SmackDown Results – April 14th, 2023

Kayla Braxton is backstage with Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley now. She mentions how Zelina Vega embarrassed Ripley last week. Ripley is not happy. Priest talks about Santos Escobar and WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, and how their friends should not be in the business. Priest says he will address Bad Bunny in the ring. Priest walks off while Rhea stares Braxton down. Dominik and Rhea follow Priest now.

We go back to the ring and out comes The Judgment Day – Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Priest takes the mic and mentions Bad Bunny hosting WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico. He says if Bunny wants to attend and sit in the front row, that’s fine, but if he puts hands on his family again… we see recent happenings with Bunny on RAW, where Priest slammed him through the announce table two weeks ago. Priest knows it was bad. He plays it in slow motion again. Ripley, Mysterio and Priest all laugh but The LWO’s music interrupts and out comes Zelina Vega by herself. Ripley exits the ring to wait for Vega, but Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde rush into the ring from behind, hitting Priest and Mysterio with a sneak attack. The LWO regroups at ringside as fans cheer and a furious Priest looks on. Back to commercial.

Damian Priest vs. Santos Escobar

Back from the break and Santos Escobar hits a crossbody on Damian Priest, then sends him to the floor as fans pop. Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley are at ringside, as are Zelina Vega, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde.


Escobar goes for a dive but puts the brakes on as Priest moves. Escobar flies out anyway but Priest rocks him in mid-air. Priest brings it back in and splashes Escobar in the corner, then hits a Falcon Arrow for a close 2 count.

Escobar fights back with chops but Priest unloads with kicks. Escobar mounts offense with now as Priest misses. Escobar with a big dropkick for 2. Escobar with double knees in the corner, and again. Escobar mounts Priest in the next corner with right hands as fans count along. Priest cuts him off but Escobar blocks a chokeslam.

Priest knocks Escobar to the floor as The LWO looks on. Priest runs and leaps off the steel steps, dropping Escobar with an axe handle. Priest stands tall and poses as fans boo. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Priest is pounding on Escobar in the corner. Escobar fights back but Priest slams him face-first into the mat for a close 2 count. Escobar with a jawbreaker. Escobar runs into a big boot in the corner and goes down.

The Judgment Day taunts the crowd to boos now. Priest has Escobar on the middle rope but Escobar fights back and climbs up for a super hurricanrana for a big pop. Escobar is slow to crawl over and Priest kicks out just in time. Escobar rallies now. They get up and trade big strikes as fans go along with each one. Priest unloads but Escobar hits a jumping knee, then two takedowns and another hurricanrana takedown.


Escobar gets sent to the apron when he charges in with double knees. Escobar blocks a right hand and nails an enziguri from the apron. Escobar goes to the top for the moonsault but Priest kicks out just in time. Ripley and Mysterio can’t believe it. Fans chant for Escobar now. Ripley distracts the referee from the apron, allowing Dominik to nail a cheap shot to Escobar. This allows Priest to drop Escobar with a big shot.

Wilde and Del Toro attack Dominik at ringside but Priest saves him, shoving them both into the timekeeper’s area by their throats. Escobar with a suicide dive to send Priest onto the announce table.

Escobar brings it back in but Ripley holds his foot, allowing Priest time to recover. Vega runs over and launches Ripley face-first into the barrier with a head-scissors. Escobar walks into a big kick from Priest, then the South of Heaven chokeslam for the pin to win.

Winner: Damian Priest

After the match, the music hits as The Judgment Day stands tall. We go to replays. Priest goes out and prepares to put Escobar through the announce table but the music of 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio hits. Rey flies into Priest at ringside to take him down. Rey then goes for his son in the ring, and prepares to hit 619, but he’s pulled to safety by Priest. The LWO re-groups in the middle of the ring while The Judgment Day does the same on the ramp.

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