Is it wise to have this SmackDown Civil War so close to Survivor Series?
Despite being on Team SmackDown this Sunday, the Big Dog and King Corbin lead opposing forces against each other! But will this only hurt their chances of winning against Raw and NXT?
- Sasha Banks VS Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS The Undisputed Era; The Undisputed Era wins.
- Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali & Chad Gable VS Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; Corbin, Roode & Ziggler win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The SmackDown roster is gathered at the gates.
They’re all excited, until King Corbin and his court stand at the front of the room. But then Roman Reigns walks up, flanked by Mustafa Ali and Shorty G Chad Gable. The Big Dog’s presence is what gets the roster to calm down. And Roman knows everyone is anxious, because Raw and NXT will be here tonight. Roman tells everyone what SmackDown ain’t gonna do: “Act like cowards like Corbin would.” The gates open, and Roman says what they’re doing is opening up the door and let them all in, to whoop everyone’s ass! The roster is ready, but Corbin says that’s stupid. Says the stupid guy in the crown.
But then Sasha Banks steps up as the women’s team captain. The men can argue about their big “egos,” but The Boss waits for no one. The women are ready to take charge, and that starts now! Sasha leads her team to the ring while Roman and Corbin argue. There is still turmoil just a couple days away, can SmackDown bring itself together to stand against their enemies?
Team SmackDown heads to the ring!
The Boss leads the Sassy Southern Belle, the Loony Lass, the Fabulous Princess and Ms. Flex Appeal to stand their ground. Sasha has the mic as she says, “This is our ring, and this is our show!” This team is ready to take care of business. No one is jumping them from behind. NXT doesn’t have the guts to come out after getting dropped last week, or after SmackDown went to them to do the same thing. As for Raw, they have to be here, so they should just come out and fight right now! Sasha and her team wait, but no one appears. Where is Captain Queeny? Here she comes! And with her is Team Raw’s Natalya, the Kabuki Warriors and Sarah Logan!
Charlotte has her own mic and says, “Hey, look everyone. It’s the welcome wagon!” Thank you for opening the door, but Raw would’ve kicked it down anyways. Team Raw circles the ring before hopping up to join them. Sasha wants to take care of business? How about going 1v1 for old time’s sake? The teams come face to face times five and a referee has to get in the middle. But wait, here comes Team NXT! Sasha talked tough, but here comes Rhea Ripley, Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, Candice LeRae and… TONI STORM!? The former NXT UK Champion finally returns after a mysterious absence. Rhea has a mic for herself now as Chicago chants for “NXT! NXT!” Rhea tells Sasha she’s wrong. NXT does have the guts to show up. So if the captains are going 1v1, make it a captain’s TRIPLE THREAT! The Mosh Pit Kid steps up to the Queen and the Boss, and we have a Survivor Series sampler!
All three teams, all 15 women, are in the ring at once and arguing with whoever is closest. But then that isn’t good enough, and a massive brawl breaks out!! Reha has Asuka, Charlotte has Lacey, Sasha is attacked by Kairi Sane, and it’s just chaos otherwise! The referees work to restore order, will we still see that sampler after the break?
Sasha Banks VS Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley!
We will! With their teams lining the ring like lumberjacks, The Queen of Raw, the Boss of SmackDown and the Ripper of NXT are ready to battle! Which team captain gains a big win for their team even before Survivor Series?
The bell rings and Charlotte shoves Rhea. Sasha forearms and chops and kicks, but then Charlotte brawls with her. Rhea gets back in but gets kicked away. Sasha runs but both Charlotte and Rhea BOOT her down! Sasha bails out and that leaves Rhea to stare down with Charlotte. They circle and tie up, Charlotte waistlocks to slam Rhea down! Rhea gets up and throws Charlotte off, but Charlotte goes after a leg. Charlotte rolls to get a headlock but Rhea powers her way up. The team members trash talk each other as Rhea powers out of the headlock. Charlotte stops herself to boot Rhea down. Charlotte drags Rhea up, scoops but Rhea slips out to waistlock. Charlotte swings an elbow, misses, and Rhea powers her to a corner. Rhea rams her shoulder in over and over, then whips Charlotte corner to corner. Charlotte reverses, but Rhea reverses back to break free.
