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WWE SmackDown Live results (Aug. 28, 2018): Tag team triple threat

WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 28, 2018) from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month in San Antonio, Texas.

Advertised for tonight: A tag team triple threat match with title implications, 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.)


On the night that it came to me it was like nothing I’d ever seen, a vision darker than death itself, a violent cloud straight from the depths of hell, and that’s when I saw my destiny. As it approached I was frozen still; I couldn’t move, couldn’t scream for help. Out of the darkness it reached for me, and now I’ve got to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Big E doing the deal and New Day making their entrance for their celebration.

Xavier Woods says before he goes off to Dragon Con for the weekend he’s got some words to say. New Day did what they do best, and that’s become champions. Kofi Kingston says the Bludgeon Brothers are ferocious, no doubt, but they had them out like a light, and E says there’s no place they’d rather celebrate than right here, and he’s waited a mighty long time to do this...

They’re not one time, not two, not three, not four, but...

Can you dig it, sucka?!

IT’S KING BOOKER! He introduces himself as ruler of the SmackDown world, and Xavier is appropriately old-timey shocked to to see him. New Day take a knee to pay fealty to their king, and Booker says he has a royal decree to issue. He grants Lord Xavier the Wise, Sir Kofi the Brave, and Big E access to the most royal club of them all-- E cuts him off and begs pardon to ask why he didn’t get a cool regal name.

King says he’s already got it, Big and then his name, and E accuses him of going Full Saxton on him, which triggers a “tell me you didn’t just say that” and Booker says they should be kissing his feet and only one deserves to be in the five-time championship club... until now, and he finally welcomes them to the Five-Timers Championship Club and asks all us suckas if we can dig it.

He goes to leave but New Day pull him back into the ring, take his cloak and crown, he takes his jacket off, takes a knee... SPINAROONIE! New Day attempt Spinaroonies of their own, to varying levels of success.

Commentary tells us New Day will be on commentary for the triple threat coming up and hype up all our festivities.

The Bar make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for the bell.

The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) vs. the Colons (Epico & Primo Colon)

Anderson and Sheamus to start, side headlock takeover reversed to a headscissors, break, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block and the Celtic Warrior stands tall. Drop down, Karl takes his leg out, big boot, only one, tag to Cesaro. Uppercut, whip reversed, boot up in the corner, off the ropes and Anderson wipes him out with a leg lariat for one.

Arm wringer, into the corner, tag to Gallows, in with a boot, smashing his face into the corner to set up body blows, snap suplex gets one, overhead elbow, into the corner, tag back to Machine Gun. Uppercuts exchanged, Primo tags in but Anderson takes him down with an armbar but Colon gets him in the ropes, big chop, sunset flip, tag to Epico.

Double kicks, cover gets two, Colon throwing punches, Karl with a small package for two and a back elbow follows it up. Whip reversed, dodge the charge, bicycle kick in the corner, Primo runs interference and Epico knocks Anderson to the floor! Big lariat connects and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Cesaro’s in control and clears the apron before tagging Sheamus in. He gets Anderson set up and the Swiss Superman drops the elbow for Demolition Decapitation... NOPE! Gutwrench into a Canadian backbreaker rack, shaking Karl in it, he counters with elbows and slips out, and a jumping neckbreaker evens the odds! Tags made, Big Hoot comes in hot, Stinger splash and boots for everybody!

Pumphandle slam, Luke is fired up, off the ropes, big splash connects, only a nearfall! Lining him up, charging in, Primo tags in on Cesaro but dives into a big superkick... SHEAMUS BREAKS IT UP! Anderson with the spinebuster and a back suplex neckbreaker takes the Swiss national out! Primo up for the Magic Killer, Epico with the lungblower, Cesaro tags in after a double lungblower and the match breaks down...

The Bar win by pinfall with a lateral press from Cesaro on Luke Gallows, earning a future shot at being #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

The Bar confront New Day at their commentary table after their victory and both teams jaw at each other.

Paige welcomes Rusev Day into her office and she admits there’s a strong argument for them being in the tag title picture, so next week she books them against the Usos and SAnitY in a triple threat, the winner of which will face the Bar and be one step closer to being #1 contenders. Rusev says it’s a great present for Lana and Rusev Day and goes in for a kiss, at which point she admits it wasn’t her.

Aiden English admits he put in for the title shot and says next week they’ll come one step closer to tag team gold.

Commentary tosses to a recap of Becky Lynch’s promo from last week and we cut backstage to a painted-up Jeff Hardy being weird as per usual to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Jeff Hardy makes his entrance.

He talks about how Randy Orton’s been obsessed with him of late and how he’s altered the chemistry in his brain to eradicate all rational thought and, in fact, the Viper made him believe he could fly, which is why he stomped his gentleman’s area and beat him pillar to post last week. Jeff smiles at the replay and says Orton might think him a stepping stone in his career, but he’s wrong, and last week made him feel alive.

He felt like the Jeff Hardy of old, reborn and rebroken by fate, and this is just the beginning. He knows Randy can hear him, so he calls him out to finish what he started. Orton obliges and congratulates him for rediscovering himself and returning to the pedestal. He appreciates being given the credit for all of that, but the truth is, he’s not finished working on him yet.

