WWE SmackDown Live
May 8, 2018
Royal Farms Arena
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Paige In-Ring Segment:
First Match: The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy in a Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hardy applies a side headlock. Hardy drops Miz with a shoulder tackle. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Miz applies a waist lock. Hardy reverses the hold. Miz transitions into a top wrist lock. Hardy kicks Miz in the gut. Hardy goes back to the side headlock. Hardy with a Diving Splash for a two count. Hardy delivers clubbing blows to the back of Miz. Hardy with a Flying Clothesline off the steel ring steps. Hardy rolls Miz back into the ring. Hardy goes for The Swanton Bomb, but Miz ducks out of the way. Hardy lands two deep arm-drags. Hardy applies an arm-bar. Miz backs Hardy into the ropes. Miz creates distance with multiple haymakers. Hardy kicks Miz in the chest. Miz responds with a Knee Lift. Miz with a Big Boot for a two count.
Miz applies a rear chin lock. Miz ducks a clothesline from Hardy. Miz with a Neck/Back Breaker Combination for a two count. Miz locks in The Bow and Arrow Stretch. Hardy attacks the midsection of Miz. Hardy goes for a Back Body Drop, but Miz lands back on his feet. Hardy blocks The Skull Crushing Finale. Miz tosses Hardy out of the ring. Hardy avoids The Wrecking Ball Dropkick from Miz. Miz places Hardy crotch first on the ringside barricade. Hardy HeadButts Miz. Hardy follows that with a Running Crossbody Block off the barricade.
Hardy rolls Miz back into the ring. Hardy with a Running Haymaker to Miz. Hardy hits The Inverted Atomic Drop. Hardy with a Split Legged Dropkick for a two count. Hardy connects with The Twist Of Fate. Hardy goes for a Swanton Bomb, but Miz rolls himself to the ring apron. Miz levels Hardy with a High Knee Lift. Miz decks Hardy with a Draping Neck Breaker. Coming out of the commercial break, Miz has Hardy in the rear chin lock. Hardy gets back to a vertical base. Hardy with a Jaw Breaker to Miz. Hardy is dishing out more haymakers. Hardy with a Side Russian Leg Sweep for a two count.
Hardy blasts Miz with a Back Elbow Smash. Hardy with The Whisper In The Wind for a two count. Hardy sweeps the legs of Miz. Hardy sends Miz out of the ring with a Basement Dropkick. Hardy lands a SlingShot Senton. Miz has Hardy perched on the top turnbuckle. Hardy connects with a Sunset Flip PowerBomb for a two count. Miz negates The Hardyac Arrest. Hardy rolls Miz over for a two count. Hardy with a Spinning Heel Kick to Miz. Hardy follows that with The Hardyac Arrest. Hardy delivers his second Twist of Fate. Hardy lands The Swanton Bomb. Miz rolls Hardy over to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Miz via Pinfall
The Bar Backstage Segment:
Shinsuke Nakamura Backstage Interview:
Second Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Peyton Royce w/Billie Kay in a Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Charlotte backs Royce into the turnbuckles. Charlotte tells Royce to bring it. Charlotte with Two Waist Lock TakeDowns to Royce. Charlotte applies a standard waist lock. Royce decks Charlotte with a Back Elbow Smash. Charlotte avoids a Spinning Leg Lariat from Royce. Charlotte blasts Royce with a knife edge chop. Charlotte with an Exploder Suplex. Charlotte tosses Royce out of the ring. Royce sends Charlotte face first to the steel ring post. Royce rolls Charlotte back into the ring. Royce applies a rear chin lock. Charlotte with a Jaw Breaker to Royce. Charlotte goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Royce lands back on her feet. Royce drives Charlotte face first into the middle turnbuckle pad.
Royce with the cover for a two count. Royce transitions into a ground and pound attack. Royce bounces Charlotte’s head on the top turnbuckle. Royce is choking Charlotte with her boot. Royce locks in a sitting Bow and Arrow Stretch on the middle rope. Royce slams Charlotte head on the canvas. Royce goes back to the rear chin lock. Charlotte gets back to a vertical base. Royce levels Charlotte with a Knee Lift. Charlotte kicks Royce in the chest. Charlotte takes down with a SitOut Rear Mat Slam. Charlotte fires up with multiple forearm smashes.
Charlotte whips Royce to the corner. Charlotte is lighting up Royce’s chest. Royce blocks a Big Boot from Charlotte. Charlotte rolls Royce over for a two count. Charlotte with a Belly to Back Suplex. Charlotte goes for The Figure Eight, but Billie Kay drags Royce out of the ring. Charlotte takes out Kay with a SlingShot Plancha. Royce drops Charlotte with a Swinging Neck Breaker on the floor.