Rhea swings a kick, Charlotte gets under, but Rhea boots her on the return! Charlotte BOOTS back! Fans echo the “WOO!” as Charlotte goes at Rhea but Rhea elbows her away. Charlotte blocks the buckle bump to forearm Rhea back! Charlotte rams her shoulder into Rhea now, but Rhea moves and Charlotte eats buckles. Sasha returns to Backstabber Rhea! Cover, TWO! Sasha rains down rights and then looms over Rhea. Sasha brings Rhea up but Rhea shoves her away. Rhea boots, Sasha blocks it and then gives back a knee! Sasha runs, but Rhea spins her around to LARIAT! And another! And then ripcord to a dropkick! Sasha bails out to her team’s side but Rhea goes out to fetch her. Rhea throws Sasha at the ring but Sasha spins to kick back! Sasha revels in the cheers and jeers, but Charlotte shoves Sasha into Nikki Cross!
Sasha and Nikki argue now, Sasha not appreciating Nikki being “in the way.” Nikki takes offense but the rest of the team works to keep the peace. The other two teams laugh at the dysfunction, and then Rhea goes after Sasha. But Charlotte is up top, SUPER MOONSAULT! The Queen of Raw wrecks her enemies as we go to break!
SmackDown returns as Charlotte has Sasha in a Boston Crab, but Rhea dropkicks Charlotte down! Cover on Charlotte, but Sasha barely breaks it in time! Rhea goes after Sasha and bumps her off buckles. Rhea runs in but gets an elbow. Sasha hops up and gets headscissors, but Rhea pops her up to an Electric Chair, to throw her into buckles face first! Sasha collapses in a head but Rhea drags her up. Rhea puts Sasha on the top rope then throws forearms. Rhea climbs up to join Sasha but Sasha hits back. Sasha forearms Rhea away, then leaps, METEORA! Cover, NATURAL SELECTION! Charlotte covers Sasha, but Rhea breaks it in time! Charlotte, bloody nose and all, is furious with the NXT upstart. Fans and the teams rally up as Charlotte turns to Rhea.
Charlotte drags Rhea up but Rhea shoves her away. And a kick from the mat rocks Charlotte! Charlotte stays up to boot but Rhea deflects. Rhea spins but misses her dropkick, NATURAL SELECTION AGAIN! But Rhea scrambles to ropes. Sasha rolls Charlotte up, TWO!! Sasha spins Charlotte, hops on, but no backstabber here! FIGURE FOUR! Figure EIGHT! But Rhea gets under and crucifixes Charlotte! RHEA WINS!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
NXT got the better of both enemy brands! A huge win this close to Survivor Series, but can NXT pull it off when it’s 5v5v5? For that matter, will Rhea’s team even look the same after going through a Women’s WarGames tomorrow night?
Sasha and Charlotte argue, and then they start shoving. They brawl, and their teams follow! Raw and SmackDown are not going to let each other get away unscathed, but it is SmackDown who holds the ring. But only for a moment! Raw will not let up, but is this only letting NXT get even more of an advantage?
Corbin talks with Roode and Dolph.
The rest of the roster doesn’t understand that only one type of leadership works here, and that’s to lead by example. Roman doesn’t understand how stupid it is to just invite the enemy. But in the Six Man tonight against Roman, Shorty G and… Whatever that kid’s name is, the one from Chicago with all the lights. It is a given that Raw and NXT will attack then. That’s why they need a plan. Corbin will just get clear and let the other brands beat up Roman and his partners. Then they’ll wait and attack Roman, G and Ali after! But then Sami Zayn comes in. He knows what they’re thinking: What is in the bag? Wow, and people thought Corbin was annoying. So Corbin thinks he’s tough? Try calling him annoying out in the ring! Because Sami is headed there right now!
Backstage interview with Bayley!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion is here ahead of her champion’s triple threat. Is there any concern about Becky Lynch or Shayna Baszler being here tonight? No, because she is the only Grand Slam Women’s Champion. Becky is too smart to show up here and get beat. But Baszler is too impulsive. Bayley has her head on a swivel because Baszler always blindsides her. The only time she shows up is when Bayley’s back is turned. If Baslzer is done hiding in the shadows, Bayley is ready.
