Raw superstar Drew McIntyre made a rare SmackDown appearance this week as he targeted Roman Reigns days before facing Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.
The night started with the Tribal Chief making his way to the ring to hype up his match with Orton at Survivor Series on November 22, as he pointed to the ratings and called the blue brand ‘The Island of Relevancy’.
McIntyre came out and insisted he will defeat Randy and face of with Universal Champ Roman, pointing out how he eliminated him at the Royal Rumble in January.
The tense exchange led to Jey Uso storming out to cut a great promo and challenging the Scottish Psychopath to a match later in the night.
Later in the night, Adam Pearce made the ‘unsanctioned match’ official (erm), leading to a barnstormer of a main event.
The two went all out as Jey’s rise up the card continues to hit all the right notes, while his story with Roman is still the most well crafted and beautifully executed WWE plot in recent memory.
At one point, Reigns told his cousin that he didn’t care if he beat McIntyre, he just had to make him understand.
However, Uso slid back into the ring to target his opponent, only to be hit with a Claymore as Drew picked up the win.
He and the Universal Champion stared each other down at the end of the show, with the Tribal Chief urging McIntyre to get himself a title, so they can meet in the ring a week on Sunday.
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Sami Zayn was on fine form as he ran down management for springing an Intercontinental Title defence on him an hour before SmackDown started.
He and Apollo Crews put on a fun sprint with a very creative ending – which isn’t the first time we’ve said that about a Zayn win this year.
Outmatched, the resourceful champ had to tie his opponent’s foot to the ring to claim a count out win, which helped everyone involved this time round.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks came out to address Carmella after her recent attack, but Bayley’s music played as she provided a distraction.
Carmella attacked from behind, with a superkick and an X-Factor as she made an exit and the segment was over almost as quickly as it started.
Elsewhere, Otis squashed Dolph Ziggler after a backstage spat, picking up an easy win and almost dismissing the memory of the pair’s thrilling feud earlier in the year.
In a bright moment, Chad Gable would approach Otis after the bell and pitched the idea of them working together to improve the latter’s career – count us in, especially after what Ziggler told us about his former rival’s potential.
Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins came together for what we were promised to be the Final Chapter of their long running rivalry, with Murphy, Angie, Dominik and Aalyah all at ringside for the No Holds Barred bout.
This was a fantastic match, and the Disciple’s betrayal of the SmackDown Saviour leading to Mysterio’s 619 and Eddie Guerrero-inspired Frog Splash on the anniversary of his death was a perfect way to end this.
The family gave their approval for Aalyah and Murphy, and it seems the latter is poised for a cracking feud with Rollins.
Meanwhile, Chelsea Green made her debut in a Fatal 4 Way Match against Natalya, Liv Morgan and Tamina Snuka, with all four women going all out here before Morgan picked up the win to qualify for Survivor Series.
It’s since emerged that Green got injured, which explains her low-key first appearance – hopefully she can recover and reach the heights everyone knows she’s capable of.
Quickfire SmackDown results and grades
- IC Title: Sami Zayn (c) beat Apollo Crews via count-out (B, for the ending)
- Otis squashed Dolph Ziggler (C-)
- No Holds Barred: Rey Mysterio pinned Seth Rollins (A-)
- Fatal 4 Way Survivor Series Qualifier: Liv Morgan overcame Natalya, Tamina and Chelsea Green (C+)
- Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre defeated Jey Uso (B+)
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