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SmackDown Results: Former US Champion confronts Reigns; Chaotic finish to title match

A great night for The Tribal Chief on SmackDown
A great night for The Tribal Chief on SmackDown
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Roman Reigns kicked off the SmackDown after WrestleMania and said that he did everything that he said he would do.

Reigns added that no one on the roster could match up to him before Cesaro made his entrance. Reigns walked out with Heyman and Uso before Cesaro could say anything and we headed for commercials soon after.

Backstage after the break, Cesaro told Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville that he wants a match with Roman Reigns tonight.


Rey Mysterio vs. Otis on SmackDown

Otis picked Rey up and slammed him to the mat as the match began. He proceeded to toss the former World Champion out of the ring. Rey recovered and got to the ropes but Otis hung him upside down in the corner before Mysterio reversed with a senton.

Otis caught Rey off a crossbody and hit a slam before missing the splash. Mysterio got the 619 on his second try before going up the top rope. Otis countered the splash but Rey managed to roll him up for the win.

Result: Rey Mysterio def. Otis

Grade: B


Backstage on SmackDown, Paul Heyman hesitated and eventually announced that Cesaro would face Jey Uso instead of Roman Reigns tonight, much to the disappointment of the fans.


Sami Zayn calls out Kevin Owens

Sami Zayn was out next and was not happy after his WrestleMania disaster. He said Logan's presence on Sunday distracted him and asked Owens to face him again. Owens walked out and after a break, they headed for the match.


Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn on SmackDown

Sami stayed away from Owens early in the match before KO outsmarted him and caught him with some big hits. Zayn took a senton before Sami dodged the cannonball and got some moves of his own in.

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn on SmackDown (contd...)

Owens took a Sunset Flip powerbomb from the top rope for a near fall before we headed for a break on SmackDown.

Sami caught a Swanton Bomb before fleeing the match as the referee counted him out. Owens chased afterZayn and brought him back to the ring for a stunner before it was over.

Result: Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn via count-out

Grade: B-


Apollo Crews introduces Commander Azeez

Nigerian Apollo Crews was backstage and introduced his mysterious ally as Commander Azeez.


Bianca Belair's Championship celebration on SmackDown

The Street Profits and Bianca Belair were out to celebrate her first-ever SmackDown women's title win. Bianca thanked the fans and Banks too for giving her a challenge before they all had a group hug.


Sasha Banks was furious backstage on SmackDown and just walked off during her interview.

Bayley was in another interview and said that she was going to challenge Belair and win the title.


The Dirty Dawgs (c) vs. The Street Profits - SmackDown Tag Team Title Match

The Profits were dominating the match and isolated Ziggler in their corner before hitting double team moves on him.

The Dirty Dawgs (c) vs. The Street Profits - SmackDown Tag Title Match (contd...)

Roode came into the match on SmackDown and was hit with a double team move immediately before the Profits sent Ziggler into him. After a break on SmackDown, Roode hit a spinebuster off a distraction for a near fall.

Dawkins sent Ziggler into the corner after he was tagged in and Ford quickly tagged back in along with Roode. Ford hit a standing moonsault on The Glorious One before hitting a dive on the champs outside.

Dawkins took down Roode in the ring before Ford went for the pin but Ziggler broke it up. Ziggler snuck in a tag and got the ZigZag on Ford from behind for the win.

Result: Ziggler & Roode def. The Street Profits to retain the SmackDown Tag Titles

Grade: B+


Cesaro was backstage on SmackDown and said that Heyman was wrong about him not being good enough to face Roman and he will prove it by beating Uso tonight.


Shayna Bazsler vs. Natalya on SmackDown

Shayna had the upper hand as the match started but Natalya hung her up on the ropes from the apron.

Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya on SmackDown (contd...)

Baszler got out of the Sharpshooter and went for the Khirifuda but Natalya managed to roll her up for the win on SmackDown.

Result: Natalya def. Shayna Baszler

Nia Jax stormed the ring after the match but Tamina took her out before she could attack Natalya.

Grade: C


Jey Uso was backstage and threatened to knock Cesaro's teeth out tonight before we headed for the main event on SmackDown.


Cesaro vs. Jey Uso on SmackDown

Cesaro attacked Uso and flipped him right as the bell rang, before hitting a backbreaker. Uso set Cesaro up in the corner and kicked him onto the post before kicking him off the apron.

Cesaro lifted Uso again with his injured arm and dropped him before hitting a crossbody for a near fall. Jey took an uppercut on the top rope before Cesaro hit the Gutwrench Suplex from up top.

Cesaro went for the Swing before Seth Rollins attacked him. The match was called due to the DQ and Rollins walked off, yelling that he wasn't done with Cesaro.

Result: DNF

Grade: A


Episode grade: B-

A rather slow SmackDown to wind down after WrestleMania and head into the new season of WWE television. Cesaro attempt to start a new feud with Roman was interrupted and Bayley showed interest in pursuing the SmackDown Women's title. The Street Profits failed to secure tag team gold tonight on SmackDown.

Edited by Alan John
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