WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 30, 2023) with a show emanating from the O2 Arena in London, England, featuring the final push to tomorrow’s Money in the Bank Premium Live Event in the same building.
Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns returns on the eve of a big battle in The Bloodline Civil War, ladder match entrant Logan Paul will be a guest on ‘The Grayson Waller Effect’, Asuka defends her WWE Women’s title against Charlotte Flair, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn put their Undisputed WWE Tag titles on the line against Pretty Deadly... and more!
We should have advanced results for the show since it will take place in the afternoon U.S. time and air on a delay, but if you discuss those below please hide them with a SPOILER tag.
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 JUNE 30
Three covens of thirty-nine, in 1591 that night performed a rite. A grand sabbath with one aim in sight: to destroy the king of England, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a memorial graphic for Darren “Droz” Drozdov.
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (c) vs. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson) (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship)
Wilson and Zayn to start, waistlock gives way to a wristlock, roll through, side headlock from Kit, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, big arm drag and Sami puts him in an armbar! Pretty Deadly quickly turn things around and we go to break with them in control!
Back from commercial, Prince blocks a tag but Sami back body drops him and tags Owens in anyway! Chops and forearms in the corner, action to the floor, freight training them with lariats, big senton for Kit! Back inside, superkick staggers Elton, crotch chop, cannonball!
Zayn dumps Wilson to block interference, Kev’s leg gives out and Kit pulls Sami out and puts him into the steel steps! Chop block from Elton, another one, deep nearfall off a Codebreaker but Kevin pulls through! Spilt Milk... SAMI BREAKS IT UP! The match breaks down, Sami gets the corner exploder, Owens runs Prince off with a Stunner, Helluva Kick... IT’S OVER!
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn win by pinfall with a Helluva Kick from Zayn on Kit Wilson to retain the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship.
We get footage of Adam Pearce from earlier today where he’s interrupted by Brawling Brutes, upset that Ridge Holland’s match has been cut. Adam informs him that actually he has a match against Austin Theory, Holland asks if winning gets him a title shot, and Pearce confirms it.
Austin Theory makes his entrance and we go to break.
Austin Theory vs. Ridge Holland
Holland pummeling him early, big uppercut sends Theory to the apron, forearm in return, shoulder thrust blocked and turned into a front chancery swing! Shoulder block, belly-to-belly suplexes, he traps both of Austin’s arms, headbutt into an overhook suplex!
Theory with a throat thrust from the floor...
Austin Theory wins by pinfall with a rolling thunder dropkick.
Post-match, Austin beats Holland down with punches until Sheamus makes the save and runs him off!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a promo from Karrion Kross on AJ Styles, challenging him to another match.
We get a video package covering the rise and fall of the Bloodline.
Damage CTRL make their entrance to send us to break.
Bayley (c) vs. Shotzi Blackheart (Money in the Bank Ladder Match Entry)
Blackheart running hot out the gates, Bayley to the floor, Shotzi dives but the Role Model throws IYO SKY in front of her! Back inside, Bayley hits a Bayley-to-Belly and we see Zelina Vega watching backstage as she gets a nearfall off of it! Mounted punches, Blackheart comes back with a big DDT!
Shotzi with a nearfall when IYO puts Bayley in the ropes, the Role Model rakes Blackheart’s eyes with referee Dan Engler distracted...
Bayley wins by pinfall with Roseplant, retaining her spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
And so we go to break.
Backstage, Damage CTRL are crowing about their victory when Shotzi Blackheart rolls up and attacks!
They overwhelm her and suplex her into a table and Bayley cuts off a bunch of her hair!
Grayson Waller is in the ring to host the Grayson Waller Effect, and he introduces his guest, Logan Paul.
He talks to Logan about what it would mean to have Money in the Bank, and Paul says it’d mean a whole lot, and he might not even cash it in, he might just smack LA Knight upside the head with it.
Enter LA Knight.
He says every time he walks into the arena the whole world jumps to their feet, because he made it that way, and he’s got all the respect in the world for Logan Paul for making himself a name on social media, but right now he’s standing in his ring, and he has to understand the odds are on him for a reason.
Logan asks “megastar to who?” and mocks LA for having been called up as a manager after twenty years in the business. Knight says if Paul ain’t heard, he’s not listening, and he asks the crowd to tell ‘em whose game it is, and they oblige, saying “LA Knight.”
Enter Santos Escobar of the Latino World Order.
