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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Sept. 9, 2022): Braun Strowman is back

WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 9, 2022) with a live show emanating from Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington, featuring all the fallout from the Clash at the Castle pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Saturday in Cardiff, Wales.

Advertised for tonight: Braun Strowman is back on SmackDown and will address his return to WWE.

Not much else is advertised, though we’ll surely get some follow-up on what’s next for Ronda Rousey after her suspension was lifted and she attacked Adam Pearce last week. Drew McIntyre should also be in the building to react to his loss against Roman Reigns in Wales.

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: Links to illegal streams are prohibited. Pics and GIFs are allowed.)


Canadian mounted, baby, police force at work. Red and black, it’s their color scheme. Get their man in the end, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a recap of Solo Sikoa’s main roster debut at Clash of the Castle helping his cousin Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship.

Michael Cole acknowledges that Pat McAfee is going to be busy for a while and welcomes Corey Graves back to the color commentary seat.

Brawling Brutes (Pete “Butch” Dunne, Ridge Holland, & Sheamus) vs. Imperium (Giovanni Vinci, GUNTHER, & Ludwig Kaiser)

Imperium with the advantage early, quick tags, working Holland over, but eventually Dunne gets the tag and goes to town on Vinci’s fingers! He tags out to GUNTHER and Butch doesn’t miss a step, charging in with chops!

The Ring General cuts him to size, and Sheamus tags in as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Kaiser and Holland going at it, Imperium clobber Ridge in triplicate and Vinci tags in! Dunne running hot on him, stomping the hands, only two! Into a cross armbar, no dice, Ludwig comes in and Pete grabs an armbar on him too!

Butch crashes to the floor, Sheamus and GUNTHER brawling on the floor, and the Ring General is laid out! Dunne back inside with Vinci, short-arm lariat sends us to break with Imperium in control.

Back from commercial, GUNTHER has Dunne in a half-crab! Breaking the hold to stare Sheamus down, big German suplex on Butch, tag to Vinci and Pete catches him with an enzuigiri for some breathing room! Tags made, Sheamus running hot on Kaiser, Irish Curse to Giovanni, Beats of the Bodhran on Ludwig! White Noise puts Kaiser into Vinci!

Celtic Warrior distracted, Kaiser with a schoolboy for two, tilt-a-whirl slam takes him out! Ridge tags in, big lariat... GUNTHER BREAKS IT UP WITH A CHOP! Trading right hands, the match breaks down, all six men in the ring, referee Dan Engler trying to restore order!

Ludwig floats over into a tag, Vinci cuts Holland off...

Imperium win by pinfall with the Imperium Bomb on Ridge Holland.

Commentary hypes up our women’s #1 contender’s match.

We get a memorial graphic for Queen Elizabeth II and go to break.

Back from commercial, Sami Zayn and Usos make their entrance.

Sami gets on the mic to introduce the Bloodline and ask the crowd to throw the ones up. He and Jimmy are feeling it, but Jey is... less so. He tells Zayn to chill and reminds all the haters and doubters that Roman Reigns is still champion, having defeated Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle.

Jimmy gives Solo Sikoa a big introduction and he makes his entrance.

He says if you come for his family, he comes for you. You create problems and he finishes them. Solo Sikoa is here to stay, and the Bloodline just got bigger and stronger. They all four of them throw the ones up.

Enter Drew McIntyre, chair in hand.

Sami and the Usos clear out and Solo stands strong! Drew nails him with the chair, Sami takes the second shot and Sikoa gets away! McIntyre says he wants Solo tonight, and the Street Champion accepts the challenge and we go to break!

Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne)

Champs with an early advantage, Rodriguez throws Aliyah into Jayne, off the ropes, Lou Thesz Press into mounted punches! Toxics turn the tide and work Aliyah over, Raquel gets the tag and comes in hot! Side slam sets up the Vader Bomb elbow but Dolin kicks out!

Malfunction at the junction takes care of Gigi, Jacy goes up...

Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez win by pinfall with the one-arm powerbomb.

We get a recap of Ronda Rousey confronting Adam Pearce last week.

Michael Cole says Rousey has been disciplined internally and the results will not be disclosed, and we go to break.

Lacey Evans vs. Natalya vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Sonya Deville vs. Xia Li (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Match)

Natalya working Li over, Evans comes in with a Woman’s Right but Deville cuts her off with a knee before she can make the pin! Rousey pulls Sonya out of the ring and throws her into the barricade, grabbing the armbar on Neidhart...

