SmackDown Live in taking place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.
Match 1: Bray Wyatt vs. Kane
Bray unloads on Kane, bringing him into the corner but quickly ends up on the receiving end of corner strikes from “The Big Red Machine”. Some back-and-forth by both superstars until Kane hits a couple running clotheslines in alternate ring corners, a sidewalk slam and a jumping DDT. Kane goes for the Chokeslam but Bray counters with a Uranage followed by a running senton. Wyatt does his spider crawl taunt and notices Randy Orton is upside down on the titantron. He says at No Mercy he’ll turn Bray’s world right-side up. Orton says if Wyatt thinks he’s a predator, come catch his pray. Bray turns around and blocks a Chokeslam attempt by Kane but a throat thrust sends him outside the ring. Wyatt decides to walk away from the ring and up the ramp while the referee makes the ten count.
Winner by Count Out: Kane
Kane heats up the ring with his flame pyro as Bray Wyatt laughs from the entrance stage.
Charly Caruso interviews Baron Corbin about catching the attention of newly signed SmackDown superstar Jack Swagger after his impressive streak of victories. Corbin says he always has everybody’s attention, calls Swagger dumb for thinking he’s gonna make waves on SD Live and threatens to drop Jack where he stands. Swagger approaches and challenges Corbin to a fight but Baron would rather do his talking in the ring. Jack says he’ll find Daniel Bryan and see if they can continue their “conversation” in the ring.
Bray Wyatt is shown looking for “The Viper” and says Orton’s time is coming.
Match 2: Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Bella
Nikki with a reverse tie up but eats an elbow shot from Bliss followed by a shove to the mat. Nikki kicks out the left leg, sending Bliss to the mat for a one count. Nikki with a snapmare knee attack for a two count. Nikki hits a John Cena style shoulder tackle and a dropkick, causing Alexa to roll out of the ring. Carmella talks trash, Nikki sends Bliss into her and mocks Carmella’s moonwalk. Back in the ring, Nikki sets up the TKO but Carmella runs in and attacks her, leading to the referee calling for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Nikki Bella
After the bell, Carmella & Alexa attack Nikki until SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch runs down for the save. Becky tosses Bliss out of the ring and Nikki tosses Carmella out as well.
Match 3: Alexa Bliss & Carmella vs. Becky Lynch & Nikki Bella
Nikki with an armlock into an arm drag on Bliss, sending her into the corner. Nikki misses a running strike, hitting the turnbuckle face-first, elbows Alexa and looks to set up the springboard roundhouse kick but Carmella distracts her. Bliss with a neckbreaker and multiple strikes for a two count. Carmella and Alexa make frequent tags, working over Nikki until she makes the tag to Lynch. Carmella eats a couple running lariats and a leg lariat before tagging in Bliss. Lynch delivers a couple Bexploder Suplexes, sets up for the Flying Fire-arm but Carmella pulls Alexa out of the ring. Becky nails Bliss with a Flying Fire-arm off the ring apron. Back in the ring, Carmella clocks Lynch with a superkick and Nikki hits a Spear on Carmella. Nikki chases Carmella up the entrance ramp to the backstage area. Alexa with Twisted Bliss from the top rope for the three count on the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Carmella
Rating: 3/5 – A good tag team match from four women involved in feuds leading in to No Mercy this Sunday on the WWE Network. Carmella & Alexa worked well as a team, keeping Nikki in the ring for most of the match. With a win over the champion (Lynch), the challenger (Bliss) proved she’s not to be underestimated going into this title match in five days at Sacramento, CA.
Bray Wyatt is still on the hunt for Randy Orton. Bray is lured into a storage unit with a rocking chair and Orton locks the door on him. Randy says, “Lord, have mercy. Or not” before walking away. A camera is in the storage container and Wyatt is shown banging on the walls, clearly furious about being trapped inside.
SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan leads a group of breast cancer survivors down to the ring while the fans do the “YES!” chant. There’s a table inside the ring with a pink cloth draped over the top. Bryan talks about the WWE’s partnership with Susan G. Komen and the new “More Than Pink” campaign. He introduces each woman individually, says there are 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and praises the women in the ring as heroes and champions. Bryan starts another “YES!” chant which leads to someone playing his music but he has it cut and presents the women with replicas of the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Match 4: The Vaudevillains vs. The Hype Bros
Winners: The Hype Bros
After the match, The Ascension point at The Hype Bros from the entrance stage.
