Welcome to another episode of Smackdown everybody! It’s another Summerslam fallout show! Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and The Fiend have been announced for a no holds barred triple threat match for the Universal title at this Sunday’s Payback pay per view! Vince McMahon shows up in the beginning and gives some poor soul the task of getting all of their signatures on the match contract. That should be highly entertaining. I can’t wait to see what the Fiend does to him!
The show opens with another Jeff Hardy promo. I can already tell you how this will go. Something about his past demons or his family! AJ Styles interrupts right away and he looks pissed. He claims Jeff cheated in their match last week, which is totally true. AJ’s had knee injuries before and not once did he ever cheat to win! Since he’s been totally exposed as a fraud, Jeff decides to bop Styles in the face. Jeff throws out an open challenge and we go to commercial.
Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Look everybody, one of my men got booked! Finally! Where’s Cesaro? This should be an interesting match. Remember when Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy for the US title in five seconds? Pepperidge Farm remembers. If Shin wins here, he can hold two titles at once, then Cesaro can challenge for the world title, and then my guys can hold all the titles at once! Then everybody will realize their greatness. Speaking of Cesaro, he shows up via satellite and seems pissed that Nakamura just left him backstage to take this challenge. Don’t worry about it, you guys are still tag team champions! Pull it together Cesaro, we got this! The match goes to the outside and we’re already on our second commercial break of the night. What the hell?
When we come back, Nakamura’s working the knee. It’s a tried and true strategy, I’m not mad at it. This is a title match! Jeff fights back, but he’s unable to capitalize right away and Nakamura stays in control. Styles better watch it out there, I get nervous any time he and Nakamura are near each other after what happened last time. Nakamura does a SWEET sliding German suplex, followed by a flying knee to the head. That was awesome, but it’s only a two count. Nakamura sets up for Knee to Face, but Jeff avoids contact and hits Nakamura on purpose with his knee brace! This leads to the Twist of Fate and Flippity Flop for the win, but that was clearly some devious tactics by Jeff there. Two weeks in a row! He’s doing what he has to do to win, but he should at least be honest about it. After the match ends, who should show up but Sami Zayn?! That’s right, the CONspiracy Victims are back together again! Sami still has the Intercontinental title he had when he went on hiatus. I’d imagine this will lead to a title match at Payback!
This segment is pretty short and sweet. Bray Wyatt’s doing his usual talking in riddles when the guy who Vince sent earlier to get his John Hancock shows up dressed as a mailman and has the contract in hand. At first, Bray’s very coy, but he eventually acquiesces. One down, two to go!
Matt Riddle vs. Chad Gable
This match was preceded by a very weird promo by Matt Riddle, who was actually out to challenge Baron Corbin before Chad Gable showed up and hit him from behind. I guess it’s official, these two are teaming up now. At the very least, they are acquaintances. Gable gets the jump on Riddle early with a bunch of suplexes. I really like Gable’s new aggression. He seems extra motivated, but it’s not to be. Riddle wins with the inverted Neutralizer.
More misadventures of the strange man in the suit! Now he has to get Braun’s signature, but things quickly go awry when Drew Gulak shows up for some reason and hits Braun in the back with a chair. It doesn’t affect Braun at all, so Gulak hands the chair off and runs away. Smart! Braun says he’ll sign the contract, but only if he gets a match with Drew Gulak next! This is a lot like a video game fetch quest at this point.
Braun Strowman vs. Drew Gulak
The coverage of this match is just a formality. We all know where this is going. It’s more a one-sided slaughter than a match. It looks like a grown man clubbing a baby seal. Drew Gulak never stood a chance. I don’t know what he was thinking earlier. Braun wins with a powerslam. Braun signs the contract immediately after this match. Two down. One more to go.
Cesaro vs. Kalisto
Right off the bat, Kalisto gets overpowered. Two weeks ago, Cesaro destroyed Lince Dorado, so this shouldn’t be much different. Nakamura accompanied Cesaro to the ring for this one in a nice show of solidarity. These guys are on fire right now and I’m loving it! Poor Sami Zayn can’t catch a break. He tried to come back to join up with them again right before this and got rejected. Nakamura especially is taking it very hard that Sami Zayn apparently never called him back during his absence. Very nice spot in this match where Cesaro tries for a powerbomb, but Kalisto pops up and counters with a DDT for a two count. For some reason, the luchadors get the jump on Nakamura outside the ring. Cesaro takes advantage of the distraction and wins with a rollup. Kalisto is pissed after this and leaves his boys in the ring high and dry.
Alexa Bliss is Back
Big E & Heavy Machinery vs. Sheamus & Miz & Johnny
The match opens with Johnny and Otis. Johnny tries to do some flippy shit, but he bounces off Otis and now Johnny’s getting triple teamed. This is ridiculous. Miz and Johnny are doing most of the work in this thing, while Sheamus looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. This match is all over the place. Tucker tags in and wrecks everyone, but when he goes for a cover, Sheamus rings the bell as a distraction. Great plan! Much like dogs, Tucker and Otis are drawn to loud noises. This is sure to work. We’ll know right after this commercial break!
We come back and the heels are in control. Sheamus is calling for a tag, but they refuse to tag him in. I’ve seen this before, he’s gonna turn on both of them. Sheamus eventually tags himself in (which isn’t a legal tag anyway) and the ref won’t allow it because he didn’t see it. Sheamus is wrong on this one on two counts. Sheamus gets pissed off and leaves Miz & Johnny to fend for themselves. Big E tags in and does the same comeback we’ve seen 1,000 times. The babyfaces get all their shit in. Big E beats Miz with the Big Ending. Sheamus was smart to leave this thing.
After the match, Roman Reigns is backstage signing the contract for the match this Sunday and we see Paul Heyman sitting with him! What’s that about?
My Final Thoughts on Smackdown (8/28/2020)
I’m very happy to see the CONspiracy Victims get so much face time in the build up to the pay per view. All the matches on this show were pretty formulaic. But what about Heyman sitting with Roman at the end? Fortunately for you guys, I already have some theories! Heyman comes into the match as an ally for Roman, but by the time the match ends Brock is BACK and wants his title match. This is why the match was made no holds barred! It has to be. Although triple threat matches are already no disqualification by default, but that’s none of my business. Heyman knows where his meal ticket is, and he’s not about to run with anybody except Brock. Look out for him at the pay per view. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!