Universal champion.Credit: WWE.com
WWE SmackDown, with fallout from Evening of Champions 2023 advertised Roman Reigns celebrating 1,000 days as champion. Amid rumors of a new WWE Universal Globe Championship belt, Reigns two-belts may possibly no longer be a factor. SmackDown will also function the subsequent chapter in the budding Bloodline drama, as the most up-to-date plot twist saw Jimmy Uso betray Reigns, costing him and Solo Sikoa the Tag TeamTISI Championship.
SmackDown also advertised Montez Ford vs. surging star LA Knight and Zelina Vega vs. Lacey Evans.
Final week’s broadcast of SmackDown drew two.158 million viewers.
WWE SmackDown Outcomes | June two, 2023
- Quite Deadly and Austin Theory def. The Brawling Brutes
- The O.C. def. Hit Row
- Zelina Vega def. Lacey Evans
- LA Knight def. Montez Ford
WWE SmackDown Ratings
- May possibly 26, 2023 | two.158 million
- May possibly 19, 2023 | two.133 million
- May possibly 12, 2023 | two.149 million
- May possibly five, 2023 | two.059 million
- April 28, 2023 | two.473 million
- WWE SmackDown Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
- WWE SmackDown Tickets Distributed: 9,256
- Readily available Tickets: 36
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WWE SmackDown Winners and Grades
Quite Deadly And Austin Theory Def. Brawling Brutes
SmackDown opened with a extremely impressive video package celebrating Roman Reigns’ 1,000-day run, with Paul Heyman carrying out the narration.
It was excellent seeing Quite Deadly kick off Pride Month in WWE. Pairing them with Austin Theory in a steady would advantage everyone involved.
WWE constantly has the very best euphemisms for “gay” or “effeminate” like “bizarre,” which is what they utilised to contact Goldust or “unique,” which Michael Cole utilised to refer to Quite Deadly. It basically felt empowering when Wade Barrett referred to the tag group as “queens.”
Quite Deadly’s key roster theme is an upgrade from an currently-fire track. This will catch fire in quick order.
Sheamus continues to be a piping-hot babyface with a sold-out crowd chanting “we want Sheamus!” This felt like a tribute tour to Sheamus’ greatest hits. There was a triple White Noise followed by a Triple ten Beats of the Bodhran.
Quite Deadly shouldn’t shed till it is time for them to drop the tag group titles that they will inevitably win. I would have no dilemma with Quite Deadly dethroning Sami and Kevin.
For the duration of a backstage segment, Michael Cole referred to Paul Heyman’s connection with Roman Reigns as Heyman “leeching onto energy and achievement like he constantly does.”
Quite Deadly and Austin Theory vs. Brawling Brutes Grade: B-
The O.C. Def. Hit Row
Michael Cole quoted a Best Dolla freestyle with the lowest work you will ever see anyone do something.
Per usual, Hit Row lost this match inside minutes. Ashante Adonis took the pin, and for his troubles, Best Dolla took a Phenomenal Forearm.
Michael Cole attempted to freestyle to mock Hit Row, and it was straight trash.
Backstage, Adam Pearce noted The Usos’ flights have been canceled and they’ve doubled safety. Translation? The Usos will be ruining Roman Reigns’ 1,000-day ceremony.
The O.C. vs. Hit Row Grade: D+
The Grayson Waller Impact With Asuka
Fortunately, WWE eliminated “the man with the platinum tongue” from Grayson Waller’s more than-the-major introduction.
Regardless of her apparent heel turn, Asuka continues to be cheered, and she basked in the reaction like a babyface.
Iyo crashed this segment, not to translate for Grayson Waller, but to contact out Asuka in what would be a banger of a match. Asuka and Iyo Sky’s dueling Japanese promos have been met with “what chants.”
When Bayley interrupted, Michael Cole dryly remarked “there go the ratings.”
Apparently Iyo desires in the women’s Income in the Bank match. So do Bayley, Shotzi, Lacey Evans (who dresses extra like Sgt. Slaughter just about every week) and Zelina Vega. This generally turned into just about every opening Raw segment.
This segment ended in a realistic brawl amongst Asuka and Bianca Belair.
Grayson Waller Impact Grade: C
Zelina Vega Def. Lacey Evans
Zelina Vega was promoting her jaw prior to this match began due to the fact Evans connected with a low-priced Women’s Suitable through the break.
Fans actually got behind Zelina Vega, who attached a chancla to her leg through the speaking segment, as they refuse to let WWE drop the ball with her.
Evans worked this match like she was Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride due to the size distinction with Vega. Immediately after becoming trapped in a rear-naked choke, Vega discovered an opening and won with the Code Red.
Zelina Vega could have to climb two ladders to attain the Income in the Bank briefcase.
Zelina Vega vs. Lacey Evans Grade: C+
LA Knight Def. Montez Ford
I count on the loser of this match to nonetheless qualify for Income in the Bank by way of a final-opportunity match.
Fans have been behind Montez Ford, but due to LA Knight’s surging reputation, they weren’t as enthusiastic about Ford as usual.
Fans eventually picked LA Knight altogether, chanting “LA Knight!” all through.
LA Knight won with enable from the ring ropes. Till additional notice, Knight is the favored to win Income in the Bank. I really like Montez Ford, but all I’ve got to say is “yeah!”
LA Knight vs. Montez Ford Grade: B
Triple H Unveils New Undisputed WWE Universal Title Belt
The new WWE Undisputed Universal Championship is comparable to the old WWE Title, but with extra gold and it is horrendous. It appears like a butterscotch belt. I feel WWE is carrying out g this on goal so fajs are happier when Cody Rhodes brings back the Winged Eagle belt.
This was a further phenomenal Bloodline segment exactly where Roman Reigns and The Bloodline appeared to be back on the identical web page. As Roman embraced Chief Jimmy, Reigns coldly mentioned “no,” and Solo Sikoa (who temporarily sided with the Usos) turned on his brothers.
Bloodline Segment Grade: A
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