WWE Smackdown Live Results & Review
Date: June 5, 2018
Location: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
Smackdown seems to be a little less micromanaged by Vince McMahon compared to Raw and that is why it is generally the less generic of the two shows. Let’s see if this week’s Smackdown lives up to that trend.
Carmella Unmasks Asuka
Few people in the company are being as reviled as Carmella is. For all her flaw she sure knows how to rile up the crowd as she made her way to the ring to a deafening roar of boos. She uses the classic heel tactic of talking up her opponent before putting her down. In this case, she uses a sort of highlight reel. First, the raging undefeated Asuka is shown and then the loss from WrestleMania and all the other low points are shown. Asuka comes out and she still manages to get a pop. Carmella tries to get into Asuka’s head as Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville join the ring. Eventually, she manages to goad Asuka into the match with both of them which is made official by Paige.
Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs. Asuka
The match is short as Asuka eventually proves too good for both Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville and the match is almost a squash match but perfect for the situation. After the bell, the two try to gang up on Asuka but she manages to fend them off. Carmella uses this to beat up Asuka and gain the upper hand for the time being.
Verdict: While not one of the best opening segments, it is not bad either. Great way to hype up what should be an important match at MITB
Backstage segment: Handful Of Pancake Batter
This is a hilarious backstage segment involving The Miz and The New Day. There is definitely chemistry here and if properly exploited can lead to great things. The segment ends with The Miz sticking his hand in a hat filled with pancake batter.
Verdict: Nice short segment. Kept the show flowing well.
Luke Harper vs Karl Anderson
A surprise follows as Karl Anderson manages to get a victory over one-half of the bludgeon brothers albeit with a roll-up. It was a neither here nor there sort of match and at the moment it is like a rudderless ship.
Verdict: More of a time-filler than a match, did nothing for the participants.
Jimmy Uso and Naomi vs. Lana and Aiden English
Naomi trashes up Lana before the match while Jimmy Uso calls themselves the best husband-wife duo in WWE. The match begins with the guys who go through some technical stuff before English feigns a low blow and the ladies tag in. Some double-teaming follows from Lana and English before Naomi splashes English from the top rope and Jimmy covers for the win.
Verdict: Another segment that felt rushed and did little to further the feud.
Contract signing between Nakamura and AJ Styles
We finally get to the good stuff as these two put on a great show without even having an official match. Paige is there to supervise the signing. Styles signs the contract first and warns Nakamura that the championship won’t be changing hands at MITB. Nakamura mocks Styles causing him to get slapped. This leads to a brawl and the officials have to intervene. Nakamura finally signs the contract and the last man standing match is on.
Verdict: The feud still has enough steam and the last man standing match should be a treat for wrestling fans.
Charlotte vs Becky Lynch
A great match from two talented wrestlers. Sadly there seemed to be a lack of any big picture here. For what it was, it was a good match with a lot of back and forth before Becky makes Charlotte tap to the disarmer.
Verdict: Good match
Backstage segments and promos:
Samoa Joe hypes his entry into the MITB and warns everyone that his match last week was a preview of what was going to happen in two weeks’ time.
Big Cass then comes out to belittle Daniel Bryan and says that he will beat Daniel at MITB but sadly Bryan is not there to respond.
A nice segment follows between Zelina Vega, Sin Cara, and Andrade Almas. A match is booked between the guys for next week. This is intriguing and could be a great feud if handled well.
Verdict: Great promos and backstage segments. Did what they were supposed to.
The New Day vs. The Miz, Samoa Joe, and Rusev
This was a decent tag match given the quality of talent here. We know that it was a way of keeping things interesting until MITB as there is one more Smackdown to go before that. The match had plenty of action and close calls to be intriguing and interesting. The New Day picked up a win after Joe and Rusev abandoned The Miz who got hit by the Midnight Hour.
Verdict: Great match with a satisfying finish
Overall Verdict: A nice show that didn’t do much in terms of major storylines but kept things moving at a steady pace. Big names like Daniel Bryan were missed but otherwise a very solid show.