WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
July 14, 2023
PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Commentary: Michael Cole and Wade Barrett
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with Jey Uso walking backstage.
We cut live to the arena as Bianca Belair comes walking down to the ring. Bianca says that people always say that good things come to those who wait. But is it hard to wait, especially when you want something so badly. She says it feels like she has been waiting since May to get a rematch against Asuka to get her title back.
Bianca states that she went through a lot of hoops to get what is hers. She goes on to say that tonight is her night to show Asuka that vengeance is sweet. She will give Asuka the KOD and her walking out as the new Women’s Champion. As she is speaking, Flair’s music hits and out she comes.
Flair says Bianca got her fired up. She tells Bianca that she thinks she will win tonight and she is manifesting a win in Flair country. And that draws a pop from the crowd. She tells Bianca that when she wins, she doesn’t want any confusion as to who is next in line. Bianca says every one knows the line starts and ends with Flair. With both women in the ring, Flair tells Bianca that when she does win, it will be herself against Bianca for the Women’s Championship.
Bianca says she is focused on Asuka but if she does win, nothing would be bigger than Bianca against Flair at SummerSlam. Flair tells Bianca that if she wins tonight, it’s on. Bianca tells Flair she is ready for Asuka as Flair extends her hand and they shake on it. Flair gives Bianca a WOOO and leaves the ring. Backstage, Asuka is shown watching them on television.
Sheamus and Ridge Holland vs. Pretty Deadly
The bell rings and we are under way. Sheamus runs after Prince but Prince leaves the ring. Sheamus grabs Wilson and throws him into the ring. Prince gets in the ring but Sheamus hits him with a rolling senton. Sheamus throws Wilson to the outside. Sheamus with a clothesline and Holland is tagged into the match. They double team Prince in the ring as Holland goes for the cover but Prince kicks out.
Holland grabs Prince but Prince lands on his feet and hits Holland with an uppercut. Wilson is tagged in and they double team Holland in the corner. Prince is tagged back in and once more they double team Holland. Wilson is tagged in but Holland lifts them both up and slams them onto the mat. Sheamus is tagged in. Sheamus throws Wilson onto the ring apron. Holland places Prince on the top turnbuckle Sheamus and Holland with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán.
Back from commercial, Wilson and Sheamus are in the ring and Wilson with a running uppercut. Prince is tagged in and they double team Sheamus. Wilson is tagged back in but Sheamus throws Wilson down. Sheamus goes for the tag but Prince trips Holland off the ring apron. Wilson with a neck breaker onto Sheamus. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Wilson climbs the top rope and jumps off but Sheamus hits him with a knee to the face. Holland is tagged in and as is Prince. Holland knocks both men down and Pretty Deadly roll to the outside. Sheamus climbs the top rope and he lands onto Wilson.
Sheamus throws Prince back into the ring. Holland with a side slam. He goes for the cover but Wilson breaks it up. Sheamus with the Brogue Kick onto Wilson. Prince throws Sheamus to the outside. Prince undoes the top turnbuckle pad. Holland runs towards Prince but Prince moves out of the way and Holland slams into the ring post. Prince with a leg drop off the top rope. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Pretty Deadly
Cathy Kelley is backstage with Grayson Waller. He comes in smiling and he tells Cathy he is not surprised that he could have a match against the United States champion. Waller says he even has The Rock talking about him. But if The Rock is looking for him, he knows where to find him.
Waller says as for tonight, he will win his match tonight if you smell what he is cooking.
Michael Cole announces that Jimmy Uso will be out of action for the foreseeable future after sustaining a ruptured rib cartilage last week.
We see Charlotte Flair walking backstage with her suitcase. Adam Pearce stops her and asks her where she is going. She tells him she is leaving because she feels good about her championship match at SummerSlam and she walks away.
In come Bayley and IYO SKY. Bayley tells Adam Flair is not the only one feeling good about the match tonight as IYO lifts her Money in the Bank suitcase. They laugh and walk away. Charlotte Flair comes back and tells Pearce that she will be staying.
