October 30, 2018
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) defeated Daniel Bryan via Calf Crusher
- Trick or Street Fight: Big E defeated Cesaro via Big Ending
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated R-Truth via Kinshasa
- Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio defeated The Miz and Randy Orton via Swanton Bomb by Hardy on Miz
In-Ring: AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon
Smackdown Live kicks off with WWE champion AJ Styles. A loud “AJ Styles” chant from the crowd. AJ calls out Daniel Bryan. AJ says after what happened last week, he needs to apologize and for that, he is sorry. Daniel says there is no need to apologize. They are both fighting for the same prize and everyone knows he has a lot of respect for him. Both ass a man and as an in ring competitor. But when he looks at him right now, he doesn’t see a friend, he doesn’t see a respect colleague. All he sees is the WWE championship.
And that title has a lot of meaning to him. The thing that kept him fighting during his retirement was the WWE championship. And the only thing standing in his way is him. Nothing personal but he is going to take that title from him this Friday at Crown Jewel.
AJ Styles that is good to know but he is sorry because he lied to him last week. That Pele kick, he said it was an accident, it was meant for him. Nothing personal, Daniel. But he looks forward to doing it again this Friday.
Daniel Bryan says what a shocker and pretends to be shocked. Daniel says he doesn’t lie, he is honest. And he feels like hitting him on purpose. AJ asks him what is stopping him. AJ says they don’t have to wait for Crown Jewel, he will defend his WWE title right here and right now.
Shane McMahon’s music hits. Shane says they have seen this before. Two competitors saying they want to go at it right here and right now. But it never seems to happen but this is Smackdown Live and he is back. Shane says what will happen is we will have AJ Styles against Daniel Bryan in the Crown Jewel WWE championship match right here tonight in Atlanta, Georgia. And it will happen right now.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
We are under way in Atlanta. Both men with a test of strength. A take down by AJ Styles and a reversal by Daniel Bryan is followed by a reversal by AJ Styles. Bryan goes after the left arm of AJ as he gets Styles in the corner. Bryan with yes kicks and goes back to the left arm of AJ. Styles with a right hand and a drop kick by AJ Styles onto Daniel Bryan. Bryan rolls to the outside, AJ goes for a forearm smash over the top rope but Bryan slides into the ring. Daniel Bryan with a suicide dive through the ropes onto AJ Styles.
Back from commercial and Daniel Bryan with the Yes kicks on AJ Styles. The last kick is reversed into a dragon screw by AJ Styles. Daniel Bryan is seen holding his left knee and Styles starts working on it. Styles with right hands as he lifts Bryan up and drops him on his knee. A right hand by Daniel Bryan but Styles with an elbow to the face. Styles climbs the top rope and goes for a moon sault but Bryan catches him and a knee to the face followed by a modified neck breaker by Daniel Bryan. With AJ down, Bryan starts with the yes kicks. Bryan runs towards AJ Styles but Styles lands a drop kick. AJ Styles goes on the ring apron and goes for the phenomenal forearm but Bryan pushes him onto the top rope. Bryan lifts AJ Styles off the top rope and goes for a back drop but Styles turns it around and lands on Daniel Bryan as both men are down.
Back from commercial and Daniel Bryan has the Yes Lock in on AJ Styles but Styles reaches the bottom rope. AJ Styles is on the ring apron but Daniel goes for a suplex which is blocked by Styles. Styles suplexes Daniel Bryan over the top rope onto the outside but Bryan. AJ Styles drops Bryan knee first onto the announce desk. Styles goes to send Bryan to the steel steps but Bryan reverses it and AJ lands shoulder first onto the steps. Bryan sends AJ back in the ring. Bryan runs and goes legs first onto AJ Styles in the corner. Bryan lifts AJ Styles onto the top rope. Daniel Bryan goes for the hurricanrana but Styles blocks it, Bryan fights back and a hurricanrana by Daniel Bryan. Both men standing and Bryan lifts AJ over the top rope onto the ring apron. Bryan uses the top rope to work on the arm of AJ Styles. Yes kicks by Daniel Bryan but AJ catches Bryan’s leg and uses the ropes to do a drag screw onto Bryan’s left knee. AJ off the top rope goes for the phenomenal forearm but Bryan reverses it and locks in an arm bar.
Daniel Bryan reverses it into the Yes lock. AJ gets out of it but a triangle lock by Bryan. AJ lifts Bryan up and lands the Styles clash. AJ with the calf crusher on Daniel Bryan and Daniel Bryan taps out.
Winner: And still WWE champion, AJ Styles
Both men shake hands and hug after the match. In comes Samoa Joe from behind and attacks AJ Styles. Samoa Joe goes right after AJ Styles but Daniel Bryan attacks Joe. Samoa Joe fights back and locks in the Coquina clutch on Daniel Bryan. Joe lifts the WWE title.
Backstage, Jeff Hardy, The Miz
A Jeff Hardy promo airs where he talks about the World Cup tournament which is followed by a promo from The Miz.
Backstage: Charlotte Flair, Paige
Charlotte Flair is with WWE SmackSown Live general manager Paige who says she has a question for Charlotte. She asks Charlotte if she will be the captain of the Smackdown Live women’s team at Survivor Series. Charlotte thanks Paige and says she doesn’t think she’s the right woman for the job. Paige said she remembers Charlotte saying don’t let success get to your head and don’t let failure get to your heart. All she is saying is to think about it. Charlotte nods and walks away.
