The April 16th, 2019 episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. In addition to the takeaways below, Buddy Murphy announced that he is coming to SmackDown.
Here are 5 takeaways from the show:
4Finn Balor Joined SmackDown
Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor joined the SmackDown roster tonight and battled Ali (formerly Mustafa Ali). Ali started off the match in control and applied a Headlock in the middle of the ring.
Finn broke free and knocked Ali to the canvas with a shoulder tackle. Ali connected with a Superkick and went for the cover but Finn kicked out at two. Ali went for a DDT but Balor countered with a Double Stomp.
Ali perched Balor on the top turnbuckle and joined him up there. Ali hit a Hurricanrana off the top rope for another near fall. Finn connected with a massive Dropkick and then followed it up with the Coup de Grace for the pinfall victory. Balor and Ali shook hands after the match.
I thought this was a very good match and it was nice to see a champion actually win a non-title match in WWE. Balor is a good fit on SmackDown and should benefit from a fresh start on a new brand.