Sami and Shinsuke head to the ring!
The Great Liberator walks with the King of Strong Style to the ring, and has himself a mic. “Well, it’s pretty clear King Corbin isn’t going to come out here, is he?” Probably because Corbin is afraid of Sami and Shinsuke! Everyone is afraid of Shinsuke! Corbin says Sami’s annoying, but that’s not true. Sami is more, “stud.” For as big of a stud Sami is, Shinsuke is even more of a stud. Such a studly WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami got Shinsuke something special. Sami unveils… a NEW Intercontinental Championship belt! This is the only way you take a title away from Shinsuke: by giving him a superior one. Sami takes the belt from Nakamura to give him to brand new “masterpiece” befitting such an artist. Shinsuke is the only one guaranteed to defeat Raw and NXT! Even if it is the United States Champion, AJ Styles, and the North American Champion, Ro… Roggy? Who is that guy? Shinsuke is drawing a blank.
“Shock. The System.” The Undisputed Era is here! The four NXT champions are here and joining Sami and Shinsuke in the ring. Sami wants them to calm down, and he politely puts the mic down for them to take. He and Shinsuke slowly head out as Chicago chants “Undisputed!” Fans boo as Sami and Shinsuke run, but Adam Cole takes the mic up to say, “Let me fill you in, Sami.” This is Adam Cole, BAYBAY. And this is Roderick Strong, the North American Champion. After the Era take care of business in WarGames, Survivor Series is going to be NXT wiping the floor with Raw and SmackDown! “And that, boys and girls, that’s Undisputed.”
“Awwwwww~ Chicago~!” Don’t you dare be sour, clap for the 7-time champs, and feel~ the power~! The SmackDown Tag Team Champions walk out to say, “Well, well, well. Looky what we have here.” The Undisputed Era took off so fast, they didn’t get a proper good-bye. But good to see they’re back. Because he sees those four here, and then they’re here. Fans chant, “New! Day Rocks!” and Kofi Kingston wants to settle what was started in a match! Roddy says just two against four? Sure! Oh no no, they’ve got two more. But who? Who who who? HEAVY MACHINERY! Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic are COMIIIIN~! Will this epic 8-Man pave the way for Sunday?
8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS The Undisputed Era!
SmackDown returns as Big E starts against the North American Champion! Big E circles with Strong and they approach. Big E corners Strong but Strong uses the ropes as a defense. Big E dares him to come back and they tie up. Kyle O’Reilly steps in to distract Big E, and Strong attacks from behind! Strong chops away then tags Kyle. Kyle and Strong much Big E! Kyle rams his knee in and tags Bobby Fish. The NXT Tag Team Champions double whip but Big E busts through the kicks! Big E clotheslines Kyle then catches Fish for an overhead suplex! Big E drags Fish out and we see Sami and Shin watch from the stage. Kofi tags in and Big E has Fish set up, for the BIG SPLASH on the apron! Then Kyle runs in, only to get an overhead suplex for himself! Strong runs over but Kofi kicks him down! But this allows Fish to get away and tag in Cole!
THE NXT Champion runs over at Kofi but Kofi shoulders him away, to then springboard ax handle! Cole is in a corner and Kofi heads in, but gets a knee! Cole throws forearms but Kofi hits back. Kofi kicks, Cole knees low, Strong tags in. Kofi kicks and whips Cole but Cole holds ropes. Kofi SUPERKICKS Cole but Strong gets Kofi for a Half Nelson BACKBREAKER! Strong stomps Kofi down in the Undisputed corner then tags in Kyle. Kyle and Strong mug Kofi in the corner with kicks and CHOPS! Fish tags in and reDRagon double suplexes Kofi down. Cover, ONE, but Fish stays on Kofi with knees. Fish snapmares Kofi then slingshots for the senton atomico! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Kofi up and tags in Cole. Cole and Fish mug Kofi but fans rally up. Kofi fights back but Cole turns him for a neckbreaker!
