The second night of WWE TV taping from the ‘most famous arena of the world’ passed by with last night’s Smackdown. The Undertaker was in special attendance for the show to entertain the New York crowd. Kofi Kingston had an emotional journey to the infamous venue where he started his journey. Also, the storyline for Clash of Champions received a big boost up just five nights before the PPV show. Here are the results from this week’s Smackdown that took place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
SmackDown opened with the lights going down and the music hit as The Undertaker made his way to the ring for a pop. The fans continued chanting his name as the legend cut a promo of the memories he made at the Madison Square Garden. Sami Zayn came out to interrupt the segment and said ‘Taker needs to make way for the future. He continued talking trash until the Phenome caught him with a huge Chokeslam before making the exit.
Back from the break on SmackDown, we saw Andrade is out with Zelina Vega to have a match with The Miz. WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura was on commentary while Vega distracted Miz allowing Andrade to hit the double knees in the corner. Miz came back with a neckbreaker backbreaker combo. Miz recovered from a back elbow and landed the Skull Crushing Finale to get the win. Nakamura attacked him after the match and dropped him on the mat.
We went to the ring and Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville came out on SmackDown. Rose talked trash about her opponent Nikki Cross until WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss and Cross came out. Cross started the match with some big right hands until Rose came back hitting a fall-away slam in the middle of the ring. She missed Crossbody and so did Rose while going for a big knee. Cross then rolled up Rose to pick up the win.
Heavy Machinery vs. Alex Keaton and Johnny Silver was the next matchup on SmackDown. Tucker hit a big clothesline on one guy before tagging in Otis who delivered the caterpillar. The duo then hit the Compactor for the victory.
Rowan came out on SmackDown with a brand new theme music to cut a heel promo. Roman Reigns did not take long to interrupt him as he hit the ring and delivered a few Superman Punches. A fight ensued within the crowd with Reigns taking control. But Rowan lifted a fan in the air, then launched him at security and Reigns. Roman tried to come back with another Superman Punch but Rowan grabbed a camera and hit Roman hard on the back. The officials separate him from The Big Dog to stop the fight on the ramp.
Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Ember Moon was next in a Non-Title affair. Moon started the match with a Crossbody but Bayley shoved her off the ropes while going for a move. Moon still came back with a springboard crossbody. She delivered a kick and went for the Eclipse. But Bayley blocked it and delivered the Bayley-to-belly for the win.
— WWE (@WWE) September 11, 2019
Coming from the break, we saw the WWE Champion Kofi Kingston coming out as The New Day’s music hit. He talked about the moment he created in this Madison Square Garden ten years ago by beating down Randy Orton. The Viper soon appeared around the ring and called him stupid. Kofi ran down to him to digest chair shots. Orton continued beating him down to set him up for a DDT. But Kofi soo turned the table and delivered some chair shots of his own to put down Orton on a table. He landed a dropkick through the table to keep Orton down.
King of the Ring Semifinal Match featuring Chad Gable and Shane McMahon was the main event of SmackDown Live. Elias could not compete since he is suffering from an injury. Kevin Owens acted as the special guest referee. Gable landed a Chaos Theory on Shane to get an easy pinfall after which Shane restarted the match with a 2 out of 3 Falls stipulation. Gable picked up the win locking in the Ankle Lock submission hold forcing Shane to tap out. Gable reached the finale of King of the Ring tournament. Shane was irate about this and fired Owens from WWE to close the show.