WWE SmackDown Results and Takeaways, Apr 24: Triple H’s Celebration, MITB Qualifiers

WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights

This week’s live airing from the Performance Center was kicked off by the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The New Day. The other tag-teams entered the arena and demanded opportunities at the title, and it ended with The Forgotten Sons laying a vicious beatdown and standing tall.

  • King Corbin def. Drew Gulak: With some help from Nakamura and Cesaro, King Corbin secured a spot in the MITB ladder match.
  • Sheamus def. Daniel Vidot: The Celtic Warrior continued his dominant run after an easy victory over the NXT star with the Brogue Kick.

The latest chapter in Jeff Hardy’s series saw how he has redeemed himself and his return at Wrestlemania 33.

  • Lucha House Party def. John Morrison and The Miz: Gran Metallik picked up a surprise victory for his team with a roll-up on The Miz.
  • Lacey Evans def. Sasha Banks: Evans qualified for the MITB ladder match after Banks was distracted by Bayley’s antics. Evans hit the Women’s Right for the win. Post-match, Bayley was at the receiving end of a superkick by the No.1 Contender Tamina Snuka as Banks looked on.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship | Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross(c) def. Carmella and Dana Brooke: In their first title defense, Bliss and Cross retained the titles with a modified 3D finisher.

Triple H’s 25th Anniversary Celebration saw Shawn Michaels join him in the ring as they went over Triple H’s several moments in WWE. The segment essentially turned into a roast of The Game, as Michaels brought up his infamous segments and his several losses at WrestleMania. More comedy followed with Triple H video calling Ric Flair, Stephanie McMahon, and Road Dogg.

The last part saw Vince McMahon have some fun at Triple H’s expense and ordered the lights to go down with HHH and Michaels standing in the ring.

WWE SmackDown Takeaways

1. Banks Continues to Lose

Sasha Banks has often been at the receiving end of some of the most perplexing moments in WWE history. Banks suffered yet another loss this week after she was pinned by Lacey Evans, losing an opportunity to compete in the Money in the Bank ladder match.

WWE is quite clearly building up to Banks and Bayley facing each other down the line, but it is coming at the cost of Banks taking unnecessary pinfalls every week. WWE couldn’t be more obvious with the breakup and are probably waiting for the PPV to officially start the rivalry.

2. The Roast of Roasts

Triple H is one hell of a company man and continued to prove his worth this week, after taking 20+ minutes of straight-up insults from everyone involved, even the production crew at ringside. His camaraderie with Shawn Michaels will never get old, and Vince McMahon himself broke the fourth wall and teased him about some of the infamous segments like Katie Vick and Bayley’s This is Your Life from 2017.

Triple H’s in-ring career hasn’t officially ended, and the Game could be on for one final match soon, and WWE will definitely choose some major name to end his career.