Cole drags Kofi over, Strong tags in and stomps Kofi down. Strong drags Kofi up, Canadian rack, and into a Gory Especial! Kofi endures this Strong Special but fans rally up. Kofi fights out and slips around to a sunset flip, TWO! Kofi hurries but Strong stomps him down. Strong drags Kofi up, tag to Kyle, and the Undisputed Era continue to mug Kofi. Kyle drags Kofi into a waistlock takedown, then he rams elbows and knees into the ribs! Kyle runs to slide and knee Kofi again! Strong mocks Kofi’s pain as Kyle drags Kofi over. Strong tags in and stomps away on Kofi. Strong drags Kofi up in a facelock, fisherman cradle but Kofi avoids a cover. Kofi fights his way up as Chicago rallies. Kofi throws body shots but Strnog shoves. Kofi slips out to swing kick Strong away! Now Kofi climbs, but Strong hops up to knee him back!
Strong joins Kofi up top, but Kofi fights back. Kofi shoves Strong down, adjusts, but Kyle creeps over. Tucker keeps Kyle back, but Strong dropkicks Kofi onto Tucker! Otis hurries over to help Tucker by dragging Kofi off him. Big E takes offense, and now the big boys argue. The Undisputed Era are a united front so they just enjoy watching the dysfunction. Tucker gets up and has the clearer head, he calms things down as we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Fish has Kofi down in body scissors and a chinlock. Fans rally again but Fish drags Kofi away. Kofi gets out of the scissors and fights up, but Fish knees low! Fish hits Big E for good measure! Fish whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up to dropkick back! Both men are down and Chicago fires up! Kofi and Fish crawl, hot tag to Kyle and Otis! Fans exploder as Dozer just bulldozes all of the Undisputed Era! First Strong and Kyle, then Cole, then Strong and Kyle again, then back to Cole! Otis keeps moving, he runs over Strong again, and then Kyle again! And Cole a third time! Strong gets a pop-up flapjack! Kyle kicks but Otis just powers up. Kyle boots, but Otis just gets stronger! Kyle fires off strike after strike but Otis HEADBUTTS! Kyle yo-yos in the rope, into an EXPLODER!
Otis has Kyle and Cole in a stack, a double splash sandwich! Cole flops into the drop zone, and Otis pumps up! Chicago fires up but the Undisputed Era saves Cole! Kyle runs in but bounces off Otis! Tag to Tucker, and Heavy Machinery grab Kyle, HOSS TOSS! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives but he flounders to ropes. Tucker walks into his boot, Strong tags in. But Tucker SUPERKICKS! Tucker traps Strong’s arms, for an overhead suplex! Tucker pumps up now, and he goes corner to corner for a big splash! Tucker drags Strong up right off the ground, for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tucker keeps his cool and formulates a plan. Fans like where he’s going with this as he goes up top! Tucker MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Cole breaks it in time!
Cole dodges Big E and BOOTS Otis, then enziguris Big E! But he runs into a belly2belly! Fish and Kyle go after Big E together, clubbing him down until he back drops them both out! Big E and Kofi fire up, Kofi builds speed but Cole trips him! Then reDRagon drag Big E out, TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Kofi fights Cole off and hurries around the way, but he leaps into TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Cole and Strong get in, Tucker LARIATS Cole and clotheslines Strong out! Tucker tumbles, too, but Otis is back to catch Kyle! SPIN CYCLE SLAM! Fans fire up as Dozer pumps it up, CATERPILLAR ELBOW! But Fish kicks away on Otis. Cole runs in, SUPERKICKS Tucker! STRONG KNEE! Cover, the Undisputed Era wins!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Strong pinning
Another win for NXT! Their unity and strategy were too much for even two big name SmackDown teams! Will this foursome make it through WarGames for a third year in a row? Will they sweep Survivor Series Weekend completely?
But then Strong trash talks Shinsuke on the stage. These two will be facing off, but here comes the third champion! AJ STYLES flies in, Phenomenal Forearm to them both! Styles and Nakamura brawl but Strong gets in on it, too! Strong clubs Nakamura down but Styles PELES Strong! Styles goes after Nakamura but Sami SMACKS Styles with a chair! Sami gives Styles another chair shot that sends him off the stage! Then a SMACK for Strong! And again! The Undisputed Era rush up the ramp to run Sami and Nakamura off. NXT has been going strong, but will Strong be in any good shape for the weekend ahead of him?
