A mystery partner six-man tag match is set for tonight's SmackDown from the Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland & Butch) take on Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and a partner. Last week, Woods defeated Butch in a singles match. Since Kingston was away on New Day business, Woods challenged Butch to leave his teammates in the back. After the match, The Brawling Brutes beat down Woods as he celebrated. Later, Woods challenged them to a six-man tag and promised to have a mystery partner.
A non-title match between SmackDown Women's Champion Ronda Rousey and Raquel Rodriguez is also set for tonight. It's a rematch from two weeks ago, where Rodriguez answered Rousey's open challenge but lost when Rousey reversed her Chingona Bomb into a pin.
Plus, Raw's Kevin Owens comes to SmackDown to host the KO Show. Owens vs. Ezekiel is set for WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday, June 5.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
They recapped The Usos defeating RK-Bro last week to unify the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team titles.
The Usos Segment
This was a fine opening segment. The Usos were good in their roles, and the fans popped for Shinsuke Nakamura and Riddle.
Samantha Irvin introduced the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, The Usos, to start SmackDown. Michael Cole noted Randy Orton's injured because of The Bloodline's attack last week.
Jey demanded the fans join them in thanking Roman Reigns. He started to cut a total babyface promo. He mentioned they made their WWE debuts 12 years ago. The fans cheered and applauded. He added that the fans cheered them and booed them at times. The fans erupted in boos.
Jey started addressing the fans and thanked them for their support over the years. They couldn't have done it without the fans. The fans cheered again. Jimmy finally spoke. They went back to being heels. Jimmy added that they also thank nobody. They started to laugh at the fans and mocked them. Jimmy and Jey only have each other to thank. The fans erupted in boos.
The Usos mocked RK-Bro and bragged about injuring Orton. Suddenly, Shinsuke Nakamura's music interrupted. Nakamura challenged The Usos to face him and his brother. He added that his brother wanted to face The Usos alone.
The Usos laughed at Nakamura. They assumed he was talking about Rick Boogs. Instead, Nakamura introduced Riddle to a big reaction. Riddle and Nakamura tried to get in the ring, but The Usos cut them off.
They beat down Riddle and threw him out of the ring. Jimmy and Jey isolated Nakamura, but Riddle made the save with the floating bro. Riddle and Nakamura cleared the ring, and The Usos took off.
They recapped SmackDown Women's Ronda Rousey defeating Raquel Rodriguez two weeks ago.
In the locker room, Shotzi, Xia Li, Natayla, Shayna Baszler, and Aliyah watched Rodriguez walk to the ring. Shotzi addressed each one of them.
Shotzi thinks they each deserve a title shot more than Rodriguez. Li left without answering. Aliyah told off Shotzi and walked out. Baszler and Natayla appeared to agree with Shotzi.
Back from the break, Kayla Braxton approached Riddle and Shinsuke Nakamura. They were trying to come up with a team name. Riddle mentioned that it was Randy Orton's idea for him to team with Nakamura.
In the locker room, Baszler, Natalya, and Shotzi decided to go to the ring. Shotzi went back for her helmet, but Aliyah locked the door. Aliyah was on the other side with the key.
Championship Contender's match: Raquel Rodriguez defeated Ronda Rousey via DQ (:54)
This was barely a match. The heels ran in for the disqualification immediately.
Rodriguez went for the powerbomb, but Rousey rolled through for an early near fall. Rousey recovered and went after the arm. Rodriguez fought back with a boot to the face. She caught Rousey in a backbreaker.
Suddenly, Natalya and Baszler ran in and attacked Rodriguez. Natalya gave Rodriguez a chop block. Rousey recovered to make the save, and the faces cleared the ring.
Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez defeated Shayna Baszler & Natayla (3:28)
This was a good match while it lasted.
The match started during the commercial break. The heels were firmly in control. They isolated Rodriguez on their side of the ring and worked over her leg. Rodriguez fought back and tagged in Rousey. Rousey briefly ran wild, but Natalya caught her in the sharpshooter.
Rousey fought back and tagged Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit a corkscrew splash, but Natalya made the save. Rousey and Baszler faced off, but Natalya pulled Rousey out. Rousey took out Natayla. Rodriguez then hit the powerbomb on Baszler for the win.
Cole mentioned that Money in the Bank now takes place from the intimate location of the MGM Grand.
In the back, Megan Morant interviewed Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. They refused to reveal their mystery partner. They noted it could be anyone.
They recapped Happy Corbin injuring Madcap Moss. They announced Moss returns next week.
Los Lotharios defeated Jinder Mahal & Shanky (2:16)
This was strange. Shanky appears to be a face now. Mahal and Shanky worked as faces in the match, but Mahal was still a heel. The fans didn't know how to react.
Before the match, Mahal couldn't find Shanky and searched the backstage area. He finally found him dancing to Mahal's theme music. He yelled at Shanky to get to the ring.
At ringside, Los Lotharios were dancing in front of Samantha Irvin.
Mahal and Shanky had the early advantage. Shanky threw Humberto around the ring and rocked him with a boot to the face. Los Lotharios took over and isolated Mahal. Mahal fought back, but Angel sent him into the commentary table.
Angel threw Mahal back in the ring. He looked over to Irvin and walked towards her. He started dancing again. Shanky mocked Angel and rocked him with a superkick. Back in the ring, Humberto took advantage and pinned Mahal for the win.