He says Paul says he wants it and Knight things he’s already won it, but the LWO are bringing home both briefcases.
Pete “BUTCH” Dunne comes running down and blasts Paul with a forearm! Dragging him to the floor, mounted punches, Escobar with a plancha on Knight and we go to break!
LA Knight vs. Pete “BUTCH” Dunne vs. Santos Escobar
Match joined in progress, Logan Paul is at ringside.
Dunne and Escobar go for dropkicks and come up empty! Knight comes in, DDT on Santos, putting boots to Pete, running knee for Escobar! Santos back on his feet, enzuigiri to Dunne in the turnbuckles, avalanche Frankensteiner... LA BREAKS IT UP! To the floor, Logan gets wiped out by Escobar, back inside, Pete cuts him out of midair with an elbow!
Pete Dunne wins by pinfall with Bitter End.
Post-match, we get our obligatory “this is how you win the match” brawl and ladder climb, with Dunne getting the honor of retrieving the briefcase.
AJ Styles answers Karrion Kross’ promo from earlier and says he’s got Mia Yim in his corner to neutralize Scarlett Bordeaux, so he accepts the challenge.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance and we go to break.
Asuka (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (WWE Women’s Championship)
Bianca Belair is in the front row waving a ticket around, in case you missed that wrestling trope.
Flair launching right into the chops, knocking Asuka down, she sidesteps a boot and throws Charlotte with a German suplex! Flair with a waistlock and a German of her own, she kips up, charging in, Asuka grazes her with a Codebreaker, only a nearfall! Big boot from the Queen but the Empress is too far in the ropes for a fall!
Charlotte with a corner boot, Asuka sidesteps, lungblower connects and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Flair with a moonsault, nobody home, standing moonsault, knees up! Figure four reversed to a small package, only two, off the ropes, Charlotte hits the spear but Asuka rolls out of the ring after the kickout! Up top... DIVING MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR!
Laying chops in directly in front of Belair and her ticket, she’s had enough and jumps the rails, attacking Asuka...
Asuka wins by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, Bianca clears the announce desk, Flair turns her around and tells her off, they jaw at each other and Belair throws the first punch! Charlotte returns the favor but gets sidestepped into the steel steps! Bianca pulls Asuka to her feet, ducks a kick... KOD INTO THE ANNOUNCE DESK! SHE KODS CHARLOTTE INTO THE TABLE TOO!
We get another Bloodline recap and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes tomorrow’s card up.
The Bloodline make their entrance, consisting of Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Solo Sikoa, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Bloodline stand firm in the ring.
Roman Reigns gets on the mic and demands London acknowledge him, which gets him a fair but even scattering of boos. He says it’s been a long time, maybe two years that he’s allowed his cousins to come out here and say “we the ones” but the truth is, they aren’t the ones, he’s the one, the only one.
He knows we’re thinking he’s an arrogant narcissist, but he’s the greatest of all time, the Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief. What he’s talking about is he’s the only one who cares about his cousins, he’s the only one who loves the Usos and gives them opportunity after opportunity and lifted them up into the promised land!
Furthermore, he’s the only one in the family who wants to give them a second chance, and a third chance, and a fourth chance, like a good father. And as a good Tribal Chief, he’ll give the Usos as many chances as they need, but they need to come out here, bow down, acknowledge him, apologize, and then move on.
Enter the Usos.
Jimmy says Roman has this twisted, they’re not trying to get back into the Bloodline. They’re past the acknowledging and the apologizing, what’s happening now is all about consequences. Reigns never thought about the consequences if he loses. What happens if he loses?
What’s the last time Roman has been pinned? Three years ago. The next time? Tomorrow night. They’re going to war at Money in the Bank, and when Reigns loses, he’s the only one out. Neither of them want to be Tribal Chief, but they got somebody who might fit the job perfectly, and even though he’s tripping, he got the Usos’ votes.
They look at Solo and Roman busts out laughing before getting serious and getting upset that they’d speak to him like that. He asks if they think this is a game, Jey steps up on the apron, Roman talks trash at him and says he’s nothing without him. Uso fumes for a moment before piefacing Reigns, setting him up for a superkick from Jimmy!
Solo joins the brawl, taking Jimmy to the floor, Jey with a double leg and mounted punches on the Tribal Chief! Security hits the ring but Uso takes them out! Superman Punch from Roman takes Jey out but Jimmy dives at Sikoa as security continues to try and pull them apart!
Jey dives into the crush!
That’s the show, folks!