In the wake of WWE Clash of Champions, the reunited Erick Rowan & Luke Harper took out Danial Bryan and Roman Reigns in an all-out destructive assault. Plus, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return to challenger WWE Champion Kofi Kingston to a title match at the SmackDown LIVE premiere on FOX on Friday, Oct. 4, and Chad Gable left King Corbin’s coronation in shambles.
“The New” Daniel Bryan & Rowan made a statement at the conclusion of their tag team main event against Xavier Woods & Big E, and Roman Reigns got some information out of Buddy Murphy, who implicated Rowan as the culprit in his recent misfortunes.
Charlotte Flair wanted the WWE Universe to get an up close and personal look at her greatness … but instead they were treated to a video highlighting Trish Stratus, who will battle The Queen this Sunday. An incensed Queen was soon confronted by the seven-time Women’s Champion, setting the stage for a tense standoff.
The “Wild Card Rule” brought Raw’s AJ Styles and Sami Zayn to SmackDown LIVE, but WWE Champion Kofi Kingston upped the ante when he challenged both Superstars to a Triple Threat Match with WWE’s most prestigious prize on the line. Elsewhere, new SmackDown Tag Team Champions were crowned, but not in the way Shane McMahon intended when the “Wild Card Rule” struck again.
Night two of the Superstar Shake-up saw SmackDown LIVE get hit with many surprises that included the arrivals of Roman Reigns, Finn Bálor, Bayley, Ember Moon and more. Elsewhere, The New Day appointed a new honorary member of the group after appearing on “The Kevin Owens Show.”
SmackDown LIVE’s first acquisition in the Superstar Shake-up was Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor, and he wasted no time getting right into the mix on the blue brand by facing off against Ali in non-title action.
Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship celebration was cut short when The Bar & Drew McIntyre crashed the party, challenging The New Day to a Six-Man Tag Team Match in the main event of SmackDown LIVE. Elsewhere, The Usos and The Hardy Boyz battled for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles, but the winners would not be able to enjoy the victory, as Lars Sullivan emerged to wreak havoc.
In an absolute dream match, The Usos defended the SmackDown Tag Team Titles against The Hardy Boyz on SmackDown LIVE.
WWE Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan railed on Kofi Kingston’s good name one too many times, as a passionate Kofi finally lashed out verbally just five days before challenging The Planet’s Champion for the title on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Kofi Kingston’s future WWE Title opportunity was decided when Mr. McMahon made a major announcement regarding what Kingston would have to do to face off against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania. Elsewhere, Shane McMahon held nothing back in his explanation of why he betrayed The Miz at WWE Fastlane.
Following his unruly attack of The Miz in front of The A-Lister’s father and hometown fans this past Sunday at WWE Fastlane, Shane McMahon addressed his shocking actions on SmackDown LIVE and minced no words.
Charlotte Flair personally invited Becky Lynch to SmackDown LIVE and matters quickly turned physical between the two WWE Fastlane opponents. Also, tension between WWE Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens reached a fever pitch as their title clash approaches this Sunday.
Mr. McMahon dropped a bombshell when he announced that Kevin Owens would replace Kofi Kingston as “The New” Daniel Bryan’s challenger for the WWE Championship at WWE Fastlane. However, matters complicated even more when the returning Owens suggested that he and Kingston team up against Bryan & Rowan in the main event of SmackDown LIVE.
Following a huge Six-Man Tag Team Match, the challenger for “The New” Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship at WWE Fastlane was revealed. Elsewhere, NXT Superstars continued to shine bright as Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black and Ricochet brought their best to the blue brand.
Continuing the run of emerging NXT talent making an impact were NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa & NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano, who were rekindling their former #DIY partnership for the second straight night after besting Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival on Raw.