WWE was live last night in Corpus Christi, Texas for SmackDown Live. We are one day closer to the Money in the Bank and for a select number of superstars, they are one climb away from a chance at capitalizing on opportunity.
SmackDown kicks off with SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella. She states she is not afraid of the challenge of her opponent at Money in the Bank, Asuka.
Carmella shows that Asuka was one a dominant competitor of the women’s division since NXT. However. She says that following her loss at WrestleMania, Asuka has lost her edge and shows no threat to Carmella and her championship.
Asuka comes out to stand up to Carmella. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville come out to then stand up to Asuka and challenge her to a match. General Manager Paige then lets Asuka choose who she would like to face out of the two. Asuka wants both of them!
Asuka v. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
With the numbers advantage not in favor of Asuka, she showed she has not lost her edge by fighting the tough test of Rose & Deville. In the highly competitive match, Asuka was able to hit the “Asuka Lock” on Sonya for the submission victory.
After the contest, Carmella attempted to have another face off with Asuka. Until Mandy tried to attack her from behind. Asuka took out Rose but Carmella hit Asuka in the back with Smackdown Women’s Championship. Then, hit Asuka with a Superkick and stood over her with the title.
Luke Harper v. Karl Anderson
Which team really has the edge going into their upcoming SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, The Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) or The Club (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows)? Because in the short contest Luke Harper controlled the contest with his dominance.
But Karl Anderson was able to catch Harper off guard for the roll up victory. Anyone can dominate a contest, but it only takes three seconds to win a match. It also only takes three seconds to lose SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
Lana & Aiden English v. Jimmy Uso and Naomi
Since Lana’s husband cannot be her partner tonight because of his match later, Aiden stepped up to be her partner. In this competitive contest, Naomi was able to hit a big dive off the top to Aiden, followed by a superkick from Jimmy for the pin and the win.
After the match, Aiden held his throat after the kick had hit him in the throat. Will the “Shakespeare of Song” be able to hype “Rusev Day” anymore?
Contract Signing between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles
The two combatants for the Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship met backstage with General Manager Paige to sign their contract for Money in the Bank.
AJ quickly signed the contract because he can not wait to get a piece of Shinsuke after his actions of previous weeks. Shinsuke continued to play mind games with AJ when Shinsuke acted like his pen was out of ink and refused to sign the contract.
AJ then slapped Shinsuke and attempted to jump over the table and attack him. Officials escorted the champion AJ out of the room.
Shinsuke then signed the contract and stated that he will be the last man standing at Money in the Bank with the WWE Championship.
Becky Lynch v. Charlotte Flair
The old saying goes, “Best friends are better enemies.” This showed in this contest of best friends. The two brought out the best out of each other.
Becky was able to fight out of Charlotte’s “Figure 8” attempt and put Charlotte in the “Disarmer” for the submission victory. Becky since winning her spot in the Women’s Money in the Bank, is making most of her opportunity by picking up wins and capturing momentum.
By beating the former SmackDown Women’s Champion, Becky seems to be a favorite going into the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Big Cass Promo
It was another decent promo by Big Cass. However, it feels repetitive because of the constant talking of his size over smaller people. He said that “A good big man will always beat a good little man.”
However, the major problem with this is that Daniel has already beaten him before at Backlash. It is getting harder to portray the dominance of Big Cass when he has already been beaten by Daniel Bryan.
Andrade “Cien” Almas attacks Sin Cara
In a backstage interview, Sin Cara is asked about Andrade’s history as a luchador and their relationship as partners and friends. Zelina interrupts Sin Cara and states that she has made Almas into a larger star than he has ever been. She also states he will face Almas next week. Almas then attacks Sin Cara from behind.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Big E) v. The Miz, Rusev, & Samoa Joe
There is not another tag team roster with more momentum that The New Day. Their matches from week to week are fun to watch and really show the chemistry they have grown since becoming a team in 2014. This match was another great example.
The Miz sought revenge from The New Day’s shenanigans from earlier in the night and tried to throw The New Day’s pancakes at Big E. Until, the pancakes mistakenly hit Joe and Rusev. The two then beat down Miz and leaving him to fight the New Day alone.
The New Day would then hit “The Midnight Hour” on The Miz for the pin and the win. SmackDown ends with the same question we have had for a few weeks now. Which member of The New Day will be in the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match?