WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 5, 2016) from Kansas City, Missouri with a taped show on the USA Network featuring all the continued fallout from the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Rosemont, Illinois.
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!
The show starts with Chris Jericho and the Highlight Reel. He says that he taught Ambrose on Monday that it's not funny to mess with Jericho. And he says Dean is out due to the injuries sustained Monday from Y2J crashing Mitch the potted plant over his head.
He introduces Sami Zayn as his guest tonight. They replay the IC madness from Monday... on the Jerich-tron! They actually used the TV! Y2J gets on Zayn from attacking Jericho's "good friend" Kevin Owens and calls him a sore loser for that and calls him a dirty thief for holding up IC title. He asks Sami what kind of human being he is.
Sami says he thinks he's a pretty good human being. People would agree just like they'd agree that Jericho's scarf is pretty dumb.
Zayn said what upset him about Kevin Owens was the post match slap. He's then interrupted by the Miz & Maryse, which Jericho is not happy about. Miz says Sami shouldn't even think about putting a finger on his baby the Intercontinental title. Sami proceeds to continually poke Miz's title until Maryse slaps his hand away.
Jericho tries to stir the pot by saying if anyone touched his $15,000 jacket, he wouldn't take. Zayn mocks the fact he spent so much money to look like a walking Christmas tree. Chris is upset and leaves. The Miz lectures Sami more and then Zayn touches the IC title again. Maryse says her husband is going to teach her a lesson, an idea Sami is all for.
Miz looks to attack but slides out of the ring instead.
Sami Zayn vs. the Miz
While Miz has control, Sami heats up later on. When he seems to have control, Kevin Owen's music hits and he slowly walks out. SD then goes to break.
The show comes back and Miz is in control and more importantly, Kev is on commentary. Sami gets control and the fight spills outside. Miz and KO end up fighting Sami in the ring (sorry, my cable box briefly froze so I couldn't see how it got there) and Cesaro runs out to make the save! Uppercuts to KO and Miz. He goes for the swing on Miz but Maryse holds on to her husband preventing it. In the end, Cesaro is standing tall in the ring and holds up the IC belt himself.
Anderson and Gallows are backstage with AJ. They tell Styles that they had Roman Reigns set up for him on Monday and he didn't take it. Back in the day, he wouldn't have thought twice. He assures his friends he's going to be champion his way on his own. They respect that but question whether Roman, who powerbombed him through a table, does. AJ thinks it's time to have a little chat with Roman Reigns.
The Vaudevillains vs. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas of the Social Outcasts
As the Villains walk to the ring, they play a pre-taped promo talking about how there are current clowns walking around as tag team champs and they represents an era of when champions were respected. The new era will look more like the bygone era.
The match itself was very quick. Bo Dallas may have hit his slam that was once his finisher on English, but Gotch broke it up and the VVs set up the Whirling Dervish for the win.
The Vaudevilliais def. Axel/Dallas
After the match, Big Cass comes out. He said the Vaudevillains look they just walked off the set of Sherlock Holmes trying to solve the mystery of which one of them he's going to kick the crap out of. The answer is both of them. After spelling it out for them, Cass runs into the ring and despite the numbers, Big Cass clears house.
Curtis Axel starts talking trash to the Vaudevillains next to Cass and the big guy decides to deliver the Ax Man an East River Crossing.
The crowd was HOT for Cass, and despite this not being a smark town at all, they all participated in the spelling of SAWFT and started a How You Doin' chant.
A video replay package of the McMahon drama is played.
Natalya & Becky Lynch vs. Emma & Charlotte
The match starts with Nattie and Charlotte. They go back and forth for a bit until Becky is tagged in. Nattie is tagged back in, and while the referee is talking to Nattie, Charlotte hits a big boot. The heels now both tag in and out working over Natalya.
Nattie finally tags Becky and she is on fire against Emma. Charlotte pulls Emma out of the ring and as Becky is jawing with Charlotte, Emma attacks Bex and once again Charlotte & Emma are dominating. Becky is in trouble for awhile and the heels use some illegal double teams when they can.
Finally Bex tags Nattie back in and Natalya goes to work on Charlotte. She hooks in the Sharpshooter but the champ uses her long arms to tag in Emma, who comes in and clubs Nattie from behind. She hits moves against Emma and the match breaks down as Charlotte runs in and Becky runs in to neutralize her. In the end, Natalya hooks Emma in the Sharpshooter and the Aussie has no choice but to tap.
Natalya & Becky Lynch def. Emma & Charlotte
Roman and the Usos are backstage. AJ rolls in. Styles tells Reigns that he took the high road on Monday but next time, it'll be different. He asks if Roman is going to be out there during main event tonight. Reigns tells him he's the champ and the Usos are family, he'll be anywhere he wants. AJ tells him he'll see him out there then.
They play a video about Darren Young looking for a life coach... and he finds it in Bob Backlund! Oh, this is part of a "Make Darren Young great again" thing. Interesting.
Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder starts off quickly on the offensive with a couple drops kicks and then pushing the Bulgarian into the ring post outside. However, Rusev quickly gets the advantage when he kicks Ryder when he's on his way back into the ring.
Rusev has a HUGE bump on his forehead.
He quickly puts Zack Ryder in the Accolade and Long Island Iced Z quickly taps.
Rusev def. Zack Ryder
Looks like Ryder may be back to full time jobbing again.
After the match, Kalisto runs into the match, hits a spring board corkscrew on Rusev and then runs out. That was rather unprovoked, Kalisto.
Goldust and Fandango are practicing some dancing backstage. They are interrupted by R-Truth and Tyler Breeze. R-Truth and Fandango have a dance off while Goldust beat boxes. Beforehand, Truth tries to hand Breeze his selfie branch but Tyler just moves out of the way, not wanting to touch it. This ends with the Gorgeous Truth vs. GolDanGo match set for next week.
I'm just glad Tyler and Fandango are getting some TV time and a story, even if it's a really dumb story.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows (w/AJ Styles) vs. the Usos (w/Roman Reigns)
Early on in the match, after the teams trade blows, Roman is checking on Jimmy outside. While he is, Anderson kicks Roman in the head from inside the ring. Roman runs in and attacks Anderson. All six men start brawling as the match is thrown out.
This match ends in no contest. (It is possible the Usos are DQ'd because it was Roman who attacked Anderson).
AJ Styles grabs a mic and says he's going to finish what they started.
Anderson, Gallows, & AJ Styles vs. the Usos and Roman Reigns
Reigns and Styles start this match and the men go back and forth. AJ tags in Anderson who goes to work on Reigns. An elbow to Anderson and he's running at Reigns in the corner allows Reigns to take charge. He tags in the Usos and they all work on Anderson. It doesn't last long as he tags in big Luke Gallows.
The Usos both work on Gallows but a big boot that knocks Uce off the apron changes momentum. Team "former buds from Japan" work on him for a little bit, but Reigns soon gets tagged in and is back to work on Anderson. The champ is in clear control and eventually hits a Superman Punch on KA. He goes for the spear but Styles intercepts Reigns with a big forearm which knocks him down. Anderson goes for the cover but only gets a 2 count. He goes for a spinebuster and gets another 2 count.
However, Roman is quickly able to hit the spear. AJ tries to break up the pin but the Usos hold him back and Reigns gets the win.
Reigns & the Usos def. Gallows, Anderson, & Styles
Both champion and challenger jaw in the ring as the show goes off the air.
That's the show. Thanks for watching with us.