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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Apr. 29, 2022): Steel cage!

WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Apr. 29, 2022) with a taped show (spoilers are available here) emanating from MVP Arena in Albany, New York, featuring all the latest build for the the upcoming WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) set for Sunday, May 8.

Advertised for tonight: Drew McIntyre goes one-on-one with Sami Zayn in a steel cage match. This gimmick was chosen by Adam Pearce after Sami ran away from three consecutive matches against Drew.

Elsewhere on the card: Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair have a Beat the Clock challenge, Ricochet defends the Intercontinental championship against Shanky, and more!

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.)


I heard the men saying something, the captains tell they pay you well. And they say they need sailing men to show the way, and leave today, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with commentary hyping tonight’s show up.

Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn (Steel Cage Match)

Zayn tries to run away but McIntyre overpowers him and traps him in the corner for strikes. Throwing Sami into the cage wall, up in the turnbuckles, he smashes Drew’s face into the cage a few times, sunset flip powerbomb leaves both men and out and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Zayn grinding McIntyre into the steel, kicking his head into the chain link over and over, Sami climbing and he gets up top but Drew gets up just in time to meet him and pull him back in by the hair! Smashing his head into the steel, bouncing both men off, McIntyre follows it up with the neckbreaker!

Counting down, Zayn climbs again and cuts him off, Sami knocks him down and gets over the lip of the cage again but Drew is right with him and barely stops him from dropping off the cage... SUPERPLEX! Counting down again...

Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with a Claymore.

Post-match, we get a recap of the Flair/Rousey contract signing.

Charlotte Flair is interviewed backstage.

She says she’s adored and worshipped by all, and when she beats Ronda Rousey, she’s going to send her packing from WWE.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Happy Corbin is in the ring and welcomes us to Happy Talk.

He runs down Madcap Moss’ awful jokes and claims he never ever thought he was funny, and at WrestleMania Backlash he’s gonna show that the only thing about him that was ever funny is that he thought he could beat Corbin. He claims Moss owes his victory in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in Memory of Andre the Giant to him, because everything he touches turns to gold.

And just as he made Madcap Moss, he’s going to destroy Madcap Moss, and tonight he’s gonna destroy the trophy that he so loves. He introduces the trophy as a guest and says he’s gonna smash the trophy with a sledgehammer, but one of the dudes carrying the trophy turns out to be Madcap and he picks up the sledge and waits for Corbin to turn around.

Moss throws the hammer, Happy dodges but Madcap goes after him and lights him up with punches and eventually runs him off!

We get a recap of Shanky challenging Ricochet.

Ricochet makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for pillar of the community Titus O’Neil getting to visit the White House.

Ricochet (c) vs. Shanky (WWE Intercontinental Championship)

Ricochet in to hack away at the big man, Shanky clubs at him and throws him in the corner, big right hands connect and he’s fired up! Clubbing blows, overhand chops, standing neck crank, the champion powers up only to get slammed back to the mat! Big elbow drop, cover for two!

Biel off the top turnbuckle, back to the standing neck crank! Mat slam, another elbow drop, Rick dodges and starts clearing his head to get back in the match. Body blows, off the ropes, duck a lariat, springboard crossbody takes the big man off his feet!

Shoulder block, enzuigiri, Ricochet up top and Jinder Mahal trips him up! Fireman’s carry from Shanky, sunset flip...

Ricochet wins by pinfall with a sunset flip to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Jinder berates Shanky but the big man gets right back in his face and walks off.

Raquel Rodriguez is interviewed backstage.

She says when you look this good you’re used to having all eyes on you but of course she’s nervous. Tonight she’s gonna put on a show and make an impact that no one will ever forget.

She makes her entrance and we go to break.

Cat Cardoza vs. Raquel Rodriguez

Cardoza hot before the bell, a kick into clubbing blows, referee DA Brewer pulls her away and checks on her and we get the bell!

Rodriguez uses her strength, Cat gets some more hope spots here and there but this is fundamentally a squash...

Raquel Rodriguez wins by pinfall with the one-armed powerbomb.

Imperium get a promo in a black room where Ludwig Kaiser talks about how great GUNTHER is.

RK-BRO make their entrance for a contract signing after the break.

Back from commercial, the Usos make their entrance.

Adam Pearce presides over the contract signing for our tag title unification match and says it’s real simple— four signatures on this contract and the match is official for WrestleMania Backlash.

The Usos say they’ve got nothing to prove because everybody knows that they’re the ones, because the Bloodline’s about to be holding all the gold. Matt Riddle says he can’t tell the Usos apart and asks Pearce to do something, and Randy Orton asks if he really can’t tell them apart, because he’s never had a problem telling them apart.

He then points out that Jey is the right hand man and Jimmy is just a little bitch, and the Usos DIVE over the table to brawl with them!

