Friday Night Super Smackdown aired live from the World Famous Madison Square Garden, New York City; starting off with a video package remembering the 9/11 tragedy. A day America changed, but they are not afraid.
The Bloodline made their presence, where the Tribal Chief says he runs the New York City and demands to ACKNOWLEDGE HIM. Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar arrives at the scene, stands face-to-face with the Tribal Chief. Things became a bit awkward when he asked Heyman Why he didn’t inform Reigns he will be in Summerslam? The Former Advocate also gave us nostalgia down the line with the iconic introduction of The Beast. Things took a turn when Lesnar demanded a Universal Title Match. When Heyman didn’t respond in time, he started Manhandling the members of the Bloodline taking them to Suplex City. Moving to the first match of the night:
Big E, Dominik & Rey Mysterio, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs. Otis, Apollo Crews, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
10 Man Tag Team Match
Before the match started, Sami Zayn took the mic and introduced a surprise guest who will be in their corner. Trae Young, the NBA Star is back in the garden. The match was a power-packed start with back-to-back blows by the contenders. It wasn’t a good night for Trae when he pulled Rey while he was laid out on the ropes by Sami. While the referee saw it, he threw the Atlanta Hawks star in the back. This caused a big distraction to them, which helped Rey and Dom to hit a 619 on Zayn, leading to a Big Ending by E for the win.
Bianca Belair is in the ring for the contract signing against Becky Lynch with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville in the ring. After talking about Lynch, she signs the contract. Becky Lynch arrived in the ring with style, while she doesn’t look in the mood to sign. After she confronts the fans, she gives what they wanted. A Smackdown Women’s Championship Match.
Edge vs. Seth Rollins II
Edge returns to MSG for the first time in 11 years for their SummerSlam rematch against the Drip God. He took to Twitter expressing himself returning to the arena:
Both of them have some amazing chemistry in the ring, making it a match worth watching. Rollins takes shots and steals finishers when he hit the Glam Slam, famously used Edge’s wife Beth Phoenix. Edge didn’t back out too. He hit Rollins with a Pedigree. Rollins dominated on the second half of the match with back-to-back kicks, leading to a devastating stomp on Edge’s surgically repaired neck. Rollins picked up the win via pinfall.
After The Match: Edge was checked by the medical team and was taken to a local medical facility. Rollins looked shaken.
The Usos vs. The Street Profits
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
The Profits had the momentum during the match dominating The Usos. Cousin Roman Reigns made his presence to look on to the Tag Champs. The Match had a controversial ending when The Tribal Chief locked Montez Ford in the Guillotine Choke, leading to a disqualification.
After The Match: Reigns answered Lesnar’s challenge, said he will accept his challenge after he conquers Bálor at Extreme Rules. Lights went out, and Finn Bálor’s Alter Ego, ‘The Demon’ re-emerges and stands face-to-face against The Bloodline as SmackDown went off the air.
Overview: The 9/11 tribute was a class move by WWE. The matches and storyline segments were top-notch and stood up to expectations. With Lilian Garcia and Trey Young making their presence, John Cena made his final appearance for now in a Dark Match with The Mysterios against The Bloodline. The only missing thing was a women’s division match. The one which was scheduled was taken off due to time-related issues. The Smackdown Women’s Division even took to Twitter, indicating about the situation.
This has been the best Smackdown Episode since the live crowd returned. Setting up things leading to Extreme Rules and proves why Smackdown is the Flagship Show.