Welcome to WWE Smackdown Live and this week Smackdown comes to us from Atlanta, Georgia and we kick things off with WWE Champion AJ Styles making 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 CHAMPIONSHIP: AJ STYLES VS DANIEL BRYAN
bryan goes to work on the arm and a stomp to AJ. Waistlock takedown by Styles but Bryan trying to prevent the waistlock and Styles plants Bryan on the apron. Daniel re-enters. Test of strength and Bryan has Styles backed in the corner
Styles and Bryan engage in a shoving match and Bryan goes back to work on the arm and shoves him shoulder first into the corner. Yes Kicks to Bryan and Styles with a forearm smash
Chops to Bryan and Styles with an irish whip and a dropkick sends Bryan to the outside. Styles misses with a forearm smash as Bryan re-enters and a suicide dive by Bryan sends Styles crashing into the barricade as we go to commercial
Back from break and Styles in control as he targets Bryan's left knee. Styles not letting up as he kicks at the knee and a knee smasher to Daniel as he takes his time dismantling the challenger. Bryan fighting back with a series of uppercuts but Styles maintains control delivering an elbow drop to the leg.
Bryan delivering kicks with the good leg a series of uppercuts to AJ. Bryan runs into an elbow. Moonsault countered by Bryan but Bryan with a neck lock delivering kicks bringing Styles to his knees. Bryan with the Yes Kicks as he tries to shake feeling back into his leg. Bryan sets up for the running knee but Styles catches him with a dropkick
Back from break, Bryan with the Yes Lock but Styles breaks the hold after reaching the bottom rope. Styles with a Dragon Screw as he jumps to the outside. Styles back up on the apron goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Bryan catches him executing a butterfly suplex. Styles with a roll up. Bryan locks The Triangle in turning it into a Yes Lock. Styles delivers a Styles Clash then applies the Calf Crusher for the submission
The winner of the match: AJ Styles
Post Match: Samoa Joe attacks AJ Styles and lays him out with the Kokina Clutch. Daniel Bryan in for the save and Joe lays Daniel out with the Kokina Clutch then picks up the championship and holds it up in the air
Jeff Hardy says Banksy once said that artists will pay for their work. Jeff says the risks he has taken has provided his self portrait. At the World Cup, he will illustrate the masterpiece of his life and he will show that he is the best in the world.
Miz says while Jeff Hardy paints by numbers, he is told by his flawless wife and is told that he is the best husband in the world. His daughter tells him that he is the best father in the world. He is told that he is the best reality star in the world. Miz says that he is the best superstar in the world and he will have the trophy to prove it.
Pumpkins and other Halloween goodies are placed around the ring for the Trick or Street Fight
Backstage: Paige is telling Charlotte her match with Becky Lynch at Evolution was amazing and could have gone either way and asks if she would consider being the captain for the women's Survivor Series Team. Charlotte says she doesn't think she's the woman for the job and Paige tells her to just think about it.
We then take a look at the rivalry between the newly reformed D-Generation X and Brothers Of Destruction
TRICK OR STREET FIGHT: BIG E VS CESARO
Big E blocks a kendo stick shot and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Big E hits Cesaro with the kendo stick. Sheamus stops Big E and then everyone else gets involved. Big Show grabs Kofi and Woods by the throat and sends them over the top rope to the floor. Show sends Big E to the floor. Sheamus throws some pancakes at Kofi and then he hits a Finlay slam on the floor. Show dunks Woods into the vat to bob for apples. Cesaro with a Alpamare Water Slide onto pumpkins for a near fall. Cesaro tries to suplex Big E through a table propped up in the corner but Big E blocks it and Big E suplexes Cesaro onto the pumpkins.
Sheamus with a knee to Big E and then he tries to send Big E into the table. Big E sends Sheamus through the table in the corner. Woods with a baseball slide to Show and then Show catches Kofi by the throat. Woods and Kofi spit red liquid in Show's face. Big E with a back body drop and Cesaro lands on his feet. Big E spits red liquid in Cesaro's face and hits the Big Ending for the three count.
