The June 13th edition of WWE SmackDown airs live on the USA Network from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in St. Louis.
Advertised for tonight: The six Superstars in the life-changing ladder match will square off in Six-Man Tag Team action, as AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura & Sami Zayn battle Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Dolph Ziggler, and more!
The show opens with Tom Philipps welcoming us and reminding us that Money in the Bank is just 5 days away and then commentary hypes up our six-man tag team match main event and Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal going face to face, as well as an eight-man tag featuring The New Day teaming up with Breezango going up against The Usos teaming up against The Colons.
The New Day comes out to the ring with a marching band playing their entrance music. They cut a promo reminding the crowd that the next year’s WrestleMania will take place here in New Orleans, and says that they will defeat the Usos, and The Usos will return to their position as extras in the off-off-off-off broadway version of Straight Outta Compton. And then they’re gonna hold the titles all the way to WrestleMania. The Usos interrupt and they tell the New Day that they’re playing with the wrong ones, and they point out that they’re the current Tag Champs. The Fashion Police interrupt next. Breeze tells Fandango to book the Usos for a fashion violation, but then they’re interrupted by The Colons. The Colons come out and call Breezango fashion freaks, telling them not to stick their noses where they don’t belong, because they’re the worst detectives ever. And their fashion sense is horrible. They didn’t trash their office, but they’re getting trashed by them. Big E tells them to hold up, because The New Day and the fashion police are about to lawfully enforce their boots betwixt their bums and we have a match coming up next.
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Tyler Breeze & Fandango def. The Colons & The Usos: Kofi and Epico start things off. Kofi drops him with a flying elbow to the face then tags in Fandango. The Usos come in and start working over Fandango and Breeze. Breeze hits a spinning heel kick on Primo, then he tags in Xavier and they double team Primo. Xavier drops Primo across the middle rope and dropkicks him from behind for a two count. Xavier and Primo trade chops to the chest in the corner, then Xavier hits a boot to the face and the Honor Roll. The aprons clear and the baby-faces clear the ring then start dancing while the heels recover at ringside. Back in the ring, Primo and Epico work over Breeze and take control of the match. The Usos take turns tagging in next and double team Breeze. Jey hits a running butt bump on Breeze in the corner. Epico tags in next and hits a stalling vertical suplex on Breeze for a two count. Xavier gets the hot tag and Jimmy Uso comes in too. Woods ducks a clothesline from Jimmy and Kofi tags in blind. Xavier hits a suicide dive onto the Colons at ringside, while in the ring Kofi hits a leg drop and the Trouble In Paradise on Jimmy. Kofi pins but Jey breaks it up. Xavier tags in and they hit a backbreaker and double foot stomp off the top double team on Jimmy for the win.
Commentary hypes up the match up between Charlotte Flair and Natalya for later and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype and we are reminded that John Cena will make his return on July 4.
We go backstage where we see AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura talking about tonight’s main event. Styles is telling Nakamura about how Sami Zayn gets overexcited for big matches. Sami enters and asks them what they want to do. AJ says he thinks they’re good and Zayn says he thinks they’re great and wants their ideas.
Styles starts answering but Sami cuts him off talking about Corbin and going off on a tangent about how the heels are counter planning their plans. AJ says he thinks they’re great and Zayn is stoked, but he’s gonna save the high fives for later.
Zayn leaves and Nakamura tells AJ he likes Sami, which doesn’t surprise the Phenomenal One.
We cut to another location backstage where Mojo Rawley is being interviewed about coming up short last week. He thanks Shane McMahon for the opportunity and says it’s on him. Jinder Mahal is a fierce competitor and a different dude than the guy he beat two months ago. The loss is devastating and he’s been beating himself up, but there’s a small part of him glad that he lost, because he knows how he bounces back from defeat.
He’s gonna use it as a springboard, and the best of Mojo Rawley is yet to come. Zack Ryder taps him on the shoulder and says he’s back and they have unfinished business as a team.
Naomi makes her entrance and her match is next after the break.
Naomi def. Tamina: This one is a non-title match. Before the bell, Lana’s music hits and she makes her entrance and stands at ringside. The ref calls for the opening bell and Naomi starts off strong with strikes on Tamina. Tamina comes back with a head-butt that drops Naomi. Tamina takes control of things and pummels on Naomi in the corner. Tamina follows up with a running butt bump in the corner for a two count. Tamina throws Naomi down by the hair then picks her back up for a short-arm clothesline. Naomi escapes a back suplex attempt and kicks Tamina in the face. Naomi follows up with more kicks, but Tamina catches her with a spinning side slam for a two count. Tamina goes up top but Naomi kicks her then throws her off. Naomi follows up with a split-legged moonsault for the win. Immediately after the match, Lana attacks Naomi from behind and slams Naomi down. Lana grabs the Women’s Title and holds it up before leaving.
Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers are shown backstage getting ready to come out to the ring. JBL says Jinder will come face to face with Orton next.
Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers come out next and there’s a big carpet in the ring for them. Mahal tells the crowd to stand up and show some respect for the WWE Champion. He says on Sunday he will prove that Orton is nothing but a coward and that he’s afraid of letting down his hometown of St. Louis. Jinder mentions that Cowboy Bob Orton will be sitting front row with some other stars of the past, and says Orton won’t come out and face him like a man. Jinder says he’s going to destroy Orton’s legacy, and it’s now the era of the Modern Day Maharaja. Jinder then speaks to his people in his language while the crowd chants ‘USA.’ Orton’s music hits and Jinder sends the Singh Brothers to the ramp to intercept Orton. Orton comes running in the ring from behind and hits an RKO out of nowhere on Jinder. The Singh Brothers come back in the ring to check on Jinder and Orton exits through the crowd.
Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler are shown getting ready backstage when Kevin Owens walks in. Owens says he needs to talk to them for a minute. Owens says none of them like each other, but they can work together tonight to take out Nakamura, Styles and Zayn to weaken them before Sunday’s pay-per-view or they can beat up on each other and show up on sunday worst than they already are. Owens leaves to let them think about it.
Commentary hypes up the match between Charlotte and Natalya coming up next after the break.
Charlotte def. Natalya: Becky Lynch is shown backstage watching this one on a monitor. Natalya slams Charlotte down by the hair to get the early advantage. Charlotte comes back with chops and elbows, then hits a knee drop and a Northern Lights suplex. Charlotte goes up top and hits a moonsault for a two count. Carmella and Ellsworth are shown backstage also watching on a monitor. Charlotte goes back up top, but this time Natalya power-bombs her off for a two count. Charlotte fights out of a Sharpshooter attempt and hits a boot to the face. Natalya rolls up Charlotte in a small package, but Charlotte gets out and hits the Natural Selection for the win.
Commentary hypes up the WWE Network and the Money in the Bank PPV then we go to a new episode of the Fashion Files.
Fandango and Breeze celebrate their win. Fandango can’t find Breeze, then stumbles across him after apparently being attacked in their office. Breeze describes his attackers as monsters having greasy hair and super dry skin. Fandango sketches some stick-men, and Breeze says those are the guys. The camera zooms in on the drawing as breezango leaves.
We get a little hype for 205 Live and then we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package for WWE’s Hero in All of Us campaign, honoring Jarrius Robertson, a local child who has battled liver disease.
We go backstage where Lana does an interview and she says she doesn’t care what the WWE Universe has to say or think about her. At Money in the Bank, she’s going to shock the world when she crushes Naomi and becomes the first ever ravishing SmackDown Women’s Champion.
The 6 men who will be in the main event next makes their entrances as we go to a commercial break.
AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura & Sami Zayn def. Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Dolph Ziggler: Nakamura and Ziggler start things off and Nakamura takes Ziggler down in the corner. Nakamura chokes Ziggler with his boot, then Ziggler comes back with an uppercut and a dropkick. Owens tags in and stomps on Nakamura, then tags in Corbin who hits him with several knee strikes in the corner. Corbin stomps on Nakamura some more then tags Ziggler back in. Nakamura tags in AJ and AJ drops Ziggler with a flying forearm shot. Styles knocks Corbin off the apron, then hits a pump-handle gut-buster on Ziggler. Styles knocks Owens off the apron, then hits the Fireman’s Carry neck-breaker on Ziggler. Owens runs in and Zayn stops him. Zayn throws Owens outside and follows up with a suicide dive. AJ sets up for the Styles Clash on Ziggler, but Ziggler gets out and hits a DDT. Corbin and Zayn tag in and Corbin hits the Deep Six, but Nakamura breaks up the pin attempt. Ziggler works over Zayn, then Owens tags in and goes for a Senton Drop but Zayn blocks it with his knees. Corbin tags in next and stomps on Zayn. Zayn starts to fight back but Corbin knocks him down with a running head-butt. Owens tags back in and pummels on Zayn. Zayn comes back with a Blue Thunder Bomb on Owens, then Corbin tags in and stomps on Zayn before he can get anyone. Corbin whips Zayn into the corner and he bumps into Ziggler, sending him outside. Corbin hits a splash on Zayn in the corner, but Zayn comes back with a clothesline. Zayn knocks Owens and Ziggler outside, then does the same to Corbin. Zayn almost gets the hot tag, but Owens and Ziggler pull both Styles and Nakamura outside. Corbin continues working on Zayn in the ring until AJ hits Corbin with a forearm from the apron, then Zayn hits the Heluva Kick for the win. Ziggler immediately attacks Styles and Zayn after the match.
After the match, Owens and Ziggler grab a ladder and hit both Zayn and Styles with it. Corbin runs in and lays out both Owens and Ziggler, but the camera missed it because it was zoomed in on the Money In The Bank briefcase. Corbin grabs the ladder and hits Ziggler with it, sending him outside. Corbin climbs the ladder and goes to grab the briefcase, but Nakamura pushes it over then does the Kinshasa Knee Strike to him. Nakamura climbs up and grabs the briefcase then his music hits as SmackDown goes off the air.