After a low blow and a Kinshasa led to losing the United States Title in mere moments as well as getting attacked by Randy Orton after the match, Jeff Hardy would kick off SmackDown LIVE. Jeff says that he feels “incomplete” and his heart is “broken” because he is no longer the United States Champion before calling Shinsuke Nakamura a “jackass”. Jeff then says that he wasn’t “thinking clearly” at Extreme Rules but he is focused tonight as he will make Nakamura “obsolete” and regain the United States Title, concluding by telling everyone to have a good night.
After successfully defending the WWE Title against Rusev at Extreme Rules, the WWE Champion was in action on SmackDown LIVE as AJ Styles would go one-on-one with Andrade “Cien” Almas, with Zelina Vega in his corner, in the non-title opening match of the night. Andrade “Cien” Almas would take the WWE Champion to the limit but, in the end, it was AJ Styles locking in the Calf Crusher, making Almas tap out to pick up the win, handing Almas his first loss on the main roster.
Becky Lynch would look to keep her win streak going on SmackDown LIVE as “The Irish Lass Kicker” would go one-on-one with Mandy Rose, with Sonya Deville in her corner. In the end, it was Becky Lynch locking in the Dis-Arm-Her, making Mandy Rose tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Becky Lynch says that she has been racking up victory after victory but she is just getting started, saying that she is coming for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
Samoa Joe was in action on SmackDown LIVE as “The Destroyer” would face Tye Dillinger. Samoa Joe would make quick work of “The Perfect 10”, putting Tye Dillinger to sleep with the Coquina Clutch to pick up the win.
With Kane out of action with a broken ankle, The Miz would make an appearance on SmackDown LIVE with a “eulogy” for Team Hell No. The Miz would make his way to the ring with Kane’s mask on a mannequin head, as well as a wreath and two enlarged photos of Team Hell No. The Miz says that Team Hell No is “six feet under” before asking the fans to join him in a “moment of silence” before saying “I told you so”. The Miz then says that Daniel Bryan is a “glory hound” and he used the Team Hell No reunion to try and stay “relevant”. The Miz continues, saying that Daniel’s return from injury has been a “bust” and no one has the courage to tell him that he is “destroying” his legacy and that Daniel’s career is “dead”. This brings out an enraged Daniel Bryan, who attacks The Miz from behind before attacking the pallbearers, sending The Miz running from the ring. Daniel then takes out one of the pallbearers with the running knee before staring “The A-Lister” down.
Following The New Day’s loss to SAnitY in a Tables Match on the Extreme Rules Kickoff, The New Day’s Kofi Kingston, with Big E & Xavier Woods in his corner, would face SAnitY’s Eric Young, with Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe in his corner. During the match, Killian Dain would throw Xavier Woods into Kofi Kingston and this would let Eric Young take advantage with a wheelbarrow neckbreaker to Kofi Kingston, pinning Kofi for the win.
Then it was time for the main event as Jeff Hardy would get his rematch for the United States Championship as “The Charismatic Enigma” would challenge new champion Shinsuke Nakamura for the prestigious United States Title. During the match, Jeff Hardy would hit Shinsuke Nakamura with the Swanton Bomb but, before the three-count, Randy Orton would pull Jeff Hardy out of the ring, ending the match by disqualification. “The Viper” would repeatedly slam Jeff Hardy’s head into the steel steps and, as Shinsuke Nakamura watches on, Orton would stomp Jeff’s head into the steel steps. Orton then methodically hooks the earring hole in Jeff’s ear, stretching Jeff’s earlobe before tossing Jeff over the announce table. Agents and referees then rush out to try and stop Orton, but “The Viper” would not relent, continuing to beat Jeff down before planting Jeff on the floor with a vicious DDT. Orton then finally ceases his assault, walking to the back, having viciously assaulted Jeff Hardy once again.
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