WWE Smackdown Live Results – 5/15/18
WWE Smackdown Live – 5/15/18
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
The show opens with commentary hyping up tonight’s edition of AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and recapping the feud that’s got us here.
Daniel Bryan makes his entrance for an in-ring interview.
Thunderous “Daniel Bryan!” chants nearly drown Renee Young’s preamble out and Bryan asks that she feels all their energy. He was disappointed that he lost Greatest Royal Rumble and of course he doesn’t like losing, but when he came back he was just happy to be back doing what he loves. Now, though, that’s not enough, he doesn’t want to just be back, he wants to be on top.
He knows it’ll be a fight and a climb and he’ll have to scratch and claw but when all is said and done he’ll be WWE Champion again!
Enter Big Cass. He says he’s been in the back listening to him run his mouth and he’s sick of it. He may have all these people fooled, but Cass knows the real truth. His loss to Rusev was supposed to be his first major setback, but he couldn’t disagree more. Big claims he was Dan’s first major setback and the reason he lost to Rusev and will keep losing, because he’ll make sure he never achieves his dreams in WWE again.
At Backlash he lost, yes, but he didn’t tap out because he was in pain, no, he wanted out of the hold so he could beat Bryan up again, and that’s exactly what he did. Dan’s not gonna be able to go anywhere in WWE without a seven foot shadow following, he says, before mocking Bryan’s 75 minutes in the Greatest Royal Rumble and asking what happened when he got in the ring with him.
He calls the American Dragon a loser and mentions the little person he beat up in Montreal, saying that at least that guy took his beating with dignity. He asks several questions about Bryan being a loser, that he should have stayed retired, and that he should have stayed home and let Brie wear the pants in the family, and answers each with a “Yes!”
Cass gets in the ring and mocks the Yes! fingers one more time and Bryan’s right in with forearms! Shoved off, basement dropkick to the knee, pummeling him in the corner, Dan wrenching his injured knee over the ropes and stomping and kicking away at it! Referees hit the ring to break it out but Bryan’s not done with him, smashing his knee into the ringpost! Back inside, chop block! The American Dragon falls back into The Dreaded Heel Hook and Cass taps but Bryan won’t let go of the hold for anything! 5-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion (and current WWE road agent) Adam Pearce hits the ring and pries him off! (Want to know why you don’t piss off a dragon? You might get burned! As Cass found out the hard way)
Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
The New Day vs. the Bar:
Xavier with a Springboard Enzugiri on Cesaro for a 2 count, Bar with a Gutwrench/Double Axe Handle combo for a 2 count, Sheamus with a Knee from the apron on Woods, Cesaro into the cover for a 2 count, E with a Sambo Suplex out of the corner on Sheamus for a near fall, Bar with a Double DDT on E for a near fall, Cesaro with the Sharpshooter, Xavier tries to make the save, but Sheamus stops him, Woods posts Sheamus & Xavier breaks the hold, Xavier with a The Home Run on Cesaro for a near fall, Woods counters a Wheelbarrow into a Face Eraser on Cesaro, but Sheamus makes the save, E wipes out Sheamus with the Spear Suicida then Xavier finishes Cesaro with The Limit Break for the win.
New Day qualifies to choose one member for Money in the Bank.
Winners: The New Day
A creepy Bludgeon Brothers vignette where they say joy is a disease and the cure is to bludgeon before smashing the camera with their hammers.
Paige is on the phone with Carmella saying she can’t have a horse-drawn carriage when Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville roll up. Mandy says her little power trip didn’t work last week since she still beat Becky Lynch and she’s headed to Money in the Bank. Paige says that wasn’t a qualifier and they need to relax on the attitude or they’re not getting a qualifier.
They’re both getting a qualifier, in three-way action against Becky Lynch, you see.
AJ Styles is interviewed backstage as to what he’ll choose as his stipulation if he wins tonight. It’s not if, it’s when, and who knows what he’ll pick. An inverted scaffold match, or a pole on a pole match, or maybe a bullrope, Hell in a Cell inferno match, maybe with some guard dogs. Renee Young suggests the referee be dressed as Elvis but AJ says that’s a step too far but no matter what he picks, everyone will be entertained but Shinsuke Nakamura.
He claims to have forgotten English, but Styles knows the international language of “forearm to the face”, and no matter when it is, Nakamura can’t beat him in the House That AJ Styles Built
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas vs. Jake Constantino:
Almas is accompanied by Zelina Vega and makes quick work of Constantino, hitting the Running Meteora then finishing him with La Sombra for the win.
Winner: Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
Zelina gets on the mic and says they were expecting more out of SmackDown. After all this anticipation, this guy is what they get? It’s pathetic, almost as pathetic as every superstar in the locker room that thinks they can do the same thing. Their message is clear, they came here to take over!
Rusev Day are backstage and Aiden English disparages London as the home of the pedestrian, boring and unimpressive like their food or the Rolling Stones. Rusev says unlike the band he CAN get Satisfaction when he wins Money in the Bank. Aiden has a song picked out and wants to give Rusev a preview when Lana rolls up and asks him to save his beautiful voice because very soon he’s gonna have a ravishing new song to sing.
Next week she has a qualifying match against Billie Kay and she’s very excited to crush Billie Kay, whereupon they will be the first ever Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank. Rusev says together they’ll rule all of SmackDown and Lana gives English the cue to sing that it’s gonna be on Rusev Day (one thing I want to note, last week people were saying Lana has dropped the Russian accent, that is not correct, now it’s not as pronounced as it was in the past, but it is still there)
A man dressed as a town crier of sorts introduces Carmella in vaguely old-timey fashion.
Three men dressed in traditional English Army uniforms herald Carmella’s actual entrance.
She asks the crowd to shower her with the praise she deserves for the next ten seconds or so, and London… doesn’t really oblige. She asks what’s wrong with “these people”, lining up outside a hospital for a glimpse of a royal baby but not willing to give her the respect she deserves. She commands everyone to bow before her (logistically not sure how that’d work, ma’am) before saying they remind her of every single woman on the SmackDown roster.
None of them think she’s good enough or deserves to be champion, but guess what, Mella is money, and Mella is champion, and that makes her better than each and every one of the crowd, at one point affecting a bad accent to get her point across. Furthermore she’s better than everyone, up to and including Ronda Rousey, Trish Stratus, and Lita–
Enter Paige. She says it’s great to be home and she has something to tell Carmella. She says she’s better than everyone and that’s quite the proclamation, but she has a proclamation of her own, Carmella’s opponent for Money in the Bank. Carmella says she’s not defending her title at Money in the Bank, but Paige insists, and hits the music…
ENTER ASUKA! She gets in the ring and squares off with Carmella, but the champion grabs her title and bails.
Backstage, Shinsuke Nakamura is interviewed about his chances tonight.
He asks what “chance” means, and needs clarification on “possibility” in the follow-up before saying he knows what it means but Renee is using the wrong word. It’s certain that he’ll win and AJ Styles will lose with a knee to the face, and another, and another, and another and another and so on, until his chin is shattered and his face is gone. He’ll dishonor AJ and take his title.
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville:
Rose with a Body Slam then Deville with a Sliding Knee to Lynch, but Mandy with a roll up on Sonya for a 2 count, Deville with a Back Suplex on Becky, Mandy sends Sonya to the floor and takes the pin for a 2 count, Mandy with The Bed of Roses on Lynch, but Sonya stops the pins, Rose with an Electric Chain on Sonya but Lynch takes them both down with a Missile Dropkick for a 2 count on Rose, Lynch blocks another Bed of Roses attempt, Sonya stops The Dis-Arm-Her and hits a Sliding Knee on Lynch for a near fall, Rose with a Jumping Knee, Becky ducks and she hits Sonya instead, Mandy with an O’Connor Roll, but Lynch counters into The Dis-Arm-Her and Rose taps out. Becky Lynch qualifies for Money in the Bank
Winner: Becky Lynch
Commentary announces Big Cass vs. Samoa Joe for a spot in Money in the Bank next week, as well as reminding us about Billie Kay vs. Lana.
Samoa Joe gets a handcar promo talking about the match and how ambition has made Cass a victim. It’s funny they call him Big, since the only thing that’s really big about him is his mouth and he’s dealt with fake tough guys like him his whole life. When it’s time to walk through the fire, men like Cass always come up short, and his ambition demands the Money in the Bank briefcase.
The Iconic Duo also get a handcar promo and do some word association, running London and Lana down and putting themselves over before declaring the future to be iconic
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles:
Nakamura with a Victory Roll for a 2 count, AJ with a flash pin for a 2 count, Nakamura with a Knee Lift while AJ is draped on the apron for a 1 count, Nakamura with a Leaping Side Kick for a near fall, Dragon Sleeper, AJ fights out, AJ with a Wheelbarrow Facebuster for a near fall, Calf Crusher countered, Kinshasa evaded, Pinwheel Kick, Landslide for a near fall, Shinsuke kicks AJ’s leg out when he went for the Phenomenal Forearm, then hits the Running Knee Lift, but AJ lands on the apron, Running Knee on the apron, back in the ring for a near fall, Kinshasa countered, AJ looks for the Styles Clash, Nakamura blocks, AJ with the Ushi-Goroshi for a near fall, AJ looks for a Basement Forearm, but Shinsuke blocks and hits the Kinshasa for a near fall, Styles counters a second with a Spinning Wheel Kick, Styles Clash blocked, AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, Nakamura ducks and AJ stops before he hits the ref, Shinsuke grabs his nuts faking that AJ hit him with a low blow, the ref asks AJ if he hit him, Nakamura with a Forearm to the back of the neck, Inverted Exploder then a Kinshasa finishes Styles. Nakamura celebrates to end the show.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura