We are live from the WWE Thunderdome at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL, as AJ Styles makes his way to the ring for the Intercontinental Title Ascension Ceremony.
Cole says this is the Intercontinental Title Ascension Ceremony to promote the Triple Threat Ladder Match at Clash of Champions on Sunday. Corey mentions that Jeff’s belt and Sami’s belt will be lifted and that there is no champions advantage. Out next comes Sami Zayn, who is still carrying his old Intercontinental Title belt. WWE Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy is out last as the pyro goes off on the stage.
We see ladders standing up all around the arena, and a few in the ring. Corey Graves waits with a mic as Sami rants about his title being the real deal. Graves brings up how they’ve all claimed to be the rightful champion. He says the match on Sunday will be a “Winner Takes All” match with the winner being declared the Undisputed Intercontinental Champion. Sami’s title will be raised high above the ring on Sunday, along with Jeff’s title. Graves also mentions how there is no champion’s advantage in this match.
AJ rants to Jeff about how he cheated to get the title he has. AJ doesn’t even know why Sami is here. He says Sami took the summer off to have some fun and grow his neckbeard, but he’s a nobody. AJ says he’s broken his back to make the title mean something. Sami interrupts and says none of this should be happening, but it’s happening because AJ participated in a fraudulent tournament. He says AJ should’ve done the right thing and called him on the phone, to declare Sami as the rightful champion. Sami goes on about how dangerous the Ladder Match can be, but Jeff tells him to shut up. Jeff can’t believe he’s agreeing with AJ. Jeff says Sami should be grateful. He says he and AJ have defended the title week after week. Jeff goes on and says let’s hang these titles high above so he can beat Sami tonight, and then do away with this nonsense on Sunday. The title bar is lowered from the rafters now. Jeff and Sami attach their titles to the hold bar.
Graves wishes them all good luck as both belts are raised above the ring. Sami watches from the apron but suddenly shoves one of the ladders over, knocking AJ and Hardy down with it. Sami yells and mounts Hardy with right hands. AJ goes after Sami but he retreats to the floor as the crowd boos. WWE Producer Adam Pearce comes out and says sometimes it’s best to leave it alone. Pearce announces that AJ is being added to the match. Sami throws a fit on the ramp as Hardy counters AJ in the ring and drops him with a Twist of Fate. We go to commercial.
Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn is taken care of and Hardy punches Styles. Styles punches back but Hardy with an atomic drop and leap frog neck snap. Hardy sends Zayn into the turnbuckles. Zayn with a kick and punches to Hardy. Hardy with a reverse atomic drop and leg drop followed by a drop kick. Styles kicks Hardy and sends Jeff into the turnbuckles. Styles with a back breaker. Styles with a baseball slide to send Zayn into the announce table. Hardy kicks Styles but Styles blocks it and Styles sends Hardy over the top rope to the floor.
Styles sends Hardy into the announce table and Zayn hits Styles from behind and then into the ringside barrier. Zayn punches Styles and kicks him in the corner. Zayn with a clothesline for a near fall. Zayn knocks Hardy off the apron with a punch. Styles backs Zayn into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders. Styles with a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Styles chokes Zayn in the ropes. Styles with a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Styles tries to send Zayn into Hardy on the apron but Hardy moves and Zayn goes to the floor.
Hardy with punches and a clothesline to Styles. Hardy with a clothesline to Zayn. Zayn with a shoulder to the midsection and Zayn with a kick. Hardy with a double drop kick. Hardy with a back body drop to Zayn and then he hits a splash off Zayn’s back into Styles. Hardy goes to the apron and the shirt comes off. Zayn knocks Hardy off the apron and to the floor. Zayn punches Hardy. Styles kicks Zayn and hits a pescado forearm as we go to commercial.
We are back and Hardy goes under Zayn for a tower of doom but Zayn kicks Hardy away and Zayn goes for a superplex. AJ slides under and drops Zayn on the turnbuckles. Hardy with Whisper in the Wind on Styles and Zayn. Hardy punches Styles and Zayn Styles with punches and chops. Hardy with a mule kick to Styles. Zayn with boots to Hardy and Styles but Styles with a Pele Kick. Styles goes to the apron and he drops Hardy on the top rope. Styles with a forearm and then AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm and Zayn moves and Styles hits Hardy. Zayn sends Styles to the floor to get the three count on Hardy.
Winner: Sami Zayn
After the match, Sami stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. AJ hits the ring with a ladder and takes Sami out with it. He then knocks Hardy from the apron to the floor with the ladder. AJ looks up at the titles hanging above the ring to a mixed reaction. AJ brings a ladder back in the ring and climbs up to retrieve the title belts. AJ grabs both titles and puts them over his shoulders as his music starts up. Some fans boo as Sami looks up from the corner and Jeff looks up from the floor. AJ raises both titles and looks at them to end the segment.
