The Superstar Shake-up continues as SmackDown takes place from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada tonight.
The Shake-up started last night on Raw and saw AJ Styles, The Miz, Naomi, The Usos, Eric Young, Rey Mysterio, and Andrade & Zelina Vega move to Raw. Tonight promises changes to the SmackDown roster.
Vince McMahon is set to make a rare appearance on SmackDown tonight to announce what WWE is hyping as the "biggest acquisition in SmackDown Live history."
The Hardy Boyz defeated The Usos to win the SmackDown Tag Team titles last week. WWE.com is teasing that a new tag team will debut to challenge the new champions.
Paige also promises to debut a new tag team tonight as the next possible challengers for Women’s Tag Team Champions The IIconics.
Plus, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston is scheduled to appear as well.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Kevin Owens came down to the ring to host The Kevin Owens Show. He got a huge reaction from his hometown crowd. They even broke into an “Oui” chant. He spoke in French and got a huge reaction from the crowd. Owens noted that Vince McMahon’s going to announce the biggest acquisition in SmackDown Live history.
Owens then introduced his guest WWE Champion Kofi Kingston. Kingston got a huge reaction. He came out with Xavier Woods. Byron Saxton pointed out that Big E’s injured. The fans broke into a big “Kofi” chant.
They discussed Kingston’s journey to WrestleMania and his victory over Daniel Bryan. Owens congratulated Kingston and the fans gave him a standing ovation. Kingston thanked the fans and called himself the champion in French. This got a huge pop and another “Oui” chant.
They talked about Big E not being around and his injury. Woods was upset that the Raw roster got most of the guests for Up Up Down Down. Woods demanded that Tyler Breeze better be on SmackDown by the end. Owens noted that New Day takes on Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura later.
Owens asked to be the third member of New Day and changed his name to Big O. The fans loved this idea. Woods noted Owens just got back from injury and they do a lot of groin movements. Owens swiveled his hips and the fans popped. Kingston asked the fans if they want to see Owens join. They broke into another “Oui” chant. They gave him a New Day t-shirt. The segment was good and the crowd was super hot.
Rusev and Nakamura were watching in the back. Cesaro approached and asked to team up with them to take on New Day and Owens. The match is official for later tonight. There was no mention of Sheamus.
Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor made his SmackDown debut.
Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálordefeated Ali
They started off with a fast-paced exchange that ended when Ali hit a dropkick. Bálor slowed the pace down and worked over Ali’s arm. Ali fought back and sent Bálor to the floor with a hurricanrana. He followed up with a suicide dive. Back from break, Bálor was firmly in control.
Ali avoided a charge in the corner and briefly took over. Bálor hit the sling blade but Ali rocked him with a superkick for a near fall. Bálor avoided a tornado DDT and hit a double foot stomp. Ali fought back and hit a hurricanrana off the top for a two count. Ali went for the 450 splash but Bálor moved. He hit the running dropkick and the Coup de Grace for the win.
Bálor and Ali shook hands after the match.
In the back, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods found Kevin Owens. They told him it was time for his initiation. He had to break Big E’s pancaking eating time. Owens started eating a plate of pancakes.
Another promo aired of the puppet popping out of the box followed by sinister laughter.
In the back, Owens finished eating the pancakes and is an official member of The New Day.
Charlotte Flair defeated Carmella (w/R-Truth)
Flair missed a big boot and Carmella hit a superkick for a near fall. They fought at ringside near the Women’s Battle Royal trophy. Carmella hit a crossbody off the barricade. She scored a two count back in the ring. Flair fought back but Carmella pushed her head first into the second turnbuckle.
Flair dropped Carmella on the apron and hit a big boot to take over. Flair used a dragon screw over the second rope. She threw Carmella into the barricade. Carmella fought back and hit a superkick. Flair used a chop block on Carmella’s injured leg and locked on the Figure Eight for the win.
After the match, R-Truth checked on Carmella. She was selling the injury when Lars Sullivan’s music hit. Truth hit a flying forearm but it barely moved Sullivan. Sullivan then hit the Freak Accident on Truth.
Sullivan then turned his attention to Carmella who was terrified. The referee took her out of the ring and to safety. Sullivan hit a running sit out powerbomb on Truth.
