SmackDown Results: Logan Paul to Face Cody Rhodes, Title for Title

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May 10, 2024

Mohegan Sun Arena – Wilkes-Barre, PA

By: John Kleinchester




  • Queen of the Ring 1st Round Match: Nia Jax over Naomi via Annihilator in 10:16
  • King of the Ring 1st Round Match: Carmelo Hayes over Baron Corbin via Roll-Up in 6:30
  • Queen of the Ring 1st Round Match: Jade Cargill over Piper Niven via Jaded in 5:16
  • Queen of the Ring 1st Round Match: Bianca Belair over Candice LeRae via KOD in 2:55
  • King of the Ring 1st Round Match: Tama Tonga over Angelo Dawkins via Reverse Stunner in 2:10
  • King of the Ring 1st Round Match: Randy Orton over AJ Styles via RKO in 17:06 (Recommended


The Logan Paul Levesque Era

SmackDown kicked off with a recap of the events of Backlash in Lyon, France. After that, Nick Aldis welcomed us to the show and then introduced the WWE Universal Champion Cody Rhodes. Aldis congratulated his “old friend” Rhodes on his win against AJ at Backlash but said they must now turn their attention to the King and Queen of the Ring Premium Live Event and revealed his next challenger as United States Champion Logan Paul. 

Cody Rhodes' next challenger for the #UndisputedTitle is…#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

Paul came out and touted a Champion vs. Champion main event match at King and Queen of the Ring. Rhodes salivated at the chance to hold two WWE titles and Logan Paul interrupted, announcing he is the longest reigning champion in the company. Paul went on to say that while Rhodes won the 2023 Royal Rumble, everyone remembers his mid-air collision with Ricochet. He then mentioned WrestleMania and how Prime and IShowSpeed were the best part of the show. Rhodes retorted by saying if he won the United States title, that would make him a Grand Slam Champion. 

Grand Slam Nightmare?#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

AJ Styles 

Kayla Braxton interviewed AJ Styles backstage and Styles said he had Cody Rhodes beat at Backlash but he was distracted by the “crowd singalongs” and he will win the King of the Ring tournament to earn himself another title shot. 


QOTR: Naomi vs. Nia Jax

The first match of the evening was Naomi taking on Nia Jax in the first round of the Queen of the Ring tournament. Early in the match, a QR code briefly flashed on screen. Jax dominated a good portion of the match until Naomi was able to mount a comeback hitting Nia with a split-legged moonsault followed by a hurricanrana from the second rope. Naomi continued the assault until Jax was able to catch Naomi and hit The Annihilator for the win. Jax goes on to face the winner of Jade Cargill and Piper Niven. 


— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

Later in the night, Naomi tweeted a family tree with Nia Jax crossed out. 

#SmackDown 😊

— Trinity (@TheTrinity_Fatu) May 11, 2024

KOTR: Baron Corbin vs. Carmelo Hayes, Sponsored by The Iron Claw

Byron Saxton interviewed Baron Corbin backstage and welcomed him back to the blue brand. Corbin said he was happy to be back and this time as himself. Carmelo Hayes interrupted and asked when he got drafted and that he must have missed it. Hayes said that Corbin should have pulled out of the tournament like Lashley did. 

This led directly into the first round King of the Ring matchup between the two aforementioned competitors which was sponsored by The Iron Claw on Max. It was noted that Corbin was a former King of the Ring winner and Wade Barrett said that the tournament had lost its luster prior to when he won it back in 2015. Hayes started off the match acting cocky and Corbin quickly gained the advantage.

Is @Carmelo_WWE getting ahead of himself? 👀#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

Hayes then stole the win by reversing The End of Days into a roll-up for the victory. Hayes will go on to face either AJ Styles or Randy Orton. 

He doesn't miss 🤷‍♂️#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024


Bayley was interviewed backstage and was asked if she had a favorite in the Queen of the Ring tournament. Bayley mentioned Jade Cargill by name but was swiftly interrupted by Chelsea Green & Piper Niven who complained about Bayley not mentioning Niven and Chelsea said Piper is about to eliminated Jade in the first round of the tournament. 

.@itsBayleyWWE was sharing her predictions… before @ImChelseaGreen and @PiperNivenWWE interrupted 😬 #SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) May 11, 2024

Orton & Styles, Orton & Tanga

Randy Orton was interviewed backstage and he said that he’s accomplished a lot in WWE but he’s never been King of the Ring.  He then turned his attention to Tama Tonga and The Bloodline taking out his partner Kevin Owens last week. Orton said he knows that Tonga is on the other side of the bracket but he’s got a feeling that they’re going to meet, and when they do it won’t be an RKO “outta nowhere”, he’ll make sure he sees it coming. 


QOTR: Jade Cargill vs. Piper Niven

Next up was one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Jade Cargill taking on Piper Niven accompanied by Chelsea Green. Early in the match, Cargill caught Niven square in the nose with a kick and things continued to be a bit clunky throughout. At one point, Chelsea Green tried to get involved and Cargill decked her right out of her shoes. Jade then hit a pump kick and  Jaded for the win. Jade goes on to face Nix Jax next week. As Jade walked to the back, her tag team partner Bianca Belair came out for her match and the two briefly celebrated.

JADED! 🤯#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

Shinsuke is Coming

A promo package aired with Shinsuke Nakamura saying that Strong Style is coming to SmackDown and it will never be the same again.


QOTR: Bianca Belair vs. Candice LeRae

Next was our second match in the first round of the Queen of the Ring tournament with Bianca Belair taking on Candice LeRae with Indi Hartwell who attacked Belair’s knee behind the referee’s back early on. This led to Bianca tweaking her knee further and LeRae putting a full focus on it. LeRae was caught on the top rope and Belair caught her with the KOD for the victory in under three minutes. Belair goes on to face the winner of Michin vs. Tiffany Stratton.

