SmackDown Recap: June 2
S2016 episode 873 Aired on June 2, 2016

The New Day kicked off SmackDown in a more serious tone (although not too serious) than the WWE Universe is used to seeing. Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston addressed Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson’s attack against them on Raw, to which the Superstars in question came out to say their piece.

It quickly became clear that Gallows and Anderson have their sights set on The New Day’s WWE Tag Team Titles, but just as their war of word started to heat up, AJ Styles appeared to make sure everyone knew that WWE belongs to The Club. The Phenomenal One then took aim at The Dreadlocked Dynamo, before challenging Kingston to a head-to-head showdown in SmackDown’s main event.

Money in the Bank madness continued on SmackDown as four of the six Superstars who have qualified thus far for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match competed in a huge tag team showdown. The big question going into the contest was if each team could work together with their “Money” clash fast approaching.

Despite their trash talking earlier in the night, Alberto Del Rio and Kevin Owens fell apart in the end after The Essence of Excellence accidentally hit his tag team partner with an enzuigiri kick, opening up a Helluva Kick from Sami Zayn for the victory.

Following the contest, an irate Owens stormed the SmackDown announce table to say he was about to give a preview of Money in the Bank. KO proceeded to drag a ladder into the ring before Cesaro ran down and sent the brash Superstar from the ring with a fierce uppercut. The Swiss Superman then climbed to the top of the ladder to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase and give the WWE Universe another possible outcome to the chaotic ladder match.

With the rest of The New Day and The Club watching at ringside, SmackDown’s main event showdown between Kofi Kingston and AJ Styles was ripe for volatility.

The Phenomenal One and The Dreadlocked Dynamo were engaged in a spectacular high-flying clash when all hell broke loose outside the ring between Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Xavier Woods and Big E. Kingston joined the fray when he took out Gallows, but when he went to get back inside the ring he was met by a Pele kick from Styles. The world renowned Superstar then hit the Styles Clash for a hard-fought victory.

In other action... Becky Lynch def. WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte by Disqualification... The Dudley Boyz def. The Golden Truth... Baron Corbin refused to enter the arena... and United States Champion Rusev def. Jack Swagger.