WWE SmackDown Recap: November 6, 2018
S18 episode 45 Aired on November 6, 2018

The blue brand began to put its Survivor Series teams together for the battle for brand supremacy against Raw at WWE’s Survivor Series, but it soon became obvious that there could be a few bumps in the road with Daniel Bryan and The Miz co-captaining the men’s team.

With the opportunity to become captains of the SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Survivor Series squad on the line, The Usos and The New Day rekindled their classic rivalry on the blue brand.

Bodies were flying and slamming inside the squared circle and around ringside, highlighted by Kofi Kingston launching himself from the top turnbuckle onto Jimmy & Jey with a breathtaking leap to the floor. However, even as The New Day continued to pick up steam, The Usos rallied back when Jimmy caught Kofi with an unbelievable top-rope powerbomb and followed up with a huge splash that finally put New Day down for the clutch win.

However, The Usos immediately made their first decision as team captains, announcing that The New Day would join them in their battle against Raw at Survivor Series.
Nikki Cross brought the intensity early and often against Becky Lynch, going at The Irish Lass Kicker full force. “The Man” slowed NXT’s Twisted Sister with a Bexploder, but Cross kept throwing haymakers at the champ. However, the crazed Cross came up just short, despite unleashing an unorthodox attack from bell to bell, as Lynch caught her in the Dis-arm-her for the tapout victory.

With the final spot on the SmackDown LIVE Men’s Survivor Series team on the line, Jeff Hardy (Daniel Bryan’s choice) took on Samoa Joe (The Miz’s choice). The two engaged in a hard-hitting contest that saw each take ample chances while Bryan and Miz watched from the announce desk and talked up their selection. However, Hardy took one chance too many when he went for a Swanton Bomb, as The Samoan Submission Machine got his knees up before Hardy landed. Joe followed up by locking his foe in the Coquina Clutch, forcing The Charismatic Enigma to tap out and securing his place on the team.

After the match, Joe began to gloat right in front of Bryan, and The “Yes!” Man responded by clocking him in the face. The fight spilled into the ring, where Bryan applied the “Yes!” Lock before Miz broke it up. After being provoked by Miz, Bryan decked The A-Lister and unloaded on him until fellow SmackDown LIVE Men’s Survivor Series team member Shane McMahon arrived. However, the best in the world also felt Bryan’s wrath when Daniel dropped him with a judo throw before departing.

It’s possible that Bryan thought Shane was Samoa Joe, but regardless, one fact rang clear: The SmackDown LIVE Men’s Survivor Series team isn’t even close to being on the same page. At least not yet.

In other action … Shane McMahon and Paige chose the captains for the SmackDown LIVE Men’s Survivor Series team …  Becky Lynch’s harsh words for Ronda Rousey led to an unexpected challenger … Rey Mysterio def. Andrade “Cien” Almas … and a brawl broke out during the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Survivor Series team reveal.

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