Tonight’s SmackDown takes place in Manchester, England and features the aftermath of Crown Jewel.
The build for Survivor Series has already begun with the selection of the Raw team captains. Paige and Shane McMahon will respond to the Raw team and announce their own team members. Plus, WWE will follow up on McMahon shockingly winning the World Cup tournament last Friday.
Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and SmackDown Woman’s Champion Becky Lynch are set to clash at Survivor Series. Rousey addressed Lynch on Raw last night and promised to defeat her. “The Man” Lynch will respond to the Raw Women’s Champion tonight.
In another non-title champion vs. champion match, WWE Champion AJ Styles takes on Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. This is a rematch from last year in which Lesnar defeated Styles. Tonight, Styles addresses his upcoming bout with Lesnar.
Our coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
General Manager Paige came down to ring to start SmackDown. She introduced The Best in the World Shane McMahon who was booed loudly. McMahon and Paige posed with the World Cup trophy. The fans booed McMahon again. He said he’s not the best in the world and the trophy belongs to everyone on SmackDown. His instincts kicked in when Miz was injured.
They ran down the card for Survivor Series. Raw Tag Team Champions AOP vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar was officially announced.
McMahon introduced SmackDown’s team captain Daniel Bryan. Bryan thanked McMahon for humbling saying he’s not the best in the world. The Miz interrupted Bryan.
Miz was upset that Bryan was picked as captain. He disagreed with Bryan and said he thinks McMahon is the best in the world. He said technically part of the trophy is his. The fans cheered that. He demanded to be team captain and the fans chanted, “Yes”. McMahon said he’s right and made Bryan and Miz co-captains.
Backstage, Bryan and Miz had a heated argument. They asked Shane McMahon why he made them co-captains. He’s believes they bring the best out of each other. McMahon told them to pick three more partners by the end of the night.
Miz picked McMahon as the first partner. Bryan agreed and added him to the team but the fans booed this decision. Miz is going to let Bryan make the next pick. Bryan and Miz starred at each other. Bryan remakred, "This is weird". That was a funny line.
The Usos defeated The New Day (w/Xavier Woods) to become the SmackDown Survivor Series Team Captains
Kofi Kingston sent Jey to the floor with a dropkick. He sent Jimmy to the floor as well. Xavier Woods played the trombone as Kingston did a skin the cat and started shaking. Jimmy was distracted and Big E nailed him with a clothesline. This was an odd but funny spot.
During the commercial break, Kingston tried to leap off the second turnbuckle but Jey hit a superkick to the knee. Big E got the hot tag and ran wild on Jimmy. He hit the Big Ending for a close near fall. Big E missed the spear off the apron but jumped to his feet. He sent Jimmy into the barricade. He tried to send Jey into the barricade but he reversed.
Kingston hit a huge dive onto the Usos on the floor and hit the SOS for a near fall. Big E nailed Jey with a spear to the floor and Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise on Jimmy. Kingston attempted a hurricanrana off the top rope but Jimmy held on and countered into a powerbomb. This was an awesome and impressive looking spot. Jimmy hit the splash off the top to win the match.
After the match, The Usos said there’s no SmackDown tag team division without The Usos and The New Day. They offered The New Day a spot on the Survivor Series team and they accepted.
Backstage, Miz was on the phone with his agent trying to get booked on a late night talk show. However, they want Becky Lynch not him. Bryan approached Miz and informed him that he picked Rey Mysterio as the next partner. Miz didn’t like that pick. Miz will agree to Mysterio if he’s impressive against Andrade “Cien” Almas later.
Miz and Bryan agreed to each pick one wrestler to face off later in the main event. The winner gets the last spot on the SmackDown team. They starred at each other again. Miz noted, “This is really weird”. That got a laugh.
Backstage, Becky Lynch is about to come down to the ring. She tore off a Ronda Rousey t-shirt to reveal her “I Am The Man” t-shirt.
