The SmackDown Review – 15th May 2018

The continuous ball bashing on SmacKDown Live seems to have come to a grinding halt as we reach London’s o2 Arena. A much more suitable repetitive stratagem has been put in place that covers the entirety of the 2-hour show. SmackDown has been filed with an abundance of qualifying matches for the respective men and women’s Money in the Bank matches for next months PPV. It’s time to get into the nitty and indeed the gritty without any ball-hitty. Welcome to the most must-see Vulture Hound weekly review in history; welcome to… The SmackDown Review.

Renee Young opened the show in the ring by interviewing Daniel Bryan. The yes man went on to say that he doesn’t just want to be back in action but back on top. Soon after mentioning his desire to once again become WWE Champion, he was interrupted by Big Cass. The 7 footer spouted the same stuff about being better than Bryan despite having lost to him at Backlash. It wasn’t long until Bryan snapped and they brawled. Taking out Cass’ knee, Bryan locked in a submission whilst the giant pleaded for him to stop.

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– In a strange mix up to the qualifying matches, The New Day faced The Bar in tag team action. The winners would get to elect a member of their team to enter the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match. In the end, it was Xavier Woods who (who who who) won the match for his team with a massive elbow drop for the top tope. All that remains to be seen is who (who who who) they choose to represent them in the match next month.

– Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas made his much anticipated main roster debut defeating a local jobber with ease. This led to Zelina Vega cutting a promo warning the locker room that Almas came to SmackDown Live for competition.

– Her royal heinous, Carmella, held a “Royal Mellabration” as if there’s some sort of big wedding at the weekend, Idk/idc. This was interrupted by the true heir to the SmackDown throne, Paige, who announced Carmella will be defending her Women’s Championship against Asuka at Money in the Bank.

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– Paige refused to hand any more favours to Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville but offered one of them the chance to qualify for the women’s Money in the Bank match by booking them into a triple threat against Becky Lynch. Of course, the pair turned on each other. A knee to the face from Rose to Deville ultimately led to Lynch winning the match.

– Samoa Joe will take on Big Cass, and Billie Kay will more than likely beat Lana in next week’s qualifying matches.

If these balls could talk:

There has been more ball bashing on SmackDown in recent weeks than the inside of a lottery machine. However, this came to an end last week as Styles and Nakamura whacked each other so hard in the nether regions that neither man could get back to their feet.

As they looked to move on from the testicle tampering, Nakamura and Styles faced in each other in the night’s main event to determine who would get to pick the stipulation for their championship re-match at Money in the Bank. This was another storytelling bout that – after some back and forth – saw Nakamura get the better of Styles. It was due to Nakamura’s craftiness, when he faked a low-blow from Styles, that saw the Phenomenal One get into a confrontation with the referee. Shinsuke Naka-whacker then caught Styles with a reverse exploder and a Kinshasa to win the match.

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