WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
May 1, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with Daniel Bryan making his way down to the ring for his match against King Baron Corbin. Bryan gets on the microphone and says it’s no secret that he loves what he does. And one of the things he loves most is tackling new challenges, trying new things. That’s why he is excited that in 9 days, he gets a chance to compete in the most unique Money in the Bank match in history. Because it won’t take place in the ring, it’s taking place in WWE headquarters.
Bryan says it’s 6 men and 6 women all fighting at the same time from the ground floor to the roof. Because inside is a contract for a championship match anytime, any place. And that’s wild. Bryan says he has competed in a lot of wild places. Bars, gas stations, pawn shop parking lots. But it’s the first time he has competed in an office building. He doesn’t know the rules. Can he just take the elevator to the roof? Will he get fined if he breaks something expensive? Is it true that Mr. McMahon has real dinosaur bones in his office?
Daniel says he is excited and he is excited for the opportunity. And no one knows more about than him. Because 9 years ago, he couldn’t get booked on SmackDown. And then he won the Money in the Bank match and shortly after, he cashed it in on Big Show and won the world championship for the first time. Daniel Bryan WWE champion was something that most people thought was impossible. Winning the Money in the Bank match was the pivotal moment of his WWE career. That’s what spawned the yes movement, him main eventing WrestleMania. And that’s what proved to everyone that he belonged in the WWE with the very best.
Bryan says he is also a little sad because he was hoping that his coach and good friend Drew Gulak would get to compete with him. That he would have an opportunity just like he did. But unfortunately, King Corbin ruined it for Drew. Bryan calls out Corbin.
Out comes Corbin who tells Bryan he would be careful what he wishes for when calling out a King. His kind makes Daniel’s kind suffer. Just like he did to his coach as we see a clip of last week’s SmackDown where Cesaro and Nakamura attacked Bryan and Corbin took advantage to beat Gulak.
Corbin said that felt good but Bryan should stop dreaming about winning Money in the Bank. And he’s not the only one to win that match before. Corbin says he will stand tall on top of that ladder looking down at the rest as King Money in the Bank. Bryan tells him what he will do when he wins? If he will squander his opportunity like last time. There have been 23 Money in the Bank winners and Corbin is one of 4 people to completely blow it. How does that even happen? Bryan says he can surprise people, go in and cash it in. And he blew it. Bryan says that makes him a loser, not a king.
Baron Corbin says a lot of things have changed. When Bryan won it, he was hungry and now he’s desperate. Corbin says he was strong when he won it but he’s stronger and smarter now. And he will show that to him right now.
Daniel Bryan vs. King Baron Corbin
The bell rings and we are under way. Corbin gets Bryan in the corner and Bryan gets out of it. Bryan with a kick to the thigh. Corbin gets Bryan in the corner and a right hand followed by a forearm by Corbin as the referee breaks it up. Bryan with kicks to the leg as he tries to take Corbin down. Corbin gets back up and a shoulder block takes Bryan down.
Corbin runs to the ropes but Bryan with a drop kick to the knee takes Corbin down. Bryan with a kick to the back followed by a kick to Corbin’s left hamstring. A single leg take down by Bryan after Corbin gets back up. Bryan continues to go after Corbin’s leg as he gets a leg lock in but Corbin reaches the ropes.
The referee breaks it up as Bryan backs off. Both men back up as Corbin takes Bryan down with a front lock take down. Bryan reverses it into a leg submission. Corbin gets out of it as Bryan goes for another kick but Corbin counters it and right hands by Corbin to the side of the face. Corbin gets Bryan up and a right hand knocks Bryan back down. Corbin bad mouthing Bryan as he hits him with elbows.
Forearms by Corbin as Bryan fights back with right hands and kicks to the legs. The referee breaks it up as Corbin hits Bryan with a right hand. Corbin slams Bryan’s head into the turnbuckle. He places Bryan on the top rope but Bryan fights back with right hands. Corbin with a big right hand knocks Bryan onto the outside. He throws Bryan into the ring post.
Back from commercial, Corbin is in control in the ring. Corbin goes for a power bomb but Bryan lands on his feet, goes for a crucifix cover but Corbin kicks out. A knee to the stomach by Corbin as he quickly gets up. He slams Bryan into the corner. He runs towards Bryan, slides under the ropes, gets back in and hits Bryan with a clothesline. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out.
