Friday Night Smackdown Notes: Becky Lynch returns, Team Brawling Brutes win advantage for War Games

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November 25, 2022

Amica Mutual Pavilion, Providence, RI

By: John Kleinchester

The show opened with Team Damage Ctrl already in the ring calling out Bianca and her team. Bianca said they weren’t coming alone and Becky Lynch made her triumphant return. A melee started in the ring ending with Becky standing tall to end the segment.

.@BeckyLynchWWE IS BACK!!!#SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2022

Santos Escobar defeated Butch after Zelina Vega distracted the referee allowing Escobar to hit the Phantom Driver for the pin. 

Bray Wyatt came to the ring and talked about how everyone just wants to see The Fiend but that’s not who he wants to be anymore. Wyatt said outright that he was not the one who attacked LA Knight last week. Bray was then interrupted by Uncle Howdy on the TitanTron with Howdy calling him a liar and telling him to “wake up”.


— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2022

LA Knight – in a sling and on crutches – was interviewed backstage and talked about how Bray Wyatt is lying to the world about attacking him last week without consequence. 

"And that's not an insult, that is just a fact of life."@RealLAKnight #SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2022

The Viking Raiders defeated Hit Row in under three minutes. Sarah Logan accompanied the Viking Raiders to the ring which is now renamed “Valhalla” and the announce team acknowledged her former name and that she received her new name from the Gods.

Welcome to Ragnarok.@Erik_WWE @Ivar_WWE #SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2022

Michael Cole wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and talked about how the holiday was all about giving thanks. Cole went on to say “someone may want to tell that to Dominik Mysterio. Because this punk, spoiled brat – an entitled kid – and his sick witch girlfriend Rhea Ripley did this to the father of Dominik – Rey Mysterio yesterday on Thanksgiving in Rey Mysterio’s own home. This is pathetic.” Bravo, Cole.

OH NO! 😲😲😲@RheaRipley_WWE & @DomMysterio35 crashed Thanksgiving at the Mysterio household and brutally attacked @reymysterio!

— WWE (@WWE) November 24, 2022

Backstage, LA Knight was shown pinned down between a garage door and an equipment case with officials pleading for help.

Ricochet defeated Braun Strowman after Imperium distracted Stowman allowing Ricochet to roll Braun up for the pin. Ricochet will go on to face Santos Escobar in the Finals. After the match Imperium attacked Braun Strowman and Ricochet returned to attempt to help only to be beaten down himself. Eventually Strowman recovered and chased off Imperium – then helped Ricochet to his feet and the two celebrated their moral victory together in front of the crowd.

Kevin Owens approached Sami Zayn backstage and Sami immediately got nervous and said Owens needed to get out of there. Owens responded by asking Zayn what would happen when he does something or says something that pisses The Bloodline off. While this was going on, Jey Uso was shown eavesdropping on the conversation. Owens suggested that the right move for Zayn would not be to wait for The Bloodline to turn on him, but rather strike first. Owens walked off and Jey burst through the door asking if Zayn had spoken to anyone since he had arrived at the building. Zayn said no and Jey played it off as if it was the truth despite him hearing the conversation that had just occurred. 

Well this was…interesting.@SamiZayn @FightOwensFight @WWEUsos #SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2022

Becky Lynch was interviewed and she said she just spent four months at home thinking about how she could destroy Damage Ctrl. Becky ended the segment saying “everybody wants to go to war until The Man comes around.”

Backstage Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler jumped Shotzi and Raquel Rodriguez during an interview and slammed Rodriguez’s arm in an equipment case.

.@RondaRousey and @QoSBaszler just took out @ShotziWWE and @RaquelWWE 😱#SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2022

After the break, Rousey & Baszler came down to the ring for their scheduled tag team match with Rodriguez & Shotzi. Shotzi came down to the ring opting to face Baszler and Rousey in a handicap match. Shotzi was being dominated until Raquel Rodriguez’s music hit and she came to join the match despite her injured arm. Rousey & Baszler quickly focused on the bad arm, tapping her out in short order. After the match Shotzi revealed that Raquel Rodriguez’s arm was broken before the match began and now after the match she also had a dislocated elbow. Shotzi said she was going to tear Ronda apart and beat her senseless. 

The main event was the War Games advantage match between Sheamus/Drew McIntyre and The Usos. During the match Sami Zayn tried to give a title belt to Jey but Kevin Owens stopped him. Owens threw him into the ring which led to the referee ejected Zayn. All of this allowed Kevin Owens to stunner Jey Uso and give the win to Team Brawling Brutes.

Team Brawling Brutes get the #WarGames advantage!#SurvivorSeries is going to be a good one. #SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2022


Announced for SmackDown Next Week from Buffalo, NY:

*Smackdown World Cup Finals: Ricochet vs. Santos Escobar


Friday Night SmackDown Results:

*Smackdown World Cup Semi-Final Match: Santos Escobar over Butch in 9:11

*Viking Raiders over Hit Row in 2:45

*Smackdown World Cup Semi-Final Match: Ricochet over Braun Strowman in 3:45

*Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler over Shotzi & Raquel Rodriguez in 3:26

*War Games Advantage Match: Sheamus & Drew McIntyre over The Usos over in 17:33