WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
June 22, 2022
Moody Center in Austin, Texas
Commentary: Michael Cole and Pat McAfee
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with Drew McIntyre walking down to the ring. Drew welcomes everyone to SmackDown. He says when he was drafted to SmackDown, he said he was willing to start at the bottom and earn a Championship match. But it didn’t matter how many matches he won, Roman keeps ducking him. That’s why he will have to win the Money in the Bank.
Drew says in terms of earning title matches, Lesnar shows up last week and already has one at SummerSlam. Drew says that’s the Brock way but he does things the hard way. He says he hopes they tear each other apart because whoever wins, the Money in the Bank winner will Claymore them.
Out comes Sheamus with the Brawling Brutes. He tells Drew that he is right that the Last Man Standing match will be a perfect time to cash in the Money in the Bank. But Drew is wrong if he thinks he will be the one to do it. Drew is in the match because Adam Pearce felt sorry for him. Sheamus says he doesn’t belong.
Sheamus tells Drew that his only experience with the Money in the Bank contract is having someone cash in on him and take the title. But Sheamus is a former Money in the Bank winner. The man he cashed in on was Roman Reigns.
Out comes Paul Heyman with Adam pearce. Heyman says Roman will defend the Undisputed title at SummerSlam against Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match. Heyman says a Last Man Standing match that will not be won by Brock Lesnar. Heyman says they have a problem because even though Roman is the GOAT, after a Last Man Standing match against Brock Lesnar, Roman will be vulnerable to a cash in of the Money in the Bank contract. Heyman says even Lesnar would be vulnerable, not that Lesnar has a chance of winning.
Heyman says as Sheamus said, a cash in on Roma happened before and he is here to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Heyman says Pearce has a special announcement to make. Pearce tells Drew and Sheamus that it has come to his attention that he was a bit hasty in putting them both in the Money in the Bank ladder match. No one lost or won their qualifying match. And after some influence by Heyman, it is his duty to inform them that WWE management has taken the decision and neither one of them will compete in the Money in the Bank match.
Pearce says both of them can qualify if they can team together tonight and defeat The Usos.
Kayla is backstage with Sami Zayn. He tells Kayla that it’s going to be a great night for the Bloodline. Because Drew and Sheamus will not be in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Zayn says as an honorary Uss, he is going to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match and he will win the match. Kayla says and he will cash in on either Lesnar or Roman Reigns. Zayn says he is not going to cash in on Roman Reigns, he is doing this to protect Roman Reigns.
Money in the Bank qualifying match – Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The bell rings and we are under way. Nakamura with an arm bar. Nakamura with right hands and kicks. Nakamura places Zayn on the second rope and Nakamura with a release German suplex. He goes for the cover but Zayn kicks out. Zayn rolls to the outside of the ring. Nakamura to the outside but Zayn with a kick and he throws Nakamura into the ring post. Zayn with a suplex onto the barricade. Zayn gets back in the ring as the referee counts to nine but Nakamura gets into the ring. Zayn with a clothesline.
Zayn throws Nakamura into the turnbuckle. A kick by Nakamura but Zayn throws Nakamura to the outside of the ring.
Back from commercial, Zayn on the top rope as he goes for an elbow but Nakamura with a kick. Nakamrua goes for the cover but Zayn kicks out. Nakamura runs to the ropes but Zayn with the Michinoku driver. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. Zayn climbs the top rope but Nakamura trips him up and Zayn falls to the mat. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa but Zayn moves out of the way. He rolls Nakamura up and Zayn gets his legs on the ropes for the cover but the referee sees him. Zayn argues with the referee. Nakamura with a knee to the back of the neck. He goes for the cover but Zayn kicks out. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa but Zayn rolls to the outside of the ring. Nakamura to the outside and he hits Zayn with the Kinshasa. Nakamura grabs Zayn and throws him into the ring. Nakamura gets in the ring and Zayn hits him with the Helluva Kick. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Sami Zayn
The New Day are set to take on Jinder Mahal and Shanky in a match.
Woods and Kofi get on the microphone before the match. Woods say last week they beat them as clean as soap and no one wants to see this match again. They don’t want rematch after rematch. Kofi says last week Jinder took something away from them and the WWE Universe and that is the sky scrapping dancing machine Shanky.
Kofi asks the fans if they want to see a dancing Shanky and the fans chant yes. The New Day’s music hits and Shanky starts to dance. Jinder tells him to stop. Shanky pushes Jinder as Jinder leaves the ring. Kofi tells Shanky he walked out on him the same way he walked out on 3MB. A loud noise is heard as images of the Viking Raiders appear on the titantron. The Viking Raiders attack The New Day and Shanky from behind.
