WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 1, 2020) with a show at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There won’t be any fans in attendance, but we will see the final two Money in the Bank qualifying matches (Otis vs. Ziggler, Mandy vs. Carmella), New Day vs. the Forgotten Sons in a non-title match, Daniel Bryan vs. King Corbin, and more!
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAY 1
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The show opens with commentary welcoming us to the show.
Daniel Bryan makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says it’s no secret he loves what he does, and at this point in his career he loves tackling new obstacles and trying new things, and that’s why he’s excited to compete in Money in the Bank. He says he’s competed in all kinds of places over his career, but never in an office building, and he muses about how the match will work.
He talks about how important winning Money in the Bank was to his career, but he’s also a little disappointed because he wanted to see Drew Gulak be in the match and get an opportunity like he did, but Corbin ruined that, so he wants to settle it right now.
Enter Baron Corbin.
He cuts a promo about how his kind makes Dan’s kind suffer, and we get footage of Gulak’s loss last week. He wants to save Bryan some time and tell him to stop dreaming about winning, because it’s just a dream and he’s not even the only past winner in the match. He talks about he’s going to win and reign as King Money in the Bank.
Bryan fires back and asks if he’s gonna squander his opportunity like last time, and points out that he’s one of only four winners to fail to cash the briefcase in, out of twenty-three total. That doesn’t make him a king, that makes him a loser. Baron says Bryan used to be young and hungry but now he’s old and tired, and Corbin is stronger and smarter.
We go to break before their match can begin.
King Baron Corbin vs. Daniel Bryan
Circling, collar and elbow, Corbin using his strength back Bryan into the ropes and breaking at referee Dan Engler’s command. Back to the lockup, into the corner this time, Dan out again. Test of strength, Bryan bringing his mat grappling to bear and kicking Baron in the hamstring. Corbin rushes him into the corner and lays forearms in!
Leg pick, Baron hosses his way out of it, big knee, off the ropes, shoulder block, drop down, American Dragon takes his knee out with a dropkick! Kick to the back, hamstring kicks, dragon screw into a kneeling toehold! More hamstring kicks and into the kneebar but Corbin gets the ropes! Probing leg kicks, but Baron gets a front chancery and takes him down!
Looking for a chinlock, Dan reverses to a hammerlock, shift to a deathlock, wrenching back on the King’s foot! Stepping in the pit of his knee, stomping it, hamstring kicks caught, Baron takes him down and rains mounted forearms down! Bryan filling with resolve, Corbin pulling him up into a Camel Clutch, jawing as he rains overhead elbows down!
Dan throwing forearms back, hamstring kicks, strike rush in the corner! Engler backs Dragon off, Baron gets a body blow in for separation. Taking him into the corner, smashing his face into the turnbuckles, to the floor, he rams Bryan shoulder-first into the post and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Corbin has a grounded double wristlock with a knee to the back of Bryan’s head locked in. Drawing him up, clubbing him in the ropes, powerbomb lift but Dan floats out and gets him with a crucifix pin for two! Schoolboy to the same end, Baron with a knee, whip into the corner, slide outside and back in and take Bryan’s head off with a lariat for two!
Trading strikes, American Dragon refusing to stay down even after Baron staggers him with a knee to the head. Wrenching his arm over the top rope, clubbing the shoulder, backflip up and over, action to the floor and Dan hits a suicide dive! Back in, missile dropkick connects and the American Dragon is fired up!
Leg kicks, rolling through into an ankle lock when Corbin catches one! Crawling for the ropes, Bryan maneuvers him and stomps him in the Achilles tendon! Buzzsaw roundhouse for a tight nearfall, Dan trying again but he won’t stay down! Leg kicks, uppercut, charging in for the running dropkicks but Baron catches him into Deep Six... NOPE!
Raining punches down but Bryan reverses into a half-crab! Corbin too long, he gets the ropes and Dan cold stomps his neck in! Off the ropes, suicide dive caught but a leg kick stops Baron from capitalizing! Roundhouse kick... CORBIN THROWS A LADDER! REFEREE DAN ENGLER HAS TO THROW IT OUT!
Daniel Bryan wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Baron gets in Engler’s face and screams at him before throwing a ladder into the ring. Taking Bryan in with him... END OF DAYS REVERSED INTO THE LEBELL LOCK ON THE LADDER! BUT SHINSUKE NAKAMURA ROLLS UP WITH A KINSHASA TO MAKE THE SAVE! Cesaro drops Bryan with the ladder! The heels take Dan up on the stage... AND CORBIN THROWS HIM OFF INTO A PILE OF LADDERS!
We see Braun Strowman walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Drew McIntyre presenting World War II vet Tom Moore with a WWE Championship title belt.
Braun Strowman makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and talks about the trip down memory lane we took last week, but the past is the past. Bray Wyatt can give him all the gifts he wants, but—
Firefly Fun House cuts in.
Bray has storytime for us, and it’s a true story called The Black Sheep. It, of course, is an allegory for Braun’s career, casting Wyatt as a shepherd who raised him and taught him well and ends with reptilians taking over the shepherd’s farm after he loses the sheep. Bray wants to create an alternate ending where the shepherd finds him and takes him to the slaughterhouse.
Strowman says he’s done with the puppets, and if Bray has something to say he should say it to his face. Wyatt just sits and rocks in his chair before waving goodbye.
Sheamus is shown working out backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for Make-A-Wish’s fortieth anniversary.
