SmackDown Results – May 5th, 2023

We go right to the ring and out comes The LWO to a big pop – 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde and Zelina Vega. We see what happened at today’s Backlash press conference with Rey, Vega, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley.

Rey asks how everyone is doing tonight, and says he’s proud The LWO can represent for all Hispanic people. Rey says Bad Bunny will defeat Damian Priest in the Street Fight at Backlash tomorrow. Rey says he then wants to introduce the next SmackDown Women’s Champion. Vega gets a bit emotional at the reaction. Vega goes to speak but the music interrupts and out comes The Judgment Day – Dominik, Ripley, Priest and Finn Balor.

Dominik stops and rips a LWO t-shirt as the boos pick up. They hit the ring and Dominik speaks some in Spanish, and calls his dad a deadbeat. Rey speaks back in Spanish and tells him to shut up. They go on in Spanish and the crowd is loving it. Rey proposes a WrestleMania 39 rematch but Ripley gets in his way. She has a better idea – how about Rey fights her. Vega steps up to Ripley as fans pop.

Dominik says how about you fight the both of us. Rey responds and apparently says they’re on. Fans chant “si!” now. Ripley says they’re on. She tosses the mic and Balor hands her title back. The Judgment Day goes to leave but Dominik decks his dad with a cheap shot slap. Dominik quickly retreats as Cole wonders if Adam Pearce will make the mixed tag team match official.

Rey Mysterio and Zelina Vega vs. Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley

We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes The LWO’s Zelina Vega and 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio. They hit the corners to pose as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will be back next week. We go back to the ring for the main event and out comes The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley with Finn Balor. Ripley and Vega start things off with Vega ducking a big boot, then unloading.

Vega rocks Ripley in the mouth. Ripley grabs her and lifts her but Vega escapes and dodges a stomp. Vega ducks Ripley and Ripley runs into a big boot. Vega with a hurricanrana takedown off the middle rope. Vega taunts Ripley now as they both regroup in opposite corners.

Rey tags in now, then Dominik comes in to big boos. Dominik with a cheap kick to take control. Rey goes to run the ropes but Dominik kicks him in the gut again. Rey turns it around but Rhea hits him in the back with a cheap shot. Dominik with an arm drag. Vega comes in as Rey helps drop Dominik into position for 619.

Rey exits the ring and Vega goes for 619 on Dominik but Ripley rushes over and levels Vega with a big boot to cut her off. We go to commercial with Ripley standing tall and Vega recovering on the floor.

Back from the break and Ripley is dominating Vega. Veg counters with a Crucifix pin for 2. Vega looks to tag but Dominik pulls Rey off the apron to the floor. Balor congratulates Dominik. Rhea grounds Vega in the middle of the ring now. Ripley plays to the crowd with the taunt made famous by WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. Vega takes advantage of Ripley wasting time and avoids a powerbomb. They tangle and Ripley hits the ring post shoulder-first when Vega moves out of the way.

Rey rallies for the tag as Balor tries to get Ripley back on her feet. Vega kicks Ripley away and in comes Rey, and then Dominik. Rey unloads and drops his son, then hits a big middle rope springboard crossbody. Rey drops Dominik into the middle turnbuckle face-first, then mounts him in the corner with punches as fans count along.

Dominik has his father on his shoulders but Rey keeps delivering punches. Dominik drops Rey face-first into the top turnbuckle, then hits a Michinoku Driver for 2 as Vega breaks it up just in time. Ripley sends Vega to the floor. Rey drops Dominik into position for the 619 as fans cheer. Ripley distracts Rey from the apron but Vega knocks her to the floor, then sends her into the barrier.

Rey nails 619 on his son. Rey goes to climb up but he has to stop and knock Balor off the apron to the floor. Dominik takes over and nails a vertical suplex to his dad. Dominik holds the suplex and goes for Three Amigos like Eddie, but Rey holds him down after the suplex and keeps him down for the three count.

Winners: Rey Mysterio and Zelina Vega

After the bell, the music hits but Balor and Dominik immediately attack Rey, stomping away to keep him down as fans boo. Rey fights back but they keep him down, then Damian Priest runs in to make it a triple team attack. The music finally hits and out comes Bad Bunny to a huge pop. Bunny carries a kendo stick and he has The LWO’s Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde with him. The LWO hits the ring and attacks Balor and Dominik, running right past Priest, who is just standing at the ropes, staring out at Bunny and waiting to fight. The LWO fights Balor and Dominik to the floor. Santos flies off the top to the floor to take Balor down. Priest is still staring Bunny down. Bunny is fired up at ringside as Priest invites him into the ring to fight. Bunny comes in with the kendo tick. Dominik charges from out of nowhere but Bunny knocks him in mid-air with the kendo stick, but this allows Priest to retreat to the floor. The Judgment Day looks on from ringside as The LWO joins Bunny in the ring while his music plays. Rey presents Bunny with a Puerto Rico flag LWO t-shirt and he puts it on to a big pop. The final SmackDown before WWE Backlash goes off the air with The LWO celebrating with Bunny in the ring as The Judgment Day seethes from ringside.

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