SmackDown results: June 9, 2023
Paul Heyman informed Jey Uso of his U.S. Title chance
Santos Escobar def. Mustafa Ali to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match
With LA Knight taking a close view of the action, The LWO’s Santos Escobar looked to join fellow member Zelina Vega in qualifying for a Money in the Bank Ladder Match by taking on Mustafa Ali.
Escobar and Ali combined for a highflying affair, with Escobar hitting a stunning hurricanrana using the steel steps as leverage.
Ali showed off the moves as well, hitting a picture-perfect dropkick as Escobar was leaping to the outside.
As the two continued to wow the WWE Universe, Escobar hit a huge Phantom Driver from the top rope to gain the coveted chance in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler challenged Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn to a Women’s Tag Team Title Unification Match
Bayley def. Michin to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match
In the second of four Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches, The O.C.’s Michin took on Damage CTRL’s Bayley with AJ Styles watching.
As Michin was looking strong, Bayley used her veteran skills to hit her with the Rose Plant, earning her way into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
After the match, Scarlett hit Styles with a devastating powder attack, allowing Karrion Kross to slap the Kross Jacket on Styles.
Charlotte Flair interrupted Asuka’s WWE Women’s Championship Presentation
Butch def. Baron Corbin to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match
NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams had a prime seat as they were ringside to watch Butch take on Baron Corbin in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match. Corbin had recently ambushed Hayes on NXT two weeks ago and beat Williams one-on-one last week.
After a quick back-and-forth, Butch pinned Corbin to qualify for his Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
After the match, Hayes and Williams attacked Corbin, earning some retribution.
IYO SKY def. Shotzi to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Shotzi looked to book her second Money in the Bank Ladder Match appearance by taking on Damage CTRL’s IYO SKY.
Shotzi lived up to her moniker, throwing caution to the wind with manic dives to the outside. SKY’s partner Bayley wound up getting involved, pushing Shotzi off the top rope. This allowed SKY to hit the Over the Moonsault for the big win.
Austin Theory def. Jey Uso to retain the United States Championship
Jey Uso had his first opportunity to earn United States gold as he took on Austin Theory.
Jey had a lot on his plate with the ongoing dissension within The Bloodline. Earlier in the evening, he had been ordered by Paul Heyman to reveal what he would choose: sticking with his brother Jimmy or staying with The Bloodline.
Jey and Theory brought all the stops with Theory hitting a clutch Rack Bomb for a close two-count. Jey hit a huge Uso Splash in the closing moments, but the referee had been knocked down. Just as Jey looked to have the match won, Pretty Deadly interfered, but they were met by Jimmy Uso. Solo Sikoa, however, would also make his way to the ring. As Sikoa was about to Samoan Spike Jimmy, Jey stopped Sikoa. This exchange backfired for Jey, however, as Jimmy attempted to superkick Sikoa. However, Sikoa ducked, and Jimmy's boot hit Jey instead.
With Jey down, Theory locked up the title defense by covering him.