WWE SmackDown results, grades: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn finally reunite

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are finally on the same page (Picture: WWE/Scott Brinegar)

WWE SmackDown ended on an absolute high this week as Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens finally reunited and hugged it out.

The longtime friends and rivals have had a rollercoaster relationship over the years, but now they’re on the same page with two weeks to go until WrestleMania.

The night started with Cody Rhodes attempting to get them on the same page as a united front against The Bloodline, but KO wasn’t convinced by anything the two stars were saying.

He walked out after asking why he would want to fight alongside someone who doesn’t want to be his friend.

Sami caught the Prizefighter as he was leaving the arena, telling him that they are friends and he loves him, but KO went to drive away – not without a telling look back.

At the end of the night, Sami and Jey Uso came face to face for the first time since the latter’s betrayal, as they laid out the emotional highs and lows of one of wrestling’s greatest sagas.

Eventually, Jey attacked Sami and Jimmy Uso joined the fray, with the duo leaving their rival knocked out before Owens rushed down to take out the team, saving his friend and embracing him in the ring to a deserved roar from the crowd.

This is storytelling at its finest, and now the stage appears set for KO and Sami to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles from The Usos at WrestleMania 39.

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The first match of the night saw The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley win a great, competitive bout against Legado del Fantasma’s Santos Escobar and Zelina Vega.

The latter pair got in plenty of offence and came close to winning on a number of occasions, with Zelina in particular shining before falling to Rhea’s Riptide.

After the bell, Dom had a microphone but again failed to convince his dad Rey Mysterio to fight him at WrestleMania, with the soon to be Hall of Famer showing real emotion as he refused the challenge.

Rey Mysterio again refused his son Dominik’s challenge (Picture: WWE)

‘Unfortunately, you’re my son and fighting you would be the greatest disgrace as a father,’ he said. ‘I’m not going to fight you now, I’m not going to fight you [ever], and I’m not going to fight you at WrestleMania.’

Wade Barrett announced two WrestleMania Showcase matches featuring four teams, one women’s bout and one men’s, with qualifiers starting on Friday night.

In the first, Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez picked up an obvious win over Tegan Nox and Emma, a solid match that lacked any real drama.

Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair came to blows (Picture: WWE)

Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley had a war of words hyping their upcoming SmackDown Women’s Title match, but things soon descended into a brawl when the challenger hit the champ with a cheap shot.

Rhea’s attack sparked a scrap, the kind of pull apart brawl this rivalry needed to take things to the next level as officials separated the pair.

On the day WWE 2K23 was released, gaming guru Xavier Woods beat LA Knight in a back and forth bout, but the latter certainly deserves more going into WrestleMania.

Xavier Woods picked up a win over LA Knight (Picture: WWE)

He may just get it, appearing backstage offering to fight Dominik in Rey’s honour, although it didn’t go too well.

More interestingly than that was a very subtle Bray Wyatt hint with a red ring – a symbol he has used on social media in the past – appearing in the background despite his continued absence.

Drew McIntyre and Sheamus added another fantastic, physical chapter to their long rivalry with a shot at GUNTHER’s Intercontinental Championship on the line.

However, after a hard hitting match the two warriors hit each other with their respective Claymore and Brogue Kick, leading to a double count and rendering the match a draw.

Imperium came out to attack both men as leader GUNTHER demanded answers, with Adam Pierce revealing he will defend the gold against both men in a Triple Threat at WrestleMania.

WWE SmackDown airs Friday nights at 1am on BT Sport.

WWE SmackDown results, grades – March 17, 2023

  • Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio defeated Zelina Vega and Santos Escobar (B+)
  • WrestleMania Showcase Qualifier: Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez beat Tegan Nox and Emma (C+)
  • Xavier Woods pinned LA Knight (B)
  • IC Title Number One Contender: Drew McIntyre and Sheamus drew after a double KO (A-)

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