We cut backstage and it’s Adam Pearce and in comes Sonya. She says she watched him take Sheamus and Drew out of the match. Sonya says it gave her second hand embarrassment. Pearce says she knows how it works, it wasn’t his decision. Sonya asks what his excuse to the way he is treating the women’s division. Sonya says people are saying he is over his head and out of touch with reality.
Sonya says she has been back on SmackDown for a few weeks and doesn’t get a match while Raquel Rodriguez shows up on SmackDown and gets a Money in the Bank qualifying match. And Lacey Evans comes back after a year and gets a Money in the Bank qualifying match.
Pearce tells her she has a match against Lacey Evans and Raquel Rodriguez in a handicap match.
Handicap Match – Lacey Evans and Raquel Rodriguez vs. Sonya Deville with Shayna Baszler and Xia Li
The bell rings and we are under way. Sonya goes for a kick but Lacey grabs her leg and drops her. She goes for the cover but Sonya kicks out. Shayna disracts Rodriguez off the ring apron. Lacey with a back elbow onto Sonya followed by a drop toe hold. Xia Li distracts Lacey as Sonya hits Lacey behind her leg. Sonya goes for the cover but Rodriguez breaks it up. Lacey and Sonya with double kicks and both are knocked down. Rodriguez is tagged in. Rodriguez with kicks and punches onto Sonya.
Rodriguez with a shoulder tackle ont Sonya. Rodriguez with a power slam. Rodriguez throws Sonya into the turnbuckle. She lifts Sonya up but Shayna distracts her. A forearm by Sonya and Evans is tagged in. Evans with the Woman’s Rights. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Lacey Evans and Raquel Rodriguez
Shayna Baszler and Xia Li attack Raquel and Evans from behind. Rodriguez slams Sonya and Li. Evans knocks Shayna down.
We cut backstage and The Street Profits see Los Lotharios with a woman walking. The Street Profits see Gulak working out. They see Madcap Moss working out. Dawkins asks him if he can tell a joke, he asks him why the coach went to the bank. Dawkins says to get his quarter back. Dawkins laughs as Madcap and Ford are standing looking at him.
Ronda Rousey’s music hits and out comes Natalya dressed as Ronda Rousey with an empty stroller.
Natalya mocks Ronda. She says after the strong, courageous and talented Natalya almost made her tap out, she realized that the sharpshooter is better than the arm bar. Natalya gets on the mat and taps out. She says she is sorry to her fans around the world and she should give Natalya her WWE SmackDown Women’s championship, retire, take her diaper bag, push her stroller and leave while she can.
She says she is probably the saddest woman on the planet. Ronda’s music hits and out comes Ronda Rousey. She tells Natalya she almost did not recognize her with her rack out. She can dress up like her but they cannot be anymore different. She won’t mutilate her body chasing impossible beauty standards like her. But that doesn’t mean she will just bend over and hand her her title because she thinks she earned it.
Ronda says Natalya thinks she is owed the title. But the truth is she is lacking of natural talent, absent in charisma and despite her talent, her biggest attraction in the company is dressing up like her. Ronda tells her nice jacket and she grabs it away from her. Natalya grabs the stroller and throws it onto Ronda and leaves the ring.
Megan is backstage with Drew McIntyre and Sheamus. She asks them about their match. Both men argue and Drew tells Sheamus he can fight the Usos alone. Sheamus says Drew is jealous that Sheamus will become champion.
Ludwig Kaiser is introduced as he introduces Gunther.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match – Gunther (c) with Ludwig Kaiser vs. Ricochet
The bell rings and we are under way. Ricochet with a drop kick followed by right hands. Ricochet goes for a kick but Gunther grabs Ricochet and power slams him. He throws Ricochet to the ropes and a big boot onto Ricochet. Gunther stomping on Ricochet followed by an upper cut. Gunther with a crossface onto Ricochet but Ricochet grabs the ropes. Gunther with an upper cut. He goes for a splash in the corner but Ricochet with a kick. Ricochet jumps off the top rope but Gunther catches him. He goes to slam Ricochet but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet with a flying knee.