Zelina Vega vs. Bayley with IYO SKY
Bayley walks down with a lock of Shotzi’s hair and IYO SKY with the Money in the Bank contract. The bell rings and Bayley attacks Zelina from behind and Zelina falls to the outside. Bayley slams Zelina face first onto the announce table. Bayley and Zelina on the ring apron but Zelina with kicks and a right hand as Bayley falls into the ring. Zelina with a meteora off the top rope. She goes for the cover but Bayley kicks out. Zelina with a twist of fate. She goes for the cover but Bayley kicks out. Zelina with the double knees. Zelina grabs the slipper and hits Bayley with it as Bayley falls to the outside. Bayley hangs Zelina up on the ropes. Bayley gets back in the ring and hits Zelina with the Roseplant. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
A video package shows Shotzi sitting on the floor of what appears to be a washroom. She holds a pair of clippers and tells Bayley she cannot be controlled. Shotzi tells her that she is a little weird but also in control and she wants to show her how chaotic she really is. Shotzi begins to shave her head while saying she is in control. She tells Bayley that Bayley is scared.
We cut to Michael Cole and Wade Barrett and as they are about to speak, out comes Jey Uso to the ring!
Back from commercial and Jey Uso is standing in the ring. The fans with an “Uso” chant. Jey says growing up, he and Jimmy were glued at the hip. Jey says there is something about being twins that makes them special. If Jimmy is sad, he is sad. If Jimmy is happy, he is happy. If Jimmy is mad, he is mad. But if Jimmy is hurt, he is hurt too.
Jey says he never thought he would be hurting from a family member. He respects the entire family but when it comes to Roman Reigns, he is disrespecting all of him. And he will spank Solo like he did last week. And as for the wiseman, Heyman has been with the family for decades but that stops right here. Jey says we are looking at the real head of the table and that is main event Jey Uso!
Out comes Paul Heyman with Solo. Heyman introduces himself and Solo. Heyman says that Solo is not here to enforce his will, Solo is there to enforce the peace.
Heyman tells Jey that they will step into the ring and nothing will happen except a conversation. Jey knows how it works as it has worked that way long before Jey was even born. This was something that has been passed down for generations. Next week on SmackDown, Jey and Roman Reigns will go face to face and they will discuss the rules of engagement. But tonight, they are going to talk about thing.
He tells Jey he knows he is angry. But Jey is sounding more and more like a tribal chief every day. Heyman looks at Solo and tells him he is right. Jey has no self awareness, he doesn’t understand. He doesn’t have the conscience needed to be the right hand man. He tells Jey what happened to Jimmy is all his fault. The fans boo as Heyman tells Jey he opposed Roman and he wanted to become the head of the family. The protector of everyone’s children.
Heyman looks at the camera and tells Jimmy it’s his favorite Jewso. And the reason why Jimmy is in the hospital is because of his twin brother Jey Uso.
Heyman tells Jey he doesn’t know how he can ever forgive himself or how Jimmy will ever forgive him. He tells him his father will never forgive him. His mother will never forgive him. Heyman tells him that he loves them and that Roman Reigns will never forgive him. Solo extends his hand, asking for the microphone.
Solo grabs the microphone and tells Jey that what happened to Jimmy, that’s all on Jey. As for himself, Solo will never forgive him either. Solo drops the microphone and both men are face to face. A right hand by Jey as both men fight and Jey hits him with a superkick and Solo falls to the outside.
Jey turns around and looks at Heyman. Jey smiles but Solo hits Jey from behind. Solo tells Heyman to grab a chair and Jey takes Solo down. Heyman gets in the ring with a chair but Jey hits him with a superkick! Jey grabs the chair and he hits Solo with it as Heyman rolls out of the ring.
Eliminator Match: Grayson Waller vs. AJ Styles vs. Santos Escobar vs. Butch
WWE United States champion Austin Theory is on commentary. The bell rings and we are under way. Waller with a right hand on Butch and Waller goes to the outside. He gets in Theory’s face and Butch jumps onto Waller. Back in the ring, Escobar rolls AJ up but AJ kicks out. Escobar to the ropes but AJ with a drop kick and Escobar to the outside. Butch gets in the ring and Waller on the ring apron but AJ knocks him down. Butch and AJ with right hands in the middle of the ring.
In comes Waller as AJ and Butch double team him. Escobar with a cross body onto both men. Waller gets in the ring and Escobar with a drop kick. Escobar with a chop to the chest onto Waller. Butch with a German suplex onto Waller and AJ with a kick onto Butch. AJ with an overhead kick onto Escobar.
Back from commercial, Waller knocks both Escobar and Butch down in the ring. Waller grabs Butch but Butch twists Waller’s fingers. He runs towards Waller but Waller throws him to the outside. AJ with a forearm to the face. AJ with a knee to the back of the neck of Waller. He goes for the cover but Butch breaks it up. Escobar with right hands onto Butch. He places Butch on the top rope and Escobar goes for a hurricanrana as he flips Butch and AJ catches Butch and rolls him up for the cover but Butch kicks out. Escobar with kicks onto AJ Styles. Escobar climbs the top rope but Waller with a right hand. Waller climbs the second rope and an elbow to the face onto Escobar. Waller grabs Escobar but Butch with a kick onto Waller. AJ and Butch climb the second rope and it’s a sunset flip triple powerbomb!
