WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 25, 2018) from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Super Show-Down event scheduled for early next month in Melbourne, Australia.
Advertised for tonight: A contract signing for the next WWE championship match pitting AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe, 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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 25
When we were young the future was so bright, the old neighborhood was so alive and every kid on the whole damn street was gonna make it big and not be beat. Now the neighborhood’s cracked and torn, the kids are grown up but their lives are worn. How can one little street swallow so many lives? Beats me, folks, I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show, folks.
The show opens with MizTV, except R-Truth and Carmella are in the ring rather than the A-Lister and his wife Maryse.
Truth runs through Miz’s intro but informs us this is actually TruthTV and he requests a What’s Up from the crowd. He introduces Carmella as the Andy Richards to his Conan the Barbarian before introducing his guest, Daniel Bryan. Ron says he wanted Bryan as his first guest because he’s got a lot of questions, and Dan asks for his best question. Truth swaps his sunglasses out for brainy specs and consults his index cards momentarily before settling on a question.
Bryan gives him permission to call him “D”, and Ron mentions how last week Dan foiled Miz and the other Carmella, and he wants to know how cathartic a win in Australia would be. The American Dragon puts the question and the show over, saying it’s already way better than MizTV, but before he can answer, Mella interrupts and says it’s time. For what? For the TruthTV Seven Second Dance Break.
Dan is delighted by the dance break and Ron says he’s got an animal segment coming up but first he wants to hear more about Super Show-Down, and Bryan asks if Truth knows what catharsis means. Ron says of course he does, but he wants Bryan to explain it so everybody else understands. Dan defines catharsis and says just coming back wasn’t enough, he wants to be WWE Champion.
Before he only defended the title one time, so he’s got unfinished business with the title, and also with Miz because of his cheating at SummerSlam. So yes, if he wins in Australia, it’ll be cathartic. He wants to be WWE Champion to prove that he’s best, and he knows Miz will do anything to be WWE Champion just so he can SAY he’s the best, and that’s the difference between the two--
Enter the Miz. He asks Truth what he thinks he’s doing, and Ron says two weeks ago he beat the Miz, so if he had a championship, it’d be his. Instead, he’s got a talk show, so he just took that! The A-Lister calls him an idiot, and Truth agrees, saying he’s an idiot with a talk show. Miz does the hand goes up, mouth goes shut gimmick and says they have their differences but he knows why the people love him, it’s because he’s Daniel Bryan, the underdog who never stops fighting and always fights fair, and that’s why people love him.
But that’s also while he’ll never beat Miz, he may not be the scrappiest, but he’s smart, he’s not a coward, and he wins at all costs, doing whatever it takes, and that’s why he won at SummerSlam and why he won at Hell in a Cell, and why he’ll win at Super Show-Down. He’s out here celebrating having foiled one of his 300 ideas, but he’s got thousands more to come, and he’ll do ANYTHING to move on to the WWE Championship.
Will Daniel? Nah, he’s too proud to do what it takes to win and that’s why he consistently lets the people that care for him down. The only way he can win is by compromising his own moral code, but that’s impossible, because if he cheats, he doesn’t just steal hope from the people, he tarnishes the name Daniel Bryan forever. Truth is apoplectic because all the extra talking has killed the animal segment and he bans Miz from TruthTV for life!
The A-Lister freaks out on him, saying this isn’t even his show, to which Ron says alright, you want your show back, he’ll fight you for it, right now! DANCE BREAK! Miz walks off while they’re dancing and we cut backstage where he’s getting into Paige’s face.
He asks if she sees what’s going on and asks how she could replace his show with crap, and he wants it canceled right now. Paige says he heard what Truth said, and if he wants his show back he has to go win it back. She shoos him off and he reluctantly heads back out to ringside.
Commentary hypes up Rusev demanding answers and a contract signing between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe and we go to break.
R-Truth (c) vs. the Miz (TruthTV)
Circling, collar and elbow, Miz with a side headlock, Truth counters by stepping in the pit of his knee, reverses to one of his own, shot off, shoulder block connects and Ron asks what’s up. Off the ropes, another shoulder block, the A-Lister passes him to the side and Truth dances a bit before a cover. Miz to the floor, right in front of Daniel Bryan on commentary and he hesitates too long and Ron pulls him up by the head.
