WWE Friday Night SmackDown #1191
Location: Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
U.S. Original Airdate: May 20, 2022
Spectators: approx. 4,500
Tonight’s show kicks off with Michael Cole and Pat McAfee greeting us from Grand Rapids, Michigan before bringing our attention to the upcoming Tag Team Title Unification Match. Just a moment later, the music of the tribal chief Roman Reigns, who comes to the ring accompanied by his cousins The Usos and Paul Heyman, is heard. Heyman grabs a mic right away and hands it to Reigns, who delivers his obligatory words to the crowd. Tonight is special, today one should not only “acknowledge” him, but also the Usos and the Bloodline in general. Heyman also tells us why. Tonight is tag team wrestling’s biggest night. He lists some big names in WWE history, none of whom can hold a candle to the Tribal Chief. Reigns managed to become the greatest of all time. For the Usos, it would take something Afa and Sika could never achieve to become the greatest tag team of all time. They must combine SmackDown and Raw Tag Team titles! After defeating Raw Tag Team Champions Riddle and Orton today, the Usos will not only be the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Champions, they will go down in history. Reigns himself makes it clear to the Usos what he expects from them. He expects nothing but a victory for the two. He only expects so much because he loves the Usos.
Backstage we see Sami Zayn enjoying the Bloodline segment before tonight’s opponent makes his way to the ring. Nakamura greets the Bloodline, who leave the arena during his entrance.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Sami Zayn via pinfall after the kinshasa.
Match time: 10:37
After the match we see a promo video for Bloodline.
Now it’s time for Happy Corbin, who doesn’t look quite so happy. Corbin stands by the Andre the Giant trophy and talks about how he’s pretty happy after all. He managed to get Madcap Moss off our backs. He then shows us how he did it. Now he is in the ring and explains that he received a hefty fine for it. We should all learn from this that we should respect what we have. We should respect our boss. Moss did well under Corbin. Moss wanted to step out of Corbin’s shadow and never appreciated what Corbin ever did for him. But now Corbin is the last to laugh. Before leaving the hall, however, he destroys the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy.
After meeting Ricochet, Gulak thought he was a different man. As we know, his last week didn’t end well, as he got involved with the Ring General Gunther. Exactly this said Gunther, which is announced by Ludwig Kaiser, awaits us now.
Gunther (w/ Ludwig Kaiser) defeated Drew Gulak via pinfall after a powerbomb.
Match time: approx. 03:00
After the match, Gunther takes Gulak in a Boston Crab before Ricochet rushes to the rescue.
Backstage we see Adam Pearce being interrupted in his office by Max Dupri (fka. LA Knight). Dupri announces a new generation of WWE Superstars who can not only headline Fashion Week, but also Wrestlemania. Dupri would like to speak to Sonya Deville, but Pearce explains that Sonya isn’t there. Through the former LA Knight, we learn that his agency, Maximum Male Models, has an existing contract on SmackDown.
Kayla Braxton now hosts the Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro for an interview. Riddle mentions that he’s defeated the Usos so many times now. Orton adds that Reigns will be ashamed of the Usos today.
Flashing back to last week, we see the moment Ronda Rousey issued an Open Challenge. This was noticed by Raquel Rodriguez. Backstage we see Shotzi who watched the video. Shotzi is confronted by Aliyah. Aliyah was seemingly locked in the locker room by Shotzi and was unable to face Rousey as a result. Shotzi replies that Aliyah wouldn’t have stood a chance anyway. Rodriguez walks in and she has to listen to the exact same thing before both Rodriguez and Shotzi head to the ring for their upcoming match.
Raquel Rodriguez defeated Shotzi via a pinfall after the Chingona Bomb (One-armed Powerbomb).
Match time: 02:58
-Backstage we see some superstars watching this match.
Xavier Woods is now standing with Kayla Braxton and being asked about Butch, who defeated Kofi Kingston last week. Woods thinks it was the biggest win of Butch’s career. Woods is alone today as Kofi is doing New Day Business. That’s why today he asks Butch to come to the ring alone.
After a commercial break, Butch gets heated up by the other two Brawling Brutes (Sheamus & Ridge Holland). With a slap he says goodbye to Sheamus and goes to the ring.
Xavier Woods defeated Butch via pinfall after back-woods.
Match time: 03:40
As Woods celebrates his victory, Holland and Sheamus appear on the stage and try to scare Woods. Butch suddenly charges from behind and launches an attack on Woods. However, Sheamus and Holland stop Butch from continuing and take Butch backstage.
We are now watching a promo video for the feud between RK-Bro and the Usos.
After a commercial break, Woods is now backstage giving an interview. He’s fed up with the numbers game. Next week Kofi Kingston will be back and Woods will present another partner, which will solve this problem.
Michael Cole mentions the events surrounding Sasha Banks and Naomi (read more here). As a result, the two are now indefinitely suspended and their WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles have been vacated effective immediately. These will soon be fought again in a tournament.
The men’s tag team titles continue for now, with both teams coming to the ring for now.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship/WWE RAW Tag Team Championship
Winner Takes All – Tag Team Match
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (w/ Paul Heyman) defeated RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) via a pinfall on Riddle by Jey Uso after the Uso Splash –> title change
Match time: 11:50
– As Riddle was about to super RKO Jey Uso, Roman Reigns suddenly appeared and knocked Riddle off the top rope, setting up the finish.
After the match, Reigns launches an attack on RK-Bro. Reigns placed Riddle on the announce table, which Jey Uso used to hit Riddle with a Uso splash through the announce booth. Now Orton is finally dealt with before the Bloodline poses with all their championships. With these pictures today’s show goes off air.
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