The May 30th edition of WWE SmackDown airs live on the USA Network from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Money in the Bank PPV scheduled for next month. It will take place on June 18, 2017 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Advertised for tonight is A Fatal 5 Way Women’s Elimination Match to determine the next number one contender to the WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi.
The broadcast starts off with the women of SmackDown each cutting promos in front of green screens about their intentions to be SmackDown Women’s Champion.
We are then welcomed to the show by Tom Phillips saying that tonight we will have the Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match to determine the number one contender for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship and we are fast approaching WWE Money in the Bank PPV which will come to us from the hometown of Randy Orton. He then welcomes us to the Highlight Reel which is being hosted by Kevin Owens who is currently already in the ring.
Kevin Owens welcomes us to the show and says former host Chris Jericho invented Money in the Bank, but he never won. But in a few weeks he’s gonna do what Chris couldn’t, climb the ladder, and grab the briefcase. That briefcase, that contains a contract for a WWE Championship match anywhere at any time, and once that happens, not only will he be United States Champion, but champion and face of the entire WWE. He gets interrupted by the crowd chanting for AJ Styles.
Owens continues to talk about Jericho then he introduces his guest. One of the people he’s going to step on on his way to being a double champion, WWE’s resident rock star, the artist known as Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura makes his entrance and Owens tells him he doesn’t care if Nakamura thinks he’s some kind of rock star, this is the Highlight Reel and he’s had enough of his stupid dancing. Owens says the last person who went around here claiming to be a rock star (Jericho) got sent to an early retirement by Owens. Nakamura can’t finish his first sentence before he gets interrupted by Baron Corbin. Corbin says no one cares what Nakamura has to say, and Corbin shows us the highlights of him beating Sami Zayn last week. Owens says he’s not impressed by Corbin beating up Sami Zayn because Owens has been doing that for fifteen years. Owens says he wants Corbin to leave, but Corbin declines and says he’s the one who will become Mr. Money In The Bank. Nakamura points out that he pinned Owens last week, and that Zayn beat Corbin twice. Nakamura starts fighting both Owens and Corbin, but they double team him and take him down. While they’re stomping on him, Sami Zayn runs in for the save. Zayn and Nakamura clear the ring and Zayn gets on the mic and says he isn’t done with Owens and Corbin. Zayn challenges them to a tag match right now, and we go to commercial awaiting Shane McMahon’s verdict.
Back from the commercial break we go to the ring where the match is about to start.
Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin: We’re informed that Shane sanctioned this one during the commercial break, and the opening bell sounds. Nakamura gets lots of offense in on Corbin early on, then Owens and Zayn tag in and the two familiar opponents go at it. Owens gets the upper hand then tags in Corbin, who lays into Zayn with strikes in the corner. Zayn comes back and mounts Corbin in the corner for a series of punches. Zayn goes for a vertical suplex but Corbin fights out, and while the ref is distracted Owens kicks Zayn in the back of the head from the apron. Owens tags back in and pummels on Zayn. Corbin comes back in and Zayn attempts a tornado DDT on him, but Corbin stops him mid-air and power-slams him.
Zayn rolls outside and Owens takes some cheap shots on him. Corbin follows outside and beats down Zayn against the fan barricade. Back in the ring, Corbin whips Zayn into the corner when tags in Owens. Owens chokes Zayn against the middle rope then hits a senton drop for a two count. Owens distracts the ref and Corbin nails Zayn in the head from the apron. Owens locks Zayn in a headlock and Zayn reverses into a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. Corbin tags in fresh and drops Zayn again. Nakamura finally gets the hot tag and Owens tags in too. Nakamura drops Owens with a big boot then continues the assault with strikes. Nakamura backs Owens into the corner with strikes, then hits a few more. Nakamura drops Owens with a spinning heel kick and pins, but Corbin breaks it up. Zayn and Corbin start brawling, which leads to Owens bumping into Corbin and they start fighting each other. Zayn capitalizes on Owens and Corbin’s in-fighting by clotheslining Corbin outside, then Nakamura hits the Kinsasha Knee Strike to the face on Owens for the win.
