Tonight’s WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with a look back at how Seth Rollins defeated WWE Hall of Famer Edge last week on Super SmackDown and then attacked him. Michael Cole welcomes us and talks about what happened to Edge, and how we will find out the ramifications this week.
– We’re live from the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Pat McAfee as fans pop.
– We go right to the ring and out comes The Bloodline – WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos as Greg Hamilton does the introductions. They stop on the entrance-way and raise the straps as the pyro goes off. They head to the ring now as some fans cheer and some boo.
Cole shows us what happened last week when Brock Lesnar returned on Super SmackDown, and how Finn Balor returned as The Demon later in the show. Reigns finally makes his way into the ring now. Cole hypes Lesnar vs. Reigns at Crown Jewel on October 21 and Demon vs. Reigns at Extreme Rules on September 26. Reigns raises his title in the middle of the ring as more pyro explodes and fans boo. The music stops and Reigns takes the mic as the boos continue. Reigns calls on Knoxville to acknowledge him. They respond with more boos and a few cheers. Reigns tells Heyman to educate people on how to properly acknowledge him.
Heyman praises Reigns with a grand introduction and says The Tribal Chief fears no man, no Beast, no Demon, but they all fear him. Heyman tells the crowd to stop booing him because they know he’s right. Heyman says Balor fears Reigns because if not, why does he have to tap into his alter-ego? Heyman says Lesnar also fears Reigns because he’s known Lesnar for more than 20 years, more than his own family, and he’s never seen fear in Lesnar’s eyes like he does now, not in WWE, not in the Octagon, not on the operation table. Heyman goes on talking about last week’s Super SmackDown at Madison Square Garden but the music interrupts and out comes new WWE Champion Big E, who is a RAW Superstar now.
Fans go wild for Big E as he rushes the ring, yelling about how he did it. Reigns is not thrilled. Big E stares at Reigns and raises the title. A “you deserve it!” chant starts up. Reigns raises his title at Big E but fans boo. Big E and Reigns have a few words but we can’t hear what they’re saying. The music interrupts and out comes Balor in his normal attire. Reigns is still unimpressed and a little annoyed. He looks on as Balor makes his way to the ringside area while fans cheer him on. Balor stops at ringside and stares Reigns down. We go to commercial.
Big E and Finn Balor vs. The Usos
Big E hits a Big Ending on Jimmy for the pin. Finn hits the Coup de Grace on Jey at the same time.
Winners: Big E and Finn Balor
Roman is backstage and asks Paul if there’s anything he has to say to him. Paul says no. Roman asks him again and Paul says no. Heyman says he knows what Roman’s getting at and insists he didn’t know Brock would be at Summerslam and says he fears Roman. Brock is creating a narrative to shield himself from his fear and he handles that fear by lying to himself, and that’s how he knows he fears Roman Reigns.
Roman asks how he knows he won’t show up at Extreme Rules. Heyman says he’s not under the impression that he’ll be there. Roman says he doesn’t pay Paul to be under the impression of anything. He pays him to know in advance.
Rick Boogs vs. King Nakamura
Boogs gets the win with the pump handle slam.
Winner: Rick Boogs
As Nakamura and Boogs were celebrating, Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez jump both of them. Apollo gets in the ring and asks if that’s our King and that he’s made a mockery of the IC Title. And he demands his rematch.
Kevin Owens vs. Happy Corbin
We go back to the ring and out comes Kevin Owens to a pop. Happy Baron Corbin suddenly attacks at ringside and destroys Owens, sending him into the apron and beating him around.
Owens fights back as the referee warns Corbin from the ring. Corbin delivers a chokeslam onto the edge of the apron. Fans boo as Corbin smiles and stands tall over Owens, who sells the attack while still down. Corbin is all smiles and laughs as he makes his exit while Owens yells at him from the floor.
– The announcers show us how Seth Rollins took WWE Hall of Famer Edge out last week, forcing him to leave the show on a stretcher. We go back to the ring and out comes Rollins to mostly boos. Rollins struts out to the entrance-way and poses. Rollins marches to the ring now and he’s also all smiles and laughs. Cole says Rollins is here to answer for last week’s heinous attack on Edge. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and and Bianca Belair’s Homecoming is announced for later. Kayla Braxton stops Paul Heyman backstage and says her sources say Brock Lesnar may be going to RAW in the WWE Draft, and if so, what does Lesnar think about it. Heyman dismisses the idea of Kayla having sources and goes on ranting, telling Kayla to stop flirting with him and to leave him alone. Heyman turns around and runs into WWE Champion Big E. Heyman congratulates Big E and goes on about how Big E picked a champion who would be vulnerable, and not WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns who he couldn’t beat. Big E says we will see when he faces Reigns at Survivor Series, or will it be Lesnar or Finn Balor? SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos suddenly attack Big E and destroy him, superkicking him and beating him around, sending him into production cases.
