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Smackdown 8/28/2020: Sami Zayn RETURNS! Reigns aligns with PAUL HEYMAN!!

Here's what to expect tonight on Smackdown:

  • Contract Signing: WWE Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, & Roman Reigns make their no holds barred triple threat match at Payback official.

  • Miz TV: Big E is the guest after an explosive "Talking Smack" stand off with The Miz.

  • Will any more matches be made for Payback just two days before the event?

We kick off the show with a graphic for "Bullet" Bob Armstrong. May he rest in peace. 1939-2020. Our condolences to the family.

Highlights from Strowman vs. Fiend at SummerSlam followed by ROMAN REIGNS RETURN!! For those that didn't see it, Reigns laid out both men!

WWE official, Adam Pearce, talks to security backstage. Pearce talks about the contract signing and the possibility of Retribution showing up. VINCE MCMAHON IS HERE!! Vince has a mission for Pearce. Pearce needs to get everyone to sign the contract before the end of the night. Vince tells Pearce not to fail him.

We're in the ThunderDome once again and here comes the new WWE Intercontinental champion Jeff Hardy!! We see highlights of the Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles match from last week. Hardy has a mic and says it's good to be in the ThunderDome tonight. Hardy talks about what Styles did to his knee. He's ready to defend and.....HERE COMES STYLES!! Styles says Hardy is pretty proud about what he did last week. Styles calls Hardy a liar and a cheat. Styles says Hardy knew exactly what he was doing with the new brace. Styles says the same doctor won't clear Styles tonight. Hardy says that is unfortunate because Hardy was going to issue an open challenge to anyone except Styles. STYLES IS PISSED!! HARDY KNOCKS DOWN STYLES WITH A RIGHT HAND!! We'll have a title match next as we go to a commercial!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

Jeff Hardy (champ) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Smackdown Tag Team champ)

Styles is on commentary. They lock up early but we get a clean break. Nakamura takes control. Hardy fights back but Nakamura backs him into the ropes and lands a kick. Hardy picks up the pace and hits a snap mare and an elbow for a near fall. Hardy goes off the ropes by Nakamura targets the injured knee. Interview with Cesaro while the match is going on and Nakamura didn't tell Cesaro he was challenging. Cesaro wishes him luck but doesn't seem thrilled by it. Nakamura continues the work on the knee. Hardy hits a mule kick to try to stop Nakamura's momentum. Hardy charges Nakamura in the corner but Nakamura avoids the contact. Hardy tries a suplex and they take turns countering each other until Hardy sends Nakamura out of the ring with a clothesline! HARDY SENDS NAKAMURA FLYING INTO STYLES AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL!!

We're back and Nakamura is working on the knee in the middle of the ring. Styles is still upset about Hardy throwing Nakamura into him. Hardy hits his classic offense according to Cole. Double leg drop to the midsection followed by a basement drop kick for a near fall. Nakamura puts Hardy on the top turnbuckle. Hardy elbows him off and HITS WHISPER IN THE WIND!! Hardy can't capitalize because of the knee. Nakamura with a unique take down and he goes to the top and hits a knee to Hardy's face!! 1...2...NO!! Nakamura sets up for the Kinshasa but Hardy side steps him! Nakamura avoids Twist of Fate but THEN HARDY KICKS NAKAMURA AND HITS TWIST OF FATE!! SWANTON BOMB FOLLOWS AND HARDY WINS @ 13:01!! Styles complains that Hardy used the knee brace again (when he kicked Nakamura before the Twist of Fate). Hardy gets to the ramp as Styles still yells at him. SAMI ZAYN IS HERE WITH HIS OWN WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!! ZAYN SAYS HE IS THE REAL CHAMP!! Hardy is distracted by Styles and ZAYN HITS HARDY WITH A HELLUVA KICK!!!

A new Firefly Fun House is next!

Sami Zayn is walking backstage singing. Kayla Braxton tries to get an interview about why he attacked Hardy. Sami says he is righting wrongs because Hardy isn't the rightful champ! Braxton asks why he hasn't been here to defend the title and he tells her not to worry about it haha. Zayn says he is a champion all over the world. Zayn speaks some French before leaving.

