The May 14th, 2019 episode of WWE SmackDown was taped earlier today at the O2 Arena in London, England. It was the final episode of SmackDown before WWE Money in the Bank this Sunday night. Here are 6 takeaways from this week’s show:
5Ricochet Sent A Message Heading Into Money In The Bank
Randy Orton, Finn Balor, Ali, and Andrade competed in a Fatal 4-Way Match this week on SmackDown. Those four superstars will represent SmackDown in the men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday night.
Orton controlled the match early and slammed Andrade on the announce table outside the ring. Randy turned his attention to Ali and stomped on his leg in the ring. Ali desperately crawled to the corner as Balor got on the apron. Orton went for the DDT but Ali rolled Randy up from behind for a two count.
Ali knocked Balor off the apron and turned around into a Powerslam from Orton. Ali connected with a Tornado DDT off of the second rope and went for the cover but Andrade broke it up at two. Andrade turned Ali inside out with a Clothesline and then connected with a Dropkick on Orton.
Andrade threw Ali to the outside and then ran into a boot to the face from Balor. Finn connected with an Enziguri and made his way to the top rope. Andrade tripped him up and Balor fell to the canvas. Andrade followed that up with Double Knees for a near fall.
Zelina Vega instructed Andrade to get a couple of ladders from under the ring. Andrade brought a ladder into the ring and started hitting everyone in sight. Ali countered with a Superkick that sent Andrade tumbling to the outside. Ali went for a Crossbody but Andrade bashed him with the ladder while he was in midair.
Andrade then set up a ladder in the corner but Balor hit him with a Slingblade. Balor Dropkicked Andrade into the ladder as Ali climbed to the top rope. Ali leaped but Balor got out of the way. Orton hit Ali with an RKO and then Andrade Dropkicked Orton tot he outside.
Balor Clotheslined Andrade out of the ring and then flipped onto everyone. Andrade got out of the way at the last moment and sent Balor into the steel steps. Andrade then planted Balor with the Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall victory.
Andrade started climbing up the ladder towards the briefcase but Ricochet sprinted to the ring. Ricochet leaped onto the ladder and started trading shots with Andrade. Ricochet knocked Andrade to the canvas and grabbed the MITB briefcase. Ricochet exited the ring with the briefcase to a great reaction from the crowd.
Despite the poor build, I’m looking forward to both MITB Ladder Matches this Sunday. I would love to see a superstar like Ricochet or Ali capture the briefcase. Ali would be particularly interesting because he lost out on his title shot at Elimination Chamber due to injury and Kingston was his replacement. If Kofi retains this Sunday, that could set up a great feud with Ali in the following weeks.