Tonight’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown emanates from the Amway Center, in Orlando, Florida inside of the WWE ThunderDome. The show is headlined by Bray Wyatt introducing a new ‘friend’ to the Firefly Funhouse as well as Jeff Hardy defending the Intercontinental Championship against AJ Styles and Bayley addressing the vicious attack she put on her former bestfriend, Sasha Banks, last week.
Before the show begins, let’s see what tonight has in-store...
Bray Wyatt Introduces His New ‘Friend’
Jeff Hardy Defends The Intercontinental Championship Against AJ Styles
Bayley Will Address Her Vicious Attack On Sasha Banks
The show begins with a tribute to those that lost their lives during the attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001...19 years ago, today.
We then see a video package highlighting Paul Heyman & Universal Champion, Roman Reigns from last week’s show as well as the number one contender’s fatal-4-way match, which resulted in Reigns’ cousin, Jey Uso winning the match over Matt Riddle, King Corbin and Sheamus to earn the opportunity to face Reigns for the Universal Title in 2-weeks at the Clash of Champions PPV event.
We now get to the live shot of the WWE ThunderDome, our commentary team of Michael Cole & Corey Graves welcome us to the show and out comes the aforementioned Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, who’s flanked by his consultant, Paul Heyman.
Paul Heyman says Reigns has given him permission to remind the WWE Universe of some recent history. Roman Reigns returned at SummerSlam and 7 days later, captured the Universal Championship...and last Friday, he reminded everyone that he will wreck everyone and leave...and on that same night, Reigns’ one bloodline, earned the opportunity to face Reigns at the next PPV, Clash of Champions. Heyman then calls for Jey Uso to make his way down to the ring, an offer in which Jey obliges and makes his way out.
Uso says Heyman goes way back with his family so he automatically has a lot of love for him...but now he gets to face his cousin, Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions. Heyman says when Big E got injured, Reigns pushed for Jey to be named the replacement in the number one contender’s match and all he (Heyman) did was execute the wishes of his boss, the reigning, defending, undisputed, Universal Championship, Roman Reigns.
Roman says Jey gets to main event Clash of Champions, take a big paycheck home to his family and compete for his first singles title in WWE. Reigns says this is Jey’s moment...but at Clash of Champions, he’s gonna whoop Jey’s ass...just like he’s been doing ever since they were kids...but it’s all love.
King Corbin interrupts and says this was all a setup...Reigns hand-picked his opponent for Clash of Champions and it makes him sick. Corbin says there’s nothing he despises more then someone who walks around and abuses their power.
Sheamus then interrupts and says he agrees with Corbin and this whole situation stinks and after he took out Big E, it should’ve been a triple-threat match and he didn’t have time to properly prepare for a brand-new competitor. Jey says if they didn’t have enough time to prepare, they’ll have plenty of time to prepare for a tag-team match against he and his cousin, Roman, later tonight...and they can call it the blood versus the mud. Sheamus & Corbin attack Jey but the number one contender for the Universal Championship takes them both out.
Michael Cole & Corey Graves rundown the rest of the cars of the evening and announce that Jeff Hardy will defend the Intercontinental Championship against AJ Styles, after a commercial break.
Sami Zayn causes a disqualification in the Hardy vs Styles match and then celebrates with the Intercontinental Championship on the ramp after attacking both AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy.
We then see the RAW Tag-Team Champions, the Street Profits, backstage and the SmackDown Tag-Team Champions, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro approach them and they bicker back & forth ahead of their champions vs champions match, next Monday on RAW.
- Match - Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro vs Gran Metalik & Kalisto (with Lince Dorado)
Highlights (Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro vs Gran Metalik & Kalisto)
Result - Gran Metalik & Kalisto defeat Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro
SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley makes her way to the ring as we see video footage of her vicious attack on Sasha Banks, from last week.
Bayley says that it was a long time coming...and she loved every single second of it. Bayley says she used Sasha but couldn’t deal with her dragging her down anymore....Bayley calls Sasha useless and says SHE became Bayley Dos Straps and SHE even became Sasha 2 Belts...not Sasha.
As Bayley is heading out, Nikki Cross makes her way to the ring for the number one contender’s match for the SmackDown Championship and Bayley attacks Cross with a steel chair as we head to a commercial break.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal-4-Way Match - Alexa Bliss vs Nikki Cross vs Tamina vs Lacey Evans
Highlights (Alexa Bliss vs Nikki Cross vs Tamina vs Lacey Evans)
Result - Nikki Cross defeats Tamina, Lacey Evans and Alexa Bliss, Will Face Bayley For The SmackDown Women’s Championship At Clash of Champions In 2 Weeks
- Match - Otis (with Tucker) vs John Morrison (with The Miz)
Highlights (Otis vs John Morrison)