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As WWE prepares for the Clash of Champions on September 27, the men and women of SmackDown return to the Thunderdome for this week’s episode.
After last week saw Belle Tune on Sasha Banks with Nia Jackson and Shayna Buszler, The Role Model promised to address her betrayal on Friday.
WWE also booked an intercontinental championship match between AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy, but Sami Zan is never far away when the IC title is included.
Brey Wyatt also promised to unveil its latest addition to the Firefly Fun House this week. Did Alexa Bliss cross the dark side and join The Find?
Let’s take a look at everything that happened on this week’s episode of SmackDown.
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WWE advertised only a few segments before this week’s show:
- Wyatt revealed the latest addition to The Firefly Fun House.
- Hardy vs Styles for the IC Title.
- Bayley addresses why she turns on banks.
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WWE opened the show on September 11, 2001 with a graphic paying homage to life, before going live in The Thunderdome with Roman Rains and Paul Heyman in the ring.
Haye did his usual job promoting his client, before they asked J to get him in the ring. More and more were fired over a long time, watching.
Uso said Heyman has a long history with his family and he loves her. He thanked Paul E for setting up his opportunity at Fatal 4-Way last week, but Heyman said that it was really Riggs’ idea that UO was replaced by Big E.
Reigns said he and his entire family are proud of Uso because he earned the opportunity at a main event PPV. Big Dog then shifted gears and said he would lose J to the Clash of Champions as it is not the time to win the universal title.
Baron Corbin, using nepotism to give his cousin a title shot, complained about Raj and called it an abuse of power. Because of this, Shimus came out to agree with The King. Uss suggested a tag match before he took the two men out on his own, while Riggs was just standing there and watching.
Grade: B +
Raj is more interesting with this new change in outlook. This segment was very good because he both praised and insulted his cousin in the same way, as if he had been doing this kind of action for years.
It would have been better if it had been just about Usso and Riggs, but WWE needed to set up a tag match for later in the show, so it was necessary to include Corbin and Shimas in some capacity.
Heyman, surprisingly, did not carry the load on Mike. The real power in this segment comes from the conversation between Riggons and Uso.
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Before the announcer can present the contestants, Sami Zayn brags about how she is the real IC champion and Hardy is said to be an embarrassing champion. Adam Pearce came out to remove Zayn from the position and when the champion was distracted, Stiles attacked him from behind.
As the bell rang, Hardy ducked him into the corner and hit the twist of fret. He goes upstairs for a Swanton bomb but the challenger avoids the impact just before he goes to a commercial show.
When we returned from the break, we saw both men crash into the barricade when The Charismatic Enigma jumped from the ring steps to Stiles. Phenomenal One numbered some of its signature moves and focused on Hardy’s left leg.
Zayn came out of nowhere and attacked Styles as he prepared to hit The Phenomenal Fourarm, leading to a disqualification in the process. He also stated that there was only one true champion before Hardy was even taken out with a quick kick. Hardy fell on top of the ramp and was called dehydration after the break.
We later saw Hardy in the trainer’s room when Zayn came to taunt him. Hardy tackled him and he bounced when we went on break.
Hardy and Styles have a fantastic chemistry that has evolved over the years since they first worked together at TNA, so it was no surprise when they enjoyed the front and back matches.
Intervention by Zain was predictable, but it was almost necessary. To prevent Styles from losing without Hardy losing, but WWE did not need to stop interference from Zayn coming out before the match.
It would have been more surprising if he had intervened from anywhere. This leads to a good feud with the three men for the Clash of Champions, but the segment’s execution is slightly desired.
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Saffron and Gran Metallic closed things out for their teams with Kalisto’s fast-paced exchange, before Kalisto tagged in for a big slump.
The Swiss cyborg intercepted him so that he and Nakamura could cut in half in the ring with a quick tag and double team move. For some reason, footage of The Street Profit having a party in the backstage area of Cicero and Nakamura was shown on the big screen.
Smackdown Tag Champs Kalisto was distracted long enough to roll Cesaro to victory.
