WWE SmackDown Recap and Reactions (June 17, 2022): A Vince McMahon Show

It’s good to remember what pro wrestling is and where it came from when considering Vince McMahon’s appearance on this show. There are many people speculating why exactly he appeared on the Friday night SmackDown this week, and what was the ultimate purpose of their appearance. I’ve seen people mention he was resigning, I’ve seen others say he was turning up his nose at the investigation into his conduct by the WWE Board of Directors, I’ve seen people say he was just trying to make clear what he means to the company while getting the pop he knew he would.

Maybe one of those things is true, maybe not. It doesn’t really matter, because any or all of them would accomplish the same thing, the central goal at the root of everything they do in WWE.

This was done to capitalize on something that could get better ratings. It’s that simple.

He didn’t say anything, because of course he didn’t. What could he say? Anything! But that didn’t matter. All he had to do was show up, so they could promote him to show up, and the world would tune in to see what would happen.

That nothing did little matter.

It’s a meaty business, folks.


Riddle’s promotion earlier in the evening, and really his job in general over the past few months, has done wonders for Randy Orton. Not that Orton needed help or anything, but damn it if that isn’t making Randy (I can’t say that name without thinking about Riddle and how he says more, damn it) like a madman.

All because Riddle loves and misses his friend.

Really exciting stuff.

He later had his match with Roman Reigns where he challenged for the WWE Universal Championship on the condition that he would never get another chance as long as Roman was champion if he lost and of course he lost. We knew he would lose, that was never in doubt, but I found it significant that Reigns gave him so much throughout the game. Riddle was never treated as if he were under Reigns – he was treated as an equal.

He may have lost the match, but in the end it was a win for Riddle when you consider the long haul.


Now on to the other big thing that happened on this show – the return of Brock Lesnar.

I love myself a little Brock Lesnar.

Even after all this time, even after seeing all those matches that don’t vary much in terms of content but captivate me, still, whenever I see him on screen, I’m still in. I can at least understand why so many others wouldn’t be, and I can absolutely sympathize with anyone who doesn’t like the idea of ​​WWE going back into the pit and having another Reigns vs Lesnar match.

I just don’t reside on this side of the fence. I love when these two fight each other, and I really wouldn’t mind seeing them fight forever. Two big, muscular guys just fighting for the tallest title in the land is what this whole thing should be.

I’m ready for more.

Also, think: we can have more Lesnar and Zayn together again!

Yes please!


Everything else
  • Madcap Moss had the “last laugh” on Happy Corbin by defeating him in his final singles match. It was a dominant victory, a clear and definitive victory that finally ends the rivalry between the two. Moss made it 3-0 against Corbin. Afterwards, he took a microphone and laughed at Happy. After a commercial break, Corbin still hadn’t left and decided he wanted to put it in Pat McAfee’s face about all the rubbish he was talking about. Remember the “Bum Ass Corbin” stuff? He threatened Pat Mac, who responded by taking the mic and leading the entire arena laughing Corbin to the back. “Hahahahahaha you suck,” McAfee yelled. It was a great time. Even The New Day came out and laughed at him as they passed! It was fantastic. I wouldn’t hate it if it was leading to McAfee vs. Corbin no SummerSlam.
  • Skyscrapin’ Shanky and Jinder Mahal were having fun in a match against The New Day when Xavier Woods got creative and blew the trombone. Shanky couldn’t help but start dancing, and it cost them the match. Cute, but fun.
  • Both Sheamus and Drew McIntyre were added to the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match in a funny segment. Adam Pearce said he reviewed the footage and announced that Sheamus was in. Then he talked bullshit, McIntyre beat him up, and then Pearce, who was trying to break them up, stopped him saying he was going to announce that McIntyre was there too. It should be fun!
  • Raquel Rodriguez defeated Shayna Baszler and qualified for the Women’s Money in the Bank match. There wasn’t much to go on, and what we’ve seen of Rodriguez in the main squad so far doesn’t look very interesting, but hopefully things will improve.
  • Max Dupri was supposed to debut his clients on this show, but turned it down because Pearce didn’t give him the exact lighting he wanted. The artist formerly known as LA Knight is somehow making this damn thing work through these behind-the-scenes segments with Pearce, where he invades the ever-loving hell of her personal space. He’s deliciously dumb.
  • I liked what they did on this show where a few people showed up, but only in the form of a quick interview or backstage promo. We don’t need everyone on TV every week – a simple promotion in the back works just fine. In this case, Natalya placed the Sharpshooter as superior to Ronda Rousey’s armbar and Ludwig Kaiser stated that GUNTHER will be intercontinental champions forever. Simple but effective promotion.

I enjoyed the show, especially everything about the main event.

Note: B+

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