WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 10, 2022) with a live show emanating from Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featuring all the latest build for next month’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Advertised for tonight: Ricochet puts the Intercontinental championship on the line against Gunther.
Elsewhere on the card, there will be two Money in the Bank qualifying matches: Lacey Evans vs. Xia Li, and Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus.
Finally, Max Dupri will reveal the first client of Maximum Male Models.
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 JUNE 10
They arrive on a sunny day, offering the residents a better way. Before you know it you’re in line and chanting refrain. They reel you in and then they drown you out, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Michael Cole and Pat McAfee welcoming us to the show and hyping tonight’s card up.
Drew McIntyre is accosted by Pete Dunne in Gorilla, but he throws him into Sheamus and says he’ll see him out there.
Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)
Collar and elbow, struggling into the corner, Sheamus with big clobbering right hands but McIntyre turns him around and gives ‘em right back! Whip across, big lariat, chops, drop down, scoop and the Michinoku Driver... NOPE! Celtic Warrior fires back with the Beats of the Bodhran, McIntyre blocks and throws back elbows and his own Beats!
Sheamus turns him around and hits White Noise on the apron and we go to break!
Back from commercial, off the ropes, Sheamus hits the Alabama Slam... NOPE! Whip reversed, big lariat from McIntyre, another one, whip across, arm drag throws the Celtic Warrior to the corner where a belly-to-belly suplex throws him again! Neckbreaker follows it, both men down and out and Drew kips up in full view of an astonished Pete Dunne!
Elbow up in the corner, spinning spinebuster, jackknife pin but Sheamus kicks out! Following it up with Future Shock, Drew kicks out of his own move! Headed up top, McIntyre cuts him off, big chops and punches... DREW HITS THE WHITE NOISE OFF THE TOP BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH!
3... 2... 1... Sheamus cuts him off with a knee for two! Brogue Kick countered with a powerbomb, jackknife pin... SO CLOSE! Butch runs into a Claymore, Sheamus clotheslines Drew to the floor and the Celtic Warrior follows him with a diving lariat! Belly-to-belly on the floor, Sheamus back body drops him over the timekeeper’s barricade, referee Dan Engler counting.
They swat each other with chairs and Engler waves it off...
The match goes to a double count-out or double disqualification draw, presumably.
Commentary’s confused about the finish and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus and Drew are still brawling, with poor Dan Engler chasing after them alone, trying to break them up.
We’re officially informed that it was in fact a double disqualification. More referees and road agents swarm to pull them apart, fighting into the crowd, getting pulled apart again.
We get a recap of Monday’s fallout segment for Rollins/Rhodes III.
Lacey Evans is interviewed at Gorilla.
She says we all have choices and she’s always gonna choose to wake up, work, and win.
She makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for the Bella Twins being honorary marshals for a race on FS1.
Xia Li gets an inset promo about how Lacey Evans is a whiner, not a winner, and she’ll make her cry in shame tonight.
Lacey Evans vs. Xia Li (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)
Ducking and dodging in the feeling out, Li smashes her face into the mat and follows it with leg kicks, into the corner, Cobra Clutch to grind her down but Evans slings her way out of it. Snapmare into a diving uppercut, Senton de la Muerte, cover for two! Off the ropes, Lacey lines her up...
Lacey Evans wins by pinfall with the Woman’s Right, qualifying for the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Drew McIntyre walks up to Adam Pearce and demands to be put in the ladder match.
Pearce says he didn’t technically win, but Drew demands and he says he has a lot to process and he’ll get back to him. McIntyre restates his demand and leaves.
Ronda Rousey makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a Viking Raiders video package.
Sheamus runs up to Adam Pearce and also demands a spot in the match. He gets made when Pearce mentions Drew and yells that he doesn’t want excuses, he wants results.
Ronda Rousey gets on the mic.
She says Money in the Bank is only three weeks away and she can’t wait to prove to Natalya that the armbar that she learned from her mom is vastly superior to that cheap imitation of a Sharpshooter that she pilfered from her Uncle Bret.
Enter Shotzi Blackheart.
She says she doesn’t have an inherited move but she does have serious aggression and a killer instinct, and if Ronda is the champion she says she is, she wouldn’t wait until Money in the Bank for a fight, and it seems to her that the baddest woman on the planet wouldn’t have a problem fighting her here and now.
Ronda’s game and we go to break!
Ronda Rousey vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Rousey with a judo throw out the gates but Blackheart makes the ropes and forces her to back off. Shotzi with a snapmare, kick to the back, Ronda catches her with an arm drag for two! Judo throw blocked, upkick, Blackheart with a hanging headscissors in the ropes but Rousey reverses to an ankle lock in the ropes!
