WWE SmackDown Results, Recap, Points: Tensions Rise on The Bloodline Ahead of Extreme Rules

Roman Reigns gave Sami Zayn a great opportunity to climb The Bloodline ladder on Friday’s edition of WWE SmackDown as the Tribe Leader came face to face with Logan Paul. In the end, though, it was Zayn and Jey Uso who were the real stars of the show.

Reigns had enough of Jey’s attitude. After a meeting with Paul before the WWE Crown Jewel, Reigns tasked Zayn with dealing with his cousin’s temper. Zayn, who was officially welcomed into The Bloodline two weeks ago, now finds himself shouldering more and more responsibilities as a member of the group.

The Extreme Rules episode of SmackDown also featured an Intercontinental Championship match with GUNTHER vs. Sheamus — a follow-up to their grueling encounter at Clash at the Castle last month. New faces and old names also reappeared in this week’s edition of the blue brand.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Reigns-Paul takes back Jey Uso-Zayn

Triple H opened the show by welcoming the WWE Universe to the season premiere of SmackDown. Worcester fans didn’t have much time to recognize “The Tribal Chief” before Logan Paul made his entrance and traded barbs with various members of The Bloodline. Paul Heyman, Reigns’ special advisor, worked on the upcoming Showtime boxing pay-per-view between Logan’s brother Jake Paul and Anderson Silva, as well as other popular and controversial internet celebrities. “Honorary Uce” Zayn prevented things from escalating and used many of The Usos’ catchphrases, further embedding himself in the group.

Bloodline was spotted in their locker room after Solo Sikoa defeated Ricochet. Jey threatened Zayn for calling him a hothead, prompting Reigns to interfere. The Undisputed Champion accused Jey of being a hothead all his life and Reigns was no longer interested in dealing with it. Reigns held Zayn accountable for Jey’s attitude, while a hesitant Zayn considered protesting but thought better of it.

New Day members Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston fell backstage on Zayn and The Usos. Woods and Kingston taunted Jey, congratulating him on having two dads — Zayn being one of them. Zayn challenged the pair to a match before Jay left in frustration.

New Day & Braun Strowman def. The Usos & Sami Zayn via pinfall after Kingston and Woods hit Jimmy with a double team move. The New Day found themselves a third man even bigger than their injured teammate Big E. Braun Strowman was brought in to even out the numbers in their match with The Usos and Zayn. The tension between Jey and Zayn was intense throughout the match. Jey came in aggressively at one point, slapping Zayn in the back. Disaster struck as Zayn and Jey brawled outside the ring. Strowman took advantage of the conversation and attempted to tackle both men, giving Kingston and Woods the space to eliminate Jimmy with a tag team maneuver.

The build Reigns vs. Paul was engaging and further revealed just how inorganic this Crown Jewel headliner is. Fortunately, some gold was sifted from this week’s SmackDown. Reigns’ statement that Jey is a hothead further elevated Zayn’s standing among The Bloodline. Zayn taking it upon himself to handle Jey could make for an interesting, dynamic development in the simmering rivalry between the two faction members. The tension between Jey and Zayn that cost them the match made sense and should have given Jimmy a bigger role on the team with the conversation affecting him directly. Also, Kingston and Woods were smart to get a tag team partner as physically imposing as Strowman. Grade: B

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Solo Sikoa def. Ricochet via pinfall after leveling Ricochet with Spinning Solo.
  • Zelina Vega made her WWE return flanked by NXT stars Legado del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde). The team attacked Hit Row (Top Dolla, Ashante Adonis and B-Fab) on their way to the ring.
  • A video themed on the retro video game White Rabbit promised a revelation at Extreme Rules on Saturday night.
  • RAquel Rodriguez and Soji Blackheart or. Sonya Deville and Xia Li via pinfall after Rodriguez planted the Texana Bomb on Deville.
  • Drew McIntyre failed in his attempt to get revenge on Karrion Kross. McIntyre attacked Kross on his way in, but Kross eventually got the upper hand using a strap.
  • LA Knight said goodbye to Max Dupri. Knight beatdown Maximum Male Models members ma.ce and man.soor backstage. He informed Maxxine Dupri that he could no longer be something he’s not, officially returning to his LA Knight moniker.
  • Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER (c) def. Sheamus via pinfall after Ludwig Kaiser gave GUNDER a silalag. GUNTHER appeared to hit during the match, but was not recognized by the referee.

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