Brock Lesnar made a stunning return to confront Roman Reigns as WWE SmackDown got here to an finish.
The Beast Incarnate hasn’t been seen since dropping to the Tribal Chief within the much-hyped WWE Universal Title unification match at WrestleMania 38 again initially of April, however he made an impression on Friday night time.
After a quick introduction from Vince McMahon, Riddle kicked off the night time correctly as he launched a robust video hyping up his primary occasion match in opposition to Reigns, earlier than paying tribute to his injured RK-Bro partner Randy Orton.
He received the followers overvalued for the conflict in a fiery method, and promised to rejoice to Voices – Orton’s theme music – if he received the gold.
What adopted on the finish of the night time was a blistering and fascinating primary occasion with the gang stepping into the motion, and a few good nearfalls had individuals believing a brand new champ could be topped.
The most effective was an RKO outta nowhere, leaving everybody shocked as Reigns kicked out, solely to win with a Spear moments later to proceed his historic run on prime.
He spoke after the bell, insisting he promised to ‘wreck everybody and depart’ and that’s what he’d do with ‘nobody left’ to beat – just for Lesnar’s music to hit as the gang went wild with a loud ‘holy s**t’ chant breaking out.
Cowboy Brock provided Roman his hand as an obvious present of respect, solely to drop the champ with an F-5, taking out The Usos too for good measure.
Whereas the concept of Lesnar verus Roman once more – presumably at SummerSlam – isn’t essentially the most imaginative, WWE wanted a marquee bout with Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton each out of motion.
Vince McMahon addresses WWE followers, Pat McAfee roasts Completely satisfied Corbin and Raquel Rodriguez qualifies for Cash In The Financial institution
Vince McMahon started Friday night’s show with transient speech in entrance of the dwell crowd, welcoming followers and reminding them of WWE’s signature: ‘Then. Now. Endlessly. Collectively.’
Madcap received his Final Giggle Match in opposition to Completely satisfied Corbin in a powerful showcase for the rising star, earlier than crackling down the mic after the bell.
Nevertheless, Corbin had one thing to say to Pat McAfee after a break, insisting he criticises and jokes about him whereas referencing their NFL historical past.
He threatened to assault the commentator in an intense promo, whereas Pat – calling him ‘Bum Ass Corbin’ – inspired the followers to snicker him out of the sector.
The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods defeated Jinder Mahal and Shanky in a brief match that began decently sufficient however misplaced steam and had a weak ending when the latter’s dancing left his associate open to a Bother In Paradise.
After the match, a video package deal aired revealing The Viking Raiders are coming to SmackDown subsequent week, which is totally wanted to inject some life in to the tag group title image.
Sheamus made Ridge Holland and Butch – who was hilarious as he tried to swipe on the Celtic Warrior – keep backstage as he received within the ring with Drew McIntyre and Adam Pearce to search out out what his resolution was relating to the Cash In The Financial institution Ladder Match.
In a improbable second, Pearce informed Sheamus he was in, resulting in some epic gloating from the Irishman calling rival Drew ‘huge, soiled, furry bollocks’ which sparked a brawl earlier than Adam revealed Drew is in too.
Talking of Cash In The Financial institution, Raquel Rodriguez certified after a powerful win over Shayna Baszler in a match that sadly didn’t grip the dwell crowd – however may’ve completed with extra time.
Max Dupri refused to deliver out his Most Male Fashions because of the ‘situations’ on the present, so we’ll have to attend a little bit bit longer to search out out who’s within the group.
In one other backstage phase, Ludwig Kaiser overvalued the historical past of the Intercontinental Title with champions from around the globe, earlier than describing Ricochet – and the US – as all flash however no substance.
WWE SmackDown airs Friday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.
WWE SmackDown outcomes and grades
- Final Giggle Match: Madcap defeated Completely satisfied Corbin (C+)
- The New Day beat Jinder Mahal and Shanky (C-)
- Cash In The Financial institution Qualifier: Raquel Rodriguez pinned Shayna Baszler (C+)
- Undisputed WWE Common Title: Roman Reigns (c) beat Riddle (A-)
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