Tonight's edition of Friday Night SmackDown emanates from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida inside of WWE's ThunderDome and is headlined by Universal Champion, 'The Fiend', Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman signing the contract for their Universal Championship match, this Sunday at the Payback PPV event.
Before the show begins, let's see what tonight has in-store...
'The Fiend', Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman Sign Their Universal Championship Match Contract
Big E Joins The Miz & John Morrison For 'Miz TV'
The show begins and we see the Chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon backstage with WWE producer, Adam Pearce. Vince tells Pearce that he’s in charge of getting signatures from Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman but first, from the Universal Champion, ‘The Fiend’, Bray Wyatt. Vince says if Pearce doesn’t want to deal with ‘The Fiend’, maybe he should put on a special outfit and go to the Firefly Funhouse and get the signature from Bray Wyatt, instead as Vince hands Pearce a closed suit-bag.
We then see nee Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy making his way to the ring.
Hardy says it feels great to be in the WWE ThunderDome. Jeff says he won’t be complacent and he’s ready to...and out comes the man he beat for the IC Title, AJ Styles. AJ calls Jeff a cheat and if he didn’t hit him in the face with that knee brace, he wouldn’t have won their match, last week and because of that, he (AJ) is not medically cleared to compete, tonight. Jeff says it’s unfortunate that he’s not cleared, because he’s issuing an open challenge for his Intercontinental Championship, right now. Hardy drills AJ with a right hand and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and it appears that Jeff Hardy has himself an answer for his open-challenge...
- Intercontinental Championship - Jeff Hardy (C) vs AJ Styles
Highlights (Jeff Hardy vs AJ Styles)
Result - Jeff Hardy defeats Shinsuke Nakamura, And STILL Intercontinental Champion
After the match, Jeff Hardy is celebrating his successful title defense on the stage and Sami Zayn returns with another Intercontinental Championship, a title he never lost. Sami drills Hardy with a ‘Helluva Kick’ and calls Hardy a fraud as we cut to the Firefly Funhouse and we see Ramblin’ Rabbit polishing the Universal Championship and it’s announced that we will see a new episode of the Firefly Funhouse after a commercial break.
Back from the break and it’s time for the Firefly Funhouse...
We see Bray Wyatt enter the Funhouse. Wyatt welcomes us and says it feels good to be back home with his friends. Bray says something feels like it’s missing and the Universal Championship appears. Bray says it’s been a long-time since he’s seen Roman but the doorbell rings and in walks Adam Pearce who Bray calls ‘Postman Pearce’. Pearce asks Bray to sign the contract for the Universal Championship match, this Sunday at Payback. Bray asks why would he sign it and not ‘HIM’. Wyatt laughs and says if he knows ‘HIM’ like he thinks he knows him...he just signed a couple of death warrants. Bray says to let him in, laughs and says goodbye.
We then see Matt Riddle make his way to the ring, he calls out King Corbin and Riddle will be in action after the commercial break.
Back from the break and Riddle is still waiting in the ring for King Corbin. Corbin finally a comes down to the ring but Shorty G attacks Riddle from behind. Corbin says he accepts his challenge for a match, on behalf of Shorty G.
Matt Riddle squashes Shorty G in about 2 & a half minutes and picks-up the win with the ‘Bro Derek’.
After the match, Corbin rushes the ring and attacks Riddle but Riddle gets the upper hand and Corbin escapes the attack and runs up the entrance ramp and we head to a commercial break.
After the break, King Corbin is backstage and Kayla Braxton catches up with him and asks if he’ll accept Riddle’s challenge for a match, now that Riddle defeated Shorty G.
Corbin says this Sunday at Payback, he’ll destroy Riddle and send him back to NXT or the UFC or wherever the hell he wants to go next, because he won’t be able to stay in the Kong’s Kingdom of SmackDown any longer.
The WWE Women’s Tag-Team Champions, SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley & Sasha Banks make their way down to the ring.
Bayley says this is one of the most difficult weeks of their lives, they both just had title matches, last Sunday at SummerSlam and now they have to defend their tag-team titles, this Sunday at Payback. Bayley says it’s her fault that Sasha lost her RAW Women’s Champion to Asuka, last Sunday and she should’ve never let her defend the title against Asuka because she knows that she’s never defended the RAW Women’s Championship and this Sunday, they can’t lose. Sasha says they won’t lose to Shayna & Nia. And Bayley is still her best-friend and she’s going to do everything in her power to make sure they defend their titles, this Sunday. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax pop-up on the big-screen and say the only people they hate more than each other, are Sasha & Bayley. Sasha says all they do is win and all that happened is that she had one bad night and this Sunday at Payback, she’ll get her vengeance and she’ll walk-out with her tag-team title.
Adam Pearce is backstage, looking for Roman Reigns or Braun Strowman, so they can sign their contracts for the Universal Championship match, this Sunday. Pearce runs into Drew Gulak who says Braun is around the corner but he’s in a terrible mood. Gulak grabs a chair & hits Braun in the back, tosses the chair to Pearce & runs away. Braun tells Pearce that the only way he’ll sign the contract is if he gets Gulak in the ring right now and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Sami Zayn reunites with Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro as this is the first time Sami’s seen them since he’s been gone. Shinsuke & Cesaro look a bit hesitant to welcome Sami back into the fold and we head to the ring.
Braun Strowman absolutely destroys Drew Gulak and then Adam Pearce is on the entrance ramp after the match and Strowman signs the contract for the Universal Championship match at Payback.
Backstage, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura attack Lucha House Party, commentary announces it’ll be Cesaro vs Kalisto next and we head to a commercial break.
- Match - Cesaro (with Shinsuke Nakamura) vs Kalisto (with Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado)
Highlights (Cesaro vs Kalisto)
Result - Cesaro defeats Kalisto
We then see Vince McMahon, backstage, Adam Pearce walks in and says he has Bray & Braun’s signatures but everytime he knocks on Roman’s door, he won’t answer. Vince says something that I’m not even sure was in English but then tells Adam, if Roman doesn’t answer the door, he needs to knock the door down, Pearce walks out as we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we see Nikki Cross, backstage, Tamina walks in and asks how Alexa Bliss is doing but Alexa walks in and hugs the both of them. Nikki makes a comment about Alexa’s hair and how it reminds her of one of The Fiend’s puppets. Alexa gets extremely mad and shatters a coffee mug that she gifted Nikki Cross awhile ago and Alexa storms off and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we see a tribute video to WWE Hall of Famer, the late, great, ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong who unfortunately passed away, yesterday.
Adam Pearce finally finds Roman Reigns and hands him the contract but Roman says he needs to look it over before signing and we head to the ring for our main event of the evening...
- 6-Man Tag-Team Match - Big E, Otis & Tucker vs Sheamus, The Miz & John Morrison
Highlights (Big E, Otis & Tucker vs Sheamus, The Miz & John Morrison)
Result - Big E, Otis & Tucker defeat Sheamus, The Miz & John Morrison
We then see Roman Reigns, backstage with Adam Pearce. Roman says this Sunday, he will be in the triple-threat match and he will win what he never lost...the Universal Championship...and that’s not a prediction...that’s a spoiler...and the camera pans to Paul Heyman, who’s seated next to Reigns...Heyman says ‘believe that’ and the show goes off-the-air.
That’s a wrap for Friday Night SmackDown!
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