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Bray Wyatt sets the table for a Wyatt Family Reunion with the new WWE Universal Champion

WWE SmackDown! Review: April 11th

Welcome to another WWE SmackDown! Review.

This was the first episode of SmackDown after WrestleMania 36, and we know that these shows after WrestleMania are normally full of shocks and surprises. This episode was no different. Let’s look back over the action from WWE SmackDown! April 11th edition.

Braun Strowman introduces himself as the new WWE Universal Champion

The new WWE Universal Champion, Braun Strowman started the show. Strowman was talking about how he took advantage of the opportunity he was given and how he became Champion at WrestleMania. Before Strowman really got started, he was interrupted by Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura was ready to make a statement, by creating an opportunity for himself, by challenging Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship. Who wouldn’t want to see Nakamura in the title picture? Nakamura began speaking his native Japanese to the Champ, presumably talking more trash to Strowman. All I can say is, if there was an audience in attendance, this segment would have been received very well. Nakamura’s teammate, Cesaro, tried to surprise Strowman from behind but was left to scurry back up the ramp, joined by Nakamura. The challenge was accepted. The natch between Braun Strowman and Shinsuke Nakamura was made official for later on in the night.

Braun Strowman is the new Universal Champion

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs The Kabuki Warriors for the WWE Women’s Tag-Team Championships

The first match of this week’s SmackDown was a WrestleMania rematch between Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross defending their WWE Women’s Tag-Team Championships against the Kabuki Warriors, Asuka and Kairi Sane. This match started strongly in favour of the Kabuki Warriors. The challengers made several quick tags in the first moments of the match. Alexa Bliss looked to be in for a long night. Bliss was desperate to get a tag to her partner Nikki Cross, but Asuka and Kairi Sane were in complete control, continuing with quick tags to one another. One of my favourite parts of this match was when Asuka just ran over to the announcer’s table, jumped up on it, and grabbed a headset to start frantically commentating in Japanese. I have no idea what she said; all I do know is that I love Asuka.

Smackdown returned from commercial, and Nikki Cross was in the ring. Fantastic. Alexa Bliss could catch her breath. Although, Sane was leading the match, dominating Cross. Sane made a quick tag to her partner, Asuka. Cross somehow countered an attack from Asuka into a pinning predicament. Cross followed up with a quick tag to Bliss. Bliss brought the attack to Asuka momentarily before tagging Cross back in. Cross took out Kairi sane during this section of the match. Cross even knocked Asuka off the apron before leaping to tag Bliss back in. Alexa Bliss then took one heck of a risk in attempts to retain the Tag-Team Championships. With her opponents on the outside of the ring, Bliss jumped to the top rope to perform her signature Twisted Bliss to the outside and hit it successfully. What a chance to take! It seemed to be quite a turning point in the match, however, as soon after diving to the outside, Bliss tagged Cross back into the match and Cross took out the challengers to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Bliss and Cross retain their Tag-Team Championships

Winners, and still WWE Women’s Tag-Team Champions: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross

Ladies and Gentleman, Elias

Elias was back, after his match at WrestleMania against King Corbin. Elias had a WrestleMania victory song to sing. The song was accompanied with a video montage of all of Elias’ best moments to date. Elias got through the whole song without getting attacked or interrupted, which was unexpected. Would we see more from Elias on this week’s SmackDown?

Elias delivers an uninterrupted performance

Dolph Ziggler vs Tucker

Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville made there way down to the commentary desk, Furious with the video packages that had been released recently, showing how they both betrayed Mandy Rose. Ziggler claimed that the videos were explicitly edited to paint himself and Deville in a bad light. Heavy Machinery member, Tucker, then made his way to the ring, to have yet another match against Ziggler. Tucker was very aggressive in this match. One week ago, these two faced off, where Ziggler slammed Tucker onto the steel steps. Tucker was out for revenge. Dolph wasn’t going to go out easily. As Tucker was bringing the fight to his opponent, Ziggler continued to fight back. Ziggler hit Tucker with a forceful super-kick directly to the face, to pick up the pin-fall victory.

