WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 25, 2022) with a live show emanating from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 38 two-night extravaganza on Apr. 2 & Apr. 3 in Arlington, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: Nothing!
WWE hasn’t bothered to book anything for tonight’s card as of this writing. They only released a vague video indicating that Brock Lesnar is still looking for revenge on Roman Reigns after the Tribal Chief laid him out in a pool of his own blood earlier this month at Madison Square Garden.
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. 25
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The show opens with a recap of last week’s Universal Championship business.
Brock Lesnar is interviewed outside of Roman Reigns’ family lounge. He says he’s paid some fines and bought a couple vehicles, including a special new SUV for Roman in his favorite color, blood red. Management says he’s not supposed to have any contact with Reigns unless he’s provoked, so he’s just gonna hang out in his locker room and see if he gets provoked.
He wanders the room and admires it, pointing out that it’s not as good as his but not back, and puts his feet up, smashing a coffee table with wine and glasses on it.
Rick Boogs gives his man Shinsuke Nakamura his usual big introduction, and the Usos make their entrance.
We get some brawling between the two teams before the bell, the babyfaces get the upper hand and we go to break.
Jimmy Uso vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Feeling out leads to Nakamura in control, taking Uso turnbuckle to turnbuckle and smashing his face in, Good Vibrations, Jimmy starts making a comeback. Big back suplex, cover for two, reverse chinlock applied. Falling headbutt, rear chinlock applied, letting go of the hold with a mat slam.
Shinsuke to the apron, Uso drops him to the floor, off the ropes but Nakamura recovers and blocks the dive with a kick and we go to break.
Back from commercial, whip reversed, Nakamura with a knee lift to set up the running corner knee, cover for two! Off the second with a diving Kinshasa, lying in wait, distracted by Jey Uso attacking Rick Boogs on the floor and Jimmy takes advantage with a superkick but Shinsuke kicks out!
Rick and Jey fighting over the guitar, Uso goes into the post, back inside and Nakamura hits a leg lariat to set it up...
Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa.
We get a video package for the Kevin Owens / Stone Cold feud.
Brock Lesnar is still hanging out in Roman’s locker room, eating grapes and drinking wine that he doesn’t like before spitting it out and throwing it against the wall to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Hall of Fame bumper and are informed that Shad Gaspard is receiving the Warrior Award this year.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage.
He says this feud against Happy Corbin is personal and he’s loved every single second of making his life hell. It makes him feel something inside, and quite frankly makes him happy. He could take him out at any time, but he wants to do it on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania.
We get a recap of Happy Corbin’s fall and rise.
Happy and Madcap Moss are chatting backstage and Corbin talks about how happy he’s gonna be to celebrate over Drew’s body, and he gets upset when Moss makes a joke at his expense.
Fight Night make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Kofi Kingston cuts a promo and says he’s not wrestling tonight. But if not him, then who?
Xavier Woods is back, baby!
Ridge Holland vs. Xavier Woods
Holland goes after Woods’ injured leg early and trips him up bad! But Xavier catches him when he comes over to capitalize...
Xavier Woods wins by pinfall with a small package.
Paul Heyman introduces Roman Reigns in the back seat of a car.
Roman says they’ve been all over the city today taking care of business and they went to a steakhouse before stopping at Madison Square Garden. He’s gonna warn Brock Lesnar once, because if he’s not out of his locker room by the time he gets there, he’s gonna crack his skull open and make him bleed all over the place.
Ronda Rousey makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of the build for Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey.
Live in the ring, Ronda calls Charlotte out and says she’s gonna win at WrestleMania and tells Flair to leave the heels behind. Charlotte appears on the tron and says she’s not even in the city and she doesn’t answer when Rousey calls, because she’s the champion.
Ronda says she broke her first arm when she was 14 and kept count until she lost count and says that beating Charlotte will just be another thing she loses count of.
Brock Lesnar is interviewed in Roman Reigns’ locker room.
He says he’s having so much fun and why would he leave? In fact he thinks she should go find Roman because he’s running out of things to smash. He smashes a lamp to punctuate the statement.
We get entrances and go to break.