Trick or Street Fight
Big E vs. Cesaro
The Brood’s music hits but it’s The New Day dressed up as Gangrel, Edge and Christian. The Bar come out with The Big Show. The match is under way with pumpkins surrounding the ring and a table set up in the corner. An over head suplex by Big E onto Cesaro. Big E uses a kendo stick and breaks it on Cesaro. Big E lifts Cesaro up but in comes Sheamus and in come The New Day and Big Show. All six men fight. Big Show with a double clothesline taking Xavier Woods and Kofi on the outside. Sheamus throws a plate of pumpkin pancakes onto Kofi. Back in the ring, Cesaro lifts Big E up and drops him on a set of pumpkins.
Cesaro goes for a suplex on Big E but Big E reverses it into a suplex of his own. In comes Sheamus with a knee to the face. Sheamus lifts Big E and goes to drop him on the table but Big E moves out of the way and throws Sheamus through the table. In comes Xavier Woods with a drop kick onto Big Show on the outside of the ring. Big Show grabs Xavier Woods and Kofi but Woods spits out red mist onto Big Show.
Big E with the red mist onto Cesaro and he lands The Big Ending. He goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winner: Big E
Backstage: Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio
Shane McMahon is with Jeff Hardy, The Miz, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio. All five men hype up the World Cup at Crown Jewel. Shane says that if a member of SmackDown Live loses to a Raw member at Crown Jewel, they will no longer have a home at SmackDown Live.
Backstage: AJ Styles, Paige
Backstage, AJ Styles is talking with Paige and says he wants Samoa Joe at Crown Jewel. Paige announces the match for the event.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. R-Truth
The bell rings and we are under way. Nakamura goes right after R-Truth. He gets Truth in the corner and mocks his dancing. R-Truth with a right hand and an acrobatic move takes Nakamura down. R-Truth mocks Nakamura’s taunting. A hip toss by R-Truth and a clothesline takes Nakamura over the top rope onto the outside. Carmella gets in the ring and music plays for a dance off.
Back from commercial, Nakamura goes for the cover on R-Truth but a kick out. Nakamura with an arm bar on R-Truth but Truth reverses it into a hip toss. A boot to the face by R-Truth and a clothesline takes Nakamura down. A jumping kick by R-Truth takes Nakamura down again. A spinning punch by R-Truth onto Nakamura as he goes for the cover but a kick out by Nakamura.
A spinning kick by Nakamura on R-Truth. Nakamura sets R-Truth up on the corner and a knee to the ribs. He goes for the cover but R-Truth with the arm on the ropes to break it up. Nakamura goes for a back drop but R-Truth lands on his feet. Nakamura with a kick to the back of the neck. Nakamura lands the Kinshasa and gets the win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Backstage: Samoa Joe
Backstage, Samoa Joe cut a promo on AJ Styles.
In-Ring: Becky Lynch
WWE Smackdown women’s champion Becky Lynch makes her way down to the ring. Becky says she won. A loud “Becky” chant by the crowd. Becky says she is the last woman standing. And when Evolution was over, there is only one woman who everyone knew was the rightful main event and that was her. Beating Charlotte Flair proved that she is the man. And that goes for the Smackdown and Raw locker room too. And if she has to go back there and slap the heads of everyone, she will.
Becky asks what’s next for her? Ronda Rousey? Becky says Ronda calls herself the baddest woman on the planet but what planet? Because every woman she stepped in the ring with was already beaten before the bell rang. But she traveled the world to smash women like her. She said she will go to Survivor Series to rip her arm off.
The Miz and Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio
The bell rings and we are under way. Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton start off the match. A shoulder block by Jeff takes Orton down. Both men back up and a hip toss by Jeff followed by an arm bar. A jaw breaker by Jeff Hardy onto Randy Orton. Jeff goes for the Twist of Fate but in comes The Miz to break it up. Jeff Hardy takes him out. Jeff goes for the Twist of Fate again but Orton pushes him off. Jeff with a right hand as he climbs the top rope. The Miz trips Jeff Hardy up. With the referee distracted by Mysterio and Orton, The Miz beats on Jeff Hardy.
Randy Orton tags The Miz in the match. A kick to the face by The Miz. He goes for the cover but a kick out. A head lock by The Miz who gets Jeff in the corner. The referee is distracted by The Miz as Orton with cheap shots onto Jeff. The Miz tags Orton in the match. Orton beats on Jeff but Jeff fights back. A thumb to the eye by Orton and a standing drop kick. Orton goes for the cover but Jeff Hardy kicks out.
A head lock by Randy Orton. He sends Jeff to the corner but a boot to the face by Jeff. He climbs the top rope and a whisper in the wind onto Randy Orton. Both men are down. Jeff tags Rey Mysterio in and The Miz is tagged in by Orton. Mysterio takes The Miz down and a right hand by Mysterio. Rey with a DDT onto The Miz. He goes for the cover but The Miz kicks out. Rey runs to the ropes but a back breaker followed by a neck breaker by The Miz. He goes for the cover but Rey Mysterio kicks out.
The Miz goes for a boot to the fave but Mysterio ducks. Rey tags Jeff in and a he goes onto his knees as Rey jumps off JEff’s back and lands on The Miz. Rey gets on his back and Jeff Hardy with poetry in the wind. Rey sends The Miz to the ropes as Jeff takes Orton down. The 619 by Rey Mysterio. A swanton bomb by Jeff Hardy onto The Miz. He goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winners: Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio
After the match, Randy Orton delivers an RKO onto Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio. Randy Orton delivers an RKO onto The Miz.