Smackdown takes place from Key Bank Arena from Buffalo, New York. Unique circumstances including Tom Phillips, Aiden English, and Renee Young are on commentary. WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar comes to the ring with Paul Heyman discussing the fallout from an event that took place yesterday. Heyman gets on the microphone and says who he represents as he typically does. The advocate discusses Lesnar’s ‘mood’ is pissed off tonight. How so? Heyman says that he gives the ultimate piece of footage. Footage from the previous night where Lesnar defeated Cain Velasquez in only a few minutes.
The issue was of Rey Mysterio then attacking Lesnar with a chair repeatedly. Heyman shares that the reason Mysterio and Lesnar can’t face each other Mysterio is a USA Network contracted talent. Lesnar apparently ‘quits’ working for Fox because he’s going hunting for Mysterio. After going backstage, Lesnar and Heyman leave while Triple H and Shawn Michaels appear.
Smackdown Women’s Championship
Bayley vs. Nikki Cross
The champion makes her way to the ring first accompanied by Sasha Banks. Cross then makes her way to the ring next. Once the bell rings, Cross takes the fight early to the champion. Cross continues to take the fight to the outside with a tornado DDT. She then brings the champion back in the ring and makes a cover. We then go to a commercial break. After the break, we see Bayley with the advantage. This ends with Cross attempting a rollup for a count of two only. Once back at her feet, Cross knocks Bayley out of the ring, but then the champion catches her attempting a baseball slide. Bayley remains on the attack whipping her back in the ring.
Cross regains control with forearm smashes and then a crossbody. Nikki follows up with a bulldog on the champion and then climbs to the top turnbuckle and hits another crossbody. She makes a count, but only for two. Banks got involved and caused a distraction. Bayley climbs to the top rope and hits a Macho Man elbow and pin, but only for a count of two. The Champion puts Cross on the top rope who then counters an attempted tornado DDT. With the referee distracted, Banks pushes Cross of the top rope who breaks out a new move followed by a three count and the win.
After the bell NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler comes in from the crowd and attacks Sasha Banks and Bayley. Once in the ring, fans chant NXT. The Queen of Hearts stands in the ring laid out everyone and walked out through the crowd.
Once back from commercial, we get a replay of Baszler’s attack. We then get Pat McAfee takes over for Aiden English on commentary after 40 minutes. Cathy Kelly is then shown backstage as she interviews Sami Zayn. Zayn shares that maybe NXT is trying to take over and watch where they stick their nose. He goes as far as to say if anyone steps to him, to which Matt Riddle and Keith Lee walk up. Zayn said he was down with NXT since Day 1. He unzipped his jacket to show that he is sporting a black shirt. To which he tries to walk away and then run away chased by Lee and Riddle into the arena. They catch him and corner him in the ring. Riddle hits him with Bro Derek and a ripcord knee. Lee hits Zayn with a moonsault.
Progressive Match Flo
They air the Strowman and Fury match up from the previous evening. Strowman lost via count-out.
MizTV with The Miz
The Miz sports his ‘Buffalo is AWESOME’ shirt as he plays to the crowd. With so fewSmackdown talent at the show, they air a great deal of footage from the previous night’s event. We see that the Fiend is the new WWE Universal champion defeating Seth Rollins. The focus then turns to Miz talking about NXT and their attendance on the show. To which, former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa interrupts and comes out to the applause of those in attendance.
Ciampa comes in the ring and picks up a microphone. Ciampa says that ‘this is supposed to be must-see TV and that you are supposed to be the must-see WWE superstar’. He says that Miz thinks that he thinks that the whole world revolves around him. Ciampa says that Miz is everything that is wrong with Raw or Smackdown. ‘While you play the part, Tommaso Ciampa is the part’. To which, Miz replies saying he knows exactly who he is and says that for 15 years. Miz then says to Ciampa to make a statement. They suggest a matchup and we cut to a commercial.
The Miz vs Tommaso Ciampa
Ciampa and Miz lock up and the former champion is taken down. Dueling chants of ‘Let’s Go Ciampa’ and ‘Let’s Go Miz’ are heard. Both men couldn’t be more different in their styles. Miz tossed out Ciampa who attempts to take out the former NXT champion. Ciampa tosses him from one side of the ring to another. Ciampa locks in a rear chinlock. Miz regains control tosses punches and takes the fight to Ciampa.
