The 05/14/19 edition of WWE SmackDown Live, out of The O2 Arena in London, England, 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 #1030 of SmackDown Live by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Roman Reigns Has Unfinished Business
Roman Reigns opened the show by coming to the ring to say that he had business with Elias that couldn’t wait until Sunday. He then welcomed one of the “solutions” to the problem, The Miz, to join him in the ring.
Shane McMahon and Elias came to the stage to ban Miz from SmackDown Live, preventing him from inflicting any damage on either of them. Daniel Bryan and Rowan appeared behind them, and the four of them launched an attack on Miz and Roman.
The Usos ran down to make the save, but were quickly brought down by Rowan. This led to a brawl between all 8 men, with The Usos, Roman Reigns, and The Miz standing tall.
Backstage, Shane McMahon, Elias, Daniel Bryan, and Rowan plotted their revenge on the opposing quartet. Shane proposed a 4-on-3 handicap match between themselves, Roman Reigns, and The Usos. And to keep Miz out of the way, if he interferes in the match, his steel cage match against Shane at Money in the Bank will be cancelled.
Randy Orton vs. Andrade vs. Ali vs. Finn Bálor
Shortly after the match began, Randy Orton and Andrade were thrown from the ring, leaving Ali and Finn Bálor to compete one-on-one, but it wasn’t long before Randy Orton was back and pummeling Ali and Bálor, throwing each of them into the announce table before tossing Andrade as well.
Back in the ring, Orton continued the systematic destruction of Ali, attacking Bálor when he tried to intervene. By reversing an RKO, Ali was able to get a near fall on The Viper, but Andrade broke up the pin.
Andrade began to gain steam until receiving a kick to the face from Finn Bálor, who tried to finish it with a Coup de Grâce but was yanked from the top rope by Andrade.
After introducing a ladder into the match, Andrade gained even more control, beating all three of his competitors down then catching Ali with another when he attempted a dive.
Back from commercial, Bálor was putting the boots to Andrade, which Ali used to his advantage by going for his 540 finisher on Bálor, but was snatched out of the air in an RKO from Randy Orton.
Finn Bálor dove onto his competitors in an effort to gain the upper hand, but only caught Ali and Randy Orton, leaving Andrade with enough energy to throw him into the steel steps, then back into the ring for a hammerlock DDT, winning the match.
As Andrade stood on top of the ladder reaching for the Money in the Bank briefcase, Ricochet sprinted to the ring, flung himself over the ropes and onto the ladder, where he knocked Andrade down and grabbed the briefcase for himself.
Becky Two Belts’ Two Competitors
Charlotte Flair came to the ring to show a video package illustrating the feud between long-time rivals, Charlotte and Becky Lynch.
Afterward, Lacey Evans was shown backstage, reminding everyone that they mustn’t forget about the fresh match Becky Lynch would be competing in at Money in the Bank, much more interesting than the Becky/Charlotte reruns.
Lacey promised to leave Lynch with a new nickname after Money in the Bank: Becky Black Eyes. And Lacey would have a new nickname as well, Lacey Evans: Raw Women’s Champion.
Roman Reigns and The Usos vs. Daniel Bryan, Rowan, Shane McMahon, and Elias
Daniel Bryan started things off for his team against The Usos, who worked together to wear him down. When he was unable to shift things in his favor, he tagged in Elias, who had slightly better luck as he dodged a dive from Jey Uso, causing Jey to “injure” his leg.
Shane McMahon and his squad decimated Jey Uso until finally, he made his way over to his teammates, where Roman Reigns got the hot tag, flattening everyone in his path before focusing his attention on Daniel Bryan.
Unfortunately, Bryan tagged in his protector, Rowan, who laid Roman out and was prepared to continue, but Elias tagged himself in. However, Rowan wasn’t finished and returned to the ring to beat Roman down some more.
Things certainly weren’t looking good for Roman Reigns and his cousins, but then a fresh Jimmy Uso tagged in, laying in superkick after superkick and nearly took the victory but Shane McMahon broke up the attempt.
Roman Reigns took Rowan out with a Superman Punch on the outside, but Shane McMahon had tagged himself in, hitting Jimmy Uso with a Coast to Coast and taking the win for his team.
The moment the match ended, it was safe for The Miz to attack Shane McMahon without repercussions, so he did, chasing Shane and his gang from the ring but Shane was still proclaimed “Best in the World” on his way out.
Winner: Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Rowan, and Elias
Kairi Sane and Asuka vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
To prove to her former squad that she had upgraded, Paige pitted her new clients, Asuka and Kairi Sane, against her old ones, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Women’s Tag Team Champions, The IIconics, sat at the announce table to observe their potential challengers.
Kairi Sane and Asuka, dubbed the “Kabuki Warriors” by their manager, Paige, took the upper hand early and relatively easily, but Mandy and Sonya began to pull away when Mandy dodged an attack from Kairi, causing Kairi to throw herself into a ring post.
Mandy continued the abuse of Kairi until Asuka tagged in, quickly trapping Mandy in the Asuka Lock, but Sonya broke up the submission. Sonya hit Asuka with a spinebuster and appeared to be about to go for the pin, but Mandy asked to do it instead.
This turned out to be a mistake, as Asuka rolled Mandy Rose up for the pin and won the match.
Winner: Asuka and Kairi Sane (Kabuki Warriors)
The Kevin Owens Show: Kofi Kingston
Earlier in the evening, Xavier Woods once again offered his support in Kofi Kingston confronting his rival Kevin Owens, but Kofi declined, assuring his New Day teammate that he could handle it on his own.
Kevin Owens was busy talking trash about Kofi Kingston and his New Day brothers backstage, allowing Kofi Kingston to open the KO Show instead, welcoming Kevin to his own show.
Instead of coming to the ring, Kevin Owens appeared on the big screen, telling Kofi that he was on his own, and no matter how close he is with his teammates, he had to face challenges that come with being the WWE Champion alone.
Kevin played a video package to “prove” that he was the most dangerous man in WWE, but Kofi wasn’t impressed, telling him that he was tired of hearing him talk and emptying the ring of the KO Show set.
Owens walked to the ring, turning to walk away repeatedly until Kofi had enough, sprinting down the ramp after him. Kofi was stopped by Sami Zayn, who helped Kevin Owens lay Kofi out.
Even though Kofi asked to handle Kevin Owens alone, Xavier Woods couldn’t watch his brother face such unfair odds and ran to help, but not being at 100%, was immediately thrown into the barricade.
Kevin screamed that his plan was to beat Kofi down just enough to decrease his chances at Money in the Bank, but not enough to take him out of the match. Kofi Kingston overcame the odds, however, dodging Owens’ attack before flooring Sami Zayn with a Trouble in Paradise to end the show.
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