Firefly Fun House time! Bray welcomes us! All the puppets are here tonight. Bray says something is missing and then he pulls out the WWE Universal Championship. He sees no one can take it. He tells Roman Reigns it's been a while but it was good to see him. The door bell rings and its Postman Pearce!! He tries to get Bray to sign the contract. Bray asks why he would sign it. Pearce says because there is a connection between Bray and him. BRAY AGREES AND SIGNS! Bray says if he knows "him" like he thinks he does, then he just signed a couple death warrants!

Highlights of the Matt Riddle/King Corbin rivalry.

Riddle is out now and says Corbin is scared to face him. Riddle dares Corbin to prove him wrong and we go to a commercial. Back from the break, Riddle is still waiting in the ring for Corbin. Riddle is tired of waiting. HERE COMES KING CORBIN AND HE'S GOT A MIC!! SHORTY G ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!! CORBIN ACCEPTS ON BEHALF OF SHORTY G!!

Matt Riddle vs. Shorty G

All Shorty G in the early going following the pre-match attack. Riddle fights back with a suplex but a tiger suplex by Shorty G gets a near fall. Shorty G goes for another suplex but Riddle lands on his feet!! RIDDLE HITS BRO DEREK AND IT'S OVER @ 1:26!! Corbin tries to attack but Riddle is ready. Corbin bails!! Shorty G looks like an embarrassment and the Riddle/Corbin feud continues. They should have a match at Payback.

Corey Graves and Michael Cole talk the return of Talking Smack last week and the confrontation between The Miz and Big E. In an interview earlier, Big E says he doesn't want to be on Miz TV but he is contractually obligated. Miz and John Morrison don't like that and confront him. Big E has Heavy Machinery for back up. Later tonight, Big E teams with Heavy Machinery to take on Miz, Morrison, and Sheamus. Big E is backstage now with Heavy Machinery when Bayley and Sasha Banks interrupt. Banks and Bayley laugh at them and say some people can only handle the tag team championships.

Adam Pearce is backstage knocking on Roman Reigns locker room door but he doesn't answer.

Kayla Braxton interviews King Corbin about Matt Riddle and asks if he will face him now. Corbin says that this Sunday at Payback, Corbin will prove that Riddle doesn't belong. So it's official.

WWE Women's Tag Team champs Sasha Banks and Bayley (WWE Smackdown Women's champ) are here now. We see SummerSlam highlights of both women's matches. Bayley says it's been the most difficult week of their careers talking about all of their title defenses. Bayley talks them up as a team but says things don't always go as planned. Banks says you can say that again. Bayley brags about being Bayley Dos Straps and talks about Banks history of never successfully defending a title. BANKS SEEMS PISSED!! Bayley says they can't lose on Sunday. Banks tells Bayley not to worry and as long as Bayley has Banks' back then they will be fine. Banks says Bayley is lucky that she is Banks best friend. SHAYNA BASZLER AND NIA JAX ARE ON THE TRON! Baszler and Jax says as much as they hate each other, they hate Bayley and Banks more! Banks says she will get her vengeance Sunday as she looks at Bayley. Hmm...I smell a turn coming.

Adam Pearce is backstage asking Drew Gulak is he has seen Braun Strowman. GULAK FINDS STROWMAN AND HITS HIM WITH A CHAIR AND THROWS THE CHAIR TO PEARCE!! GULAK RUNS!! Strowman is pissed off!! Strowman tells Pearce he will sign if he gets Gulak to the ring now!!

Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura talk backstage. Cesaro supports Nakamura but wants to be in the loop. SINGING SAMI ZAYN IS HERE!! REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!! Zayn is sorry for not letting them know. Cesaro says some things have changed as they're tag champs now. Zayn says that was part of his plan to give them space. Cesaro says they were having a team conversation that they would like to finish and THEY ASK SAMI TO LEAVE! Sami says it's alright because he has so much to do.

Drew Gulak is in the ring now!

Highlights of the SummerSlam match between Strowman and the Fiend are shown.

Drew Gulak vs. Braun Strowman

Does your watch have a second hand on it?!? Strowman isn't even wearing his ring gear. Strowman immediately attacks!! Strowman hits a senton!! The beat down continues!! Choke slam by Strowman!! Strowman pulls him up by the beard and hits a RUNNING POWER SLAM!! IT'S OVER @ 1:44!! As they say in Mortal Kombat, FLAWLESS VICTORY!! Strowman signs the contract!!

