WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Apr. 8, 2022) with a live show emanating from Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, featuring the fallout show following this past weekend’s WrestleMania 38 two-night extravaganza.
Advertised for tonight: A new era begins now that Roman Reigns is the Undisputed WWE Universal champion. What’s next for the Tribal Chief?
Not much else is officially on the slate for tonight, though it’s a pretty good bet that Ronda Rousey’s loss to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania will receive a significant focus on this show.
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 APR. 8
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The show opens with a recap of WrestleMania 38.
Ronda Rousey makes her entrance and is interviewed in the ring.
A replay of her loss to Charlotte Flair follows.
Ronda says her mom taught her that to be the best you need to beat somebody twice on their best day, and her next step is a rematch. But not in a regular match, she doesn’t want Flair to get away with disqualification or countout, she wants an I Quit match!
Charlotte appears on the tron and points out that she didn’t actually lose or get DQ’d or whatever, and she says that the whole Baddest Woman on the Planet been is clearly nonsense. Ronda says Flair isn’t just going to say it, she’s going to scream “I quit” when she wrenches her arm back.
We see Fight Night hyping each other up in Gorilla.
They make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, New Day cut a promo on Fight Night.
Xavier Woods points out that he doesn’t have a WrestleMania win, but Kofi Kingston says that when he won the WWE Championship in 2019, Woods won and so did everyone else. They say that WrestleMania resets all the records so now both teams are 0-0 against each other.
Pete “Butch” Dunne vs. Xavier Woods
Dunne bum rushes Woods, beating him down with punches, Xavier gets back and rams him into the corner for chops! Butch with a bicep stomp, Woods fires off a jawbreaker, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl into a side Russian legsweep, big dropkick follows! Dunne slams him into the apron and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dunne clubbing the hell out of Woods, backhammer and a fishhook, deep armbar locked in, Xavier fights out, chops and punches in the ropes, fast off the ropes, slide under... ROLLING ELBOW! Reverse roundhouse kick connects, vertical suplex blocked but Woods snaps off an enzuigiri!
Charging in, back body drop to the apron, enzuigiri, slingshot in but Butch drops him with a forearm! Stomp to the hand, buzzsaw roundhosue... NOPE! Woods gets in there...
Xavier Woods wins by pinfall with a small package.
Post-match, Sheamus and Ridge Holland put an angry Butch in time-out in the turnbuckles.
We go to break on a hype reel for WWE 2K22.
Back from commercial we get a recap of Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn, which I enjoyed enough to spend the time to show it to my girlfriend this morning.
Sami Zayn accosts Adam Pearce backstage, complaining about Party Boy and Wee Man getting involved in his match. He says he’s one of the best in the world and he’s a laughing stock, and to prove it he has a piece of cheese that he says is disgusting. He says he wants a match against the next man to walk through the locker room door.
Pearce agrees, and the next man to walk through is Drew McIntyre.
Sami gives himself a pep talk and walks off.
A crew member rolls up to give Adam a note, and he tells the crew member to tell Ronda Rousey that he can’t meet with her right now.
Marcel Barthel, renamed Ludwig Kaiser for... sigh... reasons is on the stage.
He introduces GUNTHER for us and we go to break.
GUNTHER vs. Joe Alonzo
This is a squash match, GUNTHER chops the poor mook raw and destroys him in short order...
GUNTHER wins by pinfall with the Tenryu powerbomb.
Raquel Gonzalez is interviewed backstage, renamed Raquel Rodriguez.
She says nobody on SmackDown is like her and Los Lotharios roll up to try and mack on her. She says they have no chance and they leave.
Happy Fellas make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Happy Corbin welcomes us to Happy Talk, the set deflated and balloons popped..
He’s very sad and says this was supposed to be the happiest Happy Talk ever, and they were supposed to be talking about his win over Drew McIntyre. But at these low points you figure out what kind of man you are, and he’s been doing a lot of self-reflecting lately. He was on his yacht and he had an honest conversation with himself.
He’s ready to admit that only one person is to blame for this loss to Drew.
That man is Madcap Moss. He blames Moss for making it all about him after winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in Memory of Andre the Giant. He accuses Madcap of forggeting his place, which is to tell jokes. Moss admits he’s right and tells a joke about being responsible for Corbin’s loss.
Happy doesn’t like that and demands a new joke. This one’s about Adam Pearce running a brothel, and Corbin doesn’t like that one, either. Happy demands one more, telling him to joke like his job depends on it, because it does. Madcap unloads and makes a joke of Corbin, falling on the floor laughing.
Happy jumps him and beats him down! Spilling to the floor, putting Moss into the barricade but he reverses and smashes Corbin’s face into the barricade a few times! Madcap takes him back inside and sends him packing!
Jinder Mahal and Shanky are backstage.
Mahal begs Adam Pearce for a match and demands that Ricochet be forced to put his title on the line.
Ronda Rousey storms in and stares Jinder down until he leaves.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and we go to break.
Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn begs off early and bails, McIntyre follows after him and press drops him into the barricade! Back inside, Sami rolls out the other side of the ring, he decides to just leave the match but Drew follows and freight trains him on the floor! Counting down, Zayn runs away from the Claymore and referee Charles Robinson counts...
Drew McIntyre wins by countout.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a Lacey Evans promo where she recaps her life story, with an emphasis on her hard childhood bouncing from campground to campground.
Boss and Glow make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Liv Morgan is interviewed.
She says she came here to beat Sasha Banks, and the momentum from that victory could help them win the tag titles. She makes excuses for Rhea Ripley not being here tonight and says they’re gonna win the tag titles on Monday.
Liv Morgan vs. Sasha Banks
Naomi is on commentary for this one.
Morgan right in with a schoolboy pin for two! Banks slaps her across the face, step-up lucha arm drag, inverted surfboard stomp from Liv, she follows with a dropkick! Sasha with a lungblower in the ropes, Morgan crashes to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Banks with a snap suplex, headed up top, frog splash... NOPE! Morgan with an enzuigiri, Sasha blocks another, Liv hits a Codebreaker, sunset flips and reversals, jackknife pin, bridge evasion, jockeying for position over a backslide, kick to the ribs, Codebreaker, both women down and out!
Morgan with a kick combo, charging in, Banks sidesteps, trading corner knees, snapmare, double jump, the Boss cuts her off with a knee! Up top... superplex! Small package, reversed...
Liv Morgan wins by pinfall with a small package.
We get an injury update for Rick Boogs, who is optimistic about coming back bigger and stronger.
The Bloodline make their entrance and we get a recap of Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania victory over Brock Lesnar and go to break.
Back from commercial, Roman Reigns asks Milwaukee to acknowledge him.
He wants to share something private that he and Paul Heyman discussed frequently. It pains him to say it, but SmackDown and the Universal Championship wasn’t enough, so he went to WrestleMania, smashed Cowboy Brock, and took Monday Night Raw.
But then he was looking at his titles and he looked at his cousins, and thought why can’t they each have two belts, too? So it’s time to unify the tag titles, too, and he wants the Usos to go to Raw and bring him the Raw Tag Team Championship.
Enter Shinsuke Nakamura.
He gets in Roman’s face and on the mic, but Reigns grabs his hand and tells him he doesn’t have to say anything. Roman offers to help him and give him some of the Bloodline love, pulling him in for a hug. Reigns dips and the Usos lay Nakamura out with superkicks!
Roman tells the Usos to go get RK-BRO on Raw and they hype themselves up.
The Bloodline stand tall.
That’s the show, folks.