WWE SmackDown Live returned last night from Corpus Christi, in Texas. The show was kicked off with the SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella attempting to “unmask” the real Asuka.
Carmella showed a video clip of Asuka’s WWE career, before alleging that Asuka was broken after her WrestleMania 34 loss to Charlotte Flair. According to Princess Mells, everyone is now ready for Asuka.
The Empress of Tomorrow eventually made her way to the ring, but before tensions could get physical, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville also interrupted, claiming that Mandy was very close from defeating Asuka last week and that Deville would seal the deal immediately if they squared off.
SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige arrived and calmed the situation. She asked Asuka Asuka who she wanted to face between Mandy or Sonya, and Asuka demanded the both of them.
Asuka def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
Asuka was under a numbers disadvantage, even with Carmella interfering at multiple occasions, causing Asuka a few distractions, Asuka maintained her composure and fought her way to victory after she forced Sonya to tap to the Asuka Lock.
Karl Anderson def. Harper
Harper had the upper hand throughout the bout but a mistake caused him the match. Anderson managed to rollup Hamper for the win after Hamper missed a sidekick attempt, with his leg bouncing off the rope.
Jimmy Uso & Naomi def. Aiden English & Lana
After their failed Dance-Off competition last week on SmackDown Live, Jimmy Uso & Naomi faced the duo of Aiden English & Lana.
In a fast-paced match between the teams, Jimmy and Naomi successfully dismantled Lana, sending her out of the ring, with Naomi later crashing on English with the Crossbody from the top rope. Jimmy went on to Superkick English for the three counts.
AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura signed their MITB contract
SmackDown Live GM Paige anchored the contract signing between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura for their Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank.
Tensions eventually grew so high that AJ was so ready for physical contact after Nakamura flung a pen on him. AJ eventually lost it and slapped Nakamura across the face and that led to him being escorted out of the contract signing room. Nakamura then went on to sign the contract, with one statement afterward, “Last-Man-Standing.”
Becky Lynch def. Charlotte Flair
Former SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair battled her best friend Becky Lynch. Both women gave the WWE Universe quite an impressive match, but the end came after Charlotte’s Figure-Eight Leglock attempt on Lynch failed, as Lynch countered into the Dis-arm-her, forcing Charlotte to tap out.
Big Cass slandered Daniel Bryan in front of the WWE Universe
Cass spoke with Renee Young on his match with Daniel Bryan at MITB. Big Cass continued to speak ill of Daniel’s size, remembering how he simply knocked out Bryan a Big Boot last week.
Cass claimed that after his victory against Bryan at MITB, Bryan would wake up beaten and broken.
The New Day def. The Miz, Samoa Joe & Rusev
In a Six-Man Tag Team Match, The New Day squared battled The Miz, Samoa Joe & Rusev for the main event. Miz, Joe, and Rusev got very close to winning the bout after Xavier Woods was taken out with the Coquina Clutch by Joe, and Rusev connected with the Machka Kick on Kofi.
Fortunately for The New Day, Miz mistakenly threw flapjacks at Joe and Rusev, and his supposed team members didn’t take that lightly as they beat him down, before leaving him all alone. The New Day then ended the contest after they connected with the Midnight Hour on Miz for the victory.