March 26, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair defeated Asuka (c) via Figure Eight to win the title
- AJ Styles defeated Kurt Angle by disqualification when Randy Orton hit Styles with an RKO
- Tag Team Gauntlet Match
- The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) defeated Gallows & Anderson via Up Up Down Down on Anderson
- The New Day defeated Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev via Up Up Down Down on Nakamura
- The New Day defeated The Bar via rollup by Xavier on Sheamus
- The New Day defeated The Usos via forfeit
- The New Day defeated Daniel Bryan & Rowan via count out
In-Ring: The New Day, Vince McMahon, Daniel Bryan
WWE Smackdown Live kicks off with The New Day coming out. A loud “Kofi” chant from the crowd. Xavier Woods says if they can be serious for a minute, obviously the past few months were emotional for them. Big E states that the fans have been with them for nearly 5 years. How they performed all around the world for the WWE universe and they want to thank the fans. Big E says that he and Xavier spoke and considering all the constant obstacles thrown in Kofi’s way, they have discussed walking away. The thing that has been hard on them is watching how poorly Kofi has been treated. And it’s not just recently but for the past 11 years. They know they have to make a decision but they can’t make that decision until they get some answers. And unfortunately the person who has those answers is Mr. McMahon. Xavier Woods says that they, The New Day, are asking Mr. McMahon to come out and address them face to face to be able to talk about the issues they have. And they have no problem waiting in the middle of the ring until he does.
Vince McMahon’s music hits and out comes the WWE chairman. He gets in the ring and grabs a microphone. He says that first of all, Kofi…
But he’s interrupted by WWE champion Daniel Bryan and Rowan. Bryan says to hold on. He tells Vince that if the New Day want to quit, to let them quit. Because the New Day is nothing but a stale novelty act. One that he, Vince created. If he wants to create another one, they’ll grab 3 people from NXT and call them Fresh Afternoon. And they’ll be more popular than the New Day. And the reason for that is because Kofi Kingston is nothing more than a B+ player. Daniel says Kofi lost last week, lost at Fastlane, lost at Elimination Chamber. Don’t let Big E and Xavier Woods or the audience get in his head. Bryan says Vince has been right about Kofi every step of the way. And his instincts are 100% correct. He says Vince is right and the people are wrong. And just like Kofi Kingston, these people refuse to accept that reality.
Xavier Woods says that the reality is that Bryan is afraid to face Kofi one on one. Xavier calls Bryan a hypocrite and that’s why he’s out here.
Vince interrupts. Vince says the New Day wants to quit? No, they won’t quit. Vince says they never were going to quit, everyone loves what they have. Vince says that Kofi is still and always will be a B+ player. The only question is if Big E and Xavier Woods are a B+ tag team. Vince asks if they can put Kofi Kingston in the WWE title match at WrestleMania. All they have to do is win a tag team gauntlet match tonight, and Kofi Kingston is in at WrestleMania.
Backstage: Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair
— WWE (@WWE) March 27, 2019
Becky Lynch is backstage and congratulated on her match being the main event at WrestleMania. And also about how she won the beat the clock challenge on Raw. Becky says that’s exactly what will happen at WrestleMania. She asks what Charlotte Flair will bring to their match at WrestleMania? She’s the third wheel and undeserving.
As she’s speaking, Charlotte Flair’s music hits and out comes Flair. Charlotte says third wheel? Undeserving? She will show how undeserving she is.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Asuka (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
The bell rings and we are under way. Both women with hold reversals. A head lock by Asuka as Charlotte sends her to the ropes. A kick to the stomach by Asuka. Back from commercial, a knee to the back of the head by Charlotte Flair. Both women get back up and Asuka grabs Charlotte into a modified arm lock. Asuka reverses it into a cover but Flair kicks out. Both women exchange right hands but a kick by Charlotte to Asuka’s left knee. Charlotte runs to the ropes but a double knee to the face by Asuka and both women are out.
Asuka with right hands followed by a kick. A German suplex by Asuka followed by a kick to the face. Asuka runs to the ropes and a drop kick. She goes for the cover but Charlotte kicks out. Asuka with kicks to Charlotte’s back. Asuka runs to the ropes and goes for the hip attack but Charlotte moves out of the way. A kick to the face by Charlotte. She goes for the cover but Asuka with a kick out. Charlotte Flair climbs the top rope and goes for the moonsault. Asuka gets her legs up, Charlotte lands on her feet. Asuka goes for the Asuka lock, Charlotte reverses it into a cover but Asuka kicks out. A kick to the face by Asuka. She goes for the cover but Charlotte Flair kicks out.
