WWE Smackdown Live Results – 5/22/18

WWE Smackdown Live Results – 5/22/18
Worcester, MA
USA Network
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves

The show opens with commentary hyping up our last chance Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy qualifier.

Miz is in the ring to welcome us to MizTV. MizTV is all about exclusives and he has two for us tonight. One is huge, years in the making, something people have been asking about for ages and he has a date. On July 24, his new show Miz & Mrs. will debut on USA at 10PM! And his other exclusive is from his guests tonight, New Day!

Big E does the deal and they make their entrance. They’re happy to be here but, uh, not so committed to Miz & Mrs, and Miz doesn’t think they know a good opportunity when it presents itself to them. One member gets to be in Money in the Bank, and he asks them which one it’s gonna be. They do the owl gimmick and he admits he walked into it and rephrases with “which”, and they do the gimmick with that word as well.

Big does his best Mr Owl impression and they all say it’s gonna be them at once. Miz says he doesn’t think they’ll ever reach their full potential as long as they’re holding each other back. Xavier Woods says that’s the difference between New Day and Miz. Don’t get him wrong, he’s got a lot going for him, the Marine franchise, a Grand Slam, maybe even the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time, and to top it off, he’s main evented WrestleMania!

Miz is a living legend, but… the thing that no one likes about him is that through his entire career, through every relationship he’s ever had, he always makes sure Miz comes first. The A-Lister asks Kofi Kingston if he’s won Money in the Bank and become WWE Champion, since he’s been in six such matches and hasn’t won one, but maybe he should give someone else a chance.

Like E, with his size, charisma, fire, speed, and strength, he has everything it takes to be a true champion, but he’ll never be taken seriously, since he never takes himself seriously. Woods, though, Woods takes himself seriously, and he has a YouTube empire that he built from the ground up. Imagine, Miz says, streaming a game of Fortline or Fortnite or whatever it is, with the WWE Championship around his waist.

He’d be a real life superhero! Each of them has a chance to go down as one of the greatest WWE Champions in history with this Money in the Bank contract, so again, who’s it gonna be? Xavier wants to give it to Big, E wants to give it to Kofi, and Kingston wants to give it to Woods. They put each other over and Miz throws a fit because he wants the exclusive.

The A-Lister says he’s walking out with the contract because he can beat any one of them any day of the week, and New Day have a huddle to discuss this development. Kofi announces that it’s gonna be Big E, and Miz carries on, but Xavier says they’re not talking about Money in the Bank. Oh no, they’re talking about tonight. Miz asks if they’re asking for E vs. him and Miz says if he doesn’t get what he wants, they don’t get what they want, and he’ll see them at Money in the Bank.

Each New Day man throws a pancake at Miz to shame him and the pelting continues as Miz flees from the pancake onslaught. We see Miz walk into Gorilla where he runs into Paige. He looks incredulous and points, which leads her to say she gets it, not everyone likes pancakes. She continues, saying he said he could beat any member of New Day, so it’s happening right now. She shoos him out of Gorilla and back on the stage

BIG E vs. THE MIZ:

Miz charges in the corner, but E catches him with a Sambo Suplex for a near fall, Miz with the Snap DDT for a near fall, The Bar bum-rush Xavier Woods at ringside & Kofi makes the save, Cesaro holds Kofi for a Brogue Kick, Cesaro up on the apron, E wipes him out, but turns around into and Miz finishes E with the Skull-Crushing Finale for the win.

Winner: THE MIZ

Big Cass is shown walking backstage on crutches and we get an explanation of the way they’re filling his qualifier spot for Money in the Bank.

Daniel Bryan is interviewed backstage about his second chance. He says it means everything, and nobody knows what second chances mean like he does. Last week he showed Big Cass how it doesn’t matter how tall you are, and tonight if he beats Jeff Hardy, he has a chance to get into Money in the Bank. Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan, in 2018? It’s crazy! He puts Jeff over and says he’s a very difficult mountain to climb, but he loves a challenge and he’ll tap a legend out.

Lana is shown getting ready backstage ahead of her qualifying match against Billie Kay

Aiden English sings Lana out. The Iconic Duo cut a promo on their way out, saying this calls for a duet. They spend a moment warming their voices up by making bird noises and begin singing their song, an acapella number about how Lana is a loser. When they win Money in the Bank, SmackDown will be Iconic

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
LANA vs. BILLIE KAY:

Lana vs Billie Kay: Aiden English clears his throat as they square up and walks at ringside holding a giant “Lana Day” sign. They Iconics go and confront him about it, Peyton slapping him in the face, Lana throws Royce into the barricade, Kay then goes after Lana, back in the ring Lana with a Roundhouse Kick then a Sit-Out Facebuster for the win.

Winner: LANA

Commentary informs us the Usos and the Club will be doing battle for a #1 contenders match for the SmackDown Tag Team titles.

We go backstage with Zelina Vega and Andrade “Cien” Almas. She says her guy has travelled the world for years making his name and he’s gotten VIP treatment the whole way, but what did he get last week? He got nothing, in Spanish. She then says he’s the future (also in Spanish), and if he doesn’t get what he deserves, they’re going to take it

ANDRADE ‘CIEN’ ALMAS vs. UNKOWN ENHANCEMENT GUY

Almas with a pair of Running Meteoras then finishes this guy with La Sombra for the win

Winner: ANDRADE ‘CIEN’ ALMAS

Carmella is interviewed backstage while wearing one of Asuka’s masks. She takes it off and says it does seem like there’s an expiration date on her title reign… psyche! She says all the haters are waiting for her to slip and fall, but she’s not afraid of Asuka. At WrestleMania Charlotte Flair shattered that myth, and she’s beat Charlotte twice, so it’s simple math, making her twice as good as Asuka. She can use all the smoke and mirrors she wants but Carmella sees through and will moonwalk over her and prove that Mella is money

Renee Young is in the ring to conduct a face to face interview between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura will reveal the stipulation for their match at Money in the Bank. Renee introduces AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. She starts off and AJ interrupts, saying he just wants to hear the stipulation. Shinsuke tells him to relax and remember why he gets to choose the stipulation, rolling footage of his win last week. Styles says he remembers and Nakamura should enjoy that because it’ll never– Shinsuke tells him to be quiet and listen very carefully. He’s not just going to beat him, he’s going to dishonor him such that he never recovers.

AJ’s title is his, his house is his house, and again Styles demands to know the stipulation. Nakamura builds it up and announces it as a PILLOW FIGHT! He immediately falls over himself laughing as AJ loses his mind and says he always knew Shinsuke was the King of Soft Style. Nakamura says he jokes because he has the upper hand, but AJ jokes because he’s weak and all he see in his eyes is a desire to put his knee into his face.

Knee to face, knee to face, knee to face, knee to face, knee to face– Styles says he’s got it and he doesn’t care what the stipulation is since Nakamura can’t beat him when it matters, hence the cheap shots. He thinks he speaks for the WWE Universe when he says he’s not the Shinsuke Nakamura we wanted on SmackDown. Pick what you won’t, you can’t level the playing field, and he’ll see him at Money in the Bank.

Shinsuke goes to throw a punch but AJ blocks it and they head to the floor! He passes the King of Strong Style over the timekeeper’s barricade and Styles dismantles the announce table! Shinsuke attacks with a steel chair and Styles sends him into the crowd! AJ goes to dive off the barricade and gets cut off with a chairs hot! Nakamura counts while Styles is down and out.

Knee to the midsection, gourd buster onto the announce table, Nakamura is fired up… KINSHASA! More counting and he announces it– it’s a Last Man Standing Match!

Karl Anderson has the microphone and asks the Usos what’s up. Luke Gallows says they respect them, but respectfully, they had their shot and blew it, so the Good Brothers are gonna take their spot on top of the tag division. The Usos snatch the mic away and ask if they know where they’re at. This ain’t Japan, it ain’t Raw, it’s SmackDown, where the Usos reside and they’ll have to earn it. Anderson doubts that it’s the Uso Penitentiary and they build up to the big NEEERDS but the Usos cut Gallows off! They brawl on the floor and back in and referee Danilo Anfibio calls for the bell!

#1 Contenders Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles 
THE USOS vs. THE CLUB

The Usos vs The Club: Anderson with a Diving Inverted Neckbreaker for a near fall, Jimmy with a pair of Superkicks then Jey with The Uso Splash for a near fall, Jimmy with a Superkick & Gallows answers back with one of his own then The Club finishes Jimmy with The Magic Killer for the win. The Club gets the Tag Title shot.

Winners: THE CLUB

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
NAOMI vs. SONYA DEVILLE

Sonya with a flash pins for 2 counts, Naomi with a Victory Roll for a 2 count, Naomi tries a leap-frog, but Sonya catches her with a Spear for a near fall, Sliding Knee for a 2 count, Body Scissors, Naomi fights out, she tries to leap over Sonya, but Deville with a Spinebuster for a near fall, battle of feet as they trade a cavalcade of kicks, Naomi ducks a Lariat and uses a Rolling Prawn Hold for the win.

Winner: NAOMI

An excited Jeff Hardy is interviewed backstage. He’s super excited, when he first heard the news, his synapses blasted neurons through his brain about all the things he does with ladders. But just like the ladder, he’s taking things one step at a time, and he gets chills thinking about wrestling Daniel Bryan. Jeff says that he and Bryan are going to scorch our cerebrum and he’s taking flight!

Samoa Joe makes his entrance to sit in on commentary for our main event

JEFF HARDY vs. DANIEL BRYAN
(Winner to face Samoa Joe next week in a MITB qualifier)

Jeff with Whisper in the Wind for a near fall, Twist of Fate Blocked, Bryan with a Dropkick to the knee, Shoot Kicks, Jeff ducks the Roundhouse, Twist of Fate, Swanton Bomb, but Bryan gets the knees up, Buzzsaw Kick for a near fall, Jeff sidesteps the Busaiku Knee, Jeff with a pair of flash pins for near falls, Twist of Fate blocked, Dragon Screw and Bryan with The Heel Hook & Jeff taps out.

Winner: DANIEL BRYAN

Bryan vs Joe next week for the final spot in the Money in the Bank. Joe calls Dan out and enters the ring. They square up face to face and Samoa says he doesn’t see cause to celebrate since Bryan has him next week.

Samoa Joe is interviewed backstage and asks why every time he tells us the truth it’s characterized as strong words. There’s nothing strong or unusual about what he’s saying, and next week, Daniel Bryan goes to sleep.

Bryan celebrates with the crowd to close the show.