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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (June 17, 2022): Reigns vs. Riddle

WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 17, 2022) with a live show emanating from Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, featuring all the latest build for next month’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) event.

Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns returns to television to defend the WWE Universal championship against Matt Riddle.

Elsewhere on the card, Max Dupri will reveal the first client of Maximum Male Models.

Finally, Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin are supposed to fight in a Last Laugh match, the rules of which are currently unknown.

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.)


You only come around when it’s dark outside, I’m starting to think I made you up. You’re never there when I open my eyes, tell myself every time it’s the last, then I’m here liveblogging this here pro wrestling show for you folks.

The show opens with Vincent Kennedy McMahon making his entrance.

He gets on the mic and says it’s a privilege to stand in front of the WWE Universe. He talks about the WWE signature at the top of every show, then now and forever, together, and together is the most important word.

He leaves.

The intro video plays.

Matt Riddle makes his entrance.

He’s here to take a stroll down memory lane and look at the history between Roman Reigns and himself, and we get a video package.

He talks about Randy Orton being out the rest of the year and wishes him the best of luck on his big operation coming up, and tells him we miss him and no matter what kind of shape he’s in, he loves him. He talks about all of the cool stuff Randy’s done and his sacrifice to entertain us, and thanks him for it.

But tonight, Riddle is challenging Roman Reigns for the title, and he dedicates his match to Orton.

Madcap Moss makes his entrance to send us to break.

Happy Corbin vs. Madcap Moss (Last Laugh Match)

Leapfrogs, Moss cracks him with an elbow, Corbin turns him around, he slips out, big right hand but Happy steps on his shin and lays those Golden Gloves punches in. Whip across, Madcap back in control briefly but Corbin chokes him in the ropes and follows it up with a half nelson chinlock.

Moss with a fallaway slam, neckbreaker blocked and Happy throws him into the post! To the floor, Madcap finesses him into the barricade and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Corbin has regained control, right hands, putting him up top, jockeying for position, sunset flip from Moss for two! Off the ropes, duck a lariat but Deep Six takes him out... NOPE! Happy follows it up with a chokeslam!

Brawling on the floor while referee Ryan Tran counts, Corbin beats the count, Moss catches him with Punchline but he’s not done yet! Hooking him a second time...

Madcap Moss wins by pinfall with Punchline.

Post-match, Madcap gets on the mic and laughs hysterically, literally getting the last laugh.

Street Profits are in the locker room reacting to that last match and talking up our main event.

Back at ringside, Happy Corbin gets on the mic and says he has something he wants the whole world to hear.

He says he and Pat McAfee go way back but he hears him criticizing him and making jokes. Even after he hit it big, Pat keeps talking trash and he needs to watch his mouth or he’s gonna drag him over the desk and into the ring and make him wish he was dead.

McAfee gets on the mic and fires back, leading the crowd in telling him that he sucks.

New Day make their entrance and laugh at Corbin while he leaves, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of Ronda Rousey beating Shotzi Blackheart last week.

Backstage, Natalya is interviewed.

She says she’s going to beat the disrespect out of Ronda Rousey, leaving her trapped and screaming in pain. Ronda’s not here tonight, and her armbar is nothing special compared to the Sharpshooter that breaks bones and humbles champions. She has a stronger legacy and pedigree than any other woman in WWE, and she’s gonna be the first in WWE history to make her tap.

Jinder Mahal and Shanky make their entrance to send us to break.

Jinder Mahal & Shanky vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)

Mahal makes sure Shanky is holding the tag rope before starting with Woods. Overpowering Xavier, putting him in the corner for strikes, off the ropes, Woods hits a springboard dropkick for two! Tag to Kingston, double-team sliding facebuster, Jinder gets away and tags Shanky in.

Big man throwing Kofi around, he lets out a primal roar but Woods starts playing trombone and Shanky starts dancing, much to Jinder’s consternation. Mahal tags in all angry and gets caught...

New Day win by pinfall on Jinder Mahal by distraction.

Post-match, Shanky dances some more but Jinder scods him and walks off.

A Viking Raiders video package follows.

Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and waves his sword around to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Sheamus gives Pete Dunne orders to stay in Gorilla with Ridge Holland and makes his entrance.

