We kick the show off with Edge. Later tonight, we got a contract signing between Brock and Roman, Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks and a street fight between The Usos and The Street Profits for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
We get a recap of the Edge/Rollins feud since their MSG match.
There’s a chair in the ring and Edge sits.
He says this stated between him and Seth 7 years ago, and now they’re in each others way with both men trying to become Universal champion. But this has become so much more. Ever since Rollins won in Madison Square Garden Rollins kept coming out and demanding more. Rollins then went to Edge’s home, where he lives and loves and cries with his family.
We see Rollins in the back watching this. Edge reminds us that Rollins is still just following his playbook, recalling the time he slapped John Cena’s dad. Edge underestimated Rollins, a mistake akin to underestimate himself and he never does that. The two men are so alike they instinctually capitalize on mistakes, Edge beat Rollins at Summerslam then Rollins beat him at Madison Square Garden.
Rollins is the only guy in the ring who comes close to matching Edge’s passion and obsession. Close, but not quite there. He says Rollins is not Edge-lite, he’s his own man. Rollins is happy to hear that. But because of that Edge has to end this, because if not their families will keep getting involved. Edge could go have a chance encounter with Becky. But Edge is going to channel that instead, and forever change Rollins after Hell in a Cell.
A few weeks ago Rollins felt sorry for Edge, a mistake as you should never feel sympathy for a devil, and that’s what they are. Edge wont hesitate inside Hell in a Cell. He is going to scar Rollins’ soul, a scar you’ll never heal from. Edge is about as good as you get these days for this kind of promo, this one wasn’t quite as good as his promo before WrestleMania but was still quite good.
We get a recap of Sami Zayn beating Rey Mysterio last week as well as Balor besting Cesaro. That leads to the music of Balor hitting. Video from Balor, who thinks a king should respect the ring while Zayn only respects the sound of his own voice. He vows to shut Zayn up and advance. Balor heads to the ring as we head to break, his match with Zayn will be up next.
Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn – King of The Ring Semifinals
Finn Balor wins with the Coup de Grace.
Winner: Finn Balor
Promo package for Drew McIntyre’s arrival to SmackDown next week.
We get a recap of the new roster, and then a prolonged video package questioning where they loyalties of Paul Heyman are ahead of Crown Jewel. It’s a nice reminder of just how good that segment was last week.
We head to the ring for our next match, and here’s Naomi for that match. We see Sonya Deville hanging out at gorilla, probably scheming, as we head to break.
Naomi is waiting in the ring as we come back to action. Sonay Deville shows up without music and in a suit. Sonya says there were more details to the match tonight that Naomi missed by storming out. It’s going to be Naomi vs. Sonya and Shayna Baszler. That brings out Baszler.
Naomi vs. Shayna Baszler and Sonya Deville
Baszler gets the Kirifuda Clutch and pins Naomi.
Winners: Shayna Baszler and Sonya Deville
We get a video to try and hype up Hit Row, they’ll be on Smackdown soon.
Seth Rollins is here to deliver a reply to Edge’s promo from the start of the show. He’ll deliver that prolonged monologue after this break.
Quick video from Sasha Banks. She puts herself over, and promises to reclaim the title at Crown Jewel. She’s not just here to take by the title, but to right wrongs. Two weeks ago she beat Bianca Belair, and tonight she’s taking out Big Time Becks. Catchphrases follow to close her bit, then commentary runs down the Crown Jewel card.
Back in the ring Rollins has a mic and he’s not afraid to use it. Rollins laughs to start, per usual. He says Edge was just doing a sell job trying to convince anyone that he’s got a chance at beating Rollins at Crown Jewel. Rollins is in no way intimidated or afraid to fight Edge in Hell in a Cell. Because Hell has already frozen over here in California, Edge finally said he was wrong and that Rollins is not Edge-lite. Edge is finally coming around to what we’ve all known all along, that Rollins is better than Edge in every possible way. The length of this promo already disagrees with that.
Rollins has out manipulated the master manipulator and he’s going in with a mental advantage, and a physical advantage after he Stomped Edge back in Madison Square Garden. There’s no way Edge is 100%, so Rollins has a physical and mental edge now Edge has to try and pretend he’s got an ace up his sleeve. This silly suit Rollins is wearing has prompted a “Harley Quinn” chant. Rollins repeats that he’s not afraid of Edge in Hell in a Cell.
Edge is right about a few things though, they’re both devils but the big difference between them is that Rollins has spent more time in that Cell than Edge has. He knows what that structure does to people, what it’s done to him. He’s been scarred by the Cell already. In fact he’s the man he is today because of Hell in a Cell. Crown Jewel will end this fairy tale, but Rollins is the visionary, the revolutionary, Seth freaking Rollins then drops the mic.
