The May 21, 2019 edition of WWE SmackDown Live took place at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI.
– Shane McMahon and Elias are backstage, and Elias is apologizing to Shane for letting him down against Roman Reigns. Elias says he will be in Shane’s corner against Reigns at Super Show Down, but Shane declines. Shane says he will be at ringside tonight, because Elias is facing Reigns again tonight.
– Still to come: Kofi Kingston vs. Sami Zayn
– Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods come out to the stage, and they announce that Big E will return tonight. They bring someone out on the stage with a black curtain over them. They take the curtain off him, and it’s not Big E. It’s some other guy in a New Day costume, and Kofi and Woods tell him to get lost. The Real Big E comes out now, and all three New Day members head down to the ring. Big E gets on the mic and talks about how much he missed the fans, and The New Day cracks some jokes. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn come out to interrupt. Sami complains that he didn’t get anything for his return after 9 months, and Big E is getting a celebration after 9 weeks. The New Day taunts Kevin Owens about losing on Sunday. Owens gets upset and leaves. Sami continues exchanging words with them until Woods keeps interrupting him with the trombone. Sami threatens that they won’t be laughing at the end of the night when Sami is done with them. Woods says he’ll walk through Sami like he walked through Owens.
– Carmella is backstage looking for R-Truth, who is hiding because he holds the new 24/7 Championship. Carmella finds Truth wearing a wig, and she pulls him aside. Truth seems to misunderstand the rules of the 24/7 Title. Carmella says she’ll help truth because everyone is looking for him, and they run off.
– Andrade vs. Ali: Zelina Vega is at ringside. Andrade and Ali lock up off on the opening bell. Andrade looks for a back suplex, but Ali escapes and hits an inverted Frankensteiner on Andrade for a two count. Ali goes up top, but momentarily gets distracted by Zelina on the apron. Ali goes flying towards Andrade, but Andrade dropkicks him out of mid-air. Andrade works over Ali now, until Ali fires up and dumps Andrade outside. Ali follows up with two suicide dives on Andrade. Ali appears to be selling a lower back injury. Back in the ring, Andrade gets the upper hand and starts focusing his offense on Ali’s lower back. Andrade takes Ali out to ringside and slams him into the ring post, and then tosses him into the timekeeper’s area. Ali climbs back in the ring at the referee’s count, and Andrade pummels on him in the corner. Andrade wastes some time and Ali rolls him up in a small package for the three count.
– Andrade and Zelina look shocked and are not happy after the match.
– We see Carmella giving R-Truth a makeover backstage in an attempt to conceal his identity. Truth has a blonde women’s wig and a bra.
– They air a video package looking at Lars Sullivan’s reign of terror in WWE.
– Carmella vs. Mandy Rose: R-Truth (in disguise as a woman) and Sonya Deville are at ringside. Sonya gets on the apron at one point early on and Carmella pummels on her. Mandy rolls up Carmella off the distraction, but Carmella kicks out at two. A mob of wrestlers run down the ramp now and chase R-Truth through the ring and out of the arena through the crowd. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner: No contest
– SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley is backstage for an interview. Bayley says she’s moved past the hugs, and she wants everyone on the roster to bring their best.
– We see Carmella and R-Truth running around backstage trying to flee the mob of wrestlers seeking the 24/7 Title.
– Elias is shown in the parking lot with his guitar, waiting for Roman Reigns to arrive.
– Big E is laying on the floor selling a knee injury. Kofi, Woods and referees check on Big E, and Big E seems to be saying that Kevin Owens attacked him. Woods says he’ll stay with Big E, and tells Kofi to go handle Sami.
– Kofi Kingston vs. Sami Zayn: Kofi starts off fired up and pummels on Sami in the corner. They brawl out to ringside and Kofi clotheslines Sami down on the floor. Kofi continues the offense back in the ring, until Sami ducks a shot and dumps Kofi out to ringside. At ringside, Sami slams Kofi into the ring steps, then throws him back in the ring. Kofi comes back with a dropkick and both men are down. Sami mounts some offense again, but Kofi shuts him down with the Trouble In Paradise for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
– After the match, Paul Heyman comes out to the stage and distracts Kofi. Dolph Ziggler then runs in the ring from behind and ambushes Kofi. Dolph beats Kofi down all over the ring and ringside. Ziggler uses a steel chair on Kofi, and then trainers and referees come out and check on Kofi. They end up putting Kofi on a stretcher and taking him to he back. At the top of the stage, Kofi gets off the stretcher and slowly walks backstage on his own.