The OC regroup on stage.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson check on Styles but he says he’s fine. “Did you enjoy that, Chicago?” They did. Of course they did, this is the most depressing city in the world! Chicago wouldn’t know entertainment if it slapped them in the face! Styles is the best thing going in Chicago right now! Styles and his Good Brothers are staying here to remind us all who they are. Fans chant for CM Punk instead. “Oh yeah? I would move the floor with him. And trust me, Chicago, you need cleaning up.” Anderson says when you mess with one, you mess with all the members of the Original, the Official, the Only Club that matters! The mother lovin’ OC! Nakamura and Sami will get what’s coming to them and Strong will get his 15 seconds of fame. It will be Styles’ pleasure to remind us that he is THE Phenomenal One!
But here comes Daniel Bryan!
Yes Movement, “New” Daniel Bryan, none of that matters right now if he can become the NEW Universal Champion. Bray Wyatt wanted Bryan to “play,” but Bryan dared Bray to put the title on the line, so Bray said, “YES!” Bryan goes to the ring and gets a mic to now say, “People want to know why I want to summon Bray Wyatt, here’s why.” Footage recaps the very challenges made by him and the host of Firefly Fun House. The Miz said The Fiend wants to finally end Daniel Bryan. Bryan told Miz no one understands what happens when you combine mental instability with extreme passion! But Bray does. And to finally settle things between them, Survivor Series will see this match happen!
In the present, Bryan isn’t here for Yes chants, for lectures, for puppets and games. Bryan wants to “summon” Bray Wyatt. Bryan won’t even begin to pretend he understand what goes on in Bray’s mind, but Bray doesn’t know what’s in Bryan’s mind, either. So before that championship match, Bray needs to come down here to talk man to man and “clear the air.” They can talk about the past, the issues between them, it’ll be fun. And if that’s not fun, they can just fight and have a lot of fun. Bryan isn’t going to be a name on a hit list or a toy in the collection. But then, the lights go out. And then come back on. But no one is in the ring with Bryan. Chicago is disappointed. “Mind games, huh?” Guess Bray doesn’t want to show up. Instead of Bray, it’s The Miz!
“If there’s one thing worse than The Fiend,” Bryan says, “it’s The Miz. What the hell are you doing out here?” Miz joins Bryan in the ring, and says, “Based on your behavior last week, it has become quite clear that unlike you, I am a professional.” Miz bit his tongue and held back as Bryan disrespected him on Miz TV. Bryan doesn’t care, because he doesn’t like nor respect Miz. The feelings are mutual! Bryan is weak, vulnerable, and Miz is going to love seeing The Fiend tear him apart! Miz thought he could help Bryan out, and that is all Miz has tried to do since day one of Bryan’s WWE career! Miz wanted to slap some sense into Bryan, but that obviously won’t work, so he’ll just slap him. And he does! Bryan is seething, but we’re going to break!
Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!
SmackDown returns as this match is already going, and Miz is giving Bryan endless It Kicks! Miz aims, but Bryan blocks the buzzsaw to SLAP Miz back! Bryan CHOPS Miz then whips, but Miz kicks him back. Miz runs but is tossed out! Bryan goes to the apron, for a flying knee! Direct hit but fans are divided. Bryan drags Miz up into the ring then gives Miz European Uppercuts! Miz kicks back and throws haymakers. Bryan uppercuts, Miz haymalers, repeat! They brawl, Bryan headbutts then whips. Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee! Miz snarls as he runs to basement BOOT Bryan down! Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps his cool as he looms over Bryan. Miz boots Bryan again! He circles around Bryan to then run and boot again! And again! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps on Bryan with a knee to the back and a chinlock wrapped on. Bryan fights his way up, Miz grinds the headlock, but Bryan powers out. Miz runs him over with a shoulder, then speeds up. Bryan gets up, hurdles and kicks Miz down! Bryan gives Miz CHOPS and KICKS in the corner, repeat! Bryan goes corner to corner to dropkick! And then again! But Miz follows the third time, A-List Lariat! Miz pushes Bryan down to go up top. Fans are fired up as Miz leaps, but the ax handle is caught! Bryan wants the takedown but Miz stays up. Miz throws haymakers again then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks and leaps for a lariat of his own!
