SmackDown results, May12, 2023: AJ Styles wins the right to battle Seth “Freakin” Rollins at WWE Night of Champions for the World Heavyweight Title
After battling through a Triple Threat Match against Edge and Rey Mysterio and an explosive semifinal showdown against Bobby Lashley, The Phenomenal One secured a World Heavyweight Title Match against The Visionary at WWE Night of Champions. Plus, Asuka launched a mist sneak attack on Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, and Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan defended the WWE Women’s Tag Team Title against Damage CTRL.
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SmackDown results, May 12, 2023
AJ Styles def. Edge and Rey Mysterio in World Heavyweight Title Tournament Triple Threat Match
In an incredible Triple Threat Match filled with explosive moments, Edge foiled Rey Mysterio's attempt to attack from the top rope. As The Rated-R Superstar turned, though, AJ Styles hit Edge with the Phenomenal Forearm to pick up the victory over his two WWE Hall of Fame opponents.
As a result, The Phenomenal One advanced to the semifinals of the World Heavyweight Title Tournament later in the same evening.
Bobby Lashley def. Sheamus and Austin Theory in World Heavyweight Title Tournament Triple Threat Match
In the final moments of the second hard-hitting Triple Threat Match of the night, Bobby Lashley locked United States Champion Austin Theory into the Hurt Lock. As Theory fought to escape, Sheamus suddenly blasted him with a Brogue Kick out of nowhere. Nevertheless, The All Mighty had the presence of mind to throw The Celtic Warrior to the ringside floor and pick up the three-count.
With his victory, The All Mighty advanced to the semifinals of the World Heavyweight Title Tournament to battle AJ Styles.
Cameron Grimes pinned Baron Corbin in three seconds on SmackDown debut
Hot off the WWE Draft, Cameron Grimes scored a win that was as impressive as it was super fast, executing the Cave In on the outspoken Baron Corbin seconds after the opening bell.
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returned to SmackDown to makes The Usos apologize to him and to declare that he and Solo Sikoa will challenge Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WWE Night of Champions
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Damage CTRL in a Women’s Tag Team Title Match
Although Bayley attempted to have Dakota Kai cause a distraction and set up IYO SKY by giving her the title to use as a weapon, Raquel Rodriguez grabbed it from her at the last second and allowed Liv Morgan to roll up The Role Model for the victory.
Asuka blinded Bianca Belair with a mist sneak attack
AJ Styles def. Bobby Lashley to earn the right to take on Seth "Freakin" Rollins for the World Heavyweight Title at WWE Night of Champions
After winning their respective Triple Threat Matches earlier in the night, AJ Styles and Bobby Lashley squared off in the semifinals of the World Heavyweight Title Tournament. At the end of the brawl, Styles ducked and sent The All Mighty into the steel post. He then hit the Phenomenal Forearm for the second time tonight to pick up the important win.
With the victory, Styles earned the right to battle Seth “Freakin” Rollins for the World Heavyweight Title at WWE Night of Champions.