Back from commercial, Flair with chops to the chest. Flair goes for the powerslam but Asuka gets out of it. Flair goes for the figure four but Asuka fighting out of it. Charlotte again for the figure four but Asuka kicks her into the middle turnbuckle. Asuka with a kick to the side of the face. She goes for the cover but Charlotte kicks out. Asuka climbs the top rope but Flair trips her. Flair climbs the top rope and a Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair goes for the cover but Asuka kicks out. Flair with elbows onto Asuka. Flair goes for another elbow but Asuka grabs her arm and the triangle onto Flair. Charlotte stands up and lifts Asuka up. She slams Asuka into a sit down power bomb. She goes for the cover but Asuka kicks out again. Flair goes for the figure four but Asuka reverses it but she can’t get the Asuka lock. Flair reverses it into the figure four. With the figure four locked in, she bridges into the figure eight and Asuka taps out.
Winner: New WWE SmackDown Women’s champion, Charlotte Flair
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
AJ Styles is backstage. He’s asked about his match against Kurt Angle. AJ says he is honored to be Kurt Angle’s last match on Smackdown Live. He feels priviledged to be a part of his career and proud to be in the ring with him. Kurt’s in the Hall of Fame but he;s not taking this match lightly. It’s not an exhibition match. Kurt Angle may have laid the foundation but this is the house that AJ Styles built.
The bell rings. The two men hug. Angle with a German suplex on AJ Styles. Kurt Angle goes for the Angle slam but Styles gets out of it. AJ Styles with the calf crusher but Angle reverses it into the Angle lock. AJ Styles pushes Angle into the turnbuckle.
In comes Randy Orton and he hits Styles with an RKO. Randy Orton stomps on Styles. Kurt Angle hits the Angle Slam on Randy Orton.
Winner: AJ Styles by disqualification
Segment: Rey Mysterio
They air a clip from WWE.com involving Rey Mysterio and his son Dominick. The two talk about how Rey Mysterio will defeat Samoa Joe at WrestleMania.
In-Ring: The Miz, Shane McMahon
The Miz’s music hits. He gets in the ring as the announcers claim he has a proposition for Shane McMahon. The fans chant “This is Awesome” and the Miz says he can’t agree with them more. He says this year for WrestleMania, the only image he sees is one of him ripping Shane McMahon apart. And he has an idea of how he wants to do it. Miz says he has been here for over 13 years, he thought he experienced every single emotion but Shane made it personal. When he attacked him from behind, put his hands on his father, he did that in front of him. Here’s what he wants to do to Shane. He wants to make sure that everyone all over the world sees him decimate Shane. He wants everyone at MetLife stadium to see him destroy Shane McMahon in a falls count anywhere match.
Shane McMahon’s music hits and out come several security guards along with Primo, Shelton Benjamin and SAnitY. Out comes Shane McMahon behind them all. Shane says he thinks he needs a proper introduction and tells the announcer to do it properly. SHane is introduced as the best in the world.
Shane says that the security is out here to protect The Miz from him. He says one of the things that kept going through his mind about a falls count anywhere, he couldn’t believe it. He says Miz is as dumb as his father looks. They show an image of Shane attacking The Miz’s dad. Shane says he’s reflected a lot on what he did. He says the more he watches his attack, the better it makes him feel. Because when he beat him, in his home town, in front of his father, it made him feel great. Shane says at WrestleMania, he will beat The Miz all over MetLife stadium. And as far as his stipulation goes, it is accepted. Shane says his only regret is that he didn’t do more harm to his father and truly punish him for spawning his biggest Miztake in his life. And that’s when he impregnated his mother.
The Miz leaves the ring and charges through the security. Miz takes out SHelton and Primo Colon. SAnitY attack The Miz. However, The Miz fights back and beats up SAnitY as Shane watches on from the stage.
Tag Team Gauntlet Match
Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Gallows & Anderson
The bell rings and we are under way. Xavier Woods with a right hand on Anderson but Anderson with a right hand of his own. An uppercut by Anderson. He runs to the ropes but a super kick by Xavier as he tags in Big E. The Up, up, down, town on Anderson. Big E goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Gallows and Anderson are eliminated
Kofi Kingston is watching backstage with Becky Lynch, the Hardy Boyz and Rey Mysterio.
Tag Team Gauntlet Match
Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev
It’s Xavier Woods and Nakamura in the ring. A right hand by Woods but Nakamura sends him to the ropes and a modified hurricanrana by Xavier takes Nakamura out. Woods goes for a big splash but Nakamura moves out of the way. Shinsuke with a knee to the stomach. He goes for the cover but Xavier kicks out. Rusev is tagged in. Right hands by Rusev followed by a stomp. Rusev throws Xavier Woods to the outside.
Back from commercial, Rusev has Xavier Woods in the corner and he tags Nakamura into the match. Nakamura with a knee across the face. He goes for the cover but Xavier Woods kicks out. Woods with a jaw breaker counter. He tries to make the tag but Nakamura grabs him and slows him down. A knee to the stomach by Nakamura. He sends Woods to the corner but Woods with a flying elbow onto Rusev who is on the ring apron. Nakamura goes for a back drop but Woods lands on his legs and tags Big E into the match. Big E with an overhead belly to belly. Big E runs to the ropes and the big splash. Big E runs towards Nakamura but Nakamura throws him to the outside. Rusev tags himself in. Rusev goes to the outside but Big E throws Rusev into the ring steps. Big E throws Rusev into the ring. With the referee distracted, Nakamura attacks Big E. Rusev tags Nakamura in and a double suplex onto Big E. Nakamura with a knee strike to the face. He goes for the cover but Xavier Woods breaks up the pin.
