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WWE SmackDown Live Results: April 17 2018

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WWE SmackDown Live Results: April 17 2018

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The 04/17/18 episode of WWE SmackDown Live just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results and our overall thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about this episode of WWE SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


 

AJ Styles Calls Out The Artist

 

After a video package recapping the recent rift between Styles and Nakamura caused by a low blow at WrestleMania, Styles made his way to the ring to cut a promo about it. He said that Shinsuke wasn’t an artist, he was a con-artist. He made AJ believe they were friends and then turned against him, ruining both their match against each other and Styles’ match against Daniel Bryan last week.

Styles went on to say that he wasn’t there for a conversation, he was there to fight and called out Nakamura. But that’s not what we got. Instead, we heard the melodic throat clearing of Aiden English. He came out to the stage with Rusev and said that although Shinsuke was unavailable, Rusev would be happy to take his place.

Since it’s Rusev Day, Styles accepted the offer.


 

AJ Styles vs. Rusev

 

This one was extremely short, AJ Styles got Rusev in the calf crusher in the first few moments and just when we thought Rusev was about to tap out, Aiden English intervened and caused a disqualification.

English attempted to lay the smacketh down on Styles, but Daniel Bryan came out to save him.

After the match, we saw Paige and Shane McMahon backstage. She is on a roll as SmackDown GM and created yet another stellar match: Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles vs. Rusev and Aiden English, to take place later in the evening.


 

Shelton Benjamin vs. Jeff Hardy

 

Benjamin came to the ring and said that not only was he was ready to be a singles competitor, he was ready for the biggest competition they were willing to give him. Randy Orton came out appearing prepared to answer the challenge, but as he was walking down the ramp, Jeff Hardy’s music hit and the new United States Champion took the stage.

Shelton Benjamin put up a strong effort against The Enigma but eventually succumbed to a Twist of Fate followed by a Swanton Bomb. Jeff Hardy continues to prove that he can have great matches with just about anyone and we’re excited to see where Benjamin goes with this singles run.

Winner: Jeff Hardy


 

The Miz Isn’t Coming

 

The Miz appeared in a self-filmed video, telling us that he would not be in this episode of SmackDown because he was above the Superstar Shake-Up. He isn’t just anyone, he’s the A-Lister. And besides, he’s far too busy with his wife and new baby (who were both in the video with him) to be bothered at the moment.


 

Jey Uso vs. Harper

 

In preparation for their championship match in Saudi Arabia next week, The Usos scouted out the competition with a singles match between Jey Uso and Harper. As has been the trend throughout this entire feud, Harper pinned Jey Uso easily and, as a team, The Bludgeon Brothers beat The Usos down even more afterward.

As Harper and Rowan were lifting their hammers to bludgeon their opponents, Naomi came running down the ramp pleading with them to have mercy on her husband and brother-in-law. The Brothers complied and left with hammers in hand.

Winner: Harper


 

Samoa Joe vs. Sin Cara

 

Samoa Joe debuted on SmackDown Live and immediately began laying into Sin Cara. After a short match that was more of a pummeling by Joe, Sin Cara tapped out to the Coquina Clutch.

Post-match, Joe gave a fantastic promo cutting down his new home. He said that SmackDown wasn’t the land of opportunity, it was the land of handouts, and he was there to bring everyone back down to reality. By taking each superstar down one by one. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see Samoa Joe on SmackDown, he destroys the dominant badass role and has a massive amount of top talent to work with.


 

SAnitY Vignette

 

SANITY IS COMING TO SMACKDOWN. Okay. That’s it.


 

Daniel Bryan Interview

 

Daniel Bryan was shown backstage being interviewed by Renee Young about his relationship with AJ Styles. He said that he respected Styles and was excited to be able to work with him.

The camera then panned up to Big Cass, who interrupted the exchange to tell Daniel Bryan that he was a little man. Riveting stuff.


 

A Mellabration

 

Carmella came to the ring to talk about her new championship. As she does, Carmella gave herself a little too much credit in regards to her accomplishments thus far, but that’s why we love her.

After her speech, we saw a video package highlighting her journey to the title (cutting out all of the uncomplimentary moments, of course). When we got back to Carmella, she continued her Mellabration, telling us that she decided to name her title Cleopatra.

Charlotte had seen enough and came out to give her two cents. She reminded Carmella that the only reason she even had a chance at the title was that James Ellsworth helped her win the Money in the Bank match.

The IIconics wanted to add their input to the mix and came out to mock Charlotte some more. They are about to be huge. Two ultra-talented women who have a ton of personality as well? Yes, please.

After they got all their verbal jabs in, things got physical. The IIconics attacked Charlotte, but before they could do too much damage, Becky Lynch came out to defend her friend. Wow, this was a top-notch women’s segment.


 

Charlotte vs. Billie Kay

 

The scuffle between The IIconics and Charlotte/Becky turned into a match between Charlotte and Billie while Carmella watched from the announce table. Charlotte was obviously at a disadvantage, as she had been trampled just moments before, so Billie dominated more than what we would normally see in a Charlotte Flair match.

The Queen would not be brought down so easily, however, and came back at the last moment with a Figure Eight to get the win.

This upset Carmella, who jumped in to lay hands to Charlotte while Peyton took down Becky Lynch. In the middle of this, Asuka made her SmackDown debut and broke it up, standing tall in the ring with Becky and Charlotte.

Winner: Charlotte


 

More New Faces on SmackDown

 

We saw two short backstage segments showing new members of the SmackDown squad: The Bar and R-Truth. The R-Truth one included The New Day and Tye Dillinger, plus R-Truth mistaking the show for Raw. Poor R-Truth, he’s been confused for a long time now.


 

El Idolo is Here

 

One last superstar to appear in the shakeup, Andrade Almas announced his arrival with his advocate, Zelina Vega. The SmackDown roster is officially stacked to the ceiling.


 

Rusev and Aiden English vs. AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan

 

We’re still not over Daniel Bryan being in the ring again. Let alone as AJ Styles’ tag partner. On Rusev Day. It’s almost too much awesome to handle.

This match was full speed ahead and the crowd couldn’t get enough of it. Daniel Bryan had everyone in a frenzy after a series of Yes kicks, but Shinsuke Nakamura put a damper on things with yet another low blow to AJ Styles. To make matters worse, Big Cass came out and gave Bryan a big boot to the face.

When asked why he ruined Styles’ match, Nakamura gave the one line of English language that he is willing to “remember”: No speak English.


 

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