Fans are dueling as Bryan fires himself up. Bryan goes up top now, but Miz trips him up! Miz climbs up but Bryan resists. Miz tries again but now Bryan fights out. Bryan headbutts Miz down, climbs up top, and missile dropkicks! Then kips up! Bryan is fired up again and even smiling. Miz sits up, and Bryan gives him YES Kicks! And then the buzzsaw! Miz is down but crawling to a corner. Bryan feels it, he has the fingers ready, and…! “YES!” But wait! The lights!! They’re going down!! And when they come up, it is red light, and The Fiend sits where The Miz was!! Bryan stares as The Fiend drags himself up. Bryan runs at The Fiend but right into the Mandible Claw!! The Fiend laughs as he smothers Bryan! The lights go out, and SmackDown goes to break. Does Bryan have any hopes of surviving Survivor Series against this living nightmare?!
Shayna Baszler is here!
The NXT Women’s Champion is here, just as Bayley said she would be. Is the Queen of Spades calling Bayley’s bluff about being ready for her? Or just falling for a trap?
Shayna has a mic, and says she heard what Bayley said about attacking only from behind. Seems Bayley isn’t getting the message. Shayna isn’t lurking in the shadows, she’s in the middle of Bayley’s ring, and is calling Bayley out! But now it’s Bayley who attacks from behind! Bayley did this before on NXT, and is being a bit hypocritical doing it now! The two brawl, Shayna pushes Bayley back to tackle her down! Bayley boots Baszler away and bails out, but Shayna is a shark! Shayna grabs Bayley and drags her into the KIRAFUDA! Bayley flails and powers Shayna into barriers to break free! Bayley hobbles up but Shayna drags her back in for more! Bayley manages to throw Shayna into barriers face first this time! And then into a post! Bayley flounders up, feeling satisfied in paying Baszler back.
But Shayna gets up, seething. Bayley suddenly has fear in her eyes, and she runs away! Will Bayley feel the wrath of the Submission Magician? How will Becky The Man factor in?
Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali & Chad Gable VS Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
Chicago is fired up to see their hometown hero! The Beacon of Light and Shorty G thwarted the Lone Wolf King’s new pack and are staying on Team SmackDown for Survivor Series. But can they and The Big Dog shut down the GLORIOUS Show-Offs and Corbin before NXT and Raw can do anything more?
The teams sort out and Roman starts with Roode. But then Roman blows past Roode to uppercut Corbin and Ziggler! Roman uppercuts Roode off his feet, then throws him out to join the others. Roman goes out to DRIVE-BY Corbin! Roode runs into another uppercut! Roman throws Roode back in but Ziggler blindsides Roman! Corbin throws Roman into barriers! Corbin’s court gets away with this and then Roode rams Roman into the LED apron! Roode puts Roman in, stomps him down, then tags in Ziggler. Roode-Dolph mug Roman with stomps then drag him up for a double whip. Fans boo Corbin as Roman kicks Roode away! Roman uppercuts Ziggler then Samoan Drops Roode! Roman is down but heading for his corner, hot tag to Gable!
Shorty G rallies, dropkick for Corbin and fast hands for Ziggler! Gable ducks a punch to mule kick Ziggler down. Roode runs into Gable’s EXPLODER! Gable gives Ziggler a Northern Lights! Bridge cover, TWO! Ziggler gets to the corner but Gable runs in. Ziggler puts Gable on the apron, Gable shoulders back in. But Roode and Corbin yank Gable off, to TOSS HIM ONTO THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Shorty G gets wrecked and Chicago boos King Corbin. Roman and Ali check on Gable while we go to break.
