WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights
This week’s SmackDown opened with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville being wished best of luck by Otis and Dolph Ziggler, before their matchup. Ziggler requested Deville to not hurt Rose’s face.
- Sonya Deville def. Mandy Rose: After the ruthless attack last week, Rose had an injured leg in the matchup. An intense battle ensued which saw Deville pick up the victory with a rollup.
- The Forgotten Sons and Miz & Morrison def. The New Day and Lucha House Party: The entire tag-team division was on show as the heels picked up the victory after Miz hit the Skull Crushing finale on Lince Dorado.
Renee Young interviewed the returning Jeff Hardy, who said he is willing to turn a fresh page in his career. Sheamus interrupted and said Hardy isn’t relevant anymore and rushed to attack him. Hardy, however, was prepared and hit the Swanton Bomb and Twist of Fate to stand tall.
Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt came face-to-face before their match on Sunday, and Wyatt begged his former friend to come back home. Strowman refused and mimicked Wyatt, which led to Wyatt apologizing.
Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak approached Otis, possibly for the third spot in their team for the main-event six-man tag matchup.
- Tamina and Lacey Evans def. Sasha Banks and Bayley: Bayley took the pin in this match, which saw further tensions arise in Bayley-Banks friendship. Tamina hit a superkick followed by Samoan Drop for the win.
- King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro def Daniel Bryan, Otis and Drew Gulak: The heels picked up a victory after Corbin hit the finishing maneuver on Gulak. The members of the MITB match brawled, as Corbin recovered the briefcase to end the show.
WWE SmackDown Takeaways
1. Devilish Reality
Sonya Deville defeated Mandy Rose, clean, in a singles matchup. Deville’s stocks have been stonking ever since she was revealed as the mastermind behind Valentine’s Day disaster. WWE put her over Mandy Rose in this match, and it is quite a major sight. Both the ladies have come a long way from being Paige’s lackeys during their debut in 2017, and now they are in one of the best feuds, not just on SmackDown but possibly the whole main roster.
It will be interesting to see if WWE goes 50/50 with this, as Rose doesn’t need the win right now. Deville winning once again in a possible street fight will be the perfect way to establish her as the top heel in the division.
2. Solo Journey?
Otis is being pushed tremendously well in the singles division, which puts a major question mark on his tag-team association with Tucker. Both the individuals had pretty good matches in the tag-team division and were on their way to become the champions very soon. However, it seems like WWE has put those plans on hold for now.
Enzo and Cass had a similar run, in which the company’s preference to see them as singles stars led to their eventual destruction. WWE shouldn’t completely stray away from the Otis-Tucker partnership, rather bring Tucker in for his matches.