WWE SmackDown Results (8/12) Raleigh, NC

SmackDown Preview - Gunther to Defend, Tournament to Continue

WWE SmackDown Results (8/12) – We are live from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, where we go to immediate action with our first match of the night.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Tournament
Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez vs. Xia Li and Shotzi

The bell rings and Raquel launches Shotzi into the corner, then goes to work. Shotzi fights back and traps Raquel on the ropes with a modified Octopus submission. Shotzi rakes the eyes and uses the ropes for leverage but Raquel kicks out at 2. Raquel blocks a submission and drops Shotzi hard with a bad landing.

We see Natalya and Deville scouting the match from ringside. Aliyah tags in and flies off the top with a crossbody for Li after she came in. Li kicks out at 2 due to Shotzi breaking the pin up. Aliyah ends up nailing a crossbody from the apron to Li, right at the feet of Deville and Natalya. Shotzi goes after Deville and a brawl breaks out at ringside. Raquel and Shotzi take out Li and Aliyah, but then they start brawling with each other. All four competitors then brawl at ringside as we go to commercial.

We are back and Xia keeps Aliyah from making the tag and she runs Aliyah into the turnbuckles.  Xia sets for a power bomb but she decides to tag in Aliyah.  They hit an assisted gourdbuster for a near fall.  Xia tags in and Shotzi with a face plant and Xia stomps on the hand and she kicks Aliyah in the head.  Xia gets a near fall.  Xia with a reverse chin lock.  Shotzi tags in and she kicks Aliyah and applies a front face lock.  Aliyah with a jaw breaker and she kicks Aliyah away.  Xia goes after Raquel on the apron but Raquel stops her.  Aliyah with kicks but Xia stops Aliyah.  Aliyah lands on her feet on a suplex attempt and hits a neck breaker as if she was Zack Ryder. 

Raquel and Shotzi tag in and Raquel with a shoulder tackle and fallaway slam.  Raquel with another fallaway slam.  Raquel with a twisting elbow drop from the turnbuckles and she goes for a power bomb but Xia distracts Raquel.  Shotzi with a head scissors and Shotzi with Sliced Bread for a near fall.  Xia tags in and they go for a double side Russian leg sweep but Aliyah spears Shotzi.  Raquel with a Tejana Bomb for the three count.

Winners:  Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez (Advance to face winner of Natalya and Sonya Deville versus Zoey Stark and Nikkita Lyons)

— We take a look at Roman Reigns with a video package.


Karrion says in the midst of chaos, opportunity tends to present itself.  Last week, that is exactly what happened.  The reaper of darkened souls.  Drew McIntyre   Roman Reigns.  The chosen ones.  Must be nice.  Us, cast out of paradise and treated like a broken toy.  We never forgot.  We prepared and waited for the perfect time to strike.  For Vengeance.  They know about the Bloodline, but we will show a new time line.  No matter where the time is tolled, everyone pays the toll.  TICK TOCK. We see Karrion from behind the curtains watching McIntyre make his way to the ring.

We go to commercial.

In the Arena:

Drew says this is an exciting time.  Some new faces have shown up.  Drew says he was jumped from behind by Karrion Kross last week.  Drew says a lot of people think he is going to rant and rave about what he is going to do to Kross.  He says he understands that Kross has been waiting for an opportunity and what better way to do it than to attack the number one contender and stare down the champion.  The problem is that the number one contender you left like trash was Drew McIntyre.

He says his hands are a little full, but when the time is right, we are going to play a game.  You will have three options.  A Knockout, the hospital, or a graveyard.  Drew tells Karrion to check out the match at Clash at the Castle.  Drew says Roman isn’t here tonight.  Drew says someone will pass this message to Roman.  Since you are surrounded by yes men, the reality is the last two matches, it took everyone to beat Brock Lesnar.  Drew says he beat Brock with his bare hands at Wrestlemania.  You are making up places.  The Island of Relevancy is not a real place…

The screen goes black & white as Karrion Kross’ music plays and Scarlett appears on the stage. She walks into the ring and The Usos attack Drew from behind. 

They beat him down as color returns to the screen. Scarlett watches from the apron as Drew fights The Usos off. However, they get the upperhand and superkick Drew, then lay him out with the 1D. The Usos taunt Scarlett now, telling her to tell her man to step up to the plate now but if he does, they will take him down, and that this is The Bloodline’s territory.

Scarlett smiles at The Usos and says that’s funny, and she goes on talking some trash, which is hard to make out. The Usos’ music starts up as Scarlett exits the ring, stopping at ringside to look back at The Usos in the ring. We go to replays. Drew slowly recovers as The Usos exit the ring and Scarlett stares them down from the stage.

We go to commercial.

— We are back with a look at the history of the Intercontinental Title with a video package.

– Megan Morant is backstage with #1 contender Shinsuke Nakamura now. She brings up champion Gunther but Nakamura interrupts and tells Gunther to come on.

