WWE Friday Night Smackdown Highlights 8th March 2024

Published on 9 March 2024 at 18:00

WWE Friday Night Smackdown was brought live at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. And the main question that is facing the WWE universe, will the 'American Nightmare' Cody Rhodes and Seth 'Freakin' Rollins accept Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and 'The Tribal Chief' Roman Reigns' WrestleMania challenge? Find out more below!


Randy Orton RKO’s KSI

In an electrifying moment during the opening promo, the crowd erupted as the veteran wrestling icon, known for his devastating finishing manoeuvre, the RKO, stunned everyone by delivering his signature move to the internet celebrity turned boxer on the canvas emblazoned with the PRIME logo. This dramatic spectacle took place in the centre of the squared circle, where the iconic image of PRIME provided a striking backdrop to the action. The clash of these two titans from vastly different realms of entertainment underscored the unpredictable nature of the event, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.


Randy Orton & Kevin Owens Defeats Grayson Waller & Austin Theory 

In a high-octane tag team match that had the audience on their feet, Randy Orton, also known as "The Viper," and Kevin Owens, "The Prizefighter," joined forces in a formidable alliance against the cunning duo of Grayson Waller and Austin Theory, staunch associates of internet personality Logan Paul.


Throughout the match, the seasoned teamwork of Waller and Theory was on full display, as they systematically wore down Owens, pushing him to the brink and isolating him from his partner. In a moment of brazen taunting, Waller even dared to imitate Orton's iconic mat-pounding prelude to the RKO, a move met with jeers from the crowd as he failed to execute the manoeuvre on Owens.


The tides began to turn when Orton got the tag. Like a force of nature, he tore through the opposition, his own mat pounds echoing through the arena as a precursor to his inevitable strike. Despite Theory's quick intervention, the momentum had irreversibly shifted.


The climax was as sudden as it was electrifying: Owens, rallying from the relentless assault, managed to land a Stunner on Theory, a move as surprising as it was decisive. Seizing the moment, Owens tossed a dazed Theory into Orton's path, setting the stage for a climactic finish. Orton, seizing his prey with predatory precision, delivered a spectacular RKO that reverberated throughout the venue. The referee's hand hit the mat thrice, and the crowd's roar affirmed the victory: Randy Orton and Kevin Owens triumphed over Grayson Waller and Austin Theory in a display of sheer wrestling prowess and tactical brilliance.


The Viper Outsmarts Logan Paul

In a cunning display of ring psychology and one-upmanship, Randy Orton, "The Viper," caught everyone off guard by outsmarting internet sensation Logan Paul in a move that no one saw coming. During the heat of their confrontation, Orton seized an opportunity to swipe Logan Paul's infamous brass knuckles — a symbol of Paul's readiness to bend the rules to his favour.


This bold strategy not only neutralised Paul's notorious ace in the hole but also sent a clear message: Orton would not be outdone in the mind games department. This act of subterfuge added another layer to their already heated rivalry, proving that Orton's veteran instincts and ring savvy are as sharp as ever. This unexpected twist left the audience in anticipation of how Logan Paul would respond to such a brazen act of defiance. Would this escalate their feud to new heights, or would Paul find himself outmanoeuvred by "The Viper's" serpentine cunning? Only time would tell, but for now, the brass knuckles were in Orton's possession, and with them, the psychological edge.


Attempting to punch Logan, Paul moves out of the way and Randy sharp as a Viper, refrains from hitting Kevin ‘KO’ Owens who stood tall against Waller and Theory.


Bobby Lashley Wins Against Karian Kross by Disqualification
In a colossal showdown that promised to be a clash of titans, Bobby Lashley and Karrion Kross engaged in a cataclysmic battle that quickly spiralled into chaos, rendering the contest without a victor. The animosity and rivalry had been building to a fever pitch, and when the two behemoths finally collided in the squared circle, the intensity was palpable.


The confrontation was explosive, with both superstars unleashing a barrage of offence that seemed to push the limits of the ring itself. The crowd was on the edge of their seats, witnessing the raw power and aggression that filled the arena.


However, the match reached a boiling point when Akam and Rezar, known for their brute force and no-nonsense approach, stormed down the ramp. Their interference was met with an equal show of valour from The Street Profits, who were quick to engage and defend the integrity of the match. The resulting melee was too much for the official to control, prompting a decision to disqualify the contest altogether.


The chaos didn't end there. Scarlett, ever the strategist, sought to tip the scales in favour of Kross. Her cunning was met with an unexpected counter by B-Fab, whose intervention spelled disaster for Scarlett's plans.


