AXS TV’s coverage of NJPW takes one step closer to THE Wrestling Dontaku event with the “Land of Fire”. Fittingly, two red hot feuds will burn up the ring with titles on the line! The IWGP Tag Team Champions defend against Killer Elite Squad, while THE Minoru Suzuki looks to teach Tetsuya Naito some respect.
This review of Wrestling Hi no Kuni 2018 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.
- IWGP Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL & SANADA VS Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad; LIJ wins and retains the IWGP Tag Team Championships.
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins and becomes the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
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AXS TV and NJPW review the build to tonight’s matches.
Two factions are the focus of two major feuds over two major titles in NJPW! The Man with the Worst Personality finds the Tranquilo Testuya Naito as little more than a nuisance. Suzuki treats the Intercontinental Championship belt far better than Naito did, will he beat Naito down to keep it from him? Meanwhile, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. go after Sanada and the recovered EVIL for the IWGP Tag Team Championships, to finally give the world a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom. Will EVIL & Sanada stay Tranquilo? Or will KES prove that #EverybodyDies?
IWGP Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL & SANADA VS Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad!
We come into this heavyweight tag match part way, as Archer and Davey Boy bring EVIL up and around. They go for Magic Kiler, and hit it! Cover, TWO?! The fans cheer but Davey and Archer are both shocked and furious. They drag EVIL up again, and try for the Killer Bomb, but Sanada springboards and dropkicks for the save. Sanada runs into a tilt-o-whirl, then inverted crucifix lift, but Sanada slips out to put Archer in the dragon sleeper. Archer reverses so that he has the dragon sleeper, but as Archer lifts, Sanada slips out back into his. Davey headbutts Sanada to break the hold, then whips him to a corner. Sanada stops himself from going into exposed buckles, then moonsaults into grabbing Davey in the dragon sleeper!
Sanada feeds Davey to EVIL’s mule kick, then adds a kick while EVIL runs. EVIL runs Davey over with a clothesline, cover, TWO. Sanada dropkicks Archer away, and LIJ fires up with the fans. They lift Davey, and steal Magic Killer!
Cover, but Archer drags the ref out! Archer boots Sanada, but Evil kicks Archer, only to run into the spinning side slam. Red Shoes is slowly recovering, but Archer uses this time to fetch a chair from under the ring. Archer brings it in the ring, wedges it in the bare-buckle corner, then goes to EVIL. He brings EVIL up but Sanada rushes over. Archer goes to double choke slam but they both elbow out. Archer runs but LIJ send him into the chair!
LIJ drag Davey up and they have more chairs now. EVIL puts a chair on Davey’s neck, and uses the other chair to SMACK it! Davey flounders as he gasps, but EVIL lifts him, for the Darkness Falls! Cover and Red Shoes returns to count, TWO! Sanada returns, and he slingshots to take Archer out. EVIL grabs Davey, STO! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA), EVIL pinning; still IWGP Tag Team Champions
The champions retain in what was clearly a brutal contest. Their championship reign continues, what will it take to dethrone the Cold Skull and Prince of Darkness?
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Tetsuya Naito!
The leader of Suzuki-Gun defends his title against the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon. While he was champion, Naito did all he could to disrespect the belt itself, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be champion. Will he be able to stay Tranquilo while going up against The Man with the Worst Personality in the World?
Red Shoes shows Naito the belt while Naito removes his unnecessary clothing. This undressing in itself annoys Suzuki. Naito finishes, and the bell rings. Fans chant for Naito as he casually walks to test his knees. Naito and Suzuki circle, approach, but then Naito backs off. He circles with Suzuki again, and Suzuki swings test kicks. Naito fakes lunging in, and backs off with a grin. Suzuki goes after Naito with kicks, then whips, but Naito reverses. Naito throws Suzuki out, then runs, to Tranquilo! Suzuki is pissed, and gets in the ring, but Naito slips out. Suzuki builds speed, to copy Tranquilo! Naito brushes the taunting off, but doesn’t enter the ring just yet. He paces around the outside, with Suzuki watching him the entire time. Naito rolls into the ring, to then roll back out.
Naito gets on the apron and Suzuki rushes over, but Naito sweeps the legs. He drags Suzuki out and whips him right into barriers. Naito whips Suzuki to the barriers on the other side, then kicks and clubs away on him. They go back in the ring, and Naito brings Suzuki up for the snapmare and headscissors. Suzuki endures as Naito wrenches his neck. Naito squeezes, but Suzuki keeps it from being a cover. Suzuki won’t quit so Naito covers, TWO. Naito stomps and kicks Suzuki, then toys with him. Naito fakes a punch to then club, but Suzuki just gets mad. He toys with Suzuki more, but Suzuki boots him down. Suzuki dares Naito to get back up as he goes to the ropes. Naito chooses not to, so Suzuki returns the toying kicks.
Naito sits up with every kick, a smile on his face. Suzuki drags Naito up, and Naito goes after the eyes! Naito spits on Suzuki, then throws hands. Suzuki eggs Naito on, so Naito whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in but Suzuki puts him on the apron. Suzuki blocks Naito’s punch and catches it into a hanging triangle! Red Shoes counts, and Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki then goes to the apron, and Penalty Kicks Naito down. Fans applaud while Suzuki goes down to drag Naito up, and whip him into barriers! Naito hits hard, and tumbles over to the outside. Suzuki barges through the gate and then rips apart the hard plastic railings to SMACK Naito with it!
Then Suzuki throws a chair down on Naito! Then another! Suzuki apparently takes offense at one of the young lions, and boots said young lion into the crowd! Red Shoes tells Suzuki to bring this back to the ring. Suzuki uncovers Naito, to then wrap and wrench his arm in other railings. Red Shoes reprimands Suzuki, then argues with him! Suzuki releases Naito while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns to Suzuki prowling outside the ring. Suzuki drags Naito up and over to the ring, but Naito fights back. The 20 count passes 15, but Suzuki knees Naito low to reenter the ring. Naito reenters at 19, saving the match. Suzuki drags Naito up for a kick to the back, then scowls at the fans cheering for Naito. He kicks Naito in the chest, but fans only cheer stronger. Suzuki kicks and kicks, and kicks again. He scowls but Naito still sits up. Suzuki drags Naito up into a cravat hold, then snapmares for another kick tot he back. Cover, TWO, and fans applaud. Suzuki goes after an arm now, twisting the wrist and fingers in all directions, then down to the elbow for a mounted hammerlock. Suzuki grabs a leg to add a Half Crab into it.
Naito is bent in all directions, but doesn’t give up, so Suzuki lets him go to stomp him out. Suzuki toys with Naito, but Naito keeps grinning. Suzuki brings Naito up for a knee to the chin, but Naito keeps smiling. Naito takes another stiff knee, but sits up again. Suzuki actually welcomes that. Naito stands up and chops Suzuki, but Suzuki kicks back. Naito rakes the eyes, and spits, but Suzuki clubs him back. Suzuki knees then whips but Naito reverses and runs Suzuki over. Naito adds a dropkick, brings Suzuki up for a neckbreaker, then poses. Fans rally for “Naito! Naito!” as he brings Suzuki up. He whips Suzuki to a corner then sets the legs sideways, for a draping neckbreaker! Naito keeps going with a standing neckbreaker, then adds another dropkick to the back.