Big E goes down as they talk trash in his face, telling him to go back to RAW. Reigns slowly walks up from behind and gives his approval to The Usos. They walk off behind Reigns as Big E sells the attack on the ground.
We go back to the ring and Seth Rollins is out. He mentions how it’s too bad no one was there to help WWE Champion Big E. Rollins talks about one of the best moments of his career last week when he beat WWE Hall of Famer Edge. He says we’ve all had a week to process our thoughts, and Rollins admits it was unfortunate and scary what happened to Edge after the match, when Rollins’ boot came down across the back of Edge’s neck Rollins heard a pop and felt a crunch, and doesn’t really know how to describe it. Fans chant “you look stupid!” as Rollins goes on, comparing the Stomp to what it’s like when you step on a bug. Edge says he can’t do it justice so we’re going to re-live what happened. He sends us to a video package showing last week’s match and post-match attack, and how Edge was taken away in an ambulance.
Rollins says he knows that’s difficult to watch, it is difficult for him to watch as well, and he knows why fans are booing but he has a question to ask, the same one he’s been asking himself all week. It’s very simple – what did you think was going to happen? Fans boo and Rollins is fired up now. Rollins says that was one of the greatest moments of his career but he didn’t get a chance to enjoy it because everyone backstage and everyone on social media were looking at him and asking why. His own employer said he went too far. He asks fans if he went too far and they agree.
Rollins says he used a legal move in a legal match and won it the same way he’s won matches for the majority of his career. Did he go too far? Rollins laughs and says Edge did go too far because he’s a family man, he knew the risks, he knew the consequences and he still got in the ring with Rollins. Rollins says look to your right and left, and in the mirror, to see who’s really to blame. Rollins says fans goaded Edge into goading him, and they brought this on. Rollins says he didn’t do anything wrong, he’s not to blame, if anyone is it’s Edge and the rotting people watching here tonight, and at home. Rollins says if we didn’t like that, we really won’t like this – he’s not done by Edge, not by a long shot. Rollins says Edge’s wife, WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix, said on WWE NXT 2.0 how Edge is at home recovering. Rollins is sure Edge is watching right now if he is art home.
Rollins asks Edge if he’s physically capable of getting back in the ring, or more importantly, is he emotionally capable? Rollins says he saw the look in Edge’s eye when he was being loaded into the ambulance, and it was a look of fear. Rollins says for one second he actually felt sorry for Edge and that feeling has been eating him alive in the back of his brain for the past week and he can’t live with himself feeling sorry for someone like Edge. Rollins says he has to move on and he can’t do that until he finishes Edge off. He says this ends two ways – he goes to Edge’s little cabin and finishes him off in front of his family, or Edge crawls back to the ring so they can dance one more time. Rollins says for his own sanity he has to finish Edge, one way or another. Rollins stares ahead at the camera as his music starts up.
Zelina Vega and Carmella vs. Liv Morgan and Toni Storm
Carmella sends Liv into the corner but then runs into a kick. Liv with a modified Backstabber before sending Carmella face-first into the turnbuckles. Carmella goes to the floor holding her nose, screaming about her nose being broken. Vega checks on her. The referee counts as Carmella continues shrieking about her nose. The referee counts to 10 for the finish.
Winners by countout: Liv Morgan and Toni Storm
After the bell, Carmella continues screaming as she and Vega to to the ramp. Morgan takes the mic and mocks Carmella for breaking her nose. Liv says she’s not sorry at all because she’s tired of Carmella running her mouth then running away. Liv challenges Carmella to a match at Extreme Rules and if Carmella accepts, she’s going to make Carmella look as hideous on the outside as she is on the inside. Liv and Storm celebrate as Liv’s music hits. Carmella and Vega look on from the ramp.
– The Street Profits are hyped up backstage, getting ready for Bianca Belair’s homecoming and the after-party. They then address The Usos and how they’re coming to take the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. The Profits say they are up and they want the smoke.
– Still to come, Finn Balor and the saga of The Demon. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Carmella is in a trainer’s room with Zelina Vega, Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce. Carmella’s nose isn’t broken. Vega says she’s still beautiful. Carmella addresses Liv Morgan and says it’s own at Extreme Rules. Vega says Morgan must face her first.