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Tonight’s episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown will feature Charlotte Flair vs Bayley. The NXT Women’s Champion and SmackDown Women’s Champion will collide, but no title will be on the line.
The IC Title Tournament will continue. Jeff Hardy will take on Sheamus and Shinsuke Nakamura will also battle AJ Styles.
Otis and Mandy Rose will team up to take on Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville as well. That match could be the close of their feud, or just a bookmark.
All that and more is expected for Friday Night SmackDown this week. You can check out the full comprehensive run-down here.
- Charlotte Flair and Bayley to meet in Champion vs. Champion Match
- Jeff Hardy looks to accelerate comeback against Sheamus in Intercontinental Championship Tournament
- AJ Styles rolls into SmackDown to face Shinsuke Nakamura in Intercontinental Championship Tournament
- Otis & Mandy Rose bring personal battle with Sonya Deville & Dolph Ziggler to the ring
The show started with a Memorial Day video package.
Morrison said his hands are now “certified Instagram influencers.” Then Miz played a clip of Otis winning MITB and said he can’t believe it’s true. They threw more shade at Otis. Then Miz said that Braun Strowman “enabled” Otis last week.
Miz said that Braun tagging with Otis made no sense because of the Money In The Bank Briefcase. Then Morrison said it makes no sense like Becky Lynch choosing to have a baby with Seth Rollins.
They said that Braun was replaced in the Wyatt Family by puppets. Then Miz revealed some “rejected Firefly Fun House puppets.” They were all sad and said bad things about Braun Strowman. One of them was a “Diaper Boy” and he had poo coming out of his mouth. The third was a mannequin called Mandiquin Rose.
Braun Strowman finally came out and he thanked them for having him on the show. They didn’t know he was booked and then he said that they should ask him a question. He suggested that they ask him about Bray and his puppets.
Miz said that he tangled with Wyatt and he knows Wyatt isn’t done with Strowman. Then Morrison accidentally set up a match with Miz.
Braun Strowman vs The Miz
Miz landed a punch, but Strowman no-sold it. Then he hit a couple more, but Braun just gave him another right that Miz did sell.
Braun landed a clubbing blow that sent Miz to the mat hard. Strowman hit a shoulder tackle and then Miz got Braun out of the ring and hit a knee. Johnny Drip Drip hit a dive off the barricade on Strowman and then Miz sent him into the steps before putting him back in.
Miz went for a springboard move, but Braun grabbed him. Miz racked the eye and landed a dropkick to the knee. Braun came back with a bearhug that barreled Miz into the corner. He tossed him across the ring before landing a right that took Morrison off the apron.
Braun hit a running powerslam next and won.
Winner: Braun Strowman
AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Styles is now on SmackDown and more trades are on the way.
These two started stiff after feeling each other out. They traded moved and then Nakamura dropped Styles on his neck as he slid out of the ring just as the commercial break started.
They traded more kicks and Styles ended up on the mat taking a few shots from Nakamura. They continued and Styles took control before Nakamura buried Styles in the corner.
Styles locked on a Calf Crusher, but Nakamura grabbed the ropes. Shinsuke landed a kick in the back of the head, then he missed a sliding kick and Styles nailed his own kick for a two count.
Nakamura got another two count after a Michinoku Driver. Then Nakamura hit a flying knee off the second rope and hit a sliding knee for another two count.
Shinsuke missed a Kinshasa as Styles rolled him up for a pinfall attempt. Then Nakamura got a triangle hold. Styles turned it into a Styles Clash for a two cout.
Finally, Styles nailed a Phenomenal Forearm and picked up the win.
Winner: AJ Styles