Posted on 5/23/120 by Bob Magee
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
May 22, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with a video tribute for Memorial
The Dirt Sheet with The Miz, John Morrison and Braun
In the WWE Performance Center, it’s The Dirt Sheet with The
Miz and John Morrison. They welcome everyone to the show as
Morrison says that his abs are now Twitter certified
influencers. Miz says he refuses to believe that we live in
a world where this man is Money in the Bank. We see a clip
of Otis with the briefcase.
They go on to insult Otis as Miz says it’s people like Braun
Strowman who are to blame. Strowman got into their business
last week when he decided to team with Otis to go against
them. Miz says Otis has the contract and he could cash in
any time, any place. It doesn’t make sense.
Morrison says like how Becky Lynch decided to have a child
with Seth Rollins and he wouldn’t show his face around here
either. Miz asks what’s wrong with Morrison. They go on to
say how even Wyatt chose stuffed animals over Braun
Strowman. And for a Dirt Sheet exclusive, they have other
FireFly Fun House puppets which were rejected by Wyatt which
he still likes more than Strowman.
We see sock puppets on the screen. The first one is called
Shiloh the lonely laundry lass and the second is Dookie the
Diaper boy. The third one is a barbie doll called Mandyquin
As they are talking, Braun Strowman’s music hits and out
comes Strowman with a smile on his face as he’s laughing.
Strowman gets in the ring and roars, scaring the tag team.
He tosses both chairs out of the ring and asks them what’s
up. He says they are kind of funny and their show is not
half bad and thanks them for having him on. Morrison says he
wasn’t booked. He tells them to ask him a question about
Bray Wyatt and his puppets at Money in the Bank. Miz asks
Strowman if he thinks Wyatt is done with him. Miz tells him
he fought with Wyatt and Wyatt sent him spiraling down and
Morrison was there to save him.
Morrison says Strowman will never be the man the Miz is. He
must feel like a bad ass because he pinned him last week.
Morrison gets in Strowman’s face as Miz tries to calm him
down as Strowman accepts Morrison’s challenge against The
Miz. Strowman tells Miz he is about to get these hands.
Braun Strowman vs. The Miz with John Morrison
The bell rings and we are under way. A right hand by Miz
which doesn’t faze Strowman as he gets Miz in the corner and
a right hand by Strowman. He taunts Morrison who is on the
outside. Strowman slams Miz into the turnbuckle. He sends
Miz to the ropes and a shoulder tackle takes The Miz down.
Strowman sends Miz to the ropes and he runs towards him as
Miz lowers the top rope and Strowman goes to the outside.
With the referee distracted, Morrison hits Strowman with a
flying knee to the face.
Strowman gets up and runs towards The Miz but Miz moves out
of the way as Strowman hits the ring post. Strowman gets in
the ring and a double axe by Miz. He jumps off the top rope
but Strowman catches him, Miz with a rake to the eyes. A
dropkick to the knee by The Miz as he goes for a DDT but
Strowman blocks it.
Braun throws Miz across the ring as Morrison gets on the
ring apron but he’s knocked down by Strowman. The Miz is
down and as he gets up, Strowman lands a running powerslam.
He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Braun Strowman
John Morrison gets on the microphone after the match and
challenges Braun Strowman to a match. He challenges Braun
Strowman to a handicap match at Backlash for the WWE
Universal championship. Braun Strowman accepts.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Qualifier – AJ Styles vs.
The bell rings and we are under way. Styles gets Nakamura in
the corner as the referee breaks it up. Both men in the
middle of the ring and a head lock by Styles as Nakamura
pushes him to the ropes and the referee breaks it up.
Nakamura with a head lock of his own as he wrestles Styles
down and both men are back up.
Styles reverses it into an arm bar waist lock. Nakamura
reverses that and AJ gets out of it. Both men exchange
reversals. Nakamura sends Styles to the ropes but Styles
with a double chop. A drop kick by Styles takes Nakamura
down. AJ gets Shinsuke in the corner and a chop to the chest
by Styles as he sends Nakamura to the ropes. Styles runs
towards Nakamura but an elbow to the face by Nakamura
followed by a knee to the midsection.