Ronda Rousey eliminates Natalya by submission with the Rousey armbar.

Looking to take Evans right out but Xia cuts her off, leg drop, cover for one. Fireman’s carry, roll-through, Ronda grabs the arm but Lacey stacks her up for two! Deville cutting Li off, Sonya and Rousey have submissions in at the same time...

Sonya Deville eliminates Xia Li by submission with a sleeper hold.

Ronda Rousey eliminates Lacey Evans by submission with the Rousey armbar.

Deville shoots low for a double leg but Ronda turns her around, mounted punches, roll through, fireman’s carry, Piper’s Pit reversed and Sonya has the sleeper hold on! Under the ropes, back inside, working through a few holds...

Ronda Rousey wins, last eliminating Sonya Deville by submission with an ankle lock to become #1 contender to the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Post-match, Rousey stares Liv Morgan down, ring to box seats.

Backstage, the Usos give their little brother Solo Sikoa a pep talk.

The camera pans to show Sami Zayn in the room and Solo says he was skeptical that Roman put trust in Sami but he appreciates what he did earlier and thanks him for it. Jey picks a fight, Zayn goes to fight back but Jimmy warns him off for Bloodline unity.

Sami tells Sikoa if he needs anything, it’s his, and Solo says if he needs help, he’ll ask for it. Jay swats Sami’s hand away from a high five and says they’ll ALL be out there tonight, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Ronda Rousey runs into Shayna Baszler backstage.

Shayna embraces her and congratulates her on her win and says she doesn’t need it but she wishes her luck.

Ronda says she knows she’s upset about losing, and says she’ll get some revenge for her.

Hit Row (Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Top Dolla) & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo) & Maximum Male Models (Mace & Mansoor)

Babyfaces working Mansoor over early, they clear the apron and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Mansoor in control on Adonis, working him over with quick tags, Garza takes Carrillo out on a dive and Ashante’s path is clear! Tag to Dawkins, running hot with lariats, leapfrog, corkscrew elbow! Spinning Stinger Splash, jumping round kick, Drill Bit... NOPE!

B-FAB getting into it with Maxxine Dupri, Top Dolla kicks Max Dupri down, Mansoor jumps, Dolla catches him, Adonis with a tag...

Hit Row & Street Profits win by pinfall with Heavy Hitter from Hit Row on Mansoor.

We get a Braun Strowman hype reel featuring his return on Monday, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Alpha Academy make their entrance and mostly Chad Gable shushes everybody.

They get in the ring and Gable rags on the local athletes and talks Otis up—

Enter Braun Strowman.

He hits the ring and beats Otis down, Gable does a valiant effort to fight him off but the Monster Among Men lays them both out... HE POWERBOMBS OTIS!

Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage.

He says Clash at the Castle should have been the biggest moment of his life, all of his sacrifices lead there and he should be champion right now, and he’s not for one reason: Solo Sikoa. He tells Solo that actions have consequences and he’s not gonna like the consequences he’s got coming.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for next week’s card.

Drew McIntyre vs. Solo Sikoa

McIntyre chopping him into the corner, Sikoa throwing body blows, turning him around, whip across, front kick, Drew takes him out with a lariat! Future Shock follows, Solo bails to the floor to regroup with the Bloodline and we go to break.

Back from commercial, McIntyre throwing chops, whip reversed, Samoan drop from Sikoa... NOPE! Solo putting boots to him, choking him in the ropes, Jey with a cheap shot and Sami’s right after him jawing! Throwing the ones up, Sikoa with right hands in the corner, Drew with a couple chops but he gets cut off, uranage... NOPE!

Ode to Rikishi connects, Drew fires back with belly-to-belly suplex and he’s running hot! Off the ropes, Sami Zayn cuts him off, counting down, again Sami makes the save, Solo with a superkick... SO CLOSE! Trading punches, big headbutt, again Zayn runs interference to keep the referee distracted while the Usos put boots to McIntyre!

Street Profits make the save, but get overwhelmed by the Bloodline’s numbers game! Sami dives on them and wipes them out! Solo and Drew alone in the ring, a Claymore boots Sikoa out of the ring but Karrion Kross is here and puts the Krossjacket on!

Drew McIntyre wins by disqualification.

The screen’s black and white as Drew fights the Krossjacket desperately but can’t!

We fade to black.

That’s the show, folks.

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