SmackDown returns once again as Ziggler has Roman. Roman runs at Ziggler but Ziggler dodges, to then hop on, satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but Ziggler throws off his SmackDown shirt. Ziggler tunes up a la HBK, but no superkick with a SUPERMAN PUNCH outta nowhere! Both men are down now and Chicago rallies up for their hero! Roman and Ziggler crawl, hot tags to Corbin and Ali! Ali dodges, dropkicks and dropkicks again! Corbin flounders into fast hands from Ali! Corbin shoves Ali away then runs in but misses in the corner. Ali roundhouses Corbin back, then slingshots in for the somersault FACEBUSTER! Ziggler gets in, but the superkick is blocked, to a windmill kick! Chicago is thunderous as Ali DIVES! Ziggler gets wrecked into the desk! Ali keeps moving, he FLIES out onto Corbin!
Ali drags Corbin up and into the ring. Corbin grabs Ali with a choke grip but Ali slips out! Ali elbows Corbin back, then hops up, tornado DDT! Ali hurries up top, but Roode trips him up! Gable returns to waistlock Roode! But Roode elbows free, and gives Gable a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Roman LEAPS for a Superman Punch! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Roman down! Ziggler goes up top but Ali shoves him away. Ali kicks Corbin but Ziggler shoves ALi down! Ali tries to land on his feet, but he staggers into DEEP SIX!! Cover, Corbin and team win!!
Winners: Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Zigger, Corbin pinning
The King grabs his scepter and drags Ali up! But Roman saves Ali with a SPEAR! But here to “BURN IT DOWN!” is Seth Rollins! And Raw enters like The Shield would: from the crowd! Rollins, the Viking Raiders, the Street Profits, Ricochet, the Major Bros, the OC, and Drew McIntyre are here! But Rollins has his roster wait as he goes to meet Roman in the ring. The Shield brothers talk, and then brawl!! Then all hell breaks loose as Raw stomps out Corbin, Ziggler, Roode, Ali and Shorty G! But where is SmackDown!? Roman and his Survivor Series teammates are in the ring, but here comes BRAUN!!
The Monster Among Men leads the charge as he, Cesaro, Heath Slater with a kendo stick, and even Drake Maverick run down! Strowman runs over Ryder and Hawkins! Then Erik and Ivar! And the OC! The New Day, Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, Apollo Crews and The Revival have flooded the ring to brawl with Raw! Strowman joins them and it is chaos all around! But as Chicago chants for them, NXT has yet to make a move. McIntyre wrecks Maverick but SmackDown is taking the ring. Strowman gives McIntyre a MONSTER SLAM!
Wait! Here comes NXT as an ARMY!! Triple H and Shawn Michaels ride in on a jeep a la Degeneration X invading WCW!! And who isn’t following behind!? SmackDown realizes the fight they’re in for, as does Raw. NXT charges down the ramp!! And it’s chaos all over again!! Monday’s brawl, Wednesday’s brawl, they do NOT compare!! Even NXT UK is involved as Imperium is spotted in the melee! Roman throws the Street Profits and Raul Mendoza aside while Rollins rains down rights on Tucker Knight on the announce desk! And we still don’t know who is officially on Team NXT, it could be any combination of five in this swarm! Rollins smacks Corbin with a monitor while the Undisputed Era beat down The OC!
Wait, Keith Lee goes into the ring? We’ve seen a Limitless tope on Raw, and even one on NXT. He isn’t going to try another tonight, is he?! Montez Ford gets in with him, for a SPIRIT BOMB! But then, BRAUN gets in the ring with him! The Monster and the Limitless One stare down as they go to opposite corners. But then Slater gets in to get a POUNCE! Ariya Daivari runs in and Strowman POUNCES him! Lee and Strowman come face to face, and start brawling! Other superstars try to get involved as SmackDown goes off the air!
WWE’s Twitter has even MORE! Gable climbs up top to SUPER MOONSAULT onto a whole mass of superstars! Ricochet and Cesaro get Lee out of the ring to go after each other. Strowman rocks whoever comes close, and then it is just general brawling chaos again. Lio Rush gets in the ring, and the NXT Cruiserweight Champion climbs as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Lio is up top, but Ali joins him, SUPER SPANISH FLY onto another mass of superstars! Gentleman Jack Gallagher narrowly avoids destruction, and the shock of witnessing that is clear on his face! And yet, the brawling continues! Roman laughs at this point, this is just that crazy. But wait, what is Otis doing on the apron? He leaps onto Walter! Brawling goes up the ramp now, disappearing into the back.
