The May 1st episode of SmackDown aired from WWE’s Performance Center. Two more superstars qualified for the MITB Ladder matches on tonight’s episode of SmackDown.
WWE SmackDown Results (5/1)
- Daniel Bryan def. King Corbin via DQ
- Sheamus def. Leon Ruff
- Carmella def. Sonya Deville to qualify for the MITB Ladder match
- Forgotten Sons def. New Day
- Otis def. Dolph Ziggler to qualify for the MITB Ladder match
Here are 5 takeaways from tonight’s show:
5King Corbin Beat Daniel Bryan Down
Daniel Bryan squared off against King Corbin tonight. Before the match, Bryan cut a promo hyping up the Money in the Bank match. Bryan said that winning the MITB Ladder match proved to everyone that he belonged here with the very best. Daniel stated that he was hoping that Drew Gulak would get to compete with him but King Corbin and his cronies ruined that.
King Corbin bragged about defeating Gulak last week and rolled highlights from the match. Bryan asked Corbin if he was squander his opportunity once again if he wins the MITB Ladder match. Corbin stated that he is stronger and smarter and is going to show that to Bryan right now.
Match Recap: Bryan controlled the action early and targeted Corbin’s knee. King Corbin battled back for a moment but Bryan sent him back to the canvas and locked in a Heel Hook. Corbin broke free and beat Bryan down as SmackDown went to a break. When SmackDown returned, Bryan hit Corbin with a Dropkick off the top rope. Daniel knocked Corbin out of the ring and went for a Suicide Dive but Corbin caught him. Bryan booted Corbin in the knee before Corbin grabbed a ladder. King Corbin hit Bryan with the ladder and the match ended in a DQ.
After the match, Corbin slid the ladder in the ring and went for End of Days but Bryan escaped. Daniel applied the Yes Lock on the ladder but Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro broke it up. Cesaro leveled Bryan with the ladder and Daniel rolled out of the ring. King Corbin launched Bryan off the entrance ramp and into the ladders next to the stage.