WWE SmackDown Live Results (5/15): AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Tonight's episode of SmackDown opens up from The O2 Arena in London, England. Tom Phillips welcomes us to the show. He is joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Commentary hypes up tonight’s edition of SmackDown along with AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match to be taking place in the main event where the winner will be picking the stipulation for their title match at Money In the Bank and recaps their feud.
We go right to the ring and Renee Young has a mic. She introduces Daniel Bryan and he makes his way down to the ring for an in-ring interview.
Thunderous “Daniel Bryan!” chants starts and nearly drowns Renee Young. Daniel Bryan asks Renee if she feels all their energy. Bryan says that he was disappointed that he lost at the Greatest Royal Rumble Event and of course he doesn’t like losing, but when he came back he was just happy to be back doing what he loves. Now, though, that’s not enough, he doesn’t want to just be back, he wants to be on top. Bryan then says that he knows it will be a fight and a climb and he will have to scratch and claw but when all is said and done he’ll be WWE Champion again.
Big Cass interrupts and makes his way down to the ring. Cass starts by saying that he has been in the back listening to him run his mouth and he’s sick of it. Cass then says that he may have all these people fooled, but Cass knows the real truth. Cass then says that Bryan's loss to Rusev was supposed to be his first major setback, but he couldn’t disagree more. Cass then claims that he was Bryan’s first major setback and the reason he lost to Rusev and will keep losing, because he will make sure he never achieves his dreams in WWE again.
Cass then says that at Backlash he lost, yes, but he didn’t tap out because he was in pain, no, he wanted out of the hold so he could beat Bryan up again, and that’s exactly what he did. Cass then says that Bryan is not gonna be able to go anywhere in WWE without a seven foot shadow following, before mocking Bryan’s 75 minutes in the Greatest Royal Rumble and asking what happened when he got in the ring with him.
Cass then calls Bryan a loser and mentions the little person he beat up in Montreal, saying that at least that guy took his beating with dignity. Cass then asks several questions about Bryan being a loser, that he should have stayed retired, and that he should have stayed home and let Brie wear the pants in the family and answers each with a “Yes!”
Cass then gets in the ring and mocks the Yes! hand gesture one more time, but Bryan nails him. Bryan unloads and dropkicks the knee, sending Cass into the corner. Bryan unloads with strikes in the corner as fans count along. Bryan goes for the knee some more and continues the assault in the corner. Fans boo as referees get Bryan to back off. Bryan runs around the ring and wraps Cass' leg around the ring post a few times. Officials get in the way again. Bryan returns to the ring as Cass gets to his feet limping. Bryan takes out the knee from behind. Bryan locks in a heel hook submission and Cass screams in pain. Referees and WWE producer Adam Pearce tries to get Bryan to break the hold. Cass retreats to the ramp and limps away as fans chant for Bryan. Cass is helped up the ramp as Bryan looks on from the ring while his music plays. Bryan then leads a "yes!" chant.
Commentary hypes up everything that will be taking place later on tonight and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Miz makes his way down to the ring and joins the commentary booth.
The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) vs. The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) (Men's MITB Qualifying Match): Xavier starts off with Cesaro but Sheamus gets sent to the floor as well. Woods drops Cesaro and runs the ropes to leap out onto Sheamus. Woods comes back in on Cesaro and covers for a 2 count. Cesaro counters a move and in comes Sheamus for a big double team move out of the corner. Sheamus with a 2 count on Woods. Sheamus keeps control of Woods and in comes Cesaro with another tag. They double team Woods some more and send him out to the floor. Sheamus is in control of Woods after knocking Big E off the apron. Cesaro tags back in with a double team move off the top rope and another pin attempt. We see two MITB briefcases hanging high above the ring. Cesaro keeps control of Woods until Woods backdrops him over the top rope. Cesaro lands hard on the floor. Fans rally for The New Day as Woods finally makes the tag. Big E comes in and unloads as Sheamus also tags in. Big E with belly-to-belly suplexes as fans pop. Big E dances over Sheamus in the middle of the ring. Big E runs the ropes for the splash but Sheamus gets his knees up. Big E catches Sheamus with a big slam out of the corner for a 2 count. Cesaro runs interference but Big E still kicks out of Sheamus' pin at 2. Cesaro tags back in for some double teaming, including a double DDT. Cesaro covers Big E for a 2 count. Cesaro goes for the Sharpshooter on Big E now. He finally gets it locked in as Kofi tries to rally for Big E. Woods tries to assist but Sheamus pulls him to the floor. Woods sends Sheamus into the steel ring post and goes back in to break the Sharpshooter.
