After The Ultimate Thrill ride last Sunday in Orlando, Florida, Smackdown was the last stop of what had been an incredible week for WWE.
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) defeated Alexa Bliss.
Tye Dillinger defeated Curt Hawkins.
(Street Fight) Baron Corbin defeated Dean Ambrose.
Luke Harper and Randy Orton defeated Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt.
After a video package of all of Smackdown Live’s Wrestlemania matches, the cameras cut to inside the arena where they revealed there would be TWO Wrestlemania rematches tonight on the first ever Smackdown After Mania.
JBL cut his “They’re gonna cheer who they want!!!!!” promo just as Orton emerged to majority boos, the crowd clearly felt Bray should’ve retained on Sunday evening. Bray was quick to interrupt on the titantron, insisting he had special plans for Orton. Bray invoked his rematch to be a “House of Horrors” championship match. The Lights went out and Bray appeared in the ring, a brawl between the pair ensued. Orton got the upper hand until Rowan interrupted, which was immediately evened up with Harper coming to the aid of Orton.
Backstage, Miz and Maryse revealed their plans to call out Nikki Bella and John Cena.
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) vs Alexa Bliss
The match got off to a flying start with Naomi starting on the front foot but Alexa soon got back into the match, working over the legs of Naomi to try prevent her from hitting her signature moves later in the match. Naomi looked far better here than she did at Wrestlemania, although that was due to various reasons. Naomi, after surviving a late onslaught, submitted Alexa Bliss via the same submission move she used at Wrestlemania. It was a decent match, much better than the Wrestlemania match.
Curt Hawkins stood in the ring, complaining about the lack of talk regarding himself. Hawkins issued an open challenge, noting he’d count to… 10 – Which Tye Dillinger gladly obliged, answering the challenge to a huge pop.
Curt Hawkins vs Tye Dillinger
Hawkins got the early heat, prompting Dillinger to fight back, much to the crowds enjoyment, chanting ‘10’ for nearly every move, including the three count shortly after Dillinger hit the Tye Breaker for a straightforward victory.
Mojo was interviewed backstage by Dasha Fuentes, he was noticeably a little more subdued than usual, humbly accepting his Battle Royal trophy, joking about Andre being able to drink a lot before calling his Wrestlemania victory the best moment of his life.
The Miz & Maryse emerged wearing Cena & Nikki’s respective ring attire, carrying on the Total Bellas Bull**** gimmick despite their loss at Wrestlemania. The Miz and Maryse nailed their impersonations, even down to Cenas stance and Nikki Bella’s voice. Just as they prepared to exit the ring, a familiar violinist stood at the top of the stage and the crowd went absolutely crazy. Shinsuke Nakamura arrived on Smackdown Live. Whilst many predicted that Nakamura would arrive on Smackdown, I highly doubt that many predicted he’d show up during this particular segment. During the commercial break, Dolph Ziggler challenged Nakamura to a match which would be a dark match.
Dean Ambrose vs Baron Corbin (Street Fight)
A rematch from Wrestlemania, which, for some reason, was not for the Intercontinental Championship. Ambrose got the upper hand early on, sending Corbin over the announcers table before slingshotting him into the crowd. Returning from the break, Corbin dumped Ambrose through a table before whipping him with a belt. Ambrose fired back, whipping him with the same belt before putting Corbin through a table on the outside via elbow drop. Ambrose went for another top rope move but Corbin countered by throwing a chair at him before hitting an End of Days for a very impressive victory. Another real good match.
Shane McMahon emerged to a big pop, wasting little time in discussing what exactly this ‘shake up’ is. Just as he began to touch on the subject, AJ Styles emerged, sporting a black eye. Styles branded Smackdown Live as ‘the house that AJ Styles built’ and he’d be damned if someone was going to take it from him. AJ Styles shook Shane’s hand before leaving the ring.
Bray Wyatt & Erick Rowan vs Randy Orton & Luke Harper
Erick Rowan had clearly spent time improving his move set during his time away, the big man looked a lot more slick and versatile than prior to his injury. Bray and Rowan heavily worked down Harper, leading to the eventual Orton hot tag. In typical fashion, it would be Rowan to eat the pin after a combined superkick and RKO from Harper and Orton. Pretty bad end to what had been a great show.
Final Word: The first ever #SDAfterMania was fantastic throughout. Two big additions to the Smackdown roster and all things considered, with the draft just around the corner and some more call ups soon, Smackdown looks to grow even stronger.