This week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown was definitely one of the most anticipated weekly shows of WWE in recent memory. Not only did it feature the celebration of Roman Reigns surpassing 1000 days as Universal Champion, but also the aftermath of Jimmy Usos’ shocking betrayal at Night of Champions.
Last night’s segment between The Bloodline and The Usos was definitely the highlight of the show. It featured a lot of twists in the storyline and marked the official end of The Bloodline stable. Read on to find out everything that went down on the 2nd June edition of Friday Night SmackDown.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: The Brawling Brutes vs Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly
United States Champion Austin Theory and Pretty Deadly kicked off the night by getting the better of The Brawling Brutes again. Theory defeated Sheamus last week after a distraction from Pretty Deadly last week.
The match itself was pretty action-packed and saw Theory steal the win in a typical “opportunistic bad guy” fashion. At one point, Sheamus almost won the match after a jaw-shattering Brogue Kick to Theory, but Prince and Wilson pulled him the US Champ out of the ring before The Celtic Warrior could score the victory.
Result: Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly def. The Brawling Brutes
The OC vs Hit Row
This match is a result of Top Dolla and Ashante Thee Adonis dropping a diss track aimed at The OC on social media. However it looks like they were all talk, as they were defeated pretty easily by Gallows & Anderson.
Although Hit Row started out pretty aggressive, they eventually fell to the teamwork of Gallows & Anderson. They ended the match with The Magic Killer and put Hit Row away for the three count.
Result: The OC def. Hit Row
The Grayson Waller Effect featuring Asuka
Asuka ended the historic reign of Bianca Belair last Saturday at Night of Champions. This week on SmackDown, The Empress of Tomorrow came out to cut a promo at The Grayson Waller Effect. One thing was made clear: things were not yet over between Asuka and Bianca Belair.
Zelina Vega, Bayley, Iyo Sky and several other women interrupted the segment, before Bianca Belair came out and attacked the RAW Women’s Champion. The two are now set to clash once again at Money In The Bank on July 1.
Money In The Bank Qualifying Match: Zelina Vega vs Lacey Evans
This match utilized both of the company’s most underutilized stars. It was both a strong showing for the heel Lacey Evans and Zelina Vega, who persevered despite suffering a cheap shot early in the match.
At one point, Evans hit Vega with the Women’s Right, which put Vega at a huge disadvantage. However, she fired back and finally hit a Code Red to pick up the win.
Result: Zelina Vega def. Lacey Evans
Money In The Bank Qualifying Match: LA Knight vs Montez Ford
This match proved just how over LA Knight is with the fans. Throughout the match, the WWE Universe cheered Knight and booed Ford.
Knight scored a victory over Montez Ford and joined Shinsuke Nakamura and Ricochet in qualifying for the MITB Ladder match. It was overall a good decision to finally give a push to Knight, after suffering several losses in the past few months.
Result: LA Knight def. Montez Ford
Roman Reigns celebrates 1000 days as champion
Yet another brilliant segment on SmackDown involving the Bloodline, except this one officially marked the end of the stable. It began with Triple H congratulating and presenting Roman Reigns with the brand new Undisputed Universal Championship title. It was basically a golden Universal Championship, which means that the WWE Championship and Universal Championship are now unified.
The Usos came out and interrupted the segment. At Night of Champions, Jimmy finally had enough of Reigns’ abuse and superkicked him, costing him the match. Things got pretty heated between Reigns and Jimmy this week, as Jimmy proclaimed that the only person that needed fixing was Reigns himself. It also seemed at one point that Solo Sikoa had decided to side with The Usos. However, when Reigns refused to ally with his cousins, Sikoa attacked Jimmy. As they were leaving, The Tribal Chief claimed that Jey will fall in line, as he always did.