By Ryan Satin
FOX Sports activities WWE Analyst
Karrion Kross shocked the wrestling world with a return to WWE on SmackDown — and he had a message for Roman Reigns.
First, right here’s a rundown of the match outcomes:
— Ricochet defeated Joyful Corbin through pinfall as a result of Corbin being distracted by Pat McAfee on the announcer’s desk
— Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Ludwig Kaiser through pinfall
— Shayna Baszler earned a SmackDown girls’s title shot after profitable a Gauntlet match that included Raquel Rodriguez, Shotzi, Aliyah, Xia Li, Natalya and Sonya Deville
— The Viking Raiders received a Squash match over native expertise
— Kofi Kingston defeated Erik through roll-up pinfall
Second of the evening: Karrion Kross and Scarlett are again
Karrion Kross returns as Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre face one another on SmackDown
Roman Reigns returned to Friday Night time SmackDown after defeating Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in one of the brutal matches in WWE historical past. The Common Champion addressed Drew McIntyre earlier than Karrion Kross made his surprising return.
One other large coup at first of the Triple H period.
Kross and Scarlett by no means ought to’ve been launched within the first place.
Even with an preliminary disastrous debut that was out of his management, Karrion Kross nonetheless oozes credibility and calls for consideration on-screen. He is somebody you may construct a complete model round.
The way in which he was introduced out on SmackDown this week is a significantly better technique to make that occur.
Attacking Drew McIntyre and sending a message to Roman Reigns with the hourglass made you overlook in regards to the foolish outfit from final 12 months and as an alternative deal with the truth that he is a monster.
Strikes similar to this from Triple H are creating pleasure across the product once more and regaining belief from the fanbase. Kudos throughout.
Match of the evening: Ricochet vs. Joyful Corbin
Ricochet is among the most spectacular wrestlers on the earth. A potential renewed push on the horizon provides me hope in his WWE future.
A win over Joyful Corbin, even as a result of distraction from McAfee, is a step in the suitable route.
Hopefully he can proceed to rack up significant wins once more.
WWE introduced that beginning on Uncooked this week, there can be a match to crown new Girls’s Tag Group champions.
No groups have been introduced but, and it’s unclear right now the place the state of affairs stands between WWE and former champs Sasha Banks/Naomi.
Shayna Baszler earns an opportunity at Liv Morgan in a high-stakes Gauntlet Match | WWE on FOX
Raquel Rodriguez, Aliyah, Shotzi, Xia Li, Shayna Baszler, Natalya and Sonya Deville battled it out in a high-stakes Gauntlet Match for the chance to problem Liv Morgan for the SmackDown Girls’s Title at WWE Conflict of the Citadel.
Shayna Baszler incomes a title shot at Conflict of the Citadel was one other W for followers of NXT 1.0 watching the present.
Kross, Ricochet and Baszler all had nice runs in NXT when it was run by Triple H. The potential for related positioning in WWE with “The Sport” as head of inventive could be very promising.
As for Shayna and Liv, I’m wanting ahead to seeing how Ronda Rousey components into the story.
Will the previous champion assist her good friend? Or will she be extra targeted on regaining the title herself? Time will inform.
For a segment-by-segment breakdown of the present, take heed to the SmackDown Roundup podcast within the “Out of Character” feed on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
Ryan Satin is a WWE analyst for FOX Sports activities. Satin beforehand appeared on FS1’s “WWE Backstage” and based Professional Wrestling Sheet, the place he broke numerous information tales as editor-in-chief.
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