Friday, April 24, 2020

WWE Smackdown Results - April 24, 2020

WWE Smackdown Results - April 24, 2020
We are live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL, as The New Day make their way to the ring to start the show. We look at highlights from last week's title match.

Kofi Kingston says last week, the New Day became your tag team champions for the eighth time. Kofi says Big E was the man responsible and he beat the odds. Big E points out there is no one here to clap with him. Big E says there is nothing like having their girls around their waist again and he starts to talk about last night and Kofi stops him. Kofi says he wants to talk about the historic accomplishments. They have more reigns than the Hart Foundation, the British Bulldogs, the New Age Outlaws, Demolition, and Edge and Christian. Big E says it is more champions than future Hall of Famer Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tom Brady, and then he has to calm down Kofi since he is a Patriots fan.

The Lucha House Party comes out and Lince Dorado says they want to come out and congratulate the new champions. He says that is Lucha Lit. It is not Lucha Lit to see team after team get chances. They wanted to congratulate you and be the first team to challenge you...

The Miz and John Morrison walk past the Lucha House Party and Miz and Morrison throw out reallys.

Miz says you act like legitimate champions when you won the titles in a singles match. Morrison mentions their first title defense was in the Elimination Chamber. The next two title defenses were in singles Triple Threat Matches. Morrison says you have never beaten them as a team. Miz says they elevate the titles and the division. They want the titles back and they want them right here and right now.

Gran Metalik tells them to shut up. He challenges Miz and Morrison. Miz asks Morrison what they said and Morrison says that Miz is a great man and warrior. Big E says that is not what he said.

The Forgotten Sons come out to the ring. Miz asks if they can help the Forgotten Sons and wants to know who the hell they are. Steve Cutler introduces the Forgotten Sons to Miz. They served their country and since they have come home, they have been treated like trash and thrown to the side. You will know who we are because we will reign over the tag team division and we will be forgotten no more.

Miz says there is a thing called respect and he main evented Wrestlemania. Jaxson Ryker calls Miz a poseur and says that he played a Marine on television. Wesley says that some might call us savages. We can strike anywhere at any time and you wouldn't see it coming.

The Forgotten Sons suddenly attack everyone and a big brawl breaks out. Miz and Morrison retreat to the stage. Lince and Metalik are sent out. Kofi gets beat down by The Sons. Big E fights them off but they beat him down next. Kofi is then powerbombed on top of Big E in the middle of the ring. The Forgotten Sons stand tall while Lince and Metalik recover on the outside, as Miz and Morrison watch from the stage.

- Still to come, Gulak vs. Corbin in a Money In the Bank qualifier. We go to commercial.

- Back from the break and we get a look at Triple H debuting in 1995 at Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Cole says Triple H will be here live later tonight.

- We see The Miz and John Morrison backstage, upset at what happened earlier. Renee Young stops them for comments. They accuse Lucha House Party of instigating everything. Miz says they are going to get a match set up for tonight, to make everything right.

Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: Drew Gulak vs. King Baron Corbin

Back to the ring and out comes Drew Gulak with Daniel Bryan for tonight's first Money In the Bank qualifier. Out next comes King Baron Corbin as we see the MITB briefcase above the ring and ladders set up around the arena. Cole shows us a replay of Corbin's brutal attack to Elias on last week's show.

The bell rings and they lock up. Corbin tosses Gulak over the top rope to the floor. Corbin talks trash to Gulak and Bryan as the referee backs him off. Gulak comes right back in and locks up again. Gulak takes Corbin down and grounds him, working him over and slapping him on the top of the head. Corbin gets back up and talks trash. Corbin takes Gulak against the ropes as the referee warns him. Corbin with big strikes to beat Gulak to his knees now. Corbin with more trash talking. Gulak goes for another takedown but Corbin resists. Gulak dropkicks the knees as Bryan encourages him from ringside. Gulak drops Corbin and sends him to the floor for a breather.

Gulak with a baseball slide from the ring to send Corbin into the announce table. Gulak comes out and knocks Corbin over the announce table, to the floor. Gulak stands tall on the table as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Corbin takes Gulak to the corner as they're both back in the ring now. Corbin runs out and back in, leveling Gulak with a big clothesline for a 2 count. Bryan hypes Gulak up as Corbin talks trash. Corbin drops Gulak with another big right hand. Corbin taunts Gulak and puts the boot to him. Corbin with a knee to the gut. Gulak fights back and rolls Corbin for a close 2 count. Corbin comes right back with a knee to the gut and a big slam, driving Gulak into the mat. Corbin with another 2 count.

