SmackDown LIVE Results: Bryan Vs Styles, Samoa Joe Returns, Evolution Fallout, More
WWE SmackDown Live Kick off With WWE Champion AJ Styles in his home state of Georgia where the WWE Universe went absolutely wild for the champ
WWE Champion AJ Styles makes his way to the ring.
AJ says before we get things started, he wants to get something off his chest. He would like Daniel Bryan to come out.
Daniel Bryan obliges and he makes his way to the ring.
AJ says after what happened last week, AJ says he needs to apologize. AJ says he is sorry.
Daniel says there is no need to apologize because they are fighting for the same prize. Daniel says he respects AJ as a man and a competitor. When he looks at AJ right now, he does not see a friend or a respected colleague. Daniel says all he sees is the WWE Championship. Daniel says that one thing that kept him fighting was the WWE Championship and AJ stands in the way. Nothing personal, but Daniel says he will take that title from you and he will do it on Friday at Crown Jewel.
AJ says that is good to know, but AJ says Daniel did not let him finish. AJ says he is sorry because he lied to Daniel last week. That Pele Kick was not an accident, it was meant for you. Nothing personal, but he looks forward to doing it again this Friday.
Daniel acts incredulous that it was intentional. Daniel says he does not lie. He says he feels like hitting AJ on purpose.
AJ asks Daniel what is stopping him. AJ says they don’t have to wait until Crown Jewel, he can defend the title right here.
Shane McMahon’s music plays and he Shane-O Shuffles on the stage before he says that we have seen this before. Two competitors who want to go at it right here and right now but it never transpires. Shane says he is back and what is going to happen is AJ Styles is going to face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship tonight.
WWE Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
They lock up in a test of strength and Bryan with a wrist lock. Bryan stomps on the arm. Styles with a waist lock take down and he holds on. Bryan with a wrist lock but Styles sends Bryan to the apron. They go to the test of strength again but Bryan backs Styles into the corner. Bryan pushes AJ and AJ pushes back. They continue to push each other and Bryan goes for the arm. Bryan sends AJ shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Bryan with kicks to the arm. Bryan continues to work on the arm but Styles with a forearm.
Styles with chops. Styles with an Irish whip and Bryan flips out of the corner and Styles with a Phenomenal Drop Kick. Styles misses a move to the floor and Bryan with a suicide dive onto Styles. Bryan sends Styles back into the ring and Bryan continues to work on the arm but Styles goes for the eyes. Bryan with a hammer lock. Bryan works on the hand and then rolls up Styles for a near fall. Styles kicks Bryan and sends him into the turnbuckles. Bryan sends AJ into the turnbuckles and then he Irish whips Styles. Bryan runs into a boot from Styles and AJ hits the moonsault into a reverse DDT.
Styles with a shoulder in the corner followed by a chop. Styles with more chops. Bryan with a forearm and chops followed by a kick in the corner. Bryan with an arm drag and then he wrings the arm into the mat. Bryan with kicks to the injured arm. Styles blocks a kick and Bryan with a dragon screw. Styles slams Bryan’s leg into the mat and hits a KneeDT. Styles with a knee drop to the injured leg. AJ kicks Styles in the hamstring and drops an elbow on the knee. Styles continues to work on the leg but Bryan does what he can to escape and Bryan goes for a cross arm breaker. Styles slams the knee into the mat and then kicks Bryan in the back of the leg.
Styles kicks Bryan in the leg. Styles with an atomic drop to the injured leg. Styles drops Bryan’s injured knee on the turnbuckles. Styles with an elbow drop to the injured knee. Bryan kicks Styles in the back and connects with a European uppercut. Bryan runs into an elbow and Styles goes for a moonsault into a reverse DDT but Bryan blocks it and connects with knees followed by a cravate suplex. Bryan with kicks to Styles and he fakes the round kick to get Styles to duck and Bryan with a round kick. Bryan charges into a drop kick from Styles and both men are down.
Bryan drops Styles on the turnbuckles when AJ goes for a Phenomenal Forearm. Bryan set for a belly-to-back superplex but Styles is able to counter and turn it into a lateral press. Both men are down and we go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan applies the Yes Lock but Styles gets to the ropes. Bryan tries to suplex Styles back into the ring and Styles blocks it and suplexes Bryan over the top rope to the floor. Styles with an atomic drop onto the announce table. Bryan with an Irish whip that sends Styles into the ring steps. They return to the ring before the ten count. Bryan with a running drop kick into the turnbuckles but Bryan goes down instead of landing on his feet. Bryan sets for a second one and hits it. Bryan puts Styles on the turnbuckles and sets for a Frankensteiner but Styles blocks it and sets for a Super Styles Clash. Bryan counters into a rana from the turnbuckles.
