The Bloodline could be coming to an end as the cracks continue to show on SmackDown.
The group looks to be increasingly fractured as their epic family saga appears to be coming back round to its root with The Usos becoming more at odds with Roman Reigns.
The Tribal Chief willagainst Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles, which is providing the latest twists and turns.
On Friday night, Paul Heyman came out on the ramp for a tense edition of The KO Show, and he wasn’t impressed as The Usos interrupted and came out first.
Sami and Kevin again played Jimmy and Jey against Roman, and things took a turn when Jimmy referred to himself as the Tribal Chief.
The Head of the Table came out and confronted his cousin as Sami continued to taunt him, leading to a Stunner from KO, sparking a brawl.
Solo hit Samoan Spikes on them both, with Roman following it up with a huge Spear on Sami to leave the champs laid out.
In another fascinating turn, there was some hesitation from Jimmy with handing the titles over to Roman, before Jey reluctantly stepped in.
Pretty Deadly help Austin Theory retain the United States Title, Bianca Belair fights off Asuka and more
The first match of the night saw Austin Theory beat Sheamus to retain the United States with a great subplot involving Pretty Deadly and the Brawling Brutes.
Continuing their rivalry, ’s attack on Ridge Holland Butch was enough of a distraction to let Theory roll up the Celtic Warrior for a win.
In a preview for Monday’s Women’s Tag Team Title Fatal 4 Way, Raquel Rodriguez and her new partner Shotzi beat Damage CTRL’s Bayley and Iyo Sky in an entertaining win.
There was more tension here between Bayley and Sky, with the breakdown of the group continuing to be teased.
Cameron Grimes picked up another decisive win in a quick match, this time over Hit Row’s Ashante Thee Adonis.
Afterwards, Baron Corbin ambushed the former NXT standout, leaving him lying on the ground as their rivalry continues to grow.
Bianca Belair came out to hype up her Raw Women’s Title defence against Asuka at Night of Champions this weekend, but her evening didn’t go to plan.
The Empress of Tomorrow attacked the EST from behind, sparking a brawl as producers hit the ring to keep them apart as Bianca stood tall.
LA Knight continues to be massively popular with any crowd, although he’s still presented as the villain as he raked the eyes of Rick Boogs to score a tainted win.
The Street Profits duo Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins were on commentary showing more of a heel side themselves, especially with their response to Knight’s promo as they responded to the fans’ love for him.
In the final match of the night, AJ Styles built some serious momentum before his World Heavyweight Title match against Seth Rollins this evening as he put on a fantastic bout with Karrion Kross, with his opponent looking strong even in defeat once he fell to the Phenomenal Forearm.
WWE SmackDown airs Friday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1. Tune into Night of Champions this evening (May 27) at 6pm via the WWE Network.
WWE SmackDown results and grades before Night of Champions - May 26, 2023
- United States Title: Austin Theory (c) pinned Sheamus (B)
- Raquel Rodriguez and Shotzi beat Damage CTRL (Bayley/Iyo Sky) (B-)
- Cameron Grimes pinned Ashante Thee Adonis (C)
- LA Knight defeated Rick Boogs (C+)
- AJ Styles beat Karrion Kross (B+)