SmackDown Recap: May 5
S2016 episode 869 Aired on May 5, 2016

On Monday’s Raw, Stephanie McMahon’s cancelation of the “Ambrose Asylum” and reintroduction of the “Highlight Reel” served as a prelude to aruthless assault by “best in the world at what he does” on The Lunatic Fringe. Relishing in his adversaries’ injuries, Chris Jericho kicked off SmackDown by making it clear that Dean Ambrose wouldn’t be on the show. Instead, the WWE Universe would get the “gift of Jericho.”

Bringing Sami Zayn onto his longstanding talk show, The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla chastised his guest for attacking Kevin Owens on Raw and called him a “thief” for raising The Miz’s Intercontinental Title over his head. Mocking Jericho, Zayn made it clear that his actions had been in response to what KO did to him at WWE Payback.

Following a war of words on the “Highlight Reel,” Intercontinental Champion Miz went to battle against a very game Sami Zayn. But as they fought, Kevin Owens opted to make a surprise entrance to add his voice to the SmackDown announce team. His presence was not destined to stay peaceful by a long shot, however. After a verbal altercation between The Prizefighter and Zayn, Owens attacked his onetime friend from behind and brought an end to the contest by disqualification.

A two-on-one assault by KO and The Awesome One quickly brought Cesaro into the mix to even the odds. But in spite of the fact that he was able to clear the ring of the aggressors, it is worth noting that The Swiss Superman accidently nailed Zayn when Miz sidestepped his attack. And in the end, Cesaro was holding the Intercontinental Title high above his head. 

On Monday, though AJ Styles refused to use a chair to attack WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, his assault on The Usos provoked The Big Dog to unleash a furious assault on The Phenomenal One.

On SmackDown, Jey and Jimmy Uso once again went head-to-head against Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, with both Reigns and Styles keeping watch at ringside. But when Anderson pushed the World Champion’s head with his boot as the black clad titleholder was checking in with his downed cousin outside the ring, The Big Dog attacked. This ignited a brawl between the six Superstars that forced the referee to throw out the match entirely.

But that would not be the end of the action by a longshot as the match was soon restarted as a Six-Man Tag Team Match.

After the main event tag team match pitting The Usos against Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson descended into chaos, the match was resumed as an explosive Six-Man Tag Team showdown!

In the height of the outrageous knockdown, drag-out contest that followed, Roman Reigns almost split Anderson in half with a Spear that ultimately brought the three-count. In the aftermath, Reigns and Styles were left in an intense staredown that promised things would get a lot more intense en route to the Extreme Rules WWE World Heavyweight Title Match. 

In other action... The Vaudevillains def. The Social Outcasts’ Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas... Becky Lynch & Natalya vs. Charlotte & Emma... and Rusev def. Zack Ryder.

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