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April 24, 2018
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Miz TV with Special Guests: Big Cass
When Miz hands goes up, your mouths go shut. Welcomes everyone to most must see talk show in WWE History, Miz TV. SmackDown Live is officially the A Show.There’s something missing and that’s a title. A title that was relinquished just three years ago by his guest and a title that he made relevant again. Miz will become a nine time Intercontinental Champion this Friday defeating Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Samoa Joe. It’s the most coveted title in the WWE. That’s in three days, but this is now. The moment that the world has been waiting for. His guest threatened to punch him in the face last week. He’s a man who holds a grudge from years ago on Talking Smack, a show that got cancelled after he left SmackDown.
Daniel Bryan is angry because Miz told the truth to his face. He’s a man who demanded that Miz come to Smackdown to confront him. He’s a man who wants to get his hands on him so badly he can taste it. Miz is surprised because it was a month ago that he welcomed his daughter into the world. When his daughter looked into his eyes, Miz knew he had to be a better man. All of the anger and bitterness he had for Daniel Bryan melted away. MIz is surprised that Bryan didn’t feel that way when he saw his daughter. They are both reality television stars and in ring technicians. When Miz became a father, he knew he had to change. If Bryan still wants to punch him in the face, he should come out and punch him in the face. Big Cass makes his way to the ring.
It looks like Miz doesn’t have a guest so he can interview him. No one cares about Daniel Bryan. He mocks the people who talked about Bryan injury while he was dealing with an Torn ACL. Cass was living in the shadow of that ordinary little man. Miz understands that Cass is upset, but he doesn’t need his help with Bryan. No matter what Miz tells himself the entire world doesn’t revolve around him. Who does Cass think he is? Miz is a Grand Slam winner and a first ballot Hall of Famer. He starred in The Marine 6 and he main evented WrestleMania. What has Cass done other than hobble around on his injured knee? Cass offers the shut Miz up for good. Cass has a problem with Bryan. He’s an average Joe who looks like he should be laying tile in his kitchen floor or picking up his trash.
You’re never going to achieve your dreams because they are unobtainable. Cass knows what it’s like to be Bryan. Until he was 16, Cass was a little guy. He was bullied and got pushed around. Cass got sick of being beaten up and he grew and grew until he was seven feet tall. He went back to the people who pushed him around and beat them up. Bryan reminds him of who he hates. Cass didn’t have to work the bingo halls or the indie scene because he’s tall and good looking. That makes him a star and that makes him money. Cass still lives in the shadow of Bryan, but not for long. He’s going to make sure that Bryan goes back to where he belongs. Back on the shelf, battered, bruised, and retired. He will never cast a shadow over anyone else again. Cass mocks the YES! chants, then proceeds to drop the mic.
— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2018
First Match: The Iconics vs. Asuka & Becky Lynch
Asuka and Peyton Royce will start things off. Asuka bounces Roye’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Asuka tags in Becky. Royce with a Forearm Smash to Becky. Royce drives Becky’s head to the canvas for a one count. Becky with a crucifix rollup for a one count. Royce leapfrogs over Becky. Becky drops Royce with a Forearm KnockDown. Becky side steps Royce into the turnbuckles. Becky delivers a SpringBoard Side Kick. Becky follows that with an Exploder Suplex. Royce tags in Kay. Becky drop toe holds Kay to the canvas. Becky applies a front facelock. Kay takes down Becky with a Swinging Arm-Ringer. Kay places her knee on the back of Becky’s neck. Royce attacks Becky behind the referee’s back. Kay with the cover for a one count. Kay tags in Royce.
The Iconics are cutting the ring in half. Kay with a SlingShot stomp to the left shoulder of Becky. Kay repeatedly stomps on Becky’s chest. Kay applies an arm-bar. Kay levels Becky with a knee lift. Kay whips Becky into the turnbuckles. Becky kicks Kay in the face. Becky with a Running Clothesline to Kay. Becky tags in Asuka. Asuka ducks a clothesline from Royce. Asuka knocks Kay off the ring apron with a Running Hip Attack. Asuka dropkicks Royce. Royce decks Asuka with a Back Elbow Smash. Royce goes for a RoundHouse Kick, but Asuka counters with a Standing Ankle Lock.
Asuka with a German Suplex. Asuka follows that with another Hip Attack. Asuka tags in Becky. Double Hip Toss from Asuka and Becky. Asuka with a Sliding Knee Strike to Royce. Becky hits her Running Leg Drop. Royce shoves Becky into Asuka. Becky unloads multiple forearm shivers. Becky uppercuts Royce. Royce launches Becky to the ring apron. Becky with a Big Boot to Kay. Royce sends Becky face first to the steel ring post. Royce uses the bottom rope for leverage to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Iconics via Pinfall
Why WOULDN'T @AJStylesOrg be SMILING!?!
— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2018
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 25, 2018
Andrade Cien Almas Vignette:
Second Match: Erick Rowan w/Luke Harper vs. Jimmy Uso w/Jey Uso
Rowan starts things off with a dropkick. Rowan delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Jimmy. Rowan HeadButts Jimmy. Rowan is mauling Jimmy on the middle rope. Harper uppercuts Jimmy behind the referee’s back. Rowan tosses Jimmy out of the ring. Jey dives over Harper. Harper with a Big Boot to Jey on the floor. Jimmy lowers the top rope which sends Rowan tumbling to the outside. Jimmy goes for a Suicide Dive, but Rowan catches him in mid-air. Jimmy drives Rowan face first to the steel ring post. Jimmy decks Rowan with a Step Up Enzuigiri.
Jimmy with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Jimmy thrust kicks the midsection of Rowan. Jimmy ascends to the top turnbuckle. Rowan launches Jimmy face first to the ringside barricade. Rowan runs through Jimmy with a Massive Shoulder Block. Rowan rolls Jimmy back into the ring. Rowan gets Jimmy on his shoulders. Naomi makes her way to the ringside area to distract The Bludgeon Brothers. Jey SuperKicks Harper. Jey sends Harper shoulder first to the steel ring steps. Jimmy SuperKicks Rowan to pickup the victory.
Winner: Jimmy Uso via Pinfall
Carmella and Charlotte’s WWE Backlash Contract Signing:
Third Match: Randy Orton vs. Shelton Benjamin
Jeff Hardy is watching the match from the ringside area. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Benjamin backs Orton into the turnbuckles. Orton blocks the single leg takedown. Benjamin applies a side headlock. Benjamin drops Orton with a shoulder tackle. Orton leapfrogs over Benjamin. Benjamin goes for a Spinning Heel Kick, but Orton ducks out of the way. Benjamin blocks The RKO. Benjamin with knee lift to Orton. Benjamin follows that with a series of strikes in the corner. Orton fires back with three uppercuts.
Benjamin fights out of the IEDDT. Benjamin drives Orton’s shoulder to the top rope. Benjamin with a Clubbing Blow to the back of Orton. Benjamin repeatedly kicks Orton in the chest. Benjamin sends Orton tumbling to the outside with a High Knee Strike. Coming out of the commercial break, Benjamin has Orton in a rear chin lock. Orton gets back to a vertical base. Orton is trying to create separation. Benjamin drops Orton with a Spinning Heel Kick for a two count. Benjamin goes back to the rear chin lock.
Orton with a Belly to Back Suplex to Benjamin. Orton fires up with two lariats. Orton follows that with a PowerSlam. Orton kicks Benjamin in the chest. Orton hits the IEDDT. Orton goes for The RKO, but Benjamin rolls himself out of the ring. Orton bounces Benjamin’s head on the announce table. Orton is trying to play mind games with Hardy. Orton deposits Benjamin back first on the announce table. Sunil Singh ChopBlocks Hardy. Orton drops Singh with The RKO. Benjamin plants Orton with Pay Dirt to pickup the victory.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin via Pinfall
The Bar & The New Day Backstage Segment:
Daniel Bryan Backstage Interview:
Samoa Joe Promo:
Fourth Match: AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev Day in a 6-Man Tag Team Match
Styles and Nakamura will start things off. Nakamura changes his mind and tags in English. Styles knocks Nakamura off the ring apron. Styles with a High Hip Toss to English. Styles bounces English head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles tags in Gallows. Gallows unloads multiple strikes in the corner. Gallows tags in Anderson. Anderson uppercuts English. Anderson tags in Styles. Following a snap mare takeover, Styles with a Sliding Forearm Smash. The Good Brothers continues to make more frequent tags. Anderson thrust kicks the midsection of Rusev. Gallows drops Rusev with a Big Boot. Anderson uppercuts Rusev. Anderson tags in Styles.
Styles levels Rusev with The Phenomenal Blitz. Styles knocks English off the ring apron. Styles takes a swing at Nakamura. Rusev hits The Macha Kick. Rusev tags in English. English repeatedly stomps on Styles chest. English with a right hand to Styles. English applies a rear chin lock. English drives Styles head to the canvas. English tags in Nakamura. Nakamura with a stiff bodyshot to Styles. Nakamura connects with Good Vibrations. Following a snap mare takeover, Nakamura delivers a knee drop for a two count. Nakamura with a Buzzsaw Kick to Styles. Nakamura applies an arm-bar. Nakamura tags in Rusev.
Rusev bodyslams Styles. Rusev with a Running Elbow Drop for a two count. Rusev Day are double teaming Styles. Rusev kicks Styles in the ribs. English with the cover for a two count. English goes back to the rear chin lock. Styles gets back to a vertical base. Styles dropkicks English. English tags in Rusev. Styles ducks a clothesline from Rusev. Styles drops Rusev with a Pele Kick. Styles tags in Gallows. Gallows with Nerd Clotheslines to English. Gallows runs through English with a Body Avalanche.
Gallows with a PumpHandle Slam. Gallows follows that with a Running Splash for a two count. Rusev throws Anderson shoulder first to the steel ring post. Gallows clotheslines Rusev over the top rope. Nakamura makes the blind tag. Gallows SuperKicks English. Nakamura attacks the back of Gallows knee. Nakamura connects with The Kinshasa to pickup the victory. After the match, Nakamura low blows Styles. Nakamura lays out Anderson with Two Kinshasa’s.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev Day via Pinfall
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