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WWE SmackDown Results
The road to Money in the Bank has begun for the WWE. More qualifying matches took place on Friday night, plus a triple threat singles match for the Tag Team Championships. Who walked away victorious on Friday? Full results from the show are below:
- Tamina def. Sasha Banks to become #1 Contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
- Sheamus def. Denzel Dejournette
- Dana Brooke def. Naomi to get a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match
- Daniel Bryan def. Cesaro to get a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match
- Big E def. Jey Uso and The Miz (c) in a triple threat match to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships for the New Day
New Day are now eight time tag team champions. Since we are in the age of social distancing, we got the celebrations of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods via video chat.
New Day are tag champs again. This pleases me.
In case you missed it. This is called a set up celebration. You set up other avenues to be able to celebrate again for reasons other than why you’re celebrating now. @WWEBigE @TrueKofi pic.twitter.com/ObImN6mGyZ
— Austin #Creed4G4 – Future King of The Ring (@AustinCreedWins) April 18, 2020
The opening segment of the show this week was A Moment of Bliss, but focused on Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt. Like most of his feuds as The Fiend, it seems that Wyatt’s targeting of Strowman will involve their past. As the Wyatt Family’s “Black Sheep”, there are lots of threads to pull for their feud.
Sonya Deville explained herself to Mandy Rose, and has fully cemented herself as a solid heel. She talked about being the one who actually worked for her success, while Mandy had it all based on her looks. Ziggler tried to mediate their feud, but was interrupted by Otis. There seems to be a mixed tag in our future.
More WWE Talents Released
After a slew of releases on Wednesday by WWE, reports of more NXT releases came out on Friday. WWE does not seem to be done with their releases of talent anytime soon. The new releases were (h/t WrestlingInc):
- Taynara Conti
- Cesar Bononi
- Tino Sabbatelli
- Mars Wang
Change to Money in the Bank Match
This year’s Money in the Bank matches will look much, much different. Instead of a standard ladder match, competitors will be wrestling through WWE Headquarters. They’ll start on the ground floor and fight their way to the roof to get the briefcase. It will likely be another cinematic style match, similar to the Firefly Funhouse and Boneyard matches from Wrestlemania that were so well received. It’s a big change, but it could be a fun twist.
BREAKING: WWE Superstars will climb the corporate ladder at #MITB!
— WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2020
One for the Road:
The hacker on SmackDown continues to make his presence felt. Who will it be?