Tonight, The Queen, The Empress and The Man converge on a contract signing, for the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!!
- Asuka & Charlotte VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville; Rose & Deville win.
- Triple Threat: Xavier Woods w/ The New Day VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus; Jey Uso wins.
- Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
- AJ Styles VS The Miz; Styles wins.
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The SmackDown Women’s Division has never been more competitive!
Last week, Paige announced a TLC Match for the title between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, but the rest of the roster wanted their own shot. All nine women battled it out in a battle royal, and in the end, it would be ASUKA who stood tall! The Empress of Tomorrow gets another shot at the title, will she be ready The Man and The Queen be ready for her?
Paige is in the ring!
“SmackDown isn’t just the land of opportunity, it is the brand that makes history.” She is proud to be the GM in charge of the first-ever Women’s TLC Match in the WWE. And not just any TLC match but a triple threat. So with that said, she introduces the woman who earned her shot, Asuka! The Empress makes her way out to the ring, then Paige introduces The Queen, Charlotte! These two are familiar foes from their Wrestlemania SmackDown Women’s Championship match where Charlotte retained the title while ending Asuka’s Streak. And last but certainly not least, the champ herself, Becky Lynch! The Relent-Lass Lass Kicker, The Man comes out, her title already hanging from the hook. Fans are fired up for Becky as she joins the others in the ring.
Becky knows they’re making history, but she always makes history when she’s in the ring. And she plans on making some history at TLC. Going through a table, being hit with a ladder or a chair, none of that compares to her journey here. So it doesn’t matter if it was earned or handed to you, Becky will do anything it takes to win, unlike these two “dopes.” Charlotte says Becky needs to change the song, because she’s a broken record. Charlotte says she picked up the ball Becky dropped, and destroyed Ronda with a kendo stick. And all it took from Nia was one punch to bust Becky open. Becky speaks up but Charlotte tells her to shut it. Imagine what she’ll do with tables, ladders and chairs.
Asuka speaks up now, and says Becky already beat Charlotte. But, Becky’s never beat Asuka. Becky chose wrong for Survivor Series. Asuka would have beaten Ronda in the match. And now, Asuka will beat both of them at TLC! Charlotte is confused. Asuka could’ve beaten Ronda? Because Charlotte didn’t, and she broke Asuka’s streak! That was luck. The three competitors bicker but Paige calms them down. Becky says Asuka and Charlotte couldn’t beat Ronda and they won’t beat her. The Man signs the contract and takes her leave. Charlotte is fine with that, Becky’s a lot of talk anyway. Charlotte will beat Becky and Asuka, again. “WOO~!” Asuka resorts to Japanese for this one. Charlotte says the mystique is gone, and now she finishes Asuka at TLC.
Paige keeps the peace again, and gets Charlotte to sign her part of the contract. Asuka signs her part, and then wants to see if she can break Charlotte tonight! But wait, here come Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. “Really, Paige? This is how you want to make history? With these two women?” Two undeserving women, instead of two women Paige herself groomed for the main roster. Charlotte lost at Survivor Series, regardless of what she did to Ronda. And Asuka only won the battle royal by a fluke. Sonya was dominant but made one tiny mistake. But Sonya promises that won’t happen again. These two are driven to action. If you want to see fire and desire, you’re looking at it. Now, Charlotte and Asuka already signed the contract, but what happens if they don’t make it?
Paige doesn’t want idle threats from them. Have a tag team match instead, against Asuka and Charlotte, tonight! This match up happens after the break.
Shane McMahon meets with The Miz, again.
And The Miz is confused why he’s hosting Miz TV with Daniel Bryan as a guest. Because Miz TV is his show, it has his name in it. Miz would laugh on any other night, but he was hoping Shane would be up for doing the job they were both born to do: #BestTagTeamintheWorld! Shane reminds Miz they’re not a team. But use that sharp mind to get answers from this “New” Daniel Bryan. Fine. But Shane owes him. Shane doesn’t owe Miz anything. Not in front of the trophy, Shane! Miz heads off to prepare, but what favor will he insist Shane honor?
Asuka & Charlotte VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville!
Everyone knows The Empress and the Queen have history, but it’s not like the duo formerly known as Absolution are perfectly united. The Golden Gift screwed the Gladiator Gal over at WWE Evolution, and questioned Sonya being chosen for Survivor Series over her. However, they seem united in trying to get opportunities wherever and however they can. Can Mandy & Sonya surprise everyone against two of the best women in the WWE today? Or are they still not ready to #DoItWithFlair?
SmackDown returns as the teams sort out, and we start with Asuka and Sonya as an honorary rematch from last week’s battle royal finish. The two circle and dodge each other. They tie up and Asuka gets an arm and the waistlock. Sonay gets the standing switch but Asuka reverses to a wristlock. Asuka wrenches but Sonya reverses to her own wristlock. Asuka spins through to reverse back then whips. Sonya reverses and things speed up. They collide shoulders but neither woman falls. Asuka gets the arm and the takedown but Sonya reverses to her own takedown Sonya gets a headlock but Asuka headscissors. Sonya pops up but Asuka ducks a kick. Asuka kicks but Sonya ducks it, only to end up in Asuka’s Fujiwara armbar. Asuka grinds her knee on the shoulder then stomps away.
Sonya gets up and knees out of the hold, then drags Asuka over to tag Mandy. Absolution whip and kick Asuka, then drive in knees and throw Asuka down by her hair. Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy soaks up the heat as fans boo and jeer. She toys with Asuka and mocks her pain. She stands Asuka up but Asuka fires off palm strikes! Asuka goes for the pop-up knee but Mandy forearms out. Mandy whips Asuka but Asuka goes up to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Asuka taunts Sonya and tags in Charlotte. Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte’s snapmare and kick to Mandy’s back. Charlotte brings Mandy up to whip into a corner. Mandy elbows back but runs into a scoop. Mandy slips out and shoves Charlotte into buckles! She drags Charlotte up but still gets thrown with an exploder!
Sonya runs in but into Charlotte’s boot. Charlotte throws Sonya, too! Then Charlotte slingshots onto both Sonya and Mandy! Fans fire up as Charlotte struts. But wait, here comes Becky, belt back in hand. The Man wants a front row look at her challengers while we go picture in picture.
Charlotte puts Mandy in the ring and covers, TWO. She keeps on Mandy with a facelock, and she tags to Asuka. Asuka kicks Mandy in the leg while Charlotte holds her up. Asuka then gives Mandy knees while Becky takes a seat near commentary. Mandy gets kicks to the back, and then Asuka hits the sliding kick! Cover, TWO! Asuka makes sure Becky’s watching as she brings Mandy around. Mandy tags out and arm-drags. She misses the knee but Sonay SPEARS Asuka for her! Cover, TWO! Becky seems unimpressed either way. Sonya kicks Asuka around and drives in a knee. She drags Becky into her own chinlock and body scissors to grind her down. Becky is still nonplussed. Asuka endures and makes it a cover, TWO! Sonya kicks Asuka right down!
Sonya hits Charlotte for good measure, then drags Asuka over to her corner. She kicks and kicks and kicks, Mandy keeping Asuka up. Tag to Mandy and Absolution choke Asuka on the ropes. Sonya scuffs Asuka with a knee before Mandy brings her up. Mandy wrenches Asuka into a standing abdominal stretch. Asuka endures the bend and even the elbow in her ribs as fans rally. Mandy practically dribbles Asuka’s head in the hold, but Asuka still endures. Asuka fights her way out and kicks Mandy as we return to single picture. Fans fire up but Mandy throws Asuka down! High stack cover, TWO! Charlotte is relieved but Mandy bounces Asuka’s head off the mat. Becky is still unimpressed. Cover, TWO!
