WWE SmackDown Live
October 23, 2018
Newark, New Jersey
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
First Match: Kofi Kingston w/The New Day vs. Big Show w/The Bar
Kofi dropkicks Show. Show launches Kofi to the corner. Show slaps Kofi in the chest. Show whips Kofi back first across the turnbuckles. Show delivers an open hand chop. Show follows that with a Biel Throw. Show lands Three ChokeSlams. New Day and The Bar starts brawling in the center of the ring. The referee calls for the bell. Woods lowers the top rope which sends Cesaro crashing to the outside. Sheamus with clubbing blows to Big E’s back. Cesaro with a Gut Wrench Suplex. Sheamus drops Big E with a Bicycle Knee Strike. Cesaro transitions into a ground and pound attack. Sheamus is putting the boots to Big E. Show drives Kofi shoulder first to the steel ring post. Show wraps this sequence with The KO Punch.
Match Results: No Contest
– Recap of Roman Reigns heartbreaking announcement.
Second Match: AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan vs. The Usos
Bryan and Jimmy Uso will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Bryan applies a side headlock. Bryan drops Jimmy with a shoulder tackle. Bryan goes back to the side headlock. Jey made a blind tag. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Jimmy. Bryan clotheslines Jey over the top rope. Styles dropkicks Jimmy. Styles and Bryan with Stereo Crossbody Blocks to the outside. Bryan tags in Styles. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Styles with a snap mare takeover. Styles kicks Jey in the back. Styles bounces Jey’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles applies a wrist lock. Styles tags in Bryan. Bryan with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Bryan works on the left arm of Jey. Jimmy tags himself in. Jimmy is throwing haymakers at Bryan.
The Usos starts cutting the ring in half. Jimmy stomps on the right hand of Bryan. Jimmy tags in Jey. Jey HeadButts the midsection of Bryan. Jey with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Jey tags in Jimmy. Jimmy kicks Bryan in the ribs. Jimmy applies a rear chin lock. Bryan gets back to a vertical base. Frequent tags from The Usos. Jey with a BackBreaker. Jimmy follows that with a Flying Axe Handle Strike for a two count. Jimmy goes back to the rear chin lock. Bryan with shots to the midsection of Jimmy. Bryan is displaying his fighting spirit. Both men are knocked down after a double clothesline. Styles and Jey are tagged in. Styles delivers The Phenomenal Blitz.
Styles with a Sliding Knee Strike to Jimmy. Styles rams his shoulders into the midsection of Jimmy. Styles slips over Jey’s back. Styles hits The Ushigoroshi for a two count. Styles goes for The Styles Clash, but Jey blocks it. Jey goes The Samoan Drop, but Styles lands back on his feet. Styles locks in The Calf Crusher. Jimmy breaks the submission hold. Bryan and Jimmy are trading back and forth shots. Jimmy thrust kicks the midsection of Bryan. Jimmy goes for a Back Body Drop, but Bryan lands back on his feet. Bryan launches Jimmy over the top rope. Styles nearly laid out Bryan with The Phenomenal Forearm. Bryan blocks a punch from Jey. Styles drops Bryan with The Pele Kick. Jey SuperKicks Styles. Jey tags in Jimmy. Jimmy lands The Big Dog Splash to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Usos via Pinfall
AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan Backstage Segment:
Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch’s WWE Performance Center Segment:
Charlotte is having a seminar inside the WWE Performance Center. This business is built on respect. Never look down on people or act like they are better. Evolution is happening because of what happened in these rings. Charlotte is asked about the difference between NXT, Raw, and Smackdown? Charlotte talks about showing your character to different crowds. Lacey Lane asks Charlotte about being in a Last Woman Standing Match? Charlotte says that it’s an honor. Becky Lynch interrupts the proceedings. Becky’s advice is to not make friends with anybody because they will blindside you.
You have to strike before they strike you. She tells everyone to watch Evolution to take notes about what she is going to do to Charlotte. Becky and Charlotte starts brawling all over the Performance Center. After all of the attacks and insults, what Becky did at the Performance Center was unforgivable. She destroyed the foundation that they built. This is not about titles. Becky has changed. There is no going back because there is no line you won’t cross. When Charlotte wins her title back, she won’t be standing over a defeated opponent, it will be a friend who lost their way.
