The SmackDown recap and reactions for March 31, 2023, showed the WWE universe that wrestlers are prepared to give it their all in WrestleMania 39. The Cody Rhodes-Roman Reigns promos were the highlights of the show, with Rhodes rapping “California Love” before shooting on Reigns. The two stared each other down, and fans can’t wait for their fight in the ring.
The Usos, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn’s promo laid the groundwork for their WrestleMania 39 tag team championship match. Owens expressed his conflicted feelings towards the Usos as they did Reigns’ bidding while the Usos spoke of the importance of family in their pursuit of the championship. Zayn stirred the pot with a line about loyalty, and Jey’s reaction hinted at some future trouble for the Bloodline.
The show also featured preview matches for the WrestleMania 39 Fatal 4-Way men’s and women’s tag team championships, with Montez Ford, Ricochet, Chad Gable, and Erik displaying a fun and exciting match. Raquel Rodriguez, Natalya, Shayna Baszler, and Sonya Deville’s match, however, failed to impress the audience.
Despite the short-sightedness of not focusing on Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley, SmackDown’s go-home show for WrestleMania 39 gets a solid B grade. With emotions running high and tensions escalating, it’s clear that WWE’s biggest event is going to be one for the books.