WWE SmackDown Results 5/10 - Six King & Queen Of The Ring First Round Matches, Cody Rhodes Speaks

Welcome to Wrestling Inc.'s results for "WWE SmackDown" on May 10, 2024, coming to you live from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania!

Three women will become one step closer to securing their spot in the final of the Queen Of The Ring Tournament at WWE King & Queen Of The Ring on May 25 as one half of the reigning Women's Tag Team Champions Jade Cargill collides with Piper Niven while her tag team partner and the other half of the titleholders Bianca Belair goes head-to-head with Candice LeRae and their ally Naomi takes on Nia Jax in a trio of first round matches. Lyra Valkyria, Zoey Stark, and Damage CTRL's IYO SKY all advanced to the quarterfinals this past Monday on "WWE Raw" by defeating Dakota Kai, Ivy Nile, and Natalya respectively.


Meanwhile, in the King Of The Ring Tournament, Ilja Dragunov beat Ricochet in a first round match to secure their spot in the quarterfinals on Monday's "Raw", while Jey Uso defeated Judgment Day's Finn Balor and GUNTHER beat Sheamus. Tonight, three more men will advance as Tama Tonga of The Bloodline goes one-on-one with one half of The Street Profits Angelo Dawkins, Carmelo Hayes squares off with Baron Corbin, and AJ Styles faces Randy Orton.

Additionally, Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes has something on his mind to share after he successfully retained his title against the aforementioned Styles at WWE Backlash this past Saturday.

We are live! The show kicks off with a video recapping the events of Backlash.


Wade Barrett and Corey Graves then greet audiences at home as Nick Aldis is waiting in the ring.

Cody Rhodes Finds Out His King & Queen Of The Ring Challenger

Aldis greets audiences at home and introduces Cody Rhodes, who makes his way down to the ring.

Aldis congratulates Rhodes on successfully retaining his Undisputed WWE Championship against AJ Styles at Backlash, then says they must turn their attention to King & Queen Of The Ring. He says he knows Rhodes wants to be a fighting champion and defend his title against the best, then says he invited Rhodes to the ring to reveal who his next challenger will be.


Logan Paul's music hits, and he makes his way down to the ring. Rhodes then knows what Paul wants to talk about, and Paul says "The Logan Paul-Levesque Era" will be kicked off when he and Rhodes face off in the main event of King & Queen Of The Ring in a champion vs. champion match. Rhodes says he likes the idea of a champion vs. champion match, but Paul cuts him off and says facts don't lie. He claims his reign with the United States as the longest championship reign of all time, says he's WWE's greatest attraction, says he had the greatest rookie year of all time, and says he's the , and says he's a superstar. He says Rhodes may have won the 2023 Men's Royal Rumble, but all anyone remembers is him and Ricochet colliding with one another off the top rope.


Paul continues talking up being the talk of everything, and says he's the rocket fuel for the spaceship of WWE. He asks how Rhodes can finish the story when it's not even his story, and says he wants to talk to Rhodes about knocking him out, pinning him on his PRIME Energy Drink logo, and walking out of King & Queen Of The Ring as Undisputed WWE Champion.

Rhodes says a lot of people standing across from Paul assume he's a dumbass. He says he won't call Paul a podcaster, YouTuber, influencer, or outsider. He says he's gotten a sense of who Paul is, and rattles off a few of Paul's accomplishments. He says he would be a WWE Grand Slam Champion if he won the United States Championship from Paul, then says Paul is delusional and self-centered. He says Paul can't make it through a match without using brass knuckles, and he will find out where he stands at King & Queen Of The Ring. Both men then hold up their titles and stare one another down.

Naomi then makes her way down to the ring. Nia Jax follows.

Nia Jax vs. Naomi in a Queen Of The Ring First Round Match

The bell rings and Jax and Naomi each take a shot at one another. Jax runs over Naomi, then sends her head crashing into the mat and lands a splash on her in the corner. She dumps Naomi across the ring and delivers a second splash to her in the opposite corner, then delivers an elbow drop and lands a kick on her spine. Naomi sends Jax crashing into the middle turnbuckle, then lands a kick on her thigh. She sends her crashing into the ring post shoulder first, then flies to level her on the outside. She fires off strikes, but Jax responds with a Samoan Drop.