25 years of Triple H

WWE showed a video package that in 2 weeks, SmackDown will be airing Triple H’s 25th-anniversary special, at this time there is no additional information in terms of what to expect, but in terms of being a fan of Triple H’s career, this should be great. We have to remember that this is WWE and that WWE’s anniversary’s do not usually go to plan.

WWE to celebrate 25 years of Triple H

The Dirt Sheet with The Miz and John Morrison

The Dirt Sheet started with Miz and Morrison recapping WrestleMania with an extremely annoying new catchphrase, ‘That’s Good News’. The Duo are entertaining, but then they performed a live performance of their single, ‘Miz and Morrison, Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho’. Oh my God.

Thankfully, The Uso’s interrupted and saved me from throwing a controller at my TV screen.

The Uso came down to the ring looking for a WrestleMania rematch. The Uso’s were then joined by The New Day, who announced that next week, there would be a WrestleMania rematch for the Tag-Team Championships involving one participant from each team that did not compete at WrestleMania. At WrestleMania, we had a three-way match between Kofi Kingston, Jimmy Uso and John Morrison. So, next week on SmackDown, we are scheduled to have a Triple-Threat Match for the WWE Tag-Team Championships between Big E, The Miz and Jay Uso.

The Forgotten Sons vs Lucha House Party

The Forgotten Sons previously from NXT, made their SmackDown debut on this show. Steve Cutler began the match with his brutal fighting style on display. The Forgotten Sons had several quick tags in this match, keeping themselves fresh, and grounding their opponents. Lucha House Party seemed to just take the punishment from The Forgotten Sons. Gran Metalik of Lucha House Party made a tag into the match, and his athleticism was on show. The momentum of Gran Metalik did not last long as Steve Cutler tagged back in to deliver a powerful dive from the top rope to pick up the pin-fall victory. The Forgotten Sons have proved that they are a force to be reckoned with, and are now here on SmackDown.

Sasha Banks and Bayley Promo

Sasha Banks made her way to the ring, followed by the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley. Banks and Bayley wanted to talk about WrestleMania, specifically the Fatal-5-Way match for the WWE Women’s Championship. Bayley retained her championship at WrestleMania, with Sasha Banks deserving a lot of credit for that. Bayley continued to run her mouth about her friendship with Bank not being affected by Banks being in the match, although in this promo, Banks teased very subtly that she will turn on Bayley. Tamina then interrupted and straight out told Bayley that she deserves a one on one Championship match. Bayley accepted the challenge, under the condition that Tamina must defeat Sasha Banks, next week on SmackDown. Banks’ face said it all. Soon enough, Banks will turn on Bayley, and it will be incredible.

Sasha Banks and Bayley comment on the WrestleMania Womens Championship match.

Braun Strowman vs Shinsuke Nakamura

After defeating Goldberg at WrestleMania 36, for the WWE Universal Championship. Braun Strowman was in his first match as Champion against Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura brought as much fight as he could, but momentum was clearly in Strowman’s corner as he completely ran through Nakamura in this match. Strowman delivered his signature running power-slam to defeat Nakamura via pin-fall.

Braun Strowman is the new WWE Universal Champion

Bray Wyatt pays The Universal Champion a visit

Then, we were given a surprise Firefly Fun House. Bray Wyatt went on to say that he was Braun’s creator and Braun betrayed him. Bray was the leader of the Wyatt Family in which he took in, Braun Strowman. Bray believes that he built Braun into what he is today, and character-wise, Bray isn’t wrong. The purpose of Bray’s appearance was clear.

Will Bray Wyatt reclaim the Universal Championship

Bray wants the WWE Universal Championship back. The history that these two have make a¬†Championship match between the two, very exciting. Bray did wave Strowman goodbye from the Firefly Fun House. Then the WWE Universal Champion, Braun Strowman, interrupted to say that he was not going to play these mind games and that if Bray Wyatt wants a Championship match, the Universal Champion, Braun Strowman is more than willing to ‘Let Him In’.

Written by James Corcoran

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