Woods tags in and nails a tornado DDT on Cesaro for a very close 2 count. More back and forth now. Woods sends Cesaro into the post and then plants him face first into the mat. Sheamus and Big E get involved now. Big E sends Sheamus to the apron and then nails a big spear, sending Sheamus to the floor with him. Woods goes to the top and hits the flying elbow drop to Cesaro for the pin. The New Day will get to pick a member to enter the Men's MITB Ladder Match. Winners With One Member Of The Team Qualifying For The Men's MITB Ladder Match: The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods)
After the match, The New Day dances in the ring as we go to replays. The celebration continues as pancakes fly into the crowd.
Commentary hypes up the Styles/Nakamura Match for later on tonight as well as Carmella’s Royal Mellabration and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we get a creepy Bludgeon Brothers vignette where they say joy is a disease and the cure is to bludgeon before smashing the camera with their mallets.
We head backstage where we see that Paige is on the phone with Carmella. Paige says that she can’t have a horse-drawn carriage before Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville shows up. Mandy says that her little power trip didn’t work last week since she still beat Becky Lynch and she’s headed to Money in the Bank. Paige then says that that wasn’t a qualifier and they need to relax on the attitude or they’re not getting a qualifier. Paige then says that they are both getting a qualifier in a triple threat match against Becky Lynch later tonight.
We head to another area backstage where AJ Styles is being interviewed. He is asked about the stipulation that he will choose for his WWE Title Match against Shinsuke Nakamura at Money In The Bank if he wins tonight. AJ says it’s not if, it’s when, and who knows what he’ll pick. An inverted scaffold match, or a pole on a pole match, or maybe a bullrope, Hell in a Cell inferno match, maybe with some guard dogs. Renee Young suggests that the referee be dressed as Elvis but AJ says that that is a step too far but no matter what he picks, everyone will be entertained but Shinsuke Nakamura. AJ then says that Nakamura claims to have forgotten English, but Styles knows the international language of “forearm to the face”, and no matter when it is, Nakamura can’t beat him in the House That AJ Styles Built.
Commentary hypes up Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega’s debut and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we are just in time for the entrances of the next match.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Jake Constantino: Almas stares Constantino down before they lock up. Almas with an elbow to break out of a hold. He then shoves Jake to the mat aggressively. Constantino tries to mount some unexpected offense but Almas drops him as Vega cheers him on. Almas with offense in the corner now. Fans chant for NXT as El Idolo hits the double knees in the corner. Vega calls for Almas to finish the match. Almas nails the hammerlock DDT in the middle of the ring for the easy win. Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas
After the match, Vega joins Almas in the ring to celebrate as we go to replays. Vega takes the mic and says that this is SmackDown but they were expecting more. She then says that Almas finally comes to SmackDown after the anticipation and they get this pathetic opponent. She knocks the locker room and says that they came to SmackDown to take over.
We head backstage to Rusev and Aiden English disparaging London as the home of the pedestrian, boring and unimpressive like their food or the Rolling Stones. Rusev then says that unlike the band he can get satisfaction when he wins Money in the Bank. Aiden has a song picked out and wants to give Rusev a preview when Lana shows up and asks him to save his beautiful voice because very soon he’s gonna have a ravishing new song to sing. Lana then says that next week she has a qualifying match against Billie Kay and she’s very excited to crush Billie Kay and that she and Rusev will be the first ever Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank. Rusev then says that together they will rule all of SmackDown and Lana gives English the cue to sing that it’s gonna be on Rusev Day.
