WWE SmackDown was celebrating a year with The FOX Network as part of this week’s show and the backlash from Clash of Champions would see Roman Reigns crowned the Tribal Chief. There were also many questions surrounding whether or not WWE would finally pull the trigger on the feud between Reigns and The Fiend over the Universal Championship.
Reigns Gives Another Title Shot to Jey Uso at Hell in a Cell
This week’s show kicked off with Paul Heyman looking to crown Roman Reigns as The Tribal Chief of the entire WWE Universe. Reigns cut Heyman off and called Jey Uso out stating that he couldn’t be called The Tribal Chief because Jey wouldn’t acknowledge it.
Jey Uso told Reigns that he didn’t know him and he wasn’t his family before The Universal Champion talked about how all he wanted to do was raise him up and he embarrassed and disrespected him.
Reigns then offered his cousin another shot at the Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell but he said the match would have the highest stakes that any match has ever had in WWE history.
Jey Uso then said that whatever the stakes, he is on for their match at Hell in a Cell. AJ Styles then made his way to the ring and attempted to belittle Uso and his claim to the Universal Championship, which was a bad idea.
Jey Uso def. AJ Styles
An impromptu match was made between Uso and Styles and it was clear that Jey was in a different mindset. The finish saw the former Tag Team Champion hit three superkicks followed by a splash to build some confidence ahead of Hell in a Cell.
Backstage: Sami Zayn preached about how he was always the Champion and now he had the titles to prove it. Zayn then put one of the Championships in the trash and stated that after tonight that would be where Hardy’s Championship reigns would be.
Otis def. John Morrison
Ahead of the match, Otis claimed that he would represent himself in court next week after being served a lawsuit by Miz and Morrison. Otis was able to pick up the quick victory over Morrison, even though Tucker and Miz were banned from ringside.
Sheamus def. Shorty G
Big E challenged Sheamus to a Falls Count Anywhere match which obviously fired up the Irish star. Shorty G tried to put up a fight but two Brogue Kicks later Sheamus was the one getting his hand raised.
The KO Show: Alexa Bliss Calls for The Fiend
Kevin Owens came over to SmackDown to host an episode of The KO Show with Alexa Bliss. Owens tried to point out how different Alexa Bliss had been in recent weeks but the former Women’s Champion didn’t seem to understand.
Bliss tried to explain what it was like to be in the presence of The Fiend but Owens called her brainwashed and she said that she had been changed by The Fiend.
Owens then asked if The Fiend was here and Bliss said he was everywhere and Owens should “LET HIM IN.” The Fiend then attacked Owens with The Mandible Claw while Alexa Bliss watched. The Fiend then held out his hand for Bliss and the duo left together.
Matt Riddle and The Lucha House Party def. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, and King Corbin
Backstage: The Lucha Bros and Matt Riddle revealed that they were teaming together before Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado talked about how Kalisto wasn’t with them because he was having trouble getting his mask over his head after how big it had become recently.
Kalisto made his way to the ring moments after the match started and was seemingly upset that he had been forgotten. Kalisto tried to help his partners but inadvertently kicked Lince Dorado. Riddle was still able to pick up the win for his team following the BroDerek on Cesaro.
After the match, things broke down between Kalisto and Lince Dorado which forced Matt Riddle to hold them apart.
Sash Banks Challenges Bayley, Carmella is the Mystery Woman
Sasha Banks headed to the ring to address her recent feud with Bayley and revealed that she would face off against her former friend for the SmackDown Women’s Championship next week.
The Mystery SmackDown female was revealed as Carmella and she stated that she was no longer The Princess.
Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn def. Jeff Hardy
Following Sami Zayn’s win at Clash of Champions, Jeff Hardy was handed his rematch this week on SmackDown, and as ever, the scrappy Intercontinental Champion was able to pick up the win after pulling Hardy down onto the exposed turnbuckle.