WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 4, 2018) from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this 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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 4
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The show opens with Renee Young in the ring to welcome us to the show and introduce Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan.
She interviews them about their feud with Miz and Maryse and plays a video of them in an empty arena earlier today, where they taunted Bryan and Bella to come out and punch them in the face to “save them the embarrassment of being beat down in front of millions of people again”, and of course when they don’t come out they say they must be afraid of them.
Dan says that’s a perfect encapsulation of who Miz and Maryse are as people, people who attacked him and his wife from behind and then showed up early to call them out even knowing they weren’t there. They call themselves the It Couple, but the reality is they’re nothing but a couple of cowards. Brie says cowards talk and they didn’t come here to talk, and they don’t have to wait until Hell in a Cell.
The American Dragon says it’s SmackDown time, they’re live on USA, and now it’s time to fight! Renee has to inform them that unfortunately they’ve left, and before they can respond--
Enter Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega. Vega runs them down for crying in the ring about how unfair their lives are and renames their TV show to Total Bores. She thanks Renee for playing the footage from last week and Almas says it reminds him of how much fun it was to walk all over the great Daniel Bryan and he’s ready to do it again. Zelina says Andrade wants to finish what he started right now and they advance on the ring!
Bryan takes his shirt off and we go to break before any match can begin.
Back from commercial in time for the bell!
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Daniel Bryan
Circling, Almas with a waistlock,reversed to a wristlock, side headlock takeover, reversed to a headscissors but Bryan is able to get out with some World of Sport action and wrench his arm for leverage. Wristlock countered to a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leap frog, backflip into an arm wringer and an inverted stomp armbreaker! Kicking the arm, shoulder armbreaker, into the omoplata but Andrade gets the ropes before the Yes! Lock can go on!
Another shoulder armbreaker, Cien fires elbows back and Dan returns an uppercut, off the ropes he blocks a boot but Almas thinks fast and clobbers him with a back elbow for a nearfall! To the apron, Andrade gets the cross armbar in the ropes and follows it up by checking the American Dragon off the apron and into the barricade! Almas following with a chop, putting Bryan’s shoulder into the apron, but it’s only good for two back in the ring.
Both men’s arms hanging limp, Cien charges in and Dan puts him over the top to the floor as a desperation move! Going for the knee off the apron... ALMAS INTERCEPTS IT WITH A DROPKICK! Back in the ring, a cover comes up empty, Andrade tries to go after the arm but Bryan blocks and back body drops him to the floor. Off the ropes... SUICIDE DIVE SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Almas heads up top and Bryan cuts him off with a shove! Pulling him down into the Tree of Woe, Yes! Kicks ensue and a dropkick finishes the exchange. Setting him back vertical, the American Dragon climbs looking for the five minute warning back superplex but Andrade hits an elbow to cut him off, perches, moonsault, Bryan rolled away, he lands on his feet and immediately hits a standing moonsault... NOT ENOUGH!
Going forearm for forearm, kick for kick, targeting their damaged arms, Bryan pulls ahead and we get more Yes! Kicks only for Cien to duck the buzzsaw and hit a snap Brillante Driver into the turnbuckles! Double knees connect, hammerlock but Dan shrugs him off, counters a back elbow with a roundhouse kick, he’s fired up in the corner...
Daniel Bryan wins by pinfall with the Busaiku Knee.
Brie gets a sick running knee in on Vega after the match!
Miz and Maryse appear on the tron, saying they hope Dan and Brie are having as nice a night as they are. They’re taking the night off and they’re on a date at an Italian restaurant that they’ve shut down for the night. They heard they were being looked for but they know the truth, they were there earlier looking for them and they’ll just have to wait until Hell in a Cell.
Commentary hypes up our match to determine the other half of the #1 contender’s match for the tag titles and interviews with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for Connor’s Cure.
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella roll into an interview and say they’re leaving early to go to dinner. Maybe Italian...?
Commentary recaps recent happenings in the women’s title scene and they introduce Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch for their interview via satellite. First up is Charlotte, who says at SummerSlam she won the title and lost her best friend, and she thinks Becky did deserve to win but what was she supposed to do, lie down? No, and Lynch even said to be the best you gotta beat the best, and she won.
She talks about growing up in a shadow and says she looked at Becky as an equal, as a pioneer, and it was she that put herself in her shadow and all she had to do was ask if she wanted a title match. Lynch is skeptical and tells her off before asking if she looks like a charity case and says she’s done playing, and from now on she’s taking.
It was a full-time job being her friend, managing her insecurities and telling her she was good enough for her last name, but she’s not. She doesn’t care how many times she has to drop her where she stands, she’s taking the title home. Flair mock claps and says she’s glad she’s so fired up because at Hell in a Cell she’s not gonna look at her best friend who was never second best, but in the ring, she is second best, and she can’t handle it.
Becky tells her to shine the title up real nice because she’s never gonna see it again.
