7 Takeaways From WWE SmackDown (5/22)

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The May 22nd episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Here are 7 takeaways from this week’s show:

7The Bar Cost Big E His Match Against The Miz

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SmackDown kicked off with The Miz in the ring. The Miz took a shot at the Boston Celtics losing the last two NBA Playoff games to the Cavaliers before promoting his new docu-series on the USA Network.

The Miz then introduced his guests, New Day, for an episode of Miz TV. Woods, Kingston and Big E came down to the ring. Miz asked which of them is going to compete in the men’s MITB Ladder Match. All three of them sang Nsync’s “it’s gonna be me”. Miz claimed that the New Day hold each other back.

Woods said that Miz quite possibly is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time and has main evented WrestleMania. Xavier then referred to Miz as a living legend, but the thing that nobody likes about him is that throughout his life, career and relationships he has ever had, he always makes sure that Miz comes first.

The Miz boasted about winning the MITB contract in the past and cashing it in. Miz brought up Kofi being in six MITB matches and never winning. Miz turned his attention to Big E and complimented his size and charisma. Miz stated that Big E has everything it takes to be a champion, but he will never be taken seriously because he doesn’t take himself seriously.

Miz brought up Woods’ YouTube channel and how popularity. Miz called “Fortnite” Fortline and Woods corrected him. Miz added that each of them have a chance to go down as one of the greatest WWE Champions in history with this MITB contract and asked again which member of New Day will compete in the match.

Woods stated that it is going to have to be Big E. Big E then suggested Kofi and then Kingston suggested Xavier. Miz flipped out and said that he brought them down here to give him the scoop and for them to announce who will be in the match. Miz said that he was going to win the men’s MITB Ladder Match and that he could beat anyone of them any day of the week.

New Day huddled up and then Kofi grabbed the microphone. Kingston said that it will Big E. Woods said that they were not talking about Money in the Bank anymore, they were talking about tonight. The Miz asked the crowd if they wanted to see Big E versus The Miz right now and they chanted “yes!”. The Miz stated that if he doesn’t get what he wants, then the fans don’t get what they want.

New Day threw pancakes at Miz while shouting “shame!”. The crowd continued to chant “shame!” as pancakes rained down on The Miz. The Miz rolled out of the ring and retreated backstage. The Miz then bumped into SmackDown GM Paige backstage. Paige said that she gets it and that not everyone likes pancakes. Paige added that The Miz said he could beat any member of New Day any day of the week and told him to back to the ring and prove it.  The Miz paced around on the entrance ramp as SmackDown went to a commercial break.

Big E then faced The Miz as Xavier Woods joined commentary for the match. Woods said that they wouldn’t reveal their strategy on who will be competing in the men’s MITB Ladder Match.

Big E started off the match in control and threw Miz down to the mat. Big E gyrated his hips a bit and then slammed The Miz to the canvas once again. The Miz connected with a few jabs, but got caught in an Abdominal Stretch from Big E. Big E then spanked The Miz a few times as the crowd chanted “New Day rocks!”. Big E continued the beatdown and stomped on Miz on the ring apron. Big E followed it up with a Splash and The Miz fell to the canvas.

Woods and Kingston then poured syrup in Big E’s mouth and wiped the sweat off his back with pancakes. Xavier joined commentary once again as The Miz battled back and slammed Big E face-first off the ring apron. Miz then launched Big E into the barricade as SmackDown went to a commercial break.

When SmackDown returned, Big E was back in control and drove Miz into the corner of the ring. Kofi Kingston was on commentary now and Graves tried to get him to reveal which member of New Day will be in the men’s MITB Ladder Match. Big E connected with three Belly to Belly Suplexes in a row as Woods played the trombone.

Big E connected with a Splash and then Miz retreated the ring apron. Big E lifted him back into the ring and slammed him to the mat for a two count. Miz battled back with a knee to the face and followed it up with a DDT for a two count. Big E and Miz then dropped each other with a double Clothesline.

Sheamus and Cesaro rushed down to the ring and attacked Woods from behind. Kofi left commentary and springboarded off of Cesaro and hit Sheamus with a Crossbody. Sheamus then leveled Kingston with a Brogue Kick. Cesaro hopped on the ring apron and distracted Big E. Big E knocked him down but turned around into a Skull Crushing Finale from The Miz for the pinfall victory.

It was announced that New Day will face The Bar & The Miz next week on SmackDown.