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WWE SmackDown live results: Roman Reigns returns


Tonight's SmackDown takes place from the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Last week, Adam Pearce fined Brock Lesnar $1 million in addition to his indefinite suspension. Pearce suspended Lesnar two weeks ago after Lesnar beat up The Usos, referees, and officials during a brawl with Roman Reigns. After Pearce announced the suspension, Lesnar returned to the ring and gave Pearce two F-5s.

King Woods knighted Kofi Kingston as Sir Kofi last week and made him the Hand of the King. Later that night, The New Day defeated SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos in a non-title match.

Reigns didn't appear on last week's SmackDown, but he'll be back on the show tonight.

SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair defeated Shotzi in a non-title match last week after Shotzi almost collided with Sasha Banks. After the match, Shotzi blamed Banks and viciously beat her down.

Shayna Baszler defeated Naomi last Friday after Sonya Deville made herself the special guest referee for the match. Naomi and Baszler will face off again tonight.

SmackDown is back on Fox tonight after airing on FS1 last week due to the World Series. Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time. 


Roman Reigns Segment 

Universal Champion Roman Reigns, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos, and Paul Heyman made their way to the ring to start SmackDown. Michael Cole noted Reigns had held the title for 432 days. They recapped King Woods knighting Sir Kofi and beating The Usos later that night. 

The fans broke into a loud "You Suck" chant. Pat McAfee claimed they were chanting, "Thank you, Roman." Reigns noted he wasn't on SmackDown last week because he took a vacation after beating up Brock Lesnar. He demanded that the little no-name town acknowledge him. The fans erupted in boos. 

Reigns said he had a great week on vacation with his wife. He pointed out that Lesnar didn't have a good week because he got fined and suspended. Reigns took credit for Lesnar's suspension. Reigns asked Heyman what else happened last week. Heyman thought he was talking about him and mentioned Kayla Braxton bothering him. He then realized that Reigns was talking about The Usos losing to the New Day. The fans broke into a loud "New Day Rocks" chant. 

Reigns likes the New Day and thinks they're entertaining, but they're not better than the Bloodline. Reigns couldn't understand how The Usos lost and called them the greatest tag team. He asked the Usos which one of them got pinned last week, and they pointed at each other. 

Jimmy admitted he got pinned. The fans broke into another "New Day Rocks" chant. Jimmy promised to make it up to Reigns by kicking the crown off of King Woods' head and making them acknowledge the Tribal Chief. 

The New Day's music hit, and they made their way to the ring. Sir Kofi introduced King Woods. Woods assumed the king sits at the head of the table. The New Day mocked Reigns, and the fans chanted "New Day Rocks." Woods challenged Jimmy to a match tonight and promised to acknowledge Reigns if he lost. However, if Jimmy loses, then Jimmy has to bend the knee to King Woods. 

Jimmy said he wouldn't bend the knee, and Jey agreed. Reigns held his hand out, and Heyman yelled at Jey to put the mic in his hand. Reigns took the mic and accepted the challenge. 

They recapped Shayna Baszler beating Naomi last week with special referee Sonya Deville. 

Shayna Baszler defeated Naomi (6:19)

This was a fine match although it dragged at times. 

Sonya Deville watched the match from the back. Kayla Braxton interviewed Deville and asked about her vendetta against Naomi. Deville denied having a vendetta and took credit for Naomi being more motivated now. 

Baszler attempted a submission, but Naomi broke free and hit a dropkick for a near fall. Baszler fought back and caught Naomi with a release German Suplex. Naomi sent Baszler to the floor and rocked her with a kick to the head. She pushed Baszler ribs-first into the apron. 

Naomi followed up with a flying cross body for a near fall. She attempted a plancha to the floor, but Baszler avoided it. Naomi ended up on the apron, but Baszler yanked her off and hit a gut-wrench suplex. 

Back from the break, Naomi dropped Baszler on the apron and hit a sunset flip for a near fall. Baszler recovered and locked on the Kirifuda Clutch. Naomi reached for the rope, but Baszler pulled her away. Naomi slipped out and rolled up Baszler for the win.