– We see Heavy Machinery backstage. Otis has his Money In the Bank briefcase and Tucker is holding the lawsuit papers served last week by The Miz and John Morrison. Graves says Otis has consulted a lawyer for advice. We go to commercial.
– We are back with a look at how Miz and Morrison are affecting everyone’s lives who watch Smackdown, and Otis.
Kayla Braxton is in the back with Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight. Kayla asks Otis if he has made a decision. Otis says his mom told him there are three people you cannot trust, carnival clowns, 1% milk, and lawyers. Miz shows up and he says that his lawyers are trying to give everyone a Money in the Bank briefcase. Miz says his attorneys will bury you in motions and legal bills. Miz says he will have everything from Otis. Miz tells Otis if he doesn’t think he can do it, ask Mandy. Otis says we don’t settle things with lawyers, so we can settle it in the ring. Tucker asks Miz why is his name the only one on the lawsuit. Otis attacks Morrison. Adam Pearce shows up to try to calm things down.
In the Arena:
Bayley nakes her way to the ring with a chair in her hands.
Bayley says she could watch that inspiring footage all day long. I am not going to because a champion’s time is precious. She says she doesn’t have an ounce of time to waste on that useless Sasha Banks. I have work to do. I have a title match to prepare for. Nikki Cross, I admire your heart and you have that fighting spirit. I overheard you say that this match is going to be different and you think you have a chance to beat me because I don’t have Sasha in my corner. You need to think why Sasha won’t be in my corner. If you just watched what I did to my ‘best’ friend’ wonder what I will do to you on Sunday. Then, when you can only imagine what is going to happen next. Right Sasha? Back to commercial.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Gran Metalik
We go to the ring and Lucha House Party is already out – Gran Metalik with Kalisto and Lince Dorado. Out next are the SmackDown Tag Team Champions – Shinsuke Nakamura with Cesaro.
The bell rings and they go at it with strikes. Nakamura goes to work but Metalik fights back. Nakamura misses a big clothesline and Metalik arm drags him to the floor. Metalik slides out and ducks a kick but the next kicks hits him in the head, sending him into the barrier. Nakamura launches Metalik into the barrier again. Nakamura with another big strike on the floor. Nakamura brings it back in for a 2 count. Nakamura with kicks while Metalik is on his knees now.
Nakamura with more strikes. Metalik fights up to his feet from a hold. Metalik avoids an Exploder suplex into the corner. Metalik sends Nakamura to the apron and drops him with a knee to the face after they tangle. Nakamura is on the floor now. Metalik runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Nakamura down on the floor with a big dive. Kalisto and Dorado cheer him on. Metalik brings it back in and comes over the top rope for another close 2 count.
Metalik drags Nakamura to the corner and goes up top. He lands on his feet from the moonsault but stumbles back as Nakamura moves. Nakamura turns it around in the corner and hits a big running knee to the back of the neck. Nakamura with a big Exploder suplex out of the corner. Nakamura waits for Metalik to get up, then hits the Kinshasa for the pin to win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
After the match, Dorado immediately comes in to check on Metalik as Nakamura stands tall to his music. Cesaro rushes the ring and nails a big gutwrench slam on Dorado. Kalisto never came in to help. Cesaro and Nakamura leave as Kalisto enters the ring now. He checks on Dorado but Dorado shoves him away, sending him to the mat. They argue some to end the segment.
– Jey Uso is backstage. He starts knocking on Roman Reigns’ locker room door and says they have stuff to do. Jey says he’s not leaving until Reigns opens up. Back to commercial as he continues to knock.
– We are back with WWE Superstars remembering Road Warrior Animal.
– We take a look at the Universal Title Match. Afa talks about how they did everything together and they were competitive. Rikishi talks about how Roman was close to the chiefs. Afa says it was great watching them grow up. Jimmy says a lot of this came from them fighting each other growing up to be the best. Rikishi felt like he was the big dog. You could see that Roman was a winner. Rikishi says it was like Roman was destined for greatness. Then you had Jey He paide his dues to understand the culture. Jimmy says they will leave it all out on the line at Clash of Champions. Jimmy reminds Roman that he was once a little puppy. RIkishi says Jey will win. Sika says Roman will win. Jimmy says he wants his brother to be the new Universal Champion.
In the Arena:
Jey Uso makes his way to the ring. Jey says this Sunday, it’s Clash of Champions. Uce versus Uce. Cuzz versus Cuzz. Family versus Family. Uso versus Reigns for the Universal Championship. We see Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman watching in the back. Jey says he has a few questions for his cousin to answer so he will take over the interview from Corey. Jey says they have been asking him about ‘the look’ but his back was turned. Jey asks Roman what’s up with the look.
Roman and Paul have nothing to say.
Jey says he thought they were better than that. Are you going to smile to my face and frown to my back.
