From England, with love. WWE has been going a bit insane with their travel schedule of late. The last two weeks have featured shows from New York, North Carolina, Saudi Arabia and now England for Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live. You can imagine the roster just wanting to get some sleep, and with one final show in the books they might actually be able to do that. So what happened?
WWE taped this week’s edition of SmackDown Live from Manchester, England in advance this week. The show will be focused on the fallout from Crown Jewel, with the main story being Shane McMahon somehow winning the World Cup of Wrestling and being named the Best in the World despite not actually being in the tournament in the first place. Here are the results, courtesy of WrestleZone.com:
* Shane McMahon and Paige come to the ring, and Shane says the World Cup trophy isn’t his, but it belongs to Smackdown. He says he acted on instinct at Crown Jewel, but doesn’t really think he’s the best in the world. It is then announced that AOP versus The Bar will take place at Survivor Series, and Daniel Bryan will serve as SmackDown Live’s team captain in the men’s elimination match. The Miz comes to the ring and says he wants to be captain, so Shane agrees and names him co-captain along with Bryan.
* Matches announced for tonight include: Rey Mysterio versus Andrade “Cien” Almas and The Usos versus The New Day, with the winners of that tag match being named captain of the Raw versus SmackDown tag teams elimination match at Survivor Series.
* Daniel Bryan and The Miz nominate Shane McMahon as the first pick for their men’s elimination tag team match at Survivor Series.
Winner Will Captain Survivor Series Match The Usos defeated The New Day – Right after the match, The Usos add The New Day to their Survivor Series team
* Rey Mysterio is picked by Daniel Bryan as their latest team member, but Miz says Rey had better impress him tonight against Almas before making his decision.
* Becky Lynch comes out for a promo and talks about how Ronda Rousey hasn’t been tested yet, but when they fight and Ronda meets ‘The Man’ her body will be let down by her weak mind. Lynch says she wants a fight tonight, and Nikki Cross (accompanied by Sanity) answers the challenge.
Becky Lynch defeated Nikki Cross
During a backstage promo, Daniel Bryan picks Jeff Hardy for his Survivor Series team, while The Miz wants to pick Samoa Joe. It is decided that Hardy and Joe will face off, with the winner being added to their team.
Shinsuke Nakamura cuts a promo about Seth Rollins.
Rey Mysterio defeated Andrade Cien Almas – Randy Orton came out and dropped Rey with a RKO after the match. The Miz then appeared in a backstage promo and added Rey to the team.
AJ Styles cuts a promo about Brock Lesnar
Paige reveals the women’s Survivor Series team; the competitors for SmackDown are Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, and Charlotte Flair. Each one is introduced as they come to the ring, but when Charlotte is set to come to the ring, Mandy Rose takes the opportunity to ask why she was passed up in favor of the other women in the ring. Charlotte doesn’t appear, but Mandy and Sonya have a staredown.
Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy – Joe is added to Team Miz / Bryan at Survivor Series.
Daniel Bryan comes out and attacks Samoa Joe, but The Miz beats up Bryan before Shane comes to the ring. Bryan attacks him and leaves to end the show.
Opinion: That’s it for the British tapings and now it’s time to go home and get some rest. There’s only so much that you can do when the wrestlers are that exhausted and it seemed to get the better of some of the roster last night on Monday Night Raw. Hopefully the show has some slightly better energy tonight and then things can get back to normal as we move forward.
What do you think of these results? Which match sounds the most interesting? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
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