This week’s Smackdown “Live” comes from London, England and was recorded earlier in the day so don’t be expecting any surprises or anything. They usually give London a decent show though so we will hopefully get some good quality action. During Raw, they advertised a match between Nakamura and Styles for this show. But also didn’t. As it was announced for MITB on social media instead. It was all very confusing so I don’t know what we are actually getting here except for the Royal ‘Mellabration which I’m sure we are all ecstatic for.
So we actually are getting Nakamura vs Styles tonight. It’s going to be Non Title and the winner picks the stipulation for their title match at Money in the Bank. STOP DOING THE MATCH BEFORE THE MATCH!!! Although when this is the 4th match between them in just over 2 months, is it really spoiling the match here?
Before the match, both AJ and Shinsuke have backstage interviews with Renee Young. AJ suggests a Bullrope Hell in a Cell Inferno match for his stipulation and says that he will teach Shinsuke the International Language of Forearm to Face. Renee asked Shinsuke how he felt about his chances. Shinsuke asked what “chances” meant. He then followed this up by telling her that she was using the wrong word. the correct word was “certainty”. See, he still knows English, the sly bastard.
The match itself was very good. As you would expect. Probably the best of the 4 they have had in WWE so far. The finishing sequence went as follows: Nakamura hit a Kinshasa, AJ kicked out (Nakamura didn’t do the full setup so crowd didn’t react to the kickout). Goes for it again, AJ counters with a Heel Kick. AJ goes for Phenomenal Forearm, Nakamura moves, AJ almost hits the ref. While the ref was looking away, Shinsuke pretends that AJ hit him in the dick. The Dick Assassin is the master of all things Dick related. This distraction leads to a Reverse Exploder, a Kinshasa, and a win.
Will MITB be the finale of the rivalry? It’s now got a Stipulation. We aren’t told what that is yet though. Maybe next week? Or an anti-climactic social media post? They love doing those.
We had 2 MITB Qualifying matches this week on Smackdown (not so) Live. One for the men and one for the women.
First up, the Bar took on the New Day in a tag team match (playa). The Miz was on commentary for the match and really hyped up all the guys. We had a small do do do do do Sheamus and Cesaro chant and then a “We Want Pancakes” one. We were asked if The Bar could “knock off” the New Day? Check out our article on WWE Buzzwords for what we think about that. Miz says that Woods has been on fire recently. Does that mean that he so hot right now? What about Seth Rollins? I thought he was the one that is hot right now?
The New Day picked up the win after Big E speared Sheamus through the ropes and Woods hit the Springboard Elbow Drop on Cesaro. This means that one of the New Day will be involved in the MITB match. But who? Who? Who? We aren’t told so we’ll find out next week too I guess?
The other qualifying match was for the women and it had a bit of setup. Paige was chatting on the phone in her office when her old cronies walked in. Mandy Rose reckoned she should be in the match after her win last week but Paige says that wasn’t a qualifying match. But tonight, she will have one. It will be a Triple Threat match where Mandy Rose will take on his bessie mate Sonya Deville along with Becky Lynch.
In the match itself, the former members of Absolution team up at the start, then Mandy tries to steal a pin and that was the end of that. Mandy hit her finisher (which I don’t think she has named yet, but it’s a Double Underhook Facebuster) on Becky. Sonya then threw Mandy out and got a 2 count on Becky. Sonya went for a Superplex attempt but Mandy lifted her off on her shoulders and Becky hit Mandy with a Flying Dropkick which took out both of them. Mandy went for a running knee on Becky, but she avoided it and it hot Sonya. Becky then got Mandy in the Dis-Arm-Her for the win.
Renee Young was all over this show. She was interviewing Daniel Bryan in the ring. Scratch that, she was trying to interview Daniel Bryan. The fans were chanting for D-Bry too loudly and she had to stop. Once we were able to hear him, Daniel said that he was no longer happy with just being back, he wants to be on top and will be WWE champion again. There is then an awkward silence as Renee has no more questions and they are waiting for something to happen.
Shocking stuff, Big Cass’s music hits and out he comes. The crowd chant Who are ya?. Cass says that he was the reason that D-Bry lost to Rusev. I’m really not following his logic here. Did he teach himself to do that like he taught himself to grow? He then goes on to say that he tapped so he could get back up and beat down Daniel. He clearly doesn’t understand how matches work. Cass says that he’s going to keep beating Daniel down. Daniel won’t be able to anywhere without a 7 foot shadow following him. He says that Daniel should take his ball, go home, be a stay at home dad and let Brie wear the pants in the family.
Daniel then attacks, and beats the ever living shite out of him. He particularly targets the knee which he was out injured for so long because of. Referees try to break it up but D- Bry just keeps on beating that Cass.
MITB Qualifier:The New Day def. The Bar by pinfall
Andrade `Cien` Almas def. Jake Constantinou by pinfall
MITB Qualifier: Becky Lynch def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville by submission
Shinsuke Nakamura def. AJ Styles by pinfall
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