Logan Paul returns to WWE television on tonight's SmackDown from Anaheim, California.
Paul will make his first appearance since SummerSlam -- and it appears that tonight's show will set the stage for a Paul vs. Roman Reigns match in Saudi Arabia. Dave Meltzer has reported that Paul vs. Reigns is planned for WWE's November 5 Crown Jewel pay-per-view. A press conference for the Crown Jewel main event will be held tomorrow.
After Reigns appeared on Paul's Impaulsive podcast, Paul said Reigns is the match he wants right now. Paul said he thinks he can defeat Reigns.
The next challengers for The Usos' Undisputed WWE Tag Team titles will also be determined tonight. The New Day, Ridge Holland & Butch, Hit Row, and Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci are set for a fatal four-way number one contender's match.
Also scheduled for tonight are Bayley vs. Raquel Rodriguez and Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Logan Paul's Massive Announcement
There was nothing wrong with the opening segment. It got the main points across about the press conference in Vegas tomorrow. Paul's got a great ring presence but came across like a heel. The segment felt backwards, with the fans booing Paul and cheering the heels.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves recapped Roman Reigns' appearance on Logan Paul's podcast.
Paul came across as a total heel as he walked to the ring. The fans booed Paul and gave him the "What?" treatment. He tried to get them to stop. Paul noted his mouth got him in trouble again, like the time he challenged Floyd Mayweather. He recapped the angle from the podcast. Paul set up a press conference for tomorrow in Las Vegas and challenged Reigns to show up.
Paul Heyman, The Usos, Solo Sikoa, and Sami Zayn interrupted. They slowly made their way to the ring to loud cheers. The fans broke into a loud "Sami" chant. Heyman got in the ring, but the rest stayed outside.
Heyman claimed that Logan Paul could be a Paul Heyman guy. The fans erupted in boos. Heyman discussed Paul going the distance with Mayweather. He even compared Paul to Rocky going the distance. Heyman mentioned Jake Paul challenging Anderson Siliva and implied his brother would get knocked out. The fans popped big.
Heyman told Paul to pick a fight with someone else. Paul pointed out it's just a press conference and doesn't understand why they're so scared. Paul teased he might challenge Reigns tomorrow at the press conference. He said he just needs one lucky shot to beat Reigns and win the Universal Championship. The fans booed every time Paul mentioned winning the title.
Heyman stepped up to Paul and told him he had to handle him now. He ordered Sikoa to take care of Paul. Paul tried to bet Heyman that he could knock him out before Sikoa got to him.
Zayn got in the ring to a huge pop. That fans broke into a giant "Sami" chant. Zayn told Heyman that he'd take care of Paul. Heyman got out of the ring, and Zayn stepped towards Paul. Paul knocked Zayn down to loud boos.
The Bloodline jumped in the ring, but Paul ran off. Ricochet's music hit, he walked to the ring and stood next to Paul.
Ricochet(w/Logan Paul) defeated Sami Zayn (w/The Bloodline) (13:02)
Ricochet and Zayn had exactly the type of match you'd expect. An awesome one. Ricochet looked strong overcoming the Bloodline, and got a clean pin on Zayn. Cole brought up Zayn and Ricochet feuding in PWG.
Zayn gained the early advantage with a shoulder tackle and a chin lock. On commentary, Cole mentioned Ricochet and Zayn battling years ago in Pro Wrestling Guerilla.
Ricochet fought back, so Zayn slipped out of the ring. He got in Paul's face, which allowed Ricochet to attack. Zayn tripped up Ricochet on the ropes to take over. Zayn slowed the pace down with a chin lock.
Ricochet broke free and caught Zayn with tilt-a-whirl head scissors. He jumped up to the top rope, but Zayn pushed him, and Ricochet went flying into the barricade..
Back from the break, Zayn climbed to the top rope, but Ricochet leaped up. Zayn knocked Ricochet back down and jumped off. Ricochet recovered and rocked Zayn with a beautiful dropkick.
