WWE SmackDown Recap: April 2, 2019
S19 episode 14 Aired on April 2, 2019

WWE Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan railed on Kofi Kingston’s good name one too many times, as a passionate Kofi finally lashed out verbally just five days before challenging The Planet’s Champion for the title on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

The Miz hit the scene on SmackDown LIVE and let the WWE Universe know that he was ready to fight for retribution this Sunday against Shane McMahon in their Falls Count Anywhere Match … but, as for tonight, The Miz would have to fight for survival, as Shane set Miz up in a 1-on-3 Handicap Match against SAnitY. Before the match could begin, Shane arrived, asked for his typical “Best in the World” introduction and then stationed himself on the rampway so he could have an up-close view of this one.

With Shane clearly hoping that SAnitY would wear down The Miz prior to The Show of Shows, Miz fought valiantly despite the massive numbers disadvantage. The Miz was potentially closing in on victory, but Shane changed course, making this match a Falls Count Anywhere, just like their scrap on Sunday. Adding fuel to the fire, Shane showed the picture of him assaulting Miz’s father on the Tron, but it’s possible that tactic backfired, as Miz began to unload on all three members of SAnitY throughout the arena.

In the clutch, Miz isolated Eric Young in the parking lot, annihilating the SAnitY leader with an equipment cart for an astonishing victory. Shane McMahon threw everything he had at The Miz prior to WrestleMania, and The Miz proved he was more than ready.

Following the chaotic scene that saw all three members of the WrestleMania 35 main event arrested last night on Raw, Becky Lynch spoke about the flurry of emotions she was experiencing ahead of the biggest night of her career. The Man grabbed the microphone from Corey Graves, made a beeline for the announcer’s table, stood atop it and delivered a message that was both reflective and pointed. Lynch examined her entire yearlong journey to reach the main event of WrestleMania, promising that she would take it all this Sunday when she would make “one of those dopes tap” en route to becoming a Double Champ on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

The WWE Universe was at a fever pitch as “The New” Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston signed their names on the dotted line for their WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania.

Bryan stressed that Kofi has been complacent and a bystander in his own life and career for the past 11 years. An irate Bryan claimed that Kingston’s current position was more “fad” than “reality.” The WWE Champion told Kofi to take all of this in, because it would never get any better than this for him. That last claim finally drove Kingston over the edge, as The Dreadlocked Dynamo empathically told Bryan that he was ready for this opportunity and that the only commonality between him and Bryan was that Bryan already knows what it feels like to be WWE Champion and that, after Sunday, Kofi would know too.

In other action … AJ Styles and Randy Orton brawled during “The Kevin Owens Show” … The Usos & Aleister Black & Ricochet def. The Bar & Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev … The IIconics talked down their WrestleMania competition … Chaos broke out in 18-Person Mixed Tag Team Match … and Samoa Joe def. Ali.

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