Adam Pearce is in the ring with Drew and Sheamus, and he tells them they both failed to qualify for Money in the Bank but demanded entry into the match, and he understands why. Sheamus says it’d be a huge mistake to put Drew in because he always fails.

Pearce points out that Seth Rollins qualified and runs footage of them brawling last week and says he’s reviewed the footage and consulted with WWE officials and a decision has been made— Sheamus is in.

The Celtic Warrior hugs him and mocks him until McIntyre’s had enough and attacks! Clothesline to the floor, Adam holds him back and says his next sentence was going to be Drew McIntyre is in the match too! Sheamus comes back in and Drew takes his head off with the Claymore before posing with his sword!

Sami Zayn is interviewed in front of Roman Reigns’ office and claims there’s no ill will from him losing to Matt Riddle last week because he’s an honorary Uce and everything is

fine, he swears.

Raquel Rodriguez gets an inset promo talking about how close she got to beating Ronda for the title and how Money in the Bank would get her that much closer to the Promised Land.

Back from commercial Shayna Baszler gets an inset promo about how she’s gonna qualify for Money in the Bank and boy howdy her eye makeup is goofy today.

Raquel Rodriguez vs. Shayna Baszler (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)

Lacey Evans is on commentary for this one in fatigues. So much for ol’ proper lady Evans and her crinolines, huh? Bummer. (I am catty today, wow. Anyway.)

Baszler in control early, trapping her in the ropes and stomping the back of her leg! Raquel gets away, off the ropes, huge falling big boot and a cover... NOPE! Limping her way back to her feet, Shayna with a chop block, sleeper hold, Rodriguez backs her into the corner, one-arm lift...

Raquel Rodriguez wins by pinfall with the one-arm powerbomb, qualifying for the Money in the Bank ladder match.

Backstage, Matt Riddle is warming up for his main event and Shinsuke Nakamura fist bumps him to send us to break.

Back from commercial, there’s a spotlight on the ring and an announcement for Max Dupri.

Max Dupri is backstage with Adam Pearce, complaining that conditions aren’t good enough for his models and the lighting isn’t sexy enough.

We get a recap of GUNTHER winning the Intercontinental Championship and he’s interviewed backstage.

Ludwig Kaiser takes the mic from her and cuts a promo about how an American is never going to hold the title again.

We get main event entrances and go to break.

Matt Riddle vs. Roman Reigns (c) (WWE Undisputed Universal Championship)

Riddle right in, laying vicious kicks in the corner, Reigns hits the big slicing right and stalks around him. Action to the floor, Matt lays him out with a big corkscrew moonsault and we go to break.

Back from commercial and trading right hands, Reigns drops Riddle with one and follows up with repeated grounded forearms! Drive-By ensues for a two count, following it up wtih a cravate and back into trading hands! Matt tries to go bati-bati, Roman cuts him off so he hits the Pele kick! Kip up, charging forearms, exploder suplex, Reigns cuts him off and jaws at the camera to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Reigns points to the sky while Riddle is down and out, and we get a recap of him decking Roman with a Superman Punch. Off the ropes, Matt with the snap scoop powerslam, throwing him out to the apron but Reigns blocks the hanging DDT. Dropkick through the ropes, back suplex into the announce table, back inside with the hanging DDT!

Fired up, Roman blocks the RKO, another Superman Punch, cover... NOPE! Roaring, charging in... RIDDLE COUNTERS THE SPEAR WITH THE RKO BUT REIGNS KICKS OUT AT THE LAST FRACTION OF A SECOND! Perching up top, corkscrew moonsault, lying in wait, RKO blocked, off the ropes, springboard... SPEAR OUT OF MIDAIR! REIGNS RETAINS!

Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with the spear to retain the WWE Unified Universal Championship.

Post-match, Reigns and the Bloodline celebrate with their titles.

Roman gets on the mic and says no one is left, and he wrecked Riddle, and now they’re leaving.

But before they go, he demands that Minneapolis acknowledge him.

Enter Brock Lesnar.

He gets in the ring and stares Roman down before taking his hat off and offering a handshake... AND SCOOPS HIM UP FOR THE F-5!

The Usos hit the ring and Lesnar takes them out too!

That’s the show, folks.

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