WWE SmackDown 12th of May 2023

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WWE SmackDown Results, May 12, 2023, report by John Matiesen for jjasportstudio.com

World Heavyweight Championship Tournament First Round Match: Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles
Styles and Mysterio double team Edge. Edge fires back and stomps Styles into the corner. After a series of catapults, each man eventually ends up in a pinning position. Edge lands the Oscar on Styles for a near fall. Edge boots Mysterio out of the ring. Styles floors Edge with a flurry of strikes. Mysterio rolls back in the ring and walks right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from Styles. Edge is sent out of the ring. Mysterio lands head scissors on both Styles and Edge. Styles tries a sunset flip, but Mysterio rolls through and land as head kick.
Mysterio tries a springboard crossbody but is caught in midair by Edge. Edge kicks Styles in the face, and Fallaway slams Mysterio. Edge calls for a Spear. Both Styles and Mysterio boot Edge in the face. Mysterio takes Edge over with the code red. Edge kicks out. Styles slides Mysterio under the bottom rope. Edge catches Mysterio by the head. Styles baseball slides Edge, causing him to DDT Mysterio. After the break, Styles rolls Mysterio into the Calf Crusher. Edge rolls in the ring and applies a crossface to Mysterio. Styles headbutts Edge to break the hold. 
Styles and Edge trade shots. Mysterio lands a ranna that sends both men into the ropes. Mysterio calls for the 619. Edge and Styles counter with stereo dropkicks. Edge sends Styles into the turnbuckle, face first. Mysterio cuts Edge off up top. Mysterio sets up a ranna. Styles picks Mysterio off the top and hits a running powerbomb. Mysterio kicks out at two. Styles sets up a superplex. Mysterio Sunset flip powerbomb Styles, who sends Edge flying as well. Mysterio sets up the 619 on Edge.
Styles breaks it up and calls for the Phenomenal Forearm, Edge ducks it and tries a Spear. Styles leaps over that. Mysterio surprises Styles with a senton. Mysterio tries a 619 on Edge, but Edge reverses it into the Edgucator. Styles tries to break it up. Edge puts Styles in the Edgucator. Mysterio breaks it up with a 619. Mysterio leaps off the top into a Spear from Edge. Before Edge can take advantage, Styles blasts him with the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.
Winner- AJ Styles

World Heavyweight Championship Tournament First Round Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Sheamus vs. The United States Champion Austin Theory
As soon as the bell rings, Theory rolls out of the ring. Lashley and Sheamus follow and proceed to beat the holy hell out of Theory. Sheamus and Lashley take turns working over Theory. Lashley clotheslines Theory over the top rope. After a bit of a struggle, Lashley pulls Sheamus down for a complete shot. Lashley hits the ropes and ends up getting power slammed by Sheamus. Sheamus sets up the ten beats on Lashley. Theory breaks it up and gets the ten beats by Sheamus for his troubles. Theory falls off the apron as Sheamus celebrates. After the break, Lashley drives Theory’s head into the ring post. Sheamus and Lashley square off.
Lashley locks Sheamus in the Hurt Lock. Theory breaks it up with a dropkick. Rolling Blockbuster by Theory. Sheamus kicks out. Sheamus lands the Irish Curse Backbreaker on Theory. Avalanche white noise by Sheamus. Theory kicks out. Sheamus sets up the Celtic Cross. Theory reverses it into a roll up. Sheamus escapes. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick. Lashley appears out of nowhere, and Spears Sheamus. Theory sends Lashley into the ring post and tries to steal the pin. Sheamus kicks out. Lashley puts Theory in the Hurt Lock. Lashley’s head is bleeding. Sheamus Brogue Kicks Theory. Lashley tosses Sheamus out of the ring and pins Theory.
Winner- Bobby Lashley

Backstage, Grayson Waller gets Adam Pearce to agree to let him debut next week with his talk show, The Grayson Waller Effect. Pearce agrees.
Cameron Grimes vs. Baron Corbin
Before the match, Corbin grabs a mic and craps on Grimes for being the last pick in the WWE Draft. The bell rings, and Grimes immediately hits the Cave In for the win.
Winner- Cameron Grimes

