The build to Survivor Series continues as Friday Night SmackDown takes place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Daniel Bryan appears on Miz TV tonight. Last week, Sami Zayn continued to push for Bryan to join him and Shinsuke Nakamura. Suddenly, Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt appeared and attacked Bryan.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day defend against The Revival in a rematch tonight. New Day defeated The Revival last week to win the titles.
SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley takes on Nikki Cross in a non-title match. If Cross is victorious, she earns the final spot on SmackDown's Survivor Series women's team.
Survivor Series spots will also be on the line as Mustafa Ali & Shorty G face Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. The match was set up by King Corbin complaining on Twitter that his current Team SmackDown members aren't as good as his buddies Ziggler & Roode.
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King Corbin made his way down to the ring to start SmackDown. He was carried down the ramp on his throne and met Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler in the ring. The fans broke into a loud "You Suck" chant and booed Corbin when he tried to speak. He praised Roode and Ziggler's ability and loyalty.
Corbin discussed beating down Roman Reigns and declared himself team captain of Team SmackDown. He even showed a graphic with Corbin as the team captain.
Corbin noted he's not impressed with Shorty G and Ali. Ziggler and Roode promised to defeat Ali and Shorty G tonight to take their places on Team SmackDown.
Corbin challenged Roman Reigns to witness Ali and Shorty G losing. He then introduced "the big dog," which was a guy in a dog costume wearing a Roman Reigns vest. Reigns music played but featured a dog barking.
They recapped CM Punk's return on WWE Backstage last Tuesday and pushed his appearance this Tuesday.
Shorty G & Ali defeated Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler (w/King Corbin & "The Big Dog")
The heels had a brief advantage, but the faces took over and worked over Ziggler's arm. Ali caught Ziggler with a hurricanrana and hit a rolling X factor for a near fall. The heels regained control and isolated Ali on their side of the ring.
Ali fought back and ended up on the apron. Corbin distracted Ali, and Roode pushed him off the apron into the announce table. Corbin celebrated over a fallen Ali.
Suddenly, Roman Reigns music hit, and he made his way down to the ring.
Back from the commercial, Ali made a brief comeback and crawled towards Shorty G. Ziggler cut him off and scored a close near fall. He attempted a superkick, but Ali hit a superkick instead.
Shorty G got the hot tag and ran wild. He hit a neck breaker and picture-perfect moonsault for a very close two count.
The heels fought back and hit a spinebuster/zig-zag combo for a near fall. Ziggler caught Ali with a superkick. He attempted a superkick on Shorty G, but he got the leg and applied the ankle lock.
Corbin tried to interfere, but Reigns hit the drive-by and spear. Shorty G then hit a rolling German suplex on Roode, and Ali hit the 450 splash for the win.
They recapped Sami Zayn trying to get Daniel Bryan to join him. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt then attacked Bryan with the mandible claw.
Wyatt then hosted an edition of FIrefly Funhouse. He changed the color of the Universal title from red to blue. Wyatt's excited for Miz TV and his guest Bryan. He noted that "The Fiend" will be watching too.
In the back, Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler complained to King Corbin about not being on Team SmackDown and blamed Reigns. Corbin promised to do something about it and walked off with "The Big Dog" right behind him.
They recapped Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman agreeing to be a team last week and then beating down the B Team.
Strowman made his way down to the ring to meet Drew Gulak and the B Team.
Gulak showed a graphic of what would happen if he replaced Strowman on Team SmackDown. The graphic showed Gulak leading Team SmackDown to victory. He noted Storwman lasted longer with Fury than he thought. The heels tried jumping Strowman, but he fought back. Gulak ran off, and Strownman beat down The B Team.
In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed The New Day. Big E mentioned the Philadephia Eagles beating the Patriots at the Superbowl in 2018. The fans popped big for that comment. The New Day promised to retain the tag titles tonight against The Revival.
In the back, Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura approached Daniel Bryan. Zayn begged him to join up with him and Nakamura. He mentioned that Cesaro wants him to join them too.