Enter Roman Reigns, flanked by Paul Heyman.

RK-BRO stand tall in the ring ready to meet him but the Usos blindside them and beat them down! Superkick Party takes Orton out and Riddle eats a 1D! Reigns rips up the contract and jams it in Riddle’s mouth to beat him down!

Drew McIntyre makes the save!

He clears out the Usos and stares Reigns down before sliding in the ring to brawl with him! Big belly-to-belly suplex sends the Head of the Table flying out of the ring and he runs away!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Paul Heyman approaches Adam Pearce backstage.

He says surely Pearce has been appraised that Roman Reigns isn’t happy tonight, and he wants him to have a good relationship with the undisputed champion, so he wants Adam to upgrade the tag title match— RK-BRO & Drew McIntyre vs. the Bloodline.

Pearce says he can’t just change a title match and Paul says he admires a man that will stick to his principles at the expense of his own career, and he’s gonna go to the board and file a complaint that Adam would deny the Tribal Chief a match at WrestleMania Backlash unless he makes the match, and Heyman assures Pearce that he will.

Naomi vs. Shayna Baszler

Circling, collar and elbow, Baszler with a waistlock takedown, Naomi bridges up out of it and hits a dropkick, off the ropes, splits leg drop, whip reversed, headscissors booty shake! Shayna with a German suplex into a wristlock, hammerlock, into the turnbuckles, body blows, Naomi comes back with a kick out of the corner!

Full nelson slam blocked, sleeper hold applied, Naomi breaks out, victory roll into the turnbuckles, folding press...

Naomi wins by pinfall with a folding press.

Post-match, Natalya jumps Naomi and beats her down until Sasha Banks makes the save and sends her packing with a knee in the ropes! Baseball slide blocked, Nattie posts her knee into the apron a,d puts the Sharpshooter on on the apron! Shayna Baszler cuts Naomi off with a Karelin lift to keep her from breaking it up and then stomps her bicep!

We get a “Where’s Butch” video package.

The rest of Fight Night are chatting about their search for Pete Dunne in Gorilla, talking about where all they hung posters for him.

They make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we’re informed that the six-man Bloodline tag match has been made official for WrestleMania Backlash.

New Day cut a promo asking where Butch is and pointing out how Sheamus has had so many tag partners he’s a little tag team thot.

Ridge Holland vs. Xavier Woods

Holland with an early advantage, working Woods’ neck over with knees and stomps, Xavier tries to explode out of the corner with chops but Ridge cuts him off and the action spillts to the floor as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Holland blasts Woods with a pounce! Knee drops, drawing Xavier up, shoving him off, sunset flip blocked, knee drop, Woods hammers him with chops but Ridge traps his arms and knocks him back down! Reverse chinlock to grind Xavier down, he slips out, forearms and chops, whip reversed, duck a lariat, Ridge blocks a rolling elbow with a spinebuster for two!

Woods collapses to block a powerbomb, Holland with clubbing blows, another powerbomb attempt, reversed...

Xavier Woods wins by pinfall with a small package.

Post-match, Sheamus challenges Kofi Kingston to a match right now! Kofi’s game and we have a match!

A match that we’ll see after the break.

Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus

Sheamus in control, big right hands, Beats of the Bodhran blocked with a neckbreaker, back and forth, Sheamus with the Irish Curse, another one, a third, fishhook rear chinlock, Kofi ducks a Brogue Kick and hits the SOS for two! Up top, diving into a boot, Sheamus off the ropes...

Sheamus wins by pinfall with a Brogue Kick.

Post-match, Holland beats on Woods and drags him over to the steps as Sheamus pulls a table out from under the ring and sets him up... POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!

We get another Lacey Evans promo package, talking about her time in the military.

Ronda Rousey makes her entrance and we go to break.

Ronda Rousey vs. Shotzi Blackheart (Beat the Clock Challenge Match)

Out and back in early, Rousey kicks her head off, trips her up, back inside, ankle lock...

Ronda Rousey wins by submission in 1:41 with an ankle lock.

Post-match, Charlotte Flair gets on the mic and tells Ronda that will be her last win for a long, long time, and calls her opponent down.

Aliyah vs. Charlotte Flair (Beat the Clock Challenge Match)

Flair in hot but Aliyah gets a wheelbarrow facebuster off and kicks her out of the ring! Back inside, figure four leglock, bridge into the Figure Eight but it’s just a little too late...

Charlotte Flair fails to beat the clock.

Post-match, Rousey mocks Flair as she leaves.

Charlotte, stunned, slowly leaves the ring and attacks Drew Gulak, who has served as timekeeper the entire show and lays him out with a kick!

She holds the title high and walks off.

That’s the show, folks.

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