WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 10, 2023) with a live show emanating from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 39 two night extravaganza scheduled for Sat., April 1 and Sun., April 2 in Inglewood, California.
Advertised for tonight: There will be a Fatal 5-Way match to determine Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER’s opponent at WrestleMania. The five men competing in this match are LA Knight, Sheamus, Xavier Woods, Drew McIntyre, and Karrion Kross.
Elsewhere on the card, Braun Strowman and Ricochet team up to take on the Viking Raiders, and more!
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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAR. 10
He was a man, just a simple man, his thoughts and pleasures were few. His bread he shared with his father, that was the life that he knew, but me? I’m here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a video package covering the last beats of the ongoing Bloodline saga.
Paul Heyman greets the Usos as they arrive at the show.
He’s all smiles for Jey but he just wants to see Roman Reigns. Paul cuts him off with a hug and tells him the Tribal Chief is so proud and so is he. Jey says when he finds out where Roman is, he should tell him he’s here.
An interview rolls up and Jey says he’ll say everything he needs to say in the middle of the ring tonight. Jimmy adds that Kayla Braxton should go talk to Cody Rhodes and ask him why he’s all up in the Bloodline’s business if she wants to be nosy.
Thence to the intro video.
Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross vs. LA Knight vs. Sheamus vs. Xavier Woods (WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Woods right on Knight but he gets overwhelmed and the remaining four pair off. Drew and Sheamus prevail and the Banger Bros face off, jawing at each other until Karrion and LA return to the ring and clobber them! Kross beating on McIntyre on the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Woods fighting Kross and Knight one-on-two, Sheamus pulls LA out of the ring and Karrion starts beating on the Celtic Warrior against the barricade! Drew out for the save, LA throws him in the post and goes back in the ring to go after Xavier again!
Kross rejoins him, double suplex from the heels brings McIntyre back in but Sheamus saves his bro with a diving shoulder block! Short-arm lariat takes Karrion out, uppercuts and punches for LA in the corner, Kross grabs a half-crab on Drew! LA hits a neckbreaker on Sheamus but Kross pulls him off the pin!
Knight turns on him, right hand makes Karrion mad and Woods takes it to LA with chops and punches! Off the ropes, duck a lariat, slide under, rolling elbow connects! Karrion throws Xavier into the turnbuckles, boot up, Honor Roll! Drop toehold puts Knight into the ropes, and Woods dropkicks McIntyre through him!
Superkick takes Sheamus out, back inside, shoulder thrust from the apron sets up a DDT on Kross! Fireman’s carry double knee gutbuster and X is rolling! Woods up top, walking the ropes... LIMIT BREAKER ON KNIGHT BUT EVERYBODY ELSE BREAKS IT UP!
Imperium come to the stage to watch the proceedings and we go to break.
Back from commercial, McIntyre in the Tree of Woe, Kross climbs up and perches above him, LA wants a superplex... DREW HITS THE SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX AND BOTH MEN GO DOWN! Belly-to-belly on Knight, neckbreaker for Kross, Drew is fired up! LA blocks Future Shock, Sheamus slides in behind him and clobbers him with a series of double axhandles!
Woods eats an Irish Curse, big tilt-a-whirl slam for LA Knight! Setting up the Beats of the Bodhran on Xavier, then he catches Karrion for them! LA get to join the fun as well, Sheamus points at the sign! He and Drew get into it, Xavier eats a Brogue Kick, LA comes in for a Claymore, the Banger Bros shrug and go for simultaneous covers...
Drew McIntyre & Sheamus win by pinfall with a Claymore on LA Knight and a Brogue Kick on Xavier Woods respectively, leaving us unsure of who gets to be #1 contender.
Referees and wrestlers argue afterwards while the crowd chants for a triple threat.
Paul Heyman is interviewed backstage.
He’s distracted and admits he wasn’t paying attention to a question about Jey Uso and decides to talk about Cody Rhodes, saying that Roman’s been champion for a thousand days and every time a new challenger comes along he talks to Paul about how to handle them.
Do they do it like gangsters, play mind games so that the opponents is beaten before they even get in the ring, or do they tell the truth that the Bloodline are the greatest of all time. And he’ll be honest, Cody Rhodes is a stylistic nightmare and the one man he never wanted to see against Reigns, and Roman said the most gangster thing they could do to him is smash him with the truth.
