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WWE needed to re-write this show in a big way because Superstars didn’t make it out of Saudi Arabia as planned. That being said, this is what the show was supposed to look like:

  • Roman Reigns collides with King Corbin
  • Bray Wyatt to join “Miz TV”
  • The Revival to defend SmackDown Tag Team Titles against The New Day
  • Nikki Cross, Carmella & Dana Brooke square off against Bayley, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

A few of those above matches won’t be able to happen now. Bayley will defend the SmackDown Women’s Title against Nikki Cross now. This means that the six woman tag team match will need to change as well.

We also know that Brock Lesnar will be in the building for SmackDown. Other surprises are expected and they are flying NXT Superstars in for the show to fill in the gaps.


This should be an interesting one so strap in.

Opening Segment

Brock Lesnar was out first because he owns his own plane and can make it back from Saudi Arabia.

Paul Heyman introduced Brock Lesnar and described Lesnar’s mood as “really really pissed off tonight.”

Then Heyman introduced a clip and they played the entire WWE Crown Jewel match with Velasquez vs Lesnar. They had that kind of time to fill.

Heyman said that Lesnar got retribution for the scar under his eye and then Rey Mysterio ran in with a chair. Then they showed that footage.

Heyman said they went to Vince McMahon then he told the crowd if they didn’t know who that was then “Google him bitches.” They demanded a match against Rey Mysterio, but he couldn’t do that because SmackDown is exclusive to Fox and RAW is exclusive to USA Network. That means Mysterio and Lesnar can’t wrestle. Well, that’s a nice usage of the storyline.

Since Mysterio can’t come to SmackDown, Lesnar is going to RAW to look for Ray. What is anyone going to do about it? He’s Brock Lesnar.

Then Heyman announced that Lesnar is quitting SmackDown and he’ll be at RAW now looking for Mysterio.

They showed Brock Lesnar leaving and then Triple H and Shawn Michaels were in the hall watching him.

Bayley vs Nikki Cross – SmackDown Women’s Title Match

They gave this match a big introduction from Kayla Braxton and took their time getting started.

Bayley nailed a forearm, but Cross ran right back at her and they backed into the corner. They traded shoves and cross rolled her up for a two count. Nikki hit an armdrag and then Bayley popped up and kicked her in the head. Nikki then sent Bayley out of the ring with a rana and dropkicked her through the ropes before hitting a tornado DDT on the outside.

She rolled Bayley right back in and got a two count before we went to commercial.

When we came back from commercials, Bayley and Cross were still evenly matched. Bayley gained control, but Nikki hit some strikes to send her outside. Then Bayley shoved Nikki into the ring steps.

They went back inside the ring and Nikki kicked out after a two count. Bayley delivered some shoulder strikes in the corner and then Cross moved so Bayley hit the turnbuckle. Cross hit a jawjacker and then some forearms and a crossbody block to take Bayley down.

Cross nailed several clotheslines and pumped herself up. She hit a bulldog and then she slapped her chest and climbed to the top turnbuckle and hit another crossbody for a two count.

Cross was going for the spinning neckbreaker, but Banks got involved. Nikki hit Banks down, but Bayley smashed her and hit an elbow drop for a two count.

Bayley was sent outside and Cross nearly got another top rope move, but Banks jumped up to shove her down and then Bayley got the win.

Winner: Bayley

After the match, Shayna Baszler showed up and destroyed everyone. Aiden English called Baszler “the queen of hearts” which is not her name. He had to be corrected.

Pat McAfee was suddenly on commentary instead of Aiden English. That was an interesting swap out in the middle of the show.

Sami Zayn cut a promo backstage and said that NXT is trying to take advantage of SmackDown tonight. Then he turned around and Matt Riddle and Keith Lee were there.

Zayn said he is a big fan and he said they used to call him the heart and soul of NXT. They did. Zayn then said he was going to go get his NXT t-shirt and put it on. He’s just going to his car, but they followed him through the backstage area. This was interesting. Then Sami started running and they chased him.

He made his way out to the arena and Lee & Riddle chased him to the ring. Riddle hit him with a knee and a a Bro Derek before Keith Lee hit a second rope moonsault.

Miz TV

Since Bray Wyatt was going to be The Miz’s guest, he will interview himself. They opened it up by playing a video package from the Universal Title match anyway.

The Miz didn’t get very far into his promo about NXT until Tommaso Ciampa came out. It’s a really good thing they have NXT Superstars down there. The fans booed when Miz said Wyatt couldn’t be there tonight, but they were thrilled to see Ciampa.

Ciampa said The Miz is supposed to be the most must-see Superstar in WWE. He’s Tommaso Ciampa and he just so happens to be “the greatest sports entertainer of all time.” He said Miz acts like the world revolves around, but it’s time that someone tells Miz where he is on the food chain,

Then he said Miz is everything that’s wrong with RAW and SmackDown. While he’s breaking his neck in NXT, Miz is “playing actor.” While Miz is playing the part, Tommaso Ciampa is the part.

The Miz said he’s acting like he doesn’t know who Ciampa is. When people talk about NXT, they talk about him, but “here’s the thing.” He said that people have always said they want to see Ciampa and The Miz battle on the mic, but for 15 years if he’s been acting then he deserves an Oscar. Then he told Ciampa to make a statement.

