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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (May 27, 2022): Mystery partner!

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WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 27, 2022) with a live show emanating from Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, featuring all the latest build to next month’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) event.

Advertised for tonight: A mystery partner will join Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston for a six man tag team match against Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Butch.

Elsewhere on the card, Roman Reigns and the Usos are returning to SmackDown holding all the gold after Jimmy and Jey unified the tag team titles last week.

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.)


In the worst of all your fears you have come so far to hear that in turn they’ve showered your name as the laughing stock. Now by fire you must hang, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a recap of last week’s tag title unification match.

The Usos are given a big entrance.

They get on the mic and thank Roman Reigns and say two days ago marks twelve years of them being in WWE (god I remember their debut I’ve been at this too long) and never in a million years did they think they’d still be standing in the middle of this ring in front of us.

We’ve cheered them and booed them through ups and downs, and we literally watched them grow up before us. Twelve years of being away from their families and who was there? All of us. They love coming here and being an entertainer in front of us, so from the bottom of their hearts, they’d like to say “thank you.”

For the past twelve years they’ve also realized that they did need any of us, and they crow about being unified champs.

Enter Shinsuke Nakamura.

He says he and his partner challenge them to a match for the titles, and his partner wanted to fight them by himself, but he asked to join. The Usos ask where his partner is, and mock Rick Boogs for being injured. But Nakamura introduces his partner, Matt Riddle!

The Usos meet them in the ropes and they brawl, Riddle manages to take Jey down but Jimmy cuts him off and dumps Matt to the floor! The Usos work Shinsuke over until Riddle blasts them with the corkscrew moonsault!

We get a recap of Raquel Rodriguez vs. Ronda Rousey from a couple weeks ago.

Raquel makes her entrance and we cut to the women’s locker room.

Shotzi Blackheart complains about Rodriguez getting another title shot. She asks Xia Li why she, undefeated, isn’t out there. She points out Aliyah’s record-speed win and she tells her to shut up. She tells Natalya she has more victories than any woman in WWE and she’s a living legend and should be champion right now.

She tells Shayna Baszler that she’s a killer. Shotzi says they’re the best in the world and they’re letting another opportunity pass by, so what are they gonna do about it?

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Matt Riddle and Shinsuke Nakamura are interviewed.

Riddle explains that this team was actually Randy Orton’s idea and this team has the potential for greatness.

Raquel Rodriguez vs. Ronda Rousey

We see Shotzi Blackheart encourage Natalya and Shayna Baszler to go wreak havoc but she hangs back to get her helmet and finds herself inexplicably locked in the locker room by Aliyah.

Rodriguez using her strength early but Shayna Baszler chop blocks her...

Raquel Rodriguez wins by disqualification, presumably.

All four women brawl in the aftermath and we go to break.

Natalya & Shayna Baszler vs. Raquel Rodriguez & Ronda Rousey

Back from commercial, match joined in progress, Rodriguez reaching for a tag, Natalya tags in, Sharpshooter blocked, tag to Rousey! Ronda with judo throws, Nattie puts her in the Sharpshooter! Rousey crawling, reaching, she gets the tag and Raquel clubs away at Baszler, slapping life back into her leg.

Back suplex blocked, big headbutt follows, corkscrew elbow but Nattie and Ronda run in and get into it. Raquel shoves Baszler into Rousey, old friends square up but Neidhart pulls Ronda out of the ring! Rodriguez gets Shayna up...

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

We see New Day backstage getting ready for an interview and go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes up WWE’s jumping in on the NFT grift.

New Day are interviewed backstage.

They say they won’t give away who their partner is because that’d be spoilers and all week everybody’s been blowing their phones up to team with them and go fight the Brawling Brutes, and that means their partner could be literally anyone from Moon Knight to Max Moon to Max Headroom to Reed Richards or even just some dude they found on the street, even the interview lady.

We’re informed that Madcap Moss will return next week.

Los Lotharios make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jinder Mahal is backstage looking for Shanky. He opens a door to see Shanky grooving to his entrance theme and yells at him to get him to come to the ring.

Jinder Mahal & Shanky vs. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo)

Shanky and Carrillo to start, big man using his size and strength, decking Humberto with a big boot! Tags made, Garza laying mounted punches in, sending him to the floor and dropkicking him after before tearing his pants off and swiveling his hips in the direction of the poor ring announcer.

Shanky the great hero cuts him off with a big boot, Carrillo attacks Jinder...

Los Lotharios win by pinfall with a running dropkick from Humberto Carrillo on Jinder Mahal.

Post-match, Jinder yells at Shanky but Shanky isn’t having it, and Shanky ends up gyrating in the general direction of the poor ring announcer.

Max Dupri has a meeting with Adam Pearce backstage. He asks if he’s gotten the paperwork in order for his modeling agency to start recruiting. Pearce says they can make it official and effective immediately he’s welcoming him to SmackDown.

Kevin Owens makes his entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a hype reel for the Special Olympics.

Kevin Owens gets on the mic and welcomes us to the KO Show.

He talks about his crusade to make Elias regret the whole Ezekiel deal and welcomes his guest tonight, a member of the Bloodline... Sami Zayn!

He and Kev hug and talk about how happy they are to see each other and Sami admits that the last time they were together there was some bad blood but it’s all water under the bridge! KO asks him to have his back on the Ezekiel thing and claims that he’s always had his back.

He wants him to drop everything he’s doing on SmackDown and call out the liars, starting with Elias. Sami says now isn’t a good time and there’s a lot on his plate. Sami calls him “uce” and KO gives him shit for it, pointing out that he’s not actually in the Bloodline and quite frankly he looks and sounds like a moron.

Zayn fires back that Elias and Ezekiel are clearly two different people and everybody can see it except for Kev. They bicker back and forth about their respective delusions, Owens says if he calls the Bloodline out they should come help, so he does. They don’t come out and Kev says he’s sorry but clearly they don’t care.

Sami shrugs it off and leaves.

Afterwards Kev stuns the poor crew members who were taking the KO Show set down.

Drew Gulak and Ricochet make their entrance to send us to break.

Drew Gulak & Ricochet vs. Imperium (GUNTHER & Ludwig Kaiser)

Kaiser and Gulak to start, collar and elbow, Ludwig shifts to a standing armbar, Drew with a headlock but he gets reversed into a cravate in the ropes and GUNTHER blasts him with a boot! Kaiser putting boots to him on the apron, tag to the Ring General and he chucks Gulak over the top rope and to the floor to send us to break.

Back from commercial, GUNTHER has Gulak in a standing surfboard and chops him down to size! Tags made, Ricochet in hot, Frankensteiner, springboard crossbody, GUNTHER tries to run in and the distraction is enough for Kaiser to get a nearfall off a schoolboy! Big knee from Ricky, firemans’ carry, Ludwig breaks away with a rake of the eyes, tag to Gulak!

In with right hands, boot up, Kaiser with a big slap and a half-halch suplex! Ludwig follows up, runs the ropes...

Imperium win by pinfall with a Penalty Kick from Ludwig Kaiser on Drew Gulak.

Post-match, Imperium attack Gulak some more.

Sami Zayn is backstage asking the Usos directly what they think of him and what he honestly is to them.

He pitches them on joining the Bloodline as an honorary member and they’re down with it, heading into Roman’s office and leaving Sami celebrating like he just won a world title.

The Brawling Brutes make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a Memorial Day video package.

Sheamus gets on the mic and cuts a promo. He says he wants to make it perfectly clear that Fight Night is every night, and New Day don’t seem to want to have a fair fight. They’re gonna put them on bed rest the same way they did Big E, and it doesn’t matter how big or tall they are, and the truth of the matter is his boys are two of the roughest and toughest he’s ever seen.

New Day come out and say tonight will be an unfair fight because their mystery partner is a physical specimen and a true freak of nature who will steal Ridge’s girlfriend and Butch’s auntie at the same damn time...

It’s Drew McIntyre!

We go to break before the match can begin.

Brawling Brutes (Pete “Butch” Dunne, Ridge Holland, & Sheamus) vs. Drew McIntyre & New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)

Dunne and Woods to start, Pete cleans house, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, back elbow and Xavier clobbers him. Running necbkreaker, tag to Kingston, sliding lariat, Vader Bomb, elbow drop, big splash for two! Back to Woods, Beats of the Bodhran and quick tags rule the day.

New Day recover, quick tags, Unicorn Stampede with McIntyre joining in and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Kingston is isolated under quick tags, eventually he cuts Sheamus off and gets some breathing room. Tag to McIntyre, running hot, battering Holland but Dunne gets on his back and he has to dump him to the floor! Woods nails him with a wrecking ball dropkick only to eat a Brogue Kick, and Kofi dives on the Celtic warrior!

Claymore connects, tag to Woods, he goes up top...

Drew McIntyre & New Day win by pinfall with Limit Breaker from Xavier Woods on Ridge Holland.

Babyfaces celebrate their win.

That’s the show, folks.

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