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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (4/10/18)

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Champion #1 Contender’s Match: The Usos VS The New Day; Usos win and will face the Bludgeon Brothers for the titles at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
  • Naomi VS Natalya; Naomi wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte VS Carmella; Carmella wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion
  • WWE United States Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Rusev; Orton wins and will face Jinder Mahal for the title at Backlash.
  • AJ Styles VS Daniel Bryan; Bryan wins, by disqualification.

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SmackDown Commissioner, Shane McMahon, heads to the ring!

Shane O’Mac literally showed he had the guts to fight Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn at Wrestlemania. He and SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, were victorious to completely ban Kevin & Sami from the Blue Brand, and now he’s here to thank New Orleans for the support. Shane welcomes everyone to the show, and “first and foremost”, on behalf of the entire organization from the Hall of Fame to NXT and the main roster, he thanks the WWE Universe for being part of the greatest weekend and making Wrestlemania a huge success. The fans thank him back.

Shane has been fortuante to have a lot of great Wrestlemania moments, but this year’s was the best, because it had the return of Daniel Bryan! Fans agree with that. Shane had the privilege of teaming with Bryan, but also, because of Bryan’s passion and resolve, they won! Everyone can agree, Bryan was born for this business, and he is now a full-time WWE superstar! But because of that, Bryan has graciously resigned as SmackDown GM, and the Land of Opportunity opens the door to the new GM: PAIGE!

The Glampire had her own emotional retirement just last night on Raw, but now she’s here on SmackDown! She herself is born for this business, and now she’s running an entire show! When Paige gave her speech last night and walked tot he back for what could’ve been the last time, she was met by Shane. This means the world to her, and she thanks him for the opportunity. Fans cheer, “This is YOUR House!” for her, and she thanks them. But to business. The Superstar Shake-Up is coming, but that’s next week! As her first act as GM, Paige will make this night truly special for the WWE Universe. That brings us to Daniel Bryan! “YES! YES!” He hasn’t had a televised match in over three years, so who wants to see that tonight?! Everyone in New Orleans, that’s for sure. Therefore, Bryan will face… Who? Who who who?

Fans chant, “Rusev Day! Rusev Day!”, “AJ Styles! AJ Styles!” and Paige goes with Styles! Bryan takes on the WWE Champion in his first match back! What an incredible decision on her first night! Will Paige flip SmackDown upside-down? Will Daniel Bryan defeat a Phenomenal opponent his first night back to wrestling on television?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Champion #1 Contender’s Match: The Usos VS The New Day!

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While the Bludgeon Brothers bested both of these two great tag teams in their Wrestlemania Triple Threat, that was only the beginning of their post-apocalyptic reign. Will this match be another instant classic that leads one team to challenge Harper & Rowan in Saudi Arabia?

The bell rings and we begin with Woods and Jimmy. Woods punches Jimmy back then whips corner to corner, but Jimmy goes up and over. Things speed up and Jimmy runs woods over. Jimmy shoves Woods to a corner but Woods puts him on the apron. Jey tags in at that moment, and rocks Woods with a right hand. Each Uso backs up then hits Woods with a double kick combo in the corner. Cover, TWO, but Jey keeps his cool. He brings Woods up, whips but Woods dodges. Big E tags in, Woods whips Jey, then feeds Jey to Big E’s bearhug! Big E squeezes Jey then throws him overhead! Kofi is fired up for his team while Big E swivels. Woods comes in and somehow shovels Big E up, human weapon: Big E Splash!

Cover, TWO! Woods keeps on Jey in the corner, “Time to Turn Up!” The stomping stampede begins! Big E tags, stomps, Woods tags, stomps, back to Big E, stomps. Kofi makes it rain pancakes while Woods tags in, Big E whips him in for the dropkick. Jey spills out of the ring and Jimmy checks on his twin while we go picture-in-picture. Woods goes out to fetch Jey, then chops him back into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Woods keeps Jey down with double ax handles. Woods rocks Jey with a right, then another, but Jey throws hands of his own! Jey backs Woods down but Woods kicks him back into the New Day corner.

Big E tags in, Woods rams shoulders. Woods holds him for Big E’s running tackle. Big E then feeds Jey to Woods’ fireman’s carry and gutbuster, Big E covers, TWO. Big E keeps on Jey, bringing him up for the abdominal stretch. He swivels while stretching and bending Jey, but Jey fights out. Jey headbutts back, Big E staggers, but Big E shoves Jey back to shoulder him down on the rebound. Cover, TWO, but Big E just moves into the Big Splash! Cover again, TWO! Woods tags in, Big E positions Jey, and Woods hits a flying elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Woods keeps Jey down with a rear bearhug. Jey works his way up to his feet and gets to the ropes, but Woods moves him back into the New Day’s corner. Big E tags in and throws Jey with the belly2belly, cover, TWO!

