SmackDown results, live blog: WrestleMania fallout



WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Apr. 12, 2024) with a live show emanating from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, featuring all the fallout from the WrestleMania 40 extravaganza that went down this past weekend.

Advertised for tonight: Coming out of WrestleMania, Cody Rhodes is the new undisputed WWE Universal Champion and Bayley is the new WWE Women’s Champion. Both stars are set to appear on tonight’s episode.

Nothing else is specifically advertised for the show, but we’re sure to see plenty of the blue brand’s top stars like Bianca Belair, Randy Orton, LA Knight, Bobby Lashley, Solo Sikoa, and more!

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. It will be below this line here. (Note: Links to illegal streams are prohibited. Pics and GIFs are allowed.)


I close off the madness, black out the unseen. All static I ignore, cease sending through the feed. Oh I thought I was clear that we would never coincide, you chose to gamble but I’m free to choose my side, and I choose to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a recap of Cody Rhodes winning the WWE Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania XL.

Thence to the intro video.

“American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes makes his first entrance as WWE Undisputed Champion.

He gets on the mic and asks Detroit what they want to talk about. He talks Rock confronting him on Monday and about somebody he knows from Detroit and says that person would say “Who the hell told you tonight was open mic night, bitch?” and then apologizes for cursing.

He says he immediately knew the item Rock put his in hand, a wartime overture, uncomfortable and awkward, and tells him that when he comes back, as he said, he won’t have to look far because he will be standing right here. But that’s then and this is now, and in three weeks he’s going to fly to France for Backlash.

And there he’ll face one of the six men you’ll see tonight— Santos Escobar, Rey Mysterio, LA Knight, AJ Styles (who he notes is, like him, one of only four men to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Championship), Bobby Lashley, and of course, his friend, Kevin Owens.

It’s not lost on him that they’re very sold out tonight and he turns away from the hard cam so he can see everybody who came out tonight. He is no longer the hunter but the hunted, and he tells those six men that if you come at the king, you best not miss.

For those on SmackDown who claim to be unfamiliar with him, he’ll make it simple— Cody Rhodes, once undesirable, become undeniable, and now your WWE Undisputed Champion!

We see Bayley and the Latino World Order arriving at the arena separately.

The Bloodline (consisting of Paul Heyman, “Big” Jim Uso, and Solo Sikoa) roll up on what used to be Roman’s office with a “Cody Rhodes” sign on it. Kevin Owens walks past them and into the room.

Solo Sikoa says he’s going to take care of it, but Heyman stops him and says there are wins and losses and consequences and they lost and that means the champion’s dressing room isn’t theirs anymore, but they’re gonna get back there, and that’s an order from the Tribal Chief.

LA Knight makes his entrance and we go to break.

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