SmackDown needs NEW tag team champions!
After the Hardy Boys revealed Jeff’s serious injury, they had to vacate the titles! Who from the SmackDown Tag Division will Shane McMahon simply hand the belts to?
- Mustafa Ali VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Ali wins, by disqualification.
- Vacated SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos; Bryan & Rowan win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- Ember Moon & Carmella VS Fire & Desire; Fire & Desire win.
- WWE Championship Triple Threat: Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Sami Zayn VS AJ Styles; Kingston wins and retains the WWE Championship.
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AJ Styles returns to SmackDown!
That’s right, the Phenomenal One is using the Wild Card Rule already! Vince McMahon introduced a way for SmackDown superstars to be on Raw and Raw superstars to be on SmackDown all to take the thunder out of Roman Reigns’ defiance. And as such, Styles grabs the mic as fans chant his name to say, “Oh God how I missed you!” But the Wild Card Rule is in effect, so “if you’re brave enough and you’re fast enough”, you can crossover as one of the four allowed to crash the other brand. And Styles was sure as Hell gonna be the first. Because this is STILL the House that AJ Styles Built! Except the second Wild Card is Sami Zayn! Somehow Sami survived being crushed by a garbage truck compactor.
Sami says he’d rather be somewhere else than surrounded by a bunch of “Kentucky Fried Hillbillies.” But Sami knew Styles would use the Wild Card, so Sami had to do it, too, to call Styles out on his toxicity! Wait, Styles’ nose is burning. It’s great that Sami survived but he smells like a giant foot. He should’ve showered first. Yes, make fun of Sami over smell. He did shower, but it doesn’t come out that easily! But this is classic deflection because- The New Day appears! Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are both back at 100%, and fans are excited to see them. Y’all are gonna come out and have a party without ya boys, the New~ Day~?
Styles, please don’t talk about your architectural contributions. They get it! He likes to say his catchphrase, but the fact is, Styles doesn’t live here anymore. So what Kofi wants to know is, what is he doing here tonight? Well didn’t Styles see Kofi on Raw last night? He figured he’d return the favor, “champ”. Xavier quotes Ice Cube and says check yo-self before you wreck yo-self. Kofi IS the Champion now. And Styles came all the way over here to stand in this ring, when Kofi just came from Raw to be in this ring. So what is Styles gonna do about it? Sami speaks up, because he sees where this is going. Kofi isn’t going to do what we think eh’s going to do, is he? Offer Styles a championship match tonight? Seriously!?
Listen to Sami. He loves Kofi, so he’s going to tell Kofi the truth when no one else will: the people are not happy for you. He got a taste of their affection but now he’s caught in the trap of pleasing them! Kofi doesn’t need to give anyone a title match, but Sami is the one more deserving. These people deserve a WWE Champion who will tell them the truth, “whether they want to hear it or not!” Wait, wait, wait. Kofi has a question for Sami. What’s that smell? “Take A Shower!” Yes, because honestly, he smells like a 10th grade sock drawer. Sami has Kofi all wrong. Kofi defended against Daniel Bryan to show that Wrestlemania was NOT a fluke!
And Kofi considers himself a fighting champion, so as such, he’ll put the title up again, against either of them! It won’t matter, because the result will be Kofi still the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Who will step up under the Wild Card Rule to challenge Kofimania? Or will it be both?!
Kevin Owens speaks.
“If you’re wondering why I didn’t kick off this episode of SmackDown Live as advertised”, it’s because it’s Kevin’s birthday! He meant to open the night but then he realized he didn’t want to deal with this crap. That’s good news for Kofi but the good news ends at Money in the Banke when Kevin takes that title. Happy Birthday to Kevin, but will he really get himself the best present possible in two weeks?
Mustafa Ali VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Beacon of Light and El Idolo are both representing SmackDown in the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, but it was Ali who stood tall last week. Will Almas stay tranquilo and get himself some momentum? Or will Ali continue to shine all the way to that golden opportunity?