Nakamura with a right hand as both men exchange right hands
and Styles with a step up inzighuri. Styles goes for a
suplex, Nakamura lands on his feet and a kick by Nakamura.
He gets AJ in between the ropes as Nakamura drops him onto
Back form commercial, both men in the ring and Nakamura with
kicks taking Styles down. Nakamura goes for a kick but
Styles blocks it and an overhead kick by Styles as both men
are down. A clothesline by Styles as he lifts Nakamura up
and drops him neck first onto his knee. He goes for the
cover but Nakamura kicks out. Styles gets up as Nakamura
runs towards him but Styles grabs Nakamura’s leg and he
locks in the calf crusher. Nakamura gets to the ropes and
the referee breaks it up.
Styles grabs Nakamura but an overhead kick by Nakamura. He
goes for a sliding knee, AJ ducks and Styles hits him with a
forearm to the face. He goes for the cover but Nakamura
kicks out. Both men up as Nakamura lands the Mishinoku
driver. He goes for the cover but Styles kicks out. Nakamura
tries to lift Styles up but Styles fights back. Nakamura
flies fof the second rope and lands a flying knee.
Nakamura with a sliding knee. He goes for the cover but once
more Styles kicks out. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa but
Styles reverses it into a cover but Nakamura reverses it
into a triangle choke. Styles reverses it into the Styles
Clash. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out.
Both men get back up as Styles gets on the ring apron. He’s
about to jump off the top rope but Nakamura catches him with
a kick. Nakamura runs towards Styles as AJ hits him with a
kick. Styles with the Phenomenal Forearm off the top rope.
He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: AJ Styles
Sasha Banks and Bayley are backstage. Bayley tells Banks she
doesn’t want her in her corner for her match tonight because
people think she can’t win without Banks. Bayley says she
doesn’t want to get anyone any reason to believe that she
can’t win without her and she knows Sasha has her back.
NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. WWE SmackDown
Women’s Champion Bayley
The bell rings and we are under way. Charlotte slams Bayley
into the corner. She runs towards Bayley but Bayley moves
out of the way and slams Charlotte onto the mat. She goes
for the cover but Charlotte kicks out. Bayley mocks Flair as
she does the Flair strut.
Charlotte gets back up and a waist lock by the NXT champion
which is reversed by Bayley. Charlotte with a back elbow
takes Bayley down. She walks towards Bayley and Bayley with
a double leg take down. She goes for the cover with both of
her feet on the ropes but the referee sees it. Flair drops
Bayley and goes for the cover with her feet on the ropes as
the referee breaks that up.
Both women back up as Bayley sends Flair to the corner but
Flair flips over and lands on the ring apron. Bayley runs
towards Flair but Flair with a kick onto Bayley. Flair still
on her feet as Bayley trips her up. Bayley goes to the
outside but Flair sends her over the barricade. Flair grabs
Michael Cole’s headset and she calls out Sasha Banks.
Back from commercial, Charlotte with a head lock in the
middle of the ring. We see Sasha Banks standing backstage
watching the match. Flair slams Bayley into the corner and a
chop to the chest as Bayley falls to the mat. Flair drags
Bayley into the corner. She gets on the third rope but
Bayley trips her down. Bayley runs towards Flair but Flair
with a knee. She runs towards Bayley but Bayley lowers the
top rope and Flair falls to the outside. Flair grabs
Bayley’s foot but Bayley kicks her into the ring post.
Bayley goes to the outside and slams Flair into the
barricade and into the ring apron. She gets in the ring and
as does Flair. Bayley goes for the cover but Flair kicks
out. Flait with a back elbow and she goes for a roll up but
Bayley kicks out. Both women back up and a clothesline by
Bayley. She goes for the cover but Charlotte kicks out. A
headlock by Bayley and right hands by Flair but Bayley with
a knee to the stomach slows Flair down.