Corbin with a knee to the side of the face. He gets Bryan in the corner and starts to work on Bryan’s left shoulder which was thrown into the ring post earlier in the match. Corbin continues to work on Bryan’s shoulder. He sends Bryan to the ropes, Corbin slides under the ring and Bryan with a suicide dive takes Corbin into the barricade. Corbin is thrown back in the ring, Bryan with a drop kick off the top rope.
Bryan with a kick to the back followed by a kick to Corbin’s left hamstring. Bryan takes Corbin out and an ankle lock in the middle of the ring. Bryan lets go of the ankle lock and stomps on Corbin’s Achilles. He goes for the cover but Corbin kicks out. Bryan again with another cover but Corbin kicks out. And again but once more Corbin kicks out. Bryan with an uppercut. He runs and hits Corbin in the corner with the double knees. He runs towards Corbin but Corbin lands the Deep Six. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out.
Both men down in the ring. Right hands by Corbin but Bran reverses it into a half crab as Corbin reaches the ropes. Corbin slides onto the ring apron as Bryan stomps on Corbin and Corbin falls to the outside. Bryan with as suicide dive but Corbin catches him. Cryan with a kick to the left leg followed by a kick to the face. Corbin grabs a ladder and throws it onto Bryan as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, Daniel Bryan
Baron Corbin argues with the referee after the match. Corbin grabs the ladder and places it in the ring as he throws Bryan into the ring. Corbin goes for the End of Days but Bryan reverses it. He places Corbin on top of the ladder and gets the Yes Lock in on Corbin.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro get in the ring as Nakamura kicks Bryan to break it up. Cesaro grabs the ladder and knocks Bryan out of the ring with it. Corbin grabs Bryan and throws him off the stage into the ladders.
Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss are backstage. They are seen getting along as Bliss hands him a t-shirt of hers as he wipes his face with it and hands it back to her. She drops it to the floor as he walks away.
Out comes the WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman. He says Wyatt can try to give him gifts to remind him of the past. As he’s talking, the FireFly Fun House starts. Wyatt says tonight he has something special in store for everyone. It’s story time.
Wyatt says tonight’s tale is a true story called “The Black Sheep” as he holds up a book cover with a black sheep face. He says once upon a time, there was a black sheep and he looked a lot like Strowman. He was big, he smelled a little funny but he was stronger than any other animal on the farm. The good shepherd who was very smart, handsome saw the black sheep alone./ And he took him to his home and he raised the black sheep and taught him well. And in return, the black sheep protected the farm. But one day the selfish black sheep left in search of greener pastors. He dint say thank you or good bye. No note, nothing. The shepherd was very sad.
Why would you leave me he cried. His cries fell on deaf ears. And eventually, all of his other animals abandoned him as well and the shepherd was all alone. And he lost the entire farm. The end.
Wyatt says that’s a pretty sad ending. Let’s come up with a happier ending he says. One where the shepherd finds the black sheep and he reminds him of his mistakes. And he takes away what makes him happiest and then the shepherd will take the black sheep to the slaughter house.
Strowman cuts him up and says he’s done with puppets and Firefly Fun House. If he has something to say, to come down to the ring and say it to his face. Wyatt smiles and waves.
We see a video of Make a Wish’s 40th anniversary with John Cena narrating it.
The bell rings and we are under way. Ruff with a drop kick. He goes for another but Sheamus moves out of the way. HE sends Ruff to the ropes and Ruff with a kick to the face. Sheamus grabs him but back elbows. Sheamus with a back breaker. He looks at Michael Cole and gives him another back breaker. A third back breaker by Sheamus onto Ruff as he tosses him to the outside.
Ruff stands up as Sheamus lifts him up and has him on the ring apron. Sheamus clubbing away at Ruff’s chest. He places Ruff in the corner and hits him with the Brogue Kick. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
After the match, Sheamus walks to Cole and asks him if he will talk about his good mate Jeff Hardy. Cole says yes as we see a clip of Jeff Hardy, Chapter Four: The Comeback.
Sheamus asks if Jeff Hardy will be on SmackDown next week and Cole says he will. Sheamus says he’ll be there too.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Otis and Mandy Rose. She asks him about his match with Dolph Ziggler. He says he beat Ziggler at WrestleMania and tonight he will beat him again. He will get the Money in the Bank contract not just for him but for his beautiful peach.
Mandy calls Sonya her former best friend. Mandy says what Sonya did hurt her but she’s looking forward and not back. And her focus is on Carmella, she’s a former champion and even the Money in the Bank. But just like Otis, they will both win the Money in the Bank matches. But first things first, she got this as she gives Otis a kiss on the cheek.