WWE SmackDown Results – Apr. 10, 2018 – AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan
WWE Smackdown Results
April 10, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
In-Ring: Shane McMahon, Paige
Shane McMahon’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring. Shane welcomes everyone to Smackdown Live and thanks everyone for being there. He says he’s had a lot of WrestleMania moments but this past Sunday was very special because we got to see the return of Daniel Bryan. Not only did he have the privilege of teaming up with Daniel but because of Daniel, they not only competed but they won.
Shane says he has accepted Daniel Bryan’s resignation as Smackdown General Manager. And if one door opens, another one closes. The new Smackdown general manager… Paige! A loud pop erupts as the new Smackdown General Manager comes down to the ring.
She says that last night on Raw she gave her goodbye speech and when she went backstage, the first person waiting for her was Shane. She thanks Shane saying that it means the world to her. A loud “This is your house” chant from the crowd.
She says the superstar shake-up is next week but that’s next week. As her first act as General Manager, she wants to make this night truly special for everyone. She mentions Daniel Bryan and how he hasn’t wrestled a match on television in over 3 years. She asks the crowd who wants to see him in action tonight? A “YES” chant from the crowd. Paige announces Daniel Bryan will face… And she pauses. A “RUESV DAY” and “AJ Styles” chant from the crowd. She says Daniel Bryan will face AJ Styles! A loud pop from everyone in the arena quickly followed by the “YES” chant.
The Usos vs. The New Day
The winner of this match will face the Bludgeon Brothers for the tag titles in Saudi Arabia. The bell rings and it’s Xavier Woods and Big E for The New Day. Back from commercial break, Jay Uso tags in Jimmy and some right hands on Xavier Woods. Big E gets involved but a spinning kick by Jimmy takes him out. Jimmy goes over the top rope and a splash onto Big E. Back in the ring, a Samoan drop by Jimmy onto Xavier. He goes for the cover but a 2 count.
Jimmy tags Jay in. They go to double team Xavier but he reverses it into a DDT. He goes for the cover but a 2 count. A right hand by Xavier Woods to the midsection of Jay. Both men exchange right hands. Xavier pushes Jay onto the ropes but a kick to the midsection and Big E tags Xavier in. They double team Jay with a back breaker, they got for the cover but a 2 count.
Big E tags Xavier in, they go for the double team but Jimmy saves Jay and a double superkick on to Big E takes him out. Jimmy super kicks Xavier as he tags Jay in. Jay off the top rope a big splash as he goes for the cover and gets the win!
Winners: The Usos
The Bludgeon Brothers’ music hits and they go on stage and point to The Usos.
Naomi vs. Natalya
They show a backstage clip from earlier during the day of Naomi with her Women’s Battle Royal trophy. She’s interrupted by Natalya who puts down Naomi. She says she can’t wait to see Naomi shipped off to Raw. Naomi challenges Natalya to a match tonight.
The bell rings and we are under way. A takedown headlock by Natalya is reversed by Naomi and Natalya gets out of it. Both women back up and lock up. A headlock takedown of her own by Naomi and Natalya reverses it. Naomi gets out that one. Natalya with a snap mare take down. Naomi back up and a hurricanrana onto Natalya. She sits Natalya onto the second rope and delivers a slingshot leg drop onto Natalya who rolls to the outside of the ring.
Back from commercial, both women are back in the ring. Natalya picks Naomi up and a snap suplex. An abdominal stretch by Natalya onto Naomi. She lifts Naomi up but Naomi reverses it and counters it taking Natalya down with the face to the mat. Naomi jumps onto the second rope but Natalya grabs her and powerbombs Naomi. She goes for the cover but a 2 count.
Natalya goes for the sharpshooter but Naomi pushes her off. A spinning clothesline by Natalya. Another cover but a 2 count once more. Natalya lifts Naomi up but Naomi reverses it and the enziguri. Naomi onto the top rope and the moon sault! She goes for the cover and gets the 3 count for the win!
Backstage: Shinsuke Nakamura
Backstage Renee Young is with Nakamura. She asks Nakamura why he would tarnish his dream match. He says maybe he got too emotional. He says he is very, very sorry for what he did to AJ Styles in a sarcastic tone. She asks him another question and he says “Sorry, no speak English” and walks away.
In-Ring: Charlotte Flair, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
Charlotte says Sunday at WrestleMania she faced the toughest challenge of her career. Asuka made her dig harder and deeper than ever before and she thanks her for it. She says that Asuka and herself left every ounce of energy and emotion at WrestleMania and it was magical. The question is who will she make magic with next?
As she’s speaking, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay’s music hits as the NXT duo debut on Smackdown. Royce says one of them can make that title disappear from around her waist. Billie Kay says her match at WrestleMania was good but not iconic. Nobody wants to hear her yack away. They then go on to mock Charlotte’s speech.
They say to stop talking about a match that happened in the past when there’s the future. They both attack Charlotte and Charlotte fights back but the number’s game is too much. They throw Charlotte over the announce table on the outside of the ring. They then throw Charlotte into the ring post and then into the steel ring stairs. They then lift Charlotte up and throw her onto the mat on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, they stand on top of Charlotte posing for the camera.
