Smackdown General Manager Paige makes an announcement that tonight there will be a 5 Man Gauntlet match and the winner of that match once all 5 competitors have entered will face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at the next PPV, Extreme Rules
Welcome to Smackdown Live and we kick things off with Smackdown Women's Champion Carmella coming out to the ring and she says when she was younger she dealt with a lot of self confidence issues and for every little boy or girl who is going through the same thing they should just look in the mirror and say.....
MELLA IS MONEY
Carmella then says she beat Charlotte Flair twice and last night did the unthinkable. She beat Asuka and she did it all by herself. Asuka's music plays and out comes the returning James Ellsworth who says No one was ready for Ellsworth and he's back to serve the best woman and Carmella is better than Trish Stratus, Lita, Charlotte Flair and Asuka
Asuka then comes out and connects with a kick to Ellsworth but Carmella attacks Asuka and helps Ellsworth escape from the ring
BILLIE KAY VS BECKY LYNCH
Becky with a double leg takedown unloading with punches on Bilie. Beck-sploder to Billie who slides to the outside. Dropkick and an uppercut to Billie. Becky with another series of right hands and Peyton Royce with the distraction as Billie runs Becky face first into the ringpost
We're back from break and Billie with a chinlock on Becky and Becky gets to her feet trying to create separation and a rolling forearm across the chest sends Becky to the mat. Peyton with a kick from the outside.
Billie back to the chinlock. Becky once again gets back to her feet driving Billie into the corner and Becky throws Billie to the mat. Becky off the second rope with a forearm. Series of clothesline by Becky followed up with a dropkick.
Beck-sploder to Billie for a nearfall. Becky charges into the corner and Billie sends her over the rope as she lands on the apron. Becky blocks a right hand and connects with one of hers. Peyton again with a distraction as Becky is sent face first into the ringpost and crashes to the floor. Becky takes Peyton out
Back in the ring, Becky with a suplex, rolls through and locks the Dis-arm Her in for the submission
The winner of the match: Becky Lynch
Jeff Hardy cuts a promo on his match from last week against Shinsuke Nakamura and how when Shinsuke connected with the Kinchasa last week it shook him but it also made him more focused and he says before his eyes were closed but now they are open.
Vignette: SAnitY's debut
Up Next: The Usos vs SAnitY
Backstage: We're back and we have a bit of a role reversal as Daniel Bryan plays interviewer and asks Renee if she thinks he's ready to take on the baddest superstars in WWE and she says Yes and he says he loves that word and walks off doing his "Yes" chant
THE USOS VS SAnitY
Sanity attack The Usos and it's a three on one as Killian Dain mows through Jimmy Uso and delivers a splash from the second rope while Alexander Wolfe lays Jey Uso out with a neckbreaker
Backstage: The Good Brothers are preparing for their rematch against The Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
We're back and Renee is backstage with Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura asks how did he lose? He's standing in front of her and the only reason AJ Styles won Sunday night was because the referee didn't count in japanese and then Renee asks about Jeff Hardy's comments and Shinsuke says Jeff Hardy may have his eyes open but if Hardy crosses him, Nakamura will close them
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: THE GOOD BROTHERS VS THE BLUDGEON BROTHERS
The match is joined in progress and Rowan is sent into the turnbuckles. Anderson goes for a pescado on Harper but Harper catches him and sends him into the apron. Rowan with a kick to Gallows and he puts him on the turnbuckles. Rowan goes for a superplex and Gallows blocks it for a moment but Rowan with a superplex for a near fall. Harper sends Anderson to the floor> Harper and Rowan with a double gourdbuster into the apron. Rowan with a splash for a near fall. Harper tags in and he chops Gallows and follows with an uppercut. Harper rakes the eyes and tags in Rowan.
Rowan with an elbow drop and a knee drop. Rowan with a double noogie. Gallows with punches and then Rowan with a punch. Rowan returns to the double noogie. Harper tags in and he grabs Rowan and then connects with a forearm to the upper back. Harper with an uppercut and Irish whip but Gallows with a boot to Rowan and an elbow to Harper. Harper with a back heel kick and Gallows with a punch and super kick. Anderson gets back to the apron and he is tagged in.
Anderson with a cross body and then he hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Rowan gets Anderson up for a slam but Anderson escapes and sends Rowan to the floor. Harper with a Bossman Slam for a near fall. Gallows pulls Rowan off the apron but Rowan sends Gallows into the bell area. Anderson with a rollup for a near fall. Rowan tags in and they hit the spike power bomb for the three count.
The winners and STILL Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Good Brothers
#1 CONTENDER GAUNTLET MATCH: DANIEL BRYAN VS BIG E VS SAMOA JOE VS THE MIZ VS RUSEV
Daniel Bryan vs. Big E
They start off and Bryan with a side head lock but Big E tosses Bryan away. Bryan wants a Test of Strength and Big E with the advantage. Bryan with a waist lock and Big E with a hip lock take down. Big E tries to show Bryan how to do a Sexy Party. Big E with a shoulder tackle but Bryan grabs the leg on a leap frog and applies the surfboard. Bryan with a dragon sleeper but Big E with a punch to escape. Bryan with kicks to the ribs. Bryan works on the shoulder and applies a hammer lock and drops a knee to the injured arm. Big E gets back to his feet and he connects with an elbow. Big E blocks a hip toss and Big E with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Big E has Bryan hanging over the apron and Big E sets for a splash on the apron and he hits it.
