Friday Night SmackDown Results 5/30: On the final show en route to WWE Payback, SmackDown played host to both a Champion vs. Champion Match and a Last Man Standing showdown.
After feeling the wrath of Evolution in a Raw Contract Signing gone south, an extremely focused and intense Shield reemerged, wondering just how crazy their Payback opponents are willing to get when two of the greatest factions in WWE history go head-to-head in a No Holds Barred Elimination Match this Sunday.
In the first match of the night, Paul Heyman joined the SmackDown announce team to watch his Superstar Cesaro in action against Kofi Kingston. In the height of the matchup, The King of Swing countered The Wildcat’s aerial assault with a vicious uppercut for the victory.
As Divas Champion Paige took on Tamina, her unpredictable No. 1 Contender, Alicia Fox, emerged, creating a major distraction by doing everything from taking selfies to “borrowing” the Divas Title. Despite Fox’s antics, Paige overcame Tamina by making her tap out to the Scorpion Crosslock.
Bo Dallas scored a huge Friday night win over the up-and-coming Xavier Woods with his running “Bo-Dog”.
EL Torito may have started his SmackDown match against Jinder Mahal completely tailless, but his humiliation wouldn’t stop the pint-sized Superstar from besting his opponent with the “Bull-Sault.”
With Paul Heyman returning to the SmackDown announce team, not wanting to miss a chance to profess the attributes of his own Superstar, Cesaro, Sheamus overcame his fellow possessor of gold with a furious Brogue Kick. The Celtic Warrior then climbed out of the ring and sent a message of his own to The King of Swing by intimidating his outspoken advocate.
As an American flag waving Big E prepared to battle Titus O’Neil, Lana emerged to speak the praises of the Russian flag and Rusev – who now resides in Russia – all while demanding the subjugation of the people of the United States. After Big E decimated The Real Deal and finished him off with The Big Ending, both he and his Payback opponent began to feverishly wave their respective flags.
After turning his match against Jack Swagger into an in-ring party, Adam Rose trapped The Real American’s legs with his feet to pick up a rather strange three-count.
Though Jimmy Uso took him to hell and back, when the battling Samoan missed The Eater of Worlds and inadvertently collided with the steel ring steps, Bray finished off the highflyer by delivering Sister Abigail onto the ringside floor.