Rusev runs towards Woods but Woods sends him to the outside. Woods jumps through the ropes, taking Rusev out. In the ring, Nakamura for the flying knee but Big E sends Nakamura into the ring post. Big E tags Xavier Woods. The Up, up, down, down. Woods goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura are eliminated
Tag Team Gauntlet Match
Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
Back from commercial, Sheamus has Big E in a leg lock. Big E with punches to the chest of Sheamus. The hold is broken and Cesaro is tagged in. Cesaro spins Big E around and locks in the sharpshooter. Big E gets out of it and kicks Cesaro to the outside of the ring. Big E goes for the tag but Cesaro pulls him back and tags Sheamus in. Sheamus stomps on Big E. With Big E in the corner, Sheamus pushes his elbow into Big E’s face. Sheamus tags Cesaro into the match. Cesaro runs towards Big E but Big E throws him over the top rope. Big E tags Xavier Woods into the match. Woods with a kick onto Cesaro. He runs to the ropes and a knee to the face. A drop kick onto Cesaro. In comes Sheamus but a jumping DDT by Woods takes Sheamus out. Xavier Woods jumps over the top rope and takes out Sheamus and Cesaro. With Cesaro back in the ring, Woods with a leg drop off the top rope. He goes for the cover but Sheamus breaks it up.
Back from commercial and Cesaro has Big E in a half crab. Big E pushes Cesaro off and Sheamus is tagged in. Sheamus climbs the top rope and he goes for a forearm but Big E moves out of the way. Sheamus runs towards Big E but he catches him in a power bomb. Big E tags Xavier Woods and Cesaro is tagged in. Woods jumps off the top rope but Cesaro hits him with an uppercut. He goes for the cover but Woods kicks out. Cesaro goes for the cover again but Xavier kicks out. Sheamus is tagged into the match. Sheamus lifts Woods up as Cesaro climbs the second rope. Big E grabs Cesaro and pushes him to the outside. Xavier Woods rolls up Sheamus and gets the pin.
Sheamus and Cesaro are eliminated
Cesaro and Sheamus get back in the ring and attack Woods and Big E. Cesaro grabs a table and puts it in the ring. They lift Big E up and send him crashing through the table.
Tag Team Gauntlet Match
Big E & Xavier Woods vs. The Usos
Big E is knocked out in the middle of the ring as the referee gets rid of the table.
The Usos grab the microphones. They say that everyone knows that The Usos fought wars against The New Day. And everyone knows that there’s one person who deserves to fight for the WWE championship and that’s Kofi Kingston. They say he already earned their respect, he earned the respect of every superstar in the locker room and he earned the respect of the fans. With that being said, New Day, good luck because they forfeit.
The Usos forfeit and are eliminated
Tag Team Gauntlet Match
Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Daniel Bryan & Rowan
Bryan and Rowan get in the ring and beat up on Big E and Xavier Woods. Rowan beats up on Xavier Woods on the outside of the ring. Daniel Bryan smashes Big E’s leg onto the ring post. Daniel Bryan with right hands on Big E but Big E fights back. He hits Rowan on the ring apron. He goes for the tag but Daniel Bryan trips him and gets him in the half crab. Xavier Woods with a drop kick takes Bryan out. Rowan runs towards Xavier but Xavier sends him to the outside of the ring. Xavier Woods with a flip over the top rope onto Rowan.
Bryan runs towards Big E but Big E catches him in mid air and slams him into the mat. Big E lifts Daniel Bryan up and lands the Big Ending. He goes for the cover but Rowan breaks i up. Woods gets on the ring apron but Rowan pushes him off. Bryan tags Rowan in. Rowan with a big slam onto Big E. He goes for the cover but Big E kicks out.
Rowan goes to the outside of the ring and clears the announce table. Woods with an elbow onto Bryan. Woods with a tornado DDT takes Bryan out. Rowan grabs Woods and goes for the Iron Claw but Woods gets out of it. Rowan is pushed into the ring post. A clothesline by Big E takes Rowan over the announce table and off it. Big E flips the announce table onto Rowan. They get back in the ring as the referee counts to 10 and Rowan is counted out.
Winners: Big E and Xavier Woods
Kofi Kingston runs to the ring and all three men celebrate. A lot of the SmackDown roster then comes out to clap and celebrate.
Vince McMahon is backstage and he is told that Big E and Xavier Woods won the match. Vince says Kofi Kingston is going to WrestleMania but the question is can a B+ player defeat Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship. Vince gets into his limo and leaves.