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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (May 6, 2022): Sasha Banks vs. Shayna Baszler

WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 6, 2022) with a live show emanating from Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, featuring the go home show for the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) set for this Sunday, May 8.

Advertised for tonight: Sasha Banks goes one-on-one with Shayna Baszler. Banks is looking for payback following Baszler’s attack on Naomi after their match last week.

Elsewhere on the card, it seems safe to assume that Raw Tag Team Champions Randy Orton and Matt Riddle will be on hand for one final angle before they team up with Drew McIntyre to battle the Bloodline at WrestleMania Backlash.

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.)


Like some sepulchral tableaux, I sit frozen holding your hand. Though I’m trying to think only positive thoughts I understand that this tomorrow may not be the tomorrow that your eviscerating suffering will end, but tonight? I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show, folks.

The show opens with a recap of last week’s Beat the Clock Challenge.

Commentary hypes tonight’s show up for us.

Charlotte Flair makes her entrance and gets on the mic.

She talks about how everybody paid their hard-earned money to see her and she doesn’t know why they call Long Island an armpit because she can empathize. People are accusing her of being humiliated last week, but Aliyah (who is in the ring) clearly tapped out and Drew Gulak improperly rang the bell.

The only person who’s going to be humiliated is Ronda Rousey when she makes her quit on Sunday at WrestleMania Backlash. Charlotte waves Aliyah in and cheap shots her with a forearm before dropping her with a lariat! Running boot, falling forearms, beating her down while referee Ryan Tran tries to restore order.

Ronda Rousey makes the save and pulls Flair to the floor, brawling with her and throwing her into the post, but Charlotte reverses and puts her into the barricade! Shawn Daivari pulls Rousey off of her but Flair boots him off and they go back to brawling!

More pulling apart, Jamie Noble joins the fray and they finally successfully get pulled apart.

Boss and Glow make their entrance to send us to break.

Sasha Banks vs. Shayna Baszler

Banks in hot from the jump, Meteora gets a nearfall, she steps on Baszler’s hand but Shayna rolls away from the stomp! Tilt-a-whirl into a double knee armbreaker, standing Ode to Jim Breaks, Baszler reverses into an armbar but Sasha keeps her hands clasped! Counter with a headscissors, victory roll pin for two!

Looking for a Russian legsweep, Baszler shoves her off, Natalya tries to run interference, tilt-a-whirl slam from the Queen of Spades! Jockeying for position, Banks lights her up with forearms, whip reversed, up and over, slam and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Baszler with the double wristlock, Banks fights out, dropkick to the floor, smashing Shayna’s arm into the announce desk, off the ropes, running Meteora! Arm wringer, Baszler counters with body blows, knee lift, back roll, wheelbarrow bulldog from Banks and she follows it up by dropping Neidhart with a headscissors on the floor!

Back in, Shayna with a bridging pin, backslide from banks, small package, Natalya runs interference...

Shayna Baszler wins by pinfall with a small package.

Post-match, the heels beat the tag champs down but they recover and send the heels packing.

We get a recap of the build to the six-man tag at WrestleMania Backlash.

Backstage, the Usos are interviewed and hype themselves up.

Happy Corbin makes his entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for Bad Bunny’s new single.

Backstage, RK-BRO are interviewed.

Matt Riddle is a little confused, like usual, and he rambles at length about the Usos’ interview, and Randy Orton says it loud and clear and plain and simple that they’re the better tag team and are going to win.

Happy Corbin gets on the mic and welcomes us to Happy Talk.

He’s happy because he’s been thinking about all the things he’s going to do to Madcap Moss at WrestleMania Backlash.

Moss appears on the tron and says people don’t want to hear Corbin talk, they want to hear him crack jokes, like Happy looks like he’s trying out for a Pitbull cover band. He mocks Corbin’s tattoos and Happy cuts him off, saying he gets it, he feels safe to tell his lame jokes somewhere safe in the back.

This leads Madcap to run off and make his entrance and square up with Corbin on the mic. He starts telling jokes to his face, making fun of all his various gimmicks and saying maybe next he can actually be entertaining. He then leads the crowd in a “big bald wolf” chant and Corbin leaves.

Drew Gulak has a match, after the break.

Drew Gulak vs. GUNTHER

GUNTHER in control early, big clubbing blow, chops, setting him up in the corner, this is fundamentally a squash...

GUNTHER wins by pinfall with a folding press.

