Smackdown TV report for 03/17/2023

Arena: T-Mobile Center
City: Kansas City, MO

The American Nightmare Cody Rhodes opens tonight’s show. Cody says he respects the champion Roman Reigns and he can’t wait to see him on Monday Night Raw and looks forward to beating him at WrestleMania but says he is not there to talk about anybody and he wants to talk to someone and calls out Kevin Owens.

Owens says he knows what this is about and Cody says please I don’t think this is a conversation between two people and calls Sami Zayn out.

Cody begins saying that he has love and respect for Kevin Owens and credits Owens for introducing him to some friends that bettered Cody’s career and he is grateful. Kevin says he has heard everything Sami has to say and Sami says yes but I never heard everything you had to say, over the years we have turned on each other and hurt each other and we were able to circle around and worked together but we need to hear from you what you want to say. Sami says if you want to hit me…hit me.

Kevin says he has heard Sami and we don’t have to be friends and why would I want to fight with someone that doesn’t want to even be my friend. Then turned to Cody and said thank you for what you tried to do but I am all set.

As we come back from break we are shown Kevin Owens walking outside and goes to a car and before he can get in the car, Sami Zayn comes running up to him and says stop, forget everything I said in the ring or in the past, what you said in the ring about being friends we are friends, we have always been friends and we will always be friends but I think of us more like brothers and I love you. Kevin just looks at him and without saying a word gets in the car and drives away.

Zelina & Santos Escobar VS. Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio

Zelina goes for the pin on Rhea but Dominik breaks it up, Zelina falls out of the ring while Santos goes after Dominik and Dominik is on the top rope, Santos goes for a superplex but Rhea gets up and powerbombs Santos but Santos had Dominik hooked and he got the superplex as well. Zelina back in the ring gives Rhea a knee to the face and goes to the second rope but gives a hurricanrana to Dominik and as she is distracted with Dominik, Rhea comes from behind and gives her a Riptide for the win.

Winners: Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio

After the match, Dominik gets a microphone and calls Rey a deadbeat father and says Rey was never there for him. Rey is shown walking backstage. As Rey gets in the ring, Dominik says look he actually showed up. Rey starts by asking Rhea to give him some time alone with his son. Dominik says now you want time with me, where were you all those lonely nights, your nothing but a deadbeat father.

Rey says your right I haven’t been the best father in the world, I missed stuff and I wasn’t there for you all the time but I still love you and you are my world son. But you will find this business is selfish and I sacrificed so you, your mom and your sister can have a life I could have dreamed of. All the cars, the brand names and what about every time you got into trouble oh yeah the Mysterio name bailed you out. But hear me out because I am having a hard time with this, I am being inducted into the Hall of Fame and I would like nothing more than to have you standing there by my side. Maybe its too late for that but my biggest regret is what you have become. And if some disrespectful punk ass kid would call me out at WrestleMania I would gladly kick his ass but unfortunately you are my son and fighting you would be the biggest disgrace as a father. You are not worth it son, I am not going to fight you now and I am not going to fight you never and I won’t fight you at WrestleMania either.

Dominik picks up the microphone as Rey leaves the ring and says is that all you got, there you go walking away from your son again. That is the only thing you taught me is what not to be a scared little man.

Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez VS. Emma & Teagan Nox

Raquel picks up Emma and steps back for Liv to tag in and Raquel drops Emma with a Chingona Bomb and Liv hits her oblivion and gets the win.

Winners: Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez

Charlotte Flair is out next and says this will be her seventh WrestleMania and all seven she has either entered the champion or challenger. She says Rhea wants to be a champion and Rhea comes out and says everyone fears her except Charlotte and that pisses her off and she is right she needs to win at WrestleMania. Dominik steps up to Charlotte and says mami is going to beat you at WrestleMania and Rhea blindsides Charlotte with a slap to the face that knocks the Champion down.

As Rhea and Dominik leave the ring and are gloating to the fans, Charlotte gets up and slides out of the ring and goes after Rhea. She points at Dominik and warns him not to get involved and the fight continues. Officials run out to break them up. Every time the officials had them split up, they fought off the officials and went right back to fighting with each other.

The fight eventually spills over the barricade and into the fans. The officials finally push Charlotte back over the barricade and Dominik is holding Rhea back. Charlotte tells Rhea to come get some more and gets back in the ring and holds up the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Rhea breaks away from Dominik and runs to the barricade where she is met with all the officials trying to keep the two apart. Charlotte climbs to the second rope and holds the title up right in front of Rhea who is still trying to fight off the officials.

In the back, Sami Zayn is seen as Kayla Braxton comes in and asked if what happened  earlier is taking a toll on his head space. Sami says the one guy that used to call him brother just drove off from him in the parking lot and another one that called me a brother wants to end me as soon as I get in the ring. He is ready for whatever happens tonight.

Xavier Woods VS. L.A. Knight

As Knight was going for a suplex, Woods reversed it into a small package rollup for the win.

Winner: Xavier Woods

Michael Cole and Wade Barrett then announced that Ric Flair announced The Great Muta will join Rey Mysterio in the Hall of Fame this year.

In the back, L.A. Knight is walking and Kayla tries to get a word with him, and he says let me talk to ya. Then goes over to Rey Mysterio and says just signing autographs well if you won’t fight your kid at WrestleMania, I will fight him for you. I will call myself L.A. Mysterio and I will be a deadbeat dad too I will make you proud, give me a high five and Rey punches him in the face. Rey tells Knight something in Spanish about his Familia and Knight says what did he just say?

Drew McIntyre VS. Sheamus with winner getting a shot at the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania

Gunther who was at ringside gets in the ring as both are down in the ring and stops the referee from counting to 10 and Gunther yells at them who’s it going to be let’s go. And just as both get back to their feet Kaiser and Vinci attack them and Gunther powerbombs Sheamus onto the back of McIntyre.

No Winner

Adam Pearce is shown and says Gunther you said last week you wanted a one on one match so you left me no choice but to make official. You will face both Drew McIntyre and Sheamus for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania.

Jey Uso in the ring waiting for Sami Zayn. After Jey told him he didn’t trust him from day one but he proved himself and he called him brother and he has no choice and Sami says you have had a choice since Day One and you’re just mad that I hit Roman with the chair before you did because I wasn’t going to take the abuse anymore.

He then hits Sami and Jimmy comes out and they start beating down Sami until Kevin Owens comes out to save Sami and clears the ring of the Usos and Kevin then gave Sami a big hug as Cody is shown watching backstage with a smile on his face.

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Joe Adams
Joe Adams
Born, raised, and living in Pennsylvania, Joe has been a wrestling fan since the early 80's. He also likes the NFL, playing Madden Football on consoles, and camping. He is a proud father of four kids.

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