With the shock news that Mandy Rose had been drafted over to Monday Night Raw, and with Roman Reigns and Jimmy Uso set to team up in a Samoan Street Fight, there were some interesting talking points ahead of this week’s episode of SmackDown.
Otis Humiliates The Miz
The Dirt Sheet kicked off this week’s episode and after The Miz and John Morrison made jokes about Mandy Rose already moving on from Otis, Heavy Machinery made their way to the ring and beatdown the former Tag Team Champions.
Otis further humiliated The Miz following the attack by stripping him down to his underwear and forcing him to run away in his small tighty whities.
Backstage: The Miz was asked if he regrets antagonizing Otis before he answered a phone call and made it appear as though this was all part of the plan.
Cesaro def. Gran Metalik
Kalisto and Lince Dorado were removed from ringside midway through the match after the two men started arguing and deflecting the attention of the match. This in turn helped Cesaro to get the upper hand, and The Swiss Superman went on to pick up the victory with the Neutralizer.
Backstage: Jey Uso recalled the events from last week’s main event and said that he was told last week was a miscommunication. The former Tag Team Champion stated that he believes that tonight Roman Reigns will have his back, but that will be a different story a week from Sunday.
A Moment of Bliss
Nikki Cross was the guest on this week’s Moment Of Bliss, just a week after Bliss delivered Sister Abigail to her friend last week on SmackDown. Cross will challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship a week on Sunday at Clash of Champions.
Cross brought up the fact that Bliss hit her with Sister Abigail last week and the former Women’s Champion stated that she couldn’t explain what happened before Lacey Evans interrupted. Evans told Nikki she was too nice, too short, and too weak which is why she will never beat Bayley.
Nikki Cross def. Lacey Evans
Alexa Bliss was on commentary for the match and she was grilled by Michael Cole throughout, while Cross attempted to show her rougher side against The Sassy Southern Belle.
At one point, Evans wiped hand sanitizer in Cross’s eyes, which fired her up and led to the victory for the number one contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
After the match, Lacey Evans screamed at Alexa Bliss at ringside and told her to get The Fiend, before she delivered Sister Abigail and once again walked away in a zombie-like state.
Banks Wants Bayley’s Gold, Got a Beating Instead
Sasha Banks appeared via video link from the Performance Center to discuss her attack at the hands of Bayley where she talked about how close the two women were once and that Bayley is an idiot and she is naive because she is nothing without her.
The Boss then stated that she was going to take the SmackDown Women’s Championship one day before Bayley appeared and began attacking Banks again.
AJ Styles def. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn continued to preach that he was the real Intercontinental Champion despite Jeff Hardy being seen as the recognized Champion in WWE.
Styles believes that he is the uncrowned Champion, which has led to a feud between these two men, who put on a fantastic match.
In the end, it was Styles who came out on top and Zayn had to make it clear that he was still the champion. This brought out Jeff Hardy who attacked Zayn and then announced that there would be a triple threat ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at Clash of Champions.
Otis Gets Served, Big E Gets Sent Home
Backstage: Otis was served with a lawsuit seemingly from The Miz after the opening segment of the show. The lawsuit stated that Otis had to forfeit the Money in the Bank contract or he would be taken to court.
Backstage: Sheamus was lured into the parking lot where he was attacked by Big E, before running away and leaving the security man to take the beat down after it was revealed that he was the man who set Big E up. Big E was then stopped by Adam Pearce who sent him home ahead of the main event.
Samoan Street Fight: Roman Reigns and Jey Uso def. Sheamus and King Corbin
This week, Roman Reigns made his way to the ring at the beginning of the match and fought alongside his cousin, even though this was a much more hard-hitting encounter than last week. In the end, it was Uso and Reigns working together and leading to a spear on Corbin that saw the duo pick up the win.
After the match, Uso handed the title over to Reigns after looking at it and seemingly considering lifting it. The cousins then hugged in the ring and Uso walked away as SmackDown went off the air.
Even though it looked like a happy ending, the expression on Heyman’s and Reigns’ face after Uso walked away clearly shows something is brewing.