Back from the break, Naomi fires off a few forearms on Jax. Jax levels her with a headbutt and lands a second one to Naomi on the apron that sends her crashing to the outside. Naomi delivers a jawbreaker to Jax using the top rope and looks to land a Sunset Flip, but Jax blocks her. She looks to land a senton, but Naomi moves out of the way.

Naomi fires off more forearms on Jax, then connects with a back elbow and a springboard enzuigiri. She then delivers a kick to Jax's head from the apron and sends her face bouncing off the middle rope, and follows it up with a split legged moonsault. She goes for a pin, but Jax kicks out.

Naomi delivers a forearm to Jax in the corner and sits her on the top rope, then joins her up there. Jax lands a pair of headbutts on Naomi, then looks to powerbomb her from the middle rope. Naomi counters into a hurricanrana and goes for a pin, but Jax kicks out. Naomi then catches Jax with a pair of superkicks and looks for a third kick, but Jax counters into a powerbomb and a leg drop. She follows it up with the An-Nia-Lator for the win.


Winner: Nia Jax

We then head backstage and see Baron Corbin get into a verbal exchange with Carmelo Hayes ahead of their King Of The Ring First Round Match as the former talks to Byron Saxton.

Back from the break, Baron Corbin makes his way down to the ring. Carmelo Hayes follows.

Carmelo Hayes vs. Baron Corbin in a King Of The Ring First Round Match

The bell rings and the two waste no time going back and forth. Hayes delivers a dropkick to Corbin's leg and delivers a second kick, but Corbin delivers a pair of right hands to Hayes and follows it up with a back elbow before he lands a Michinoku Driver.


Back from the break, Corbin and Hayes teeter on the middle rope. Hayes escapes and pulls Corbin down, then delivers a springboard clothesline and sends him crashing into the mat with a facebuster. Corbin lands a Death Valley Driver on Hayes, then follows it up with a Brainbuster and The First 48 off the middle rope. He then delivers a running knee and ascends to the top. He looks to fly, but Corbin moves out of the way and sends Hayes crashing into the top turnbuckle. He hits a lariat and a Sliced Bread-cutter combination, but Hayes manages to roll Corbin up for the win.

Winner: Carmelo Hayes

We then head backstage to Kayla Braxton chatting with Bayley about the Queen Of The Ring Tournament. Chelsea Green and Piper Niven interrupt, and Green begins running her mouth.


Back from the break, Randy Orton stands by with Byron Saxton to send a message to Tama Tonga. He puts him on notice and tells him that despite being on opposite sides of the bracket, he has no doubt their paths will cross.

Back at ringside, Jade Cargill makes her way down. Piper Niven and Chelsea Green follow.

Jade Cargill vs. Piper Niven (w/ Chelsea Green) in a Queen Of The Ring First Round Match

The bell rings and the two lock up. They get in each other's faces before Cargill looks to land a shoulder tackle. Niven blocks it and looks to land a shoulder tackle of her own, but Cargill stays standing on her feet. Cargill lands a shoulder tackle that levels Niven, but Niven responds with a back elbow. Cargill hits a superkick on Niven, then looks to land a splash in the corner. Niven catches her and levels her, then hits a senton and goes for a pin. Cargill kicks out.


Niven jams her knee into Cargill's neck, and Green lands an open palm strike on her while the referee is distracted. Niven then delivers a bodyslam and a clothesline, but Cargill responds with a series of forearms on Niven. Niven runs the ropes, but Cargill levels her with a Blue Thunder Bomb.

Cargill hits a pair of splashes on Niven in the corner, then levels Green and sets up for Jaded on Niven. Niven prevents her from hitting it and delivers a cannonball to Cargill in the corner. She goes for a pin, but Cargill kicks out. Niven ascends to the middle rope, but Cargill pulls her down and delivers a pump kick. She then connects with Jaded for the win.

Winner: Jade Cargill

Bianca Belair then makes her way down to the ring. Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell follow.


