Survivor Series is just over two weeks away and both the women’s and men’s SmackDown teams are still incomplete. The biggest questions heading into this week’s show revolved around Roman Reigns and Jey Uso, who united on last week’s show when Uso finally accepted Reigns as The Tribal Chief.
Interestingly, it was SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks who kicked off this week’s show as she prepared to defend her title against former Champion Bayley.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks def. Bayley
Backstage: Ahead of the match, Bayley spoke to Kayla Braxton where she talked about Sasha Banks’ inability to defend a Championship.
The issues between the two women were evident from the bell as Bayley looked to regain the Championship that she believed was unjustly taken away from her at Hell in a Cell. Bayley found an opening when she was able to propel Banks from the ring apron, but Banks fought herself back into the match.
Bayley pulled out both a kendo stick and steel chair which distracted Banks enough for Bayley to deliver a backstabber and a Bayley to belly, but Banks kicked out.
Bayley even locked in the Bank Statement on her former friend, but The Boss made it to the ropes. In the end, it was Banks who locked in her Banks Statement and was able to force Bayley to tap to break her Championship defense curse.
After the match, Carmella appeared on the ramp and delivered a superkick to Sasha Banks before delivering a sit-out facebuster and announcing that she was back.
Backstage: Jey Uso made it clear that his issues with Daniel Bryan were not personal, he just chose family. Paul Heyman told Jey Uso that from now on he needs permission from Roman Reigns before he’s allowed to do interviews. Reigns told Uso to talk to him before he does it again and told him that Kevin Owens had disrespected his family so he needed to handle it.
Backstage: King Corbin attacked Rey Mysterio ahead of their match in order to get a small advantage.
Survivor Series Qualifying Match: King Corbin def. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio wasn’t even wearing wrestling gear for his match and was completely dominated by King Corbin in the opening stages of the match. Mysterio finally found an opening when he moved out of the way and Corbin went crashing into the steel steps.
Just as Mysterio was gaining some momentum in his match, Seth Rollins made his way out to the top of the ramp. Rollins looked to help Corbin to win the match as he provided the distraction from afar.
Rollins later involved himself by attacking Dominik at ringside before Murphy and Aalyah also came to ringside. All of these distractions saw Mysterio walk into The End of Days which allowed King Corbin to become the third man to qualify for Survivor Series.
Survivor Series Qualifying Match: Ruby Riott def. Natalya and Zelina Vega
It was an interesting match since Natalya had already lost one match when she tried to qualify for Survivor Series and it seemed that she cost herself the victory this week.
Zelina Vega was locked in the Sharpshooter until Riott came into the ring and locked in the armbar. Natalya dropped the Sharpshooter and turned her attention to Riott, but Vega tapped out and Riott was declared the winner.
Backstage: Big E was with The Street Profits who were looking for tips on defeating The New Day at Survivor Series before they were approached by Billie Kay who was handing out references.
Survivor Series Qualifying Match: Seth Rollins def. Otis
After the events that unfolded earlier in the night, Murphy made his way to ringside and looked to cost Rollins the match as well. Otis looked as though he was going to win the match before Murphy climbed up on the apron and helped provide a distraction for Rollins to win the match with The Stomp.
Aalyah, Rey Mysterio, and Dominik were shown watching the screen backstage and looked somewhat confused at Murphy’s actions.
Backstage: Murphy admitted that he was a disciple for Seth Rollins once again. This means that it was a calculated distraction from Murphy. Aalyah then confronted Murphy and he told her that she needed to trust him.
WWE played another interview with Lars Sullivan where he talked about being bullied and later becoming the bully himself.
Jey Uso def. Kevin Owens
Roman Reigns and his Special Counsel Paul Heyman watched on from backstage as Uso looked to handle business against Kevin Owens. Owens seemed as though he was going to pick up the win until Paul Heyman came to help at ringside and provided the distraction. Roman Reigns’ music hit and it allowed Uso to deliver his superkick and a splash to pick up the win.