Bryan wondered why Zayn ran away last week when Bray Wyatt attacked him. He turned down the offer and told them to consider Braun Strowman instead. Zayn mocked the idea of Strowman, who was standing behind him. Nakamura and Strowman had a brief staredown.
SmackDown tag team champions The New Day vs. The Revival
The Revival used double team moves to isolate Kofi Kingston. Scott Dawson used a northern light suplex for a near fall.
Kingston fought back and hit a missile dropkick. He attempted to tag Big E, but Dash Wilder caught him with a power slam for a two count.
Back from the break, Dawson prevented Kingston from making the tag and hit a neck breaker. Dawson missed an elbow off the top, and Big E got the hot tag. He attempted a splash on Wilder, but he got his knees up.
Big E fought back, but Wilder hit a tornado DDT for a near fall.
Wilder put Big E on his shoulders and tried to make the tag. Kingston got the tag and hit a missile dropkick. He followed up with a huge dive to the floor, taking out the heels. New Day attempted midnight hour, but WIlder cut off Kingston.
The Revival attempted a draping DDT, but Big E backdropped the heels to the floor. Big E launched Kingston over the top rope to the floor, but Revival caught him and then threw him into the ring post.
The Revival then gave Big E a double back suplex on the announce table. They hit the shatter machine, but Kingston flew in the ring to make the save.
Suddenly, The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish) attacked both teams and beat them down. The SmackDown roster ran down for the save.
Heavy Machinery defeated Kip and Stevens
Heavy Machinery dominated the match in a total squash. Otis hit the caterpillar and the compacter for the win.
They recapped Bayley attacking Becky Lynch on Raw and Shayna Baszler on NXT.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Bayley and Sasha Banks in the back. She proved that she's not an afterthought and is excited to beat Nikki Cross. Bayley teased joining Team SmackDown.
SmackDown Woman's Champion Bayley vs. Nikki Cross
Cross tried to jump Bayley to start the match, but Bayley fought back.
Suddenly, NXT Woman's Champion Shayna Baszler showed up, but Bayley ran off. Rhea Ripley, Tegan Knox, Mia Yim, and Dakota Kai attacked Bayley.
Sasha Banks showed up and attacked Baszler from behind. Banks then challenged the NXT women to a match right now.
Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke & Nikki Cross defeated Rhea Ripley, Tegan Knox, Mia Yim & Dakota Kai
The NXT women took over and isolated Carmella on their side of the ring. Banks got the tag and regained control for the SmackDown. Banks faced off with Ripley and slapped her in the face.
All eight women jumped in the ring and argued.
Back from the break, Cross fought off the NXT women on her own. All the women came in and hit a big move. Kai rocked Cross with a scorpion kick but Cross hit the neck breaker for the win.
After the match, the NXT women jumped Cross and the SmackDown women ran out for the save.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves ran down the Survivor Series Card.
Miz TV with Daniel Bryan
Miz brought out his guest Daniel Bryan and asked him why he thinks Bray Wyatt attacked him. However, Bryan remained silent. Miz believes Wyatt sees Bryan isn't the same person anymore. Bryan finally spoke and noted he's silent because Miz TV sucks.
Bryan talked about his passion but Miz interrupted him. Bryan snapped and said Miz and the people don't understand. He's got passion and is mentally unstable. Miz doesn't understand but Wyatt does because he's unstable too.
Bray Wyatt and The Firefly Funhouse interrupted. Wyatt noted The Fiend attacked Bryan just to scare him or maybe he remembers what Bryan did.
Wyatt went through his toy chest and pulled out the Universal title. He asked Bryan to say that one magical word but Bryan said no. Bryan and the Firefly Funhouse puppets went back and forth with yes and no.
Bryan noted if Wyatt wants to fight then they should fight. Of course, Bryan wants the Universal Championship on the line. Wyatt agreed and started chanting "Yes".
Miz then announced Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan at the Survivor Series.
Next Week: Friday Night SmackDown kicks off Survivor Series weekend and features Roman Reigns, Ali & Shorty G vs. King Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler.