Xavier Woods will go head-to-head with Butch while Sami Zayn will face Shinsuke Nakamura for the second time in three weeks.
Here are the SmackDown results for the 20th of May, 2023.
This week’s episode of SmackDown will see RK-Bro and The Usos brawl in a Winners Take All Tag Team Championship Unification Match. Who will return empty-handed by the end of the night?
Here comes The Bloodline to start the show
The Bloodline made their way to the ring to kick off the show. Reigns said that tonight the WWE Universe will not only have to acknowledge him but also his cousins. The Head of the Table handed the mic over to Paul Heyman and asked him to explain why. Heyman welcomed everyone to the greatest night in the history of tag team competition. He went on to name many wrestling legends and claimed that Reigns would have beaten them all. Heyman said that The Usos are the descendants of the Wild Samoans.
The Usos need to do something that even Afa and Sika couldn’t do and that is to unify the tag team titles. Heyman said it’s not enough to be the cousins of Roman Reigns, they will either unify the titles tonight or else not even make their way back to the “island of relevancy”. Reigns took the mic and said that he expects The Usos to deliver and he has expectations from The Usos because he loves them. The Bloodline hugged in the middle of the ring to end the segment.
Shinsuke Nakamura versus Sami Zayn
After managing to beat Nakamura a couple of weeks ago via count out, the self-proclaimed “locker room leader” will look to continue his quest of impressing the Tribal Chief Roman Reigns.
Sami Zayn was wearing a Bloodline shirt. Nakamura started with a few hard kicks followed by Good Vibrations. Zayn, however, got the first cover of the match after delivering a vicious clothesline. The heel continued to wear down Nakamura. Zayn went up to the top rope but Nakamura joined him. Zayn, however, managed to kick him off the apron. Nakamura returned once again to drop Zayn down. The King of Strong Style went up on the top rope but this time Zayn dumped him outside the ring as we went into a commercial break.
Upon returning, Zayn had Nakamura locked in a submission hold. The latter used the energy from the audience and got out of the lock and delivered a dropkick. He followed it up with a Buzzsaw kick. Nakamura went up on the middle rope and delivered a knee to the back of the head of his opponent.
Nakamura was preparing to connect with the Kinshasa but Zayn escaped out of the ring. When Nakamura tried to get him back, Zayn planted him with a Michinoku Driver. Nakamura came back strongly and sent Zayn into the ring post on the outside. The former threw Zayn over the barricade and got back in the ring waiting for the Canadian star to beat the 10 count. Zayn struggled his way back to the ring only to get laid out by a Kinshasa to win the match.
Winner – Shinsuke Nakamura
Grade – B
Happy Corbin comes out for a segment of Happy Talk
Corbin said that this is the happiest he has been. He bragged about his expensive hat and watch. He said it felt great to take out Madcap Moss last week and the former Lone Wolf also got a souvenir for his efforts and that is the Andre the Giant trophy. Corbin showed us how he assaulted Moss last week. Corbin said Moss was his protege and he paid for his food and entertainment.
He went on to say that Moss wanted to get out of his shadow. Corbin said that Moss thought he could have his boss be the butt of all his jokes. The heel asked, “who’s laughing now?” Corbin went outside the ring and shattered the Andre the Giant trophy stand. He returned to the ring with the Andre the Giant statue and lifted it above his shoulders to celebrate.
Gunther versus Drew Gulak
Ludwig Kaiser came out to the stage area and introduced Gunther.
RK-Bro versus The Usos – Winners Take All Tag Team Championship Unification Match
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