SmackDown returns with a closer look at Ali. “Even in the darkest of times, we have to search for the light.” Sometimes the light seems too far away, but as long as you still see it, you must fight. The MITB briefcase will be the brightest of lights, seemingly out of reach, but Ali vows to fight until he takes it in his hands. He will take back the opportunity he lost, but will it be so easy? Almas makes his entrance, and Zelina has a mic. La Muneca tells everyone that in two weeks, much like the Kentucky Derby was, thousands will gather to watch MITB in hopes of watching thoroughbreds at their peak. But unlike the Derby, there is only one thoroughbred in the WWE: El Idolo!
Almas takes the mic for his own and says that he will win the MITB Ladder match. Then he’ll be El Senor Dinero in el Banko! And Ali, “amigo”, will just be envious of Almas’ success. Almas drops the mic and gets in the ring to begin the match.
Almas and Ali tie right up, and Almas puts Ali in a corner for a CHOP! But then Ali SUPERKICKS back! Almas bails out but Ali runs, but sees Almas slip in. Ali kicks Almas out hard, then runs out to meet him. Almas puts him in the timekeeper’s area but Ali hits back. Vega blocks Ali’s path and Almas trips Ali up! We go picture in picture as Ali crashes and burns!
Almas checks his chin but he’s okay. He soaks up the heat as he fetches Ali from the timekeeper’s area. Almas throws Ali into barriers then gets in the ring. Almas soaks up the heat then goes back out to fetch Ali for a CHOP! He puts Ali back in and covers, TWO! Almas puts Ali in a half camel clutch and pulls back hard. Fans rally and Ali endures. Vega barks orders but Ali powers his way up and out. Almas knees low then scoops. Ali slips out and boots Almas from a corner. Ali slips out and roundhouses Almas down! He takse aim and slingshots in for a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated as Ali keeps on Almas. Ali suplexes but Almas slips out and shoves. Almas hip tosses Ali into buckles! Cover, TWO!
Almas keeps his cool while he catches his breath. Vega keeps him on Ali, and Almas stomps away. Almas drops elbows on Ali’s back, then stomps more. Ali fights back with body shots then whips. Almas reverses but Ali tilt-o-whirls, only to get a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Vega is furious but Almas drags Ali over to a drop zone. Almas climbs up but Ali moves. Almas goes after him with an arm stretch, digging a knee into Ali’s back. Fans rally and Ali fights his way up. We return to single picture as Almas scoop slams Ali hard. Almas climbs and gets to the top, but Ali intercepts with forearms! Ali climbs but ALmas shoves him down, only for Ali to hop up fast! SUPER SPANSIH FLY! But Ali bounces away from a cover!
Vega is concerned for Almas as both men slowly sit up. Fans rally for Ali and Ali stands, only for Orton to attack!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by disqualification
But Orton isn’t just after Ali, he wants Almas! Vega saves Almas and ALmas kicks Orton back. Ali adds a kick of his own! The Viper is reeling but Ali is grinning. Ali says he doesn’t fear Orton, and fans are thunderous. Ali superkicks but Orton blocks. Orton goes for the RKO but Ali shoves Orton into Almas! Ali fires off forearms, then runs, into a pop-up RKO! Almas springboards, but into an RKO! That’s two but it really only takes one. Will Orton combine his three most dangerous letters with four others to becoming Mr. Viper in the Bank?
SmackDown takes a look at the Evolution of The Big Dog.
From FCW to NXT to The Shield to winning the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns had a fast rise in just five years. He took on The Game, took the crown for his own, and reigned over his Roman Empire, even going through one of the greatest, John Cena! Roman even added his name to the short list of those who have defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Of course, his run wasn’t without struggle, as he’s gone back and forth with The Beast, Brock Lesnar. Roman took the Universal Championship from Suplex City, but then in October of 2018, Joe Anoa’i had to reveal the truth: Leukemia was back. Roman gave up his title and fought a different fight.
Fans poured out genuine concern for The Big Dog’s genuine life or death battle, but in a miraculous four months, he was back! And then in the Superstar Shake-Up, The Big Dog would make the Blue Brand HIS Yard with a Superman Punch heard around the world! Roman does what he wants when he wants, because he’s home.
