WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 28, 2019) from the Bok Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Super ShowDown event scheduled for early next month in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens, and more!
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAY 28
I kept looking at the sky cause it’s gettin’ me high, forget the hearse cause I’ll never die. I got nine lives, cat’s eyes, abusin’ every one of them and runnin’ wild. Cause I’m back, and I’m here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of last week’s assault by Dolph Ziggler on Kofi Kingston.
Kevin Owens gets a promo where he says that the thing that’s keeping him going is that he’s going to be able to beat Kofi Kingston up in a little bit. He says if New Day want to blame him for something they can blame him for the pain that Xavier Woods is in or in Kofi’s fairytale ending at Super Showdown, but they don’t need to send him a card, they can thank him in person.
Enter Kofi Kingston to tell Kev to stop with all the lies and tells him he’s not a good person but rather a liar. He says he’s gonna soften him up for Dolph Ziggler, he’s just lying to himself and he’s not going to soften him up, what’s gonna happen is he’s gonna pay. Even though Kingston isn’t at 100%, he won’t be stopped from making him pay for reinjuring Big E’s knee and attacking Xavier again and again.
And he’ll leave here with a very clear-cut understanding of why he’s WWE Champion!
Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston in hot with a dropkick, into the corner, Owens explodes out with a boot and stomps a hole in Kofi. Chop into the corner, whip stopped short, double leg into mounted punches as Kingston has his revenge! Whip across, mat slam, Kofi rolls to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Owens is still in charge, wrenching Kingston’s fingers and putting a knee to his ribs before grabbing the reverse chinlock. Clubbing blows to the side of the head, back to the chinlock, Kofi fighting, struggling to his feet, punch for kick and Kev drops him with another mat slam. Picking the leg, upkick, KO with forearms but Kingston with the low bridge to the floor!
Off the ropes... trust fall senton wipes Owens out! Jockeying for position, Kofi hits SOS... NOPE! Up top... OWENS SHOVES HIM TO THE FLOOR AND SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commerical, Owens with a reverse chinlock, Kingston out with body blows, rights and lefts, just throwing haymakers but Kev counters into a double leg, catapult, Kofi skins the cat but KO knocks him to the floor and hits a diving splash off the apron! Referee Ryan Tran counting... KINGSTON BEATS THE COUNT! Owens off the top again... FROG SPLASH FOR TWO!
Back up top, Kingston cuts him off with a gamengiri, right hands, climbing to join him, mounted punches, jockeying for position and a headbutt knocks Kofi down... SENTON ATOMICO STILL CAN’T PUT THE WWE CHAMPION DOWN! Float over the pop-up powerbomb...
Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise.
Kingston celebrates with the title after the match.
Shane McMahon is shown backstage chatting with his pals Drew McIntyre and Elias.
R-Truth and Carmella are running backstage.
Truth says it’s been “run Truth run” ever since he won the 24/7 Championship, at the airport, the mall, even at the dentist’s office! He hears somebody coming and puts Mella on his shoulders before running off.
The camera remains and we see Drake Maverick flyering the walls backstage with wanted posters for Truth.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan (wearing a Sabaton shirt today) are interviewed in the ring.
Bryan says the WWE tag team division is a bad joke, the kind of joke that makes you cringe. Speaking of jokes, Rowan has one for us-- knock knock, who’s there, the SmackDown tag team division, SmackDown tag team division who? Exactly. Do you get it?! But they’re not jokes, they have ambition, purpose, and not only will they be the greatest tag team of all time, but they dedicate their lives to saving this planet.
Unlike all of these people who wasted their Memorial Day weekend eating the beautiful creatures of this planet. Hot dogs were a hyperintelligent pig named Wiggles, you see, and hamburgers were a nurturing cow named Wilbur, that all these beautiful creatures have names, but they do. Not only that, but the people of Oklahoma are worse than anybody.
Oklahoma is a leader in fracking, a leader in deep oil well drilling, and that leads to earthquakes, so their mission statement: save the tag team division and save the planet, because they are the planet’s tag team champions.
