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WWE SmackDown live results: Styles vs. Almas, Nakamura vs. Rusev


Tonight's SmackDown from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma features the fallout from Hell in a Cell.

WWE Champion AJ Styles takes on Andrade “Cien” Almas in a non-title match. Styles defeated Samoa Joe at Hell in a Cell, but the match ended in controversy due to Styles tapping out while pinning Joe. Styles and Joe are set to clash in a rematch at Super Show-Down on October 6.

Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair at Hell in a Cell to become a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion. Lynch refused to shake Flair’s hand after the match. The former best friends are headed on a collision course towards their rematch at Super Show-Down.

Miz TV returns tonight with a "special mystery guest." Miz and Maryse defeated Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella at Hell in a Cell. Miz takes on Bryan at Super Show-Down for a future WWE title shot. However, first Miz plans to steal the spotlight with his surprise guest.

Plus, United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defends against Rusev.

Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.


Miz was in the ring to start off SmackDown with the latest edition of Miz TV. Before he brought out the special guest he had some breaking news. He announced that he takes on Daniel Bryan at Super Show-Down, although it was already announced. He promised to defeat Bryan and move onto capturing the WWE Championship.

Miz noted that he had to pull some strings to get his guest on the show. He introduced the special mystery guest his wife Maryse. Miz said it was an honor to have her as his guest. Maryse said that beating Brie Bella was the easiest thing she's ever done. She feels Bella’s heart wasn’t in the match and Miz said Bella’s heart isn’t in her relationship either. They added Bella only married Bryan to stay relevant and Bryan just wants her to fight his battles.

Maryse announced that tonight is her last night on SmackDown for a little while. She’s going to return home to be the best mother in the world. Miz became enraged when fans began booing Maryse. Miz called out Bryan and promised to beat him down. Bryan came out and attacked Miz for insulting his wife.

Bryan dropkicked Miz and he crashed into Maryse. She went down for several minutes. Miz and Bryan were both concerned and checked on her. Bryan was distraught over his actions and expressed his remorse. 

Maryse started to laugh and Miz jumped Bryan from behind. Bryan fought him off. Miz charged at Bryan but he moved and Miz collided with Maryse again. 

Daniel Bryan was interviewed in the back. He was asked how he knew that Miz and Maryse were up to something. Bryan noted that he knows Miz’s tricks and he knew they had some type of plan. Not only is he going to punch Miz in the face at Super Show-Down but he’s also going to punch his ticket to a WWE Championship opportunity. 

Cesaro (w/Sheamus) defeated Kofi Kingston (w/New Day)

Before the match, Kingston recapped defeating Rusev Day and Woods promised to defeat The Bar at Super Show-Down. Big E started doing an Australian accent but Kingston said the accent was offensive. Big E said the IIconics said it was okay.

Cesaro had the early advantage and worked over Kingston’s leg. Kingston fought back and scored several near falls. Cesaro rocked Kingston with a European uppercut to take back over. Kingston hit a tornado DDT for a near fall.

Kingston bounced off the top rope and landed on Cesaro. This was a unique move that not even Woods had seen. Finish came when Cesaro kicked Kingston in the leg and hit the Neutralizer for the win.

Backstage, Aiden English met with Rusev and Lana. English has a good feeling about Rusev’s match tonight. Rusev doesn’t want English at ringside. Rusev and Lana left.

English was upset and started insulting Lana and Rusev to a random backstage worker. English blamed Lana for all of Rusev’s problems. English turned around and Lana was still there. She left to tell Rusev but English ran after her.

The announcers started talking about Hell in a Cell but Tom Philips said there was a commotion in the production truck.

In the truck, Randy Orton forced one of the workers to bring up the footage of Orton sticking a screwdriver in Jeff Hardy’s ear piercing at Hell in a Cell. Orton said what he did to Hardy will pale in comparison to what he does to his next victim.

