WWE SmackDown Results, Recap, Notes: Roman Reigns defends title, makes emotional appeal to Jey Uso

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Roman Reigns’ run as the Universal Champion has already been designed to look like it has the potential to be one of the most interesting title races in modern wrestling history. Reigns made his first TV title defense of his current title reign on Friday’s edition of SmackDown, facing former rival Braun Strowman in the night’s main event.The series’ lasting memories, however, will be another stellar segment between Reigns and his cousin, Jey Uso. After his match, Reigns begged Uso not to force his hand by participating in their Hell in a Cell “I Quit” match on October 25th. Uso delivered his answer with his fists, his feet and a steel chair.

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Jey Uso refuses to hear Roman Reigns message

WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) def. Braun Strowman via submission with a guillotine choke. Reigns immediately took the fight against Strowman, hitting him with a Superman first punch, then a driving dropkick. Reigns continued to dominate until Strowman was able to mount a return out of the ring, slamming Reigns into the ring post and throwing him over the announcement table before knocking him over the barricade of the ring. Strowman had to make another comeback, hitting a domineering and chokeslam, but Reigns hit a low blow while sending out, leaving an opening for a spear for a Reigns close to falling. Reigns tried another spear, but Strowman avoided the catch. Reigns did manage to lock a guillotine choke, however, and used the grip to force Strowman to type.

After Reigns’ victory, Jey Uso’s music hit and he headed for the entrance ramp. Reigns looked at Uso and motioned for him to watch before hitting Strowman with a post-match spear. Reigns motioned for Uso to come to the ring, which Uso forced before Paul Heyman handed Reigns a steel chair. Reigns pointed to Strowman and said, “This is how we eat. If I’m not on top, we are not. Reigns went on to issue a terrible warning to Uso, saying, “If I can do this to him, imagine what I can do to you.” Reigns then lay down on Strowman with the chair before chasing the WWE officials and continuing the assault. Uso stepped into the ring as Reigns said, “I love you, I would never do this to you, but you forced my hand.” After Reigns told Uso that he had forced his hand, he told him to swing the chair and turned his back to him. Uso threw the chair down, shouting that he wouldn’t before he punched Reigns and dropped him onto the canvas with a superkick. Uso then unloaded on Reigns with the chair before officials stopped the attack, allowing Reigns to punch a punch from Superman before exiting the ring in a mixture of frustration and sadness.

It’s no surprise at this point that putting Reigns and Uso in the ring produces some sort of weird magic. True emotion isn’t a strong point of modern wrestling, but it’s what made Uso and Reigns special. The fight between Reigns and Strowman was fine for a TV main event, and Reigns putting out a bid to win is a nice wrinkle. But it was all about Uso and Reigns, with Strowman mostly serving as a prop to the bigger story. Quality: B +

What Else Happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Lars Sullivan bat. Jeff Hardy via pinfall after a freak accident. The match came after an opening show brawl between almost the entire SmackDown locker room. Sullivan came out of a Twist of Fate before reaching his goal.

  • The new day def. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus via pinfall after hitting The Midnight Hour on Sheamus. This was billed as a “goodbye” for the team as they were separated during the WWE Draft. The game itself was a great, fast fight with big spots and a really good home stretch before New Day clinched an emotional victory.

  • Seth Rollins found himself outnumbered by Daniel Bryan, Murphy and Rey & Dominik Mysterio. Rollins interrupted Bryan’s promo addressing his return to action, leading to a brawl before Rollins was kicked out. But before he could escape the ring area, the Mysterios entered the scene and Bryan left them to their business. Murphy appeared, apparently leveling the odds, but then attacked Rollins. The Mysterios still weren’t buying Murphy’s shares, refusing to shake his hand at the end of the segment.

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Street Profits (c) def. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode by disqualification when Ziggler and Roode continued to team up after the referee’s warnings. This was clearly a set-up for what will be SmackDown’s main beacon program in the near future, so no clear end was likely to the jump.

  • Bayley refused to sign the contract for his Hell in a Cell match with Sasha Banks. After a fiery promotion from Banks, Bayley pushed the contract to the table and left the ring saying, “I have nothing to sign. Banks called her a coward and told her that she would sign the contract somehow.

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