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WWE SmackDown results, recap, scores: Roman Reigns defends title, delivers emotional plea to Jey Uso

The running of Roman Reigns as universal champion has been built to have the potential to be one of the most interesting titles running in modern wrestling history. The Reigns made their first television title defense of their current title in the SmackDown edition on Friday, facing former rival Braun Strowman in the main event of the night.

The show’s long-term memories, however, will be another part of the star between Reigns and his cousin Jey Uso. After his fight, Reigns begged Uso not to force his hand by passing their Hell in a Cell “I Quit” fight on October 25. Uso delivered his response 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 chillotine choke. The Reigns immediately took the fight against Strowman, hitting him with an early punch to Superman and then a drive-by dropkick. The Reigns continued to dominate until Strowman mounted a comeback outside the ring, hitting the Reigns in the ring and throwing it over the announced table before he was hit by a barricade barrier. Strowman had to make another comeback, hitting a dominant and a chokeslam, but the Reigns hit a low explosion as he kicked out, leaving an opening for a spear for a Reigns nearby autumn. The Reigns tried for another spear, but Strowman avoided touching. The Reigns were able to lock in a guillotine choke, however and used the handle to force Strowman to tap out.

Following Reigns’ success, Jey Uso’s music hit and he headed for the entrance ramp. Reigns looked at Trend and motioned for him to watch before hitting Strowman with a post-match spear. Reigns motioned for Uso to approach the ring, which Uso obliged before Paul Heyman handed Reigns an iron chair. Reigns pointed to Strowman and said, “This is how we eat. If I wasn’t upstairs, we wouldn’t do it.” The Reigns were followed by the issuance of a terrifying warning to Trend, saying, “If I can do this to him, think of what I can do to you.” The Reigns were then placed in Strowman along with the chair before chasing WWE officers and continuing the attack. Trend climbed into the ring as Reigns said, “I love you, I will not do this to you, but you forced my hand.” After Reigns told Uso that he had forced his hand, he told him to take the chair and turn around. Uso dropped the chair, shouting that he would not before punching Reigns and throwing him on the canvas with a superkick. Trend then lowers Reigns along with the chair before officers stop the attack, allowing the Reigns to hit a Superman punch before leaving the ring in a mixture of frustration and sadness.

It is not surprising at this point that putting Reigns and Trend in the ring produces a unique kind of magic. True emotion is not a strong point in modern wrestling, but it is what made Trend and Reigns such a special program. The match between Reigns and Strowman is good for a major TV event, and the Reigns breaking a submission to win is a nice wrinkle. But it’s about Trend and Reigns, with Strowman serving as a prop in the bigger story. Grade: B +

What else happened to WWE SmackDown?

  • Lars Sullivan def. Jeff Hardy via pinfall after a Freak Accident. The fight came after a show-opening brawl between almost the entire SmackDown locker room. Sullivan emerged from a Twist of Fate before hitting his finish.

  • The New Day def. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus by pinfall after hitting The Midnight Hour on Sheamus. This was presented as a matter of “goodbye” for the team in their division in the WWE Draft. The match itself was a great, quick bout with some big spots and a very strong final stretch before New Day got an emotional win.

  • Seth Rollins finds himself more than the number of Daniel Bryan, Murphy and Rey & Dominik Mysterio. Rollins cut off Bryan’s promo facing his return to action, leading to a fight before Rollins could catch up. But before he can escape the ringide area, the Mysterios enter the picture and Bryan leaves them in their business. Murphy appeared, the odds seemed to be at night, but then Rollins was attacked. Mysterios will still not buy Murphy’s actions, refusing to shake his hand at the end of the segment.

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship – Street Income (c) def. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode by disqualification when Ziggler and Roode continued to double team after referee warnings. This is clearly a set-up for what SmackDown’s main tag program is for the near future, so no clear end is likely from the jump.

  • Bayley refused to sign the contract for his Hell in a Cell fight with Sasha Banks. After a fervent promotion by the Banks, Bayley pushed the contract across the table and left the ring saying, “I don’t have to sign anything.” Banks called him a coward and said he would sign the contract somehow.

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