Good evening Fight Fans,and welcome to our coverage for tonight's edition of WWE Smackdown on FOX headlined by a champion versus champion match between Charlotte and Bayley!
- We open the show with a video package celebrating Memorial Day weekend before we open in the PC with a breakdown of tonight's card headlined by a Champion versus Champion match between NXT Women's champion Charlotte and Smackdown Women's champion Bayley before we go to this week's episode of The Dirt Sheet. The Miz and Morrison talk about their opponents from last week that they faced in a tag team match, Universal champion Braun Strowman and the current Money in the Bank winner Otis before they mock Bray Wyatt and the Firefly Funhouse and it's puppets. Braun then comes out to the ring and talks about him defeating Bray Wyatt before Miz tells him that Bray isn't done with him before Miz and Braun agree to have a match right now as we go to commercial.
The Miz vs Braun Strowman
We come back to the match already in progress as Braun runs over Miz before whipping him into the corner and rocks him with a knee lift before Miz pulls down the top rope and sends Braun over the top rope before Morrison hits a running roundhouse kick off of the barricade when the referee isn't looking. Braun accidentally goes shoulder first into the post before Miz hits a springboard double ax handle and rakes the eyes of Braun before dropkicking his knee and dropping him with a buzzsaw kick. Braun then counters a DDT and throws Miz across the ring before knocking Morrison off of the apron and tossing Miz before hitting a running powerslam for the pin and the win.
Winner: Braun Strowman defeats The Miz via pinfall.
- After the match we get a graphic for the two Intercontinental Championship Tournament matches on tonight's show as AJ Styles comes out for his tournament match against Shinsuke Nakamura as we go to commercial.
Intercontinental Championship Tournament First Round Match
AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
AJ backs Shin into the corner for a clean break before AJ locks in a headlock and Shinsuke backs AJ into the ropes for a break before AJ reapplies the headlock and wrenches the neck of AJ. AJ then chops Shin in the throat before dropkicking him and Shin knees AJ in the stomach before they exchange forearms before AJ hits a Pele kick and Shin kicks AJ before hitting a sliding German suplex as we go to commercial.
We come back to Shin kicking AJ in the chest against the ropes before dropping him and AJ catches a kick before they exchange strikes until they collapse before AJ clotheslines Shin and hits an ushigoroshi for two. AJ locks in the Calf Crusher before Shin struggles to the ropes before getting to them right before tapping before missing a sliding elbow and AJ hits a flying forearm for two before Shin counters a Styles Clash into a Michinoku driver for a near fall. AJ counters an exploder suplex before Shin hits a flying knee off of the top and a Kinshasa for a near fall before AJ counters another Kinshasa into a roll up for a near fall before Shin locks in a triangle choke. AJ then hits a Styles Clash for a near fall before AJ hits a forearm from the apron and an enzuigiri into the Phenomenal Forearm for the pin and the win.
Winner: AJ Styles defeats Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall to advance in the tournament.
- After the match we get an updated tournament bracket before a graphic for Jeff Hardy versus Sheamus in the second tournament match later tonight before we get a recap of the segment between Charlotte and Bayley and Sasha Banks that set up tonight's Champion versus Champion match. We next go backstage to Sasha and Bayley talking where Bayley tells Sasha that she doesn't want her at ringside in her corner in her match against Charlotte up next before saying that she knows she has her back before leaving as we go to commercial.
Champion vs Champion Match
Charlotte (c) vs Bayley (c)
They lock up before Charlotte backs Bayley into the corner and chops her before missing a running splash in the corner and Bayley slams her to the mat by her hair for a quick two count as we see Sasha watching from backstage. They exchange standing switches before Bayley tries to roll Charlotte up with a roll up with her feet on the ropes before Charlotte traps Bayley in the ropes and knees her in the midsection before clotheslining her at ringside as we go to commercial.
We come back to the action in the ring to Charlotte having Bayley grounded with a headlock before she makes her way to her feet and gets slammed by her hair before being dropped with a chop. Charlotte climbs to the top before Bayley knocks her down and Charlotte tweaks her knee before they end up at ringside where Charlotte rocks Bayley with a forearm. Bayley sends Charlotte into the barricade before bringing her back into the ring before covering her for two, Bayley choking Charlotte in the ropes before Charlotte rolls Bayley up for two. Charlotte fights out of a headlock before hitting a fall away slam and hits Bayley with forearms before Charlotte hits a backbreaker and sends Bayley face first into the middle turnbuckle. Charlotte drops Bayley with a boot before Bayley traps Charlotte in the ropes and hits a stunner before hitting a running knee and comes off of the top, but Charlotte gets her knees up before locking in a lion tamer and Bayley kicks her way free.
Bayley sends Charlotte into the middle turnbuckle before hitting a diving elbow drop for a near fall before chopping Charlotte across the chest several times and teasing a figure four before Charlotte rocks Bayley with a stiff forearm. Charlotte then comes back with chops before they exchange pins until Bayley wins by holding the ropes for the pin and the win.
Winner: Bayley defeats Charlotte via pinfall.
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