The August 27 2019 edition of SmackDown Live, out of the Raising Cane’s River Center, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE SmackDown Live results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1045 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The WWE Championship Feud Escalates
Kofi Kingston kicked off SmackDown Live by reliving the recent events that have taken place between himself and Randy Orton. He said that he’s never been afraid of Orton, and he’s never been more ready to take him down. Because when you mess with Kofi’s family, you become enemy number 1.
Randy Orton interrupted on the big screen, reading a letter that he had been sent from Kofi’s son, Kai, begging Randy to stop tormenting his dad. Orton said that he planned to respond to Kai, but not in a letter – because Kofi and his family happened to be staying in the same hotel as him, so he was going to go talk to him in person.
Kofi Kingston would not stand for this and sprinted to the backstage area to head Orton off, attacking him the moment they laid eyes on each other. But Orton came out on top of the encounter, walking away on his own two feet after officials separated them, while Kofi was left lying apparently unconscious on the floor.
Buddy Murphy vs. Ali
King of the Ring Tournament: Round 1
Buddy Murphy and Ali went straight after each other, avoiding the other’s attacks until Ali successfully launched Murphy from the ring. Murphy came back swinging, however, smashing Ali’s face with a wicked knee strike.
When this didn’t keep Ali down, Murphy didn’t miss a beat, wasting no time in going for the kill again, Ali doing everything he could to resist Murphy’s attacks. Ali was able to hold Murphy at bay with a kick to the face, but it only bought him a second or two, as Murphy came back twice as vicious, flooring Ali before diving on top of him.
Back in the ring, Murphy climbed the ropes for a Meteora, but Ali dodged the attack, responding with a superkick followed immediately by a Poison Rana. Ali wanted the 054, but Murphy stopped him, bringing him back down to earth with a brainbuster.
With a strike combination, Murphy thought he would get the upper hand, but Ali responded with a series of strikes of his own, hitting a DDT to finish it off before getting his 450, winning the match.
Two Artists and an A-Lister
Miz came to the ring to talk about Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura’s unprovoked attack on him last week. But Shinsuke Nakamura was the one with the title (not to mention the one who kicked him in the head) so Nakamura was the one he wanted to face at Clash of Champions. For the Intercontinental Championship.
Sami Zayn appeared on the stage, as he, of course, had something to say on the subject. He lobbed insults at Miz the entire way toward the ring, and when he was within reach, Miz challenged him to a fight right then.
Sami warned him that he was making a mistake, and sure enough, Miz had no sooner stepped out of the ring than he was brutally attacked by Shinsuke Nakamura. Shinsuke beat Miz down while Sami Zayn commentated the entire thing, congratulating Shinsuke on his work when it was done.
Sami asked that Shinsuke put Miz in the ring, where Sami set him up for another Kinshasa, after which Sami and Shinsuke stood grinning at a motionless Miz.
Bayley vs. Lacey Evans
The SmackDown Women’s Champ, Bayley, took control of the action early, overpowering Lacey Evans and preventing her from making any attacks while simultaneously wearing down her left arm.
The match spilled out of the ring, at which point Bayley hit Lacey with a brutal clothesline, but before she could continue, Charlotte Flair stepped out onto the stage, distracting The Huggable One from her target.
Back from commercial, Lacey Evans had begun to pick up steam against the champ, while The Queen had moved down to ringside. Charlotte had clearly thrown Bayley completely off her game, as Lacey tossed her around the ring with ease.
Bayley eventually came back, hitting Lacey with strikes before attempting a submission, but Lacey grabbed the ropes, breaking the hold. Lacey landed a moonsault and pinned Bayley, but Bayley powered out.
Outside of the ring, Bayley suplexed Lacey, momentarily laying her out, and this brief breather was exactly what she needed to build momentum, hitting Lacey with a Bayley to Belly back in the ring.
Lacey tried to come back from this attack, but with another suplex and an elbow drop, Bayley took the win – with the added bonus of Charlotte witnessing the whole thing.
Big E vs. Randy Orton
To avenge his New Day brother, Kofi Kingston, for Randy Orton’s savage behavior earlier in the evening, Big E challenged The Viper to meet him in the ring.
And to show just how angry he was on behalf of his friend, Big E hurled himself at Randy Orton with reckless abandon, pummeling him in the ring before throwing him out and into the stairs, an announce table, and the barricade, periodically rolling back into the ring to break the ten count.
When Big E spanked him in the middle of the ring, he became angry enough to turn the tables, rolling out of the way while Big E went for a splash on the apron, sending E crashing into the hardest part of the ring face-first.
To return the favor Big E bestowed upon him at the start of the match, Randy threw E into an announce table. Twice. Making sure to roll into the ring to break the count when necessary.
Back from commercial, Big E sent Randy into an announce table but caught a dropkick back in the ring. Big E was revving up for the finish when he was distracted by The Revival. E fought them off the first time, but when they interfered a second time, Orton caught Big E in an RKO, taking the win.
Post-match, Randy Orton and The Revival beat E down a little more, hitting their RKO Machine (where Dawson and Dash lift their opponent up to set Randy up for the RKO).
Winner: Randy Orton
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The 24/7 King of the Ring
Earlier in the evening, Kevin Owens went to Shane McMahon’s office, probably to confront him about stealing the King of the Ring Tournament win from his last week, but instead of Shane, he found Elias, who informed him that Shane was not in the arena. Kevin found this very interesting but left Elias alone.
That is until this point in the show, where Elias came to the stage to brag about his advancing in the tournament. Kevin Owens was close behind him, laying him out with a Stunner and walking away, not bothering at all with the 24/7 Championship. Which was very fortunate for R-Truth, who happened to be standing nearby.
Truth climbed into the ring to pin the champ, but as the referee counted, Drake Maverick jerked Truth out of the ring by his ankle, took the pin for himself, and left with the title.
Chad Gable vs. Shelton Benjamin
King of the Ring Tournament: Round 1
Chad Gable came into this match already furious with his opponent and former tag partner, Shelton Benjamin, who has been tormenting him backstage for weeks. But this extra emotion seemed to backfire on Gable, as Benjamin gained control of the match very quickly.
Shelton Benjamin got a little too confident, however, giving Gable a window of opportunity to hit Benjamin with a rapid succession of strikes. Gable didn’t have dominion for long, though, as Benjamin flung Gable into the barricade and rolled out of the way when Gable attempted a top rope attack back in the ring.
Benjamin went for a powerbomb but instead caught a sunset flip from Gable, who pinned him for the win.
Winner: Chad Gable
The Truth is Out
After unveiling Roman Reigns’ “real” attacker last week, Daniel Bryan and Rowan demanded an apology from Roman for ever thinking they could be behind it.
Roman came to the ring and asked the crowd whether he should apologize or not, but ultimately decided to let the footage of the initial attack in the hallway speak for itself.
The video clearly showed Rowan (or his doppelganger) at the scene of the crime, which sent Bryan into a fit of rage. Bryan smacked Rowan across the face repeatedly, sending him away before coming to the ring to speak to Roman face-to-face.
Bryan screamed his way down the hallway, down the ramp, and all the way to the ring – where he instantly caught a spear from Roman Reigns.
SmackDown Live Results (August 27 2019)
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