Shane McMahon returns to SmackDown!
As promised, The Best in the World is back and heads for the ring to make his major announcement. Who will he crown with those vacant SmackDown Tag Team Championships? Find out after the break!
SmackDown returns as Shane is booed by the fans. Shane wishes to digress from his business for just a moment to note how Miz brutally attacked him like a coward. Miz did it not with his hands but a steel chair. “What type of human being hits another human being with a steel chair?” Miz’s actions were deplorable. Oh sorry, this is Kentucky, he’ll dumb it down. Miz was disgusting. But he didn’t get the job done, either. Just like he won’t at MITB, because Shane will emerge victorious just like at Wrestlemanian. And your winner will be The Best in the World!
Now to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. The titles were vacated because Jeff Hardy cannot compete after what Lars Sullivan did to him. But what to do? Shane kept thinking, “Who would be worthy to be SmackDown Tag Team Champions?” He looked up and down the roster and it was just staring right back at him. So Shane introduces said worthy tag team… Daniel Bryan and Big Red Rowan! They’re apparently a tag team, so they qualify. The Planet’s Champion and his intellectual equal shake Shane’s hands and then Shane hands them the titles. But The Usos are here! The Wild Card Rule allows Jimmy & Jey to say “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Whoa!”
Whoa whoa back to them. What’re they doing here? Uh, well this is Roman’s Yard and he lets his cousins slide in when they want. Plus brilliant daddy Vince, they got the Usos Wild Rule! So SmackDown is STILL the Usos Penitentiary! And Shane, The Usos worked too damn hard for the titles to be handed out. But they’re worthy. Last time they checked, titles have to earn that. The New Day: earned it. The Bar: earned it. Hardy Boys: earned it. The Usos: earned that. But damn, Shane, even he and Miz earned those when beating the Usos. So knowing the value and prestige of those titles, he’s just gonna hand them to “Spongebob and Patrick”?! Either way, put them on the line so they can get #LockDown!
Fans want to see it, Shane seems to understand that. He can’t wait to see it! He’ll enjoy it, and this match will happen, right now! Because Shane will enjoy seeing Bryan and Rowan kick the Usos back to Raw empty-handed. Will Bryan and Rowan earn being champions? Or will a Raw team own SmackDown’s belts?!
Finn Balor speaks.
“Hello from Bray, County Wicklow!” Obviously the Intercontinental Champion is home visiting family, but he assures us that he’s still focused on MITB. Finn vows to climb, win, and cash-in. Then he’ll do extraordinary and become a dual WWE Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Champion. Finny Two Belts has a nice ring to it.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos!
We return as the teams sort out. The fans are strongly behind the Usos as Jimmy starts against Bryan with the bell. They circle and tie up. Jimmy gets the arm and wrenches, but Bryan rolls through and bridges to reverse. Bryan wrenches Jimmy to the mat but Jimmy gets up and powers Bryan back. Jey tags in and hits Bryan with a forearm. Jey covers, TWO! He keeps on Bryan with a whip corner to corner hard. Bryan hits the buckles hard and Jey tags to Jimmu. The Usos whip and elbow Bryan down to drop double elbows. Cover, ONE, and Bryan scrambles to Rowan. Rowan tags in and circles with Jey. Jey counter punches Rowan and throws chops, but Rowan shoves him to BOOT him down!
Rowan drags Jey back up and scoops with one arm to slam Jey down. He drops a big splash, cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Jey and bumps him off buckles. He throws hands and headbutts on Jey but the ref counts. Rowan backs off to tag Bryan in. Rowan clubs Jey and then whips Bryan in for a dropkick! Jey gets a Big Red splash and Bryan covers, TWO! Bryan stomps Jey at the ropes while fans rally up. Bryan grabs both arms for a double chicken wing into a stretch. He steps through for a partial motorcycle stretch. Bryan grinds Jey into the mat but Jey powers up. Rowan tags in and stomps Jey. Rowan brings Jey aruond to drive his knees into Jey’s back. He then shifts to a neck wrench but Jey endures. Fans rally up and Jey fights up, only for Rowan to hit Jimmy!
