WWE SmackDown Results – 5/10/24 (King and Queen of the Ring Tournament matches, Backlash fallout)

WWE SmackDown Results

WWE SmackDown Results
May 10, 2024
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza)

Commentary: Corey Graves and Wade Barrett
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever. Together.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

Video: Highlights from this past Saturday’s Backlash France event.

The commentators go over the brackets for the King and Queen of the Ring Tournaments.

SmackDown General Manager Nick Aldis is in the ring. Aldis welcomes everyone to a sold-out Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre. They have some huge King and Queen of the Ring Tournament matches, but he first wants to introduce the Undisputed WWE Champion, “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes.

Undisputed WWE Champion “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring, dressed in a suit. Rhodes comes out to a big ovation and shakes hands with many fans on his way to the ring. Rhodes shakes hands with Aldis and listens to a “Cody” chant. Rhodes poses for his adoring crowd.

Aldis congratulates Rhodes on a successful title defense against AJ Styles at Backlash. It’s never a small feat to get your hand raised against the best in-ring performer of a generation. Now, we must turn our attention to the King and Queen of the Ring Premium Live Event. Rhodes has said he wants to be a fighting champion and defend the title against the very best as often as he can. Aldis invited Rhodes out here to tell him that his next challenger has been determined. Rhodes is surprised. Aldis figured there was no better time to introduce him than right now.

United States Champion Logan Paul makes his way to the ring. The crowd gives The Maverick a mixed reaction as he does so. The crowd buzzes as both Rhodes and Paul stand in the ring. Rhodes says, “So, Logan Paul…” Paul stops him and tells Rhodes to say it one more time. Rhodes repeats, “So, Logan Paul… I think I know what you want to talk about.” Paul says they are going to main event the King and Queen of the Ring PLE in a Champion vs. Champion match to truly kick off “the Logan Paul Levesque Era.” A LOUD “Logan sucks” chant fires up. Rhodes says Champion vs. Champion is a challenge he likes. Holding not one, but two…

Paul says facts don’t care about Rhodes’ feelings, and neither does he. Paul has some facts for Rhodes. Paul is the longest-reigning champion in WWE. Paul claims to be the greatest attraction in this company and had the greatest rookie year of all time. Paul is a superstar. Paul shouts to a person in the crowd with a birthday sign and says he met a superstar for his birthday. Paul points out that Rhodes is a superstar. Rhodes won the 2023 Royal Rumble, but everyone remembers his viral midair collision with Ricochet. Rhodes won WrestleMania, but everyone was talking about iShowSpeed and Prime. Paul’s brands and ideas… his moments. Look who is taking all the credit. Three years ago, Paul and Rhodes both debuted at WrestleMania. A “Prime sucks” chant picks up, so Paul drops some nutritional facts about it and tells them to shut up. Since that night three years ago, Paul has been rocket fuel for the spaceship that is WWE. How can Rhodes finish the story when it’s not even his story? Paul wants to talk about him knocking Rhodes out and pinning him on top of his logo before walking out of Saudi Arabia as the Undisputed WWE Champion.

Rhodes says he bets a lot of people stand across from Paul and assume he’s a dumbass. As fun as that would be, Rhodes will not pretend this is a fad for him. Rhodes has a sense of who Logan Paul is. Paul went toe to toe against Floyd Mayweather. In only a handful of matches, he won the United States Championship. Since they are going over facts, the fact is if Rhodes were to win the United States Championship, that would make him a WWE Grand Slam Champion. Paul goes to speak, but Rhodes holds his arm down. In addition to all the positive things he said Paul is, he is also disrespectful, self-centered, delusional, and cannot go a single match without grabbing the brass knuckles. Paul is taking credit for something that doesn’t belong to them. This is a team. At the King and Queen of the Ring in Saudi Arabia, Paul will find out where he stands on that team. Rhodes holds up his Undisputed WWE Championship. Paul holds up his United States Championship.

Backstage Interview

Kayla Braxton is backstage with AJ Styles. How prepared is he feeling for Randy Orton in a King of the Ring First Round Match? Styles wants to talk about Backlash. He had Cody Rhodes on the ropes and had him beat. Everyone knows it. Lyon, France chanted to distract him. It should be Styles facing Logan Paul, defending his championship. The next time he and Rhodes meet, Styles will beat him. Styles will earn a chance to get another title match. It starts tonight. Winning the King of the Ring Tournament is a phenomenal step in the right direction.

