Welcome to Smackdown Live and we begin with a 10 bell salute while on the screen we see the American Flag with the words NEVER FORGET. The show then begins with our opening match of the evening as Jeff Hardy makes his way out to the ring
Jeff Hardy says demons are all around us, tempting us and taunting us. Tearing us apart at times. Jeff says he has had many and he has conquered them all and he is before you a better man. Demons will always be around and the only way to cleanse them is to deal with them head on. Sunday he will face the most venomous. He will face the viper inside Hell in a Cell. Randy Orton may think he will inflict a load of pain on him, but Randy does not know what it is like to face someone who has dealt with his own hell.
Randy says he may be a demon but Jeff says he is a daredevil and he has no fear. He will unleash a lifetime of torment and suffering on Randy Orton until he fades away and classifies himself as obsolete.
Jeff says tonight he deals with Shinsuke Nakamura and then he is going straight to hell . . . enjoy the show.
JEFF HARDY VS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
Nakamura playing mind games at the outset of this match. Shinsuke and Hardy lock up and Jeff with a jawbreaker and axehandle from the apron. Nakamura is sent into the barricade and Hardy flies as Shinsuke hits the barricade one more time as Smackdown goes to break
Back from break, Shinsuke regains control of the match as he works over Hardy's neck. jeff down to one knee. Hardy gets to his feet trying to fight back but Nakamura hits a series of knee strikes. Hardy turns the tables. Irish whip reversed by Nakamura landing a shot to the midscection. Nakamura charges into the corner but Jeff hits a slingblade.
Suplex countered as Nakamura lands a knee to the face. Hardy goes to the top rope and hits Whisper In The Wind. Hardy back to the top but Shinsuke cuts him off landing a kick to the ribs. Jeff on the apron and Nakamura knocks him off the apron sending him crashing to the floor as we go to break
Backstage: We go to the interview area where Miz and Maryse are with Kayla Braxton. Miz asks for her to show his wife some respect since she is in the main event. Maryse is asked about their match at Hell in a Cell as well as her first singles match in seven years. Maryse asks if she is kidding. It took Daniel Bryan three years to get back into the ring, but it only took her five months after giving birth so she is ready. Maryse says she is going to make her husband proud and she will make her daughter proud to see her mommy punch Brie in the face.
Miz says that Brie and Daniel is a marriage of convenience. How convenient is it since Brie had to come back to make some money. Daniel can't fight his own battles so he has to bring Brie in.
Earlier Today: We see an empty arena and AJ Styles is sitting on the ring steps. AJ says Samoa Joe knows his biggest weakness is his temper. The quickest way to get him to lose his temper is to talk about his family. He brought his wife and three year old daughter into this. If Joe can attack his heart he can go after his head and get the advantage. After nearly 20 years of friendship, he knows a lot about Samoa Joe. Joe has a family but AJ says he would never mess with another man's family because he has integrity. Joe's strength is running his mouth and intimidation. Samoa Joe's strength is being a real piece of . . . garbage. All of that strength that he has will be his weakness.
When this bell rings, no one has the upper hand on AJ Styles. At Hell in a Cell, the talking stops, the intimidation ends. At SummerSlam, Joe got a dose of what happens when you talk about his family. Last week, he got another taste. In five days, he will show Samoa Joe how phenomenal he is. This is the house that AJ Styles built. It isn't for rent and it isn't for sale.
Charlotte Flair is in the back and she is asked about her match tonight against Sonya Deville. Charlotte says she asked for competition because she thrives on it. Unlike Becky, she goes into the ring and does it instead of talking about it. Charlotte says if there is one person to bet on, it is herself. She says she hopes her former best friend is watching tonight.
CHARLOTTE FLAIR VS SONYA DEVILLE
Sonya goes for the legs but Charlotte avoids her. Charlotte with a front face lock and Gator roll. Sonya with a front face lock but Charlotte with a float over into a side head lock. Sonya with a double leg take down but Charlotte with a bridge and Charlotte goes for a back slide. Sonya blocks the back slide and then she kicks Charlotte in the corner. Sonya with a snap mare and sliding knee for a near fall. Sonay goes for a suplex but Charlotte with an inside cradle for a near fall.
