The last WWE television show before Money in the Bank hailed from Memphis, Tennessee and even promised an appearance from WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry Lawler.
Lawler would be interviewing WWE Champion AJ Styles ahead of his bout with Shinsuke Nakamura on Sunday, whereas Nakamura will be facing Jeff Hardy.
Also, Daniel Bryan was lined up against Shelton Benjamin for the first time ever.
General Manager Paige lined up a summit for all her competitors in the women's ladder match in an attempt to rally some motivation ahead of the second female Money in the Bank briefcase match.
Here are all the results from Smackdown Live:
WOMEN'S MONEY IN THE BANK SUMMIT
Paige introduced all four ladies who will represent Smackdown Live this Sunday in the briefcase match and they each made their own pitch as to why they are going to be victorious.
The IIconics, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, then interrupted and began mocking the women inside the ring before Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville joined them and claimed the talent outside the ring was better than that inside of it.
A brawl broke out and presumably set up an eight-woman tag match for later on in the night.
Rating - 5/10
All women got their own chance to speak which was good, but Lana's loss of accent confused many online. Royce and Kay picked up big heat from the crowd after their pathetic attempt at an Irish and Southern accent. The brawl was slightly clumsy and it was odd that they cut away from the brawl to head to Tom Phillips at the commentary desk rather than beginning the tag match right away.
DANIEL BRYAN VS. SHELTON BENJAMIN
Bryan enjoyed a great ovation from the crowd as he entered the building he occupied on Raw before WrestleMania 30. The match began with some ground wrestling before Benjamin targetting Bryan's knee and threw it down onto the announce table.
Benjamin continued working on the knee but also looked to damage the rest of the body, as his Superplex proved. Bryan looked to also target Shelton's knee and he did it enough to get the tap out when applying his Heel Hook.
Rating - 7/10
A good back and forth between two veterans of the business. Both of them wisely targeted a body part and it works well as it plays into Bryan's new finisher, the Heel Hook. It does leave a niggling injury for Big Cass to work with at Money in the Bank, which is good storytelling.
RUSEV VS. SAMOA JOE (THE MIZ AS SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE)
Paige appointed The Miz backstage just before the matchup and he even managed to get some tips from another ref before the match got underway. Aiden English did his usual introduction for the Bulgarian Brute but Samoa Joe was all business.
Joe performed a Suicide Dive early and left Rusev stunned by the announce table. Rusev took control by reversing a big charge by Joe and nailed his opponent with some Roundhouse Kicks.
The Miz got accidentally caught up in the action and squashed by Samoa Joe. They then exchanged some verbals which left Joe open to a Superkick from Rusev and it gave him the win. Rusev cleared Joe out of the ring after the bell by hitting him with a ladder only for the referee, The Miz, to hit Rusev with a Skull Crushing Finale.
The Miz scaled up a ladder and retrieved the briefcase hanging above the ring and presented it to Bryon Saxton, who upon opening the briefcase realized it was full of pancakes placed by The New Day.
Rating - 8/10
A really good match between two of the biggest superstars on Smackdown Live. The Miz was perfect in his role too, staying out of the action until the very end. Joe did look slightly weak by allowing a distraction to cost him the match and then being on the wrong end of a beatdown after the match has concluded.
Although not present at Smackdown Live, it was good that The New Day got a little laugh in there too, but we are still none the wiser as to who will represent them this weekend.
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. JEFF HARDY
Jeff entered with some neck paint visible on television for the first time since his return to WWE. He was able to get the early advantage as he flew from the apron onto Nakamura, who was outside the ring.
However, Nakamura targeted Hardy's lower back and it came back to haunt him as a Swanton Bomb connected but injured the back more. Hardy crawled over to cover WWE's Rockstar but he got a foot on the ring rope.
Nakamura then took it upon himself to end the match early as he blatantly executed a low blow in sight of the official and forced the disqualification. Nakamura then got Hardy with a Kinshasa and counted to ten - should that happen on Sunday then there could be a new WWE Champion.
Rating - 6/10
A good match between Hardy and Nakamura set up the Money in the Bank Championship match perfectly, although it was slightly odd to use the current United States Champion in this role. Nakamura showed he is willing to go to any length to win, including bringing back the low blow that has served him so well against Styles. We could have a potential Match of the Year candidate on our hands if we get their best in Chicago.
BECKY LYNCH, NAOMI, LANA, CHARLOTTE FLAIR AND ASUKA VS. MANDY ROSE, SONYA DEVILLE, BILLIE KAY, PEYTON ROYCE AND CARMELLA
Paige added Asuka and Carmella to Smackdown Live's main event, turning the main event into a 10-women tag match.
Naomi and Sonya Deville began the chaotic match with tags flying everywhere. Becky Lynch got an early hot tag on Carmella and almost pinned the Smackdown Women's Champion. She did get trapped during the ad break in the opposition's corner and slowed the pace of the match down dramatically.
Becky got the hot tag to Charlotte Flair who came in and caused carnage, chopping Royce and knocking her partners off the ring apron. Her Moonsault was stopped by Royce who got the knees up.
Then, it all went crazy. Bodies flew everywhere as Charlotte hit a Moonsault onto the floor and The IIconics, Becky Lynch was tossed into the barrier and Carmella almost pinned Asuka with a Superkick before Lana saved the match. From there, it was a matter of seconds before Asuka was able to snap in her Asuka Lock and force the tap.
Rating - 8/10
It was hard to keep up with this match and it wasn't given the time it deserved but what we saw was extremely impressive. I personally liked Lana's little section and also seeing Becky Lynch play the babyface in peril. Charlotte's athleticism stole the match but it was very believable that Carmella was going to pin Asuka on TV before Lana broke it up. It completed a very strong episode of Smackdown Live.
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