Welcome to WWE Smackdown Live and this week Smackdown comes to us from Manchester, England and we kick things off with Smackdown Live GM Paige coming out
Comissioner Shane McMahon then comes out. Shane is then presented with a trophy and thanks Paige for that introduction but with all the superstars they have on the roster he does not believe he is The Best In The World
They are two weeks away from Survivor Series the only time of the year when Raw and Smackdown go head to head and they run down the matches confirmed so far. Shane introduces everyone to someone who will lead Smackdown to victory, someone who bleeds blue and out comes the captain of Team Smackdown Daniel Bryan
The crowd starts a 'Daniel Bryan' chant. Bryan thanks the fans and then thanks Shane for humbly acknowledging that he is not The Best In The World and says it is an honor that he has been chosen the captain of Smackdown Live
The Miz then comes out. Miz says he disagrees with Daniel and says Shane is The Best In The World. He is a little disappointed that he went through two matches only to go down with an injury and Shane stepping in and says half of that trophy belongs to him. Shane says had Miz lost he wouldn't even be here
Miz says if anyone deserves to be captain of Team Smackdown, it's him. Shane says based on his performance Miz is right and names him the captain. Shane then says Daniel Bryan is also the captain. So, Miz and Daniel Bryan will be co-captains of the men's Survivor Series Team.
THE NEW DAY VS THE USOS
Kofi and Jey start things off and Jey with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Kofi goes for a jumping back elbow but Jey catches him. Kofi lands on his feet and hits a drop kick that sends Jey to the floor. Jimmy is sent to the floor and Big E tags in. Kofi fakes a skin the cat and he distracts Jimmy long enough to allow Big E to hit a running shoulder tackle. Big E gets a near fall on Jey. Kofi tags in and Kofi leap frogs Big E for a back senton on Jey for a near fall. Kofi with a wrist lock into an arm bar.
Jey with an Irish whip and Kofi sets for a move off the turnbuckles but Jey kicks Kofi and Kofi lands hard. Jimmy tags in and they make a wish. Jimmy with an uppercut and follows with a chop. Jey tags back in and he hits a clothesline and gets a near fall. Jimmy tags in and hits a head butt for a near fall. Jimmy with a reverse chin lock. Jimmy with a front face lock and he keeps Kofi from making the tag. Jimmy with an Irish whip that sends Kofi sternum first into the turnbuckles. Jey tags back in and he kicks Kofi. Jimmy with a hesitation drop kick into the corner.
Kofi with a leaping double stomp to Jey and both men are down as we watch Sheamus and Cesaro watch in the back. BIg E and Jimmy tag in and Big E with two overhead belly-to-belly suplexes and follows with a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E runs into an uppercut. Jimmy runs into the corner and is greeted with a UranagE from Big E. Big E goes for the Big Ending but Jey makes the tag and they hit a double enzuigiri. Jey goes for a splash but Big E gets his knees up and hits the Big Ending for a near fall when Jimmy breaks up the cover. Kofi makes the bling tag and Big E misses the spear through the ropes. Big E runs Jimmy into the ringside barrier. Big E picks up Jey but Jey sends Big E over the barrier into the timekeeper area.
Kofi with a trust fall off the turnbuckles onto Jimmy and Jey. Kofi sends Jey into the ring and gets a near fall. Kofi with SOS to Jey for a near fall. Jey with a punch but Kofi with a kick and he goes up top. Kofi with a cross body for a near fall.
We are back and Kofi with knees to Jey and Kofi sends Jey to the apron but Jimmy makes the tag. Jimmy and Jey go for a double suplex to the floor but Big E spears Jey through the ropes to the floor. Kofi with Trouble in Paradise to Jimmy for a near fall. Kofi with a front face lock and head butt to Jimmy. Kofi with a chop in the corner. Kofi puts Jimmy on the turnbuckles and connects with a punch. Kofi goes for a superplex and Jimmy blocks it. Jimmy punches and head butts Kofi off the turnbuckles. Kofi goes up top and Jimmy blocks a Frankensteiner and counters with a super power bomb.
Jimmy goes up top for the splash and hits it for the three count.
The winners of the match: The Usos
Post Match: Jimmy says they have been to war many times. Jey says real recognizes real. There is no tag division on Smackdown without the Usos and New Day. Jimmy says that they want the New Day to be the first team to represent Smackdown.
Backstage: Miz is on the phone and he says they are one week away from the release of Marine 6 and he wants to know what talk shows he will appear on. Miz is shocked that they want Becky. Miz says he has to get back to them. Daniel walks in and asks if there are any problems.
Daniel says that he picked Rey Mysterio. Miz says Rey is a future hall of famer, but since he returned, he has done nothing. Daniel says he beat Nakamura, Orton, and Miz. Miz says it was a fluke, just like Daniel's win at Super Show Down. Miz says if Rey impresses in his match tonight, Rey can be on the team. Daniel says that is fair. Daniel suggests that instead of fighting, they each pick someone and the winner is the last member of Team Smackdown.
