WWE SmackDown Results: September 9 Winners, Ratings, Reactions & Highlights | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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0 out of 5

    Braun Strowman headlined a special Clash at the Castle episode of SmackDown /Credit: WWE.com

    Braun Strowman made a shocking WWE return Monday night on Raw, and on Friday he took to SmackDown to talk about his comeback and what fans can expect from The Monster Among Men going forward.

    The former Universal Champion’s return headlined a show that also determined Liv Morgan’s #1 SmackDown Women’s Championship contender in a 5-way fatal elimination match.

    Find out what Strowman had to say and who came out of the high-stakes fight with this recap from the Sept. 9 Fox show.

2 out of 5

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    Hot on the heels of one of the best matches in recent WWE history, Sheamus and Gunther led their respective teams in a six-man tag team match to kick off Friday’s show in which The Celtic Warrior joined Butch and Ridge Holland to fight The Ring General. , Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser.

    Considering the collection of in-ring talent, fans reasonably expected a great match and they weren’t disappointed.

    Sheamus’ teasing of Gunther permeated throughout the contest but, for some reason, fans were left without this matchup. That didn’t stop them from bursting as the former WWE Champion exploded into the match and led the fight against Kaiser and Vinci.

    Then it happened.

    Sheamus and Gunther unload on each other and are soon joined by their respective partners as a six-way brawl ensues. The action fell through and although he appeared to injure his knee at one point, Kaiser teamed up with Vinci to secure victory with the Imperium Bomb over Holland.

    It was an amazing start to the show, a fantastic match with a scorching crowd that continued the feud between the trios and proved that there is still huge demand for Sheamus against Gunther.

    Imperium scoring the win was the right choice given how new it was and the need to bring Gunther, Kaiser and Vinci together as a unit with the roster’s main audience, but Sheamus is as finished as he’s been since. years and has lost nothing despite his team. defeat. This feud is going to be fire and the efforts of everyone involved are a big reason for that.


    Results

    Imperium defeated the Brawling Brutes


    To note

    A-


    Best moments

  • The crowd’s reaction to the Sheamus-Gunther tease proved how much their classic encounter in Cardiff meant to fans and their desire to see her again. So, naturally, the show went public before they could.
  • As Sheamus brawled with Gunther on the ground, Vinci broke away with an old-school baseball dropkick, depriving fans of another physical altercation between the rivals.
  • The pop for Sheamus’ hot tag was extraordinary, positive proof of the effect of Triple H’s booking.

3 out of 5

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    Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos and Sami Zayn took to the ring to introduce new member of The Bloodline, the twins’ younger brother, Solo Sikoa.

    The Street Champion warned the rest of the WWE roster that he was only beefing up The Bloodline, to which Drew McIntyre responded by rushing to the ring and chasing heels with a steel chair.

    The Scottish Warrior issued a challenge, Sikoa accepted and the brief segment ended with the main event match later that night.

    It was exactly what was needed. Jimmy Uso told the world that Sikoa was their younger brother, a video package introduced him to audience members unfamiliar with his work in NXT, and he cut a brief introductory promo that doubled as a warning to this whole step towards The Bloodline.

    That McIntyre logically sought revenge and in doing so set up the main event against the guy who wronged him and cost him the most important moment of his career, made it even better.


    To note

    B+


    Best moments

  • “Deep AF!” Zayn said in response to Jimmy’s comments about the depth of The Bloodline in a hilarious one-liner. No one can guess how not everyone involved cracks up.
  • The heat for Sikoa was off the charts, proof that the NXT export debut was effective.
  • “You make trouble and I end it. Solo Sikoa is here to stay and The Bloodline just got bigger and stronger,” The Usos’ younger brother warned.

4 out of 5

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    Originally scheduled for the semi-finals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, the non-title match between champions Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah and Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne finally took place on Friday night.

    Jane and Dolin controlled the majority of the match, working on the smaller Aliyah before a hot tag to Rodriguez turned the tide in favor of the champions. Rodriguez dominated and finished Jayne with the Tejada Bomb for the win.

    It’s somewhat interesting that Triple H is bringing Toxic Attraction back to the main roster just to replace the champions, but at least it puts to rest the idea that things might have been different if Rodriguez and Aliyah had to go through Jayne and Dolin on their way to the titles.

    Champions build reputations through wins, but they still feel like placeholders until Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky inevitably win the titles. Whether it’s Monday night is the question.

    Maybe a loss to Dolin and Jayne to reinforce the idea that they’re an inexperienced team facing a very real threat to their reign on Monday night would have been a better idea.

    Either way, Rodriguez is truly a star in the making and should be among the biggest deals in women’s wrestling sooner rather than later.


    Results

    Rodriguez and Aliyah defeated Toxic Attraction


    To note

    C+


    Best moments

  • A picture-in-picture promo from Toxic Attraction tied to the idea that they would have won the tag titles if Rodriguez and Aliyah had to face them. It’s the little things that make everything better and this seemingly forgettable line laid the foundation for the game’s history.
  • A post-match video package looked at the interaction between Adam Pearce and Ronda Rousey from last week before Michael Cole announced the discipline was handled behind closed doors and will not be made public.

5 out of 5

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    The next contender for SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan was determined Friday night in a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match.

    A shorter than expected match saw Natalya, Lacey Evans and Xia Li eliminated in short order, leaving MMA alums Ronda Rousey and Sonya Deville to square off with the coveted title opportunity on the line.

    Despite a play Deville diving into her submission bag to try and suffocate Rousey, Rowdy forced herself out of the hold and applied an armbar which left the former WWE official no choice but to type.

    The outcome was probably the correct one given the story that has been told so far. Rousey vs. Morgan at Extreme Rules is a logical choice, especially if it’s a gimmick match that keeps a referee from getting it wrong.

    The criticism of this one comes from the fact that it was as short as it was. The talent didn’t get a chance to shine and given the layout of the game, it’s obvious they were never meant to.

    Rousey’s win might have been a sure thing, but a few more minutes and the ability for Li and Evans, in particular, to get some items would have made for a better end product than it ultimately was.

    Behind the scenes, Rousey reconnected with Shayna Baszler. After a brief back-and-forth, the new No. 1 contestant told The Queen of Spades that whoever she was ready to break up again, she should let them know.

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    .@RondaRousey send a message to @QoSBaszler loud and clear. #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/0eA6oW4w2D

    This tease of a reunion between them creates an intriguing narrative and compels Baszler to either join Rousey on an unstoppable team of ass-kicking or turn on her longtime friend to wonder if she’s gone soft.


    Results

    Rousey beat Deville, Li, Evans and Natalya to become No. 1 contender


    To note

    VS-


    Best moments

  • Rousey entered the arena in her pink gi, a tribute to her coach, the late “Judo” Gene LaBell.
  • Evans started the match off with a bang, rocking Natalya with the women’s right.
  • The quick eliminations of everyone but Rousey and Deville really hurt the overall quality and meaning of this match.

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