SmackDown's go-home show for Stomping Grounds takes place from the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California tonight.
Dolph Ziggler will face New Day member Xavier Woods. That comes in advance of Ziggler challenging WWE Champion Kofi Kingston in a steel cage match at Sunday's pay-per-view.
Roman Reigns takes on Drew McIntyre at Stomping Grounds. Last night on Raw, Reigns attacked McIntyre and Shane McMahon. WWE.com is teasing that McIntyre and McMahon are looking for payback against Reigns.
Alexa Bliss hosts A Moments of Bliss with guest SmackDown Woman’s Champion Bayley. Bayley will defend her title against Bliss at Stomping Grounds.
Heavy Machinery issued a challenge to SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan last week. Instead, Heavy Machinery defeated the "Yolo County Tag Team Champions." Bryan & Rowan have yet to accept the challenge.
Plus, 24/7 Champion R-Truth and Carmella are scheduled to appear.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
SmackDown started with The New Day making their way down to the ring. WWE Champion Kofi Kingston came out throwing pancakes. Woods discussed Kingston defending against Dolph Ziggler at Stomping Grounds. Woods noted Ziggler would have to get through him first tonight.
Big E talked about his pitch of changing to the second hour of SmackDown to the freaky hour. Dolph Ziggler interrupted. He feels Kingston doesn’t deserve to be champion. He said without New Day Kingston's nothing.
After Kingston loses the title, he’s going to have to do an apology tour in Ghana. Ziggler promised Kingston would apologize for being locked in a cage with him and failing without New Day.
Ziggler promised to defeat Kingston in the cage at Stomping Grounds. Kingston pointed out he’s familiar with cages. He’s fully aware of cage matches. His journey started at the Elimination Chamber. He promised to beat Ziggler by pinning him, climbing out the cage or walking out the door.
He promised to remain the WWE Champion, but that’s Sunday night. Ziggler needs to worry about tonight. Kingston said Woods is itching to knock him out again. Ziggler wants Kingston to pay close attention to his match with Woods. He promised that after tonight Woods wouldn’t be able to help Kingston ever again.
Ziggler promised that all of Kingston’s positivity and everything he pretends to be would come crumbling down when he’s locked in the cage with him. Ziggler repeated that it should be him.
In the back, SmackDown Woman’s Champion Bayley walked around and admired her poster.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Xavier Woods (w/Kofi Kingston & Big E)
Woods and Ziggler started with some mat wrestling. They traded quick pin attempts. Woods sent Ziggler into the second rope and hit a dropkick to the back of the head.
Ziggler attacked the knee to gain control. He hit a neck breaker for a near fall. Woods made a brief comeback, but Ziggler took back over. Woods fought back with the honor roll. He climbed to the top when Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn ran down. They attacked Big E and Kingston.
Woods hit a cross body to the floor, taking out Owens and Zayn. The referee ordered Owens, Zayn, Kingston, and Big E to the back. As Woods re-entered the ring, Ziggler hit a DDT for a near fall. Ziggler applied a chin lock to slow the pace down. Woods made his comeback during the break. He fought back and used a backslide for a near fall.
Woods hit a sliding dropkick to the floor. In an impressive spot, Woods lifted Ziggler in a military press and dropped him into the double knees for a two count. They fought on the apron. Ziggler pushed Woods into the ring post and hit a superkick knocking Woods to the floor.
Back in the ring, Ziggler hit the Zig Zag, but Woods rolled under the ropes. Ziggler wrapped Woods arm around the rope. He then hit a superkick with Woods leaning on the ropes for the win.
They recapped the angle with Universal Champion Seth Rollins from Raw last night. Rollins warned anyone considering being the special referee for his match against Baron Corbin Sunday night.
They highlighted Rollins attacking Brock Lesnar, Sami Zayn, Elias, Baron Corbin and EC3 with the steel chair. Corbin attacked Rollins at the end of Raw last night.
In the back, Shelton Benjamin and the B Team stood in front of Baron Corbin’s locker room. B Team knows it’s a risk being the referee. Benjamin promised to use Corbin to get what he wants.
Matt Hardy walked out of Corbin’s locker room. He called Shelton, “Senor Benjamin."
Backstage, Alexa Bliss spoke with Nikki Cross about the upcoming Moment of Bliss.
A Moment Of Bliss with SmackDown Woman’s Champion Bayley
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross came out for a Moment of Bliss. Bliss demanded someone bring her a coffee. Instead, Bayley came out drinking Bliss’ coffee. Bayley promised Cross she’s didn’t say anything negative about her. She told Cross that Bliss is just using her.
Bliss told a story about being in NXT and Bayley being mean to her. Only Charlotte Flair was nice to Bliss. Bayley said she was making things up again and called her an entitled princess. Bliss isn’t entitled she’s just better. She mocked Bayley for imitating her heroes and trying to get autographs.
Bliss said Bayley peaked in NXT. Bayley and Bliss brawled until Cross pulled Bayley off. Cross yelled at Bayley, which allowed Bliss the chance to attack her from behind.
In the back, Zelina Vega was looking in the mirror when Apollo Crews approached. Crews wants a chance to face Andrade. Vega wondered if he was just there to flirt with her. Andrade jumped Crews from behind and beat him down.