Suzuki clutches his neck and head while Naito stands. Naito digs his heel into Suzuki as he poses. Suzuki swats him away and sits up, eyes wild with anger. Suzuki stands up, and grins with Naito, to then unleash body shots. He whips Naito corner to corner and boots him, then snapmares to Penalty Kick. And another! And another! Cover, TWO, but Suzuki keeps his focus. Now Suzuki grinds his heel into Naito’s face, then stands him up. Naito suddenly hits a tornado DDT! Suzuki clutches his neck again, but both men are down. They slowly stand up, and Suzuki dares Naito to hit him. Naito does, so Suzuki gives back. Naito gives a forearm, so Suzuki winds up for one of his own. Suzuki staggers Naito with that one, but Naito comes back with a chop.
Suzuki gives another strong forearm, and Naito staggers again. Naito chops again, but Suzuki gives another sharp forearm. Suzuki wants Naito to keep hitting him, so Naito chops again. Suzuki rocks Naito with another forearm, and Naito sits down. Naito shakes the cobwebs out while Suzuki trash talks. Naito chops, Suzuki forearms. Suzuki gives more forearms, then whips, but Naito hits a leaping forearm! Naito stands up, runs in, but Suzuki blocks the kick to go after the knee. Suzuki runs but into an atomic drop, and Naito hits the kick. Suzuki sits down, and Naito hits the swinging dropkick!
Naito gets up and drags Suzuki to his feet. Suzuki knows Naito is bringing him to the top rope, so Suzuki grabs Red Shoes! Naito gives up on the lift, and Suzuki shoves Red Shoes away. Naito tries again, and climbs up to the top with Suzuki. Suzuki grabs Naito’s leg for a hanging heel hook!
Naito endures as Suzuki uses gravity to help pull that knee. Red Shoes recovers and counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but the damage has been done. Naito clutches his knee while Red Shoes checks on him. Suzuki returns and stomps the knee. Red Shoes wants Suzuki to back up, but Suzuki argues with him again. Suzuki won’t let up, he stomps the knee even as Red Shoes checks. Suzuki stands on the bad knee, but Naito won’t give up. Fans rally for Naito, and Red Shoes backs Suzuki up. Naito rolls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him, but Suzuki just grins as he looms over them. Suzuki kicks the bad leg, then stomps it, toying with Naito like a cat with a mouse. Naito sits up and Suzuki kicks him more.
Naito crawls but Suzuki moves Red Shoes aside to bring Naito up. Suzuki kicks and kicks, then wraps the leg into a kneebar! Naito endures, but Suzuki has it grape-vined. Suzuki even traps the far leg while twisting the heel. Naito screams in pain but Suzuki only makes it worse. Naito drags himself and Suzuki over, and gets the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go, but he comes right back. He kicks Naito’s leg, then drops elbows on it. Suzuki goes into the Figure Four! Naito endures the legendary hold, but fans rally for him. Suzuki puts as much pressure on the legs as he can, but Naito refuses to quit. Naito rolls and drags towards ropes, screaming in pain, and gets another ropebreak. Suzuki lets go again, but he has complete control as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Suzuki throws Naito’s bad leg onto the mat. Suzuki toys with Naito again, but Naito slowly stands. Naito goes to kick, but Suzuki blocks and lifts him, only for Naito to turn it into a DDT! Suzuki and Naito stand, Naito enziguris Suzuki to a corner. Naito hobbles over, climbs up, and turns Suzuki around for the inverted tornado DDT. Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Naito, and Naito drags Suzuki back up. Naito wrenches the arm, and tilt-o-whirls, but Suzuki slams him down and puts the Kneebar back on! Suzuki even manages a headlock in it!
Naito reaches with his one free limb, but Suzuki shifts back to just the kneebar. Naito drags them both around again, but Suzuki breaks to drag him away. Suzuki puts the kneebar back on, and now Naito is stranded. Naito sits up, but Suzuki uses a leg to sit him back down. Naito goes back towards ropes but Suzuki stands with an ankle lock to drag him away. Suzuki drops down to grape-vine, and we’re back to the kneebar. Red Shoes checks on Naito, but Naito keeps conscious. Suzuki laces his legs into a figure four, then goes after the heel hook. Fans rally for Naito as Naito sits up and shouts at Suzuki. Naito drags himself around again, but Suzuki lets go to drag him back! Suzuki returns to the kneebar all over again.
Naito won’t give up, even though Suzuki wrenches and twists his leg in all directions. Naito grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping. Suzuki goes for the heel hook, but Naito uses that opening to roll and roll, to the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go again, and fans continue to rally for Naito. Naito slowly stirs, but Suzuki is waiting for him to stand. Suzuki drags Naito up and gives body shots and quick palm strikes even. Then he grabs Naito in a sleeper hold! Naito flails and reaches, but Suzuki keeps him away. Red Shoes checks, and Naito is fading. They sit down, but fans aren’t giving up on Naito. Naito turns a bit purple as Red Shoes checks on him more. Naito revives, and uses that second wind to stand. Suzuki spins him around, but Naito uses that spin to spin Suzuki into a neckbreaker!
Both men are down now, both tired and sore from this battle. Fans rally for Naito again, but Suzuki is stalking him with that sinister grin. Suzuki brings Naito up, but Naito strikes first with slapping palm strikes! Naito staggers Suzuki, but keeps slapping! Sweat flies off Suzuki with every shot, but then Suzuki kicks Naito’s leg out. Suzuki drags Naito up into the sleeper again, then goes to judo throw him. Naito lands on his feet, and lifts Suzuki into a brainbuster! Fans fire up and Naito hobbles over. He brings Suzuki up, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, Destino!
Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Naito, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion
Tranquilo prevails as Naito defeats Suzuki! Naito has the title back, but his body went through so much to do it. Naito’s team comes out to celebrate the night with him. LIJ now has two titles under their possession with EVIL & SANADA retaining their titles. Suzuki is helped out of the ring while we go to break.
Red Shoes raises Naito’s hand.
The new champion is clearly too exhausted and sore to celebrate properly. Suzuki himself is too sore and tired to go past ringside. Hiromu Takahashi helps Naito, and Naito has a proper moment of his hand held up high. Suzuki staggers up to his feet and shoves the young lions away. He doesn’t want their help, even if he’s falling against railings and such. Back in the ring, Naito staggers to his feet, mic in his hand.
“Buenas Noches, Kumamoto!” Naito knows “it’s been about two years and five months since New Japan had an event in Kumamoto.” It’s been a long time since fans here saw LIJ. This premium pro-wrestling experincing was enjoyable, yes? Fans cheer to confirm. Naito knows that two years ago, “something terrible happened here in Kumamoto.” Many people bear the scars. So Naito has to tell them, that it is important to not give up. But the desire and will to change and the courage to take the first step is also important. that’s why LIJ uses pro-wrestling to inspire everyone to have that courage. Fans applaud in appreciation for that.
Naito continues to say that the next time they’re in Kumamoto, they can expect “an even better version of LIJ!” In other words, “until we meet again, Tranquilo! Chill out.” Naito thanks all their fans for their support, and this is the finale of tonight’s event. Furthermore, they will do their victory chant. Please shout with them to your heart’s content! “EVIL, Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, and Naito, we are… Los Ingobernables de Japon!” With more gold in their possession, is it only a matter of time before they are THE top faction in NJPW?
Suzuki staggers around, and a young lion still tries to assist him. “Well, well, well…” Suzuki says this is only the beginning for him and Naito. “Don’t think you’ll get off so lightly.” He then staggers back out, knocking part of the set over on purpose.
Naito comments that today’s title match comes about a year after he and the Intercontinental Championship “broke up.” But now, they’re “back together.” Naito’s feelings haven’t changed, he still has “no use for this belt.” And the same goes for the title. But until next time, hasta luego. Is Naito only champion so that he can say he’s better than Suzuki? And will Suzuki come back to take back the belt Naito doesn’t even like?
This was another great hour of action, with really only one-and-a-half matches. I do wish we got a bit more of LIJ VS KES, but the ending is naturally the best part. EVIL & SANADA make a great duo, as do Archer & Davey Boy, but LIJ is so strong that it might take more than just 2v2 to defeat them. Hiromu & Bushi have been on the other end of this same LIJ VS Suzuki-Gun battle, but it might only be a matter of time for them to take the Jr. Tag Team Championships. Suzuki VS Naito is rightfully the meat of the show, though, and the story between them was a great part of it. Naito was rebellious as ever, but he shows he has grit and guts. Naito leading LIJ has made it one, if not the, top group, and I’m sure more great things are yet to come.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (5/21/19)
The Premier Era continues!
And STILL your WWE Cruiserweight Champion…!
- The Singh Brothers VS Lucha House Party; changed to…
- The Singh Brothers VS Jack Gallagher & Humberto Carrillo; Gallagher & Carrillo win.
- Fatal 5 Way: Ariya Daivari VS Oney Lorcan VS Akira Tozawa VS THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria; Tozawa wins.
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The Cruiserweight Division broke through!
For months, the WWE’s purple belt was on the Kickoff Show, but no longer! Tony Nese had his title defense against Ariya Daivari on Money in the Bank’s main card! And while Daivari Dinero was so confident he’d hit the jackpot that he drove into the arena in a Mercedes Benz, he could not bring down the Premier Athlete! Nese’s reign continues on, but who will be next up to test his toughness?
THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa meet backstage.
They’re both involved in tonight’s major main event with huge Cruiserweight title implications. They’re good friends, and shake hands to make sure they both know it won’t be personal out there. But will things get intense between them and the rest of the field knowing it could mean a shot at Nese?
The Singh Brothers VS Lucha House Party!
Sunil & Samir return to show that one loss in the Cruiserweight Division won’t slow them down on their rise to the top! They pick up some mics to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Bollywood Time~!” Because it’s definitely NOT Lucha Time. Why’s that? Because Lars Sullivan absolutely destroyed the three amigos at MITB, and then again on Raw. Actually, a little birdie told them that LHP wanted to fight him, so they won’t be fighting the Bollywood Boyz. So not to disappoint the fans, or the 1.6 BILLION people in India, the ref will count to 10 and let the Singh Brothers win by forfeit!
But wait, 205 Live GM Drake Maverick appears! And he tells the Singhs that while they’re right about LHP not being here, they’re still going to have competition! Providence likes the sound of that. Maverick found suitable replacements in… Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo! Will Bollywood Time stand up to this extraordinary duo?
The Singh Brothers VS Jack Gallagher & Humberto Carrillo!
Samir & Sunil cry conspiracy, but they’re clearly just upset they still have to compete, and against superstars they didn’t expect. They still get in the ring, and Sunil starts against Carrillo. The bell rings and Sunil “rolls film” before he ties up with Carrillo. Sunil headlocks but Carrillo powers out. Sunil runs him over and celebrates, but Carrillo kips right up and scares him! The ref keeps Carrillo back while Sunil gets to a corner. Sunil goes to Samir for a comforting hug, and then circles with Carrillo. They tie up and Carrillo gets a waistlock. Carrillo shifts to a headlock but Sunil powers out, only for Carrillo to run him over. Things speed up and Carrillo shows his agility. Carrillo ducks the clothesline, Sunil ducks the roundhouse, but Carrillo gets the enziguri!
Gallagher applauds as Carrillo goes after Sunil. Carrillo whips while Gallagher tags in, but Sunil reverses. Carrillo springboard headbutts Sunil down! Gallagher covers, ONE! Gallagher keeps on Sunil with a standing armlock, and he tortures the fingers! Sunil endures and fights his way up. He knees low and Samir applauds. Sunil whips Gallagher to a corner, but Gallagher brings back the headstand! Gallagher goes up and over Sunil then speeds up to slide under and trip Sunil. He wraps Sunil up in Gentlemen’s Paradise! And sits on him! Gallagher tags Carrillo before stomping Sunil out of paradise. Carrillo has Gallagher’s help for the flying arm-drag! He snapmares to a cover, TWO! Carrillo headlocks but Sunil powers out while Samir tags in.
Carrillo speeds up with Sunil, but manages to see Samir coming. He clotheslines Samir but Sunil knees Carrillo down. Samir returns and the brothers stomp a Bollywood mudhole! They put Carrillo in the corner for mugging, then tag to Sunil for more stomps. The ref counts but the brothers tag again. The Singh Brothers bring Carrillo up and double suplex him down. Samir covers, TWO! Samir wraps a headlock on Carrillo right away! Carrillo endures the thrashing but fans rally up. Carrillo feeds off that energy to fight out. Samir shoves and dropkicks Carrillo down! Cover, TWO! Samir keeps his cool as he drags Carrillo over. Tag to Sunil, and film rolls as Sunil drops ax handles on Carrillo’s ribs.
Sunil snapmares and drops elbows on Carrillo, then gets a bit too Bollywood, Carrillo rolls him up! TWO, and Sunil keeps Carrillo away from Gallagher. Samir tags in and the brothers mug Carrillo. Samir scrapes his laces on Carrillo’s face, then throws haymakers. He punches Carrillo to the corner then whips corner to corner. Carrillo reverses and Samir hits buckles hard! Samir crawls after Carrillo, but Carrillo gets away to hot tag Gallagher! Gallagher rallies on Samir with big clotheslines and furious fists! He whips but Samir reverses, only for Gallagher to duck and ROCK him with a right! Sunil gets in but gets punched back out! Gallagher lifts Samir and suplex, then holds him there! No less than a count of 15 before Gallagher drops him! Cover, TWO!
Gallagher keeps his cool as he turns Samir over for a Half Crab! Samir endures and reaches, tag to Sunil! Gallagher doesn’t know, and Sunil clobbers him! Sunil saves his brother and the two SUPERKICK Gallagher down! Cover, but Carrillo breaks it! Samir goes after Carrillo and throws him out. Gallagher throws Samir out, then switches on Sunil to roll up! TWO and a sucker punch! Roll up from Sunil, TWO! Gallagher gets up but gets a heel kick! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives three times in a row, but Sunil tags Samir. The Singh Brothers double suplex Gallagher but he slips out! HOt tag to Carrillo! Carrillo roundhouses Samir and Gallagher clobbers Sunil with the Gentleman’s Headbutt! Aztec Press from Carrillo to Samir! Cover, Carrillo & Gallagher win!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Jack Gallagher, Carrillo pinning
This new team wins their first match without even much time to prepare! Will this respectful alliance be what climbs to the top instead of the Bollywood Boyz?
Mike & Maria Kanellis speak.
“Tonight, it’s a Fatal 5 Way, with a chance to showcase who the greatest Cruiserweight is on 205 Live. Really?” Has Maverick not been watching? Tozawa and Kanellis beat the crap out of each other in No Disqualifications, and Kanellis won, yet still has to showcase himself? Tonight isn’t about showing anything. Tonight is about destroying the friendship of Tozawa and Kendrick. And Maria promises Mike will prove himself beyond a doubt, so that Maverick can no longer deny him his greatness. Will the Opportunist take advantage of this Fatal 5 opportunity?
Oney Lorcan also speaks.
“Tonight is an opportunity to prove that I deserve a crack at the Cruiserweight Championship.” In his way are not only former champions, but some of the most ruthless superstars 205 Live has to offer. Lorcan’s never one to walk away from a fight, and a Fatal 5 is the kind of fight he likes. Will the Boston Brawler make the most of this massive main event?
Fatal 5 Way: Ariya Daivari VS Oney Lorcan VS Akira Tozawa VS THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria!
The Privileged Persian Lion may have fallen short at Money in the Bank, but that doesn’t mean he’s fallen out of the picture. Meanwhile, the Fury of 205 Live is all in on this opportunity. Former Cruiserweight Champions and friends shook on it, but the Opportunist wants to break them apart while breaking through. Who takes pole position towards challenging the Premier Athlete?
Before he makes his entrance, Daivari has a backstage interview. He was impressive even in losing to Tony Nese. How does he plan on rebounding tonight? MITB was a fluke! And now he has to be in this Fatal 5 to prove he’s the top contender? Nese isn’t past Daivari just yet. Will the pissed-off Persian Lion take out all his frustrations on the other four?
The bell rings and while everyone circles, Kendrick and Tozawa stick close. Kanellis sees that and bails out, and then Daivari throws hands with Lorcan! Kendrick and Tozawa go after each of them but they clear out fast. Kanellis runs back in but into Kendrick’s boot! Tozawa lifts Kanellis and drops him with a spinning facebuster! Kanellis bails out again but Daivari comes back, only to run into double kicks from Kendrick and Tozawa. Tozawa and Kendrick double suplex Daivari up and out, but Lorcan returns. The friends double hip toss Lorcan and Lorcan bails out again. Now the friends are alone, so they figure they might as well give it a go. They tie up and push each other, but Daivari and Kanellis attack them both!
Mike stomps Tozawa while Daivari stomps Kendrick. Lorcan returns but gets decked by Daivari. Daivari stomps Tozawa while now Kanellis stomps Kendrick. Lorcan returns again but gets a knee from Kanellis. Kanellis drags Kendrick up while Daivari stands Tozawa up. Tony Nese watches backstage as Daivari hits Tozawa with a neckbreaker. Kanellis suplexes Kendrick down, then sees Lorcan. Kanellis runs over but Lorcan dumps him out! Lorcan shoulders into Daivari, then throws CHOPS! He CHOPS Daivari out of the ring, and fans fire up as Lorcan builds speed. Lorcan dives into Daivari’s fist! Daivari throws Lorcan into barriers! Daivari brushes off and goes to Tozawa in the ring.
Fans jeer while Daivari throws haymakers on Tozawa. Daivari tells the fans to shut up, but they just boo and jeer harder. Tozawa CHOPS Daivari back, then gets Daivari with the feint to JAB! Fans cheer as Tozawa climbs up top! But Daivari trips him up. Lorcan runs into Daivari’s SUPERKICK! Daivari crosses Tozawa’s arm for the arm-drag bomb onto Lorcan! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives and Kendrick returns, only to get a mule kick from Daivari. Daivari whips Kendrick but Kendrick reverses to a fireman’s carry. Daivari slips out and hammerlocks, but Kendrick ducks to roll him up! TWO, Captain’s Hook!
Daivari endures but Lorcan grabs Kendrick. Lorcan pries Kendrick off Daivari for a Half ‘n’ Half! Kendrick lands on his feet, inverted headlock takeover to the Captain’s Hook! Now Lorcan is caught, but Kanellis runs in to rake Kendrick’s eyes! Kanellis pries Kendrick off Lorcan now with a dragon sleeper. He can’t get Kendrick up so he shoves him at Lorcan! Lorcan blasts Kendrick with a European Uppercut, then Kanellis SUPERKICKS Lorcan! Kanellis covers Lorcan, TWO!! Lorcan lives again and Maria argues with the ref. Nese still watches while fans actually rally behind Mike.
Kanellis has Lorcan in a corner and CHOPS away. Maria cheers Mike on but Lorcan turns things around to CHOP Mike back! Mike turns it back around to CHOP Lorcan, but then Lorcan turns it back. Mike tries to turn it around but Lorcan dodges to keep giving CHOPS! Kanellis headlocks but Lorcan powers out to CHOP again! Kanellis CHOPS again, but Lorcan gives him a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Kanellis grins and brushes himself off. Kanellis dares Lorcan to get up, “Is that all you got?!” Lorcan stands and grabs Mike by the beard! Lorcan slaps away but Kanellis kicks low. Kanellis whips but Lorcan comes back with a blockbuster! Lorcan keeps Daivari and Tozawa out, then sees Kendrick return. He dodges and hits the Half ‘n’ Half! Cover, but Kanellis breaks it!
Daivari returns while Kanellis brings Lorcan up. They work together to double whip, but they get double blockbusters! Lorcan fires up and stares down with Tozawa. Things speed up, Lorcan dodges Tozawa to FLY onto Daivari and Kanellis! But then Tozawa DIVES onto them all! A three-for-one on the Tozawa Torpedo! Tozawa puts Daivari in then climbs up. Daivari staggers into the missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he brings Daivari up. Daivari hammerlocks but misses the lariat! German Suplex with a bridge, TWO! Tozawa drags Daivari to a drop zone then climbs up high. But Kendrick returns and rushes Tozawa. Tozawa has to leap off to avoid Kendrick’s attack, Kendrick hits crossbar! Lorcan EuroUppers Kendrick, Tozawa boots Lorcan, and Kanellis SUPERKICKS Tozawa!
Kanellis roars as he goes after Kendrick on the top rope. Kendrick resists so Kanellis clubs away on his back. Lorcan and Tozawa go after Kanellis at the same time, TOWER OF DOOM! Kanellis takes a double powerbomb while Kendrick takes the superplex! But then Daivari Persian Splashes in on Kendrick! Cover, TWO!! Kendrick survives and Daivari can’t believe it! But Providence knows “This is Awesome!” Daivari, bloody ear and all, works to cool off and keep focus. Kendrick slumps out to Daivari whips Tozawa. Tozawa reverses and sends Daivari out. Tozawa tosses Lorcan out, too, then focuses on Kanellis. He runs in and tilt-o-whirls into the Iron Octopus stretch! Tozawa pulls back on Kanellis, but Maria distracts! She shouts and screams until Tozawa lets Kanellis go.
Tozawa tells Maria to stop, but Mike rolls him up! Daivari breaks it in time! Fans continue to rally while Daivari CHOPS Tozawa! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Daivari whips but Tozawa reverses again. Daivari sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick! Tozawa tries again with Daivari in a drop zone. Tozawa climbs up but Daivari stops him! Daivari climbs up and throws hands on Tozawa. Daivari wants but Tozawa resists the superplex, and “AH! AH!” echoes with every clubbing forearm! Tozawa slows down for a moment but speeds right back up! SUPER Gourd Buster! But Kanellis returns and clubs away on Tozawa. Kanellis drags Tozawa off the top and clubs away on the apron. He knees low and throws forearms, then backs off, only to get caught into a German Suplex to the apron!
Tozawa goes back to Daivari but gets a haymaker. Tozawa hits back but so does Daivari. Daivari and Tozawa trade punches and CHOPS as they stand. Daivari whips but Tozawa dodges to hit the swinging roundhouse! Tozawa has a third time and climbs up top. Tozawa leaps, SUPER SENTON! Cover, but Kendrick pulls Tozawa off! Friendship aside, Kendrick couldn’t let Tozawa just win. Tozawa glares at Kendrick, but Kendrick says it’s not personal. Kendrick offers a handshake, but Tozawa throws hands! The friends brawl like back in the days of their rivalry! Kendrick whips but Tozawa dodges, double crossbodies collide! Both men are down, and the Cruiserweight Champion is still invested in this match backstage.
Fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa while Kendrick flounders to his feet. Tozawa spins, swings, slides under but Kendrick knows the rest! Cravat, Sliced Bread! But Kanellis gets Kendrick with Twisted Love! Daivari tries to throw Kanellis out but Kanellis throws him out instead! Lorcan returns to blast Kanellis with a EuroUpper! Daivari’s back, hammerlock on Lorcan, Lion’s Lariat!! But Tozawa Oklahoma Rolls Daivari! Tozawa wins!!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall
The Stamina Monster proves he can be just as opportunistic as Kanellis or Daivari! Tozawa celebrates with high-fives from Vic Joseph and Aiden English, but is left hanging by Nigel McGuiness. Will Tozawa celebrate with another Cruiserweight Championship reign? Or will Drake Maverick need more before someone is worthy of a shot?
A pretty great night from 205 Live. We get a new tag team of Carrillo & Gallagher, which I suppose is fine. If we got more teams the first two years of 205 Live, maybe we really would’ve gotten those Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships. But the match itself was great, and Carrillo and Gallagher as a team was good. This gives us more light on the Lucha House Party’s near future, in that they’ll be focusing on Lars Sullivan on Raw and/or SmackDown. But that’s fine, there’s any number of things they can do with Carrillo and Gallagher as a team.
Even though we’re on the road to Stomping Grounds, we might also be on the road to Super Showdown given who won tonight’s Fatal 5 Way. Tozawa was definitely a surprise, but at the same time, it would’ve been boring to go with Daivari. Tozawa is the Stamina Monster for a reason, he can just keep going and going. Plus he’s a great worker, so having him give Nese a strong fight at Super Showdown isn’t all bad. Nese will surely return to the states with the title, and then Stomping Grounds can give us Nese VS Kanellis or Nese VS Lorcan. Probably Kanellis finally breaking through since Nese is a Face. Of course, with Kanellis comes with worrying about Maria, which would be a good challenge for Nese, who has already shown he’s tough enough to outlast even the toughest in the Cruiserweight Division.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (5/21/19)
Witness the REST of the Money in the Bank Fallout!
It’s the SmackDown After Money in the Bank!
And there’s a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! But it’s not Charlotte Flair! Prepare yourself for the Bayley Triple Crown Era!
- Mustafa Ali VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Ali wins.
- Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville VS Carmella w/ R-Truth; No Contest.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Bayley & Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair & Lacey Evans; Bayley & Lynch win.
- Roman Reigns VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon; Reigns wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Shane is backstage on SmackDown.
He finishes up a call as Elias comes in. Elias apologizes for losing to Roman Reigns. He attacked Roman then put all his energy into his performance, but then the fans called him names and such that affected him. As an emotional artist, Elias lost focus and then he got a Superman Punch and Spear. The bell just rings and Elias loses. Shane and the McMahons deserve better. Elias is looking beyond SmackDown, he wants to be at Super Showdown in Shane’s corner. Shane appreciates that but he’s taking Roman on alone at Super Showdown. Even though McIntyre was clearly advertised as Shane’s corner man.
As for tonight’s MITB rematch, Shane will be in Elias’ corner because Elias needs Shane’s help. Elias is grateful for that. The Drifter prepares for The Big Dog, but what will Shane do to help Elias make up for the loss?
It’s a New Day, yes it is!
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are on stage, and the fans already know what it’s about! “Tonight is a very special night!” Kofi and Woods are happy that after six long, hard, cold weeks, tonight is the return of BIG E!! Without any further ado, but with a blanket over him… Reveal! That’s… Not Big E. That’s barely even Medium E! “Who are you!?” Who who who?! This E has ashy knees that could start a fire! Get out here, Fake E! No, take the drape, then leave. The New Day apologizes. Things never go smoothly when you want them to.
But now, for real, BIG E! Awwww~ Providence! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous five-time champs AND WWE Champion, and feel~ the power~! And yes, he’s back! Big E makes a SmackDown return! And the ring is already filled with return party presents and a “Welcome Back, Big E!” banner! Kofi throws pancakes and everyone cheers. Big E needs to smell Woods and Kofi. Underarm please. No, no. Well Big E isn’t medically cleared to compete but he’s cleared to sniff. Big E has missed his friends AND the WWE Universe! And they’ve missed him. Big E’s been crushing it on Twitter, though. But Becky’s mom is taken. But E wants her! Woods knows, she fiiiine!
Kofi gets them back on track, they need to be serious now. World champ, seriousness. Kofi Kingston recaps that we have a #BeastintheBank. Fans boo, no one likes that. But more importantly, Kofi beat Kevin Owens to stay the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Fans do like that. Kofi KO’d KO, but tonight’s not about Kofi. It’s about his brother, Big E, BAYBYYYYY! But then Kevin Owens interrupts! The Prizefighter is in a bad mood but the New Day is upset he’s interrupting the party. But it’s not just him, because here comes Sami Zayn! Sami asks Kevin if he believes this “absolute nonsense.” Big E gets a return party? After six weeks? Sami was gone nine months and got nothing for his return! Big E does realize they should make that up to “Sam,” so they’ll get him what Kevin just got on Sunday: nothing~!
Kevin just up and leaves! Sami, now using his mic and Kevin’s, says this is because of the New Day joking around. The only reason Kevin didn’t win against Kofi is because he was distracted worrying about his best friend, i.e. Sami, who got a backstage beating and stuck upside-down, missing out on being Mr. Money in the Bank. But that doesn’t even matter because this whole celebration is disgusting! It is disgusting how the New Day distracts and placates the people with their cereal, pancakes and hip swiveling, when the fans need to take responsibility for creating a toxic community! Sami rants, but Woods interrupts with his trombone. Fans join in with “New! Day Rocks!”
But Sami says they can yuck it up and have fun while they can. He speaks for Kevin, too, when he says this night won’t end in fun. Sami will beat Kofi in front of everyone, and then Kofi will be lucky to even walk out of here at all! Kofi tells Sami not to be fooled by the fun. When it’s time to throw down, New Day throws down! And not only will Kofi walk out of here, but he’ll walk right through Sami. “BECAUSE~! New! Day Rocks!” Which side puts their money where their mouth is in tonight’s match?
Carmella is backstage on SmackDown, looking for R-Truth.
But Drake Maverick is also looking for him. He gives Carmella a wanted poster but she doesn’t care about that. She asks Apollo Crews if he’s seen Truth, but he hasn’t. Though, Apollo does want to find the current WWE 24/7 Champion, too. Carmella continues searching, and finds a blond- Wait that’s Truth! She hurries him out of the hallway. He has the title belt. If this is his disguise, it won’t work. Everyone’s looking for him! Yeah, he’s been hiding for 24 hours! Luckily he only has 7 more to go. What? 24/7, duh! He just needs to last a little longer and then it’s his for good!
No no, Mick Foley meant the title is defended anytime, anywhere, any place! And this wig won’t help him hide much longer. Hey this wig cost $12. Why is he even on SmackDown, then? Because he needs Mella’s help! Help him, Mella! Okay, okay. Carmella sneaks Truth away, and also takes down Drake’s wanted posters. Will the FABULOUS Princess be able to keep Truth safe to the end of the show? Or perhaps she’ll be tempted by the gold herself?
Mustafa Ali VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Somehow, someway, the Beacon of Light and El Idolo are still moving after the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. Of course, Brock Lesnar screwed Ali over the hardest, can Ali make a comeback to find his own way to the title?
