WWE SmackDown Results, Winners And Grades With Stratton Vs. Belair (2024)

WWE SmackDown advertised quarterfinal action from the King and Queen of the Ring tournament including Bianca Belair vs. Tiffany Stratton, Jade Cargill vs. Nia Jax, Tama Tonga vs. LA Knight and Randy Orton vs. Carmelo Hayes. SmackDown also advertised a contract signing between Cody Rhodes and No. 1 Contender Logan Paul.

Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown garnered 2.128 million viewers, the lowest viewership of 2024.

WWE SmackDown Results | May 17, 2024

  • Bianca Belair def. Tiffany Stratton | Queen of the Ring Quarterfinal
  • Tama Tonga def. LA Knight | King of the Ring Quarterfinal
  • Nia Jax def. Jade Cargill by DQ | Queen of the Ring Quarterfinal
  • DIY def. Legado Del Fantasma
  • Randy Orton def. Carmelo Hayes | King of the Ring Quarterfinal

WWE SmackDown Ratings

  • May 10, 2024 | 2.128 million
  • May 3, 2024 | 2.148 million
  • April 26, 2024 | 2.14 million
  • April 19, 2024 | 2.3 million
  • April 12, 2024 | 2.4 million

WWE SmackDown Ticket Sales

  • WWE SmackDown Venue: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • WWE SmackDown Tickets Distributed: 9,880
  • Available Tickets: 256


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WWE SmackDown Winners And Grades

Bianca Belair Def. Tiffany Stratton

Amid a week of social media controversy involving Tiffany Stratton, and even Bianca Belair, there were simultaneous chants of “EST” and “Tiffy Time.

WWE talked up Bianca Belair’s knee injury from last week, which immediately signaled this could be the out for babyface Belair to lose to Stratton in what would be the biggest win of Stratton’s career. More importantly, a Stratton win protects the likely WrestleMania main event of Jade Cargill vs. Bianca Belair.

Belair let out an excruciating scream after a blow to the leg as her left knee injury quickly became the story of this match.

Stratton and Belair seemed to be no two entirely different pages during some points, but they overcame a few miscues to have a pretty good match.

There was a great nearfall, that probably should have been a three, and the Tiffany supporters were furious.

Bianca Belair won this match with a one-legged KOD. Stratton and Bianca received much-deserved “this is awesome” chants.

Tiffany Stratton vs. Bianca Belair Grade: B+

Tama Tonga Def. LA Knight

Backstage, and prior to his match against LA Knight, Tama Tonga let out what Wade Barrett described as “guttural, animalistic growls.”

LA Knight was massively over, but fans also chanted “we want Roman.” Fans continued to chant “we want Roman” coming out of the break when Tonga took control.

Tonga is now being referred to as “The Butcher of the Bloodline,” which is a great nickname.

Fans chanted “BFT” as LA Knight got back into this match. After a brief distraction from Solo, Tama Tonga won the match with a Lie Detecter and fans were shocked.

Tama Tonga vs. LA Knight Grade: B-

Cody Rhodes Vs. Logan Paul Contract Signing

There was an interesting exchange between Logan Paul and LA Knight, that hinted toward a future match. I continue to have a fleeting feeling that there will be a non-finish if Paul vs. Rhodes is, indeed, Title for Title. This would set up LA Knight to win the United States Championship.

Logan Paul walked out flanked by his entourage, including his lawyer who beared a striking resemblance to Vince McMahon.

Cody Rhodes—the most over man on this show—mentioned how much he loves Jacksonville, for obvious reasons. Cody also acknowledged the 32-year anniversary of one of the greatest WarGames matches of all time.

Logan Paul’s lawyer, Jim Gillery, finessed the contract to where this won’t, in fact, be a Title vs. Title match but rather only Cody Rhodes’ WWE Undisputed Championship will be on the line.

Cody Rhodes referenced the Mike Tyson-Jake Paul fight, saying in “eight days,” a WWE Hall of Famer would knock out Jake Paul. The fight is on July 20, Rhodes meant eight weeks.

The segment ended with Cody Rhodes power-bombing “Broccoli Hair Guy” from Paul’s entourage through a table.

Cody Rhodes vs. Logan Paul Contract Signing Grade: B+

Nia Jax Def. Jade Cargill By DQ

The moment of this match came when Nia Jax went right up to Jade Cargill’s daughter and said “your mom sucks!”

Jax’s comment to Jade’s daughter led to Jade losing her cool, grabbing a chair and getting herself disqualified. Fans chanted “bulls—t,” which was silenced on the live broadcast.

I have no problem with Jade Cargill being ousted via DQ. Jade vs. Bianca will be the WrestleMania 41 main event, it’s too early to give it away next week with no build.

Nia Jax vs. Jade Cargill Grade: C

DIY Def. Legado Del Fantasma

A-Town Down Under were on commentary, and Grayson Waller accused DIY of “cosplaying as their bosses.

To continue to play up this feud, Waller referred to DIY as the guys who peaked in college. When asked if he went to college, he hilariously said they don’t have college in Australia yet, but they’re working on it.

Corey Graves continued to call Gargano the Mechanical Marvel, which was also a nod to Gargano cosplaying as X-Men’s Wolverine.

DIY won with Meet me in the Middle shortly after Elektra Lopez and Santos Escobar were yeeted from ringside by Jessika Carr.

After the match, both Barrett and Graves publicly addressed the QR codes.

Backstage, AJ Styles hinted at possible retirement amid back-to-back losses to Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton.