Sonya with a jab and she goes for a sunset flip but Charlotte blocks it and connects with a knee drop to the back of the head. Mandy grabs the leg and Charlotte is distracted but it backfires and Charlotte with a boot to the head and Sonya goes to the floor.
We are back and Sonya with an abdominal stretch. Charlotte escapes and she goes for a sunset flip but Sonya rolls through. Charlotte with a belly-to-back suplex. Sonya with forearms but Charlotte with chops. Charlotte with a back breaker and then she goes to the turnbuckles for a moonsault but she lands on Sonya's knees. Sonya with a spinebuster for a near fall. Sonya with knees to the midsection and then she applies a triangle but she doesn't have it fully locked in. Charlotte picks up Sonya and drops her onto the ropes for a slingshot sit out powerbomb for a near fall.
Charlotte goes for the figure four leg lock and she bridges and forces Sonya to tap out.
The winner of the match: Charlotte Flair
Post Match: Charlotte poses with some fans at ringside for a photo but someone in a hooded sweatshirt attacks Charlotte. It is Becky Lynch and she attacks Charlotte and applies DisArmHer.
We take a look at a message from Samoa Joe.
Joe says he is going to read you a bedtime story. It has a hero and a villain. Don't worry, this has a happy ending. It is Night Night AJ by Samoa Joe.
here once was a man who lived in a house. A house that he built for his kids and his spouse. He defended his house against one and all. He thought he was ten feet tall.
His head in the clouds so high above all, he forgot his family, not even a call.
Until from the west, a man had appeared, a submission machine all warriors revered.
In the midst of his journey he learned of the house of broken promises and lies. The child, she was frightened. The wife was distraught. They hoped and they prayed that a humbling lesson would be taught.
The warrior had a solution. Become their new dad.
The arrogant fool from the house expelled, the battle lines he drew at Hell in a Cell.
The lights they were dimming, the ego no more. The arrogant fool, asleep on the floor.
A new champion stood as the man of the house. The ten foot fool was small as a mouse.
Good night Wendy and little Annie. NIght Night AJ.
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are in the back getting Brie ready for her match as we go to commercial.
We are back and we see Becky Lynch walking in the back and she is asked about her attack. Becky says she said she would break Charlotte's arm but she will wait until after she wins the Women's Title.
The New Day are back at their Pancake Table to watch to see who they will be facing on Sunday.
We see Sheamus and Cesaro in the back and they are talking strategy.
Kramer Kingsmen is trying to interview them but before he can finish his monologue, they have made their way to the ring.
RUSEV DAY VS THE BAR
Cesaro and Aiden start things off and they lock up. Aiden goes to the floor. They lock up again and Aiden with a side head lock. Cesaro with a shoulder tackle. Aiden with a Japanese arm drag and then he sends Cesaro into the turnbuckles. Rusev is tagged in and Aiden with a hip into the corner and Rusev with a clothesline for a near fall. Rusev with a punch and shoulders in the corner. Cesaro with a knee and he tags in Sheamus. Sheamus goes for a suplex but Rusev blocks it.
Rusev with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Rusev with an elbow drop and then he applies a front face lock. Rusev with a punch but Sheamus with a clothesline for a near fall. Cesaro tags in and hits a European uppercut and then slams Rusev. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Sheamus tags in and he applies a reverse chin lock. Rusev escapes and he connects with a boot. English tags in and he hits a cross body and follows with punches. English with a kick and snap neck breaker. Sheamus goes for a belly-to-back suplex and English lands on his feet. Sheamus goes to the floor and so does Cesaro. Rusev tags in and he sends English over the top rope onto Sheamus and Cesaro.
English with a DDT for a near fall. Cesaro tries to interfere but English sees him coming. Sheamus with a knee to English to knock him off the apron. Cesaro tags in and he connects with a European uppercut. Cesaro throws some pancakes before getting back into the ring. Cesaro with a European uppercut and he tags Sheamus back in. They kick English and Sheamus with a clothesline for a near fall. Cesaro tags back in and he kicks English and applies a reverse chin lock.
