WWE Smackdown Live results from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Paige opened Smackdown with an update from last week, saying authorities showed up to AJ Styles’ house before Samoa Joe could harm his family. She then played a recorded message from Styles at home, saying he didn’t want Joe to be fired because he wants to fight him at Super Show Down. I think the Joe & AJ promos have been well done, but I also think that they’ve lost the plot a bit and that the match doesn’t feel like it’s about the title at all. I appreciate them making it personal, but they just aren’t talking about the title at all or making it important.
R-Truth and Carmella defeated Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Zelina Vega via submission. Carmella tapped out Zelina Vega with the Code of Silence. This was ok overall, but Truth & Carmella continue to be a lot of fun.
Backstage Tye Dillinger told Paige he wanted a match with Randy Orton after last week’s attack, which she granted.
Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods presented the debut episode of New Day Cooks. The Bar hit the ring and attacked the trio before posing with the tag team titles. So the big go home for the tag title match was based around pancakes…
Randy Orton vs. Tye Dillinger never started. Dillinger attacked Orton on the outside before the match could start, but Orton connected on a DDT on the outside before bending the Perfect 10’s finger backwards through the turnbuckle. Well, Orton continues to torture people, so that’s good as he continues his path of destruction. Asshole Randy Orton is the best Randy Orton.
Rusev and Lana cut a promo on Aiden English in the ring. English hit the stage and showed a video of him singing in the locker room in Milwaukee when Lana showed up. He stopped the video when she said, “I want you.” Rusev left the ring and chased English backstage. It was a solid angle and cliffhanger at best, but we need to see how they follow up on it. It didn’t really feel like it clicked all that well though.
Shelton Benjamin defeated Daniel Bryan via pinfall. Daniel Bryan was setting up for his running knee when The Miz hit the ring to attack him. Bryan knocked Miz off the apron before turning around into Pay Dirt, giving Benjamin the pinfall win. After the match, Miz continued his attack on Bryan, hitting him over and over again in the ribs. This was a good match, with a finish designed for Miz to screw Bryan once again. I’m not a big fan of Bryan losing ahead of the PPV, but it fit the angle. It was nice to see Shelton get a TV match and deliver.
Asuka defeated Peyton Royce via submission. Naomi knocked down Billie Kay on the outside, while Asuka locked in the Asuka Lock for the submission victory. They simply weren’t put in a position to succeed, joining the match in progress and not giving them much time at all to work with. It was extremely rushed, which also didn’t help things.
Becky Lynch recapped turning on Charlotte at SummerSlam before winning the title at Hell in a Cell. Lynch called herself the face of the company before unveiling a post for Super Show Down that shows her holding the title over a downed Charlotte.
Charlotte came down to the ring to attack her, hitting the spear. Charlotte t-bone suplexed her into the poster and locked the figure four leglock in. She posed on the stage as Smackdown went off the air. Becky was really good here, but it’s hilarious that the crowd refuses to play along with what WWE wants. Becky did everything including running down the company, legends, producing an over the top ego-inflating poster and still got cheered. They tried to make Charlotte the valiant babyface getting her revenge and overcoming “the heel” Becky, but the live crowds continue to treat Becky as their hero and Charlotte as their villain. I find it amusing.
End of show.