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WWE SmackDown results, recap, votes: Roman Reigns defends title, delivers emotional appeal to Jey Uso

Roman Reigns’ run as a universal champion has already been built to feel he has the potential to be one of the most exciting title races in the history of modern wrestling. Reigns made his first televised title defense of his current reign on Friday’s edition of SmackDown, taking on former rival Braun Strowman in the main event of the night.

Lasting memories from the show, however, will be yet another stellar segment between Reigns and his cousin, Jey Uso. After his fight, Reigns pleaded with Uso not to force his hand by finishing their Hell in a Cell “I Quit” match on October 25th. Uso responded with his fists, feet and a steel chair.

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WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) def. Braun Strowman by submission with a guillotine suffocation. Reigns immediately took the fight to Strowman, hitting him with a first Superman punch and then a drive-by dropkick. Reigns continued to dominate until Strowman was able to mount a comeback out of the ring, slamming Reigns to the ring post and throwing him over the announcement table before knocking him over the barricade in the front row. Strowman had to make another comeback, hitting a dominator and chokeslam, but Reigns hit a low blow as he kicked, leaving an opening for a spear for a near-fall Reigns. Reigns tried to catch another spear, but Strowman avoided the catch. However, Reigns managed to block a guillotine choke and used the grip to force Strowman to bat.

After Reigns’ victory, Jey Uso’s music hit and he headed for the entrance ramp. Reigns looks at Uso and gestures for him to look before hitting Strowman with a spear after the game. Reigns motioned for Uso to come to the ring, which Uso obliged 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 don’t.” Reigns followed suit by issuing a terrible warning to Uso, saying, “If I can do this to him, imagine what I can do to you.” Reigns then sat on Strowman with the chair before kicking out the WWE officials and continuing the assault. Uso stepped into the ring when Reigns said, “I love you, I would never do this to you, but you forced my hand.” After Reigns told Uso she had forced his hand, she told him to swing his chair and turned away. Uso tossed his chair, screaming he wouldn’t do this before punching Reigns and dropping him to the canvas with a superkick. Uso then dumped himself on Reigns with the chair before the officials stopped the attack, allowing Reigns to punch Superman before leaving 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 a strange kind of magic. Genuine emotion is not a strong point in modern wrestling, but it has been what made Uso and Reigns a special program. Reigns and Strowman’s bout was fine for a main event on TV, and Reigns submitting to win is a nice wrinkle. But it was all about Uso and Reigns, with Strowman serving primarily as a prop for the bigger story. Grade: B +

What else happened to WWE SmackDown?

  • Lars Sullivan def. Jeff Hardy by pinfall after a strange accident. The match came after a show-opening brawl between nearly the entire SmackDown locker room. Sullivan jumped out of Twist of Fate before making it to the finish line.

  • The New Day def. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus via pin after playing The Midnight Hour on Sheamus. This was presented as a kind of “goodbye” for the team when they were split in the WWE Draft. The match itself was an excellent and quick match with some important points and a very strong final stretch before the New Day took a thrilling victory.

  • Seth Rollins found himself outnumbered by Daniel Bryan, Murphy and Rey and Dominik Mysterio. Rollins interrupted Bryan’s promo talking about his return to action, leading to a fight before Rollins was kicked out. But before he could escape the front row area, the Mysterios entered the scene and Bryan left them to their business. Murphy appeared, seemingly offsetting the odds, but then attacked Rollins. The Mysterios weren’t buying Murphy’s stock yet, 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 through disqualification when Ziggler and Roode continued to team up after the referee warned. This was clearly a set-up for what will be SmackDown’s main tagging program for the foreseeable future, so it’s not likely a clear ending from the jump.

  • Bayley refused to sign the contract for his Hell in a Cell match with Sasha Banks. After a fiery promo from Banks, Bayley pushed the contract across the table and left the ring saying, “I don’t have to sign anything.” Banks called her a coward and said she would sign the contract one way or another.

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