WWE SmackDown Live
May 29, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe and Big Cass In-Ring Segment:
It’s said in biblical texts that the ladder is the connection between the Earth and the heavens. It’s said when Jacob looked upon his ladder, angels descended and gave him salvation. Samoa Joe’s version is very different. There’s no salvation or smiling angels. After Money in the Bank, he will be smiling like he is now. Joe will have secured his championship opportunity and secured his title match. He will unleash a reign of terror over the WWE Champion. For Daniel Bryan, there are things far worse than forced retirement. Bryan will have to inform his family that he’ll be home for Money in the Bank. He will have the eyes of someone who is drenched in regret, failure, and missed opportunity.
Daniel Bryan comes out to interrupt Joe. There are certain lines that you do not cross. Bryan has his own vision. Bryan will break Joe’s leg if he says one more thing about his family. We all know where this goes. We don’t have to wait. We can fight right now. Big Cass joins the conversation. What is happening here? Are we children on the playground making fun of each other? What else would you expect from the shrimp and the blimp?
The fact of the matter is that Bryan shouldn’t be taking his spot. This crap has to stop. Cass had a conversation with SmackDown General Manager Paige and the Samoa Joe/Daniel Bryan match will not happen. What will happen is Samoa Joe will take on Cass for the final spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, when he is cleared. Cass is already cleared. Cass hits Joe with the crutch. Bryan delivers a series of YES! Kicks in the corner. Cass sends Bryan crashing into the ladder. Cass lays out Joe and Bryan with the Money in The Bank Briefcase.
Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville Backstage Segment:
First Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tye Dillinger
Nakamura talks smack to Dillinger. Dillinger shoves Nakamura. Nakamura responds with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Nakamura with a clubbing blow to the back of Dillinger. Dillinger dodges a Leg Lariat from Nakamura. Dillinger blasts Nakamura with a Knife Edge Chop. Dillinger bounces Nakamura’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Dillinger transitions into a Corner Mount. Nakamura rolls himself out of the ring. Nakamura unloads vicious strikes on the outside.
Dillinger knocks Nakamura off the ring apron. Dillinger goes for a Suicide Dive, but Nakamura counters with an Enzuigiri. Nakamura applies a rear chin lock. Dillinger creates distance with a JawBreaker. Nakamura drops Dillinger with a Running Knee Lift. Dillinger fires back with another knife edge chop. Nakamura kicks Dillinger in the gut. Nakamura follows that with an Axe Kick. Nakamura is mauling Dillinger in the corner.
Nakamura delivers The Corner Knee Smash. Dillinger avoids Nakamura’s ten count. Dillinger tells Nakamura to bring it. Dillinger ducks a clothesline from Nakamura. Dillinger is lighting up Nakamura’s chest. Dillinger clotheslines Nakamura. Dillinger rams his knee across the side of Nakamura’s face. Nakamura attacks Dillinger from the ring apron. Nakamura lands a Flying Knee Strike. Nakamura plants Dillinger with The Kinshasa to pickup the victory. After the match, Nakamura starts counting to ten.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall
AJ Styles Backstage Interview:
Lana & Naomi’s Dance Off:
Second Match: The New Day vs. The Bar & The Miz in a 6-Man Tag Team Match
Big E and Cesaro will start things off. Big E blocks a Big Boot from Cesaro. Big E with a Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex for a one count. Big E tags in Kofi. Woods with a Sliding Lariat to Cesaro. Kofi hits The PK. Woods with a Running Leg Drop. Kofi follows that with a SlingShot Splash. Kofi applies a wrist lock. Cesaro decks Kofi with a haymaker. Kofi is trying to battle out of The Bar’s corner. Miz sends Kofi crashing to the outside. Big E is pissed at the referee. The Bar and The Miz are cutting the ring in half.
Miz tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with a Running Boot to the midsection of Kofi. Sheamus applies a Half Nelson Chin Lock. Sheamus drives Kofi back first into the turnbuckles. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Cesaro with a Running European Uppercut for a two count. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus knocks Woods off the ring apron. The Bar hits their Diving Clothesline/Back Breaker for a two count. Cesaro goes for another Running Uppercut, but Kofi ducks out of the way. Miz gets on Big E’s bad side. Miz and Sheamus throws Big E back first to the ringside barricade.
Kofi rolls Cesaro over for a two count. Cesaro drop toe holds Kofi to the middle rope. Sheamus delivers a Running Knee Lift behind the referee’s back. Cesaro with the lateral press for a two count. Cesaro tags in Miz. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Kofi counters with The SOS. Woods and Sheamus are tagged in. Woods clears the ring. Woods thrust kicks the midsection of Sheamus. Woods with a Bicycle Knee Strike to Sheamus. Woods follows that with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Woods decks Miz with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Sheamus goes for a Back Body Drop, but Woods lands back on his feet. Woods sends Sheamus crashing shoulder first to the steel ring post. Woods wipes out Cesaro with a SlingShot Plancha. Woods hits a SlingShot Tornado DDT for a two count.
