The dilemma between The New Day and Kevin Owens intensified, as Owens continued to target WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Elsewhere, the SmackDown LIVE representative’s in the Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Matches were announced.
For the first time ever in WWE, Becky Lynch took on Women’s Money in the Bank participant Bayley on SmackDown LIVE. Lynch looked to secure a victory against her fellow Horsewoman before her two title defenses at WWE Money in the Bank, and Bayley searched for the most significant victory of her blue brand tenure.
The Hugger looked to be in rare form as the contest progressed, getting Becky Two Belts on her heels with a series of impactful strikes that had Lynch reeling. However, in the clutch, The Irish Lass Kicker countered Bayley’s flying elbow by getting her knees up, leaving Bayley vulnerable for the Dis-arm-her, which Lynch locked in to secure a hard-fought submission victory.
Becky couldn’t celebrate for long though, as Charlotte Flair appeared out of nowhere and knocked The Man out of the ring with a massive kick to the face before hurling Bayley shoulder-first into the ring post and exiting the arena with a smug smile.
All four of SmackDown LIVE’s entrants into the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match squared off, as Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor & Ali teamed up to take on Randy Orton & Andrade.
With all four Superstars wanting to lay waste to the competition prior to the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view, no one was bashful in pulling out all the stops. Each Superstar shined, but in the pivotal moments, Ali and Finn held off outside interference from Zelina Vega, allowing the duo to set up Ali to connect with an awe-inspiring 450 Splash on Andrade to get the win.
The loss did not sit well with Orton, who immediately hit the RKO on Finn after the match, but Ali would not allow the same fate to happen to him, fending off Orton as all four began to eye the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
With yet another savage assault of The New Day under his belt, Kevin Owens had been promising that Xavier Woods would appear as a guest on “The Kevin Owens Show,” despite being pulverized by KO earlier in the evening.
Owens called for Woods to arrive before introducing an Xavier Woods action figure and propping it up in the guest’s chair. KO added a Big E action figure (complete with a bandaged leg) and asked them a few condescending questions, insulting The New Day and suggesting that Kofi stole his WrestleMania moment. Owens’ tirade was cut short though, when an impassioned Kingston stormed down to get a piece of his challenger. The Dreadlocked Dynamo chucked Owens over the announce table and dropped a chair on top of him before Owens gouged his eyes and escaped through the WWE Universe … at least for now.
In other action … Kevin Owens crashed Kofi Kingston’s exclusive interview and caused havoc … The Hardy Boyz addressed their future as SmackDown Tag Team Champions before Lars Sullivan attacked … Kairi Sane & Asuka def. local competitors … Roman Reigns got placed in a surprising matchup … and Roman Reigns def. The B-Team with Elias as the Special Guest Referee Enforcer.