Paul Heyman goes into the hallway and he says we need to get things straight. The entire WWE Universe needs to know what Roman Reigns has to say to his cousin Jey Uso, face to face in the ring. This is where you have it wrong. It is not going to happen when Jey Uso wants it to happen. It will occur at the convenience of your Tribal Chief and Universal Champion. I guarantee that the conversation will happen in the ring, tonight.
Jey says he knew something was up. Uce changed his phone number and Paul is monitoring his mail box. We are manning up at Clash of Champions.
– We take a look back at the history between Baron Corbin and Matt Riddle.
Baron Corbin says when you are a king, what you do means something. Baron says he saw Matt’s Bro video.
Riddle says Corbin wants to put him through all types of pain but Corbin has anger issues. Matt says Corbin has been trying to make his life miserable. He is looking forward to showing everyone the difference beween a stallion and a jackass.
– Matt Riddle makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Matt Riddle vs. King Corbin
We go back to the ring and out first comes Matt Riddle as a “Bro!” chant breaks out. Riddle enters the ring and kicks off his flip-flop as the pyro goes off. We see a picture-in-picture video of Riddle responding to the last video from Corbin earlier today. He says Corbin has serious anger issues as he’s tried to make Riddle’s life miserable, but he can’t keep a good bro down. Riddle goes on and says he can’t wait to throw down tonight, showing the WWE Universe the difference between a stallion and a jackass. Riddle walks around the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get plugs for Connor’s Cure and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Riddle waits in the ring as King Baron Corbin makes his way out now. Riddle runs and attacks Corbin from behind with a sneak attack as Corbin is getting ready in the corner. The bell rings and they go at it. Corbin misses and Riddle unloads. Riddle with kicks and more strikes, knocking Corbin over the top rope to the floor for a pop.
Riddle follows and works Corbin around the ringside area, back into the ring. Corbin rocks Riddle and unloads while Riddle is on the apron. Corbin brings Riddle to the mat now to boos. Riddle grabs the leg for a takedown but Corbin rocks him in the face. Corbin resists an arm bar. Corbin overpowers Riddle and scoop slams him to get free. They go on and Corbin works Riddle over. Riddle blocks a right and fights back in the middle of the ring. Corbin levels him with a big elbow out of nowhere. Riddle kicks out at 2.
Corbin launches Riddle hard into the corner and he goes down. Corbin runs out and back in but Riddle drops him with a kick to the head. They end up on the floor and Riddle tosses Corbin over the announce table to the floor. Riddle stands on top of the announce table and yells out while Corbin is laid out. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Riddle gets an arm bar applied on the mat. Corbin resists. Corbin powers up and slams Riddle for a close 2 count. Corbin with more shots to the face. Corbin works over Riddle and uses the top rope to choke him as the referee warns him. Corbin runs and decks Riddle with a right hand to the face. Corbin poses and yells out to the crowd now. Corbin runs and nails another right to the face. Corbin yells at Riddle to stay down. He goes for another running punch but Riddle collapses. Corbin taunts him. Corbin goes for Riddle but Riddle fights back and hits a big Final Flash knee strike.
Riddle with big running strikes in the corner now. Riddle with an Exploder suplex. Corbin ducks the running knee and avoids the moonsault but Riddle hits the Broton. Riddle with the big knee strike next but Corbin still kicks out at 2. Riddle mounts Corbin with body scissors while elbowing him. Riddle with his modified abdominal stretch on the mat. Corbin powers up with Riddle on his back and shoulders. The hold is broken after they get to the ropes. More back and forth now but Corbin blocks the Final Flash and catches Riddle in Deep Six for a close 2 count.
Riddle blocks End of Days with kicks. Riddle leaps off the second rope but Corbin nails a big right hand in mid-air. Riddle blocks End of Days again and drops Corbin with a knee strike to the face. They both go down. Riddle goes to the top and hits the Floating Bro but Corbin gets his knees up. Riddle then runs right into End of Days and Corbin covers for the pin to win in the middle of the ring.
Winner: King Corbin
After the match, the crowd starts booing as Corbin stands tall. The music starts up as we go to replays. Kayla Braxton interviews Riddle in the ring and asks if he’s disappointed. Riddle says losing does suck but he’s not going to let this stop the stallion. He came to push himself and will continue to grind until SmackDown is The Bro Show. Riddle exits the ring as his music starts up and we get a “Bro!” chant.
– We get a new teaser vignette for the mystery woman. She writes “Untouchable” on the mirror in lipstick, and snaps her fingers, but the identity is still not revealed. Carmella?
Alexa Bliss vs. Lacey Evans
We go back to the ring and out first comes Alexa Bliss. Back to commercial.
We go back to the ring and out comes Lacey Evans. We see what happened last week to lead to this match, when Bliss went into the trance and hit Bray Wyatt’s Sister Abigail move after Evans said “The Fiend” to her.
