SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair defends her title against Carmella as WWE is back in Toronto tonight.
Flair won the title by defeating Carmella and Becky Lynch at SummerSlam. Lynch had the match won when Flair hit Natural Selection and pinned her, then Lynch turned on Flair after the match. Last week, Flair and Lynch had an intense brawl with the women's division coming out to stop them.
Brie Bella made her return to SmackDown to aid her husband Daniel Bryan in his feud with The Miz and Maryse last week. The two couples are on a collision course headed towards Hell in a Cell.
The New Day defeated The Bludgeon Brothers to win the SmackDown Tag Team titles last week. Tonight, The New Day celebrate the beginning of their fifth title reign. Plus, a tag team tournament begins to determine the next challengers for their titles. The Bar take on The Colons and Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows in a first round match.
Last week, Samoa Joe once again viciously attacked WWE Champion AJ Styles. He put him to sleep with the Coquina Clutch and taunted his family again. Their heated rivalry continues tonight ahead of a title match at Hell in a Cell.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The New Day came out to celebrate winning the SmackDown tag titles last week. Big E brought a miniature version of The Stanley Cup. Big E was about to say that they’re the 5 time world champions when King Booker interrupted.
The New Day all bowed down to Booker. He christened them Lord Xavier The Wise, Sir Kofi The Brave and Big E. Big E was disappointed that he didn’t have a cool name like Woods and Kingston. Big E said that Booker just went full Saxton. Booker was unhappy with that comment. He quickly changed his tune and welcomed The New Day into the 5 Timers Club.
Booker, Woods and Kingston all did the Spinaroonie. Big E attempted to but couldn’t get off his back. Woods and Kingston spun him around.
The Bar defeated The Colons and Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows in a Tag Team Tournament Match
The New Day joined in a commentary for the match. They had their own orange announce table with pancakes. They cut away to The New Day several times during the match.
The Colons took over when Primo distracted Anderson and Epico shoved him off the top turnbuckle to the floor. After the commercial break, The Bar was firmly in control and scored a close near fall. Gallows got the hot tag and ran wild. Gallows hit a pump handle slam and splash for a two count.
The Colons hit a double backstabber on Gallows but Cesaro made the blind tag and stole the pin to advance in the tournament.
Backstage, GM Paige met with Rusev, Lana and Aiden English in her office. She announced that next week Rusev & English take on The Usos and Sanity. The winners of that match take on The Bar for a tag title shot at Hell in a Cell.
Jeff Hardy came out to address Randy Orton. Hardy had “RKO” painted on his face. He noted that Orton has targeted him and got in his head. He recapped attacking Orton last week and hitting the Swanton Bomb. Hardy called out Orton.
Orton said that he isn’t finished with Hardy yet. He’s going to leave Hardy a pile of broken bones in the ring. Orton refused to enter the ring and said that Hardy should be smarter than all the dumb Canadians. Orton said that Hardy only needs to remember RKO but Hardy cut him off and challenged Orton to a Hell in a Cell match at the PPV. Orton slowly walked away.
Renee Young interviewed Carmella in the back. Young wondered how Carmella feels about the buzz Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair made. Carmella said she still gets all the attention and promised to regain the title. Carmella left.
R-Truth showed up and asked Young where Carmella went. Tye Dillinger tried to explain to Truth that he couldn’t have a match with Carmella.
Billie Kay (w/Peyton Royce) defeated Naomi
Kay said she can see the future and predicted Royce beating Naomi last week. She said she can see in the future again. She predicted The Toronto Raptors will have a dismal season and Naomi will lose.
Kay had the early advantage but Naomi fought back. Royce tried to interfere but it almost backfired. Naomi rolled up Kay for a near fall. Royce nailed Naomi with a kick and Kay rolled her up for the win.
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella came out to address The Miz and Maryse. Bryan noted that Miz mocked his retirement last week but he was just acting. Bryan pointed out that Miz isn’t a good actor and can’t even act like a tough guy. Bryan mentioned that his wife Brie punched Miz in the face. The crowd chanted for Brie. Bryan called her a butt-kicking, diaper changing hot mama and promised to defeat The Miz and Maryse at Hell in a Cell.
Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega interrupted. Vega said it was an honor to be in the ring with two legends. Brie Bella and Andrade “Cien” Almas. Vega challenged Bryan to face Almas. Bryan said he couldn’t make the match but knew somebody that could and called out Paige. She didn’t come out right away and ran out minutes later. She acted like she was out of breath. She made Almas against Bryan official and called for a referee.
Daniel Bryan (w/Brie Bella) defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/Zelina Vega) by DQ
They did some mat wrestling early and trade submission attempts. Bryan sent Almas into the ropes but Almas hung on and did his pose. Bryan nailed Almas with a dropkick. Almas locked on a unique submission move but Bryan reversed into a near fall.
They traded vicious chops that echoed in the arena. Bryan attempted his dropkick in the corner but Almas rocked him with a knee. Almas missed a second knee and crashed to the floor. Bryan missed the missile dropkick and Almas rocked him with the back elbow. The Miz and Maryse were watching the match backstage and suddenly left.
Almas climbed to the top turnbuckle but Bryan caught him with dropkick and hit a double under hook superplex.
The Miz came out and distracted Bryan. Bryan nailed Miz with a suicide dive but Almas nailed Bryan with a twisting dive to the floor. Almas hit a reserve tornado DDT for a close near fall. Almas attempted a moonsault but Bryan got his feet up and Bryan applied The Yes Lock.
Vega jumped on the apron but Bella pulled her down. Maryse jumped Bella from behind and pushed her into the ring post. Miz jumped Bryan from behind. Almas gave Bryan the Hammer Lock DDT and Vega hit the double knees on Bella.
The Miz applied the Yes Lock on Bryan and Maryse hit a DDT on Bella. Miz then hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Bryan
Renee Young interviewed Charlotte Flair in the back. The fans booed Flair when she first appeared. She’s not going to apologize for working hard to get to where she is. She said that Becky Lynch can never win the big one. She promised to take on Lynch after she runs threw Carmella.
WWE Champion AJ Styles came down to the ring to address Samoa Joe. Styles noted that Joe played mind games and got in his head. However, he’s not man enough to beat him for the title. Styles wants to put an end to the mind games right now. He doesn’t want to wait for Hell in a Cell and demanded Joe come down to the ring.
Joe appeared on the big screen and said he wasn’t going to come out there. He noted Styles was there and not with his family. Joe got on his cell phone and called Wendy Styles.
Joe told her to calm down and promised to send Styles home. He asked if they’re still on for the back to school BBQ and told he to save him a plate because he might stop by next Tuesday. Styles ran to the back.
AJ Styles ran around backstage looking for Samoa Joe and almost punched out a crewmember.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair defeated Carmella
Flair got a mixed reaction when she was introduced. There was a loud “We Want Becky” chant at the start of the match.
Carmella had the early advantage and slowed the pace down. The crowd broke into another “Becky” chant. Flair climbed to the top turnbuckle but Carmella shoved her to the floor. She followed up with a suicide dive wiping out Flair.
Carmella nailed Flair with a top rope hurricanrana for a close near fall. Flair attempted the Figure Four but Carmella reversed and hit two super kicks for another near fall. Flair fought back and hit a spear and Natural Selection. Flair locked on the Figure Eight to retain the title.
After the match, Becky Lynch attacked Flair from behind. The crowd popped big for Lynch and broke into a huge “Let’s Go Becky” chant. Lynch promised to take her title back at Hell in a Cell and called Charlotte a "bitch." The fans were solidly behind Lynch.
Lynch held the title up and the crowd popped again. They broke into another huge “Becky” chant. Lynch got the biggest reaction on the show. When the camera went back on Flair the crowd reacted negatively and loudly booed her.
Next Week: The Usos takes on Sanity and Rusev & Aiden English in a tag team tournament match. The winners take on The Bar for a tag team title shot at Hell in a Cell.