SmackDown takes place from the WWE Performance Center tonight and features the brand's fallout from WrestleMania 36.
New Universal Champion Braun Strowman is set to appear on the episode. After replacing Roman Reigns in the match, Strowman survived three spears and defeated Goldberg to win the Universal title at WrestleMania.
New Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross are also set for tonight's show. They'll defend their titles against The Kabuki Warriors in a WrestleMania rematch.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley retained in a five-way elimination match at WrestleMania, Sami Zayn defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the Intercontinental title, and one half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions John Morrison defeated Jimmy Uso and Kofi Kingston in a triple threat ladder match to retain the titles for Miz & Morrison.
WrestleMania also saw “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt defeat John Cena in the Firefly Fun House, and Otis defeated Dolph Ziggler with Mandy Rose’s help. Rose and Otis embraced after the match.
Our coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
New Universal Champion Braun Strowman entered the ring to start SmackDown. They recapped Strowman beating Goldberg to win the title at WrestleMania 36.
Strowman said there's an old saying that when opportunity knocks, you better open the door. He noted he took everything Goldberg had to dish out. He refused to stay down and put down Goldberg for good. Strowman pointed out that it's the greatest moment of his career.
Shinsuke Nakamura's music hit, and he made his way to the ring. He said he's knocking on the door. Nakamura mocked Strowman. Strowman heard enough and promised Nakamura he's going to get these hands later tonight.
Suddenly, Cesaro appeared behind Strowman. Strowman pushed Cesaro out of the ring, but Nakamura rocked him with a kick to the head. The kick hurt Strowman, but he only went down to one knee.
They recapped Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross's victory over The Kabuki Warriors at WrestleMania to win the Women's Tag Team titles for the second time.
Women's Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated The Kabuki Warriors To Retain The Titles
Michael Cole called Nikki Cross' WrestleMania performance a career-defining moment.
Sane immediately jumped Bliss to gain the advantage. The heels isolated Bliss in their corner and cut her off from Cross. Sane and Bliss exchanged hard shots in the middle of the ring. Sane got the better of Bliss and tagged in Asuka.
Asuka knocked Cross off the apron and continued to beat down Bliss. Bliss fought back and nailed Sane with a dropkick. She attempted to tag Cross, but she wasn't on the apron.
Bliss nailed Sane with a sliding dropkick to the floor. Asuka rocked Bliss with the hip attack and jumped on commentary. Cross and Asuka screamed at each other. Bliss pulled Asuka of the announce desk, and Cross hit a flying crossbody block onto Asuka.
Back from the break, Asuka was firmly in control as she beat down Cross. The heels isolated Cross on their side of the ring. Cross rolled up Sane for a near fall and attempted the tag, but Sane cut her off. Cross knocked Sane off the apron and rolled up Asuka for a near fall.
Asuka attempted a German suplex, but Cross reversed into a bulldog. Bliss got the hot tag and ran wild. She missed a moonsault, and Sane hit a spear for a very close near fall. Bliss and Cross went for a double team move, but Asuka rocked Bliss with a kick.
Asuka and Sane hit a powerbomb/forearm combo. Asuka locked on an armbar, but Bliss broke up the hold. Sane went for the back fist, but Bliss ducked and hit a DDT. Asuka pulled Sane out of the ring. She then rocked Cross with a knee.
Bliss then hit Twisted Bliss to the floor, wiping out the heels. Bliss attempted Twisted Bliss in the ring, but Sane rolled out of the way.
Cross made the blind tag, and Bliss rocked Sane with a right hand. Cross then hit the neck breaker for the win.
Michael Cole announced Braun Strowman versus Shinsuke Nakamura is official for later tonight.
Elias performed a song on the perch because that's where King Corbin injured him by pushing him off. He talked about defeating Corbin at WrestleMania. Elias then sang a song about beating Corbin and making his return. He said winning Money In The Bank is his next challenge.
They recapped the Otis-Mandy Rose-Sonya Deville-Dolph Ziggler angle.
Michael Cole said Otis is an inspiration, and Corey Graves was disgusted. Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville made their way to the announce desk. They yelled at Cole and Graves. Deville called Mandy Rose her friend. Ziggler said they just want what's best for Rose.
Tucker interrupted and showed pictures of Otis and Rose working out together.
They announced the Triple H 25th Anniversary Special starts in two weeks on SmackDown.
Dolph Ziggler (w/Sonya Deville) defeated Tucker
They recapped Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag on Tucker on the steel steps last week.
Deville distracted Tucker to give Ziggler the early advantage. Tucker fought back and whipped Ziggler into the steps at ringside. Deville distracted the referee, and Ziggler stuck his thumb in Tucker's eye.
Ziggler charged at Tucker, but Tucker caught Ziggler. Tucker then slammed Ziggler on the announce desk. In the ring, Tucker hit a massive power slam for a close near fall. He followed up with a crossbody off the second turnbuckle for another near fall.
Tucker missed a charge in the corner and went shoulder-first into the ring post. Ziggler then hit the superkick for the win.
They showed the closing moments of the triple threat ladder match from WrestleMania. John Morrison fought with Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso on the top of the ladders. All three guys pulled down the belts, but Kingston and Uso knocked Morrison off the ladder. Morrison fell with the belts to win.