Until a discusses clothesline by Ciampa and a heavy knee strike to Miz follow. He then attempts to make a pinning attempt, but only for a count of two. Miz hits a chop block on Ciampa’s knee and then attempts a powerbomb. Miz counters that into a DDT and follows with a figure four leglock. Ciampa reverses the figure four applying pressure to Miz’s knee. Ciampa attempts a pinning attempt, but Miz counters. While both on their knees they are exchanging chops leading to them standing continuing chops. Miz gets caught and Ciampa hits a fairytale ending with a three count and win.
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
Daniel Bryan stops by and talks Triple H and Shawn Michaels who says that if he’s looking for a fight why don’t Triple H and he go at it now. Triple H says that he isn’t looking for a fight he calls for the champ to which NXT Champion, Adam Cole walks out and Daniel Bryan challenges him for the NXT Championship.
Fire and Desire vs…..
Carmella and Dana Brooke
Except we see Bianca Belair attacking both Brooke and Carmella backstage.
Rhea Ripley walks out next with Teagan Nox with a microphone in hand. Ripley says that it looks like they don’t have any opponents as the two Aussie’s come to the ring, but they now do.
Teagan Nox and Rhea Ripley vs Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille)
Both women attack both Deville and Rose. Nox attacks Devile with a whip over the announce table and Ripley gets Rose to tap with a reverse cross ankle lock.
Winner: Nox and Ripley
After the commercial, Stephanie McMahon waves at her husband who along with Shawn Michaels is at ringside. She begins by talking about the evolution of women in wrestling and how history has been achieved. With footage of what was achieved by Lacey Evans and Natayla, we are on to our main event of the evening.
Adam Cole (C) vs Daniel Bryan
Bryan comes out first to the ring. Roderick Strong accompanies Cole to the rampway and then heads back after a good luck fist pump. Cole comes to the ring and hits his plug of boom and Adam Cole, bay-bay chant in the ring. Bryan and Cole are then announced in the ring. Cole kisses the title as they go to commercial.
Once back in the ring we get the referee just about ready to call for the bell and then does so. Michaels and Triple H are sitting at ringside while watching Cole and Bryan in the ring. The two lock-up and Bryan gets the early advantage. Bryan slaps Adam Cole and then lays in the kicks on Cole followed by chops. Cole regains the advantage with a side headlock. He follows up with a shoulder tackle but is caught with a kick by Bryan.
Bryan folds Coles’s arm and then stomps on it. With Bryan looking at Triple H he locks in a bow and arrow and then a dragon sleeper. A knee across the forehead of Cole by Bryan and uppercuts lead to a continued advantage by the former WWE champion. A bicycle kick by Cole puts a stop to the lead. Both men fall over the top rope with a suplex gone wrong.
After the commercial, Cole regains the advantage with a neckbreaker. He drops an elbow on Bryan and then follows up with a pinning attempt. Phillps called a figure four leglock on Daniel Bryan, but gets a rope break. The fight turns into an exchange of blows with Bryan gaining the advantage. Bryan hits his array of blows on Cole and maintains the advantage, but then is tossed over the top rope to what looked like back on the apron. Bryan climbs up top and hits a missile dropkick on Cole. Cole reversed a hurricanrana by Bryan into a sunset flip. Adam Cole then hits another bicycle kick and then attempts a pin, but only for a count of two.
Bryan hits a suicide dive on Cole but then gets caught with a kick to the head a second time.
After another commercial break, Bryan is seated on top of the turnbuckle as Cole attempts a superplex, but Bryan reverses it. Daniel Bryan hits a German suplex, but remains on the top rope. He then hits a diving headbutt but misses cole. The NXT champion then hits his suplex neckbreaker and another pinning attempt. This time for a count of two. Cole exposes the knee attempting the last shot.
Bryan locks in a single leg Boston Crab and then turns it into a leglock submission attempt. Cole rolls to the ropes. Bryan continues to hit kick after kick on Cole, but is caught with a backstabber and then locks the champ in the LeBelle Lock. The planted stomps on Cole leads to another LaBelle Lock who is then able, to reach the bottom rope.
Bryan continues to hit his signature kicks on Cole and then is caught with his final kick. Daniel is fired up attempting a running knee only to get caught with a superkick and then a Panama City Destroyer and then last shot.
Winner: And still NXT Champion Adam Cole
The entire NXT brand comes into the ring to celebrate to which Triple H challenges a Raw and Smackdown at Survivor Series as they have fired the first shot. He said that that NXT is coming calling. WE ARE NXT.