This weeks episode of WWE Smackdown Live comes from The CenturyLink Center Omaha, Nebraska.
We kick things off with Renee Young who introduces Team Hell No as they come out. She brings up last week’s reunion, and Bryan says that sometimes they fight, sometimes they hug, but together, they are unstoppable. Kane says they have overcome the Shield, graduated from anger management with honors, and have been through hell, and are back and better than ever. Kane says he’s back because Bryan has a bit of a temper, and knew he’d get in trouble with the Bludgeons, but a demon has his back. Bryan says they will become the tag team champions but then goes on to admit that Kane has not always had his back, Kane says they have always been friends, but Bryan says Kane tried to end his career, Bryan remembers the numerous tombstones that took him out of action, but Kane says this is a fresh start. Bryan says Kane tried to abduct his wife. Kane says they have had their differences, they then begin to argue and it eventuates into a NO! and YES! off. The Usos come out with mics and say that Team Hell No has fired up the division. But they don’t think they deserve a tag title shot because this is the Uso penitentiary. They got a tag title shot for hugging, so they hug and now they want tag title shots. Bryan tells them if they want some, come and fight them right now. Kane says they will consider this and get back to them. Bryan says Kane thinks he’s the weak link. Paige here! She comes out and makes the match for later tonight and if the Usos win, they will be added to the Extreme Rules tag team title match. This was an overall solid opening segment that had some fun moments.
Jeff Hardy cuts a weird promo and talks about tonight’s US Title open challenge.
Asuka is backstage, and says it doesn’t matter who she faces, because they all feel the pain. Ellsworth isn’t ready for Asuka.
WWE US Title Match: Champion Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz.
Jeff Hardy came out first followed by the Miz who answers Jeff Hardy's Open Challenge for the US Title which turned out to be quite a long but overall pretty decent match. Miz avoided the twist of fate almost immediately. During the match, Jeff began to start some DELETE chants which was quite strange. Miz hits Hardy with a very hard kick, almost taking his head off. Miz fights into a DDT and covers for a 2 count. Miz follows with a corner clothesline, heads up top and misses Jeff, allowing Jeff to hit whisper in the wind for another near fall. Miz counters twist of fate into a roll up with the ropes for a 2 count, but the ref catches him. Miz argues with the ref, twist of fate, swanton, and Jeff retains. This was a good, back and forth opening match. This is the kind of match that is needed over on Raw.
James Ellsworth comments on tonight’s match with Asuka, proclaiming the superiority of men.
The New Day have a pancake eating contest... Yep, quality viewing. That idiot Byron Saxton (as Corey Graves would say) hosts this segment. They begin to eat, but Sanity arrives, obviously pissed off and here for revenge after their loss last week. They beat the crap out of New Day, as Dain works over Big E on the floor. He then takes out Kofi and back in the ring, Woods gets put through a table. Well, that segment ended up being way better than I thought it would be, I was worried that Sanity would be lost in the shuffle and made to look weak but that was a nice rebound angle for them after what happened last week. This should lead to quite a good feud between the two teams.
Asuka vs. James Ellsworth.
Ugh. Carmella joins the commentary team as Ellsworth does some push-ups in the ring. Ellsworth is scared of Asuka and runs right away as Carmella yells at him. Back in the ring and Asuka lays in kicks as Ellsworth cowers again. Ellsworth looks to get serious, but walks into more butt kicking from Asuka. She hits an airplane spin and she then slaps the absolute shit out of him. Asuka chases, Ellsworth into the crowd which leads to a countout. No contest. Not nearly enough of Asuka kicking the shit out of Ellsworth. Carmella got one up on Asuka once again, but overall a bit flat but I'm sure this isn't over, unfortunately.
Bryan meets with Kane and wants an apology for various chokeslams, dating back to 2012 and other assorted mean things Kane did such as disemboweling a squirrel...? Okay then. Kane apologizes for everything. Kane says he loves him like a brother, and Bryan reminds him that he set his brother on fire. Kane apologizes again and reminds Bryan that when they are on the same page that they are unstoppable. Everything seems good again with the guys.
Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura has been added to WWE Extreme Rules.
The champ is here. AJ Styles heads to the ring, as we get a mix of "AJ Styles" and "Rusev Day" chants. Styles says at Extreme Rules he will face someone bigger and stronger than him but reminds us that this is the house that he built. Rusev and English arrive. Rusev says he’s a new Rusev, one that Styles has never faced. He’s challenging for the title on Rusev day and will win. Rusev says he will evict Styles from his house and take his championship.
Fan sign of the night: "I attend more WWE events than Brock Lesnar"
Non-Title Match: WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Aiden English.
Rusev distracts Styles, allowing English to attack We go screen in screen, as English is in control and working over Styles in the corner. Styles tries to fight back, but English cuts him off with a neck breaker. He starts attacking the back of Styles. Back to full screen, Styles starts firing back but English hits a flatliner for 2. Styles now connects with strikes, kicks, and clotheslines and is now putting offense together. Styles locks on the calf crusher and English taps out. The match was alright I guess, I'm enjoying this back and forth between Styles and Rusev.
Post match, Rusev attacks Styles and locks on the accolade before standing tall over the champion.
Peyton Royce says she plans to expose Becky Lynch as nothing more than a sidekick tonight. These girls are great and know what they're doing with the promos, more please.
Carmella is angry with Ellsworth. Paige arrives and books a rematch for next week, and the women will be lumberjills for the match.
Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce
Royce attacks right away. Lynch cuts her off until Kay distracts her. Lynch up top, Kay distracts her again and Royce hits a Death Valley Driver that looked awesome and covers for 2. Royce lays the boots to her, and then locks on an abdominal stretch. She then chokes out Lynch in the ropes. Royce grounds things, but Lynch fires back and then hits an Exploder. Lynch picks up the pace, but Royce cuts her off with a running knee strike. Lynch quickly counters into Dis-arm-her to pick up another win. Becky Lynch defeats Peyton Royce. This wasn’t bad, and it’s nice to see Becky win again. Give her better and longer matches and a Women's Title match.
Where the hell is Andrade “Cien” Almas?
Team Hell No vs. The Usos.
So, if the Usos win, they get into the tag title match at Extreme Rules. Towards the end of the match Kane gets dumped to the floor, catches a suicide dive and cuts off another. Back in the ring and Kane sets up for a chokeslam, but it's countered and the Usos throw a superkick party and cover Kane for a 2 count. The Usos head up top and Kane counters the double move and then he and Bryan fight back into position, finally a chokeslam finishes things off and Team Hell No defeat The Usos in an overall good main event. Bryan and The Usos work really well together in the ring. Team Hell No looking strong ahead of challenging for the tag titles.
Post match, the Bludgeons arrive and stare down Team Hell No.
End of show.