By: Jamie Henry –
Last night’s WWE Smackdown Live, from the Smoothie King Centerin New Orleans, begins with Shane McMahon making his entrance. He announces that he graciously accepted Daniel Bryan’s resignation as General Manager and introduces Paige as the New General Manager. She talks about how thankful she is to be the new GM of Smackdown and how even though the Superstar Shakeup is next week – she wants to give the audience something to remember – by creating Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles.
The Uso’s come out next to face The New Day and I wonder if The Uso’s will ever get their rematch clause. The Uso’s manage marvellous Samoan Drops while The New Day scores with numerous Roll Ups and jumps off the top rope. Jimmy Uso eventually pins Xavier Woods with The Uso Splash for the win. The Bludgeon Brothers come out, as bitterness creeps up my body over the new Tag Team Champions.
The Women’s Battle Royal winner, Naomi comes out next to face Natalya, with Natalya pulling out Clotheslines, while Naomi scores with an Enzuigiri and Moonsault, and she grabs the win.
Renee Young interviews Shinsuke Nakamura about his attack on AJ Styles after their Wrestlemania 34 match, with his response of: “Maybe I got too emotional. I’m very sorry about what I did to AJ Styles.” Renee, not believing him, asks again, with this answer: “Sorry, no speak English”, which is the greatest line in history, as many ‘fans’ say that his English is never going to have him be a ‘top guy’.
Charlotte Flair comes out, still Smackdown Women’s Champion. She asks who she can make magic with when The Iconic Duo from NXT arrives. The Duo attack Flair, and while Flair tries her best, the number game is too much for her, Billie Kay managing a Shades of Kay while attacking her alongside Peyton Royce. The attack is brutal,and I anticipate Carmella coming out to cash in at an opportune moment. When it seems like she won’t, she finally does and after a referee takes nearly too long to hand the case away and hit the bell, Carmella is successful on her cash in, to the crowd’s chants of approvals.
Jinder Mahal comes out next to watch a match that features Bobby Roode, Rusev and Randy Orton, where the winner will face him at Backlash. In the end, Orton scores the pin and the win with an RKO on Roode.
Last is Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles. The WWE Champion and Bryan go back and forth, with Styles aiming for Bryan’s slightly injured knee with kicks while Bryan relies on the Armbar. We see Calf Crushers, Yes Locks, and attempted Styles Clashes, as the match ends in disqualification. However when Nakamura sneaks into the ring and Kinsasha’s Bryan’s head and then Styles, before giving the WWE Champion another low blow, ending the show with a grinning Nakamura.