WWE SmackDown Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The commentators are Michael Cole and Pat McAfee.
– Tonight is WWE SmackDown, the blue show starts with the commentators who welcome us and present the card of the evening. Drew McIntyre’s music hits and we see him in the Gorilla Position. He pushes the curtain to pass but a Butch appears! McIntyre sends it to Sheamus who was behind him then he enters.
Winner qualifies for Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus (accompanied by Butch)
At the end of the match, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus both take a chair to the eringside and they hit each other at the same time. The referee ends the game.
Winner: No contest
– After the match, the two wrestlers continue to fight.
– We are reminded that John Cena will celebrate 20 years in WWE on June 27 on RAW.
– After the commercial break, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus are still fighting, while the officials try to separate them. Sheamus ends up staying in the crowd as Drew McIntyre is at ringside.
– A video about what happened on RAW with Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins is broadcast. Michael Cole then announces that Cody Rhodes will not be able to wrestle for 9 months (until March 2023).
– Backstage, Lacey Evans is with Kayla Braxton and she reminds us that if she wins the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, she can challenge any champion anytime and anywhere. Xia Li has no chance against her tonight.
The winner qualifies for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Lacey Evans vs. Xia Li
At the end of the match, Lacey Evans does her Woman’s Right on Xia Li for the victory pinfall.
Winner: Lacey Evans
– Behind the scenes, Drew McIntyre asks Adam Pearce to include him in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
– Ronda Rousey enters.
– A video announcing that the Viking Raiders are coming soon is released.
– Backstage, Sheamus and Butch go to see Adam Pearce, and Sheamus tells him that he wants to be included in the Ladder Match.
– WWE announces that Ronda Rousey will defend her women’s belt against Natalya at Money in the Bank.
– In the ring, Ronda Rousey is impatient for Money in the Bank which will take place in 3 weeks. She will prove to Natalya that the Armbar she learned from her mother is better than her cheap imitation of the Sharpshooter that she stole from her uncle Bret Hart. Shotzi walks in and tells Ronda Rousey to shut up. She may not have Natalya’s experience, but she has a killer instinct! If Ronda Rousey is a champion fighter, she’ll have no problem going up against her now… Rousey agrees!
If Shotzi wins, she will be the next challenger to the SmackDown Women’s Title.
Ronda Rousey vs. Shotzi
At the end of the match, Ronda Rousey hits Shotzi with her Armbar.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
– After the match, Natalya attacks Ronda Rousey in the back and applies her Sharpshooter to her.
– Behind the scenes, Riddle tells us that what motivates him for his match tonight is what the Bloodline did to his friend Randy Orton, he is ready to do anything for revenge.
– Gunther enters with new music.
– Backstage, Kayla Braxton announces that Ronda Rousey is seriously injured after Natalya’s attack. His participation in Money in the Bank is no longer certain.
Intercontinental Championship – Singles Match
Gunther (accompanied by Ludwig Kaiser) vs Ricochet (c)
At the end of the match, Gunther makes a Double Dropkick on Ricochet then a Powerbomb to continue with the victory pinfall.
Winner: Gunther – New Champion
– Paul Heyman tells Sami Zayn that this is the biggest opportunity of his career. If he beats Riddle, Heyman can tell the Tribal Chief that he is part of the Bloodline. Otherwise… Sami Zayn enters.
– A video of the meeting between John Cena and a young Ukrainian fan is released.
– Next week, Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin will face off in a “Last Laught Match” and Max Dupri will introduce us to his group.
– Paul Heyman is at the commentary table for the next game.
If Sami Zayn wins, Riddle will be banned from SmackDown. If Riddle wins, he will face Roman Reigns for the WWE/Universal Undisputed Title
At the end of the match, Riddle is about to make an RKO on Sami Zayn but the latter counters him with his Blue Thunder Bomb followed by the fall… Riddle emerges. Riddle wants to make him his Bro Derek but Zayn counters him with a Roll Up, Riddle clears again. Sami Zayn Exploders into the corner on Riddle and attempts his Helluva Kick, but is countered by Riddle with an RKO! He continues with the fall for the victory.
– After the match, the Usos attack Riddle and celebrate… but Riddle attacks them in turn with a Kendo Stick! WWE Announces Roman Reigns Will Defend WWE/Universal Undisputed Title Against Riddle Next Week On SmackDown. The show ends with a celebration of Riddle.
Photo credit: WWE