WWE SmackDown Recap: August 28, 2018
S18 episode 35 Aired on August 28, 2018

Charlotte Flair might have repelled the challenge of Carmella in a thrilling SmackDown Women’s Championship main event, but she could not escape an Irish Lass Kicking from her former best friend, Becky Lynch, who challenged The Queen to a title clash at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event on Sunday, Sept. 16!

Jeff Hardy finally got a measure of retaliation on Randy Orton last week when he drove Orton’s body through a table with a massive Swanton Bomb off electrical equipment. The Charismatic Enigma arrived on the blue brand tonight claiming that he felt born again after pummeling The Viper one week earlier, and he was now intent on finishing what Orton had started. Hardy was eager for a confrontation with WWE’s Apex Predator, but Orton — averse to appeasing the WWE Universe — refused to give his foe the satisfaction.

Unphased by Orton’s mind games, Hardy made a bigger challenge to The Viper for the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event… inside Hell in a Cell itself! Hardy would have to wait for a response though, as Orton simply dropped his microphone and walked away without response.

Samoa Joe took things too far again last week when he incapacitated WWE Champion AJ Styles with the Coquina Clutch after attacking him from behind, then chillingly spoke to AJ’s wife and children through the camera.

The furious Phenomenal One called Samoa Joe to the ring, but his nemesis instead appeared on the TitanTron from the arena parking lot. Affirming that he would not confront Styles in person, Joe revealed a cell phone, dialed a number and seemed to reveal that he was calling Styles’ wife, Wendy.

Joe asked “how is our little Annie?” while Styles fumed in the ring. After an uncomfortable tense few moments, Joe told Wendy that he would be stopping by the Styles household next Tuesday before hanging up, as Styles darted from the ring to find his nemesis.

The Queen and The Princess clashed with Charlotte Flair’s title on the line in the main event of SmackDown LIVE.

With so much on Charlotte’s mind over the past few weeks due to her unexpected beef with former best friend Becky Lynch, Carmella attempted to prey on the champion’s insecurities. However, Charlotte persevered and nearly drove her rival through the canvas with a Spear that led into the Figure-Eight, which forced Carmella to tap.

Charlotte couldn’t celebrate for long, however, as she was quickly met with a blindside attack from Lynch, who knocked her to the canvas and began to hammer away with some stiff haymakers. Becky then grabbed the microphone and told her former best friend that she was going to take the SmackDown Women’s Championship before throwing a massive insult at Charlotte, dropping the title on her lifeless body and boldly walking off.

In other action … The New Day joined the Five-Timers Club with WWE Hall of Famer Booker T … The Bar def. Gallows & Anderson and The Colons … Billie Kay def. Naomi … Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega confronted Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella … and Daniel Bryan def. Andrade “Cien” Almas by disqualification.

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