After the match Zayn and Nakamura celebrate together before they both look at the briefcase hanging above the ring.
Commentary talks about the WWE Network and hypes us up for the #1 contender’s women match that will happen tonight.
The Usos are walking backstage and they have a message for us after the break.
Back from commercial, The Usos are in the ring. They cut a promo on the SmackDown tag teams and insult the Atlanta Falcons. They get interrupted by the returning New Day. New Day make their entrance and Xavier Woods says they’re back. Since they’re now here on SmackDown, they couldn’t think of a better place to debut than his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Kofi Kingston says they had to bring these world-class hips, and the Usos interrupt, asking if they got last skipping up and down the Yellow Brick Road.
Kofi rebuts, saying it’s more of a skip-clap, and demonstrates. The Usos proclaim they have the tag division on lock, that it’s the Uso Penitentiary. Big E knows what goes on in a penitentiary, and as far as the tag titles go, he likes them and he wants them. Xavier Woods sys they can do it the easy way or the hard way.
The Usos say they better wake up out of the fairy tail because it’s gonna get real, they run this show. Woods says that’s cute but they know the guy what actually runs the show, Shane McMahon, and he said the Usos have some special opponents coming up.
But who? Jim and Jey had better get ready for New Day to become the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
Backstage we see AJ Styles wearing Georgia Bulldogs colors getting ready for his match tonight in the main event against Dolph Ziggler. Dolph is also shown getting ready.
After the break we take a look back at Jinder Mahal’s celebration from last week.
Back from commercial break we see a video package highlighting Jinder Mahal’s Punjabi Celebration, His Title Win over Randy Orton, and all of the media coverage he got in India.
Up next will be the latest edition of Fashion Files.
The latest edition of Fashion Files is in black and white this week. Fandango is wearing a trench coat and a fedora and walking the halls, lamenting how he and his partner let the Uggos slip through their fingers. Maybe they should go back to the discount rack with the other has-beens then he stumbles on a wreckage.
Their office has been wrecked by somebody, the cork boards are a askew and a woman is highlighted in shadow. It turns out to be Tyler Breeze, who is undercover again. They look at each other for a second before Breeze asks what happened. Fandango thinks they got too close to the titles and somebody got spooked.
They found a clue, a cologne or maybe a colon. Tyler asks if he’s thinking what he’s thinking, and it’s not that the dress looks good on him, but rather that they found their next case.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance to the ring as the Fatal 5 Way Match will happen after the break.
Back from commercial James Ellsworth introduces Carmella and insults the crowd all over the place.
We go backstage where Naomi says whoever wins is gonna feel the glow.
All other women finish their entrances and the match seems set to begin.
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Natalya vs. Carmella – No Contest: The referee tries to keep everyone separate but they start going at it before he called for the bell. Everyone is brawling all over ringside, but the opening bell still hasn’t rung yet. Natalya hits a series of suplexes on Charlotte then punches her. Charlotte comes back but Tamina drops her from behind. Tamina hits s Samoan Drop on Charlotte in the ring, while Becky and Carmella brawl at ringside. Tamina clears off the announce table then grabs Charlotte. Charlotte fights her off and throws Tamina into the ring post. Charlotte grabs Natalya at ringside and hits a T-bone suplex onto the floor. Charlotte goes to the top rope and moon-saults onto Natalya and Tamina at ringside. Carmella then jumps off the fan barricade with a cross body on Charlotte at ringside. Becky grabs Carmella and T-bone suplexes her on the floor. Tamina is back up and drops Becky, then Charlotte kicks Tamina in the face. Natalya clotheslines Charlotte and she’s the last woman standing. Natalya grabs Charlotte and heads for the table. Charlotte fights Natalya off and throws her into the fab barricade, then power-bombs Natalya through the announce table. The women are shown sitting down at ringside, then Shane McMahon comes out and says they’re going to do something historical. Shane announces that on June 18th these women will compete again in the first ever Women’s Money In The Bank ladder match.