Mandy drags Asuka around and tags in Sonya. They stomp away on Asuka as fans boo and jeer. Sonya drives in knees on Asuka then snapmares her. Sonya hits the sliding knee! Cover, TWO!! Absolution is furious but Sonya keeps on Asuka. Tag to Mandy and they stomp Asuka more. Fans rally up for Asuka and Asuka fights Mandy. Mandy shoves Asuka for that golden knee! Cover, TWO! Mandy is shocked, but she drags Asuka back over. She kicks Asuka then tags Sonya. They mug Asuka and tag back for more. Mandy brings Asuka up but Asuka fires off body shots. Mandy shoves her and runs her over again. Wheelbarrow but Asuka makes it a bulldog! Fans fire up as Asuka and Mandy crawl, hot tags to Charlotte and Sonya!
The Queen rallies and uses those Flair Chops! Charlotte chops and chops on Sonya, then whips. Charlotte hits a big back suplex and kips right up! Fans are thunderous but Charlotte runs into a boot. Charlotte still SPEARS Sonya! Mandy comes in but gets a knee and thrown right out. Charlotte kicks Sonya down, but Mandy trips Asuka up. Mandy rocks Charlotte with a right but Asuka trips her up. Charlotte boots but hits Asuka by mistake! Sonya rolls Charlotte but Charlotte turns it around! Asuka boots Charlotte!! Sonya covers, Absolution wins!!
Winners: Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, Deville pinning
Dysfunction downs the Empress and Queen, which is actually to Becky’s liking. But it doesn’t really matter when TLC will be every woman for herself. Will Becky stay The Man after taking on such fierce competition? Or will there be a new champion going into the New Year?
Triple Threat: Xavier Woods w/ The New Day VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus!
Awwwww~ Austin~! The Women’s Championship won’t be the only Triple Threat at the TLC Pay-Per-View. The SmackDown Tag Team Champions have lost to both The New Day and The Usos in recent weeks, so all three teams will compete for the titles. Therefore, one member each directly competes tonight to represent! Who will take some crucial momentum with just weeks left before the PPV?
The bell rings and the three men circle. Cesaro hits the others first, but end sup caught the second time. HE gets uppercuts from both Woods and Jey and then they throw him out of the ring. Fans want pancakes as Kofi and Big E are on commentary, and Kofi and Big E oblige! Flapjacks fly as Woods and Jey tie up. Woods powers out of a headlock but Jey runs him over. Jey runs but things speed up. Woods leaps again but Jey shoves and things continue to speed up. The Bar talk strategy while Woods goes to suplex Jey. Jey fights out and back suplexes but Woods slips out. Woods dodges and slides but Jey ducks and rolls up! TWO, Woods rolls Jey, TWO! Jey runs Woods over and covers, TWO, Woods returns the favor, TWO! Woods kips up and the two shake hands.
Cesaro runs in but gets a double punch! Woods and Jey double clothesline Cesaro out and we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Woods and Jey are both stuck on the top rope. Cesaro dropkicks Woods down but Jey shoves him away. Jey adjusts and leaps, but into a European Uppercut! Cover, TWO! The Swiss Cyborg goes for his Neutralizer but Woods returns. Cesaro runs over but gets a kick! Jey uppercuts Cesaro, and then Woods runs at Jey. Jey dodges for the pop-up Samoan Drop! Cesaro and Woods are each in corners, so Jey starts a hip attack train! First stop is Woods, but Cesaro bails out. Jey changes plans to FLY onto Cesaro! But then Woods leaps for a tornado DDT on Jey! All three men are down while Sheamus and Jimmy coach them up. Cesaro gets in the ring but Woods follows. Things speed up again, wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO!
