Good evening Fight Fans and welcome to our coverage of tonight's edition of WWE Smackdown on FOX!
- We open the show with a graphic in memory of former announcer Howard Finkel who passed away yesterday before we open in the arena with a graphic for two ladder in the bank qualifiers later tonight as well as Mandy Rose confronting Sonya Deville before Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss come out to the ring for A Moment of Bliss. Alexa and Nikki next introduce their guest, Universal champion Braun Strowman, Braun being asked about his title defense against Bray Wyatt at Money in the Bank next month. Braun says that the Wyatt Family is his past before he's given a present which he opens to be revealed as his mask he wore when he was in the family before Bray's laughter fills the arena as we go to commercial.
Sasha Banks vs Tamina
Sasha tries to barter with Tamina, but she’s not having it before Bayley distracts Tamina from ringside and Sasha rolls her up for two before Tamina comes back and sends Sasha out onto the apron before Tamina knocks her off of the apron and down onto the floor as we go to commercial.
We come back from commercial and Tamina is still in control until Sasha hits running knees in the corner for two and hits her with punches in mount before hitting a basement dropkick for two. Tamina tries to come back, but Sasha keeps her grounded before Tamina gets back to her feet and Sasha goes for a sleeper before Tamina drives her into the corner to break it up before missing a running splash in the corner. Tamina sends Sasha out onto the apron before she gets back in when she hits Tamina with a knee and Tamina hits her with a uranage before Sasha rolls out of the ring to catch her breath. Tamina goes out after Sasha, but gets distracted by Bayley yelling at her at ringside before Sasha sends her into the post and hits a 619 before sending her into the steps. Sasha then distracts the referee before Bayley tries to interfere and the referee catches her before Lacey Evans comes out and takes out Bayley before Tamina super kicks Sasha once they’re back in the ring for the pin and the win.
Winner: Tamina defeats Sasha Banks via pinfall to earn a shot at Bayley’s Smackdown Women’s Championship.
- We then get a graphic for the men's and women's Money in the Bank qualifiers before we go backstage to Jey Uso getting ready for the tag title match in tonight's main event as we go to commercial.
Sheamus vs Local Talent
Sheamus is in control early before his opponent comes back and shows off his grappling skills before Sheamus beats him down with elbows and knees before finishing him with a Brogue Kick in a short match for the pin and the win.
Winner: Sheamus defeats a local performer via pinfall.
- After the match Sheamus cuts a promo at the announce desk when Michael goes to talk about Jeff Hardy before we get part two of the look at the career of Jeff Hardy. We then go backstage to Dana Brooke getting ready for her match against Naomi up next in the women's MitB qualifier before Carmella tells her that she should focus on their women's tag title shot next week before we go to the ring as Naomi comes out for her match as we go to commercial.
Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifying Match
Naomi vs Dana Brooke
Naomi immediately rolls Dana up for two before they exchange pin attempts until Naomi dropkicks Dana for two before Dana sends Naomi over the top rope and crashing down onto the floor before Dana mocks Naomi and plays to the crowd that's not actually there. Dana goes out after Naomi and tosses her back into the ring for two before Naomi comes back with kicks and a springboard roundhouse for two before Dana hits a sit-out power bomb for two. Naomi gets her knees up when Dana goes for a cartwheel splash before Dana counters one Rear View, but Naomi hits it on the second attempt for a near fall before Naomi misses a split legged moonsault. Dana then hits a sunset flip for the pin and the win.
Winner: Dana Brooke defeats Naomi via pinfall to gain entry to the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
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