SmackDown returns as Almas and Vega make their entrance. Almas himself is headed for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WWE Super Showdown in a few weeks, will he keep himself strong before challenging Demon Balor?
The bell rings and Almas stares down with Ali. Fans are on Ali’s side as he circles with Almas. They tie up and Almas pulls hair to put Ali in a corner. Almas backs off but misses his chop, and Ali wrenches the wrist. Almas pulls hair again but whips. Ali reverses but Almas goes Tranquilo. Vega joins in but Ali keeps his cool. They speed up and Ali arm-drags Almas out. Almas comes back in but gets a kick! Ali speeds up but runs into a clothesline! Almas covers, TWO! Almas keeps his cool and ditches some of his Kinesio tape since it’s peeling off anyway. He drags Ali up and CHOPS him against the ropes. Ali crawls but Almas keeps on him with a wristlock to shoulder breaker. Almas back suplexes but Ali slips out to REVERSE-RANA! Cover, TWO!
Ali keeps his cool but Vega grows worried for Almas. Fans rally up for Ali as he drags Almas up. Almas fights back and powers him to a corner. Ali uppercuts Almas away then hops up. Vega distracts Ali for a moment but Ali still leaps, only for Almas to dropkick him out of the air! El Idolo has control while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Ali writhes while Almas checks his neck. Almas is fine and goes for a cover, TWO! Almas stomps Ali while getting feeling in his arms. He throws Ali out then pursues. He stomps Ali more then bumps him off the apron. Almas puts ALi back in then drags him up for a draping armbar! The ref counts but Almas lets go at 4 to then stomps Ali down. Almas stomps Ali to a corner then grinds his knees into Ali’s face. The ref counts and Almas backs off, and Ali fights back. Ali whips but Almas reverses, and runs Ali over with an elbow. Cover, TWO! Almas keeps on Ali with an armlock and Vega coaches him on. Ali endures and fights his way back up and out. Ali whips but Almas reverses again, only for Ali to go up and over.
Things speed up, and Ali tilt-o-whirls, but Almas makes it a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated for Almas while he grits his teeth. Almas grabs Ali’s arm and pulls back, but Ali endures. Ali feeds off the fan rally and fights his way up. Almas shifts his grip but Ali still gets to his feet. Ali fights free but Almas knees low and whips. Ali flapjack dropkicks Almas down! Both men go to opposite ends, and Almas runs in, only for Ali to go up and over. Ali springboards to hit a tornado DDT! Almas bails out but Ali builds speed to DIVE! Ali hits Almas in the back! Vega panics while Ali gets back in the ring and runs again, to FLY! He gets Almas from the front this time! Ali grits his teeth to fight through the pain as fans want “One More Time!”
Ali brings Almas to the ring but his own bad back slows him down. He manages to get himself back in, but Almas blasts Ali back out! Ali’s bad back hits the barriers, and Almas leaves him to the mercy of the ring count. The count passes 5 before Ali sits up, and Ali crawls to the apron. Ali gets in at 8, but Almas is all over him with stomps! Almas suplexes Ali for uno amigo, then dos amigos. He changes up the third for a scoop slam into buckles! Ali slumps out of the ring and Almas wants another count. But when Ali stands, Almas fetches Ali to whip him into barriers! Almas refreshes the count to then CHOP Ali! And scoop him to ram him into the post!
Almas drops Ali only to bring him back up. He tells people to move, to TOSS Ali into the timekeeper’s area! Almas leaves Ali for dead and another ring count begins. Ali crawls but the count passes 5 again. Ali hurries but falls, but still gets in at 9.5! Almas is furious and he takes it out on Ali with stomps. Vega tells him to finish it, so Almas turns Ali over, for CIEN KNEES to the back! Cover, TWO!! Almas can’t believe it! Fans cheer Ali but Almas brings him up. Hammerlock gets a cradle counter! ALI WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
The Beacon of Light snatches victory from El Idolo! Will Ali be able to rest up and be ready for new title opportunities down the line?
Carmella gives Truth a makeover.
“O M G, Truth, you look so fabulous!” R-Truth looks at himself in the mirror. RuPaul would be proud. Is Carmella sure? He feels like something’s missing. Yes, yes, he needs… A bra! A bra? Well, could she help him? He’s never been good at undoing these. Carmella helps him with it, but will this really trick the rest of the SmackDown roster into thinking he’s not Truth?
SmackDown takes another look at Lars Sullivan.
After what the Leviathan did to Lucha House Party at Money in the Bank, you’d think he’d added them to his list of victims. A list of legends that include Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, both Matt and Jeff Hardy, and even R-Truth. But Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik came back for more on Raw, and together they managed to at least survive an encounter with the Freak. But will he soon hunt them down and leave them laying yet again?
Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville VS Carmella w/ R-Truth!
With a new SmackDown Women’s Champion, that means new opportunities. Will the Golden Goddess make up for falling short at Money in the Bank? Or will the FABULOUS Princess climb back towards the title?
SmackDown returns as Carmella makes her entrance with the 24/7 Champion. Wait, doesn’t wearing the belt give away that it’s him? Well, that doesn’t matter, because the bell rings on Fabulous VS Golden Goddess!
Mandy and Sonya can both obviously tell that’s Truth, but Mella tells them to focus on her. Carmella gets a Thesz Press and throws fast hands! Sonya bails Mandy out and Fire & Desire regroup. Carmella wants Mandy to hurry up and get back in, but Mandy chooses not to. Carmella goes after her and gets her back in for a FABULOUS Kick! Sonya talks trash so Carmella grabs at her! Carmella throws Sonya in and starts throwing down hands! But Mandy rolls Carmella up! TWO, and another FABULOUS Kick hits the mark! But then Carmella spots a wave of SmackDown superstars running down the ramp! She warns Truth and Truth scrambles into the ring!
The FABULOUS Truth runs away together, Carmella on Truth’s back! But the superstars, from the B-Team to Shelton Benjamin to Apollo Crews to 205 Live’s THE Brian Kendrick, and one ref, following after! Jinder Mahal, Noam Dar, Akira Tozawa and possibly Matt Hardy are bringing up the rear as things go backstage via the crowd! Will Truth get away with his belt?
Backstage interview with the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley!
First she wins the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, then cashes in hours later after Charlotte Flair beat Becky Lynch. It was a crazy and brutal night, but obviously Bayley would do it all again in a heartbeat. People still doubted Bayley, so she created her own opportunity so that no one can doubt her again. What should SmackDown know about Bayley the Champ over Bayley the Hugger? That she’s moved past the hugs, and that she dares every woman to bring their best.
SmackDown cameras catch up with Truth and Carmella.
They hurry to hide… in the WOMEN’S locker room!? That’s not gonna work! Truth runs out, but has to keep running from both SmackDown and 205 Live superstars! Sami walks past and is just confused and amused. Sami has his own chance against a champion, after the break!
Elias rehearses in the parking lot.
The Drifter keeps his guitar warm because he’s waiting for Roman to arrive. Will Shane have Elias’ back when The Big Dog enters the Yard?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn!
Kofimania beat Kevin Owens to show everyone he is a worthy world champion! But while Kevin is a sore loser, Sami is in a good mood. Because apparently Big E is down again! His bad leg was attacked by Kevin! Xavier tells Kofi to handle his business, he’ll take care of Big E. Medics come by, too, but will Kofi be able to focus after what just happened?
