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 Universal Champion, Roman Reigns teaming-up with the #1 contender to his title, his cousin, Jey Uso to take-on Sheamus & King Corbin in a 'Samoan Street Fight'.
Before the show begins, let's see what tonight has in-store...
Universal Champion, Roman Reigns Teams Up With Jey Uso Against Sheamus & King Corbin
Sasha Banks Speaks For The First Time Since Bayley's Vicious Attack
Alexa Bliss Hosts 'A Moment Of Bliss' With Special Guest, Nikki Cross
AJ Styles Battles Sami Zayn
The show begins with The Miz & John Morrison in the ring for ‘The Dirt Sheet’. Miz says it’s time to get into the real reason why Mandy Rose is no longer on SmackDown. They then show footage from last week’s edition of ‘Talking Smack’ when The Miz announcing that Mandy is in RAW. Miz says he didn’t use his influence to break he & Mandy up, but instead to actually help him. He goes on to say that Otis already has a ton of pressure on his shoulders by carrying around that Money in The Bank briefcase and doesn’t need his girlfriend around to cause him a headache. Miz says Otis should actually thank him for doing him a solid and according to his friends on Monday Night RAW, Mandy has already moved on. Otis interrupts and storms down to the ring and attacks Miz & Morrison as Tucker comes out of nowhere and assists his tag-team partner in beating down ‘The Dirt Sheet’ hosts.
The commentary team of Michael Cole and Corey Graves rundown the events of the evening before Otis strips Miz down to his underwear and we head to a commercial break.
- Match - Cesaro (with Shinsuke Nakamura) vs Gran Metalik (with Kalisto & Lince Dorado)
Highlights (Cesaro vs Gran Metalik)
Result - Cesaro defeats Gran Metalik
It’s then announced that after a commercial break, Alexa Bliss will host ‘A Moment Of Bliss’ with special guest, Nikki Cross.
Back from the break and Alexa Bliss welcomes us to the first A Moment Of Bliss in the WWE ThunderDome and then introduces the #1 contender for Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship, Nikki Cross, who makes her way out as we see footage of Nikki’s win, last week over Lacey Evans, Tamina and Alexa Bliss to earn the opportunity against Bayley, next Sunday at Clash of Champions.
Alexa congratulates Nikki on her win, last week then asks her what Nikki’s strategy will be against Bayley since she’s lost to her so many times, earlier this year.
Nikki says she can still feel the steel chair on her back from when Bayley hit her with it, last week...and come next week, Nikki Cross will become the next SmackDown Women’s Champion. Cross asks Alexa what’s going on with her and says last week she hit her with the ‘Sister Abigail’ and then just walked off. Alexa says she doesn’t know how to explain it and she can’t even control herself sometimes. Lacey Evans interrupts and mocks both Bliss & Cross and calls them ‘nasties’. Lacey tells Nikki that Bayley has something that she will never have...a mean streak. She calls Nikki too nice, too short, too slow and too weak and will never beat Bayley. Nikki attacks Lacey and we go to a commercial break before a match between the two gets officially underway.
- Match - Nikki Cross vs Lacey Evans
Highlights (Nikki Cross vs Lacey Evans)
Result - Nikki Cross defeats Lacey Evans
We then see Sasha Banks on the big-screen who’s sporting a neck-brace after Bayley’s vicious attack on her, 2-weeks ago.
We’re shown footage of the aforementioned attack before Michael Cole asks Sasha what the extent of her injuries are and she says she’ll be just fine but she heard every single word that Bayley said, last week and it kills her that she and Bayley used to walk the halls of the Performance Center, dreaming about what they were going to achieve in this business...and this Summer, they went to the Performance Center and achieved those very goals and even more then they ever dreamt of. Sasha says one day she’s going to take the one thing that Bayley loves...the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Bayley comes out of nowhere and drills Sasha with a steel chair as WWE officials break up the fight and we head to a commercial break.
- Match - AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn
Highlights (AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn)
Result - AJ Styles defeats Sami Zayn
After the match, Jeff Hardy attacks both Sami Zayn and AJ Styles. Jeff then grabs a mic and says he’s sick of being called a cheat and a fraud and at Clash of Champions, he challenges both of them to a triple-threat ladder match for his Intercontinental Championship.
It’s now time for our main event of the evening...
Samoan Street Fight - Roman Reigns & Jey Uso (with Paul Heyman) vs Sheamus & King Corbin
Highlights (Roman Reigns & Jey Uso vs Sheamus & King Corbin)
Result - Roman Reigns & Jey Uso defeat Sheamus & King Corbin
That’s a wrap for Friday Night SmackDown!
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