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Hall’s WWE Smackdown review 5.10.24
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Hall’s WWE Smackdown review 5.10.24

Smackdown
Date: May 10, 2024
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Commentators: Corey Graves, Wade Barrett

We’re done with Backlash and still have about two weeks to go before King And Queen Of The Ring. That means it’s time to work on both tournaments, but I’m sure there will be some other matches on the show. They could also use a start and hopefully we will hear something about that this week. Let’s get started.

We open with a summary of Backlash.

Here’s Nick Aldis in the ring to get things going and he brings out Cody Rhodes for a chat. Aldis knows Cody wants to defend himself against the best and Cody’s next challenger is determined. Cody is game, so here’s…Logan Paul. Cody thinks he knows what Paul wants to talk about and yes, it would be a champion vs. champion match to start the Logan Paul Levesque era (that’s smart).

Paul talks about a fan in the crowd holding a sign saying it’s his birthday, while Paul congratulates him on meeting a superstar just like himself. Cody is cool too, but the fans think Paul’s Prime drink sucks. After Paul lists Prime’s nutritional facts, he asks how Cody can finish the story if it’s not his story.

Cody: “I bet a lot of people stand in front of you and say “what a downer**.” Cody praises Paul’s performance and thinks winning the US title would make him a Grand Slam champion. The problem is, Paul can’t win a match without going for those brass knuckles, and he’ll find out reality at King And Queen Of The Ring. There’s no story between them, but the title match is in about two weeks, so it’s a smart way to set things up so quickly.

AJ Styles blames his loss to Cody Rhodes on Backlash’s French fans. Now he is ready to win the King Of The Ring tournament and get closer to the title.

Queen Of The Ring First Round: Nia Jax vs. Naomi

Jax runs her over to start, but Naomi manages to avoid a charge. Naomi kicks her to the ground but gets planted with a Samoan drop to crush her pretty hard. We take a break and come back as Jax drapes her over the top rope, but the sunset is reversed. Jax’s sitdown splash fails and Naomi scores with a Disaster Kick of all Things. The split leg moonsault gets two and Jax is right on top for a super hurricanrana (which was impressive). That’s enough for Jax, who hits a hard shoulder and a leg drop. The Annihilator finishes Naomi off at 10:07.

Judgement: C+. This was pretty much what you’d expect, as Naomi did her athletic stuff and kept running until Jax caught her on the power play. Jax moving on is the right move as someone hitting her would make for a special moment. Or she could win the whole thing to give her something else to brag about because she doesn’t do it enough already.

Baron Corbin is happy to be back after landing in NXT. Carmelo Hayes comes in and says he’s going to make him run like Bobby Lashley (who is injured).

Video about DIY, who wants the Team Titles tag.

King Of The Ring First Round: Baron Corbin vs. Carmelo Hayes

Corbin as a good guy is bizarre. Hayes takes him down to start and kicks him in the back, earning a huge right hand. Corbin knocks him outside and we take an early break. Back with Corbin pushing away in the corner but falling onto the turnbuckle. There’s a springboard clothesline to drop Corbin again, but he’s back with a Death Valley Driver. A brainbuster gives Corbin two, but Hayes manages to get the first 48. Corbin comes back with a clothesline and a suplex into a cutter for two… but Hayes wraps him up for the pin at 6:30.

Judgement: C+. They didn’t have much time here, but they put a lot into it. Corbin losing here is a weird choice considering he started fast and the fans liked him. Hayes needed a win coming off his loss to Cody Rhodes at the Draft, which makes me wonder why these two were put together in the first place.

Bayley is curious to see how far Jade Cargill can go in the Queen Of The Ring. Chelsea Green comes over and says Piper will knock out Niven Cargill in the first round.

Randy Orton wants to win the King Of The Ring and it starts with an RKO for AJ Styles. However, he has not forgotten about Tama Tonga as they may meet during the tournament. An angry Orton can make for good moments and that’s what we seem to see here.

