The dissension between Wyatt Family members Randy Orton and Luke Harper reached a crescendo on SmackDown LIVE as the two faithful followers of Bray Wyatt collided with The New Face of Fear glaring on from ringside.
In the height of the back and forth showdown, Orton used his cunning and overcame Harper with the RKO for the win. Following the contest, though, The Eater of Worlds motioned as though he was picking up Harper to console him, but then viciously dropped him with Sister Abigail.
Was it a sign that Harper has been kicked out of The Wyatt Family or was it simply a showing of tough love?
Following her shocking return and reveal as La Luchadora on SmackDown LIVE last week, Mickie James granted an in-ring interview to Renee Young to explain that she was back to prove that the Women’s Revolution actually started with her and that all the current revolutionaries were trying to rewrite history and erase all of her sacrifices and accomplishments.
Mickie went on to explain that the only current Superstar who had the proper appreciation for her legacy is SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and that’s why she was more than happy to join her against Becky Lynch.
The inciting of Lynch’s name prompted The Irish Lass Kicker to emerge and make a beeline for James in the ring. Lynch got her shots in on James, but then, as Becky began to chase her, Bliss blindsided Lynch. The SmackDown Women’s Champion proceeded to join James in executing a two-on-one assault on Lynch for the second straight week.
Following a tense exchange between The Miz, Maryse and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan earlier in the night, The A-Lister was granted his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose, but because of Maryse’s constant interference, it was in a Lumberjack Match.
The bitter rivals had a thrilling contest, with both Superstars battling through being thrown into the Lumberjacks on the outside and each looking like they could have secured victory at several different points.
At one point, bedlam broke out and the Lumberjacks filled the ring as chaos erupted. In the end though, it was The Lunatic Fringe who was able to break through, defeating Miz with an incredible counter into Dirty Deeds for the win.
In other action … Carmella took James Ellsworth on a shopping spree … Mojo Rawley won the Over the Top Rope Challenge … AJ Styles called out John Cena … Dolph Ziggler def. Kalisto … and Naomi vs. Natalya never got under way.