After the match, Mahal yelled at Shanky and blamed him for the loss. Mahal walked off. Shanky looked over at Irvin and started dancing.
In the back, Max Dupri approached Adam Pearce. Pearce looked into the contract and welcomed Dupri to SmackDown. Dupri's officially looking for his first client,
The KO Show with Sami Zayn
This was an awesome segment. Owens and Zayn were great in their roles and the best thing on the show.
They announced Owens's guest would be a Bloodline member. Cole and Pat McAfee wondered which member would be the guest. They speculated that it's Roman Reigns.
Kevin Owens noted he's been looking for the truth for the last few weeks. He's still trying to prove that Elias is Ezekiel. He then turned his attention to the reason he's at SmackDown tonight.
Owens introduced his guest, the locker room leader Sami Zayn. Owens called Zayn a close confidant of the Bloodline. Zayn and Owens were so happy to see each other. They hugged.
They praised each other. Zayn told Owens he knows that Elias is Ezekiel. Owens was overjoyed and hugged Zayn. He was so happy somebody admitted the truth. That was a great moment.
Zayn and Owens briefly mentioned their previous problems but downplayed the issues. Owens said he always believed Zayn, even with all the conspiracy stuff. Zayn noted that Owens didn't believe him, but Owens ignored him.
Owens wants Zayn to come to Raw with him to call out the entire roster. Zayn turned down the offer because the Bloodline needs him. He also has a locker room to run. Zayn called Owens "Uso." Owens was confused that he called him "Uso."
Zayn and Owens started arguing and insulting each other. Owens became angry and claimed the Bloodline didn't care about Zayn. Zayn was furious and claimed that Elias and Ezekiel were two different people. Owens pointed out that The Usos walked out on Zayn on Raw.
Owens then introduced The Bloodline to prove they wouldn't come out. He said that's proof Zayn isn't a member of The Bloodline. Zayn heard enough and walked off. Owens went after him and begged him to come to Raw.
Zayn pushed Owens and walked away. In the ring, two crew members started clearing the KO Show set. A furious Owens jumped in the ring and gave both guys stunners.
Gunther & Ludwig Kaiser defeated Ricochet & Drew Gulak (6:23)
This was a fine match, but most of it happened during the break.
They recapped Ricochet pumping up Gulak to confront Gunther.
Kaiser had the early advantage and worked over Gulak's arm. Gunther rocked Gulak with a chop and threw him out of the ring.
Back from the break, Kaiser was firmly in control with a chin lock. Gulak fought back, and Ricochet got the hot tag. Ricochet ran wild and hit a springboard crossbody. Kaiser rolled up Ricochet for a near fall after Gunther caused a distraction.
Ricochet rocked Kaiser with a knee to the face. Kaiser threw Ricochet out of the ring after Gulak got the tag. Kaiser then rocked Gulak with a stiff kick for the win.
After the match, Gunther and Kaiser attacked Ricochet. Kaiser rocked Ricochet with a kick as well.
In the back, Sami Zayn spoke with The Usos. Zayn can't help but feel that Owens was right. He thinks The Bloodline doesn't care about him. He asked to be an honorary Uso to make himself feel better. Jimmy agreed, but Jey seemed unsure. The Usos finally decided to let him be an honorary Uso. Zayn was thrilled and called them "Uso" as they walked away.
They showed a Memorial Day video package.
They announced Riddle & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Usos in a championship contender's match for Raw.
New Day & Drew McIntyre defeated The Brawling Brutes (11:33)
This was a good match. The fans were into it and popped for McIntryre being the mystery partner.
Before the match, The Brawling Brutes mocked New Day. They're not worried about New Day's mystery partner. Sheamus mentioned Moby Dick, so there ended up being a lot of Moby Dick jokes. Sheamus promised to win no matter who they choose as their partner. They added that the partner isn't Big E.
New Day interrupted and made fun of Sheamus. They praised their partner and introduced Drew McIntrye to a big pop. They made a bunch of Moby Dick references.
Butch charged at Xavier Woods at the bell. Woods fought back, but the heels took over. The Brawling Brutes isolated Woods in their corner. Sheamus hit the ten beats of Bodhran.
Woods recovered, and the faces gained control. Butch tried to interfere, but McIntyre knocked him down. The faces backed Ridge Holland into their corner. Holland took over after Butch's interference finally worked.
Back from the break, Holland hit a power slam on Kofi Kingston. Sheamus followed up with a knee off the top rope. Sheamus went for the Irish Curse backbreaker, but Kingston countered. Kingston went for the tag, but the heels pulled McIntyre and Woods off the apron. Sheamus then hit the Alabama Slam for a near fall.
Kingston fought back and hit the SOS on Sheamus. McIntrye got the hot tag and ran wild on the heels. Woods then took out Butch at ringside. Kingston followed up with a trust fall dive wiping out the heels.
Back in the ring, Holland went for the power slam on McIntyre but he slipped out. McIntyre hit the Glasgow Kiss and followed up with the Claymore Kick. Woods tagged in and hit the elbow off the ropes for the win.
After the match, Woods played his trombone, and Kingston danced. They then convinced McIntyre to dance to a big pop. New Day and McIntyre celebrated to end SmackDown.
Next Week: Madcap Moss returns.