Good evening Fight Fans, and welcome to our coverage of tonight's edition of Smackdown! Live as we continue the King of the Ring tournament. Feel free to leave a comment below and be sure to stick around afterwards for the post-show podcast!
-We get an extended video package for the attacks on Roman Reigns before the WWE champion Kofi Kingston comes out to the ring and we get a video recapping the past few weeks between him and Randy Orton. Kofi says that he will defeat Randy at Clash of Champions and get revenge for Xavier Woods. Randy shows up on the big screen and calls Kofi stupid among other things before Kofi rushes to the back and they brawl until they're separated after Randy DDTs Kofi onto the floor as we go to commercial.
-We come back to Big-E coming out of the trainers room and giving an update on Kofi before he's told he has a match against Randy tonight before we get a recap of the King of the Ring tournament so far.
King of the Ring Tournament First Round Match
Ali vs Buddy Murphy
Ali sends Buddy out of the ring with an arm drag before Buddy comes right back in and hits a high knee for a two count as we go to commercial.
We return from commercial to Ali dropkicking Buddy out of the ring and hitting a suicide dive as Elias looks on from backstage before Ali hits an enzuigiri and Buddy launches him out of the ring when he goes for a rolling sit-out facebuster. Buddy hits a tope and rolls Ali back into the ring before Ali hits a superkick and a reverse huricanrrana for a near fall before Buddy counters an 054 into a cheeky nandos and a powerbomb into a brainbuster for a near fall. They then exchange strikes until Ali hits a draping tornado DDT into a 450 for the pin and the win.
Winner: Ali defeats Buddy Murphy via pinfall with a 450 to advance to the next round of the tournament.
-The Miz comes out to the ring and challenges Sami Zayn to a match, but Sami comes down and they exchange words before Miz starts to go after Sami and Shinsuke attacks Miz from behind. Shinsuke then a Kinshasa with Sami holding him up before they leave as we go to commercial.
-Kevin Owens confronts Elias in Shane's office who says that Shane isn't there before Kevin leaves.
Bayley vs Lacey Evans
Lacey tries to get a shot in before the match starts, but Bayley is ready and takes her down when she rushes her once it does get started. Bayley locks in a straight armbar before Lacey hits a scoop slam and kicks Bayley in the corner before Bayley takes her out ah ringside and is distracted by Charlotte who makes her way down to ringside as we go to commercial.
We come back from commercial to Lacey in control, Lacey having sent Bayley into the ring post during the break before locking in a unique submission in the corner. Lacey gets a quick two count and starts focusing on the arm of Bayley until Bayley hits a dropkick in the ropes for a two count as Charlotte looks on from ringside. Bayley traps Lacey in the ropes and hits her with forearms before clotheslining her and locking in a submission, but Lacey is right to the ropes. Lacey hits a moonsault for a near fall before Bayley suplexes her onto the floor before they exchange pin attempts once they're back in the ring. Bayley then hits the Bayley to Belly for a near fall, Lacey grabbing the bottom rope at the last second before Bayley hits a fall away slam and a diving elbow for the pin and the win.
Winner: Bayley defeats Lacey Evans via pinfall with a diving elbow drop.