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WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Logan Paul challenges Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman returns


Logan Paul unquestionably wants a crack at WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Paul returns to WWE programming after six weeks Defeating The Miz at SummerSlam Trying to step up your game.

Paul promised to bring chaos to WWE. Instead, it opened the door for the return of Paul Heyman. Heyman has not been seen on WWE programming since Brock Lesnar placed him on the announcer table at SummerSlam. Reigns’ special counsel dismissed Paul but could not dismiss his actions.

SmackDown also hosted a deadly four-way match that crowned new challengers for The Usos’ tag team titles. Sequoia made a rare main roster defense of the NXT brand’s North American Championship.

WWE Sports was with you all night, with recaps and highlights of all the activities at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Wheels set in motion for Reigns vs. Paul

Paul opens the show and challenges Reigns to meet him face to face. Heyman – along with The Usos, Solo Sequoia and Sami Zayn – brushed off Paul. Heyman commended Paul for his willingness to box Floyd Mayweather but assured him that the match against someone of Reigns’ stature was misguided. Zayn offers to take care of Paul but gets a sucker punch for his efforts. Bloodline attempts to take offense before Ricochet arrives to support Paul and stage the match against Zayn.

It was later announced that Madcap Moss, who had saved Ricochet from a beatdown at the hands of The Bloodline earlier in the evening, would challenge Sekova for the North American Championship.

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Je Uso hypnotized Sekova shortly before her title defense. Sequoia overtook Jay when he offered to accompany him to the ring, accusing Jay of dropping the ball in the evening. Jay’s anger flared up during the Ricochet-Zann match, which eventually cost “Honorary Yuss”. Sequoia invites Zayn to join him at ringside instead.

North American Championship – Solo Sequoia def. Madcap Moss via Pinfall After her roped in with a swinging solo, a move reminiscent of her cousin The Rock’s trademark rock bottom. Sequoia and Moss fought a similar contest that elevated Sequoia to a superstar who could hang onto the main roster. Moss made a fight-ending move on Sikova before Zayn kicked Sikova out of the ring. Moss chased Zayn and ran into a superkick as a result. The finish came soon after.

It’s understandable why WWE is battling for a Reigns vs. Paul match. There are few credible opponents for Reigns at the moment and Paul is a big cross-over star – who can really go in the ring. The match is expected to headline Crown Jewel. To get excited about it the whole ordeal sounds like a cash grab. The most interesting thing coming out of SmackDown is the interplay between the Bloodline members. Zayn continues to network the ranks while Jay’s attitude moves him down the ladder. Zayn finds himself a strong ally in Sequoia, being positioned as the de facto leader of the group in the regime’s absence. grade B-

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Ricochet def. Sami Zayn via pinfall After landing in a shooting star press. The Bloodline attempted to jump Ricochet, but Moss equalized the playing field.
  • Carrion Cross promises to haunt Drew McIntyre forever During the backstage promo.
  • Alpha Academy attacks Braun Strowman After “The Monster Among Men”, the runway of Maximum Male Models was shortened.
  • Belle def. Raquel Rodriguez via pinfall After a distraction by Dakota Kai and IYO SKY. Shotji saved Rodriguez from a post-match attack. Bayley claimed how damage control could do whatever it wanted in the pre-match segment.
  • Liv Morgan interrupts Ronda Rousey interview and demanded his respect. He challenged Rousey to an “Extreme Rules” match. Rousey accepted, telling Morgan that it was Champion’s funeral.
  • McIntyre challenges Cross,
  • 1 Contender Match for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship – The Brawling Brutes (Ridge Holland & Butch) def. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods), Imperium (Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci) and Hit Row (Top Doll and Eshante Adonis) via pinfall After stealing the momentum from Imperium and pinning Kingston. They will challenge The Usos for the tag title next week.
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