Smackdown Live (4/16/2019): Recap & Results

Smackdown Live (4/16/2019)

The Mix brings you Ringside Intel’s recap and results for tonight’s Smackdown Live (4/16/2019) broadcast. Show starts at 8 pm EST. Vince McMahon will announce a major acquisition for the Smackdown Live roster. Tweet and follow @RingsideIntel on Twitter.

Smackdown Live: 8 pm EST

Show opens up and Kevin Owens comes out for an edition of The Kevin Owens Show. His hometown Montreal crowd gives him a big ovation. His guest is WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, who comes out with his New Day brother Xavier Woods. Owens congratulates Kofi on his stunning achievement at WrestleMania. He stands and claps along with the audience in honor of Kofi, and Kofi shows his gratitude for the sentiment. Owens then points out that Big E isn’t there and Woods reveals that E was injured in a match last week.

Owens says that Kofi has some important real estate on his shoulder right now and he’s never needed backup more. He offers to be an honorary member of New Day in Big E’s stead. After proving that he can shake his hips with the best of them, and with the approval of the crowd chanting “Oui!”, Owens is made a New Day member. Kofi, Owens and Woods then dance around in the ring as the crowd chants “New Day rocks!”


Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor’s music hits, revealing that he will now be making the jump from Raw to Smackdown.

Singles Match: IC Champ Finn Balor vs. Mustafa Ali

Balor wins after delivering a Coup De Grace to Ali.

Winner: Finn Balor

After the match, Balor and Ali shake hands to show each other respect.


Backstage, Kofi and Woods are completing their induction of Kevin Owens into their team by having him finish a whole platter of pancakes.


Singles Match: Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair

Charlotte locks up the Figure-8 and forces Carmella to tap out.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

After the match, as R-Truth is tending to the beaten Carmella, Lars Sullivan suddenly comes stalking out to the ring. Truth waves him away but Sullivan instead keeps coming. Then the two men start to scrap in the ring. Truth fires off a big attack but it has no effect on Sullivan, who returns fire with a big slam. Sullivan then turns to look at Carmella in an intimidating fashion, and she warily makes her way out of there. Sullivan turns back to Truth and hits him with a running sitout powerbomb.


Double Women’s Champion Becky Lynch comes out to the ring to cut a promo. Ember Moon interrupts her and challenges her to a match. But then Bayley enters, making the jump from Raw to Smackdown, and she joins the conversation. Women’s Tag Champs The IIconics come out and bust Bayley’s chops over how they took her and Sasha Banks’ titles. Then Paige comes out to the main stage. She’s about to introduce a team, but then Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville come out. They tell Paige that they need no introduction.

Paige stops them short and explains that she wasn’t going to introduce those two after all. She is going to introduce a new team: Asuka & Kairi Sane. All the women end up brawling in the ring.

8-Woman Tag Team Match: Ember Moon, Bayley, Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Tag Champs The IIconics, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

Sane nails Peyton Royce with the In-Sane Elbow for the 3-count.

Winners: Ember Moon, Bayley, Asuka & Kairi Sane


6-Man Tag Team Match: New Day vs. Cesaro, Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura

All New Day members hit their finishers in sequence to win the match.

Winners: New Day


Vince McMahon comes out to announce what he says is the biggest acquisition in the history of Smackdown Live. Then he brings out Elias. Everyone seems confused by this, but Elias says that clearly Vince knows what WWE stands for. And what better way to kickoff a new era of Smackdown, he says, than walking with Elias. The crowd boos him. Elias says he knows the fans are all bummed out because AJ Styles is gone from Smackdown, but this place will soon become the Temple of Elias. Elias starts to strum his guitar. But then Roman Reigns‘ music hits.

The crowd goes wild as it becomes apparent Reigns is the latest addition to the Smackdown roster. Elias prepares for a fight and Reigns obliges him. Reigns nails Elias with a Superman Punch. Then Vince starts trash talking Reigns and giving him hell. The crowd starts to rumble as Reigns eyes the boss. Then he charges and leaps and plants the Superman Punch on Vince’s chin and drops him cold. The crowd roars and Reigns grabs the mic saying, “This is my yard now.” Reigns starts to leave and Elias helps Vince, who is still rocked.

Reigns ends up reaching the entrance-way, then turns around and returns to the ring to Spear Elias. Then, finally, Reigns leaves. Both Elias and Vince stagger around the ring with invisible stars swirling around their heads.

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