SmackDown results: Sept. 22, 2023
John Cena and AJ Styles joined forces against Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa
Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar def. The Street Profits
All is not right between Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits. Though the group seemed primed to potentially take over SmackDown, Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford suffered a loss to United States Champion Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar to cause a rift in the group.
Lashley’s cheap shot on Mysterio late in the match caused Dawkins to lose focus, allowing Mysterio to pick up the victory via rollup.
The All Mighty admonished the former tag team champs after the loss, walking out on them in frustration.
Where does the newly formed trio go from here?
IYO SKY def. Asuka to retain the WWE Women’s Title
In a battle of generational talents, WWE Women’s Champion IYO SKY took on fellow Japanese wrestler Asuka, with the history between the two supremely rich outside of WWE.
Just as the match was to begin, The Queen of WWE made her way down to the ring to get a front row seat to the awesome action.
The two put on an impressive display, with Asuka taking it to the champion with vicious kicks and back strikes.
SKY made good on her Genius of the Sky moniker, blitzing Asuka with a tremendous dropkick that sent The Empress of Tomorrow tumbling from the top rope.
Asuka applied the Asuka Lock on multiple occasions, but SKY kept fighting. Just as SKY seemed to be fading, Flair took out Bayley at ringside. The commotion allowed SKY to hit her Over the Moonsault and retain the title.
Austin Theory & Grayson Waller def. Brawling Brutes
Fight Night came to Austin Theory and Grayson Waller, but the newly minted tandem found a way to escape the beating with a win.
The Brutes were all over Theory and Waller with Ridge Holland once again showcasing his brutish strength as he spun Waller around like a sack of potatoes.
Butch and Holland obliterated Waller and Theory as they combined for 10 Beats of the Bodhran with Butch hitting the arithmetic assault on Waller by the timekeeper’s area.
Despite the Brute’s demolishment of A-Town Down Under, Waller and Theory kept escaping the L.
As Holland had Theory in a submission hold, Waller used lightning speed to hit a devastating Rolling Stunner to clinch the win for his team.
AJ Styles was viciously assaulted by The Bloodline
Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa dismantled John Cena