Sonya Deville walked out and noted Naomi touched the ropes, so the hold should have been broken. Deville re-started the match, and Baszler immediately locked on the Kirifuda Clutch for the win. 

In the back, Roman Reigns was furious that The Usos lost last week. He made fun of Raw, and Jimmy laughed. Jey and Reigns were unhappy that Jimmy wasn't taking this seriously. Jey and Jimmy promised to deal with New Day tonight. 

The promoted Xia Li's upcoming debut. 

In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed Ridge Holland. Holland is excited to be on SmackDown because he can meet his idol Sheamus. Holland talked about celebrating Sheamus beating John Cena for the WWE title. 

They recapped Charlotte Flair defeating Shotzi last week and Shotzi attacking Sasha Banks. 

Megan Morant interviewed Shotzi. Shotzi noted since coming to SmackDown, she lost tag team title opportunities, lost her partner, and lost the fan's support. She promised to beat Banks and doesn't need a tank to do it. 

Los Lotharios (Humberto Carillo & Angel Garza) defeated Mansoor & Cesaro (4:57)

This was a fun match that didn't get enough time. 

They recapped the Trick or Street Fight from last week and Los Lotharios interfering. 

Los Lotharios had the early advantage after hitting a double dropkick on Mansoor trapped in the tree of woe. The heels isolated Mansoor and cut him off from his corner. Garza caught Mansoor with a basement dropkick for a near fall and locked on a half-crab. Mansoor broke free with an enziguri but couldn't make the tag. Mansoor fought back, and Cesaro finally got the hot tag.

Cesaro ran wild with a series of uppercuts on Carillo. He followed up with a running uppercut on Garza on the floor. He then hit a springboard-twisting uppercut on Carillo. Garza jumped back in the ring, but Cesaro caught him in the giant swing. 

Carillo broke up the giant swing, but Mansoor jumped back in the ring. Cesaro saved Mansoor, but Carillo hit Cesaro with a superkick, and he bumped into Mansoor. Garza and Carillo then hit a dropkick combo on Cesaro for the win.

In the back, Kayla Braxton tried to interview Jeff Hardy. Hardy was in the middle of a conversation with Aliyah and introduced her. Moments later, Sami Zayn talked to Aliyah and gave her some advice, which was to wear a pantsuit. 

Drew McIntyre defeated Ricochet (3:40)

McIntrye and Ricochet had a good match while it lasted. 

McIntrye came to the ring and demanded someone accept his open challenge. Ricochet's music hit, and he made his way to the ring. He warned McIntrye that none of the pec flexing and catchphrases would stop him from slapping McIntyre in the face. Ricochet then slapped McIntrye across the face. 

A furious McIntrye backed Ricochet in the corner and threw him across the ring. Ricochet fought back and sent McIntrye to the floor. Ricochet attempted a hurricanrana off the apron, but McIntyre caught him. He then slammed Ricochet on the apron. 

McIntrye threw Ricochet across the ring again. He leaped off the top rope, but Ricochet caught him with a dropkick.

They showed Mustafa Ali watching the match in the back.

Ricochet caught McIntrye with a springboard crossbody and hit a standing shooting star press. McIntrye stood up and hit a brainbuster for a near fall. The finish came when Ricochet went for a moonsault, but McIntyre hit the Claymore kick in mid-air for the win. That was an awesome finish. 

In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed The New Day. Kingston called Braxton the town gossip. Woods promised to defeat Jimmy Uso later and make him bend the knee. 

Back from the break, Mustafa Ali approached Ricochet in the locker room and asked to form a tag team next week. Ricochet turned him down and called him a jerk. Ali didn't appreciate that comment. 

Happy Talk 

Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss mocked Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs. They made some bad jokes and laughed uncontrollably. Corbin then introduced their guests The Viking Raiders, making their SmackDown debut. 

