Just days before Shane McMahon and the “New Era” of WWE Superstars invade WWE Extreme Rules 2016, the final episode of WWE SmackDown will air on the USA Network. Unimpressed by the insurgence of new talent is current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, who is scheduled to defend his title against “The Phenomenal One” A.J. Styles on Sunday in an Extreme Rules Match. On Thursday Night SmackDown, things heated up between Styles and Reigns during the main event.
And while WWE Thursday Night SmackDown may have centered around the growing feud between The Family and The Club (or as the WWE Universe continues to chant, “The Bullet Club”), plenty of attention was also given to the WWE Intercontinental Championship Match at Extreme Rules, the feud between The Lunatic Fringe and Y2J, and Dana Brooke’s consistent pestering of Emma.
This week’s SmackDown delivered exactly what was needed for a go-home show leading in to Extreme Rules. SmackDown spoilers are currently available for tonight’s show, but a spoiler-free preview follows. Following the spoiler-free match list for this week’s SmackDown is an updated card for Sunday’s Extreme Rules 2016. This episode of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown, airing on the USA Network on May 19, was taped in Greenville, South Carolina on May 17.
WWE SmackDown match-list: May 19, 2016
- Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
- Dana Brooke vs. Paige
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
- Eight-Man Tag Team Match: The Dudley Boyz & The Vaudevillains vs. The New Day & Big Cass
- Roman Reigns vs. Luke Gallows
In addition to those matches tonight, the following story arcs are addressed:
- The Miz will host MizTV to address the Fatal Four-Way Intercontinental Championship Match at Extreme Rules that also features Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
- Becky Lynch will provide guest commentary for the Dana Brooke/Paige match.
- Baron Corbin will cut a promo regarding his match against Dolph Ziggler at Extreme Rules.
- Chris Jericho cuts a promo on Dean Ambrose regarding their Asylum Rules Match on Sunday.
- A new “Make Darren Young Great Again” vignette will air featuring Darren Young and Bob Backlund.
- A new match is added to the Extreme Rules card featuring The Usos vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson of The Club in a Texas Tornado Tag Team Match.
— Romans Devotee (@RomansDevotee) May 18, 2016
Updated WWE Extreme Rules Match-List
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Extreme Rules Match — Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
- WWE Women’s Championship: Submission Match — Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya (Ric Flair is banned from ringside)
- WWE Tag Team Championship Match — The New Day (c) vs. The Vaudevillains
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Fatal 4-Way Match — The Miz (c) vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
- WWE United States Championship Match — Kalisto (c) vs. Rusev
- Asylum Match — Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
- Texas Tornado Tag Team Match — The Usos vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
- No Disqualification Match — Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Extreme Rules Kick-off Show)
Where To Watch
USA airs WWE Thursday Night SmackDown weekly at 8/7c. Episodes of WWE SmackDown are made available to stream on-demand through the WWE Network several weeks after the episodes air on the USA Network. Replays of SmackDown are made available on-demand with a Hulu Plus subscription beginning Friday.
WWE Extreme Rules 2016 airs live on the WWE Network on Sunday, May 22 at 8/7c. The Extreme Rules Kick-off Show begins at 7/6c.
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