Commentary hypes up Carmella’s Royal Mellabration and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and a man dressed as a town crier of sorts introduces Carmella in a vaguely old-timely fashion.
Three men dressed in traditional English Army Uniforms herald Carmella’s actual entrance.
Carmella starts by telling the crowd to shower her with the praise she deserves for the next ten seconds or so, and London doesn’t really oblige. Carmella then asks what’s wrong with them as they are willing to line up outside a hospital for a glimpse of a royal baby but not willing to give her the respect she deserves. Carmella then commands everyone to bow before her before saying that they remind her of every single woman on the SmackDown roster. Carmella then says that none of them think she’s good enough or deserves to be champion, but guess what, Mella is money, and Mella is champion, and that makes her better than each and every one of the crowd. Furthermore she’s better than everyone, up to and including Ronda Rousey, Trish Stratus, and Lita.
Paige's music hits and she makes her way down to the ring. Paige says that it is great to be home and she has something to tell Carmella. Paige then says that Carmella says that she is better than everyone and that’s quite the proclamation, but she has a proclamation of her own, Carmella’s opponent for Money in the Bank. Carmella then says that she is not defending her title at Money in the Bank, but Paige insists, and hits the music.
Asuka makes her way down to the ring and squares off with Carmella, but the champion grabs her title and bails.
We head backstage where Shinsuke Nakamura is being interviewed about his chances tonight. He asks what “chance” means, and needs clarification on “possibility” in the followup before saying that he knows what it means but Renee is using the wrong word. It’s certain that he will win and AJ Styles will lose with a knee to the face, and another, and another, and another and another and so on, until his chin is shattered and his face is gone. He’ll dishonor AJ and take his title.
Commentary hypes up the Triple Threat Women’s MITB Qualifying Match and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we are just in time for the entrances of the Triple Threat Women’s MITB Qualifying Match which is coming up next.
Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville (Triple Threat Women's MITB Qualifying Match): The bell rings and Becky immediately has to deal with the numbers game. They take turns on Becky. Rose then rolls Deville up out of nowhere for a 2 count. Rose and Deville argue next. Deville drops Rose and Becky. Deville unloads on Becky as we see the briefcases hanging high above the ring. Becky fights back and clotheslines Deville a few times. Becky with a dropkick to Deville. Becky keeps control and hits the Bexploder suplex, sending Deville into the corner. Deville counters and drives Becky down out of the corner. Rose runs in and sends Deville out of the ring, trying to steal the pin on Becky but she kicks out at 2. Becky comes right back with a 2 count on Rose. Rose counters and sends Becky into the turnbuckles. Rose with a big Facebuster for a pin attempt but Deville tries to steal it. Deville with a 2 count. Deville works over Becky in the corner now. Deville takes Becky to the top for a superplex but here comes Rose. Rose gets Deville on her shoulders. Becky dropkicks them both down at the same time from the top. All three Superstars are down now as the referee checks on them.
Becky gets up first and covers Rose for a 2 count as Deville rolls to the floor. Becky and Rose trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Rose grabs Becky for a double underhook but it's blocked. Becky goes for the Dis-Arm-Her but Sonya comes in with big kicks to break it up. Deville delivers a sliding knee to Becky for another close 2 count. More back and forth now. Rose charges at Becky with a knee but Becky moves and the knee drops Deville. Rose is shocked. Becky kicks out of a pin attempt by Rose. Becky goes right into the Dis-Arm-Her and makes Rose tap for the win and the MITB spot. Winner & Qualifies For The Women's MITB Ladder Match: Becky Lynch
After the match, Becky stands tall and celebrates as her music hits. We go to replays. Becky taunts Rose as she backs up the ramp.
On that note, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and commentary announces that Big Cass will be taking on Samoa Joe in a Men's MITB Qualifying Match on next week's show, as well as reminding us about Billie Kay vs. Lana.
