This week’s Smackdown sees AJ Styles take on Matt Riddle in an Intercontinental Championship match.
Smackdown opened with AJ Styles talking about his match with Matt Riddle. He said tonight there is no chance that Riddle will beat him tonight. Smackdown will still be the house that AJ Styles built.
After we heard from Riddle. He questioned what AJ stood for, arrogant jackass apparently. Riddle said after tonight he will be the Bro that runs the show. Daniel Bryan also made his pick, saying he believed we would be getting a new IC Champion.
Alexa Bliss hyped up her “mystery guest” for Moment of Bliss. Then, Miz and Morrison were backstage, where we found out that Morrison would be facing Braun Strowman later in the night.
Honestly this may have been the oddest Smackdown opening, Braun Strowman appeared on the screen next saying he may start the horror show early and he hoped Bray Wyatt was watching. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura were next in this rundown of what Smackdown had in store for us. Cesaro said the winner of his match tonight will pick the stipulation for Sunday.
Thankfully Big E and Kofi Kingston put an end to whatever was going down. After telling Cesaro and Nakamura they didn’t have a chance at picking the stipulation, they made their way to the ring.
Cesaro defeated Big E via Pinfall (Neutralizer)
Well, Cesaro and Nakamura get to make the final decision on the stipulation for Sunday. Up until Nakamura got involved, the match was entertaining. Nakamura took Kofi Kingston out as he was cheering on Big E. While Big E looked to regain control of the match, Nakamura as able to kick him while the ref couldn’t see. Thus leading to Cesaro’s victory.
After the match Cesaro and Nakamura went to grab a table, a revived Kingston was able to dive over the top rope to stop them. As the New Day were getting ready to hit a huge move, which would have landed Cesaro through a table, Nakamura made the save.
Backstage, Kayla Braxton interviewed King Corbin. Corbin was asked about Matt Riddle. He said that Riddle was the one to attack him and that tonight AJ Styles will remain IC champion in a quick, decisive match.
We went to commercial as the ring was being set up for Moment of Bliss.
Back from commercial, we got to find out what stipulation Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura decided on. They had said they felt like they were finally getting the proper respect they deserve as a tag team. The team went through the benefits of both matches, steel cage or tables. This Sunday, Cesaro and Nakamura are confident they will defeat the New Day in a….TABLES MATCH!
At ringside, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are ready to get Moment of Bliss started. They acknowledged that this week is the five year anniversary of the Women’s Evolution. Then Bliss said she was feeling a bit clarvoyant. She predicted the Lakers would win the NBA Championship, Riddle would win the IC championship, and her close friend Braun Strowman would walk out of the Swap still champion.
Her last prediction? That her mystery guest would tear the roof off the PC on Sunday. The way Bliss described her guest, Nikki Cross assumed it was her. Unfortunately for Cross, it was not. Once Bliss got Nikki Cross to stop her tangent about becoming the new Smackdown Champion, it seemed Bliss was going to announce her guest…Bayley and Sasha Banks had other ideas.
Sasha Banks told Nikki Cross that after Sunday she would be back to being in Alexa Bliss’ shadow. Then Bayley complained about her and Sasha not getting credit for the Women’s Evolution. Once the Golden Role Models finally stomped their way to the ring, Bayley gave her prediction for this Sunday. Of course her prediction being, her and Sasha holding all the gold after Extreme Rules.
Finally, Bliss got the opportunity to introduce her mystery guest, it was Asuka! As Asuka made her way to the ring, Bliss and Nikki were attacked by Bayley and Sasha. Once the brawl was under control, Bliss said everyone needed to handle their issues and called for a referee.
After we returned back from commercial, Drew Gulak was helping Matt Riddle to prepare for his match. Then we heard from Daniel Bryan again.
Bayley and Sasha Banks defeated Nikki Cross and Asuka via Pinfall
Of course this match was filled with shennanigans, which was to be expected given its participants. Asuka and Nikki were well on their way to being the tag team we didn’t know we needed, but the Golden Role Models had tricks up their sleeves. Unfortunately, Bayley decided she couldn’t defeat Nikki Cross without the ropes. After rolling up Nikki, she put her feet on the ropes and that was that.
Backstage, Miz was trying to convinced Morrison he would be okay during his match with Braun Strowman. On the other hand, Morrison tried to explain to Miz that in horror movies their is always a best friend who will fight the monster first. Miz said he knew nothing about horror movies and told Morrison he would be great.
After a break, we came back to the Firefly Funhouse. However, Bray Wyatt was actually at what appeared to be a swamp. Wyatt had said that when Strowman first stepped foot at the swamp, he was just a lost sheep trying to find a home. Wyatt went on to say he gave Strowman a purpose, that he created him.
He then said, as he pointed to the swamp behind him, that this is where darkness comes to light. The swamp apparently is a very special place. He went on to say that the monster he created is just scratching waiting to come home. In other words, Strowman hasn’t embraced his monster since leaving Wyatt. We left the swamp with Wyatt telling Strowman to come home.
Before the match began, Strowman said that he was at the point in life where he was ready to face his fears. This Sunday, Strowman is willing to slap the devil in his face because that’s the only way he knows how to end this.
Braun Strowman defeated John Morrison via Pinfall (Running Powerslam)
Strowman was pretty hyped up before this match, which did not bode well for Morrison. The Monster Among Men made real quick work of Morrison. Strowman was in a mood like no other and Morrison was his unfortunate victim.
EMTs made their way to the ring after the match to check on Morrison, but he did not want their assistance. As Miz was helping him to the back, Lacey Evans made her entrance.
Lacey Evans defeated Naomi via Pinfall (Women’s Right)
Personally, not a match I would watch again. Although Naomi was in full control for the majority of the match, the ending was just disappointing. Evans wound up tying Naomi’s braids to the rope as a distraction. Once Naomi got free, Evans hit her with the Women’s Right.
After the match, Jeff Hardy was interviewed about his issues with Sheamus. Hardy said he is accepting his truth, but he is not backing down to a bully like Sheamus. He said the risk is worth the reward. As he was answering who he thought would walk away Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus Brouge Kicked him.
Sheamus said on Sunday he will cleanse Hardy of his demons. Then another commercial.
Once we returned from commercial, Bayley and Sasha were being interviewed. Bayley said their momentum will absolutely carry on to Sunday, there’s science to back it up! Sasha said that not only is it fate they will hold all the belts Sunday, but it is their destiny.
Bayley then mocked Nikki Cross saying if she was disappointed in herself now, Sunday would just be worse. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross were shown watching the interview. Cross tried explaining to Bliss how her self confidence is shot. Bliss did what she could to try and talk her best friend up, but it wasn’t working.
Cross then heard Bayley and Sasha laughing and went on the attack! Bliss had to pull her off to get the brawl to stop.
Yes, yes you did watch the same promos from Matt Riddle and AJ Styles that you did when the show first began. I have no idea why.
AJ Styles defeated Matt Riddle via Pinfall (Rollup)
The match was rather entertaining, Styles and Riddle are both pretty gifted in the ring. Both men had opportunities to put the match away, but victory didn’t come easy. Styles was able to gain a rollup pin attempt after getting out of the Bromission.
After the match, Styles offered a handshake to Bro. Unfortunately accepting the handshake turned out to be a mistake. King Corbin came up from behind and attacked Riddle.
The show ended with Corbin hitting Riddle with Deep Six and leaving the ring.