Friday Night Smackdown featured two major returns heading into the Money in the Bank PLE. Vince McMahon kicked off the show in defiance of the recent scandal. Riddle and Roman Reigns closed the show in a Universal Title Main Event. Brock Lesnar made his return to confront Reigns heading into Money in the Bank. Here are 3 Must-See Moments from Friday Night Smackdown, plus full results from the show.
WWE Smackdown: 3 Must-See Moments
Vince McMahon returns amid scandal
Over the last week, the biggest news story to dominate the wrestling landscape has been the McMahon scandal. The Wall Street Journal broke the story that alleged McMahon had an affair with an employee and paid $3 million in hush money. The allegation went further to accuse the WWE CEO of using company money for the payout. McMahon temporarily stepped down as CEO, however, he decided to remain on screen as a character. McMahon kicked off WWE Smackdown in the ring and reminded the crowd of the WWE Signature “The, Now, Forever, Together.”
Reigns-Riddle TV classic
Last week on Friday Night Smackdown, Riddle defeated Sami Zayn to get a shot at the WWE Universal Title. With Riddle as the new number 1 contender, the main event was set for the blue brand. In a match that tore the house down for nearly 30 minutes, Riddle hit a floating bro to floor Roman Reigns. Riddle went back up for a second time but was caught in a spear for Reigns to retain.
The Beast Returns
Brock Lesnar returns
After Roman Reigns defeated Riddle, The Bloodline celebrated in the middle of the ring. Before the show went off the air, familiar music played over the loudspeakers. It was Brock Lesnar who returned to WWE Smackdown, however, much to the chagrin of Reigns and The Bloodline. Lesnar made his way into the ring and quickly took out The Usos before running off Paul Heyman. Reigns tried to confront Lesnar but received an F5 for his troubles. Moments later, it was announced across WWE social media that Lesnar and Reigns would do battle again. At Summerslam, the Universal Title will be on the line in a Last Man Standing Match.
WWE Smackdown: Full Results
Last Laugh Match: Madcap Moss def. Happy Corbin, Skim It, **1/4
New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) def. Jinder Mahal and Shanky, Skim It, **1/2
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Raquel Rodriguez def. Shayna Baszler, Skim It, **
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match: (c) Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman vs. Riddle, Must-Watch, ****
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