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The Official Preview
The Intercontinental Championship Tournament enters its semi-finals tonight! Jeff Hardy takes on Daniel Bryan; the winner will advance to the finals and take on the winner of tonight's other semi-finals match, which features Elias taking on AJ Styles!
We'll also see a "Tag Team Champion Summit Edition" of A Moment of Bliss and Lacey Evans will take on Sonya Deville after talking smack to each other on social media all week. Riveting!
I expect you all to be attentive and keep me entertained!
WWE Friday Night Smackdown Live Results (5/29/2020) - Performance Center, Orlando, FL
We open tonight's program with Renee Young outside in the parking lot. There appears to have been an accident involving Elias. A witness saw a man in a black shirt and black pants head off behind the building. A silver Toyota rented to Jeff Hardy is nearby. We cut to Kayla with Braun Strowman, another witness, who said that he saw a car fly by, heard a crash, then saw an SOB run off and Elias down on the ground. We cut back to Renee adn the police who are running between some buildings and come across Jeff. Jeff is injured--he said his head's spinning. Jamie Noble is trying to attend to him as the police are asking him if he was driving his rental car. They note that the car and Jeff both smell of liquor. Jamie Noble is trying to help Jeff "walk it off" with the police, but he keeps bending over every few feet. Jeff seems very disoriented and keeps asking what's happening.
The police cuff Jeff and state they're taking him in to ask some questions and do some blood work. Renee mentions that Jeff appears to be inebriated and the rental car that apparently hit Elias is registered in Jeff's name. We see Elias on a stretcher, being loaded into an ambulance. Jeff yells for Elias and wants to check in on him, but the cops escort the cuffed Jeff and place him in the back seat of their police cruiser. Noble tells Jeff to do whatever the police ask of him. Nobe yells after the cruiser as it pulls off, that he's "coming down, Jeff." Renee reports that Elias will be taken to a local medical facility for an examination. We see the green and white candy striped ambulance pull off with refs and officials watching on.
Jeff's rental car looks like it's partially up on a high curb, by the way. The hood is open, the front left tire is flat and we fade to black as we get our first commercial break!
We come back from break and get another promo for The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever at Backlash.
Backstage with everyone
A lot of wrestlers are gathered backstage, and are told that Elias will not be able to compete tonight int he tournament but luckily, during the 3 minute break, they've learned his injuries aren't life threatening. We're then informed that Jeff has been arrested, so neither Hardy nor Elias can compete in the tournament tonight.
AJ suggests that Daniel Bryan and AJ get a bye week and compete in the finals next week. Daniel Bryan suggests that he and AJ pick an opponent to give an opportunity to fill in for Elias and Jeff, as many of those present deserve a shot. AJ calls DB crazy; DB calls AJ a coward. Sheamus suggests himself as the replacement for Jeff Hardy. Corbin objects, and says if Sheamus gets another shot, Corbin does, too and he'll gladly take on AJ. AJ states that's not what he signed up for and all those making the most noise about it lost. Sheamus suggests a triple threat match between Sheamus, DB and King Corbin with the winner to advance to take on AJ next week. Jey Uso objects, and states he wants a piece of the action. Now Dolph Ziggler is objecting, and reminds everyone that he's a six time IC champion. Shorty Gable tells Dolph no one's forgotten that fact, or that Dolph is an enormous jackass.
Finally, it's decided that AJ is given a bye week and advances to the finals. The rest of those present will participate in a battle royal with the winner facing Daniel Bryan later tonight, and that winner will take on AJ Styles in two weeks on Smackdown on Fox for the Intercontinental title!
The match is announced as up next, and everyone heads out. AJ calls Daniel Bryan an idiot then walks off and we walk off to a commercial break!
10-Man Battle Royal
We start with all ten men in the ring. The winner of this over-the-top battle royal will face Daniel Bryan later tonight in the semi-finals for the IC tournament! Hang in there, kiddos: Dorado's been over the rope twice but gets back in; Cesaro is focusing on Drew Gulak. Corbin is slugging it out with Jey Uso. Shinsuke and Dorado are smacking it out in the ring. Dorado tries to eliminate Nakamura but Corbin tosses him in the ring corner. Cesaro Military Presses Dolph out the ring but Dolph hangs on! Sheamus tosses Dorado over again, but again Dorado hangs on!
