With Big E finally being cleared for in-ring competition, The New Day brought their best to the trio of Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in the SmackDown LIVE main event. Elsewhere, Shane McMahon attempted to make an example out of The Miz as his Super ShowDown victory tour continued.
With the odds stacked against him, The Miz got the chance to get a piece of Shane McMahon tonight by way of defeating Elias and Drew McIntyre in singles bouts. The A-Lister was undeterred by the mountain he was facing, and with Shane and McIntyre lurking at ringside, he took down The Living Truth down with a Skull-Crushing Finale to get one step closer to colliding with Shane-O-Mac.
That was just the first step for Miz though, as The Scottish Psychopath entered the ring to prey on a worn-down A-Lister. Miz battled through and staggered the massive McIntyre at points, but the combination of what he went through against Elias, plus a distraction from Shane and McIntyre’s sheer brutality led to Miz being finished off by a ring-rattling Claymore Kick for three.
Despite Miz not being victorious, Shane-O-Mac took advantage of the situation by calling for a match against the down and dazed A-Lister. Shane-O-Mac’s plan almost backfired though when Miz fired back on Shane, but Miz’s exhaustion was too much to overcome, with Shane getting the better of him and then placing Miz in his signature Triangle Hold for a “win” before another excessive celebration.
With her newfound friend of Alexa Bliss in her corner, Nikki Cross looked to tear through SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley in one-on-one competition.
The Goddess has been filling Nikki’s head with allegations that The Hugger isn’t as sweet as she seems, telling Nikki that Bayley liked several disparaging tweets about her last night. With Cross seeking payback for the supposed tweets against Alexa’s WWE Stomping Grounds opponent, WWE’s Twisted Sister was clearly fired up as she stepped to the champ. Her eagerness paid dividends at times, with Bayley not always having an answer for her aggressive attack, but The Hugger persevered and put Cross down with a massive elbow drop for the win, making a major statement to Bliss.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston looked to yet again vanquish the three Superstars that have been coming for his head since he captured the title but this time with his New Day brothers by his side, as Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E clashed against Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in the blue brand’s main event.
In the clutch, Ziggler accidentally nailed Zayn with a superkick, which allowed Kingston to strike with two Trouble in Paradises – one to The Showoff, which took him out of commission, and then another to Zayn, which secured the victory for The New Day.
The New Day was back, and yup, they clearly still rocked.
In other action … The Miz and Shane McMahon nearly came to blows on “Miz TV” … Heavy Machinery def. local competitors … Sonya Deville def. Carmella … and Sonya Deville def. Carmella.