We get a promo from Samoa Joe talking about the match that will take place next week and how ambition has made Cass a victim. Joe says that it is funny they call him Big, since the only thing that’s really big about him is his mouth and he’s dealt with fake tough guys like him his whole life. Joe then says that when it’s time to walk through the fire, men like Cass always come up short, and his ambition demands the Money in the Bank briefcase.
We also get a promo from The IIconics. They start by doing some word association. Then they run London and Lana down before putting themselves over and declaring the future to be iconic.
We get the entrances for our main event, but the match will only begin after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and the match begins.
AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (The Winner Of This Match Will Get To Pick The Stipulation For The WWE Title Match At MITB) (Non-Title Match): They lock up and trade holds as fans do dueling chants. Nakamura with a 2 count. Styles comes right back with a pin attempt of his own. Nakamura toys with Styles but eats a dropkick for his troubles. Styles takes Nakamura to the corner and works him over. Nakamura blocks a suplex attempt and delivers knees. Styles comes right back with a backbreaker and Nakamura is down on the mat now. Styles approaches but Nakamura rolls to safety on the outside. Styles launches himself over the top rope and nails a forearm to drop Nakamura on the floor. Styles brings it back in but Nakamura rolls back out on the opposite side. Styles looks to deliver a sliding knee from the apron but Nakamura counters with a big kick. Nakamura with another big shot before bringing AJ back in and covering for a 2 count. Fans get loud again as Nakamura looks down at AJ. Nakamura remains in control. Nakamura rocks AJ against the ropes and takes him back to the corner. Nakamura puts the boot to AJ for some Bad Vibrations now. AJ tries to make a comeback but Nakamura ties him up. AJ with an elbow to break free. Nakamura charges and nails a big flying kick for another 2 count. Fans do more dueling chants as Nakamura keeps AJ grounded in the middle of the ring.
Nakamura keeps AJ down but AJ finally breaks free with a knee to the head. Nakamura ends up taking AJ to the top. Nakamura climbs up for the superplex but AJ slides out. AJ with an enziguri and a pele kick to bring Nakamura back to the mat. More back and forth between the two now. AJ plants Nakamura face-first on the mat for another close pin attempt. Nakamura ends up sliding out of the Calf Crusher but misses the Kinshasa. They tangle some more and Nakamura drives AJ to the mat for another close 2 count. Fans chant "this is awesome" as Nakamura gets up first. Nakamura misses in the corner but comes back with the high knees. AJ is down on the apron now. Nakamura goes for a suplex on the apron but AJ hangs on. AJ rocks Nakamura but Nakamura boots him. Nakamura comes flying from the second rope and nails a knee on the apron. Nakamura brings it back into the ring for another close pin attempt. Nakamura ends up keeping control and waiting for the Kinshasa. Nakamura charges but AJ blocks it and goes for the Styles Clash. That is also blocked. AJ drops Nakamura with a shot to the neck but Nakamura still kicks out at 2. AJ tries to fly in with a forearm but Nakamura cuts him off mid-move. Nakamura nails the Kinshasa but AJ kicks out and Nakamura is shocked. Nakamura goes back to the corner for another Kinshasa. AJ nails a heel kick and blocks the move. AJ picks Nakamura up for the Styles Clash but it's blocked. Nakamura dumps AJ to the apron. AJ rocks him as he charges. AJ springboards in with the Phenomenal Forearm but Nakamura moves and AJ has to put the brakes on to avoid hitting the referee. Nakamura fakes receiving a low blow and the referee questions AJ. Nakamura takes advantage of the confusion and hits the reverse Exploder. Nakamura follows up with the Kinshasa for the pin and the right to pick their stipulation at Money In the Bank. Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
After the match, Nakamura stands tall and celebrates as we go to replays. It looks like he will announce the stipulation at a later date. We come back to Nakamura holding AJ's head and talking some trash while AJ is down on the mat. SmackDown goes off the air.