Sheamus now taking on Jey; Cesaro being pummeled by Gran Metallik, who gets Sheamus over the top rope but he's on the apron. Sheamus back in the ring, yelling at Cole, and Shorty G ambushes Sheamus from behind! Sheamus is clinging to life! Lucha House Party are having a party on Corbin's face! Corbin launches Dorado over the top rope and hits him with a big right hand! Dorado has been eliminated by Baron Corbin. Corbin's on the apron slugging it out with Gulak; Gulak gets too close and Corbin one arm suplexes Gulak to the ringside! Drew Gulak has been eliminated by Corbin.
Corbin and Ziggler are double teaming Gran Metallik, who counters with a double springboard elbow! Metalik charges the corner and launches, but Dolph catches him with a superkick! Corbin immediately tosses Gran Metallik over the rope! Gran Metallik has been eliminated by Baron Corbin. Ziggler attempts to attack Corbin from behind but is caught. Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated by King Corbin! Immediately, Jey Uso hits a superkick to Corbin, sending him over the top! King Corbin has been eliminated by Jey Uso! We're off to commercial break!
We're back from break and five men remain! They are Sheamus, Shinsuke, Shorty G, Jey Uso, and Cesaro. Sheamus and Cesaro are working together, shades of The Bar, as they control the ring. Sheamus puts Shorty G up top and tries to eliminate him, but Shorty G locks and armbar in as he hangs over the ropes! Shorty back to the top rope and hits a tornado DDT on Sheamus! Jey hits superkicks on Cesaro and Shinsuke. Nakamura misses with an enziguri but connects with a kick, sending Uso down. Shorty G attempts to eliminate Shinsuke but Cesaro stops him! Cesaro picks up Shorty G and goes for a Dart toss out the ring but Shorty hangs in there! Shorty G is hanging on with all his might; Cesaro comes in to try to force him off the apron but Shorty G pulls Cesaro out! Shorty G has eliminated Cesaro! Cesaro is furious at ring side!
Nakamura seeks vengeance for his friend, but Shorty G locks Nakamura up and tosses him out! Shorty G has eliminated Shinsuke Nakamura! Nakamura causes a distraction ringside, allowing Cesaro to sneak in the ring and send Shorty G flying! The refs didn't see Cesaro's interference! Shorty G has been (illegally) eliminated by Cesaro! We're down to Sheamus and Jey Uso!
Jey and Sheamus exchange blows. Jey goes airborne; the Celtic Warrior goes over the rope but is on the apron. Sheamus grabs Uso and drags him over the top rope. Both men are battling on the apron! Sheamus with an eye rake, but there's no illegal moves! Jey goes for a superkick, Sheamus deflects! Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick for the win! Sheamus has eliminated Jey Uso
Your winner, and advancing to face Daniel Bryan in the IC Semi-Finals tonight, Sheamus!
After the Match: Updated Brackets
AJ Styles gets a bye and advances to the finals. Daniel Bryan will face Sheamus later tonight!
Backstage with Sonya Deville
Sonya tells us that last week she wrecked one blonde barbie and tells Lacey she better put her hair up, and square up, because she's coming for her tonight. Lacey, unobserved behind her, shoves her down, adjusts her glove, and says "well, c'mon then." We've got these two superstars in action after this brief commercial break!
Backstage w/ Cesaro, Shinsuke and Shorty G
Shorty G is objecting to a ref that he was screwed out of his shot. Cesaro tells Shorty that he's giving him a chance to be the bigger man and walk off, otherwise he's going to have to face Cesaro. Shorty G sucker punches Cesaro and exclaims, "Challenge accepted!"
