Smackdown promoted good vibes before airing as The New Day was about to reunite on the show. Big E returned from a knee injury to have a celebration with his pals. But it was another comeback which stole the show. We were about to hear an exclusive interview from the new women’s champion, Bayley. Plus, Roman Reigns was in action in a rematch from Money in the Bank against Elias. Here’s how all of those went by on the show that took place at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Elias and Shane McMahon were walking at backstage talking about their rivalry against Roman Reigns to kick off Smackdown. We went back to the ring where Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods welcomed back Big E on the show. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn interrupted the trio trying to ruin the fun moment. Sami issued a challenge to the WWE Champion which he accepted readily for later the night.
Ali vs. Andrade was the opening contest of Smackdown where Zelina Vega distracted Ali allowing Andrade to connect with a drop-kick. Ali came back with a DDT and downed Andrade with a suicide dive. Andrade gave a shoulder block to the barricade to put Ali down. Back into the ring, Andrade delivered the double knees but Ali rolled him up quickly to get the win.
R-Truth was back on Smackdown with his 24/7 championship as everyone was looking for him. He asked Carmella to help him in getting disguised. Mella tried to turn him look like a woman as much as possible with a wig on head.
Carmella featured in a match against Mandy Rose on Smackdown with R-Truth giving her company. Carmella delivered a kick to Mandy to gain the upper hand. But some of the locker room members walked into the ring making the match a no-contest. They were looking for R-Truth as he had to run away with Mella and the 24/7 Championship.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston featured next in a match with Sami Zayn who delivered a big boot to start the match. Kofi hit with the knees and connected with Trouble in Paradise for the win. After the match, Paul Heyman distracted Kofi with Money in the Bank briefcase. Dolph Ziggler attacked Kofi from the back! He wrapped a chair around Kofi’s head and slammed him head-first into the side of the announce table to hurt him bad.
Becky Lynch and Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans was the next match lineup on Smackdown. Becky delivered a forearm followed by the Bexploder Suplex on Charlotte who came back with a big boot to the face. Charlotte went for the figure-four which Becky converted into a dis-arm-her. Lacey Evans connected with a Woman’s Right on Becky. Bayley got the tag and reversed a figure-four into a roll-up on Charlotte for the win.
At backstage, Jinder Mahal and the B Team tried to take away the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth but he avoided he pinfall and ran away. Kayla Braxton wanted to know about the sudden attack by Dolph Ziggler on Kofi Kingston. Ziggler came out to the ring with a microphone in hand and announced that he will face Kofi for the WWE Championship at the Super ShowDown PPV.
Roman Reigns faced Elias in the main event of Smackdown with Shane McMahon standing by ringside. Both men exchanged right hands as Elias delivered knees to the face. But Reigns came back with a Superman Punch. Shane tried to distract him and handed the guitar. But Reigns caught him with the spear for the win. Shane McMahon attacked Reigns after the match to eat a Superman Punch. He approached with the guitar as Drew McIntyre hit the Claymore kick on Reigns! Shane and Drew celebrated as the show came to an end.
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