Good evening Fight Fans, and welcome to our coverage of tonight's edition of WWE Smackdown! Live! We hope you're ready for two hours of action from the blue brand and will stick around afterwards for the post-show podcast!
-We open the show with a video recapping last night's RAW before comes out to the ring. Bayley talks about why she sided with Sasha and how she's always been there for her, so she's there for Sasha before talking about lifting up the division and talks about what it was like for her as a child and how she wants to be a role model for children. Charlotte comes out to the ring and insults Bayley before talking about their match at Clash of Champions before Charlotte drops Bayley with a boot and brawls with Sasha before Bayley hits her with a chair.
King of the Ring Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Ali vs Elias
They lock up and exchange wrist locks before Ali chops Elias and does a standing back flip into a roll up for a quick two count and an enzuigiri. Elias rolls out of the ring and Elias catches him when he goes for a suicide dive before Elias sends him into the LED board and the ramp. Elias then sends Ali face first into the edge of the barricade and tossing him around ringside and into the time keepers area as we go to commercial.
Ali comes back with forearms and an enzuigiri into a rolling sit-out facebuster before Elias rolls out of the ring and Ali hits a suicide dive that sends him into the barricade. Ali rolls Elias back into the ring and Elias catches him up top before hitting a 450 onto Elias' arm. Ali hits a tilt-a-whirl into a cross face, Elias getting to the ropes right before tapping, Elias coming back with an electric chair sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Elias starts focusing on the leg of Ali, trying to ground the high flyer before he shoves Ali from the top turnbuckle and he lands on his feet at ringside before Ali superkicks Elise in midair. Ali then rolls Elias back into the ring, but misses a 450 before Elias goes back to the leg and hits the Drift Away for the pin and the win.
Winner: Elias defeats Ali via pinfall with the Drift Away to advance to the next round of the King of the Ring tournament.
-Samoa Joe is interviewed about his King of the Ring match turning into a triple threat match next Monday on RAW.
-Aleister Black cuts a promo in the dark about how he hopes someone will be man enough to pick a fight with him and knock on him door before he walks away and Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross come out for their match.
Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss vs Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
Nikki and Mandy start the match off with Nikki hitting Mandy with forearms and a huricanrrana into a running splash in the corner into a bulldog for a quick two count. Mandy comes back and drops Nikki with a right hand before she and Sonya cut the ring off and keep her away from Alexa momentarily before Nikki clears the ring and hits them both with a diving cross body as we go to commercial.
Alexa is in control of Sonya before she goes up top and Mandy sends Nikki into the ring post before Alexa misses Twisted Bliss and Mandy and Sonya hit a high low for the pin and the win.
Winner: Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose defeat Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross via pinfall with a high low.
-Samoa Joe interrupts Chad Gable training and mocks him before leaving before Randy Orton makes his way out to the ring and talks about how stupid Kofi is and his DDTing Kofi Kingston onto the floor and how he's destroyed the power of positivity before showing a video recapping all of his RKOs from the last several weeks on both RAW and Smackdown! Live. Randy then challenges Kofi to come out to the ring before Kofi makes his way out and is attacked by The Revival before Kofi comes back and Randy clotheslines him before rolling him into the ring and calling him stupid while stomping on him before they hit a super RKO as we go to commercial.
-We get a video package for the Roman Reigns saga and how Roman Reigns and Rowan will face off at Clash of Champions.
King of the Ring Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Chad Gable vs AndradeAndrade w/Zelina Vega
They go back and forth before Chad hits a monkey flip and Andrade dumps him out of the ring as we go to commercial.
We return from the break to Andrade in control, hitting a diving stomp after putting Chad in the tree of woe for a near fall while Elias looks on from backstage. Chad gets a near fall before Andrade hits three amigos and Chad comes back with three high angle German suplexes before Andrade hits another suplex and misses a double moonsault when Chad gets his knee up. Chad hits a moonsault for a near fall before Andrade hip tosses Chad into the corner and Chad hits a bridging German suplex, but the referee is distracted by Zelina. Andrade then hits Chad with a rolling elbow for a near fall before Chad pins Andrade with a sunset flip for the pin and the win.
Winner: Chad Gable defeats Andrade via pinfall to advance to the next round of the King of the Ring tournament.
Aleister Black vs Shelton Benjamin
Shelton ducks an early Black Mass before Aleister rocks him with a bicycle knee and sends him out of the ring before Shelton knocks Aleister off of the apron when Aleister rolls him back into the ring with a knee of his own. Back in the ring Aleister comes back with kicks and knees before Aleister ducks a roundhouse kick by Shelton and hits the Black Mass for the pin and the win.
Winner: Aleister Black defeats Shelton Benjamin via pinfall with the Black Mass.
Shinsuke Nakamura w/Sami Zayn vs Local Talent
Shinsuke rocks his opponent with strikes and hits Bad Vibrations in the corner before hitting knees in the corner and the Kinshasa for the pin and the win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura defeats a local performer via pinfall with a Kinshasa.
-Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring and demands that Roman come out to the ring before Roman comes out and is attacked from behind by Rowan. Rowan sends Roman into the steps and the apron before he shoves Daniel away when he tries to stop him and powerbombs Roman into the ring post before he hits Roman with a claw slam and says that he did everything on his own before he yells at Daniel. Rowan then says that he's proud of what he did to Roman and that he's most proud of the pain he'll feel at Clash of Champions before tossing him out of the ring and hitting him with the steps before he slams Daniel through the announce table as we go off the air.