Lacey Evans vs Sonya Deville
Lacey's out first to a cheering crowd. Michael Cole recaps the war of words on social media. Sonya Deville is out next to a chorus of boos. We get quick facts, stating that she's a former MMA fighter and "former best friend of Mandy Rose." Awesome. As she walks to the ring, we get a look at last week's mixed tag match between Dolph Ziggler & Deville vs Otis & Mandy Rose. Ding ding goes the bell!
Both women circle each other and Lacey extends a hand for a grapple. Sonya tries for a low take down but Lacey dodges. Lacey then goes on to state that blondes can wrestle, and to prove how good they can, Lacey gets on all fours and tells Sonya she'll give her a chance. Sonya does a rear naked hold which turns into an incredible flurry of grapples and counters before Lacey slams Deville down. Both women lock up; Sonya irish whips Lacey into the ropes and hits a stiff shoulder block, knocking Lacey down. Sonya puts her hair up; Lacey stands up and puts her hair up too. They're now about to square up, it seems.
Lacey hits a hard right fist, sending Sonya to the corner. Lacey blots her face with her kerchief, tosses it at Sonya and tells her that Mandy is the superior wrestler. Sonya comes out with a straight right hand, sending Lacey to the mat. Sonya pulls Lacey to her feet and sends her to the corner, hitting another cheap shot. Sonya pulls Lacey across the mat by her hair to the middle of the ring as the ref warns her. Sonya hits a stiff kick to the torso and covers, but gets a one. Sonya now stands on Evans' hair, taunting her, but Evans uses her long legs to perform a takedown. Both women gator roll to the apron. Lacey's outside and uses the apron to smother Sonya as the ref warns her. Deville's hung up in the apron as the ref counts. Deville up to her feet and hits a big takedown outside. Both women alternate who's on top, exchanging blows. The ref hits ten--this match is over!
Match ends in double count-out, no winner
After the Match
Lacey and Sonya continue to brawl ringside. Finally, Lacey makes her way into the ring and challenges Sonya to come back in the ring. Sonya grabs a headset and says "I'll face you on my terms, blondie."
Backstage w/ the Forgotten Sons
The Sons introduce themselves, again playing up their military history. We're treated to clips of them from NXT. We're told that "our blood is on your hands, so now it's only fair that your blood is on ours." They then hit their pseudo-inappropriate salute.
We're headed to break, but the New Day are escorting Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to ring as A Moment of Bliss is up next! We're also reminded that Monday Night Raw will feature Rey Mysterio's retirement and a Champion vs Champion Match as Charlotte takes on Asuka!
A Moment of Bliss w/ the New Day
We're back for a special episode of A Moment of Bliss, as the women's tag team champions are hosting the Smackdown tag team champions in a special tag team championship summit! Let's see how many times I can work tag team and champions into this! Side Note: Wrestlemania 31 will air on FS1 this Tuesday at 7pm EST.
The WWE Women's Tag Team Champions are announced first as "Alexa Bliss and her best friend, Nikki Cross!" I wonder why they don't just call them the Best Friends...
The crowd cheers and Alexa welcomes us to A Moment of Bliss. Nikki wants a coffee, but Alexa tells her to wait a moment. Alexa asks us to welcome the Tag Team champions, the New Day! We get Big E's opening chant, with the performance center audience joining in. Michael Cole is super excited to see the Smackdown tag team champs in the same ring as the women's tag team champs at the same time.
All four tag team champs sit in the ring, and Alexa welcomes us to the first ever tag team summit. Nikki Cross is super excited to give the Smackdown champions a surprise, and gives the tag team champions the New Day some Scottish Pancakes! Kofi and Big E thank her and give Nikki some coffee beans he pulled out from under his moobs; Kofi adds some water and mixes it up, and the Smackdown tag team champions insist the women's tag team champions take a sip. Alexa is going to save it for later and passes the cup off.
Alexa asks if the New Day have their eyes on any tag teams backstage; Kofi mentions that the Forgotten Sons are a team to keep an eye on. Big E mentions that the women's tag team champions have been mixing it up with the Iiconics lately but want to know who (who! who! who!) is next for them--
--and they're interrupted by the Boss and Hug Connection, who come out to some very vocal detractors yelling about how bad they suck. Bayley and Sasha, the inaugural women's tag team champions, get in the ring with the Smackdown tag team champions and the current women's tag team champions. Boss and Hug try to intimidate Alexa and Nikki. Bayley points out that she's the women's champion; Alexa tells Bayley that she stopped listening when Bayley started talking. Alexa counts one, two, three, four five...out of six people with a championship title. She asks Sasha where's her belt, and the crowd goes "ooooooh!" Bayley builds up Sasha as her bestie. Sasha points out that they put the women's tag team titles on the map and if it weren't for them, there wouldn't be women's tag team titles, and they can win them back. Alexa tells Sasha to name the place and time. Bayley then declares Sasha is going to take on Alexa in singles competition, much to Sasha's chagrin. She's not happy about that, and doesn't even have her boots on. Bayley yells she'll run to the truck and get her boots for her; Alexa hits a double leg kick to Sasha to send her outside as we go to break! Side note: I really need some of this Flex Seal stuff. I, too, want to make a boat out of a screen door and Flex Seal.
Sasha Banks vs Alexa Bliss
Nikki Cross and Bayley are joining commentary. Sasha smacks Alexa and sends her to the corner. Alexa comes out with a roll up but a one count. Again Alexa hits a quick roll up, but only gets a one count. They grapple up; Alexa tries for a crucifix pin but gets one; Sasha reverses it but gets one. Alexa smacks Sasha hard and poses. Alexa hits the springboard body drop but only gets a one count. Bayley's yelling at Nikki to "stop moving the table" as Nikki tries to fire the crowd up. Banks with a take down and gets a one count. Banks straddles Alexa and hits a few fists, then pushes down on Bliss' shoulders for a two count. Ringside, Bayley threatens Michael Cole and Nikki vehemently warns Bayley not to touch Michael Cole. In the ring, Banks hits a snapmare followed by a Meteora but only gets a two. Nikki keeps chanting for Lexi; Bayley asks for a spray bottle to use on Nikki and screams for her to sit down. Corey tells Cole he's had 23 years experience and this is what he lets happen at his desk. Banks holds Alexa in an arm lock. Bliss attempts offense but Banks catches her and side slams her. Bliss kicks out at two. Bayley and Cross still comically exchange banter at the announcer's table. Banks yells for the crowd to shut up and yells "you think you're gonna beat me?" Bliss comes out the corner with slaps and fists, and sends Banks face first into the canvas! Nikki tries to fire the crowd up again while Bayley is the only one chanting for Sasha. Bliss with a clothesline; Bliss with another! Front drop kick by Bliss. Banks in the corner, Bliss charges but Banks sends Bliss face first into the middle turnbuckle. Banks his a corner meteora and pins but only gets a two.
Crowd chants for Lexi. Bliss rolls up for a two. Bliss hits a modified tilt a whirl. Banks is down. Bliss goes up top. Bayley runs up on the apron; Cross gives chase and they slug it out on the apron. Bayley shoves Cross back, knocking her into Bliss on the top rope and giving Banks an opportunity to pick up the pin!
Your winner, Sasha Banks!
Coming up tonight
We'll get to see a little bit of Otis' and Mandy's love story and the celebration they've been up to. Also, up next, we'll get an update on the Jeff Hardy/Elias situation.
Ringside with Michael Cole and Corey Graves
We're reminded of the IC semi-final match tonight. We rehash what we saw as the show opened, involving a rental car and Elias. You'd think as often as Jeff's been drunk, he'd be better at faking being drunk. We've received a medical update that Elias is in stable condition and we'll be kept abreast of any new developments. We're reminded, again, of Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus later tonight.
Cesaro Vs Shorty G
Cesaro is out first with Shinsuke to mixed reactions from the crowd. We're treated to clips earlier of Shorty G eliminating both Shinsuke and Cesaro during the battle royal, and Shinsuke working with Cesaro to distract the refs and illegaly eliminate Shorty G.
