The 04/09/19 edition of WWE SmackDown Live, out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, 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 #1025 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
There’s A New Champ, Yes There Is
The ring decorated with a rainbow balloon arch, colorful cloth, and several platters of pancakes, The New Day made their entrance to continue the celebration of Kofi Kingston’s defeat of Daniel Bryan.
The arena exploded in “Kofi” and “you deserve it ” chants, completely overwhelming the new WWE Champion. Big E eventually cut through the chants, declaring that Kofi Kingston was nothing short of an A+ player, as he broke his foot off in “the vegan cheeks” of Daniel Bryan.
Last night on Raw, The New Day did their best to make Kofi Kingston the new Universal Champion as well, as he challenged Seth Rollins to a winner take all match. The match ended in disqualification due to an attack from The Bar, but The New Day were excited to be back at SmackDown Live all the same.
Xavier Woods and Big E talked about how much love is shared between The New Day members, and how proud they are of Kofi and his victory, kicking off another massive “Kofi” chant.
Kofi was in the middle of pointing out his family, telling them how much he appreciated their love and support, when he was interrupted by The Bar. Sheamus and Cesaro bragged about ruining his match with Seth Rollins last night before challenging The New Day to a 6-man tag match.
Big E questioned their math, but they announced that they had made a friend on Raw, and welcomed the third member of their team to join them. Drew McIntyre walked slowly down the ramp toward his new teammates, smirking at The New Day to close the segment.
Aleister Black, Ricochet, and Ali vs. Rusev, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Andrade
The bad guy trio took control of the match early, teaming up on Ricochet and keeping him from his corner. With a neckbreaker on Rusev, Richochet was finally able to escape the barrage, tagging in Ali, who worked with Aleister Black to wear down the Bulgarian Brute.
When Ali was left alone, however, Rusev, Nakamura, and Andrade went back to their triple team tactics. At last, Ali escaped, allowing Aleister Black to get in and take the momentum back.
Black and Ricochet launched a wave of offense on their opponents, ending with Aleister’s signature seated taunt in the middle of the ring – which both Ricochet and Ali joined in on.
After a sequence or two more, Nakamura struck Ricochet with a Kinshasa, to which Aleister responded with a Black Mass.
To finish off the rush of finishers, Ali landed a 450 splash on Andrade, taking the win for his team.
Ali was standing in the ring in celebration when he was hit with an RKO by Randy Orton. The Viper would not get the last laugh, however, as Rusev was just recovering from the loss, getting to his feet in the ring, and was Stunnered by Kevin Owens.
Winner: Ali, Aleister Black, and Ricochet
Interview with The Usos
It’s about proving which tag team is the BEST in @WWE history tonight…— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2019
Will The @WWEUsos welcome @MATTHARDYBRAND & @JEFFHARDYBRAND to the #UsoPenitentiary? #SDLive #SDLiveAfterMania pic.twitter.com/tZR8XnE4jN
Backstage, The Usos were interviewed regarding their SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship victory at WrestleMania, as well as their upcoming match against The Hardy Boyz. Before saying anything about themselves, however, The Usos were sure to congratulate their friend Kofi Kingston.
Turning the conversation toward themselves, The Usos said they were not taking the match against The Hardys lightly, as both their championships and their reputation were on the line.
The Party Continues with Carmella and Truth
R-Truth and Carmella came to the ring to celebrate her victory in the women’s battle royal at WrestleMania. Carmella then outlined her career over the past year, from winning the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship to gaining a new best friend in R-Truth.
Samoa Joe’s music interrupted their conversation, Joe charging toward the ring. R-Truth, being the good best friend that he is, protected Carmella by lunging toward Joe.
Samoe Joe caught him in a Coquina Clutch, put him to sleep, then bragged about doing the same thing to Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania. Joe was clearly feeling particularly big and bad in the moment, but Braun Strowman appearing on the stage made him falter.
Strowman joined Samoa Joe in the ring, and was also trapped in a Coquina Clutch, but broke free, flustering Joe, who quickly left the ring.
