Gunther was ready to defend his Intercontinental Championship in the main event of this week’s WWE SmackDown. Shinsuke Nakamura was looking to dethrone the Ring General and begin another reign as IC Champion.
Liv Morgan and Shayna Baszler were ready for their contract signing segment. As expected, the interaction ended chaotically. A feud between Kofi Kingston and The Viking Raiders took their rivalry to the next level.
Additionally, the race to capture the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship has intensified following the return of Karrion Kross to SmackDown last week. It was another entertaining episode of the show that kept the fans glued to their screens.
Take a look at the five things WWE SmackDown did right on this week’s show.
#5. Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah advanced to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament
Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah teamed up to take on Shotzi and Xia Li in the first match on WWE SmackDown. The two teams were looking to advance in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament.
Shotzi tried to catch Raquel early, but the powerhouse wasn’t ready to go down so quickly. She countered a DDT from Shotzi and suplexed her before Aliyah and Li tagged in.
Natalya and Sonya Deville tried to interfere, but Shotzi and Raquel worked together to eliminate them. Aliyah was isolated as a heel for some time, but countered a vertical suplex from Li to tag in Raquel.
Big Mami Cool ran through her opponents and hit some big moves before going for the Texana Bomb. Xia stopped the move before Aliyah pulled her out. Li took the Texana Bomb from Rodriguez and was pinned.
Aliyah and Raquel made a good team on SmackDown and did well to win. They are one of the favorite teams to win the tournament along with Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky.
#4. Scarlett interrupted Drew McIntyre on WWE SmackDown
Karrion Kross cut a promo backstage where he talked about how Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre were “chosen” while he and Scarlett were not. He expressed himself and sent some threats to the top men on the roster as WWE SmackDown continued.
McIntyre came out in the middle and said that Kross attacked him last week to warn Roman Reigns. However, the Scottish Warrior was soon ready to recover.
Scarlett came out to distract Drew and exchange a few words. The Usos attacked this one from behind and laid him out with the 1D. Jimmy and Jey tried to threaten Scarlett as well, but she laughed as the segment ended.
SmackDown does an excellent job of making the top title feud even more entertaining. Kross could cost McIntyre his championship match at Clash at the Castle before becoming the next challenger himself.
It will be the perfect way to keep rivalries fresh, giving Reigns a longer reign as the company’s top champion.
Later in the night, McIntyre rushed into The Bloodline’s locker room and sat down Jimmy and Jey Uso while Sami Zayn ran away. It led to a match between The Usos and the team of McIntyre and Madcap Moss, which was won by the latter duo.
#3. Hit Row returned to bolster the company’s tag team division
Several local competitors waited ringside for their opponents to appear on WWE SmackDown. Hit Row returned to the brand to the surprise of fans.
Top Dolla and Ashante “Thee” Adonis entered the ring for the match as B-Fab looked on. The two superstars went through the local competitors and punished them. They hit a Heavy Hitter to get an easy win.
B-Fab entered the ring and took the mic to reintroduce the faction. The three superstars worked with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in WWE NXT for some time before moving to the main roster and being released. Now they are ready to make a statement with their return to the brand.
It was great to see Hit Row back in action on SmackDown. The new creative team could allow them to prove themselves in the company. Top Dolla and B-Fab have the potential to make it big if given a chance.
SmackDown needs some tag teams to add more depth to the roster. Hit Row has the potential to go straight to the top and challenge The Usos for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships.
#2. Liv Morgan escaped an attack from Shayna Baszler on WWE SmackDown
Ronda Rousey jumped the railing and entered the ring to address the SmackDown crowd. She said her suspension and fine were tough, but it was the price she had to pay for being the worst.
She threw money on a table in the ring before the officials came out to make her leave. He came face to face with Shayna Baszler before leaving the arena.
Baszler entered the ring and warned Liv Morgan before the SmackDown Women’s Champion came out. The two opponents for Clash at the Castle were ready to sign a contract for their match.
Morgan landed some jabs at Baszler that didn’t sit well with the Queen of Spades. She signed the contract and attacked Morgan’s injured arm. The latter countered and sent her through the table with a top rope assisted bulldog as the segment ended.
WWE is still building Morgan up as the underdog even though he has the title around his waist. It will be interesting to see how she performs against one of the most lethal women in the division.
#1. Gunther and Shinsuke Nakamura put on a solid match for the Intercontinental Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura challenged Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event of WWE SmackDown. The Ring General used his dominance to push Nakamura into a corner, but the Artist fought back with some big shots.
Nakamura went for the arm bar, but Gunther was able to get out of it. He tried to hit a splash but Shinsuke locked him in the triangle lock.
The Intercontinental Champion lifted Nakamura off his feet and hit a suplex to break him. The latter refused to stay down and hit a big suplex off the ropes to take Gunther down. General Ring fired back with a dropkick and countered Kinshasa with a clothesline. He finished off his opponent with a powerbomb for the win.
The two men put on an excellent match on SmackDown this week. The action was fast paced and they pulled off some big moves to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.
WWE should look to adjust Gunther’s finisher to make him seem more powerful. Otherwise, it looks like he’s all set to aim to top the list soon. Meanwhile, Shinsuke Nakamura should quickly enter another meaningful rivalry after the loss.
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