Backstage, WWE Champion AJ Styles discussed the controversial finish from the pay-per-view. He felt that lady luck was shining down on him and the referee’s decision is final. He said maybe it was karma. He stopped himself from talking about Joe and focused his attention on Andrade “Cien” Almas.

United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev (w/Lana & Aiden English)

Backstage before the match, Lana tried to tell Rusev what Aiden English had said. Rusev didn’t have time to hear because he’s heading out for his match. Rusev asked English to do his introduction.

Rusev was in control early in the match. Nakamura hung Rusev on the top rope throat first and hit a dropkick for a near fall. Nakamura was firmly in control while Lana and English argued at ringside. English got on the mic and started a “Rusev Day” chant but Lana was disgusted.

Rusev fired up and made a comeback. He rocked Nakamura with a kick to the head for a close near fall. They fought on the apron and Nakamura nailed Rusev with a knee. Nakamura set up for the Kinshasa but Rusev nailed him with a Machka kick.

English jumped on the apron and yelled, “Rusev Crush.” This distracted Rusev and Nakamura rolled him up to retain the title.

After the match, English attacked Rusev with the microphone. English then sang “Happy Rusev Day” and dropped the mic on Rusev.

WWE Champion AJ Styles defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/Zelina Vega) in a non-title match

Almas jumped Styles from behind before the bell rang. The referee checked to see if Styles was able to continue. Almas jumped Styles when the bell rang but Styles fought back. Almas hit a vicious kick to regain control. Almas hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. He attempted a second tilt-a-whirl backbreaker but Styles reversed into a DDT.

Almas rocked Styles with a back elbow for a near fall. Vega slapped Styles but it only fired him up. Almas attempted a moonsault but Styles moved. Almas landed on his feet and attempted a standing moonsault but Styles got the knees up. Styles attempted the Phenomenal Forearm but Almas pulled out his feet. Styles was hanging on the second rope and Almas hit a double foot stomp to the floor.

During the commercial break, Styles worked over the leg and used the Calf Crusher. Almas missed a knee in the corner and crashed on the floor. Styles hit a running knee on the apron. Styles hit a Phenomenal Forearm to the back of the neck for a two count.

Almas hit the double knees in the corner for a very close near fall. Almas attempted the Hammer Lock DDT but Styles countered into a pin but rolled out into the Styles Clash for the win.

After the match, Samoa Joe jumped Styles from behind. Styles fought back and Joe ran off into the crowd. 

Asuka (w/Naomi) defeated Billie Kay (w/Peyton Royce)

Before the match, The IIconics called Naomi and Asuka the odd couple. They also mocked their dancing style.  

Kay gained the advantage when Royce distracted Asuka. Kay rocked Asuka with a big boot for a near fall. Asuka applied the Asuka Lock out of nowhere for the win.

General Manager Paige introduced new SmackDown Woman’s Champion Becky Lynch for her championship celebration. Fans broke into a loud “You Deserve It” chant. Lynch said she’s not going to be left off the magazine covers or talk shows anymore. She noted that she doesn’t need balloons and a big celebration. Lynch called out Charlotte Flair.

Flair came down to the ring. She promised Paige that she wasn’t there to fight. Paige left the ring. Flair said Lynch was the better woman and came out to congratulate Lynch for winning. Flair said that Lynch threw away more than a friendship. Flair promised to win the title back at Super Show-Down. Flair noted it took Lynch two years to get the title back but she could lose it in one night.

Lynch said she stopped listening after Flair said she was the better woman. Lynch will allow Flair to raise her arm now. She changed her mind and demanded she put the belt around her waist. The crowd cheered that and chanted “Becky.”

Lynch just wants Flair to call her Queen. As Flair walked away, Lynch called her a “bitch.” Flair attacked Lynch and they brawled around ringside. Lynch took over and locked on the Dis-arm-her. The fans popped huge for Lynch and broke into another loud “Becky” chant.