WWE SmackDown Results, Recap & Notes: Big E and Xavier Woods Ambush Roman Reigns


With Survivor Series just two days away, WWE brought the home edition of SmackDown to Connecticut on Friday night. The show was filled with battles between Survivor Series teammates for the next traditional elimination matches, but opened and closed with clashes between Xavier Woods and Roman Reigns.

Reigns, who had attacked Woods the previous Friday, destroyed the throne, scepter and crown of the King of Woods’ Ring at the top of the show. Woods challenged Reigns to meet him in the ring to close the show. Reigns agreed and attempted to carry out an ambush with the help of The Usos, but found himself on the losing side of the showdown when Big E appeared to deliver a final pre-Survivor Series message to “The Tribal Chief” .

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Big E and Xavier Woods execute a plot to attack Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns, The Usos and Paul Heyman opened the show in what appeared to be a ceremony to crown Reigns with the King of the Ring items stolen after the group attacked Xavier Woods the previous Friday. Reigns brushed off the idea, suggesting he was on top of such props. Woods interrupted him, challenging Reigns to meet him in the ring later that night – with no Usos in tow – and sort out their issues like men. Instead, the group smashed Woods’ scepter and throne before Woods attempted to charge the ring. The Usos punched out Woods before keeping Woods down and forcing him to watch Reigns stomp on the crown.

Paul Heyman later announced that Reigns had accepted Woods’ challenge to meet him in the ring to close the show. Woods entered the ring and called Reigns into the ring to close the show. Reigns walked to the ring before Heyman pointed to the ramp and called the Usos. The two Usos exited the entrance before Big E’s music blared and the WWE Champion walked over to Reigns. Big E took out Reigns with ease, beating him around the ring before the Usos rushed in to each eat a Big E’s Big Ending. After Woods dove on both Usos, Reigns ran to hit a punch from Superman before almost running into a Big Fin of his own, managing to get out of the ring to avoid him.

There has been almost no “invasion” work to promote the Survivor series – or a lot of work of any kind to promote the series, really. Big E and Reigns are going to deliver a good game, there’s no doubt about it. The predictable ending of the series was good as Big E would have to do whatever it takes to get his hands on Reigns and The Usos. Now it’s about Sunday and how WWE sees fit to play things. Rating: B +

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

Sheamus def. Cesaro, Ricochet and Jinder Mahal via pinfall when Sheamus hit Cesaro with a Brogue Kick. The arrival came after Ridge Holland ran to the ring to distract and help Sheamus get the pin. With this victory, Sheamus secured last place on the SmackDown team at the Survivor Series.

Natalya and Shayna Baszler beat. Naomi and Aliyah via pinfall When Natalya curled Naomi up, the referee made a very quick count. The referee then approached Sonya Deville and asked her if she had done a good job and Deville said she didn’t know her and didn’t hang out with rogue referees.

Jeff Hardy beat. Madcap Moss via pinfall with a roll-up. Drew McIntyre was at ringside to lend a hand and even the odds with Happy Corbin also at ringside. After the match, McIntyre dropped Corbin with a Claymore.

Shinsuke Nakamura beat. Garza via pinfall after hitting a Kinshasa.

Sasha Banks beat. Shotzi by submission with the Bank Statement. Shotzi brutalized Banks’ arm, causing Banks to use his foot to help secure the submission. Sonya Deville wanted the women to shake hands after the game to ensure solidarity ahead of the Survivor Series. The banks did, but then hit a Backstabber before walking away.


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