15th May2019

WWE Smackdown Live – May 14th 2019: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

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Welcome to this weeks Smackdown Live review right here on Nerdly. I’m Phil and I’m filling in for a busy Nathan this week – so lets see if this episode can impress, because the rest of WWE’s output so far this week hasn’t!

Match #1: Andrade def. Finn Bálor, Ali and Randy Orton in Fatal 4-Way Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With all four Superstars wanting to make a major statement ahead of the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday, Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor, Ali, Andrade and Randy Orton collided in a chaotic Fatal 4-Way Match. The no disqualification nature of Fatal 4-Way Match came into play when a ladder was (fittingly) introduced into the melee. All four attempted to use it as a weapon, and Orton leveled Ali with an RKO after the surging Superstar was unable to connect with his signature 054. In the clutch, Finn connected with an awe-inspiring dive onto The Viper and Ali, but Andrade capitalized by sneaking up on the Intercontinental Champion, ramming him into the steel steps and hitting his Hammerlock DDT to pick up a major victory. Andrade began to ascend the ladder to symbolically grab the briefcase hanging above the ring, but his climb was interrupted by Raw’s Ricochet (thanks Wild Card Rule!), who dropped Andrade from the top of the ladder and grabbed the Money in the Bank briefcase before exiting.

My Thoughts: A whole group of wrestlers who can do everything in ring: Fight, fly and create excitement… And Randy Orton. Andrade, Ali and Balor pulled out all the stops to make this match one hell of watch. Meanwhile Orton lumbered around the place looking as old and over the hill as he is.; in fact putting him in the ring with the likes of Ali, Balor and Andrade made him look even worse than usual. Maybe its time he RKO’d himself INTO nowhere?

Match #2: Shane McMahon, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Rowan def. Roman Reigns & The Usos

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After The Usos of Raw used the Wild Card Rule to come to the aid of Roman Reigns and sparked a brouhaha with Shane McMahon, Elias, and SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan, Shane decreed that all seven Superstars would run it back in a 4-on-3 Handicap Match. Noticeable by his absence was The Miz, who Shane barred from ringside earlier in the evening, saying that if The A-Lister showed up during the Handicap Match, Shane would immediately cancel their Steel Cage Match this Sunday at WWE Money in the Bank. When Jey Uso tweaked his ankle after missing a high-risk maneuver, the foursome took advantage of their numbers advantage, with Shane-O-Mac wearing down Jey and the rest of the squad following suit.

Despite absorbing tremendous punishment from his opponents, Jey rallied back and dropped Shane with a pinpoint kick before finding the energy to tag a fresh Big Dog into the matchup. Reigns unloaded on Bryan and eventually tagged in Jimmy, which allowed The Usos to run wild. A flurry of action saw Bryan connect with his Running Knee and Reigns level Rowan with a Superman Punch on the outside. During the melee, Jey Uso found himself in prime position to be hit with Shane’s Coast-to-Coast that secured the victory for the quartet. Shane seemed ready to continue the attack after the bell, but The Miz put a stop to any such thing when he dashed out with a steel chair to even the odds for Reigns & The Usos, clearing the ring of Shane, Elias, Bryan and Rowan. There will be no escape for Shane this Sunday though, when he and Miz are locked inside the confines of a Steel Cage.

My Thoughts: From one multi-man match to another. And they couldn’t be more different. In fact I’d go as far as using the old “night and day” cliche. I just LOVE (note the sarcasm) how the WWE are subjecting us to the Shane/Miz feud on EVERY main roster show…. I’m REALLY loving it (again, note the sarcasm).

Match #3: The Kabuki Warriors def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The IIconics sitting in on guest commentary and touting their greatness, the newly dubbed Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) took on Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville. Asuka & Kairi had Fire & Desire reeling early, with neither Mandy nor Sonya having any answers for The Empress & Sane’s dynamic offense. However, Rose and Deville used their experience as a team to cut the ring off and isolate Kairi. Sane eventually tagged the former SmackDown Women’s Champion though, and Asuka let loose on Fire & Desire. Deville, however, wore down The Empress of Tomorrow and took her down with a nasty right hand. Deville looked primed to claim the win, but Mandy wanted in, looking to reap the rewards of Sonya’s hard work. However, when Mandy went for the pin, Asuka reversed it into a rollup of her own for the win. The Kabuki Warriors were victorious, Mandy was shocked, Sonya was definitely irritated and The IIconics were eyeing the up-and-coming Asuka & Kairi.

My Thoughts: Another great match for the women. Having Asuka and Kairi Sane tag together has turned out to be an inspired idea. Love the fact it was essentially Paige’s old tag team, Absolution, versus her new tag team – even if the name for that tag team is [frankly] stupid. I’m hoping we see more of these two teams going head to head in future… don’t ruin the chemistry by throwing The iiconics into the mix WWE. Please!

News of the Night:

  1. The Usos used the Wild Card rule to attack Shane, Elias, Daniel Bryan and Rowan in the opener
  2. Carmella cuts a promo on winning Money in the Bank again
  3. Alestair Black cut another creepy promo in a follow up to last week
  4. The Usos vs. Bryan & Rowan for the Smackdown tag titles has been added to this years Money in the Bank PPV
  5. The tag team of Asuka and Kairi Sane is apparently now titled “The Kabuki Warriors”… Really WWE. Really?! Could you be any more stereotypical?
  6. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn beat the hell out of Kofi Kingston in the “Kevin Owens Show” main event. Yes, main event.

Final Score: 2.5/5

Three matches. THREE matches? In a 2-hour show? Utterly ridiculous. I’m seriously hoping this is just the WWE spinning its wheels with Smackdown until the move to Fox in October. If not, it sure looks like Vince is trying to bury his B-show in mediocrity. To be fair two out of the three matches were decent, so at least Smackdown had that going for it this week. Though the heavy focus on story took a lot away from the good in this episode.

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