6 Takeaways From WWE SmackDown (6/19)

The June 19th episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. It was the first episode of SmackDown following WWE Money in the Bank 2018. Here are 6 takeaways from this week’s show:

6Carmella Superkicked Asuka

SmackDown GM Paige kicked off this week’s episode of SmackDown by going over the events that took place at Money in the Bank. Paige hyped Extreme Rules next month and stated that there will be 5 Superstars competing in a Gauntlet Match tonight and the last Superstar remaining will face AJ Styles at Extreme Rules for the WWE Championship. Big E, Rusev, The Miz, Samoa Joe, and Daniel Bryan will be the Superstars competing in that match.

SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella then skipped down to the ring. Carmella retained her title at Money in the Bank over Asuka due to outside interference from a returning James Ellsworth.

Carmella got in the ring and said that she just wanted to be real with everyone for a moment. She said that she dealt with a lot of confidence issues growing up and that it was really hard for her. She added that she worked harder than everyone and that she something beautiful in herself before anyone else did.

Carmella added that she wants every young boy and girl who feels that they aren’t good enough to look in the mirror and say “Mella is money!”. Carmella then cackled and said that she has been moonwalking and trash talking since she was in diapers. She added that the real message is to just give up because you can work twice as hard as her and you will still only be half as good.

She then boasted about winning the MITB contract, defeating Charlotte Flair and then defeating Asuka this past Sunday at Money in the Bank. She then claimed that she won the match all by herself even though Ellsworth interfered in the match. She boasted about making the Empress of Tomorrow bow down to the Princess of Staten Island.

Asuka’s music hit and Ellsworth came down to the ring dressed up as Asuka. James then took off the Asuka mask and shared a hug with Carmella. Ellsworth grabbed the microphone and shouted, “no one was ready for Ellsworth, especially Asuka”. James told everyone to shut up because he had something special to say to his princess.

Ellsworth shouted that he was back to serve the greatest woman in history and pointed to Carmella. James said that Carmella is better than Charlotte, Lita, Trish Stratus, Mother Teresa, Beyonce, Ronda Rousey, and Asuka. Carmella stuck her tongue out and raised the SmackDown Women’s Championship in the air.

Asuka (the actual one) then stormed down to the ring and Carmella backed to the corner. Ellsworth took off what remained of the Asuka costume and got in Asuka’s face. Asuka booted him in the midsection but turned around into a Superkick from Carmella. The SmackDown Women’s Champion and Ellsworth then retreated up the entrance ramp as Asuka stared at them from the ring.