Big E goes to the apron and starts up the “New! Day Rocks!” clap. He turns back to Jey and swivels, we go back to single picture while Big E jumps! But Jey moves, the Big Splash hits the apron edge! Big E crashes and burns while Jey crawls for his corner. Woods helps Big E up into the ring, then tags in, but so does Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Woods with uppercuts and a mule kick to uppercut. Big E returns but gets the dragon whip kick. Woods runs but Jimmy throws him out, to then FLY!

Down goes Big E, but Woods got in the ring. Jimmy hits him before he can jump, but then Woods boots Jimmy back. Honor R- Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!

Jimmy tags Jey, and the Usos both stalk Woods. Pop up but Woods counters with a DDT! Woods shoves Jimmy away, Big E SPEARS Jimmy through the ropes! Woods hurries to the corner, leg drop on Jey! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for both teams, dueling with chants. Woods stands up, glares down at Jey, then brings him up. Woods tears Jey’s shirt away, then throws body shots. He shouts for Jey to get up again, but Woods takes care of that for him and gives another body shot. He runs, but into Jey’s forearm. Jey runs, but into Woods’ forearm. Woods runs, but into another forearm from Jey! Jey runs again, but into the roaring elbow from Woods, to the stomach! Woods puts Jey on the ropes, then runs, but into a mule kick from Jey. Big E and Jimmy tag in, Jimmy gets the yurinagi backstabber! Cover, TWO!

Big E is shocked, but the fans are loving this. He brings those straps down and starts up the clap. He stalks Jimmy, tags in Woods, then lifts Jimmy, but Jey saves his brother. SUPERKICKS to Big E! Woods missile dropkick to Jey, but Jimmy rolls him up, TWO. Woods rolls Jimmy, TWO. They both run, SUPERKICK from Jimmy, then tag to Jey! Jey climbs up, USO SPLASH! Cover, Usos wins!

Winners: The Usos, Jey pinning; will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Greatest Royal Rumble

Another instant classic to be sure, and this was only to get back to the titles. When the Uso Penitentiary comes to Saudi Arabia, will they be able to get the SmackDown Tag Team Division #LockDown? Speaking of, here come the champions, Harper & Rowan! They simply stare the Usos down, hammers at the ready. Will the Bludgeon Brothers be the ones to finally break the Uso Penitentiary?

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Backstage interview with Naomi.

She was enjoying her Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal trophy, but Natalya had to get catty about how Naomi was “the disappointment of the night.” Neon is so 7th Grade, and Natty hopes Naomi gets shipped off to Raw. So then it’s Naomi’s last chance to beat up Natty? That’s not what Natty said. Stop whining, Natty, it’s “so 7th Grade”.

 

Naomi VS Natalya!

It’s #GlowTime for what might be the last time on SmackDown. But if it is, Naomi plans to go out big by giving one last loss to the Queen of Harts!

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The bell rings and the two circle and tie up. Natty gets the headlock takeover but Naomi puts on headscissors. Natty pops out and poses, but Naomi is bored of her. Naomi gets the headlock takeover but now Natty puts headscissors, so Naomi pops out and mocks the posing. Natty is “amused” so she slaps Naomi, then kicks and snapmares her. Natty runs, runs on Naomi, but runs into Naomi’s kick. Naomi whips but Natty reverses, only for Naomi to hit a flying headscissors! Naomi brings Natty up and sits her on the ropes, to then kick her in the back. She goes to the apron, and slingshots over for a leg drop! Natty gets clear, not giving Naomi a chance to cover. Naomi taunts Natty while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Natty has Naomi in the abdominal stretch. She hammers Naomi’s ribs, but fans rally for Naomi. Naomi fights out with a hip toss, but Natty throws her down by her hair. Natty poses and embraces the heat before bringing Naomi up. Natty snap suplexes Naomi, then kicks her while she’s down. She drags Naomi up by her hair to then put her back in the abdominal stretch, adding a leg to make it part Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Naomi endures and works her way out. She fights but Natty clubs her down. Fans duel while Naomi slips out of a back suplex, to then hit a wheelbarrow stunner! Naomi gets space from Natty while fans build to a rally. Natty is on Naomi first but Naomi kicks back! Naomi lights Natty up, scorpion kick, but Natty counters the springboard into the spinning sit-out powerbomb! TWO!

