WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Karrion Kross and Scarlett make surprise return, stare down Roman Reigns

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WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades, Karrion Kross, Scarlett, surprise return

Karrion Kross has inserted himself into the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre ahead of Clash at the Castle. Kross (formerly Killer Kross) and Scarlett (formerly Scarlett Bordeaux) made their returns to the promotion on Fridays episode of WWE SmackDown.

McIntyre earned the right to challenge Reigns after defeating Sheamus in a well-received "Irish Donnybrook" match on last weeks episode of SmackDown. McIntyre was ready to take the fight to The Bloodline before an unprovoked attack by the Kross.

Elsewhere on SmackDown, Shayna Baszler was crowned No. 1 contender for Liv Morgans SmackDown womens championship. The two will collide at Clash at the Castle. Plus, Shinsuke Nakamura earned himself a shot at Gunthers intercontinental championship next week after putting down Kaiser Ludwig.

Undisputed WWE universal champion Reigns, flanked by The Usos, closed out SmackDown by addressing his impending title defense at Clash at the Castle. McIntyre interrupted The Bloodline and offered to put a whooping on the entire collective. 

Suddenly, the screen turned black-and-white. An unfamiliar theme song echoed through the arena as a mysterious woman stood at the entrance ramp. McIntyre, distracted by the woman, was unprepared for an attack from behind. Kross emerged and made short work of McIntyre before turning his attention to The Bloodline. SmackDown ended with a close-up of Kross doomsday clock ticking in the ring.

Kross and Scarlett were among Triple Hs most promising projects during their NXT run in 2020 and 2021. Kross became a two-time NXT champion before being called up to the main roster. Kross and Scarlett were split-up when Kross made his main roster debut in July 2021, losing his Raw debut to Jeff Hardy. Kross was also repackaged with a new, much-maligned wardrobe. The pair were then  released by WWE in November 2021. Their return to WWE comes just two weeks after Vince McMahon retired as chairman and CEO amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. Triple H has since taken a greater lead on creative duties.

What a surprise to close out SmackDown. Your mileage will vary on Kross, but this writer has high expectations. Kross and Scarlett had one of the best presentations during their NXT run. In an industry full of physically talented athletes, a memorable presentation goes a long way. The duos apocalyptic depiction and Kross hard-hitting offense were a high point of NXT during their tenure. There was an expectation the duo could return under Triple Hs creative leadership, but few predicted it would happen so soon. Fresh faces, particularly in the traditionally barren main event scene, are always welcome. More than anything, it will be exciting to see how Kross and Scarlett fair on the main roster with a creative direction truer to their NXT run.  Grade: A

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