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Roman Reigns & Jey Uso team up before their WWE Clash of Champions battle for the Universal Title, Otis continues to outsmart The Miz & John Morrison, a challenger steps up to Bayley, and more.
Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles ends in a no-contest – Intercontinental Championship Match
As the battle to be the one true champion rages, Jeff Hardy met AJ Styles in an Intercontinental Title showdown. Sami Zayn was incensed to not be included in the match and entered on the ramp to call the proceeding showdown fraudulent for not involving him. As officials removed Zayn, The Phenomenal One used the opportunity to attack The Charismatic Enigma. Hardy rallied to go on the offensive, but Styles escaped from an early Swanton Bomb attempt.
As a the physical battle raged, Zayn emerged to lay waste to Styles and deliver a Helluva Kick to Hardy. The intrepid Hardy pulled himself up, but he fell to the ground as he tried to stagger up the ramp. It was reported that Hardy suffered from dehydration, and the argument surround the Intercontinental Championship remained contested by all three Superstars.
Lucha House Party def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro
Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro have a huge Champions vs. Champions Match ahead on next week’s Raw, but Lucha House Party were waiting for them on Friday night. The SmackDown Tag Team Champions were clicking early, as Nakamura landed a knee to the back of the neck and then Cesaro hit a gut-wrench throw. With the SmackDown Tag Team Champions in control, The Street Profits dropped in on the Titantron and showed off the party they were throwing from “The Champions Lounge.” With Nakamura and Cesaro distracted, Kalisto swooped in to roll up The Swiss Cyborg for the shocking win.
Bayley explains her heinous attack on Sasha Banks
The SmackDown Women’s Champion addresses the WWE Universe after her brutal attack on Sasha Banks last week.
Nikki Cross def. Alexa Bliss, Tamina & Lacey Evans – Fatal 4-Way Match
After Bayley outlined her thinking for the heinous attack on Sasha Banks, Nikki Cross came rushing out ready to earn a title opportunity. The SmackDown Women’s Champion didn’t part without dishing out a steel chair strike to Cross. The passion was evident from the start as the four challengers seemed ready to overcome Bayley after all had been stymied by Bayley over the past year. Alexa Bliss appeared back to her old self early, but the new-look Superstar shocked everyone in the WWE ThunderDome with a Sister Abigail on Cross. After the stunning move, Bliss appeared to be called to the exit like a moth to a flame and exited the match in a trance.
With only three remaining in the match, Lacey Evans connected with a moonsault on Tamina and appeared headed for victory. Cross finally gathered herself and broke up the pin to spoil The Sassy Southern Belle’s title hopes. Cross, Evans and Tamina all delivered huge moments, but when Tamina whiffed on a Superkick, Cross struck with a Sunset Flip for the pin.
A mysterious woman graces SmackDown again
A mysterious woman continues to intrigue the WWE Universe with another glimpse on the blue brand.
Otis def. John Morrison
The Miz & John Morrison keep trying to trick their way into obtaining the Money in the Bank contract, but Otis keeps outsmarting them at every turn. After a distraction, The Miz grabbed Otis’ lunchbox and took off up the ramp. The Workin’ Man Superstar was undeterred and took out his frustrations on Morrison with a massive splash for the victory. As The Miz & Morrison reconvened backstage, they realized they were once again left holding Otis’ leftovers.
Bray Wyatt unveils a new creation in The Firefly Funhouse
Bray Wyatt and the entire Firefly Funhouse crew welcome Wobbly Walrus to the family.
Roman Reigns & Jey Uso def. Sheamus & King Corbin
As Roman Reigns and Jey Uso bonded early in the night over The Bloodline, Sheamus & King Corbin both entered to voice their displeasure with the outcome of last week’s Fatal 4-Way Match that punched Uso’s ticket for WWE Clash of Champions for a Universal Title Match agaisnt his cousin. Uso stepped up and laid down a challenge for the two antagonizing Superstars and had his hands full early. With Reigns absent at the start, Uso was put on the run with attacks from The Celtic Warrior and Corbin. Uso fought off his towering opponents valiantly, but Sheamus appeared to finally have the smaller competitor.
With The Big Dog’s cousin on the ropes, his music finally echoed through the WWE ThunderDome inside the Amway Center, and Uso started a huge rally. Reigns tagged himself in to strike with one final, crushing Spear on Sheamus for the win. A stern look from Reigns after the match left uncertainty about the strength of The Bloodline. One thing was perfectly clear: Reigns is working smarter, not harder since his return.