We are well and truly on the road to TLC, the final WWE PPV of the year. SmackDown Live currently has two viable candidates for the show's main event. The triple threat for the blue brand's Women's Championship, and the WWE Title match between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. The build to both of those matches naturally featured pretty heavily on this week's episode of SmackDown Live.
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Nothing says prepare for violence like a WWE contract signing. On this week's SmackDown Live, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Asuka kicked off the show with exactly that. As you can imagine, some stern words were exchanged, especially since The Man had a mic in her hand. What soon became clear is that Lynch has not yet been cleared to compete. It has been confirmed that she can at TLC, but that is still more than a week and a half away. That's why as soon as she signed on the dotted line, the champ made her way back to the locker room.
As soon as Lynch was safely out of the way, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville interrupted proceedings. That's when the aforementioned violence could finally begin. Rose and Deville once again questioned why it's not them getting a shot at The Man's gold. The simple answer is neither of them won last week's battle royal. Nevertheless, Paige saw an opportunity. To have the two of them team against Flair and Asuka. As expected, the latter could not get along. A misplaced kick from The Queen to The Empress turned out to be the makeshift team's undoing. Asuka hit back with a dropkick to Flair's face, and Deville rolled her up for the win.
At TLC, The Bar will have to defend its Tag Team Titles against two of the best teams WWE has produced in the last decade. New Day and The Usos. How one of those teams doesn't already have the titles is beyond us. On SmackDown Live, one member from each team competed in a regular triple threat, with the various other members lurking at ringside. Despite triple threat matches being no DQ, the interference from non-competitors was minimal. Jey Uso picked up the win. If he and Jimmy can do that at TLC, the twins will become Tag Team Champions for the sixth time.
Just when Jeff Hardy thought he was done being tormented by a borderline maniac in Randy Orton, he has got another one pestering him in the form of Samoa Joe. To make matters worse, on this week SmackDown Live, Hardy had a rematch with the aforementioned Orton. Hardy was driven to attempt something crazy in order to finish The Viper off, laying him on the announce table and ascending up the turnbuckle. It was at that point he was stopped by Joe. The Destroyer appeared on the screen behind a bar, clearly taking another shot at Hardy's previous issues with substance abuse. The distraction was enough for Orton to recover and hit Hardy with an RKO for the win.
Midway through the show, The Miz hosted an edition of Miz TV with Bryan as his guest. As the WWE Champion ranted about how the fans are destroying the planet, AJ Styles came to the ring for some long overdue retribution. The new Bryan evaded an attack by throwing Miz into Styles' path. The ensuing brawl led to a main event match being booked between Miz and Styles. Even though Bryan insinuated he had left the arena, he returned to watch the match from ringside. Watching Styles win was too much for the champ to bear, and he unleashed a vicious beating on the victor after the bell. In fact, the attack continued after the show had gone off the air, so could feasibly still be going on now. If so, this week's Mixed Match Challenge will be extremely delayed.