WWE Smackdown Results – 8/28/20
Smackdown Results – 8/28/20
Commentary Team: Michael Cole & Corey Graves
The show opens up with a graphic in memory of “Bullet” Bob Armstrong.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce instructs security to be on high alert and knocks on Mr. McMahon’s door. He goes in and Vince turns to him, refusing any greeting. McMahon says he seems nervous and Adam admits that he is, a little. McMahon says that happens to a lot of people and he has a mission for the Scrap Daddy.
He wants him to go to Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Bray Wyatt and get them to sign the contract for their title match. Vince gives him pointers on where to find Bray and then gives him a garment bag, describing it as “the proper attire.”
Jeff Hardy makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says it’s good to be standing in the ThunderDome tonight, and after what AJ Styles did to his knee last week, he’s tickled to be standing anywhere, and he’s ready to defend—
Enter AJ Styles.
He asks if this is real, saying that Hardy seems pretty proud of himself after what he did last week. He’s not a conquering hero, no, he’s much more than that. He’s a liar and a cheat, and you can blame whoever you want for his knee injury, but Styles has had knee injuries before and never went to whine and cry to a doctor to get an illegal object on his knee.
He accuses Jeff of having a plan and says he knows exactly what he was going to do with that object, and he clearly had him beat with the Styles Clash until Hardy hit him in the face with the brace. Hardy knows how to play the system, he says, because that same doctor won’t medically clear AJ to compete tonight, and it’s all Jeff’s fault.
Hardy says he was gonna issue an open challenge to anybody… except for AJ Styles. Styles is apoplectic and continues yelling about the system until Jeff decks him with a right hand
JEFF HARDY VS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA:
Jeff with a Neck Snap then an Elbow Drop for a 2 count, Nakamura with a Dropkick to the knee, Sliding Knee to the injured knee, Bad Vibrations to the knee, Shoot Kicks, Jeff counters into a Rolling Kick, Nakamura catches Jeff, he goes for the Draping Running Knee, but Jeff evades, he sends Nakamura to the floor with a Lariat then sends him over the announce table into AJ, Jeff with a Double Legdrop then a Splash for a 2 count, Nakamura with a Pinwheel Kick, he sets Jeff up top, but Jeff fights off & hits Whisper in the Wind, Nakamura with a Draping Sliding German Suplex, Diving Knee for a 2 count, Nakamura looks for the kill, Jeff sidesteps, Twist of Fate blocked, Sleeper countered with a shot from the right knee brace, Twist of Fate then finishes Nakamura with a Swanton Bomb to retain
WINNER & STILL INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: JEFF HARDY
SAMI ZAYN IS BACK! AND HE’S STILL CARRYING THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP HE NEVER LOST! HE CALLS HARDY A FRAUD AND SAYS HE’S THE REAL CHAMP! HE LAYS HARDY OUT WITH A HELLUVA KICK
We seem Ramblin Rabbit polishing the Universal Title
Sami Zayn is walking cheerily backstage when an interview rolls up on him.
He says he’s all about righting wrongs, and what is wrong around here is Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles running around pretending to be champion when he won the title fair and square in March and defended it successfully at WrestleMania and never lost it. He says he has many perfectly valid reasons to not defend the title for months, and he’s from Quebec, a man of the world, a true Intercontinental Champion.
A new Firefly Fun House follows.
Bray comes in through the Fun House door and waves to everybody and gives the show a big introduction. He says it’s good to be home with all of his friends and has an exchange with Huskus, claiming the internet is rotting the pig’s brain. He can’t help but think that something is missing, but what? The Universal Championship!
He speaks to Roman Reigns, saying it’s been a long time and it’s really good to see him again. The doorbell rings, and he answers it, revealing five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce dressed as a postal worker. Pearce asks him to sign the contract but Bray asks why he would sign it, and Adam says there’s some kind of connection between Wyatt and Him, the screen flashes with Fiend imagery.
