Smackdown Live May 14 Review

The go-home show before the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View kicked off with Roman Reigns walking down to the ring.

Reigns quickly brought The Miz down to the ring, and the two men each promoted their matches on Sunday. Quickly, Shane McMahon and Elias came out and brought out the Smackdown Tag Team Champions, “The New” Daniel Bryan and Rowan and these six men went after one another.

The team of Bryan, Rowan, Elias, and McMahon were standing strong until The Uso’s came out to help their cousin Roman Reigns and The Miz

After a break, McMahon announces a four-on-three handicap match. With McMahon, Elias, Bryan, and Rowan on one team, and Roman and The Usos on the other. McMahon said, if The Miz, comes anywhere near the match, their match on Sunday is canceled.

The rest of the article recaps the rest of the show starting with my favorite segment and going until my least favorite.

  1. Andrade picks up the win

The first match of the show featured all four of the Smackdown men’s Money in The Bank participants in a fatal-four-way. The match started off slow but quickly picked up once the Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor got into the ring.  

Ali and Andrade each had some really nice spots. Early on in the match, Andrade’s business manager, Zelina Vega told Andrade to get out a ladder. Andrade used it to lay out Ali. Later on, Ali went up for an 054 but was hit with an RKO from Randy Orton.

Andrade picked up the win, hitting Balor with Hammerlock DDT. It was really nice to see Andrade pick up a needed win and by pinning Balor, this likely means they will continue their feud after Money in the Bank.

After Andrade won, he ascended up a ladder to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase. Just before he could reach the top, RAW’s Ricochet came sprinting down the ramp, jumped onto the ladder, knocked off Andrade and unhooked the briefcase to stand tall.

However, this likely means that neither Andrade nor Ricochet will be winning the Money in the Bank match on Sunday. Usually, the superstar who stands tall on the go-home show does not win the PPV match.

2. Four is Greater Than Three

At the beginning of the show, McMahon set up a four-on-three match. Headed into a break, The Uso’s had the upper hand. Coming back from break, Rowan was working over the Uso’s and Roman Reigns got the hot tag. Reigns went for a Superman punch on Daniel Bryan, but Bryan interrupted it with a kick. McMahon hit the Coast-To-Coast on Jey Uso to pick up the win for his team. After the match, The Miz came down to the ring and had a staredown with Shane as Shane walked up to the ring.

This was a really good match that served its purpose. It set up both the McMahon vs. The Miz match and Reigns vs. Elias match. Lastly, the Uso’s looked strong again, after a few poor weeks on RAW. It was also announced that on the kickoff show on Sunday, The Uso’s will take on Daniel Bryan and Rowan, which should be a good match.

3. Kofi Kingston joins the Kevin Owens Show

The main event of the show was Kofi Kingston being invited as a guest on the Kevin Owens Show. Kofi was down in the ring, while Owens appeared on the video board backstage. After a back and forth, Kingston challenged Owens to come down to the ring. Owens did and the two had a brawl. Owens had the upper hand when out of nowhere, his best friend Sami Zayn appeared and helped Owens beat down Kingston. Xavier Woods came down to help Kingston but Owens and Zayn were too strong and knocked out Woods. The show ended with Kingston hit Zayn with trouble in Paradise. Owens and Kingston had a staredown to close the show.

This was a good solid main event. Zayn appearing as a wild card was a nice addition and teased a possible interference on Sunday. It also hinted at what life could be like for Kingston if Zayn wins the Money in the Bank briefcase. This more than served its purpose and reminded fans that they will be in for a really good match on Sunday.

4. The Kabuki Warriors defeat Fire and Desire.

This was a solid match that had some nice storytelling in it and The IIconics on commentary. However, the problem is The Kabuki Warriors?!?! Before the match, manager Paige announced the new name of the tag team of Asuka and Kairi Sane is The Kabuki Warriors and that just does not do it for me.

The match itself was a good solid match. The Kabuki Warriors looked strong until Sonya Deville had Sane set up for the pin and get the win. Just before the cover, Rose requested Deville tag her in, saying “I got this.” Deville tagged Rose in but Rose was quickly pinned via a roll up.

The ended once again teased a break up between Rose and Deville and all but guaranteed Deville will be involved in the match on Sunday. Whether or not it is to help or hurt Rose is yet to be seen.

5. Charlotte and Evens cut promos.

A video package was played highlighting the last nine months of the Flair-Becky Lynch feud. Flair said Sunday will be the culmination of their feud, one can only hope. After the video, Evens appeared and reminded everyone that she too has a title match on Sunday and after her match, Lynch will be “Becky Black Eye.”

This was yet another really good video package but I really didn’t care for this segment. For one thing, they had a contract signing and really strong segment on RAW the night before. I would have just left it there. Also, WrestleMania happened a month ago. I think everyone knows Lynch defeated Ronda Rousey and Flair was not pinned. Another video package about it and Lynch’s journey just seems redundant and excessive. Evens did a nice job, but I don’t think this was necessary. I would have just let the Monday contract signing be the end of the build up.

This was a really solid go-home show. The in-ring work was terrific, there was some nice story telling and it did a good job setting up each match on Sunday. This show was on par with last week’s and definitely better than the last few RAW shows.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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