SmackDown Woman’s Champion Becky Lynch came down to the ring. The crowd broke into a loud “Becky” chant. She said it’s true Ronda Rousey holds a championship belt but she’s not a champion. She noted that Rousey hasn’t been tested yet. Lynch said Rousey mocked her last night. She pointed out that she wasn’t handpicked like Rousey but here she is. She wasn’t meant to be the main event but here she is. She wasn’t meant to be the talk of the industry but here she is.
Lynch isn’t coming for Rousey’s respect but for her arm. She said that Rousey might be the baddest bitch but at Survivor Series she will be hers.
Lynch noted she’s fired up now and wants a fight. She issued a challenge and Sanity came out. Nikki Cross came out with Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killen Dain to accept the challenge. The guys went to the back.
Becky Lynch defeated Nikki Cross
Lynch sent Cross to the floor but Cross caught Lynch in the ring apron. Lynch regained the advantage and sent Cross into the barricade. Lynch slowed the pace down. Cross made a comeback and hit a cross body for a near fall. Lynch sent Cross arm first into the bottom rope. Finish came when Lynch locked on the Dis-arm-her for the win.
Backstage, Bryan photo bombed The Miz. Bryan picked Jeff Hardy for the main event. Miz countered with his choice of Samoa Joe.
Backstage, United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura discussed his upcoming match with Raw Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. He promised to defeat Rollins at Survivor Series.
Rey Mysterio defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas
This was a really good match with lots of fast paced action. Zelina Vega’s not in Almas’ corner because she’s handling business.
Mysterio had the early advantage and hit a hurricanrana. Almas fired back with a spinning back elbow. Mysterio attempted a move off the apron but Almas caught him in the powerbomb position. Almas then sent Mysterio into the barricade.
Almas attempted a sunset flip but Mysterio rolled through and hit a kick. Mysterio attempted a sunset flip off the top but Almas moved and hit two double knees in the corner for a near fall. Almas attempted a moonsault but Mysterio moved. He attempted a standing moonsault but Mysterio got the knees up.
Almas put Mysterio into the electric chair. They fell to the floor but Almas held onto the electric chair. Mysterio reversed into a hurricanrana into the apron. He then slide underneath the bottom rope and hit a tornado DDT. Finish came when Mysterio hit the 619 and splash for the win.
After the match, Randy Orton jumped Mysterio from behind and hit the RKO.
Backstage, Miz agreed to add Mysterio to the SmackDown team. Bryan guaranteed that Hardy would win. Miz hopes Bryan can be the bigger man if Samoa Joe wins.
Backstage, WWE Champion AJ Styles discussed his upcoming match with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Styles pointed out that he won the title a year ago in Manchester, England. He mentioned their match at last year’s Survivor Series. He promised to defeat Lesnar this year. He said that’s not a guarantee, that’s a spoiler.
Paige was in the ring and introduced the SmackDown Woman’s team members. She introduced Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka and Charlotte Flair. However, Flair didn’t come down to the ring when announced. Paige and the other four women were confused.
Mandy Rose came out instead. She was upset that Paige picked Deville over her. She insulted each of the women. Naomi had enough and went after Rose. Deville and Rose faced off in the ring but Rose walked away.
Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy to earn the final spot on the SmackDown Survivor Series team
Miz and Daniel Bryan joined the commentators for the match. Bryan and Miz argued throughout the contest.
Joe was in control early but Hardy fought back. Joe nailed Hardy with a back elbow to regain control. He slowed the pace down and wore down Hardy. Hardy fought back again and hit a clothesline off the barricade. Joe attempted the Coquina Clutch but Hardy countered. Hardy hit the Twist of Fate and attempted the Swanton Bomb. Joe got his knees up and locked on the Coquina Clutch for the win.
After the match, Joe got in Bryan’s face and he attacked Joe. Bryan applied the Yes Lock on Joe but Miz broke it up. Bryan and Miz started fighting when Shane McMahon ran out. He tried to stop Bryan. Bryan didn’t know who it was and threw McMahon to the ground.