This episode of WWE Smackdown Live was taped in Manchester, England.
Paige is happy to be back home and introduces Shane McMahon, leading to highlights of Shane’s world cup win. They take photos with Shane’s trophy, and the crowd doesn’t seem thrilled to see Shane. Shane doesn’t think he’s the best in the world and says the trophy belongs to Smackdown. With Miz hurt, he acted on instinct and couldn’t let Smackdown fail. He shifts to Survivor Series talk. They hype the announced matches, and Shane introduces Daniel Bryan as the captain of the men’s Survivor Series team. Bryan thanks the crowd and Shane. He’s honored to captain the team. The Miz interrupts and limps his way out. He disagrees with Shane as captain, and praises Shane for his win, but admits that his disappointed to make the finals only to get injured. He says 2/3 of the trophy is his. They are “Co-Besties,” and discusses joint custody of the trophy. Miz says he was never injured before Crown Jewel unlike Bryan and feels he deserves to be captain. Shane agrees and makes him co-captain. This was a solid segment to kick off the Smackdown side of the Survivor Series build, but ended rather flatly.
Miz & Bryan argue backstage, and Shane says they bring out the best in each other and is counting on them. Shane says they have to fill the team tonight, and Miz wants Shane on the team. Bryan agrees. Bryan says Shane showed how much he cares about Smackdown and Shane accepts. Miz says Bryan can have the next pick.
The Usos defeated The New Day. This was to see which team would captain the Smackdown tag team Survivor Series team. After the match, The Usos added New Day to the team anyway. This was very good as these two continue to work well together. They got time, they delivered, and it was a lot of fun.
Becky Lynch arrives. She comments about her match with Rousey and asks who Rousey thinks she is that she can tell the real champ what to do. Lynch says a real champion fights through adversity, and that Rousey hasn’t been tested yet. She is the man, and that is why she is a champion and Rousey isn’t. AT survivor series, Rousey’s weak mind will let her down. Lynch has been beaten down more times than she can count, constantly tested, and completely relentless. Rousey mocked her on Raw, for her journey, just because she paid her own way here. She wasn’t handpicked like Rousey, wasn’t meant to be the main event, or the talk of the industry, but here she is, the champ, the only champ. She doesn’t want her respect, she wants her arm. Rousey may think she’s the baddest bitch on the planet, but she’ll make Rousey hers. Lynch says she’s fired up and wants a fight right now. This was once again, great stuff from Lynch here. Sanity’s music and Nikki Cross is with them. Lynch questions who Nikki thinks she is to step to the man. Nikki wants to play.
Smackdown Live Women's Champion Becky Lynch defeated Nikki Cross. This was a solid match, with Nikki getting a lot in before losing. As of this time, it doesn’t look like a full time call up, just a surprise appearance for the international show. Nikki did well, taking it to the overconfident champion, but Lynch took another arm home.
Bryan interrupts a Miz selfie and says he picked Jeff Hardy for tonight’s final spot match. Miz picked Samoa Joe.
Rey Mysterio defeated Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. After the match, Randy Orton hit Mysterio with an RKO. Mysterio was added to the Smackdown Survivor Series team. While I really wish that they would have built up Almas and made this match something special down the line, this was good. Almas got a lot in and he looked on Rey’s level, it was a fun match.
AJ Styles comments on his rematch with Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. He started his run here in Manchester, and is now rewarded with his rematch with the beast. He gave Brock all he had last year but came up short. It will be different this year, he will beat Brock Lesnar, and that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler.
Paige announced the Smackdown women’s Survivor Series team as Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, and Charlotte Flair. Mandy Rose was upset that she was passed over, and had a staredown with Deville.
Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy. Joe was added to the Smackdown Survivor Series team. Post-match shenanigans involved Miz, Bryan, and best wrestler in the world Shane McMahon getting physical. Joe gets his revenge following his wonky world cup qualifier loss to Hardy when they did the knee injury angle. This was a pretty good match with a fun closing stretch.
End of show.