08th May2019

WWE Smackdown Live – May 7th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Smackdown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and the WWE Wild Card has already got me confused, but at least it’s better than a brand split.

Match #1: Ali vs. Andrade

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With the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match less than two weeks away, two of SmackDown LIVE’s four representatives in the contest — Ali and Andrade — looked to make a statement at the other’s expense in a one-on-one contest. Prior to the match, Andrade boldly declared that Ali would be lucky to even make it to the Money in the Bank event after their battle. With both wanting to gain a victory and a psychological advantage heading into the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, the two Superstars went full force, but neither could claim a victory thanks to Randy Orton. Without warning, The Viper slid into the ring and blindsided both Ali and Andrade. After Zelina Vega grabbed Andrade’s leg to prevent Orton from dropping him with a DDT, however, Ali and Andrade both got their licks in on The Viper. Ali avoided an RKO and hit Orton with several stinging blows, but Ali and Andrade were each leveled with ring-rattling RKOs by The Apex Predator (Orton lifted Ali into the air and caught him with an RKO on the way down, and Andrade felt the same move when he launched himself off the top rope at Orton). After taking out the pair, Orton eyed the Money in the Bank briefcase — a prize he very conceivably could obtain if he once again rains down RKOs at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Only Vince would waste a match this promising on a run-in. Randy Orton was booked to ruin this bout, which is a shame. These guys were getting somewhere, but not that quickly, thanks to the short length.

Match #2: Daniel Bryan & Rowan def. The Usos to become SmackDown Tag Team Champions

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After The Hardy Boyz were forced to relinquish the SmackDown Tag Team Titles last week on the blue brand, Shane McMahon promised to crown new champions here tonight. Of course, Shane first verbally lambasted the people of Louisville before announcing that he had chosen Daniel Bryan & Rowan to be the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions. However, before he could bestow the titles upon them, Raw Superstars The Usos arrived and, via the “Wild Card Rule,” convinced Shane that Bryan & Rowan should have to earn the titles … in a match against The Usos right now for the vacant championships! Shane co-signed and the two teams went at it, with Bryan and Rowan looking to earn the titles they were almost given by surviving The Uso Penitentiary. In a ferocious battle, Bryan and Rowan looked to corner and ground The Usos as often as possible. Jimmy & Jey refused to stay down though, battling back and seemingly closing in on the victory that would see them take the SmackDown Tag Team Titles to Raw. In the closing moments, Rowan withstood a barrage of superkicks and connected with the Iron Claw to Jey that secured the three-count and the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a really good match. Everything they went for came together like clockwork. The star here was Bryan, but The Usos were right there with him and made the most of this chance to wrestle for the tag titles. Rowan did well here, but he still felt like the odd man out. Overall, this was a fine match with a fabulous pedigree.

Match #3: Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville def. Carmella & Ember Moon

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This tag team match would have major implications on the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view, as three of the four Superstars representing SmackDown LIVE in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match squared off on the blue brand. Fire & Desire used their experience as a team to their advantage, with Sonya Deville sacrificing herself for Mandy Rose in order for God’s Greatest Creation to hit Ember Moon with several high-impact maneuvers to get the win as Carmella was downed on the outside.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – Screw Bret Hart. These are the best there are, the best there were and the best that ever will be. Also, I’ve practicing lying as a hobby. Can you tell what the lie was? This wasn’t much of a match, but Moon did well.

Match #4: (Main Event) WWE World Champion Kofi Kingston def. Sami Zayn and AJ Styles in a Triple Threat Match For The WWE World Championship

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WWE Champion Kofi Kingston ain’t scared of no wild cards; that much we know. For the second straight night, Kofi Kingston embraced Mr. McMahon’s new “Wild Card Rule” by defending his WWE Championship against unexpected opponents. AJ Styles and Sami Zayn looked to bring the WWE Title back to Raw, but Kingston was steadfast in his confidence, taking on the dynamic attacks of both Styles and Zayn and firing back with his own. The contest was highlighted by Kofi hitting a dazzling splash that sent all of his bodyweight crashing down on Styles’ back, Zayn nailing Kofi with a picture-perfect superplex, a massive hurricanrana from Styles to Zayn, and Kofi landing one of the most innovative SOSs of all-time (that also saw Styles drop Zayn with a reverse DDT).

In the closing moments, Kevin Owens (who earlier in the night claimed he was leaving the arena to celebrate his birthday) arrived and took out Xavier Woods with a brutal attack. This distraction allowed Zayn to connect with three Blue Thunder Bombs onto Kingston, but The Dreadlocked Dynamo refused to stay down and incredibly kicked out each time. A frustrated Zayn switched up his strategy, sizing Kofi up for a Helluva Kick, but the WWE Champion once again found a way, connecting with Trouble in Paradise for three to retain his title in an instant classic brought to us by the “Wild Card Rule.”

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was another stellar WWE World Title Match from a wonderful champion in Kofi Kingston. As Triple Threats go, this one held together quite well. Everything was done with all the gusto in the world, like Carol Channing at a strip club. Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees, look at these. If you had told me that Kofi would be the WWE World Champion by now, I would have told you to quit huffing paint. I’m thrilled that these are the people that are getting the title shots. Talent will always find a way, no matter what. That being said, I would have liked this match to have been announced a week in advance. Overall, this was a real winner of a main event.

News Of The Night:

  1. Randy Orton attacked Ali and Andrade.
  2. Kevin Owens attacked Xavier Woods to push the title feud between Owens and Kofi Kingston.
  3. Heavy Machinery is being teased as the next feud for Daniel Bryan and Rowan.
  4. The Miz attacked Shane McMahon to build toward their Steel Cage Match at the Money In The Bank Pay Per View.
  5. Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville happens, next week.
  6. Lars Sullivan attacked Matt Hardy and R-Truth.
  7. Aleister Black cut a good, yet over-produced promo.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was like Raw, but with less errors, due to the shorter run-time.

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