Welcome to Ringside News’ live coverage of SmackDown Live for April 23rd, 2019. This is a live results so keep refreshing throughout the show and we will be bringing you all the action as it happens. Everything starts at 8:00 PM so come back then.
We’re not sure exactly what WWE is going to be planning this week. They are just getting things sorted after the Superstar Shake-Up. Then they had to shake things up again to get Andrade back on the blue brand.
Charlotte Flair will be coming face-to-face with Becky Lynch tonight. We know that will happen so it appears that WWE isn’t going to keep them separated for long.
Kofi Kingston is slated to face Shinsuke Nakamura in a singles match. This will not be for the WWE Championship, but Big O will be at ringside along with Xavier Woods to support Kofi.
Another segment that has been announced involves Roman Reigns. WWE posed the idea that he could be fired for hitting Vince McMahon with a Superman Punch last week. That’s unlikely, but The Chairman can’t be too happy with The Big Dog right now.
All that and more is expected for SmackDown Live this week. So check back at 8:00 PM EST once everything gets going.
Shane McMahon came out first because he could. He was rather cocky as he walked to the ring as well and then he did his little shuffle.
Shane said he’s not in the best mood and harassed Greg Hamilton again to introduce him while calling him the Best In The Wooooooooooooorld. Hamilton is great, but Mike Rome did it so much better TBH.
Shane quickly started talking about Roman Reigns and how he punched Vince McMahon last week. Then we watched the footage before Shane said it will make us sick to his stomach.
Shane asks the fans if Roman should be fined, suspended, or fired. The fans seemed to cheer equally for all of them. Then Shane said they are going to determine this in the ring. He said that Roman works for him and his family so it’s an order to “get your butt out here.” Roman got lukewarm cheers upon his entrance.
Roman came out and didn’t say anything. He tossed the microphone to the mat and so did Shane McMahon. Then they squared off. Elias jumped on the apron and distracted Roman. Shane jumped him and put the boots to him a little bit. Then Roman came back and backed McMahon into the corner. Before Roman could do much damage, Elias jumped in the ring and made the save to beat down Reigns while McMahon held him in place.
Elias hit a Drift Away on Roman Reigns and stood tall over The Big Dog before he and Shane McMahon left together while Elias’ music played and Reigns continued to sell the assault.
Elias and Shane were shown backstage and they were psyched about beating down Reigns. They said that there is more to come.
The New Day cut a promo backstage and everyone had a great time.
Finn Balor vs Andrade
Andrade cut a promo backstage saying that he wants the IC Title.
Andrade grabbed Zelina Vega while Finn was dragging him across the ring and it pulled her in too. That distracted the referee so Andrade could hit Balor from behind, but Finn soon sent Andrade to the floor and they fought on the outside of the ring for a bit.
Andrade took control once they returned to the ring and slapped on an arm submission during the commercial break.
Balor mounted a comeback and hit a DDT after countering a powerbomb. Finn hit a double stomp and went to the apron. He knocked Andrade down and climbed up top, but Andrade stopped him and then they did a powerbomb that Finn turned into a roll-up. Andrade went outside and Balor hit a dive before they went back in.
Andrade countered a slingblade and hit that backelbow followed by a running double knees in the corner on Balor. 1-2- kickout.
Zelina got involved as she jumped on top, but she missed Balor and Andrade caught her. That didn’t work out for Andrade and then he ended up on the mat before Balor hit a Coup De Gras for the win.
Winner: Finn Balor
Elias was shown backstage singing and playing guitar singing a song about how SmackDown will be his. The challenged Roman to a match at MITB.