WWE SmackDown LIVE Results: May 29, 2018

Detailed Results

Before he faces Daniel Bryan in the final Money-in-the-Bank Qualifying Match later in the night, SmackDown LIVE kicks off with Samoa Joe as Joe brings a ladder into the ring before symbolically climbing a ladder and retrieving the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase that is hanging above the ring. Joe then says that there is “no salvation” before vowing to win the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase and shake SmackDown LIVE to its very “core”. Joe then says that he is going to prove to Daniel Bryan that there are worse things than “forced retirement”, saying that Daniel should have his wife, Brie, tell their daughter that Bryan will be home for Money-in-the-Bank but he won’t be the same man. Joe continues, saying that Daniel will be “drenched in regret” and, when Daniel’s daughter asks Brie who did that to her father, Brie can tell their daughter that it was a “very bad man” by the name of Samoa Joe. This brings out Daniel Bryan, who says that, if Joe mentions his wife or daughter again, he will break Joe’s leg. Daniel then says that they don’t have to wait until later for their match because they can have it right now.

Samoa Joe is all for this idea as Joe moves the ladder aside as Daniel Bryan enters the ring but this is when Big Cass would interrupt. Still using a crutch after the attack by Daniel Bryan two weeks ago, the seven-footer does not endear himself to either Daniel or Joe, referring to Daniel as “the shrimp” and Joe as “the blimp”. Big Cass then says that he should have a spot in the Men’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match before Cass says that he talked to SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige and she informed him that the scheduled match between Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe will not be taking place tonight. Cass explains that, instead, he will be competing against Samoa Joe to decide the final spot in the Men’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match when he is cleared!

Big Cass then reveals that he’s already cleared, using his crutch as a weapon as the seven-footer tries to hit Daniel Bryan with the crutch, but Bryan ducks and Cass whacks Samoa Joe in the shoulder. Daniel then unloads with a series of kicks in the corner before Cass battles back, tossing Bryan into the ladder. Cass then grabs the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, using it as a weapon to blast Samoa Joe in the head with the briefcase before sizing Daniel up and hitting Daniel in the head with the briefcase as well. The seven-footer then proudly holds up the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase.

Backstage, Renee Young asks SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige if what Big Cass said is true and the GM reveals that Big Cass was not speaking on her behalf before confirming that Cass is cleared to compete. Paige then announces that the final Money-in-the-Bank Qualifying Match will now be a Triple Threat Match between Big Cass, Samoa Joe, and Daniel Bryan!

As he prepares for his Last Man Standing Match against AJ Styles for the WWE Title at Money-in-the-Bank in a few weeks, Shinsuke Nakamura would go one-on-one with Tye Dillinger in the opening match of the night. Throughout the match, Shinsuke Nakamura would symbolically count ten on more than one occasion before finally putting Tye Dillinger away with the Kinshasa. After the match, Nakamura would deliver a second Kinshasa to Dillinger before Nakamura grabs a microphone and again counts to ten.

After qualifying for the Women’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match last week, Lana would be looking to show off her dancing skills on SmackDown LIVE as, with Aiden English and her husband Rusev in her corner, Lana would face fellow Money-in-the-Bank competitor Naomi, with The Usos in her corner, in a Dance-Off. Both competitors would take their turns dancing before Lana and Naomi try dancing together but Lana would take the opportunity to drop Naomi with a neckbreaker. This would break down into a brawl that would also involve The Usos and Rusev & Aiden English with Naomi ultimately getting the last shot in with the Rear View, leaving Naomi & The Usos standing tall in the ring.

After Cesaro & Sheamus got involved in a match between Big E and The Miz last week, costing Big E the match, SmackDown LIVE would see The New Day face The Miz and Cesaro & Sheamus in a 6-Man Tag match. At the end of a chaotic, hard-fought match, it was Big E catching The Miz with the Big Ending, pinning “The A-Lister” to pick up the win for The New Day.

With SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella a guest on commentary, Carmella’s Money-in-the-Bank challenger, Asuka, would go one-on-one with Mandy Rose on SmackDown LIVE. Before the match, Sonya Deville would attack Asuka from behind but “The Empress of Tomorrow” would insist on going through with the match. In the end, it was Asuka locking in the Asuka Lock on Mandy Rose, making Mandy tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Carmella would get in the ring as the champion would proudly hold up the SmackDown Women’s Title in the face of Asuka before moonwalking away from her Money-in-the-Bank challenger and leaving the ring.

Then it was time for the main event as Daniel Bryan, Big Cass, and Samoa Joe would compete in a Triple Threat Money-in-the-Bank Qualifying Match to determine the final spot in the Men’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. During the match, Big Cass would look to take out his rival Daniel Bryan, tossing Daniel over the announce table. However, Daniel would return to the ring with ferocity, sending the seven-footer out of the ring before turning his focus to Samoa Joe. However, as soon as Daniel starts to pick up some momentum against Samoa Joe, Big Cass would be right there to cut Daniel off. Later on in the match, Daniel Bryan would regain the advantage in the match, hitting Big Cass with a dragon screw leg whip before doing the same to Samoa Joe. Just as Daniel Bryan looks for the heel hook, Samoa Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch but Daniel is able to escape. Daniel then locks in the Yes Lock on Big Cass but Samoa Joe pulls Daniel off of the seven-footer before Daniel dives off of the ring apron, taking Joe out with a knee to the face.

Daniel then topples Big Cass with a missile dropkick before scoring with his signature running knee but, when Bryan goes for the cover, Joe pulls Daniel off and locks in the Coquina Clutch. Bryan would frantically try to get out of the Coquina Clutch but Joe would render Daniel unconscious, leaving the referee no choice but to call for the bell as Samoa Joe wins the match, earning the final spot in the Men’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match! After the match, Samoa Joe would leave the ring and this would leave Daniel Bryan at the mercy of Big Cass as the seven-footer waits for Daniel to get to his feet before blasting Bryan with a big boot. Cass then stands over the fallen Daniel Bryan, having made good on his promise to keep knocking Daniel down at every opportunity.

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