Published On: Tue, May 29th, 2018

Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams: WWE Smackdown Live Results and Review May 29 2018

Tonight’s Smackdown Live comes from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The card features the final Qualifying Match for the Money In The Bank Ladder Match between Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe.



Samoa Joe In The Ring Show Opener

Joe walks with purpose to the ring area and immediately pulls a ladder from under the ring, sets it up in the middle of the ring, climbs to the top and retrieves the Money In The Bank briefcase. Joe then cuts a tremendous promo putting the Smackdown Live roster on notice, then going after Daniel Bryan, mentioning his wife and daughter. This brings Bryan out to confront Joe and let him know he will not tolerate his family being brought into this, and they don’t have to wait for the main event. As Bryan enters the ring, Big Cass comes out in a suit and on a crutch. He tells them how juvenile this is and that their match isn’t happening, because it will be Big Cass vs. Samoa Joe for the final place in the MitB match when he is cleared. And he’s cleared now, then hits Joe with the crutch. Bryan attacks Cass with Yes Kicks in the corner, but Cass whips Bryan to the opposite corner where Joe had placed the ladder. Big Cass stands in the middle of the ring holding the Money In The Bank briefcase.

BodyslamSamoa Joe is just fantastic on the mic. Intelligent, intimidating, and completely natural. The whole “don’t bring my family into this” is trite, but it is so because it works and is relatable. Which is why it makes sense for Daniel Bryan and doesn’t come off as lame as that angle often does. Big Cass’ surprise attack came off well, even though the end of his promo seemed like an afterthought.

General Manager Paige Backstage

Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville catch Paige working backstage and throw her mistakes in her face, saying she is giving opportunities to people undeserving like Asuka. Paige reminds them she was undefeated for two and a half years, and Mandy Rose will see first hand when she faces Asuka tonight. Renee Young catches Paige next and asked about tonight’s MitB qualifying match. Paige says she didn’t know Joe would hijack the show or appreciate Cass speaking for her. But she does appreciate the passion, and the only fair way to deal with this is to make tonight’s main event a triple threat, adding Big Cass.

BodyslamPaige is taking charge as General Manager. I’m not keen on her turning against her girls from Absolution, but she is definitely getting more comfortable in her role.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tye Dillinger

Shinsuke Nakamura hits the Kinshasa and pin for the victory. Nakamura hits Dillinger with a second Kinshasa from behind after the match.

BodyslamShinsuke Nakamura has turned into the Count from Sesame Street, obsessed with counting to ten. It’s funnier than I first thought. Putting him up against Dillinger was perfect, and playing it out on social media first worked. The match was decent, but Dillinger was there to put Nakamura over and wasn’t there to look good. These two could put on a barnburner if they had the chance. Tonight wasn’t that chance.

Aj Styles Backstage Interview

BodyslamStyles was smooth and natural, and had the swagger that shows why he is the WWE Champion.

Lana with Rusev and Aiden English vs. Naomi with Jimmy and Jey Uso in a Dance Off

Lana attacks Naomi After Losing (?) the Dance-Off. The four men start fighting and The Usos and Naomi Control the Ring.

BotchThe crowd was into it but it didn’t make any sense. There was no build-up, on social media or otherwise, for a dance off. A mixed tag match would have made more sense. Maybe WWE is trying to lean on Lana’s strengths and try not to expose her weaknesses, so this was the best thing they had. But considering some of what has been aired lately, I guess this was one of the better non-wrestling segments. It just seems like the women aren’t really getting to show how well they can truly dance here, so why bother? And was there actually a winner?

The New Day vs. The Miz and The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro)

Big E Lands the Big Ending and pins The Miz for the win.

BodyslamThe pace of this match kept building and the last few minutes were incredible. Everybody got to look good, and the ending seemed like it could come at any moment. Well done by all six men.

Renee Young Backstage Interview with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows

Gallows and Anderson are putting together a decent promo and as they get to the climax they hear static and turn to the monitor behind them, which changes to the Bludgeon Brothers who speak in their typical cryptic lines.

BotchGallows and Anderson were doing well, but the Bludgeons were given too many lines again. They were scary and intimidating while being mostly silent at their beginning. Now they’re cheesy because they say these weird things and have to look at each other to get the timing of saying Bludgeon Brothers together.

Mandy Rose with Sonya Deville vs. Asuka – Carmella on Commentary

Asuka forces Mandy Rose to Tap Out to the Asuka-Lock. Carmella Stands Face to Face in the Ring with Asuka after the match, taunting her with the Championship.

BodyslamMandy Rose was impressive, and the attack from behind by Sonya Deville before the match was perfectly timed and unexpected. Having Rose get the better of Asuka for most of the match but unable to finish her, and then Asuka comes back to win in dominant fashion is actually a very subtle way of playing off of Carmella’s wins over Charlotte. Making it look like Carmella can’t get the same type of wins she got over Charlotte. Carmella and Asuka played the post-match stare down perfectly.

Charlotte and Becky Lynch Backstage

Charlotte and Becky start to divide over who is going to with the MitB match. Paige walks up and says she loves this competitive spirit, and reminds them of the past when all three were together as Team PCB. She then walks off leaving Charlotte and Becky puzzled.

BodyslamWell delivered, and it all made sense. Paige just coming in and bringing up the past out of nowhere was probably the best part.

Andrade Cien Almas Backstage

Almas is approached by Sin Cara who says it’s good to see him. Zelina Vega barges in and tells Sin Cara to leave Almas alone and that he’s a nobody. Sin Cara touches Almas’ shoulder and asks if she’s serious. Almas tells Sin Cara, en Espanol, to never touch him again.

BodyslamZelina Vega on point once again, and a nascent feud between Almas and Sin Cara has me excited.

Triple Threat Money In The Bank Qualifying Match – Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe vs. Big Cass

Samoa Joe Wins Putting Daniel Bryan to Sleep in the Coquina Clutch. Big Cass Attacks Daniel Bryan After the Match.

BodyslamA great main event with a really good rhythm and flow. I wasn’t sure if adding Big Cass would make this match better, but it worked well. Samoa Joe came across like the monster he should be, and Daniel Bryan is starting to be overwhelmed by his insurmountable odds. Everything is being set up in the right places for all men involved.

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- Greg Bowen is a writer, musician, DJ, political activist, and wrestling mark who still has Macho Madness to this day.

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