WWE SmackDown (5/17/2024) Results: Cody Rhodes-Logan Paul Contract Signing, KOTR & QOTR Semi-Finals


On May 17, 2024, WWE hosted a new episode of Friday Night SmackDown from the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Fox.

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The show was headlined by Cody Rhodes & Logan Paul having a contract signing. The full results are listed below.

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WWE SmackDown (5/17/2024).

  • WWE King of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Tama Tonga vs. LA Knight
  • WWE King of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Carmelo Hayes vs. Randy Orton
  • WWE Queen of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Jade Cargill vs. Nia Jax
  • WWE Queen of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Bianca Belair vs. Tiffany Stratton
  • Logan Paul and Cody Rhodes contract signing

Live Coverage.

  • After a video recap of the opening stages of the SmackDown side of both the 2024 King of the Ring & Queen of The Ring tournaments, the commentary team of Corey Graves & Wade Barrett and ring announcer Alicia Taylor welcomed the audience to the broadcast before transitioning into the opening contest.
  • WWE Queen of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Bianca Belair def. Tiffany Stratton via Pinfall (Kiss of Death/ Burning Hammer).
    • Cathy Kelley interviewed Bianca Belair after the match. Belair admitted that her injured knee would be an issue, but declared nothing was stopping her from becoming Queen of The Ring.
  • WWE United States Champion Logan Paul made his way to Nick Aldis's office before LA Knight appeared from the office. Paul & Knight had a brief staredown before Aldis greeted Paul. Knight said that he would see Paul around.
  • Jade Cargill was interviewed backstage by Byron Saxton. Cargill named Jax "The Irresistible Force", but she was just on Cargill's way. Bianca Belair met with Cargill after the interview, saying that she would be fine if she had to face Cargill next week, but Cargill told Belair to take things one match at a time.
  • Solo Sikoa instructed Tama Tonga to head to the ring, and Tonga Loa followed Tama. Paul Heyman asked Sikoa if he had spoken to Roman Reigns, but Sikoa told him he always talks to Reigns.
  • LA Knight was interviewed by Cathy Kelley backstage, but Carmelo Hayes interrupted him to re-meet him again. After a verbal exchange between the two, Knight told him to leave him alone because he was going to work.
  • WWE King of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Tama Tonga (w/ Solo Sikoa, Tonga Loa & Paul Heyman) def. LA Knight via Pinfall (Flat-Liner).
  • Backstage, Carmelo Hayes was training before LA Knight confronted him for making him lose his focus. Referee Charles Robinson and producer Jamie Noble separated them.
  • Nick Aldis moderated the contract signing with Cody Rhodes and Logan Paul. Rhodes reflected on being a fan of wrestling when he watched the War Games Match between the Stinger Squadron and Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance because he had been a wrestling fan all his life, while Paul was a tourist and it was time to end the trip. Paul said he had heard that complaint towards him all his WWE career and was only here to sign a contract. Instead, Paul ripped the contract, excusing it by saying he never agreed to put his title on the line and presented a new contract to Rhodes and Aldis.
    Aldis was frustrated by this situation, but Rhodes told Aldis to calm down and he had it handled from here. Paul then demanded Rhodes to sign his contract and declared that Rhodes did not deserve the United States Title. Rhodes then refuted this by saying that Mike Tyson would knock out Jake Paul and that he would retain the WWE Title at WWE King & Queen of The Ring.
  • Cathy Kelley interviewed Nia Jax backstage, where Jax declared that Jade Cargill would not walk out as Queen of The Ring because she would win the tournament.
  • WWE Queen of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Nia Jax def. Jade Cargill via Disqualification.
    • Jax and Cargill continued to brawl after the match before an army of referees and producers separated them.
  • #DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommasso Ciampa) def. Legado del Fantasma (Berto Carrillo & Angel Garza) (w/ Santos Escobar & Elektra Lopez) via Pinfall (Meet In The Middle).
    • WWE Tag Team Champions A-Town Down Under (Austin Theory & Grayson Waller) were on the broadcast team for the match.
  • There was a video recap of WWE's Twitch Stream involving a therapist who seemingly went missing.
  • Byron Saxton interviewed AJ Styles backstage, where he reflected on his recent losses against Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes before saying that he would meet with Nick Aldis next week to see where to go from here.
  • Byron Saxton interviewed WWE Women's Champion Bayley backstage, but she was interrupted by Piper Niven and Chelsea Green. Green blamed Bayley for bringing bad vibes to Piper Niven and costing her her qualifier for the Queen of The Ring tournament, but Bayley she did not have time for their complaints and said that they should talk about it in the ring next week.
  • WWE King of the Ring - SmackDown Semi-Finals: Randy Orton def. Carmelo Hayes via Pinfall (RKO).
    • With this win, the SmackDown Finals and the Semi-Finals of the 2024 King of the Ring are now set, as Orton will face Tama Tonga in the SmackDown Finals while Jey Uso will face GUNTHER in the Raw Finals.
    • Cathy Kelley was going to interview Orton after the match, but The Bloodline (Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman) appeared on the ramp. Orton said that he would re-introduce himself to the world and promised to introduce his boot to Tama's ass and the RKO to Tama next week. Orton stood tall to end the broadcast.

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