DIY vs. Legado del Fantasma Grade: B

Randy Orton Def. Carmelo Hayes

Carmelo Hayes had multiple segments with LA Knight backstage, including a scuffle after Hayes trolled Knight over a loss. I really like WWE booking WWE Superstars to have multiple feuds simultaneously, similar to the Attitude Era.

Orton autographed a little girl’s sleeve, only for her to leave him hanging when he went for a fist bump. Orton’s pre-match shenanigans continue to be GOAT GOAT ’d.

Randy Orton donned white tape over his left leg in a male version of the Bianca Belair situation.

There was a huge size disparity between Carmelo Hayes and Randy Orton. Hayes then disrespected Orton by slapping him in the back of the head, prompting chants of “you f—ed up!”

Unsurprisingly, Hayes got back into this match by going after Orton’s injured left knee.

Orton hit an athletic RKO to a mid air Hayes, setting up a potential upset loss to Tama Tonga and a Jey Uso vs. Tama Tonga King of the Ring final.

Randy Orton vs. Carmelo Hayes Grade: B+

WWE SmackDown Results, Winners And Grades With Stratton Vs. Belair (2024)


How much is Bianca Belair's salary? ›

Subsequent to her WWE contract renewal in August 2022, Bianca Belair experienced a significant salary boost, amounting to $550,000 annually, including a base salary of $150,000. This increased figure remained consistent in her 2023 contract.

How many times has Bianca Belair been champion? ›

She is signed to WWE, where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Bianca Belair and is one half of the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, along with Jade Cargill. She is a three-time women's singles champion, winning the SmackDown Women's Championship once and the (Raw) Women's Championship twice.

What does "est bianca belair" mean? ›

She uses the nickname The EST of WWE (or NXT during her time there), which she describes as being "the fastest, the strongest, the quickest, the roughest and the toughest – emphasis on the "est". She uses a torture rack into an argentine facebuster as her finisher, which she calls the K.O.D (Kiss of Death).

Who is the female wrestler with the long ponytail? ›

Bianca Belair has been a top star for the WWE women's division since winning the 2021 Royal Rumble and going on to defeat Sasha Banks in the second ever women's main event at a WrestleMania. The EST's long braid, which she's weaponized, has been a key part of her presentation throughout her WWE career to date.

What is the lowest salary in WWE? ›

While the top stars will likely be on much higher salaries, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that the minimum a WWE star earns in a year is $350,000 (£275,000). This figure has surprised many on social media, though there is a debate whether the amount is enough.

How much did Randy Orton make from WWE? ›

In August, The Mirror reported some of the highest WWE wages as these: Roman Reigns $5m per year; Randy Orton $5m per year; Seth Rollins $3.5m per year; Cody Rhodes $3m per year; Logan Paul $2m per year. These figures reportedly don't include bonuses.

Is that Bianca Belair's real hair? ›

Many fans have been asking, "Is Bianca Belair's hair real?" In an interview, Bianca revealed that her hair is real, and it takes her around three hours to wash and braid before a match. She sometimes uses her hair as a tool for opponents. Tuko.co.ke has shared an article about the best WWE divas.

Who has more championships than Ric Flair? ›

Most per championship
No.ChampionNo. of reigns
1John Cena13
3Ric Flair6
Hulk Hogan
6 more rows

Who is Roman Reigns' real wife? ›

Why does Bianca say "est"? ›

"I feel like I'm just the strongest, I'm the fastest. I'm the roughest, I'm the toughest, I'm the quickest, I'm the greatest. I'm just the best, and I realized all those things ended in 'est' and that's the way that I could simplify it."

What does the e stand for in WWE? ›

WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment, an American media company. #WWE is their handle on Twitter. Related words: TNA.

What was Bianca Belair doing before WWE? ›

Proclaiming to be the strongest, fastest, toughest and all-around best Superstar going, Belair has been an exceptional athlete her entire life. Before joining WWE, Belair earned All-SEC and All-American honors in track-and-field at the University of Tennessee.

Who was pretty boy in wrestling? ›

Larry Weil (June 26, 1951 – April 10, 2017) was an Irish-American professional wrestler, manager and trainer better known under his ring name, "Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe. Sharpe is perhaps most well known for creating the Monster Factory professional wrestling school.

Who is the queen in wrestling? ›

Nia Jax won the Queen of the Ring tournament last weekend in Saudi Arabia, and now she is lined up for a guaranteed championship match at SummerSlam.

Who was the red haired girl on WWE? ›

Eva Marie's bright red hair made her stand out from the rest of the female roster. Eva was a brunette, but upon getting signed by WWE they wanted her to switch up her look. They wanted her to dye her hair blonde, but Eva Marie wasn't sure if the color would be right for her.

How much is Naomi WWE salary? ›

Naomi`s Salary in WWE

According to reports from various media sources, the former two-time WWE SmackDown Women's Champion earns approximately $130,000.

How much is Roman Reigns paid? ›

Roman Reigns' Salary

Roman is one of the highest-paid WWE Superstars, who is just below Brock Lesnar & John Cena. He earns approximately $5 Million USD (41.69 Crore INR) annually as a salary. Apart from this, he also earns a marginal profit from Merchandise sales and other endorsem*nts.

How much does Nia Jax make a year? ›

As per various reports, Nia Jax draws an annual salary of at least $100,000 from WWE. This was the figure she earned before being released by WWE in 2021. Her current salary is not known to public. Also Read: Who all are in the family of Nia Jax?

What is Paul Heyman's salary? ›

Paul Heyman's Salary

Paul Heyman makes a pay of $2 million a year from the WWE as of March 2024. Heyman is probably the voice of one of the best attractions presently in the WWE, and he is paid generously to do things like this.

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