Jey uppercuts Rowan then Bryan then boots Rowan. He builds speed but Rowan body checks Jey! Rowan roars while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Jey runs corner to corner, only for Bryan to dropkick his legs out! Bryan grins as he looms over Jey. Jey sits up to get No Kicks from Bryan. Bryan goes for the buzzsaw, but Jey ducks and waistlocks. Bryan standing switches but Jimmy tags in to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Jimmy can’t believe it, but he keeps his focus as he crawls to a corner. Jimmy climbs and leaps, but the splash gets knees! Bryan turns it into the Lebell Lock! Jimmy endures as Bryan pulls back hard, then rolls him away! Jimmy keeps fighting, and rolls Bryan to a cover! TWO, SUPERKICK! Bryan goes down but so does Jimmy! Louisville is thunderous as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Rowan and Jey!
Jey kicks Rowan then climbs. Jey leaps but into Rowan’s arms! Rowan pops Jey up but Jey slips out to dodge and kick away! Jey runs again, tags Jimmy, but Roawn grips Jey’s head. Jimmy SUPERKICKS! Jey SUPERKICKS! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Jey DIVES onto Bryan and Jimmy climbs! USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rowan somehow survives! Jimmy and Jey regroup and tag. They each take a corner, because if one wasn’t enough, maybe two more can do it. But Bryan shoves Jimmy down! Jey runs and SUPERKICKS Bryan! But Rowan runs at Jey! Jey dumps Rowan out and Jimmy returns, both Usos DIVE! But are caught! Jimmy gets the Knee Plus! Rowan throws Jey around and into the ring! SUPERKICK for Rowan! SUPERKICK for Bryan! But then IRON CLAW SLAM for Jey! Cover, Rowan & Bryan win!!
Winners: Rowan & Daniel Bryan, Rowan pinning; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Shane’s picks still pull it off! But at least they earned the titles. Will Bryan and Rowan switch these belts out for organic and sustainable versions? Or will another team rise up to take the belts away before then?
SmackDown presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Bray Wyatt’s back, everybody! Now today is going to be a very special day. But, what’s going on with Mercy the Buzzard? Burp~! What’s he got there? Nothin’. C’mon, man, we’re all friends here. Back off, Bray, he said it was nothin’. What is he trying to hide? None yo’ damn business, Abby! Now go back to sleep, you old hag. Bray keeps the peace between the pals and wants to see what the fuss is about. He reaches in but Mercy snaps at him. Bray grabs… RAMBLING RABBIT?! Or what’s left of him… Mercy hated that rabbit. The rabbit was trying to force his world views on Mercy. Oh boy… It’s perfectly okay to express yourself. Whether it’s painting a painting, flying a kite, or ripping a rabbit to shreds. They can forgive him just like Bray was forgiven. In fact, Mercy should be rewarded! Does he mean…
Yes! Picnic time! And remember, Fireflies. He’ll always light the way, you just have to let him in. Bye~! See you next time~!
SmackDown returns to Shane in the ring, again.
And this time, he has the MITB briefcases. He wants to get this done as quickly as possible, because he has more important things to do. But he has important information to bring up about the MITB ladder matches. This PPV only comes around once a year, and one man and one woman will ascend the ladders to have an almost guaranteed title reign. These are some of the most brutal and physical matches, but, MIZ ATTACKS! Miz doesn’t care about the Wild Card Rule, he’s after Shane! Miz throws Shane around and punches him up the ramp! Shane is rolling and begging for mercy, only because he has no getaway car around. Miz shows no mercy, but here come The B-Team!
Curt Axel & Bo Dallas save Shane, continuing to be Shane’s new henchmen. But MIz fights off the former Miztourage and throws them at the WWE Universe! Only for Shane to SMACK Miz with a chair! Shane is again a hypocrite but he’ll never admit it. He gives Miz ANOTHER chair shot to the back! Shane leaves Miz down and out here, but will he be able to do the same when there’s a steel cage around them?
