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Smackdown 10/2/2020: Zayn defends IC Title against Hardy; The Fiend Appears; Mystery Woman Revealed!



Here's what's on tap for tonight:

  • WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is officially crowned as Tribal Chief

  • "The KO Show": Kevin Owens welcomes Alexa Bliss as his guest

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Sami Zayn (champ)

We're in the ThunderDome and kicking off the show with highlights of WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso at Clash of Champions. ROMAN REIGNS MAKES HIS WAY TO THE RING ALONG WITH PAUL HEYMAN. Heyman is on the mic and says we will have to forgive him for being nervous. Heyman has known Reigns since he was born and this moment was destined to happen. Heyman says we're here to crown Reigns the Tribal Chief of not just his family or Smackdown or WWE but of the whole WWE Universe. Heyman hands the mic to Reigns. Reigns says he doesn't want to be acknowledged at the Tribal Chief because Jey Uso didn't acknowledge him. Reigns says Jimmy Uso did but Jey didn't. Reigns calls Jey out!! HERE COMES JEY USO!! Jey has a mic and says he doesn't know Reigns. Jey says Roman showed his true colors at Clash of Champions. Jey says Roman beat his ass but didn't break his spirit. Jey says if Jimmy didn't throw the towel in, Jey would be champion. Reigns claims he's not proud of what he did and calls Clash of Champions the worst night of his career. Reigns claims he was trying to help Jey and put his name in the bright lights. Reigns wanted to get Jey the payday of a main event so he could do something nice for his wife and kids. Reigns says he just wanted to be acknowledged as the Tribal Chief. Reigns says he has earned this. Reigns says all he wanted was to represent the family to the fullest and share the main event but he claims Jey embarrassed them. Jey embarrassed the family. Reigns asks if he wants another shot. Reigns says Jey can have another shot at Hell in a Cell in the cell!!! Reigns says a match at Hell in a Cell would have the highest stakes of any match in WWE history and hugs Jey!! Reigns tells Jey that there will be consequences for another match at Hell in a Cell. Reigns walks towards the back and Jey grabs a mic and says "You're on!" HERE COMES AJ STYLES!! Styles wants to know if it's over. Styles says Jey matters to Styles and he doesn't want to see Jey take another beating like he did past Sunday. Styles says someone more qualified should compete for the title. Styles tells Jey that Jimmy is the better athlete. JEY USO ATTACKS STYLES!! THEY FIGHT TO THE OUTSIDE WHERE JEY TAKES AJ DOWN WITH A DIVE OFF THE ANNOUNCER'S TABLE AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL!!


Jey Uso vs. AJ Styles

Styles avoids a charging Uso. Styles talks trash as he takes Uso down. Uso battles back and slams Styles and follows that with a head butt. Uso misses a charge again in the corner. Styles takes advantage. Styles drops a knee for a near fall. Commentary talks about what consequences Roman Reigns could be talking about in regards to Hell in a Cell. Styles goes the Styles Clash but Uso avoids it and clotheslines Styles out of the ring. Uso goes to suicide dive to the outside but Styles catches him with a kick. STYLES PULLS USO OUT OF THE RING AND VERTICAL SUPLEXES HIM OUT OF THE RING ONTO THE ANNOUNCER'S TABLE AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL!!


We're back and Uso gets a near fall. Styles turns the tide with a back breaker. Styles is in control but misses a splash in the corner. Super kick and an uppercut by Uso. POP UP SAMOAN DROP BY USO!! Neck breaker by Uso and he gets a near fall! Styles catches Uso with a pele kick. Fireman's carry to a neck breaker by Styles!! 1...2...NO!! Styles sets up for the Styles Clash but Uso blocks it and back drops Styles to the apron. Enziguri by Uso sends Styles to the outside. USO HITS A SUICIDE DIVE ON STYLES OUTSIDE!! Back in the ring, Uso tries a splash from the top but Styles gets the knees up. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Uso takes him out with a super kick! Another kick by Uso. SUPER KICK BY USO!! USO GOES TO THE TOP AND HITS A SPLASH FOR THE WIN @ 10:46!! Styles makes Uso look great but I don't like the idea of Uso winning clean just because he has an up coming match against Reigns again. Props to Styles for doing the job in a good match.


