WWE SmackDown Live
April 2, 2019
Royal Farms Arena
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The Kevin Owens Show With Special Guests: AJ Styles & Randy Orton
Welcome everybody to The Kevin Owens Show. We are five days away from WrestleMania and each of his opponents will try to continue their respective legacy. Owens brings out AJ Styles and Randy Orton. Everyone was looking forward to Kurt Angle’s match against AJ Styles, but Orton didn’t allow that to happen. Owens sees the smirk on Orton’s face. Is Orton proud of what he did? Yes he is. Orton saved the entire WWE Universe from seeing a broken down guy from beating a man who thinks he’s on the top of his game.
He also saved everyone from watching the match. Orton has been here for almost twenty years, been in the ring with legends, and only learned one move. Orton says that you only need one move if it’s that deadly. AJ Styles doesn’t get it. The WWE Universe thinks these indie guys have it so hard to make ends meet while they go from gymnasium and gymnasium for $50 to please dozens of people while Orton was wrestling at WrestleMania for the last two decades in front of thousands of people.
While Styles was wrestling in gymnasiums, Orton was in the WWE, failing drug tests. The truth is if Styles was that good, he would’ve been in the WWE a long long long time ago. Do you think your legacy is that hard work pays off? That’s not your legacy. Your legacy is the role of corporate bitch since John Cena has gone to Hollywood. Owens heads to the backstage area. Orton and Styles starts trading back and forth shots. Styles rocks Orton with a forearm smash. Styles goes for The Phenomenal Forearm, but Orton counters with The RKO.
First Match: The Usos, Aleister Black, and Ricochet vs. The Bar, Rusev, and Shinsuke Nakamura w/Lana in a 8-Man Tag Team Match
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2019
Ricochet and Cesaro will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cesaro shoves Ricochet to the corner. Cesaro puts Ricochet on the top turnbuckle. Cesaro with a short left jab. Cesaro catches Ricochet in mid-air. Cesaro goes for a PowerBomb, but Ricochet lands back on his feet. Ricochet with a forearm smash. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Cesaro. Ricochet rolls Cesaro over for a two count. Cesaro uppercuts Ricochet. Cesaro stomps on the right ankle of Ricochet. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with a short uppercut. Ricochet slips over Sheamus back. Ricochet thrust kicks the midsection of Sheamus. Sheamus goes for a Military Press Slam, but Ricochet lands back on his feet. Ricochet tags in Black. Black ducks a clothesline from Sheamus. Black hits The Quebrada. Black unloads a flurry of bodyshots. Black with a Sliding Dropkick for a two count. Black applies a wrist lock. Black tags in Jimmy Uso.
Jimmy with a double axe handle strike. Jimmy applies a wrist lock. Sheamus drives his knee into the midsection of Jimmy. Jimmy uppercuts Sheamus. Jimmy drives Sheamus back first into the turnbuckles. Jey tags himself in. Jey with a Flying Forearm Smash. Sheamus backs Jey into the ropes. Jey knocks Cesaro off the ring apron. Sheamus drops Jey with a double sledge. Sheamus tags in Nakamura. Nakamura with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Jey is trying to create separation. Nakamura made a blind tag to Rusev. Jey goes tumbling to the floor. Rusev sends Jey crashing into the steel ring steps. Rusev whips Jey back first across the ringside barricade. Rusev rolls Jey back into the ring. Rusev with the cover for a two count. Rusev tags in Nakamura. Nakamura kicks Jey in the gut. Nakamura delivers Bad Vibrations. Nakamura with a knee lift. Jey responds with a forearm knockdown. Nakamura tags in Sheamus.
Sheamus stops Jey in his tracks. Sheamus dumps Jey out of the ring. Cesaro repeatedly stomps on Jey’s chest behind the referee’s back. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Cesaro dumps Jey chest first on the ring apron. Jey is throwing haymakers at Cesaro. Jey with a Back Body Drop. Cesaro tags in Rusev. Rusev knocks Ricochet off the apron. Rusev with clubbing shoulder blocks. Rusev uses the middle rope as a weapon. Lana slaps Jey. Rusev tags in Sheamus. Sheamus applies a side headlock. Sheamus transitions into a front face lock. Jey with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Jey chucks Cesaro out of the ring. Nakamura stomps on Jey’s back. Coming out of the commercial break, Nakamura is choking Jey with his boot. Nakamura tags in Rusev. Rusev and Nakamura hits their Death Valley Driver/Vertical Suplex Combination. Nakamura follows that with a sliding knee strike. Rusev hooks the leg for a two count. Rusev clears the ring. Rusev tags in Nakamura.