Bryan and Rowan walk and talk backstage.
They’re now the Planet’s Tag Team Champions! Just gotta change out the titles. But the #BlueCollarSolid Heavy machinery boys “congratulate” them. While eyeing the belts. Bryan and Rowan don’t take Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic seriously, but will they when they meet in the ring?
Ember Moon & Carmella VS Fire & Desire!
The War Goddess, the FABULOUS Princess and Mandy Rose are going to be in the Women’s MITB match, but they look to gain momentum in tag action! Will Sonya Deville stay humble and help her good friend? Or will they both be Eclipsed by the Shenom and Money Mella?
SmackDown goes picture in picture while superstars make their entrances. Teams sort out and we start with Sonya and Mella. We go single screen as Sonya knocks Carmella down. SOnya talks trash then whips, but Carmella dodges and tilt-o-whirls to a headscissors! Carmella clotheslines then covers, ONE! She keeps on Snoya but Sonya shoves. Carmella boots Sonya and hits Mandy, but Sonya SPEARS Carmella! Cover, TWO! Sonya tags Mandy and they mug Mella. Mandy taunts Carmella but gets a jawbreaker! Tag to Ember! Ember hits Sonya then dropkicks Mandy! She mule kicks, front kicks and forearms Mandy down! Ember scoops and gives Mandy a Fall Away Slam!
Fans fire up with Ember as she runs corner to corner for a big back elbow! She keeps moving, springboard crossbody! Cover, but Sonya breaks it up. Carmella gives Sonya a FABULOUS Kick but Mandy gives Carmella the Golden Knee! Ember enziguris Mandy out, then builds speed to DIVE! Sonya takes the hit for Mandy! Mandy gives Ember a knee! Mandy puts Ember in and underhooks to the Golden Driver! Cover, Fire & Desire win!
Winners: Fire & Desire, Mandy Rose pinning
Sonya was selfless again, and that allows Mandy to win for the team! But wait, here comes Paige! And she has #JoshiRoyalty in tow. They congratulate Fire & Desire. Paige represented them back when they “used to mean something”. But Paige traded up to Asuka and Kairi Sane, who will rip through the Women’s Tag Division. And they start next week, with Mandy and Sonya. We get the match-up we’ve been waiting for! Who leaves London in pole position towards those Women’s Tag Team Championships?
Backstage interview with Matt Hardy.
Given the news of his brother Jeff’s injury, and then the beating after, Matt went through a heartbreaking night. However, Jeff’s surgery was successful, and he’ll surely be back better than ever. But for now, R-Truth comes by to tell Matt something. But he forgot. Was it about the loathed Leviathan, Lars Sullivan? That’s why he forgot. He didn’t want to remember. But for real, Lars is vicious and unlike anyone they’ve seen. Lars’ hands are like bear traps: you get caught, you get got. Yes, Lars is a monster, and he’s right there!! Matt is ready to fight, but Lars headbutts Truth!
Matt fires off but Lars throws him into the restroom! Lars then goes back for Truth, and not even that tackle does anything! Truth still tries, but Lars pops him right up to powerbomb him through a table! The Leviathan strikes again, is there any hope for the other superstars?
Aleister Black speaks.
“For anyone who’s been rejected by those whose acceptance and affirmation should be instinctual; who dealt with the sins of the father and the mother; the marks they left upon us and the marks that we left upon ourselves, I arrogantly sit before as both your wrath and your salvation. And to my opponents, I must apologize for my over-propensity to prevail. Prevail at your expense. For you are the embodiment of the sins of which I speak. And now that I have revealed this part of myself, I must ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness for my own sins. Sins that I will seek absolution for, in the form of victory. Victory that I shall take from you.”
WWE Championship Triple Threat: Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Sami Zayn VS AJ Styles!
The fighting champion won’t just get one but two opponents tonight, all thanks to the Wild Card Rule! Will Kofimania survive the Phenomenal and the critical? Or will someone else take this title to MITB against Kevin Owens?
SmackDown returns again as introductions are made. The belt is raised, and we finally begin this Wild Card Rule main event!
Sami keeps his eyes on Kofi and Styles as he goes back and forth. Fans still taunt him to “Take A Shower!” but Sami finds himself cornered by both Styles and Kofi. Sami claims they’re going to work together against him, but Styles roundhouses Kofi! Styles then fires off on Sami with haymakers. Sami bails out and Kofi kicks Styles back. Kofi throws forearms then whips corner to corner. Styles reverses but Kofi goes up and dropkicks him down! Cover, ONE! KOfi keeps on Styles with a Penalty Kick! Then a rebound splash! Cover, TWO! Sami returns and he goes right after Kofi. Kofi dropkicks Sami back! Sami bails out again and Styles tackles Kofi to a corner!
Styles rams his shoulder in and then CHOPS Kofi. He stalks Kofi to scoop and give him a backbreaker! Sami returns but gets haymakers from Styles. Styles kicks Sami and CHOPS him in a corner. Styles leaves Sami behind but Kofi rolls Styles up! TWO, and Kofi mule kicks Styles. Kofi throws headbutts then whips Styles corner to corner. Styles reverses but Kofi boots back. Kofi gets on the top rope and leaps, crossbody to Styles’ back! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives somehow but Sami clobbers Kofi from behind. Sami throws haymakers on Kofi while Styles flounders to a corner. Sami throws Kofi into a corner to whip him at Styles. He then runs at them both but Kofi clotheslines Sami down! Saim gets up and Styles clotheslines him back down!
Kofi and Styles brawl, but Styles gives the Phenomeal Blitz. Kofi avoids the clothesline to give one of his own! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the New Day Boom Drop! Styles crawls away while Kofi aims from a corner. But Sami trips Kofi up! Styles slingshots but Sami avoids him to trip him up! The Underdog from the Underground is on control while we go to one more break!
SmackDown returns once more, and Sami has Kofi all alone. Fans taunt Sami about taking a shower but he toys with Kofi. Kofi CHOPS back, but Sami kicks low. Sami runs, but Kofi drops down then jumps up, into a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Sami grows frustrated and Styles slowly crawls into the ring. Sami goes after Styles with haymakers and chops. But Styles hits back with hands and stomps! Fans fire up with Styles as he whips, but Sami holds the ropes. Sami rakes Styles’ eyes! Sami hops up and leaps for a tornado DDT! Cover, but Kofi is right there to break it! Sami stands first and gets after Kofi. They brawl and Sami tackles Kofi to a corner for body shots. Sami puts Kofi up but Kofi fights back. Kofi whips but Sami reverses, only for Sami to run into Kofi’s swing kick!
Kofi climbs again, but Sami rocks him with a right! Sami climbs up top, and gives Kofi a SUPERPLEX! But Sami has to crawl to the cover! TWO as Kofi survives! Sami and Styles slowly stand and lock onto each other. Sami throws hands on Styles then hoists him up top. Fans rally for Kofi while Sami climbs to join Styles. Styles slips out and trips Sami up! Styles throws a BIG haymaker, then hoists Sami up top. Now Styles climbs to join Sami, for a SUPER STEINER! Styles goes after Kofi now with a fireman’s carry and a fast Ushigoroshi! Kofi and Sami end up int he same corner but Styles goes after Sami. Styles whips but Sami reverses, but gets a back elbow. Styles hops up and moonsaults.
Kofi runs in but Styles kicks him. Styles has them both, but Kofi slips through, SOS DDT combo!! But no one can cover! Louisville loves this and are fired up behind Kofi! Kofi crawls to a corner and staggers over to Styles. Styles stands and they brawl with big haymakers. “This is Awesome!” as Kofi and Styles trade kicks, too. Kofi walks into a boot, but throws another haymaker. He throws more and Styles staggers away. Kofi keeps on him but Styles ducks to PELE! Kofi flounders to a corner but Styles slowly goes to the opposite end. Styles stands and runs corner to corner, but Kofi puts him on the apron. Styles hits Kofi back then prepares, but Kofi trips up his springboard! Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise! Styles crashes down outside the ring!
