WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 13, 2022) with a live show emanating from Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This is the fallout show following last weekend’s WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Advertised for tonight: Sasha Banks and Naomi will defend the Women’s tag team titles against Natalya and Shayna Baszler.
Elsewhere on the card, Randy Orton and
Matt Riddle promised to cross over from Raw to demand a future tag team title unification match with Jimmy and Jey Uso.
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 MAY 13
I used to think it glad while at my country seat, now I’m peaking in so many ways the gloom is in retreat. Yeah the dark epoch is over I’ve found my efeblum, then passed Ernst’s mausoleum defended by a rook who shot a look so virulent it pierced me like a hook. The palaver of Solipsists exploding in my skull while I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you folks.
The show opens with a recap of Backlash’s six-man tag team main event.
RK-BRO make their entrance and get on the mic.
They give the Bloodline their props for pulling out the win and Matt Riddle points out that every time the Usos can’t take care of business, Roman Reigns saves their bacon, and Randy Orton says everyone is tired of it and RK-BRO demands a chance to unify the tag titles.
Enter Sami Zayn wearing a Bloodline shirt to explain that things don’t work like that and he’s happy to address this on Roman’s behalf. He thinks he speaks for the entire locker room and the WWE Universe when he says nobody wants to see the tag titles unified.
Sami gets in the ring and tells RK-BRO they have a good thing going and they shouldn’t ruin it. Randy asks if he’s Reigns’ errand boy or what and Zayn falls over himself to explain that no he actually has agency, and Orton tells him it’s pretty cool that he actually does business for the Bloodline.
Randy says he’s got the perfect idea, Sami’s a shot caller, he makes decisions, do it, make the match, Sami Zayn vs. Matt Riddle, if Riddle wins they get their unification match. Sami backs down and says maybe in a week or two, he has to go talk to people etc etc
Enter Adam Pearce.
He says he can’t agree to Sami meeting on behalf of the Bloodline, he thinks a match between Zayn and Riddle is a great idea and he’s booking it to happen tonight!
And so we go to break.
Matt Riddle vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn with a go-behind to a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, Riddle with a bodyscissors into a cross armbar attempt and Sami goes running away! Putting Zayn into the barricade, back inside, Sami with forearms to the back of the head and then mounted punches on the mat!
Crossface blows, laying into Riddle, body blows, Matt with the Pele Kick and both men are down and out! Upkick out of the corner, Riddle goes up top, Sami knocks him to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Zayn with forearms, up top, Riddle climbs up with him, jockeying for position, diving... MATT CUTS HIM OUT OF MIDAIR WITH A KNEE! Sami fires back with a Michinoku Driver for two! Zayn with a hanging DDT attempt, Riddle blocks, Penalty Kick off the apron, corkscrew Asai moonsault!
Back inside, Riddle with the snap scoop powerslam! Riddle goes to that special place, Zayn falls out to the floor, Matt follows after him and Sami throws him into the ringpost! Riddle having trouble, referee Jessika Carr counting and Riddle makes it back in before the count finishes!
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with the fall-forward Tombstone Piledriver.
Backstage the Bloodline are talking.
Roman Reigns wants to be done with RK-BRO and the Usos get fired up to take care of business.
We’re informed Ronda Rousey is up next and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn is walking backstage when he runs into Shinsuke Nakamura.
Nakamura says if Roman is the Head of the Table, and that must mean that Sami is the Table’s Ass.
Ronda Rousey makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She talks up Charlotte Flair’s resume and touts the value of beating her, saying she had to break her arm to get her to quit, but she would have never said those words. Anyway, she’s going to be a fighting champion and prove it by having an open challenge... right now!
Enter Raquel Rodriguez.
She gets in Ronda’s face and accepts the challenge, and we go to break!
Raquel Rodriguez vs. Ronda Rousey (c) (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Open Challenge)
Collar and elbow, Rodriguez with a go-behind, waistlock takedown, Raquel throwing her around, Canadian backbreaker rack applied but Rousey slips out of it, whip to the corner, challenger hits a big side slam! Ronda with a back elbow, tornado guillotine choke applied but Rodriguez counters with a slam!
Top wristlock applied, Rousey with knees, combination punches, forearms, big running knee, big kick, fireman’s carry, Raquel slips out and covers her... NOPE! Ankle lock applied, Rodriguez slips out, cover, still not enough! Powerbomb lift, Rousey reverses...
Ronda Rousey wins by pinfall with a small package, retaining the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Post-match, Rousey offers a handshake to Rodriguez and she accepts.