Bianca Belair vs. Candice LeRae in a Queen Of The Ring First Round Match

The bell rings and Belair lands a shoulder tackle on LeRae. LeRae responds with a boot to Belair, but Belair gets LeRae up. LeRae then sends Belair crashing to the outside, but Belair sends LeRae crashing into the barricade. She gets her back in the ring and follows, but Hartwell trips her on the way inside.


Belair sends LeRae crashing into the mat with a delayed vertical suplex, then rains down right hands on her in the corner. Belair looks for a moonsault off the ropes, but lands awkwardly. LeRae then begins targeting Belair's knee and lands a kick on it, but Belair catches her with a Fallaway Slam and sets up for a second delayed vertical suplex. LeRae escapes and continues targeting Belair's knee, then delivers a step-up senton. She looks to fly off the ropes, but Belair catches her and plants her with KOD for the win.

Winner: Bianca Belair

We then head backstage to The Bloodline's locker room. Paul Heyman approaches Solo Sikoa and asks for a moment alone with him, and the two find themselves involved in a tense verbal exchange regarding Roman Reigns and The Bloodline being a third round WWE Draft pick. Sikoa says he's talked to Reigns, and says until he comes back, he's calling the shots. He tells Heyman that he's now his "Wise Man" instead of Reigns and hugs him.


Back at ringside, The Street Profits make their way down to the ring. The Bloodline follows.

Tama Tonga (w/ The Bloodline) vs. Angelo Dawkins (w/ Montez Ford) in a King Of The Ring First Round Match

The bell rings and Tama wastes no time. He fires off kicks on Dawkins, then lands a splash on him in the corner. Tama then fires off right hands on Dawkins' midsection, but Dawkins levels Tama with a series of clotheslines and a back elbow. Dawkins then connects with a shoulder pounce that sends Tama to the outside. Sikoa hops up on the apron, but Dawkins clocks him and Ford flies to level him and Tanga Loa on the outside.


Back in the ring, Dawkins lands a sit-out powerbomb on Tama. On the outside, Sikoa lands the Samoan Spike on Ford as Loa holds him in place. Dawkins takes notice, allowing Tama to take advantage and land his finisher on Dawkins for the win.

Winner: Tama Tonga

After the match, Sikoa lands a Samoan Spike on Dawkins.

AJ Styles then makes his way down to the ring. Randy Orton follows.

AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton in a King Of The Ring First Round Match

The bell rings and the two lock up. Styles looks to land a shoulder tackle, but Orton lands a back elbow and clotheslines Styles out of the ring.

Back from the break, Orton rains down right hands on Styles in the corner. He connects with an uppercut, but Styles responds with a sliding forearm. The pair end up on the outside, and Styles delivers a sliding knee to Orton from the apron. Orton sends Styles crashing into the ring barricade face first and sets him up for a hanging DDT from the barricade. Styles prevents it and looks to land a Phenomenal Forearm from off the announce desk, but Orton sees him coming. He sends Styles crashing into the ring apron spine first before sending him crashing into the announce desk twice spine first.


Orton gets Styles back inside the ring, but Styles delivers a dropkick to the back of Orton's knee and follows it up with a chop block. The pair end up back on the outside, and Styles delivers a running chop block to Orton.

Back from another break, Styles is sent crashing out of the ring. Orton sets up for a hanging DDT, but Styles escapes. Orton then delivers a boot to Styles' chest, then follows it up with a pair of clotheslines. Styles rolls him up, but Orton kicks out. Styles sends Orton's injured knee bouncing off the middle rope, then sets up for the Phenomenal Forearm. Orton trips Styles and locks in the Calf Crusher.

Orton escapes by locking in a rear chinlock, but Styles quickly escapes. Orton then connects with a scoop powerslam and the pair end up on the top rope. Styles escapes and pulls Orton down, but Orton hits a hanging DDT on Styles. Styles connects with the Phenomenal Forearm and goes for a pin, but Orton grabs the bottom rope to break the fall. Orton then lands the RKO for the win.


Winner: Randy Orton