SmackDown Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Carmella
Carmella’s music hits and she’s in with the referee. She cashes in her Money in the Bank briefcase. The referee is taking his time to cash it in as Carmella is yelling. The bell rings and the cash in is on! Charlotte is back-up, the bell rings and kick to the head by Carmella onto Charlotte. She goes for the cover and gets the 3 count!
Winner: NEW Smackdown Live Women’s champion, Carmella
Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton
The winner becomes the number 1 contender for the WWE United States title and faces Jinder Mahal at Backlash. The new United States champion Jinder Mahal is sitting on a personalized chair on the outside of the ring next to the announce table. Roode and Orton are out first while Aiden English introduces Rusev.
Back from commercial, Rusev is beating on Bobby Roode in the corner. Orton back from the outside of the ring throws Roode to the outside. Orton trash talking Rusev but Rusev with a kick to the head out of nowhere. He goes for the cover but Orton kicks out and rolls to the outside. In front of Mahal, Rusev slams Orton’s head on the ring apron and then onto the announce table. Rusev goes to slam Orton’s head again but Orton reverses it, picks Rusev up and throws him onto the announce table which does not break. Roode back in it throws Orton into the ring. Several clotheslines by Roode onto Orton and a swinging neck breaker.
Roode onto the top rope and a clothesline takes Orton out. Roode getting ready for the Glorious DDT but Orton reverses it. And a clothesline by Orton which is followed by a body slam. Roode on the ring apron, Orton setting him up for the DDT but Roode reverses it. Orton reverses Roode’s reversal as Rusev grabs Orton and slams him on the table.
Back in the ring, Rusev with a spinning wheel kick onto Roode. A loud “RUSEV DAY” chant from the crowd. And the Machka Kick by Rusev. He locks the Accolade on Roode but Orton breaks it up and throws Rusev to the outside. Roode goes for the quick cover on Orton but Orton kicks out and the RKO by Orton onto Roode as gets the victory.
Winner: Number 1 contender for United States title, Randy Orton
Backstage Carmella is getting interviewed. Carmella says when a queen overstays her welcome, there’s always a princess who will take her place. She mentions 287 days of her being patient and waiting for the perfect time to cash in. Carmella is fighting back the tears and she says there’s someone she wants to thank. And that is thank you to herself. She made history at Money in the Bank and made history against tonight alone. She says Mella is Money. And now, Mella has the gold.
Backstage: AJ Styles
Renee Young is backstage with AJ. Styles says he doesn’t want an apology from Nakamura and how he’s not his concern tonight. Never in a million years did he think he would stand across Daniel Bryan in a WWE ring. He praises Daniel but says he’s not phenomenal.
Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
The bell rings and it’s the main event. Both men lock up and a headlock by AJ. Bryan sends AJ to the ropes and AJ shoulders him down. A quick take down by Styles but Bryan gets out of it. A kick to the back by Daniel Bryan onto AJ Styles. An arm bar by Daniel followed by several uppercuts. Bryan runs to the ropes and a drop kick by Styles takes Daniel Bryan to the outside. AJ Styles jumps over the ropes and a forearm onto the outside.
Back from commercial and both men are in the ring. A running elbow by Daniel Bryan onto AJ Styles. With AJ in the corner, Daniel runs and delivers a running kick to the head. And some kicks to the chest by Daniel Bryan onto AJ. Daniel goes for one last kick but Styles with the dragon screw takes him down to reverse it.
AJ sends Daniel Bryan to the turn buckle, AJ runs behind him but Daniel flips over him off the top rope. He lands holding his knee in pain and AJ goes behind Daniel and takes him down. Back up, Daniel applies an arm bar on AJ but AJ reverses it into a counter and Daniel counters that. AJ reverses Daniel’s reversal and goes for the cover but a quick kick out. Both men back up and a huge clothesline by AJ takes Daniel out. Styles on the ring apron, he goes for the phenomenal forearm but Bryan lands a kick on him and takes AJ out. Daniel goes for the kick but Styles catches him and tries to go for the Styles clash but a reversal by Daniel and the Yes lock is applied! AJ Styles reaches the ropes.
Daniel Bryan with the tree of woe onto AJ in the corner and a bunch of kicks. Both men on the top rope now and Daniel goes for the back drop but AJ lands on Daniel Bryan. In comes Nakamura and he kicks Daniel Bryan resulting in a disqualification. He then attacks AJ Styles and low blows him, shades of what he did at WrestleMania. Nakamura delivers the knee to the face onto AJ Styles. And another low blow by Nakamura onto Styles as he walks away.
Winner: By disqualification, AJ Styles
Quick Match Results
– The Usos defeated The New Day to become #1 contenders for the SD Tag Team Championship
– Naomi defeated Natalya
– Carmella defeated Charlotte to become the SD Women’s Champion
– Randy Orton defeated Rusev and Bobby Roode to become the #1 contender for the US Championship
– AJ Styles defeated Daniel Bryan by DQ after Nakamura interfered and attacked both men