Welcome to SmackDown Live.
We are in Ontario, California and your announcers are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.
The New Day make their way to the ring.
Kofi welcomes everyone to Smackdown. Xavier mentions that we will see Kofi Kingston facing Dolph Ziggler on Sunday in a steel cage. That is only if Dolph makes it through him tonight. With that on the horizon, they want to keep the show fresh. Big E suggests that for the second hour of Smackdown, or the freaky hour, that there be a slip and slide.
Dolph Ziggler interrupts and he talks about the smoke and mirrors to distract from what we know from Super Showdown. Kofi, you don’t deserve to be WWE Champion. They won’t have your back and you won’t be able to stand on your own. The next time you go to Ghana, it won’t be a celebration, it will be an apology tour. You will have to look at everyone in the face and tell them that when the cards were down and everything was on your shoulders and you were backed into a corner and defend the title by yourself, you failed.
At Stomping Grounds, it will be me slamming your body into that unforgiving steel. It will be me grinding your body into that steel. I will be taking names on Sunday.
Kofi says that Dolph is out here like Kofi doesn’t know about steel cages. Do you remember where this journey began? It began in the Elimination Chamber. Kofi says he is aware of the brutality that will occur inside a steel cage and he is good with that. Whether he pins you in the ring or climbs over the cage to go to the floor, or maybe he will hit you with Trouble in Paradise and he will walk out that front door. No matter how it happens, I will beat you at Stomping Grounds. Kofi says he will remain the WWE Champion.
Kofi says that is Sunday, but you need to worry about tonight. His brother, Xavier, has been itching to pop you in the mouth, like he did at Super Showdown.
Dolph tells Kofi he wants him to pay close attention to what is going to happen to his buddy. If it wasn’t for your buddies, I would be WWE Champion right now. After tonight, he will never be able to help you again. Onto Sunday, at Stomping Grounds, all of the positivity, all of the bad inside jokes, the colors, the laughter, all of the pretending of things that you are not come down when you are in a steel cage with him. At Stomping Grounds, Kofi, you will no longer be WWE Champion because it should have been me.
We see Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley walking in the back.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Dolph Ziggler versus Xavier Woods
Ziggler blocks Woods’ attempt to go for the legs and Ziggler goes for the leg but Woods with a waist lock into a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler gets a near fall. They lock up and Ziggler goes for the leg while Woods with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Woods with a wrist lock and Ziggler pushes Woods on a break and Woods pushes back and sends Ziggler into the ropes with a drop toe hold. Woods with a drop kick to the back for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick to the knee.
Ziggler rakes the eyes across the top rope. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Woods with a punch but Ziggler punches back. Woods with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Ziggler sends Woods into the turnbuckles. Ziggler with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot and Woods with an Honor Roll. Woods goes up top but Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn attack Kofi and Big E on the floor. Woods is stopped by Ziggler but Woods sends Ziggler away. Woods with a cross body onto Owens and Zayn as they are sent to the back. Ziggler with a DDT for a near fall.
Kofi and Big E are also sent to the back by the officials. Woods with an elbow and he sends ZIggler into the turnbuckles. Ziggler kicks Woods in the knee again. Ziggler waits for Woods to get back to his feet. Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. ZIggler rakes the eyes while he has Woods over the middle rope. Ziggler with a crossface chicken wing on Woods but Woods with an arm drag to escape. Woods misses a splash into the corner when Ziggler moves and Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler with an arm bar and chin lock. Woods with punches and Ziggler goes for a neck breaker but Woods counters into a back slide for a near fall. Woods with forearms and a kick to the knee and chest.
Woods with a roaring elbow and he gets a near fall. Woods sends Ziggler to the floor and Woods with a drop kick through the ropes and Ziggler hits the announce table. Woods sends Ziggler back in and Woods presses Ziggler over his head and he hits a double knee gutbuster for a near fall. They go to the apron and Ziggler backs Woods into the ring post and Ziggler wtih a super kick to send Woods to the floor.
They return to the ring and Ziggler with the Zig Zag but Woods rolls to the apron. Ziggler says that is not good enough and he puts Woods in the ropes and he applies an arm bar but the referee warns Ziggler. Dolph with a super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
We take a look back at Seth Rollins making a stand with a chair for anyone who wants to be the referee on Sunday.
We also take a look at what happened at the end of Raw when Baron showed that Seth is not the only one who can use a chair.
We see Baron Corbin’s dressing room and The B Team and Shelton Benjamin are waiting outside. Curtis says he does not care about what happened yesterday. Bo says he is looking forward to being in a high profile match. Shelton says that he does not mind using Baron for his purpose. Matt Hardy emerges and he tells Senor Benjamin he is next. Shelton corrects Matt and enters the room.
We see Alexa Bliss and her Best Friend Nikki Cross in the back as we go to commercial.