SmackDown results: April 7, 2023
The Brawling Brutes def. Imperium
Only six days after his brutal Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania, Intercontinental Champion Gunther once again squared off with one of his opponents that night, Sheamus.
Butch, like always, started like a house on fire, lighting up Giovanni Vinci with strikes. Butch did not let up on Vinci, using joint manipulation to pick apart Vinci with ease.
As Gunther and Sheamus were jaw-jacking, Butch became distracted, allowing Ludwig Kaiser to assist Vinci in dropping Butch with a tremendous suplex.
As the match broke down, Holland bouldered through Kaiser, lifting him up and dropping him with an Alabama Slam. The strength from Holland backfired as all three members of Imperium connected with a gruesome triple-team attack using the ring post.
Gunther kept hitting Sheamus with cheap shots, leading to an almighty powerbomb from Gunther to Holland, but Butch broke up the count. Locked in the Boston crab by Gunther, Holland ignited the WWE Universe by tagging in Sheamus.
Sheamus hit 10 Beats of the Bodhran on The Ring General. Sheamus nearly had the Intercontinental Champion beat after a White Noise, but Gunther kept the match going.
Sheamus ended the match with a brutal Brogue Kick on Vinci, gaining some retribution for the WrestleMania loss.
Ricochet def. Ivar
Ricochet faced off against Ivar, with the tag team partners of both competitors banned from ringside for the matchup.
In a test of speed and agility against pure strength and power, Ivar seemed to have Ricochet scouted, manhandling him after Ricochet attempted a dive to the outside.
Ricochet attempted to showcase some of his own strength by lifting Ivar, but he collapsed under the weight. Ivar then connected with a spinning heel kick for a close two.
With Ivar on the top rope, Ricochet exploded to take out the big man with a hurricanrana. Ricochet wrapped up the fight by hitting the Shooting Star Press.
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Natalya & Shotzi
In a test before their WWE Women’s Tag Team Title clash against Becky Lynch and Lita, Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez took on Natalya and Shotzi. These teams were two of the four teams that battled on WrestleMania Sunday in the WrestleMania Showcase Match.
Shotzi connected with a huge dive to the outside to Rodriguez. Natalya and Shotzi hit Morgan with a great double-team move before setting up the Hart Attack. Before Natalya could connect, Rodriguez barreled her way through The Queen of Harts. This allowed Morgan to catch Shotzi in the Oblivion, earning the much-needed win before their title fight.
Triple H revealed the return of the WWE Draft
The Judgment Day celebrated Rhea Ripley’s WrestleMania win
The Judgment Day def. LWO
Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar of The LWO took on Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio of The Judgment Day just days after the father and son clashed at WrestleMania.
Mysterio and Escobar looked great for their first match together as The LWO, rolling through their competition.
Continuing from the fight at WrestleMania, Dominik hit his father with a Michinoku driver, but Rey responded with a springboard moonsault.
Before Rey could hit the 619, Rhea Ripley took Dominik out of harm's way. Zelina Vega responded by hitting a huge hurricanrana, sending the two Superstars fighting to the backstage area.
As LWO were about to wrap up the victory, Priest hit a blind tag on Dominik, blindsiding Escobar with a South of Heaven to earn the hard-fought victory.
Jey Uso def. Sami Zayn
Before the match, Kevin Owens was attacked backstage by Solo Sikoa, leaving Sami Zayn by his lonesome to take on former friend Jey Uso.
As Zayn was getting going in the match, Sikoa sauntered his way down to ringside.
After a missed Helluva Kick, Zayn caught Jey with the Blue Thunder Bomb but could only garner a two-count.
The same move that saved Roman Reigns’ title at WrestleMania, the Samoan Spike, took out Zayn behind the referee's back. This allowed Jey Uso to capture the victory.
After the match, Jey Uso and Sikoa engaged in an attack on Zayn, but Matt Riddle came out to make the stunning save.
Matt Riddle saved Sami Zayn from a vicious Bloodline beatdown