We are back and Sheamus with a back breaker to English but Aiden gets to his feet and he connects with a jaw breaker. Sheamus charges into the corner but misses English and Sheamus hits the ring post shoulder first. Cesaro and Rusev tag in and Rusev with a shoulder tackle and round kick. Rusev with a running hip into the corner followed by a spinning heel kick. Rusev with a pop up knee to the midsection and he gets a near fall.
Rusev applies the Accolade but Sheamus breaks it up. Rusev sends Sheamus to the floor. Rusev runs into a European uppercut and Sheamus tags in. They hit a double elevated DDT for a near fall. Sheamus sends Rusev into the turnbuckles but Rusev escapes and he gets a near fall with a rollup. Sheamus with a power slam for a near fall. Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick and Aiden pushes Rusev out of the way and takes the Brogue Kick. Rusev with a Machka Kick for the three count.
The winners of the match: Rusev Day
We have a video package for the Raw Women's Championship match between Alexa Bliss and Ronda Rousey.
Carmella makes her way to the ring with R Truth for his match against Andrade Almas.
We go to commercial.
R-TRUTH VS ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS
Almas with a kick to the midsection followed by chops. Almas with a forearm but Truth with punches. Truth with a rana and punch to Almas. Almas with an Irish whip and Truth floats over but Almas with a handspring into a round kick to the head for a near fall. Almas with a kick to the head. Almas with a knee to the head. Almas with a front face lock and then he goes for a suplex but Truth blocks it.
Truth with a sit out gourdbuster to Almas. Truth with punches followed by a leg lariat. Truth with a Stinger Splash followed by a kick but Almas avoids the scissors kick. Almas goes tranquilo in the ropes and Vega is under Almas but Carmella pulls her to the floor. Almas with a rollup and a handful of tights for the three count.
The winner of the match: Andrade 'Cien' Almas
Kayla is in the interview area with Asuka. Asuka is asked about her return to help Naomi and Naomi stops by to tell her she appreciated her having her back. Asuka says she does not like the Iiconics and she does not understands their accents. Naomi likes Asuka's sass and she can feel the glow. Asuka says she thinks Naomi says go so she starts to leave but Naomi tells her she means glow.
BRIE BELLA VS MARYSE
The bell rings and Maryse goes to the floor to discuss strategy with her husband. Maryse retreats into the ropes and does not want any of Brie. Maryse poses and then she goes to the floor.
Brie takes a mic and says that she knew that Maryse was always a coward. Brie tries to grab Maryse but she gets away.
Miz asks if Brie thinks that they are cowards. Miz asks if Brie thinks that his wife is a coward. Miz says that Brie does not deserve to be in the same ring as his wife. You want to talk about coward? It has been five months since his wife gave birth. None of you deserve this match.
Miz says this match is over. They will see you at Hell in a Cell.
Miz and Maryse walk up the ramp and Daniel says something to Brie.
Brie goes up the ramp and grabs Maryse by the hair and sends her into the apron. Brie sends Maryse into the ring and Miz gets on the apron but he stops when he sees Daniel. Maryse with a kick for a near fall. Brie applies the Yes Lock and Miz pulls Brie out of the ring. The referee calls for the bell.
The winner of the match: Brie Bella by disqualification
Post Match: Daniel goes after Miz and then Miz sends Daniel into Brie as they fall to the floor.Miz attacks Daniel while Daniel checks on Brie. Miz sends Daniel into the ring steps. Maryse punches and kicks Brie and then sends Brie into the apron. Maryse sends Brie into the ring and Brie with a Thesz Press and punches.
Miz gets into the ring but he stops short when Brie gets off Maryse. Maryse with a kick and she goes for a DDT but Brie escapes and she punches Maryse.
Bryan stops Miz when Miz grabs Brie. Daniel with kicks in the corner and then he tells Miz if he touches his wife, he will punch Miz in the face. He tells MIz to get up and he flinches when he sees Daniel. Brie with a punch and he clotheslines Miz over the top rope to the floor.