Woods grits his teeth while he and Cesaro crawl. Fans rally up as Woods stands. Woods aims at Cesaro and rolls, but into a push. Cesaro leaps but gets a swing kick! Jey climbs and leaps, but his splash meets knees! Cesaro small packages, TWO! Woods leaps in with the Limit Breaker elbow! Cover, Jey breaks it! The New Day admit on commentary that it was super closer. All three men are down, hurting from this battle, but Woods is up first. “Woodsy” uses the power of positivity and pancakes. He swings on Jey but Jey hits back. They brawl while Sheamus checks on Cesaro. Woods gets an edge and backs Jey down. He runs but into Jey’s body check! Jey runs but into Woods’ forearm! Woods runs but into another body check! Cesaro returns to grab Jey. He also gets Woods, combination airplane spin and Swiss swing!
Cesaro shows his strength as he tosses Jey aside, then gets Woods in the Sharpshooter! Woods is stuck but he doesn’t give up. Jey comes in, Cesaro blocks the superkick only to get the dragon whip! Woods rolls Cesaro up, TWO!! Cesaro throws Woods out but SUPERKICK! Jey covers, Jey wins!
Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall
The Usos gain ground in this battle of three teams, but how will it go down when it’s three teams at once?
Backstage interview with Rusev & Lana.
The Bulgarian Brute was going to have a match with The King of Strong Style, but Shinsuke Nakamura chose to attack Rusev before there was a bell. Nakamura would give Rusev two Kinshasa knees before leaving Rusev alone. Rusev says Nakamura did that because he’s afraid. Rusev shows off his muscles, and knows he’s both strong and relentless and… Hungry. Not for chicken, yogurt, cheese or any food. He’s hungry for that United States Championship! Nakamura holds onto that title like a child does their favorite toy. But that title is no toy, that title represents honor and tradition. Nakamura has no honor, but he won’t have any excuses. Rusev will get his hands on Nakamura and… Feast! A feast fit for Rusev Daaaay~! Will that particular Rusev Day happen to land on TLC Sunday?
Lars Sullivan speaks.
“It doesn’t matter which brand I choose to go to. I will wreak havoc the magnitude of which you’ve never seen.” No one has seen a freak like the Leviathan. Which brand will get this Mile High Monster on their roster? And which roster will regret it?
It’s time for Miz TV!
But wait, before Miz can finish his introduction, it’s the FABULOUS Truth! What do they want? A DANCE BREAK~! Truth and Carmella floss and twerk, and that’s it. “As you were.” Miz can’t believe the fans like that. Continuing on, the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show once again makes history. For the first time ever on Miz TV is the NEW Daniel Bryan! This new and more sinister side of the Goat is also the WWE Champion after what he did to AJ Styles weeks ago. This new and more sinister Bryan declared that The Beast, Brock Lesnar, beat the weakness out of him. And this new and more sinister Bryan declared that the Yes Movement, his movement, is DEAD. But he’ll also have to face AJ Styles again at TLC for the title.
Miz sits with “The New Daniel Bryan”, but how does he want to be addressed? Miz sticks to Daniel, because he doesn’t really look different. But there is a little something that is different. Bryan is confident, isn’t pandering to the fans, and knows that there’s no such thing as an honorable victory. It’s either winning or losing, no matter how you do it. Meaning Miz was right all along! Fans actually agree with that. But this Bryan says people thought the “old” Bryan was smart, but how smart was he if he catered to the people? That Bryan allowed them to subvert his dreams. But this Bryan doesn’t care about the people, and his dreams are in control. This Bryan doesn’t have many intellectual peers, including The Miz, but he has plenty of books written by great minds like Alexander Hamilton.
Bryan notices the fans booing, and calls them “Fickle.” These “sheep” all go “What?”, something stupid from 20 years ago. But as Hamilton once said, “Giving power to the mindless masses is dangerous, both for the individual and the society.” These sheep are proof. But even more dangerous is that old Daniel Bryan with the “practical wisdom and brutality of the new Daniel Bryan.” Miz hears what Bryan is saying, but it sounds less like Hamilton and more like Miz. Doesn’t Bryan see that the only reason Bryan has that title is because he did whatever it took, just like what Miz told him.
Bryan says Miz’s problem is that he never gets to the point. Bryan kicked Styles in the balls. But it was one man in the groin on one day. The people harm the earth every single day with their needless consumption! “If you want to count sins, I kicked one man in the groin on one day. These people commit countless atrocities against the earth and future generations” every moment of their lives! Wait, Miz is confused. This isn’t about any of that. Bryan has painted Miz as the bad guy for eight years, and had everyone fooled. But not Miz. Miz saw Bryan’s truth the entire time, and now Bryan owes him an explanation. Is Bryan champion because he did what Miz told him to? Yes or no. Fans say “Yes! Yes!” And so does Bryan.
But then he says “No”, and then “yes” and back again. Because it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the Old Bryan is dead. That Yes Movement with these old logos, dead. And most importantly, the one thing that no one here, let alone AJ Styles or Miz, can do about… “Here is your WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan.” Fans boo and Bryan calls them fickle, but here comes the old WWE Champion, the Phenomenal AJ Styles! Styles heads right at the ring but Bryan shoves Miz into him! Styles kicks Miz away then chases Bryan! He catches Bryan and drags him back to ringside. Bryan runs away, but Miz gets involved again. Styles goes after Miz AND Bryan! Miz saves Bryan with a Skull Crushing Finale to Styles! Fans boo as Bryan gets away with manipulating Miz. Will Bryan continue to get away with it at TLC?
Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton!
The Charismatic Enigma and Viper have already gone to Hell and back against each other this year, but nothing is over between them. At the same time, Hardy is hunted by a new Destroyer in Samoa Joe, and Orton hunts new prey in Rey Mysterio. Who will move on to be better prepared for new grudges on the way to the New Year?
Before the match, we see Orton’s message for Mysterio. Orton says Mysterio should have stayed away, but he didn’t and now he’s been hurt and humiliated all over again. Hardy won’t stay away either, so Orton is more than happy to crush him again.
The bell rings, and Hardy goes right at Orton! Hardy throws hands and kicks, but then Orton kicks back. Orton goes after the ear gauge hole, but Hardy fights him off. Hardy hits a jawbreaker then clotheslines Orton out of the ring! Orton goes running as Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy clobbers Orton and throws him into the post. Orton kicks back then bounces Hardy off the announce desk. Orton lifts Hardy but Hardy fights out! Hardy bounces Orton off the desk, and again! Hardy gives Orton the back suplex onto the desk! “DELETE!” echoes while we go picture in picture.
Hardy goes back out to fetch Orton, dragging him off the desk and bumping him off the apron edge. He puts Orton back in but Orton is on him during reentry. Orton hangs Hardy out to dry on the ropes! Orton stalks Hardy around the ring and stomps away on the limbs as only he does. Then he stomps Hardy right in the stomach before covering. TWO, but Orton keeps his cool. Orton grins as he sits Hardy up for a chinlock. We return to single picture as Hardy endures the squeeze. Fans rally for Hardy and Hardy fights his way up, but Orton forces him back down. Orton pulls back on Hardy’s head but Hardy gets up again. Hardy fights out and kicks for the spinning back kick! Both men go down but Hardy gets to a corner.
Fans rally with “Delete! Delete!” as Orton runs into Hardy’s boots. Hardy goes up, Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Orton stalks Hardy again. They brawl and Hardy counters punches Orton. Hardy whips but Orton reverses, only for Hardy to hit back! Hardy gets the atomic drop and leg splitting leg drop, dropkick on top! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool as he stands back up. He kicks but the Twist is denied. Orton back elbows Hardy into the ropes, and Hardy ends up on the apron. Hardy shoulders back in but Orton catches him, for the draping DDT! Orton gets up again and enjoys the moment as he hears the voices in his head. He stalks Hardy as fans fire up.
Hardy denies the RKO to go for the Twist. Orton slips out but is still denied his RKO, Hardy runs Orton over with forearms! Hardy hurries up top while Orton is down. Orton springs up to stop Hardy with fists. Orton climbs up but Hardy resists. Hardy slips out to trip Orton up! Then Twist of Fate! Orton is down and the shirt comes off as Hardy heads back up. Hardy aims, but Orton rolls away. So Hardy wrecks him with a dropkick! Hardy goes out to clear the announce desk! He drags Orton over and bounces him off the desk again. Then another back suplex onto the table top! Orton writhes, but Hardy is far from done with Orton. Hardy goes to the top rope, but Samoa Joe has a message from the titantron.
Joe is at a bar, enjoying himself while watching the show. And then he orders a round for the bar. RKO from Orton! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
“Tough break, Jeff, tough break.” Joe then goes into PSA mode to warn us about the “dangers of excess.” Moderation is key. You can make good choices, like having a drink with friends. Or having 14 and waking up in jail. Assuming you wake up at all. Drink responsibly. Cheers, Hardy. Samoa Joe uses Hardy’s past as a weapon, but will Joe’s future be rendered OBSOLETE?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
He was running from Styles earlier, but why is he still here? The New Bryan doesn’t run. Everything he does is done with purpose. And now, he’s joining commentary for the main event!
AJ Styles VS The Miz!
The New Daniel Bryan dodged The Miz’s questions and dodged AJ Styles’ revenge, and even pitted them against each other. While The Phenomenal One will get at Bryan at TLC, he and the Hollywood A-Lister look to settle things with each other tonight! Will Styles roll towards his WWE Championship rematch at TLC? Will The Miz gain some momentum before tonight’s Mixed Match Challenge Playoffs?
SmackDown returns and Bryan has appeared on commentary as promised. The bell rings and Styles puts Miz in a corner for shoulders to the stomach. Styles CHOPS Miz then bumps him off buckles, then chops him again. He whips Miz but redirects him back into the same corner. Styles pushes Miz into buckles but the ref backs him off. Miz kicks Styles and puts on a headlock. Styles powers out but Miz runs him over. Miz says he’s the phenomenal one but things speed up, and Styles dropkicks Miz down! Styles glares at Bryan while Miz rolls out. Styles chases after Miz and they go back into the ring. Miz stomps but Styles sees it coming, and trips Miz up. Styles then slingshots in for a senton! Cover, TWO! Miz jawbreakers Styles back while Bryan mocks Styles on commentary.
Styles chops Miz then whips. Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee. Miz brings Styles around and chokes him on the ropes. The ref counts and Miz lets up at 4, to hit his rope attack! Bryan calls out the “corruption” of Byron Saxton while Miz puts Styles in a camel clutch. Styles endures while fans rally. He pries his way out and fights back, but Miz counters Styles into the A-List combination! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool as he rains lefts down on Styles. Miz stalks Styles to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Fans boo and jeer as Miz mocks Bryan’s Yes chant. Miz runs into a SUPERKICK! Styles runs at Miz, but Miz puts him on the apron. Styles hits Miz away but Miz boots Styles down! Miz has control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns once more, and both men are down. Fans rally up as a ten count begins. Both men stand at 4 and start brawling. Styles hits the Phenomenal Blitz! And sliding forearm! Miz scrambles to a corner while Styles fires up. Styles runs in for a big clothesline, then fireman’s carry for the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Miz lives and Styles is surprised. Styles keeps focus as he brings Miz up for the Clash, but Miz counters with a catapult! Styles hits buckles, and then Miz gets the full nelson. But Styles counters with a victory roll! TWO and Miz kicks low for the basement DDT! Cover, TWO! Now Miz is the one surprised, but fans know “This is Awesome!”
Miz runs but Styles dodges to throw Miz out. Styles aims and slingshots for the forearm! Bryan gets up and Styles locks eyes with him. Bryan says he’s not going to attack, and offers a handshake. But this is so Miz can throw Styles into steps! Miz puts Styles in the ring, gets him up, Finale! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives!! Miz and Bryan are both shocked. Miz keeps on Styles with knees dropped on knees. He wants the Figure Four but Styles shoves him away to the post! Styles gets up but Bryan drags him out! Styles shoves Bryan down and then sees Miz coming, Calf Crusher! Miz flails, taps, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by submission
The Phenomenal One gets the win with two enemies after him, but then Bryan goes after Styles again! Bryan chop blocks Styles’ leg, then slams it into the post over and over again! The new and sadistic Bryan throws Styles’ body into the post! And then he throws Styles into the announce desk, and into the ring. Fans boo and jeer while Bryan aims at Styles. Bryan runs to chop block Styles again! Bryan still goes after the leg with a Heel Hook! Styles writhes and shouts in pain but Bryan won’t let go even as more refs rush the ring. Bryan lets go when he’s satisfied, but fans still boo and jeer. Bryan takes off his jacket to buzzsaw kick Styles down! And then he stomps Styles out like he did the night he changed into this Bryan. Bryan does a victory lap, but still comes back for more!
The New Bryan grabs his belt and forces the ring announcer to make the same declaration as before: “Ladies and gentlemen, here is your WWE Champion, the New Daniel Bryan.” Do the fans not approve? “Fickle!” The entire WWE Universe is fickle in the eyes of this new and sadistic Daniel Bryan! Styles stands up in the ring, and Bryan chop blocks him again!! And back to the Heel Hook as we go off the air! Will this new and sadistic Bryan ever stop? Can this new and sadistic Bryan ever be stopped?
SmackDown continues to be great! And with only FOUR matches! The stories on SmackDown are better, for one, so that’s a major part of it. For example, they consolidated the Women’s Division into one story that branches from the title. I am glad to see they didn’t go the general route of a contract signing turning into a brawl, those happen too much. Sonya and Mandy looked great in their match with Asuka and Charlotte, and the falling apart of the Face team was well-done given how late in the match it happened. The battle lines are drawn and the TLC Triple Threat is going to be great, so long as Becky or Asuka win out. Charlotte’s had her time, and she’ll just end up being a female John Cena with yet another big win like this.
The Tag Team Division is another stronger point. The Triple Threat Tag Title match is going to be great, but even tonight’s triple threat of 1v1v1 was impressive! The Bar, The New Day & The Usos are the best teams in the WWE, so I really hope their match is announced to be something more, like a Ladder or Tables match. That kind of No DQ physicality will be great for all three teams, but I’m thinking Big Show shows up to do something. The best thing would be if he helps The Usos and is a Face again, just for a good laugh. Then while we got Orton VS Hardy again, they made it worth watching, as did Samoa Joe’s part via titantron. PSA’s by Joe would definitely get people to listen. That said, I’m still hoping we get a mash-up of Joe-Hardy, Orton-Mysterio and Nakamura-Rusev in one massive match.
Miz’s moment with Shane still makes me think something with them is coming for Wrestlemania, either as Miz VS Shane or as Miz hopes, Miz & Shane VS tag champions. Either way, Miz will make it worth watching. The Miz’s part with Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles was also really great. The New Bryan being this evil eco-warrior is a weird choice, maybe Vince’s, but the rest of how the New Bryan behaves is still great. Especially him using his two biggest rivals against each other. Miz VS Styles was a great match, and then Bryan ending the show with that brutal attack was perfect. I really, really hope this match more than any of the others gets a stipulation like a Chairs Match. Even with other feuds like Becky and Charlotte on the block, Bryan and Styles has gotten extremely personal, so their match needs to fit accordingly.
My Score: 8.8/10