Ivar vs. Kofi Kingston

We go back to the ring and out comes The Viking Raiders – Ivar with Erik. Kofi Kingston suddenly attacks from behind on the stage with a kendo stick. Kofi unloads on Erik and Ivar, then raises the kendo stick in the air for a pop.

The Vikings then block kendo stick shots with a shield, and level Kingston with a sword shot. Erik and Ivar destroy Kingston on the stage now. Fans try to rally for Kingston but Erik launches him through the air, into Ivar’s shield, face-first. Ivar then stands on top of the barrier and delivers a big flying splash onto the stage.

A referee checks on Kofi as fans boo, and The Vikings stare down at the fallen member of The New Day. We get a replay of Ivar’s big splash as The Vikings head to the back. A medic and a referee tend to Kingston as we go back to commercial.


Sami Zayn walks in the back and he knocks on Roman’s door (even though Roman is not here, according to Drew).  The Usos come out and Sami says he has been doing a lot of thinking. Drew attacks the Usos and Sami runs away.  Drew sends Jey into the wall.  He says every week that the Usos get involved, he will beat their arses.  Drew goes after Sami.

Brandon Scott and Trevor Irwin vs. Hit Row (with B-Fab)

Top Dolla and Ashante Thee Adonis come to the ring making their WWE return accompanied by B-Fab.

Dolla with a shoulder tackle to Scott and a forearm to Irvin on the apron.  Dolla tosses Scott into the corner and hits a running knee and goes over the top rope to the floor.  Ashante tags in and hits a slingshot kick.  Adonis with a flapjack.  Adonis with a hard Irish whip and Dolla tags in and he picks up Irvin and gets Scott up too and hits a World’s Strongest Slam on Irvin.  Ashante tags in and they hit the Heavy Hitter for the three count.

Winners: Hit Row

After the match, B Fab asks if you missed them.  She introduces herself.  Top Dolla and Ashante Thee Adonis introduce themselves.  They say they are the OG 3 and now you know.

— Michael Cole mentions the passing of Gene LeBell.

We go to commercial.

— Gunther and Ludwig are in the back and they speak in German.  Kayla shows up to ask some question. Gunther tells Kayla to tell Shinsuke that he will suffer at the hands of the ring general.

In the Arena:

The ring is set up for the Official Contract Signing with the table, black table cloth, chairs, and official microphones.

Ronda Rousey comes through the crowd and puts a bag on the contract. She says she knows she wasn’t supposed to be here because she was suspended for her actions at SummerSlam.  Ronda says she was fined a lot of money so she doubled it because it won’t be the last time.  Being the baddest gets expensive and she can afford it.

Ronda scoffs at security trying to remove her.  She asks if they want her to leave.  She asks them to try to remove her. Ronda with a judo throw to a female member of security.  The other security member points to the back and Ronda starts to walk to the back.

Shayna Baszler comes out and she tells Ronda she can’t do that.  That isn’t how you get what you want. Ronda tells Shayna she used to be okay and leaves.

Once in the ring, Shayna says every single one of you watched her win a gauntlet against the entire women’s locker room.  Liv just so happens to be the next one on the list and she will be the next to fall.

Shayna signs the contract and tells Liv she has a pretty good looking target on her with the injured arm.  She tells Liv to make this official.  She says she cannot wait till Cardiff to rip her apart limb from limb.  She will walk out of the match as the Women’s Champion.

Smackdown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan makes her way to the ring because it appears that she did not walk in the same path as Ronda Rousey. Shayna tells Liv to sign the contract and tells Shayna that she won’t beat her.  Liv says Shayna is like a bootleg Ronda Rousey.  Liv says she knows that because she beat the real deal twice.  At Cardiff, I am going to beat you too. Liv signs the contract.

Shayna grabs the injured arm and wrings it into the table.  Shayna with a wrist lock and she stands on Liv’s head. Security is too busy dealing with what is going on in the ring to prevent Shayna from stomping on the arm.  Shayna continues to work on the injured arm.  Shayna grabs the arm but Liv with a springobard bulldog through the announce table.

— Sami Zayn is in the back and he starts pacing.  The Usos show up and they want to know where Sami was running to.  Sami says he was getting security.  Jimmy tells Sami he better step up or he is going to be left behind.  Jey tells Jimmy it is time to call out Drew.

We go to commercial.

— We are back with a look at the Wrestlemania Launch Party in Los Angeles.

— The Usos make their way to the ring. Jey tells Drew to bring out a tag partner for a tag match.

The Usos vs. Drew McIntyre and ???

Jey and Drew start thigns off and they exchange punches.  Drew with a clothesline to Jey and he punches Jimmy off the apron.  Drew sends Jey to the floor and into the ringside barrier.  Drew clotheslines Jimmy.  Drew chops Jey and gets in the ring.  Drew with kicks and punches.  Drew with a back elbow to Jey but Jimmy with an enzuigiri on the apron to knck Drew down.  Jey kicks Drew many times.  Jimmy tags in and he punches Drew.  Jey punches Drew on the apron.  Jey tags back in and they kick Drew.  