Corbin takes Gulak back to the corner and beats him down as the referee counts. Gulak catches a boot and fights out of the corner with strikes, sending Corbin into the opposite corner as the referee warns him. Corbin misses a shot and Gulak dropkicks him into the corner. Corbin catches Gulak mid-move and goes for a chokeslam but it's blocked. Gulak rolls Corbin for another 2 count. Gulak mounts more offense and hits a crossbody for 2. Corbin goes out for a breather and Gulak misses a baseball slide. Gulak catches a kick and sends him into the steel ring steps with a Dragon Screw leg whip. Gulak brings it back in and comes off the top but Corbin kicks out just in time.

Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura suddenly appear on the other side of the barrier, pulling Bryan over and laying him out. Gulak leaps from the ring and sends Cesaro into the barrier. Gulak stalks Nakamura but Corbin comes from behind and sends Gulak into the ring post. Corbin brings Gulak back into the ring and hits End of Days for the pin to earn the MITB spot.

Winner: King Corbin

After the match, Corbin celebrates as his music hits. We go to replays. Nakamura and Cesaro enter the ring and hold Gulak up while Corbin gets his scepter. Corbin charges and drops Gulak with a scepter shot. Corbin raises the scepter as his music starts back up. Cole and Graves look at the 5 competitors now confirmed for the men's MITB ladder match - Corbin, Bryan, Aleister Black, Apollo Crews, and Rey Mysterio.

- The announcers hype the rest of tonight's shows. They then talk about WWE 24/7 Champion Rob Gronkowski coming out of NFL retirement to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They look forward to Gronk defending the title while playing in the NFL.

- Still to come, the next chapter in the Jeff Hardy story. Back to commercial.

- We are back with a look at the 2014 Money in the Bank Ladder Match when Seth Rollins got back dropped onto a ladder.

Sheamus vs. Daniel Vidot

Sheamus with punches to Vidot followed by back elbows and forearms. Sheamus with forearms across the chest. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick for the three count.

Winner: Sheamus

Corey and Michael talk about how Sheamus has had issues with him recently.

- We take a look at part 3 of the Jeff Hardy Story: Redemption. Jeff says Fatherhood has helped him get on the straight and narrow. He was a selfish person. He never wanted his daughters to see him like that. He named one of his daughters after his mother Ruby. He says his mother would have been disappointed in him. Jeff said he had to go back to the WWE. It is where they started and where they needed to end. We go back to Wrestlemania in 2017. He says they were hiding all day. He says he was a ball of nerves all day.

- The Miz and John Morrison make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.

- We are back with Degeneration X invading Impact in 1998.

- Sheamus is back at ringside and he rips off Michael Cole's head set and he stares Cole down as the Lucha House Party makes their way to the ring.

The Miz and John Morrison vs. Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado

Lince starts off with Miz and takes control. Lince goes for a springboard move and Miz boots him out of mid-air. Miz with a huge chop to send Lince back down. Miz slams Lince and launches him into a strike from Morrison on the apron as he tags in. Morrison launches himself into the ring with an elbow to Lince for a 2 count. Morrison keeps Lince down and taunts him as Metalik looks on. Morrison shows off but it backfires as Lince arm drags him. Metalik tags in and goes to work off the double team. Morrison kicks out at 2

Lince comes back in as they use speed on Morrison. Morrison and Lince trade big counters. Morrison with a running knee to the face. Morrison tags Miz back in for the double team Gutbuster on Lince. They both taunt Lince. Lince fights back but Miz beats him down with left hands. Miz keeps control and tags Morrison back in for more double teaming, both delivering running knees and kicks. Morrison with a Shooting Star Press on Lince for a 2 count. Morrison uses the middle rope to keep Lince grounded. Lince fights back but Morrison keeps control. Morrison sweeps Lince and mounts him with more strikes. Lince with a springboard Stunner to Morrison. Miz still manages to tag in. Metalik tags in and springboards in with a crossbody. Miz and Metalik go at it now.

Miz misses a big boot but ends up rocking Metalik into the corner. Metalik with a big kick and a unique bulldog from the corner. Metalik goes to the top for a moonsault but Miz gets his knees up. Metalik blocks the Skull Crushing Finale and rolls Miz up for the pin out of nowhere.