Tornado DDT takes Ronda to the floor, cover for two! Putting boots to her, back and forth, big roundhouse from Shotzi for two! Wristlock kicks, stomps, kneeling armbar and Rousey writhes! Straight suplex, Blackheart still in control, snap suplex into the turnbukcles and more boots!
Front kicks, rolling elbow, Ronda catches a boot and Shotzi pastes her with slaps! Crossleg pumphandle slam connects, judo throws, body blows into a kick, Rousey rolls through into a fireman’s carry for Piper’s Pit! The armbar goes on...
Ronda Rousey wins by submission with her armbar.
Post-match, Natalya runs down and locks the Sharpshooter on Ronda in the middle of the ring, torturing her until enough referees come down to get her to break.
Matt Riddle is interviewed backstage.
He says he’ll do whatever it takes to avenge Randy Orton and win the title from Roman Reigns.
GUNTHER makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Happy Corbin and Carmella appearing for WWE Night at the USFL.
Kayla Braxton is very lavender and standing outside the trainer’s room to inform us that Ronda Rousey was seriously hurt by Natalya. The whole time we see Ronda trying to turn down an icepack from a trainer.
GUNTHER vs. Ricochet (c) (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
GUNTHER throwing Ricochet around early, go-behind, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block but the Ring General shrugs it off! Duck a lariat, back roll over, handspring headscissors but GUNTHER blocks and chops him down! Scooping him up, putting him in the turnbuckles chops and stepping on Ricky’s jaw to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Ricochet with a Liger Bomb nearfall, chest and leg kicks, cutting GUNTHER down, off the top and the Ring General catches him into a sleeper hold! Ricky slings his way out of it, lands on his feet off a German suplex, running knee staggers the big man but GUNTHER drops him with a lariat... NOPE!
Back to the sleeper, Ricochet manages to break it but just gets caught again in the ropes! Shoulder armbreaker sets up a gamengiri, taking Ludwig Kaiser out with a boot, GUNTHER sidesteps the springboard but eats the quebrada and the standing shooting star press... SO CLOSE!
Off the top, 450 splash attempt, nobody home, roll through, rolling thunder dropkick but the Ring General nails him with a shotgun dropkick of his own! Tenryu Powerbomb...
GUNTHER wins by pinfall with the Tenryu Powerbomb, becoming the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Sami Zayn is in Gorilla when Paul Heyman rolls up to give him a pep talk.
He says if he beats Riddle tonight he’ll have the ammunition to go to Roman Reigns and tell him that Sami belongs in the Bloodline, but if he loses, well...
We get a video package for John Cena visiting a Ukrainian family who fled to the Netherlands.
Matt Riddle makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up Happy Corbin vs. Madcap Moss in a Last Laugh Match and Max Dupri’s Maximum Male Models’ stable making their debut next week.
Matt Riddle vs. Sami Zayn
Paul Heyman is on commentary for this one.
Whip across, drop down, Riddle with a snap triangle choke but Zayn gets the ropes! Chest kicks on the apron, Karelin lift, Sami turns it around and gets a couple quick nearfalls, crossface strikes into a reverse chinlock, Matt slings him away and hits the Pele kick!
Kip up, charging forearms, exploder suplex, off the ropes, running knee... NOPE! Zayn blasts him off the apron and into the barricade and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Zayn choking Riddle in the ropes, brainbuster in the middle of the ring... NOPE! Sending Matt to the floor, referee Charles Robinson counting but he scrambles back inside! Mounted punches from Sami, he goes up top, Riddle follows, Zayn knocks him down and perches... ONLY TO DIVE RIGHT INTO THE KNEE FOR A CLOSE TWO!
Charging in, Sami passes him to the apron, hanging DDT connects! Riddle powers up, knee sets up kicks in the corner, Zayn bails but Matt catches him with the Penalty Kick off the apron and then the corkscrew moonsault to the floor! Back inside, snap scoop powerslam, hanging DDT!
Matt Riddle fired up and going to that special place, RKO reversed... BLUE THUNDER DRIVER CAN’T KEEP RIDDLE DOWN! Tombstone Piledriver reversed, victory roll for two, exploder suplex into the corner and Zayn is fired up! Lying in wait, charging in, countered...
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with the RKO, earning a WWE Undisputed Championship match next week.
Post-match the Usos jump Riddle and beat him down! Riddle bails and comes back with a kendo stick and lights them up, running them off!
That’s the show, folks.