Backstage, Shotzi is berated Adam Pearce, demanding a match.
Aliyah walks up and they bicker over who is more deserving of a match tonight.
Crew walk the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy in Memory of Andre the Giant out in front of the commentary desk and go to break.
Back from commercial, Kayla Braxton introduces Madcap Moss and interviews him in the ring.
He berates Happy Corbin for having his priorities in the wrong place and he looked past him to his glorious future. He says he’s gonna win Money in the Bank—
Happy Corbin runs in with a chair and beats Moss down! Corbin grabs the Andre trophy and slides it into the ring, smashing Madcap with the chair, horsecollaring him with it... AND THEN PILLMANIZING MOSS’ NECK WITH THE ANDRE TROPHY! Road agents and referees swarm to run Happy off!
Corbin leaves as medics arrive with a stretcher as we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw and footage of Madcap Moss getting stretchered out of the arena.
Happy Corbin meets them at the ambulance and mocks Madcap’s situation as he’s loaded into the ambulance.
Boss and Glow (Naomi & Sasha Banks) (c) vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Naomi and Baszler to start, side headlock, tag to Banks, tag to Natalya, beating Sasha down in the corner. Slingshot to the apron, Meteora for an early nearfall. Neidhart gets reversed into a sunset flip, trading pins, Banks gets the Bank Statement crossface in the middle of the ring! Nattie gets away, tag to Shayna and we go to break.
Back from commmercial, challengers with a Hart Attack, Baszler stamps Naomi’s hand, Banks takes Shayna out with a knee and then tags Naomi in to beat her down! Back inside, leg lariat, jawbreaker, kip-up, folding press from Shayna, Neidhart holding her feet but referee Jason Ayers sees and warns her off!
Nattie legal, schoolboy pin, discus lariat ducked, Naomi hits a springboard roundhouse kick for some separation! Roll through, Natalya hits an Akura Taue chokeslam on Banks, roll-up, Baszler breaks it up and the match breaks down! Naomi counters the Sharpshooter...
Boss and Glow win by pinfall with a cradle from Naomi on Natalya to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Drew Gulak is backstage chatting with fellow DGUSA/Evolve alumnus Ricochet.
Rick talks about his road to the Intercontinental Championship, and tells Gulak that if he just takes control of his destiny he can have a similar resurgence.
Drew walks off confident and runs into Imperium.
GUNTHER shoves him into a door, tears his shirt off, and gives him a big chop to establish his dominance.
New Day make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Clash at the Castle.
Kofi Kingston vs. Pete “Butch” Dunne
Charging in, Kingston levels him with a dropkick, trading punches in the corner, whip across, corner forearm, another hard whip but Dunne drops him with a lariat and grounded forearms follow! Pete follows it up by working the hand, Kofi fires off some body blows, back body drop sends Butch to the floor!
Baseball slide, Dunne dodges, Kingston with an enzuigiri and he follows it up with a springboard chop and bounces on the rope! Following Pete to the floor, he rides Xavier Woods and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dunne has a chinlock in, body blows, Kingston fires back with right hands and backs him in the ropes! Big chops, dropkick, off the ropes, Pete sidesteps a knee, SOS connects... NOT ENOUGH! Back and forth, Kofi with a kick and a springboard but Butch cuts him off, lateral press... NOPE!
Pop-up stomp, Sheamus takes Xavier out, distracting Kingston, Dunne with a pumphandle...
Pete Dunne wins by pinfall with Bitter End.
We get a recap of Zayn/Riddle.
Sami Zayn is chatting with Paul Heyman backstage.
He wants to make sure everything’s square because he may have overstepped his boundaries and he wants to make sure Paul understands that he was just standing up for the Bloodline and he just wants to make sure Roman Reigns isn’t mad at him.
Heyman hugs him and says his Tribal Chief appreciates him, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Bloodline makes their entrance and get in the ring.
Roman Reigns gets on the mic and asks the crowd to acknowledge him.
He says he’s smashed guys and came out the next Friday and told y’all who’s next, but this time thinks are a little different ‘cause nobody’s next. But there’s a challenge on the table for his boys the Usos.
Randy Orton tells Roman he didn’t smash John Cena and he’s ten times the superstar Reigns has ever been. Matt Riddle starts rambling and Orton cuts him off to get things back on track. He says he’s gonna say it real slow so they understand— they want a tag title match.
They’re gonna combine the titles into undisputed tag titles, and the Usos accept the challenge for next week! They say they’re gonna win, and Riddle lays a knee into Reigns before the Raw champs run away.
That’s the show, folks.