This week’s episode of SmackDown was built up as the show where the number one contender for Bray Wyatt‘s WWE Universal Championship would be determined in a Triple Threat match between The Miz, Daniel Bryan, and Baron Corbin.
Last week’s show ended with The Fiend seemingly laughing at the field of stars who stood before him, and it appeared as if this match wasn’t going to happen this week.
Corbin came out to the ring ahead of the match with The Miz and Bryan and following another controversial promo from The King, Roman Reigns attacked and continued the feud between the two men following the interesting TLC match between the two stars back at the pay-per-view of the same name at the beginning of the month.
Corbin was livid that The Big Dog had interfered in his match and called for the match to be postponed, before the show was then cut to The New Day and Braun Strowman vs Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn.
When SmackDown returned from the ad break, Kayla Braxton reported that even though King Corbin had refused to compete in the match and requested that it be postponed, SmackDown officials refused to cancel the match and made the decision that The Miz would go one-on-one with Daniel Bryan later in the night instead.
Corbin was later informed that Roman Reigns had been asked to leave the arena following the attack, so he made the decision to return to the match and it once again became a triple threat. Interestingly, Corbin obviously received some false information since Reigns arrived mid-way through the match and chased him out of the ring area.
This left The Miz and Bryan in a one-on-one situation and Bryan was able to force Miz to tap to set up another clash with The Fiend at next months’ Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Following the match, Wyatt made it clear that it would be The Fiend facing Bryan since he isn’t done with the former World Champion just yet.