The latest episode of Smackdown, which aired on September 15, 2023, delivered some exciting moments and matches for the fans. Let’s dive into the highlights of the show!
The show kicked off with a surprise appearance by Pat McAfee, who was in the area for work. McAfee was interrupted by Austin Theory, who mocked him and made fun of his physique. However, their exchange was cut short when the legendary Rock made his entrance. The Rock shut down Theory and delivered his signature moves, much to the delight of the crowd.
In the first match of the night, AJ Styles faced off against Finn Balor. The match showcased the skills of both competitors, with Balor ultimately securing the victory with a crucifix pin. This win adds to Balor’s momentum as he prepares for future challenges.
After the match, John Cena had a staredown with the Rock, and they even shared a friendly hug, showing that there is no animosity between the two icons.
Finn Balor approached Jimmy Uso backstage and offered him and his brother a spot in the Judgment Day. Despite Jimmy’s polite decline, Balor emphasized that there would be no leader in the Judgment Day, including Roman Reigns. This statement caught the attention of Paul Heyman, who appeared shortly after Jimmy left.
The LWO (Lucha World Order) took the stage next, with Rey Mysterio expressing his gratitude for the unity and strength of his family. Santos Escobar challenged Mysterio for a title match, which Mysterio jokingly accepted. However, Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits interrupted, leading to a challenge being made and accepted for a match later in the evening.
In the match between the Street Profits and the LWO, the Street Profits emerged victorious with their finishing move, the Revelation, defeating Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde. The beatdown continued after the match, with the Street Profits asserting their dominance.
LA Knight faced off against The Miz in a hard-fought battle. Knight showcased his skills and determination, ultimately securing the win with his finishing move, the BFT. After the match, Knight made it clear that he is here for gold and is ready to take on any challenge.
Backstage, Solo Sikoa expressed his displeasure with LA Knight, but Paul Heyman reminded him that any orders must come from Roman Reigns. Sikoa promised to finish things with Jimmy Uso and John Cena, leaving Heyman wondering who gave the order for Sikoa’s taped thumb.
Bayley and Dakota Kai hyped each other up backstage, but there was uncertainty about whether Bayley was ready to face Asuka. In their match, Asuka defeated Bayley with a backslide pin, showcasing her technical prowess and resilience.
The show concluded with the Grayson Waller Effect segment, where Waller criticized John Cena and claimed his star was fading. Jimmy Uso interrupted the segment and attacked Cena, with AJ Styles coming to Cena’s aid. The segment ended with tension and questions about who gave the order for Sikoa’s attack.
Overall, this episode of Smackdown delivered exciting matches and intriguing storylines, setting the stage for future rivalries and confrontations. Stay tuned for more updates from the world of professional wrestling!
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