The Dirt Sheet
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison welcomed everyone to The Dirt Sheet. Miz noted they retained the tag titles at WrestleMania 36 in a ladder match. Morrison pointed out that he won the ladder match and was the first person to retain the tag titles on his own. Miz said he was the first person to retain the tag titles from his coach at home.
Miz and Morrison ran down the WrestleMania card. They talked about the Boneyard Match, and Morrison said the ending of the match is like a nightmare he has every time he competes. They showed the end of the match and Styles begging Undertaker not to bury him.
Miz and Morrison started performing their rap song when The Usos interrupted. They made a lot of Pee-Wee Herman references throughout the segment. The Usos pointed out that Miz and Morrison are the tag team champions and not Morrison by himself. Miz said the only reason he wasn't in the ladder match is that they injured him. He noted he's still injured and not medically cleared.
The New Day walked onto the ramp, and Kingston pointed out there was another team in the match. Big E said that the other three that weren't in the match should compete. Miz reminded them that he's still injured.
Kingston revealed they went to management and FOX. Next week SmackDown Tag Team Champion The Miz defends against Big E and Jey Uso in a triple threat match.
The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake w/Jaxon Ryker) defeated The Lucha Dragons
Michael Cole noted there are usually NXT debuts the week after WrestleMania.
Steve Cutler backed Lince Dorado into the corner. The Lucha Dragons briefly took over on Wesley Blake. Dorado hit a crossbody for a close near fall. The heels regained control and isolated Dorado in their corner.
Blake slowed the pace down with a chin lock. Dorado fought back and hit a handspring stunner on Cutler.
Gran Metalik got the tag and ran wild. He hit a crossbody block onto the heels and followed up with a springboard elbow.
Blake hit a huge clothesline to regain control. They then hit an inverted DDT/foot stomp for the win.
In the back, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross celebrated retaining the tag team titles. Dana Brooke and Carmella approached and congratulated the new champions.
Brooke and Carmella requested a shot at the titles, but Bliss wasn't sure. Bliss and Cross talked about it, but Cross said yes before Bliss could agree.
Bayley And Sasha Banks Promo
SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks made their way to the ring.
Bayley noted that two weeks ago, Paige tried to ruin her WrestleMania and their friendship by putting them in a 5-way elimination match. Bayley said that didn't happen because she's the best. She corrected herself and said they're the best.
Banks noted there is nobody that can defeat them from the past or present. Tamina's music hit and she made her way to the ring. Bayley was scared but said she's happy to see her.
Tamina noted it took all of them to take her out of the match at WrestleMania. Tamina demanded a title shot against Bayley right now. Banks was furious that Tamina would just request a title shot. Tamina didn't like Banks' tone. Banks was scared but pretended she needed Bayley to hold her back.
Bayley said she'll give Tamina a title shot if Tamina can defeat Banks next week. Tamina agreed, but Banks was upset.
Sheamus defeated Cal Bloom
Sheamus dominated the match and beat down Bloom. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick for the win.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves turned their attention to Jeff Hardy making his return. Sheamus walked by the table and just looked at Cole and Graves.
Jeff Hardy Chapter One: The Rise
They looked back at the career of Jeff Hardy. Hardy discussed his childhood and wrestling on a trampoline in the backyard. Hardy then discussed his early career tagging with his brother in the late 90s. The video also looked back at all the risks he took in his career.
Universal Champion Braun Strowman defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (w/Cesaro)
Strowman took over with a boot to the chest. He backed Nakamura in the corner and was firmly in control. Cesaro distracted Strowman, and Nakamura briefly had the advantage.
Strowman fought back and dropped Nakamura on the barricade at ringside.
Back from the break, Strowman was still firmly in control. He hit a splash in the corner and went for the power slam, but Nakamura slipped out the back. Cesaro hit an uppercut behind the referee's back, and Nakamura hit a knee for a near fall.
Strowman fought back and hit a side slam. Cesaro jumped on the apron, but Strowman knocked him off. Strowman ran around ringside and knocked down Nakamura and Cesaro.
As Strowman entered the ring, Nakamura hit a knee to take back over. Nakamura went for the Kinshasa, but Strowman countered into the power slam to retain the Universal title.
Strowman celebrated when The Firefly Funhouse interrupted. Bray Wyatt has to re-write history and showed footage of John Cena losing at WrestleMania.
Wyatt congratulated Strowman on winning the Universal title. The lantern started whispering, and Wyatt had a flashback to when Strowman was a member of The Wyatt Family.
Wyatt wondered if he should forgive Strowman for leaving his family. Strowman noted he doesn't have time for these games.
Wyatt said he wants something back, and it's on Strowman's shoulder. Wyatt said since he brought Strowman into this world, he has to take him out. Wyatt said goodbye to Strowman.
Strowman stopped Wyatt and said whenever Wyatt wants Strowman will let him in. Strowman then said bye to Wyatt with a huge smile on his face.
Next Week: SmackDown Tag Team Champion The Miz defends against Jey Uso and Big E in a triple threat match. Tamina takes on Sasha Banks, and If Tamina wins, she gets a title shot against SmackDown Woman's Champion Bayley.
In Money In The Bank Qualifying matches, Daniel Bryan takes on Cesaro, and Naomi goes one-on-one with Dana Brooke. Plus, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose address their recent issues.