- The NEW Era of Smackdown Live begins, with the Superstar Shake-Up taking place last week and adjusting the rosters to make Smackdown Great Again. Among the names coming to Smackdown include The Miz, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, Andrade "Cien" Almas, Sanity, Cesaro, Sheamus, The Club and Asuka, among others.
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- Miz TV opens this week's episode of Smackdown Live. Who'd think we'd ever see the day where Miz is getting babyface reactions from the crowd? Miz hypes up The Greatest Royal Rumble where he competes in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title (a title his guest relinquished three years ago, by the way). "My guest tonight is someone who last week threatened to punch me in the face. A man who holds a grudge from years ago on Talking Smack. A man who is angry because I told him the truth to his face. A man at the Superstar Shake-Up who demanded I come to Smackdown Live so he can confront me." He says he wants to be a better man for his daughter, but Daniel Bryan won't let things go. He calls out Daniel Bryan but gets Big Cass instead. Cass says nobody cares about Daniel Bryan, so the Miz should interview him instead. Cass has an inflated ego and gets chewed out by Miz of all people. Miz backs down immediately and throws Bryan back under the bus. Cass cuts a confusing promo about being a little guy before growing to be 7'0" tall, and then says anyone that size deserves to get beat up. He says he didn't have to travel the Indy scene because he's tall, educated, and good looking. He's not going to live in the shadow of a Daniel Bryan and promises to put him back on the shelf.
- Backstage, we see Daniel Bryan has been attacked. It was probably Red Herring.
- Renee Young is outside of Shane McMahon's office for an update on Daniel Bryan. A.J. Styles comes out, with a smile on his face, knowing he gets Shinsuke Nakamura in the ring at The Greatest Royal Rumble, and an opportunity to soften him up tonight. He'll be competing in a 6-Man against Shinsuke and "Rusev Day" with partners that are "too sweet." That's The Club, but we'll play along and act like we don't know.
- Hype video for the Smackdown Live debut of Andrade "Cien" Almas and his business partner, Zelina Vega. "Coming Soon."
- Jimmy Uso makes Naomi promise that she won't come to ringside tonight. "No." Well, that settles things.
- Contract signing for Backlash's Smackdown Women's Championship Match. Carmella cuts Renee Young off from introducing Charlotte, feeling disrespected by being introduced first. She's unhappy with the response she got last week, so she demands the highlight reel from last week be played again for the "desired reaction". That feels like booking something as an inside nod to the fact that they will do stuff like this just to get the reaction they really want. She still doesn't get the reaction she wants and threatens to play it again, but this time Charlotte interrupts (thank God). This segment has been hot death. Charlotte signs the contract and flips the table on Carmella. 10 minute segment with 30-seconds of goodness to it.
- Dasha Fuentes is backstage for an interview with Shinsuke Nakamura, but Aiden English denies access.
- The New Day feast over a platter of Pancakes and their book "The Book of Booty." Yes, I have it on my shelf, along with way too many other New Day items. The celebration is interrupted by Sheamus and Cesaro. They promise to win the Raw Tag Titles and go back to Monday Night's.
- A.J. Styles and The Club are in the dressing room having a good time reuniting.
- Sanity is coming to Smackdown Live. Only Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, and Killian Dain, though. WHAT ABOUT NIKKI CROSS!?!
- Renee Young meets up with Daniel Bryan backstage. He'll be good to go for Greatest Royal Rumble. He was "blind-sided by a coward." At Backlash, he gets a one-on-one match with Big Cass.
- Samoa Joe cuts a promo about the Greatest Royal Rumble. I can't wait until that show is behind us.
We return from commercial with Styles running wild on Rusev with the Phenomenal Blitz. Nakamura is smart enough to avoid the shot on the apron, luring Styles into trying again and allowing Rusev to come from behind with the Machka Kick. English with a chin-lock. Nakamura tags in with Styles weakened and gives him Good Vibrations in the corner. Nakamura with a snap mare and jumping knee drop for two. He teases a low blow but settles for a kick to the chest. Rusev with a slam and elbow drop for two. English with an assisted avalanche and Rusev with a roundhouse kick to the midsection for two. Styles with elbows to escape a chin-lock, followed by a dropkick. Pele Kick to Rusev, and Styles hot tags Gallows. He lays out English with clotheslines and hits him with an avalanche. Gallows with a pump-handle slam and big splash for two. Anderson gets posted by Rusev. Nakamura with the blind tag, hitting Gallows' knee from behind and finishing with Kinshasa at 10:06. Post-match, Styles attacks Nakamura but gets ANOTHER LOW BLOW. Nakamura sets up for Kinshasa, but Anderson takes the bullet… for the club (Wink wink). Nakamura sets up again and hits Anderson with it again to show Styles what being a good guy gets you.
Final Thoughts: Seems like a filler episode with Greatest Royal Rumble wasting our time. Smackdown Live has plenty of talent to utilize, but it felt like not many people were used in front of the live crowd. The Main Event was a good match and a great finale, but the rest of the show was rather forgettable. I don't know what the deal is putting Asuka on the losing side of a match against Kay and Royce, but at the same time, they needed a win in the worst way, too. Hopefully things get back on track with Oil Rumble in the rear-view mirror next Tuesday night.