WWE SmackDown Recap: June 5, 2018
S18 episode 23 Aired on June 5, 2018

With WWE Money in the Bank momentum being the theme of the night, all of SmackDown’s participants in the Men’s Ladder Match did battle, as The New Day squared off against The Miz, Rusev and Samoa Joe in Six-Man Tag Team action. Elsewhere, Charlotte Flair took on Becky Lynch, and Jimmy Uso & Naomi faced Lana & Aiden English.

With Paige hosting the contract signing between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura for their Last Man Standing Match for the title at WWE Money in the Bank, the tension was palpable as the two Superstars eyed one another down in the backstage area. With WWE personnel on hand, Styles looked The King of Strong Style dead in the eyes and pronounced that Nakamura could not defeat him straight up and that he would leave WWE Money in the Bank as he came in: as WWE Champion.

WWE’s Rockstar, not shaken by Styles’ statement, flung a pen at The Phenomenal One, instantly enraging AJ. Right then and there, Styles wanted to come to blows with Nakamura, urging him to stand up, but Shinsuke simply remained seated. Styles became more enraged by Nakamura’s refusal to engage, finally slapping The Artist across the face, causing WWE officials to escort Styles away from the contract signing. Seemingly unphased by AJ’s actions, Nakamura signed the contract and looked to Paige, making one simple statement: “Last. Man. Standing.”

Two best friends collided on SmackDown LIVE, as Charlotte Flair squared off against Becky Lynch, with both looking score a monumental victory before the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match in less than two weeks.

Becky and Charlotte, who are no strangers to one another, had the WWE Universe on the edge of their seats during their latest collision. Just when it seemed that The Queen was close to locking in the Figure-Eight Leglock, Lynch quickly countered into the Dis-arm-her for the tapout win.

After the match, even with Money in the Bank literally looming, Flair and Lynch still showed mutual respect, as Becky helped Charlotte up after the contest. Unfortunately, there will be no such camaraderie during the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match in Chicago.

The New Day squared off against The Miz, Samoa Joe & Rusev in a Six-Man Tag Team Match in a battle of Superstars who will represent SmackDown LIVE in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Despite the WWE Universe still not knowing who The New Day will choose to represent their squadron in the Money in the Bank Match, Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods fought freely in the face of tough opposition. To counteract, The A-Lister, Samoan Submission Machine and Bulgarian Brute looked to cut the ring off and ground and pound the energetic group.

It appeared that Miz, Joe and Rusev were closing in on victory after Joe took out Xavier with the Coquina Clutch and Rusev leveled an airborne Kofi with a Machka Kick. However, when there was a miscommunication in trying to hit Big E with a plate of pancakes, Miz accidentally threw the flapjacks at Joe and Rusev, and both men decimated The A-Lister. Left alone, Miz was easy pickings for The New Day, and they dropped him with the Midnight Hour pick up the victory.

Who The New Day will put in the Money in the Bank Match is still a massive mystery, but tonight, one thing was for sure: New Day rocked!

In other action … Carmella “unmasked” Asuka … Asuka def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville … Karl Anderson def. Harper … Jimmy Uso & Naomi def. Aiden English & Lana … and AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura signed the contract for their WWE Title Match at WWE Money in the Bank.

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