Sami Zayn, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles Brawled
Sami Zayn got pissed that he wasn’t introduced as the Intercontinental Champion and grabbed a headset. Zayn asked why the graphic didn’t say Intercontinental Champion during his entrance. Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy interrupted and made his way to the ring.
Jeff offered Sami a match for the IC Title and Zayn stated that he is the champion. AJ Styles joined the party and referred to himself as “the uncrowned Intercontinental Champion”. Styles attacked Hardy and beat him down. Sami Zayn attacked Hardy as well and Styles hit him from behind. Hardy hit the Twist of Fate on Styles but turned around into a Helluva Kick from Zayn. Sami then scampered backstage with his version of the IC Title.
Ramblin Rabbit Was Behind Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
An episode of the Firefly Fun House aired. Wyatt said that he knows everyone is sad because he lost his friend (the Universal Championship). Bray said that he has a new friend coming to the Firefly Fun House next week. Alexa Bliss then approached Nikki Cross and asked for forgiveness for breaking her mug last week. Nikki said of course and Bliss gave her a hug and walked away. Ramblin Rabbit was seen in the background during this segment.
Jey Uso Will Face Roman Reigns At Clash Of Champions
It was announced that Jey Uso was Big E’s replacement in the Fatal 4-Way. Jey Uso battled Sheamus, King Corbin, and Matt Riddle to determine who Reigns will defend the Universal Championship against at Clash of Champions.
Before the match, Jey approached Roman Reigns backstage and thanked him for getting him in the Fatal 4-Way. Roman said Heyman did it and that it was time for Jey to do something on his own and that he knows Jimmy would win the Fatal 4-Way. Reigns wished Jey luck to end the segment. Riddle attacked Corbin during his entrance and a brawl broke out as SmackDown went to a commercial break.
Match Recap: King Corbin dominated the match early and planted Riddle with a Spinebuster. Corbin knocked Riddle out of the ring and sent Jey to the corner. Corbin went for his slide in and out of the ring Clothesline but Matt caught him with a kick to the face. All four superstars returned to the ring and Riddle & Jey sent Sheamus and Corbin to opposite corners. They went for a couple Splashes but they were countered into White Noise and Deep Six.
Sheamus leveled Corbin with a Clothesline as SmackDown went to a commercial break. When SmackDown returned, Jey and Sheamus were trading punches in the ring. Sheamus connected with a Suplex that sent Jey to the apron. Sheamus hit Jey with Ten Beats of the Bodhran and then turned around into a Suplex from Riddle.
Matt followed it up with a Broton and then a German Suplex for a two count. Jey cleared the ring but Corbin caught him with a punched to the face. Sheamus and Riddle sent Corbin over the barricade and Jey connected with a Crossbody. Corbin sent Jey flying over the first row of screens in the ThunderDome.
Back in the ring, Sheamus hit Corbin with the Brogue Kick but Riddle caught him with the Bro to Sleep. Riddle followed it up with the Floating Bro but Jey came out of nowhere with a Frog Splash on Riddle for the pinfall victory. Jey Uso will face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions.
Opinion: I’m absolutely fine with Jey Uso versus Roman Reigns at Clash of Champions. Everyone knows Roman is going to win but they are cousins and a good story could be told here. I have no idea why Matt Riddle had to be the superstar pinned here. It isn’t a big deal but all King Corbin and Sheamus do now is eat losses. Riddle is a new star on the show and there is no reason for him to take the pin in this match. Overall, SmackDown was still a very entertaining show this week.