– We see Roman Reigns arriving in the parking lot of the arena. He hears a guitar playing, and looks up to see Elias standing on top of one of the 18-wheelers in the parking lot and singing a song.
– RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch does an interview at the gorilla position where she says she doesn’t feel right without her two belts. Bayley joins her and briefly exchanges words with Becky.
– Charlotte & Lacey Evans vs. Becky Lynch & Bayley: Bayley and Charlotte trade blows in the opening moments, then Charlotte gets the upper hand and repeatedly stomps on Bayley’s head. Lacey tags in and continues the offense on Bayley. Charlotte tags back in, and Bayley stuns her with a knee to the face. Charlotte fires back with a spear in the corner, then Lacey and Charlotte start trading frequent tags to double team Bayley. Bayley finally gets the hot tag to Becky, and Becky cleans house. Bayley hits a flying elbow on Charlotte, and then the t-bone suplex. Charlotte fights back with an elbow to the face, then she slams Becky in the corner. Becky dodges a shot and knocks Lacey off the apron, but then Charlotte boots Becky in the face. Charlotte looks for the Figure Four, but Becky escapes and they trade roll-up attempts. Becky goes for the Disarm Her on Charlotte, but Lacey breaks it up. Bayley tags in and dumps Lacey outside, then she goes at it with Charlotte. Charlotte looks for the Figure Four, but Bayley reverses into a rollup for the three count on Charlotte.
Winners: Bayley & Becky Lynch
– Backstage, Jinder Mahal assaults R-Truth and tries to pin him, but Truth fights him off. Carmella tries to help Truth hide, but The B Team grabs him next. The B Team fights about which member should in him, and Truth ends up dropping them both and then running off.
– Dolph Ziggler is backstage for an interview, but he ends up taking the interviewer’s mic and says he’s going to go address the fans. Dolph walks through the gorilla position and out to the top of the stage. Dolph says if he was in the crowd he would boo him too. Ziggler is upset that Kofi got the opportunity and knocked it out of the park, and Ziggler thinks it should have been him instead. Ziggler says Kofi’s success should be his, and at Super Show Down he’s going to take Kofi’s WWE Title.
– We see a video package looking at the history between Triple H and Randy Orton, and their match at Super Show Down.
– Shane McMahon comes out to the stage with a microphone, and he introduces “SmackDown Live’s greatest acquisition,” Elias.
– Roman Reigns vs. Elias: Shane is at ringside for this one. Reigns starts off strong, but Elias fights back after a low blow that the ref didn’t call. Reigns fights back with a series of clotheslines in the corner, and then a big boot. Reigns looks for a Superman Punch, but Shane causes a distraction from ringside and Elias strikes. Reigns fights back and punches Elias in the corner. Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop off the turnbuckle, but Elias escapes and powerbombs Reigns off the corner for a two count. Elias looks for a suplex, but Reigns fights out and hits some headbutts and punches. Elias comes back with a knee to the face. Reigns comes back with the Superman Punch. Reigns covers, but Shane puts Elias’ foot on the rope. Reigns runs around the ring now and hits the Drive By kick on Shane on the floor. Elias rolls outside and beats down Reigns at ringside now. Elias throws Reigns back in the ring and then he goes up top. Elias hits a flying elbow drop for a two count. Elias rips the cover off one of the turnbuckles. The ref goes to fix the turnbuckle, and Shane slides the guitar in the other side of the ring for Elias to use. Elias picks it up, but before he can use it, Reigns hits the Superman Punch for the three count.
Winner: Roman Reigns
– After the match, Shane attacks Roman and picks up the guitar. Before Shane can use the guitar, Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Shane. Reigns picks up the guitar and walks towards Shane, but then Drew McIntyre hits the ring and attacks Reigns. Shane raises Drew’s arm in the air as SmackDown goes off the air.