Naomi makes her entrance, and she’ll wrestle Peyton Royce after the break.
Back from commercial, the Iconic Duo make their entrance and cut their usual promo.
Billie Kay says it’s like Naomi’s favorite thing in the world to do is get beat up by her, and Royce counters saying that it’s clearly her, and they go back and forth like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and somehow it turns out to be a joke on Naomi’s name, I guess? Anyway, they say that the women on SmackDown will soon understand that they’re the future.
Naomi vs. Peyton Royce
Naomi right in with a shot to the jaw and punches in the corner, referee Danilo Anfibio backs her off and Royce takes advantage, raining forearms down! Drawing her up, body blows, a right hook, choking her over the bottom rope and Kay takes advantage to land a cheap shot. Both women duck kicks but Naomi lands her second try, baseball slide takes Billie out, leg trip, slingshot...
Naomi wins by pinfall with a slingshot sunset flip.
Kay hits the ring and the Iconic Duo beat Naomi down, finishing her off with a wheelbarrow chickenwing / kick combination.
Asuka comes down and makes the save, wiping Royce and Kay out with kicks and German suplexes, finishing Peyton off with the sliding knee before going to check on Naomi.
Commentary tosses to a video package on Jeff Hardy’s feud with Randy Orton from Jeff’s perspective.
We go backstage with Paige when Miz and Maryse roll up to complain about cutting their dinner short, both because Detroit’s food is so subpar, but also this is a Gift of the Magi situation because they came here to confront Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, who of course left the building already. Paige books Miz in an open challenge and the A-Lister complains and tells her to be a good general manager instead.
She agrees and tells them they’re free to go, but if they do, they shouldn’t EVER come back, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, R-Truth is walking along and yells at Maryse, thinking that she’s Carmella.
Miz rolls up to ask what he’s doing and tells Truth never to speak to his wife again and asks when the last time they teamed together was. He says it was seven years ago, and the A-Lister says that was the last time he was relevant, and he’s a joke now. Truth says he doesn’t know what Carmella sees in him and he walks off.
In the arena, Samoa Joe makes his entrance.
He gets in the ring and on the mic and calls AJ Styles’ wife Wendy out. He says he’s walked the building back and forth and up and down and couldn’t find a champion, so they must be taking his threats seriously. Last week he said he just might stop by the house and pay a visit, and in fact he knows that somewhere in the back woods of Georgia they’re huddled in the living room, Wendy crading Annie in her arms, trembling.
But he needs her to look at AJ, standing there, staring at the door, curtains drawn with a baseball bat, wondering when he’s gonna bust through the door, but that’s not gonna happen because he’s not a monster. He’s not the man she thinks he is, and he only said what he said last week to keep his promise to her, and he needs her to see what he’s done for her, delivered her absentee husband on a Tuesday night, and force him to actually care about them to boot.
His actions have forced Styles to come home and look after his family, and he wants them to enjoy tonight, to enjoy daddy tucking them in and making them feel safe, because there’s gonna be a lot more nights like that from now on, because at Hell in a Cell a very, very bad man is gonna take his championship and make him go night-night.
AJ appears on the tron and says it’s alright to threaten another man, but threaten his family and that’s where the talking stops.
Enter AJ Styles. He charges down the ramp and it’s on! Joe gets a knee in, rapid-fire jabs, shoving him in the corner but AJ ducks a haymaker and fires forearms back! Big overhand right and Samoa rolls to the floor wher he drags Styles out and throws him into the steel steps! Joe gets a chair from the commentary area but AJ recovers and comes off the steps with the Phenomenal Forearm!
He picks the chair up and stalks after Samoa, but Joe ducks and the chair hits the post full-force! Referees come to ringside to separate them, but Styles slips away and wipes Samoa out with a springboard plancha! Paige comes down to talk sense into AJ and manages to keep them separated.
R-Truth is backstage, still looking for Carmella with an assist from Tye Dillinger when the Perfect Ten spots her and Truth rolls up on her to ask her if she’s seen herself. She tells him to leave her alone but Ron asks her for a truce to be in his corner against Miz and the other Carmella. Mella isn’t buying it until he tells her Maryse called her “Staten Island trash” and she gets hot and says she wants to rip her hair out and feed it to her.
Truth then says he’s offering Dillinger a lesson. Tye doesn’t know what he could possibly teach him, and Ron says he’s teaching him how to get into the main event of SmackDown!
Commentary hypes up our triple threat tag match and we go to break.
Back from commercial and we’re informed that Truth/Miz has been made official for tonight’s main event.
A video package for Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton from Orton’s perspective follows.
We get entrances for our triple threat and go to break.
Back from commercial and the match is in progress.
Rusev Day (Aiden English & Rusev) vs. SAnitY (Eric Young & Killian Dain) vs. Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifying Match)
Rusev is in control on Jimmy and tags English in to put boots to him. Whip across, slide short, big uppecut, a chop, tag to Jey. Leaping lariat in the corner gets two, scoop and a slam for one, a big chop follows, whip reversed, duck a lariat, Dain with a blind tag and he yanks Uso to the floor and clubs him down! Back inside, tag to Young, he pops up to the second for an inverted Demolition Decapitation... NOPE!