Angel Garza vs. Ricochet
Garza in control early, side headlock to keep him grounded, Ricochet kips up, kicks in the corner, springboard lariat, back up top, Humberto Carrillo runs interference...
Angel Garza wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
Post-match, Ricochet cuts a promo and says they stick together, he likes it, but he’s gonna break up this family reunion back calling Humberto in for a match right now.
Humberto Carrillo vs. Ricochet
Little bit of lucha libre, Ricochet snaps off a Frankensteiner and sends Carrillo out of the ring with a dropkick! Tope con giro follows and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ricochet lands a gamengiri with Carrillo in the ropes and follows it up with an avalanche Frankensteiner! Corner to corner uppercuts, quebrada connectsand Ricochet takes down his knee pad to set him up but Garza runs interference and Humberto nearly wins on a schoolboy!
Ricochet rolls the northern lights into a straight suplex for two, up top, Angel pulls his cousin out of the ring and Ricky makes a tough call and dives right onto him on the floor to take him out! Float over tornado DDT on Carrillo, both men down and out on the floor as referee Jessika Carr counts.
Rick shoves Humberto in but Garza grabs his leg from under the ring...
Humberto Carrillo wins by countout.
Sami Zayn is interviewed backstage.
He talks up how his match being anything goes means that Johnny Knoxville is completely unprepared for him, and he’s had nothing but time to dream up all kinds of ways to punish Knoxville and he’s gonna do some stuff that’s never been seen in a WWE ring before.
Austin Theory runs in and taunts Pat McAfee and when the announcer gives chase, he hides in Mr. McMahon’s office where Pat can’t get him.
Naomi and Sasha Banks make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Pat McAfee joins the booth again and says that he was told that if Austin Theory hits him in the head again, he’s allowed to punch him in the face.
Commentary informs us that Triple H has announced his retirement.
Rhea Ripley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Queen Zelina Vega
Baszler bails to the safety of Natalya’s arms, Banks and Ripley stand alone and get to it, circling, Sasha with a go-behind, off the ropes, duck the lariat, drop down, leapfrog, roll over, big right hand from the Boss! Knucklelock, step-up into the lucha arm drag and Rhea goes into the corner!
Shayna back in, Banks stacks ‘em up, corner knees, big wheelbarrow bulldog... NOPE! Off the ropes, Vega pulls Sasha out of the ring and smashes her into the announce desk, which leads to all the teammates brawling with abandon! The match is totally broken down and we go to break.
Back from commercial, things have calmed down and we get a series of nearfalls as Vega tries and fails to put anyone away. Sasha takes her down into the crossface, Baszler blocks the tag and puts a vicious wristlock on trying to break her arm... BANKS TAKES HER INTO THE CROSSFACE AS WELL AND RHEA RIPLEY HAS TO BREAK IT UP!
Sasha hits the lungblower but her knee gives out, Zelina with a sunset flip but Shayna breaks it up! Rhea dives on her with a cannonball off the apron, Vega takes her out with a tijeras off the apron but she wastes time posing and Banks is ready for her...
Sasha Banks wins by submission with the Bank Statement crossface on Zelina Vega.
Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns roll up to the arena.
Paul says he doesn’t feel well but Roman says it’ll be fine and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in Memory of Andre the Giant, which will be happening on next week’s SmackDown, as well as a three-way Intercontinental Championship Match.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman.
They get in the ring and Paul hands Roman the mic, whereupon he asks Brooklyn to acknowledge him. He tells Heyman to not be afraid because he’s gonna take care of Brock, and we get a video feed of his trashed locker room up on the tron.
He says this ain’t Suplex City, this is the Island of Relevancy, and he asks where Lesnar is. This makes Brock appear on the tron holding a pickaxe and he goes to town on Reigns’ vehicle! Roman laughs it off and says Lesnar must be scared of him. He says he’s an idiot and there won’t be any weapons at WrestleMania, but Brock laughs and hits the car more with the pickaxe.
Lesnar leaves the loading dock and makes his way to ringside! He grabs a steel chair and stands on the announce table before jumping down and wailing on security guards with the chair!
Roman runs away and cuts a promo on Brock from gorilla, leaving Lesnar standing tall.
That’s the show, folks.