Natty gets up, and puts Naomi in the Sharpshooter, but Naomi pushes her away. Naomi stands up but Natty’s discus lariat takes her down. Cover, TWO, and Natty gets frustrated. She brings Naomi up again, but Naomi sips to the sunset flip. They both stand up, but Natty ducks the roundhouse to shove Naomi to a corner. Naomi puts her boots up, Natty deflects them, but Naomi comes back with the enziguri! Naomi then hops up, split leg moonsault! Cover, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

#GlowTime trumps Hart, as expected of the inaugural Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal winner! Will the glow continue to shine on SmackDown? Or will the Shake-Up send her to bring that light to Raw?

 

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Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

The King of Strong Style didn’t win the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania, and he didn’t accept it with humility. Instead, he fooled AJ Styles into a trap to give him a low blow and a Kinshasa! Now Renee Young asks on behalf of everyone, “Why would you tarnish your Dream Match?” Nakamura isn’t sure what came over him. Maybe he was too emotional? He’s very sorry for what he did, wink.

Nakamura is clearly being disingenuous, so what is the reason why he did it? “Sorry, no speak English.” Nakamura walks away from this interview, will he be able to walk away when AJ Styles finds him?

 

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring.

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The Queen is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and she did it by being the first woman to break The Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak! Charlotte says Asuka was the toughest challenge in her career, and she had to dig deeper than ever before. “And for that, I say, ‘Thank you.’” But the Queen left Wrestlemania still champion! She and Asuka left all of their energy and emotion in that arena. Wrestlemania aside, that was a special night, “it was magical.” So, who will she make magic with next? THE ICONIC DUO appears!

Billie Kay & Peyton Royce make their main roster debuts as they head down the ring. Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Peyton hears Charlotte wants to make magic. Well they know a couple of wizards! They’ll make the title disappear from around Charlotte’s waist. They introduce each other to everyone, and they admit Charlotte’s match was “good”. But it wasn’t Iconic. “Nobody wants to hear you yak-yak-yak away.” Peyton mocks Charlotte’s acceptance speech, thanking everyone from Charlotte’s Uber driver to air, “for letting me breathe.” But Billie wants Charlotte to stop talking about the past when they’re all looking at the future. Out with the old, in with the Iconic. Charlotte fights with Peyton & Billie but that’s 2v1! They get her robe, but she gets a takedown! Except Peyton saves Billie. Charlotte manages to throw Peyton out, but Billie hits her #ShadesofKay boot!

Now the Iconic Duo have control, and they drag Charlotte out of the ring to throw her over the announce desk!

But they’re not done there. They bring Charlotte back up to throw her back over the other way. Then they stomp and kick and club away on Charlotte before dragging her back up, to put her into a post! Charlotte is down and fans chant for “Carmella! Carmella!” Ms. Money in the Bank doesn’t appear yet, because the Iconic Duo isn’t done. They put Charlotte shoulder first into steel steps! Charlotte writhes in pain, but that’s still not enough for them. They say this is their division now, and lift Charlotte up for an ICONIC BOMB! Somehow that still isn’t enough, they drag the limp Charlotte into the ring, and leave her down in the very middle as they stand over her. With such a beat down, will this division be their’s soon enough?

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Here comes Carmella!

NOW Ms. MITB cashes in! She has a referee, she has her briefcase, but the referee takes some time to understand the situation. She shrieks for him to do it, but Charlotte is recovering. The announcement is made, Carmella has her match!

SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte VS Carmella!

The champ is barely on her feet, the bell rings, FABULOUS KICK!! Cover, Carmella wins!!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Princess of Staten Island dethrones the Queen! And she celebrates this incredible moment as she should. She should thank the Iconic Duo, but that’s besides the point, because the inaugural Ms. MITB is successful! Will Money ‘Mella go on to create even more FABULOUS history from here on out? And what will happen to the Queen now that she’s not on top?

 

WWE United States Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Rusev!

The Modern Day Maharaja took the title off the Viper at Wrestlemania in a Fatal 4 Way. Now it’ll take a match between the Viper, the GLORIOUS One and the Bulgarian Lion to decide who steps up to Jinder Mahal at the Greatest Royal Rumble!

Speaking of Jinder, he’s ringside to watch this up close and personal. Will he like what he sees? Or will he and Sunil Singh get a bit more involved than just spectating?