Enter Heavy Machinery.
Tucker Knight gets on the mic and says no doubt the champs are a great tag team, and as much as they love having fun, it’s time to get down to serious business, and Otis Dozovic helpfully adds that that business is the tag titles. Referee Danilo Anfibio slides in and Bryan accepts the challenge... just not here in Oklahoma with all the fracking and whatnot.
Cut backstage with Bayley getting ready for her match.
Cut to Fire and Desire getting rady to hand out issues of Muscle & Fitness Hers, which Mandy Rose is the featured cover model on. They run into Ember Moon reading a BOOK like a NERD and they spoil it and give her a few copies of the magazine for good measure to send us to break.
Carmella vs. Mandy Rose
Circling, collar and elbow, sling off and Rose parades her magazine around, jawing at Carmella until she kicks the rag out of her hands! Duck a lariat, Lou Thesz Press into mounted punches, putting boots to Mandy in the corner but Rose turns her back around and hammers her with forearms and kicks. Snapmare, reverwse chinlock applied, jawbreaker to escape, schoolboy pin for two!
Off the ropes, big knee connects... NOPE! Flying headscissors out of the corner, into the Moonwalk, Bronco Buster... NOT ENOUGH! Duck a superkick...
Mandy Rose wins by pinfall with a folding press.
Backstage, R-Truth is still running away from his would-be challengers. Here comes Jinger Mahal but Ron puts him into the wall and through a door before continuing to run away, ducking into a photo booth! The assembled midcard superstars come running and blaze right past him. Drake Maverick is late and runs into Truth and ends up giving chase right behind him.
Shane McMahon makes his entrance, flanked by Drew McIntyre and Elias, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Aleister Black is lurking in the shadows.
He says he gets it, we’re simply waiting for him to throw out a name, pick a fight with somebody, anybody, but there lies the conundrum. You see, he’s sitting here waiting patiently for somebody, anybody, to pick a fight with him.
Shane McMahon Appreciation Night is announced and Greg Hamilton gives Shane his usual big intro.
McMahon says when his good pal McIntyre came up with the plan for this ceremony he wasn’t sure because he doesn’t consider himself a hero or someone who does what he does to win a trophy or be adored. No, what he does is he enjoys his life, being out here in front of all of us and he’s just a humble man. He came back home to help run a family business, and the greatest adulation he could have is looking out at all of us in the crowd with smiles on our faces.
So to make sure that happens, he’s got a video package for us detailing his storied career. Shane puts over the production crew and Kevin Dunn, whom he then says there’s no reason to boo. He says the video is meant to be educational for Roman Reigns, as if watching him beat down one of his family members last night wasn’t enough. So in the end, he’s going to beat some respect into Roman.
Elias says he wrote McMahon a song and he launches into it, which of course is hagiographical and also runs Oklahoma down as R-Truth jumps the rail, chased by Drake Maverick and referee Danilo Anfibio. Kick to the gut...
R-Truth wins by pinfall with a gourdbuster to retain the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Truth celebrates and then the upper card heels attack the 24/7 champ and beat him down! Drift Away! Claymore! Elias is quick...
Elias wins by pinfall with a lateral press to win the WWE 24/7 Championship.
McMahon says since R-Truth wants to interject himself in his celebration he’s got an idea-- tonight, Elias will team up with Drew McIntyre to wrestle whatever’s left of R-Truth and Roman Reigns. But Elias needn’t worry, because he’s suspending the 24/7 rules for the rest of the night to make sure he can focus on the tag team match.
Backstage, Lacey Evans is having a tea party and is interviewed alongside Charlotte Flair.
They run Becky Lynch and Bayley down as crass, classless, and arrogant and they’re focused on sending Bayley back to the kiddie pool where she belongs.
Bayley makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we’re informed that Lars Sullivan will wrestle Lucha House Party in a handicap match in Saudi Arabia.
