Tonight’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens up with a look at Jey Uso walking backstage at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. We see what happened in Tribal Court last week as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Wade Barrett.
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– We go right to the ring and Mike Rome introduces Bianca Belair. Fans chant “EST!” as she makes her way to the ring. Belair talks about how she’s been so patient waiting for a chance to get her title back. She says tonight is the night… no it’s her night. Belair says she will show Asuka that patience is a virtue and vengeance is sweet. She says she will give WWE Women’s Champion Asuka exactly what she deserves, hitting the KOD to win the title. The music interrupts and out comes Charlotte Flair.
Flair heads to the ring and fans “Wooo!” at them. Flair says Belair got her fired up. She says no disrespect to Asuka, but she thinks Belair will win, and she’s manifesting the title change here in Flair Country. Flair says when Belair wins, she wants no confusion on who is next in line. Belair says we all know the line starts and ends with Flair.
Flair says she wouldn’t say it like that, but OK. She says she’s here respectfully, telling Belair to her face that she is next – it will be Flair vs. Belair… what do you say? Belair doesn’t want to jinx herself but Flair vs. Belair at WWE SummerSlam sounds nice. Fans pop. Belair goes on and says she is ready for Asuka. They trade looks and Flair exits the ring. We see Asuka watching from backstage.
– Pretty Deadly defeated Sheamus and Ridge Holland via pinfall. After the match, Pretty Deadly celebrates as the music hits.
– Tonight’s Progressive Match Flo replay looks at Grayson Waller’s loss to WWE Hall of Famer Edge last week at Madison Square Garden. Waller at backstage with Cathy Kelley now. Waller isn’t surprised he’s getting a shot at a title tonight. He brags on his MSG debut and says he would’ve defeated Edge if he had more than 15 minutes notice. He had Edge right where he wanted, and he swam.
Waller says everyone is talking about him, even The Rock, which is a reference to their Twitter jabs. He mentions how Rock is talking about him while his family implodes on TV every week, and that’s called The Grayson Waller Effect. He says Rock and everyone else knows where to find him. He goes on and says if you smell what he’s cooking.
– Still to come, a look back at last week’s Tribal Court.
– The announcers hype Bianca Belair vs. WWE Women’s Champion Asuka as tonight’s main event.
– We get a look at last week’s happenings with The Bloodline. Cole says Jimmy Uso suffered damage to his rib cartilage and will be out of action for the foreseeable future.
– Charlotte Flair at backstage with her bag when Adam Pearce approaches. Flair says she’s leaving because she knows Pearce doesn’t like people interfering in title matches. Pearce is surprised. Flair has a good feeling about Bianca Belair and their match at SummerSlam.
Charlotte Flair goes to leave when IYO SKY and Bayley show up with the Money In the Bank briefcase in the air. Bayley says Charlotte Flair isn’t the only one with a good feeling about the situation. IYO SKY taps the briefcase. Charlotte Flair comes back over and says on second thought, she will be staying.
– Bayley defeated Zelina Vega via pinfall. After the match, Bayley and IYO SKY celebrates. Bayley has Shotzi’s hair in hand when Shotzi suddenly appears on the big screen. Shotzi says Bayley thought she could intimidate or scare her. Do you think you have control? Do I look scared or like someone who is not in control? She yells – do I?
Shotzi is holding a pair of clippers. She says she’s a little weird but also in control, and she wants to show them just how chaotic she really is. Shotzi laughs and goes on about being in control, and not scared. Shotzi begins shaving her hair off now. She says maybe she is a little weird, then the video ends. Bayley and IYO look worried as Bayley looks at the hair in her hand.
– The announcer discuss Jey Uso and how he’s unhinged right now. Jey Uso makes his way to the ring by himself. Jey is in the ring as some fans boo and some cheer. He hesitates but the “Uso!” chants start. He goes on about always being with Jimmy Uso but fans give him the “What?!” treatment. He says having a brother is one thing but having a twin is special.
Jey goes on about sharing feelings and says when Jimmy is hurt, he also hurts. He never thought it would be done by another family member. He goes on about how he respects his family and the Legends before him, but when it comes to Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Jey is going to disrespect all of him.
Jey says he will spank Solo Sikoa like he did last week, little brother. Jey says Paul Heyman has been a puppeteer to his family for over 40 years but that will stop now. Jey gets hyped up and says he is the real Head of The Table, the real Chief, he is Main Event Jey Uso. Heyman suddenly interrupts on the mic and out he comes with Solo Sikoa.
Heyman introduces them and says Solo is the enforcer of The Bloodline. Heyman says Solo is not here to enforce Heyman’s will or a victory for The Bloodline… Solo is here to enforce peace. Heyman says they will step into the ring and have a conversation but nothing physical will happen. Heyman says Jey knows how this works… it was handed down by WWE Hall of Famers Afa and Sika, and the ancestors before them.
Paul Heyman says Jey will meet Roman face to face next week to discuss the rules of engagement, but tonight they’re just going to have a little chat. Heyman knows how Jey feels, he understands Jey is hurt, and hostile. Heyman goes on and says Jey is sounding more like a Tribal Chief every day. Heyman says Solo was right about Jey not understanding what it is to be the right hand man, and he has no conscience. Heyman says what happened to Jimmy is all Jey’s fault. Fans boo.