This match begins with picture in picture. All three contenders glare at Mahal as the bell rings, but then turn on each other. Specifically, Orton and Roode go after Rusev! They stomp a mudhole into him, then Roode turns on Orton. He gets Orton to a corner for chops, but Orton htis back. Roode boots Orton but Orton powers out of the headlock, only for Roode to run him over. They both run, Orton runs Roode over to then go after Rusev on the outside. Orton puts Rusev into barriers, then backs Aiden English down, before returning to Roode. HE stomps Roode then gives him European Uppercuts. Orton suplexes and hangs Roode up on the top rope, covers, TWO. He keeps on Roode with a chinlock, but Roode fights his way up to power Orton to a corner.

Roode throws in shoulders, then gives Orton a chop while we go single picture. Fans chant for Rusev while ROode whips Orton corner to corner. Orton comes out, dodges the lariat but Roode denies the RKO. Rusev returns and he rallies on Roode! Rusev stomps a mudhole into Roode, then drags him up for a corner to corner whip. Roode boots back, hops up and hits the blockbuster! Cover, but Orton breaks it. Orton throws Roode out, then stalks Rusev. He brings Rusev up but Rusev revives to roundhouse Orton down! Cover, TWO, and Orton gets out of the ring. Rusev pursues, passes by Mahal, and bumps Orton off the apron and the announce desk. Rusev goes to bump Orton again, but Orton reverses to back suplex Rusev onto the announce desk!

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Roode returns and chops Orton, then gets him back in the ring. Roode rallies, corner clothesline to neckbreaker. He then climbs up top while Orton staggers, for the flying clothesline! Roode fires up, and Mahal grins whiel Roode winds up… GLORIOUS Pose! Orton rolls out of the DDT, TWO, Orton starts rallying with clotheslines. He ducks Roode to then hit the powerslam. Roode rolls to the apron, Orton follows him over and pulls him out across the ropes. Roode dumps Orton out, Orton hotshots Roode back, but Rusev returns to back suplex Orton on the announce desk!

Rusev hurries back into the ring, stalks Roode, and with fans chanting “RUSEV DAY!”, he rallies with roundhouses. He barrels into Roode, hits the flying windmill kick, and then fires up with the fans again. Rusev stomps the mat, MACHKA KICK! But that’s not all! Rusev prepares to CRUSH! He stomps Roode, for the Accolade! Roode is in it deep, but Orton kicks Rusev and throws him into a post. Roode rolls Orton, TWO, RKO!! Orton covers, Orton wins!

Winner: Orton, by pinfall; faces Jinder Mahal at Backlash

The Viper only needs one to win, can he win the US Championship back in less than four weeks time?

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Backstage interview with Carmella.

The new Women’s Champion is beaming. What made tonight the right time? “When a Queen overstays her welcome, there’s always a Princess waiting to end her reign.” This Moon-Walking, Trash-Takling princess just kicked Charlotte off the throne. Carmella was so patient in waiting for her moment, and now look. She tries to not cry, but she needs to thank someone really important to her. She thanks… HERSELF! Carmella made history by becoming Ms. MITB on her own, and made history again on her own. But the Iconic Duo– Who? The point is, ‘Mella is Money, and now ‘Mella is Gold!

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Styles heard about the “apology”, but he doesn’t want one. He’ll just stick his fist down his throat. But that’s later. Tonight, he’s finally facing Daniel Bryan in a WWE ring. Bryan has a long list of accomplishments, one of the greats even, but he’s not Phenomenal.

 

AJ Styles VS Daniel Bryan!

It’s a Dream Match for the WWE, especially since it looked like it was never going to happen. The Phenomenal One held onto his title against the King of Strong Style, but can he best the leader of the Yes Movement?

The bell rings, and this #FantasyMatch begins! Fans love “Both These Guys!” as they tie up. Styles gets the waistlock and slam but Bryan keeps moving and gets free. They circle and tie up again, Styles gets a headlock. Fans move to dueling now as Bryan powers out. Styles runs him over with a shoulder, then they speed up. Styles slides off Bryan’s back and gets a takedown, cover, TWO. Bryan fights with Styles and bridges before kip-up. They push each other back but then Bryan slips around and snaps the arm! Styles gets to ropes but Bryan is on him with those kicks. Bryan kicks and kicks Styles until he ends up in a corner, then he goes after Styles’ arm.

Bryan wrenches Styles’ arm, then gives it a shoulder breaker into the hammerlock. He grabs Styles’ free arm, but Styles endures the hold. Fans rally while Bryan rolls Styles but Styles rolls out of the cover. Bryan keeps a hammerlock on while fans duel. Styles hits Bryan with a back elbow, Bryan hits back with a European Uppercut. Bryan runs, things speed up, and Styles hits Bryan with a dropkick! Bryan ends up outside the ring, and Styles takes his time going over there, then hits a slingshot forearm!

