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WWE SmackDown Live results (Oct. 9, 2018): World Cup qualifying matches

WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 9, 2018) from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, featuring the fallout show from the Super Show-Down event that went down this past Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.

Advertised for tonight: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair in a SmackDown women’s title match, two WWE World Cup qualifying matches, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


Well I know there’d come a day when my mind would say “Hey are you afraid?” Well, all I know is that I been down here tryin’. Well, I’ll bleed on through the night, as I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for y’all, folks.

The show opens with commentary hyping up tonight’s proceedings, including our two WWE World Cup qualifying matches.

Introductions tell us that if Becky Lynch is disqualified tonight, she’ll lose the title.

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)

Collar and elbow, struggling and pushing each other across the ring, Lynch gets Flair in the corner and breaks clean at referee Jason Ayers’ behest. Back to the lockup, Becky with a wristlock, reversed, kick to the knee reverses it right back and the champion grabs a top wristlock to force Charlotte to the mat. She gets slung aside, blocks the figure four leglock and shoves Flair when she makes “that close” fingers.

Charlotte with a body slam, boot up on the charge, Lynch puts her face into the top turnbuckle and scrapes her face across the top rope before smashing her face into the next turnbuckle. Flair gets a face smash of her own in, but her followup chop gets blocked and she gets put neck-first into the turnbuckle for two. Off the ropes, leg drop, a mocking strut, elbow drop, off the ropes for the turning leg drop but it comes up empty and the Queen grabs a crucifix pin for two.

Jackknife pin, also two, and they knock each other down with stereo lariats! Neckbreaker from Charlotte, going for the exploder, floats over, knee from Lynch but Flair passes her into the corner. Jockeying for position, a stomp from the champion but Dis-Arm-Her is blocked and Charlotte hits a dragon screw! Becky hanging on the ropes, back elbow up, arm drag takes Flair down into a kneeling armbar!

Shifting into a bridging hammerlock, floating around, maintaining the plain hammerlock with agony written across Charlotte’s face as she posts to her hands and knees. Knee lift, whip off, double leg but Lynch is fighting her, reaching, crawling, and Flair turns it into a catapult into the ringpost! Becky stumbles to the floor, Charlotte grabs the ropes and a plancha takes us to break!

Back from commercial, Lynch is in control, whip, Flair Flip, boot from the apron, Flair staggering towards the corner, she climbs up top but gets press slammed to the mat... NOPE! Drawing her up for uppercuts, one gets reversed into a backslide attempt but Becky turns it around with a handful of hair and kicks her in the midsection to set up the exploder suplex for two.

Charging in, Flair catches her into the STO backbreaker / STO combo and follows it up with the big chops. Whip across, duck a lariat to set up a back suplex and both women are down and out! Kip-up from the challenger, she’s still running on fumes but she’s fired up, stumbling, into the ropes, up top but Lynch picks her leg to yank her down! Up top herself, diving crossbody, Flair passes her to the side, Oklahoma roll... only two!

Becky with an enzuigiri, she staggers over and up top, but Charlotte bumps the ropes and crotches her! Jockeying for position, Lynch with the rolling armbar off the top but Flair has her hands clasped! Posting to her feet, raining forearms down but Becky won’t let go! Pin gets one, Lynch rights the ship... CHARLOTTE FLAIR DEADLIFT POWERBOMB FOR TWO!


Back from commercial, both women are once again down and out. Flair with the spinning toehold but Lynch kicks her into the turnbuckle and heads to the floor! She retrieves her title belt from the timekeeper’s area and makes to walk out as referee Jason Ayers counts, but Charlotte recovers and drags her back in! Becky shoves her into Ayers, kicks her in the jaw but the former Dragon Gate USA / Evolve head referee isn’t stupid and he sees her waving the title around!

He admonishes her and makes like he’s going to call the DQ, but Flair comes in with an O’Connor roll, reversed, no pinfall, off the ropes... spear but Lynch rolls to the floor! Counting again, Charlotte up top... MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR BUT NOBODY’S HOME! BECKY EXPLODER SUPLEXES HER INTO THE BARRICADE AND ROLLS BACK IN! Ayers restarts his count... FLAIR BEATS IT!

Lynch charging through, she gets caught by an Exploder suplex from the challenger on the floor! Back inside, Natural Selection... THE LASSKICKER ROLLS TO THE FLOOR! Charlotte out after her, Becky throws her into the post, heads up the apron but Flair yanks her face-first into the apron as referee Jason Ayers counts...

The match goes to a double count-out draw.

Charlotte and Becky brawl up the ramp and Lynch lays Flair out with a boot! She goes to leave... FLAIR SPEARS HER THROUGH THE LED BOARDS AT THE ENTRANCE! Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce checks on her and calls for a medic as his fellow road agent Jamie Noble joins him. We get a recap and when we cut back, Charlotte is in pain and her forearm is red and nasty.

Commentary hypes up tonight’s edition of MizTV as well as our qualifiers, and we go backstage with Jeff Hardy as he paints his face to send us to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes SmackDown 1000 up by announcing that the Undertaker will be on the show.

Commentary informs us that Charlotte Flair has “three or four” severe cuts on her arm in the aftermath of spearing Becky Lynch through the LED boards.

We get a Jeff Hardy video package after he makes his entrance for his qualifier, just in case you didn’t know who Jeff is or what he does. A matching video package for Samoa Joe also plays.

Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe (WWE World Cup Qualifying Match)

Joe charging in, throwing forearms, smashing Hardy’s face into the turnbuckle and stalking after him. Choking him over the middle rope, the Charismatic Enigma dry heaving but he comes back with right hands, Twist of Fate denied but a dropkick to the leg off the ropes connects and Samoa is forced to roll to the floor to protect his injured knee and send us to break.

Back from commercial, Jeff has a headlock on but Samoa breaks with a headbutt and chops him into the ropes. Hardy comes charging with a forearm, tries again, gets caught with an elbow and laid out, and Joe draws him up to seated for an overhead elbow. Limping away, injured knee clearly bothering him, Samoa grabs a neck crank, Jeff fights to his feet but Joe mat slams him and follows it up with a senton for two!

Another headbutt, jabs in the corner, snapmare into a kneeling surfboard, trying to wear the Charismatic Enigma down but he fights to his feet and out with right hands. Whip reversed, clobbering Joe with the point of his elbow, Manhattan Drop feeds to the double leg drop but he puts the impact on the bad knee and Samoa rolls away, howling in agony!

He’s able to pass Jeff to the floor and hobble out after him, smashing his face into the steel steps, but the followup kick gets ducked and Joe puts his foot into the steel hard! Back inside, a falling forearm into elbows to the bum knee, leg drop across it and stomping it for good measure! Joe staggers and stumbles, and referee Danilo Anfibio makes a tough call...

Jeff Hardy wins by referee stoppage because Samoa Joe can’t stand on his own two feet, qualifying for the WWE World Cup.

Commentary hypes up the triumphant return of the Big Show later tonight and we get a video package about his opponent, Randy Orton.

They then promise that we’re going to see the rest of Aiden English’s One Night in Milwaukee tonight before hyping up the Evolution reunion for SmackDown 1000.

Miz makes his entrance for MizTV and we go to break on a hype reel for tonight’s episode of Mixed Match Challenge.

Back from commercial we get a recap of Charlotte Flair spearing Becky Lynch through the LED boards.

Commentary informs us that Charlotte WILL be good to go for Mixed Match Challenge tonight.

Paige is backstage to address the match. Because there was no clear winner and due to the intensity of their rivalry, they’ll fight one more time at WWE Evolution. It’ll be a first-time-ever last woman standing match!

Live in the arena, Miz is standing in the ring to welcome us to MizTV with his usual introduction.

