WWE SmackDown Live Coverage (03/17)
Welcome to Wrestling Inc.’s live coverage of “WWE SmackDown” on March 17, 2023, coming to you live from the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri!
Last week, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, LA Knight, Karrion Kross, and Xavier Woods collided in a Fatal Five-Way Match to determine who would challenge GUNTHER for his Intercontinental Championship at “WrestleMania 39” in Los Angeles, California. However, the match ended in controversy after Sheamus and McIntyre pinned Woods and Knight respectively at the same time. Tonight, the pair will go one-on-one to decide who will face “The Ring General” as the cracks in their relationship continue to grow.
As he prepares to square off with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at the SoFi Stadium, Cody Rhodes has something on his mind to share with the WWE Universe. “The American Nightmare” has had several encounters with The Bloodline over the past few weeks, and has made it clear that he intends to be the man to put an end to Reigns’ momentous title reign.
Speaking of The Bloodline, Sami Zayn will come face-to-face with one half of the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, Jey Uso, for the first time since Jey attacked the former “Honorary Uce” on the March 6 episode of “WWE Raw”. Jey’s actions occurred in light of Reigns’ stern warning that there would be consequences for his brother, Jimmy Uso, if he didn’t come back home to his family.
Additionally, a huge mixed tag team match is set for tonight, as Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley take on Santos Escobar and Zelina Vega of Legado Del Fantasma. Escobar has taken issue with Dominik after seeing first-hand the disdain he has shown to Rey Mysterio (as prior to then, Rey and Escobar had given one another their Lucha masks as a major show of respect).