A run to the ropes by Bayley but Flair catches her and a
fall away slam takes Bayley down. Both women back up and
Flair with right hands as she gets Bayley in the corner.
Flair goes for a right hand, Bayley ducks and she gets Flair
in the corner. Bayley backs up, runs towards Flair but Flair
catches her and lands a neck breaker as she throws Bayley
into the corner as Bayley falls to the mat.
Flair gets on the third floor, goes for the moon sault as
Bayley moves out of the way. Flair lands on her feet and she
hits Bayley with a big boot. She goes for the cover but
Bayley kicks out. Flair stomps on Bayley’s left leg. She
places Bayley’s leg on the bottom rope and Flair gets on the
ring apron. Bayley fights back as she hangs Flair up on the
middle rope. Flair gets back in the ring as Bayley grabs her
and places her in the corner.
Bayley with a running knee into the corner. Bayley gets on
the top rope and an elbow drop by Bayley but Flair gets the
knees up. Flair drops Bayley and a Walls of Jericho by
Flair. Bayley reverses it into a cover but Flair kicks out.
Flair runs towards Bayley but Bayley moves out of the way
and Flair lands face first into the second turnbuckle pad.
Bayley climbs the top rope and an elbow drop. She goes for
the cover but the NXT champion kicks out. Bayley with a chop
to the chest as Flair asks for more.
Again, Bayley with more chops to the chest. She grabs
Flair’s leg and goes for the Figure Four but a right hand by
Flair takes Bayley down. A chop to the chest by Flair as she
gets Bayley in the corner. The referee breaks it up, Bayley
catches her with a kick, Flair reverses it into a cover,
Bayley reverses that and gets Flair in the cover. Bayley
puts her arms on the ropes for momentum and gets the pin.
Winner: WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley
Sasha Banks and Bayley are backstage celebrating. Bayley
tells Sasha she didn’t believe she could beat Flair. There’s
a pause and Bayley says she was kidding, she knew that Sasha
knew she would beat Flair.
Mixed Tag Team Match: Sonya Deville and Dolph Ziggler vs.
Mandy Rose and Otis
The bell rings and we are under way. Mandy and Sonya start
the match. Otis says he wants to start the match and it’s
Otis and Ziggler. Otis throws Ziggler around followed by a
spinning power slam. Otis with a splash on Ziggler in the
corner. Ziggler gets in between the ropes, forcing Otis to
back away. Sonya is tagged in and it’s her and Mandy in the
Sonya gets Mandy in the corner and right hands by Sonya. The
referee breaks it up as Mandy with takes Sonya down.
Meanwhile, Ziggler trips Otis off the ring apron and pushes
Otis shoulder first into the ring steps. Mandy goes to the
outside to check on Otis.
Back from commercial, Sonya with a kick takes Mandy down in
the middle of the ring. She kicks Mandy around as Otis is
still down on the outside. Sonya throws Mandy into the
corner and right hands by Sonya. The referee breaks it up
and Mandy with a right hand. She goes for the roll up but a
kick out. Sonya with a kick onto Mandy who tried to tag Otis
into the match. Sonya with a head lock.
Mandy with a jaw breaker counter but Sonya with a kick takes
Mandy down. A kick to the chest by Sonya as she taunts Otis.
Sonya runs to the ropes but a jumping knee to the face by
Mandy takes Sonya down. Mandy tags Otis in and Ziggler is
in. Otis slams Ziggler down. A big splash in the corner.
Otis goes for another splash and Ziggler falls to the mat.
Ziggler tags Sonya in and Mandy is tagged in. A clothesline
by Mandy followed by a right hand.
Otis and Ziggler are fighting on the outside. Mandy with a
flying knee. She goes for the cover but Sonya kicks out.