Big E has something to say to Bryan while he is on the floor. Big E picks up Bryan and runs him into the ringside barrier. Big E returns to the ring and the referee starts his count. Bryan gets back into the ring before the ten count. Big E gets a near fall. Big E sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and then he punches Bryan in the midsection. Big E puts Bryan on the turnbuckles. Bryan with punches to Big E to knock him off the turnbuckles. Bryan with a head butt.
Bryan goes up top and he misses a diving head butt when Big E moves. Big E gets a near fall. Big E with a gutwrench into a back breaker over his shoulder. Bryan powers out of the grip and Bryan with a flying clothesline. Bryan sends Big E into the turnbuckles and then he kicks Big E in the ribs. Bryan puts Big E on the turnbuckles. Bryan goes for a Frankensteiner and hits it. Bryan sets for the running drop kick into the corner and hits it. He hits a second drop kick. Big E with a clothesline when Bryan goes for a third one. Big E with a gutwrench back breaker for a near fall.
Big E with a stretch muffler on Bryan but Bryan counters into a Yes Lock but Big E keeps Daniel from locking the hands. Bryan with a triangle on Big E. Big E picks up Bryan but Bryan counters and sends Big E's knee into the mat and Bryan goes for the heel hook but Big E gets to the ropes. Bryan with European uppercuts and Big E with a punch. Big E with another punch followed by an Irish whip but Bryan flips out of the corner. Big E sends Bryan to the apron and then hits a spear through the ropes and both men go to the floor.
The referee checks on both men and Big E sends Bryan back into the ring. Big E gets Bryan up for the Big Ending but Bryan gets to his feet and Bryan sends Big E into the ring post. Bryan with a flying knee for the three count.
Big E Eliminated
Daniel Bryan vs Samoa Joe
We are back and Joe with chops to Bryan and Bryan goes down as see AJ Styles watches in the back. Joe head butts Bryan. Bryan with a kick and chop followed by more kicks and chops. Joe with a power slam for a near fall. Joe with chops and a knee to the ribs. Bryan lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Bryan with chops and kicks but Joe with chops. Joe catches Bryan and hits a power bomb into a Boston Crab and then he applies an STF. Joe works on the arms but Bryan gets to the ropes to force Joe to release the hold.
Bryan blocks a kick and hits a dragon screw. Bryan goes to the floor and he sends Joe's leg into the ring post. Bryan wrings the leg into the post again. Bryan returns to the ring and he connects with a European uppercut. Joe with a reverse atomic drop followed by a boot and back senton. Joe gets a near fall.
We are back and Joe kicks and chops Bryan. Bryan chops back and they exchange chops until Bryan gets the advantage. Joe with a Coquina Clutch but Bryan sends Joe to the floor. Bryan with a running knee off the apron. Bryan sends Joe into the ring and he goes up top for a missile drop kick. Both men struggle to get back to their feet and Bryan is on his feet first. Bryan with kicks to the chest and then he sets for the round kick but Joe blocks it. Bryan with an enzuigiri and both men are down. Bryan sets for the flying knee but Joe sees it coming and goes to the floor. Bryan with a baseball slide and Joe applies the Coquina Clutch on the floor. The referee makes the count and Bryan uses the ringside barrier and he rolls back and he gets back into the ring before the ten count but Joe is counted out.
Samoa Joe Eliminated
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan come into the ring and they hit a spike power bomb.
Miz vs Daniel Bryan
Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.
Daniel Bryan Eliminated
Miz vs Rusev
Rusev with a drop kick for a near fall. Rusev with kicks but Miz with a jawbreaker. Miz with an Awesome Clothesline but Rusev catches him in the ropes and hits a fallaway slam. AJ continues to watch in the back while Rusev goes over the top rope to the floor and Miz with a drop kick through the ropes. Miz sends Rusev into the ringside barrier and they return to the ring and he connects with a kick and gets a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock.
Rusev gets back to his feet and he punches Miz. Miz with Reality Check for a near fall. Miz chokes Rusev in the ropes and the referee warns Miz. Miz with an Awesome clothesline and he goes up top for a double sledge to the head for a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock. Rusev gets back to his feet but Miz grabs the hair and pulls Rusev back to the mat. Rusev tries to get to the ropes but Miz puts his foot on the rope to keep Rusev from getting to the ropes. Rusev gets to the ropes to force Miz to break the hold.
Rusev with a boot and punches followed by kicks to the chest. Rusev with a running hip into the corner and a spinning heel kick. Rusev misses the Machka Kick. Rusev blocks the Skull Crushing Finale. Rusev backs Miz into the corner but Miz with a knee. Rusev with a round kick for a near fall. Miz sends Rusev into the ring apron and the ring steps before returning to the ring to get a near fall. Miz with kicks but he misses the Round Kick. Miz avoids the Accolade and Miz with a kick and DDT for a near fall.
Miz mocks Bryan and then he runs into a Machka Kick and Rusev applies the Accolade and Miz taps out.
The winner of the match and #1 Contender for the WWE Championship: Rusev
Post Match: AJ Styles comes to the ring and he puts the title belt between him and Rusev.They shake hands and Aiden English wants to shake AJ's hand but he pulls it away. AJ punches Aiden and picks up his title belt.