Naomi makes her way to the ring. Alicia Taylor, SmackDown’s new ring announcer, previously on NXT, introduces her. Next, Naomi will face Nia Jax in a Queen of the Ring First Round Match.

-Commercial Break-

Queen of the Ring Tournament
First Round Match
Naomi vs. Nia Jax

The bell rings, and Jax shoves Naomi. Naomi takes it to Jax and hits the ropes, but Jax avalanches her down. Jax slams Naomi’s head off the canvas before sending her to the corner. Jax taunts the crowd before avalanching Naomi in the corner and throwing her across the ring. Jax avalanches her again in the corner before dropping an elbow. Jax pulls her to her feet and shoves her to the corner. Jax goes for a running boot, but Naomi avoids it. Naomi kicks at the hamstrings, and an Uncle Howdy QR code appears. Naomi drives Jax headfirst into the turnbuckle. An irate Jax charges, but she hits the ring post shoulder-first when Naomi moves. Jax falls out of the ring to recover. Naomi catches her with a suicide dive and wildly punches away at her. Jax shoves her off and connects with a Samoan Drop on the floor!

-Commercial Break-

Back from the break, Jax is applying a rear chin lock to Naomi. Naomi quickly hits a jawbreaker to fight out of the hold. Naomi knees Jax in the face and forearms her a few times. Jax quickly floors her with a head-butt before mocking the crowd. Jax hits a front suplex onto the top rope before shoving Naomi to the floor. Jax taunts the crowd some more and looks for a count-out. Naomi starts to climb to the apron, so Jax goes to cut her off. Naomi snaps her off the top rope and goes for a sunset flip, but Jax doesn’t go down. Jax goes for a cannonball, but Naomi avoids it.

Naomi punches away at Jax. Jax sends her into the ropes, but Naomi slides through the leg and starts hitting her with running strikes. Jax doesn’t go down. Naomi brings her to a knee with a springboard enzuigiri. Naomi goes for a second springboard, but Jax catches her and puts her on the apron. Naomi kicks her back and manages to spike her head into the canvas. Naomi connects with a split-legged moonsault for a two-count. There may have been a wardrobe malfunction as the screen temporarily went out. Naomi sidesteps an avalanche and hits a running forearm. Naomi tries to lift her onto the top rope and succeeds. Naomi goes for a super hurricanrana, but Jax teases a powerbomb off the top rope. Naomi then hits her with a super hurricanrana! Wow! Naomi covers 1… 2… Jax kicks out!

Naomi stuns Jax with a pair of superkicks. Jax counters a third into a powerbomb. Jax connects with a leg drop and shoves her to the corner. Jax heads to the second rope and squashes her with an Annihilator for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Nia Jax

Nia Jax advances in the Queen of the Ring Tournament. Jax will face the winner of Jade Cargill vs. Piper Niven.

Backstage Interview

Byron Saxton finds Baron Corbin backstage. Corbin says he was lost the last time he was here. He found himself on NXT. Carmelo Hayes walks up and says he must have missed Corbin being drafted. Hayes wants to give Corbin some advice: he should have pulled out of the tournament like Bobby Lashley because he’ll run circles around him. This match is next.

-Commercial Break-

Video: #DIY is coming to SmackDown.

King of the Ring Tournament
First Round Match
Baron Corbin vs. Carmelo Hayes

The bell rings, and Hayes rolls away from Corbin. Corbin quickly catches him with a jab that backs him up. Hayes applies a waistlock, but Corbin knocks him away. Hayes hits the ropes and avoids a pair of clotheslines before dropkicking him in the knee and kicking him in the head. Hayes slaps Corbin in the back of the head, and Corbin is not pleased with that. Corbin rocks him with a pair of right hands. Corbin connects with a short-arm back elbow. Hayes flips through a back suplex, but Corbin catches him with a modified Michinoku Driver for a two-count. Hayes rolls out of the ring to recover.

