With Clash of Champions on the horizon, what will be in store for Roman Reigns and Bayley on this edition of Smackdown?
Clash before Clash of Champions
Corey Graves hosts an interview with Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, and AJ Styles over their ladder match Sunday. All three exchange words about their worthiness to hold the Intercontinental Championship before Jeff and AJ hand their titles over for the “ascension ceremony” where they lift the titles above the ring. As they begin to exit, Sami Zayn pushes a ladder onto both Jeff and AJ. After the surprise attack, Adam Pearce comes out and adds AJ to Sami’s and Jeff’s match tonight, happening next.
Sami Zayn vs Jeff Hardy vs AJ Styles (Non Title)
Sami Zayn initially avoids conflict letting AJ and Jeff attack each other while he remains on the outside. Sami does eventually get in once AJ and Jeff fight to the outside. Though AJ Styles hits Jeff with the phenomenal forearm, Sami Zayn is able to get the pin.
Miz and Morrison’s legal troubles
Otis is being asked backstage about his lawsuit served last week, but Miz and Morrison try to goad Otis into incurring the wrath of their lawyers. Tucker, however, notices that only Miz’s name is on the contract which allows an opening for Otis to attack Miz and Morrison before Adam Pearce comes out to break it up.
Bayley breaks it down
Bayley comes out and cuts a promo on her opponent Nikki Cross at Clash Of Champions, sitting on the chair that she attacked Sasha with.
Gran Metalik vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Lince Dorado and Kalisto are once again both trying to play coach for Metalik. There is a lot of action between Shinsuke and Gran Metalik, as well as some very aggressive strikes. It’s Shinsuke that picks up the win and momentum going into Clash of Champions.
While Jey starts talking on the mic they show that Heyman and Roman are backstage watching the promo. Jey addresses Roman smiling to his face but giving a grimace behind his back. Paul Heyman replies via Titantron saying that the actual response will occur tonight, but on Roman’s time.
Matt Riddle vs King Corbin
A good showing off the versatility of Matt Riddle, with him able to endure and constantly adapt to Corbin’s offence though Corbin seems to have an answer for everything. Corbin gets the win lifting his knees to counter a Floaty Bro and hitting the End of Days for the win.
Alexa Bliss vs Lacey Evans
Prior to the match, Alexa has a video promo stating that Lacey is the kind of woman that gives women a bad name. Apparently that name is Karen. Lacey seems to be dominant in the match, using her superior size against Alexa. Alexa seems to get a slight opening and is suddenly overcome with what appears to be disturbed feelings when The Fiend’s laugh fills the Thunderdome. Lacey returns to dominance though Alexa does have occasional moments where she doesn’t seem to be fully in control. Bliss avoids the Lacey Evans Moonsault when The Fiend takes over the Thunderdome with lights and music for a moment. Bliss is suddenly on the offensive and aggressive against Lacey. Alexa refuses to call off the attack near the ropes so the ref disqualifies her. Alexa drags Lacey out of the ring and delivers a Sister Abigail before returning to the ring looking wild… as she walks out, Roman passes her and Alexa serves some hard looks.
Tribal Chief’s Decree
Roman comes out and faces down Jey, and says that he doesn’t understand the true value of the championship. He blames it on Jey being a twin and never having to stand on his own. When Roman leaves the ring, Jey responds and speaks with absolute passion about the differences in their experience. The line that really hits me is Jey mentioning that people see Roman and praise him, while they ask Jey which one he is. Roman leaves and Jey is walking up the ramp when Roman hits him with a superman punch and reminds him who is feeding the family with the title.