That wasn't cool, @indi_hartwell 😡@BiancaBelairWWE is fighting through the pain! #SmackDown

— WWE (@WWE) May 11, 2024

The Bloodline

Backstage, Paul Heyman asked for a moment of Solo Sikoa’s time and Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa backed away. The crowd chanted “We Want Roman” and Sikoa complained about being drafted in the third round instead of number one. Sikoa then accused Heyman of taking money out of his pocket and then asked about his interaction with Jey Uso last week. Sikoa then said that he has spoken to Roman Reigns and until he comes back, he’s in charge and Paul will be Solo’s wise man. Sikoa then hugged Heyman and gave a look to Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa. 

"Until he (Roman Reigns) comes back, I'm in charge of The Bloodline!"#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024


A brief video promoted Andrade coming to SmackDown soon.


KOTR: Angelo Dawkins vs. Tama Tonga

Subbing in for an injured Bobby Lashley was Angelo Dawkins taking on Tama Tonga in another first round matchup in the King of the Ring tournament. Tama Tonga was out with Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman, and Tanga Loa and debuted his new entrance and theme.

Tama Tonga's Entrance 😮‍💨#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

The lower third chyron listed him as “Tonga Loa” though and it was either an understandable typo or possibly a change for Loa. This match lasted just over two minutes as The Bloodline got involved on the outside, leading Montez Ford to attack them and be taken out by the Samoan Spike from Sikoa. This distraction led to Tonga hitting a running reverse Stunner for the win. After the match, Solo gave Dawkins a Spike as well. 

Profits want ALL the smoke!#SmackDown

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

Blair Davenport, Also Coming Soon

The Progressive Match Flo was yet another promo package to show off former NXT Superstar Blair Davenport, who was also coming soon to SmackDown. 


KOTR: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton

The main event of the evening was AJ Styles taking on Randy Orton in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament. Early in the match, AJ Styles clipped Orton’s leg and Orton began selling his knee as Styles attempted to focus on it, locking on the Calf Crusher. Styles stopped an RKO attempt and hit Orton with a Phenomenal Forearm. Orton grabbed the rope to stop the pin but was actually an inch or two too far from it which Orton covered well. Styles then set up for the Styles Clash which Orton quickly reversed into an RKO for the win. Randy Orton will go on to face Carmelo Hayes next week. 

ring awareness

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 11, 2024

Final Thoughts

Tonight was chock full of quick advancement of storylines which should come as no surprise with King/Queen of the Ring just two weeks away. Cody Rhodes vs. Logan Paul is an interesting direction with Cody potentially absorbing the United States title as well. Solo Sikoa stating that he had spoken to Reigns and he gave him control of The Bloodline is an interesting wrinkle, albeit likely untrue. The Orton/Styles main event was the best match of the night as the crowd attempted to mimic the Lyon, France crowd singing along to Orton’s theme. 


Announced for SmackDown Next Week from Jacksonville, FL:

  • Cody Rhodes / Logan Paul Contract Signing
  • Queen of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Jade Cargill vs. Nia Jax
  • Queen of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Bianca Belair vs. Michin or Tiffany Stratton
  • King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Randy Orton vs Carmelo Hayes
  • King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Knight or Escobar vs Tama Tonga

Can’t wait. I’ve heard so much about this guy and the great matches he used to have in New Japan!


Just throwing this out there. Let’s assume there is a real finish and Cody wins the US Title.

They will have had a battle royale for the Women’s Title and potentially vacated the US Title in the same six weeks span that they are hosting both a men’s and women’s tournament where the winner gets nothing.

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The prestige of King & Queen of the Ring. No?

I’m assuming that Logan Paul vs Cody goes to a time limit draw or double dq, If it even ends up title for title at all. Also Assuming L.P. U.S. reign is coming to an end and this is just them getting him ready for an eventual return match with Cody.

Edit to add: I really hate Baron Corbin as a face and they’ve all ready done a great job of making him look bland on smackdown after what, His first appearance?

someone will get a terrible KING gimmick like they always do

Because WWE is known for all their time limit draws.

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Reason #139 why you don’t put a title on a part-time celebrity who you’re afraid to beat except by one of your biggest stars…

It’s wrestling and there’s always room for a fuck finish (and not interference by a YouTube celebrity that people haven’t heard of), but if your world champion isn’t pinning Logan Paul relatively clean, what the fuck are we doing here?

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I would favour a non ending. Maybe Roman comes back? Or a part timer to challenge Cody like Brock or even Strowman or someone

It’s gotta be a fuck finish. They can drag this thing out until Summer Slam, easily.

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Their constantly bragging about it being a new era. So unless you’re one of those sarcastic wrestling fans, which I’m not sure where anyone would get that idea, Who’s doomed to believe it’s going to be 1999 forever you can at least entertain the idea of it happening.

Well you know, maybe having time limits at all in a match that isnt on twitter, would be a start. Considering they are only 2 weeks out, would kinda telegraph the ending.

So lemme see if I got this right…

They put the US Title on a celeb they won’t beat and is barely around thus cratering the title, only to turn around and throw the thing on another guy who THEY WILL NOT BE BEATING ANY TIME SOON??? The last time we had one man holding both singles titles was in 2015 with Seth holding the WWE and US Titles at the same time. This makes next to no sense at all to me. Unless the plan is for either Tama (should be) or Solo (not REALLY) to beat Cody for the US Title setting up something for Summerslam (which it likely will not)…I have no clue what’s gained from throwing two belts on one man. AGAIN.