This version of Jeff Hardy is the identity he’s going to take away, the career that he’s going to end, and he finally realized what he needs to do to accomplish that, and that’s leave him a heap of broken bones in the middle of the ring. Hardy beckons him in and Orton says he’s smarter than that, and you can call him what you want, but the only thing you need is the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment... R... K... NO!

Hardy cuts him off and tells him he’s going to hell and coming with him, at Hell in a Cell!

We cut backstage where Carmella is being interviewed. She says the buzz follows the championship, and the only reason Evolution is happening is because of the attention she brought to the women’s division, and the real headline is that Charlotte Flair never pinned her, but she’s beaten Flair twice, and tomorrow the buzz will be about how she won her title back.

Becky Lynch and Charlotte are chump change, she says, but Mella is money. R-Truth rolls up to ask where Carmella went and Tye Dillinger comes from behind to handle him, and Truth misinterprets him as saying that he needs to wait for his shot against her.

Commentary hypes up Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s message for Miz and Maryse.

Naomi makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for the Iconic Duo to make their entrance.

Billie Kay talks about how she’s clairvoyant and sees the Toronto Raptors having a dismal season, as well as Naomi having nightmares about losing again tonight. Peyton Royce says she’s frozen with fear but Billie says that’s just how she looks normally, and they declare the future iconic.

Billie Kay vs. Naomi

Circling, Naomi hits a dropkick, leg drop across the throat, and it’s only good for two. Dragging her around, Billie gets an upkick, mat slam, mounted punches, disdainful slaps, Naomi with a jawbreaker and a wicked roundhouse kick, flying lariat, corkscrew back elbow, bulldog into the turnbuckles and she pops up to the second. Springboard roundhouse kick, Peyton runs interference, Naomi with an O’Connor roll, Royce lands a roundhouse kick from the apron...

Billie Kay wins by pinfall with a folding press.

Commentary hypes up AJ Styles’ message to Samoa Joe and we go backstage to see Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella watching the footage of Brie punching Miz in the face from last week to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan make their entrances.

Bryan goes for the cheap pop and says last week Miz and Maryse came out here to mock his retirement, acting like he always does, like he didn’t cheat to win at SummerSlam or how he acts like he’s got the hardest punch in WWE, but just like everything else, he’s a very poor actor. When Dan came out to punch him in the face he couldn’t even act like a tough guy, pulling his wife in front of him like a coward.

And that’s when Brie came down, and she takes priority on the mic. She knows he doesn’t need her to fight his battles but she couldn’t sit back and take it. Maryse is always helping Miz cheat to win, and even though she ran out to get hands on Maryse, it felt SO good to punch Miz in the face. Bryan says he’s not acting when he says it was also really hot.

That’s right, his wife is a butt-kickin’, diaper-changing, face-punching hot mama, and at Hell in a Cell neither Miz nor Maryse will be able to hide behind the other--

(El idolo!)

Enter Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega! Vega gets on the mic and says it’s an honor to be standing next to two legends, Brie Bella... and Andrade Almas. She begs Bryan’s forgiveness and formally introduces herself and her client before putting Almas’ accomplishments on SmackDown thus far over. She knows that Miz has already outsmarted them, but she thinks it’s time Almas outwrestles the American Dragon.

Andrade says he can have his battle against the reality star, but the only star in this ring is him. Bryan says he’d love to make the match official right now but he’s not general manager anymore. Oh, if only someone in the back could come out and make the match... No answer. He admits it’s kinda embarrassing and he’d have come out--

Oh, there she is. Enter Paige. She says her office is on the other side of the building and she had to run over in heels, so, whew. She doesn’t want to give the WWE Universe a match they don’t want, so she polls the crowd on Bryan/Almas and shock of shocks, they are overwhelmingly in favor of it happening and she calls a referee down right now!

Referee Jason Ayers answers the call and the match will begin after the break.

Back from commercial in time for the bell!

Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Daniel Bryan

Circling, test of strength, Bryan slides low for an advantage but Almas takes him down, almost gets a Stretch Muffler and we stalemate. Collar and elbow, Andrade with a side headlock, shot off, he knocks Dan down with a shoulder block. Drop down, leapfrog, tranquilo in the ropes and Bryan nails him with a dropkick! Back inside, Andrade with a knee to the midsection, whip to the corner, boots up but Almas slips him over for a backbreaker / inverted headlock elbow drop combo that gets two.

Whip reversed, back body drop scouted, reverse Gory Special locked on! Bryan slips out, sunset flip pin for two, Almas with a huge chop! More chops in the corner, the American Dragon fires back in kind! Chest kicks in the corner, whip across, running corner dropkicks! Cien cuts the second off but Bryan passes him to the floor on his own charge!

Diving knee strike off the apron, back inside, Bryan perches up top but nobody’s home and he lands on his feet. Almas with a huge back elbow... NOPE! Both men down and out, we go to break.