The Lucha House Party talks backstage. Kalisto tells Metalik and Dorado to stay backstage and watch how it's done. Kalisto heads to the ring. CESARO AND NAKAMURA ATTACK METALIK AND DORADO!!

Kalisto vs. Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Smackdown Tag Team champs)

Cesaro goes on the attack right away. Kalisto uses his speed as an advantage and sends Cesaro out of the ring with a head scissors. Enziguri from the apron by Kalisto. Kalisto tries a spring board but Cesaro catches him with a back breaker. Cesaro in control now. Kalisto gets a near fall with a roll up but Cesaro goes back on the attack. Near fall for Cesaro. Big uppercut in the corner to Kalisto. BIG DDT BY KALISTO!! 1...2...NO!! Kalisto sends Cesaro into the second the turnbuckle. NAKAMURA TRIES TO GET INVOLVED BUT LUCHA HOUSE PARTY IS HERE TO STOP HIM!! KALISTO IS DISTRACTED AND CESARO ROLLS HIM UP FOR THE WIN @ 3:19!! The Lucha House Party argue afterward until Kalisto hugs them before leaving frustrated.

Adam Pearce goes to talk to Vince. Pearce says every time he knocks on Roman's door, he gets no answer. Vince says 2/3 ain't bad but not good enough. Vince recommends Pearce knock the door down!! Pearce leaves.

Nikki Cross is backstage with a coffee cup with Alexa Bliss and her on it when she is approached by Tamina. Tamina asks how Alexa Bliss is. Speaking of her, Alexa Bliss is here and all smiles. She claims she's great! Bliss' hair is in pig tails and Cross questions it since it hasn't been that way in a while. Cross says it reminds her of the Fiend. Bliss tells her no to be ridiculous! Bliss grabs the coffee cup out of Cross' hands and smashes it.

The Miz, John Morrison, and Sheamus discuss strategy backstage for their six man tag. Sheamus isn't buying their strategy and tells them to follow his lead.

Pearce knocks on Roman Reigns door and walks right in. Reigns looks over the contract but doesn't sign it.

Six Man Tag Team Match

Heavy Machinery & Big E vs. The Miz, John Morrison, & Sheamus

We're starting with Otis and Morrison. Otis over powers Morrison early and no sells Morrison's offense. Heavy Machinery and Big E triple team Morrison. Sheamus breaks up an early cover. A cross body by Tucker gets a near fall. Morrison comes back with some kicks and tags Miz. Miz takes over on Tucker. Good quick tags by the heels. Commentary keeps referencing Retribution so they are probably bound to show up. A drop kick by Morrison sends Tucker to the outside. Tucker fires back and SHEAMUS RINGS THE BELL!! Everybody stops for a moment but the match will continue as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Morrison is working on Tucker. Tucker has been isolated all break apparently. Commentary says Pearce is still in Reigns locker room trying to get him to sign. Sheamus still hasn't been in the match. Miz and Morrison continuously trade tags to continue isolating Tucker. Big E breaks up a cover. Sheamus tags himself in but the ref doesn't see it!! Sheamus is pissed and SHEAMUS GETS KNOCKED OFF THE APRON!! Now Sheamus is super pissed and SHEAMUS WALKS OUT ON MIZ AND MORRISON!! TUCKER TAGS BIG E AND MIZ TAGS IN!! Big E runs wild on Miz with suplexes!! Splash by Big E!! MIZ RUNS INTO A URANAGE BUT MORRISON BREAKS UP THE COVER!! Otis comes in to help and hits a CATERPILLAR ON MORRISON! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE ON OTIS!! BIG E HITS THE BIG ENDING ON MIZ FOR THE WIN @ 11:56!! Another impressive outing by Big E. Pretty much a handicap match as Sheamus did nothing before walking out on his team. The good guys celebrate!

We're back in Reigns locker room and he is looking over at someone and tells them he will walk out of Payback as the new Universal champion!! THE CAMERA PANS OVER AND IT'S PAUL HEYMAN!!! HEYMAN SAYS "BELIEVE THAT!!" Reigns smirks and signs the contract to end the show!!

We'll have our Payback predictions in our "Our 3 Cents" column tomorrow! Be sure to check out what we think is going to go down!

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