WWE SmackDown Results – May 15, 2018 – Styles vs. Nakamura
May 15, 2018
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
In-Ring: Daniel Bryan, Big Cass
SmackDown Live is from London, England and we kick off with Renee Young introduces Daniel Bryan. Renee Young mentions that Daniel Bryan went 75 minutes in the Greatest Royal Rumble match and then goes on to defeat Big Cass at Backlash but he fell short last week versus Rusev.
A loud “Daniel Bryan” chant from the crowd. Daniel tells Renee to feel that. Was he disappointed? Sure. Does he like losing? He says when he came back, he was just happy to be back doing what he loves to do. But now it is not enough to be back. He doesn’t want to just be back, he wants to be on top. He knows it will be a fight and a climb. But he will become the WWE champion.
Big Cass comes out and says “Hold on.” He says he has been in the back listening to Daniel Bryan running his mouth and he is sick of it. He may have everyone fooled but he doesn’t have him fooled. About how he was away for three years but Cass says he knows the real truth. He says that Daniel’s first major set back was not losing to Rusev. But that he was his first major set back. He’s the reason he lost to Rusev. He’s the reason he will keep losing because he will ensure he never, ever achieves his dreams and aspirations in the WWE again.
And at Backlash he lost, yes but he didn’t tap out because he was in pain. He tapped out because he wanted to get out of the submission to get up and beat Daniel. He says he beat him down just like he will keep beating him down. He says is Daniel Bryan a loser? Yes! Should Daniel Bryan have stayed retired? Yes! Should Daniel Bryan take his ball, go home and be a stay at home father while Brie wears the pants in his family? The answer… Yes!
Big Cass gets on the ring apron with Daniel Bryan in the ring. Cass gets in the ring and Bryan attacks him with right hands and goes after Cass’ knee. He starts with the yes kicks and tries to re-injured Big Cass’ knee.
Referees run down to the ring to break it up. Bryan goes to the outside and slams Big Cass’ knee around the ring post. Daniel gets back in the ring and keeps attacking the knee with a heel hook. More WWE officials come out to break up the attack.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
The New Day vs. The Bar
The bell rings and Cesaro starts off the match with Xavier Woods. Woods goes after Sheamus, taking him out. He delivers a right hand to Cesaro and jumps over the top rope to the outside of the ring and takes out Sheamus. Back in the ring, Cesar grabs him in a hold as Sheamus quickly tags himself in. Sheamus climbs the top rope and jumps onto Woods. A tag back in to Cesaro as both men deliver a double clothesline onto Woods.
Back from commercial, Cesar goes for the cover on Woods but a 2 count. Woods is fighting back with right hands. Cesaro runs towards him and he throws Cesaro to the outside of the ring. Woods tags in Big E and Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Belly to back suplexes by Big E onto Sheamus.
Big E goes for a big splash but Sheamus gets his knees up. He runs towards Big E but Big E grabs him and slams him onto the mat. Cesaro is tagged in and both men double team Big E with a double DDT. Cesaro goes for the cover but Big E kicks out. Cesaro with the sharpshooter onto Big E. Woods trying to get into the ring but Sheamus throws him back out. Woods throws Sheamus into the ring post. He goes into the ring and breaks up the sharpshooter and gets the tag in. A running DDT by Woods onto Cesaro.
Woods goes for another cover but Sheamus breaks it up as Big E gets in the ring. Big E throws Sheamus onto the ring apron as he spears him onto the outside. Xavier jumps from the top rope and delivers a big elbow drop onto Cesaro. He goes for the cover and gets the 3 count!
Winners: The New Day
Backstage: The Bludgeon Brothers
A promo involving the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers airs.
Backstage: Paige, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville
Backstage WWE SmackDown Live general manager Paige is seen talking on her cell phone. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville interrupt her. Mandy says that since she defeated Becky Lynch last week, she should be in the Money in the Bank match. Paige says no but that they will both get a qualifying match tonight in a triple threat match with the two of them against Becky Lynch.
Backstage: AJ Styles
Renee Young is backstage with WWE champion AJ Styles. Tonight is against Shinsuke Nakamura and the winner decides the stipulation for their match at Money in the Bank. She asks him if he wins what his stipulation will be. He says not if but when he wins. It could be an inverted scaffold match or a bull rope, Hell in a Cell inferno match! He says no matter what match he chooses everyone will be amused except for Nakamura. He says Styles knows the international language of forearm to face. WrestleMania, Greatest Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank or tonight, Nakamura cannot beat him in the house that AJ Styles built.
Andrade Cien Almas (w/ Zelina Vega) vs. Jake Constantino
The bell rings and Almas shoves Constantino down to the mat. A drop kick by Constantino but before he can go for the cover, Almas is back up and knocks Jake down. He throws him into the corner and starts pounding on Constantino. With Constantino down in the corner, Almas with a double knees to the corner. Almas with the hammer lock DDT as he gets the win.
Winner: Andrade Cien Almas
Vega gets on the mic and says, this is SmackDown Live? I guess they were expecting more. After all the anticipation, they get to SmackDown Live and get that? It’s pathetic. Almost as pathetic as every superstar in the locker room. They didn’t come to SmackDown to play nice, they came to take over.
Backstage: Rusev, Aiden English, Lana
Backstage, Rusev is with Aiden English. Aiden insults the city and people of London. Rusev says unlike The Rolling Stones, he can get satisfaction when he wins that Money in the Bank. As Aiden is about to sing, Lana enters the scene. She says Rusev won’t be the only one that is victorious because next week she has a qualifying match for Money in the Bank against Billie Kay. And they will become the first ever Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank!