Commentary talks about and shows highlights of the triple threat ladder match at Clash of Champions for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. This match was awesome. Read a full review of Clash of Champions here.


WWE Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn joins us backstage. He says we probably expect him to gloat but he won't do that. He is full of resentment because he had to put his body through that ladder match to defend what was already his. He blames the fans for not sticking up for him and supporting a fraudulent tournament. Sami says he is the only one with principles around here. He puts Jeff Hardy's Intercontinental Championship in a trash can and says that's also where Hardy's dreams of becoming champion again belong.


John Morrison vs. Otis

Tucker and The Miz are banned from ringside

They says "court" will happen next week and Otis will defend himself. Morrison hits and runs early but Otis catches him with a clubbing blow. Otis over powers Morrison and hits a nice t-bone suplex! Splash in the corner by Otis! CATERPILLAR BY OTIS!! OTIS HITS A VADER BOMB FOR THE WIN @ 1:41!! Squash!! "Court" is next week!


Sasha Banks is shown backstage still wearing a neck collar. She has a message for Bayley tonight!


A video package hypes NXT Takeover 31 this Sunday!


Big E posted a video on social media and he basically wants a piece of Sheamus. He challenges Sheamus to a falls count anywhere match next week.


Shorty G vs. Sheamus

Sheamus tries a Brogue kick but Shorty G avoids it and rolls him up for a near fall. Another near fall for Shorty G! SHEAMUS CATCHES SHORTY G WITH A BROGUE KICK!! ANOTEHR BROGUE KICK AND IT'S OVER @ 0:48!! Squash!


Kevin Owens is backstage is getting ready for "The KO Show". The screen behind him flashes the Firefly Fun House logo.


Kevin Owens is in the ring now for "The KO Show". KO talks up the draft and says Smackdown could be his new home in a couple weeks. KO jumped at the opportunity to come tonight and host "The KO Show". He has lots of questions for his guest. KO introduces Alexa Bliss. KO says he has been paying attention to what's happening to Smackdown. He says Alexa Bliss is changing and her attitude is changing. KO says what he sees in Bliss reminds him of what he sees in Aleister Black on Raw. Bliss doesn't know what he means. KO tries explaining but Bliss says peoples change and he should try changing. KO says tonight isn't about him. KO says a darkness has taken over Bliss and if he can understand what has happened to Bliss then he can understand Black. Bliss asks if he's ever been around "him"? Bliss explains what it's like to be around "him". KO says he doesn't think we're talking about Aleister anymore. KO says she's been brainwashed. Bliss agrees and she's been cleansed! KO asks if he's here? Bliss says he's everywhere! LET HIM IN! LIGHTS GO OUT!! WHEN THE RED LIGHT COMES BACK ON, THE FIEND IS HERE!! THE FIEND LOCKS KO IN THE MANDIBLE CLAW!! Bliss sits and watches. THE FIEND REACHES HIS HAND OUT TO BLISS. SHE TAKES HIS HANDS AND SMILES!! LET ME IN!!



Six Man Tag Team Match

King Corbin, Cesaro, & Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions) vs. Lucha House Party & Matt Riddle

Kalisto stayed backstage. We start with Nakamura and Lince Dorado. Strikes by Nakamura to start but Dorado takes him down with a rana and a drop kick. KALISTO MAKES HIS WAY TO THE RING SAYING "YOU FORGOT ME" AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL.


We're back and Corbin is beating on Gran Metalik. Corbin, Cesaro, and Nakamura all stomp Metalik in the corner. Cesaro tags in and hits a beautiful stalling vertical suplex on Metalik. Near fall for Cesaro. Nakamura comes in to continue to punishment. Nakamura knocks Dorado off the apron. Metalik fights back and hits a tornado DDT! Riddle and Corbin both tag in. Riddle takes Corbin to the corner and delivers multiple forearms. BROTON BY RIDDLE!! Running knee by Riddle! 1...2...it's broken up! Everything breaks down. Cesaro tags in and hits a big uppercut for a near fall. Metalik flips over the ropes to take out Corbin. Dorado tries a stunner with no luck. KALISTO TAKES OUT DORADO BY ACCIDENT!! CESARO IS DISTRACTED BY THIS AND RIDDLE TAKES ADVANTAGE!! RIDDLE HITS THE BRO DEREK ON CESARO FOR THE WIN @ 6:41!! The Lucha House Party argues afterward which is nothing new. Riddle tries to keep peace. This match was hurt by the commercial break that took up a good portion of it.


