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WWE SmackDown Live recap – Five highlights from this week’s show

WWE SmackDown Live recap June 5, 2018 - 5 highlights from this week's show
Charlotte versus Becky Lynch on SmackDown Live – Pic credit: WWE

WWE SmackDown Live is roaring into Money in the Bank and this week they are showcasing the women’s feuds. Here is a look at five highlights from this week’s episode of SmackDown Live.

Carmella taunts Asuka

It seems almost crazy that Carmella appears to willing to poke Asuka with a stick considering that her Money in the Bank opponent is so dangerous and tougher than Carmella could ever pretend to be. This week, SmackDown Live opened with Carmella in the ring cutting a promo.

Carmella said that people fear Asuka but then showed her losing at WrestleMania 34 to Charlotte and then losing again in a tag team match — “shattering” the confidence of Asuka. That brought out Asuka, but then Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville came out, and Carmella was saved.

After some trash talk, Asuka got a 2-on-1 match against Rose and Deville and won. However, after the match, Carmella attacked, hit Asuka with the belt and then super kicked her to stand victorious. Fans are dying to see Asuka finally cut loose on Carmella.

The Club gets a huge upset win over Bludgen Brothers

Ever since Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have rejoined forces as the Bludgen Brothers, they have run over everyone on SmackDown Live, destroying both New Day and The Usos, and they look unbeatable. At Money in the Bank, they battle The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson).

No one expects The Club to win, so the WWE did something unusual on SmackDown Live this week. They had a singles match between Luke Harper and Karl Anderson — and Anderson won in two minutes with a fluke roll up. It wasn’t a tag team match, and it was a lucky win, but it buys The Club some false hope heading into Money in the Bank.

Speaking of tag teams, there was also a mixed tag match where Naomi and Jimmy Uso fought Lana and Aiden English. That ended with Uso pinning English. The two women are part of the Money in the Bank women’s match.

AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura WWE title match contract signing

Most of the time that the WWE has a contract signing for a title match, it happens in the ring, and the two men end up fighting. This contract signing was different. Paige officiated the deal, and it took place in a room backstage with AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura signing the contracts there.

As usual, things got salty, and AJ Styles flipped out at one point when Shinsuke kept taunting Styles and had to be held back by agents (Dean Malenko and Adam Pierce sighting!!!) before slapping Nakamura.

“Give no cares” Shinsuke is the best Shinsuke.

Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

While the other two SmackDown Live Money in the Bank women were in a mixed tag match, the two most talented members of the quartet fought each other. Lynch and Charlotte are friends and came up through NXT together.

While Charlotte has enjoyed unspeakable success as a champion, Lynch barely got a title run and had always been chasing titles rather than defending them. The two are still friends, but they are wrestling this week to show which is better prepared for Money in the Bank.

In a huge, yet pleasantly surprising upset, Becky Lynch won the match and won it by submission. This was no fluke win, and Becky proved to be on the level of Charlotte Flair.

New Day vs. Miz, Rusev and Samoa Joe

While the women got the primary focus on this show, it was the men in the main event. The New Day has a spot in Money in the Bank, but only one of them get in. The Miz has been trying to stir up trouble with the three, trying to get them to turn on each other.

It hasn’t worked, and now there is a six-man match with New Day as a team against Miz, Rusev and Samoa Joe — the other three men in the men’s Money in the Bank match. With all four Money in the Bank competitors in one match (although the fourth is still unknown), it was a chance to see what WWE fans can expect from the SmackDown Live brand.

What happened was no surprise. The New Day got under The Miz’s skin, and when he tried to throw their pancakes at them, he accidentally hit Samoa Joe and Rusev instead. Those two men then walked out on Miz after Rusev kicked his head off and New Day won.

For WWE SmackDown Live, it is every man for himself at Money in the Bank on June 17.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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