WWE SmackDown results, recap, ratings: Karrion Kross and Scarlett make a surprise return, stare at Roman Reigns

Karrion Kross has gotten into the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre before Clash at the Castle. Kross (formerly Killer Kross) and Scarlett (formerly Scarlett Bordeaux) returned to the promotion on Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown.

McIntyre earned the right to challenge Reigns after defeating Sheamus in a well-received “Irish Donnybrook” match on last week’s episode of SmackDown. McIntyre was ready to take the fight to The Bloodline before an unprovoked attack from Kross.

Elsewhere on SmackDown, Shayna Baszler was crowned number 1 contender for Liv Morgan’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. The two will collide in Clash at the Castle. Additionally, Shinsuke Nakamura earned a shot at Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship the next week after defeating Kaiser Ludwig.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.

Karrion Kross and Scarlett make a killer comeback

WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Reigns, flanked by The Usos, closed out SmackDown by addressing his impending title defense at Clash at the Castle. McIntyre interrupted The Bloodline and offered to yell at the entire collective.

Suddenly the screen turned black and white. An unknown theme song echoed through the arena as a mysterious woman stood on the entrance ramp. McIntyre, distracted by the woman, was unprepared for an attack from behind. Kross emerged and did brief work with McIntyre before turning his attention to The Bloodline. SmackDown ended with a close-up of Kross’ doomsday clock in the ring.

Kross and Scarlett were among Triple H’s most promising projects during his NXT run in 2020 and 2021. Kross became a two-time NXT Champion before being called up to the main roster. Kross and Scarlett parted ways when Kross made his main roster debut in July 2021, losing his Raw debut to Jeff Hardy. Kross was also repackaged in a new and highly criticized costume. The pair were then fired by WWE in November 2021. Their return to WWE comes just two weeks after Vince McMahon stepped down as chairman and CEO amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Since then, Triple H has taken a greater advantage in creative tasks.

What a surprise to close SmackDown. His mileage will vary at Kross, but this writer has high expectations. Kross and Scarlett had one of the best performances during their NXT career. In an industry filled with physically talented athletes, a memorable introduction goes a long way. The duo’s apocalyptic portrayal and Kross’ hard-hitting offense were a highlight of NXT during his tenure. There were expectations that the duo could return under the creative leadership of Triple H, but few predicted it would happen so soon. New faces, particularly in the traditionally sterile main event scene, are always welcome. More than anything, it will be exciting to see Kross and Scarlett participate in the main roster with creative direction more true to their NXT career. Grade A

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