The show opens up backstage with the SmackDown Live locker room chattering excitedly as Shane McMahon addresses them.
He says that Survivor Series is this Sunday and this roster has accomplished something never done before when they put Raw under siege. Tonight may be the night Raw retaliates, so they have to stay on the same page and be prepared and after this Sunday, they will be known as the dominant brand. He asks Becky Lynch how she feels about Asuka saying she’s going to break the SD roster and Becky says that the only thing that will be broken is Asuka’s arm.
Baron Corbin and Sin Cara are asked if they’re going to shut the Miz up and Corbin says at Survivor Series it will be his end of days. Shane then talks about how HHH has been added to the team but says that they have the greatest team in Survivor Series history with the addition of sixteen-time world champion John Cena and on Sunday they will survive, dominate and nobody can stop them now.
Not Kurt Angle, not Stephanie McMahon and certainly not the Shield. Kofi Kingston gets on the mic to say that they are not worried about the Shield. Xavier Woods says that they accepted the challenge, and why? Because SmackDown rocks.
We head to the arena where Daniel Bryan makes his way down to the ring as we get a recap of Kane attacking him recently. He says that it is great to be back on SmackDown and to be honest, after being choke-slammed by Kane, he’s lucky to be standing here. Daniel says partially it is his fault for going to Raw without telling anybody and trying to make peace. But he should have known better as soon as he saw Stephanie McMahon.
But that’s the thing about him and SmackDown, they don’t stay down. They get back up and hit twice as hard and that is why Raw is scared enough to add Tripe H to their Survivor Series team. Not just afraid, but also embarrassed, because the 25th anniversary of Raw is coming up and SmackDown just ransacked Raw. That is something that he didn’t agree with, because he knows how vindictive Stephanie can be and there is a very good chance that Raw counterattacks tonight.
They are not afraid, though and they will be ready and that is why he bleeds Team Blue. He’s proud of the show, its performers and the heart of every single person in the back. This Sunday at Survivor Series, they are going to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that SmackDown is a better show with better performers than Monday Night Raw. With that said, a lot can change in a week.
For example, SmackDown has added John Cena as the last member of their men’s team and with his pleasure, he introduces the new WWE Champion, the Phenomenal One AJ Styles. AJ Styles masks his way down to the ring. The crowd chants and Bryan cuts AJ off before he can start talking, saying that they like to treat their champions as good or better than Raw does and the Champion of the Universe has his own personal advocate.
So, just for tonight, he asks if AJ wants his own personal advocate and Styles agrees. Daniel does a pastiche of Paul Heyman’s schtick before continuing on about Paul’s five points from last night’s Raw. Daniel agrees with most of them, except point F-5, about AJ being brutalized, victimized and conquered by the Beast, Brock Lesnar. Bryan understands why Heyman would think that, because Brock is big and strong, his arms and legs are big and strong and his head is big and thick.
And Lesnar has a tendency to quit. He quit WWE years and years ago and he quit to a half-assed kneebar in UFC. Any time Brock is in trouble, gets uncomfortable, gets into deep waters, he quits and AJ is going to push him into Deep Waters and you can only last in Deep Waters, you can only last ten minutes and Brock will get pushed against the wall and mentally quit.
So yes, Brock is big and strong, but he can’t go on and on, he can’t go all night long and he can’t keep up with the Phenomenal One. And he’s going to end up being conquered by the best in-ring competitor of this generation, AJ Styles.
AJ then points out that he’s not a puppet, he can talk, unlike Brock Lesnar. Fatigue makes puppets of us all and it might take Lesnar on Sunday. But he agrees with Heyman, he’s the underdog for sure. He’s wrong on one thing though, this isn’t a Rocky movie, it’s an AJ Styles production and he’ll find a way, with the last breath in his body, to beat Brock Lesnar and prove that SmackDown is the House That AJ Styles Built.
Commentary hypes up our SmackDown Women’s Championship match for tonight before cutting to Baron Corbin and Sin Cara walking backstage in split screen to take us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, AJ Styles is walking backstage when he rolls up on Jinder Mahal. They have a bit of a stare-down and Jinder says that after Brock rips him apart limb from limb, that loss will mean nothing compared to his victory when the Modern Day Maharaja once again becomes WWE Champion. Styles just moves on.
Baron Corbin (c) vs. Sin Cara: The United States Championship is on the line in this one and the winner of this will also face The IC Champion The Miz on Sunday. Sin Cara strikes first right off the opening bell and delivers a flurry of strikes to Corbin. Corbin fires back and drops him, taking control of the page. Sin Cara tries to turn things around and starts kicking out Corbin’s legs. Corbin drops Sin Cara down face-first, then smacks him around and talks trash to him. Sin Cara fights back with strikes and hits a springboard back elbow. Sin Cara knocks Corbin outside and follows up with a suicide dive through the ropes onto the champion. Back in the ring, Sin Cara looks to keep the momentum going. Corbin goes for a chokeslam backbreaker, but Sin Cara escapes and hits a cross body for a two count. Corbin comes back and hits the Deep Six for a two count of his own. Sin Cara fights up and sends Corbin back out to ringside. Sin Cara hits a second rope moonsault onto the Champion on the floor. Back in the ring, Sin Cara goes for a Swanton off the top, but Corbin moves. Sin Cara lands on his feet and Corbin catches him with the End Of Days for the three count. Winner & still United States Champion: Baron Corbin
After the match, Corbin celebrates in the ring with his championship as Sin Cara recovers at ringside.
Commentary hypes up the match between The New Day vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn for later tonight and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we see members of the Charlotte Hornets sitting at ringside at the Spectrum Center.
We then cut to a video recap of the entire under siege story to date.
We head backstage where we see Shane McMahon heading towards Daniel Bryan to welcome him back and to thank him for his support. Shane talks about stressing cohesion and Bryan agrees, which is why they have to have a conversation after Survivor Series. McMahon never spoke with him about the raid and he paid the price when he tried to make peace. Shane tries to plead his case, but Bryan tells him that he will see him on Sunday and he takes his leave.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance and the Women’s Championship Match will begin after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we get Natalya’s entrance.
Natalya (c) vs. Charlotte: The Women’s Title is on the line in this one and the winner will face RAW’s Women’s Champ Alexa Bliss on Sunday. The opening bell sounds and this fight is evenly matched in the opening moments. They fight into the corner and as the referee separates them, Natalya hits a cheap shot. Natalya unloads with strikes on Charlotte as they will out to ringside. Charlotte throws Natalya into the barrier, then brings things back into the ring. Charlotte hits a big boot and goes for a pin but Natalya rolls back outside. Back in the ring, Natalya drops Charlotte and puts her in a surfboard submission. Charlotte escapes and starts delivering chops to the chest of the Champion. Natalya fires back with a discus clothesline for a two count. Natalya boots Charlotte down again and works on keeping the challenger grounded. Flair manages to come back with a spear out of nowhere for a two count.
Charlotte tries to follow up with a Figure Four, but Natalya pushes her off into the turnbuckle. Natalya fires up and attempts several pins on Charlotte. The Champion is now getting frustrated and goes for the Sharpshooter. Charlotte fights out and blocks a discus clothesline, answering with a suplex in the corner. Charlotte hits a big boot and Natalya drops to the outside. Charlotte hops up on the fan barricade and goes for a moonsault, but Natalya knocks her down and into the ring post. Natalya works over Charlotte more on the floor before taking things back in the ring. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter again and locks it in. Flair tries to reach the ropes but Natalya drags her back in the middle of the ring. Charlotte finally reaches the ropes to break the hold, and Natalya stomps on her as the referee warns her to back off. Natalya charges at Charlotte, but the challenger side-steps and throws Natalya outside. Natalya rolls back in and immediately walks into a big boot from Charlotte. Charlotte locks in the Figure Eight in the ring to win via submission. Winner and new SmackDown Live Women’s Champion: Charlotte
After the match, Charlotte is immediately interviewed in the ring and she asks for a moment to catch her breath because Natalya just beat the heck out of her. Charlotte says that ever since the Superstar Shake-up, the title has been all she’s wanted, every single day. It’s what she has worked for 24/7 and it took longer than she thought, but winning in her home town means everything.
So this Sunday, she’s gonna walk into Survivor Series and make Alexa Bliss bow down to the Queen, because there was a Queen of Raw before there was a Goddess and she’s gonna win for Team Blue. But most importantly, we all know that her dad has had a hard time for the last couple of months and we have seen their ups and downs. Charlotte continues by saying that Ric couldn’t be here tonight, but she knows he’s watching every week like always and she’s gonna get a text from him, but this was for him, tonight.
Charlotte gets about halfway up the ramp when her dad, Ric Flair comes out of the doorway. They hug and Ric Flair raises Charlotte’s hand.
Commentary hypes up our main event again and The Usos are shown walking backstage to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we get a new Bludgeon Brothers video vignette. This time it’s raining but it stops before they begin talking about how they don’t hear or feel anything except the cracking of bones and all. Hammers and nails, their purpose is to obliterate everyone, and so on. They will be on next week’s show.
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin are already in the ring when The Usos come out. They cut a promo about how last year at Survivor Series it came down to The Usos vs. The Bar and again this year it will be the same thing and that Cesaro’s mouthpiece won’t protect the Swiss Superman when he gets kicked with this Kryptonite and what they say about Sheamus is true, he does look stupid.
The Usos then said that they have lined every tag team up and knocked them down. Don’t believe them? Ask The Hype Bros, Ascension, Breezango, American Alpha 2, The New Day, and The Bar after Sunday. Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary.