Charlotte Flair joins the commentary desk.
Bayley vs. Lacey Evans
Collar and elbow, Evans backing her into the corner, reverse, pick the leg, Lacey gets into the ropes to force the break. Bayley with a go-behind, takedown into a side headlock, reverse into a waistlock, side headlock, off the ropes, leapfrog, catch a roll into a pin for two! Bayley hammering forearms, mat slam, overhead elbows, wrenching the Hugger’s face over the ropes and kicking her in the back of the head.
Forearms in the corner, whip reversed, up and over, roll-through but Bayley hits a knee trembler for two! Into the ropes, Stunner denied, slingshot elbow drop from Evans... NOPE! Flair gets up from the commentary desk to stand over Bayley on the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Evans is wrenching a rear chinlock in with a knee to the back of Bayley’s head but the champ fights to her feet. Out, off the ropes, high crossbody... NOPE! Boot connects, cover still only two, hair-pull mat slam out of the corner and Lacey follows it up by putting boots to her and doing the ol’ sweaty pit patdown and throwing her handkerchief in Bayley’s face.
Senton de la Muerte connects, still just two, stomping away and provoking desperate right hands from the Hugger! Stunner over the middle rope, Evans rolls to the floor, Bayley follows after, big lariat and Flair gets in her face! Back inside, taking a moment to blast Charlotte with a forearm, O’Connor roll, no count in all the confusion, Bayley reverses...
Bayley wins by pinfall with a bridging pin.
Post-match, Flair attacks Evans!
Backstage, Carmella is giving R-Truth a pep talk after his title loss earlier tonight.
Commentary hypes up Randy Orton vs. Triple H in Saudi Arabia to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we’re promised the return of the Undertaker next week on Raw.
This segues into a video package for HHH vs. Orton.
Andrade “Cien” Almas is interviewed about his match against Finn Balor in Saudi Arabia. He says he powerbombed Finn Balor off a ladder and if he wants a match in Saudi Arabia, he’ll need to find his inner demon after stepping up to him.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance to send us to break ahead of our main event.
Back from commercial we get a replay of yesterday’s episode of Firefly Fun House.
Before our main event begins, Shane’s goons attack R-Truth during his entrance and the Big Dog has to try and fight them off!
Drew McIntyre & Elias vs. Roman Reigns & R-Truth
We get a bell, mounted punches on Elias in the corner but after a distraction from McMahon the Drifter turns it around with punches of his own and tags McIntyre in. Putting boots to Reigns, straight suplex for two, tag back to Elias. Off the ropes, right hand, and into a standing neck crank. Tag back to Drew, Truth legal as well, in with right hands, clear the apron but McIntyre pastes him with the headbutt and dumps him to the floor!
Putting Ron into the barricade, scoop and a slam into the corner of the ring to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Elias with a whip on Truth, front kick off the ropes, he runs into a lariat, tag to McIntyre. Chops in the corner, belly-to-belly suplex... NOPE! Ron with a right hand, Drew drops him and then starts stomping away. Tag back to the Drifter, a desultory beatdown ensues until McIntyre tags back in with those heavy hands of his. Kneeling armbar, but Truth gets free and knocks the Scot to the floor!
The path is clear, crawling... TAGS MADE! Roman running hot with lariats, whip reversed, leaping lariat! Corner lariats, fired up... SUPERMAN PUNCH FOR DREW! Passing Elias to the floor, chasing after and he hits the Drive-By! Big slicing right for Shane McMahon, a handful of lapels against the announce table but here comes Drew with the Claymore!
Back inside, Elias off the ropes, Reigns capitalizes...
Roman Reigns & R-Truth win by pinfall with the spear from Reigns on Elias.
Shane McMahon beats a retreat but Reigns howls... SPEAR!
The 24/7 rules are back in place, R-Truth crawls into a cover on Elias...
R-Truth wins by pinfall with a lateral press to win the WWE 24/7 Championship.
That’s the show, folks.