Out next from riot capital of the US, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is Shorty G! The bell rings and Shorty G immediately attacks! Shorty gets the Swiss Cyborg in the corner and whips him, bouncing him off the opposite corner and rolls up for a two. Shorty G goes up top and hits a top rope moonsault for a two count. Shorty G ain't playing, he's fired up like a kungfoo ferret. Finally Cesaro hits a wicked clothesline to stop Shorty, then hits a rebounding kick for a two. Cesaro's slowed the pace down, and goes for a gutwrench suplex on Shorty G. Shorty tries to block it but Cesaro hits it and gets a two. Cesaro now has Shorty G in a wear-down neck crank. The crowd claps for Shorty, who makes his way to his feet. Cesaro with a kick to the midsection. Shorty rebounds off hte ropes and hits a drop kick to Cesaro's weakened leg. Cesaro picks Shorty G up and hits a massive power bomb with a lot of height but only gets the two.
Cesaro hits a basement uppercut. Cesaro positions Shorty seated on the turnbuckle, back to ring. Cesaro attempts a rear suplex but Shorty reverses and rolls Cesaro up, going for the Ankle Lock in the middle of the ring! Cesaro squirms out and hits a wicked european uppercut for a two.
Cesaro has Shorty in position for a neutralizer but shorty uses his quickness to slip out. Shorty goes for a roll up; Cesaro powers out. Shorty charges and Cesaro goes for another powerbomb but Shorty G rolls over Cesaro's shoulders and hits the roll-up for the three count!
Your winner, Short G!
Otis & Mandy's trip to the pool
We see the Money in the Bank case, a galvanized bucket with ice and some peach champagne for Otis' peach. Mandy's in a red bikini and Otis is in his usual outfit. They toast each other and Otis asks "care to test the waters, my little golden ray of sunshine?" Mandy says she wants a nap, so Otis blows her a kiss and leaves her sleeping at poolside.
We're treated to a dream sequence where Mandy is getting hot and bothered from watching Otis swimming orca style in the pool. We hear some cheesy 90's music as Otis rips off his shirt and Mandy eats fruit, then envisions herself making out with a topless Otis in the rain. We snap back to reality as Otis does a cannonball and the ensuing Tsunami blankets Mandy with water. He apologizes for waking her; she tells him she was having an amazing dream, then joins him in the pool where they make out. She breaks the kiss to say "oh, yeah!" and then they go back to it.
Kurt Angle mentions its nice to be back on Smackdown, and promotes the Randy Orton versus Edge match. He then states he's here to talk about the next big super star, and tonight is happy to announce that the King of Bros Matt Riddle is joining Smackdown on Fox! We're treated to a video package showing Riddle in action in NXT, and stating he can go from Bro-down to Throw-down with the flip of a switch. He mentions hes competed all over the world in all kinds of rings, and he's done it all without wearing shoes. Broooooooooo.
Kayla Braxton w/ Sheamus
Kayla can't even finish a sentence as Sheamus interrupts. He states that Jeff Hardy and Matt Riddle aren't worth talking about. He's focused on kicking Daniel Bryan's face in. The Intercontinental title is the only one that he's never had and says he won't let AJ or Daniel stand in his way of becoming WWE's first ever Ultimate Grand Slam Champion. He says he'll leave bodies in his wake. Daniel Bryan confronts him, and Sheamus tells him if he's got something to say, he should say it. He then pokes Daniel in the chest repeatedly. Daniel kicks Sheamus in the leg rough, to which Sheamus begins to hop around on one leg and call Daniel a "dirty bastard."
We're going to break but our main event is up next! Our Progressive Match Flo segment shows Braun destroying the Miz, who was volunteered for the match by his own tag team partner. And we're reminded that there'll be a handicapped match for the Universal Championship between Braun and Miz & Morrison.
Announced for Next Week
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross will defend the women's tag team titles against the Boss n' Hug Connection next week on Smackdown. Also, the Miz & Morrison will warn Braun Strowman. Yep.
Main Event: Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus
This semi-final match in the Intercontinental tournament is our main event. The winner will go on to face AJ Styles for the vacated Intercontinental Title in two weeks on Smackdown on Fox!
