WWE Friday Night SmackDown (05/12/2023) – Full Coverage and Results!

On Friday night, WWE and FOX will air another live episode of Friday Night SmackDown from the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The highlight of the night is due to the two Triple Threats worth a place in the final of the tournament for the World Heavyweight Championship. On the one hand, Austin Theory vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Sheamus, and on the other AJ Styles vs. Edge vs. King Mysterio.

See all this and much more today, starting at 8 pm, on Wrestling News’ live coverage.


This week’s SmackDown begins with Edge’s entrance. Rey Mysterio and AJ Styles are already in the ring.

Triple Threat Match – World Heavyweight Championship Tournament: AJ Styles vs Rey Mysterio vs Edge
– AJ Styles won after hitting Edge with a ‘Phenomenal Forearm’.

A video recap of the match between The Bloodline against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Matt Riddle is shown.

Commercial break.

Triple Threat Match – World Heavyweight Championship Tournament: Sheamus vs Austin Theory vs Bobby Lashley
– Sheamus delivered a Brogue Kick to Theory, and Bobby quickly threw Sheamus out of the ring. He then made the pinfall and won.

We see the locker room door of Roman Reigns. He will be in the ring later.

Grayson Waller is presently engaging with Adam Pearce backstage, proposing an intriguing idea: the champion of the SmackDown World Title Eliminator should be the distinguished guest on the Grayson Waller Effect. Pearce, taking the suggestion into consideration, officially endorses it.

Singles Match: Cameron Grimes vs. Baron Corbin.
– Grimes executed a ‘Cave In’ as soon as the match began, quickly securing the victory.

The Bloodline, comprised of Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Solo Sikoa, Jey Uso, and Jimmy Uso, steps into the ring to deliver a discourse concerning Reigns’s SmackDown comeback. Reigns announces that grandeur commands respect and proclaims the Anoai lineage as wrestling royalty, courtesy of their top-billed appearances on both nights of WrestleMania 39. He lauds Sikoa’s performance at WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico, describing Sikoa’s prowess in high-pressure circumstances akin to a shark’s dominance in the water. While Sikoa expresses a desire to settle issues with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, Reigns reassures him not to be bothered by the duo. Instead, he points out that the real concern lies within their own ranks – The Usos, Sikoa’s brothers.

Reigns confronts The Usos over their loss of the WWE Tag Titles and their subsequent unsuccessful rematch. He voices his disapproval about them dedicating a tag match to “the greatest singles champion ever”. According to Reigns, The Usos have caused embarrassment and misrepresented their family, which prompts him to demand an apology. Despite the crowd’s pleas for no apology, Reigns instructs Jimmy Uso to disregard the audience’s reactions before nudging Jimmy for failing to maintain his composure. Jey Uso issues an apology to Reigns on behalf of both Usos and pledges to regain the tag titles for the Bloodline.

Reigns affirms that the tag titles will make their way back to the Bloodline. However, a revelation from Paul Heyman changes the dynamics – Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are slated to defend their titles against Solo Sikoa and Roman Reigns at the WWE Night of Champions. Reigns vows to dedicate the potential title win to The Wild Samoans, purposefully excluding The Usos from the tribute.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez (c) vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley & Dakota Kai) (w/ Iyo Sky)
– Morgan performed the O’Connor Roll on Bayley to win.

Backstage, Pretty Deadly, comprising Elton Prince and Kit Wilson, takes the initiative to make their presence known to the Brawling Brutes. Responding to this introduction, Holland extends a convivial invitation to Sheamus and Butch for a round of drinks.

Bianca Belair, the current RAW Women’s Champion, steps into the ring to revel in her Women’s Championship Celebration, marking her achievement as the lengthiest reigning Women’s Champion in WWE’s contemporary era. However, her festivities are abruptly disturbed by Asuka making her comeback. Asuka offers her hand to Belair, only to then surprise her by spraying mist in Belair’s eyes. Immediately, officials and security personnel rush into the ring to attend to Belair.

World Heavyweight Championship Tournament: Bobby Lashley vs. AJ Styles
– Styles won with the ‘Phenomenal Forearm’.

End of show!

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