Miz agrees and says this is awkward.
Becky Lynch is in the locker room and she gets ready to go to the ring.
We are back with a look at Ronda Rousey's response on Raw to Becky Lynch's comments from last week's Smackdown.
Becky Lynch makes her way to the ring.
Becky says Ronda said she was the last woman in the world to provoke. Becky asks who the hell is she to tell the champ anything. Ronda holds a championship, but she is not a champion. Not yet. A champion wills herself through adversity, injury, defeat, and doubt. You haven't been tested . . . yet. Becky says that she is the man and that is why she is the champion and you are not. Winning comes so easily to you that when you meet the man at Survivor Series, your titanium body will be defeated by your weak mind. Becky says she has been tested daily, weekly, and monthly. Becky says she is the most relentless person that Ronda has met.
Last night, you went on Raw and mocked her for the road she has traveled and the jobs she has taken to pay her way to get where she is. Becky says she was not handpicked, but here she is. She wasn't meant to be the main event, but here she is. She wasn't meant to be the talk of the entire industry but here she is. She is the champ, the only champ.
You say that Becky should be happy because she has Ronda's respect. Becky says it is not her respect that she is coming after, it is your arm. She does not care if you are the baddest bitch on the planet because she will make you hers. Becky says she has gotten herself all fired up and she wants to fight. Becky asks if there is anyone brave enough to step up to the champ and get their arm mangled.
The lights go down and Sanity makes their way to the ring. They move aside to show that they are a full four person unit as Nikki Cross comes out.
Becky asks who does Nikki think she is to step up to the champ.
Nikki tells Becky that she will play with her and she wants to play. She wants Becky to play with Nikki. Becky says the champ doesn't play, she fights.
BECKY LYNCH VS NIKKI CROSS
Becky with a waist lock take down and she gets a near fall. Nikki with a forearm and Becky with another waist lock take down. Becky pushes Nikki into the corner and kicks her. Nikki wants more and Becky with a kick to the midsection. Nikki with a head scissors take down but Becky sends Nikki to the floor. Becky goes to the apron and Nikki pulls out the ring skirt and she pulls Becky to the floor and Nikki with punches and kicks under the ring skirt.
They return to the ring and Becky goes back to the floor. Becky trips Nikki on the apron and Nikki falls to the floor. Becky swings Nikki into the ringside barrier multiple times and kicks Nikki into the matrix board on the apron. They return to the ring and Becky gets a near fall. Becky with a reverse chin lock. Nikki with elbows but Becky goes for an exploder. Cross with a rollup for a near fall. Becky with a drop kick for a near fall.
Becky with a knee to the head and she hits an exploder. Becky with a flying forearm and she gets a near fall. Becky kicks Cross in the back of the head. Nikki with a forearm but Becky with a kick. Nikki with a forearm and then she gets on Becky's back for a sleeper. Nikki is backed into the turnbuckles to get her to release the hold. Becky and Nikki exchange forearms. Nikki kicks Becky in the corner and hits a few clotheslines. Nikki with a splash into the corner followed by a bulldog. Nikki goes to the apron and then she goes to the turnbuckles. Nikki with a cross body for a near fall.
Nikki gets another near fall. Nikki with kicks in the corner and the referee pulls Nikki out of the corner. Becky sends Nikki into the bottom rope and Becky applies DisArmHer and Nikki taps out.
The winner of the match: Becky Lynch
Miz is in the back and he is taking a selfie. Daniel photo bombs and he has his pick for the final team member. Daniel picks Jeff Hardy. Miz runs through his accomplishments and says he would be a good asset to the team, but is he better than Miz' choice and he is someone who succeeds in the clutch. Samoa Joe stops by and says may the best man win.
We are back and Shinsuke Nakamura says that Seth Rollins' life is falling down. One best friend went away and one turned on him. At Survivor Series, he will make Seth forget all of his other problems and he will get a very special gift found in the United States of Nakamerica. A knee to face.
REY MYSTERIO VS ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS
They lock up and Almas with a wrist lock. Rey escapes but Almas with a leg sweep. Rey with a head scissors but Almas with a kick and chop. Rey with a kick and head scissors take down. Almas with an Irish whip but Rey floats over and Almas with a back elbow that knocks Rey down. Almas kicks Rey. Almas with an Irish whip and running knee into the corner for a near fall.
Almas misses a knee in the corner and goes over the top rope to the floor. Almas catches Rey on a seated splash from the apron and Almas swings Rey into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Almas gets a near fall. Almas kicks Rey and applies a wrist lock and starts to work on the arm. Almas with a kick to the arm and then he returns to a wrist lock. Almas with a hammer lock and he takes Rey to the mat. Rey with elbows and then he hits a slingshot snap mare. Rey goes for a wheelbarrow move but Almas counters into a sit out gourdbuster.
Almas misses the running double knee strike when Rey moves. Rey is sent to the apron and Rey with a shoulder and enzuigiri followed by a springboard seated splash. Rey with a satellite head scissors. Almas with a kick and he goes for a sunset flip but you don't sunset flip Rey as Rey rolls through and kicks Almas for a near fall. Rey goes up top and Almas crotches Rey. Almas with a chop. Almas goes to the turnbuckles. Rey with a rana and Almas lands on his feet and Almas hits two running double knee strikes into the corner but Rey kicks out.
Almas with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and Almas goes up top for the double jump moonsault but Rey gets his knees up to stop Almas. Rey drop kicks Almas into the ropes but Almas escapes the ropes to elbow Rey when Rey goes for the 619. Rey sends Almas over the top rope to the floor but Almas keeps Rey on his shoulders. Rey sends Almas into the apron with a rana. Rey slides to the floor and hits a DDT on the floor. Rey sends Almas back into the ring and Rey with a springboard head scissors and Almas is stuck in the ropes for the 619 and Rey with a springboard splash for the three count.
The winner of the match: Rey Mysterio
Post Match: Randy Orton comes into the ring and hits an RKO on Rey.
Daniel Bryan and MIz are in the back and Daniel asks Miz if he sent Randy out there to sabotage his pick. Miz asks Daniel what happened and he says it was to rile Daniel up. Miz says that Rey was impressive so Rey is on the team.
Miz says that if Joe wins tonight, he hopes Daniel can put their past aside and be the bigger man.
We are back and AJ Styles is in the locker room. He says life as a WWE Superstar is unpredictable. He has defended his title on multiple continents against multiple opponents. His title reign began in Manchester. His reward is facing the Universal Champion two years in a row. He is an opponent like no one else he has faced. He did everything last year but it wasn't enough. Some think it will play out the same way this year. AJ says that at Survivor Series, he will beat Brock Lesnar. It is not a prediction, it is a spoiler.
Paige is in the ring and she says in two weeks, the ladies of Smackdown will meet the ladies of Raw in an elimination match at Survivor Series. She says it will be combustible in the ring.
Paige brings out the first member of the Smackdown team . . . Carmella. She is joined by R Truth
The second member of Team Smackdown is Naomi.
The third member of Team Smackdown is Sonya Deville.
The fourth member of Team Smackdown is Asuka.
The final member of Team Smackdown is Charlotte Flair, but Charlotte does not come to the ring.
Instead, Mandy Rose makes her way to the stage. Mandy says she knows that she is not the blonde you ordered, but surprise. It is obviously an upgrade.
Paige says Mandy is not taking Charlotte's spot on the team.
Mandy wants to know why Paige chose Sonya over her. Mandy says she is really really really really happy for Sonya. Mandy reminds Paige she was the one who eliminated Sonya in the battle royal. Mandy says that Asuka is yesterday's news. Mandy says that Carmella's dance breaks are like her title reigns . . . short and meaningless. Mandy says she did not forget about Naomi but she asks if anyone is still feeling the glow, like your husband Jimmy?
Naomi with a forearm to Mandy and Sonya pulls Mandy away while Naomi has to be held back.
Mandy leaves the ring and Sonya wonders what is going on.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Daniel Bryan and Miz are at ringside to join commentary for the main event.
SAMOA JOE VS JEFF HARDY
Joe with punches to Hardy in the corner. Joe with more punches as he talks to Daniel. Joe with an Irish whip but Hardy with an elbow and Whisper in the Wind for a near fall. Hardy sets for the Twist of Fate but Joe goes to the floor. Hardy with a baseball slide to Joe and then he comes off the apron and connects with a double sledge. Hardy sends Joe into the ring and he connects with a forearm to teh back. Hardy with more forearms and kicks. Joe with a running back elbow.
We are back and Joe with jabs in the corner. Joe with a forearm and head butt to Hardy. Hardy with punches. Joe with an Irish whip and a running back elbow followed by an enzuigiri for a near fall. Joe with a snap mare and he works on Hardy's head. Hardy with elbows but Joe sends Jeff to the floor. Joe Irish whips Hardy into the ringside barrier. Joe with an Irish whip and Hardy goes onto the ringside barrier and hits a clothesline. Hardy with punches and a running forearm. Hardy with a reverse atomic drop and leg drop followed by a drop kick for a near fall.
Hardy with a kick and he goes for a Twist of Fate but Joe escapes and he applies the Kokina Clutch. Hardy with a jaw breaker and Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up top and Joe gets his knees up on the Swanton. Joe with the Kokina Clutch and Hardy taps out.
The winner of the match: Samoa Joe
Post Match: Joe gets in Daniel Bryan's face and Daniel with a forearm. Joe sends Bryan into the ring but Daniel with a Yes Lock. MIz stops Bryan and they argue. Bryan punches Miz and then Daniel with a judo throw to Shane McMahon, who Daniel did not realize was behind him.