Daniel Bryan is out first to much applause and "Yes" chants. The Celtic Warrior is out, screaming "Bella!" in his usual entrance. I totally want that Celtic cross and chain he wears out in his entrance. Totes jealous! We get clips from earlier tonight, showing how this match was set up. Ding ding, here we go!
Both men circle each other, then grapple up. Sheamus locks DB in a headlock and takes him down. Both men up, the headlock still locked on, and forces DB down. Both men up again, and DB slips out the headlock and attempts a wristlock. Sheamus backs DB up to the corner, then tosses him over his shoulder. Sheamus taunts DB, and gives him a moment to get to his feet.
They lock up again, and Sheamus slaps on a left arm shoulder lock with the hand clamped over DB's jaw. DB breaks out and gets Sheamus cornered, and unloads on him! Three european style uppercuts before Sheamus runs through and hits a kick. Sheamus takes control of the match, working DB over in the ring.
Sheamus does a drop to DB's back, then sets up an armbar before taking it to the corner. Sheamus hits two big blows in the corner. Bryan out, using his speed to bounce off the ropes and send Sheamus to the mat. Sheamus exhibits great speed in returning to his feet; DB sends Sheamus to the outside, rebounds off the ramp-side ropes and hits a middle rope suicide dive on Sheamus to the outside. Bryan yells "Come on, Sheamus!" as we head to the final break of the night!
We're back to the action. Daniel has Sheamus in an arm bar and drops it over DB's shoulder twice. Sheamus wiggles out and attempts a rebound but DB locks him from behind. Sheamus forces them backwards into the corner, then batters DB with repeated elbows and knee strikes, beating Daniel down into the mat as the crowd boos.
Sheamus takes the action outside, and drives Daniel Bryan into the barricade. Sheamus tells Michael Cole that Daniel needs his help, and insists Michael Cole do the "Yes" finger thrusts. Daniel makes his way back into the ring. Sheamus goes up top and takes DB down with a clothesline, but doesn't get the pin. Sheamus yells at Daniel, telling him that Sheamus created the "Yes" movement and mentions the 18 second win at Wrestlemania. Daniel tries to fight back but Sheamus hits the Irish backbreaker, and locks Daniel in the Cloverleaf submission. DB hangs in there and reaches the bottom rope, forcing the break.
Sheamus continues to yell insults as Daniel climbs to his feet on the Apron. Sheamus sets DB up for the Ten Beats but Daniel fights back, shoving Sheamus back. Daniel climbs the top turnbuckle but Sheamus charges with a kick. Sheamus climbs up and hits a knee to Daniel's face. Sheamus is looking for the superplex but Daniel with several hits to the ribs. Sheamus is sent down to the mat. Daniel hits a missile dropkick when Sheamus gets to his feet. Sheamus up to his knees; Daniel hits the Yes Kicks but misses the final one; Sheamus ducked under and rolls Daniel up for the crucifix pin but only gets a two!
Sheamus hits the White Noise but can't put Daniel away. Sheamus slow to his feet, winded a bit, as Daniel is still on the mat. Sheamus pulls Daniel to his feet and lands an uppercut, sending DB into the corner. Another uppercut on DB. Daniel hits a drop toehold, sending Sheamus face first into the middle turn buckle. Daniel charges the corner and connects; he runs back across, and charges again but Sheamus hits a massive clothesline! Sheamus is setting up the Brogue Kick but Jeff Hardy's here! Jeff Hardy causes the distraction, and Daniel Bryan picks up the pin for the win!
Your winner, Daniel Bryan
After the match
Hardy attacks Sheamus and chases him out of the ring. Daniel Bryan will face AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship in two weeks! Jeff's music plays and he claps along with it as Corey and Cole wonder what's going on as we last saw Jeff in handcuffs. We end the show with Jeff clapping to his music.
That does it for tonight's Smackdown! In the words of Michael Cole, tonight's episode was Vintage! I hope you all have a great weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing you all Monday night for Raw! Y'all be safe out there!