Styles with a forearm in the corner but Bryan sets Styles to the apron. Bryan with a kick to Styles in the ropes and then he pulls on the arm as he wraps it in the ropes. Bryan with kicks to the chest while Styles is caught in the ropes. Styles blocks a kick and hits a dragon screw. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Bryan blocks it and he hits a butterfly suplex into a cross arm breaker. Bryan turns it into a Yes Lock. Styles looks like he is going to tap but Styles with a rollup. Bryan with a triangle on Styles. Styles with a Styles Clash.
Styles with a Calf Crusher and Daniel fights to get to the ropes but Daniel has to tap out.
Winner: AJ Styles (retains Championship)
– After the match, Styles recovers as his music hits. Styles raises the title as the referee raises his arm. Bryan recovers and pulls himself up as AJ looks on. Bryan extends his hand for a shake and AJ shakes his hand. They embrace and AJ raises Bryan’s arm. Samoa Joe hits the ring out of nowhere and attacks AJ from behind. Bryan leaves the ring as Joe unloads on AJ and drops him in the middle of the ring with the Coquina Clutch. Bryan runs back in and beats on Joe to break the hold. Joe takes the leg out and works it over. Joe with the Coquina Clutch on Bryan now.
– The announcers hype the WWE World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel. We go backstage to a cryptic promo from Jeff Hardy, who says he will prove once and for all that he is the best in the world. We cut to a backstage promo from The Miz next. Not only is he the best husband, father and reality TV star in the world, he’s the best WWE Superstar in the world and he will prove it on Friday. Still to come, Miz and Randy Orton vs. Hardy and Rey Mysterio.
– We see crew members bringing out Halloween decorations for tonight’s Trick or Street Fight. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see stills from Evolution.
-Paige is in the office and Charlotte Flair enters. Paige says she wanted to talk to Charlotte. Paige says that her match at Evolution was amazing. Paige says he has a question for Charlotte. Will she be the captain of the Women’s Team at Survivor Series. Charlotte says she does not think she is the right woman for the job. Paige says that Charlotte said don’t let success get to your head and don’t let failure get to your heart. Paige tells Charlotte to think about it.
-We have a video package for the match between Degeneration X and the Brothers of Destruction.
Trick or Street Fight: Big E vs. Cesaro
The New Day – Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. We hear Big E’s intro but the music for The Brood starts up. The Brood is from the Attitude Era and was made up of Gangrel, Christian and WWE Hall of Famer Edge. Out next are SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar, Cesaro and Sheamus, with Big Show. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Big E has been chosen by The New Day while Cesaro has been chosen to represent his team. Big E blocks a candy corn kendo stick shot and unloads on Cesaro with it. We see a table leaning in the corner. There are pumpkins all around the ring on the apron. Cesaro counters a move and a big brawl breaks out in the ring with both teams.
Show looks to double chokeslam Kofi and Woods but he pushes them over the top rope instead after they tried a double clothesline. Big E and Sheamus send Big E to the floor next. Sheamus grabs the tray of pancakes and throws it in Kofi’s face. Sheamus with a rolling senton to Kofi on the floor. Show forces Woods to bob for applies in a bucket at ringside. Cesaro drives Big E onto a pile of pumpkins in the middle of the ring but Big E kicks out at 2. Cesaro tries to suplex Big E through the table in the corner but Big E blocks it twice. Big E suplexes Cesaro on top of the pumpkin pile in the middle of the ring.
Sheamus enters the ring and nails Big E. Sheamus tries to put Big E through the table but Big E counters and sends Sheamus through the table. Woods runs in and kicks Show, stopping him from coming in from the apron. Show grabs Kofi at ringside but Woods comes over to assist. Show grabs them both but they spit the Brood mist in his face. This leads to Cesaro and Big E going back & forth in the middle of the ring again. Big E spits the mist on Cesaro and drops him for the pin to win.
Winner: Big E
– After the match, The New Day celebrates up the ramp. Show and Cesaro are covered in red mist.
– The announcers hype the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel again. Shane McMahon is backstage with Jeff Hardy and The Miz, asking who will become the best in the world on Friday. Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio are also in the back with Shane. Rey knows how vicious and intimidating Orton can be, and Orton does strike fear in the other Superstars, but Rey is here to represent for everyone who’s been looked down upon. Orton says he is vicious and he will show Rey just how vicious he can be tonight. Orton says he will show Rey why he should have never came back to WWE. Jeff has words for Miz and says he will show everyone what he can be – the best. Miz mocks Hardy and says Hardy will crash & burn in their first round match. Miz says he has carried SmackDown since he came to the brand and that won’t change. Miz knocks Rey and Hardy’s looks for it being Halloween and goes on about being the best. Shane says he called them here for a reason, so they will understand the gravity of the situation because he doesn’t want his sister to be able to say a RAW Superstar is the best in the world. Shane says if one of these SmackDown Superstars loses to a RAW Superstar in the World Cup finals, they will be fired from SmackDown.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. R-Truth
We go to the ring and out comes WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Tom says this will be a title match but that’s incorrect as it was previously announced as non-title. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and SmackDown General Manager Paige is backstage with AJ Styles. Styles wants Samoa Joe for Crown Jewel and Paige makes the match. We go back to the ring and out comes R-Truth with Carmella. Back and forth to start the match. Truth gets the upperhand and sends Nakamura to the floor over the top rope. Carmella enters the ring and dances with Truth as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Nakamura has turned it around. Nakamura drops a knee and covers Truth for a 2 count. Nakamura keeps Truth grounded in the middle of the ring with a submission now. Truth makes a comeback and drops Nakamura with a big scissors kick as Carmella cheers him on. Truth does the split and takes out Nakamura as he gets back up. Truth covers for another close 2 count.
Nakamura catches a kick and drops Truth. Truth whips Nakamura into the corner but Nakamura counters. Nakamura with a big kick to the back of the neck. Nakamura positions Truth on the top turnbuckle and drives his knee into the ribs. Nakamura with a 2 count as Truth gets his foot on the bottom rope. Truth counters a move but Nakamura drops him with an elbow to the back of the neck. Nakamura with another shot to the back of the neck. Nakamura charges in and hits the Kinshasa for the win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
– After the match, Nakamura stands tall and raises the title as his music hits.
– We see Becky Lynch backstage. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and the announcers briefly discuss Evolution.
– We go to the ring and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch to a pop. Tom hypes Becky vs. RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey for the upcoming WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Becky says she won. She was folded up on a stack of chairs and put through more punishment at Evolution but she won. Becky says she is the Last Woman Standing and when Evolution was over, there was only one woman who everyone saw as the rightful main event – her. Becky says defeating Charlotte Flair, the most decorated woman in history, proved she is the man. That goes for RAW and SmackDown. Becky says she will go and smack the heads off everyone there if she has to.
Becky asks what’s next for her and brings up Ronda Rousey. Becky says the other women who Rousey has stepped in the ring with were already defeated but she is built different and has traveled the world to smash women like Rousey. Becky says she didn’t come to cosplay or talk about a reality TV show, she is going to Survivor Series to rip Ronda’s arm off. Becky drops the mic and raises the title as her music hits.
– The announcers hype the Crown Jewel card again. Tom leads us to a video package for Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman for the vacant WWE Universal Title.
The Miz and Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio
We go to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes The Miz. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see Triple H’s tweet on sending a custom WWE Title to the Boston Red Sox for their MLB World Series win. We cut backstage to a promo from Samoa Joe. Joe asks AJ if he really thought they were done. Joe talks about AJ’s family again and says he will right their finally chapter, which has AJ choked out and Joe raising the WWE Title above his head – the end. We go back to the ring for the main event and The Miz waits as partner Randy Orton makes his way out. Jeff Hardy is out first for his team. Rey Mysterio is out last. Rey hits the corners to pose as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Hardy starts off with Orton, going back and forth. Hardy slams Orton’s head into the turnbuckles several times. Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate but stops when Miz runs in. Hardy drops Miz and leg drops him. Orton blocks another Twist of Fate attempt. Hardy goes to the top but Miz pushes him off while Orton has the referee distracted. Rey runs over to warn Miz. The referee is distracted with Rey and Orton again, allowing Miz to get more cheap shots in on Hardy. Orton goes back to work on Hardy and keeps him down.
Miz tags in and stomps Hardy. Miz charges in with a big boot to the face for a 2 count. Orton ends up getting cheap shots in on Hardy while the referee is distracted. Miz keeps Hardy down in the corner and shows off for some boos. Orton tags back in and slingshots Hardy under the bottom rope. Fans try to rally for Hardy as Orton keeps control. Orton uses the bottom rope on Hardy’s neck again. Hardy tries to scramble for a tag but Orton stomps away on him. Orton sneaks in a thumb to the eye. Hardy looks to turn it around but Orton dropkicks him for a 2 count.
Hardy eventually boots Orton and nails a Whisper In the Wind. Fans rally for Hardy again as Rey waits for the tag. Rey finally gets the tag and launches himself in as Miz also comes in. Rey unloads with offense and nails a DDT for a 2 count. Miz catches Rey in a backbreaker and then hits a neckbreaker for a close pin attempt. Rey and Miz go back and forth with counters now. Hardy tags in and goes for a cover but can’t get it. Rey sends Miz into the turnbuckles. Jeff follows up with Poetry In Motion. Rey sends Miz into the ropes again and nails 619. Hardy goes to the top and hits the Swanton Bomb on Miz for the pin to win.
Winners: Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio
– After the match, Orton immediately hits the ring and drops Hardy with the RKO. Rey flies but Orton takes him out of the air with another big RKO. Orton stands tall to a mixed reaction now. Orton then grabs Miz and drops him with the RKO. Orton’s music hits as we go to replays. Orton poses in the corner as SmackDown goes off the air.