Common champion Seth Rollins and WWE title-holder Kofi Kingston joined forces for a morale-boosting pre-Stomping Grounds tag triumph.
Kingston watched his New Day team-mate Xavier Woods go all the way down to a defeat to his pay-per-view opponent Dolph Ziggler earlier within the night time and Rollins continues to be no nearer to understanding the particular visitor referee Baron Corbin will choose for his or her assembly on Sunday night time.
Rollins arrived on SmackDown beneath the wild card rule to strike concern into the hearts of any potential stand-in officers, which put him on the radar of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
That led to the pairing of The Architect teaming up with Kingston to tackle the heel duo in a two-out-of-three falls principal occasion match.
Kingston wasted no time, catching Sami off-guard with a picture-perfect Bother in Paradise for a three-count proper on the opening bell to offer his staff a 1-Zero lead.
And after an intense battle, Rollins lastly caught KO with an emphatic stomp for the three-count and the 2-Zero sweep, sealing a monumental victory for the champions en path to their title defences at Stomping Grounds.
Bayley and Bliss get private
Issues – as you might need anticipated – obtained extraordinarily heated on the Second of Bliss section, with Alexa Bliss claiming Bayley peaked in NXT and that her positioning as a girl of the folks was not more than an act.
With Nikki Cross by her facet, Bliss continued to emphasize that Bayley is not as pleasant and caring as she appears, main the SmackDown ladies’s champion to reply that Bliss is simply utilizing Cross in the identical method she did Nia Jax and Mickie James.
Bliss, in fact, has fairly the best way with phrases and was in a position to provoke a fierce response from Bayley, who dropped her to the bottom with a forearm smash.
Cross intervened to separate the 2 earlier than Bliss – who challenges the champion for her title at Stomping Grounds – obtained her revenge with a shot to the again of Bayley’s head to go away her down and out.
Maverick captures 24/7 title
Drake Maverick has been pursuing R-Fact and his 24/7 championship since its inception and his odyssey lastly got here to an finish on this week’s SmackDown.
The 205 Dwell normal supervisor and nook man for AoP disguised himself as Carmella to lure Fact in the direction of a ready taxi, the place he proceeded to roll up the champion and safe the win and the gold.
Maverick then prevented an on the spot rematch by stealing mentioned taxi whereas shouting out of the window that he’ll now be the champion when he will get married subsequent week…