Kofi rushes the ring and wants right at Sami! The bell rings, and Kofi fires off! He puts Sami in a corner but the ref backs Kofi off. Kofi goes after Sami as he slips out of the ring with a big lariat! He puts Sami back in and counter punches Sami to a corner. Kofi stomps away but the ref backs him off. Kofi goes at Sami again but Sami dumps Kofi out. Sami grins while catching his breath. Sami fetches Kofi while fans rally up. He throws Kofi into steel steps! Sami mockingly applauds then refreshes the count. He drags Kofi up to throw hands then puts Kofi back in the ring. Sami stalks Kofi to rain down punches and stomps. The ref backs Sami off, but Sami walks into Kofi’s elbows. Kofi throws hands but Sami hits back. Sami whips but Kofi goes up and dropkicks back!
Sami bails out again and checks his teeth while fans rally up. Kofi catches his breath while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Sami and Kofi fight on the top rope. Sami rains down rights but fans rally for Kofi. Sami wants and hits a SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO! Kofi survives and Sami grows frustrated. Sami dares Kofi to stand. Kofi stands in a corner, Sami runs in but gets tackled! Kofi fires off furious right hands! He lets up and Sami ends up in a corner. Kofi clotheslines then whips corner to corner. Sami boots Kofi then runs out, but into double stomps! Fans fire up with Kofi as he aims from a corner. “New! Day Rocks!” as Kofi spins, but Sami ducks to back suplex. Kofi slips out to hit Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Kofi’s still rolling on, and gets payback for his friend! But then Paul Heyman appears! The Advocate to the Beast in the Bank has the contract! Heyman teases opening the briefcase. Kofi is ripe for the picking, but it’s DOLPH ZIGGLER who attacks?! The Show-Off has been off SmackDown for weeks! He rains down rights and smothers Kofi into the mat, but why!? He throws Kofi into a corner and then stalks him to the apron. Ziggler bends Kofi back then throws him into the post! He grinds his knee into Kofi, then pulls his legs up for a post-assisted Boston Crab! Ziggler claws Kofi’s eyes!!
Ziggler lets Kofi fall to the floor, but he’s not done! He throws him over the commentary desk! And then drags him off it to grab a chair. He puts it around Kofi’s head! Ziggler drags Kofi up with the chair collar, to throw into the side of the desk!! Ziggler may have just crippled Kofi! But he won’t stop, he’s stomping the chair into Kofi’s face! Referees pry Ziggler off Kofi but the damage has been done. Then he comes back for more! He leaps and STOMPS the chair around Kofi’s head!! Kofi is barely moving, and that is when Ziggler decides to leave. Is Ziggler a Paul Heyman Guy?
The medical team gets a stretcher for Kofi. They carefully move the chair away, and just as carefully get Kofi on the body board. From there, Kofi is strapped in and put on the stretcher. Kofi wants to get up but the medics tell him to stay. Kofi stands! And he keeps his promise to Sami that he will walk out of here on his own two feet. Fans give Kofi support with “New! Day Rocks!” but is the dream of Kofimania coming to an end?
Roman Reigns walks into SmackDown!
But Elias finds him first. Where is he? On top of a SmackDown production truck. “Roman wants to be me, it makes so much sense. But when you talk, you sound as dumb as the people of Providence.” Roman’s jealous, jealous from the start. Jealous of Elias’ soul and Elias’ heart. It’s time to take the Big Dog for a walk. Roman just shakes his head and continues on. Their MITB rematch is coming, will SmackDown be the same?
Bayley & Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair & Lacey Evans!
The Sassy Southern Belle helped The Queen take one belt from The Man, but had no luck getting her own. And Charlotte didn’t have that belt for long, because Ms. Money in the Bank took it with a cash-in! Will the Model Soldier and #CharlotteNineTimes fare better together against #BeckyOneBelt and #BayleyTripleCrown? Or will the combined forces of the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions be too much for even them?
Before heading out, Becky Lynch has a backstage interview. She had quite the night at MITB with her two matches going on back-to-back. What is her mindset now that she’s down to just one title? Becky doesn’t feel right without the blue belt, but if someone else has to have it without having beat her for it, at least it’s Bayley. Bayley comes by and says that while #BeckyTwoBelts sounded nice, #BayleyTwoBelts sounds even better. Yeah, yeah. Becky would shake hands with Bayley but she can’t trust herself not to deck her old friend. Bayley wants Becky to calm down, but she does welcome The Man coming back around for her gold. Will these two manage to win to then go champ versus champ?
Becky makes her entrance first, followed by Bayley. The teams sort out while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Becky starts against Charlotte while Lacey covers her ears hearing the cheers for the champions. Charlotte shrugs it off as she circles with Becky, but then Becky goes after Lacey! Becky still owes Lacey for making her lose the SmackDown title, but then Charlotte saves Lacey by going after Becky. Charlotte drags Becky up but then Bayley runs in. Charlotte runs at Bayley because Bayley cashed in on her, but Bayley throws Charlotte out. Bayley helps Becky up but Becky doesn’t need help. But then Bayley saves Becky from Lacey, and Becky saves Bayley from Charlotte. The champs come to an understanding and focus on Charlotte.
Bayley tags in and Becky brings Charlotte up. SmackDown returns to single picture as Bayley bumps Charlotte off buckles. Charlotte blocks a bump to give a CHOP! And then give Bayley buckles bumps in return. Charlotte CHOPS Bayley more, but Bayley pushes her away. Charlotte runs back in but Bayley flapjacks her on buckles! Bayley runs back in to tackle her, then a knee. Charlotte dodges that to BOOT Bayley into buckles! Charlotte stomps Bayley over and over but the ref counts. The Queen backs off but drags Bayley up by her ponytail. Charlotte pulls Bayley against the rope but lets up at 4. Charlotte drags Bayley over and Lacey tags in. Lacey boucnes Bayley’s head off the mat but stops at 4.
Fans rally for Bayley but Lacey puts Bayley in a half camel clutch. She even adds in a cobra clutch so that she can dig her knuckles into Bayley’s head. Tag to Charlotte, and the Lady holds Bayley so the Queen can stomp her out! They stop at 4 and Charlotte brings Bayley up. Charlotte whips but Bayley reverses, only for Charlotte to tumble to the apron. Charlotte shoulders in but into Bayley’s knee! Bayley crawls but Charlotte yanks Becky down! Charlotte hurries to tackle Bayley into the corner and ram her shoulder in more! Lacey tags in and stomps Bayley. Tag to Charlotte and Charlotte CHOPS Bayley! Charlotte keeps Bayley away from Becky, and tells her to kiss this. Charlotte scoops but Bayley slips out and clotheslines Charlotte down!
Both women are down but Charlotte slumps out of the ring. She goes after Becky again but gets kicked away! Hot tag brings in The Man! And The Man goes after the Queen with an ax handle! Becky puts Charlotte in then climbs up to missile dropkick her down! She hits a calf kick then keeps moving, to dropkick Lacey down! Becky aims a kick at Charlotte, then climbs back up. Becky leaps for a flying forearm! Charlotte flounders but Becky is on her with a Becksploder! Fans fire up but Charlotte elbows Becky back. Charlotte gives Becky a backbreaker to buckle shot, then puts her leg on the ropes to drop a knee! Becky dodges and mule kicks! Then hits Lacey for good measure. But Charlotte boots Becky down!
Charlotte goes after the leg but gets pushed into buckles. Becky rolls Charlotte but Charlotte rolls through to hold the ropes! The ref sees that and stops, Becky counters to a Disarm-Her! But Lacey returns with a Woman’s Right! But Bayley returns to tag in! And Bayley hits Lacey out! But Charlotte trips Bayley, only to get a cradle counter! Bayley and Becky win!!