Chad Gable watched from the side and took notes.
SmackDown tag team champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan spoke backstage.
Heavy Machinery defeated The B Team
Before the match, they announced Bryan & Rowan defending against Heavy Machinery at Stomping Grounds. Rowan and Bryan joined in on commentary. Bryan was exceptional on commentary.
Byron Saxton compared Heavy Machinery to The Bushwhackers. Bryan mocked the comparison.
B Team had the early advantage and isolated Tucker in their corner. Tucker fought back and hit a huge clothesline.
Otis got the hot tag and ran wild. He hit a splash in the corner on the B Team. He followed up with the Caterpillar. On commentary, Saxton warned Bryan that could be him on Sunday. Bryan responded that he’d just move. Heavy Machinery hit the Compactor for the win.
After the match, Universal Champion Seth Rollins attacked the B Team and beat them down viciously with the steel chair.
Outside, Shane McMahon arrived at the arena in a limo. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens approached McMahon. They complained about Rollins showing up and attacking The B Team.
They said there’s a problem with Rollins and Kofi Kingston. They called them bad people. McMahon announced Owens & Zayn vs. Kingston & Rollins in a 2 out of 3 falls match for later tonight. Owens and Zayn weren’t happy with this news.
Shane McMahon, Elias, and Drew McIntyre made their way down to the ring. McMahon’s not going to talk about Roman Reigns attack last night. Instead, he’s putting the spotlight on McIntyre. He said McMahon wanted to end Reigns career tonight. They’re not like Reigns, and McIntyre wants him to be 100 percent for Sunday.
The Miz interrupted and showed footage of Reigns attacking McIntyre at a private function and attacking McMahon. Miz then showed the footage in slow motion. Miz said he didn’t know it was possible to sweat faster in slow motion. McMahon pointed out that Miz always has daddy issues. Miz noted McMahon gives all the TV time to himself and his friends.
Miz blames himself because, for the first time in his career, he got injured. Then McMahon won the Best In The World. McMahon is Miz’s responsibility. Miz promised to end McMahon. McMahon then announced McIntyre and Elias vs. Miz and any partner of his choice. The only catch is he has 10 seconds to find a partner.
24/7 Champion R-Truth came out from underneath the ring. Truth tried to leave, but Miz picked him to be his partner anyway.
In the back, AOP walked out of Baron Corbin’s locker room and ran into the Women’s tag team champions The IIconics. Paige, Asuka and Kairi Sane approached the IIconics. They challenged the champions to a match in Tokyo.
Drew McIntyre & Elias (w/Shane McMahon) defeated The Miz & R-Truth in an Elimination match
The 24/7 rules are not in effect during the match.
McIntyre threw Truth across the ring to take over. The heels isolated Truth in their corner and cut him off from Miz. Truth tried to make the tag, but McMahon pulled Miz off the apron. Elias then rocked Truth with a knee for the first elimination.
A bunch of guys ran down. Shelton Benjamin grabbed the 24/7 belt, and everyone chased him around the ring. The referee tried to explain to Benjamin that he had to pin Truth. Truth grabbed the belt and ran off in the crowd.
McIntyre charged at Miz on the floor, but he moved, and McIntyre went over the barricade. Miz made a comeback and rolled up Elias for a near fall. He followed up with a DDT for a two count. Miz tried to roll up Elias, but he pushed off, and McIntyre hit the Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre then hit the Claymore Kick for the win.
After the match, McIntyre hit two more Claymore Kicks on Miz.
Ember Moon ran into Carmella in the back. Moon’s looking for Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Carmella’s looking for Truth, but she’s not done with Rose and Deville either. Moon found Rose and Deville eating donuts. They ended up getting into a brawl.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston met backstage and spoke.
Bray Wyatt hosted another Firefly Funhouse. He knows what if feels like to not belong. Wyatt and the puppets asked for everyone to let him in. The video then became distorted. Wyatt put on the horrifying mask and asked for the fans to let him in.
Drake Maverick defeated R-Truth to win the 24/7 Championship
Outside, 24/7 Champion R-Truth tried to leave. The referee pulled up in his car because he’s also an Uber driver. Drake Maverick wore a Carmella disguise. He rolled up Truth to win the title and drove off in the car.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins & WWE Champion Kofi Kingston defeated Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match In Two Straight Falls
The bell rang, and Kingston immediately hit the Trouble in Paradise on Zayn to win the first fall.
Back from break, the faces isolated Owens in their corner and worked over the arm. Rollins attempted a springboard, but Owens caught him and threw him in the ring. He hit a DDT for a near fall.
Paul Heyman is watching the match backstage.
The heels took over and isolated Rollins, but he fought back and hit a blockbuster on Owens. Kingston got the hot tag and hit a springboard on Zayn. He followed up with a dropkick and Boom Drop. He set up for the Trouble in Paradise, but Zayn backed off.
Kingston hit a cross body for a near fall. Zayn fought back and hit the Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. Owens made the tag, but Kingston hit a dropkick and sent him to the floor. Rollins got the tag and hit suicide dives onto Zayn and Owens.
Rollins set up for the Curb Stomp, but Zayn grabbed the leg. Kingston took out Zayn on the floor. The finish came when Rollins hit the Curb Stomp on Owens to win the match in two straight falls.