Royce with the lateral press for a two count. Royce is running into elbow strikes from Charlotte. Kay attacks Charlotte behind the referee’s back. Royce with a Spinning Leg Lariat for a two count. Charlotte responds with a Big Boot. Charlotte goes for a MoonSault, but Royce gets her knees up in the air. Royce with a Knee Strike for a two count. Charlotte ducks a clothesline from Royce. Charlotte Spears Royce for a two count. Following a long pinning exchange, Charlotte locks in The Figure Eight which forces Royce to tap out.
Winner: Charlotte Flair via Submission
Daniel Bryan Backstage Interview:
Third Match: Xavier Woods w/The New Day vs. Cesaro w/Sheamus
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Woods applies a side headlock. Cesaro starts grappling around Woods. Cesaro is distracted by the we want pancakes chants. Cesaro applies a side headlock. Cesaro drops Woods with a shoulder tackle. Cesaro goes for a PowerSlam, but Woods lands back on his feet. Woods ducks a clothesline from Cesaro. Woods with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Woods unloads multiple bodyshots in the corner. Cesaro backs Woods into the ropes.
Cesaro almost shoves Woods into the referee. Cesaro clotheslines Woods. Cesaro follows that with a Gut Wrench Suplex. Cesaro locks in The Abdominal Stretch. Woods and Cesaro are trading knife edge chops. Woods thrust kicks the midsection of Cesaro. Woods with a Jumping Knee Strike to Cesaro. Woods creates distance with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Woods lands a Flying Enzuigiri for a two count.
Cesaro slams Woods head on the middle rope. Woods with a Reverse SunsetFlip PowerBomb for a two count. Sheamus hops on the ring apron to distract Woods. Cesaro uses the bottom rope for leverage for a two count. Woods rolls Cesaro over for a two count. Woods hits The Shining Wizard. Big E is throwing pancakes at Sheamus. Kofi takes out Sheamus with a Flying Crossbody Block. Woods goes for The Limit Break, but Cesaro counters with a Massive European Uppercut to pickup the victory.
Winner: Cesaro via Pinfall
AJ Styles Backstage Interview:
The Bludgeon Brothers Vignette:
#Absolution is dead, alright…#SDLive GM @RealPaigeWWE has BARRED @SonyaDevilleWWE from ringside during this match! pic.twitter.com/k68IYqxSYm
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 9, 2018
Fourth Match: Mandy Rose vs. Becky Lynch
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rose applies a waist lock. Becky lands a deep arm-drag. Rose rolls herself out of the ring. Becky applies an arm-bar. Rose with a Forearm Smash to Becky. Rose bounces Becky’s head on the top turnbuckle. Rose repeatedly stomps on Becky’s chest. Rose dropkicks Becky. Rose follows that with a Bicycle Knee Strike for a two count.
Rose applies a rear chin lock. Rose and Becky are trading back and forth shots. Becky ducks a clothesline from Rose. Rose blocks The Dis-Arm-Her. Becky connects with a BexPloder Suplex. Becky follows that with a Straight Fire Forearm. Becky goes for a SpringBoard Side Kick, but Rose trips her in mid-air. Rose rolls Becky over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Mandy Rose via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Rusev w/Aiden English in a Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Test of strength. Bryan applies a wrist lock. Bryan transitions into a hammer lock. Rusev with a Back Elbow Smash to Bryan. Rusev drops Bryan with a shoulder tackle. Bryan leapfrogs over Rusev. Bryan stomps on the back of Rusev’s knee. Bryan delivers multiple roundhouse kicks. Bryan applies an arm-bar. Rusev bodyslams Bryan. Rusev kicks Bryan in the gut. Bryan lowers the top rope which sends Rusev tumbling to the outside. Bryan goes for a Suicide Dive, but Rusev catches him in mid-air.
Rusev launches Bryan over the announce table. Rusev with a Vertical Suplex to Bryan. Rusev is mauling Bryan in the corner. Bryan dives over Rusev. Bryan with a Running Clothesline. Bryan follows that with Two Corner Dropkicks. Bryan places Rusev on the top turnbuckle. Bryan with a Top Rope Hurricanrana. Bryan is lighting up Rusev chest with YES! Kicks. Rusev goes for a Uranage Slam, but Bryan rolls him over for a two count. Rusev drops Bryan with a Leg Lariat for a two count. Rusev stomps on Bryan’s back.
Rusev goes for The Accolade, but Bryan counters with The YES! Lock. Rusev crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Bryan and Rusev are trading back and forth shots. Bryan decks Rusev with a Leg Lariat. Bryan with a Double Wrecking Ball Dropkick to Rusev and English. Bryan lands a Flying Knee Strike. Bryan follows that with a Missile Dropkick. Bryan goes for The Running Knee, but Rusev counters with a Pop Up Knee Lift. Rusev connects with The Machka Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Rusev via Pinfall