-Commercial Break-

We return from the break to see Corbin clubbing away at Hayes on the top rope. Corbin goes for a superplex, but Hayes slips through the legs and pulls him off. Hayes connects with a springboard twisting clothesline before hitting a twisting facebuster for a two-count. Hayes sizes Corbin up and charges, but Corbin lifts him. Hayes elbows out and pushes him off. Hayes counters out of Deep Six but cannot avoid a Death Valley Driver. Corbin connects with a brainbuster and applies a lackluster cover for a two-count.

Corbin puts Hayes on the top rope, but Hayes punches him back and connects with First 48. Hayes follows up with a running shoulder tackle and heads to the top rope. Hayes jumps over Corbin as he gets to his feet. Corbin hits a uranage on the turnbuckles and turns him inside out with a clothesline. Corbin connects with a twisting cutter for a near fall. Hayes flips through the End of Days and catches him with a small package for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Carmelo Hayes

Carmelo Hayes advances in the King of the Ring Tournament. He will face the winner of Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles.

Backstage Interview

Kayla Braxton is backstage with WWE Women’s Champion Bayley. Braxton asks if she has a favorite in the Queen of the Ring Tournament. Bayley says she wants to see how far Jade Cargill will go. Chelsea Green interrupts her with Piper Niven at her side. Clearly, Bayley has gone nuts since Piper Niven will go through Cargill.

Elsewhere backstage, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Jade Cargill is walking. Next, she’ll face Piper Niven in a Queen of the Ring First Round Match.

-Commercial Break-

WrestleMania 41 comes to Las Vegas on April 19 and April 20, 2025.

Backstage Interview

Byron Saxton is backstage with Randy Orton. Saxton says Orton is a favorite, but they also say that about his opponent, AJ Styles. Orton says he’s accomplished so much in WWE but never won the King of the Ring. Everyone knows AJ Styles is great, but it’ll feel phenomenal when he hits him with an RKO. Orton tells Saxton to stay tuned. That reminds him. This is for Tama Tonga. The Bloodline took out his friend and partner, Kevin Owens. Tama is safely on the other side of the bracket. Orton won’t blindside him like the Bloodline does. When they eventually meet, he’ll make sure his ass sees it coming.

Queen of the Ring Tournament
First Round Match
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Jade Cargill vs. Piper Niven w/ Chelsea Green

The bell rings, and they lock up before giving a quick break. They circle the ring and lock up before giving another quick break. They go face-to-face before Cargill hits the ropes. Niven absorbs a shoulder tackle, so Cargill gets in her face. Niven hits the ropes, so Cargill absorbs a shoulder tackle. They continue to talk trash to each other. Cargill hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and levels Niven with a shoulder tackle. Niven reverses a whip and hits a back elbow. Niven goes for a lift, but Cargill slides out. Cargill superkicks Niven and charges, but Niven slams her down and connects with a senton splash for a two-count. Niven stomps away at Cargill and slaps her in the face. Niven chokes her on the ropes before the referee backs her up. Chelsea Green slaps Cargill in the face as the referee is distracted. Niven connects with a scoop slam and wipes her hands to show this is an easy contest for her. Niven hits a pair of short-arm clotheslines. Cargill blocks a third and punches back. Niven quickly head-butts her and hits the ropes. Cargill cuts her off and hits a back suplex powerbomb for a two-count.

Cargill gets to her feet and avalanches Niven in the corner. Cargill backs up and hits a second avalanche. Green gets on the apron, so Cargill forearms her to the floor. Cargill ducks a clothesline and goes for Jaded, but Niven fights out. Niven avalanches Cargill and sweeps the feet. Niven smashes her with a cannonball in the corner and covers for a near fall. Niven sets Cargill up and climbs to the second rope. Cargill pops up and pulls Niven down. Cargill connects with a pump kick and lifts her for a massive Jaded for the win!

Winner by Pinfall: Jade Cargill

Jade Cargill advances in the Queen of the Ring Tournament. In the next round, she will face Nia Jax. As Cargill heads up the aisle, her tag team partner Bianca Belair comes out to celebrate with her. Belair then heads to the ring to face Candice LeRae in a Queen of the Ring First Round Match next.

-Commercial Break-

Video: Shinsuke Nakamura says he is here to claim what is rightfully his: the pinnacle of SmackDown. Now that he is here, no one is safe. The Master of Strong Style plans to reign supreme. Watch closely because everything on SmackDown is about to change… and it will never be the same again.