Leon Ruff vs. Sheamus
Hey, former Evolve tag team champion Leon Ruff again! He makes a valiant effort with dropkicks early but this is a squash...
Sheamus wins by pinfall with the Brogue Kick.
Chapter four of the Jeff Hardy documentary ensues, about his rehab time on his last knee injury.
Commentary tells us Jeff will be back next week, and of course Sheamus gets in Michael Cole’s face and says he’ll be here too.
Otis Dozovic and Mandy Rose are interviewed backstage about their Money in the Bank qualifiers tonight.
Otis says he’s gonna beat Dolph Ziggler just like he did at WrestleMania and win the contract for him and his beautiful peach Mandy. Rose says what Sonya Deville did hurt her, but she’s looking forward, not back, and she’s focused on Carmella tonight. She kisses Dozer on the cheek and leaves to make her entrance.
Carmella makes her entrance and we go to break.
Carmella vs. Mandy Rose (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)
Circling, collar and elbow, Rose with a side headlock takeover, headscissors reversal but Mandy kips out of it. Carmella with a snapmare, moonwalk, go-behind, side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, basement superkick into a cover for two. Kneeling armbar, Mandy gets out and grabs a reverse chinlock—
Enter Sonya Deville, who says she’s just here to support her and not distract her. She keeps talking as Mandy gets a nearfall off a side slam, whip into the corner, Mella with a lariat! Drawing her up, throwing forearms, smashing her face into the corner, Frankensteiner connects but Rose drops her with a forearm as Deville shifts gears to challenge her to bring it right now.
This is enough distraction...
Carmella wins by pinfall with a superkick, qualifying for the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Post-match, Deville attacks and beats Mandy down, promising to ruin her face! Indeed, she throws her face-first into the post and the steps! Running knee to the back of the head! Charles Robinson has to hold her back!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we go to Mandy being checked on in the trainer’s room. Otis rolls up to check on her but everything’s cool and the medic asks him to leave.
He runs into Dolph Ziggler, who asks if Mandy is okay. Dozovic just breathes at him and he takes the note.
The Miz and John Morrison come to ringside to join the commentary booth for the next match.
Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) vs. New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston)
E and Cutler to start, New Day get the firm advantage even as Blake tags in. Tag champs staying just one step ahead as Big goes to town on Wesley, and a Big Splash on the apron sends us to break!
Back from commercial, New Day still in control and working Cutler over. Blake turns the tide and works E over, stepping on his back, putting him in the corner for quick tags and double-teams. Big Rock Bottom gets Big some separation, tag made! Kingston in hot, lariats and dropkicks, leaping lariat, Boom Drop!
Fending off Blake, but Steve gets a butterfly backbreaker... NOPE! Kofi with the pop-up stomp, two count of his own, Wesley tags in, lungblower into a diving elbow drop... NOT ENOUGH! Kingston sends both men to the floor, tag to E, off the ropes... ASSISTED PLANCHA WIPES THE SONS OUT! Scoop him up, tag made, Blake makes the save, the match breaks down and Jaxson Ryker puts E into the post!
Kofi with a forearm in the corner, mounted punches, Cutler under him, tag made, powerbomb / lungblower combo in the corner!
Forgotten Sons win by pinfall with the stomp-assisted DDT on Kofi Kingston.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up Money in the Bank for us.
Tamina is interviewed backstage but Sasha Banks rolls up to interrupt.
She pitches their connection as strong, proud, kick-ass women who don’t need cheap shots— AND BAYLEY CHEAP-SHOTS TAMINA! Sasha joins in the brawl, they put Snuka into a road case and Lacey Evans shows up to turn it into a wild brawl! Road agent Sonjay Dutt arrives with referees to break it up!
Sonya Deville talks to Dolph Ziggler backstage about how she hurt Mandy Rose and will keep hurting her, and how Dolph is going to do the same to Otis. Ziggler says everybody thinks he’s a bad guy, but he just knows how the world works. People cheer Otis because he’s like them, but he’s not great, and guys like that don’t ever win.
They start to believe that heart matters more than skill or hard work, but if you’re looking for a winner, you’re looking at him right now, and he will be champion again.
Otis makes his entrance to send us to break.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Otis Dozovic (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)
Dozovic just runs Ziggler over and sends him to the floor right at the bell! Back inside, he slings Dolph aroudn with ease, delayed vertical suplex connects! Ziggler with leg kicks, punches to the face, getting back in the fight, but Otis blocks him from smashing his face into the turnbuckles.
Dolph with more strikes, but Dozovic catapults him into the turnbuckles! Pressing the attack, but when he charges in Ziggler passes him hard into the post! Taking him to the floor, putting Dozer into the barricade to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Ziggler in control but Otis blocks him from smashing his face into the turnbuckles again. Leg kick, right hands, big dropkick, Dozer off his feet and Dolph grabs a sleeper hold! Shift to a reverse chinlock, Otis fading, but he gets back to his feet and gets Ziggler off his back!
Fired up, lariat connects, dropping Dolph but he runs into an elbow! Caterpillar attempt dodged, Dozer draws him up on the apron but Ziggler snaps his neck across the top rope! Fameasser blocked, but Dolph rakes the eyes and hits the Zig Zag... NOT ENOUGH! Tuning up the band... OTIS COUNTERS WITH A FALLAWAY SLAM! CATERPILLAR! IT’S OVER!
Otis wins by pinfall with the Caterpillar, qualifying for the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Otis stares up at the briefcase hanging from the ceiling.
That’s the show, folks.