Xavier rallies the fans, but wait, what is Kevin Owens doing here?! He said he was staying away! Xavier fights back but still gets thrown into the apron! And again! And then the steel steps! Kofi is furious but Sami gets Kofi with a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives the screw job! Sami keeps his cool as he stalks Kofi. He brings Kofi back up, Blue Thunder Bomb again! Cover, TWO!! Kevin and Sami are both frustrated that Kofi stays alive. Sami looms over Kofi then hauls him up, for a THIRD Blue Thunder Bomb! Cover, TWO!?! How is Kofi still in this?! Sami isn’t sure what to do, so he takes aim from the corner. Kofi crawls to the other end, and Sami runs in, to Trouble in Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The Prizefighter storms off, disappointed he couldn’t end Kofimania. Styles himself has to go back to Raw without a title while Kofi continues to live the dream! Will Kevin have a better chance at ending Kofi’s reign in person?
Ringside interview with Kofi Kingston.
Is Kevin Owens in Kofi’s head with all these sneak attacks? No, Kevin is not in Kofi’s head, but he is in for a world of hurt! Kofi will make Kevin pay for everything he’s done to The New Day to this point! Will Kofi prove to Kevin that he is truly a worthy champion?
As always, SmackDown manages to salvage what Raw does! Given Vince’s desperate Wild Card Rule, SmackDown still makes the best of it by bringing back AJ Styles. I don’t know if I would’ve brought Sami with him, but this does tease that Sami VS Styles might be a post MITB rivalry that could easily change Styles Face again. Now obviously, we got zero explanation as to how Sami is okay after the garage truck, but oh well. The Triple Threat was incredible, even with Kevin trying to screw Kofi. But that would’ve been expected even if Kofi was just facing one opponent tonight. For that matter, Kofi is really putting in the work this week, but we’ve seen he can do it with gauntlet matches and Elimination Chamber. This is only going to make Kofi VS Kevin at MITB all the better.
However, there was still something SmackDown could’ve done with the Wild Card Rule that would’ve made way more sense in story! Bring Miz over officially and then he and Roman can settle things with Shane or whoever Shane puts up as henchmen. Miz attacking Shane tonight was a good choice, obviously, though he might be in “violation” of the “rule”. Maybe Raw will do that match when Roman uses the Wild Card Rule, or doesn’t. I’m just thinking we’re still going to get Miz and Roman VS Team Shane at some point, it would just make sense. Instead, we get a video package for Roman, albeit a great one. We also get another great promo from Aleister, but I want to see him have matches already. A perfect Aleister is Tweener, but he’ll be Face by default, which is also fine.
What didn’t make sense is using Wild Card Rule on Usos. They gave a great promo and had a great match with Bryan and Rowan, but why not elevate a true SmackDown team in this tag title segment? Though, it’s good to see A) Bryan wants organic belts like I figured and B) Heavy Machinery is moving up after them anyway. Given this new #BlueCollarSolid part of their characters, they’re the perfect tag team foil to Bryan’s anti-industry, anti-consumerism etc gimmick. Ali VS Almas was a great match, even with Orton disqualifying it. Orton stands tall this time because, well, he’s Orton. I would love if we got a Triple Threat or Fatal 4 Way of the SmackDown entrants either next week or as the go-home.
And I should’ve have been surprised that an advertised Six Woman Tag turns into a 2v2 tag instead, but I wasn’t. Perhaps something kept Bayley and Charlotte from being on the show, since they weren’t even there backstage. The match was also a short one, which also should’ve surprised me but not with how Vince has been treating tag team wrestling for both men and women. At least we’re getting Paige’s old team VS her new team like I was hoping for. Pretty sure Kairi and Asuka take the win to then go after the IIconics at MITB. Maybe Bayley and Charlotte have their own segment next week to revisit Charlotte ruining Becky VS Bayley from last week. Granted, we already got a Bayley VS Charlotte match, but perhaps another one would make for a good go-home match.
My Score: 7.9/10
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.
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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