Paul Heyman says Jey rose up and opposed Reigns, he wanted to become Head of The Table. Heyman yells to the camera to send a message to Jimmy, saying he’s in the hospital because of Jey. Heyman asks how Jey can forgive himself, how can Jimmy forgive you? Heyman says Jey’s mother and father will never forgive him. Fans boo. Heyman says he has loved The Usos but he will never forgive Jey, and the same goes for Roman.
Sikoa asks for Heyman’s mic now. Solo says what happened to Jimmy is all Jey’s fault, and he also will never forgive his brother. Solo drops the mic as Jey seethes. Jey suddenly decks Solo and they start brawling. Jey avoids a Samoan Spike, then nails Solo with a superkick. Jey sends Solo to the floor. Jey turns around to Heyman on his knees, pleading with Jey. Heyman stalls, allowing for Solo to deck Jey from behind. Solo unloads on Jey but misses the Samoan Spike. Jey attacks Solo again and decks him.
Heyman comes back in but Jey drops him and mounts him with punches. Jey superkicks Heyman, then nails a big suicide dive on Solo as fans pop. Jey comes back into the ring as fans cheer him on. A steel chair comes into play as Jey grabs it and Heyman pleads from the corner. Jey stares Heyman down, chair in hand, but Solo rushes in and takes the chair shot for Heyman. Heyman retreats and Solo joins him at ringside. Jey holds the chair, staring out as his younger brother and The Wise Man.
– The announcers discuss tonight’s main event as we see Adam Pearce backstage talking with Bianca Belair and a referee.
– Santos Escobar defeated Butch, Grayson Waller and AJ Styles in United States Championship Invitational Fatal 4 Way and advances to final. After the match, Escobar stands tall and taunts Theory now.
– We see Adam Pearce at backstage talking to Asuka and a referee.
– The O.C. at backstage with everyone checking on Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. AJ says this is not over and he’s going to get Karrion Kross.
– The Street Profits are outside in the backstage parking lot, waiting on someone who said they would be here. They approach a black SUV and Bobby Lashley hops out as fans in the arena pop. They greet each other and shake hands. Lashley asks if they want to talk, and they do. Lashley and the The Profits get into the black SUV and it drives off.
– We go to a promo from 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio. He talks about the last year and how he gained new family in The LWO, and he got a Hall of Fame ring, but now he’s looking for gold around his waist. Rey says next week on SmackDown he will move one step closer to winning the WWE United States Title.
– We go to a backstage promo from Cameron Grimes. He says he was ecstatic when he got the call to be in the WWE United States Championship Invitational next week. Grimes says what better way to show he belongs in WWE than winning the title. Grimes says he’s confident and he’s going straight to the moon.
– Sheamus at backstage now. He says he had Austin Theory beat twice for the WWE United States Title, but Pretty Deadly cost him each time. He calls Theory a John Cena wannabe and says he’s wiggled out so many times he lost count. Sheamus says now he has to beat three other men to get to Theory? Bring it on. Sheamus warns the other Invitational competitors and says Theory is his.
– We go to the stage and out comes LA Knight to a big pop. Let me talk to ya. LA says all of a sudden he’s everywhere… Yeah. Everyone uses his name on the internet to get clicks. LA says he’s the best decision the company ever made, he stands head & shoulders above the rest and no one can touch him. Now, the worst decision ever made is this WWE United States Championship Invitational.
LA Knight says Austin Theory’s title is in trouble… not because five guys are going for it, but because LA Knight is coming for it. LA says you can call him a mega-star, or even The GOAT if you’d like, but sooner than later you will be calling him champ. LA went on with his promo and got the crowd to say his name, then he ended it with a Yeah.
– The announcers hype next week’s SmackDown on FS1.
– Bianca Belair defeated Asuka via disqualification in WWE Women’s Championship match but Asuka is still champion. At the closing moments of the match, Bayley and IYO SKY end up coming over the barrier to get involved but Charlotte Flair also comes over and shuts Bayley down with a big boot.
Belair and Flair have words now. Flair says she’s helping Belair. IYO decks Flair. Flair goes for a Spear but accidentally hits Belair and the referee calls the match.
After the match, IYO SKY hit Flair with a Money In the Bank briefcase shot to the back. Bayley hypes IYO up for a cash-in now and they bring Asuka into the ring. SKY goes up as Bayley moves to hand the briefcase to the referee so that SKY can cash in. Asuka quickly jumps up to her feet and spits mist as Bayley, knocking her off the apron to the floor.
Asuka takes her title and quickly exits the ring. Asuka clutches the title and smiles as IYO looks on from the ring. Bayley is still down on the floor from the mist, clutching SKY’s briefcase. Charlotte Flair and Bianca Belair look around at ringside while IYO SKY and Bayley yell from the ring, having words with Asuka. The champ smiles back at Damage CTRL as Friday Night SmackDown goes off the air.