WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar contract signing gets chaotic

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Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar put pen to paper for their WrestleMania 38 Superfight on Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown. Reigns and Lesnar sat opposite each other under the watchful eye of authority figure Adam Pearce to cement their champion vs. champion match on the biggest stage of them all.

Reigns and Lesnar emerged from Elimination Chamber as the Blue and Red Brand Champions, respectively. Friday’s highlight segment was the proven contract signing for a high-stakes game. Lesnar entered the fray solo; meanwhile, Reigns was joined by his special counsel Paul Heyman and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso).

SmackDown has also set up three matches for next week: an Intercontinental Championship clash, The Usos vs. The Viking Raiders for the SmackDown Tag Team titles, and Ronda Rousey’s first one-on-one match since March 2019.

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Brock Lesnar cleans house after failed contract signing ambush

A world champion sat opposite each other for the closing segment of SmackDown, a contract signing for WrestleMania. Lesnar insisted that he alone, and not WWE Security, was responsible for Reigns and Heyman’s health. The WWE Champion claimed his patience is a consequence of knowing he will be paid to beat Reigns and Heyman at WrestleMania 38. Heyman insisted that Lesnar would not go to WrestleMania as champion, citing his impending defense of the WWE Championship against an opponent TBD at the Madison Square Garden home show on March 5.

Both parties signed the contract, securing their WrestleMania headliner. Reigns, Heyman and The Usos left the ring. Reigns claimed he was the star of SmackDown and everyone in the arena belonged to him. Cue the security guards, who turned and surrounded Lesnar. “The Beast Incarnate” easily got rid of the guards, throwing a table, a chair and human bodies around the ring.

The Bloodline and Heyman watched in horror as Lesnar cleaned up the ring.

I have so many questions. Why are Lesnar and Reigns signing contracts for a champion vs. champion match when Lesnar has a title defense ahead of WrestleMania? More importantly, why would Heyman set up Lesnar to lose the WWE Title to MSG? Lesnar earned his Universal title by winning the 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble match. If Lesnar loses at MSG, he still gets a title shot against Reigns; however, Reigns will no longer be able to capture the WWE Title. Why didn’t The Bloodline join the security guards in attacking Lesnar? Their combined power would certainly have brought down the Beast. Such a head-scratching segment. The promos were good at least. Rating: D+

What else happened on SmackDown?

  • Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville ambush Ronda Rousey. Rousey opened SmackDown expressing her intention to be a role model for her baby girl. Flair interrupted the segment and Deville attacked Rousey from behind. Flair targeted the knee, but Rousey ended the segment by knocking Deville down. Later in the show, a Rousey-Deville match was set for the next week.
  • New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) defeated. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo) via pinfall after skimming Garza with the Midnight Hour.
  • The Viking Raiders ambushed The Usos backstage. Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso were conducting an interview with Sam Roberts about their feud, as well as signing the Reigns-Lesnar contract. A SmackDown Tag Team Title match next week between The Usos and The Viking Raiders was later confirmed by WWE.
  • Xia Li defeats. Natalya via fall after scoring a crescent kick. Li expressed his nervous confidence in a pre-match interview.
  • Johnny Knoxville challenges Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. Knoxville responded to Zayn’s open challenge. The Jackass star ate a Helluva Kick for his appetite.
  • Intercontinental Championship Match: Zayn vs. Ricochet Confirmed for SmackDown next week after authority figure Adam Pearce granted Ricochet’s match request.
  • Sasha Banks defeats. Shotzi Blackheart by Submission after locking the bank statement. Naomi, who was a commentator during the match, later announced that Banks and Naomi had joined forces in hopes of winning the women’s tag team titles.
  • Drew McIntyre beats. Madcap Moss via pinfall after flattening it with a Claymore Kick. The Elimination Chamber rematch was announced before the show; however, it was changed to McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin. It was a ruse as the pair ambushed McIntyre before the match, leading to the originally scheduled match.
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