Just what is going on around here?!
Bayley attacks Becky on Raw, Randy Orton keeps getting the better of King Kingston, and we still don’t who’s really behind the attacks on Roman Reigns! What more could happen as SmackDown simply tries to make it to Clash of Champions?
- King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Mustafa Ali VS Elias; Elias wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Fire & Desire; Fire & Desire win.
- King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Chad Gable VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Gable wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Aleister Black VS Shelton Benjamin; Black wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Boiler Room Blitz: Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle VS The Singh Brothers VS The B-Team; Bo Dallas wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS “Andrew Howard”; Nakamura wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Ring Ruckus: Bo Dallas w/ Curt Axel VS The Singh Brothers VS Gran Metalik VS Drake Maverick; Maverick wins and is the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Stage Surprise: Drake Maverick VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bayley’s gone BAD!
The Boss was back in blue and badder than ever, and acted like the tag team titles meant nothing. Bayley would not directly comment on Sasha Banks’ actions, but vowed not to be overshadowed by Becky Lynch. And by the end of the night, we would see who was in whose shadow. The Champion’s Showcase went down, Sasha made her move on Becky, and Bayley would help! The best friends are even badder together, but will Becky stay down for the count?
Bayley is HERE!
And she seems to feel great after what she did to Becky last night. Norfolk is divided between loving and hating her, and Bayley doesn’t get it. “Everybody has something to say about what went down last night.” Everyone is “Oh my God, I can’t believe you did that!” But how didn’t they see that? Her responsibility who was with her along the way through good and bad, her best friend. Nothing has changed. Bayley is still trying to show everyone what kind of champion she’s trying to be. She’s trying to lift everyone up with her whole heart. Hugs for the kids! Ever since she started wrestling, she’s trying to make fans feel the way she felt as a kid. And now she has that opportunity. She is the hero and the role model showing kids what it means to be loyal. Bayley would never have turned her back on Sasha when things got rough. The fans deserve the kind of champion on par with Becky Lynch. And Bayley promises to be that champion for a long, long time, starting with beating the most selfish person on the roster, Charlotte Flair.
Charlotte has no idea what it’s like to be the role model that Bayley is being. But speaking of, here comes the Queen! Charlotte struts her way down the ramp and has Bayley scoot over so she can pose. And she asks Bayley, “I’m selfish?” How perceptive, Bayley. Charlotte takes pride in being the Queen of Selfishness. Fans say a lot about Charlotte, but what you see is what you get. There is no confusion, no blindsiding, and definitely no hugging. So Bayley better hug the title real tight because at Clash of Champions… Sasha Banks is here?! Charlotte just smiles, because it should’ve been obvious where one goes, the other follows. So Charlotte DECKS and BOOTS Bayley! Then she brawls with Sasha! Charlotte gets Sasha down to throw hands! But Bayley returns to SMACK Charlotte with a chair! And again! And again!
Fans chant “One More Time!” and Bayley hands the chair to Sasha. Sasha smiles and gives Charlotte a chair shot! And another! And another! Then Sasha hands the chair back to Bayley, and Bayley fires off again! Fans duel, and some want Becky to appear. But The Man doesn’t come around, and Bayley and Sasha stand tall. Will the baddest best friends both hold gold by the end of Clash of Champions?
King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Mustafa Ali VS Elias!
The Beacon of Light still shines after an incredible match with Buddy Murphy in the opening round! As for The Drifter, he benefited from the Best Screwjob in the World when Shane McMahon made himself an official and fast-counted Kevin Owens out of the tournament. But Ali isn’t Kevin, so will he get a fair shake against Elias?
SmackDown returns as Elias makes his entrance. Elias might be jinxing it by crowning his guitar before going to the ring. The bell rings and Ali ties up with Elias. Elias wrenches and wristlocks Ali to the mat. Fans rally for Ali already as Ali uses the ropes to flip through and wring Elias out. Elias gets up but Ali dodges, only to run into Elias’ arms. Elias pops Ali up but Ali slips out. Ali CHOPS but hurts his hand more than Elias’s chest. Elias throws Ali but Ali goes up and over and speeds things up. Ali shows off his agility and then rolls Elias up, ONE! Ali tries a jackknife, ONE! Elias kicks but is spun around into Ali’s heel kick! Elias bails out but Ali just builds speed to DIVE! But Elias catches him to ram him into the LED! Then suplex TOSSES Ali onto the ramp! Norfolk is fired up as Elias refreshes the count.