Winners: Lucha House Party

After the match, Miz is shocked as the music hits. Metalik and Lince retreat to the ramp to celebrate as their music hits. Graves says he's absolutely speechless. Cole repeats him. Miz and Morrison can't believe it as they look on.

- Still to come, Sasha Banks vs. Lacey Evans in a MITB qualifier. Back to commercial.

Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Lacey Evans vs. Sasha Banks

Lacey focuses on Bayley and Sasha attacks Lacey. They go to the floor and Lacey sends Sasha into the ringside barrier. Lacey grabs Bayley for holding the Summer on a stick but Sasha hits Lacey and sends her hand into the ring post. They return to the ring and Sasha kicks Lacey. Sasha with an Irish whip and she wraps the arm in the ropes. Sasha puts Lacey on the turnbuckles but misses the double knee drop. Lacey with a kick and clothesline. Lacey with a bicycle kick and running kick to the chest. Sasha avoids the hesitation bronco buster because Lacey cannot get up due to the damage to her hand. Sasha with kicks to the hand followed by Meteora for a near fall.

Sasha with a hammer lock and chin lock. Lacey iwth a drop toe hold that sends Sasha into the turnbuckles. Lacey hits a hesitation bronco buster to the back and then Lacey slams Sasha's head into the ring post. Lacey and Bayley have some words before Lacey returns her focus to Sasha. Lacey goes to the turnbuckles and she brings Sasha up. Sasha blocks a superplex and Sasha with forearms. Sasha stands on the injured hand and Sasha kicks the hand against the turnbuckle. Sasha with a power bomb for a near fall. Sasha with a crossface. Lacey rolls through to escape. Lacey with a back slide for a near fall. Sasha with a shot to the injured had but Lacey with a Woman's Right but Bayley puts Sasha's foot on the rope.

Lacey grabs Bayley and Sasha with a rollup but the referee is dealing with Bayley. Sasha gets a near fall. Bayley yells at the referee and Sasha tells Bayley to stay out of this. Lacey with a Woman's Right with help from Summer on a Stick for the three count.

Winner: Lacey Evans

After the match, Sasha and Bayley are on the stage and Tamina's music plays. Tamina with a super kick to Bayley and she leaves.

We go to commercial.

- Back from the break and the announcers lead us to a video looking at the lengthy history between Bray Wyatt and WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman, who will do battle at Money In the Bank.

- We move on to the Otis/Mandy/Sonya/Dolph rhombus of confusion.

- Next week, Otis faces Dolph Ziggler in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match while Mandy Rose faces Carmella.

- Carmella is stretching and Dana Brooke stops by and she brings up Carmella's match next week and Carmella understands that she is mocking Carmella from last week. We go to commercial.

- Back from the break and we see a quick video on Triple H suffering his injury in May 2001, then returning to the big pop at Madison Square Garden in January 2002. Triple H will be here live tonight.

WWE Women's Tag Team Titles Match: Carmella and Dana Brooke vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross

Back to the ring and out comes WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Alexa bliss and Nikki Cross for their first title defense since winning the titles from The Kabuki Warriors at WrestleMania 36. Carmella is out first for her team. She hits the ring and out next comes Dana Brooke.

Dana with a drop kick to Nikki as the bell rings and Nikki goes to the floor. Carmella with a cross body to Alexa. Nikki sends Carmella into the ringside barrier. Dana with a cross body off the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.

We are back and Carmella and Alexa tag in. Carmella with clotheslines and she sends Alexa into the turnbuckles. Carmella with a moonwalk and bronco buster. Carmella with a round kick for a near fall. Dana knocks Nikki down on the floor and hits a handspring back elbow. Alexa with a drop kick to Dana and Carmella stops Alexa. Alexa goes to the turnbuckles and connects with a forearm. Carmella with a handstandcanrana but Nikki makes the tag and she gets a near fall with a rollup. Nikki with a head butt to the midsection. Carmella with a kick. Alexa makes the tag and they hit a double flapjack for the three count.

Winners: Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss

After the match, Bliss' music hits as she stands tall with Cross. Carmella is down on the mat and we see Brooke recovering on the floor. We get replays of the 3D finisher. Bliss and Cross celebrate with the titles as Brooke looks on from the floor.

- Cole says The Game will be here next. We go to commercial with the video package for hiss 25th Anniversary Celebration.

- We are back and Daniel Bryan faces Baron Corbin next week.

In the Arena:

We are back and Triple H makes his way to the ring. He says it is hard to believe it has been 25 years. He says...

