Roman Reigns’ return to SmackDown saw ratings increase ahead of The Bloodline’s clash at Money in the Bank.
The June 30th episode of SmackDown took place inside the O2 Arena in London, just one day ahead of Money in the Bank in the same venue. In the main event segment, Roman Reigns offered his cousins The Usos one final chance to reconcile and call off their Bloodline Civil War match at the PLE. When The Usos refused to fall in line, a brawl broke out between all four members of The Bloodline, with Solo Sikoa still loyal to Roman Reigns. Jey Uso would go on to hand Reigns his first pinfall defeat since 2019 at the PLE the next day.
According to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, the June 30th episode of SmackDown drew a total average viewership of 2,510,000 viewers with a 0.69 rating in the 18-49 year-old demographic. This is a marked increase over the previous week, which had an average viewership of 2,354,000 and a 0.61 rating in the key demographic.
In the opening match on the show, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn successfully defended their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship against Pretty Deadly. Zayn picked up the pinfall victory for his team after hitting a Helluva Kick on Kit Wilson.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Flair and Asuka faced off for the WWE Women’s Championship. Flair was victorious, but as her victory came as the result of a disqualification, Asuka retained the championship she won at Night of Champions. Following the bout, Bianca Belair, who was at ringside, laid out both women with KOD’s on the announce table.