Stomping away, tag to Killian, more stomps, clubbing blows, big fisherman suplex is only good for two and the Beast of Belfast moves on to a standing neck crank. Blocking the tag, clubbing him down, right back to the neck crank and sending Jey to the floor with a dropkick when he escapes! EY tags in and leaps off the apron with an elbow drop that sends us to break!
Back from commercial, Jey and Dain are down and out... TAGS MADE! Jimmy in like a house of fire with lariats, an enzuigiri, running hip attack, fireman’s carry denied and a blind tag from Rusev! The Bulgarian Brute freight trains him with a shoulder block, that Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick, stalking out behind him and tuning up the band, roundhouse kick for Alexander Wolfe and Eric ducks the Machka Kick!
Blind tag from Jey Uso, neckbreaker gives way to a diving splash... AIDEN ENGLISH MAKES THE SAVE! Dain with a freight train crossbody, a lariat, he gets caught out with a superkick from Jey, he’s got him lined up, blind tag from Rusev before he dives and takes SAnitY out on the floor! Rusev’s fired up, off the ropes, Jey punches him out of a dive but Aiden takes him out!
EY with a folding press with his feet on the ropes, English bumps him, Rusev capitalizes...
Rusev Day win by pinfall with the Machka Kick from Rusev on Eric Young, moving on to the #1 contender’s match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship against the Bar.
The Bar come down to confront their opponents.
Miz is shown getting ready backstage.
Commentary tosses to a Connor’s Cure video package shining a spotlight on Super Messiah to send us to break.
Back from commercial, and commentary runs down the teams for season two of Mixed Match Challenge.
Miz and Maryse make their entrance and Miz gets on the mic.
He says he can’t believe after eight years that he’s forced to remind everyone that he’s superior to Daniel Bryan, but here we are, and he rolls tape of the ending to Bryan vs. Almas from last week before high-fiving Maryse. They’re sick of chasing Dan and Brie all over this godforsaken city, and they’ll drop them faster than sports reference, and he calls them out one last time.
Maryse says they’re not coming out because they’re afraid, and Miz berates Bryan for tucking his tail and leaving like he did when he retired. So wherever he is, who’s the coward now? He runs Dan down for “forcing” Brie to damage her own brand down and it disgusts him, and at Hell in a Cell they’ll be responsible for what happens, but it’ll be Bryan and Bella’s own fault.
Carmella and R-Truth make their entrance singing his theme song together and we go to break.
R-Truth vs. the Miz
Big hip toss from Truth, Carmella gets on the apron and moonwalks before he hits a leg drop for two. To the corner, big mounted punches but Miz shoves him away. Splits to duck a lariat, spinebuster into grounded punches, whip reversed and the A-Lister cuts him off with a big knee lift. Off the ropes with a boot to the dome, only a nearfall and Miz follows it up with a reverse chinlock.
Out with body blows but Miz catches him with the backbreaker / neckbreaker combo for another two count. The A-Lister “moonwalks” before stomping Ron’s back and fishhooking his nose with a knee to his back. Shift to a more traditional rear chinlock, back elbow escapes, whip reversed and Truth takes the buckles hard. Chest kicks follow, running dropkick and Miz is fired up!
Awesome Clothesline connects, up top for the diving double axehandle, mocking “Yes!” fingers, into the It Kicks! Prowling for the buzzsaw but Ron ducks, schoolboy... NOPE! Boot up in the corner, lariats, whip reversed, duck one, big flying corkscrew forearm, the splits, off the ropes, Stinger splash, kick to the gut, off the ropes again but Miz ducks the scissors kick and hits the basement DDT... NOT ENOUGH!
More “Yes!” fingers, he charges in and Ron takes his head off with a leg lariat... SO CLOSE! Back suplex, the A-Lister lands on his feet and immediately hits a chop block before picking Truth’s leg, spinning toehold, reversed to a small package! Miz with a big boot after the kickout, lying in wait--
HERE COMES DANIEL BRYAN AND BRIE BELLA! Truth slips out of the full nelson...
R-Truth wins by pinfall with a victory roll pin.
Bryan storms the ring and beats Miz down with punches before locking him in the Yes! Lock! Brie gets Maryse in the ring and drops her with a big boot before setting her against the ropes, BRIE MODE... and Zelina Vega yanks her out of the ring! Andrade “Cien” Almas pulls Dan out of the ring and throws him into the barricade!
Miz and Maryse get away as Almas and Vega take Bryan and Brie in the ring, but they recover and get stereo Yes! Locks!
Miz runs down but Bryan breaks the hold and gets up and the A-Lister immediately backs off.
Bryan and Bella celebrate in the ring.
That’s the show, folks.