The winner of the match: Big E
Shane McMahon is in his office with the four men who will be representing Smackdown at the World Cup. Rey says he knows how vicious Randy Orton is but he is here to keep hope alive for everyone who was underestimated. Randy says he is vicious and he will show Rey how vicious he is tonight. Then on Friday, he will show why Rey never should have come back. Jeff says that Randy can be cocky but he will beat Miz to show that he is the best. Miz says you won't be flying to the top because you will crash and burn. Miz says he has carried Smackdown and it will continue. Rey is Power Ranger, Jeff is a missing member of Insane Clown Posse, and Randy . . . looks cool.
Shane says the worst thing that can happen to him is to have his sister call a Raw superstar the Best in the World. Shane says if the winner of the Smackdown bracket does not win it all, the person who loses in the finals will not have a home on Smackdown.
United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back with a look at Samoa Joe attacking AJ Styles after his match against Daniel Bryan.
Paige asks AJ Styles if he should be in the trainer's office. AJ says he wants Samoa Joe at Crown Jewel since he had his contractually obligated match against Daniel Bryan. Paige asks why should they reward Joe for what he did to AJ's family. AJ says they could have arrested him before and he wants Joe. Paige gives the match.
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP: SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS R TRUTH
Nakamura with a knee in the corner and he kicks Truth. Nakamura mocks Truth. Truth with a head scissors take down. Truth does some of his own dancing. Truth tells Nakamura to COME ON and Truth with a hip toss and clothesline that sends Nakamura over the top rope to the floor. Carmella comes into the ring for a DANCE PARTY!!!
Truth goes to the apron when Nakamura moves on a plancha attempt. Nakamura kicks Truth and then hits a running knee to the side of the head. Nakamura with a knee drop off the apron. Nakamura with a rear chin lock. Nakamura chokes Truth in the ropes. Truth punches Nakamura but Nakamura with a kick and punch. Nakamura with a snap mare and knee drop. Nakamura with an abdominal stretch. Truth with a hip toss. Nakamura runs into an elbow and then a boot. Truth with a clothesline or two. Truth with a split and a jumping side kick.
Truth with a corkscrew flying forearm for a near fall. Truth misses a scissors kick and Nakamura with a round kick. Truth with an Irish whip but he misses a splash. Nakamura with a kick to the back of the neck and then Nakamura with a running knee to the midsection. Nakamura gets a near fall when Truth grabs the ropes. Truth lands on his feet on a suplex attempt but Nakamrua with more kicks to the neck followed by a knee to the back of the neck. Nakamura sets for Kinshasa and hits it for the three count.
The winner of the match: Shinsuke Nakamura
We're back and we see Samoa Joe who addresses AJ Styles and again brings up AJ's familt and said when Shane announced AJ vs Daniel Bryan he knew he had to pick his moment to write the final chapter and it ends with Styles laying on the ground gasping for air
JEFF HARDY AND REY MYSTERIO VS RANDY ORTON AND THE MIZ
Hardy with a shoulderblock and hiptoss. Hardy goes to work on the arm bringing Orton down to a knee. Orton in trouble as Hardy bounces his head off the turnbuckle. Orton avoids a Twist Of Fate. Inverted atomic drop and legdrop to Miz. Another Twist Of Fate countered by Orton who shoves Jeff into the corner. Miz with the distraction but Mysterio makes his way around the ring to hold Miz at bay.
Miz in with a boot to Hardy for a nearfall. Chinlock on Jeff. Orton in with The Garvin Stomp on Hardy. Orton picks Jeff up. Jeff blocks a punch and lands with one of his own. Thumb to the eye by Orton and a dropkick. Orton with a chinlock now. Miz and Mysterio in and Rey with a DDT to Miz for a nearfall.
Tilt o Whirl by Miz. Backbreaker to Rey. Rey counters the SCF. Jeff Hardy tags in and rolls through as Mysterio delivers the hurricanrana into the ropes. Poetry in Motion by Hardy. Mysterio with the 619 and Hardy hits the Swanton Bomb for the three count
The winners of the match: Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio
Post Match: Orton with an RKO to Mysterio and one to Hardy. And finally an RKO to Miz