SmackDown ended on a bizarre note as the Judgment Day delivered AJ Styles to The Bloodline’s Solo Sikoa on a silver platter.
There was a lot to take in on Friday night, with Jimmy Uso vowing to prove himself after telling Paul Heyman hein a strange twist.
The former tag champ took out AJ Styles backstage, with the Phenomenal One promising to ‘rip’ his head off in the main event.
He later voiced his issues with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for not protecting him from the attack, and warned them to steer clear during his match.
Jimmy faced Styles in the last match of the night, but came up short despite a great back and fourth effort between the two stars.
It wasn’t enough to help him emerge victorious though, he got rocked by the Phenomenal Forearm, which was enough to earn Styles the win.
After the bell, Solo and Heyman watched on as Damian Priest and Finn Balor went on the attack, beating up the former world champion before sliding him back in the ring for the Enforcer to finish him off with a Samoan Spike.
There is a lot to take in here, both with Jimmy’s future in The Bloodline, and the prospect of them either working with the Judgment Day, or this latest development descending into a battle between the groups.
Asuka challenges Iyo Sky, Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits confront Judgment Day and more
In the first match of the night, Shotzi and Charlotte Flair overcame Damage CTRL’s Bayley and Iyo Sky to score a major win.
They didn’t do it alone though, as Asuka made her return and stole Sky’s WWE Women’s Championship, causing a distraction to let Shotzi and Flair get the victory.
Backstage, Damage CTRL (including Dakota Kai) warned Asuka that she should steer clear or risk being injured like Bianca Belair, while the Empress of Tomorrow will face Iyo in two weeks.
LA Knight addressed only to be interrupted by Grayson Waller and Austin Theory, with the latter getting the brunt of the megastar’s abuse.
It led into a match between the two, which Knight won as he continues to ride a huge wave of momentum with amazing crowd reactions every week.
He even took a step towards being involved in The Bloodline saga as he barged in while Heyman was trying to find out from Adam Pearce who had been drafted to SmackDown after.
Knight demanded a rematch against The Miz next week – which he will get – before Heyman formerly introduced himself, and instructed him to knock next time someone says the Wiseman is in the room.
Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio came out to hype the Judgment Day’s dominance, including Priest and Balor beating Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens .
Dom struggled to be heard thanks to the loud boos from the Boston crowd, while the Brawling Brutes’ Butch and Ridge Holland interrupted, leading to a brawl.
The tag match pitting Priest and Balor against Butch and Ridge got underway with the new tag champs winning, but the Brutes more than held their own in a fantastic bout with Pretty Deadly watching on backstage.
Afterwards, Bobby Lashley came out with the Street Profits and confronted the Judgment Day, insisting while The Bloodline is crumbling, it will be the All Mighty, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins who take over.
WWE SmackDown airs Friday nights at 1am on TNT Sports 1.
WWE SmackDown results and grades - September 8, 2023
- Shotzi and Charlotte Flair beat Damage CTRL (Bayley and Iyo Sky) (B)
- LA Knight pinned Austin Theory (B)
- Judgment Day (Damian Priest and Finn Balor) defeated Brawling Brutes (Butch and Ridge Holland) (B+)
- AJ Styles pinned Jimmy Uso (B+)