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)
- Braun Strowman def. The Miz
- AJ Styles def. Shinsuke Nakamura to advance in the IC Title Tournament
- Bayley def. Charlotte Flair
- Dolph Ziggler & Sonya Deville def. Otis & Mandy Rose
- Jeff Hardy def. Sheamus to advance in the IC Title Tournament
Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s episode of SmackDown:
4AJ Styles Advanced In The IC Title Tournament In A Great Match With Nakamura
Shinsuke Nakamura faced AJ Styles in the first round of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament.
Match Recap: AJ applied a Headlock in the middle of the ring but Nakamura quickly countered into a Headlock of his own. AJ broke free and leveled Shinsuke with a Dropkick. Styles brought Nakamura to the corner and delivered some chops to the chest. Nakamura hit Styles with a knee to the ribs and the two superstars traded strikes in the middle of the ring. Styles hit an Enziguri and went for a Suplex but Nakamura dodged it. Shinsuke connected with a snap German Suplex as SmackDown went to a break.
When SmackDown returned, Styles hit a Pele Kick and both superstars fell to the canvas. Styles followed it up with a Clothesline and a Neckbreaker for a near fall. Styles locked in the Calf Crusher but Shinsuke was able to reach the bottom rope. Nakamura battled back with a knee to the face and went for the cover but Styles kicked out at two.
Nakamura went for the Kinshasa but Styles countered into a roll-up for a two count. Shinsuke quickly locked in a Triangle submission but AJ countered into a Styles Clash but Nakamura kicked out at the last moment. Styles hit a kick to the face and then the Phenomenal Forearm for the pinfall victory. AJ Styles has advanced to the semifinals in the IC Title Tournament. It was also announced during the match that RAW has traded Styles to SmackDown for future draft picks.