Welcome to SmackDown Live.
Before our opening match, Jeff Hardy has something to say.
He says demons are all around us, tempting us and taunting us. Tearing us apart at times. Jeff says he has had many and he has conquered them all and he is before you a better man. Demons will always be around and the only way to cleanse them is to deal with them head on. Sunday he will face the most venomous. He will face the viper inside Hell in a Cell. Randy Orton may think he will inflict a load of pain on him, but Randy does not know what it is like to face someone who has dealt with his own hell.
Randy says he may be a demon but Jeff says he is a daredevil and he has no fear. He will unleash a lifetime of torment and suffering on Randy Orton until he fades away and classifies himself as obsolete.
Jeff says tonight he deals with Shinsuke Nakamura and then he is going straight to hell . . . enjoy the show.
The bell rings and Nakamura goes to the floor and does some stretching. Nakamura wants Hardy to stand back. Hardy with a kick and jaw breaker followed by a baseball slide to send Nakamura to the floor. Hardy with a double sledge off the apron and then he sends Nakamura into the ringside barrier. Hardy comes off the ring steps with a clothesline.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Nakamura with a rear chin lock. Nakamura goes for a full nelson but Hardy blocks it. Hardy with punches and forearms. Hardy with a punch and he sends Nakamura into the turnbuckles as they go around the ring. Nakamura kicks Hardy in the head. Nakamura with a cravate into a guillotine. Nakamura with knees to the ribs. Nakamura with kicks to the chest. Hardy blocks a kick and he kicks Nakamura and punches the champion. Nakamura with a knee to the midsection followed by an enzuigiri. Nakamura charges into the corner and Hardy with slingblade.
Hardy goes for the sit out gourdbuster but Nakamura with a knee and then he runs into an elbow in the corner. Hardy with Whisper in the Wind and both men are down again. Hardy goes to the turnbuckles and Nakamura kicks Hardy and he lands on the turnbuckles. Nakamura with a running knee to the midsection and then he kicks Hardy off the apron and into the ringside barrier.
Nakamura sends Hardy into the ringside barrier. Hardy is sent back into the ring and Nakamura kicks Hardy. Nakamura with a kick to the back and he gets a near fall. Nakamura with a seated abdominal stretch. Nakamura with elbows to the head and he gets a near fall. Nakamura has a kick blocked and Hardy kicks Nakamura and goes for the Twist of Fate but Nakamura escapes and gets a rollup into a cross arm breaker but Hardy blocks it. Nakamura with a triangle but Hardy picks up Nakamura and escapes.
Hardy with a chop and he gets a near fall. Hardy with a running forearm and reverse atomic drop and leg drop to the midsection. Hardy with a drop kick for a near fall. Hardy misses a forearm into the corner and Nakamura with a kick and then he stomps on the back of the head. Nakamura with a sliding knee to the head with Jeff hanging over the apron. Nakamura sets for Kinshasa but Hardy with a rollup. Hardy avoids kicks from Nakamura and Hardy with a Twist of Fate.
Hardy goes up top for a Swanton but Randy Orton hits Hardy from behind. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Jeff Hardy (by disqualification) [Nakamura retains title]
After the match, Orton slams the back of Hardy’s head into the ring steps.
Randy grabs a steel chair and he hits Hardy in the back with the chair a number of times. Orton looks around and he twists to the mat to get ready for the RKO. Hardy avoids the RKO and Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate and Orton escapes. Hardy grabs the chair and hits Orton with it. Hardy with a Twist of Fate and he goes up top and hits a Swanton.
We go to the interview area where Miz and Maryse are with Kayla Braxton. Miz asks for her to show his wife some respect since she is in the main event. Maryse is asked about their match at Hell in a Cell as well as her first singles match in seven years. Maryse asks if she is kidding. It took Daniel Bryan three years to get back into the ring, but it only took her five months after giving birth so she is ready. Maryse says she is going to make her husband proud and she will make her daughter proud to see her mommy punch Brie in the face.
Miz says that Brie and Daniel is a marriage of convenience. How convenient is it since Brie had to come back to make some money. Daniel can’t fight his own battles so he has to bring Brie in.
We are back and we get comments from earlier today from WWE Champion AJ Styles about his match against Samoa Joe.
AJ says Samoa Joe knows his biggest weakness is his temper. The quickest way to get him to lose his temper is to talk about his family. He brought his wife and three year old daughter into this. If Joe can attack his heart he can go after his head and get the advantage. After nearly 20 years of friendship, he knows a lot about Samoa Joe. Joe has a family but AJ says he would never mess with another man’s family because he has integrity. Joe’s strength is running his mouth and intimidation. Samoa Joe’s strength is being a real piece of . . . garbage. All of that strength that he has will be his weakness.
When this bell rings, no one has the upper hand on AJ Styles. At Hell in a Cell, the talking stops, the intimidation ends. At SummerSlam, Joe got a dose of what happens when you talk about his family. Last week, he got another taste. In five days, he will show Samoa Joe how phenomenal he is. This is the house that AJ Styles built. It isn’t for rent and it isn’t for sale.
We go to last week’s interview with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
Charlotte Flair is in the back and she is asked about her match tonight against Sonya Deville. Charlotte says she asked for competition because she thrives on it. Unlike Becky, she goes into the ring and does it instead of talking about it. Charlotte says if there is one person to bet on, it is herself. She says she hopes her former best friend is watching tonight.