He says Paige told him to remain professional with his guests tonight and he gives a deep sigh before talking about how his two guests will be fighting for the WWE Championship in Saudi Arabia, they are of course AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. Before he introduces Bryan, he asks AJ how his family is, which Styles doesn’t take too kindly to at first before the A-Lister says as a father he understands his rage and thinks it lead him to victory.

But his opponent in Saudi Arabia will only tend to his garden if he goes to AJ’s house, by the book, better than a boy scout, the American Dragon himself. He and Styles shake hands and Miz criticizes them for it. Bryan says he heard Miz talk about the title match at Super Show-Down and asks if he wants to talk about their match, after all it won’t take very long.

The A-Lister pledges to remain professional and ignores that, asking AJ where Dan ranks amongst his other challengers. Styles says as of late Joe has been his greatest competitor, even though he brought things to his doorstep and made it personal, and this match is going to stay between the ropes. Miz says he clearly is saying he’s better than everyone, but both Bryan and AJ confirm that he didn’t say that.

Dan continues, though, saying he’s glad Styles thinks he’s better than him, which confuses Miz. Bryan explains, saying he wants to beat a worthy opponent, and nobody in WWE is more worthy than AJ given his 300+ day title reign. AJ Styles has earned the right to think he’s better than everybody, and to be fair, Bryan admits he’s got a lot to prove since he came back.

But deep down, he knows he can beat Styles. AJ says that’s fine but he hasn’t faced anyone that’s phenomenal. Dan says they’re having fun poking at the Two Minute Man, but the truth is this match at WWE Crown Jewel is the very reason he fought so hard to come out of retirement. He talked for a long time about fighting for his dreams, but he never explained his dream.

It wasn’t to come back and have fun or reunite Team Hell No or to fight this jerk (meaning Miz), no, his dream, the image he kept in his brain was one thing, and one thing only-- the WWE World Championship. And the only thing standing between him and his dream is AJ. Styles gets up and says he’s not moving for Bryan or for anybody, and they square off as Miz congratulates them for finally doing something interesting.

AJ has a question for Dan-- how good does it feel to punch Miz in the face? Bryan says it feels great, he loves punching the A-Lister in his face! Styles agrees and points out that he once knocked Miz’s tooth out. This gets Miz hot and he says the truth is Bryan stole his title match with a fluke small package and the footage will show his shoulder was up but Paige would not give him a rematch!

He beat Dan down week after week after week and he comes up with this lame rollup to win? At least when he beat Bryan he knocked him out! And AJ’s just Bryan with an annoying southern accent! WWE Champion for almost a year and the title’s never been more irrelevant! All Styles has to do is look in the mirror to see why the title doesn’t main event anymore, and Miz says no matter who wins in Saudi Arabia, he’s got the next shot.

Miz tells AJ to wipe the grin off his face, because he’s wrestling the guy that beat Daniel Bryan last week tonight, Shelton Benjamin!

Shelton makes his entrance and we go to break before the match.

AJ Styles vs. Shelton Benjamin

The match in progress, Styles with an arm drag, Benjamin blocks a second and hits a Russian legsweep as we see that both Bryan and Miz have joined the commentary desk. Shelton with forearms in the corner, AJ fights back with a bunch of his own, whip reversed and the Gold Standard hits a crossbody in the corner for two! Headlock, Styles gets the jawbreaker but gets back body dropped for one when he runs the ropes.

AJ rolling away but Shelton sets him up in the corner for shoulder thrusts, chops and forearms, whip reversed but he sidesteps the Stinger Splash and gets the Styles Rush, finishing with the Pele kick! Benjamin turns a fireman’s carry into a delayed vertical but Styles slips away, to the corner, jockeying for position and Shelton knocks him to the floor with a knee strike!

Following after him, Benjamin throws him into the barricade and apron alternately before sending us to break.

Back from commercial and Styles lays Benjamin out with an electric chair drop! Strikes, setting up another Styles Rush and the lariat takes Shelton out! Sliding forearm, fired up, corner lariat, fireman’s carry, the Gold Standard slips out, goes for a suplex but AJ lands on his feet and picks his leg before rolling through into the Calf Killer! Benjamin gets the bottom rope to force the break and lands a headbutt to Styles’ collarbone.

