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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Live Results February 24, 2023


Welcome to the live coverage results for WWE Friday Night SmackDown brought to you by eWrestlingnews.com. Tonight we are coming at you live from Evansville, Indiana.

Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House will return on tonight’s edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.  Bobby Lashley emerged victorious from WWE Elimination Chamber, so we’ll now see if Bray Wyatt will stay true to his word. Rhea Ripley will be present to go face to face with WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair. Rey Mysterio versus Karrion Kross. Braun Strowman, Ricochet, and Madcap Moss will team up to battle Imperium’s Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser, and Giovanni Vinci.

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We open to a recap of WWE Elimination Chamber’s main event. We also see Sami Zayn’s encounter on WWE Monday Night Raw with Kevin Owens. Kayla Braxton is backstage with Jimmy Uso as we go live. Jimmy says that he has invited his brother Jey Uso to the ring tonight to clear the air between them.

Imperium defeat Braun Strowman, Ricochet & Madcap Moss

Madcap Moss and Giovanni Vinci start things off. They exchange tie ups back and forth before Madcap Moss puts Vinci down with a shoulder block. Ricochet comes in and splashes down on Vinci. Giovanni comes to his feet and gets an arm lock on Ricochet. Gunther enters and delivers a massive chest chop to Ricochet. We go to commercial break.

Returning from commercial Ludwig Kaiser has Ricochet down with his elbow buried in Ricochet’s neck. Ricochet powers to his feet and the two exchange slaps back and forth. Kaiser slams Ricochet and covers him. Ricochet kicks at two and Gunther is tagged in. Gunther spends sometime slamming and tossing Ricochet around the ring as Sheamus becomes present at ringside. Giovanni Vinci is tagged in and he continues the work on Ricochet. Ricochet comes back and finally makes the tag to Braun Strowman. Giovanni Vinci tags in Gunther who goes straight to chopping the chest of Strowman. Braun runs down Gunther and tags in Madcap Moss. Madcap manages to get Gunther down for a moment but is struck by Giovanni Vinci from the ring apron. Gunther slams Madcap Moss and covers him. Imperium wins.

Following the bell the Viking Raiders storm ringside and begin to brawl with Sheamus. Drew McIntyre joins and all of the Superstars are soon exchanging blows around the ring. The Viking Raiders are put through the crowd barrier by Drew McIntyre and Sheamus. 

Santos Escobar is praising Rey Mysterio backstage when they are interrupted by Dominick Mysterio accompanied by Rhea Ripley. Santos says that Dominick need to learn some respect for his father. As Dominick walks away Rey Mysterio admits he cannot help but be disturbed by his son.

Jimmy Uso is backstage with Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman. He admits that his brother Jey Uso may be spooked over the entire business with Sami Zayn and the Bloodline. Paul Heyman says he will keep Solo Sikoa in the back with him so that Jimmy can face his brother alone.

LA Knight is in the ring. He says he is ready to give WrestleMania a “LA Knight Moment”. He is quickly interrupted by Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods of the New Day. Kofi asks Knight who he thinks he is for demanding a spot at WrestleMania. Xavier adds that WrestleMania moments are earned. LA Knight taunts Kofi Kingston, reminding him that even though he had his WrestleMania moment, it didn’t end well. Kofi steps up and challenges LA Knight to a match. Adam Pearce makes it official and a referee comes to the ring as we go to commercial break. 

Kofi Kingston defeats LA Knight

Coming back from a commercial break LA Knight holding control over Kofi Kingston. Kingston comes back with a springboard off of the ropes. He splashes onto LA Knight’s back and covers him. Knight kicks at two. LA Knight clotheslines Kingston over the ropes but Kingston comes back with a spinning kick from the top rope. LA Knight is caught into an arm bar but he powers back and puts Kofi Kingston down with a stiff shoulder. He continues to hammer on Kingston until he is caught under the chin. Knight goes for his neck breaker finisher but is unsuccessful. Kofi tries to come back but Knight grabs him by the hair and throws him into the turnbuckle. We go to commercial break.

Returning from the commercial break Kofi Kingston continues to be punished by LA Knight. Knight tosses him outside and smashes his head off of the announcer’s table. He rolls Kingston back inside and begins to use the ropes to choke him. Knight comes off the top rope with a shoulder splash and covers Kingston. It is only good for two. Kofi Kingston begins to rally, even rolling Knight up for a quick two count. He catches a splash off of LA Knight and he goes for a superkick but misses. Knight slams him and covers. Kingston kicks at two. Xavier Woods distracts LA Knight who then strikes Woods before catching a dive from the top rope from Kingston. Kofi gets a Trouble In Paradise and covers. Kofi Kingston gets the pinfall victory.

WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is coming to the ring. She takes to the microphone and says she cannot wait to hear what Rhea Ripley has to say. Rhea does not appear but Dominick Mysterio does. He says he is not going to let Charlotte bad mouth Rhea. Charlotte says Dominick should just let Rhea speak for herself. Dominick says Charlotte sounds scared. Charlotte pushes it off as Dominick adds that the two of them have plenty in common because of their famous fathers. He says that after WrestleMania Charlotte will finally know what it’s like to not be good enough. Charlotte prepares to throw down with Dominick just as Rhea Ripley comes out. She comes face to face with Flair as the champion lifts the title above her head. Rhea and Dominick exit as Charlotte remains in the ring, glaring at them both.

Shayna Baszler defeats Natalya

Natalya goes right for Shayna Baszler, throwing punches and forcing her to the mat. Shayna makes her way to her feet and she puts Natalya down with an arm drag. She goes to work on Natalya’s wrist and elbow with an arm lock. Shayna lines up for a knee strike after pulling down her knee pad but Natalya reverses. Natalya hits a German Suplex and follows up with a clothesline. She goes for a Sharpshooter but Baszler forces out of it. Shayna hits a knee strike and then locks in an arm bar. Natalya submits.

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