As he prepares to compete in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship against Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and reigning champion Seth Rollins this Friday at The Greatest Royal Rumble, SmackDown LIVE kicks off with The Miz as “The A-Lister” returns to Tuesday nights with his talk show segment, Miz TV. After welcoming everyone to Miz TV, The Miz says that, with his return to SmackDown LIVE, the show is now “must-see”. The Miz then says that something is “missing” and that is a title, vowing to regain the Intercontinental Championship at The Greatest Royal Rumble. “The A-Lister” then introduces his guest, but not before recounting his personal rivalry with Daniel Bryan, saying that he is “surprised” that Daniel Bryan wants to get his hands on The Miz. The Miz continues, saying that, when his daughter was born, all his “anger and bitterness” that he had towards Daniel Bryan “melted away”. The Miz then comments that he’s surprised that the same thing didn’t happen to Daniel when his daughter was born, saying that maybe Daniel and his daughter don’t have the same “bond” that The Miz has with his daughter. The Miz then says that he is a “changed man” before saying that, if Daniel Bryan still wants to punch him in the face, then he should come out there and do it.
However, instead of Daniel Bryan, The Miz gets the seven-footer that attacked Daniel Bryan on last week’s SmackDown LIVE, Big Cass, as Cass makes his way to the ring. Big Cass says that “nobody cares” about Daniel Bryan before saying that he worked for seven months to come back from his ACL injury as soon as possible. Cass then says that everyone was talking about Daniel Bryan and nobody was talking about him, saying that he was living in Daniel’s “shadow”. The Miz comments that, if Big Cass is out there to help him with Daniel Bryan, he doesn’t need Big Cass’ help. Big Cass responds by saying that not everything is about The Miz and this lights a fire under “The A-Lister” as The Miz gets in the seven-footer’s face, rattling off his accomplishments before saying that this a “what have you done for me lately” business, asking what Big Cass has done lately beside “hobble around” with an injured knee. This gets Big Cass out of his seat and right in the face of The Miz, who’s expression quickly changes before Big Cass threatens to shut The Miz’s mouth right now.
The Miz is quick to try and change the subject, saying that this is about Daniel Bryan before Big Cass cuts The Miz off, saying that Daniel looks like he should be “laying tile” in his house or picking up his trash. Cass then says that the fans are all a bunch of “Joe Schmoes” before saying that, up until the age of sixteen, he was a “little guy” like Daniel Bryan. Cass continues, saying that he grew and grew and he went back to all the people that bullied him when he was smaller and he “beat the hell” out of them. Big Cass says that Daniel Bryan reminds him of himself when he was a “little guy” and he despises Daniel for it before saying that he didn’t have to work the “indie scene” before coming to WWE because he’s “tall, educated, and damn good looking” and that makes him “valuable” and a “star”.
Big Cass then says that he still lives in the “shadow” of Daniel Bryan but not for long, saying that he is going to make sure that Daniel goes back to where he “belongs” and that is “beaten, battered, bruised, and retired” and Daniel will “never cast a shadow” over him or anyone else again. Big Cass then mocks Daniel’s “yes” chant before the seven-footer leaves the ring. Backstage, Asuka and Becky Lynch are on their way towards the ring for their scheduled match when they spot Daniel Bryan in a heap on the floor, clutching his shoulder as a referee and an agent tend to Daniel, an apparent victim of an attack by, presumably, Big Cass.
After coming to the aid of Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch last week, “The Empress of Tomorrow” Asuka would team with “The Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch to face The IIconics, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce, in the opening match of the night. During the match, Peyton Royce would shove Becky Lynch into Asuka, knocking Asuka off of the apron. Shortly after this, Billie Kay would briefly distract Becky Lynch, allowing Peyton to shove Becky into the ring post before pulling Becky back into the ring and rolling Becky up, putting her feet on the bottom rope for the illegal advantage to secure the three-count and pick up the win for The IIconics.
With The Usos set to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at The Greatest Royal Rumble, Jimmy Uso, with Jey Uso in his corner, would go one-on-one with SmackDown Tag Team Champion Rowan, with Harper in his corner. During the match, Rowan looked like he was close to putting Jimmy Uso away but this is when Naomi would make her entrance. Distracted by Naomi, The Bludgeon Brothers would take their focus off of The Usos and The Usos would capitalize as, while Jey Uso sends Harper into the steel steps on the outside, Jimmy catches Rowan with a kick before surprising Rowan with a roll-up, scoring the three-count to pick up the upset win.
With their rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Title coming up in less than two weeks at Backlash, the official contract signing for the SmackDown Women’s Title rematch would take place on SmackDown LIVE. Renee Young would first introduce SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella but, before Renee can introduce Charlotte Flair, Carmella takes the microphone, saying that she gave the fans a “Mellabration” last week but nobody gave her a standing ovation. Carmella then says that she is going to show the highlight reel she showed last week again and, this time, she wants the standing ovation that she “deserves”. Dissatisfied with the crowd’s reaction, Carmella says that she is going to play the highlight reel again and she will keep playing it until she gets the reaction she wants.
However, Charlotte Flair interrupts as the self-proclaimed “Queen” makes her way to the ring for the contract signing. Charlotte takes her seat but, despite Renee Young asking Carmella to take her seat, the SmackDown Women’s Champion repeatedly gloats and mocks Charlotte Flair before finally taking her seat. Charlotte is the first to sign the contract, giving Carmella a “woo” before attacking the champion, bouncing her face off of the table before flipping the table over on top of Carmella! Charlotte then leaves the ring as Carmella gets to her feet.
United States Champion Jeff Hardy was set for a rematch against Shelton Benjamin on SmackDown LIVE but, during Jeff’s entrance, Randy Orton would get a bit of payback for last week, by making his entrance and taking Jeff’s match against Shelton Benjamin as the United States Champion takes a seat at ringside. During the match, Shelton Benjamin would slide out of the ring to avoid the RKO and Randy Orton would taunt Jeff Hardy by feigning like he was going to throw Benjamin into Jeff but “The Viper” would instead slam Benjamin on the announce table before rolling Shelton back into the ring. This is when a masked man would run in through the crowd and chop block Jeff Hardy before sliding into the ring to escape security. However, Orton would catch the masked man and tear the mask off to reveal Sunil Singh, who would get an RKO for his efforts. This distraction would pay off for Shelton Benjamin as Benjamin would hit Orton with Pay Dirt, pinning Orton to pick up the win.
Then it was time for the main event as WWE Champion AJ Styles would reunite with Gallows & Anderson as the reunited Club would face the team of Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev Day in a 6-Man Tag match. In the end, it was Shinsuke Nakamura hitting Luke Gallows with the Kinshasa to the back of the head as Nakamura pins Gallows to pick up the win for his team. After the match, AJ Styles would attack Nakamura, but Nakamura would again use a low blow to stop the WWE Champion in his tracks. Nakamura would then size AJ up for the Kinshasa, but Karl Anderson would get in front of AJ Styles at the last second as Anderson would take the Kinshasa to protect his longtime friend. Nakamura would then make sure that AJ Styles was watching before “The Artist” delivers a second Kinshasa to Karl Anderson with the WWE Champion reaching out to try and protect Anderson to no avail. The heinous Nakamura then leaves the ring as AJ Styles checks on Karl Anderson in the ring, no doubt having fanned the flames ahead of their rematch for the WWE Title at The Greatest Royal Rumble by taking out all three members of The Club.
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