WWE Friday Night Smackdown
August 26th, 2022
Little Caesars Arena
Welcome to our live coverage of WWE Friday Night Smackdown, which is emanating from The Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Announced for tonight’s show, Natalya will team up with Sonya Deville to take on the teams of Doudrop and Nikki ASH, Xia Li and Shotzi, and Dana Brooke and Tamina in a fatal four way last chance match to qualify for the WWE women’s tag team championship tournament, The New Day will make their return to Smackdown, Happy Corbin will take on Ricochet, and Drew McIntyre will take on Sami Zayn.
Match 1: Ricochet vs Happy Corbin
– The match starts off with Ricochet hitting a tilt-a-whirl headscissors on Corbin, Ricochet them hits a dropkick on Corbin, Corbin then hits a chop to the chest of Ricochet, Ricochet then hits a corkscrew from the second rope onto Corbin on the outside as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as we see Corbin slam Ricochet down back first on top of the announce table, Corbin then throws Ricochet into the barricade, Corbin then sends Ricochet face first into the top turnbuckle, Corbin then throws Ricochet into the ringpost back first , Ricochet then hits a tilt-a-whirl DDT, Ricochet then hits a hurricarana on Corbin, Corbin then hits the deep six on Ricochet to secure a nearfall, Ricochet then hits a shooting star press on Corbin to secure the pinfall victory.
Winner via pinfall: Ricochet at 12:19.
– We get a video package highlighting the career of Drew McIntyre.
– Carrion Cross and Scarlett appear on screen, Cross says that at any point he can put his fist through Drew’s skull and crush his dreams.
Match 2: Shotzi and Xia Li vs Dana Brooke and Tamina vs Natalya and Sonya Deville vs Dowdrop and Nikki ASH
– The match starts off with Tamina hitting a superkick on Natalya, Nikki then hits a swinging neckbreaker on Dana, Shotzi then hits a sliced bread off the shoulders of Xia on Tamina, Natalya then hits a superplex on Nikki ASH to the outside, taking everyone out, Sonya then immediately pins Nikki to secure the pinfall victory.
Winners via pinfall: Natalya and Sonya Deville at 3:09.
– The Brawling Brutes make their entrance, Sheamus says that next week they will be starting fights and drinking pints, Sheamus says that he will be the first ultimate grand slam champion, Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser then interrupt, Sheamus says that he doesn’t care what Kaiser has to say, Sheamus says that his beef is with Gunther, Sheamus says that he’s the real ring general, Sheamus says that he’s beaten Drew, Orton, Cena, Roman, and Triple H, Sheamus says that he sees a lot of himself in Gunther, Sheamus says that just like him, Gunther likes to go to war, Gunther says that in Cardiff, he’s going to chop Sheamus’ chest before breaking his spirit, Butch and Ludwig Kaiser then brawl as Sheamus and Gunther continue to stare each other down .
– Sami Zayn sits down with Roman Reigns, Roman says that Zayn lost but sometimes bad things happen and you can redeem yourself, Roman says that what Sami did last week is what family should do, Roman tells Sami to help take Drew’s game off the ball , Zayn then recommends that he and The Bloodline take out Drew together but Roman insists that Zayn face Drew alone in the main event tonight.
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Match 3: Sonya Deville and Natalya vs. Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez
– The match starts off with Natalya taking down Aliyah with a headlock takeover, Raquel then hits a shoulder tackle on Natalya, Natalya then hits a michinoku driver on Aliyah on the outside as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as we see Raquel send Natalya into Sonya, Sonya then chokes Raquel against the second rope, Raquel then headbutts Sonya, Sonya then hits a running knee to the face of Raquel to secure a nearfall, Raquel then hits the Texana Bomb on Sonya to secure the pinfall victory.
Winners via pinfall: Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah at 8:26.
– Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are in the ring, Xavier says that usually they are dancing and Happy but today is different, Xavier says that they underestimated The Viking Raiders, Kofi says that his ribs were cracked, Xavier says that The Raiders broke their legacy at the funeral, The Viking Raiders then Interrupts, Erik says that they gave The New Day a proper honor out, Xavier asks The Raiders if they can talk to the fans, Erik says that a Viking despises weakness, Ivar says that sometimes the best thing to do to a wounded animal is to put him down, The Raiders then enter the ring, Xavier then throws Kofi a kendo stick, Kofi and Xavier then beat down The Raiders with kendo sticks, causing the Raiders to retreat.
– Maximum Male Models spray paint a bus that they thought were Hit Row’s but it’s The Street Profits’. Maximum Male Models vs Hit Row is made official for next week.
– We see part two of the journey of Drew McIntyre.
Match 4: Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn
– The match starts off with Sami rolling to the outside, Drew then hits a right hand to the jaw of Sami, Drew then sends Sami into the corner with an Irishwhip, Zayn then chokes Drew against the middle rope, Drew then hits a tilt- a-whirl backbreaker on Sami, Sami then hits a sunset flip powerbomb on Drew as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as we see Sami hit a boot to the face of Drew, Sami then hits a tornado DDT on Drew, Drew then hits a headbutt on Sami, Drew then hits two closelines on Sami, followed by two belly-to -belly suplexes and a neckbreaker, Drew then calls for the claymore kick but The Usos run down to distract Drew, Sami then hits a blue thunder bomb on Drew to secure a nearfall, Drew then hits the claymore kick on Sami to secure the pinfall victory .
Winner via pinfall: Drew McIntyre at 10:21.
– After the match, Roman Reigns attacks Drew from behind, Drew then sends Roman shoulder first into the ring post, The Usos then attack Drew from behind, Drew then sends Jimmy to the outside, Roman then hits a spear on Drew, The Usos then beat down Drew with steel chairs, The Usos then sends Drew over the announce table, The Usos then send Drew into the barricade, Roman then holds Drew’s head, allowing Roman to hit the helluva kick on Drew, The Usos then beat down Drew with the steel steps, Roman then chokes Drew out with a guillotine, Smackdown ends with Roman sitting in a steel chair that’s over Drew’s throat.