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WWE Smackdown results: Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro, Roman Reigns vs. Luke Gallows

- Air Date: May 19, 2016
- Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC

- The Big News:

Dana Brooke beat Paige, Dean Ambrose attacked Chris Jericho, and the show ended with a big brawl involving Roman Reigns, The Usos, AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.

- Show Recap:

Smackdown actually started with a video package for the Intercontinental title stuff from Raw. They tried to make it seem way more dramatic than it was.

Kevin Owens beat Cesaro via pinfall

Miz, Maryse and Sami Zayn were all on commentary. Miz was supposed to host MizTV but he cancelled it because all three guests disrespected Maryse, so they don’t get to be on his show. Zayn claimed Miz cancelled MizTV because he always ends up laid out at the end of it. Owens left the ring early in the match and Miz told him to go fight, to which Owens responded, “Shut up, idiot!”

Mauro Ranallo said trying to find a flaw in Cesaro’s game was like trying to find a golf ball in a snowstorm. Maryse got up to yell at Cesaro, which distracted him long enough for Owens to take advantage. Maryse also ranted at Zayn in French, so he responded in French. Miz thought she sounded sexy, but Zayn assured us that what she was saying was not sexy.

During Cesaro’s comeback, Owens spilled to the outside and punched Zayn. Cesaro nailed Owens with a cannonball off the apron, then shoved Miz on his ass. Cesaro briefly did the big swing on Owens, but Miz jumped on the apron, so Cesaro knocked him off. Owens followed with a superkick for a near fall.

Zayn jumped in the ring to go after Owens, but Cesaro stopped him and punched him out. Owens followed with a school boy holding the tights for the win after about an 11 minute match. After the match, Cesaro gave Miz an uppercut, Zayn gave Cesaro the Helluva kick, and Miz took out Zayn with the Skull Crushing Finale. Owens taunted Miz from the stage.

Dana Brooke beat Paige via pinfall

Becky Lynch joined commentary. Lynch said she’s known Paige since she was 13 years old and used to fight with her mother in the UK. The crowd liked Paige, who took most of the match, but Brooke won abruptly with a fireman’s carry into a Michinoku Driver. Very short match. I never would’ve booked Paige to lose to Brooke here, especially after she beat Charlotte last week.

Backstage, Renee Young asked Rusev about his beat down of Kalisto on Raw. Lana called Kalisto a weak man who hides behind his mask, and he’s not a champion. Rusev said he made Kalisto humble and would take the title on Sunday. He said people would “Machka” and not “Lucha.”

Dolph Ziggler beat Sheamus via pinfall

The announcers talked about Sheamus who thought he was held back by the League of Nations and took a step back because of their time together. Incidentally, Ziggler won in about 8 minutes with a superkick. It was fine. Afterwards, Baron Corbin came out to tell Ziggler he would hurt him at Extreme Rules and nobody would be able to stop him. That’s all he came out to say.

Chris Jericho top-of-the-hour promo segment

Jericho entered to discuss the Asylum match, calling it one of the most dangerous matches ever, created by Dean Ambrose himself. However, Jericho has been in every type of match there was, and because neither man had been in an Asylum match, Jericho had the advantage.

Jericho called himself an actual lunatic, unlike Ambrose. He mentioned all of the damage he’s done the last few weeks, including putting Ambrose in the hospital for one night. He asked them to lower the cage as he went over how much damage he would do with each weapon - the Kendo stick would put Ambrose in the hospital for 2-3 days, the barbed wire two-by-four would result in 7-8 days, and so on.

Jericho did the math and summed up that Ambrose would spend 40 days in a hospital due to his own creation. He posed and gave us the Gift of Jericho.

As he posed, Ambrose showed up behind him, wearing a wig and fake beard, disguised as one of the guys setting up the cage. Ambrose tossed Jericho into the cage, grabbed a Kendo stick and started beating on him. Jericho managed to open the door and escape as Ambrose laughed. Byron Saxton reminded us that the door would be locked at Extreme Rules. Jericho was good as usual here.

Life Lessons with Coach Backlund

Backlund gave Darren Young some advice as Young wrote it down. Backlund told him to stop writing because he expects Young to remember everything. Backlund told Young to recite all previous presidents in order.

Young said nobody could do that, so Backlund started doing it. Young was impressed and used the word “damn.” Backlund freaked because he doesn’t want Young using that kind of language and made him do 200 jumping jacks. This was dumb.

The New Day & Big Cass beat The Vaudevillains & The Dudley Boyz via pinfall

No promo for New Day. Ranallo announced that Enzo Amore will be back soon. The crowd chanted “New Day rocks” and “How you doin’” early in the match. The heel team worked over Xavier Woods, although they weren’t getting along. The Vaudevillains refused to tag in the Dudleys. Once they did, Woods hit Bubba with an enziguri and made the hot tag to Big Cass.

Cass took everyone out and hit D-Von with a Stinger splash, body slam and elbow drop. Big E took out Simon Gotch with a belly-to-belly, and Kingston took out Aiden English with an assisted dive over the ropes.

The Dudleys set up for the 3D, but Cass gave D-Von a big boot. Cass hit his finisher on Bubba, but he messed it up. Since it didn’t look good, he decided to follow with a elbow drop on Bubba and that got him the pinfall victory. The camera cuts didn’t save this. Still, people popped for the win.

They ran a promo for John Cena’s return on May 30. They also ran a good promo for Charlotte vs. Natalya. Each woman discussed the importance of their respective submission hold. Also, they announced a Tornado Tag Match between The Usos and Gallows & Anderson at Extreme Rules.

AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns (w/The Usos) beat Luke Gallows (w/Karl Anderson & AJ Styles) via DQ

Somebody a few rows back held up a “Don’t Boo Roman” sign. Gallows took the early part of the match and powered Reigns out of the ring. Reigns regrouped as the crowd shrilled “Let’s go Roman.” Some fans booed in response. He jumped back in the ring, hit punches, a Samoan drop and apron dropkick.

After a break, Gallows took control following a big clothesline. Reigns eventually came back with a back elbow, corner clothesline, clothesline off the second rope, more corner clotheslines, and a big boot. Anderson distracted Reigns which allowed Gallows to use a school boy for a two count.

Reigns immediately followed with a superman punch. Styles grabbed Reigns’ foot, so Jimmy Uso hit a dive on AJ. Anderson took out Jimmy, Jey took out Anderson, and Styles went off on Jey. Reigns hit Styles with an apron dropkick, but was caught by Gallows in the ring with a sitout slam for a close near fall.

Styles sent Anderson in the ring so the referee called for the bell. The Club hit Reigns the Boot of Doom. Styles put two chairs in the ring but the Usos took out Gallows and Anderson. Styles jumped in the ring and took out both Usos. He dropkicked Reigns out the ring and proceeded to clear the announce table.

Reigns dropped Styles on the announce table and punched away, but the Club went after him. The brawl continued with all six guys as they went off the air with Reigns and Styles fighting on the announce table.

- Final Thoughts:

Pretty average show carrying us into Extreme Rules. They did all the actual go-home stuff on Raw, so there wasn’t much room do a lot more on this show.