The IIconics (c) vs. The Brooklyn Belles
Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
With an undefeated record of 45-0, the #BrooklynBelles have a HUGE opportunity at the @WWE Women’s #TagTeamTitles against @BillieKayWWE & @PeytonRoyceWWE on #SDLive! #SDLiveAfterMania pic.twitter.com/eXwRADS6nt— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2019
The IIconics, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, came to the ring to announce that they, too, would be fighting champions and had invited the most prestigious tag team in Brooklyn they could find to face them for their titles.
The Brooklyn Belles, Kristen and Karissa, with an alleged record of 45-0, would be The IIconics first opponents as champions. And in a very short match, Billie and Peyton defeated Kristen and Karissa, retaining their championships.
Backstage, Paige was shown closely watching the action. She was approached by Kayla Braxton, who asked what brought her to SmackDown. Paige said that she just wanted a closer look at the Women’s Tag Championships, and as impressive as their defeat of The Belles was, she would be bringing a tag team of her own to face The IIconics next week.
Winner: The IIconics
The Best in the World: Shane McMahon
Standing next to the World Cup trophy in the ring, Shane McMahon gave an overview of the events at WrestleMania. But there was one moment that stood out above the rest as the real draw of the show: Shane McMahon’s defeat of The Miz.
Shane said that Miz and his father (who Shane also attacked) got exactly what was coming to them, and he was quite proud of his handiwork.
Poor Greg Hamilton was then forced to come to the ring to give Shane O’Mac a proper presentation as “the best in the world.” Shane dragged Hamilton around by the tie, demanding that he repeat the phrase over and over until he got it right. After a threat of violence and about ten tries, he finally satisfied Shane, avoiding whatever punishment Shane had in mind.
The Usos (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match
Out to protect their championships and their spot as WWE’s best tag team, Jimmy and Jey Uso utilized double team tactics, first on Jeff Hardy, then on Matt.
With a DDT, Matt Hardy began to pull away, tagging in Jeff Hardy, who tried to finish Jimmy Uso with a leg drop to the groin. Jey Uso went for the Whisper in the Wind on Jeff, who dodged it before returning the move, but Jey kicked out.
Seeing the momentum shifting toward The Hardy Boyz, Jimmy Uso lept from the top rope, clobbering Jeff Hardy with a splash. Jimmy and Jey climbed to the top rope on opposite sides of the ring, setting up for the Double Uce on Jeff Hardy, who rolled out of the way.
A Twist of Fate from Matt Hardy followed by a Swanton Bomb from Jeff allowed The Hardy Boyz to become the new SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions.
Matt Hardy was celebrating with his family at ringside when Lars Sullivan’s music hit. Before The Hardys could get out of the way, Sullivan was in the ring, decimating both of them with his Freak Accident before throwing a flying headbutt at Matt Hardy, leaving the champs laid out.
Winner: The Hardy Boyz
Becky Two Belts
She said that she didn’t mind the mounting pressure, she would gladly accept any challenge thrown her way, and would still be Becky Two Belts when the dust settled.
Becky walked back up the ramp, turning to show off her championships to the crowd, and was again attacked by Lacey Evans. This time, however, the champ was slower to her feet, and Evans walked away scot-free.
The New Day vs. The Bar and Drew McIntyre
The New Day, The Bar, and Drew McIntyre were in the ring preparing for their match when they were interrupted by Sami Zayn, who stood on the stage momentarily before saying, “you’re not worth it,” and turning back the way he came.
Angry at The Bar’s interruption of their earlier celebration, The New Day teamed up against Sheamus, working together to wear him down. Unfortunately, Sheamus clubbed Xavier Woods out of the ring, where he was met with an inverted Alabama slam into the announce table from Drew McIntyre.
Back from commercial, Big E was slinging Cesaro around the ring with ease, throwing suplex after suplex, then flattening him with a splash. Cesaro took control with a knee to the face of Big E, then tried for a crossbody, but Big E caught it, throwing Cesaro down for a pin attempt.
With a blind tag to Sheamus, The Bar hit a double White Noise, trying to recapture their advantage in the match. Sheamus geared up for the Brogue Kick, but Big E overpowered him, catching him in a clothesline, setting Kofi Kingston up for his Trouble in Paradise.
Sheamus caught the first attempt, but Kofi Kingston immediately tried again, this time connecting with Sheamus’ skull, winning the match.
Winner: The New Day
What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #SDLive— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) April 10, 2019