WWE Smackdown Live
Live from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s Smackdown Live as the blue brand rolled into town for the May 30th edition of the show.
We kick the show off it’s the Fatal 5-Way participants telling us all about the match tonight. Charlotte claims that’s she’s genetically superior to everyone else. Carmella says she’s taking her opponents to school. Natalya says she’ll win because she’s the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Becky claims she’s representing the fighting Irish tonight but she doesn’t need luck to win. Finally, Tamina says it’s her time now.
Kevin Owens’ Highlight Reel
KO once again hosts his version of the Highlight Reel. He talks about how Y2J invented the Money In The Bank Ladder Match but he never won one. He says that he’ll do what Jericho couldn’t. Owens introduces his guest, Shinsuke Nakamura. Owens says he doesn’t care who Shinsuke Nakamura is but people want to know exactly who he is. KO promises to send Nakamura into retirement just like he did Jericho. Nakamura is interrupted by Baron Corbin. Corbin leads the highlight package detailing his vicious assault on Sami Zayn last week. Owens says he’s been beating up Sami for 15 years then tells Corbin to leave. Corbin says he’ll become Mr Money In The Bank. Shinsuke says they’re both very forgetful because he pinned Owens last week and reminds Corbin of the two times Zayn beat him. Both men attack Nakamura but Zayn comes to the rescue. He then challenges both men to a tag match.
Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin
Corbin and Nakamura start off the match with each other as they go back and forth early on. The King of Strongstyle begins to take over the match as Zayn gets the tag. Corbin runs to tag in Owens and the former best friends reignite their feud. Owens makes the tag to Corbin as they begin to wear down Sami Zayn. Repeated quick tags from Corbin & KO ensures they stay in control of the match. Sami counters a headlock from KO into the Blue Thunder Bomb but he’s unable to make the as Corbin takes out Nakamura. The beat down continues on Zayn but he levels Corbin and drops him with a big clothesline. With tags made in either end, Nakamura begins to take control as he dominates Owens. Nakamura gets a near fall. Another pinfall attempt is broken up by Corbin and a brawl ensues, Sami throws Owens into Corbin and he drops his partner. Shinsuke hits the Kinshasa. Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura win via Pinfall.
The Usos are in the ring saying that the Universe looks mad because The Usos are still Tag Team Champions as they mock the crowd they’re interrupted by the returning New Day. New Day make their way to the ring as The Usos step out. Xavier says he couldn’t think of a better place to debut than his hometown. The Usos interrupt them and New Day proceed to mock then. The Usos welcome them to The Usos Penitentiary. Big E speaks up saying they want the titles. The Usos say they’re running the show now. Xavier points out that Shane runs the show and announces a Tag Title Match at Money In The Bank, The Usos vs New Day.
The Fashion Files
The Fashion Police are back and in this episode, Fandango finds their office has been trashed. They discover a new case, The Colons. The Fashion Police are back!!
Fatal 5 Way: Charlotte vs Becky Lynch vs Natalya vs Tamina vs Carmella
A massive brawl ensues with all women involved and the ref loses all control. The Welcoming Committee take apart Charlotte and Becky. Becky regains the upper hand as she takes out Carmella on the outside. Tamina rips apart the announcer’s table but Charlotte fights back as she takes out both Natalya and Tamina. She takes them both down a huge moonsault from the top rope. Carmella jumps Charlotte from behind only to be attacked by Becky. Becky gets dropped by Tamina and Charlotte takes out Tamina and then Nattie takes out Charlotte. Natalya again tries to put Charlotte through the table but she fights back and Powerbombs Natalya through the table.
With everyone laid out all over the arena, Shane makes his way out. Shane announces the first ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match.
Breezango vs The Colons
Breeze and Primo start the match as Primo takes early control. Breeze fights back and makes an early tag to Fandango. Breezango use their water guns to fight off the Colons. Back from the break and The Colons are in control. They isolate Fandango and get a series of near falls. Tyler Breeze as the janitor come back and takes down The Colons. Breeze hits the Un-prettier. Breezango win via Pinfall.
AJ is interviewed prior to the main event. He claims that he’s building momentum on his way to Money In The Bank. Ziggler interrupts saying that this may be AJ’s house but he laid the foundations.
Randy Orton reminds us just who he is and tells us he’s beaten everyone there is to beat. He talks about his family legacy. Orton says he will beat Jinder Mahal at Money In The Bank. He says that Jinder is too arrogant for respect and goes on to say that he’ll become a 14 time champion. Randy is interrupted by the WWE Champion. Jinder appears on the big screen saying he’s just another ignorant American. He calls Randy a symbol of the past as he refers to himself as the future.
Dolph Ziggler vs AJ Styles
The two men lock up early on and go back and forth. Ziggler throws AJ rib first into the steel post. With Ziggler in control, AJ tries to fight back. AJ comes back and regains control. AJ gets a near fall. Ziggler counters the Styles Clash into a pin but the ref spots his feet on the ropes. AJ gets a near fall following the fireman’s carry neck-breaker. Ziggler counters an attempt at a top rope Styles Clash with a massive DDT. AJ counters the Fame Asser but Dolph in turn prevents the Styles Clash. Both men are rocked as Ziggler drops his opponent with a big knee. Dolph tries for a top rope suplex but AJ slips out. A back and forth exchange leads to Ziggler getting locked in the Calf Crusher. Dolph fights back to hit the Zig Zag but only manages a near fall. Styles dodges the Super Kick but Dolph stops the Phenomenal Forearm and hits another Super Kick. Dolph Ziggler wins via Pinfall.
A great episode of Smackdown! Absolutely amazing, I’m loving Owens‘ version of the Highlight Reel. That was then followed up by a brilliant opening match. The Fashion Police gimmick is amazing, both men are finally being used correctly and they really do deserve a Tag Title reign. The New Day’s return is massive for the Tag division and hopefully it’ll help spark some life into the division. The rumours of the Women’s Money In The Bank match were finally confirmed and what a way to announce following a spectacular brawl. I’m going to give Smackdown 8/10.