Bray says he’ll sign it, but he hopes Roman and Braun know what they’re getting themselves into. Wyatt is all excited about signing a couple of death warrants, and Postman Pearce takes his leave as Bray says goodbye.
Matt Riddle makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He calls King Baron Corbin out and talks about the King’s Ransom on his head, saying it seems like he doesn’t even want to face him and he’s scared, and if not, prove him wrong right now.
MATT RIDDLE VS CHAD GABLE:
Gable with a Dragon Screw, Crossface Strikes, Riddle with a Gutwrench Suplex, he goes for Bro-Derrick, but Gable counters into a Bridging Tiger Suplex for a near fall, German Suplex, but Riddle with a Final Flash Knee then finishes Gable with Bro-Derrick for the win
WINNER: MATT RIDDLE
Corbin attacks but Riddle fights him off! Baron bails and backs off! He jaws at Riddle, telling him he’ll bow down
Bayley and Sasha Banks roll up to make fun of them for playing with their meat, Bayley makes a comment that some people can’t handle a singles title and can only defend tag titles successfully, Sasha is really glaring at Bayley during this portion
Adam Pearce is knocking on Roman Reigns’ door to see about getting him to sign the contract, but he gets no answer and moves on.
King Baron Corbin runs into an interview and says he’s gonna beat Matt Riddle up on Sunday in a lot of colorful ways, and he’s going to prove he doesn’t belong on SmackDown.
Bayley and Sasha Banks make their entrance.
Bayley gets on the mic and says they’re in the midst of one of the most difficult weeks of their careers, having had to defend both their titles at SummerSlam and the tag titles on Sunday, but lucky for them they’re the greatest tag champs in the whole world. She puts their tag team over and says things don’t always go as planned, addressing Sasha losing her title.
She says it’s all her fault, and she never should have let her challenge Asuka for the title, but she saw how she looked at her and wanted to join in the fun, but as her best friend she should have known she’s never successfully defended the Raw title. But that’s in the past, and they’re going to mooo-ve forward, get it? (as Sasha is wearing cow print pants)
The tag titles represent their friendship, and on Sunday they cannot lose. Banks agrees, and says she might not be Two Belts Banks anymore, but she knows exactly who she is and what she stands for, and lucky for Bayley, she’s still her best friend, and she’s going to do everything in her power to keep the titles.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler appear on the tron and talk about how they hate each other but any chance to beat Banks and Bayley up and get the women’s tag titles is worth taking. They talk about how the champs are talking a lot about feelings but not about winning, and Sasha says one bad week isn’t going to hold her back and there’s not a damn thing they can do about how they’re going to defend the titles.
Backstage Adam Pearce runs into Drew Gulak and asks him if he’s seen Roman Reigns. Drew tells him to let him know if he sees Braun Strowman because he owes him a receipt, and that leads Gulak to wallop Braun with a chair and throw it at Pearce and run.
Braun tells him the only way he’s signing the contract is if The Scrap Daddy gets that twerp Gulak out in the ring right now
Cesaro is telling Shinsuke Nakamura that he needs more communication and he wants him in his corner against Kalisto later.
Sami Zayn rolls up all excited that the band is back together, and Shinsuke points out that it’s been four months and he didn’t even call. Sami admits he should have been more communicative but he’s working on it, and Cesaro says not to apologize, because his absence changed things for the better and they won the tag titles.
