner with his phone number over Los Angeles. He says he is incapable of preparation because he’s gotten ten thousand text messages and he’s generally neurotic.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we see the heels for our upcoming six-man beating the Viking Raiders up backstage and Drew McIntyre slowly goes to walk ad make the save only for Jinder Mahal and Shanky to cut him off on the stage!
Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss join the fray and overwhelm McIntyre and throw him into the post! Drew manages to shrug them off when they bring him into the ring and he hits a Michinoku Driver on Shanky as Corbin runs away!
We get a recap of Ronda Rousey’s appearance last week.
Ronda makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ronda Rousey gets on the mic.
She says Charlotte Flair thought she was a one-trick pony with the armbar but she learned lots of stuff from her mentor Kurt Angle and she’s got a lot more to show.
Enter Charlotte Flair.
She wants to set the record straight, she didn’t tap last week, she had five inch heels and a $2000 suit on and she had her at a disadvantage, and she guarantees she won’t be tapping her out at WrestleMania. She doesn’t care that she’s got some fancy new ankle lock, she’s gonna embarrass and humiliate her.
Ronda says she’ll give her time to get out of her heels this time and Flair goes into the corner like she’s gonna take them off before just leaving the ring. Rousey tells her to go ahead and walk away ‘cause she won’t be able to walk away at WrestleMania and she’ll tap out.
We get a recap of our opening segment.
Naomi and Sasha Banks make their entrance to send us to break.
Naomi & Sasha Banks vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler
Baszler and Naomi to start, Shayna in control, quick tags, eventually Banks tags in, headscissors / headlock combo sends the heels to the floor and Sasha follows them to the floor. Back in, Nattie gets whipped into Zelina Vega running interference, Banks acts fast...
Naomi & Sasha Banks win by pinfall with a low-angle Codebreaker from Banks on Natalya.
The Usos make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Usos get on the mic.
They talk about their reign as tag team champions and Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship reign and how nobody can step up to them at WrestleMania.
Enter Rick Boogs and Shinsuke Nakamura. Jimmy says if Rick can beat Jey in a singles match they have a tag title match at Mania!
Jey Uso vs. Rick Boogs
Uso goes after the injured knee and Boogs unwraps it to show he’s good to go! Back and forth, Rick with a pumphandle...
Rick Boogs wins by pinfall with a pumphandle powerslam, earning himself and Shinsuke Nakamura a WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania.
Sami Zayn makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for Brock and Roman COLLIDING next week.
Austin Theory makes his entrance to join commentary for this one, but ends up brawling with Pat McAfee! Pat gets the better of him and security comes to separate them and we go to break before the match proper begins.
Ricochet (c) vs. Sami Zayn (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Zayn has a side headlock in, Ricochet with body blows, shot off, backflip into a tijeras, dropkick and Ricky stands tall! Off the ropes, Sami gets a Liger Bomb... NOPE! Mounted punches follow, back and forth, trading forearms and chops, Ricochet with a springboard lariat, lying in wait, Zayn blocks Recoil but eats the Benadryller!
Up top, Sami recovers and knocks him down to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, side headlock, trading punches, Ricochet lands a superkick and staggers Zayn! Fireman’s carry, slip out, Blue Thunder Driver... NOPE! Backing the champion into the corner, setting him up top, jockeying for position... EXPLODER SUPERPLEX!
Sami’s slow to capitalize, Recoil connects, Ricochet up top...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with a 630 senton to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Post-match, Ricochet celebrates with the title.
We go to the loading dock where Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey are brawling! Pat Buck, “Hurricane” Shane Helms, and former ROH World Champion Jamie Noble come down to break them up but they brawl right through them! Flair suplexes Rousey into the hood of a car!
Charlotte grabs a Romero Special rear chinlock on the hood, before trying to pull her in for a sleeper hold but the referees and whatnot break it up.
That’s the show, folks.