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Styles is in control but still pretty sore while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles suplexes Bryan, but Bryan knees out. Bryan speeds up, and hits Styles with a leaping elbow! Bryan fires up while Styles gets to a corner. He takes aim at Styles, runs in corner to corner for a big dropkick!

Then he gives Styles those YES Kicks! He kicks and kicks, but Styles blocks the buzzsaw into the dragon screw! Bryan gets to a corner now, and Styles runs in corner to corner for the leaping clothesline. Styles whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over. That leg slows him down, Styles hits Bryan with a moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Bryan crawls to ropes but Styles sits up while fans declare “This is Awesome!”

Styles brings Bryan up but Bryan fights him back. Styles kicks the bad leg, then starts up the Phenomenal Blitz, but Bryan ducks the back hand to butterfly suplex Styles into an armbar! Bryan can’t complete it with Styles locking his hands, and Styles rolls around to his feet. Styles pops out and goes for the Calf Crusher!

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He goes right at the bad leg! Bryan endures as he rolls, he goes for the arm, and gets the YES LOCK! Styles resists, rolls it back, TWO! Both men get up, Styles dodges to PELE Bryan! Bryan stays up, but Styles clobbers him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles gets to the apron while Bryan stirs. Fans duel while he takes aim, springboard but into a kick! Roundhouse rocks Styles!

Bryan is in a corner, and he starts up “YES! YES!” while taking aim at Styles. He runs out, but Styles evades the knee to get him into the Clash! Bryan saw that at Wrestelmania, he gets Styles down into the YES LOCK! Styles reaches back, for the ropebreak! Bryan lets go but brings Styles back up. He hoists Styles onto the top rope, then into the Tree of Woe, for YES Kicks while Styles is upside-down! The bad leg slows Bryan down, but only for a moment. He then sits Styles back up, climbs up to join him, and brings Styles up for… a SUPER BACK SUPELX! But Styles rolled halfway to crossbody Bryan! And then NAKAMURA appears!?

He gives Bryan a KINSHASA!

Winner: Bryan, by disqualification

But Nakamura isn’t done there, he gives Styles a strike fest and a low blow. Then he takes aim from the corner, fires up for it… KINSHASA!! The King of Strong Style still won’t leave Styles alone, he gives him yet another low blow. Nakamura no longer respects the Phenomenal One, or anyone else. Will he give everyone a #Knee2Face in order to get the WWE Championship?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown After ‘Mania is a success! Such a great opening with introducing PAIGE as the new General Manager. I’m so glad she’s sticking around. Plus, as she announced, it means Bryan is back as a competitor! Then we go right into another great tag match of Usos VS New Day. What’s confusing is that this is so the Usos can save their rematch clause for Backlash and go to Greatest Royal Rumble instead. Does that already foreshadow that they aren’t winning? Then Naomi VS Natty was framed as “could be the last time”, which might foreshadow that one of them is going to Raw via the Shake-Up next week. Between the two, I’d imagine Natty is going to Raw, because WWE won’t separate the married couple of Naomi & Jimmy Uso.

The entire thing with Charlotte, the Iconic Duo and Carmella was amazing. Billie & Peyton immediately impress as Heels both on the mic and as fighters, and then finally, we get that FABULOUS Cash-in. Carmella is the new champion, but I wonder if it’ll be great or evil to send her to Raw via the Shake-Up. She’s such a great Heel that she can make it work if that happens, but it’d just be a shame as far as her career to have such a short reign. Also, did anyone else notice how they emphasized Peyton & Billie are “The Iconics” instead of The Iconic Duo? Does this mean they’ll be open to adding a third or even fourth woman to their team? Or is it just Vince being weird about names like the dozens of times he’s removed someone’s first/last name?

As for the US Championship scene, it was another great match, but with the ending fans didn’t want. It almost feels like they’re taunting fans with letting Rusev get close, only to yank it away and give it to someone we’ve already seen have their moments. Orton VS Mahal happens at Backlash instead of #WWEGRR, which is just as confusing as when Usos had to win their rematch this time. What isn’t confusing is how amazing Bryan VS Styles was, and then how great this new Heel Nakamura has been in just the last 48 hours. He has a new attitude towards interviews, and then goes the extra mile to attack both Bryan and Styles. If any superstars are exempt from the Shake-Up, it’s gonna be Nakamura and Styles, this is the silver lining to SmackDown and they need this to go all the way to SummerSlam.

My Score: 8.8/10

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