Smackdown Results and Reaction 05.01
Daniel Bryan started off with the opening of the show. He is the former MITB winner and knows the significance, opportunity, and the privilege to be in the match. Of course, it would have been sweeter if his counterpart, Drew Gulak, could have won his match if it wasn't for King Corbin, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Bryan calls out Corbin to settle things straight.
Daniel Bryan wins over King Corbin via Disqualification.
Bryan and Corbin battled it out. Corbin was outside the ring when Bryan tried to fly his way out. Corbin caught him, but Bryan found a way to counterattack him. The King threw the ladder at Bryan that forced a disqualification. Corbin tried to make an example on Bryan, but Bryan placed a yes lock maneuver. Cesaro and Nakamura came to the rescue.
***Observation*** It was great that both superstars did not pin each other. That saves their status for MITB. Whereas for Cesaro and Nakamura, did they abandon Sami Zayn? Back to back weeks, they have supported King Corbin. What will happen when the Intercontinental Champion returns to action?
Sheamus defeated Leon Ruff.
The match was the wrong booking. Ruff had no chance in hell. Sheamus hit three Irish Curse backbreakers that most likely snapped Ruff's back. Then, Sheamus brogue kicked Ruff for the finish.
Announcement: Jeff Hardy will be on Smackdown next week and so will Sheamus
Carmella defeated Mandy Rose.
Carmella catches Rose with a superkick for the win. Sonya Deville caused the distraction by coming out and talking throughout the match. At a point, the words got to Rose's skin, and that is why she lost focus on Carmella. For Carmella, she advances to MITB.
***Observation*** Yes, Sonya has become a total psycho. Which superstar do you think is a replica of Sonya's action? She reminded me of AJ Lee. For a person that would do anything for her partner, she is totally a psychopath that will stop at nothing to ruin Rose. This is not the end of their feud.
Forgotten Sons defeated The New Day.
The Sons show off their innovative skills. Their powerbomb/backstabber and a reverse DDT/Stomp combination buried Kofi on the ground and then the pin.
***Note*** Miz & Morrison made their presence at the commentator's table. Maybe they thought New Day would pull out a win but were surprised at how good the Sons were in the ring. Hopefully, there will be a tag team championship between the Sons and the New Day soon.
Next week schedule
Daniel Bryan, Drew Gulak, and an unnamed superstar vs. King Corbin, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura
Tamina and Lacey Evans vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks
Braun Strowman face-to-face with Bray Wyatt
Sheamus and Jeff Hardy expected to meet.
Not mentioned in The New Day and The Forgotten Sons
Otis defeated Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler looked like he would come to a victory but is caught in an exploder suplex. Otis connects with the caterpillar and down goes Ziggler. Otis wins his biggest match by advancing to his first MITB.
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