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On Friday night, WWE held the WrestleMania Backlash go-home edition of SmackDown. In the main event, Cesaro clashed with Jimmy Uso in Uso’s first match in well over a year, but the story of the night was the continued drama surrounding Roman Reigns and the Usos ahead of Reigns’ title defense against Cesaro on Sunday.
Jimmy Uso pleaded with his twin brother Jey to stop following Reigns and instead be his own man. Reigns, of course, took issue with Jimmy’s statements and tried to force his cousin to instead recognize his place at the head of the family table. In the end, the drama escalated until Reigns was unwilling to save Jey as Cesaro delivered multiple Neutralizers to end the show, sending a final message to Reigns ahead of their title match.
CBS Sports was with you all night, bringing you recaps and highlights of all the action from the ThunderDome inside Tampa’s Yuengling Center.
Jey Uso opened the show with an in-ring promo, saying he’d have to take care of some “family business” after his brother Jimmy disrespected Roman Reigns last week. Jey then welcomed Reigns to the ring, where the universal champion addressed his upcoming match with Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash, vowing victory before turning his attention to Jimmy, who also made his way to the ring. Jimmy and Reigns went back and forth as Jimmy refused to acknowledge Reigns’ place as “head of the table.” Finally, Reigns said that if Jimmy believes he can do what the champion does, he should prove it by facing Cesaro later in the show.
Cesaro def. Jimmy Uso via disqualification after interference from Roman Reigns. Jimmy was wrestling his first match in 14 months and showed most of his old tricks, including faking a knee injury to create an opening for a superkick. Once Cesaro seemed to have the match in hand, Reigns ran in to attack Cesaro from behind for the disqualification. Jimmy stormed off, telling Reigns he had to make everything about himself again. As Jimmy and Roman argued, Cesaro attacked Jey. Reigns demanded Jimmy get in the ring and help as he and Jey continued the attack. Jimmy came to the apron after seeing Jey attacked, eating a Cesaro superkick for his trouble. Cesaro then hit Jey with the Neutralizer as he told Reigns it would be his fate on Sunday. Cesaro dared Reigns to do something before hitting a second neutralizer as Reigns only looked on.
It’s no surprise that Reigns and the Usos delivered more compelling storyline work through the show. At this point, great Reigns segments are the expectation every week. Cesaro has more than held his own as the uber babyface looking to finally break through to the championship level and without being over the top contributed to the continued tension in Reigns’ family by showing that Reigns will not involve himself to save his cousins if it could put him in danger. Just solid stuff all around. Grade: A-
.@AriyaDaivariWWE kicks off the action RIGHT NOW on #205Live! pic.twitter.com/1vwDQBp02O
Clearly, Jimmy @WWEUsos is not going to fall in line behind @WWERomanReigns! #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/Yim1AhfkBj
Message SENT.#SmackDown #WMBacklash #UniversalTitle @WWECesaro @WWERomanReigns @WWEUsos @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/ONnoeMpgXj
Look out!#SmackDown @WWERomanReigns @WWECesaro @HeymanHustle @WWEUsos pic.twitter.com/KJchT4WI9t
From the TOP ROPE! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ#SmackDown @WWECesaro @WWEUsos pic.twitter.com/g2ZTJBQvtL
Jimmy @WWEUsos takes flight! #SmackDown @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/7rSTZUCim4
PURE. POWER.#SmackDown @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/FfgSkmDdYU
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ’ช#SmackDown @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/pwUmMuUJZE
.@WWECesaro. Jimmy @WWEUsos. NEXT on #SmackDown! pic.twitter.com/FslW7DoZnL
“It’s easier to take a seat and watch life happen than to stand up and fight through it!”@WWEAleister brings us another chapter from an earlier life. #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/xBaBntYWOm
Mirror, mirror on the wall… ๐Ÿ‘‘#SmackDown @ShinsukeN @BaronCorbinWWE pic.twitter.com/9aRWbt9e62
After his loss to King @BaronCorbinWWE, @ShinsukeN was FURIOUS! Not only did he attack Corbin, but he took his crown! #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/7leOoGq8UF
๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‘#SmackDown @ShinsukeN @BaronCorbinWWE pic.twitter.com/b3PzL54sIx
๐ŸŽถ GOOD VIBRRAAAAAATIONS ๐ŸŽถ#SmackDown @ShinsukeN pic.twitter.com/o3DyCnFNvY
“Let me tell you from experience this fairy tale reign of yours doesn’t end well!”@itsBayleyWWE wants to reclaim the #SmackDown Women’s Championship more than anything! @BiancaBelairWWE pic.twitter.com/joeSQeHELS
YeaOh!@ShinsukeN battles King @BaronCorbinWWE NEXT on #SmackDown! pic.twitter.com/uHhD44azKY
“You’re mad because you were busy getting thrown down the ramp by The @BellaTwins at #WrestleMania… While I was in the MAIN EVENT.”#SmackDown #WomensTitle #WMBacklash pic.twitter.com/tcgq33VEBa
These two know each other so well! Who will head into #WMBacklash with the momentum: @reymysterio or @HEELZiggler? #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/Av7WMZBAJZ
The #ESTofWWE is NEXT on #SmackDown!@BiancaBelairWWE pic.twitter.com/9iTpgl87Hh
“I don’t just think I can… I KNOW I can beat @WWERomanReigns.”#SmackDown #WMBacklash #UniversalTitle @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/e6RzrqC61t
Momentum MYSTERIOS.#SmackDown #WMBacklash @reymysterio @DomMysterio35 @HEELZiggler @RealRobertRoode pic.twitter.com/G0jOJH1AyG
Well scouted!#SmackDown @HEELZiggler @reymysterio pic.twitter.com/o9KKCsWh5g
You be the judge! Did @reymysterio get away with a low blow here or no? #SmackDown @HEELZiggler @RealRobertRoode @DomMysterio35 pic.twitter.com/wcCWw0zQOq
Representing two of @WWEโ€™s biggest dynasties, both @NatbyNature and @TaminaSnuka are title-takers and HISTORY-MAKERS! Congratulations to the NEW #WWE Womenโ€™s Tag Team Champions! #Smackdown pic.twitter.com/kC5YF0LYoX
๐Ÿ #SmackDown @reymysterio pic.twitter.com/N96aoIxHzR
IT’S TOO BAD… #SmackDown @HEELZiggler pic.twitter.com/iLzM2PLF60
Chaos has broken out during @WWEApollo‘s Medal of Honor Ceremony for @CommanderAzeez! Who deserves the next chance at Apollo’s #ICTitle: @WWEBigE, @FightOwensFight or @SamiZayn?! #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/JnEOzgZQQX
.@reymysterio battles @HEELZiggler NEXT on #SmackDown! pic.twitter.com/NrBBDzfoWL
You gotta be quicker than that with @WWEBigE!#SmackDown @CommanderAzeez @WWEApollo pic.twitter.com/PCp1cyqIAb
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€#SmackDown @WWEApollo @CommanderAzeez pic.twitter.com/bZyKUgtLfq

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