Leg kick staggers him, back body drop to the apron, AJ sets it up...

AJ Styles wins by pinfall with the Phenomenal Forearm.

Bryan stands up to applaud AJ Styles on his victory as Miz criticizes him for his display of respect.

A video package for the largest and greatest superstar of our time, the Big Show, follows.

Commentary hypes up the rest of Aiden English’s video and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get some hype for WWE 2K19.

Aiden English is in the ring.

He begins, saying last week he gave us a glimpse of One Night in Milwaukee and he got six-figure offers to sell it, but he’s got something else in mind, so without further ado, the director’s cut of One Night in Milwaukee. Again the video plays and Aiden is working his intro song out when Lana rolls up to tell him something she’s been thinking about for a long time.

This time she finishes after “I want you”, by saying “to know how much you mean to Rusev”, and she puts English’s singing over at length to tell him how much they appreciate him and what he’s done for Rusev’s career. Aiden says that means a lot to him and they both mean the world to him, he puts a hand on her shoulder and again the video pauses.

Live, he says if we want to see the rest, he’s got a proposition and Rusev needs to come to the ring. English says he doesn’t want to show the rest but we all know what happens, so he’ll destroy the video if Rusev will kick Lana to the curb and reunite Rusev Day! Lana comes out before the Bulgarian Lion can respond and talks to him off-mic for a good long moment.

Rusev advances over her protests and Aiden crows that he’s already made his choice. Rusev speaks and says this is real serious and he wants to see the full tape. English says he can’t play the full tape because this is a family show, but if he won’t, Lana will! Aiden asks how she plans to do that, and Rusev says English got hacked, and Lana says when your password is “iheartrusev”, anyone could do it, and she restarts the video!

This time, when English puts his hand on her shoulder, the video continues and Lana shoves him away and says he must have misunderstood, and she storms off as the crowd in the present day serenade Aiden with calls of “Creep!” Aiden admits that fine, they got him, but he tells Lana that the offer is on the table if she gets bored of those Rusev Days, she can treat herself to an Aiden Night.

Rusev’s had about enough and chases him down! Fighting at the barricade, back in the ring and Aiden comes back, Rusev gets some separation, goes for the Machka Kick... BUT ENGLISH RUNS AWAY! Rusev Day stand tall together while English licks his wounds on the ramp.

A video package for the legendary Rey Mysterio’s return follows... AND A MATCH AGAINST SHINSUKE NAKAMURA TO QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP IS ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT WEEK!

Big Show is walking backstage and hugs a crew member to send us to break ahead of his match.

Back from commercial we get some hype for WWE’s efforts to promote breast cancer awareness.

Big Show vs. Randy Orton (WWE World Cup Qualifying Match)

Show ramming Orton into the corner but he ducks the big chop and throws right hands. A body blow sends Randy to the floor and Big roars. Orton goes to slide back in the ring but thinks better of it and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Orton is throwing rights and hits a DDT to take the giant down. Cover gets two and he follows it up with the Garvin Stomp before moving on to a reverse chinlock, but Show counters with a back suplex! Lariat, right hands, charging into the backsplash, off the ropes and he takes Randy out with an effortless shoulder block!

Orton bails, Big follows out after him, back in and Randy catches him with a kick to the surgically repaired hip that sets up the rope-hung DDT... NOPE! Orton stunned, trying to figure out what he has to do to put Show away, thinking punt... BUT SHOW SPEARS HIM TO COUNTER! NO GOOD! Calling for it... and the Viper bails. Just dragging Randy back inside, the goozle, he goes up... BUT THE CHOKESLAM WON’T WIN THE MATCH!

Closing his fist, loading it up... and again Randy makes a break for it to the floor! Big draws him up, thumb to the eye, Orton slides in...

Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO, qualifying for the WWE World Cup.

Orton poses on the turnbuckles.

That’s the show, folks.

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