Welcome to SmackDown Live.
A limo arrives at the building and the Miz emerges with his wife, Maryse, the stars of Miz and Mrs., debuting tonight after Smackdown. They are not alone because they have brought their daughter.
We are in Evansville, Indiana and your announcers are Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, and Byron Saxton.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring and he has something to say, even though he is dressed to fight as well.
We take a look at Randy’s return to a WWE ring when he attacked Jeff Hardy after Jeff’s loss to Shinsuke Nakamura at Extreme Rules.
Randy says he has heard all of your theories about why he did what he did. It was not any unfinished business. It was not about the Smackdown Top Ten List. Do you want to know why he did what he did? Look in the mirror. He did it because of you. Randy says he has busted his ass for you for sixteen years. When he began his career, who was around when he started? No one is left. Everyone who walks down that aisle eats at the table he set. Yet, he gets no respect. He does not get the respect that he deserves. Why is that? Is it because he does not paint his face or flail his arms? Is it because he does not change the color of his merchandise to take money from you? Is it because he does not show up once a year? Is it because he did not come from an indie, wrestling in bingo halls or steal a hand gesture?
He did this in front of millions of people. He started as the Legend Killer, but he realizes who the real legend killer is. It is each and every one of you. Randy says he won’t let you win. Now, he is THE legend and it will be his mission to put every superstar you put on a pedestal. He started with Jeff Hardy. That is why Jeff is not here tonight. When he is finished with Jeff, he will not come back. Randy says he will end Jeff’s career. Jeff’s career is inspiring with twists and turns. Randy says he is only interested in the chapter he writes for Jeff, the final chapter.
You can call him what you want, but you only have to call him by the three most destructive letters in wrestling . . . R . . . K . . . O.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at last night’s announcement by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
We see footage from earlier in the day when Zelina Vega and Lana discuss who deserves to face AJ Styles. Rusev challenges Almas to a fight on Rusev Day.
Match Number One: Rusev (with Lana) versus Andrade Almas (with Zelina Vega)
Almas with a kick and forearm followed by a side head lock. Rusev goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Almas lands on his feet. Rusev with a shoulder tackle and then he sends Almas to the ropes but Almas hangs in the ropes and goes fully tranquilo. Almas goes to the floor. Rusev follows and they return to the ring. Rusev blocks a kick and connects with a clothesline. Rusev sets for a suplex and hits it. Rusev has Lana join him on the apron to pose.
Almas returns to the ring and Rusev with a kick and a series of elbow drops. Rusev with a knee to the midsection followed by an Irish whip. Almas moves and Rusev hits the ring post shoulder first. Almas with a triangle in the ropes and then he releases the hold. Almas with kicks and then he kicks Rusev again despite the referee’s warning. Almas with a drop kick and Rusev goes to the floor. Almas goes to the floor and he connects with a forearm after blocking a punch. The return to the ring and Almas with another forearm and kicks. Almas with an arm bar.
Rusev gets to the ropes and Almas with a boot before releasing the hold. Rusev with an Irish whip but Almas with a back elbow. Almas with a tornado reverse DDT and he gets a near fall. Almas returns to the arm bar. Rusev with chops while Almas holds on to the arm bar. Rusev with an arm drag and punches. Rusev with punches but Almas with a knee. Rusev with a series of round kicks and then he hits a running hip into the corner and he follows with a running spin kick.
Rusev runs into a boot from Almas and Rusev with a knee and round kick to the temple for a near fall. Rusev sets for the Machka Kick but Almas moves and he chops Rusev. Rusev is not happy at Almas and Rusev with a series of forearms. Almas with a boot followed by a spinning back fist. Rusev with a Machka Kick when Almas sets for the running double knees.
Meanwhile, Lana and Zelina have something to say to each other and Vega with a slap. Lana takes Vega down and Aiden English comes out to pull Lana off Vega. Aiden gets between Vega and Lana and Vega jumps on Aiden’s back and Lana goes down.
Rusev thinks Aiden injured Lana and the distraction leads to the hammer lock DDT and the three count.
Winner: Andrade Almas
After the match, Lana blames Aiden while Aiden is conflicted on the floor.
R Truth is in the locker room and he says it is the first time he is competing since Wrestlemania and he has to face Samoa Joe. Truth asks Tye if he saw what Joe did last week. Truth reminds Tye that he was knocked out. Tye reminds Truth who he is and he asks Truth what is he going to do. Truth says he is going to show Samoa Joe what is up.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Aiden and Lana argue while Aiden says that Rusev is not returning his calls.
Rusev says that is enough. Maybe none of you is good enough for Rusev Day and Rusev walks away.
Match Number Two: R Truth versus Samoa Joe
Joe with punches but Truth with a leg lariat and clotheslne in the corner. Truth with a flying forearm but he misses a kick and Joe with a head butt. Joe with an STJoe and then he applies the Kokina Clutch.
Winner: Samoa Joe
We see Asuka in the back and she is asked about the Evolution PPV. Asuka says she is so excited and she is ready. Asuka says tonight, Billie Kay is NOT READY FOR ASUKA.