Madcap Moss runs to the ring and he gives Jimmy and Jey forearms.  Moss with a shoulder tackle to Jey and a fallaway slam to Jimmy.  Moss with a shoulder into the corner and one to Jimmy.  Drew and Moss clothesline Jimmy and Jey over the top rope to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Jimmy and Jey with a double back heel kick to Moss.  Jey with a running hip strike in the corner.  Moss with a pop up uranage and both men are down.  Jimmy and Drew tag in and Drew with clotheslines.  Drew with a back elbow and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.  Drew with a neck breaker to Jey.  Drew with a neck breaker to Jimmy.  Drew signals for a Claymore but Sami Zayn gets in the way and distracts Drew.  Jimmy with a super kick and Jey tags in and hits a frog splash for a near fall.  Sami yells at the referee.  The referee tells Sami to behave if he wants to stay at ringside.

Jimmy tags in and they set for the 1D but Moss pulls Jey out of the ring and into the ringside barrier.  Moss misses a clothelsine and then Moss and Jey go over the ringside barrier with a clothelsine.  Drew with a head butt and Jimmy with a super kick as he bounces off the ropes.  Drew with a Claymore for the three count.

Winners:  Drew McIntyre and Madcap Moss

After the match, Drew blocks a kick from Jey and hits Future Shock.  Drew sets for a Claymore and Sami pushes Jey out of the way to take the Claymore.  


We go to Maximum Male Models and Max yells at the photographer. Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo show up and Max says it is a closed set.  Angel and Humberto say they are the most handsome team in WWE. Max says they are not Maximum Male Models material but Humberto and Angel say they weren’t talking to him, they were talking to her (Maxxine).

— We have a video package for Shinsuke Nakamura and Gunther for their Intercontinental Championship Match.

We go to commercial.


Kayla Braxton is in the back with Ricochet. Ricochet talks about what happened with Ricochet and Corbin last week.  Ricochet says he is more locked in now than he has been in a long time.  He says he feels like he has been shot out of a cannon.  He is ready to go full speed into what is next.  He does not care if it is Nakamura or Gunther.  After tonight, he will be waiting in lline… Baron Corbin attacks Ricochet and Corbin tells Ricochet they are just getting started.

— Next week, we will have a face off between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre in Montreal.  There will also be a Viking Funeral for the New Day.  We will have the other quarterfinal match in the Smackdown side of the Women’s Tag Title Match with Natalya and Sonya Deville against Nikkita Lyons and Zoey Stark.

— We take a look at Nikkita Lyons and Zoey Stark with a video package.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship

Nakamura and Gunther make their entrances as we go to commercial before the match starts.

Nakamura backs Gunther into the corner.  Nakamura with a clean break.  Gunther with a waist lock and Nakamura with a standing switch and Gunther with a standing switch as well.  Gunther misses a chop in the corner and Nakamura with kicks to the chest and leg.  Nakamura kicks Gunther to force him to the mat.  Nakamura with a side head lock.  Gunther with a boot to the head.  Gunther with European uppercuts and a chop.  Gunther tries for a Boston Crab but Nakamura blocks it for a moment.  Gunther locks in the Boston Crab.  Gunther transitions into an STF.  Nakamura gets to the ropes to force a break.  Gunther and Nakamura exchange forearms.

Nakamura with more kicks to the leg but Gunther with a chop.  Nakamura floats over into a cross arm breaker but Gunther gets a near fall.  Gunther stomps on Nakamura and Nakamura with a rollup for a near fall.  Nakamura with an enzuigiri.  Nakamura with forearms and an axe kick.  Nakamura kicks the arm and hits an enzuigiri for a near fall.  Gunther wtih a chop and he puts Nakamura on the turnbuckles.  Gunther chops Nakamura and then chokes him on the turnbuckles.  

We go to commercial.

We are back and Nakamura misses a forearm and Gunther with a German suplex.  Gunther tries for a power bomb but Nakamura blocks it and Gunther has trouble with his right arem.  Gunther with a kick to Nakamura.  Gunther comes off the turnbuckles and Nakamura catches Gunther in a triangle.  Nakamura goes for a Kimura and Gunther blocks it and he hits a package butterfly suplex and both men are down.  Gunther with knees and Nakamrua with kicks to the leg.  Gunther runs into a knee and Nakamura gets a near fall.  Nakamura with knees to Gunther’s ribs.  Nakamura with kicks to the chest.  Nakamura chokes Gunther in the corner.

Nakamura puts Gunther in the ropes and sets for the sliding German suplex but Nakamura doesn’t really hit it when Kaiser stands on the floor.  Gunther with a drop kick to Nakamura and he sets for the power bomb but Nakamura escapes and kicks the injured arm.  Nakamura with a kick to the back of the head.  Nakamura sets for Kinshasa and Gunther with a clothesline for a near fall.

Gunther with a chop and a sleeper.  Nakamura backs Gumther into the turnbuckles and powers out of the rear naked choke.  Nakamura works on the injured shoulder.  Gunther drop kicks Nakamura in the back and goes for the power bomb and hits it for the three count.

Winner:  Gunther

Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser celebrate in the ring as we go to credits.

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