Commentary informs us that Randy Orton will have a response later tonight about the Jinder Mahal win, but first, Breezango will wrestle the Colons after the break.
Breezango def. The Colons: Breeze comes out wearing a dress and wig and will start this one off. Primo drops Breeze with a right hand and rips the dress and wig off him. Fandango tags in and uses a water gun to distract Primo, then he throws both Primo and Epico to the outside. The Colons briefly double team Fandango and back in the ring Primo continues to work on Fandango. Epico tags in and knocks Breeze off the apron then hits a backbreaker on Fandango for a two count. Epico hits a facebuster on Fandango then takes him up to the top turnbuckle. Fandango reveres with a sunset flip powerbomb on Epico, and both men are down. Breeze resurfaces from under the ring wearing a bald cap and fake mustache, then tags in and drops Primo and Epico with dropkicks. Primo and Fandango fight over a mop on the apron, which leads to Breeze hitting the Unprettier on Primo for the win.
We go backstage where AJ Styles is being interviewed and he says great teams play really good teams to show how good they are and build their momentum. So that’s what he’s doing tonight, building momentum so he can become a two-time WWE Champion. Dolph Ziggler interrupts and says that he is the only one in the match who has actually won Money in the Bank and become champion, and he intends to do it again.
As far as tonight goes, it looks like AJ has something to say, and Dolph challenges him to go right now. AJ takes his shirt off and is ready to fight, but of course, Ziggler isn’t interested and walks out.
After the break Randy Orton will respond to Jinder Mahal’s win
Orton is out to the ring and he says if his grandfather was alive he would smack him for losing to Jinder Mahal. He says he does not want to talk much longer and says at Money In The Bank he’s going to hand Jinder Mahal an “American, Orton-family” beating and will win the World Title for the 14th time in his hometown. Orton’s music hits, but he is interrupted by Jinder Mahal on the big screen. Jinder says Orton is just like every other ignorant American. Jinder says Orton is a symbol of the past, and Jinder is the present. Jinder is standing in front of a green screen with the India flag on it and the Singh Brothers beside him. He holds up the World Title and the camera zooms in on Jinder’s face before cutting. Orton stands on the corner and poses to end the segment.
We get some hype for 205 live where we will see the boss.
Nakamura vs. Owens is announced for next week.
Dolph Ziggler def. AJ Styles: Ziggler starts off with a single-leg takedown attempt, but AJ escapes and gets behind Ziggler. Ziggler elbows him off, and AJ comes back with a punch to the face and a dropkick. Ziggler tries to mount a comeback but Styles drops him with a series of strikes. Styles follows up with a flying clothesline in the corner and some kicks. AJ hits a facebuster for a two count. Styles follows up with a fireman’s carry neck-breaker for another two count. AJ goes for the Styles Clash, but Ziggler fights out. AJ comes right back with a vertical suplex into the turnbuckle.
AJ takes Ziggler up to the top rope, but Ziggler fights back and DDTs Styles off the middle rope. Ziggler goes for the Fame-asser but AJ escapes. Ziggler head-butts AJ and goes for the Zig Zag, but AJ reverses with a backbreaker. Ziggler knees AJ in the face then takes him to the corner. Ziggler goes for a superplex but AJ gets out and drops Ziggler face-first into the turnbuckle. AJ catches Ziggler with the Calf Crusher but Ziggler gauges AJ’s eyes to escape. Ziggler drops AJ’s neck onto the middle rope and follows up with the Zig Zag for the two count. AJ ducks a superkick then elbows Ziggler in the face. AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Ziggler knocks him off the top rope. Ziggler follows up with a superkick for the win. Ziggler points up to the Money In The Bank briefcase hanging from the ceiling as SmackDown goes off the air.