Woods sets up for The Limit Break. Woods is distracted by Miz. Sheamus negates The Limit Break. Kofi with a Flying Crossbody Block off the steel ring steps. Cesaro clotheslines Kofi on the floor. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. The Bar connects with their Flying Axe Handle/Belly To Back Suplex Combination for a two count. Woods blocks The Neutralizer. Woods tags in Big E. Big E rocks Cesaro with a Back Elbow Smash. The New Day follows that with their Uranage Slam/Back Stabber Combination for a two count. Big E goes for The Big Ending, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Miz makes the blind tag.
Big E throws Cesaro to the ring apron. Big E goes for an Avalanche Spear, but Cesaro counters with a Big Boot. Miz drops Big E with an Implant DDT for a two count. Sheamus dumps Kofi out of the ring. Woods with a Discus Forearm Smash to Sheamus. Woods goes for a SlingShot Crossbody Block, but Sheamus catches him in mid-air. The Bar lawn darts Woods ribs first across the barricade. Kofi ducks a clothesline from Miz. Kofi takes out The Bar with a Double Crossbody Block. Big E plants Miz with The Big Ending to pickup the victory.
Winner: The New Day via Pinfall
The Bludgeon Brothers and The Club Segment:
Third Match: Asuka vs. Mandy Rose w/Sonya Deville
Carmella joins the commentary team for this match. Deville attacks Asuka on the ramp before the bell rings. Asuka wants the referee to start the match. Rose drives Asuka back first into the turnbuckles. Rose delivers a series of haymakers. Rose repeatedly stomps on Asuka’s chest. Rose ducks a clothesline from Asuka. Asuka starts targeting the hamstring of Rose. Rose connects with an Inverted GutWrench Suplex for a two count. Rose locks in a Straight Jacket Hold. Rose drives her knee into the midsection of Asuka. Rose dropkicks Asuka. Rose follows that with a Jumping Knee Strike for a two count.
Coming out of the commercial break, Rose and Asuka are trading back and forth shots. Asuka unloads clubbing buzzsaw kicks. Asuka drops Rose with a Pop Up Knee Lift. Asuka with a Corner Hip Attack to Rose. Asuka lands a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Rose decks Asuka with a Back Elbow Smash. Rose gets Asuka caught in between the ropes. Rose clotheslines Asuka. Asuka responds with a Victory Roll for a two count. Asuka applies The Asuka Lock which forces Rose to tap out.
Winner: Asuka via Submission
Paige, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch Backstage Segment:
Andrade Cien Almas, Zelina Vega and Sin Cara Backstage Segment:
Fourth Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe vs. Big Cass in a Last Chance Triple Threat Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Bryan starts teeing off on Cass after the bell rings. Joe and Bryan are absolutely demolishing Cass in the corner. Bryan is choking Cass with his boot. Joe and Bryan knocks down Cass with a Double Back Elbow Strike. Joe blasts Bryan with a Knife Edge Chop. Following a Snap Mare TakeOver, Joe kicks Bryan in the back. Joe unloads multiple jabs. Joe HeadButts Bryan. Joe delivers more knife edge chops. Bryan dives over Joe. Bryan with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick to Cass. Joe drops Bryan with a Running Lariat. Joe lands a Suicide Dive. Bryan joins the fray with a Flying Double Crossbody Block.
Cass kicks Joe in the chest. Cass is throwing multiple haymakers at Joe. Joe side steps Cass into the turnbuckles. Joe decks Cass with a Back Elbow Smash. Joe hits The CSS Enzuigiri. Joe applies a rear chin lock. Joe with an Inverted Atomic Drop to Bryan. Joe levels Bryan with a Big Boot. Joe with a Running Senton for a two count. Joe with a Jab/Chop Combination to Cass. Cass responds with a big bodyshot. Bryan is trying to chop Cass down to size. Cass launches Bryan over the announce table.
Cass irish whips Joe to the corner. Joe kicks Cass in the jaw. Bryan rocks Joe with a Corner Dropkick. Bryan drop toe holds Cass to the middle turnbuckle pad. Bryan wipes out Cass with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Bryan transitions into a Corner Mount. Bryan connects with a FrankenSteiner. Bryan fires up with Two Running Corner Dropkicks. Cass with an Inside Out Lariat to Bryan for a two count. Cass transitions into a ground and pound attack. Cass and Bryan are trading back and forth shots. Cass drives his knee into the midsection of Bryan. Coming out of the commercial break, Joe and Cass engages in a major slugfest.
Cass with a SpineBuster to Joe. Cass follows that with The Empire Elbow for a one count. Bryan targets the injured knee of Cass. Cass catches Bryan in mid-air. Cass dumps Bryan with The East River Crossing for a two count. Bryan uppercuts Cass. Bryan dishes out Two Dragon Screw Leg Whips. Bryan is wearing down Joe and Cass with Clubbing YES! Kicks. Bryan with a Leg Lariat to Cass for a two count.
Bryan goes for The Heel Hook, but Joe counters with The Coquina Clutch. Bryan rolls Joe over for a two count. Bryan lowers the rope which sends Joe tumbling to the outside. Bryan avoids a Big Boot from Cass. Bryan applies The YES! Lock. Joe drags Bryan to the bottom rope. Bryan lands a Flying Knee Strike. Bryan follows that with a Missile Dropkick. Bryan is hulking up. Bryan connects with The Running Knee for a two count. Joe locks in The Coquina Clutch which forces Bryan to pass out.
Winner: Samoa Joe via Submission
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