Otis with right hands on the outside. Mandy with a double
under hook on Sonya but Sonya with a knee followed by a kick
to the back of the neck. She goes for the cover and gets the
Winners: Sonya Deville and Dolph Ziggler
Otis checks on Mandy in the ring as Ziggler hits Otis with a
Jeff Hardy is backstage. He says two weeks ago he asked the
WWE Universe to join him for one more good run. And now, it
has lead him to the Intercontinental championship
tournament. Hardy says it was the first championship he won
on his own and if he could win it again, everything would be
coming full circle for him. And what better way to start it
than to beat the bully who tried to pull him down. He says
he will beat Sheamus tonight.
An image plays in tribute of the late Shad Gaspard who
The Forgotten Sons are backstage. They cut a promo talking
about how they they have gone through dark times and aren’t
afraid to admit it. They talk about how they have their
blood on the hands of others and it’s only fair that the
blood of others be on their hands.
Miz asks Morrison what he was thinking putting him in a
match earlier tonight. Morrison tells him to look on the
bright side, they have a championship match. In comes Renee
Young who asks about their match at Backlash. Morrison says
Strowman’s track record in handicap matches sucks. Miz says
they will make Strowman’s life a living hell. Miz and
Morrison yell hey, hey as they lean into Young who
reluctantly says ho ho.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Qualifier – Jeff Hardy vs.
The bell rings and we are under way. Sheamus gets Hardy in
the corner as the referee breaks it up. Sheamus lifts Jeff
and gets him in the corner. A head lock by Hardy followed by
a take down. Sheamus reverses it into an arm bar but Jeff
reverses that. Sheamus sends Jeff to the ropes and a right
hand by Sheamus. He sends Jeff to the ropes but a kick to
the face by Jeff followed by a forearm punch.
Jeff runs to the ropes but Sheamus takes Hardy down. Hardy
on the ring apron as Sheamus taunts Hardy but Hardy throws
Sheamus to the outside. Hardy on the ring apron jumps off
but Sheamus catches him and slams him into the ring post.
Sheamus gets Hardy on his shoulders and throws him onto the
announce table. Sheamus yelling at Michael Cole about how he
kept putting Jeff Hardy over but not himself.
Back from commercial, Sheamus with a head lock on Hardy in
the middle of the ring. He drops Hardy and a jumping knee to
the head by Sheamus onto Hardy. Right hands by Hardy but
Sheamus quickly takes him down. Sheamus with a clothesline.
Hardy gets up and right hands by Hardy. Sheamus runs towards
Hardy but he knocks Sheamus away. Jeff climbs the top rope
and the whisper in the wind. He goes for the cover but
Sheamus kicks out. Jeff with right hands but Sheamus kicks
Sheamus with the Irish curse back breaker on Hardy. Sheamus
with three back breakers. Sheamus says this is a great work
out. Sheamus throws Hardy onto the ring apron. Sheamus
clobbering Hardy. Sheamus tells Corey Graves he’s in the
best shape of his life. He lifts Hardy up but Hardy lands on
his feet. Right hands by Hardy as Sheamus runs towards Jeff
but Jeff moves out of the way and Sheamus lands shoulder
first into the ring post.
Jeff with a forearm takes Sheamus down. An atomic drop
followed by the leg drop. He goes for the cover but Sheamus
kicks out. Jeff goes for the Twist of Fate but Sheamus rolls
to the outside of the ring. Jeff goes to the outside and
slams Sheamus shoulder first into the steel post. Jeff
climbs the barricade and walks it jumping and lands a
clothesline on Sheamus.
Both men are down on the outside. Jeff throws Sheamus into
the ring and climbs the top rope. Jeff goes for the Swanton
but Sheamus gets the knees up. Sheamus goes for the cover
but Jeff kicks out. Sheamus with a knee to the face. He goes
for the cover but Jeff kicks out. Sheamus goes for the
Brogue Kick but Jeff ducks, he runs towards Sheamus and
rolls Sheamus up and gets the pin.