WWE SmackDown Live on June 13, 2017
Watch: USA Network, Hulu, WWE Network on an one-month delay
Smoothie King Arena – New Orleans, LA
The New Day make their entrance with a New Orleans style jazz band, the New Day insult the Usos and saw they’ll walk back in New Orleans for WrestleMania as the SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions. The Usos walk out in their new official shirts but they don’t get to say much because the Fashion Police interrupt them and tell the Usos their day one is not so H, their day is G for gross. Colons also come out and we have our opening 6-man tag match set up coming up next.
The New Day & Breezeango vs. The Usos & The Colons
The New Day are feuding with the Usos recently and Breezango, who’ve recently helped the New Day, don’t like the Colons and they all had a verbal spat at the beginning of the show, so it makes sense to throw these teams together one our go-home show for Money in the Bank. This match also helps bring the New Day back into in-ring action and introducing them to the SmackDown Live crowd. JBL on the announce desk talks about how the Usos and Colons are fighting for their pride in their families history in the sport, and specifically the Usos trying to prove to the New Day that they run the SmackDown Live tag division. The match ends relatively cleanly for a multi-man tag and we have a teaser for the tag team title match set to happen this Sunday at Money in the Bank.
AJ Styles and Nakamura are chatting backstage and Sami interrupts and rambles about how great they are and their opponents and it ends with Sami not getting an awkward hi-five and Nakamura just slowly winking at Sami, after he finally leaves, Nakamura says he likes Sami.
Mojo Rawley is interviewed about his loss to Jinder last week and missing on an opportunity to be in the Money in the Bank ladder match. He’s beating himself up about it because he didn’t like how he lost, but he knows how to handle adversity and he’s picking himself back up and make himself better. Zack Ryder shows up and greets Mojo and tells him that they have some unfinished business as a tag team and the Hype Bros are back together.
Naomi vs. Tamina
Naomi makes her signature entrance to a loud reaction from the New Orleans crowd before Tamina makes her way to the ring. Before the bell could ring we hear blatty saxophones and Lana makes her way ringside. The match officially starts and Lana attracts, “We want Rusev” chants from the crowd, Tamina starts throwing Naomi around after a rope break and starts to use her size advantage to keep Naomi down. “Naomi” chants start to quietly build in the audience and Naomi starts to make a comeback but it gets cut off with a sidewalk slam. Tamina lines up Naomi and heads to the top rope but Naomi gets up and lands a head kick to drop Tamina to the mat, then Naomi does the split-leg moonsault to seal the victory. After the match, Lana runs in and attacks her from behind and lifts up the women’s championship to some boos.
The Singh Brothers make a shorts introduction for Jinder Mahal, he asks for the WWE Universe to stand up and show some respect for the WWE World Champion. Jinder goes on about how at Money in the Bank he’ll embarrass Randy Orton in front of his hometown and his family and friends. He’ll end the era of the Viper and end the Orton name then he talks to his People in the language of Punjabi, before getting RKO’d outta nowhere after being distracted by Orton’s entrance music.
Kevin Owens tries to suggest a plan to Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler that they work together and beat their opponents and be fresh for Sunday or they’ll be beaten up and in worse shape for the Money in the Bank ladder match. Owens then leaves the locker room to let Ziggler and Corbin think about it.
Renee Young interviews Orton backstage about his thoughts on Jinder Mahal’s comments, Orton tells her that he said everything he needed to just then. He’s going to walk out of St. Louis as WWE World Champion.
Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
Charlotte and Natalya lock up and grab some holds in a slow start to the match, Charlotte climbs the ropes for a moonsault but Natalya knocks her off onto the floor ringside. Charlotte tries her moonsault again and it lands but Natalya kicks out at two, she gets revenge by powerbombing Charlotte but she kicks out at two as well. A Natural Selection wins the match for Charlotte and she gains momentum heading into Money in the Bank this Sunday.
Fashion Files Noire plays this week and the theme is sweet victory. Fandango is admiring himself in the mirror and finds Breeze in his romper after being attacked, Breeze can only describe the assailants have dry skin and greasy hair. After looking at the composite sketch Breeze and Fandango set out to find who attacked Breeze.
Lana is asked backstage about her attacking Naomi earlier tonight, Lana doesn’t care what we think about her actions. She’s going to shock the world and become the first ravishing SmackDown Women’s Champion.
AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, & Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, & Baron Corbin
A very fun 6-man tag that helps sell the Money in the Bank ladder match this Sunday. There were plenty of crazy spots and “wow” moments to excite the crowd at home and at home. Sami Zayn gets the pin over Baron Corbin and chaos starts after the bell rings, ladders come out and the baddies little alliance ends pretty fast and we get to see Corbin attack Owens and Ziggler with a ladder before ascending up to the briefcase just as he hopes to do on Sunday. Nakamura comes back to life and knocks over Corbin’s ladder and hits him with a Kinshasa.
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE ON 06/13/2017
Average - 5/10
The go-home show was alright, nothing spectacular happened but we got some good matches. SmackDown Live continues to be perfectly acceptable television wrestling.