Third Match: Rusev w/Lana vs. Aiden English
Instead of having a short Rusev Day, Lana could’ve had a hot long Aiden Night. Rusev is livid. Rusev chases English around the ringside area. Lana stops English in his tracks. Rusev drops English with a big haymaker. Rusev sends English crashing into the ringside barricade. Rusev rolls English back into the ring.
English kicks Rusev in the chest. English with a Spinning NeckBreaker. English repeatedly stomps on Rusev chest. English talks smack to Rusev. English points at Lana. It’s all her fault. Lana throws her shoe at English. Rusev connects with The Machka Kick. Rusev stomps on English back. Rusev locks in The Accolade which forces English to tap out.
Winner: Rusev via Submission
Miz TV With Special Guest: Rey Mysterio
Welcome to the most must see WWE talk show in history, Miz TV. One week ago the entire world celebrated SmackDown 1,000. Some of the best sports entertainment memories. Who could forget Becky Lynch cutting down Edge on his own show? What about Evolution for the first time on Smackdown? Miz defeated Rusev in record time to qualify for the WWE World Cup to determine the best in the world. No one can forget a future Hall of Famer returning in grand fashion defeating the United States Champion to get a spot in the World Cup. Miz introduces his guest, Rey Mysterio. The WWE Universe is thrilled to have him back It feels so good to be back home.
Mysterio is back to show the world that the little man can achieve big things, that the little engine can climb up that hill. All dreams can come true. Miz says that’s so very 90s of Mysterio. People are no longer interested in the plucky underdog. They are more interested in larger than life stars like him. While you have been on hiatus, Miz says that he has become the biggest star on Smackdown. He is the star of this network and the star of everything. Miz does it all and in 10 days, he will advance through the SmackDown bracket to face the Raw representative and prove to everyone that he is the Best In The World. Miz is sorry to disappoint Mysterio.
Mysterio is very disappointed because he thought he was booked to be on TruthTV. Is it time for a dance break? Truth was full of jokes and he beat Truth and the show got canceled. Last week was an illegal broadcast and he’s willing to banned Mysterio from this show. Mysterio didn’t come back to Smackdown to be on some dusty talk show. He came back to compete. If Miz has nothing else to say, he tells him to shut his mouth and let’s throw down right now. Miz says it is not going to happen. Miz is a changed person. Miz kicks Mysterio in the gut. Miz starts putting the boots to Mysterio. Mysterio decks Miz with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Mysterio goes for The 619, but Miz rolls himself out of the ring.
Fourth Match: The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio
Mysterio ducks a clothesline from Miz. Mysterio unloads two leg kicks. Mysterio is throwing forearms at Miz. Mysterio kicks Miz in the chest. Mysterio with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Mysterio with a Sliding Boot to Miz. Mysterio follows that with a Sliding Splash to the floor. Mysterio rolls Miz back into the ring. Mysterio with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Mysterio rams his shoulders into the midsection of Miz. Mysterio transitions into a Corner Mount. Mysterio with an Mongolian Chop. Miz side steps Mysterio into the turnbuckles. Miz is applying pressure to Mysterio’s neck. Miz with a Running Knee Strike.
Mysterio with two haymakers. Miz drops Mysterio with a High Knee Lift. Miz drives his knee into Mysterio’s back. Miz applies a rear chin lock. Mysterio gets back to a vertical base. Mysterio kicks Miz in the jaw. Miz dumps Mysterio on the top turnbuckle. Miz goes for The Skull Crushing Finale, but Mysterio counters with an arm-drag takeover. Mysterio applies a wrist lock. Mysterio with a SpringBoard HeadScissors TakeOver. Mysterio dials it up. Mysterio goes for The 619, but Miz ducks out of the way. Miz with an Implant DDT for a two count.
Miz goes back to the rear chin lock. Mysterio with a chop/haymaker combination. Miz launches Mysterio out of the ring. Miz poses for the crowd. Coming out of the commercial break, Miz delivers World Famous IT! Kicks. Mysterio dodges a Leg Lariat from Miz. Miz with a Big Boot for a two count. Miz sends Mysterio chest first into the turnbuckles. Miz goes for an Avalanche Skull Crushing Finale, but Mysterio counters with an Avalanche Victory Bomb.
Mysterio with a SpringBoard Seated Senton. Mysterio turns a sunset flip into a High Leg Kick. Mysterio nails Miz with an Apron Enzuigiri. Miz catches Mysterio in mid-air. Miz with a Neck/Back Breaker Combination for a two count. Mysterio dives over Miz. Miz with another Big Boot for a two count. Miz is displaying his frustration. Mysterio with three sharp elbow strikes. Miz goes for The Alabama Slam, but Mysterio counters with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Mysterio connects with The 619. Mysterio lands a SpringBoard Splash to pickup the victory.
Winner: Rey Mysterio via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Naomi & Asuka vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
The Iconics cuts a promo on stage. There’s nothing exciting about Newark. However, WWE Evolution is coming up this Sunday. The Iconics will make history by winning the Women’s Battle Royal. Happy Lana Day. Carmella immediately steals Lana’s spotlight. Nobody wants to see them bickering. What Newark, New Jersey really wants is a dance break. Zelina Vega rolls Carmella into the ring. Rose drops Carmella with a Bicycle Knee Strike. All hell is breaking loose.
The match never even started. Iconics are double teaming Naomi. Carmella dodges a leg kick from Asuka. Carmella SuperKicks Asuka. Deville Spears Naomi. Lana hits The X-Factor. Royce responds with a Spinning Heel Kick. Vega chucks Rose out of the ring. Vega lands The ShotGun Meteora. Vega talks smack to the Newark crowd. Asuka drops Vega with a Spinning Heel Kick. Asuka is the last woman standing in the ring.
Match Results: No-Contest
Shane McMahon Promo:
What’s up Newark? There are a lot of firsts happening in WWE, including the first all women’s PPV. Shane congratulates all of the women, past and present, who made this happen. The first ever World Cup at Crown Jewel to determine who is the best in the world. Who will that person be? Loud CM Punk chants. Shane doesn’t believe that Punk is in the tournament. There’s an immense amount talent in the World Cup. Someone from the blue brand will be known as the best in the world. Will it be Jeff Hardy? Will it be The Miz? Will it be Rey Mysterio? Will it be Randy Orton?
Sixth Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hardy applies a side headlock. Hardy drops Orton with a shoulder tackle. Orton kicks Hardy in the gut. Hardy responds with a SitOut Jaw Breaker. Hardy with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Orton side steps Hardy into the turnbuckles. Orton uppercuts Hardy. Hardy tumbles to the floor. Orton repeatedly drives Hardy’s head into the steel ring steps. Orton rolls Hardy back into the ring. Orton hooks the leg for a two count. Orton delivers The Garvin Stomp. Orton applies a rear chin lock. Hardy gets back to a vertical base. Hardy with shots to the midsection of Orton. Orton dropkicks Hardy for a two count.
Orton goes back to the rear chin lock. Orton whips Hardy to the corner. Hardy decks Orton with a Back Elbow Smash. Orton has Hardy perched on the top turnbuckle. Hardy is tied in the tree of woe. Orton repeatedly stomps on Hardy’s chest. Orton starts digging through the ear lobe of Hardy. Orton pulls Hardy out of the ring. Orton with a Belly to Back Suplex on the announce table. Orton with the lateral press for a two count.
Hardy with a rapid fire haymakers. Hardy with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Hardy follows that with a Low Dropkick for a two count. Hardy goes for The Twist Of Fate, but Orton blocks it. Hardy kicks Orton in the jaw. Hardy hits The Whisper In The Wind for a two count. Will Hardy render Orton obsolete? Hardy connects with The Twist Of Fate. Hardy goes for a Swanton Bomb off the ring apron, but Orton ducks out of the way. Orton goes for The RKO, but Hardy rolls him over for a two count. Hardy goes for another Twist Of Fate, but Orton counters with The RKO to pickup the victory.
Winner: Randy Orton via Pinfall