Escobar with a flying knee onto all three men. Escobar goes for the cover on Waller but AJ and Butch break it up. Waller rolls to the outside as Escobar, Butch and AJ fight in the ring. Butch throws AJ to the outside. Escobar jumps off the top rope but Butch with a forearm. He goes for the cover but Waller breaks it up. Butch slams Waller down and kicks him in the back of the neck. Butch runs towards Waller but Waller throws him to the outside. Waller goes for a baseball slide but Butch moves out of the way. Escobar with a suicide dive onto Butch. He throws Butch in the ring. AJ with a Phenomenal Forearm onto Escobar off the top rope. AJ goes for the Styles Clash but we cut backstage and see The O.C being attacked by Karrion Kross. He tells AJ they are not done yet. AJ leaves the ring as Waller attacks AJ. Waller with the Rolling Stunner onto Butch. Escobar with a flying cross body onto Waller. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Santos Escobar
We cut backstage as AJ Styles checks on all three members of The OC.
The Street Profits are outside of the arena and in comes a limo. The Street Profits say it has to be him and out steps Bobby Lashley. They shake hands and get in the limo as it drives away.
Rey Mysterio, Sheamus and Cameron Grimes cut promos about their match next week in the United States elimination match.
LA Knight’s music hits as he comes out to a loud pop from the crowd. He tells them “let me talk to you” as he says that all of a sudden, LA Knight is every where. Everyone wants to use his name to get views and clicks. He says he is the best decision the company has ever made. Because he stands head and shoulders above and no one can touch him.
As for the worst decision made, the United States title invitational. Theory’s title is in trouble and not because five men are fighting for it. But because he is fighting for it. You can call LA Knight the mega star or even the GOAT. But sooner or later, you will be calling him chant. The fans chant “LA Knight” as he says “Yeah” and walks to the back.
WWE Women’s Championship match – Asuka (c) vs. Bianca Belair
Before the bell rings, Bayley and IYO SKY are shown walking between the fans and Bayley is holding a ticket. The bell rings and we are under way. Bianca with a shoulder tackle takes Asuka down followed by a hip toss. She spears Asuka in the corner. Bianca climbs the second rope and hits Asuka with right hands but as she is hitting her, Asuka rolls under Bianca and grabs her by the hair. Bianca throws Asuka into the corner. She runs towards Bianca but Asuka trips her up. Asuka runs towards Bianca but Bianca moves out of the way. Bianca goes for the KOD but Asuka with an arm drag. Bianca to her feet and she hits Asuka with a shoulder tackle.
We see Charlotte Flair walking between the fans holding a ticket.
Back from commercial, Bianca with a suplex followed by a moon sault. She goes for the cover but Asuka kicks out. Bianca places Asuka on the second rope but Asuka hits her with a missile drop kick. She goes for the cover but Bianca kicks out. Asuka runs towards Bianca but Bianca hits her with a right hand. Bianca runs to the ropes and Asuka gets her in an arm bar. Bianca gets to her feet and she lifts Asuka up but Asuka lands on her feet. Bianca with a spine buster. She goes for the cover but Asuka kicks out. Bianca runs to the ropes but Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock. Bianca gets out of it. Asuka goes for a kick, Bianca ducks. She grabs Asuka but Asuka pushes her onto the ring apron. Asuka hangs Bianca up on the second rope and she falls to the outside. Asuka on the ring apron goes for a sliding knee but she moves out of the way. Bianca hits Asuka with a KOD onto the announce table.
Bayley and IYO SKY jump the barricade and as does Flair. She hits Bayley with a big boot. Flair and Bianca argue as IYO SKY slams Flair into the ring post. Flair goes to spear IYO SKY but she moves out of the way and Flair accidentally spears Bianca as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, Bianca Belair
Bayley tells IYO SKY to cash in her Money in the Bank contract. IYO SKY places Asuka in the ring as Bayley is about to give the referee the briefcase, Asuka gets up and hits Bayley with the blue mist. Asuka rolls to the outside and IYO jumps down off the top rope as Asuka celebrates with her Women’s Championship. IYO SKY and Bayley are on the outside with the Money in the Bank briefcase as SmackDown goes off the air.