WWE SmackDown Recap: April 23, 2019
S19 episode 17 Aired on April 23, 2019

It seemed the makeshift New Day of WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Kevin Owens was flourishing … but then the newly dubbed “Big O” shocked the WWE Universe with a jaw-dropping attack. Elsewhere, Roman Reigns faced steep repercussions for his Superman Punch to Mr. McMahon.

Looking for redemption after Andrade defeated him on night one of the Superstar Shake-up, Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor came correct for the rematch this week on SmackDown LIVE.

The Extraordinary Man brought the heat from jump street, not faltering too heavily, despite Andrade’s explosive attack and his determination to start taking down the WWE Universe’s heroes. In the clutch, Andrade seemed to be closing in on another victory when he drilled Finn with the Running Double Knees in the corner, but the Intercontinental Champion refused to stay down. Zelina Vega attempted to take out Finn with a crossbody late in the match, but Andrade was forced to catch his business manager out of the air when Finn sidestepped her. The Intercontinental Champion took advantage of the opening, dropkicking his opponent into the corner and following up with the Coup De Grace to seal an impressive victory and even the score with Andrade.

With adrenaline pumping on both sides of the ring after their heated exchange from moments prior, Bayley and Charlotte Flair squared off with a future SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity on the line.

The two longtime rivals engaged in a fierce bout, and a fearless Bayley brought the fight to The Queen. Charlotte meticulously targeted Bayley’s knees, grounding her foe and applying constant pressure. Bayley fought back by absolutely unloading on Charlotte while fighting through immense pain in her knees. The Huggable One seemed to have victory within her grasp when she hit an incredible sunset flip that had Charlotte reeling. However, The Queen survived that and everything else, and she recovered to finish Bayley off with a massive Spear.

After the match, Lynch boldly declared backstage that she will defend both her titles at WWE Money in the Bank, putting her Raw Women’s Title on the line against Lacey Evans and taking on Flair in another high-stakes bout for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

It seemed like everything was great in New Day land, with WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and honorary member Kevin Owens (or “Big O,” if you prefer) seemingly getting along great … but, clearly, The Power of Positivity can be misleadingly blinding.

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston squared off against Shinsuke Nakamura for the first time ever, as honorary New Day member Owens and Woods provided unique commentary from The New Day’s specialized announce booth, and Rusev and Lana backed up Nakamura.

Nakamura attempted to wear down the WWE Champion with his signature hard-hitting attack, but Kofi fought back with a string of several high-impact moves that appeared to have him on the verge of victory. Before Kingston could secure a pinfall, however, Rusev jumped on the WWE Champion to cause the disqualification, leading to a wild post-match brawl.

Owens and Woods teamed up to take out Rusev, but Nakamura dropped Woods with the Kinshasa. And after Kofi cleared The King of Strong Style from the ring, Owens shockingly leveled Kofi with a wicked superkick before beginning a vicious assault. “Big O” chucked Kofi into the barricade and ring post, grabbed the WWE Title and began screaming at Kingston that he hoped the WWE Champion and his kids enjoyed WrestleMania because the title would soon be his.

Kingston attempted to fight back with a few desperation punches, but the damage had already been done. Owens attempted to set Kingston up for the Apron Powerbomb on the edge of the ring, but Woods interjected and briefly took KO down. Owens soon got the best of already weakened Woods, finally taking him out with a vicious Apron Powerbomb. Woods was down, Kingston was furious while tending to his brother and Owens had made his statement: It’s a new day for KO … and the plans for that day only include winning the WWE Championship.

In other action … Elias and Shane McMahon brutally assaulted Roman Reigns … Kairi Sane def. Peyton Royce … Lars Sullivan once again demolished several Superstars … and Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair came face to face for the first time since WrestleMania.

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