Rusev and Nakamura attacks the wish bones of Jey. Nakamura puts Jey on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura with a corner knee smash for a two count. Nakamura applies a front face lock. Jey creates distance with The Samoan Drop. Jey makes the hot tag to Jimmy. Jimmy knocks The Bar off the apron. Jimmy thrust kicks the midsection of Rusev. Jimmy uppercuts Rusev. Jimmy goes for The Samoan Drop, but Rusev lands back on his feet. Jimmy dodges The High Head Kick. Jimmy SuperKicks Rusev for a two count. Ricochet dropkicks Nakamura. Cesaro with a Pop Up European Uppercut. Black drops Cesaro with The High Head Kick. Sheamus responds with a Bicycle Knee Strike. Jey SuperKicks Sheamus. Rusev ducks a clothesline from Jimmy. Rusev goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Jimmy lands back on his feet. Jimmy side steps Rusev into the turnbuckles. The Usos delivers Stereo Enzuigiri’s. The Usos connects with The Stero SuperKicks to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Usos, Aleister Black and Ricochet via Pinfall
Alexa Bliss Promo:
The Iconics Promo:
The Miz & Shane McMahon In-Ring Segment:
Second Match: The Miz vs. Sanity in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2019
Miz and Eric Young will start things off. Miz is throwing haymakers at Young. Miz transitions into a corner mount. Miz knocks Wolfe off the ring apron. Miz with a Running Knee Strike to Dain. Young drops Miz with a Running NeckBreaker. Young repeatedly stomps on Miz’s chest. Miz decks Dain with a back elbow smash. Miz launches Wolfe to the ring apron. Miz delivers a Big Boot. Miz drives Dain shoulder first into the steel ring post. Young tags himself in. Miz with a Back Body Drop. Miz with clubbing IT! Kicks. Miz with Two Corner Meteora’s. Miz hits The Awesome Clothesline.
Shane McMahon informs us that this handicap match will now be a falls count anywhere match. Shane shows a picture of mr potato head on the titantron. Miz is livid. Sanity attacks Miz from behind. Miz dodges The Divide. Miz launches Young into the WWE Universe. Miz and Sanity are brawling all over the Royal Farms Arena. The action spills to the parking lot. Miz with a Running Knee Strike. Miz nails Young with the production crate to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Miz via Pinfall
Becky Lynch Promo:
It’s good to be out free in Baltimore. The Man doesn’t answer to Corey Graves, but she answers to these people. Her mugshot shirt aged well. In the back of the cop car she was thinking what a difference a year makes. She was best friends with Charlotte and Ronda was ready to make her debut at WrestleMania. They were trying to set up a match between Charlotte and Ronda, but that was until she slapped Charlotte in the face at SummerSlam.
Becky was determined to do whatever it took to get into this year’s main event. The first time ever, the women are the main event of WrestleMania. The queen, the baddest woman on the planet, and The Man going head to head to head. The real revolution that started last year at SummerSlam with a slap will explode on Sunday when the winner takes all and Becky makes one of them tap. The next time you see her, Becky will be a double champ.
Third Match: The Hardy Boyz, Heavy Machinery, R-Truth, Asuka, Naomi, Carmella, and Nikki Cross vs. Andrade Cien Almas, Shelton Benjamin, EC3, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, and Lana in a 18 Person Mixed Tag Team Match
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2019
Cross and Vega will start things off. Vega talks smack to Cross. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cross with an arm-drag takeover. Cross drops Vega with a Running Crossbody Block. Cross transitions into a ground and pound attack. Lacey Evans walks down the ramp. Vega drives Cross face first into the middle turnbuckle. Vega with a leaping side kick. Vega applies a crucifix hold on the middle rope. Standing Switch Exchange. Cross with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. EC3 and Jeff Hardy are tagged in. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Jeff applies a wrist lock. Jeff tags in Matt. The Hardy’s are double teaming EC3. Matt wants to delete the left shoulder of EC3. EC3 with a straight hand. Matt whips EC3 to the corner. EC3 decks Matt with a back elbow smash.
