Submitted by Michael Stevens
With John Cena also wrestling at the event, the SmackDown roster was in Uniondale, New York for a house show at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.
- Miz TV started the show. The Miz entered the ring and announced that AJ Styles is out with the flu, so Cena will now challenge for Daniel Bryan's WWE Championship in a steel cage match.
Miz proceeded to introduce his guest -- himself. He started interviewing himself until Mustafa Ali came out. Ali challenged him to a match, Miz accepted, and Miz tried to get a few more words in but his microphone cut out.
- Mustafa Ali defeated The Miz
Ali won with the 054.
- R-Truth & Carmella defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas & Zelina Vega
Truth and Carmella entered while singing Truth's theme song. The match began with several quick exchanges, including Almas and Vega doing the tranquilo pose before getting ejected from the ring so Truth and Carmella could do their dance break.
Truth scored the win via roll-up after evading Almas' finisher. After the match, Truth and Carmella brought several children into the ring to dance.
- Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson & Shelton Benjamin defeated The Colons & Aiden English
English was hamming it up in full heel mode, calling himself "the Shakespeare of Song," the "Drama King," and talking at every opportunity. Gallows and Anderson won by hitting the Magic Killer on one of the Colons.
SAnitY came out and issued a challenge while Gallows, Anderson, and Benjamin were celebrating.
- Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated SAnitY (Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe)
SAnitY worked over Anderson until Gallows got the hot tag and started kicking everybody in sight. Anderson got the pin after he and Gallows hit the Magic Killer on Dain.
- Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton
Orton started off taunting Mysterio, offering to fight him while walking on his knees. Mysterio pinned Orton after a 619 and coming off the top rope. This match seemed to only last for five minutes.
Orton teased high fiving kids in the front row after the match but faked them and walked away.
- SmackDown Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus defeated The Usos and The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) in a triple threat match to retain their titles
The Bar worked over Kingston, then The Usos got the hot tag and superkicked everyone. The fight moved outside the ring, with Kingston hitting a suicide dive onto the crowd of wrestlers.
One of the Usos went for a suicide dive, but Cesaro caught him at the ropes and rolled him up for the pin. Solid match that went 10-12 minutes.
- Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe
Hardy evaded the Coquina Clutch, hit a Twist of Fate, and followed it up with a running splash (he hit the ropes and then did a jumping splash -- no Swanton) to win in a short match.
- WWE Champion Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena in a steel cage match to retain his title
Bryan cut a short promo about how Long Island produces more pollution than his entire home state of Washington. He said that the crowd should show him more respect. Cena then hit the ring.
Bryan spent the first few minutes going after Cena's left knee, then there were several failed attempts to climb over the cage or crawl out the door. One excellent spot was Bryan crawling out the door, Cena running up the ropes, climbing over the cage, grabbing the door, and slamming it on Bryan.
Another interesting spot saw Cena locking in the STF, with Bryan crawling towards the door and crawling far enough that the bottom rope hit Cena's neck and made him release the hold. Bryan was able to grab the WWE Championship belt through the open door, hit Cena in the head, and escape to win the match and retain the title.
The match went 15-20 minutes. The crowd was hot for the last few minutes.
Bryan came back in with the WWE title belt and tried to hit Cena again, but Cena countered into the Attitude Adjustment. Cena climbed the cage, took a microphone, and said he's been away too long but he's happy to be back. Cena said the ring is like home, and he thanked us all for coming out.
Intermission took place after this match.
- Naomi & Lana defeated Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose
The IIconics were the special guest ring announcers, with Peyton Royce and Billie Kay mocking each of the wrestlers during their entrances.
Deville and Rose worked over Lana until Naomi got the hot tag. The IIconics were at ringside and kept interfering when the referee wasn't looking, but Deville inadvertently speared Royce and Kay off the apron. Naomi scored the pin on Rose.
The crowd was still coming back from intermission, but the fans were still making noise.
- United States Champion Rusev defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain his title
Rusev retained after avoiding the Kinshasa and hitting the Machka Kick to win. The crowd was pretty dead for this one -- couldn't tell if it was the participants or just fatigue. The show had been going on for two and a half hours at this point.
- SmackDown Women's Champion Asuka defeated Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch in a triple threat match to retain her title
Asuka retained via submission when Charlotte tapped out to the Asuka Lock. The match went 10-15 minutes. It was a solid match -- the best or second best of the night.
There was an interesting sequence mid-way through where Charlotte and Lynch kept trying to roll-up each other and were constantly countering. They ended up rolling around together for nearly a minute. When they hopped up, Charlotte was dizzy and Lynch was swinging punches at nothing.
The crowd got back into it, but they weren't quite as loud as during the Bryan vs. Cena match.