WWE Friday Night Smackdown Highlights 1st March 2024

Published on 2 March 2024 at 16:00

WWE Friday Night Smackdown was brought live at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. With The Rock and Roman Reigns answering Cody Rhodes' challenge, the return of Rey Mysterio and much more. As we are on the road to WrestleMania 40, new rivialries, unexpected moments showered the crowd leaving the fans in shock and awe. Find out what happened last night of Friday Night Smackdown! 


The Rock and Roman Reigns Respond with a Counter Offer to Cody Rhodes’ Challenge

In a surprising turn of events, the wrestling world buzzed with anticipation as The Rock, also known as Dwayne Johnson, and the reigning champion, Roman Reigns, crafted a strategic reply to Cody Rhodes' bold challenge. In a move that showcases the seasoned acumen of these wrestling stalwarts, they did not merely accept the gauntlet thrown by Rhodes; instead, they upped the stakes with a compelling counteroffer. This savvy proposition has set the community alight, speculating on the potential implications and electrifying matchups that could emerge from this high-tension exchange. Fans are eagerly awaiting further details, as the counteroffer promises to add a thrilling chapter to the storied rivalries and alliances that define the dynamic landscape of professional wrestling.


Tiffany Stratton Defeats Naomi 

In a remarkable display of resilience and athleticism, Tiffany Stratton emerged victorious over Naomi, not long after their fierce confrontation in the Elimination Chamber Match. The two superstars clashed once again in a match filled with high stakes and intense rivalry. Naomi, driven by a fierce determination to settle scores, sought retribution for her elimination at the hands of Stratton in Perth, signalling a fiery showdown.


Despite Naomi's spirited effort to even the playing field, Stratton showcased her cunning and agility, managing to execute a strategic eye rake that stunned her opponent. This move, although controversial, paved the way for Stratton to capitalise and perform her signature manoeuvre`, the 'Prettiest Moonsault Ever'. This perfectly executed finisher was enough to secure the win, allowing Tiffany Stratton to celebrate her triumph and proclaim the continuation of 'Tiffy Time', much to the delight of her fans and to the dismay of those rooting for Naomi. The result has undoubtedly intensified their rivalry, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this heated saga.


Dakota Kai Backstabs Bayley against The Kabuki Warriors 
In an utterly unforeseen betrayal that sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe, Dakota Kai turned on Bayley in a dramatic fashion during their match against The Kabuki Warriors. The duo of Bayley and Kai was primed to face WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, Asuka and Kairi Sane, in a highly-anticipated showdown with vengeance fuelling their fire. This was more than a match; it was a chance for Bayley and Kai to exact justice after their controversial expulsion from the faction known as Damage CTRL.


The tension was palpable as the match unfolded, with Bayley valiantly holding her own and reaching for the tag that would bring Kai into the fray. However, in a twist that left the audience in disbelief, Kai abandoned her position at the critical moment, leaving Bayley vulnerable. Asuka and Sane, ever the opportunists, seized the moment to launch a relentless assault on the 2024 Royal Rumble Winner, showcasing their ruthless in-ring prowess.


The betrayal was solidified when Kai made her intentions clear by realigning with Damage CTRL, her former alliance. Together, they launched a vicious attack on Bayley, leaving her defenceless and betrayed in the ring. This act of treachery has not only redefined Dakota Kai's allegiances but has also reshaped the landscape of the women's division, leaving fans to wonder what consequences await in the wake of such a duplicitous act.


Bron Breakker Defeats Xyon Quinn 

In an explosive and decisive moment that defined the term 'squash match,' Bron Breakker secured a swift and emphatic victory over Xyon Quinn. As soon as the bell rang, signalling the start of the match, Breakker wasted no time. With a burst of speed and power that has become his trademark, Breakker charged across the ring and delivered a Spear with such force that it left the audience in awe and Quinn reeling on the mat.


This wasn't just a move; it was a statement—a demonstration of Breakker's raw strength and his determination to dominate the competition. The impact of the Spear was so devastating that it allowed Breakker to pin Quinn immediately, with no chance for any comeback. This quick victory added to Breakker's growing reputation as a formidable and unstoppable force in the wrestling world. Fans and commentators alike were left marvelling at the sheer dominance exhibited by Breakker in this match, cementing his status as a top contender and a talent with an incredibly bright future in the industry.


Carlito Defeats Santos Escobar in a Street Fight 
In a culmination of long-standing tensions, Carlito and Santos Escobar clashed in a no-holds-barred Street Fight that will be etched in the memories of the WWE Universe. In the heat of the Arizona desert, before a packed and roaring crowd in Glendale, the two superstars brought chaos and spectacle to the ring.


Carlito, ever the showman, reached for an assortment of unconventional weapons under the ring, playfully selecting an apple—a nod to his signature style that sent the crowd into a frenzy. But the frivolity was short-lived as Escobar, with cunning and brutality, seized control with a trash can, turning it into an instrument of punishment against his opponent.


The battle raged on with Carlito displaying his resilience, flipping the script on Escobar. In a moment of poetic justice, Carlito encased Escobar in the trash can and unleashed a barrage of steel chair shots, the echoes of metal on metal ringing through the arena.


The chaos escalated as allies from both sides stormed the scene. Angel and Humberto of Legado del Fantasma, alongside Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde of The LWO, burst from the back, igniting a full-scale brawl that spilled around the ring and into the sea of spectators.


At the apex of the bedlam, as Legado del Fantasma appeared to dominate, the iconic Rey Mysterio made a ground-shaking return to the WWE stage. The masked legend soared into action with his signature 619 on Escobar, igniting the audience into a thunderous uproar.


Capitalising on Mysterio's stunning intervention, Carlito delivered a massive spinebuster to Escobar, driving him through a table with a crash that reverberated throughout the venue. This emphatic manoeuvre secured Carlito the victory in a Street Fight that will be recounted for years as a legendary encounter in WWE history, marked by the return of a legend and the unbreakable spirit of its combatants.

Randy Orton Defeats Austin Theory 
In a gripping saga of retribution and ring prowess, Randy Orton faced off against Austin Theory, seeking to settle scores from a previous encounter where Logan Paul had blindsided him with brass knuckles during the Elimination Chamber Match. With the tension palpable in the arena, Kevin Owens added his own brand of insight as he joined the commentary team, providing a ringside analysis of the unfolding drama.


Orton, known as The Viper for his sudden and devastating strikes, was forced to contend with more than just his opponent. Grayson Waller's repeated attempts to tilt the scales in Theory's favour were met with Orton's cunning and experience. Despite Waller's underhanded tactics, Orton remained undeterred, showcasing why he is one of the most revered figures in the WWE.


In a display of raw power and athleticism, Orton executed perfectly-timed back suplexes, sending both Waller and Theory crashing into the announce table, a move that echoed throughout the venue and sent the crowd into a frenzy.


The match itself was a rollercoaster of momentum swings, with both superstars delivering and absorbing punishing blows. Yet, it was Orton who proved why his reputation is built on moments of sheer brilliance. In a split second, he unleashed the RKO, his trademark move, catching Theory off guard and securing a victory that felt both emphatic and just.


The action didn't cease with the bell; a post-match brawl ensued, with Kevin Owens and Orton standing tall amidst the chaos, a testament to their resilience and fighting spirit. The crowd roared in approval as Orton and Owens' hands were raised, their alliance cemented further by the trials of combat and the sweet taste of victory.

If you would like to see how last night's events of WWE's Friday Night Smackdown unfolded, then click the video below!

Aaron Teasdale

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