Because the truth will put emotional baggage on Cody such that when he walks int othe ring at WrestleMania, he’ll already be beaten. And then the only story left for Rhodes to tell will be when he takes his shoulders off the mat after beating pinned and then he has to pick the time and place when he finally acknowledges his tribal chief, Roman Reigns.
Commentary promises us our first inductee for the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame class, and so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of our opening match.
We cut to Drew McIntyre and Sheamus loudly arguing about it backstage as Ridge Holland and Pete “Butch” Dunne try to calm them down.
Rey Mysterio is announced as our first inductee into the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame class.
Rey makes his entrance and gets on the mic to talk about it—
Enter Judgment Day.
Dominik Mysterio gets on the mic and calls his father pathetic and says he’s a washed-up old man being inducted into the Hall of Fame. He says Rhea Ripley was right and he’s ashamed to be Rey’s son.
Enter Legado del Fantasma.
Santos Escobar says Rey may have let go of what Dom did last week, but he hasn’t. Legado and Judgment Day are supposed to have a match later tonight, but he wants to fight now!
Referee Jason Ayers runs down to officiate but we go to break before the bell!
Back from commercial we get some hype for Backlash being held in Puerto Rico this year.
Judgment Day (Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, & Finn Balor) vs. Legado del Fantasma (Crus del Toro, Joaquin Wilde, & Santos Escobar)
Match is joined in progress, Balor nails del Toro with a dropkick and tags Priest in. Damian putting boots to Cruz, Mysterio tags in with the Three Amigos and the heat segment rolls on until we go to break with Judgment Day standing tall.
Back from commercial, Escobar is running hot on Balor, tilt-a-whirl into a inverted headlock leg drop! Finn gets his inverted headlock elbow drop in return, tags to Dom and Cruz, del Toro gets a standing Spanish Fly but Priest breaks it up! Sending Damian to the floor and his partners dive to take Judgment Day out!
Zelina Vega tries to take Rhea Ripley out with a Frankensteiner but she powerbombs Vega into her pals! Dom with a baseball slide to Rey, Priest breaks a cover from Crush up, Dom takes advantage...
Judgment Day win by pinfall with a leg-trap inside cradle from Dominik Mysterio on Cruz del Toro.
Post-match, Dom gets on the mic to taunt his dad some more, saying he wants to have a man-to-man heart-to-heart with him and asking his Judgment Day pals to clear the ring.
He tells Rey the only hall of fame he should be in is the Deadbeat Dad Hall of Fame, and he should have been Eddy Guerrero’s son. Mysterio the Elder begs his son to listen but Dominik shoves him into the ropes and taunts him, begging him to fight.
Rey has a low bridge for him when he charges and Dom screams at him, but he still refuses to fight his son.
We go to break with a Top Gun vignette starring Miz and Maryse.
Back from commercial, Adam Pearce comes across Charlotte Flair backstage.
She asks if he’s having a rough day at work or he’s just unhappy to see her, he says he’s always happy to see her, she asks for a match and he says he’ll find her an opponent.
Braun Strowman & Ricochet vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Ricochet and Erik to start, the One and Only trying a side headlock to keep the Viking grounded. Shot off, up and over, off the ropes, duck a lariat, snap off a tijeras but Erik clobbers him with a knee to the gut! Tag to Ivar, Ricochet off the ropes, shoulder block shrugged off, windmill punches do a little better but Warbeard blocks a whip!
Tijeras connects, dropkick puts him off balance, roll away from a splash, tag Strowman in and he sends Ivar to the floor with a freight train shoulder! Erik follows and Braun throws Ricochet into them to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Erik in control on Ricochet, quick tags, working him over at length. The One and Only throwing forearms to try and get away but Erik blasts him back to the mat with a huge right! Ivar takes Strowman to the floor and takes him out with a freight train crossbody!
Ricochet floats over a suplex, big jumping knee but there’s no tag! Fireman’s carry, Erik slips out, big knee followed by a Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Ricochet tags out in the aftermath, Braun lights Ivar up, Stinger Splash and a shotgun dropkick that sends him out of the ring!
The Monster roars and tears his shirt off and tags Rick back in as he gets a head of steam for the Strowman Express! Ivar goes down but Erik sidesteps and Braun goes crashing over the announce desk! Ricochet dives on Erik, Valhalla advances and the One and Only runs away!
