Sami Zayn assured victory for The Bloodline
The Brawling Brutes together with Drew McIntyre delivered one other message to The Bloodline to kick off SmackDown. Sheamus and McIntyre put apart their variations and solidified their longtime bond, with McIntyre being named an “Honorary Brute.” In the meantime, “The Honorary Uce” Sami Zayn interrupted the group and assured a WarGames victory for The Bloodline. Sheamus reassured Zayn that he himself shall be scared when Zayn learns who The Brutes have chosen to be their fifth man.
Ricochet def. Mustafa Ali
The primary spherical of the SmackDown World Cup on FOX Event continued as two of the most important high-flyers in Mustafa Ali and Ricochet battled on the bottom and within the air. Ali, already nursing accidents stemming from the beatdown he suffered by the hands of Bobby Lashley on Monday Night time Uncooked, clearly was not at one hundred pc however nonetheless took the struggle to Ricochet. Prime-rope offense, together with a backstabber and a superplex, put Ricochet in full management, and it continued with a Michinoku driver on the surface of the ring. A valiant Ali practically caught Ricochet with a 450 splash, however Ricochet rolled out of the best way and completed off Ali with a capturing star press.
Karrion Kross def. Madcap Moss
Nonetheless feeling the impact of a devastating Kross Jacket three weeks in the past, Madcap Moss squared off towards Karrion Kross in a hard-hitting affair. A fired up Moss used his superb athleticism to throw Kross off, however each time Moss constructed up momentum, Scarlett intervened and allowed Kross to regain management. As soon as Kross synched within the Kross Jacket, Moss did every thing he may to interrupt it, however Kross proved to be too highly effective and finally put Moss to sleep.
LA Knight twice slapped Bray Wyatt
One week after headbutting LA Knight, Bray Wyatt tried to apologize, however Knight had different plans. As Knight prolonged his hand for a handshake, he shortly pulled his hand again and slapped Wyatt. Knight jumped out of the ring, and as Wyatt tried to make peace, Knight hopped again in, slapped Wyatt once more, and exited up the ramp as Wyatt appeared on in a daze.
Shotzi def. Shayna Baszler
After profitable the Six-Pack Problem final week and incomes a SmackDown Ladies’s Championship alternative towards Ronda Rousey at Survivor Sequence, Shotzi was again in motion on Friday evening, taking up Ronda’s shut buddy, Shayna Baszler. Shotzi used fast strikes and her unorthodox fashion to achieve the early benefit. Nonetheless, Rousey’s ringside presence bothered Shotzi. Raquel Rodriguez got here right down to the ring to assist her former tag workforce associate, and Shotzi put away Baszler with a rollup.
Braun Strowman and The New Day def. Imperium
Earlier than the match, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston battled Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser as Braun Strowman and the Intercontinental Champion Gunther watched. After the bell, Strowman tagged in and commenced to run roughshod by means of Imperium, pulling down Vinci and Kaiser and even stumbling Gunther. The New Day tagged in and made their presence felt as their tandem offense completed off Kaiser whereas Strowman’s mere presence scared Gunther from making the save.
Butch def. Sami Zayn
Within the ultimate first-round matchup of the SmackDown World Cup on FOX Event, Butch and Sami Zayn clashed in what was a precursor to the Males’s WarGames Match at Survivor Sequence with Butch representing The Brawling Brutes and Zayn representing The Bloodline.
With Sheamus, Drew McIntyre and Ridge Holland ringside in Butch’s nook, Zayn’s nook featured Undisputed WWE Tag Group Champions The Usos in addition to Solo Sikoa. Contained in the ring, Butch used his aggressive assault and a Bitter Finish to defeat Zayn, however order utterly broke down as each man entered the ring and commenced to brawl.
As The Brutes gained the benefit, Undisputed WWE Common Champion Roman Reigns arrived and laid waste to Holland, Butch, McIntyre and finally Sheamus.
As Reigns appeared for his signature spear on Sheamus, Kevin Owens returned and revealed himself to be The Brutes’ fifth man! Owens evened the percentages and delivered a Stunner to Reigns, leaving The Brutes standing tall as SmackDown concluded.