In-Ring Segment: The Bloodline
Reigns tells the crowd to acknowledge him. Reigns says that’s what greatness garners. It garners respect. Reigns says there is only one royal family in wrestling. The men in the ring are the only ones who will have main evented both nights of WrestleMania. At Backlash, when he wasn’t even there, someone had to step up. Who was it? It was Solo Sikoa. Sikoa swims like a shark. If there is ever a problem, Sikoa handles it. Reigns puts Sikoa over for handling the Matt Riddle problem. Sikoa mentions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Reigns says Zayn and Owens aren’t the problems. The problem is Sikoa’s brothers, The Usos.
Reigns notes there was no way they were going to lose in the main event of WrestleMania and they weren’t gonna talk about it. They dedicated the rematch they begged for to him. He isn’t even a tag team wrestler. They have Hall of Fame tag teams in their family. The Usos disrespected the Bloodline. Reigns demands Jimmy and Jey apologize. Jimmy laughs. Reigns mushes Jimmy in the face for laughing. Reigns isn’t Jimmy’s clown. Jimmy bows up at Reigns, but Jey steps in the way and apologizes. The crowd showers them with boos. Jey says if Reigns gives them one more shot, they will bring the titles back to the Bloodline.
Reigns says they are right. The tag team titles will be coming back to the Bloodline. Reigns tells Paul Heyman to fill them in. Heyman says the they flexed all their muscles, and the titles will be coming back to the Bloodline. Owens and Zayn will defend the tag team championships at Night of Champions against Sikoa and Reigns. Reigns dedicates their victory, and their tag team title reign to the greatest tag team of all time, Afa and Sika, the Wild Samoans. Reigns turns and looks at Jimmy and Jey.
Backstage, Bayley hints that Iyo Sky losing at Backlash was her fault. But not because she cost her the match, but because she pushed Sky before she was read. Tonight, she is going to win the tag titles with Dakota Kai.
Backstage, Jimmy and Jey walk in on Cruz del Toro, Joaquin Wilde, and Zelina Vega. The Usos are upset because the LWO are laughing. Santos Escobar and Rey Mysterio walk in. Escobar jokes that Jimmy and Jey are upset because their Tribal Jefe doesn’t love them anymore. The Usos storm off.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan (c) vs. Damage DTRL (Bayley and Dakota Kai) w/Iyo Sky
Morgan and Kai trade pins. The NXT Women’s Champions Alba Fyre and Isla (not Icela, Michael Cole!) Dawn are watching the match on a monitor. Bayley and Kai take turns working over Morgan in the ring. After the break, Rodriguez gets the tag. Rodriguez clears the ring. Bayley and Kai try to double-team Rodriguez. Rodriguez chokeslams Bayley and Kai at the same time. Rodriguez uses Morgan as a battering ram, whipping her into Bayley and Kai.
Bayley picks Morgan up. Kai dives off the top and lands a double stomp on Morgan. Kai seems to have hurt her knee. Bayley tells the referee to check on Kai as she motions for Sky to bring in one of the tag titles so they can cheat. Rodriguez stops Sky. In the confusion, Bayley accidentally knocks Sky off the apron. Morgan rolls up Bayley for the win.
Winners and STILL WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan!

Bianca Belair’s Championship Celebration
As Belair is celebrating in the ring, Asuka’s music hits. Asuka comes down to the ring and offers Belair a handshake. Belair accepts. Asuka spits blue mist in Belair’s face. Belair screams in agony as referees try to check on her. Asuka dances around the ring and celebrates.

World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match: Bobby Lashley vs. AJ Styles
Styles lands a few strikes. Lashley is unaffected. Lashley beats Styles into the corner. Styles fires back with another flurry of strikes. Styles tries to whip Lashley, but he puts on the breaks. Lashley launches Styles over the top rope. Lashley drives Styles into the apron before sending his head into the ring post. After the break, Styles works over Lashley’s knee. Lashley misses a spear in the corner. Styles reverses it into the Calf Crusher.
Lashley slams Styles’ head into the mat to break the hold. Styles kicks Lashley in the knee and hits a DDT. Lashley kicks out. Lashley’s head starts to bleed again. Styles lifts Lashley up in a fireman’s carry. Lashley escapes and hits a leaping complete shot. Lashley sets up the C4, but his knee gives out. Styles tries a splash, but Lashley counters with the Hurt Lock. Styles manages to get to the drops.
The fight spills out of the ring. Lashley tries to drive Styles’ head into the ring post, but Styles slips off Lashley’s shoulder. Styles pushes Lashley into the ring post. Styles sets up the Phenomenal Forearm. After a series of counters, Lashley lands a running powerslam. Lashley tries the Spear but Styles avoids it. Lashley runs into the ring post. Styles lands the Phenomenal Forearm for the win!
Winner- AJ Styles

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