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WWE SmackDown Results: Former Bloodline member challenges Roman Reigns, The Usos' tag team title challengers decided - Winners, Recap, Grades, and Highlights

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We got a hard-hitting episode of WWE SmackDown after the Royal Rumble!
We got a hard-hitting episode of WWE SmackDown after the Royal Rumble!

SmackDown kicked off with Roman Reigns and the Bloodline heading to the arena, and they refused to talk about Jey Uso or Sami Zayn, who were not there with them.

We headed for the first match of the night shortly after.

#TheBloodline has arrived... noticeably absent is Jey Uso. πŸ‘€@WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle #SmackDown https://t.co/LOf9W5YL1H

WWE SmackDown Results (February 3, 2023): Braun Strowman & Ricochet vs. Imperium

It's the finals of the #TagTeamTournament and these men are willing to do whatever it takes to get their shot at the #SmackDown Tag Team Titles! πŸ™ŒWho will earn the right to challenge @WWEUsos? #SmackDown https://t.co/5FXM6Y92Tn

Ricochet and Kaiser kicked off the match, and Vinci ran a distraction early on, letting Imperium get in control. Strowman took him out at ringside before Imperium hit dives on him.

After a break on SmackDown, Ricochet took Vinci down and hit a shooting star press before Gunther got into a fight with Ricochet outside, leading to Gunther being ejected from ringside.

Strowman tagged in and took Kaiser out with the Monster Bomb before Ricochet got on his shoulders and hit a Swanton Bomb for the win.

Result: Braun Strowman & Ricochet def. Imperium

NEXT WEEK...#BraunStrowman and @KingRicochet will battle @WWEUsos for the #SmackDown Tag Team Titles! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ https://t.co/e42UuJ8XVX

Grade: B+


Charlotte was backstage and said that WrestleMania would be epic before hyping up her match with Rhea Ripley.

Sonya Deville rolled up and said she would take the title away from Charlotte before WrestleMania and face Rhea herself.


Charlotte (c) vs. Sonya Deville - SmackDown Women’s Championship match

Wooo! @MsCharlotteWWE is feelin' it tonight in this #SmackDown Women's Title Match against @SonyaDevilleWWE! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ https://t.co/kLbhTA3OcB

Charlotte got the first takedown before Deville grabbed Charlotte by the hair and dragged her down. Sonya blocked a roll-up and attacked Charlotte's knees before taking some clotheslines and a Suplex.

Deville got a big boot before Charlotte got another clothesline and took Sonya into the corner. Charlotte went for the moonsault, but Deville got her knees up. Charlotte locked in Figure Eight and picked up the win.

Result: Charlotte def. Sonya Deville to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship

AND STILL #SmackDown Women's Champion...@MsCharlotteWWE πŸ‘‘ #SmackDown https://t.co/1jcP9Gr8wM

Grade: B


The Bloodline was backstage. Reigns asked Jimmy where Jey was. Jimmy said he hadn't heard from him since Rumble and Roman ranted about running away from obligations.

Reigns sent Solo and Jimmy to find Jey as SmackDown continued.

"I wanna know where your brother is... find him NOW!"Where is Jey @WWEUsos? The Tribal Chief @WWERomanReigns, and the WWE Universe would like to know...#SmackDown https://t.co/BFSkdMYB8h

Brawling Brutes vs. Viking Raiders on SmackDown

Butch and Erik kicked off the match before Holland came in and hit a big vertical Suplex. Butch and Holland got Sheamus-style chops on the Raiders before Valhalla ran a distraction, allowing Butch to be sent to the barricades.

Holland hit the Raiders with Suplexes before taking down Ivar with an Alabama Slam for a near fall. Ivar came back with a big boot before The Viking Raiders hit Ragnarok and picked up the win.

Result: Viking Raiders def. Brawling Brutes

The #VikingRaiders had this coming! @WWESheamus and @DMcIntyreWWE reminding them that Friday night is FIGHT NIGHT! πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜€ #SmackDown https://t.co/clSZzn520a

Grade: B-


Following the match, we saw a recap of the Pitch Black match between Bray Wyatt and LA Knight.

After the clip, Uncle Howdy appeared behind Wyatt and put his hands on his shoulders as the latter sat on a rocking chair.

WHAT IS HAPPENING? 😳#BrayWyatt and Uncle Howdy clearly aren't done yet... #SmackDown https://t.co/Uy8tAUX3pi

Shotzi vs. Zelina Vega vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya - Elimination Chamber Qualifier on SmackDown

The group went after Baszler early in the match. After she was ejected from the ring, Vega got some nearfalls on Natalya. Baszler came back and started dropping people before taking Natalya out with a massive knee strike.

Shotzi returned and got some big moves before Baszler locked in the Kirifuda Clutch on Natalya. The latter broke out of it and locked in the Sharpshooter on Vega before picking up the win!

Result: Natalya def. Shotzi, Zelina & Shayna Baszler

FOUR women fighting for a chance to compete at #WWEChamber...Who will move one step closer to facing @BiancaBelairWWE for the #WWERaw Women's Championship at #WrestleMania? @NatbyNature @ShotziWWE @ZelinaVegaWWE @QoSBaszler #SmackDown https://t.co/4C7Zs9sPYu

Grade: B


Backstage, Roman was addressing The Bloodline and said that there was a lot of pressure on him at the moment. He said that he needed Jimmy and Solo to be strong during the crisis.

Roman sent Jimmy and Solo to the bus before heading to the ring himself to 'handle some business.'


Roman Reigns was out next, and the crowd was chanting Sami Zayn's name. He said that he would rather talk about Cody Rhodes but decided to answer the crowd instead.

He called Sami ungrateful and greedy before a guy in a hoodie attacked him.

SAMI ZAYN IS HERE AND HE'S COME FOR @WWERomanReigns! 😲@SamiZayn #SmackDown https://t.co/ROWnuQPOn0

The mystery attacker turned out to be Sami Zayn. He took Roman down before unloading on him and hitting a big spear. Roman managed to flee before Sami got on the mic and said that he had never wanted anything from Roman until now; he was coming for the Universal Title.

Solo and Jimmy showed up and attacked Sami, taking him down and setting up a chair around his neck in the corner. Roman came back and moved the chair before taunting Sami and blaming him for breaking up his family.

Roman said that they would face each other at the Elimination Chamber and put the titles on his face before SmackDown went off the air.

"You broke up my family and I'm gonna break YOU in front of your entire family." @WWERomanReigns just granted @SamiZayn's wish for a match at #WWEChamber! #SmackDown https://t.co/AJ13br2gXI

Episode rating: B+

We got some great matches tonight and a big closing segment with the conclusion of the Bloodline's downfall after the Royal Rumble.

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