The show opened with WWE announcing Becky Lynch will not be able to compete at Survivor Series due to injuries sustained on Monday Night Raw.
AJ Styles hit the ring and cut a promo on his upcoming opponent at Survivor Series, Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman arrived through the crowd and responded to Styles. Styles said he’ll either pin Lesnar’s shoulders to the mat or tap him out. Daniel Bryan came out and acknowledged he lost to Styles a few weeks ago. Bryan said if Styles mentioned his name again, he’d punch him in the face. Styles mentioned his name again and Bryan punched him in the face. Shane McMahon ran down and separated the two. The fight continued backstage and McMahon announced the WWE title would be on the line later in the evening and Bryan was pulled from Team Smackdown. This was a good and interesting segment to kick things off, could we see a change in plans later tonight?
Jeff Hardy defeated Andrade Cien Almas via pinfall. Hardy landed the Swanton Bomb on Almas for the win. This was pretty good, with Almas looking good again, and then losing… again.
Paige announced The Miz is now the sole captain of Team Smackdown. He then added Hardy to the team and tried to kick Rey Mysterio off the team. Paige said if Miz can beat Mysterio, he can kick him off the team.
Shinsuke Nakamura said Seth Rollins broke his heart by not thinking about him. Nakamura said he’ll break Rollins face at Survivor Series.
Rey Mysterio The Miz via pinfall. Mysterio got the victory over Miz with a crucifix pin after Miz got his knees up on a frog splash attempt and got the two count. After the match, Randy Orton hit the ring and tried to RKO Mysterio, who slipped out of the ring. Orton then hit the RKO on Miz.
Paige calls out Charlotte, Lana, Carmella, The IIconics, Sonya, Mandy, Naomi, and Asuka. Paige discusses Becky’s injuries, and cannot compete on Sunday. Paige says that Becky will handpick her replacement tonight, and here she comes. The crowd loves Becky. A good beating has never stopped her, but she will not be cleared to fight on Sunday. She tried all day to be cleared, but has run out of time. Last night they invaded Raw and she tasted blood as she beat the hell out of Rousey and half the locker room. That was just a taste of Survivor Series, and even in her condition she could kick Rousey’s ass, but they won’t let her. Rousey isn’t the baddest bitch on the planet, she’s the luckiest. SO now she has to pick someone she knows who can get the job done. She looks all the women down, they make their cases, and picks Charlotte, telling her to make her tap and shakes her hand and they hug; respect. The others hug Charlotte as well. I’m a bit surprised that they went with Charlotte, only because that was a heavily rumored Mania match. It was a shitty situation, and they tried to make the best out of it, and I’m fine with Becky picking Charlotte out of respect, if Asuka would have been kept strong, I would have went with her, but she’s been nothing but a dancing fool as of late. Maybe they are finally going to start building to the Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen feud.
The Bar and Big Show defeated The New Day via pinfall. Big Show landed the KO punch on Kofi Kingston for the win. This was pretty good, but the Bar vs. New Day 2 on 2 matches are better and have more energy to them. Show added nothing here, he wasn’t bad, but added nothing.
The Usos meet with Sanity, the Colons, & Good Brothers and they are all on the Smackdown team. They join in unity.
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles (c). Bryan won the title with a Running Knee after a low blow. While not quite as good as the previous match, I did think that this was very good stuff. The Becky change was expected due to the injury, but for the second year in a row they decided to blow up the WWE vs. Universal title plans and pulled a tile change just before the event. On one hand I was excited for Styles vs. Lesnar II, but I have also always wanted Bryan vs. Lesnar, but I didn’t imagine it this way, which is a heel vs. heel match instead of a natural underdog face vs. monster heel match. Also, while Bryan has shown he can be a great heel, it feels a bit out of nowhere, despite some light teases, and ruins what I felt was a natural story of Bryan overcoming the odds as the returning from retirement babyface to win the title; that story felt so easy to me. I guess we’ll see what happens, although while I think Bryan will do well in the role, I’m not the biggest fan of it personally.
End of show.