Elias goes after Ali but Ali hits back. Elias still throws him into the corner of the barrier! Then hip tosses him across the way! Elias trophy lifts to toss Ali into the timekeeper’s area! SmackDown goes picture in picture as Elias leaves Ali behind. Elias is fine with a count out now, but Ali stirs. Ali crawls over and gets to his feet. Ali flounders over at 8 and is in at 9! Elias drags Ali up to CHOP away in a corner! And throw body shots and stomps while he’s at it. The ref backs Elias off and Elias watches Ali crawl. Elias brings Ali up but Ali hits back. Elias rocks Ali with a big right forearm, then whips. Elias TOSSES Ali with a back drop! Cover, TWO! Elias keeps his cool and chokes Ali on the ropes. The ref backs Elias off again, but Elias comes back to put Ali in a corner. Elias whips corner to corner and then flapjack tosses Ali! Cover, TWO!
Ali grits his teeth while Elias looms over him. Elias drags Ali around by his hair but Ali hits back with body shots. Ali runs but into a BIG lariat! Elias covers, TWO! Elias drags Ali around to wrap on a ferocious chinlock. Ali endures and throws Elias, but Elias holds on. Ali tries again, but still Elias holds onto the headlock. Ali endures and gets up again. Elias leans on him to keep him down, but Ali powers up. SmackDown returns to single picture as Ali fights back with body shots. Elias knees low and whips, but Ali flapjack dropkicks Elias down! Fans fire up and Ali gets to his feet. Elias runs in but into a forearm! And then another! Ali CHOPS and forearms, then whips. Elias blocks and reverses, but Ali dodges and roundhouses! Ali slingshots, somersaults, facebuster! Cover, TWO! Elias rolls out of the ring but Ali just runs again, to DIVE! He rams Elias right into barriers! Both men are down, clutching limbs damaged by that collision.
Ali puts Elias in at 6 and climbs up at 7. Elias intercepts Ali on the top rope with forearms. Elias climbs up but Ali fights back! Ali headbutts Elias away, then adjusts to 450 the bad arm! Elias writhes in pain, but Ali is on him again. Elias shoves Ali away but gets a tornado takedown into a CROSSFACE!! Elias endures, Ali pulls back hard, but Elias still gets the ropebreak! Ali lets Elias go, but Ali goes at Elias in a corner. Elias sends Ali into buckles, then scoops into the Electric Chair. Spinning powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! But into a Stretch Muffler! Elias goes after that bad leg and Ali hangs upside-down. Elias stomps Ali’s head but Ali endures. Ali gets his own ropebreak! Elias lets Ali go but keeps stomping. Elias drags Ali over to a corner and swings the bad leg into the post! The ref reprimands Elias but the damage is done.
Elias drags Ali up but Ali fights back. Ali climbs and brings Elias up with him. But Elias SHOVES Ali away! Ali lands on his feet! The bad leg jams and Ali hobbles. Elias LEAPS, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans are losing their minds and cheering hard for Ali! The ring count climbs as Ali drags Elias up and in. Ali climbs with one good leg, leaps for another 450! But he FLOPS! Elias grabs the leg but Ali kicks with the good one! Elias still drags Ali around, and ducks the enziguri, to SMASH the knee! Ali writhes, Elias drags him up, fisherman to DRIFT AWAY! Elias wins!
Winner: Elias, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals
Elias wins without anyone’s help! Who will Walk With Elias in the next round?
Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.
The Samoan Submission Specialist survives the quarterfinals, only to be in a rare Triple Threat semifinal match. But he’s here tonight to explain the Triple Threat is an inconvenience. But his path of destruction will lead him to the crown. Joe is here to warn his future competition. Whatever SmackDown finalist he faces, they will be put to sleep, the WWE Universe will #BendTheKnee, and they will all call Samoa Joe the King of the Ring.
Aleister Black speaks.
“Well, if the mountain is not going to come ot me, then I am going to come to the mountain. I am heading down to that ring, and see if there is anyone MAN enough to pick. A fight. With me.” The Embodiment of the End is all out of patience! Who will #FadetoBlack tonight?
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Fire & Desire!
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions were technically on the losing side of the Championship Showcase last night, but only because Sasha Banks disqualified the match. Will they get back on track as a Clash of Championship challenge is right around the corner?