Ricochet ran wild and hit a springboard crossbody for a near fall. He went for a standing moonsault but Zayn got his knees up.
In a funny moment, Heyman accidently knocked over Cole's drink all over his papers. Heyman then tried to clean it up. Hilarious.
In the ring, Ricochet climbed to the top rope, but The Usos caused a distaction. Zayn took advantage and hit the blue thunder bomb, but Paul caused a distracion.
Zayn regained control and had the match won. Jay inadvertently distracted the referee preventing Zayn from winning. Zayn argued with Jey at ringside. Ricochet hit a huge dive wiping out the heels. He then hit the 450 splash on Zayn for the win.
After the match, The Bloodline faced off with Paul and Ricochet. Madcap Moss ran down to even the odds.
Karrion Kross and Scarlett Backstage Promo
Kross discussed attacking Drew McIntyre last week with the Kross Jacket. The entire promo was in black and white.
Maximum Male Models-Braun Strowman Segment
Max and Maxine Dupri were standing in the ring. Dupri noted they're not far from L.A. He then introduced the Maximum Male Models modeling the back-to-school line.
Suddenly, Braun Strowman's music hit. He sprinted out and ran over the models. He beat down the models all around ringside and the ring to a huge pop. Strowman then gave mån.sôör a powerbomb.
Chad Gable walked out and distracted Strowman. Otis jumped Strowman from behind. Strowman fought back, but Otis hit the world's strongest slam. Strowman sat up right away and challenged Otis to get in the ring. Gable stopped Otis and held him back.
They showed Jojo Siwa at ringside.
Damage Control Segment
Damage Control came out for a promo. Bayley's awesome and great at everything she does. But there's been a lot of talking so far in the first hour and only 13 minutes of wrestling.
Bayley, Dakota Kai, and IYO SKY bragged about winning the tag team titles on Raw. Bayley pointed out that they injured Aliyah and mocked her. Bayley bragged some more and claimed nobody could stop them.
Raquel Rodriguez heard enough and marched to the ring. She was furious that they hurt Aliyah. Damage Control backed off.
Bayley (w/Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) defeated Raquel Rodriguez (6:20)
Bayley and Rodriguez had a surprisingly good match considering they only got six minutes. It was just getting good when they went to the finish. They told a good story around Rodriguez using her power to dominate Bayley and Damage Control constantly interfering.
Rodriguez chased Bayley around ringside, but she hid behind Kai and Sky. Rodriguez picked up Sky and threw her into Kai. Rodriguez tossed around Bayley and hit a spinning slam.
Bayley took over and drove Rodriguez into the turnbuckle. Rodriguez fought back with a big boot. Damage Control caused a distraction, and Bayley injured Rodriguez's knee.
Bayley targeted the knee and continued to work it over. Rodriguez fired up and hit a fallaway slam. She was firmly in control, but Damage Control interfered again.
Rodriguez dragged Kai into the ring and hit a twisting elbow on both Kai and Bayley. As the referee tried to get Kai out of the ring, Sky interfered again, allowing Bayley to hit the rose plant for the win.
After the match, Damage Control attacked Rodriguez until Shotzi made the save. Cole explained that Damage Control had rubbed everyone the wrong way, including Shotzi.
Ronda Rousey Backstage Interview
Kayla Braxton interviewed Ronda Rousey, and they briefly discussed her upcoming match. Rousey got a good reaction.
Liv Morgan interrupted and reminded Rousey that she beat her twice. Morgan knows the only way to get respect is to beat Rousey a third time. Morgan then challenged Rousey to an extreme rules match at Extreme Rules. Rousey accepted.
Cole and Graves discussed the previous segment when Drew McIntyre showed up on the announce table. He was waiting backstage for Karrion Kross. He figured Kross only shows up when he can jump McIntyre from behind. He promised to get revenge on Kross.