Raw and SmackDown Woman’s Champion Becky Lynch made her way down to the ring. She has a big announcement to make that has to do with the Superstar Shake-up. The fans broke into a big “Becky” chant. She mentioned again that she defeated Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania. The fans broke into a “Becky Two Belts” chant.
Lynch said it doesn’t matter who she faces because she’ll beat them. She pointed out that both belts allow her to go to either brand looking for a fight. Ember Moon interrupted making her SmackDown debut. Lynch warned Moon not to interrupt The Man. Moon is looking to make a name by defeating the woman that beat Rousey.
Bayley interrupted making her SmackDown debut. Bayley got a mixed reaction. Lynch asked her if she wanted a hug. Bayley said she got all her hugging out of the way yesterday. Bayley talked about winning the tag titles with Sasha Banks. The fans started booing Bayley. Bayley’s a single competitor again and has her eye on two other belts.
The Woman’s tag team champions The IIconics made their way to the ring. They mocked the babyfaces but were interrupted by Paige. She got a huge reaction from the fans.
Paige noted the fans would have more fun if the IIconics actually defended the belts. Paige started talking about the new team she’s representing when Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville interrupted. Rose thanked Paige and Deville noted it was the reunion of Absolution.
Paige isn’t representing them. She introduced her new tag team of Asuka and Kairi Sane. Asuka and Sane ran into the ring. Everyone started brawling except for Lynch. She stood in the corner and then stepped out of the ring. The babyfaces cleared the ring of the heels.
Bayley, Ember Moon, Asuka & Kairi Sane (w/Paige) defeated Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and The IIconics
Moon was firmly in control but Bayley tagged herself in. The fans booed Bayley as she entered. The heels took over and isolated Asuka in their corner. Asuka fought back and took out Rose with a hip attack. Asuka and Sane used a series of double team moves on Rose. Bayley hit a dive onto the heels. Moon followed up with a cross body to the floor.
The heels regained control by isolating Bayley on their side of the ring. Asuka got the hot tag and ran wild. She nailed Peyton Royce with a hard dropkick. Asuka had the match won but Rose broke up the pin. Everyone then hit a big move. Bayley was booed again when she hit the Bayley to Belly on Deville. Asuka hit the inverted DDT on Royce and Sane hit the Insane Elbow for the win.
Backstage, Kevin Owens did Big E’s introduction for the New Day. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods helped Owens with the intro.
In the back, Buddy Murphy introduced himself and announced that he’s coming to SmackDown Live. The fans popped big for his announcement.
The New Day & Kevin Owens defeated Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev (w/Lana)
The heels were briefly in control but the babyfaces took over. They isolated Nakamura in their corner and Owens hit the cannonball. The heels took back over by isolating Woods. Nakamura hit a sliding German suplex on Woods. Rusev choked Woods on the second rope and Lana slapped him.
Woods climbed to the top turnbuckle but Nakamura rocked him with a kick. He attempted a superplex but Woods fought back. He pushed Nakamura off and hit a missile dropkick. Kingston got the tag and ran wild on Cesaro. Kingston went for a cross body but Cesaro caught him. Kingston slipped out the back and hit the SOS for a near fall.
Cesaro got the big swing on Kingston and locked on the Sharpshooter. Owens broke it up with a superkick. Owens got the hot tag. He launched Kingston over the top rope wiping out everyone on the floor. Kingston hit the Trouble in Paradise on Rusev and Owens hit the Stunner for the win.
In the back, Vince McMahon watched the match. He announces the biggest acquisition in SmackDown Live history next.
Another promo aired of the dolls. It ended with the doll in a rocking chair with sinister laughter.
Vince McMahon made his way to the ring for his huge announcement. He said it’s nice to be back in Montreal. The fans broke into a “You Screwed Bret” chant. McMahon talked about the new superstar coming to SmackDown. McMahon said he’s charismatic and very talented. McMahon then introduced Elias.
Elias praised McMahon for naming him the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history. He talked about all the interruptions with his past performances. He said he’s happy to be on SmackDown but not happy to be in Montreal. Elias began his song when Roman Reigns interrupted making his SmackDown debut. The fans popped for Reigns at first but he did get a bit of a mixed reaction. Reigns nailed Elias with the spear.
McMahon got in Reigns' face so he gave McMahon the superman punch. The fans popped big for that. Reigns grabbed the mic and called SmackDown his yard. The fans popped again and gave him a better reaction by the end of the segment. Reigns ran back in the ring and gave Elias a second spear.