Snapping his neck over the ropes to counter, back inside, hip toss gets a shocking deep nearfall from Truth, Carmella moonwalks on the apron, right hand, shove, a slap but Ron stands ramrod straight and defiant, chasing him around the ringside area and pasting him! Throwing him into the barricade, back inside again, mounted punches in the corner but Miz breaks out and hits a boot to clear the field.
Chest kicks ensue, Dan running Miz’s form down on commentary (he doesn’t turn his hips enough) and Truth reverses the buzzsaw into a schoolboy... NOPE! Basement DDT connects for a nearfall for the A-Lister, following it up with a knee to the back and a kneeling surfboard, Ron powers up and reverses, Miz turns it around and steps in the pit of his knee to lock the surfboard right back on.
Looking to shift to a backslide, Truth reverses to one of his own, big right hands and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Miz is happy to take a countout victory as referee Mike Chioda counts, although I have no idea if champion’s advantage matters in a match for a talk show. Truth back in, the splits, leg lariat, the splits again, flying forearm into the suplex Stunner... NOPE! Off the ropes for the Scissors Kick, no good but he gets a Sling Blade for two!
The A-Lister with a thumb to the eye, he wastes time jawing at Bryan as he backs into the corner, Yes! fingers...
Miz wins by pinfall with the Busaiku Knee to win MizTV back.
Commentary tosses to video of a Charlotte Flair photoshoot from earlier where Becky Lynch blindsided her and attacked, throwing her into road cases and demanding the photographer keep taking pictures! She puts boots to Flair, yelling about how people want to see the champ’s face, and she takes pictures holding her title high with one foot on Charlotte.
They inform us that Flair was evaluated for her injuries and sent home to recover.
The Bar make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial in time for New Day’s entrance.
New Day cut a promo in the aisle and Xavier Woods says they’ve always got jokes but honestly they play too much. Kofi Kingston agrees, but the fact of the matter is at the end of the day, they do respect the Bar. In fact, in that very ring last week, Cesaro beat him fair and square, and it’d be silly for them to come out here and not take them seriously, especially not headed into WWE Super Show-Down.
Big E says since they have hella respect for the Bar, they’re going to play a game called the Say Something Nice Challenge. Starting with Cesaro, Woods says regardless of them poking fun at his awkwardly-shaped areolas, and the fact that he looks like Swiss Jason Statham, they enjoy his movies. And despite Sheamus’ goofy mohawk, they decided the carpet must match the drapes.
Sheamus swipes the mic from them and runs them down about coming out here with the same stale jokes, but they’re not fooled. They wanna joke around, but all the Bar want to do is fight, and Cesaro says the mockery ends in Australia when they take the tag titles. All the people know they don’t just catchphrase.
Big E vs. Sheamus
Collar and elbow, Sheamus with a side headlock, whip reversed into a kick, to the apron for the Beats of the Bodhran, wailing on E! Big hip tosses him over the ropes and to the floor, onto the apron for more clubs and the big splash on the apron sends us to break!
Back from commercial, E is running hot with the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes, jockeying for position, the big Rock Bottom out of the corner... NOPE! Hip swivel, off the ropes, the big splash... but the knees were up! Scoop into a powerslam, only two, Sheamus heads to the corner and Cesaro gives him a pep talk. In the zone, calling for it, beating his chest, waiting for Big to rise... BUT HE CATCHES THE BROGUE KICK INTO A TENRYU POWERBOMB! SO VERY CLOSE!
Lying in wait, the Celtic Warrior rolls to the apron and counters the spear through the ropes with a knee! Charging in, E scoops him up, Sheamus slips out and catches him...
Sheamus wins by pinfall with the Brogue Kick.
The Bar take victory selfies as New Day check on Big E.
We go backstage with Paige, who’s talking to someone and urging them not to destroy everything, since the monitors are very expensive. We pan to reveal that it’s AJ Styles, and he says he’ll be out there to sign on the dotted line, that’s it, and if he has to destroy anything, it’ll be Samoa Joe.
He leaves and Paige reassures herself it’ll be fine.
Cut to Lana walking up to Rusev’s locker room and knocking. Rusev comes out and says he just wants to know why Aiden English attacked. They start walking and we go to break on the promise that that is what’s next.
Back from commercial, Rusev and Lana make their entrance.
Rusev soaks in the chants a beat before starting, saying last week his friend, his partner, Aiden English betrayed him, and he did it on the greatest day of them all, Rusev Day, and that makes him a traitor. But before he crushes his skinny little soul, he wants an explanation, and he bids Aiden come out and give him one.
English obliges and says he knows Rusev is angry and he has every right to be, but none of this is his fault. Before he met Rusev, he was the super athlete, supremely talented, but none of these people cared about him. He was floundering, he lacked direction, but Aiden saw potential in him and joined his side, making him the most beloved superstar in WWE.
Don’t believe him? He’s got video footage cued up from last year of Rusev getting booed thoroughly when Rusev Day was first proclaimed, and the package goes through their history together from there. He asks how amazing they were, saying they had 70,000 people chanting for them all night at WrestleMania, and what happened? He’ll tell us, Lana happened.
This whole mess is Lana’s fault, Aiden says, and he’s got video to back this up as well. It’s so simple, he says, things were better when it was just the two of them and not the trio, and Lana speaks, saying before him, she helped Rusev be an unstoppable force who rode a tank and crushed people, and she gives it up to him, he does a great job as a glorified cheerleader, but he’s just trying to use Rusev to make a name for himself.
English says fair enough, nobody would question her dedication to her husband, standing by him and supporting him and being honest to him, but he has to wonder, with all her dedication, is she gonna tell him about that one night in Milwaukee?
On that bombshell, commentary cuts to a recap of the last Styles/Joe contract signing.
We go backstage with Naomi and Asuka, and the Empress of Tomorrow is training her striking as Naomi holds the pads and takes a beating to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Lana is talking to Rusev and saying she has no idea what he’s talking about.
Rusev says he believes here when Becky Lynch rolls up and says Milwaukee is a fun town, and after Lana objects she says she runs this division and that makes Lana her business and she’s gonna need Rusev to carry her bags because she’s not gonna be able to walk out under her own power.
Rusev wonders when the last time they were in Milwaukee was and Lana walks off.
The Iconic Duo are in the ring but get cut off by Naomi’s entrance before they can start talking!
We get a backstage clip from earlier of Naomi and Asuka palling around when Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose roll up and mock them, which set up this match tonight.
We go to break before the match can begin.
Asuka & Naomi vs Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
When we join the match, Deville is in charge on Asuka, locking a bodyscissors on and scraping her forearm across her face. Asuka fights out with mounted forearms, catch a kick, German suplex, the way is clear, she crawls for it... TAGS MADE! Naomi in hot, flying lariat, headscissors takeover, sliding slap to the face and she’s fired up! Knee to the face, leg drop but Sonya breaks it up!
Thrown the floor, Rose takes advantage with a boot and makes the tag! Deville off the ropes, sliding knee comes up empty when Asuka makes the save! Throwing Mandy to the apron, fired up, running hip attack knocks her to the floor! Sonya landing strikes, whip, blind tag and a springboard roundhouse, both women in the ring...
Asuka and Naomi win by pinfall with stereo roundhouse kicks to Sonya Deville.
We cut backstage to Shinsuke Nakamura walking to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of SmackDown superstars meeting pediatric cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado earlier today.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tye Dillinger
Dillinger right at it, hard chops in the corner, whip across, lariat and he’s still rolling as he drops the ten fingers for a taunt. Sidestep a knee, but Nakamura’s kicks land true in the corner and he stamps at the back of Tye’s head! Setting him up top for the charging knee, that hits flush, he’s fired up and waiting, but Dillinger sidesteps the Kinshasa!