Moss noted the Viking Raiders don't seem happy. Erik said they're not there to be happy, and Ivar added they were there to raid Happy Talk. Corbin and Moss mocked The Viking Raiders and made some bad puns. The Raiders didn't appreciate the comedy and started destroying the set. 

The Viking Raiders defeated Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss via Count Out (5:14)

This was an okay match that dragged and had a lame finish. 

The Viking Raiders had the early advantage, but the heels took over. Moss slowed the pace down with a side headlock, but Ivar broke free. Erik then slammed Ivar onto Moss for a near fall. Corbin caused a distraction, and Moss hit a spinebuster on Erik to regain control. 

Corbin hit the around-the-ring post clothesline on Erik for a near fall, but Ivar broke up the pin attempt. Moss took Ivar out of the ring, and Corbin hit deep six for a near fall. Erik fought back, and Ivar got the hot tag. 

Ivar hit a flying crossbody on Moss and sent Corbin to the floor. Ivar avoided Corbin with a cartwheel, and Erik hit a suplex on Corbin. Erik gave Moss a powerbomb but struggled to get him up. He almost dropped Moss on his head. Ivar climbed to the top rope, but Corbin pulled Moss out of the ring. Corbin and Moss then walked out and lost by count-out. 

Sami Zayn ran into Hit Row backstage. Zayn claimed Hit Row's debut last week sucked. Ashante "Thee" Adonis was offended and he got in Zayn's face, but Top Dolla stopped him. Top Dolla then asked Zayn to show them how to do an entrance. Zayn agreed and started walking to the ring. 

Sami Zayn and Hit Row Segment 

Sami Zayn made his entrance and "danced" on the stage. He jumped and rolled around the stage. He bragged about his entrance and noted he's a true superstar. Zayn believes he should lead Hit Row and introduced them. 

At first, Hit Row praised Zayn but then started mocking him. They noted they didn't need him to lead them. Top Dolla added that Zayn sucks. There was faint "Sami sucks" chant. Zayn was furious and walked off but warned Hit Row. 

In the back, Jimmy and Jey got pumped up for Jimmy's match. Jimmy asked Roman if he's coming with them, but Roman decided to stay in the back. 

King Woods (w/ Sir Kofi) defeated Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso) (10:32)

Woods and Jimmy worked hard and had a good fast-paced, hard-hitting match.

Woods quickly went for a pin and rolled up Jimmy for a two-count. Woods followed up with a side Russian leg sweep and basement dropkick for a near fall. Jey yelled at Jimmy to get his head in the match. 

Jimmy dragged Woods across the top rope to gain control briefly. Jimmy leaped off the top rope, but Woods countered with a dropkick. Jimmy fought back and sent Woods to the floor. 

Back from the break, Woods hit a crossbody for a near fall, but Jimmy fought back with an enziguri. He followed up with a splash in the corner and a running knee for near fall. Jimmy slowed the pace down with a chin lock. The fans broke into a "New Day Rocks" chant. 

Woods broke free and hit a superkick. Jimmy went for a back suplex, but Woods escaped and hit another superkick. He dropped Jimmy on the top rope and hit a running knee. Woods followed up with a dropkick through the ropes. 

Woods hit a leg drop off the top rope for a close near fall. Woods climbed back to the top rope, but Jey caused a distraction. Jimmy took advantage and hit a Samoan Drop off the second turnbuckle for another close near fall. 

Jimmy went for the Uso splash, but Woods got his feet up. Woods avoided a superkick, but Jimmy went after the eyes. Jimmy rolled up Woods with Jey's help but the referee caught them cheating. Woods took advantage and rolled up Jimmy for the win. 

After the match, Jimmy was about to bend the knee when Roman Reigns ran out and hit a spear on Woods. The Bloodline beat down Woods and Kingston. The Usos rocked Woods with a double superkick, and Reigns hit another spear.

The Usos then attacked Kingston's leg and forced Woods to watch. Jey locked on a half-crab, and Jimmy hit the Uso splash. Reigns yelled at Woods that he's going to show him a real king next week. Reigns and The Usos celebrated over the fallen New Day to end SmackDown.