The 869th edition of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown came to you from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. By virtue of a victory over Sami Zayn on RAW, it’s now confirmed that, in just over two weeks at Payback, AJ Styles will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With the opportunity of a lifetime vastly approaching, “The Phenomenal One” would be in action on SmackDown as AJ Styles would go one-on-one with League of Nations member Alberto Del Rio. Also on SmackDown, the tournament to crown new #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles would continue as, after The Dudley Boyz and The Usos advanced in their respective First Round matches on RAW, two more First Round matches would take place on SmackDown as Enzo & Big Cass would make their main roster in-ring debut to face The Ascension with the winners advancing to the Semi-Finals to face The Dudley Boyz while The Vaudevillains would face Golden Truth, Goldust & R-Truth, with the winning team advancing to the Semi-Finals to face The Usos! Which teams will come one step closer to getting a shot at The New Day’s WWE Tag Team Titles?
- Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder by pin following the End of Days.
- Emma def. Paige by pin after dropping Paige face-first on the top turnbuckle.
- #1 Contenders’ Tag Team Tournament: First Round: Enzo & Big Cass def. The Ascension by Enzo Amore pinning Viktor following the Rocket Launcher to advance to the Semi-Finals.
- AJ Styles def. Alberto Del Rio by roll-up.
- #1 Contenders’ Tag Team Tournament: First Round: The Vaudevillains def. Goldust & Fandango by Aiden English pinning Fandango following the Whirling Dervish to advance to the Semi-Finals.
- Sami Zayn def. Chris Jericho by DQ after Kevin Owens interferes.
See page 2 for detailed results.