Queen of the Ring Tournament
First Round Match
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Bianca Belair vs. Candice LeRae w/ Indi Hartwell

The bell rings, and Belair easily shoulder tackles LeRae. Belair cartwheels over her and goes for a Glam Slam, but LeRae counters into a hurricanrana that sends Belair out of the ring. LeRae goes after her at ringside, but Belair slams her into the barricade. Belair gets LeRae in the ring, but Indi Hartwell attacks her as she gets in. Belair shakes it off and hits a deadlift vertical suplex on LeRae. Belair punches away at LeRae and backflips over her. Belair’s knee gives out. LeRae attacks the knee and superkicks her for a two-count. LeRae continues to attack the knee before Belair shoves her off. Using one leg, Belair hits a fallaway slam. Belair kips up and hurts her knee. Belair lifts her, but LeRae slides off and chop blocks the knee. LeRae hits a step-up senton splash. LeRae climbs the ropes, but Belair grabs her and hits a KOD for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Bianca Belair

Bianca Belair will face the winner of Michin vs. Tiffany Stratton in the Queen of the Ring Tournament.

Video: Highlights of the WILD Tag Team Street Fight from Backlash are shown. Tanga Loa debuted to help The Bloodline defeat Kevin Owens and Randy Orton.

Backstage Segment

Solo Sikoa is sitting in a locker room with Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa nearby when a nervous Paul Heyman walks in. Heyman sheepishly asks for a moment along with Sikoa. Tonga and Loa walk off. Heyman says he knows his place in life. He is Roman’s Wise Man. A “We want Roman” chant picks up. Sikoa says Heyman lied and pulled Roman Reigns out of the WWE Draft. That was a mistake that got them drafted third instead of first. It’s like Heyman is trying to take money out of his pocket and food from his kids. Heyman looks terrified. Sikoa mentions that Heyman walked by his brother, Jey Uso, and it looked like he had given him a signal that he needed help. Heyman says he didn’t. Sikoa says he knows Heyman is trying to protect the Bloodline. Sikoa confirms that Heyman hasn’t spoken to Roman Reigns since he lost their title at WrestleMania. Sikoa says he’s talked to Reigns. Heyman looks shocked. Sikoa says until Reigns returns, he will be in charge of the Bloodline. Heyman will be his Wise Man. That is by the order of the Tribal Chief. Sikoa asks for a hug, and a terrified Heyman obliges. Sikoa says, “I love you, Wise Man.”

In the arena, The Street Profits make their way to the ring alongside B-Fab. Next, Angelo Dawkins will face Tama Tonga in a King of the Ring First Round Match.

-Commercial Break-

Video: Andrade is coming to SmackDown.

King of the Ring Tournament
First Round Match
Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford vs. Tama Tonga w/ Solo Sikoa, Tonga Loa, and Solo Sikoa

The bell rings, and Tonga immediately takes it to Dawkins, punching away at him and stomping him in the corner. Tonga hits a running avalanche in the corner. Tonga punches away at Dawkins’ midsection before the referee backs him up. Dawkins soon sidesteps an avalanche and punches away at him. Dawkins connects with a pair of clotheslines. Tonga reverses a whip, but Dawkins leaps over him and hits a running back elbow. Dawkins hits a twisting avalanche, followed by a snap kick. Dawkins absolutely runs over Tonga with a shoulder tackle. Solo Sikoa gets on the apron, so Dawkins punches him off. Montez Ford then takes out Tonga Loa and Solo Sikoa with a somersault plancha! In the ring, Dawkins hits Tonga with the Sky High for a near fall.

Tonga Loa sends Ford into the ring post and holds him up for Sikoa to hit a Samoan Spike. Dawkins shouts at them, but Tama Tonga pulls him back and hits a flatliner for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Tama Tonga

Solo Sikoa gets in the ring with Tonga Loa. Sikoa gets Dawkins to his feet and crushes him with a Samoan Spike. Heyman looks horrified at what he is witnessing. Tama Tonga will face the winner of LA Knight vs. Santos Escobar.

Video: Blair Davenport will show that your heroes are pathetic. She is coming to SmackDown.

AJ Styles makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Randy Orton next.

