WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 19, 2016) from Greenville, South Carolina with a taped show on the USA Network featuring the go home show to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) coming up this Sunday, May 22 in Newark, New Jersey.
Because SmackDown is a taped show, you can simply go read the spoilers to know everything that happens (find them by clicking here). We will provide results below.
You can use this space to discuss all the events as they occur, however, and it's probably going to enhance your viewing experience. In fact, I know it is because we're a lot of fun around here.
Enjoy the show!
Then. Now. Forever.
Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro
Sami Zayn & the Miz w/ Maryse are on commentary. Miz says they were supposed to all be on MizTV but he canceled it because everyone disrespects him on his show.
We'll see if this turns into another tag team match. I'd be more surprised if the match remains a one on one match.
Much of the early part of the match, Cesaro uses his power mixed with some uppercuts to control the match. Owens takes multiple breaks on the outside. It was only when Maryse started jawing at Cesaro that KO is able to knock him off the apron, toss him in the ring steps, and take control.
Kevin is able to argue back and forth from the ring with Miz who's sitting outside. Maryse starts (I assume) insulting Sami in French, who responds in French.
As a comeback, when KO is on the top rope looking for a frog splash, Cesaro hits a huge uppercut, then a standing drop kick, and follows up by climbing up and delivering a gut wrench suplex on KO. And it was super impressive because Cesaro is awesome. Then it's uppercut time.
After a beating from Cesaro, KO takes a break outside and delivers a punch to Sami. Cesaro hits a cannonball form the apron on KO and then shoves the Miz before getting back in the ring to swing KO. Miz jumps on the apron during the swing, distracting Cesaro, and KO hits a superkick but only for a near fall.
Then Zayn comes into the ring to go after Owens, but Cesaro stops him and delivers an uppercut to Zayn to avoid the DQ! KO takes advantage with a roll up and a handful of tights for the win.
Kevin Owens def. Cesaro
After the match, KO peaces and the other three hit moves on each other, ending with Cesaro eating a Helluva Kick and then Sami getting a Skull Crushing Finale.
I wonder if this is leading to a full on Cesaro/Zayn program down the line.
Paige vs. Dana Brooke
Becky Lynch is on commentary.
Paige looks good early on in the match. However, after hitting her knees to the face when she's standing on the apron, Dana knocks out her legs and Paige takes a tumble.
After enduring Dana's offense, and some trash talk, Paige comes back with some stiff kicks and knees. Brooke then hits a chin breaker and then her finisher for a pin. Mauro makes a point to say "She remains unbeaten in WWE."
Dana Brooke def. Paige
Looks like Dana is going to get a push in the absence of Emma.
Renee Young interviews Rusev & Lana. She asks them to explain Rusev's actions from Monday. Rusev says that he's the greatest US champion of all time and he's going to take back his title. Instead of saying "Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!" they're all going to say "Machka! Machka! Machka!"
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
This is pretty much a year removed from their "Kiss Me Arse" match. There are no arse related stips to this match.
Early on, both men are evenly matched, with neither man having the advantage, until Sheamus hits a bit clothesline. Sheamus holds the advantage for awhile until a missed Brogue leads to a Fame-Asser from Dolph. Sheamus is soon back on the attack, hitting a bunch of power moves for near falls.
After talking some trash, Dolph goes into super speed mode and after a quick back and forth, he hits a superkick for the win.
Dolph Ziggler def. Sheamus.
After the match, Baron Corbin comes out to the entrance. He tells Ziggler that this Sunday, he's going to hurt him and no one can stop Corbin from doing so.
Chris Jericho/Dean Ambrose segment
Jericho cuts a promo from under the Asylum. He puts the match over the match as the most dangerous match in WWE, one that Dean Ambrose invented. However, he's been in every match there's been in, asides from the Asylum of course. But neither has Ambrose and that gives Y2J the advantage because he's smarter. He's smarter and crazier... he's the lunatic.
He has them lower the Asylum as he calculates how many days he'll put Ambrose in the hospital given how many weapons there are. His math gives him the result of 40 days.
As he's given everyone the gift of Jericho, one of the guys who comes out to help make sure the cage is secure is in the ring... but it's really Ambrose with a fake beard! He unloads on Y2J! Ambrose then climbs up and grabs a kendo stick and tees off on Chris! Jericho is able to escape the Asylum through the door (which he won't be able to do on Sunday.)
They air another Darren Young/Bob Backlund segment, where Young ends up having to do a bunch of jumping jacks because he says the word "Damn."
The New Day & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains & the Dudley Boys
Early on in the match, Bubba receives a Unicorn Stampede. Cass does not partake but he enjoys watching it. He doesn't dance for the Trombone part either.
Xavier becomes the face of peril when he comes off the ropes and receives a big lariat from Bubba. There's continued arguing between the VVs and Dudleys, but they are able to keep control over Woods. X is finally able to hit an enziguri on Bubba and Big Cass gets the hot tag.
Cass nails everyone in his path. He hits the Empire Elbow on D-Von, but Gotch breaks up the pin. That prompts Big E to run in and toss out everyone. He then values Kofi high over the ropes onto English. Back in the ring, both Dudleys try to double team the big man, but Cass hits a big boot on D-Von and an ugly looking East River Crossing and the Empire Elbow on Bubba for the win.
The New Day & Big Cass def. the Vaudevillains & the Dudleys
Video recap of the Charlotte/Nattie Women's Title feud.
Luke Gallows (with Karl Anderson & AJ Styles) vs. Roman Reigns (with the Usos)
Gallows is able to use his size to hang with the champ early on to the point Roman is knocked out of the ring and has to take a breather. When he gets back in, now he has control on Gallows and he's the one who needs a breather outside. Unfortunately, that breather turns to a Drive By from Roman as SmackDown goes to break.
When the show returns, Gallows has just gained the advantage with a big clothesline. He maintains that advantage or awhile, having clear control on the champion.
Roman finally fights back. A lariat from the middle rope gets him a near fall on Gallows. He sets up for the Superman punch but Anderson gets on the apron and gets the punch instead. Gallows rolls up Roman for a 2 count. Roman hits the Punch on Gallows and sets up for the Spear, but from outside, AJ quickly grabs Roman's leg.
This leads to a brawl between all the men not involved in the match... and while Styles is brawling an Uso, he gets a Drive By from Roman! But when Roman gets back in the ring, he receives a Gallows Pole for a really close near fall!
Anderson slides into the ring and the Club sets up for the Boot of Doom. Gallows get DQed because of it. (Though don't hit the maneuver.)
Interesting that they opted to not to have Gallows get pinned and instead lose by DQ. Gallows looked really good in the match, hanging with the champ.
Roman Reigns def. Luke Gallows via disqualification
After the match, AJ slides some chairs in the ring, but the Usos run in and dispatch Gallows and Anderson. Then AJ runs in and dispatches both Usos!
Outside the ring, AJ sets up the announce table to put Reigns through, but Roman tosses him on the table and starts wailing on him. This then turns into a huge brawl involving all six men as SmackDown goes off the airs.
That's the show. Thanks for watching with us!