WWE Friday Night SmackDown 04 22 2022

WWE SmackDown Results
April 22, 2022

MVP Arena (Albany, NY)
Results by: Jerome Wilen of Wrestleview.com

The show opens with Samantha Irvin introducing Adam Pearce, who is in the ring with the contract signing setup. Pearce welcomed everyone SmackDown and then introduced SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

The arena is sold out and loud!

After Flair came to the ring, Pearce introduced Ronda Rousey to a huge pop. Pearce tells them two signatures are needed to make the match official, but the contract is nowhere to be seen. Pearce looked around for it. Out comes Drew Gulak, with the contract. Pearce then apologizes and says Gulak is his new assistant. Gulak made his way into the ring with the contract and grabbed the mic. Gulak told Pearce he is super-pumped for this opportunity and also said he takes it very serious.

Gulak told the fans to look to the big screen for a special Power Point presentation for the rules of the I Quit Match. Flair then told him to shut up before she makes him quit the job before he gets started. Rousey then had some words of support for Gulak. Flair then taunted Rousey for losing at WrestleMania 38. The fans in the arena began to chant “you tapped out!” Flair insisted she was adjusting her bra. Flair then stood up at the table and went over the different ways she could make Rousey quit. Flair then raised the title and said she will find a way to win like she did at WrestleMania. Flair then sat back down and signed the contract as Rousey looked at her with a smirk.

The fans in the arena began chanting for Fans Rousey. Flair then interrupted the chants and reminded them of who won at WrestleMania. Rousey then started talking and Flair again interrupted the fans with a reminder of her win at WrestleMania. Rousey then said there will be no referee to save Flair this time, and that this time Flair will have to say Rousey is better than her, and she will quit. Flair then flipped over the table. She then grabbed a kendo stick that was hidden under the table and attacked Rousey with it.

Rousey caught the third swing and took Flair down. Rousey then hit Flair with the kendo stick. Gulak then grabbed the stick. As Gulak prepared the contract, Rousey grabbed him and applied the Piper’s Pit submission. Rousey stood over Gulak as he clutched his arm. He then gives Rousey a a pen. Rousey took the pen, applied the armbar again on Gulak and while signing the contract.

Butch vs Xavior Woods (Was Originally Advertised As Kofi Kingston)

The ending of the match saw Woods get Butch on his shoulders, but Butch clawed at his ears and was able to get free. Butch came back with more offense before he spiked Woods down on the mat attempting the pin, but only had gotten a two count. As Butch showed frustrated, Woods dropped him with a DDT and rolled him up for the pin.

Winner by pinfall: Xavior Woods

Post-Match: Butch got angry as Sheamus and Ridge attempted to calm him down. Butch then left the ring and went over the barrier into the crowd. Butch then grabbed a WWE crew member and tossed him over the barrier. Sheamus and Ridge looked on as Butch again took off through the crowd.

Backstage, Aliyah gave praise to Ricochet for his win over Jinder Mahal. Ricochet then said it is an honor to be the Intercontinental Champion.

Jinder Mahal and Shanky then approached Ricochet and Aliyah. Mahal mocked Ricochet until Shanky came in an interrupted. He then challenged Ricochet to a match for later in the night. Ricochet accepted the match, as Mahal was confused.

Gunther defeated Teddy Goodz in a squash match in a match that was just above two minutes. Gunther applied a sleeper and then hit a powerbomb for the win.

Riddle vs. Jey Uso

The ending of the match saw Riddle go for the RKO, but Jey avoided it and then hit a pop-up neck breaker. Riddle then fought back with a running knee, but Jey came back and hit a superkick. Jey then hit the Uso splash, but Riddle put up his knees up and rolled up Jey to get the 1, 2, 3.

Backstage Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman watched the match in the back. Reigns was disappointed after seeing Riddle defeat Jey.

Winner by pinfall: Riddle

There was a Segment that set up Natayla and Shayna Baszler as the next challengers for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.

Kayla Braxton interviewed Banks and Naomi in the ring. Braxton then recapped Naomi and Banks issuing their challenge before WrestleMania 38. The fans in the arena then began to chant “You deserve it.”

Banks and Naomi ran down everyone they beat and then said they have no competition left. Natalya and Shayna Baszler then interrupted the interview. Natalya said they never beat them for the Championships. Baszler said she promised to win the tag team titles and then pushed Banks down. Naomi held Banks back as Baszler and Natalya walked off.

Backstage, Happy Corbin came up to Madcap Moss. Corbin said Moss made his point and he is willing to forgive him. Moss then mocked Corbin for being bald. Corbin then walked off as Moss laughed.

Video package aired showing Rachael Rodriquez making her SmackDown debut next week.

Madcap Moss vs. Angel

The ending of the match saw Moss catch a crossbody, then hit a big fall-away slam. Moss then unloaded with strikes. Moss clotheslined Humberto to the floor when he tried to enter the ring. Moss dropped Angel with The Punchline for the win.

Winner by pinfall: Madcap Moss

Post-Match, Moss celebrates when Happy Baron Corbin suddenly attacks him from behind. Corbin beat Moss down and stomped on him in the corner. Corbin then grabbed Moss and hit him with the End of Days. Corbin left the the ring, grabbed the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy, put it on his shoulders and left with it.

Sami Zayn is seen around backstage. He approaches the locker room door of Roman Reigns. Sami then hesitates – then came a commercial.

Back from the break there is a video for the WWE and Make-A-Wish celebrating World Wish Day.

After the video, the Bloodline is backstage. The Usos are disappointed with the loss to Riddle. Jey Uso said that it won’t happen again. As Roman Reigns looked disappointed, Paul Heyman walked up and said that they have a guest, which is Sami Zayn. Zayn said it’s good to see Reigns. He started off by acknowledging him and saying how good his work has been as of late. Sami then went on about how Reigns is the locker room leader. He said he has heard and seen things. He said that he saw Drew McIntyre getting chummy with RK-Bro, and now they are going to be Lumberjacks in his match against McIntyre. Sami then said to Reigns he is not a a rat or a snitch, but he knows they said some disrespectful things about Reigns and his family. Sami then says his reputation has taken hit after hit, and that people think he is afraid of McIntyre. Sami then said he needs to beat Drew to get back the respect that he owed. He then said to Reigns he was thinking that he could maybe get some help. Sami told Reigns he would be more than helpful in return if Reigns helped him out. Sami said that he could be a very valuable ally to The Bloodline. Sami then fell to his knees begging Reigns for help. Sami then said he needs Reigns to acknowledge him, because he is acknowledging Reigns. Sami then gets up and sarcastically said that was a great talk, alright. Sami then walked off. Reigns then told The Usos there are people trash talking him on his show and told The Usos to take his name out of their mouths.

Michael Cole then said it is time for Chapter 3 of the Lacey Evans Story.

Lumberjack Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn

The ending of the match saw Adam Pearce appearing on the stage and insulting Sami for running away from a Lumberjack Match, He then announced that next week’s show with be Sami and Drew in a Steel Cage match. Jinder Mahal then attacked McIntyre from behind and beat up in the corner as Sami looked scared as he is in the crowd and then ran away. Shanky came in and helped Mahal beat up McIntrye who ended up fighting them both off with two Glasgow Kiss headbutts.

Drew pointed at Zayn who is in the crowd, and then hit Mahal with a big Claymore Kick. Drew then went to the announce table and yelled into McAfee’s head-set, saying there will be no escape for Zayn next week as will tear him apart. Drew then took his sword and stood on top of the announce table pointing and yelling at Sami as the show went off the air.