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Drew McIntyre vs LA Knight Ends in Chaos, Randy Orton Stands Tall, Dakota Kai Injured & More: WWE SmackDown 02/23 Results & Recap

Published 02/23/2024, 8:19 AM EST

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The WWE SmackDown show for 23 February took place from the Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah at 8/7 PM Central. Since the team is out for The Elimination Chamber Show, this week’s show was pre-recorded. This week’s SmackDown was a go-home show before the Elimination Chamber PLE from Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia.

Liv Morgan vs Tiffany Stratton

Following the altercation at this week’s episode of Raw, the tension between all six women is at an all-time high. This opportunity will provide both Stratton and Morgan a chance to prove who has the upper hand ahead of the Elimination Chamber. Bianca Belair was present there to watch the match.

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However, as soon as the bell rang, Straton got out of the ring stating that she needed to get going for the Elimination Chamber. Morgan got a hold of her and brought her into the ring and the match resumed. Straton proved to be a tough competition for Morgan. They both went out of the ring once again and Straton slapped Belair. Following this, they both entered the ring once again and Straton secured the win.

Winner: Tiffany Stratton

Bron Breakker’s SmackDown debut

Breaker went head-on against NXT star Dante Chen who happens to be the first WWE star from Singapore. Breaker did not give Chen much time to think and brutally pinned him to secure his victory.

Winner: Bron Breakker

The Judgment Day vs British Strong Style

Dominik Mysterio and JD McDonagh were representing one of the most despised heel stable of Monday Night Raw. The two went head-on against Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate ahead of the latter’s match at the Elimination Chamber against Damian Priest and Finn Balor for the Undisputed Tag Team Championship titles. The bell rang and McDonagh started against Bate. The one-half of British Strong Style showed with his athleticism why they deserved a spot for the EC. The most devastating moment was something that happened when Mysterio and Dunne were in the ring. Dunne made sure to break every bone in Mysterio’s body which even made Bate a bit concerned. But Mysterio was able to shake the two off.

The Judgment Day members were able to get the upper hand but Dunne was unhinged tonight. The British Star did not hesitate when it came to destroying his opponents. But at the end of the day, it was JD McDonagh’s time to shine. He did justice to the amount of screen time that was given to him. The match was barely in any one team’s favor as both the teams have faced similar damage. At the end, Bate pinned McDonagh to secure the win.

Winner: The British Strong Style

Bobby Lashley vs Karrion Kross

As the feud between the two has been getting heated day by day, Street Profits who will be representing the Almighty, and the Authors of Pain who will be representing Kross dueled in a tag team match tonight. While the Street Profits were going strong with their athleticism, they were no match to the AOP’s pure brute force. But still, they were able to get an upper hand, until the Authors of Pain reminded them what their name stands for. The match quickly took a brutal turn and the AOP secured the win tonight.

Winner: Karrion Kross and the Authors of Pain

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LA Knight vs Drew McIntyre

The Defiant One faces off against the Scottish Warrior just a day before their clash at the Elimination Chamber. McIntyre who has turned heel has resorted to some unethical ways lately so that he could secure a spot at WrestleMania 40. However, they were interrupted by Logan Paul even before the bell rang. Turns out, that Paul wanted to join the commentary table tonight. The bell rang and the two locked horns. However, Paul decided to taunt McIntyre which distracted him and Knight threw McIntyre out of the ring.

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But all eyes were on the commentary table when out of the blue, Kevin Owens decided to join the table. However, things took a quick turn when McIntyre threw LA Knight on Kevin Owens. What followed was Kevin Owens joining the two in the ring. He was then joined by Logan Paul and eventually Bobby Lashley. However, amidst all the chaos, only Drew McIntyre was able to stand. But he was at the receiving end of an RKO by Randy Orton, hinting that these two might be the final men standing at the Elimination Chamber.

What was your favorite moment from tonight?

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Himangshu Sinha is a WWE reporter at EssentiallySports who is a beast at keeping up with the latest in the wrestling world. He enjoys covering the lives of wrestlers, often poring over interviews, podcasts, and overlooked details to back his writing. While he maintains a respect for Gunther, LA Knight, and The Tribal Chief, in his mind, no one can beat one of AEW’s Best Friends, Orange Cassidy.
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Anuj Jacob