Things finally calm down, and Baron Corbin gets to the mic. “Did you guys see what I just did?” King Corbin is claiming victory for himself? But DX storms down the ring now! HBK, HHH and the Road Dogg are here! Corbin realizes he’s surrounded and has no fight left in him. But DX huddles together and promise Corbin it’s okay. “Are we going to do the thing?” Corbin is curious about the DX tradition. HHH says Corbin is the #SoleSurvivor. And DX came out with a crew of people, but the most impressive thing all night is Corbin. Fans boo, they don’t believe that. HHH continues to say that Corbin was so impressive. That little huddle, an executive decision was reached. They want Corbin to join DX. Corbin is so excited to join! HHH tells Corbin to line up to “do the deal.”
Corbin stands by HHH and copies HBK’s pointing. “Are you ready?” “I’m ready!” Chicago, are you ready?! “Then, for the thousands in attendance, for the millions watching at home…” Well okay obviously off the air at this point, this is social media exclusive. For the millions that will be watching in a matter of moments. And, for Corbin. Chicago chant, “STD! STD!” Well, HHH has to agree, like an STD, you can’t get rid of Corbin. Road Dogg unloads jabs! Then winds it up for a haymaker, into the SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Then, the PEDIGREE! “And if you’re not down with that, we’ve got TWO WORDS FOR YA! SUCK IT!!” Corbin gets what he always deserved, but will he still be in good shape to compete at Survivor Series? Or would SmackDown be better off if he just stays away?
What an amazing SmackDown! Of course, with all the crossover, it wasn’t really just a normal SmackDown. This was perhaps the biggest go-home in WWE history! And as far as building to Survivor Series Weekend, rightly so. There was nothing bad tonight! And as sad as it is to not have a 205 Live episode this week, it all makes sense after seeing tonight. The opening with the SmackDown roster agreeing with Roman’s bravado was pretty good. We got an amazing Triple Threat of Charlotte, Sasha and Rhea, and how awesome for Rhea to win! And similarly, how great for The Undisputed Era to beat an admittedly tense team of New Day and Heavy Machinery. However, I feel like the wins here on SmackDown might mean the NXT women’s team and champions lose on Survivor Series Sunday. Though, given that WarGames is in between, it might actually make sense in kayfabe.
Strong brawling with Styles and Nakamura was great, and the math actually gets muddied with Sami helping Nakamura stand tall in the end. Also, that new Intercontinental Championship design is sexy! I can’t be sure the reason for this change, other than it is to make Nakamura feel important again after he’s barely done anything recently. I really hope this Team Sami stuff really accelerates after Survivor Series on the way to the Royal Rumble. The OC had a good promo so Styles saves face a bit, and then Bryan and Miz have a great promo and match. I am so glad to see their eternal rivalry is still alive even inside Bryan’s story against Bray Wyatt. The Fiend showing up to attack was great, too, but I would’ve loved if The Fiend disappeared and sent Miz back out to beat Bryan. Either way, Bryan is the underdog going into this, but I do not think he wins.
Bayley calling Baszler out and then Baszler punking her out in return, so good. But now, I again wonder if NXT is losing that match. It’d be a natural move for the WWE to give this big win to Becky, and Baszler is so focused on Bayley now, maybe she takes advantage. But I feel like it’d be much more effective for this match to actually come down to Bayley and Baszler. Becky will not be hurt by not being part of the finish, this has to come down to Bayley or Baszler getting the other for it to be a good story pay-off.
The Six Man main event was really good, and knowing what happened after Fox cut away, it worked out that Corbin won it for his team. Ali was close for the hometown pop but then Corbin gets that heat for pinning him. That brawl was the craziest brawl I have ever seen and might ever see again. I loved the shout out back to the Monday Night Wars as DX rides in on a jeep with NXT with them. And then in the end, Corbin gets his comeuppance after DX tricks him into thinking he’s in the clique. This is going to be an epic four-day weekend if you count tonight and Monday as part of the Survivor Series Weekend.
My Score: 9.3/10