Paige starts off Smackdown, showing a recap of the Greatest Royal Rumble. She talks about the Shinsuke vs. AJ Styles match this Sunday and how it is No Disqualification!
Miz is in the ring dressed like a character from Naruto. He recaps last weeks MizTv and says Daniel Bryan is banned from Miz TV. And he calls out Seth Rollins before his match at Backlash on Sunday. That IC Title match will be insane. He calls down to the ring… Jeff Hardy! They go back forth, trading jabs and not really saying much. They go over Jeff interrupting Randy Orton a few weeks ago. Miz asks Jeff if he wonder what Randal thinks of that, then invites out Randy! Randy say that he and Jeff Hardy are cool. Miz isn’t happy about that. He brings up the fact that Randy doesn’t play well with others the brings up the long forgotten Top 10 list. Randy doesn’t care and neither does anyone else. Miz keeps stirring the pot. Randy tells him off and says he earned his rematch and challenges him to a match at Backlash. Miz isn’t pleased but just as he starts ranting, Shelton Benjamin comes out and says Orton doesn’t deserve a damn thing! Randy attacks right away. Mizz attacks Randy, Jeff attacks Miz. Randy and Jeff stand in the ring. It seemed like an RKO was inbound for ol Jeffery but it wasn’t meant to be. Commercial #1.
Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin and The Miz:
This match started during the commercial so im not sure how it started. The faces started out strong. Shelton dodged an RKO and hits the spin kick he’s been doing lately. When Miz gets tagged in he gets boo’d to high heaven. Miz has a few moments of offense before Randy breaks it and tags Hardy. Jeff runs wild and the crowd loves it. Jeff gets a good series in, tosses Miz out of the ring, and stops an interfering Benjamin. Miz stops Jeff on the top rope and Shelton kicks him off. Commercial #2. We’re back and Miz is in control over Jeff. He hits some good corner kicks on Jeff that he stole from Daniel Bryan. He goes in for one more and Jeff takes Miz out! Jeff reaches Randy and beats down a freshly tagged Shelton. Randy then heads outside to destroy Miz. Back in the ring, Shelton is getting whooped by Randy. Miz tries to save but he and Shelton end up getting a second rope DDT. Randy hit a beautiful RKO on Shelton. He tags Jeff and Jeff delivers a Swanton to Shelton Benjamin. Randy comes OUT OF NOWHERE and gives Jeff an RKO.
Winner with a side of sneak attack: Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy
Backstage is lovely Renee Young with the IIconics. They make fun of her for being Canadian and say they’re better than Asuka. The IIconics shoo off Renee and welcome in Carmella. Mella talks about their victories the past few weeks and Backlash. The IIconics were the real stars here. As usual.
The Bar is backstage wiiiiith the New Day! There are pancakes, baby oil, and some dude named Mr. Bootyworth. Insanity as to be expected. Da Bar threw the pancakes. Sheamus challenges Xavier Woods to a fight but Big E thinks he means him. Xavier says “Tonight, Your soul is mine!”
Rusev and Aiden are backstage…with LANA! Lana says something is holding him back. Rusev doesn’t know what he means but its implied that its Aiden English! NOOOOOO
Big Cass makes his way to the ring. He talks trash about Canada and Daniel Bryan. Cass calls him out. Instead we get a midget in Daniel Bryan attire. Cass ends up beating the little fella up. Womp Womp.
Renee Young is in the ring! She introduces Ol Uncle Alan himself, AJ Stlyes! The crowd loses it for him. It takes Renee a few times to ask him about his match at Backlash, especially now its No DQ. Uncle Alan gives a very AJ promo, dad jokes and all. Renee says Shinsuke wants an apology for the beating he took at GRR. AJ isn’t putting up with that shit. Samoa Joe makes his way down to the ring. He’s not Nakamura?! Don’t care because its Samoa Joe and he can do whatever he wants to do. Joe makes fun of AJ’s outrage and says AJ should care about his match with Roman. Joe says AJ needs to make peace with the fact that he’s coming for that ass and take that WWE Championship. Shinsuke’s music hits and Joe gets ready to fight. Nakamura magically ends up in the ring and hits a Peenshasa on AJ. The Canadian crowd apparently enjoys this and chant Shinsuke-san’s name. Shinsuke then hits a Kinshasa on AJ while AJ is still nursing his family jewels. Shinsuke yells in AJ’s face and leaves him for dead. Shinsuke apparently had a moment before his music hits. He grabs the WWE Championship and stands tall over his kill.
Backstage is Becky Lynch, talking to herself. Asuka is close by and tells her not to worry about last week and tries to motivate Becky. Charlotte does the same. Asuka does some weird things and walks away. Not sure what that was but im okay with it.
Sheamus vs. Xavier Woods:
Sheamus overpowers Xavier pretty quickly but Xavier uses his speed to stay just a step ahead. Woods goes flying and takes out the Celtic Warrior! Cesaro tries to sell Woods bootleg pancakes, which allows Sheamus to hit him with a big boot. Sheamus beats him down more and we go to commercial. Sheamus hits an intense looking Irish Curse on Woods but cant put him away. Sheamus charges Woods in the corner but Xavier moves and Sheamus hits the ringpost. Woods hits a corkscrew leg drop that almost gets the win. The playing field is a little more even now and the two trade blows. Cesaro goes to interfere but Big E gets him. Cesaro pushes E into the ring post, Kofi goes to attack misses but Woods gets him. Sheamus throws Woods into the barricade, then back in the ring but Woods rolls him up quickly and gets the win.
Winner by the Power of Positivity: Xavier Woods
Paige is backstage with Absolution. Absolution is dead apparently. Kind of a weird segment.
Phone promo with El Idolo!
Charlotte/Becky Lynch/Asuka vs. The IIconics and Carmella:
Still not a fan of 6 person tag matches. Here are the highlights:
- Carmella does a lot of screaming
- Asuka was pulled off the ring and pretty much died
- Very physical match between these 6.
- The IIconics will be huge on Smackdown Live
- Charlotte has the best Back flip.
Asuka makes Peyton Royce tap
Winner by painful looking submissions: Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Asuka
That’s it for Smackdown this week folks. Didn’t hit the same hype as RAW but you cant win them all! Check out our wrestling content, follow me on Twitter @buuurch1, and as always, Take Care!