Winners: Bayley & Becky Lynch, Bayley pinning
The champs stand tall! They take their belts back, but they each want what the other has. Will Becky get back to being the Double Champ? Or will Bayley become the first and only Women’s Triple Double?
Carmella and R-Truth are still running around backstage!?
And Jinder Mahal catches up to them! Mahal kicks and rolls Truth up, the ref counts, TWO!! Truth fights Mahal off and catches up to Carmella. Carmella leads Truth to the parking lot. They just gotta get to a car! But the B-Team clobbers Truth! Bo covers but Axel yanks him off! Axel and Bo argue, but Truth crawls away. The B-Team go after him again but he fights them off! Truth and Carmella hurry but the B-Team is still in pursuit! Will the 24/7 Champion make it a full day with the belt?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.
After being MIA for weeks, he returns to viciously attack Kofi Kingston. But why? That question does deserve an answer, but Ziggler won’t give it here. He’ll give it out there. Ziggler returns to gorilla position and walks out on stage. Obviously fans boo and jeer, and he knows they’re upset. He’d boo himself, too. But this goes way back, to when Mustafa Ali got hurt and Kofi Kingston got his opportunity. Kofi knocked it out of the park, “but it should’ve been me.” Ziggler knows Kofi jumped through hoop after hoop and ran a gauntlet. After 11 long years of earning everything, Kofi was an overnight success, but it should be Ziggler. Kofi walked into Elimination Chamber and walked out the other side a star, but it should’ve been Ziggler!
Then Kofi went to Wrestlemania and fought Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship, while Ziggler was at home! Wrestlemania became Kofimania because he was the better wrestler and man, but it should’ve been Ziggler. Every day since, Kofi has outperformed every single critic and opponent, and he’s been a fighting champion with the respect and admiration of the fans, but it should’ve been Ziggler! So that’s why Ziggler did what he did tonight. “I had to.” So at Super Showdown, Ziggler will beat Kofi for the title because he has to. Ziggler will become WWE Champion, and the fans will have no choice but to respect, admire and love Ziggler!! Because it should’ve been him all along. Is Ziggler going to come back from Super Showdown the world champion out of desperation?
Shane returns on stage.
Becuase he wants to introduce SmackDown’s Greatest Acquisition, Elias. The Drifter appears as he plays his guitar, and Shane O’Mac follows him down the ramp. But the Big Dog is on his way, too! Will this MITB rematch last longer than the original?
Roman Reigns VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon!
SmackDown returns again as Roman makes his entrance. He joins Elias in the ring and the bell rings. They tie up and Roman fires off uppercuts! Elias flounders out of the ring but Roman pursues. Shane stays close but then Elias gets another uppercut! Roman bumps Elias off barriers, then takes aim to hit the Drive-By dropkick! Shane hurries away as Roman puts Elias in the ring. Roman makes sure Shane stays away, then join Elias in the ring. Elias kicks the ropes to get Roman low! DDT and cover, TWO! Elias is frustrated but Shane has confidence. Elias stomps Roman then rains down rights. He throws Roman right into a post! Roman falls out of the ring but Elias pursues to clothesline him back down! Elias strikes his new pose while we go to one more break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Roman hits Elias with a leaping lariat! Shane panics as Roman gives Elias the point-blank clotheslines! Roman goes up to 10, then runs to BOOT Elias down! Fans fire up with Roman as he locks ‘n’ loads! Shane waits to trip Roman up! Elias hits a leaping knee! Elias electric chair lifts but Roman slips out! Roman shoves Elias to uppercut him hard! Roman puts Elias up top to uppercut him again! Then Roman climbs to join Elias, and fireman’s carries! Elias fights back and slips out to get the electric chair again! He spins Roman for the sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Elias is shocked but Shane keeps focus for both of them. Shane coaches Elias up and Elias drags Roman to his feet. Fans duel as Elias fisherman, but Roman gets free to headbutt!
The two mean brawl back and forth with big haymakers now. Fans continue to duel, but Roman uppercuts only to get a big knee from Elias! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, but Shane helps Elias get the ropebreak! Roman knows it was Shane but Shane plays dumb. Roman goes out and gives Shane a Drive-By! But Elias baseball slides Roman! Then throws him into barriers and a post! And then the steel steps! Elias puts Roman in and hurries up top. Elias leaps, Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Elias rains down rights and then Shane tells him to go after a buckle pad. Elias undoes a pad, but the ref sees that. This is so Shane can give Elias his guitar! Shane distracts the ref and Elias picks up the guitar, but Roman SPEARS Elias! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
But Shane goes right after him! Shane rains down rights on Roman, then picks up Elias’ guitar for himself. Shane aims at Roman, but gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman glares, and eyes Elias’ guitar. Roman picks the guitar up and Shane begs for mercy. Shane crawls to a corner, but here comes Drew McIntyre! CLAYMORE! Shane and McIntyre talk trash on Roman and Shane raises McIntyre’s hand. Roman goes down because Shane has more than one henchman. Will Roman have to have his head on a swivel at Super Showdown?
A great SmackDown to follow up Raw and MITB! Shane’s backstage phone call aside, the main segment of Big E’s return was a great opening. Big E was on point, hasn’t missed a beat. Sami and Kevin had a great part in this, too, from Kevin being grumpy to Sami having the two mics and being extra hyper. Kofi VS Sami was a great match, though I’m surprised that wasn’t he main event. But again, Roman was on the show so… That aside, Ziggler surprising everyone with his attack was a good move for him, and he delivered his “It should’ve been me” jealousy promo, but I’m not sure being jealous and bitter is the way to go. And it is a bit of a shame this isn’t going to be for Extreme Rules but for Super Showdown, because just imagine these two going No Disqualifications with this same motivations.
Ali VS Almas was a great opening match, too! It’s at least some semblance of making it up to Ali by having him win, since he was screwed out in more ways than one at MITB. Even though Demon Balor is not losing at Super Showdown and certainly not to Almas, it would be great if Ali’s win here prompts his own run at the Intercontinental Championship. Though, I do wish WWE wouldn’t give away it would be Demon Balor. Making the Demon a surprise is part of the fun. But I suppose it wouldn’t sell Super Showdown if he didn’t go Demon. The 24/7 Championship being all over the show was great, though I wished Sonya or Mella would try something. But at least now Truth can say he’s the longest reigning 24/7 Champion.
The women’s tag match tonight was really good, and I enjoy the tease that, especially in a Wild Card era, Becky and Bayley want to go belt for belt down the line. Obviously Charlotte and Lacey are far from out of the picture, perhaps both Raw and SmackDown can hold contenders tournaments heading towards Stomping Grounds. It would at least look better if Charlotte and/or Lacey had to earn their matches again instead of it just being automatic. Becky VS Lacey again is fine, but I would hope WWE serves us by having Charlotte lose to either Ember Moon, Mandy or Sonya. Bayley being a new champion should mean new match-ups, so her and any of the others would be great. Save Bayley VS Becky for Summerslam or Survivor Series.
Roman VS Elias and Shane running around obviously made for a better match than MITB’s, but it should’ve been obvious McIntyre would help after the match. Again I say this is Shane unofficially recreating the Mean Street Posse, and I hope this builds towards Survivor Series. But chances are, Super Showdown’s Roman VS Shane match just turns into a stepping stone towards that, which is actually a shame. Though, so much of Super Showdown isn’t really necessary, it is just fanservice to Saudi Arabia, so I suppose it would be par for the course.
My Score: 8.4/10