Queen Of The Ring First Round: Jade Cargill vs. Piper Niven

Chelsea Green is here with Niven. They yell at each other to get started before Niven’s running shoulder gets her nowhere. Cargill’s shoulder works much better, but she charges from the corner into something like a bottom. A backsplash crushes Cargill as the commentary is already tired of Green’s yelling. Back in and Cargill staggers her with a headbutt, setting up a Blue Thunder Bomb. Niven trips her in the corner and hits the cannonball, but it takes too long to go up. Cargill pulls her back down, hits a pump kick and grabs Jaded for the pin at 5:15.

Judgement: C+. This is the kind of match that makes Cargill look all the more impressive as she was knocked over by the force before going into Beast Mode to ultimately win. It was a good showcase for her, but Niven deserves her own credit. She is a good strength wrestler who knows how to use her size to her advantage. Nice stuff here, with Cargill winning with the power display making her look even better.

Cargill bumps into Bianca Belair as she is leaving and dancing ensues.

Shinsuke Nakamura is here to become the pinnacle of Smackdown and no one is safe.

Queen Of The Ring First Round: Candice LeRae vs. Bianca Belair

Indi Hartwell is here with LeRae. They get off to a quick start and LeRae is sent outside, where a hurricanrana is blocked. However, Hartwell gets a cheap shot and LeRae starts with some shots to the knee. Belair goes for a suplex but the knee gives out, though it’s good enough for her to hit the KOD for the pin at 2:55.

We look at Tanga Loa making her debut at Backlash as the newest member of the Bloodline.

Paul Heyman comes in to see the rest of the Bloodline, where he mentions Solo Sikoa making decisions without Roman Reigns. Sikoa brings up Heyman taking Reigns out of the Draft, getting them drafted in the third round. Sikoa has spoken to Reigns and he is in charge, with Heyman as his wise man. An awkward hug follows. That’s your big moment, because Reigns can come back and correct the mistake he started, or say “that’s not what I said” or something completely different. But for now, we should expect a different bloodline and that’s a cool concept.

Video about Andrade.

King Of The Ring First Round: Angelo Dawkins vs. Tama Tonga

Montez Ford and the rest of the Bloodline are there too (including Tonga, not Tanga, Loa). Tonga starts fast and punches him in the corner, but Dawkins hits a great running shoulder. Ford goes after the Bloodline and Dawkins hits a Sky High for two. However, the Bloodline takes out Ford and a jumping tailspin finishes Dawkins at 2:11. Aside from the bad finisher, Tama faced a little more attack than I would have dared to bet here.

After the match, Dawkins also gets Spiked, causing Paul Heyman to worry.

Video about Blair Davenport.

King Of The Ring First Round: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton

Orton wastes no time clotheslining him on the floor and we take a break for about thirty seconds. Back with Orton raining right hands in the corner, but Styles scores with a dropkick. They go outside, where Orton drops him on the barricade but can’t hit the hanging DDT.

However, he is able to drop Styles onto the announcers’ table and then does it again for a bonus. Back in and Styles is okay enough to go after the knee and we take another break. We come back again with Orton escaping a Calf Crusher attempt and kicking him in the chest. Orton sends him to the apron, where the bad leg is wrapped around the ropes.

Phenomenal Forearm broken up, but Styles grabs the Calf Crusher, while Orton grabs a chinlock of all things for the break. With that broken, Orton hits the hanging DDT, but Styles is back with the Phenomenal Forearm. Orton grabs the rope so Styles charges the Styles Clash, but at 5:29 he’s reversed into the RKO for the quick pin.

Judgement:B It may not have been a classic or anything, but these two will have a good match on their worst day. They did well here, with Orton moving on and Styles moving on to find someone else to look good. They are a couple that can fit together well in their sleep and it was a smart move to put them together in a place like this.

Results
Nia Jax b. Naomi – Destroyer
Carmelo Hayes b. Baron Corbin – Small package
Jade Cargill b. Piper Niven – Jaded
Bianca Belair b. Candice LeRae – KOD
Tama Tonga born Angelo Dawkins – Downward Spiral
Randy Orton b. AJ Styles – RKO

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