We open with AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and Sami Zayn in a debate coordinated by Corey Graves.
AJ asks Jeff how the title feels, because it’ll be the last time he holds it. And he asks Sami why he’s even here since he went on summer vacation. He’s a nobody. AJ has tried to make the IC title mean something, and he reminds Sami he defeated him last week.
Sami says none of this should be happening and that AJ coordinated a tournament to win the title and being a fraudulent champion. And Sami tells Jeff he should have called him to relinquish the title. Jeff tells Sami to shut up and that he agrees with AJ.
Unlike Sami, AJ and himself have defended the title week after week. He can’t wait to end this nonsense on Sunday. He suggests hanging both IC titles above the ring to remind them what they’re fighting for. AJ calls Jeff a cheater and Sami a coward. Both titles are raised and Sami leaves before attacking AJ and Jeff with a ladder and retreats.
Adam Pearce comes out and says Sami would have been better leaving well enough alone. Now, the one on one match between Hardy and AJ tonight is a triple threat.
AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn vs. Jeff Hardy
AJ hits the Phenomenal Forearm on Jeff Hardy, but Zayn steals the pin for the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn
After the match, AJ grabs a ladder and attacks Sami and Jeff with it. He then climbs the ladder and grabs both titles standing tall.
Still to come, Matt Riddle vs. King Corbin.
– Back from the break and we see recent happenings between The Miz, John Morrisonand Heavy Machinery. Kayla Braxton is backstage with Otis and Tucker now. She says Otis has one week to answer the lawsuit from Miz. She asks if Otis has made a decision. He says his mom told him that there are three people you can’t trust – carnival clowns, 1% milk, and lawyers. Otis rants about lawyers and says they’re not going to steal his title. The Miz and John Morrison interrupt and say the lawyers aren’t trying to steal a thing, they’re trying to give the WWE Universe a Money In the Bank holder they deserve. Miz goes on about how his legal team will take everything Otis has and cause problems for him. Miz pokes at Otis for how he had Mandy Rose sent to RAW. Otis says where he comes from they don’t settle things with lawyers, so they can settle this in the ring.
He tells Miz to come get some. Tucker looks at the lawsuit papers and asks Miz why his name is the only one on the lawsuit. Otis then attacks Morrison. A brawl breaks out but officials split it up. Miz and Morrison are ushered away as Heavy Machinery yells at them.
We go back to the ring and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. The pyro goes off and she takes a seat in a steel chair on the ramp. Bayley says she could watch that last video over and over but she wont because a champion’s time is precious and she’s not going to waste any on that poor little crybaby Sasha Banks. She has work to do and unlike Banks, she has a title match to prepare for.
Bayley brings up #1 contender Nikki Cross and gives her some props. Fans boo as Bayley goes on, bringing up how Cross recently said their match at Clash of Champions will be different because Bayley won’t have Banks in her corner. Bayley says Cross better watch how she just did her former best friend because she will do Cross even worse, starting by slapping the stupid little smile off her face.
Bayley picks up her chair and says then Cross won’t be able to imagine what’s going to happen after that. Right, Sasha? Bayley looks at the chair and walks off as her music hits, with the chair in hand.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Gran Metalik
Nakamura wins with the Kinshasa.
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.
Back from the break and we get a video package on why the cousin vs. cousin match at WWE Clash of Champions is a true family affair. The video features comments from members of the Anoa’i Family.
– We go back to the ring and out first comes Jey Uso to a pop. Jey takes the mic and says he’s hyped up. He plugs Clash of Champions on Sunday as we see Paul Heyman and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns watching the match from backstage. Uso plugs the match. He addresses Corey Graves and says Graves was supposed to interview him, but he can have the night off. Uso shows us how he and Reigns won the Samoan Street Fight over Sheamus and King Baron Corbin last week, and their post-match hug after Jey joked around with the title belt. We also see how Reigns fumed as Jey left the ring, looking back at Heyman, who nodded in approval.
Jey says people have asked him all week about that look behind his back. He says let’s ask Roman about it. Fans boo as we see Reigns and Heyman backstage again. Uso asks Reigns what’s up with that look but Reigns isn’t coming out. Uso thought they were better than that but he saw Reigns smile in his face and frown behind his back. What is it? The camera cuts backstage again and Heyman is walking out of Reigns’ locker room. Reigns believes the whole world deserves to hear what Reigns has to say to his cousin, face to face, in the ring. Here’s where we have it all wrong – that talk won’t happen when Jey wants it to happen, it will happen when Reigns wants it to happen. Heyman absolutely positively happens that the face to face discussion will happen, in the ring, tonight.
Jey is shown watching from the ring, and he’s not thrilled. Heyman asks to be excused now as he goes back into Reigns’ locker room. We go back to the ring. Jey knew something was up when Roman changed his phone number. Now he apparently has Heyman screening everything. Jey says that’s fine and what’s up because they will talk later. Uso goes on and delivers the Uso Penitentiary welcome. Uso drops the mic and exits the ring.
– The announcers show us how Matt Riddle defeated King Baron Corbin at WWE Paybacklast month. We also see how Corbin attacked Riddle after the match backstage. Corbin is backstage now. He says he was preparing to elevate the SmackDown main event last week when he saw Riddle’s new “Know Your Bro” segment. Corbin goes on about how he plans to show what “Bro” really is all about tonight.
Matt Riddle vs. King Corbin
King Corbin wins with the End of Days.
Winner: King Corbin
Alexa Bliss vs. Lacey Evans
Bliss won’t stop attacking Lacey in the corner and loses by DQ.
Winner by DQ: Lacey Evans
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 WWE Universal Champion 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.