Jimmy Uso vs. Chad Gable: The opening bell rings and Jimmy Uso unloads on Gable with offense, sending him out to the ringside floor early on. Back in the ring, Gable starts working over Jimmy Uso’s knee and keeps him grounded. Jimmy comes back with a Samoan Drop and now has control of the match. The fight spills out to ringside again, and this time Jey confronts Gable on the floor. This leads to Jey kicking Shelton at ringside, and then in the ring Jimmy takes advantage of the distraction and superkicks Gable for the three count. Winner: Jimmy Uso
After the match, The Usos head up the ramp with mics in hand and talk more trash as Shelton checks on Gable in the ring.
Commentary promotes The WWE Network before promising us our main event after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Sami Zayn is hanging out in the longer room when Kevin Owens shows up to ask him what’s wrong. Sami says that everybody is talking about A shows and B shows and they are not even on Survivor Series. Owens blames Shane McMahon again and says that they should be the ones fighting The Shield and there is nobody better than them. A show, B show, who cares? The only show that matters is The Sami and Kevin Show. Zayn, as always, corrects him to call it The Kevin and Sami show.
Big E does the usual promo and The New Day makes their way down to the ring. They get in the ring and talk about how they’re gonna compete against The Shield and their thirteen title reigns, but between the three of them they have twenty seven, most of which are Kofi. The Hounds of Justice vs. The Unicorns of WWE and Kofi doesn’t understand why you would call yourself a dog, because they eat their poop.
As compared to unicorns, who are mysterious and magical. But the difference is The New Day know they can trust each other one hundred percent, but the Shield have already turned their backs on each other in the past. The only reason The Shield are back together is because it’s cuffing season and when it gets warm again and Mania season comes around, they won’t be a team anymore, but The New Day will be.
And at Survivor Series, they will survive, because they’re the only team with true brotherhood that’s never betrayed each other, and why? Because New Day rocks.
And we’re going to a commercial break one more time before the actual match begins.
Back from the commercial break, we get some hype for Kalisto’s birthday party for 205 Live.
The New Day vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens: Woods and Zayn will start this one off. Woods and Big E trade quick tags early on for the Unicorn Stomp on Zayn. The New Day continue to use double team moves on Zayn to control the opening moments and get a two count early on. Sami fights back and rams Woods into the corner with Owens. Owens tags in and they return the favor, double-teaming Woods and beating him down. Woods ends up dodging a shot from Owens and dropping him across the rope. Woods follows up with a dropkick to Owens, then Big E tags in. Big E beats on Owens and scores another two count before he tags back in Woods and slams his own partner onto Owens’ body. Sami runs in but Woods drops him and sends him outside. Woods goes for a suicide dive, but Owens trips him up and takes him out to ringside himself. Owens drops Woods on the floor, then hits a senton drop. Owens continues to beat on Woods at ringside before taking him back in the ring. Back in the ring, Owens and Zayn take turns working over Woods until Big E finally gets the tag. Big E unloads with suplexes on Zayn and Owens, then dances over Sami before running the ropes for the big splash. Owens runs in but Big E throws him into a kick from Woods. Owens falls outside and Woods hits a suicide dive on him. The Shield’s music hits and everyone looks for them around the arena. Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose appear in the crowd wearing RAW & Shield t-shirts sewn together. The Shield hits the ring and all Hell breaks loose. Winners: No contest
The Usos come out to face off with The Shield but they get beat down. The New Day comes back into the fight but The Shield fends them off until RAW Tag Champs Sheamus & Cesaro come in through the crowd to join the fight in the ring alongside The Shield. The camera cuts backstage where Alicia Fox, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Bayley are in the building. They barge in the women’s locker room and start fighting with the women of SmackDown. They beat down everyone and save the new Champion Charlotte for last.
Back in the ring, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil all hit the ring to join the fight on behalf of RAW. The SmackDown roster comes out to put up a fight. Shane McMahon knocks Balor off the apron in the commotion. The Hype Bros and Ziggler are out next to help SmackDown. Kurt Angle appears on the stage next and he’s got Braun Strowman with him. Strowman charges down the ramp and starts decking SmackDown stars left and right. Strowman hits the ring and drops Nakamura, throwing him to the floor. Shane hits Braun but it does nothing and Braun drops Shane with one shot. Braun heads out to ringside and slams Ziggler into the barricade. The Shield has got Shane in the ring with them and they taunt him as they watch the SmackDown stars get beat down around ringside. The Shield now beats down Shane and holds him for Sheamus to kick him. Joe breaks Woods’ trombone over Big E as Kurt Angle enters the ring. The Shield holds back Shane as Kurt grabs him by the face and asks him how it feels. Kurt tells Shane to just wait until Sunday if he thinks this is bad. Angle gives The Shield the thumbs down signal and on queue The Shield delivers a triple powerbomb to Shane. Strowman has now run out of people to beat up and he’s looking antsy. Kurt Angle now grabs Shane and delivers and Angle Slam to McMahon. The Shield powerbombs Shane again and Angle talks more trash to the SmackDown commissioner.
Angle, Strowman, The Shield, and the others from RAW now start to leave up the ramp. Some SmackDown stars crawl into the ring to check on Shane, as the RAW roster stands tall on the stage and SmackDown goes off the air.