WWE SmackDown Recap: April 16, 2019
S19 episode 16 Aired on April 16, 2019

Night two of the Superstar Shake-up saw SmackDown LIVE get hit with many surprises that included the arrivals of Roman Reigns, Finn Bálor, Bayley, Ember Moon and more. Elsewhere, The New Day appointed a new honorary member of the group after appearing on “The Kevin Owens Show.”

SmackDown LIVE’s first acquisition in the Superstar Shake-up was Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor, and he wasted no time getting right into the mix on the blue brand by facing off against Ali in non-title action.

The two Superstars pushed the pace from the jump, keeping the WWE Universe on their toes with an incredible array of offense. In the clutch, Ali appeared to have The Extraordinary Man reeling when he connected with a dazzling top-rope hurricanrana, but Bálor dodged Ali’s 054, nailed a running dropkick and clinched the win with the Coup De Grace. Finn and Ali shook hands after the bout in a display of mutual respect. What’s next for Finn after bringing the Intercontinental Championship to the blue brand?

In lieu of the massive brawl from moments prior, Asuka & Kairi Sane teamed with Bayley and Ember Moon to square off against The IIconics and Fire & Desire on SmackDown LIVE.

Asuka & Kairi showed off instant chemistry, stringing together impressive double-team offense that had their opposition reeling. Bayley and Ember Moon chipped in with some high-risk offense that put their squad firmly in control. The IIconics, Mandy and Sonya would not go quietly, but after a furious sequence, Asuka downed Royce with a Reverse DDT, setting up Kairi to connect with her breathtaking Insane Elbow for the victory.

After WWE Champion Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods gave Kevin Owens, err “Big O,” a crash course on how to properly introduce The New Day out to the ring, the newly configured group took on the imposing crew of Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev on SmackDown LIVE.

The New Day wasted no time initiating “Big O” by having him join in on their patented Unicorn Stampede, which was followed by Owens’ signature cannonball splash into the corner. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for The New Day though, as Cesaro, Nakamura & Rusev isolated Woods. Woods battled back, allowing Kingston and Owens to get into the action. The WWE Champion and “Big O” worked in tandem, allowing The New Day to score the victory when The Dreadlocked Dynamo connected with the Trouble in Paradise and Owens to hit the Stunner for a positively awesome victory.

In other action … The New Day anointed a new honorary group member on “The Kevin Owens Show” … Charlotte Flair def. Carmella; Lars Sullivan attacked R-Truth … Paige revealed SmackDown LIVE’s newest tag team … Asuka, Kairi Sane, Ember Moon & Bayley def. The IIconics, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville … and Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Kevin Owens def. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev.

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