WWE Champion AJ Styles and Samoa Joe continue their bitter feud tonight on SmackDown.
Styles and Joe are set to clash at Hell in a Cell in a few weeks. Last week, Joe phoned Styles’ wife, Wendy and promised to visit the Styles home tonight. Tonight's angle will show if that was an empty threat to anger Styles or a promise Joe ends up keeping.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair successfully defended her title against Carmella on SmackDown last week. After the match, Becky Lynch attacked Flair from behind and promised to win the Women’s title. The two are on a collision course headed towards Hell in a Cell.
The Usos take on SAnitY and Rusev & Aiden English in a triple threat tag team tournament match. The winners will advance to face The Bar in a number one contender's match for a title shot against SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day.
The Miz and Maryse gave Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella a vicious beatdown last week. Bryan had Andrade “Cien” Almas beat with the Yes Lock when Miz and Maryse interfered. Tonight, Bryan and Bella are looking for some payback.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Renee Young was in the ring and introduced Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella to kick off SmackDown. Young showed footage of Miz, Maryse, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega attacking Bryan and Bella last week. Young showed footage from earlier today of The Miz and Maryse in the ring in an empty arena calling out Bryan and Bella.
Bryan pointed out that Miz and Maryse jumped them from behind and went to the trouble to show up to the arena early to call them out knowing they weren’t there. Bryan called them cowards and Bella agreed. They don’t want to wait until Hell in a Cell and called out Miz and Maryse. Young informed them that Miz and Maryse left the building.
Almas and Vega came out instead. Vega thanked Young for showing the footage of the beatdown. Almas said that he enjoyed beating up Bryan so much last week he wants to do it again.
Daniel Bryan (w/Brie Bella) defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/Zelina Vega)
They did some mat wrestling early with Bryan working the arm. Almas rocked Bryan with a spinning back elbow for a close near fall. Almas used the arm breaker in the ropes and launched Bryan off the apron into the barricade.
Almas missed a knee in the corner and landed on the floor. In an awesome spot, Bryan attempted the running flying knee off the apron but Almas nailed him with a drop kick. Almas briefly gained control until Bryan gave him a huge backdrop to the floor and nailed him with a suicide dive to the back.
Almas got caught in the tree of woe and Bryan nailed him with Yes Kicks. Almas attempted the moonsault but Bryan moved. Almas landed on his feet and hit a standing moonsault for a near fall. The traded stiff kicks in the middle of the ring. Bryan hit a series of Yes kicks but Almas sent him into the corner. Almas hit the double knees in the corner.
Almas attempted the Hammer Lock DDT but Bryan reversed out of it. Almas then attempted the back elbow again but Bryan caught him with a kick. Bryan hit the running knee for the win. After the match, Bella took out Vega with a knee. This was a really good match.
The Miz and Maryse appeared on the big screen. They’re on a date at a local Detroit Italian restaurant. Miz noted they’re not coming back to the arena so Bryan and Bella have to wait until Hell in a Cell.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella were leaving the arena. They’re hungry and going out to dinner to the same local Italian restaurant as Miz and Maryse.
Tom Phillips conducted an interview with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Due to the heated nature of the feud they’re in separate rooms for the interview. They’re not in front of the live crowd. Flair got a mixed reaction when introduced. Lynch got a huge pop and the crowd erupted into a “Becky” chant.
Flair is furious with Lynch’s recent actions. She wondered if Lynch wanted her to lie down at SummerSlam and hand her the title. Flair said that Lynch put herself in her shadow. Lynch promises to win the title and take her place back at the top of the SmackDown women’s division. Flair promised to beat Lynch and prove she’s the best. Lynch told her to shine up the belt and get it ready for her. Flair versus Lynch is official for Hell in a Cell.
Naomi defeated Peyton Royce (w/Billie Kay)
Before the match, Kay and Royce mocked Naomi. Soon the entire roster will know they’re the future and the future is iconic.
Naomi rocked Royce with a forearm to start the match. Royce slapped Naomi and took over. Finish came when Naomi hit Kay with a sliding drop kick and pinned Royce with a sunset flip. After the match, the IIconics gave Naomi a vicious beatdown until Asuka ran out for the save.
A video package on the feud between Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy aired next. It revolved around all of Hardy’s craziest spots. Hardy is going to step into the Hell in a Cell for the first time in his career to take on Orton.
