WWE SmackDown Results (5/22): AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy Advance, Bayley vs. Charlotte

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WWE SmackDown aired from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte battled SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley tonight. Jeff Hardy faced Sheamus and AJ Styles squared off against Shinsuke Nakamura in the Intercontinental Championship tournament. Otis & Mandy Rose faced Dolph Ziggler & Sonya Deville on this week’s show as well.

SmackDown Results (5/22)

  1. Braun Strowman def. The Miz
  2. AJ Styles def. Shinsuke Nakamura to advance in the IC Title Tournament
  3. Bayley def. Charlotte Flair
  4. Dolph Ziggler & Sonya Deville def. Otis & Mandy Rose
  5. Jeff Hardy def. Sheamus to advance in the IC Title Tournament

Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s episode of SmackDown:

5Miz & Morrison Challenged Strowman To A Handicap Match For The Title At Backlash

Miz and Morrison kicked off this week’s show with an episode of The Dirt Shirt. The Miz blasted Braun Strowman for getting in their business last week and Morrison mocked Becky Lynch for choosing to have a child with Seth Rollins. Miz joked that Bray Wyatt chose stuffed animals over Braun Strowman in the Wyatt Family.

They then introduced some puppets in a Firefly Funhouse parody. Universal Champion Braun Strowman finally interrupted and demanded that they ask him about Bray Wyatt and Money in the Bank. The Miz said Bray isn’t done with him and Morrison claimed that Strowman isn’t half the man that Miz is. Morrison went on a rant and wound up challenging Strowman for Miz. Strowman accepted and told Miz he is about to get these hands.

Match Recap: Strowman launched The Miz into the turnbuckle to start the match off. Morrison hit Strowman with a cheap shot outside the ring as the referee was distracted. Miz capitalized with a Dropkick and went for a DDT but Strowman blocked it. Strowman sent Miz flying across the ring and hit him with a Splash in the corner. Morrison hopped on the ring apron but the Universal Champion knocked him to the floor with a massive right hand. Strowman then planted Miz with the Running Powerslam for the easy victory.

After the match, Miz & Morrison challenged Braun to a Handicap Match for the Universal Championship at Miz & Morrison and Strowman accepted.