When the dust settled, it was The Final Testament who emerged unscathed, standing amidst the wreckage of what was a no-holds-barred war. Their ability to endure and adapt to the rapidly changing dynamics of the match left them standing tall, a testament to their resilience and unity as a faction.


Tiffany Stratton Defeats Michin 

In an encounter that showcased the glitz and competitive fire of Tiffany Stratton, the wrestling world witnessed the rise of "Tiffy Time" as she stepped into the ring against the formidable Michin. The stage was set for a clash that would encapsulate both the glamour and the grit of the sport.


Michin, stepping into the spotlight with determination, found herself initiated into the dazzling yet ruthless world of Tiffany Stratton. The crowd was captivated as Michin displayed a valiant effort, matching Stratton's athleticism with a spirited performance that had the fans on the edge of their seats. She demonstrated heart and skill, proving she was no easy opponent to dismiss.


However, the night belonged to Stratton. With the grace of a prima ballerina and the precision of a seasoned athlete, she executed what has been dubbed the "Prettiest Moonsault Ever." It was a spectacle of aerial finesse that turned the tides definitively in her favour. With this move, she not only showcased her trademark flair but also sealed her victory over Michin with undeniable prowess.


As the referee's hand hit the mat for the three-count, the audience erupted in a mixture of awe and adulation. Tiffany Stratton's hand was raised in triumph, and "Tiffy Time" was etched into the minds of everyone present. Michin may have fallen short, but the encounter was a testament to the fiery spirit of competition that burns within both athletes, leaving fans eager to see what heights each would ascend to in the aftermath of their memorable confrontation.


Dragon Lee Defeats Angel 

In an exhilarating display of lucha libre at its finest, Dragon Lee and Angel, representing the formidable Legado del Fantasma, engaged in a match that would have their names etched in the annals of high-flying wrestling history. The encounter was a showcase of agility, technique, and the sheer unpredictability of the luchadores' craft.


The match started with a heart-stopping moment as Angel seemingly injured his knee, adding a layer of drama to the unfolding action. However, it soon became apparent that this was a ruse; Angel's cunning was on full display as he lured Lee into a false sense of security, only to launch a surprise attack. This clever tactic temporarily shifted the momentum in favor of Angel, who capitalised on the deception with a series of calculated manoeuvres.


Despite the underhanded tactics, Dragon Lee's resilience shone through. Regaining his composure, Lee fought back with a blend of tenacity and athleticism, culminating in a powerful powerbomb that sent shockwaves through the audience. The tide turned, and with the crowd's energy fuelling his spirit, Lee began to mount an insurmountable offence.


The climax of the bout was a testament to Dragon Lee's incredible prowess in the ring. With rapid precision, he executed a hurricanrana so fluid and swift that it not only caught Angel off guard but also secured Lee the pinfall victory.


However, the triumph was short-lived. Post-match, Santos Escobar, along with the rest of the Legado del Fantasma, launched a brutal attack on Dragon Lee, a clear message of retribution for the defeat of their comrade. Despite the unceremonious beating, the image of Dragon Lee standing tall as the victor before the onslaught was a powerful one. It was a reminder that in the world of lucha libre, the battles extend beyond the bell, and alliances and rivalries run as deep as the traditions of the mask and the mantle.


Cody Rhodes and Seth “Freakin” Rollins Accepts The Rock and Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania challenge
In a seismic shift for the WrestleMania landscape, Cody Rhodes and Seth "Freakin" Rollins stepped forward to answer the clarion call issued by none other than The Rock and Roman Reigns, setting the stage for a confrontation that could very well redefine the pinnacle of sports entertainment. This acceptance wasn't just a nod to the challenge; it was a declaration of intent, a commitment to face off against two of the industry's most dominant forces on the grandest stage of them all.


The pairing of Rhodes and Rollins, each with their own storied history and a personal cache of in-ring accolades, presents an intriguing dynamic against the might and legacy of The Rock and Roman Reigns. With the eyes of the world watching, Rhodes and Rollins are poised to cement their legacies by potentially toppling a duo that represents the very foundation and evolution of wrestling royalty.


As the Road to WrestleMania begins to take a definitive shape, this matchup promises to capture the imagination of fans across the globe, with narratives of betrayal, brotherhood, and the unyielding quest for supremacy converging in what is sure to be a classic encounter. The electricity of this announcement alone has sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe, with anticipation building for what could be one of the most talked-about matches in WrestleMania history.


With Smackdown ending with Cody Rhodes slapping The Rock, a payback shot from the beginning of the Road to WrestleMania show.


If you like to see how the Road to WrestleMania is continuing to brew, then click the video down below!

Aaron Teasdale

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