Backstage in Paige’s office, The Miz and Maryse showed up to talk to Paige. They decided not to eat at the restaurant because it’s Detroit. They’re looking for Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella but they’re gone. Miz and Maryse acted surprised that they left. Instead, Paige put Miz in a match for later tonight.
Backstage, R-Truth searched for Carmella looking to book a match. He found Maryse but mistook her for Carmella. Maryse called Carmella Staten Island trash. Miz told Truth to leave his wife alone and Truth wondered when Miz married Carmella.
Miz asked Truth how long ago they were partners. Truth said seven years and Miz noted that was the last time he was relevant. Miz said he forgot Truth still worked there. Truth told Miz he doesn’t know what Carmella sees in him.
Samoa Joe came down to the ring. Tom Phillips wondered why Joe was here since he threatened to visit the Styles homes. Joe yelled out Wendy’s name again. Joe noted that Styles must have taken him serious since he’s not there. He said that Styles is at home waiting for Joe to break in.
Joe said he’s not a monster and all he did was keep a promise to Wendy. He said Styles is home on a Tuesday night and his actions have forced Styles to care about his family. He told Styles’ daughter Annie to enjoy having her dad tuck her in. He said a very bad man is coming to beat her father for the title and is going to put him to sleep.
Styles appeared on the big screen and said threatening a man’s family is when the talking stops. Styles music hit and he ran out. They brawled in the ring and around ringside. Joe grabbed a chair but Styles nailed him with the Phenomenal Forearm off the ring steps. Styles stalked Joe with the chair but the referees stopped him. Instead, Styles hit a springboard cross body onto Joe and the referees.
Backstage, R-Truth continued to search for Carmella but this time with Tye Dillinger. They found her in the back. Truth asked Carmella to be in his corner for his match later because Miz is going to bring his wife Carmella. Dillinger pointed out he meant Maryse.
Truth told Carmella what Maryse said about her. Carmella pointed out that if it wasn't for Miz, Mayrse would still be in Montreal. Carmella stormed off. Truth noted that he's teaching Dillinger how to get in the main event on SmackDown. Dillinger was impressed.
Rusev Day defeated The Usos and SAnitY (w/Alexander Wolfe) in a triple threat tag team tournament match
Sanity isolated Jey in their corner to gain the early advantage. Killen Dain used a fisherman buster on Jey for a two count. Dain sent Jey to the floor with a drop kick and Young nailed him with an elbow off the apron.
Jimmy got the hot tag and ran wild on Sanity. Rusev tagged himself in and ran wild as well. Rusev attempted the Machka kick but Young shoved Rusev into Jey and Jey made the tag. Jey hit a dive taking out everyone on the floor. Rusev tagged himself in again.
Young rolled up Rusev with his feet on the ropes for a near fall but English shoved his feet off. Finish came when English distracted Young and Rusev hit the Machka kick for the win.
Next week Rusev Day takes on The Bar with the winners taking The New Day at Hell in a Cell.
On commentary, Corey Graves announced that Carmella is going to be in R-Truth’s corner for his match.
R-Truth (w/Carmella) defeated The Miz (w/Maryse)
Before the match, Miz reminded everyone that he’s better than Daniel Bryan. Miz noted they’re sick of chasing Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella all over Detroit. Miz tried to call them out again but Maryse stopped him because they won’t come out. Miz noted that Bryan dragged Bella into this. He pointed out that they’re going to be responsible for what happens but it’s going to be Bryan’s fault.
Truth was firmly in control early on in the match. Miz caught Truth with a knee to take over. Miz used the backbreaker into the neckbreaker for a near fall. Miz mocked Carmella by doing the moonwalk. Miz used the It kicks but Truth rolled him up for a near fall. Truth missed an Axe kick and Miz hit a DDT for a two count.
Miz attempted the running knee but Truth caught him with a spinning heel kick. Miz attempted the figure four-leg lock but Truth rolled him up for a near fall. Miz caught Truth with a kick and set up for the Skull Crushing Finale.
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella returned to the arena and made their way to the ring. Miz was distracted and Truth rolled up Miz for the surprise win.
Bryan and Bella attacked Miz and Maryse until Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega ran out. Miz and Maryse ran off as Almas and Vega beatdown the faces. Bryan and Bella made a comeback and applied the Yes Lock to both Almas and Vega to end the show.
Next Week: Rusev Day takes on The Bar for a title shot again SmackDown tag team champions The New Day at Hell in a Cell.