Shawn Michaels interrupts Hunter and he makes his way to the ring. Shawn says you weren't getting away without him coming out to be with Hunter. Shawn tells Hunter to practice social distancing. He says in lieu of this celebration, he sent out hundreds of hundreds of invitations to his friends and loved ones. Well, we are all here for you.

We see that there is no one in the building.

Hunter points out that Cole and Corey are here, but Shawn says they have to be here.

Shawn says they have been friends for the entire 25 years. Before we celebrate, he wants to thank Hunter for the 25th anniversary show that he had on Smackdown. He asks Hunter about it and Hunter says it was a wild time. Shawn asks Hunter what was his favorite moment and Hunter says it is so hard to pick just one. Shawn says he never had one. Shawn says he is not angry about that. Hunter tells Shawn he was supposed to have a 25 year anniversary show and Hunter says heads will roll when he gets to headquarters.

Shawn mentions Degeneration X and they were money. They had a good time and they had fun. Everything worked and they were flawless. They were one shot wonders. Everything they did turned to gold.

We take a look at the "Not So" Great Moments in Degeneration X history.

Shawn goes on about Triple H's career and accomplishments, mentioning 14 world championships, numerous WrestleMania wins and countless WrestleMania moments. Shawn likes to think of himself as Mr. WrestleMania, but what he did on The Grandest Stage of Them All pales in comparison. Shawn sends us to a somewhat comedic video package of Triple H's WrestleMania moments - which includes more than a dozen losses and a bunch of punches in a corner from Ronda Rousey. Shawn says that makes Triple H look not that good. Triple H asks Shawn how many WrestleMania losses he had and Shawn says this isn't about him. Triple H says that does make him want to thank people that joined him in the ring every night. He names legends and WWE Hall of Famers - The Rock, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Batista, Mick Foley, Randy Orton, Shawn. He says it was incredible and without those people to be in the ring with, his career would be nothing. Shawn says those people probably feel the same way, as he does. Shawn brings up Triple H meeting Stephanie McMahon now, or as he calls her Stephanie No One. Triple H's phone rings and he has to answer it. It's the wife. We see her video chatting with her husband. Stephanie brings up Shawn mocking her on TV. Triple H downplays it but she says she's watching it live. She starts ripping on Shawn but Triple H hangs up and tells Shawn she said hi. The DX comedy continues. Shawn brings up Evolution. WWE Hall of Famer calls in with a video chat next. He congratulates Triple H and says he loves both Shawn and Triple H. They do the same. Flair jokes that Triple H better not let Shawn superkick him at the end of the segment. Flair says God bless and ends his call. Triple H gets another call but the camera cuts away to commercial after some muffled noise or commotion on the other end.

Back from the break and Triple H takes a quick call from WWE Hall of Famer "Road Dogg" Brian James and they do a little bit of comedy. Shawn says it's almost time to go but Triple H says he spoke with FOX and they can go as long as they want tonight. The familiar "No Chance" music hits as WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon hits.

Vince says they didn't think he was going to miss out on making remarks, did they? Shawn interrupts and says this is going to be a special moment between Vince and his son-in-law. Vince says Triple H's 25 years is really extraordinary. Under normal circumstances Vince would come down to the ring from the stage and join them. Vince is apparently practicing social distancing. Vince talks about some of the hits and misses from Triple H's career, mostly misses and jokes around some more. He apparently indicates that Triple H was behind the infamous "This Is Your Life" segment from 2017. Vince says that segment brought the crickets out but it wasn't Bayley's fault. Vince says seriously, I love you. Triple H says he loves Vince back. Shawn interrupts and says he loves them both. Vince laughs and says tonight he just wants to say that Triple H's performance tonight, and just him overall, is just God awful. It sucked, it was rotten, as someone close to them would say. Vince says he's ashamed of them tonight and if they haven't put everyone to sleep by now, he will say goodnight. Vince struts some off the stage and tells Triple H to wrap it up, padre. Triple H asks if Vince is throwing them out as Vince exits back to the Gorilla Position.

The lights start going down in the WWE Performance Center while Triple H and Shawn are still in the ring. We hear the sound of crickets echo out over the arena. Triple H jokes that Vince really is throwing them out. It's just about pitch black in the Performance Center now. Triple H asks Shawn if he hears the crickets too. "The story of your career, pal. The story of your career," Shawn says. SmackDown on FOX goes off the with with Shawn and Triple H standing in the middle of the ring, with the lights off in the Performance Center.