WWE Champion Kofi Kingston & Universal Champion Seth Rollins teamed up to take on Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a blockbuster 2-out-of-3 Falls Match main event on SmackDown LIVE. Elsewhere, the growing tension between SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and Alexa Bliss finally boiled over in a tumultuous “Moment of Bliss” that would see fists fly.
With the animosity between Ziggler and The New Day at a fever pitch, Woods squared off with Dolph, as Kingston and Big E watched from ringside. Ziggler was clearly on a mission to make Woods pay for his actions at WWE Super ShowDown, which arguably cost Dolph the chance to win the WWE Title.
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn suddenly rushed down to ringside and blindsided Kofi & Big E while Woods was in high gear. Xavier wiped out Kevin & Sami with an awe-inspiring crossbody from the top rope, but Ziggler took advantage of the distraction by dropping Xavier with a ring-rattling DDT.
The official banned KO, Zayn and New Day from ringside, leaving Woods and Ziggler to tangle one-on-one. The Showoff shut down a flurry from Woods by connecting with a superkick square to the jaw that sent Woods spiraling to the floor. Ziggler followed up with a Zig Zag that seemingly would have gotten the job done, but Dolph was hellbent on punishing Woods. He tied up his foe in the rope before delivering another precision superkick that sent Xavier crumpling to the mat for the 1-2-3.
Ziggler’s message was yet again clear: He was coming for the WWE Title this Sunday.
The Miz continued to bring the fight to Shane McMahon and crew in this impromptu Tag Team Elimination Match, as he and R-Truth (who had the 24/7 Title sanctions suspended for the duration of this contest) battled Drew McIntyre & Elias. The former “Awesome Truth” unit squared off against the imposing duo of The Scottish Psychopath & The Living Truth, but fortunes changed for The A-Lister when Shane interfered behind the official’s back, taking down Miz and causing enough of a distraction for Elias to catch Truth with a flush knee to eliminate him.
Truth’s elimination left The Miz vulnerable to Drew & Elias, but Truth first had to get out of dodge as yet another gaggle of WWE Superstars chased him immediately following his elimination. The Miz would now go it alone, having to deal with not only McIntyre and Elias, but also Shane’s consistent interruptions whenever the referee was distracted. Miz looked like he was making significant strides against Elias, but the numbers game caught up to him, with McIntyre finishing him off with the dastardly combo of a massive headbutt and the Claymore Kick for the win.
Unsatisfied, Shane-O-Mac called for two more Claymore Kicks on the now defenseless Miz, clearly attempting to make a statement to The Big Dog ahead of Sunday.
With Universal Champion Seth Rollins continuing to terrorize any Special Guest Referee options Baron Corbin entertains, The Beastslayer’s arrival on the blue brand via the Wild Card Rule put him in the crosshairs of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, prompting The Architect to team up with WWE Champion Kofi Kingston to take on the meddlesome duo in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.
Kingston wasted no time, catching Sami off-guard with a picture-perfect Trouble in Paradise for a three-count right at the opening bell to give his team a 1-0 lead. After an intense fight, The Architect finally caught KO with an emphatic stomp for the three-count and the 2-0 sweep, sealing a monumental victory for the champions en route to their must-see title defenses at WWE Stomping Grounds.
In other action … Dolph Ziggler minced no words toward Kofi Kingston ahead of WWE Stomping Grounds … Chaos broke out on “A Moment of Bliss” … Heavy Machinery def. The B-Team … and Shane McMahon threw yet another curveball at The Miz.