The bell rings and they lock up. Evans takes it to the corner and works Bliss over. Bliss rolls her for a 2 count. Evans looks to mount more offense but Bliss counters and rolls her up again. Evans takes control again and drives an elbow down. Evans tosses Bliss into the corner by her head. Evans taunts Bliss and unloads on her while she’s down in the corner. Evans does the headstand in the corner and slingshots her boots into Bliss’ chest. Bliss kicks out at 2. Evans grounds Bliss with a submission now.
Evans keeps control and uses the middle rope on Bliss. Bliss rocks her out of anger but Evans takes her right back down for another pin attempt. Evans takes Bliss back to the corner and works on the shoulder, manhandling her some more and taking advantage of the 5 count. Bliss finally counters in the corner and yanks Evans’ arm. Bliss takes Evans down again. We suddenly hear Wyatt’s signature laugh echoing all over the arena. We go to commercial as Bliss looks around surprised.
Back from the break and Evans continues to dominate Bliss. Evans with a standing moonsault in the middle of the ring for another 2 count. Evans mounts Bliss and slams her face-first into the mat a few times. Evans ragdolls Bliss some more, keeping her grounded. Bliss fights up and out but Evans sends her face-first into the top turnbuckle. more back and forth but Evans keeps control. Evan rakes Bliss’ face across the middle rope. Evans slingshots herself form the apron back in, hitting double boots to Bliss’ face to knock her back out of the ring. Bliss kicks out at 2 again, and again, and again. Evans shows frustration to the referee.
Bliss finally mounts some offense now for a pop. Bliss with a basement dropkick. Evans drops Bliss on her face. Evans goes back to the corner for the moonsault but Bliss moves and Evans lands hard. The red lights fill the arena now as we hear the menacing sounds of The Fiend. The lights come back up but Bliss is in her trance. She snaps and unloads on Evans after tackling her. The referee warns Bliss as she unloads on Evans against the ropes. Bliss keeps up the offense now, stomping Evans’ face into the mat while standing on her. The referee calls for the disqualification as crazy Bliss won’t stop.
Winner: Lacey Evans (by disqualification)
Bliss, with her hair messed up and a crazy look in her eyes, tosses Evans to the floor after the bell. She stalks Evans and drops her on the floor with Sister Abigail. Bliss returns to the ring and poses in the middle, staring straight ahead. The red lighting comes back up. The Fiend appears on the big screen and makes some kind of grumbling noise. Bliss keeps staring straight ahead but now starts smiling. The red lighting and The Fiend both go away as Bliss’ music starts up. She makes her exit and heads to the back, still somewhat stuck in her trance or wild state of mind.
Alexa Bliss marches up the ramp as the music interrupts and out comes Roman Reigns for the main event. Paul Heyman is right behind him. Reigns stops on the stage and raises the title in the air but we see Bliss standing behind him. She’s stopped to look behind her, staring Reigns down. Cole says we were supposed to get an interview with Reigns and Jey Uso tonight. Bliss heads to the back and Reigns’ is announced by Hamilton as he heads to the ring. Back to commercial.
We are back and Paul Heyman says now is the time… Jey Uso’s music interrupts Paul.
Paul hands Roman the mic and steps back. Roman asks Jey if he wants his side of the story. Roman says to be honest, I would give you this title if I could. The truth is, you wouldn’t even know what to do with it. You don’t understand the accountability and responsibility fo being on top. You don’t know the weight and pressure of being the face of WWE. It isn’t your fault. You are a twin. You have depended on your brother your entire life. You are not one half the man he is. You are one half of the best tag team of our generation. Our family is proud of you, but our family relies on me being the tribal chief. It ain’t you and it won’t ever be you. It will always be me.
Roman drops the mic and walks away. Jey asks what if you are wrong. Why can’t I be the one to provide for the family? Why can’t I provide for my wife and my kids… your nephews. You have been number one. You have been on top. What do they say when they see me. Which one are you? After Sunday, when they ask me who am I? You are the one who beat Roman Reigns at Clash of Champions for the Universal Championship. That will be me. Roman walks away.
Jey exits the ring and backs up the ramp, playing to the crowd. He mentions his brother, injured WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso. Reigns suddenly comes running back out and drops Jey with a big Superman Punch on the stage. Reigns kneels down over Jey, putting the title in his face, and yells about how he feeds their entire family with this title, and now Jey wants to take it? Reigns says Jey will take the payday and the ass whopping that comes with it, but he will never take the title and he will never take Reigns’ place at the head of the table. The boos get louder as Reigns stands back up over Jey, staring down at him. Heyman watches. Jey starts to recover but he’s still down. The final SmackDown before WWE Clash of Champions goes off the air with Reigns looking down with the title on his shoulder while the crowd boos him.