After a chaotic set of circumstances, Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler collided with Heavy Machinery, and the winning team would earn their way into the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match at WWE Extreme Rules. Elsewhere, Samoa Joe made a chilling proposition to Kofi Kingston, but the WWE Champion would not blink in the face of The Samoan Submission Machine.
With The New Day eyeing Daniel Bryan & Rowan’s SmackDown Tag Team Titles at WWE Extreme Rules, Big E and Daniel Bryan squared off in one-on-one action on the blue brand.
With Xavier Woods and Rowan at ringside, Big E suplexed The Beard around the squared circle at ease, though Bryan fired back with his signature punishing kicks. In the clutch, Rowan found a way to take out Big E at ringside behind the official’s back and drop Woods right after he tossed Big E back into the ring, leaving him prime for Bryan’s Running Knee, which clinched the victory ahead of the soon-to-be Triple Threat title defense at WWE Extreme Rules.
With their WWE Championship Match at WWE Extreme Rules less than two weeks away, Kofi Kingston and Samoa Joe were scheduled to come face-to-face on SmackDown LIVE, just one night removed from Joe’s brutal assault of Kingston on Raw.
The Samoan Submission Machine questioned Kofi’s relationships with the WWE Universe and his New Day brothers, suggesting that Kofi was nothing without Xavier Woods and Big E. Kofi retorted, saying that he had earned all his success and then questioned Samoa Joe’s motives. Kingston suggested that Joe’s new methods of “hide and seek” attacks were beneath him and that he had lost his edge. Joe continued the insults about Kofi’s family, but Kofi flipped it on him, saying that Joe would never have a WrestleMania moment with his family like Kofi did this year.
The Samoan Shark then turned the tables one more time, offering the WWE Champion a handshake with caveats. If Kofi shook his hand, then Joe would promise the safety of everyone in Kofi’s life between now and WWE Extreme Rules. Kofi didn’t respond with a handshake, but a hand gesture of his own, one that was likely very popular with WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. An enraged Joe was caught off guard, and Kofi caught his foe with the Trouble in Paradise, proving he wouldn’t be intimidated ahead of their title showdown in 12 days.
With SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan and The New Day commentating from ringside at separate tables, Heavy Machinery and Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler squared off with the winning team getting the opportunity to join the SmackDown Tag Team Titles Match at WWE Extreme Rules.
However, early in the match, tensions overflowed on the outside, with Big E & Woods brawling with Bryan & Rowan, but The Planet’s Tag Team Champions got the best of the exchange when Rowan viciously dropped Woods through a table, and all four were ejected from ringside.
Heavy Machinery’s experience as a team put them over a top when they capitalized on a miscue between Ziggler and Owens that saw KO get accidently superkicked in the face by The Showoff. The inadvertent strike opened the door for Otis & Tucker to obliterate Owens with the Compactor to seal their entry into the SmackDown Tag Team Title bout at Extreme Rules.
A frustrated Ziggler confronted KO after the defeat, but Owens turned the tables by dropping Dolph with a Stunner and boldly redeclaring that the blue brand was his show. That being “The Kevin Owens Show,” of course.
In other action … A massive match was made on “The Kevin Owens Show” … Nikki Cross and Bayley exchanged words in a very special “Moment of Bliss” … Bayley def. Nikki Cross … Andrade def. Apollo Crews … and Ember Moon def. Mandy Rose.