WWE SmackDown Recap: September 4, 2018
S18 episode 36 Aired on September 4, 2018

On a whirlwind SmackDown LIVE, Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella thwarted an attack from Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega in order to send a strong message to their WWE Hell in a Cell opponents The Miz & Maryse. Plus, Rusev Day earned the right to face The Bar next week to establish The New Day's SmackDown Tag Team Championship opponents at the Sept. 16 pay-per-view, WWE Champion AJ Styles attacked Samoa Joe, and SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair engaged in a war of wars with Becky Lynch.

With Samoa Joe having promised to make a stop at AJ Styles’ household last week, the WWE Universe was seemingly a bit surprised when The Samoan Submission Machine appeared in person on SmackDown LIVE.

Joe claimed that his threat to show up at the Styles’ household was simply to scare AJ and his family, but he added that the real scare would be when Joe took the WWE Championship from Styles at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event.

However, as Joe began to wrap up his chilling proclamation, he was met with the shocking arrival of Styles on the TitanTron after Joe had assumed he was at home protecting his family for a possible visit by The Samoan Submission Machine. With weeks of aggression built up, The Phenomenal One made his way onto the stage, dashed at Joe and got the better of his nemesis by wiping him out with a Phenomenal Forearm off the steel steps. AJ followed up with an assault that saw him wildly swing a steel chair at The Samoan Submission Machine, then take him down again with a jaw-dropping dive over the top rope to the outside. The Phenomenal One looked ready to continue the brutalization, but a barrage of officials and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige rushed down to separate Styles from his rival.

With the chance to face The Bar in the match that will determine who will challenge The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, Rusev Day, The Usos and SAnitY squared off on the blue brand.

There was no shortage of action, as all three teams fought vigorously for the opportunity to get one step closer to The New Day and the titles. All three teams looked impressive, but Rusev & Aiden English showed they were finally be back on the same page in the closing moments. Eric Young illegally placed his feet on the ropes while attempting to pin Rusev, but English broke up the fall from the outside of the ring, and The Super Athlete blasted the SAnitY leader with a Machka Kick for the 1-2-3.

Afterward, The Bar arrived on the stage, seemingly laughing at their newfound opponents just one week before throwing down with them in a match that will determine the next challengers for The New Day!

R-Truth was accompanied to the ring by the unlikely companion of his newly announced Mixed Match Challenge partner Carmella as he squared off against The Miz, who had his bride Maryse, or “other Carmella” (as Truth was referring to her) in the main event of SmackDown LIVE.

The series of events that led to this bizarre battle included Miz & Maryse returning to the arena after their Italian restaurant date from earlier (also because they thought that Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella had left) and Truth confusing, as her new name suggests, Maryse for Carmella. But now, the former Awesome Truth partners would battle with the lights on bright to close the show out on the blue brand.

Miz and Truth slugged it out, but The A-Lister got a shocking plot twist when Bryan & Bella returned. The mere presence of The “Yes!” Man and Brie Mode allowed R-Truth to catch The A-Lister off-guard with a slick roll-up for three. Bryan and Bella then started teeing off on Miz & Maryse, and Bryan trapped The Awesome One in the “Yes!” Lock. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega arrived looking for payback against Daniel and Brie for The Beard’s win over “Cien” earlier in the night. However, the tides would quickly turn on El Idolo and his business manager, as Bryan and his bride took them down and applied "Yes!" Locks, as Miz & Maryse watched in utter shock from the ramp.

In other action … Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega interrupted Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella … Daniel Bryan def. Andrade “Cien” Almas … and Naomi def. Peyton Royce.

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