Rating: 2/5 – An okay match, just a bit short considering a couple previous matches ended in Count Out and DQ victories. Would’ve liked to see these two tag teams tangle with each other just a bit longer. Looks like The Ascension have their eyes set on The Hype Bros on their quest to tag team dominance.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife Maryse are in the ring for a special edition of MizTV – A Dolph-umentary. Miz introduces his No Mercy opponent and the focus of tonight’s mock documentary, Dolph Ziggler. Miz introduces “WWE 24: The Success Of A Failure: The Dolph Ziggler Story” which showcases the low-points of Dolph’s career along with some edited comments from WWE Superstars. Ziggler’s not impressed with the video, calls Miz an “ass face” and threatens to slap the hell out him. Dolph says for every ten embarrassing moments, there’s at least one magic moment like when a Make-A-Wish kid calls him a hero. Ziggler insists he’s not done yet but Miz says he is done because he will end Dolph’s career this Sunday at No Mercy. Miz has something to raise Ziggler’s spirit, Kenny & Mikey, two former members of The Spirit Squad. They do the cheer routine, spell out DOLPH and insult Ziggler. Miz says two of them got lost in transit when they got sent back to OVW and he can reunite with them for podcasts and autograph signings. Ziggler gets in Miz’s face but Kenny & Mikey attack him from behind. Miz and Maryse leave the ring as the beatdown continues until Dolph fights back with superkicks. Miz runs back in the ring for a cheap Skull Crushing Finale but eats an elbow from Ziggler. Miz dodges a superkick and retreats up the ramp with Maryse while Dolph is fired up inside the ring.
Bray Wyatt, still trapped in the storage unit, circles around the rocking chair before finally sitting down.
Match 5: Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso vs. Jason Jordan w/ Chad Gable
Jordan takes down Jey and unloads with multiple punches. Jey uses the top rope for a backbreaker type move. Jey with a chinlock on Jordan followed by a blow to the back of the neck. Jordan whips Jey into the corner and stacks up Jey in a unique pin for a three count.
Winner: Jason Jordan
After the match, Jimmy attacks Gable, sending him into the steel steps with his knee taking the brunt of the impact. Jey takes out Jordan’s knee with a chop block. The Usos bring Jordan in the ring and Jey locks in Tequila Sunrise while Jimmy heads up top. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rhyno & Heath Slater run down, making the save for American Alpha. The Usos retreat up the ramp and taunt the champions.
Back in the storage unit, Bray Wyatt is rocking back and forth in the chair while singing a song. He talks to Sister Abigail and says he’s ready to go home.
Randy Orton opens the door to the storage unit and finds that Bray Wyatt is gone. “The Viper” is obviously worried, starts flipping out and throws the chair before walking away.
Footage is shown of John Cena’s appearance on Talking Smack where he says he doesn’t care about Dean Ambrose and he has to either step up or step aside at No Mercy.
Match 6: Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin
Back-and-forth action to start the match until Swagger works on the left arm of Corbin before hitting a shoulder tackle. A cheap shot in the corner allows Corbin to pound away at Swagger with multiple strikes. Corbin knocked Swagger off the ring apron and later delivered a Deep Six for a two count. Swagger fights out of a half nelson chinlock but receives a knee to the gut and a right hand for his efforts. Swagger starts to build a comeback, Corbin blocks the Swagger Bomb but Jack applies the Patriot Lock. Corbin crawls towards the bottom rope but Swagger pulls him back. Corbin rapidly reaches for the bottom rope which the referee mistakes for submitting to the hold, giving Swagger the submission win.
Rating: 3/5 – A good match between two hard-hitting superstars who tend to be overlooked on the roster. The controversy of the match was the most intriguing as Corbin was furious with the outcome. I’m surprised he didn’t get in the referee’s face as that seems like something “The Lone Wolf” would do. This feud is definitely heating up as gasoline has been poured all over the fire.