WWE SmackDown Recap: October 9, 2018
S18 episode 41 Aired on October 9, 2018

Randy Orton squared off against the returning Big Show in a WWE World Cup Qualifying Match that pushed both Superstars to their limits. Elsewhere, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair saw their saga take a devastating turn as they faced off in a WWE Super Show-Down title rematch.

After Becky Lynch got herself intentionally disqualified during her title match against Charlotte Flair at WWE Super Show-Down this past Saturday, the champion and challenger once again collided for the gold. This time, however, The Irish Lass Kicker would lose her title if she was once again disqualified.

The two bitter rivals picked up where they left off on Saturday, trading wicked haymakers at a breakneck pace. Both Superstars began to feel the ramifications of their recent ruckuses and were scrapping with everything they had to get an edge. At one point, Lynch grabbed her title and was seemingly ready to hightail it out of the arena. Charlotte would have none of it, however, and dragged her back.

Becky contemplated striking Flair with the title, and the referee seemingly considered disqualifying her, but Charlotte instead continued to engage, prompting the match to carry on. After a Bexploder and a wicked suplex by Becky and Charlotte on the outside of the ring, respectively, the two continued to slug it out and lost track of the referee’s 10-count in the heat of the battle, leading to a double count-out.

As the ladies continued to brawl after the count of 10, the fight spilled to the top of the stage, and The Queen savagely speared The Irish Lass Kicker right through the LED boards attached to the entranceway. Both Superstars were down, hurt and one thing was clear: There were no boundaries to how far this rivalry could go.

“Miz TV” welcomed WWE Champion AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan, the Superstars who will square off for the WWE Title at WWE Crown Jewel in four weeks.

Bryan first razzed The A-Lister about his two-minute-and-change victory over him at WWE Super Show-Down this past Saturday before, naturally, The Miz tried to twist Bryan and Styles’ words (that were firmly rooted in mutual respect) to pit them against one another. However, as the intensity revved up and The Beard and The Phenomenal One began to focus on their clash in Saudi Arabia, it was clear that neither will be coming into WWE Crown Jewel expecting to do anything other than walk out as WWE Champion. It appeared that a war of words was potentially brewing, but just when it seemed like tensions were escalating, the two Superstars came to agree that punching Miz in the face is, well, awesome.

This did not please The A-Lister in the slightest, prompting him to lambast both Bryan and Styles and then claim he would challenge the winner of the WWE Crown Jewel title bout. He then declared that Styles should first focus on tonight because he was about to go one-on-one with the Superstar that defeated The “Yes!” Man just last week, Shelton Benjamin … next!

There would be no warming up in the bullpen for Big Show as he made his grand return to the ring on SmackDown LIVE, taking on Randy Orton in a WWE World Cup Qualifying Match.

In his first match in over a year, Big Show was the same colossal force he’s always been, and The World’s Largest Athlete looked as crisp and powerful as ever. The Apex Predator, however, survived an onslaught, even kicking out of a ring-rattling Choke Slam. Orton wisely evaded the Knockout Punch, and after poking Big Show in the eye when the referee’s view was obstructed, The Viper connected with a massive RKO for the win, punching his ticket to the WWE World Cup, where the best in the world will be determined.

In other action … Jeff Hardy def. Samoa Joe to qualify for the WWE World Cup … AJ Styles def. Shelton Benjamin … and Aiden English presented the rest of “One Night in Milwaukee”.

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