The teams sort out and Nikki starts with Mandy Rose. Mandy taunts by flaunting her figure against Nikki’s, then she whips her hair in Nikki’s face. Nikki throws forearms into Mandy’s face! Nikki whips but Mandy reverses, but Nikki tilt-o-whirl headscissors Mandy to a corner. Then hits a corner splash to bulldog! Cover, TWO! Nikki and Sonya talk trash but Mandy ROCKS Nikki with a right! Tag to Sonya and Sony throws hands. Sonya grinds her knee into Nikki then tags Mandy back in. Mandy and Sonya mug Nikki, then Mandy whips Nikki into the corner. Nikku hits Sonya down then dropkicks Mandy out! Fire & Desire regroup but Nikki climbs high! Nikki LEAPS for a crazy crossbody! SmackDown goes to break while Norfolk fires up with Nikki!
SmackDown returns as Sonya drags Nikki to the corner. Mandy tags in and she drags Nikki up just to push her down. She mocks Nikki to reach for Alexa but shoves her down again. “You will NEVER look like me!” Alexa says no one wants to look like Mandy. Nikki gives Mandy a jawbreaker! But she runs int Mandy’s arms. Mandy goes for the knee but misses! Hot tags to Sonya and Alexa! The Goddess rallies on the Gladiator Gal, standing STO! Double knee drop and a SLAP rocks Sonya, then a divine RIGHT! Cover, Mandy breaks it! Nikki runs in but gets a kick. Mandy goes for the underhooks, but Nikki fights free to crossbody Mandy down and out! Alexa gets up and goes back to Sonya, but Sonya kicks low to kick away.
Sonya knees then fireman’s carries, but Alexa fights free for a BLISS-DT! And then Alexa heads up top, only for Mandy to ram Nikki into apron! That distracts Alexa before she leaps, twisted Bliss gets KNEES! And then tag, Fire & Desire go high and low! Cover, Mandy & Sonya win!!
Winners: Fire & Desire, Mandy Rose pinning
Mandy and Sonya beat the tag team champions! This has to be the shortcut to being the Clash of Champions challengers. Will Mandy and Sonya take the titles from Alexa and Nikki so soon after getting them off the IIconics?
Samoa Joe bumps into Chad Gable.
Joe apologizes for not seeing the “little” guy. Gable says he’s trying to prepare for his King of the Ring match later tonight. Wait, Gable’s in King of the Ring? That can’t be, he’d look ridiculous out there. Like a kid playing dress-up with the crown and cape. The saddest part is that the jokes are tired, but they still hurt. Because Gable is mentally weak. There is no room for weakness in the kingdom. “Good luck, Bilbo.” Joe leaves and Gable does his best to shake it off.
Randy Orton is here!
The Viper has been doing and saying whatever he wants to Kofi Kingston, and has so far been getting away with much of it. Their WWE World Championship match is coming, and Orton is here tonight to speak again. “Clash of Champions is two weeks away. Which means in two weeks, you people are going to have a new WWE Champion.” And it means that in two weeks, Orton proves Kofi is a fraud not on Orton’s level and never has been. Just look at last week: Kofi fell for Orton’s trap hook, line and sinker. But the fans chant Kofi’s name! Orton says the best part about last week was that “sweet, sweet” sound of Kofi’s head bouncing off the floor. Orton has decimated the New Day and the Power of Positivity. And if you think he’s lying, just take a look at the replays!
Three weeks ago, Orton gave all three men of the New Day an RKO! Then the week after that, Orton made Kofi watch The Revival SMASH Xavier Woods’ knee. And then just last week was the trap Orton mentioned, giving Kofi a draping DDT to drive Kofi into the floor. The Viper smirks as he watches his handiwork. Orton will tell Kofi what he’s thinking this week: no more games, no more traps, no waiting for Clash of Champions even! Face Orton like a man here tonight! Orton waits, and the music hits! But no one comes out? Actually, the Revival are beating Kofi up as they move to the stage! It was another trap after all! The #TopGuys club and punch Kofi down the ramp, and there is no New Day to back Kofi up with the injuries Orton’s been giving them. But Kofi manages to fight Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder off! So Orton attacks to take Kofi down himself!
Orton puts Kofi in the ring and drags him around. “STUPID!” Stomp to the leg. “STUPID!” Stomp to the other leg. “STUPID!” Stomp to the hand, then chest! Dash & Dawson get Kofi up for Orton so that Orton can tell him to his face. At Clash of Champions, Orton beats Kofi once and for all in front of everyone, with the there most devastating letters in sports entertainment. But Kofi fights out and fights back! But he’s in a 3v1 and The Revival just mug Kofi on the mat. Orton grimaces as the Revival bring Kofi up. They shove, RKO MACHINE! Orton and the #TopGuys pose together on the corner. Will these three all have titles come the end of Clash of Champions?
