WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23: Apollo Crews retains Intercontinental title after high intensity clash with Kevin Owens

WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23: Apollo Crews retains Intercontinental title after high intensity clash with Kevin Owens
WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23: Apollo Crews retains Intercontinental title after high intensity clash with Kevin Owens

WWE SmackDown – SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23 – Intercontinental Championship Match: Kevin Owens vs. Apollo Crews: In the wake of his controversial victory over Big E at WrestleMania, new Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews put up his title on the line tonight with the menacing Commander Azeez in his corner and true to his word Crews retain his title by defeating Kevin Owens on WWE SmackDown

WWE SmackDown – SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23 – Apollo Crews def. Kevin Owens in Intercontinental Championship Match

Apollo Crews was incensed to have to defend his Intercontinental Championship in such short order, but Kevin Owens was happy to jump to the front of the line for the opportunity. The presence of Sami Zayn and Commander Azeez made for a chaotic clash, but Owens nearly overcame the champion with a thunderous Pop-up Powerbomb. After a Splash, KO dragged Crews back into the ring, but the towering shadow of Azeez on the ropes allowed the titleholder to grab a roll-up win. Owens hit one Stunner, but a Nigerian Nail from Commander Azeez left the challenger down for the count – Apollo Crews def. Kevin Owens in Intercontinental Championship Match

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WWE SmackDown – SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23: The Mysterios vs. Alpha Academy
The rivalry between The Mysterios and Alpha Academy continued Friday, with the heels looking to extend their winning streak in duos action against the father and son tandem.
They found success early and often as Chad Gable and Otis wore down Dominik Mysterio, cutting him off from his corner and overwhelming him with their power and technical wrestling advantage. The rookie competitor fought back, created separation and tagged Rey into the match.

The arrival of the future Hall of Famer sparked a comeback for the babyfaces. Dominik stunned Gable with a sliding sunset flip powerbomb that drove the former Olympian into the guardrail. With Otis subdued at ringside after Dominik rammed him into the commentary table, Rey scaled the ropes and delivered a splash to Gable for the win. Result – The Mysterios defeated Alpha Academy

WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23: Cesaro & Daniel Bryan def. Jey Uso & Seth Rollins –

After the quartet of blue brand Superstars engaged in a war of words to open SmackDown, Cesaro & Daniel Bryan teamed up to fight off the bad intentions of Jey Uso & Seth Rollins in an epic encounter. Uso & Rollins teamed up for a crushing Buckle Bomb and Splash that nearly won the match, but when the going got tough, The SmackDown Savior headed for the hills. Bryan followed up with a Running Knee for the win, and Cesaro added a spin of Uso for good measure, as the victorious tandem mocked Roman Reigns with his cousin as bait – Cesaro & Daniel Bryan def. Jey Uso & Seth Rollins

WWE SmackDown – SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23 – Tamina def. Nia Jax

The Irresistible Force met the impenetrable Tamina, as their WrestleMania rivalry carried over onto the blue brand. The two Superstars traded punishing attacks early, and a distraction from Reginald and Shayna Baszler on the outside opened the door for a Superkick and a massive win for Tamina – Tamina def. Nia Jax

WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23 – Rey & Dominik Mysterio def. Otis & Chad Gable

A pair of the blue brand’s top tandems looked to make a statement in the SmackDown Tag Team Title landscape when The Mysterios met Otis & Chad Gable. The bruising precision of The Alpha Academy was on display, but a timely tag of The Master of the 619 got The Mysterios flying. A 619 and a sky-scraping Splash from Rey Mysterio secured a hard-fought victory for the father-son duo.

WWE SmackDown – SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23 – Roman Reigns laid down a high-stakes challenge

Cesaro has been knocking for a Universal Title opportunity, but The Head of the Table makes his own rules. Roman Reigns presented Daniel Bryan with a title opportunity for next week but with one massive catch: A loss for Bryan would banish him from SmackDown forever.

WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23 – Roman Reigns laid down a high-stakes challenge for Daniel Bryan, Apollo Crews def. Kevin Owens in Intercontinental Championship Match, Rey & Dominik Mysterio def. Otis & Chad Gable, Tamina def. Nia Jax, Cesaro & Daniel Bryan def. Jey Uso & Seth Rollins, The Mysterios defeated Alpha Academy,

WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights April 23: Apollo Crews retains Intercontinental title after high intensity clash with Kevin Owens