-Commercial Break-

Next week on SmackDown, Cody Rhodes and Logan Paul will have a Contract Signing. The King and Queen of the Ring Quarterfinals will also take place.

King of the Ring Tournament
First Round Match
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton

They circle the ring, and Styles applies a waistlock. Orton elbows him off, so Styles hooks a side headlock. Orton whips him off and absorbs a shoulder tackle. Orton follows Styles into the ropes and stuns him with an elbow before hitting a clothesline over the top rope. Orton poses on the turnbuckles.

-Commercial Break-

We return from the break to see Orton hitting the classic 10 punches in the corner. Orton levels Styles with an uppercut. The crowd is super into Orton tonight. Styles slides out of Orton’s grip and dropkicks him. Styles follows up with a sliding forearm, so Orton slides out of the ring to recover. Styles gets on the apron and hits a sliding knee to Orton at ringside. Orton holds himself up against the Prime Energy Hydration Station. Styles approaches Orton, but Orton kicks him and hits a back suplex onto the barricade. Orton hooks Styles’ head and goes for a hanging DDT on the floor, but Styles fights out. Styles leaps onto the commentary table and jumps at Orton, but Orton catches him and hits a back suplex on the apron. Orton then slams him with a back suplex onto the commentary table. The crowd chants, “One more time!” Orton obliges and gives the Phenomenal One another back suplex onto the commentary table. Orton bows to the crowd, and they LOUDLY applaud.

Orton gets Styles in the ring, and a loud “Randy” chant picks up. Styles hits a flapjack into the turnbuckles and starts to attack the leg with chop blocks. Orton rolls out of the ring, limping. The referee checks on Orton at ringside. Styles gets out on the opposite side of the ring and runs around the ringside area to drop the Viper with a massive chop block. Orton goes down in pain.

-Commercial Break-

Back from the final break of the evening, Styles is attacking the injured knee of Orton. Styles leaps off the bottom rope to attack the injured limb a few times. Orton is groaning in pain. Styles climbs the ropes one time too many, and Orton takes advantage by booting him over the top rope. Styles hits the floor hard. Styles pulls himself to the apron at the count of six. Orton kicks Styles as he gets in the ring. Styles gets out of a hanging DDT and tries for a Calf Crusher, but Orton fights out and boots the chest. Orton hits a pair of lariats. Styles hits the ropes, so Orton goes for a snap powerslam, but no one is there. Styles rolls Orton up for a two-count.

Orton knocks Styles to the apron with an uppercut. Orton takes a few moments to concentrate on his injured knee. Orton grabs Styles on the apron, but Styles counters with a dragon screw on the ropes. Orton writhes in pain on the mat. Orton gets to his feet and is hobbling. Styles goes for a Phenomenal Forearm, but Orton smacks the legs out from under him. Styles crashes and burns on the mat. Orton grabs him in the corner, but Styles counters into a Calf Crusher. The crowd chants, “Randy,” to try to muster the veteran on. Styles cinches it in, so Orton applies a chin lock to squeeze out of the submission. Orton catches him with a snap powerslam for a near fall.

Orton gets to his feet and puts Styles on the top rope. Orton sets up for a superplex, but Styles slides through the legs and sweeps the feet. Styles goes to the apron, but Orton quickly hooks the head and hits a hanging DDT. Both men are down. Orton soon gets to his feet and drops down to stalk Styles. Orton goes for an RKO, but Styles pushes him off. Styles charges him in the corner, but Orton drops him on the apron. Styles knocks Orton back and connects with the Phenomenal Forearm! 1… 2… Orton grabs the bottom rope to break the pin! Styles cannot believe it. Styles grabs Orton and pulls him to the center of the ring. Styles sets up for a Styles Clash, but Orton drops him with an RKO for the win!

Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton

Randy Orton advances in the King of the Ring Tournament. Orton will face Carmelo Hayes next week.

Quick Match Results

— QOTR First Round Match: Nia Jax def. Naomi
— KOTR First Round Match: Carmelo Hayes def. Baron Corbin
— QOTR First Round Match: WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Jade Cargill def. Piper Niven
— QOTR First Round Match: WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Bianca Belair def. Candice LeRae
— KOTR First Round Match: Tama Tonga def. Angelo Dawkins
— KOTR First Round Match: Randy Orton def. AJ Styles

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