In a huge rematch from SummerSlam, The Miz squared off with Apollo Crews of two Superstars with something to prove in a classic exhibition marred by interference. That’s a common occurrence, right?
Miz and Crews picked up right where they left off at SummerSlam, with both not only competing tactically, but also looking for high-impact maneuvers that could help them pull ahead the other.
Issues were complicated, however, when Dolph Ziggler, Miz’s No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship at Backlash, got up from the announcer’s table — where he had been stationed during the contest — after The A-Lister incited him with a shove.
Ultimately, though, all Ziggler did was hand the titleholder some momentum, as Miz turned the tables and used Ziggler as a distraction for Crews, helping him secure the victory with the Skull-Crushing Finale.
After the match, Ziggler was fuming in the ring and standing over Miz’s Intercontinental Championship. The Showoff prompted the champion to come in the ring and take it, but Miz declined and instead had his lovely wife Maryse go in the ring and retrieve, prompting the ire of Ziggler.
Cowardly? Nah, smart.
Fandango was simply dancing in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Being his usual Fandango-ey (it’s an adjective) self, Fandango found a WWE Universe member to “tango with Fandango.” Much to the delight of the SmackDown LIVE crowd, Kane came out and demonized Fandango, taking him out with a vicious Chokeslam, leaving him laying before stoically leaving.
WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles went face-to-face one final time before their Backlash main event and the situation was as tense as could be.
No words were minced as the two sparred verbally as each tried to gain the mental advantage. Styles was quick (as usual) to rattle off his accomplishments, though Ambrose simply retorted by giving him an old bowling participation trophy to “celebrate” all of Styles’ accomplishments.
Ambrose also was quick to poke fun at the precarious position Styles found himself on the ropes during SmackDown LIVE last week. It was a decision he would ultimately regret when, after some more verbal warfare, Styles kicked Ambrose low, leaving the WWE World Champion in a heap of pain ahead of their clash on Sunday.
In other action... SmackDown LIVE met the Slaters... A melee broke out during Daniel Bryan’s SmackDown Women’s Championship forum... Carmella, Natalya & Alexa Bliss def. Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch & Naomi... American Alpha def. The Usos in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament... and Heath Slater & Rhyno def. The Hype Bros in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament.