Nakamura Strikes Again.
Two nights after a wild and unpredictable WrestleMania, the 973rd edition of WWE SmackDown LIVE came to you from the Smoothie King Center across the street from the site of WrestleMania in New Orleans, LA. On a night where a new United States Champion and new SmackDown Tag Team Champions were crowned, WrestleMania also saw a stunning betrayal by Shinsuke Nakamura who, after coming up short in his WWE Title match against AJ Styles, would deliver a low blow to the WWE Champion before leveling AJ with a Kinshasa on the outside! WrestleMania was also home to the in-ring return of Daniel Bryan, who teamed with Shane McMahon to successfully defeat Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to ensure that Owens & Zayn would remain fired from SmackDown LIVE. Now that Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon’s war with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn is seemingly over, what’s next for SmackDown LIVE management? Will SmackDown LIVE be as full of surprises as RAW?
- #1 Contender’s Match: The Usos def. The New Day’s Big E & Xavier Woods (with Kofi Kingston) by Jey Uso pinning Xavier Woods following the Uso Splash to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title shot at The Greatest Royal Rumble.
- Naomi def. Natalya by pin following the split-legged moonsault.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Money-in-the-Bank Cash-In: Carmella def. Charlotte Flair (c) by pin following the super kick to win the SmackDown Women’s Title.
- #1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match: Randy Orton def. Bobby Roode and Rusev (with Aiden English) by pinning Bobby Roode following the RKO to earn a United States Title match at Backlash.
- Non-Title: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles ended as a no contest after Shinsuke Nakamura interferes.
See page 2 for detailed results.