WWE SmackDown Recap: August 21, 2018
S18 episode 34 Aired on August 21, 2018

The Bludgeon Brothers and The New Day squared off in a hard-hitting and explosive No Disqualification rematch from SummerSlam with the SmackDown Tag Team Titles on the line. Elsewhere, tempers boiled over further between Daniel Bryan and The Miz in a way that no one could have possibly seen coming.

The Miz could not have been giddier about his victory over Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam, and he and Maryse arrived on SmackDown LIVE fully intent on mocking his bitter rival, reenacting Bryan’s famous, emotional retirement speech. However, The A-Lister and his bride’s good times were cut short when Bryan arrived, accusing Miz of being a coward after the controversial conclusion to their match at The Biggest Event of Summer that saw Miz deck Bryan in the face with brass knuckles that Maryse handed him moments prior.

In turn, The “Yes!” Man got right to brass tacks and wasted no time verbally slamming The Miz, saying he was a “wannabe Hollywood star cosplaying as a wrestler.” An irate Maryse responded to Bryan, defacingly saying that Daniel should just retire and change his name to “Daniel Bella.”

Bryan appeared ready to respond, but before he could, his wife Brie Bella dashed out and made a beeline for the ring. Maryse quickly got out of dodge when she saw the sprinting Bella coming, which resulted in Brie going Brie Mode on The Awesome One, punching him square in the face several times. Bryan then joined Bella in the ring, clotheslined Miz over the top rope and sent The A-List Couple scrambling.

Before they could completely hightail it out of dodge though, Bryan grabbed a microphone and let everyone know that he had just spoken with Paige and that he and Miz would run it back at WWE Hell in a Cell… except this time it would be Bryan & Brie vs. Miz & Maryse in a Mixed Tag Team Match!

After the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match at SummerSlam ended in a disqualification when The Bludgeon Brothers barbarically attacked the members of The New Day with their mallets, the teams re-upped on SmackDown LIVE with the rulebook tossed out in this No Disqualification title rematch.

Neither squadron wasted any time taking advantage of the parameters, with The Bludgeon Brothers using their power and strength without fear of repercussion and The New Day scrapping it out to counteract. The match saw a little bit of everything, including flying announcers’ chairs, ladders being used as tables and Rowan smashing through barricades at absolute full speed.

In the bout’s closing moments, Xavier Woods prevented Harper from putting Kofi Kingston through a table by using The Bludgeon Brother’s own mallet against him. Kingston then positioned Harper on a table, which allowed Woods to drop an astonishing top-rope elbow to the bludgeoner, crashing Harper through it and getting the three-count to capture the titles!

New Day, new champs.

In other action … Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton fought to a chaotic no-contest … Peyton Royce def. Naomi … Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair threw down in a wild brawl … and Rusev & Lana def. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega.

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