WWE has set a match for Clash of Champions!
After finding damning evidence that it was Erick Rowan behind the attempts on Roman Reigns’ life, the Big Red and the Big Dog will have a grudge match to get to the bottom of this! Will Roman get answers out of Rowan while also getting a win? Or will this mystery only take more twists and turns the deeper Roman goes down the rabbit hole?
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King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Chad Gable VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Everyone seems to think the former Olympian has little chance of winning a tournament this big. But El Idolo is 100% confident he will be El Rey de WWE soon enough. Will Gable catch Almas off guard like he did Shelton Benjamin? Or is this too tall a task for the tournament’s #1 underdog?
Vega speaks to Gable as one “vertically challenged” superstar to another, she respects and admires how Gable overcomes the odds. And though there are lost dog ads for competition for Almas, Gable could be the next King of the Ring. If Almas wasn’t in the tournament, of course. So unfortunately, Almas will beat Gable tonight. But there is no shame in losing to the future King Andrade! So just keep going, little engine that could. The bell rings, and the final quarterfinal match begins.
Almas ties up with Gable and gets Gable on the ropes. But Gable comes back to waistlock and throw Almas down! They get back up but Almas elbows out hard. Almas wrenches Gable’s arm and whips, but Gable goes up and over to sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Almas kicks low and brings Gable in for a powerbomb lift. Gable resists and slips out to an arm-drag! Then a monkey flip! Fans fire up behind Gable as Gable goes corner to corner. But Almas catches Gable to toss Gable out! SmackDown goes picture in picture as Almas dusts off his hands from dumping out Gable.
Gable slowly gets up while Vega applauds Almas. Almas goes out to CHOP Gable then knee him against barriers. Almas whips Gable hard into other barriers, then soaks up the heat. Almas drags Gable up and into the ring, to then run and basement dropkick Gable in the back! Cover, TWO! Almas wraps on a chinlock right away and grinds Gable down. Gable endures and fights his way up. Gable fights back with body shots but Almas throws him down by his head! Almas CHOPS Gable and Gable winces. Almas goes after the arm, then back suplexes. Gable slips out and sees Almas run in! Gable tries to throw Almas in but it’s more like a full on collision from the two! Almas still crashes into buckles but Gable took just as much damage in that. The referee checks and they’re both okay to continue.
SmackDown returns to single picture as forearms start flying between both men. Almas CHOPS Gable then whips. Gable reverses, breaks free and throws big hands! Gable has Almas in the corner, he ducks the clothesline to mule kick and rolling kick! Vega is worried as Gable hits a running rolling neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Gable as he stalks Almas. Gable wristlocks and chicken wings for an overhead suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Almas escapes and Vega grows frustrated. Gable watches Almas, waistlocks but Almas bucks him off to BOOT him back! Almas hops up but Gable SHORYUKENS! Gable climbs up while Elias watches backstage. Almas fights the superplex off and puts Gable in the Tree of Woe! Almas WOE STOMPS Gable down! Cover, TWO!! Gable still lives and that frustrates both Almas and Vega!
Almas drags Gable up and hammerlocks, but Gable slips out to a waistlock. Almas standing switches but Gable victory rolls. TWO and Almas knees low. Almas suplexes for uno amigo, then dos amigos. Fans chant “Eddie! Eddie!” as Almas shimmies the shoulders, but Gable waistlocks for a German Suplex! Then another! Gable shouts out the Gold Medalist but Almas elbows free. Almas gets the third suplex! He puts Gable in a drop zone and heads for the corner but his back slows him down. Almas moonsaults, lands on his feet, but gets knees on the second! Fans are fired up as Gable goes up top! Vega freaks out as Gable MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives Gable’s other shout out to Kurt Angle! But Gable keeps his focus as he watches Almas stand. Waistlock but another elbow sends him away. Almas hip tosses Gable into buckles!
Almas has the knees ready, runs corner to corner but gets buckles! CHAOS THEORY!! But Vega is distracting the ref during the bridge!! Gable lets go in frustration, and Almas is ready, boot to ELBOW! Hammerlock, but Gable powers otu! Rolling clutch! GABLE WINS!!
Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals
Who came up short?! Because it wasn’t Gable! Vega is in shock, and Norfolk is thunderous for Gable as he continues on! Will the smallest superstar with the biggest heart be the one to wear the crown? Or will Elias make him #DriftAway next round?
Aleister Black VS ???
The Dark Knight of WWE said he would come looking a the fight, and he has come. Who answered the call of the Embodiment of the End? We find out after the break.
SmackDown returns, and it is the Gold Standard that stands before Aleister! Shelton Benjamin circles with Black at the bell!
Benjamin knees low and whips but Aleister dodges and springboards. Benjamin dodges but Aleister sits down cross-legged. Aleister dodges Benjamin’s kick, but Benjamin narrowly avoids Black Mass! Aleister stares daggers at Benjamin, then gets him with the knee trigger! Benjamin bails out but Aleister follows to throw forearms. Aleister puts Benjamin in the ring and punches him away. Benjamin returns the knee with one of his own! Aleister goes down and Benjamin grins. Benjamin goes after Aleister on the outside now with haymakers. Benjamin puts Aleister in and runs at the corner. Aleister elbows and kicks back! Benjamin knees in return, then watches Aleister wobble. Aleister still blocks one punch and throws strike after strike. Benjamin avoids the knee, goes for Dragon Whip, but gets the BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
Black beats Gold as Aleister wins the fight he called for. But this will not satisfy Aleister’s appetite for confrontation. Will Aleister only be vindicated once he possesses championship gold?
Drake Maverick sneaks around the bowels of the arena, Renee Michelle in tow.
They need to get out of here fast, or superstars will come for his WWE 24/7 Championship. Well they’re not going to do that in the boiler room! But speaking off, here come the Singh Brothers! Sunil misses his ambush attack, but Sunil rolls Maverick up! TWO, and Maverick runs! But look out! Gran Metalik rides in on a trunk! Well, that was easy to avoid, actually… But Curt Axel is here! Roll up, TWO! Maverick hops a trunk and rams it into Axel, but Bo Dallas rolls Maverick! Bo Dallas wins!!
Winner: Bo Dallas, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The B Team celebrates Bo’s win! It’s time to #BOLIEVE again! But the chase is on, too. And Maverick lost the title, and a shot at consummating, again. Will Maverick ever get this right?
Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn are here!
The Artist and his like-minded spokesperson are in Norfolk, but the “parasites” won’t get their kicks signing along to the music. Tonight isn’t about the fans, it’s about Shinsuke, THE WWE Intercontinental Champion! Shinsuke is up against one “Andrew Howard”? No that’s not right? Well it doesn’t matter what his name is! As far as tonight goes, Howard might as well be The Miz. And everyone is in store for just a taste of what happens to THE Miz at Clash of Champions! Referee, do your damn job and ring that bell.
Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS “Andrew Howard”!
The bell rings, Nakamura and “Howard” circle. Sami talks trash on the mic as Nakamura fires off on “Howard.” The kicks make Sami laugh in glee. Nakamura throws vicious forearms, but “Howard’ SLAPS Nakamura. “Big mistake, son!” Nakamura fires off knees on the man as Sami taunts “The Miz.” Nakamura stomps away, then puts the substitute on the top rope. Sami’s favorite: Top Shelf Knee! And we all know what’s next: KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
“That’s how it’s done!” Sami shouts. But does Sami think it’ll really be that easy when the real Miz gets to fight Nakamura?
But wait, the 24/7 Championship chase spills out into the ring from the crowd! Axel tries to defend Bo but the Singh Brothers and Gran Metalik appear. They swarm the ring, and Metalik throws the Bollywood Boys out! But Axel tackles Metalik to the mat! Wait, Maverick comes up and gets Bo! Maverick wins!!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Rockstar Spud has his title back! And he throws The B-Team out! Maverick makes a run for it as he celebrates. But wait! The coat rack for the King of the Ring cape, is JUST R-TRUTH!! Truth sneaks up, rolls Maverick up, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The 14-time champion! The greatest of all time! The chase is on again, but will Maverick get the belt back before the end of the night?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And as he stated in text statement, he demands an apology for both the Spear and the assumption that he had anything to do with Erick Rowan’s actions. Bryan takes up a mic as fans chant and duel. “It finally looks like we have a group of people who believe me.” Because Bryan knows how it looks to everyone else when there is video footage of Rowan attacking Roman! People think Bryan is guilty by association! But Bryan has said this entire time that he has had nothing to do with it. There are a lot of people who may not like Bryan, may not like Bryan’s opinions and message and mission, but what NOBODY can say is that Bryan is a liar! Bryan has never lied to any of the fans. And the truth is, fans are right that Bryan HATES liars.