Rusev says together they will rule all of SmackDown Live. And that it will be on Rusev Day!
In-Ring: Carmella, Paige, Asuka
WWE SmackDown Live women’s champion Carmella is introduced for Mellabration. Yeomen Warders come out as part of the entrance. Carmella says she wants to give everyone the opportunity to show her how much they love her. For the next 10 seconds, feel free to shower her with the praise she deserves.
She says they will camp outside of a hospital to see a royal baby but not show her the respect she deserves? She says she commands everyone to bow down before her. She says Mella is money and Mella is champion. And that makes her better than each and everyone of them. She is better than Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey. She says she is better than Trish Stratus and Lita combined.
Paige’s music hits as England’s own makes her way down to the ring. Paige says England, it is great to be home. The fans start to chant “This is your house”. Paige announces Carmella’s opponent for Money in the Bank… Asuka’s music hits. She comes down to the ring and taunts Carmella. The crowd starts to chant “Asuka’s gonna get you” as Carmella leaves the ring.
Backstage: Shinsuke Nakamura
Backstage, Renee Young is with Shinsuke Nakamura. She says so far he has been unsuccessful in his attempts to defeat Styles. She asks him what he thinks his chances are of winning? He says what does chance mean? Nakamura plays dumb and says there’s no chance. It is a certainty that he will win, that Styles will get a knee to the face. And another, and another, and another, and another.
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville
The bell rings and Becky Lynch goes after both women throwing Mandy to the outside of the ring. She throws Sonya into the turnbuckle but Sonya reverses it and has Becky in the corner. In comes Mandy who starts beating on Becky as well as both ladies double team her. Mandy tries to go for a quick cover on Sonya but Sonya gets out of it and looks at her asking what she’s doing.
Back from commercial and Sonya is beating on Becky with Mandy on the outside of the ring. Sonya with kicks to the ribs onto Becky. Becky fights back with a clothesline and then a side kick. In comes Mandy as she throws Sonya to the outside. Many goes to pick up Becky but an inside cradle by Becky. She tries to take Rose down but Mandy sends Becky face first but in comes Sonya who takes Mandy down.
Sonya kicks Mandy to the outside. Becky tries fighting back but is sent into the corner. Right hands by Deville. Sonya puts Becky on the top rope and in comes Many who puts Sonya on her shoulders. Becky with a drop kick takes both women down.
Lynch goes for the cover on Mandy but she kicks out. Both women exchange right hands. Becky grabs Mandy’s arm and goes for the disarmer but in comes Sonya with kicks taking both women down. Mandy gets back up and knees Sonya taking her down. Becky grabs Mandy’s arm and locks in the disarmer as Mandy taps out.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Next week is Samoa Joe vs. Big Cass in a Money in the Bank qualifying match. Billie Kay vs. Lana is also mentioned for next week.
Backstage: The IIconics
The IIconics cut a promo about winning Money in the Bank.
Backstage: Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe cut a promo about beating Big Cass next week.
AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The bell rings and we are under way! Both men lock up and both men with reversals. A kick to the gut by Nakamura as he slaps AJ around. Nakamura runs to the ropes but a dropkick by Styles. Chops to the chest by Styles. He goes for a suplex but Nakamura blocks it. Instead Styles with a back breaker.
Nakamura rolls to the outside of the ring. AJ with a phenomenal forearm over the top rope onto the outside. He throws Nakamura back into the ring but Shinsuke rolls back out. Styles runs towards Nakamura but kick to the face takes Styles out. Both men back in the ring as Nakamura goes for the cover but a kick out by Styles.
Back from commercial, Nakamura is beating on Styles as he starts choking AJ. Styles starts to fight back but a kick to the face by Nakamura. He goes for the cover but a kick out by AJ Styles. A headlock by Nakamura is turned into a dragon sleeper. AJ with a knee gets out of the hold. Nakamura puts Styles up on the top rope and he goes for a suplex off the top rope but Styles slides under and a Pele kick takes Nakamura out.
AJ Styles now with a few strikes and a clothesline takes Nakamura out. AJ with a flying forearm onto Nakamura. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. A set of reversals sees Nakamura deliver the landslide. He goes for the cover but Styles kicks out. Nakamura with knees to the stomach as Styles rolls onto the ring apron. Both men on the ring apron, Nakamura goes for a suplex but AJ blocks it. A kick to the face by Nakamura who then goes onto the second rope and a knee to the face onto Styles. Nakamura goes for the cover but a two count only.
Shinsuke Nakamura prepares the knee to the face but AJ catches him and goes for the Styles Clash but Nakamura gets out of it. Styles drops Nakamura on his neck and goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. AJ goes for a forearm but Nakamura kicks him off. Nakamura with a knee to the face but AJ Styles kicks out. Shinsuke Nakamura going for another one but a spinning kick by AJ Styles.
AJ onto the ring apron, he goes for the Styles Clash, Nakamura ducks and AJ is about to hit the referee but stops. Nakamura pretends like he got hit with a low blow which leads AJ to argue with the referee. As he’s doing so, Nakamura delivers the Reverse Exploder and then the knee to the face and he gets the win!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Shinsuke will now get to pick the stipulation for their match at the WWE Money in the Bank PPV.
Quick Match Results
– MITB Qualifier: The New Day defeated The Bar
– Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Jake Constantino
– MITB Qualifier: Becky Lynch defeated Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in a Triple Threat Match
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeated AJ Styles