Before he challenges Sheamus for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match in three nights at WWE TLC, Roman Reigns would be in action to kick off SmackDown as “The Big Dog”, with Dean Ambrose & The Usos in his corner, would go one-on-one with United States Champion Alberto Del Rio, with King Barrett, Rusev, & WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus in his corner, in a non-title match. During the match, Alberto Del Rio would target the arm of Roman Reigns, giving Roman significant trouble throughout the match, but Reigns would manage to catch the United States Champion with the Superman Punch. Before Reigns could capitalize, Sheamus, King Barrett, & Rusev would pull their League of Nations brethren out of the ring. This would bring Dean Ambrose & The Usos over to confront The League of Nations, joined shortly by Roman Reigns, who attacks Sheamus, sparking a big eight-man brawl that spills into the ring. Referees then rush in to break up the fight, but Rusev would get back on the ring apron, giving Roman Reigns the perfect opportunity to blast “The Bulgarian Brute” with the Superman Punch.
In the rubber match between the two rivals, “The Show Off” Dolph Ziggler would go one-on-one with “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze, with Summer Rae seated in the VIP Section. Despite Tyler Breeze working over the left knee of Dolph Ziggler throughout the match, “The Show Off” would manage to catch Breeze out of nowhere with a super kick, pinning “Prince Pretty” to pick up the win.
Three nights before they put the WWE Tag Team Titles on the line against The Usos and The Lucha Dragons in a Triple Threat Ladder Match, the WWE Tag Team Champions were in action on SmackDown as The New Day’s Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, with Big E in their corner, would face The Lucha Dragons in a non-title match. In the end, it was Kalisto hitting the Salida del Sol on Xavier Woods, pinning Xavier to pick up the win for The Lucha Dragons.
Michael Cole would then make a special appearance on SmackDown to serve as the moderator for the official contract signing for the Intercontinental Championship match this Sunday at WWE TLC. Cole would first introduce the challenger, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, who would make his way to the ring, but as Ambrose eagerly awaits a face-off with his WWE TLC opponent, Cole reveals that the Intercontinental Champion will be represented by his attorney, Matthew Douglas. Ambrose is outraged at this change of plans before Cole is handed a statement from the lawyer, reading that Kevin Owens will not be present at SmackDown, citing a “hostile work environment”. Cole continues reading the statement, saying that Owens has granted his lawyer the “power of attorney”, allowing Matthew Douglas to sign the contract on his client’s behalf to make the match official. The silent attorney would then sign the contract before Dean Ambrose says that he expected to come out there, belittle Kevin Owens, sign the contract, and get into a fight.
“The Lunatic Fringe” then says that he can probably go ahead and do those things anyways before Ambrose is set to sign the contract. However, before he can sign the contract, Ambrose spots Kevin Owens out of the corner of his eye as the Intercontinental Champion was on the ring apron, about to jump the #1 Contender. Ambrose would try to strike first, but Owens pulls Ambrose out of the ring, pummeling Ambrose before tossing him into the barricade. However, “The Lunatic Fringe” would fight back and the Intercontinental Champion would be quick to enter the ring and throw his attorney in the line of fire as Ambrose catches the lawyer with a right hand as the Intercontinental Champion escapes. As Kevin Owens looks on, Ambrose would pick up the lawyer, spiking Matthew Douglas with Dirty Deeds before signing his part of the contract, making the match at WWE TLC official.
With Rusev & Lana guests on commentary, Ryback was in action on SmackDown as “The Big Guy” would face both members of The Ascension in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. In the end, it was Ryback hitting Viktor with Shell Shocked, pinning Viktor to pick up the win. After the match, Ryback would exit the ring to confront his WWE TLC opponent, Rusev, but Rusev is quick to grab Lana, using his fiancée to keep a fight from breaking out.
With her Divas Championship match against champion Charlotte coming up this Sunday at WWE TLC, Paige would go one-on-one with her former friend Becky Lynch on SmackDown. During the match, Divas Champion Charlotte would make her way out to ringside, distracting Paige long enough for Becky Lynch to take advantage as Becky locks in the Dis-Arm-Her, making Paige tap out to pick up the win.
Then it was time for the main event as, after a brawl broke out between the eight men earlier in the night, Roman Reigns would team with Dean Ambrose & The Usos to face The League of Nations, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev, & United States Champion Alberto Del Rio, in an 8-Man Tag match. At the end of a wild match, it was Roman Reigns blasting Rusev with the Spear, pinning “The Bulgarian Brute” to pick up the win for his team. The League of Nations then regroup on the outside as Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, & The Usos stand tall in the ring, gaining momentum for their respective championship matches at WWE TLC.
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