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WWE SmackDown Live Results – April 23, 2019: Kofi Kingston vs. Shinsuke Nakamura


Welcome to SmackDown Live.

We are in Lincoln, Nebraska and your announcers are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.


Shane McMahon shuffles his way to the ring and he has something to say. Shane says he doesn’t have a lot of time and he is not in the best of moods, but he has time to be introduced by Greg Hamilton. Shane says we are not here to talk about him tonight. We are here to talk about Roman Reigns and what Roman did to his father last week. We take a look at what happened last week to Vince McMahon.

Shane asks what type of man hits another man’s father like that. Shane says it is disgusting. Shane says his father is one of the greatest men who ever lived. He is a national treasure. When Roman hit him, it was like disgracing the American flag, defacing Mount Rushmore. Can you believe Roman had the audacity to strike down not only his father, but the CEO of a billion dollar company. You hit Shane’s father. There will be repercussions.

What would be appropriate? Should he levy a fine? Should he suspend Roman? Should Roman be terminated? Shane says his emotions are getting the best of him because it is going to be settled right now in this ring.

Shane tells Roman that it is time for you to get your butt out here. This is not a request, it is an order.

Roman’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.

Roman tosses the mic aside because he is not here to talk. Shane does the same because he is Shane. Shane does some shuffling and Elias tries to sneak attack Roman. Roman with a punch and Shane attacks Roman from behind. Shane with punches but Roman with an uppercut. Elias attacks Roman from behind and Shane holds Roman while Elias punches and kicks him. Elias kicks Roman and punches him while Shane holds Roman down. Roman breaks free and punches Elias but Shane helps again and Elias with Drift Away.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Shane and Elias talk about what they did to Roman. Elias says he taught Roman a lesson and Shane says there will be more lessons to come.

We take a look back at last week when Kevin Owens became an honorary member of the New Day.

Kofi Kingston is in the back and he is asked about his match against Shinsuke Nakamura. He says this is his first singles match since Wrestlemania but the magic the WWE Universe gave him is still here and it is growing. All is right with the world because he is WWE Champion. Xavier Woods shows up and gets Kofi excited. Kofi says all is right and there is one big change. Kofi mentions Big E’s injury and he will be just fine. Until then, they have an honorary member, Big O. Kevin says this is a big night for Kofi. Kevin says he knows Kofi will come out victorious BECAUSE New Day Rocks.

Zelina Vega says Finn Balor tried to run away from them, but there is no escaping Andrade. Almas says he wants Balor’s Intercontinental Title and he wants to destroy the myth of Finn Balor.

Match Number One: Finn Balor versus Andrade Almas (with Zelina Vega) in a Non Title Match

They lock up and Almas with punches and kicks in the corner but Balor with kicks of his own. Balor with more kicks and Vega tries to keep Almas in the corner but Vega is pulled into the ring. Almas with kicks and a springboard twisting plancha. They return to the ring and Almas gets a near fall. Almas with forearms and an Irish whip followed by a knee into the corner. Almas with an arm bar.

Almas with a knee and forearm. Almas with a chop and sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Balor sends Almas to the floor and Balor sets for a dive but Almas returns to the ring and connects with a back elbow. Almas with an arm bar. Almas with a punch and forearm. Almas sets for a power bomb but Balor counters with a sunset flip for a near fall. Almas sends Balor into the turnbuckles face first and Almas with kicks. Almas with an arm bar and he goes for a power bomb again but Balor counters into a DDT and both men are down. Balor with a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor goes to the apron and connects with an enzuigiri.

Balor goes up top and Almas crotches Balor. Almas with a forearm and he climbs the turnbuckles for a Frankensteiner but Balor holds on and gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Balor sends Almas over the top rope to the floor. Balor with a plancha onto Almas. Almas counters Slingblade with a back elbow and a running double knee strike for a near fall. Balor with an elevated elbow drop and Vega goes up top. Balor moves and Almas catches Vega. Balor with a drop kick and Coup de Grace for the three count.

Winner: Finn Balor

Elias is in the back and he sings about Smackdown being his and he has a song on his mind. He says he has a proposition for Roman to face him one on one at Money in the Bank.

Shane stops by and tells Elias that was awesome but they should leave.

They get into a limo and leave.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look at Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville confronting Paige earlier today. Mandy says when the Kairi and Asuka thing blows up, don’t come for an Absolution reunion.

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce come out and Billie says it was like Avengers Assemble last week. Instead of Thor and Captain America, we got Kairi and Asuka. Instead of superheroes, they got super lame. Peyton says she might have been given the InSane Elbow, but Billie says it was due to the element of surprise and she was not ready and hydrated. Peyton says she drank a gallon of water and she will give Kairi her first lost on Smackdown.

Match Number Two: Kairi Sane (with Paige and Asuka) versus Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay)

Sane with a hammer lock but Peyton with an elbow and she sends Kairi into the turnbuckles. Peyton with kicks and she chokes Sane in the corner. Peyton with kicks and Sane blocks a kick. Sane with a dragon screw leg whip followed by an axe kick and neck breaker. Sane with a spear and she follows with the Sliding D. Sane goes up top for the InSane Elbow and hits it for the three count.

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