WWE SmackDown Recap: June 26, 2018
S18 episode 26 Aired on June 26, 2018

Just when it looked like Daniel Bryan was going to take another bludgeoning at the hands of The Bludgeon Brothers, Kane returned to come to the aid of his friend, and the ever-memorable Team Hell No reunited. He and Bryan cleared the ring of Harper & Rowan and got some major news from SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige regarding WWE Extreme Rules.

Following his monumental victory last week to become the challenger to WWE Champion AJ Styles at WWE Extreme Rules, Rusev went savage and tweeted out a special thank you to Xavier Woods for being there since the “beginning,” including several images of him pounding Woods on NXT, SmackDown LIVE and at WrestleMania.

Feeling majorly disrespected, Woods, with his New Day brethren by his side, squared off against The Bulgarian Brute, who was flanked by Aiden English, on SmackDown LIVE. The scrappy Woods brought the fight to The Super Athlete, but Rusev’s brutal onslaught was too much, and he defeated Woods with the Accolade for the tapout victory.

After the match, Rusev grabbed the microphone and declared that this victory was a preview of what he was going to do to Styles at WWE Extreme Rules. In essence, he was going to crush him.

Because of the chaos that closed out the Jeff Hardy vs. Eric Young match, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige declared that the bout would be restarted as a Six-Man Tag Team Match.

With emotions running high, all six Superstars were relentless. SAnitY’s unpredictable attack kept Hardy & The Usos reeling, but the WWE veterans refused to stay down, firing back every chance they got. In the critical moments, The Usos eliminated Killain Dain with a barrage of superkicks and a massive dive, which allowed The Charismatic Enigma to hit Alexander Wolfe with a picture-perfect Swanton Bomb for the win in the impromptu Six-Man Tag Team Match.

With so much pent-up aggression to unleash, Daniel Bryan did not hesitate to throw down with Harper in the main event of SmackDown LIVE.

Fighting freely, smartly and ferociously, The “Yes!” Man took the fight to the Bludgeon Brother, even with Rowan lurking at ringside. However, due to his massive size advantage, Harper eventually took control and began to pound Bryan into the canvas.

Yet, Bryan once again fought back and appeared to have Harper in trouble when he caught him with the “Yes!” Lock in the middle of the ring, but Rowan immediately rushed into the ring and blindsided Bryan with an ambush attack. The Bludgeon Brothers appeared ready to do their worst, but just when it seemed they were going to absolutely obliterate The “Yes!” Man, his former Team Hell No partner Kane returned to help his friend!

From there, Bryan and Kane laid a beating on The Bludgeon Brothers and hurled them out of the ring before staring each other down, with Daniel clearly shocked to see Kane on the blue brand. After a few tense moments and several chants of “hug it out,” The Big Red Machine extended his arms to Bryan for one of their signature hugs. At first, Bryan seemed hesitant after all the ups and downs they’d shared, but in a moment of lucidity, Bryan embraced Kane with a big red hug for the ages.

The WWE Universe was euphoric, and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige then hit the scene to announce that she wasn’t going to let this moment pass through her fingers, declaring that SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers would be defending their titles at WWE Extreme Rules against, yes, Team Hell No!

In other action … The Bludgeon Brothers and Daniel Bryan got into it on “Miz TV” … Lana and Naomi met the cast of Netflix’s GLOW … United States Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Eric Young ended in a disqualification … and Becky Lynch def. Sonya Deville.

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