It is difficult to match four superstars with mediocre grades like Kalisto, Nakamura, Cesaro and Metallic but the way this match was booked left no other option.
It should not be enough to make two accomplished champions to divert attention from The Street Profits that they are in the middle of a fight. This is a trope WWE keeps using and needs to stop.
The action leading up to the end was good, but not enough to justify achieving higher grades. His final rematch should be much better.
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Belle comes out after the break to explain why she cheated the banks last week. He was entered with a generous portion of fireworks.
The role model said that she turned to the banks because she knew that the boss was just waiting for the opportunity to do the same thing for her. She said that she never cared about banks and just used what she needed.
She claimed that the boss had become useless after losing the tag titles before leaving the chair and leaving the ring. Nikki Cross tried to make her entrance for the next match, but Beylie hit her with a chair as the show broke.
Grade: B +
This promo made perfect sense. Belle can be seen coming from a mile away to start the banks but the explanation sold it as an inevitability.
Belle has been very good in this role and she is getting better with time. She has developed into a heel, where it feels like she should have always had a gimmick.
The only problem was that it was too small. Belle had our attention and could talk for five minutes without getting bored. It is rare when a promo makes you hope that it is not finished.
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We return to Alexa Bliss with some officers trying to comfort the cross. The match started and all four women teamed up to fight each other. Bliss and Cross are knocked out of the ring so that Evans can hit Tamina against the rope with her foot.
Cross eventually recovered from Belle’s attack and teamed up with Bliss to take Tamina and Evans out at ringside.
Then, Bliss crosses over and hits him in front of commentators with Sister Abigail. After a break, Michael Cole revealed that Bliss left the match after taking out his former partner.
Cross returned to the ring and returned. The three women came close before Tamina won the cross with a sunset flip.
The moment Bliss hit the cross with Sister Abigail was not as surprising as it was satisfying. This was the first real step he took to join Wyatt as their awkward relationship began a few weeks ago.
The match was good in itself and the cross was a solid choice for the win as we already know that he and Belle could be a good match together from previous encounters.
Cross secured a singles title and Bliss ended their friendship, so both women are away from bigger and better things. You like to see it
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The match begins with John Morrison trying to jump into Otis and knock him out of the air. In the bank, Mr. Money danced a little before Jomo woke up and struck a strike.
He went on to dance more than The Dodger before throwing Morrison into the ring with a suplex. The Miz tried to interfere but Tucker was there to stop him.
A-lister grabbed Otis’ lunch box and ran away with it as he and Morrison believe they got the MITB contract after the briefcase was emptied last week. Otis hit a big splash on Morrison for the win.
After the break, Otis revealed that he still had a contract. We then found The Miz and Morrison with nothing but an Apple core in the box that he stole.
Grade: D +
This whole thing was the definition of “meh”. Morrison can afford to lose, but he has to lose decisively against someone who is far less experienced, he feels bad.
The Miz and Morrison always entertain together, so they managed to save it from a waste of time by providing a couple of laughs. Also, it could be a backstage controversy and would have been more entertaining.
Otis became just another boy, being one of the hottest stars of the Blue brand. It is already too late, it is time to recover, but WWE has to work fast.
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Wyatt returns with a new episode of Firefly Fun House. He tried to reveal a parrot named Pascule, but the bird appeared to be spoiled in the box he was keeping inside.
Vince McMahon puppets came and read Wyatt to the Danger Act. He brought out the new special advisor to the Firefly Fun House, Wobbly Walrus. Nothing else happened.
The main event was a tag team match with Shams and Corbin, taking on UO and Ryans. Uso is attacked during her entry and her cousin never comes out to save her. The bell rang without the big dog on the apron.
In fact, he did not show up to help Uso, until Sheamus Broog was about to kick. Reigns’ entrance music was a distraction for Uso to win by himself, but Reigns still tagged himself to get the pin with Spear.
The match itself was nothing special, but was top notch in the story. Raja was only right to refuse to help his cousin and steal the victory from him.
This allowed Uso to look as good as he could win by himself, but it also established Raj as a heel who does not value the family the way he used to. It was a fairly good episode of SmackDown which was a great way to finish it.