Matt hits The Side Effect for a two count. Matt bounces EC3’s head on every turnbuckle pad. Matt tags in Otis. Knight with a Flying Body Avalanche off Otis back. Matt gives Heavy Machinery a standing ovation. Otis follows that with The Caterpillar. Naomi with a Sit-Out JawBreaker to Rose. Truth and Almas are tagged in. Truth clotheslines Almas. Truth with a single leg dropkick. Truth does the splits. Truth with a Stinger Splash. It’s time for a dance break. Anderson attacks Truth from behind. Carmella dumps Vega out of the ring. All hell break loose which forces the referee to call off the match. Preview for both battle royals that will be on the WrestleMania Kickoff Show. Asuka clears the ring.
Match Result: No-Contest
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2019
Fourth Match: Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2019
Joe repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Ali. Ali ducks a clothesline from Joe. Ali is throwing haymakers at Joe. Joe fires back with a flurry of left jabs in the corner. Joe with clubbing headbutts. Joe blasts Ali in the chest. Ali dropkicks Joe to the floor. Ali lands a Suicide Dive. Ali is fired up. Ali with clubbing blows to Joe’s back. Ali kicks Joe in the mouth. Ali hits The Tornado DDT for a two count. Ali nails Joe with a High Head Kick. Ali follows that with a Roll Through X-Factor. Ali goes for The 450 Splash, but Joe ducks out of the way. Joe makes Ali pass out to The Coquina Clutch.
Winner: Samoa Joe via Submission
Updated WrestleMania 35 Match Card
– Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony Nese For The WWE Cruiserweight Championship
– Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Braun Strowman, Michael Che, Colin Jost, Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, Tyler Breeze, Jinder Mahal, No Way Jose, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Viktor, Konnor, Andrade Cien Almas, Mustafa Ali, Shelton Benjamin, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Otis Dozovic, Tucker Knight, and EC3)
– The Usos (c) vs. The Bar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev vs. Aleister Black & Ricochet in a Fatal Four Way Match For The WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship
– WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal (Mickie James, Dana Brooke, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Lana, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, and Nikki Cross)
– AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
– Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio For The WWE United States Championship
– The Boss and Hug Connection (c) vs. The Iconics vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya in a Fatal Four Way Match For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
– The Miz vs. Shane McMahon in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
– Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
– Daniel Bryan (c) w/Erick Rowan vs. Kofi Kingston w/The New Day For The WWE Championship
– Bobby Lashley (c) w/Lio Rush vs. “The Demon” Finn Balor For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
– Triple H vs. Batista in a No Holds Barred Match
– Brock Lesnar (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Seth Rollins For The WWE Universal Championship
– Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch in a Triple Threat Match For The Raw & SmackDown Live Women’s Championship
The Official KofiMania Contract Signing:
Michael Cole introduces The New Day. Daniel Bryan has it from here. Bryan signs the contract. Bryan knows what’s going on here. He’s not here to stop Kofi from signing, he’s here to educate the masses. This is for everybody. Will the Baltimore crowd please be quiet while he educates them? He’s about to teach all of you an important life lesson. Just like they were saying in the back, Baltimore is so ignorant. Here is the life lesson. Don’t be complacent the way that Kofi has been complacent. Don’t think that good is good enough for 11 years. Don’t think that a little success is enough for 11 years. Bryan has another life lesson. Don’t be a bystander in your own lives the way that Kofi has been a bystander in his own life.
Don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for others to push you to the top the way that Kofi has been helped by The New Day. The WWE Universe has tried to push him to the top. Don’t be a bystander in your own life. One more important life lesson. Don’t mistake a fad for reality. Bryan was in Kofi’s same spot and shoes. The way they chanted Yes! for him is the same way they chant for Kofi now. Bryan knows how it feels and how it reverberates in your body. This adoration makes you feel stronger. You don’t feed off of them, they feed off of you. They are parasites. They need you to fulfill whatever fantasy they have in their lives. Once they suck the positivity out of you, they will discard you. Bryan wants Kofi to suck all of this in because this is going to be the best it will ever be for him.
It’s time for Kofi Kingston to educate Daniel Bryan. You claim to be what he is and you claim to know what he is feeling. Bryan don’t know a damn thing about him. Bryan became a World Champion in his first two years in WWE. Kofi watched and observed it. Kofi understood it. Kofi watched it. Here’s the thing. Bryan doesn’t know what Kofi has been through. In 11 years, he never had a singles match for the title, but it has led to this. Kofi can see it in Bryan’s eyes and knows from the mind games that he’s trying to play. Bryan deep down knows that Kofi is ready. The one thing they have in common to this story is that you know what all of this feels like and you are scared as hell. Bryan more than anybody does what’s coming next. At WrestleMania, Kofi will become the WWE Champion. Kofi signs the contract to close the show.
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