As the new era of WWE commences both brands have been attempting to outperform one another. Both shows have had their surprises, both shows have had success, and both shows have already struck partial failure. The bottom line in fan demand for change remains, and Smackdown has definitely changed.
The continuing combination of storylines and fresh matchups is definitely making the blue brand seem more original and less recycled. Certainly the new era has seen new matchups following the shocking new challenger’s promo cut last week with Dean Ambrose. You can clearly see the passion these two superstars have for the industry; at the same time you can cut the tension with a knife.
Smackdown began with a Randy Orton interview. Mid-way through, Orton is approached by Alberto Del Rio and the match between the two is set for Smackdown Live! In the ring, Bray Wyatt cuts an amazing promo where he calls himself a god, stating that Dolph Ziggler cannot kill a god. Dean Ambrose comes out and mocks Wyatt leaving Dolph Ziggler to come out. As a brawl between them commences, Ziggler accidentally Superkicks Ambrose before Wyatt nailed Ziggler with the Sister Abigail.
Backstage both Ambrose and Ziggler argue, before Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan make the main event a tag team match, where the Summerslam foes must co-exist.
American Alpha Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs. Local Indie Workers: The Hype Bros, Vaudevillians, and the Acension watch at ringside as American Alpha easily hit Grand Amplitude for the win.
Eva Marie vs. Becky Lynch: As Eva makes her entrance, with Lynch waiting in the ring contrary from last week Marie suffers another pre-match malfunction and the match is called off. As Marie leaves the ring Lynch demands an opponent and Alexa Bliss emerges from the back, cutting a promo similar to the one she cut on the Smackdown Live debut two weeks ago.
Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch: Mid-match Eva Marie returned from the back and cost Lynch the match by distraction. Alexa Bliss gets the win with the Sparkle Splash.
Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio: As Orton makes his entrance, a video package is played showing both attacks between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. The Summerslam match is hyped, and the match finally begins. Del Rio immediately targets the recently healed shoulder by putting Orton in the Cross Armbreaker in the ropes. Once Orton regains his composure and was getting ahead in the match he hit a colossal Superplex. Orton then hits his signature Hanging DDT. As the WWE Universe witnessed Orton setting up for the RKO, Del Rio escaped the ring. Del Rio hits Orton in his surgically repaired left arm for the disqualification. After the match, Del Rio tries to inflict more chair shots on the injured arm, Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere and leaves the ring.
Rhyno vs. Heath Slater: If Slater wins, he gets a Smackdown contract. In a short amount of time Rhyno hits the Gore and gets the victory.
Carmella vs. Natalya Neidhart: After being blindsided last week, Carmella delivered a promo and Natalya attempted to do what she did last week. The brawl continues in the ring as the match begins. Carmella got the victory via submission with the Code Of Silence.
A promo for the upcoming match between A.J Styles and John Cena is played.
Backstage security tries to separate Baron Corbin from Kalisto as he mercilessly beats him up. Corbin holds Kalisto up and says “That’s for costing me the I.C Championship” and walks off.
Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan: The cliché tag match- Ambrose and Ziggler find a way to co-exist and get the win as Dolph hits Rowan with the Superkick. After the match Ambrose hits Ziggler with Dirty Deeds.