We’re in Atlanta, which is where AJ Styles is from and the fans love him. He immediately calls Daniel Bryan to the ring and has something he needs to tell him. Styles says he feels he needs to apologize for last week. Bryan says it’s cool because he respects Styles and they are fighting for the same thing. But all Bryan sees right now is the WWE Championship. It’s all that kept him fighting to come back, and now Styles stands in his way of it. Nothing personal, but he’s taking the title from him on Friday. Styles is actually sorry because last week was no accident, he meant to kick Bryan, “nothing personal, but I look forward to doing it again.” Bryan isn’t shocked and doesn’t lie and wants to hit Styles right now. Styles says they don’t have to wait until Friday and will defend right now. Shane arrives and makes the match tonight. And it will happen right now. And that’s how we get out of the Crown Jewel match it seems.
WWE Championship match: AJ Styles (c) defeated Daniel Bryan via submission. Styles connected on the Styles Clash, then rolled into the Calf Crusher for the submission victory. After the match, Samoa Joe attacked Styles and Bryan. This was a great back and forth match as you’d expect. I loved the work they targeted, Bryan working the arm while Styles worked the knee, which were themes throughout and paid off at the end.
WWE promoted the World Cup Tournament with vignettes from Jeff Hardy and The Miz.
Paige asked Charlotte to captain the Smackdown Women’s team at Survivor Series and Charlotte said she didn’t think she was the woman for it. Paige asked Charlotte to think about it before giving an answer.
Trick or Street Fight: Big E defeated Cesaro via pinfall. The New Day dressed up as The Brood and laid out The Bar and the Big Show before Big E hit the Big Ending for the win. This was solid fun with New Day getting some revenge for losing the tag titles.
Shane meets with Miz, Orton, Rey, & Orton about the world cup to determine the best in the world tournament. They trade cliché sound bites about wanting to be the best. Shane wants one of his guys to win, and if they fall in the finals, they won’t have a home on Smackdown. That’s a bi fucking harsh Shane, no one deserves being sent to Raw, at least give them the option to cut to 205 Live.
Paige announced AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE title at Crown Jewel.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated R-Truth via pinfall. Nakamura hit the Kinsasha for the win. This was a solid back and forth match that no one cared about judging by the lack of crowd reaction, which hurt it and made it feel really flat.
Smackdown women’s champion Becky Lynch arrives and is sporting her “I Am The Man” shirt. Lynch smiles as she reminds us she won at Evolution, she went through hell and kept getting up. She’s the last woman standing, and everyone knows she’s the rightful main event. She proved he claims of being the man by beating Charlotte Flair. She mentions her upcoming match with Rousey, and that Rousey had her opponents beaten even before the match but she can’t do that to her. She’s not here to cosplay or shill a reality show, she’s here to rip off Ronda’s arm. This was a short, to the point, and good promo from Becky.
Joe cuts a promo, telling Styles that he should have known he wasn’t done with him yet. Everything is not ok, and now he gets to write their final chapter, and Joe will become the WWE champion.
Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio defeated The Miz and Randy Orton via pinfall. Hardy hit the Swanton Bomb on Miz for the victory. Orton laid out Miz, Hardy and Mysterio with an RKO directly after the match. This was a pretty good match with a fun closing stretch and served as set up for Friday’s WWE World Cup to determine the best in the world. Orton dishes out RKOs to all post match.
End of show.