Carmella and Zelina Vega meet up at gorilla and Vega promises not to try and break Carmella’s face. They just want a good clean match. Carmella is happy for the both of them. That leads to Carmella head to the ring, she and Vega will have their semifinal match after this break.
Back from break and here comes Zelina Vega.
Carmella vs. Zelina Vega – Queen’s Crown Semifinals
Vega wins with an inside cradle after a distraction from Liv Morgan.
Winner: Zelina Vega
We’re reminded that Sheamus is coming to Smackdown.
Happy Corbin and flunky Madcap Moss. Happy Talk will be up after this commercial break, presumably featuring another run in from Kevin Owens followed by him getting beaten down.
Apparently the Happy Talk set has been cut down a bit as we come back. Corbin wants us to welcome Madcap Moss, the funniest man Corbin has ever met. That leads to Moss’s bad joke of the week. There’s this hen, who’s laid eggs every week all of her life but stops suddenly.
The diagnosis is an EGGistential crisis. Corbin mocks Kevin Owens leaving Smackdown, Moss calls Owens writhing on the ground just another Friday night. Moss with a joke about Ricochet and Drew McIntyre, thankfully that’s cut off by the guitar of Rick Boogs. Boogs didn’t come here to hear bad jokes, but to rock with the Intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura.
That brings out Nakamura, he and Boogs head over to rock at commentary for a bit. They just circle the ring and then head back up the ramp. I’m not calling it good, but it was better than Moss. The Street Profits show up, and Boogs transitions to playing their theme pretty smoothly. The Profits hang out and dance on the entrance ramp, their tag team title shot will be up after this break.
We get a reminder that next week the New Day will be here. The Profits are in the ring waiting for the Usos, as Cole reminds us there’s another hour still to go. Here come the Usos.
The Usos (C) vs. The Street Profits – SmackDown Tag Team Championships (Street Fight)
The Usos win with a double frog splash on Dawkins.
Winners: The Usos
Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks wins with a Backstabber after a distraction from Bianca.
Winner: Sasha Banks
After the match, Banks celebrates as her music hits and the referee raises her arm. Belair smiles from ringside and taunts Becky. Adam Pearce comes down and yells at crew members to get in the ring and set up for the contract signing. Pearce is rushing them as Becky, Banks and Belair suddenly wrap their segment.
– The announcers hype the big main event at WWE Crown Jewel until the music hits and out comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with Paul Heyman. They stop on the stage and Reigns raises the strap in the air as pyro goes off. Reigns marches to the ring while Heyman follows him with the title in the air.
Reigns enters the ring and raises the title to cheers and boos, and more pyro. The music interrupts and out comes Brock Lesnar to a big pop. Lesnar looks around and kicks forward as the pyro goes off. Lesnar is all smiles as he marches to the ring now. He marches into the ring and stares Heyman down, then Reigns, then he laughs at Heyman.
Lesnar motions for Reigns to take a seat at the table. Lesnar sits down and kicks his feet up on the table. Lesnar laughs as Pearce, Reigns and Heyman look on. Reigns hands the Crown Jewel contract to Heyman so he can look it over. Heyman looks terrified. Heyman tells his Tribal Chief that the contract is everything he requested, and his counsel is to sign the contract for Crown Jewel. Reigns signs the contract as Lesnar stares him down from his chair while Reigns is still standing. Heyman tosses their pen out of the ring.
Pearce hands Lesnar a pen and the contract. Lesnar quickly signs the contract without looking at it, then tosses it onto the table. Reigns says Lesnar must be some kind of dumb-ass, a big dumb farmer who signs a contract without reading it. Reigns asks Lesnar what’s wrong with him. Lesnar laughs and says he already read the contract this morning… with his advocate, Paul Heyman. The crowd pops and Heyman looks shocked. Lesnar gets right up and exits the ring as his music starts up. Reigns looks confused in the ring as Lesnar taunts him from the entrance-way. Reigns looks at Heyman, then Lesnar, back to Heyman and then down. Lesnar, who came to stir the pot between Reigns and Heyman, just laughs from the stage as McAfee and Cole go over the card for WWE Crown Jewel.
Lesnar continues laughing in the ring while a confused Reigns flips over a few pieces of furniture in the ring as a terrified Heyman watches. The Supersized SmackDown on FS1 goes off the air with Lesnar laughing as Reigns turns towards Heyman again.