Smackdown Live Results – 3/19/19





Smackdown Live Results – 3/19/19
Indianapolis, Indiana
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton

The Miz makes his entrance and immediately rolls tape of Shane McMahon’s promo from last week about their breakup.

He begins, saying for ten years he’s been focused on the Road to WrestleMania, but at what cost? Through his career he’s taken shortcuts and besides his wife and daughter, he’s sacrificed every relationship he’s had in this business, and that’s what this means to him. That’s what his friendship with Shane meant to him, and he gets choked up for a moment before continuing.

He says he just wanted to make his dad proud of him, and cheesy as it is, their team made his dad tell him he loves him and is proud of him for the first time. Shane made that happen for him, and told him that one of his dreams was to be tag champs, so he did that for him. People warned him, told him to watch himself, but he didn’t believe them, and he was wrong.

At Fastlane, McMahon attacked him from behind in front of his 68-year-old father. His dad watched as Shane decimated him and then proceeded to put his hands on his father, and that’s something that’ll be with him for the rest of his life, watching his dad get shoved down as he yelled for someone to help his only son. He calls McMahon a conniving, vile, disgusting human being, rotten to the core just like his father.

He wasn’t born best in the world, being a McMahon he was born the worst. Do they think they’re special because they’re billionaires and can do what they want? Well they may own this company, but they don’t own him, and they sure as hell don’t own Kofi. He wasn’t born rich, he was born in Cleveland destined to flip burgers, and people told him he was average, but he didn’t make that a self-fulfilling prophecy.

He proved everyone wrong and became a champion, and say what you will, you cannot deny his work ethic. He’s always believed hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard enough, and he’s a proven success story. The fans, his dad, none of them gave him love or respect, he had to earn it, and it took 15 years but he thinks he’s earned it! A “you deserve it” chant breaks out and Miz agrees.

He says Shane deserves one thing, an ass-whipping from him at WrestleMania!

The IIconics get on the mic in the entryway as is their wont.

Billie Kay starts, talking the tag champs’ arrival up and Peyton Royce says they look scared and small in their ring. They call them out of their comfort zone and mock them for going back to NXT and getting chased off of Raw, leaving them with no choice but to come to SmackDown and face the best team in the division in unfamiliar territory


Bayley with a Lariat on Royce for a 2 count, Sliding Lariat on Kay for a 2 count as Lacey Evans walks down then back up, IIconics hang Bayley in the rope for a near fall, Sasha with a Diving Meteora on Royce, but Kay makes the save, Peyton with a roullup for a 2 count, Banks with a Backslide for a 2 count, Sasha goes for a Slingshot, but Kay grabs her foot, Shades of Kay on the floor on Bayley, Peyton stacks up Sasha & Kay grabs her arm from the floor for extra leverage and they’ve pinned the Champs


Rey Mysterio is interviewed about his WrestleMania plans. He starts talking before stopping and he calls his son Dominic (who is a full head taller than he is now) over. He says after he pinned Samoa Joe last week, he’s going to wrestle him for the United States Championship at WrestleMania! Dominic says he’s gonna watch his dad do what he does best– take care of bullies and bring another championship home

Kevin Owens welcomes us to the new and improved Kevin Owens show and says this year there’s no denying WrestleMania is all about Kofi Kingston. Tonight we see if he can keep that momentum going and rest assured, he’ll be watching that match very closely. But another match that has everybody buzzing is the one his guests are in tonight, and he introduces them, first Becky Lynch and then Charlotte Flair.

Owens welcomes them and says nobody knows better than he does how friendships sometimes go… wrong. No one can get under your skin like a former best friend, right? Things have been said back and forth over the past few months and he reads some choice quotes from the history of their feud, starting with Ronda Rousey running them down and then Charlotte telling Becky she’ll be carrying her bags by SummerSlam and Lynch saying her opponents were chosen and Flair shoehorned in when he didn’t belong.

The point he’s trying to make is that they’ve talked a lot and nobody really wants to see them talk anymore. But this is the Kevin Owens Show, and what does he always say? Fight Owens Fight! But that’s not it, and tonight it’s Fight Becky Fight and Fight Charlotte Fight! They stand up and Flair says she’d beat the holy hell out of Lynch! Mr Wrestling steps away and then gives Becky the nod to respond… AND SHE DOES SO WITH A RIGHT HAND!

Flair takes her down over the announce table, mounted punches, Lynch fighting back, rolling her around, knocking parts of the set over as Charlotte bails. Ramming Becky into the apron and the barricade, referees swarm to break them up but can’t pull them apart! To the announce table, security joining the fray and Flair and Lynch each knock a guard out! Becky hammering, side headlock, struggling, brawling back into the announce desk!

Backstage, AJ Styles is interviewed.

He says he thinks Randy Orton has advantages most of them haven’t had, being a third generation superstar and of impressive proportions. And AJ would even say he’s great, but the difference between them is Orton’s a first round draft pick and he’s a walk-on, but look at them now. At WrestleMania, they’ll face off, and Randy may have said this was his house, which sounds like another advantage, but Styles isn’t coming to build, he’s coming to tear the house down, because he is the Phenomenal AJ Styles.

Before he leaves, he wishes his good friend Kofi Kingston good luck tonight.

Daniel Bryan (flanked by Erick Rowan wearing a Kreator shirt) gets on the mic.

He says Kofi Kingston being in the gauntlet tonight is an injustice because he doesn’t deserve the opportunity. Listen, he knows better than anybody what it’s like being held down by the Authority, but that’s not what Kofi’s going through. Kofi was CHOSEN to replace Mustafa Ali before the Elimination Chamber, hand-picked from the tag division and GIVEN an opportunity he never earned!

And he fought valiantly but both times he lost and Kofi Kingston has earned nothing! Because Kofi, unlike Bryan, is nothing more than a B+ player. And that’s okay to us, because B+ is good enough. Hey, New Day should put it on a shirt! But B+ is NOT good enough, and no matter how much you chant “Kofi! Kofi!”, he’s going to lose, because he lost, and then he lost again!

Enter New Day, all business, followed by the Bar

Gauntlet Match:

Kofi is facing Sheamus to start it off, he works over Sheamus arm then sends him to the floor and follows with a Twisting Plancha, Cesaro with a European Uppercut from the floor behind the ref’s back, Sheamus into a cover for a 2 count, Knee Drop for a 2 count, Kofi with a Leaping Lariat, Boom Drop, Sheamus blocks Trouble in Paradise, Kofi counters a Cloverleaf attempt, Double Jump Crossbody for a near fall, Sheamus with the Irish Curse for a near fall, then into the Cloverleaf, but Kofi climbs up on Sheamus and turns it into a Small Package for a near fall, Sheamus with a Knee Lift for a near fall, Kofi counters the Brogue Kick into a rollup for a near fall then hits Trouble in Paradise for the first elimination


Cesaro with a European Uppercut from the back for a 2 count, Body Slam for a 2 count, Gutwrench Suplex for a 2 count, Kofi goes for a Springboard, but Cesaro catches him and Deadlifts him into a Backbreaker for a 2 count, Kofi with a Running Crossbody for a 2 count, Cesaro with the Giant Swing into the Cloverleaf and sets down deep, Kofi tries to climb up Cesaro like he did Sheamu, but he counters into a Deadlift Suplex for a 2 count, Kofi blocks a Boston Crab, instead Cesaro goes with a Torture Crab then Half Crab, Kofi blocks, Cesaro goes for the Gotch, but Kofi counters into the S.O.S. for the next elimination


Rowan is out next he sends Kofi into the barricades then grabs a chair and slams it into his back to cause dq and eliminates himself, he rams Kofi’s back into the post then into the timekeeper’s area and takes the table apart, Iron-Claw Slam through the announce table


Samoa Joe is now making his way out, CCS Enzugiri for a near fall, Joe with a decapitating Lariat for a near fall, Kofi counters The Coquina Clutch with a Jawbreaker, he charges, but gets caught in ST-Joe for a near fall, Kofi counters a Back Suplex and lands on his feet, Joe tries the Muscle Buster, but Kofi slips out and stacks Joe up for the elimination, Joe is furious and locks in The Coquina Clutch in the rope as officials get him off, Kofi is nearly unconscious


The final man is the one that ended Kofi’s original main event run in ’09 with the infamous ‘Stupid!’ line, it’s almost poetic that in order to get this title match he has to get through the man that sabotaged him originally, Orton grabs Kofi’s head and tells the fans he ain’t your guy trust me, stupid! and it all comes back to where it began, Kofi sends Orton into the steps, Orton with a Stomp for a near fall, Orton deflects the Dropkick, Kofi blocks the RKO and hits Trouble in Paradise, but Randy rolls to the floor, Orton looks for a Superplex, but Kofi fights him off, Diving Crossbody, but Randy floats over for a near fall, Orton with the Elevated DDT, he looks for the kill, Kofi blocks the RKO and rolls Orton up holding his wrists down for the win.


Big E and Xavier Woods rush out to celebrate with their man!

Enter Vincent Kennedy McMahon, microphone in hand. He says he wants to say what’s on everyone’s mind, and that’s to congratulate Kofi Kingston. What he’s done is miraculous, and he IS going to WrestleMania… as long as he can defeat one last opponent. Xavier and Big have to leave right away as well. KOFI HAS TO BEAT THE NEW DANIEL BRYAN!


Bryan with an Avalanche Back Suplex for a near fall, LeBell Lock, but Kofi makes it to the rope, Shoot Kicks, Kofi ducks the Roundhouse and hit S.O.S. for a near fall, Bryan with Corner Dropkick, Kofi counters the 3rd into a rollup for a near fall, he tries for a Crossbody, but Bryan shoves him off, You’re Going to Get Your Fucking Head Kicked In Stomps, then a Busaiku Knee for the win


New Day hit the ring to run Bryan off and check on Kofi after a blatant shafting