WWE SmackDown Recap: October 2, 2018
S18 episode 40 Aired on October 2, 2018

Poised for WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia, the blue brand descended into all-out chaos as Charlotte Flair hurled SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch through her own custom poster, Randy Orton injured Tye Dillinger’s finger in the turnbuckle and The Bar served up SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day.

After Samoa Joe unconscionably invaded AJ Styles’ home last week, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige kicked off the blue brand announcing that she considered firing Joe for his despicable actions. Joe, however, would not be fired because Styles wants a piece of his nemesis in their No Disqualification, No Count-outs, Anything Goes Match for the WWE Title this Saturday at WWE Super Show-Down.

Paige then tossed to a clip that The Phenomenal One sent her, where he apologized for not being at SmackDown LIVE, saying he needs to be home with his family and will not leave until he got confirmation that The Samoan Submission Machine was on a plane to Australia. Styles then made it clear that this would all end at WWE Super Show-Down when he would put Joe down for good.

Shelton Benjamin asked SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige for an opportunity over the weekend, and an opportunity he was presented: A one-on-one matchup with Daniel Bryan.

With Bryan’s WWE Super Show-Down opponent The Miz belittling his rival from the announce desk, The “Yes!” Man and Benjamin threw down in a thriller that had the WWE Universe enthralled.

Benjamin really put the pressure on Bryan, but Bryan looked to be closing in on victory when he connected with some pivotal strikes. As Bryan was setting up for the Running Knee, however, Miz dashed up to the apron to distract him. Bryan disposed of The A-Lister, but the interference allowed Shelton to connect with Paydirt to pick up the huge victory.

After the match, a furious Miz dished out an unrelenting assault on his rival, bashing his head into the announce desk and finishing him off with a Skull-Crushing Finale four days before they battle for a WWE Title opportunity at WWE Super Show-Down.

Still riding high after putting Charlotte Flair down last week with a vicious blindside attack in the backstage area last week, SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch doubled down this week by mocking up a WWE Super Show-Down poster that featured her standing triumphantly over Charlotte after the beatdown last week.

Having no time for any more of Becky’s games, The Queen arrived and made a beeline for The Irish Lass Kicker. A melee immediately ensued, as Charlotte laid Becky out with a vicious spear and chucked Lynch right into the custom-made poster. Flair locked her nemesis in the Figure-Eight Leglock and a connected with a swift kick. With the bad blood somehow at an all-time high, Charlotte stood tall as Lynch tried to recover and recuperate with their WWE Super Show-Down clash just four days away.

In other action … R-Truth & Carmella def. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega … The Bar interrupted The New Day’s cooking show … Randy Orton savagely beat down Tye Dillinger … Aiden English revealed salacious video of him with Lana … Asuka def. Peyton Royce.

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