Shinsuke Nakamura is interviewed in a loading dock.

He says one day soon, when the time is right, he’ll get his revenge on Roman Reigns, and we see Sami Zayn poking his head around the corner.

Fight Night make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre is interviewed.

He essentially says he’s gonna beat Roman Reigns up on Sunday.

Fight Night (Ridge Holland & Sheamus) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (Tables Match)

New Day right in with punches and kicks, Kingston and Holland end up on the floor while Sheamus scoops Woods up only to get reversed into a headscissors! Up in the corner, raining punches down, the Celtic Warrior with a Manhattan Drop, Xavier off the ropes, taking his legs out from under him until Ridge jumps him from behind!

Crossface strikes, back suplex, lands on his feet, big chop and Kofi returns to overwhelm him with double-teams, Woods dives on Sheamus and sets up a table with Kingston! Working Holland over, Sheamus moves the table and saves the match! Clubbing blows, Irish Curse to Kofi, heading after him and grabbing a table and setting it up on the floor.

Fireman’s carry on Woods, Kingston makes the save, a superkick sends Sheamus crashing to the floor, Kofi perches... DIVING SPLASH PUTS SHEAMUS THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S BARRICADE AS WE GO TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Beats of the Bodhran on Woods in the ropes, Holland matching him in stereo, pulling Kofi back inside and setting him up, Kingston slips out, SOS on Ridge! Low bridge puts Sheamus in the ropes, Kofi hits his own Beats of the Bodhran! The Celtic Warrior gets him up... AIR RAID CRASH INTO THE APRON!

Woods dropkicks him to the floor, back and forth with Holland, dropkicks, rolling through, big leg kicks, Xavier sets up the table, Ridge knocks him back with a headbutt! Superkick puts Holland on the table, Woods goes up top, gets cut off, suplex sends Sheamus to the floor and Kofi dives on him!

Clearing the announce table, double stomp, Trouble in Paradise puts Sheamus on the announce desk but Butch slides out from under the ring and attacks! Brawling, the Celtic Warrior with a boot, back inside...

Fight Night win by putting Xavier Woods through a table with a double slam!

Sheamus has to pull Butch off of Woods after the match.

Kayla Braxton is waiting outside of Roman Reigns’ locker room when Paul Heyman walks up.

He plays his usual games with her when Sami Zayn rolls up to talk to Heyman and he wants Roman to know that he’s going to take care of things for him. They go back and forth for a bit.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Adam Pearce is backstage when Sami Zayn rolls up.

Pearce gives him his match against Shinsuke Nakamura... right now. Zayn is confused as to exactly when “right now” is.

Another Lacey Evans vignette follows where she talks about the trials and travails of her early career and how she’s here to show her daughters that you need to keep fighting.

Lacey Evans makes her entrance for no particular reason.

We get a Raquel Rodriguez hype reel.

Sami Zayn makes his entrance and we go to break.

Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Jawing at each other, Zayn ducks a kick, circling, go-behind, side headlock, wrenching it in, standing armbar with kicks to Nakamura’s head! Shinsuke with a wristlock and reciprocal kicks to the head, knee drop, cover for two! Sami comes in with kicks and stomps, whips reversed, knee lift gets an enzuigiri!

Sliding German suplex, back inside, Nakamura fired up but Zayn counters the knee with a Michinoku Driver... NO GOOD! And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Zayn with crossface strikes and a rear chinlock, Nakamura stands up and rams him into the corner to force a break, Sami off the second with a Giant Baba brain chop! Shinsuke cuts him off, goes up top, diving Kinshasa... SO CLOSE! Trading punches for kicks, cross armbar applied, Sami counters with a folding press... NOPE!

Fired up and waiting but Zayn bails to the floor! Nakamura follows after, Sami blasts him with the Helluva Kick on the floor and dives back inside as referee Ryan Tran counts...

Sami Zayn wins by countout.

RK-BRO make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes WrestleMania Backlash up.

Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and the babyfaces hold court and talk about how strong their uneasy little alliance is and mocking Roman Reigns by acknowledging various things.

Enter the Bloodline.

They walk up to the ring and climb in, staring the babyfaces down the whole way. A brawl breaks out, Reigns hits a Superman Punch on McIntyre and beats him down while the Usos hold him back! RK-BRO take the Usos out and Drew is able to lay Roman out with a Claymore!

The babyfaces stand tall.

That’s the show, folks.

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