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WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Sami Zayn officially headlines an ‘Honorary Yous’ tag title match


Sami Zayn is officially with The Bloodline. After months of winning over members of the Roman Reigns faction on WWE SmackDown, Zayn was welcomed into the fold on Friday night.

This week’s episode of Blue Brand started off in full force with The Bloodline. A planned moment of tension between Zayn and Reigns opened the door for a major development in their relationship.

Friday’s main event featured a title match between the undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos and the Brawling Brutes. Braun Strowman fought her first WWE match in nearly 18 months, and SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan got mean in an action-packed episode of SmackDown.

WWE Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the activities at Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Zayn is officially welcomed into The Bloodline

The Bloodline was in full force for the first time on Friday night: Reigns, The Usos, Solo Sequoia, Paul Heyman and honorary member Zayn were all in the ring. Reigns demanded that the group’s new promoter Sequoia accept him. Sequoia is obliged. Reign’s music became a hit as the group prepared to exit. Zayn, who was ignored during Heyman’s first speech, took the microphone and asked the music to stop.

Zayn thanks Reigns and company for welcoming him to the group, despite the fact that he’s not a killer. Reigns appeared troubled by Zain’s interruption. Reigns verbally tears Zayn for hanging around and wearing Bloodline’s shirt. He demands that Zayn take off the shirt as Jay Uso, who has been tense with Zayn from the start, barks in agreement. Jay tears the shirt off Zayn’s body and is distressed by the sudden change in his relationship with the Zayn faction, but it was all a hoax: Reigns presents Zayn with his own shirt reading “Honorary You”. Zayn celebrates with collaborators Jimmy Uso and Sequoia before accepting and embracing Reigns. Jay looked on in disbelief.

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Later backstage, Madcap Moss and Ricochet approach Zayn, stating that Zayn has changed and his head is on the back end of Reigns. Sequoia viciously attacks Moss and Ricochet, and establishes his friendship with Zayn.

A video package narrated by Heyman prior to the main event shows how The Usos’ title reign overtook teams like The Dudley Boyz, Road Warriors and Hart Foundation in WWE history. Only Demolition and The New Day have long reigned as tag team champions.

The Usos (Jay Uso and Jimmy Uso) def. Brawling Brutes (Ridge Holland and Butch) via pinfall After pulverizing Butch with 1-D. The Usos relied on their experience gains as a pair to control and punish the challengers for the most part of the match. Holland had a particularly nasty fight outside the ring at the start of the match. Forced to act alone late in the match, Butch was in complete tears. They battled for the champion with dynamic actions, landing an apron moonsault on Jimmy before planting Jay with a German suplex in the center of the ring. Butch survived the fall several times before tagging in Holland, who displayed ridiculous prowess in lifting the Usos and dropping him on his back. All three members of the Imperium blinded Sheamus after “The Celtic Warrior” tried to stop Zayn from interfering in the match. The Usos took advantage of the chaos and eliminated Butch.

WWE deserves a lot of credit for its patient, caring approach to this storyline. Zayn has slowly and reliably favored every member of The Bloodline, except Jay, over the course of months. The story is rich with subplots and is the best any North American pro wrestling organization has to offer. The eventual split between Zayn and The Bloodline would be a big deal that would establish Zayn as a main event player. The Usos vs. Brawling Brutes were also great. The ending was never in doubt, but it helped showcase Butch’s under-utilized talent and Holland’s emerging strength. Yesgrade A-

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What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Liv Morgan def. Lacey Evans via Pinfall By killing forgetfulness. Morgan – who faces Ronda Rousey in an “Extreme Rules” match at the upcoming pay-per-view of the same name – attacked Evans with a kendo stick and pushed him through a table.

  • Hit Row, Street Profits and Shinsuke Nakamura take part backstage, More and more superstars attended the party in the night. Los Lotharios (Humberto Carrillo and ngel Garza) attacked Hit Row at the party after being booted from it in the previous segment.

  • The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) def. Max male model via pinfall (man.soor and ma.ce) In a short match. Max Dupri expressed anger after the match.

  • Braun Strowman def. Otis via Pinfall After landing a giant powerbomb. This was Strowman’s first WWE match in 16 months.

  • Sheamus announces an Intercontinental Title rematch against champion Gunther Smackdown in two weeks.

  • Drew McIntyre challenged Killer Cross to a strap match at Extreme Rules. Cross and Scarlett attack McIntyre, put him to sleep and accept the challenge.

  • Raquel Rodriguez def. Dakota Kai via Pinfall After a distraction by Shotzi. Damage Control (Kai, Bayley and Io Skye) attacked Rodriguez and Shotji after the match but were sent packing.



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