Up top, perching, nobody home on the 450 splash but he rolls through! Reverse roundhouse kick from Ivar, he goes up top...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with a 747 Splash from Ivar on Ricochet.
Imperium are backstage with Adam Pearce.
GUNTHER chews him out, pointing out that challenger is singular and he knows the difference between challenger and challenger even though English isn’t his first language. He says this dereliction of his duties cannot be tolerated and Pearce says he’s gonna solve it by making a match between Drew McIntyre and Sheamus next week to determine a challenger, singular.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance to send us to break.
Charlotte Flair vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Circling, Blackheart offers a handshake and Flair accepts. Collar and elbow, side headlock takeover from the champ, pressing the attack, she’s about to get the Figure Eight on—
Enter Rhea Ripley.
Shotzi takes advantage, reverse to a small package, only two! Charlotte dumps her on her head with a German suplex and kips up to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Flair up top, mule kick, jockeying for position and Blackheart knocks her down and gets a cover for two! Off the ropes, Charlotte dodges a dropkick and blasts Shotzi to the floor with a boot! Blackheart sidesteps a plancha and lands a couple kicks right in front of Rhea Ripley!
Flair cuts her off on a dive, back inside, Shotzi meets her with a knee but Charlotte has a discus lariat scouted and starts laying heavy chops in! Scoop and a fallaway slam, kip-up, picking the leg, calling Rhea out to make sure she watches...
Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight.
Post-match, Ripley gets in the ring, microphone in hand.
Flair asks her what she has to say and Rhea tells her to wipe the smug look off her face because she sees all of Charlotte’s insecurities in her eyes. At WrestleMania she’s gonna take the one thing that makes Flair feel so important when she becomes the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Charlotte says she’s improved every single day of her life and some love her for it and others don’t, but it’s fact. She wants it more, and she’ll outwork anyone, because she takes this business seriously, and Ripley will rip apart anyone that gets in her way... except her.
We see the Usos walking together backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes next week’s show up.
The Usos make their entrance and we get a recap of the events of Raw.
Jimmy starts talking, saying the Usos are back together and the Bloodline is in your city. Jey says the big question of the whole week and pauses just long enough for “Sami!” chants to start. People have asked him why he betrayed Sami Zayn like that, and he gets visibly emotional.
He waits a long beat before asking us to switch roles and step into his shoes, and asks what we’d do. Your family’s car breaks down you give them a ride, they get groceries you feed them, their power’s gonna get shut off you pay the bill. He did it because he had to.
He didn’t want to do it, but he had no choice, and he never had a choice, because Jimmy is his blood, his twin brother, and his family, not Sami or any of us. You wanna blame him, you don’t know what he goes through. We sit in the stands or in our living room and we don’t know what he’s going through.
There’s one person he blames, and that’s Sami Zayn. His brother was about to get clipped, what was he supposed to do? Sami’s selfish, he claims, all he had to do was fall in line, but he didn’t know anything about that because his ass ain’t blood and it never will be.
Jimmy says since they got rid of the Sami Zayn problem, Cody Rhodes is the only problem left. He asks what Cody’s issue is—
Enter Cody Rhodes.
He says he keeps hearing his name and if you’re gonna talk about him, talk to him. They say they answer to Roman Reigns, well he doesn’t, he answers to the fans, and it sounds like they don’t want to hear them talk, they’d rather see him fight.
Jimmy tells him if he takes one more step he’s not gonna make it to WrestleMania, and Cody takes his jacket and tie off and steps forward! SAMI ZAYN IS HERE WITH A DOUBLE LEG INTO MOUNTED PUNCHES ON JEY! CODY GETS IN THERE AND WE GOT A BRAWL! SAMI TAKES JIMMY TO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE AS JEY AND CODY FIGHT INTO THE CROWD!
CODY’S GOT HIS SHIRT OFF BUT JIMMY CUTS HIM OFF! SAMI’S NOT FAR BEHIND AND THE BRAWL CONTINUES! SAMI SENDS JEY OVER THE BARRICADE AND INTO THE RING! HE AND CODY CLEAR THE RING AND STAND TALL!
Referees and road agents hold the Usos back.
That’s the show, folks.