Friday night was the last time WWE SmackDown was held inside the ThunderDome, with WWE returning on tour with fans live from SmackDown next week. Friday’s show focused on the story that was the culmination of the ThunderDome era: the story of Roman Reigns and The Usos.

Reigns spent the show waiting for the inevitable call from Money in the Bank’s opponent, Edge. When the call came up, the Usos were on his side, but that doesn’t mean the night ended on a high note for the Universal Champion.

CBS Sports was with you all night long with recaps and highlights of all the ThunderDome action inside the Yuengling Center in Tampa.

Edge humiliates Roman Reigns and the Usos

At the top of the show, Jimmy Uso was looking for Roman Reigns after Reings let Uso get beaten up by Edge last week. Paul Heyman vowed that Uso would get Reigns’ undivided attention. Reigns was in the ring shortly after for a promo, explaining that Edge’s success in nearly beating him at WrestleMania was the result of being distracted by a family drama involving the Usos. After Jimmy came to the ring, Jey Uso also made his comeback, claiming that the three men had to be on the same page, which led to Reigns kissing both men.

Edge announced his intention to end the show by going to the ring and calling Reigns, defying his manhood if he needed the Usos’ help to deal with this. When he executed this plan, Reigns and the Usos were shown watching on a monitor in the back before Reigns stood up and told the Usos to stay while he handled things on his own. . Reigns began his march to the ring alone, but the Usos made the decision to come out and join him for reinforcement. Reigns entered the ring and began to fight with Edge. As the Usos were about to enter the ring, Rey and Dominik Mysterio rushed to arrange the Usos with chairs. The Usos were successful in preventing Reigns from taking a spear, but were knocked out by a Mysterio 619 before Edge hit Jey with a spear before ending the show by locking him in a cross with the lower amount of a steel chair, vowing to take Reigns’ title in a week at Money in the Bank as Reigns was forced to watch from the top of the ramp, offering no help to his cousins.

It’s hard to ignore the fact that Jimmy Uso was arrested for another DUI last week and that WWE apparently chose the storyline rather than pushing him to get the help he seemed to need with this repeated issue. Putting that aside and focusing only on the content of the show, it was a solid build for the game at Money in the Bank and continues the story of the unequal nature of the relationship between Reigns and his cousins. Edge was presented in a solid manner, as expected, and the upcoming game should be an exciting one. Rating: B +

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Shinsuke Nakamura beat. Baron Corbin via pinfall with a Kinshasa in a Money in the Bank qualifier.
  • Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox beat. Tamina and Natalya via pinfall when Blackheart hit Natalya with a sentinel from the third string. Blackheart and Nox made surprise debuts to beat the female champions in untitled action.
  • Sonya Deville has announced that Carmella will challenge Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women’s Title next week. The decision was made after Bayley was injured. Rather than switching opponents for Money in the Bank, Deville said Belair will defend his title as SmackDown returns live two days before the pay-per-view. Liv Morgan secured Carmella’s spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
  • Seth Rollins won. Cesaro by fallen with a stamp on a Money in the Bank qualifier. Cesaro was busted during the match, bleeding profusely from his forehead. Things turned in Rollins’ direction at that point before Rollins kicked off to move on to Money in the Bank.

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