Stan hits the superkick, up top... HIGH FLY FLOW! ALMOST! Mounting Shinsuke in the corner for a perfect ten of punches, but Randy Orton runs in and slams him to the mat! Referee Mike Chioda has no choice but to call it...
Tye Dillinger wins by disqualification.
Orton throws Tye into the post and runs him over with a lariat! Uppercuts against the barricade, throwing Dillinger over the announce table and back suplexing him into it after! Dragging him back in the ring, Garvin Stomp and the gourdbuster over the ropes! Setting him up... HANGING DDT OFF THE APRON!
Randy takes his leave but Nakamura’s still there, he lines Tye up... KINSHASA DRIVES HIS HEAD INTO THE APRON!
We cut backstage where Lana is in her gear and stretching. Rusev rolls up to wish her luck and she doubts he believes. He says of course he believes, he’s just trying to figure out why Milwaukee and he’s just a little frustrated, is all. She walks off and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Randy Orton is walking backstage when he runs into an interview.
He scoffs at the idea that Tye Dillinger is his next victim, but he says that Perfect Ten crap just pisses him off.
Becky Lynch vs. Lana
Circling, collar and elbow, Lynch with an armbar to a hammerlock to a side headlock to a drop toehold and a front chancery. Arm drag into a cover, only one, back to circling, waistlock takedown, champion well in charge and just toying with her now. Shove gets a slap, spear from Lana and she rains punches down! Kick to the knee, whip reversed, headscissors kick and a one-hand bulldog out of the splits send Becky rolling to the floor!
Lana follows and Lynch puts her into the barricade, telling her to go back to Milwaukee. Back inside, the Ravishing Russian gets a small package for two, ducks a lariat, roundhouse kick connects... NOPE! Stomping away, up to the second but Lynch recovers and takes her legs out from under her! Exploder suplex connects after a bit of struggle, grabbing the arm...
Becky Lynch wins by submission with Dis-Arm-Her.
Aiden English is interviewed about Milwaukee backstage but he refuses to elaborate. Next week he’ll show us the video evidence.
Backstage, Paige briefs security on the contract signing as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Paige is in the ring for our contract signing.
After the finish at Hell in a Cell, there was only one thing to do, make the rematch between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe no countout, no disqualification, and she’s taken all precautions but let’s be real, we know how contract signings end. She introduces AJ first and then Joe, but Samoa doesn’t come out when called. Paige apologizes and Styles runs him down as gutless and more likely to attack from behind, because that’s how Joe works.
But he’s got eyes in the back of his head and he knows where Samoa’s gonna be in Australia. He’s got another opportunity to take the title in a match with no rules, it’s almost like it’s right up his alley because Joe doesn’t follow rules. Samoa cuts him off on the tron and says the great thing about their business is they get to travel all around the world and see places they never thought they’d find themselves.
Styles signs the contract while he’s talking and Joe pans the camera to reveal that he’s at AJ’s house! Samoa says he told his family he was coming home, but where is he now? Thousands of miles away in Denver? He compliments the decor and asks if Styles is feeling helplessness slowly morph into horror as he realizes there’s nothing he can do right now?
Does he have that nauseous feeling in his stomach? Is he feeling guilty for not heeding those warnings? He’s far, far away, and what to do? He needs AJ to get his phone out and call Wendy but... wait... he doesn’t bring his phone to the ring, does he? Well that’s alright, he doesn’t want to ruin the surprise, and he’s got a nice gift for Anney, a doll.
He asks AJ if his guilt is turning into rage and says he’s fired up, his blood boiling as it should, because he knows his family is home right now. Styles begs him as Joe asks if the rage is turning to fear, paralysis, confusion, is he falling to pieces? Good, then he wants him to remember that feeling, because that’s exactly how he’ll feel when he beats him for the WWE Championship in Australia.
He wants Styles to remember that feeling, because this has always been about consequences, and when he stole the WWE Championship from him, that demanded consequences. But there’s plenty of time for that. Joe goes to let himself in before realizing that would be rude, and he rings the doorbell instead.
Daddy’s home, Samoa says, and the feed cuts.
That’s the show, folks.