The 04/02/19 edition of WWE SmackDown Live, out of the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1024 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Kevin Owens Show: Randy Orton & AJ Styles
In this week’s edition of the Kevin Owens Show, Randy Orton and AJ Styles came face to face just days before their match this Sunday at WrestleMania.
The second Orton and Styles were seated across from each other, Kevin Owens brought up Randy’s interference in Kurt Angle’s final match on SmackDown against AJ Styles. Orton said he felt no shame; in fact, he saved the WWE Universe from having to suffer through it.
Styles responded by criticizing Orton for leaning too heavily on his “one move,” the RKO. Orton ridiculed Styles for taking the long route to WWE through the indies, while he went straight to the big leagues. Styles jabbed back by bringing up Orton’s history with drugs, but Orton was unfazed, telling Styles that his only legacy would be his reputation as a “corporate bitch.”
At this point, Owens silently got up and left the ring, which turned out to be a smart move, as Styles and Orton began brawling almost immediately. Styles lept from the top rope in an attempt at the Phenomenal Forearm and was caught with an RKO, after which he did not recover.
Aleister Black and Ricochet and The Usos vs. The Bar and Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura
The Bar got off to a strong start for their team, and though Sheamus was momentarily staggered by the opposing team’s offense, he and his teammates regained control quickly.
All four members of the bad guy squad took turns putting the boots to Jey Uso, keeping him as far away from his corner as possible. With a
The four men working together seamlessly allowed Jimmy and Jey to hit double superkicks for the victory.
As soon as the match ended, the host of WrestleMania, Alexa Bliss, came to the stage. Bliss gave an overview of the changes to the WrestleMania card that have occurred since the last time we saw her, then set a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships to take place on the grandest stage of them all.
The Usos will be defending their titles against The Bar, Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura, and Aleister Black and Ricochet.
At this announcement, all four teams abandoned any semblance of friendship, breaking out in a brawl from which Ricochet and Aleister Black came out on top.
Winner: The Usos and Aleister Black and Ricochet
The Miz vs. SAnitY
3-On-1 Handicap Match
Before the match, The Miz came to the ring to declare that he wasn’t afraid of Shane McMahon or anything Shane could throw at him. Shane then appeared on stage and told Miz that he simply came to watch the violence.
The Miz started out hot against Eric Young, but tried to take on Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe on the apron when he thought he had Young down, which backfired, as it allowed Young to catch his breath, coming back at Miz full steam.
Back from commercial, Miz had taken control and was pummeling each SAnitY member in turn when Shane McMahon again came to the stage, this time to announce that the match was now Falls Count Anywhere.
This did not unfold quite how Shane probably expected, as Miz continued to beat down SAnitY with ease, bringing the action all the way to the parking lot, where he pinned Eric Young for the victory after launching a rolling crate at him.
While Miz was still in the parking lot soaking in the win, Becky Lynch pulled up in a police car.
Winner: The Miz
Becky Lynch Returns from Jail
Corey Graves got in the ring, awaiting Becky Lynch’s entrance, but when she appeared, she marched straight to Graves, snatched the microphone from him, then got right back out of the ring, opting to stand on top of the announce table instead.
Lynch talked about going to “jail” alongside Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey during Raw yesterday, then moved on to
Before dropping the mic and pointing to the WrestleMania sign, Becky Lynch said that she would become the double champ on Sunday.
18-Person Mixed Tag Match
The two teams of nine were: The Hardy Boyz, Heavy Machinery, R-Truth, Naomi, Asuka, Nikki Cross, and Carmella VS. The Club, Andrade, EC3, Shelton Benjamin, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, and Lana.
Shortly after the action began, Lacey Evans interrupted with a strut down the ramp, causing a pause in the match, but the guys and girls got right back to it once she was out of sight.
This was a bit chaotic with so many people in the match, but still a ton of fun. It was essentially each competitor getting in the ring to land a signature move until the somewhat organized action devolved into a brawl between all 18 people.
The most entertaining moments included Nikki Cross becoming angry when Shelton Benjamin refused to face her and attacking him from behind, and Asuka laying waste to several competitors, male and
Samoa Joe vs. Ali
Samoa Joe did his best to ground Ali as quickly as possible, preventing him from using any of his high-flying offense. Ali persevered, however, hitting Joe with a massive
Ali tried to finish Samoa Joe with a 450, but J
Winner: Samoa Joe
WWE Championship Match Contract Signing
“It’s all led to THIS, Daniel. I see it in your eyes man… I can see it with the mind games you’re trying to play. You KNOW that I AM READY!” – @TrueKofi to @WWEDanielBryan #WrestleMania #SDLive pic.twitter.com/076RUuTW9Y— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2019
Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston, along with their respective entourages, joined Michael Cole in the ring to sign the contract for their WWE Championship match this Sunday at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan wasted no time attempting to say something smart but was drowned out by overwhelming ‘Kofi’ chants from the crowd. When he managed to get a word in, he said that he felt the need to take the time to educate the masses, instead of speaking directly to Kofi.
The KofiMania chants continued to overpower The Planet’s Champion, so he resorted to screaming over them. He told them all to never be complacent, like Kofi Kingston has been for the past 11 years. And not to be a bystander in their own lives like Kofi Kingston. And one more thing – to never mistake fad for reality…like everyone has been doing with Kofi Kingston.
Bryan then told Kofi to enjoy this moment, because it was the best he was ever going to get. At this, Kofi, who had sat quietly to this point, had finally had enough and sprang from his chair to respond.
He said that Bryan became champion within 2 years of arriving
Big E and Xavier Woods behind him, Kofi Kingston stared down a red-faced Daniel Bryan to close their last interaction before WrestleMania.