So here is what Bryan wants. Bryan wants an apology for Roman Reigns. Not just for the accusations, not just for the Spear, but for calling Bryan a liar! And here comes Roman! Roman stares Bryan down, but Rowan attacks from behind! The Big Red rams the Big Dog into barriers! And then steel steps! Then he drags Roman up to TOSS at the apron edge! Roman collapses and Bryan pulls Rowan off. But Rowan shoves Bryan away! Rowan is enraged as he lifts and BOMBS Roman at the post! But Rowan isn’t done there. He puts Roman in the ring and looms over him. Norfolk rallies behind Roman, but Rowan clamps on the IRON CLAW! And then, the SLAM! Rowan takes up the mic to tell “Big Dog, get up.”
Did Roman think Bryan did this? The joke’s on him and all of us. Rowan waves at Bryan. Bryan is just as bad as the fans! He thought he could control Rowan?! Rowan is no one’s puppet. Bryan slapped Rowan over and over again. So maybe Bryan should step into the ring and show how much of a man he is now! Rowan dares Bryan to do it! And then he tells Roman, “I’m proud of what I’ve done to you.” Rowan was proud of the accidents and the hit-and-run. But Rowan is most proud of the pain Roman will feel at Clash of Champions. And then, he throws Roman out of the ring, to go out and take up the other steel steps! Rowan aims at Roman, to SMASH him in the face with the steps! Then Rowan tears the cover off the announce desk.
Bryan tries to stop Rowan again, saying they’re friends! Rowan won’t be controlled, so Bryan SLAPS him! Rowan claws and SLAMS Bryan through the desk!! “Nobody tells me what to do!! Never again!!” Rowan is his own monster now! Will he soon make this his Yard? Or will the Big Dog recover to take a bite out of the Big Redwood?
A pretty great SmackDown tonight! And with a natural opener of Bayley explaining herself. There is some coherence to what Bayley is saying. She is putting her friendship with Sasha and her desire to be the best before being nice, and in a very Heel way, she twists her actions around. The NXT Four Horsewomen are all still on Clash of Champions, and they are both going towards the PPV with a lot of momentum after the Heel turn and them beating down Charlotte together. I feel like this is an all or nothing for Bayley & Banks, especially if they try to help each other. Now this gets rid of my idea of a Survivor Series showdown of friends turned enemies, at least right now. But this could turn into a situation where Bayley & Banks have both singles titles, and go after the tag titles together. They could even do it at Hell in a Cell in Hell in a Cell. Bliss-Cross lost tonight, but I can’t see them losing the titles so soon, despite how good Mandy and Sonya looked in the win.
Tonight’s King of the Ring matches were amazing! I was a bit surprised Elias won so cleanly against Ali, but it was still an incredible showing from both. And then, with Samoa Joe rubbing in Gable’s insecurities, it was great for Gable to win tonight. He and Almas had an amazing match, and this was one of those star-making moments. Gable VS Elias can be and hopefully will be a great match to keep up with Raw’s Triple Threat next week. And at this point, Samoa Joe VS Gable might be our King of the Ring finals at Clash of Champions. And should that happen, I definitely feel like Joe wins, but after Gable puts on one hell of a match with him. Black VS Benjamin tonight was good for mostly filler, so hopefully Aleister gets to fight for a title after Clash. Nakamura and Sami were alright in squashing and trash talking the jobber, but this build of them and Miz hasn’t been that great. I’m sure the match makes up for it, but still. At least Sami’s going all in on being an obnoxious manager.
Orton’s segment with Kofi went about as expected. He talks trash, tricks Kofi, and stands tall. Why haven’t they made their world title match a No Disqualifications match? Sure, that opens things up for The Revival to attack Kofi with Orton, but the story feels like it should escalate their matches. Unless we’re saving such a thing for Kofi VS Orton 2019 round 3 for a Hell in a Cell match. The 24/7 Championship stuff tonight was great! And I love that it technically main-evented with Truth’s greatest reveal yet! This title will never not be hilarious. And then an honestly great moment to make up for last week’s awkwardness, Rowan did it for Rowan! He is the mastermind! But I feel like WWE advertised Roman VS Rowan too soon. I get that Roman would want a fight with Rowan just on video evidence, but tonight should be the motivation behind making it for Clash.
My Score: 8.5/10