Then they had a match.

Tommaso Ciampa vs The Miz

They started slow and then Miz went to the apron and he slid under Tommaso for a two count roll up.

The Miz sent Ciampa to the outside and then he jumped out and Tommaso caught him and sent him against the steps. He then sat on the apron and gave himself a pat on the back.

They returned to the ring and Tommaso latched on a headlock. The Miz got loose and he hit few running knees before Ciampa came back with a clothesline and a knee strike for a two count.

The Miz blocked the Fairy Tale Ending and then he flipped around and took out Tommaso Ciampa’s knee. Ciampa fought back, but his leg gave out so he missed a powerbomb. The Miz hit a DDT for a two count and then he locked on a Figure 4.

Then Ciampa reverses the pressure of the Figure 4 before The Miz let go.

They continued with some roll-ups until Ciampa got a single-leg crab on The Miz and then Miz rolled him up for a two count.

Ciampa nailed some chops and then he missed a splash in the corner. The Miz tried to hit a double ax handle from the top. Ciampa nailed a knee strike followed by a Fairy Tale Ending for the win.

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa

Daniel Bryan was backstage and he ran into Triple H and Shawn Michaels. He asked them why they were there. Triple H said that he saw that NXT was a part of Survivor Series.

They got a little heated and Bryan said he’s looking for a fight. Triple H said he doesn’t have his gear with him, but then Adam Cole showed up. Bryan then said they should make it for the NXT Title — so now it’s an NXT Title match and it’s happening tonight.

Mandy Rose and Sonya were waiting for their match to start. Carmella’s music started, but she didn’t come out. Then they showed Bianca Belair backstage destroying both Carmella and Dana Brooke. So they had different opponents.

Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs Rhea Ripley & Tegan Nox

Too bad Dakota Kai hurt her knee.

Rhea and took advantage of Mandy in the ring while Tegan whipped Sonya over the announce table. Then she got in the ring and nailed a knee to the face before Ripley slapped on the inverted shamrock submission for the win.

Winners: Tegan Nox & Rhea Ripley

Triple H and Shawn Michaels came out. Then Stephanie McMahon came out and introduced a highlight video of the Evans vs Nattie match at Crown Jewel.

Daniel Bryan vs Adam Cole – NXT Title Match

Roderick Strong came out with Adam Cole.

This match is really happening and Triple H and Shawn Michaels were sitting at ringside in desk chairs.

Cole and Bryan started out slow and felt each other out before they traded wrist locks. Bryan backed Cole into the corner and slapped him. Then Adam returned fire with a kick and a chop in the corner.

Adam laid in some strikes and took Bryan down in a headlock. Adam knocked Bryan down and then Daniel laid in a kick to the chest that turned Cole inside out.

Bryan got a surfboard stretch locked in and then he transitioned it into a chokehold. Cole got up and kicked him for a two count.

Bryan blocked a suplex and they inched themselves to the ropes before they suplex each other end over end to the outside. That was outstanding. Then they went to commercial.

When we came back, they were in the ring again and Bryan was kicking out of a two count. Cole landed knee drops and then got another two count before applying a figure four headlock.

Bryan got up and hit an uppercut before he got some speed and hit a running knee, but he didn’t make the pin. Cole kicked Bryan and then Bryan sent Adam to the outside. Bryan jumped on the apron and he nailed a knee to the face from the apron.

They made their way back to the ring and Bryan nailed a missile dropkick from the top rope. Then Bryan nailed a running kick to the face before hitting a rana from the top, but Cole held on and rolled him up for a two count. Bryan came off the roped and Cole landed a kick for a two count.

Bryan sent Cole to the outside and then he nailed a suicide dive. He went for another one and Cole nailed a kick before another commercial.

Bryan was on the top rope when we came back. He went for the diving headbutt, but Cole moved. Then Cole got a two count.

Adam rolled down his knee pad and went for the Last Shot, but Bryan avoided it and got him in a one-legged crab. Then Bryan grapevined Cole’s leg and Cole was selling big time until he rolled and got to the bottom rope.

Bryan took Cole’s leg out with several kicks and Cole came back with a strike or two. Then Bryan went for a move, but Cole reversed it and slammed Bryan down for a two count.

Suddenly, Bryan slapped on the LeBell Lock until he let go to apply some stomps and another Lebell Lock while pulling back on Cole’s injured right wrist.

Cole tried to get to the ropes but Bryan pulled his arm away and cranked his fingers. So, Cole found the bottom role with his toe to cause the separation.

Bryan landed Yes Kicks, but Cole ducked the final one. They traded roll-up pins and then Bryan nailed another kick. The crowd started to get pumped, but Cole nailed a Superkick when Bryan was going for his running knee.

Cole nailed a Canadian Destroyer and a Last Shot for the win. HOLY CRAP!

Winner: Adam Cole

After the match was over, the NXT Superstars came down to the ring and there were a lot more than who showed up during the show. They all flooded the ring (including Lio Rush) and they all celebrated together.

Triple H took the mic and said “you wanted the thunder you got it.” They wanted to pick a fight with NXT so if they’re gonna have a fight then he needs an army.

Triple H said if you want to build an army you look to your blood, you look to your family. He said this is the army and they’re firing the first shot. This could be interesting.

He ended the show by saying “We are NXT.”

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