Back from commercial, Almas has the armbar in the ropes and referee Jason Ayers counts the break! Lateral press in the ring comes up empty, El Idolo climbs the turnbuckles but Bryan recovers and cuts him off with a corner dropkick! Climbing to join him... BUTTERFLY SUPERPLEX! Miz makes his entrance for the distraction and Almas takes advantage, clubbing Bryan from behind, but the American Dragon ducks a lariat and dives on the A-Lister!

Mounted punches, back to Cien, Almas hits a tornillo to the floor, back inside, inverted tornado DDT... NOPE! Headed up top again, knees up on the moonsault, Bryan slides through, omoplata, the crossface is on, Zelina runs interference and Brie takes her out! MARYSE PUTS BRIE INTO THE POST AND BRYAN BREAKS THE HOLD AS MIZ BLINDSIDES HIM! Ayers has no choice...

Daniel Bryan wins by disqualification after Miz assaults him.

Almas hits the hammerlock DDT and the A-Lister grabs an arm-trap crossface and makes Dan watch while Vega and Maryse beat Brie up, first the double knees from Zelina and then Maryse’s French Kiss DDT! Skull Crushing Final on Bryan for good measure! Miz and Maryse share a kiss over the fallen couple and stand tall.

Charlotte Flair is interviewed backstage. She says Becky Lynch thinks she deserves the title, but you don’t deserve anything you don’t win, and did Becky expect her to just lay down? This isn’t a game where everyone gets a trophy, and she won’t apologize for being successful and busting her ass every day, and she won’t roll over for anyone that tries to take that away, not even her best friend.

Lynch wants center stage, well she’ll get it after Flair runs through Carmella tonight.

AJ Styles makes his entrance to address Samoa Joe and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s attack by Samoa Joe on AJ Styles.

He says it’s official, Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles at Hell in a Cell with the WWE Championship on the line. Joe’s good with these mind games and he’s got him right where he wants him after bringing his wife and daughter into it, but the only thing he could prove is that he’s not man enough to take the title away from him. Why not face him like a man? Because he’s not a man, you see.

He calls Joe down to the ring and tells him he’s gonna knock his teeth down his throat. Samoa is in the parking garage and says he’s not coming down there tonight because AJ’s proving his point by acting like superhero to the world, but who’s looking after his kids? Maybe he’s not done playing daddy yet, he says, and he calls Wendy Styles on the phone.

He asks how Annie is doing and tells Wendy to calm down. He knows why she’s angry, but he’s gonna keep the promise and send Styles home. He asks if they’re still on for the back-to-school barbecue and tells her to save a plate because maybe he’ll stop by next Tuesday. The tron feed cuts, and AJ rushes out of the ring and to the back.

Commentary says Paige has made Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton official for Hell in a Cell, inside of the cell.

Carmella makes her entrance, her rematch for the title will be after the break.

Back from commercial, AJ Styles is shown hunting for Samoa Joe backstage.

He arrives in the parking area at the edge of a meltdown and nearly decks a crew member before catching his breath.

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

Flair strutting and letting a “Wooo!” out, collar and elbow, go behind, standing switch, waistlock takedown but Carmella fights out of a second with back elbows. Charlotte’s Web nearly does it, Mella retaliates with a mat slam into a side headlock, shot off, but she grabs it right back. Reversal attempt begets a flying mare, Carmella keeping the hold on and taking Charlotte to the corner to smash her face into the turnbuckle when it seems she may break.

Another headlock, another smash into the buckles, back to the headlock, Flair fights out, nearfall into an exploder suplex and the kip-up! Headed up top... CARMELLA SHOVES HER TO THE FLOOR! Referee Brian Nguyen counting but Carmella hits a suicide dive! Back in, cover gets two and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Carmella is in control with a reverse chinlock applied. Flair flips her off, back suplex connects and both women are down and out. Rising to their feet, going forearm for chop, Mella off the ropes, wheelbarrow into a snapmare and a dropkick wipes the champion out! Up and over to the apron, a right hand, kick to the midsection, and a diving crossbody off the top but Flair rolls through into a cover for two!

Off the ropes, Carmella kicks her leg outta her leg and follows with a reverse STO... NOPE! Throwing a fit, slapping at Charlotte’s back, elbow up in the corner, going for the handspring headscissors but Flair catches her! Mella sits up... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER CAN’T PUT THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION AWAY! Desperate clubs, screaming at Flair to give up, big palm strikes but nothing makes a dent!

Going for a Yoshi Tonic, countered, figure four blocked, Carmella gets a pair of superkicks off in quick succession... STILL NO! Folding press can’t do it, jockeying for position, Flair gets a spear, Natural Selection, figure four applied, bridging back...

Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Becky Lynch blindsides her as she celebrates with the title! Mounted punches, trying to cave her skull in to the delight of the crowd! She demands a mic and grabs the title, pressing the main plate to her face before kneeling over Charlotte and saying when she gets her way, come Hell in a Cell, she’s taking the title back, and additionally calls Flair a bitch.

She holds the title up high before leaving it on Charlotte’s unconscious body and taking her leave.

We see Charlotte hunched in the corner with the title taking in what’s happened.

That’s the show, folks.

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