Tonights episode of WWE Smackdown on FOX comes to you live from the WWE Performance Center and promises to be another jam packed show!
Otis brings his Money in the Bank contract to "Miz TV," Charlotte Flair returns to SmackDown and a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion begins.
Ready to see the new Mr. Money in the Bank? OOOOOOOHHHHHH YEAAAAAAAAAH!
Fresh off the memorable win at WWE Headquarters, Otis will usher in his run with the contract by sitting down with The Miz. The Workin’ Man Superstar was in the right place at the right time during the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, as he caught the tumbling prize after hammin’, slammin’ and food fightin’ his way to the roof.
In a special edition of “Miz TV,” will Otis reveal his plans now that he has the contract?
NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair makes her triumphant return to SmackDown
Make way for The Queen on Friday Night SmackDown.
NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is set to make her return to the blue brand after a strong run getting back to her roots. Flair used her Royal Rumble win to challenge and defeat Rhea Ripley for the black-and-gold title and has since humbled a number of rising Superstars.
What could The Queen be plotting as she rolls into SmackDown
Intercontinental Title declared vacant; tournament to begin on SmackDown
With Sami Zayn currently unable to defend the Intercontinental Championship, it was revealed on WWE Backstage on FS1 that the title has been declared vacant.
A tournament will begin this Friday night on SmackDown to crown a new champion. Stay with WWE's digital and social channels for more on this developing story
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Segment - Miz TV with The Miz, John Morrison and Otis
The show opens with The Miz and John Morrison getting settled into the ring for another edition of "Miz TV" and out comes their guest of the evening, Men's Money in The Bank winner, Otis. Miz begins the conversation by congratulating Otis for his big win, last Sunday. Otis says this was a huge win but his biggest win was when he won over the heart of his "peach", Mandy Rose. Morrison asks how did he pull off getting together with Mandy, Morrison says Otis must be "slinging some serious meat in the sack". Miz then shows a baby picture of Otis on the screen and Otis says he was over 12 pounds at birth. Morrison then asks Otis if he's pregnant and should follow in the footsteps of Becky Lynch and relinquish his prize. They then show a photo of Otis and his mother together from years back. Otis says he owes everything to his mother and then Miz shows a picture of Otis almost naked and Morrison calls him an idiot. Miz then gets frustrated and says that Otis is a joke and he can't take him serious as a competitor and calls him fat and useless. Miz then says call Tucker down to the ring for a tag-team match later tonight. Otis says Tucker can't make it but Miz says they're having a match regardless so Otis better find a partner by the end of the night as he and Morrison drop their microphones and leave the ring.
Back to the commentary booth we see Michael Cole and Corey Graves who show us the bracket for the Intercontinental Championship tournament and is as follows: Daniel Bryan vs Drew Gulak, Elias vs King Corbin, Jeff Hardy vs Sheamus and AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura as we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and it's time for our first Intercontinental Championship tournament match...Elias vs King Corbin.
Match - Intercontinental Championship Tournament, King Corbin vs Elias
Result - Elias defeats King Corbin via Roll-up Pin
We see Otis walking around backstage looking for a tag-team partner for later tonight and asks Sheamus, who declines, then he catches up with Mandy Rose and Mandy suggests Braun Strowman. Otis calls Mandy a genius and then goes to ask Braun as Mandy gives him a good luck kiss. We then see another message from the SmackDown hacker, which is the exact same one that we saw during Money in The Bank. Otis approaches Strowman and Braun asks if Otis is actually looking for a partner or if he's looking for a reason to get Braun in the ring and attack him so he can cash-in the Money in The Bank contract. Otis says it's just for a partnership and nothing more, Braun says he respects Otis for having the balls to come ask him, so he'll think about it. We then we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and we see Naomi making her entrance for a match against Dana Brooke, who then makes her way to the ring.
Match - Naomi vs Dana Brooke
Result - Dana Brooke defeats Naomi via Roll-up Pin
Next up, we get a video package showing Becky Lynch's announcement of her pregnancy, this past Monday night on RAW.
Segment - NXT Women's Champion, Charlotte Flair, SmackDown Women's Champion, Bayley and Sasha Banks
We then get NXT Women's Champion, Charlotte Flair. Charlotte says the numbers show that people want more of The Queen. She runs down her accolades and says she's surprised that there isn't a statue of herself to inspire all of the other athletes when they enter the arena then SmackDown Women's Champion, Bayley and Sasha Banks interrupt Charlotte. Bayley and Sasha mock Charlotte's "WOO!" chant. Charlotte then says Bayley needs to watch her mouth because the only reason that she lost to her is because of a fluke after cashing in her Money in The Bank contract on her after a match. Bayley says Charlotte needs to go back to RAW and beat Liv Morgan over and over again because her and Sasha run SmackDown. Bayley says she's beaten everyone and that includes Charlotte. Bayley then says Charlotte needs to get the hell out of her and Sasha's ring. Charlotte says Sasha made Bayley relevant and she's the only reason that she's still SmackDown Women's Champion. Charlotte says Sasha is a 6-time Women's Champion and asks if she's truly content being an afterthought to Bayley and tells the SmackDown production team to cut Bayley's mic. Bayley challenges Charlotte to a Champion vs Champion match, next week and Charlotte agrees then asks Sasha if she's content being "Bayley's lackey" or if she's her own woman, then makes her way out of the ring.
Backstage, Kayla Braxton catches up with Universal Champion, Braun Strowman, who's working out and Kayla asks since he's training, is that a sign that he's accepted Otis' invite to be his partner against The Miz and John Morrison, later tonight...Braun says he hasn't decided and working out is his way of thinking as we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we see a quick promo from The Forgotten Sons.
Then we see The Miz and John Morrison being interviewed by Renee Young, backstage. Renee asks what their feelings are about Otis recruiting Braun Strowman to be his partner in their tag-team match, later tonight in which Morrison says they call him Braun and not Brain, for a reason, but even Braun isn't dumb enough to be Otis' tag-team partner. Miz says although, he'd love to see that "beautiful disaster" ensue. The pair start singing their "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Miz and Morrison" song as we head back to the ring.
Daniel Bryan makes his entrance before we head to break but it's about to be the next match in the Intercontinental Championship tournament, between Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak.
Match - Intercontinental Championship Tournament, Daniel Bryan vs Drew Gulak
Result - Daniel Bryan defeats Drew Gulak via Heel Hook Submission
After the match, Renee Young gets into the ring and asks Bryan what it would mean to him to win the Intercontinental Championship. Bryan notes that it's almost 5-years ago to the day that he had to vacate the Intercontinental Championship due to his neck injury that forced him to retire and he wants the title back that he never lost and wants to bring the validity back to the title and defend it every single week and make it the most prestigious title on SmackDown. Bryan and Gulak shake hands as Michael Cole and Corey Graves say that our main event is up next as we head to break.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves rundown next week's SmackDown card which is as follows:
Charlotte Flair vs Bayley, Shinsuke Nakamura vs AJ Styles (Intercontinental Championship Tournament), Jeff Hardy vs Sheamus (Intercontinental Championship Tournament) and Otis and Mandy Rose vs Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville.
We then see Sonya Deville and Dolph Ziggler backstage and Sonya rips into Mandy pretty heavily and says next week, she'll continue to ruin Mandy's life and wants Mandy to just prove to her that she even belongs in the same ring as her.
Back from the break and The Miz and John Morrison make their way to the ring as we await Otis and his mystery partner.
Otis makes his way to the ring as Miz and Morrison mock him then out comes the Universal Champion, Braun Strowman who will be Otis' tag-team partner, in tonight's main event.
Main Event Match - Braun Strowman and Otis vs The Miz and John Morrison
Result - Braun Strowman and Otis defeat The Miz and John Morrison via Strowman's Fireman Carry
That's a wrap for WNW's live-coverage of SmackDown! Thanks for hanging out!