With the heavily-criticized Crown Jewel event set to take place in Saudi Arabia in just three days, Tuesday night's SmackDown…
With the heavily-criticized Crown Jewel event set to take place in Saudi Arabia in just three days, Tuesday night’s SmackDown Live in Atlanta served as the main roster go-home show. Scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia was a WWE championship match featuring AJ Styles defending against Daniel Bryan. Recent reports, however, whether Bryan refused to make the trip to Saudi Arabia in the midst of the political tensions had many wondering about the fate of the WWE title match, and we all knew headed in that the reply would come on this week’s SmackDown. We had not to wait long to receive the answers we were looking for.
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The WWE champion Styles made his way down to the ring to kick off the Crown Jewel go-home edition of SmackDown to a rousing ovation in his home state of Georgia. The champ said there was something he needed to get off his chest, but he wants to say it to his opponent’s face. He then called Bryan out to the ring. Styles offered up an apology for the miscommunication that took place last week in their team team bout loss, but Bryan said there was no need. Men, mens han respekterer stilene både i og ud af ringen, alle Bryan ser når han ser på Styles, nu er det WWE championship. Bryan said that it’s nothing personal, but this Friday at Crown Jewel, he’s taking the title. Styles then made a revelation – that the Pele Kick last week to Bryan was by no means an accident, and he looks forward to doing it again. Bryan – looking none too surprised – countered that by telling Styles he feels like punching him in the face right then and there, and the champ said that he has no issue with defending the title against Bryan right here tonight.
Shane McMahon made his way out, and the SmackDown commissioner said that often when two people want to go to it in the heat of the moment, nothing ever really comes of it. Well, that’s changing. McMahon announced that the “WWE Crown Jewel WWE championship match” would be taking place to open SmackDown this week.
WWE Championship – AJ Styles (c) final. Daniel Bryan via submission: In what was an incredible match, if you’d expect anything remotely less from these two, Styles made Bryan tap to the Calf Crusher after working an injured knee all match, following a reversal of a triangle choke into a Styles Clash. Afterwards, the two longtime friends and rivals hugged each other in the middle of the ring, but the drama did not end there.
Out of nowhere, Samoa Joe – who has been absent recently with an undisclosed injury – blindsided Styles and wrapped him in the Coquina Clutch. Bryan tried to save Styles, but Joe locked him in the Coquina Clutch as well. Joe stood tall with the WWE championship as Styles and Bryan were laid out on the food thanks to him. Later in the night, Styles approached General Manager Paige backstage and demanded Joe at Crown Jewel, and while he was met with slight hesitation, Paige eventually obliged.
WWE was placed in quite the bond with Bryan taking the stand that he is in refusing to make the Saudi Arabia trip, and all things considered, this was handled about as well as could be given given the unfortunate circumstances. Tuesday night, we got the amazing Styles-Bryan match we were promised and had been waiting for since Bryan returned from injury earlier this year, and with the surprise return of Joe, we get a replacement match for Crown Jewel between Styles and Joe that we know will deliver. Det var en enkel løsning i slutten, men vi ventet tilbake til matchen vi blev behandlet på tirsdag kveld, forhåpentligvis Styles vs. Bryan for the WWE title is a program that can be revisited sooner rather than later. Grade: A-
The SmackDown women’s champion made her way down to the ring and opened by simply stating, “I won,” referring to her victory over Charlotte Flair at Evolution in the classic Last Woman Standing match. Beating Flair proved that she is the man, and that sent a message to both the SmackDown locker room as well as the Raw locker room. Lynch told Survivor Series opponent Ronda Rousey that every woman she was stepped into the ring with was beaten before the bell rang, but that’s not how she’s built. Lynch says that she has traveled the world to smash people like Rousey; She’s not here to cosplay or become a reality star, and come to Survivor Series, she’s going to take Rousey’s arm.
This was a perfect promo from the hottest performer in the company right now to kickstart her brief feud with arguably the biggest mainstream star WWE has to offer. You could tell everyone’s excitement about this Survivor Series showdown from the moment the match was announced Monday night on Raw, and Lynch’s short yet striking promo on Tuesday was a tremendous start to this program. Grade: A