WWE SmackDown Results From May 31, 2024

On WWE SmackDown, AJ Styles delivered an emotional promo reflecting on his two-decade-long career in professional wrestling and his desire to be a present father. What started as a heartfelt retirement speech quickly escalated into a brutal assault on WWE champion Cody Rhodes.

The evening began with SmackDown General Manager Nick Aldis informing Styles that after his loss to Rhodes at Backlash in an undisputed WWE title match, he would need to work his way back up the ranks. Unwilling to take the long road, Styles had other plans in mind. His retirement was hinted at throughout the show, with former rivals LA Knight and Cody Rhodes approaching him backstage to pay their respects. Accompanied by his longtime friends Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows of the O.C., Styles took to the ring to share his thoughts.

Reflecting on his 26 years in the wrestling industry, Styles spoke about his son’s recent high school graduation, which he had hosted a party for. This milestone in his personal life spurred his desire to be a phenomenal father more than a phenomenal wrestler.

Styles then called for Rhodes to join him in the ring, presenting it as a symbolic passing of the torch. However, this gesture was merely a ruse. Styles suddenly clotheslined Rhodes and launched a vicious attack. As WWE officials, including Aldis, tried to intervene, Anderson and Gallows acted as a barrier, preventing them from reaching Rhodes. Styles then intensified the assault, smashing Rhodes’ head into the ring post and finishing with a devastating Styles Clash off the steel steps onto the floor.

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED ON WWE SMACKDOWN:

  • The Bloodline (Tonga and Loa) def. Street Profits (Ford and Dawkins) via pinfall after Tonga hit Ford with a jumping reverse STO.
  • Nia Jax was coronated as Queen of the Ring.
  • Tommaso Ciampa def. Austin Theory via pinfall with a rollup.
  • LA Knight called out Logan Paul for a United States championship match.
  • Andrade def. Apollo Crews via pinfall with a butterfly rolling neckbreaker.
  • Chelsea Green and Piper Niven def. Bayley and Naomi via pinfall.

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