April 9, 2019
Brooklyn, New York
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Aleister Black, Ricochet & Ali defeated Andrade, Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura via 450 splash by Ali on Andrade
- Women’s Tag Team Championship: The IIconics (c) defeated The Brooklyn Belles via kick to the face by Peyton
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Hardy Boyz defeated The Usos (c) to win the titles via Swanton Bomb by Jeff
- The New Day defeated The Bar & Drew McIntyre via Trouble in Paradise by Kofi on Sheamus
In-Ring: The New Day, The Bar
WWE Smackdown Live kicks off with The New Day coming out to the ring. There’s a massive rainbow made out of balloons which goes from one side of the ring to the other. A loud “Kofi” chant followed by a “You deserve it” from the crowd. Big E says he’s not sure if we heard but at WrestleMania, a man who made millions of members of the WWE universe cry tears of joy. A man who is an A+ player with extra credit. That man, Kofi Kingston broke the vegan cheeks off Daniel Bryan and became the new WWE world heavyweight champion.
Big E says they showed up on Raw to make history. Xavier jokes if it’s the split that Big E hit. Big E gets hyped and does the splits. Big E jokes and says no, not the splits. He’s talking about the fact that Kofi was close to becoming a dual world champion, much like the man Becky Lynch! And as much fun as that would have been, it’s much more fun being on the blue brand. Throughout the years, we’ve gotten to know them for their humor. But tonight isn’t about the nonsense, it’s about the most important celebration.
Xavier Woods says we are here to celebrate the career of a man they are honored to call their friend and their brother. The career of Kofi Kingston. Xavier says he remembers watching Kofi debut but being able to follow his whole career is incredible. And when he made it to WWE and got to meet him, it was like meeting one of his heroes. Big E says what makes it extra special is because they got this together. They re-change culture and history. And on Sunday at WrestleMania, that’s exactly what Kofi did. Woods says on behalf of himself, Big E and what sounds like every single person in the arena and every single person in the WWE Universe, “Kofi, we love you and congratulations.”
Kofi Kingston says he’s at a loss for words. He says this is an impossible moment. It wasn’t supposed to happen. It wasn’t in the script, it wasn’t in the cards. But here we are. And he has to give a special shout out to his family. Kofi points to them as they are in the crowd. Kofi says that they inspire him to be the best father, husband and role model he can be. They supported him unconditionally since day 1 and thank you.
Just as he says that, The Bar’s music hits. Sheamus says he owes them a big thank you for saving him last night because Seth was mopping the floor with them. And had it not been for them, Seth would have his championship. Sheamus says Kofi almost lost his title in his first defense and it’s not because he’s a B+ player but it’s because he didn’t have Big E and Woods beside him. Cesaro says why not have a 6 man tag team match. Big E says he’s fine but their math doesn’t add up. They are 3 and they are 2 people. Cesaro says their math isn’t off because when they went to Raw, they made a new friend.
Drew McIntyre’s music hits and out comes Drew. He stands alongside The Bar.
Aleister Black, Ricochet & Ali vs. Andrade, Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura
The bell rings and we are under way. It’s Ricochet and Nakamura in the ring. An arm bar take down by Ricochet turned into a cover but Nakamura kicks out. Nakamura with a right hand but a drop kick by Ricochet. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. A side kick by Nakamura and Rusev is tagged in. Rusev stomps on Ricochet. Rusev tags Nakamura in and they double team Ricochet. Andrade is tagged in. He goes for the cover but Ricochet kicks out. Andrade tags Rusev in and he beats on Ricochet and tags Nakamura in. Nakamura with a knee to the stomach and Rusev is tagged in. Rusev sends Ricochet to the ropes but a neck breaker by Ricochet. Ricochet tags Ali into the match. Ali with a drop kick and Black is tagged into the match. Black stomping on Rusev and Ricochet is tagged in. Ricochet with right hands. Black tagged back in. They send Rusev to the ropes and a knee to the face by Black followed by a drop kick by Ricochet. Rusev rolls to the outside.
Back from commercial, Rusev has Ali in a bear hug. Rusev hits Ricochet and Black who are on the apron. Rusev runs to Ali but Ali slows him down. Ali jumps off the ropes and a flying DDT takes Rusev out. Rusev tags Andrade and Black is tagged in. Spinning elbows by Black followed by kicks. Black jumps off the middle rope and a moonsault. He goes for the cover but Rusev and Nakamura break it up. Ricochet with a double drop kick off the top rope and both men fall to the outside. Ricochet slides under the ropes and a moon sault off the barricade takes Rusev out. A knee to the back of the neck by Nakamura onto Ricochet. Andrade with a back elbow to Black. Ali is tagged in and Ali with a reverse hurricanrana. Ali climbs the top rope and the 450 splash. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Aleister Black, Ricochet and Ali
In comes Randy Orton who hits Ali with an RKO.
Kevin Owens gets in the ring and hits the stunner on Rusev.
Backstage: The Usos
Backstage, in come the Smackdown tag team champions The Usos. They are asked about their match against the Hardy Boyz tonight. They interrupt and say congrats to Kofi Kingston. WrestleMania came and it’s gone but they are still champions. They say that they need to win. They never fought the Hardy Boyz. It’s more than just titles on the line, it’s about proving who’s the best brother tag team. No, it’s about who the best tag team is in WWE history.
In-Ring: R-Truth, Carmella, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman
R-Truth is in the ring with Carmella. R-Truth says what’s up is that the man Becky Lynch is the Raw and Smackdown women’s champion. And Kofi is WWE champion. And at Wrestlemania, not only did we have the world’s largest 7 second dance break, we also had Carmella defeat Andre the Giant in the Royal Rumble match. Carmella says it was the women’s battle royal. Truth says they said the same thing.
Carmella mentions that one year ago, she cashed in her Money in the Bank contract and became Smackdown women’s champion. But a lot has changed since that happened. She lost a title but gained a friend. A friend that reminded her to smile and let loose again. She tells Truth she couldn’t have done it without him. And winning was just the first step and she sees big things in her future.
Samoa Joe’s music hits and out comes the United States champion. Joe gets in the ring and R-Truth kicks Joe in the stomach. He goes for a kick but Joe moves out of the way and gets Truth in the Coquina Clutch. He throws Truth to the outside and asks for a microphone. Joe says he destroyed Rey Mysterio in under 60 seconds at Wrestlemania. But use this as a warning because it might take him less time to destroy another superstar in WWE.
Braun Strowman’s music hits and he charges to the ring. Strowman with a right hand. He gets Joe in the corner and a splash by Strowman. He goes for another but Joe kicks him. Joe gets on the ropes and gets Strowman in the Coquina Clutch. Strowman backs up and the Clutch is broken up. Strowman goes to pick up Joe but struggles as Joe gets out of it and slides to the outside of the ring.
Promo: Mystery Box
A bizarre video is shown of a smoking cardboard box. Out pops what looks like a demonic puppet that starts laughing. It was the same promo from Raw.
Women’s Tag Team Championship
The IIconics (c) vs. The Brooklyn Belles
The new WWE women’s tag team champions the IIconics are in the ring. Peyton Royce says that two nights ago at Wrestlemania they defied all odds. They emerged with the championships. When people win titles, they talk a lot about being fighting champions. Peyton says but they don’t just talk, they walk. And they will defend their championships, anytime, anywhere against any tag team. And that’s why tonight, they have arranged their first title match to be against the best tag team they can find in Brooklyn. With an undefeated record of 45-0, welcome Karissa and Kristen, The Brooklyn Belles. And while the present of the tag team division is bright, the future and will always be IIconic.
The bell rings and Billie Kay is in the ring with one of the women. She kicks her and tags Peyton in. They double team the challenger.
Paige is backstage watching the match. Peyton with a spinning kick as Billie Kay is tagged in. Billie stomping on her. Royce is tagged in and she chokes her. Kay is tagged in and they send her to the opposite side of the ring. Her partner is tagged in. She goes for a quick cover on Kay but Kay kicks out. Royce is tagged in. They double team her and Royce with a kick to the face. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: The IIconics
Paige, who is backstage, says it’s just one week until the superstar shake up. And she wanted to get a look at the new WWE women’s tag team champions. Paige says they were impressive. They ended the legendary undefeated streak of the Brooklyn Belles. But next week, she will be bringing an impressive tag team of her own. Paige walks away.
In-Ring: Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon’s music hits and he gets in the ring. The best tag team trophy. Shane says it’s been a big week and mentions Wrestlemania. He says Kofi won the WWE champion and Becky Lynch became the new women’s champion. But why did over 80,000 people jam Metlife Stadium? Because they wanted to see Shane McMahon defeat The Miz. Shane says that The Miz is not there tonight.
Shane says the Miz’s dad had the audacity to get in the ring and he aggressively put his hands up. And after that, Mr. Miz hit him in the eye. The fans chant “You deserve it” to Shane. McMahon says The Miz’s dad deserves it because he had no choice but to defend himself. And he had to do what he did. As far as he is concerned, that 68 year old baked-potato face and his son got exactly what they had coming to them. They found out that he is what he says he is. And that is the best in the world. A loud “CM Punk” chant from the crowd.
Shane says “Please” and asks Craig Hamilton, the ring announcer, to get in the ring. Shane said when he was getting introduced to the ring tonight, there was a slight stutter. What happened? Hamilton said when he got to the arena tonight, several WWE fans were threatening him. Saying that if he called him the best in the world, something bad would happen. Shane says he’s fearful, they’re in Brooklyn and that happens. But it’s the best city in the world and it’s the best city because the best in the world lives here. But Hamilton never has to worry about anyone doing anything to him but he has to worry about him. Shane grabs Hamilton and says it’s important and to do it with conviction and pride.
McMahon stands next to the trophy as Hamilton introduces him. Shane cuts him off and says it’s not good enough. It’s not the Wrestlemania one. Hamilton tries it again and once more Shane cuts him off. Shane says they have a live show to do. He grabs Hamilton by his tie and brings him to the outside of the ring. And to try again. Once more, Shane says no.
They go up the ramp. Shane says it’s his last chance to get it right and if not, the ramifications will not be good. Hamilton introduces Shane McMahon once more. Shane fixes Hamilton’s tie and tells him good job and to continue. Shane leaves to the back while Hamilton goes back to the ring.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The Usos (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz
The bell rings and Matt Hardy starts the match with Jey. An arm bar by Matt and Jeff Hardy is tagged in. A double elbow. Jeff goes for the cover but Jey kicks out. Jey grabs Jeff and spears him into the corner and Jimmy is tagged in. An arm bar by Jeff and Matt Hardy is tagged in. Matt with an arm bar but Jey with a right hand. Matt sends Jey to the ropes and Jimmy is tagged in. They tag team Matt. He goes for the cover but Matt kicks out. Jimmy sends Matt to the outside. Jey hits Matt on the outside with the referee distracted.
Jimmy goes to the outside and throws Matt into the barricade. Jimmy sends Matt into the ring. He tags Jey into the ring. Jey with a right hand to the ribs. A chop to the chest by Jey and he sends Matt into the corner. Jimmy is tagged in. A double team by The Usos.
Back in the ring, Jimmy is in the ring with Jeff. Whisper in the wind by Jeff. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Matt Hardy is tagged into the ring. Poetry in motion by Jeff and Matt with the Side Effect. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Matt tags Jeff in. Matt goes for the Twist of Fate but Jimmy with a super kick. Jeff goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Super kick by Jimmy. He tags Jey in. Jey with a big splash off the top rope. He goes for the cover but Jeff Hardy kicks out.
Jey tags Jimmy into the ring. With Jeff down, the Usos go to the opposite sides of the ring. They both jump and Jeff moves out of the way. Jeff tags Matt into the ring. Matt with the Twist of Fate. He tags Jeff and Jeff with the Swanton Bomb. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: New WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions, The Hardy Boyz
After the match, The Hardy Boyz are in the ring and out comes Lars Sullivan. He gets in the ring and beats them up. Sullivan with a diving headbutt onto Matt Hardy.
In-Ring: Becky Lynch, Lacey Evans
The new Raw and Smackdown women’s champion Becky Lynch comes down to the ring. She stands with the Smackdown title around her waist and the Raw title on her shoulder. The fans continue to sing Becky’s song. Becky says they have the voices of angels. What a week as the fans chant “Becky”. She says on Sunday she did exactly what she said she would do and overcame Ronda and Charlotte in the main event of Wrestlemania. And in doing so, she became Becky two belts. The fans start to chant “Becky Two Belts”.
We see a clip of last night’s Raw where Lacey Evans punched her and the two fought. Becky says Lacey finally decided to get her hands dirty and that punch reminded her that she has two titles and she’ll be pulling double duty. And she knows there is a tsunami of challenges coming to the man and to that she says to bring on every last one of them. Because she wants to make this the most talked about run in all of WWE. And if she has to beat all of them, take more beatings, sleep with one eye open for the rest of her career, she will. Because she walked through hell to get the titles.
Lynch walks up the ramp and poses with the belts. Lacey Evans suddenly walks out and punches her in the face, knocking her down, then Lacey walks to the back.
Segment: Sami Zayn
The wrestlers in the main event entered, then Sami Zayn’s music hit and he came out on stage. The crowd sang along with his theme. He had a mic and said, “Yeah… you’re not worth it” and walked backstage.
The New Day vs. The Bar & Drew McIntyre
The bell rings and we are under way. Sheamus and Woods are in the ring. A right forearm followed by a kick by Woods. He tags Big E into the ring. Big E with a spear and Kofi is tagged in. Kofi with a jumping kick. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Kofi with an arm bar and Woods is tagged in. Woods with an arm bar but Sheamus pushes him into the ropes. With the referee distracted, Cesaro hits Woods and Sheamus clotheslines him to the outside. McIntyre is tagged in. He goes to the outside and catapults Woods into the announce desk.
Back from commercial, Big E with an overhead belly to back suplex onto Cesaro. A third suplex by Big E and Cesaro is down. Big E with the splash. He knocks Sheamus off the ring apron. Cesaro with a knee onto Big E. Cesaro climbs the top rope and a cross body onto Big E but Big E reverses it into a cover. Cesaro kicks out. Big E goes for the Big Ending but Cesaro reverses it and tags Sheamus in. They double team Big E. Sheamus goes for the cover but Woods breaks it up. Sheamus with a back breaker onto Woods. Sheamus goes for the Bro Kick but Big E with a clothesline.
Kofi Kingston is tagged in. Kofi off the top rope and a splash onto Sheamus. Kofi goes after Cesaro on the ring apron. Kofi jumps off the top rope onto Cesaro. Kofi gets back in the ring. He goes for the Trouble in Paradise but Sheamus catches Kofi. The champion gets out of it, runs to the ropes and the Trouble In Paradise onto Sheamus. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: The New Day
Kofi brings his family into the ring to celebrate.