SmackDown Live Recap – 8/23/18; Last Stop Before Evolution

SmackDown Lives comes to us from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The Usos do battle with AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan in a rematch from last week. Also, Rey Mysterio will be a special guest on MizTV plus more!

The show kicks off with the former Tag Team Champions, The New Day, coming down to the ring looking for revenge on The Bar and the Big Show for costing them the titles last week. Kofi issues a challenge to Sheamus, Cesaro, or the Big Show and out come the new Tag Team Champions, The Bar and the Big Show. They accept the challenge but just who will be going one on one with Kofi?

Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show ends in a No Contest: After playing some mind games the decision is made to have the Big Show face Kofi. It was pretty much a one-sided match with Show dropping Kofi with three chokeslams. Both teams spill into the ring and a wild brawl ensues causing the referee to call for the bell. The Bar and Big Show lay all three members of the New Day out.

The Usos vs. AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan: The beginning had Styles and Bryan looking like a team that has been working together for years. When we get back from a mid-match commercial break, The Usos have the upper hand. They are working Daniel over really good. Bryan finally gets the tag to AJ who cleans house. Jimmy Uso breaks up a Calf Crusher from AJ on his brother Jey. Daniel comes back in to even things up. AJ went for the Phenomenal Forearm on one of the Usos when they ducks almost causing another “incidental contact” issue. A small scuffle causes AJ to accidentally hit Daniel with a Pele Kick.  A Superkick lays AJ out while another Uso comes off the top rope with a Splash. The Usos get the win for a second week in a row.

Daniel Bryan says he knows AJ hit him on accident, or does he?

We see the video of Becky Lynch interrupting Charlotte while she was speaking to some of the NXT Talent at the Performance Center. Both women get into a brawl. Personally, I love the old school feel to this. Brawling outside of the arena doesn’t happen often.

Rusev vs. Aiden English: This one lasted about five minutes. Lana threw her shoe at Aiden who turned right into a Machka Kick. Rusev slaps on The Accolade and Aiden taps. Really odd if this is the end of the Rusev/Aiden English feud.

Rey Mysterio was a guest on MizTV which quickly boiled down to Miz being a cocky jerk and this turning to a pretty good match. Mysterio looks fantastic in his two SmackDown showing, as close to peak Mysterio we will get:

We were supposed to see a tag team match between Naomi and Asuka vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. This quickly broke down to just about every female Superstar on the SmackDown roster coming out claiming they plan to win the Battle Royale at WWE Evolution. There was a  mock Battle Royale ending with Asuka standing tall.

Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton: Orton dominated much of the beginning of this one systematically dismantling Jeff Hardy. Orton does the weird ear thing but thankfully he stops before the referee’s five count. The match spills outside where Orton drops Hardy with that release back suplex onto the commentary table. Surprisingly this doesn’t put Hardy away. The match once again goes to the outside where Hardy attempts a Swanton Bomb on Orton but Randy rolls out of the way and Hardy goes splat on the mat. Back in the ring, Hardy attempts a Twist of Fate but Orton counters into a sick RKO for the win. I actually enjoyed this one more than I thought I would.

That’s it for SmackDown, let us know what you thought about the show in the comments.

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