After the chaos of last week, we get to hear from Jeff Hardy and his side of the story.
Commentary gave us a rundown of what is to come tonight and then we saw a recap of how last week’s show began.
After the recap, Jeff Hardy makes his entrance to the ring. As Hardy is making his entrance, Michael Cole told us Elias could possibly miss a few months of action due to the injuries he sustained last week.
Hardy gets the mic and thanks WWE and FOX for this time to tell his story. He said last week he pulled up to the Performance Center parking lot excited for the show, but when he got out of the car it was a different story. Hardy said it felt like he got hit with an anvil and when he came to he was surrounded by police. While he smelled like alcohol he had no recollection of what had happened.
Hardy said he started to drift to a bad place, the one he vowed he wouldn’t return too. But he said he was here, back in the WWE, for a reason. Deep down Hardy knew he did not slip last Friday. At the police station he passed every sobriety test he was asked to do. Then eye witnesses showed up.
Those eye witnesses said they saw who got out of the car, a man with red hair and a red beard. Soon after Hardy was released and he couldn’t get to the PC fast enough. Hardy said he wouldn’t let Sheamus get away with trying to take everything from him.
Then, Sheamus came out. He told Hardy not to point fingers at him and blame him for the issue. Sheamus said Hardy is always blaming someone else. Then Sheamus called Jeff Hardy’s fans enablers. Sheamus asked him to be a man and admit to what he did for once. Then he called Hardy a junkie.
Before trying to leave, Sheamus spoke about Hardy’s wife and kids. Hardy didn’t take this well and left the ring to try and fight Sheamus. Unfortunately it did not go well for Hardy, as Sheamus threw him up against the plexiglass.
Backstage we saw Otis and Mandy Rose come across King Corbin’s crown. Mandy encouraged Otis to try the crown on. He didn’t take it off as they continued their walk to the ring.
Corbin showed up eventually for his things and was livid when his crown was missing. Then we went to commercial.
Back from commercial, we got a quick recap of Mandy Rose and Otis’ date from last week. Then we saw Otis and Mandy make their entrance to ringside.
Otis defeated King Corbin via DQ
Corbin came out pretty angry because Otis stole his crown, but Otis was ready for him. Unfortunately for Otis though, Corbin didn’t want to finish the match and used a chair to try and destroy Otis. That didn’t work. After the match, Otis hit the Caterpillar on Corbin. Mandy and Otis stood tall.
Before commercial, we saw Miz and Morrison hiding out in a white van. They seemed to have been waiting for Braun Strowman to arrive. The tag team talked about making Strowman’s life miserable as he pulled into the parking lot.
Returning from commercial, we’re back at the van. Miz and Morrison said they’re co-workers, and well the fans, have been questioning their decision to mess with Strowman. They said these are the same people who have underestimated them their whole career; much like what Strowman is doing. They say while some say what they are about to do is childish, Miz and Morrison call it strategic.
They go to security footage of Braun Strowman in the PC. Strowman is just trying to make a protein shake when it overflows. The Monster Among Men is furious.
Cut to Kayla Braxton trying to interview Shorty G, when Mojo Rawley interrupts. Rawley, although he apologized, said there are more important things to discuss. He mocks Shorty G’s height a few times. When Shorty G attempted to retaliate, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura came up. Cesaro punched Shorty G in the face.
Before anything could really escalate, Kofi Kingston and Big E roll up.
We get the entrance of Lacey Evans, but Sonya Deville attacked her from behind. Then we go to commercial.
Lacey Evans defeated Sonya Deville via Pinfall (Women’s Right)
Although Deville started off this match rather strong, she lost sight of the goal (not to say the match was one sided). Deville seemed to still bring things back to her feud with Mandy Rose. Towards the end of the match, Rose showed up on the tron and called Deville a failure. This caused enough o a distraction for Evans to hit the Women’s Right.
Commentary let us know after the match that there will be a six man tag match; The New Day and Shorty G versus Cesaro, Nakamura, and Rawley.
When we came back from commercial we got a promo video hyping up Matt Riddle coming to Smackdown.
Then we see Kayla Braxton interviewing Braun Strowman. She asked him about Miz and Morrison. The Universal Champion began to answer as we once again see inside the white van. Miz hit a button and all of a sudden slime lands on Kayla and she is very unhappy.
Miz and Morrison argue about what side the slime bucket was supposed to be on. Then change their tune as some of the slime did make it on to Strowman…success I guess.
Then we go to the ring, where Renee Young is ready to host the face to face between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles.
After both men made their entrances, Styles is the one who wants to start off. He said he knows Daniel is going to call him a coward for taking the bye to the finals. He said if it wasn’t for Jeff Hardy, Sheamus would be standing in the ring instead of Daniel.
Renee asked Daniel if he thought Styles was a coward. He said yes. He also said that AJ and him have different ways of thinking and that’s okay.
Styles reiterated that he took his free ride to the finals because it was a smart move. When he looks in the mirror he sees a champion, more specifically the greatest champion the WWE has ever seen. Daniel on the other hand knew Styles was trying to get under his skin.
DB said they have known each other long enough to understand they have completely different world views and now different visions about the Intercontinental Championship. He said in Styles vision, he would only defend the championship against a select few because he sees no one good enough to face him. DB said Styles couldn’t even fathom some up and comer being the one to defeat him.
DB on the other hand, wants to defend the Intercontinental Championship every week versus all challengers. He wants to do this because he wants to push himself and get better. DB said he wants the WWE Universe to be able to tune into Smackdown and know their will be a championship match. He wants the fans to tune in and maybe see their favorite WWE Superstar defeat him.
Styles took this as DB wanting him to give everyone handouts, but Styles doesn’t believe in handouts. He thinks everyone should have to earn their chance. Styles then brought up Drew Gulak being DB’s coach. He doesn’t understand how that happened. Because they can’t agree on their visions, Styles said he would give Drew Gulak an opportunity tonight.
Gulak’s music hit and as soon as he got in the ring, immediately took Styles down. Then we went to commercial.
Drew Gulak defeated AJ Styles via Pinfall
This is the kind of match you want to see when you tune into Smackdown. After an excellent match, Gulak pulled off an amazing victory. He left Styles absolutely stunned.
Back in the parking lot Miz and Morrison were walking around Braun Strowman’s car. They saw a “fly” on the windshield and decided to help Strowman out a bit. Miz hit the windshield with a golf club and then Morrison destroyed it with a baseball bat.
The New Day and Shorty G defeated Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Mojo Rawley via Pinfall (Midnight Hour)
Short G seemed to be the main target in this match, but he had great tag team partners to have his back. A quick tag by Big E, allowed Shorty G to take out Cesaro and Nakamura so the New Day could hit the Midnight Hour.
After the match, Braun Strowman is seen outside and he is furious once he saw what happened to his car. Miz and Morrison are in the van trying to locate the keys so they can make a get away. They lost the keys.
Security let Strowman know where Miz and Morrison were. As he walked over to the van, Miz and Morrison lock the doors (like it was really gonna help). Strowman began trying to lift the van and well….he did. We then went to another commercial.
Back from commercial it is time for the main event, the Women’s Tag Team Championships on the line!
Bayley and Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to become the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions
It’s time for Bayley Two Belts! Bliss and Cross gave it everything they had to retain their championships, but distractions from their opponents certainly put them off their game. Bliss tried to save Cross from the Bank Statement, but was pulled away by Bayley. This led to an interesting pin by Banks on Cross.
We ended Smackdown with Bayley screaming about their victory and becoming two time Women’s Tag Team Champions.