WWE SmackDown Recap: September 18, 2018
S18 episode 38 Aired on September 18, 2018

In the wake of WWE Hell in a Cell, newly-crowned SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch unleashed a vicious attack on Charlotte Flair during her SmackDown Women’s Championship Coronation. Plus, Shinsuke Nakamura battled The Bulgarian Brute for the U.S. Title on Rusev Day, and Samoa Joe and AJ Styles continued throw fists in a post-match collision.

Fresh off their contentious win at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event over Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella, The Miz and his “special guest” Maryse arrived on SmackDown LIVE ready to chat it up about, well, themselves.

Miz claimed he would again defeat Bryan when they collide at WWE Super Show-Down for the right to challenge the WWE Champion, and Maryse shockingly announced that tonight would be her last night on SmackDown LIVE … at least for now. The “hardest-hitting couple in WWE” also took potshots aplenty at their opponents on “Miz TV,” insulting Brie for only marrying Daniel for publicity before Miz boldly called out Bryan for a fight right now. The “Yes!” Man hit the scene to let Miz know that he could talk about their issues all he wants… but he best not talk about Brie. With that, Bryan charged into the ring and absolutely unloaded on The A-Lister.

In the midst of his flurry, Bryan connected with a dropkick that knocked The Miz right into Maryse, who crumbled to the mat clutching her stomach.

EMTs hit the scene as Miz tended to his hurt wife, and Bryan watched on in absolute shock. Bryan did anything he could to assist the EMTs, but it was all a ruse, as Maryse suddenly started laughing and stood up, and Miz attempted to blindside his nemesis, but The Beard blocked his attempt at the Skull-Crushing Finale. From the apron, Maryse tried to hold Bryan by grabbing his hair to allow The A-Lister to charge at The “Yes!” Man, but Bryan moved out of the way, and Miz accidentally bumped into Maryse again (no schemes this time), before Bryan clotheslined Miz out of the ring, having him join his Mrs. on the floor below.

Advantage Bryan.

Despite retaining his WWE Championship this past Sunday in controversial fashion against Samoa Joe at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, AJ Styles arrived on SmackDown LIVE feeling like he had something to prove as he prepared to take on Andrade “Cien” Almas.

Almas wasted no time, barely allowing Styles to even enter the ring before blindsiding him prior to the start of the match. Once everything reset and Styles declared he could give it a go, The Phenomenal One and “Cien” brought their best to the table in an explosive bout — their second-ever singles match against one another. Almas proved yet again he can hang with the champion, preying on the damage he inflicted on AJ prior to the opening bell. With Zelina Vega finding ways to interject herself into the contest behind the referee’s back, it appeared the odds were firmly stacked against Styles. However, The Phenomenal One refused to give in, weathering Almas’ devastating Running Double Knees and using some nifty footwork to abort his own pinfall attempt and drop “Cien” with a Styles Clash out of nowhere for the win.

Styles had virtually no time to celebrate, however, as he was immediately blindsided by Samoa Joe. The Samoan Submission Machine’s attempt to get the jump on The Phenomenal One did not quite go as planned, as AJ halted the attack by slamming Joe’s head off the steel steps, prompting his nemesis to exit through the WWE Universe as AJ proudly displayed his WWE Championship in the air ahead of their title rematch where there must be a winner at WWE Super Show-Down on Oct. 9.

Becky Lynch bested Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship this past Sunday at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event … and now it was time to celebrate.

With SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige in the ring, Becky promised she would be the star of the blue brand now that she is champion, excused Paige from the squared circle and called out The Queen.

Although Flair was already eyeing their championship rematch at WWE Super Show-Down, the former titleholder showed humility in defeat and congratulated Lynch on being the better Superstar this past Sunday. Lynch was in no mood for mutual respect, however, and she continued to degrade Charlotte before telling her former best friend to raise her hand in victory.

Charlotte declined that offer and a subsequent one to put the title around Lynch’s waist. Flair couldn’t believe the audacity of Becky’s requests, especially the third one: Lynch wanted Charlotte to call her Queen … and then Lynch called her something else. Aww heck nah.

Lynch’s disrespect prompted Charlotte to lunge at the new champion, but The Irish Lass Kicker got the best of the exchange when the fight spilled outside the ring, throwing Charlotte over the announce table, tossing her back into the squared circle and locking in the Dis-arm-her before continuing the attack with a Bexploder for good measure.

The royal hierarchy on the blue brand may be a changing.

In other action … Cesaro def. Kofi Kingston … United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev … and Asuka def. Billie Kay.

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