WWE SmackDown Recap: May 21, 2019
S19 episode 20 Aired on May 21, 2019


Roman Reigns took on Elias in a Money in the Bank rematch, with it clear that Shane McMahon would be doing everything in his power to slow The Big Dog down prior to WWE Super ShowDown … including using the Wild Card Rule to his advantage. Elsewhere, Big E returned to SmackDown LIVE … but so did Dolph Ziggler, and he made it clear he is coming for WWE Champion Kofi Kingston.

Following the heated interaction earlier in the night, Kofi Kingston and Sami Zayn squared off on SmackDown LIVE.

What would have already been an incredibly contentious contest was made even tenser when Big E was attacked prior to the match, claiming it was Kevin Owens who had blindsided him behind. With Xavier Woods tending to Big E and KO having walked off earlier in the evening, Kingston and Zayn went at it on the blue brand all by themselves.

After a back-and-forth contest, Kingston connected flush with the Trouble in Paradise for a big-time victory. However, The Dreadlocked Dynamo’s celebration was cut short when, at first, Paul Heyman appeared, suggesting that Brock Lesnar could potentially be ready to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. No cash-in occurred, but Kingston was presented with another challenge when he was suddenly assaulted by Dolph Ziggler. The returning Ziggler, who has not been seen since the Royal Rumble Match in January, viciously assaulted Kofi with a steel chair, leaving him laying as trainers and doctors rushed to the aid of the WWE Champion. Ziggler exited, looking as intense and defiant as ever. Kingston was initially carted up the ramp on a stretcher, but he refused to let Ziggler keep him down and exited on his own power.

Dolph Ziggler shocked the WWE Universe earlier in the evening when he blindsided WWE Champion Kofi Kingston with a vicious assault. Now, Ziggler returned to explain his actions, saying that everything Kofi has gone through over the past several months of his incredible journey to becoming WWE Champion should have been him. A clearly bothered and emotional Ziggler then stated that it indeed would be him … when he defeated Kofi for the WWE Title at WWE Super ShowDown on June 7.

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Looking to course-correct after being defeated with ease by The Big Dog on Sunday night at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view event, Elias (with Shane McMahon in his corner) squared off against Roman Reigns.

With Shane hoping to see Roman worn down prior to their match at WWE Super ShowDown, Elias looked for every shortcut to get an edge over The Big Dog (including constant interference from Shane-O-Mac). However, Reigns would not be slowed down, going as far to hit Shane with a Drive-by. Elias had a glimmer of hope when he connected with a massive top-rope elbow drop, but Reigns got his shoulder up.

In the pivotal moments, Elias grabbed a guitar, but Reigns knocked the instrument out of his hands. This left The Living Truth wide open for a Spear that secured Roman the victory. There would be no celebration though, as Shane immediately pounced on Roman, striking him with a flurry of punches and then grabbed the guitar, clearly with plans of attacking The Big Dog, but Reigns Superman Punched him before he could ever use it. Roman grabbed the guitar, possibly looking to make a little music of his own against Shane, but he was stopped in his tracks by a surprise Claymore Kick from Drew McIntyre.

The Wild Card Rule had struck again … and clearly Shane-O-Mac was going to use it to the fullest extent possible to silence The Big Dog’s bark.

In other action … Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn crashed Big E’s welcome-back party … Carmella vs. Mandy Rose ended with a 24/7 Championship chase of R-Truth … Ali def. Andrade … and
Becky Lynch & Bayley def. Charlotte Flair & Lacey Evans.

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