Behind the curtain, Jey Uso was pumping up Solo Sikoa for his next match. He told The Usos to stay in the back because Jey's off his game tonight. He then asked Zayn to accompany him to the ring. Jey was furious.
Cole and Graves recapped Sikoa winning the NXT North American Championship this past Tuesday night.
NXT North American Champion Sola Sikoa (w/Sami Zayn) defeated Madcap Moss (10:49)
At times, the match dragged and felt boring. They started at a slow pace, but it picked up towards the end.
Zayn danced to Sikoa's music during the entrance. There's nothing better than Zayn dancing to someone else's theme music.
Sikoa took over with a back elbow. He followed up with a diving head butt and hard chops. Moss recovered and briefly took over with a shoulder tackle. Zayn caused a distraction, allowing Sikoa to regain control.
Sikoa slowed down the pace and hit a belly-to-belly suplex. He followed with a Umaga splash in the corner. Moss briefly fought back, but Sikoa took over again. Sikoa went for the splash again, but Moss hit a chop block.
Moss ran wild and hit a shoulder tackle in the corner. He hit a running clothesline, running forearm, and slammed him for a near fall. Sikoa recovered and hit a Samoan drop for a two-count. The fans broke into a "Uso" chant.
Moss hit a fallaway slam, but Zayn pulled Sikoa out. Moss chased Zayn around ringside and back into the ring. Sikoa took advantage and rocked Moss with a superkick. He followed up with the uranage for the win.
Cole and Graves confirmed The Crown Jewel press conference tomorrow in Las Vegas. It'll be available on all WWE social media.
Number One Contender's Fatal Four-Way: The Brawling Brutes (w/Sheamus) defeated Hit Row Row (w/B-Fab), Imperium (w/Gunther), and New Day (18:44)
They had a wild and strong main event that was non-stop action. It was sometimes tough to keep up with because so much was happening. Still, they worked at a fast pace with lots of well-built spots. Everyone got to shine and play to their strengths. Butch has been a lot of fun to watch the last few weeks since he's basically the old Pete Dunne.
During New Day's entrance, Cole noted Erik of The Viking Raiders suffered a foot injury during the Viking match.
Butch and Ludwig Kaiser traded shots at the bell. They spilled to the outside. Sheamus and Gunther had a stare down at ringside with everyone between them. Top Dolla gave Ashante Thee Adonis a press slam onto everyone at ringside.
Top Dolla teased a dive but got cut off. Kingston then hit a dive off of Top Dolla's back.
Back from the break, Butch rocked Kaiser with a stiff clothesline. He then snapped Kaiser's fingers. Imperium took over and isolated Ridge Holland in their corner. Holland recovered and threw Giovanni Vinci into Hit Row's corner.
Top Dolla tagged in and squared off with Holland. Hit Row took over and sent Holland into New Day's corner. Kingston tagged himself in and hit the boom drop on Adonis. Imperium tagged in and quickly regained control.
Back from the break, Kaiser had Kingston in a chin lock. Kingston fought back, crawled to his corner, and tagged Woods. Woods ran wild and hit a rolling clothesline on Kaiser. Vinci recovered and destroyed Woods with a clothesline. Butch tagged himself in and ran wild on everyone. He hit a standing moonsault off the apron and a running knee off the apron.
In an impressive spot, Top Dolla slammed Butch and Kingston off his shoulders and simultaneously gave Woods the wrold's strongest slam. Top Dolla then tried to powerbomb Holland, but he revered into an Alabama Slam.
Kingston tagged in and ran wild. He hit a suicide dive on Top Dolla and a frog splash on Adonis as he got up. Imperium tagged themselves in and hit the Imperial Bomb on Kingston. However, Holland made a blind tag and stole the pin.
The Brawling Brutes celebrated to end SmackDown.
Next Week: Roman Reigns returns. Plus, Braun Strowman goes one-on-one with Otis. WWE Undisputed Tag Team Champions The Usos defend against The Brawling Brutes