Clash of Champions is just two days away and there were still a number of questions surrounding Alexa Bliss and her association with The Fiend after a number of interesting weeks on SmackDown. Roman Reigns was advertised to address Jey Uso before their title match this Sunday, and Hardy was scheduled to take on Zayn in singles action.
Sami Zayn def. AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy
The show kicked off with Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, and Jeff Hardy building towards their Intercontinental Championship ladder match. Zayn was still preaching about the fact that he was holding the real Championship before both men handed their titles over and they were lifted high above the ring.
Zayn then attacked his Clash of Champions opponents before Adam Pearce made his way out onto the ramp and announced that AJ Styles would be added to the scheduled match between Hardy and Zayn to make it a triple threat.
AJ Styles spent much of the match taking advantage of the fact that there were no disqualifications. All three men were looking for a way to win the match and take bragging rights into Clash of Champions, but in the end, it was Sami Zayn who picked up the controversial win.
Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm but Zayn moved out of the way and allowed it to hit Hardy. Zayn then threw Styles out of the ring and pinned the Champion. After the match, Styles attacked The Liberator with a ladder before climbing the ladder and lifting both titles.
Tucker Finds a Loophole, Bayley Warns Nikki Cross
Backstage: Tucker and Otis were ready to address last week’s lawsuit before they were interrupted by The Miz and John Morrison. The two men stated that they would take Otis for everything that he had if he didn’t give up his contract. Tucker found a loophole that meant that he could still attack John Morrison with no legal repercussions.
Bayley came out on the ramp to talk directly to Nikki Cross ahead of their bout for the SmackDown Women’s Championship in just two days’ time. Bayley looked more focused than ever as she made it clear to Nikki that she would be harder to beat without Sasha Banks in her corner.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Gran Metalik
Just days before they defend their Tag team Championships against The Lucha House Party, Shinsuke Nakamura took on Gran Metalik in a hard-hitting encounter.
It was The Artist who picked up the win following the Kinshasa, but the issues within the Lucha House Party were evident as Kalisto failed to help his opponents after the match and was then pushed to the ground by Lince Dorado.
King Corbin def. Matt Riddle
Riddle and Corbin have been stuck in a feud since the moment The Original Bro made his way up to the main roster. Following the assault backstage after Payback, the two men once again collided but this time around it was King Corbin who picked up the win following End of Days.
After the match, Riddle said that he wouldn’t let this setback stop him. He was going to continue to grind until SmackDown is The Bro Show.
Teaser: Another promo from SmackDown’s mystery woman showed that she would now be seen as “Untouchable.”
Lacey Evans def. Alexa Bliss via DQ
Evans took control of the opening exchanges of the match, before The Fiend’s laugh echoed throughout the arena and Bliss was finally able to fight back. Evans then missed the moonsault and The Fiend’s music hit and it seemed to change Bliss into a trance. Bliss attacked the Southern Belle and the official called for the disqualification when she wouldn’t stop.
After the match, Bliss delivered Sister Abigail on the outside to Lacey Evans and was also seen staring at Roman Reigns while on her way to the back.
Roman Reigns Reminds Jey Uso His Place
Earlier in the show, Jey Uso made his way to the ring and stated that he was taking Corey Graves’ job and interviewing his cousin. Paul Heyman refused to answer any questions about “the look” from last week’s episode of SmackDown and declared that this interview would instead take place later in the night.
Final Segment: Roman Reigns came out to remind Jey Uso that he was a twin, which is why he wouldn’t know what to do with the Universal Championship as he always had to depend on his brother. Uso claimed that Reigns has been on top for so long that he deserves a chance.
Uso said that when people see him they ask which Uso he is, but after Sunday, they will know because he will be the Universal Champion.
Just as SmackDown was about to go off the air, Reigns delivered a Superman Punch to Uso on the entrance ramp. Reigns then made it clear that Uso would never take his place at the head of the table.