This week’s Smackdown brings us more Intercontinental Championship Tournament action. As well as a Champion vs Champion match between Charlotte and Bayley.
We began Smackdown with a Memorial Day tribute video. Then after a rundown of what to expect tonight, it is time for The Dirt Sheet.
John Morrison and the Miz are in the ring, complaining about Braun Strowman. They weren’t super happy about Strowman being Otis’ tag team partner last week. They also complained about Strowman being Goldberg’s opponent at Wrestlemania, they said it should have been them. This week though? They went as far as to say Bray Wyatt made the right decision in choosing puppets to replace the Wyatt Family.
Miz and Morrison introduced three puppets not chosen to be apart of the Firefly Funhouse. Those puppets were Shiloh, Dookie the Diaper Boy, and Mandyquin Rose. It was weird and slightly uncomfortable watching.
Unfortunately for the former tag team champions, The Dirt Sheet does not continue as planned. The Universal Champion enters ringside. Strowman is under the impression that he is their guest for the night and actually happy to be there.
Morrison and Strowman have some words. During this, Morrison hypes up the Miz. He said that the Miz could beat Strowman and things of the like. Of course Miz isn’t thrilled about what his tag team partner is doing. Strowman then gets a ref to the ring, the Miz is about to take on the Universal Champion.
Braun Strowman defeated Miz via Pinfall (Running Powerslam)
I mean Miz gave it his best shot, but the Monster Among Men was just too big a challenge.
After the match, Morrison gets a mic. He said that while Strowman has beaten them in a tag match and now a singles match, he’s never fought them at the same time. Morrison challenged Strowman to a handicap match at Backlash….Strowman accepted. Yes, the match will be for the Universal Championship.
Before the next match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, we find out that AJ Styles is officially a Smackdown Superstar.
AJ Styles defeated Shinsuke Nakamara to move on in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament
In my opinion, this is the best match Nakamura and AJ have had on WWE TV in a long time. The match went back and forth for awhile, but AJ pulled off the victory with a Phenomenal Forearm. This should be a must watch, honestly.
Cole gives us a little insight into the brand invitational. Four times a year, a superstar from RAW and a superstar from Smackdown are allowed to travel to the opposite show. We then see a replay of what went down when Charlotte Flair visited Smackdown last week.
Backstage we see Sasha Banks and Bayley. Banks said she has the perfect idea for the match tonight, but Bayley doesn’t want her out there. Bayley said she doesn’t want to give anyone a reason to doubt. Banks eventually agreed to stay behind for this one.
Bayley defeated Charlotte Flair via Rollup
Technically Bayley did win this match with out the help of Sasha Banks, but did she silence the doubters? Using the ropes to defeat Flair, may not help her case. Flair though, didn’t seem too surprised by how Bayley won.
Upon returning from a commercial, we see Sasha Banks celebrating with Bayley. Bayley questioned why Banks was celebrating so much, did Banks not believe she could do it? They got that sorted real quick and Banks was giving Bayley a ton of praise as we went back to ringside.
Sonya Deville and Dolph Ziggler defeated Mandy Rose and Otis via Pinfall (Running Knee)
Once again, Sonya Deville pinned Mandy Rose for victory. Rose and Otis were making a comeback in the match, but Rose just couldn’t keep control of the match.
After the match, Otis, who had been dealing with Dolph Ziggler, went to check on Rose. Unfortunately for Mr. Money In The Bank, Ziggler wasn’t done with him. Ziggler laid Otis out with a superkick.
Before we go to commercial, we go backstage to hear from Jeff Hardy. Hardy asked the WWE Universe a few weeks ago to join him on one more good run, and now he knows where that has led him. The Intercontinental Championship is the first title Hardy won on his own. He is ready for things to come full circle. Tonight his path to one last blaze of glory, runs right through Sheamus.
When we return from commercial we see a graphic in memory of Shad Gaspard.
Then we get a promo from the Forgotten Sons. They say they have gone through their dark times and aren’t afraid to admit it. If it makes us uncomfortable? Well they say it should. They said what is fair is our blood on their hands.
For some reason we got a recap, a long one at that, of how Braun Strowman ended up accepting a 2-on-1 Universal Title match at Backlash.
Backstage, Miz and Morrison are talking about what happened tonight. Miz still isn’t thrilled that Morrison put him in that match tonight. Then Renee Young came up to them to get an interview. They tell her Strowman doesn’t have good track records in handicap matches and they are going to make his life hell.
Before our main event, we get a recap of the history between Jeff Hardy and Sheamus.
Jeff Hardy defeated Sheamus via Rollup
After dominating the entire match, it only took a rollup for Sheamus to lose. Sheamus was livid about the loss, specifically how Hardy got the win.
We ended the show with Sheamus yelling at Hardy. He yelled for him to come back and fight him like a man.
That’s the show ladies and gentlemen!