Zayn acts like it was his idea and sets his title down next to the tag titles, to which Cesaro says they were having a private tag team conversation and they’d like to finish talking. Sami asks if they want him to go and they say yes. He says that’s okay and actually he has to go, because he’s got so much stuff to do
DREW GULAK VS BRAUN STROWMAN:
Braun doesn’t even have time to get into his ring gear
Monster Biel, pair of Avalanches, Lariats, Running Senton from Braun?, apparently so, Crossface Strikes, One-Arm Chokeslam, he lifts Gulak up by the beard & says Drew asked for this and asks him if this is what he wanted then hits a One-Arm Running Powerslam for the win
WINNER: BRAUN STROWMAN
Braun signs the contract for Pearce on his way to the back
Lucha House Party are hanging out backstage and Kalisto says he’s learned from Lince Dorado’s mistakes last week and he wants him to stay in the back and see how it’s done. Lince tells him to go do good lucha things, and Kalisto leaves. The tag champs blast Dorado and Gran Metalik from behind
KALISTO VS CESARO:
Kalisto with a Springboard Hurricanrana to the floor, back in, he tries another Springboard, but Cesaro counters into a Backbreaker for a 2 count, Cesaro goes for a Tree Throw, but Kalisto counters into a Sunset Flip for a near fall, Cesaro counters a Hurricanrana, Ricolabomb countered into a Skyscraper DDT for a near fall, Frankendriver for a near fall, Kalisto goes for the kill, Nakamura with a distraction, Metalik & Lince bumrush Nakamura, but Cesaro rolls up Kalisto for the win
Lucha House Party bicker amongst themselves.
Cut to Vincent Kennedy McMahon in his office when Adam Pearce rolls up to give him a progress update. He still hasn’t gotten Roman Reigns to sign, and Vince says he needs all three, and he advises Pearce to go smash the door down, explaining how he’d put his shoulder into the door until it falls down
Backstage, Tamina rolls up on Nikki Cross holding a coffee cup that she says is the first gift Alexa Bliss ever gave her. Bliss rolls up, all hugs, and she says she’s never been better before asking if that’s the mug she got her. Cross points out her Harley Quinn pigtails and says it’s been a long time since she wore her hair like that.
She notices she’s got a dreadlock in there and Alexa says it’s something she’s trying, but Cross doesn’t like it because it reminds her of the Fiend. This leaves Bliss to go all glassy-eyed for a second before telling her not to be ridiculous and she thought they were best friends. She smashes the mug and storms off.
Miz and Morrison are chatting backstage and Johnny says he can kick at 70 miles per hour. Sheamus rolls up to ask about their game plan, and they break it down. Big E is the powerhouse and they have to keep him out of the ring, while Tucky is big and as strong as two or three men, so he has to stay on the apron. And then Dozer, he’s a crazy man, a wild card, so they can’t let him tag in either.
Sheamus asks if their strategy is to not let any of their opponents tag in, and they confirm this. An exasperated Sheamus tells them just to follow his lead and walks off, leaving them to bicker amongst themselves
BIG E & HEAVY MACHINERY VS SHEAMUS & MIZ AND MORRISON:
Morrison with The Flying Chuck, but it doesn’t even phase Dozer, the faces with a series of Avalanches, Sheamus makes the save, Tucky with a Crossbody for a 2 count, Morrison sends Tucky to the floor, Tucky with a Dropkick to Sheamus, back in the ring, Lariat to Morrison, into a cover, but Sheamus rings the bell to distract him, Morrison with a Nitro Blast, Miz into a cover for a 2 count, Morrison with a Flying Chuck for a 2 count, Tucky blocks the Midnight Drive and sends Morrison into Sheamus, Sheamus has had enough and tells Miz to kiss his ass and walks out, E with a trifecta of Belly to Belly Suplexes, Big Splash, he looks for the kill, but Miz slides to the apron and hangs E in the rope, E with a Sambo Suplex, but Morrison makes the save with a Springboard Double Stomp, Miz avoids the Caterpillar Elbow, Skull-Crushing Finale to Dozer then E finishes Miz with The Big Ending for the win
WINNERS: BIG E & HEAVY MACHINERY
Backstage, Roman Reigns says he’ll be at Payback on Sunday and he’ll win the Universal Championship that he never lost back, and that’s not just a prediction… that’s a spoiler.
THE CAMERA PANS TO PAUL HEYMAN SITTING NEXT TO ROMAN!
Paul E tells us to “Believe that.”