The Final Fight on Thursday Night.
Ten nights before Battleground, the 882nd edition of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown and the last SmackDown before next Tuesday’s WWE Draft came to you from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. Over the past few months, we have seen vignettes during RAW and SmackDown featuring Darren Young and WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund with Backlund vowing to “make Darren Young great again” and, this past Monday night on RAW, that proclamation would take one big step towards becoming a reality as Darren Young did the improbable by winning a big battle royal to become the new #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship as Darren Young will challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Title a week from Sunday at Battleground! With the biggest opportunity of his career coming up at Battleground, Darren Young and his mentor Bob Backlund would be on SmackDown as the new #1 Contender would join Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife Maryse on Miz TV. What will Darren Young have to say about becoming the new #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title? What will The Miz have to say about defending the title against Darren Young?
- Sasha Banks def. Dana Brooke (with Charlotte) by submission to the Bank Statement.
- Non-Title: Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev (with Lana) by roll-up following a distraction from Zack Ryder.
- AJ Styles & Karl Anderson (with Luke Gallows) def. Enzo & Cass by Enzo Amore tapping out to AJ Styles’ Calf Crusher following a distraction from Luke Gallows.
- Kalisto (with Sin Cara) def. Tyler Breeze (with Fandango) by pin with the Salida del Sol.
- Non-Title: Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens by DQ after Seth Rollins interferes.
- Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens def. Dean Ambrose & Sami Zayn by Seth Rollins pinning Sami Zayn following the Pedigree.
See page 2 for detailed results.