WWE SmackDown Recap: April 9, 2019
S19 episode 15 Aired on April 9, 2019

Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship celebration was cut short when The Bar & Drew McIntyre crashed the party, challenging The New Day to a Six-Man Tag Team Match in the main event of SmackDown LIVE. Elsewhere, The Usos and The Hardy Boyz battled for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles, but the winners would not be able to enjoy the victory, as Lars Sullivan emerged to wreak havoc.

In an absolute dream match, The Usos defended the SmackDown Tag Team Titles against The Hardy Boyz on SmackDown LIVE.

The two legendary Hall of Fame-bound tag teams went at it with intensity as Matt & Jeff pushed the pace and staggered Jimmy & Jey with several of their signature moves. Jey regained the advantage for his team after connecting with the big splash, but the Hardys survived the onslaught. When The Charismatic Enigma avoided a double splash, The Hardy Boyz rallied, putting Jey down with a Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb that secured them their eighth Tag Team Championship reign.

The good vibes wouldn’t last long though, as Lars Sullivan arrived and picked up right where he left off after attacking Kurt Angle last night. Matt & Jeff attempted to bring the fight to the monstrous Sullivan, but The Freak laid them out with a pair of Freak Accidents and nailed Matt with a devastating flying headbutt.

The Hardy Boyz were the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions, but they were also Lars’ latest victims.

Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch continued her victory lap following her win in the WrestleMania 35 main event, but she also recalled her scrap with Lacey Evans the night before on Raw. The Man declared that she was aware of the target on her back now that she was a “champ champ” and would sleep with one eye open for the rest of her career if she had to. The Irish Lass Kicker would quickly realize that her statement may have to wind up being literal, as while she was exiting, Becky turned around right into an otherworldly Woman’s Right from Evans. Lynch was staggered and downed while The Sassy Southern Belle simply admired her very lady-like work and took off.


Before this major main event could begin, Sami Zayn arrived, seemingly ready to speak after his controversial words last night on Raw … but Zayn simply told the WWE Universe that they weren’t worth it. From there, the action got underway with The Bar and Drew McIntyre immediately applying pressure to all three members of The New Day.

The Bar isolated Big E, but The New Day survived the attack and tagged in the red-hot Kofi Kingston. The WWE Champion downed Cesaro with an awe-inspiring dive and put Sheamus down for three with a picture-perfect Trouble in Paradise. The Dreadlocked Dynamo then brought his family into the ring as he celebrated with them and The New Day after what was easily the greatest week of his career.

In other action … The Bar and Drew McIntyre crashed Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship celebration … Ali, Ricochet & Aleister Black def. Andrade, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev … Braun Strowman appeared on SmackDown LIVE and mixed it up with Samoa Joe … The IIconics def. The Brooklyn Belles to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles … and Shane McMahon addressed the WWE Universe.

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