6 Takeaways From WWE SmackDown (5/14)

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:

3Shane McMahon Avoided The Miz

Shane McMahon & Elias

Shane McMahon, Erick Rowan, Elias, and Daniel Bryan battled Roman Reigns, and The Usos tonight in a Handicap Match. Bryan started off the match with Jimmy Uso and knocked him to the canvas.

Elias tagged in and continued to beat down Jimmy. Uso battled back as the London crowd sang “walk with Elias”. Jey tagged in and went for a Splash but Elias got out of the way. Elias connected with a Clothesline and stomped on Jey in the corner of the ring. Shane McMahon tagged in and went after Jey’s right leg. Jey tweaked his leg after failing to connect with the Splash.

Bryan got back in and continued to beat the hell out of Jey Uso. Bryan shoved Jey off the top rope and he went flying into the barricade surrounding the ring as SmackDown went to a commercial break.

When SmackDown returned, Jey was still stuck in the ring with Jey Uso. Elias tagged in and continued the beat down as Reigns and Jimmy pleaded for a tag. Shane got back in the action and hit Jey with a few of his ridiculous looking punches. Jey finally battled back with an Enziguri and both superstars fell to the canvas.

Bryan and Reigns then tagged in. Roman leveled Bryan with a massive Clothesline and then blasted Elias off the apron. Reigns followed it up with a big boot and then blasted Elias off the apron once again. Bryan tagged in Rowan and he quickly knocked Reigns to the mat.

Elias tagged himself in and unloaded on Roman with a flurry of strikes. Elias connected with a knee to the face for a two count. Rowan tagged back in and connected with an elbow for a near fall. Elias tagged in and walked into a Samoan Drop from Reigns.

Jimmy tagged in as Bryan got back in at the same time. Bryan avoided a Superkick but Jimmy connected with one to Rowan, Elias, and Shane McMahon. Jey tagged in and The Usos hit Bryan with a double Superkick. Jey went for the cover but Shane broke it up at two. Jey sent Shane out of the ring but Elias took him out with the Drift Away. Bryan hit Jey with the running knee but Roman broke up the cover.

Rowan Clotheslined Roman to the outside and went after him. Reigns hit him with a Superman Punch but Elias sent Roman into the steel steps. Shane climbed to the top rope and hit Jey with the Coast to Coast Dropkick for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Shane, Elias, Bryan, and Rowan started beating The Usos and Reigns down. The Miz sprinted to the ring with a steel chair and hit Elias with it. Shane ran out of the ring and retreated up the entrance ramp. Reigns hit Rowan with a Spear as Shane stared at Miz from the top of the ramp. Greg Hamilton then announced that “the best in the world”, Shane McMahon was the winner of the match.

This match was much better than I thought it was going to be. I don’t have much interest in the feud between Elias and Reigns, but Shane versus The Miz in a Steel Cage Match should be awesome at the PPV. I thought they had a terrific match at WrestleMania 35 and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do at Money in the Bank.

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