Tuesday's SmackDown Live. The last stop for WWE before Survivor Series. Over the past seven days the company have made some wholesale changes to the pay per view's card. AJ Styles will now face Brock Lesnar, John Cena has joined Team SmackDown, and opposite him will be Triple H after he forcibly took Jason Jordan's place this week on Raw. Surely, all the changes were done, right? Wrong. With two title matches on Tuesday night there was still the possibility of the Survivor Series card changing even more. Plus, it was Raw's final chance to invade and gain revenge for being placed under siege weeks earlier. Would they do it though?
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have been away from the ring for so so long, at least on TV. All we've seen from them lately is creepy video packages in which they have labeled themselves as The Bludgeon Brothers. It's also been teased that they're the ones who have been attacking Breezango. To be honest, this new gimmick reeked of one that would never actually make it to TV. Well, according to this week's vignette from the former Wyatts, they will. Next week The Bludgeon Brothers will compete on SmackDown Live. That's the plan at the moment anyway. Vince McMahon can be pretty fickle sometimes though so don't count on it.
The first of Tuesday night's two title matches came in the form of Baron Corbin and Sin Cara. Sin Cara has become something of a nuisance for Corbin in recent weeks, picking up a couple of wins against The Lone Wolf. That path deservedly led him to a title shot. While Corbin versus Miz isn't the most glamorous matchup in the world, thankfully WWE saw the merit in that compared to the same bout with Sin Cara in Corbin's place. Despite a spirited effort from the former Lucha Dragon, Corbin managed to hit him with an End of Days to successfully defend his United States Title.
Even though the Corbin vs Miz match at Survivor Series has remained the same, WWE still had one more chance to shake up the pay per view's card in the second championship match of the night. Charlotte vs Natalya. In the best match of the evening the two women with pro wrestling in their blood battled it out for the SmackDown Women's Championship and the chance to take on Alexa Bliss. When it came down to it considering the nature of these two Superstars' fighting styles, it was always going to be the first one to tap, and it was Nattie. The Figure Eight proved too much for her to handle and SmackDown Live now has a new champion. The moment of the night came afterwards though when Ric Flair surprised Charlotte and the WWE Universe by coming out to celebrate with his daughter.
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Aside from Shane McMahon preaching to some of the SmackDown Live roster backstage, the first thing we saw this past Tuesday night was the return of Daniel Bryan. The General Manager's mission was to hype this Sunday's match between AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar and to retaliate to what Paul Heyman had said the night before. The WWE Champion joined him in the ring and Bryan mocked Heyman and Lesnar by acting as Styles' advocate. He did a great job in doing so, making direct references to Heyman's promo on Raw this week and counteracting the key points. Styles chipped in stating that he can also talk as he isn't a puppet like his Survivor Series opponent. All the shots have been fired and the dream match is set.
We would imagine that most fans who watch WWE on a weekly basis prefer SmackDown Live to Raw. It's shorter and has an extremely talented roster. For the past few weeks though, Shane McMahon has made it hard to like the blue brand. The show's commissioner has been obnoxious in his needless berating of Raw and his actions led to Kurt Angle being castrated by his sister, Stephanie. This week Raw finally hit back, and Shane was the one who took the brunt of the attack. Braun Strowman started things off on the commissioner, and then The Shield and even Kurt Angle joined in. Shane-O Mac had to endure two triple powerbombs from the Hounds of Justice as well as an Angle Slam from the Raw GM.
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