Ricochet runs to the ropes but Gunther with a clothesline. Gunther with a chop to the chest. Gunther with an upper cut followed by a chop to the chest. Gunther with a German suplex. Gunther with a running drop kick. Gunther with the power bomb. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Gunther
We cut backstage as Kayla is with Paul Heyman. She says that Heyman used his influence to to change the main event and he could have made it easier for Lesnar. In comes Zayn and he tells Heyman that he doesn’t have to answer to a supposed journalist. He tells Heyman that Kayla tried to put words in his mouth by saying that if Zayn won the Money in the Bank, he would cash in on Roman Reigns. He said he would never cash in on Roman Reigns. Heyman puts his arm around Zayn smiling. Zayn says but he would cash in on Brock Lesnar. Heyman takes his arm away from Zayn and looks at him. Zayn leaves as Heyman looks at Kayla and shakes his head.
Money in the Bank Women’s qualifying match – Tamina vs. Shotzi
The bell rings and we are under way. Shotzi with a sleeper on Tamina but Tamina grabs Shotzi and slams her onto the mat. Tamina with a splash in the corner. Back elbow by Tamina as she throws Shotzi to the ropes and Tamina with a powerslam. She goes for the cover but Shotzi kicks out. Tamina places Shotzi on the top rope but Shotzi kicks Tamina away. Shotzi wraps her legs around Tamina and chokes her. Shotzi with a drop kick onto Tamina.
Shotzi with a right hand onto Tamina followed by a kick to the head. Shotzi climbs the second rope as she jumps but Tamina with a kick to the face. She goes for the cover but Shotzi gets her foot on the ropes. Tamina argues with the referee as Shotzi slams Tamina shoulder first into the ring post. Shotzi with a DDT which Michael Cole calls the Never Wake Up. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
The Viking Raiders cut a promo talking about how they have been overlooked and no one is safe from them.
Adam Pearce is backstage with Max Dupri. He tells Pearce that last week it was the lighting and this week it’s the proper dressing room. Max asks him how difficult it is to have a locker room with a temperature of 68.3 degrees and the properly sourced spring water. Dupri says he and his models will be there next week.
We cut to Pat McAfee who says last week, Bum Ass Corbin told him he doesn’t like the way he does his job. Pat says that last week Corbin told him if they were in the ring together, he would wish he was dead. And that would never happen because he loves his life and enjoys every moment. The first time he walked into the WWE Thunderdome was he felt alive. When he puts on the headset and talks to the millions and millions of people, he feels alive.
McAfee tells Corbin that while he is catfishing on the internet pretending not to be a miserable person, he should think about the both of them at SummerSlam when Pat will kick his teeth down his throat. Pat tells Corbin not to be a coward.
Drew McIntyre and Sheamus vs. The Usos – If Drew and Sheamus win, they qualify for Money in the Bank
The Usos come down to the ring before the start of the match and they are on the commentary team. The bell rings and we are under way. Drew and Sheamus argue over who will start the match. Butch gets in the ring as Holland drags him out. Jimmy with right hands on Drew but Drew with a clothesline. Sheamus is tagged in. They double team Jimmy. Sheamus with an upper cut. He lifts Jimmy up but Jimmy lands on his feet and pushes Sheamus into the corner. Jey is tagged in as they double team Sheamus. Jey runs towards Sheamus but Sheamus throws him onto the ring apron. Sheamus with the 10 beats of the Bodhrán. Sheamus grabs Jey and lands a rolling senton.
Sheamus mocks Drew as he goes for the Claymore. He goes for the Claymore but Jey rolls to the outside of the ring. Drew grabs Butch on the outside of the ring and throws him into the barricade. Drew and Sheamus fight on the outside and the Usos with a double suicide dive.
Back from commercial, Jimmy with a kick onto Sheamus. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Right hands by Jimmy. Sheamus with right hands but Jimmy with a kick to the head. Jimmy goes for a kick but Sheamus with a knee to the face. Drew is tagged in and as is Jey. Drew with a clothesline. He throws Jey across the ring. Drew goes for a neck breaker but Jey pushes him shoulder first into the ring post. Jey with a super kick. Jimmy is tagged in. They hit Drew with a double super kick. Jimmy with a frog splash. He goes for the cover but Sheamus breaks it up. Jey throws Sheamus to the outside. Drew with a neck breaker on Jey. He hits Jimmy with a neck breaker.
Drew goes for the Clarmore but Jimmy grabs Jey to the outside. Drew to the outside and Jimmy hits him with the super kick. Butch and Holland run to the outside. With the referee distracted, Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick on Drew but Dawkins with a shoulder tackle on Zayn. The Usos and the Street Profits are face to face on the outside. Drew with a splash over the top rope onto them. Sheamus with the Brogue Kick on Jey on the outside. Drew throws Jimmy into the ring. Drew goes for the Claymore but Jimmy hits him with the super kick. Jimmy runs to the ropes but Drew hits him with the Claymore. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Drew McIntyre and Sheamus