Commentary talks about the recent events between Bayley and Sasha Banks. Highlights are shown. Sasha Banks is up next!


Another vignette for the mystery woman. IT'S CARMELLA!! She blames all of us for getting no where before. Regardless of being on Raw or Smackdown, she's untouchable now!!


Sasha Banks is in the ring with a mic. She says not being medically cleared wasn't going to stop her from getting to Bayley at Clash of Champions. Banks calls Bayley a coward. Banks says Bayley used her to keep her title and become the longest reigning champion in Smackdown history. Banks knows Bayley isn't here tonight because she's scared. Banks challenges her to a title match next week!! Banks says "When it comes to the two of us (she rips off the collar), you don't stand a chance bitch!!"


The WWE Intercontinental Championship match is next!


A video package hypes the 2020 Draft!


WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

Sami Zayn (champ) vs. Jeff Hardy

Zayn has his ribs and arm taped up. Hardy's face paint is crazy black and white. Zayn backs Hardy into the corner right away and delivers punches and kicks. Hardy battles back with punches of his own. A shoulder tackle by Hardy. Zayn goes for a leap frog but hardy takes him out with a kick. Hardy targets the injured ribs of Zayn. They go to the outside. Hardy throws Zayn back in but Zayn baits Hardy in and then goes on the attack. Zayn goes to throw Hardy into the turnbuckle where Zayn has removed the turnbuckle cover!! Hardy blocks it!! They take the fight to the outside. Hardy tries to leap off the steps but ZAYN MOVES AND HARDY CRASHES INTO THE BARRICADE AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL!!


We're back and Hardy hits a jaw breaker on Zayn but then runs into a clothesline by Zayn. Two near falls for Zayn. We're shown that Zayn took the turnbuckle pad off during Hardy's entrance. Zayn grounds Hardy with a chin lock. Hardy fights back to his feet but Zayn takes him down again. They fight to the outside where Zayn remains in control. Back in the ring, Zayn gets more near falls but Hardy keeps kicking out. Zayn holds his ribs but hits an elbow from the second rope. 1...2...NO!! Zayn slams Hardy and goes to the top turnbuckle. Hardy stops him. Both men fight on the top now. SUPERPLEX BY HARDY!! Both men struggle to get to their feet. Hardy builds momentum. Inverted atomic drop followed by a double leg drop by Hardy!! Basement drop kick by Hardy followed by a splash!! 1...2...NO!! Hardy tries Twist of Fate but Zayn counters into a back slide for a near fall. Zayn tries a Blue Thunder Bomb but Hardy kicks out at 2!! ZAYN HITS AN EXPLODER ON HARDY INTO THE CORNER!!! Zayn looks at the exposed turnbuckle. Zayn tries to whip Hardy into it but Hardy blocks!! Hardy hits a mule kick sending Zayn to the corner. Hardy misses a splash in the corner and ZAYN HITS A BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! 1...2...NO!! Zayn puts Hardy on the top turnbuckle. Hardy fights him off with elbows!! HARDY TRIES A SWANTON BUT ZAYN GETS THE KNEES UP!! ZAYN SETS UP FOR THE HELLUVA KICK BUT HARDY AVOIDS IT!! HARDY TRIES WHISPER IN THE WIND BUT ZAYN PULLS HIM OFF THE TOP AND HARDY HITS THE EXPOSED TURNBUCKLE FACE FIRST!! ZAYN PINS HARDY FOR THE WIN @ 14:15!! Zayn celebrates to end the show!! Solid match even if the finish was a little predictable. Exciting to see the IC title getting some main event love!


Next Week:

  • Otis and The Miz are in "court"

  • Falls Count Anywhere Match: Big E vs. Sheamus

  • Kevin Owens vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt

  • WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Match: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (champ)

  • The 2020 WWE Draft begins!!

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