9/8/23 Smackdown Recap
Join the Starman as he recaps tonight’s broadcast of WWE Smackdown, which takes place live from TD Garden in Boston, MA.
A video package featuring highlights from Payback kicks off tonight’s show. The Smackdown intro then hits and the pyro goes off as we are welcomed to tonight’s show. The announce team hypes the Brawling Brutes taking on Judgement Day, LA Knight taking on Austin Theory, and AJ Styles will try to settle a score with Jimmy Uso, and we immediately go into the first match of the night.
Match 1: Charlotte Flair & Shotzi vs. Damage Crtl (Iyo Sky & Bayley)
The bell rings and the match quickly breaks down with all four going at it in the ring. The action quickly spills out to the floor, where Charlotte sends Bayley into the guard railing, but Iyo takes out Charlotte and Shotzi with a moonsault as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the action where Iyo and Bayley have Shotzi isolated and Bayley picks up a near fall. Shotzi finally fights off Bayley with a kick and makes the hot tag to Charlotte, who takes out both Iyo and Bayley with a cross body block from the top rope. Charlotte then connects with a series of chops on Bayley and then takes her down with a fallaway slam. Charlotte then takes out Iyo and goes for the Figure Eight, but Bayley counters with a rollup for a near fall. Charlotte then goes for another one, but Iyo breaks it up with a Meteora. Bayley is then distracted by Asuka, who takes the Women’s Championship from Dakota Kai. Charlotte then nails Bayley with a big boot and tags in Shotzi, who drives Bayley down with a DDT to pick up the pin fall.
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Shotzi defeated Damage Ctrl (Iyo Sky & Bayley) by pin fall.
After the match, Asuka celebrates in the ring with the Women’s Championship and gets in Iyo Sky’s face, who looks fearful of her as Asuka leaves the ring.
A recap of Jimmy Uso confronting John Cena and AJ Styles last week is aired, as well causing AJ Styles the loss against Solo Sikoa. We then see Jimmy walking up to Paul Heyman and tells him that he is still in the Bloodline. Heyman tells Uso that both Solo and Roman Reigns are not here tonight, but Jimmy is not in the Bloodline until the Tribal Chief says so. Heyman tells him to take care of AJ Styles tonight and he will work on getting the family back together again. Heyman then walks away and runs into Styles. Heyman begins jawing with Styles until Uso runs in and takes Styles out. Heyman then calls Roman Reigns as we head into a commercial break.
Damage Ctrl is backstage where Kayla comes in Iyo Sky says she is ready for Asuka and says she will put up the title before walking away.
LA Knight’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring to a roar of the 14,420 fans in attendance at TD Garden. Knight talks about Miz’s theme song and that he didn’t come here to play, but to make his way to the top. Knight says the Miz played dress up and then attacked an invisible John Cena and blaming him for his loss. Knight says he didn’t need any help from Cena, but if Miz wants to be beaten one more time, but before he can finish the thought, Knight is interrupted by Grayson Waller.
Waller asks if challenging the Miz to a match again is a good idea. Waller then introduces Austin Theory and says after their tag team victory last week, they are the best tag team and are currently undefeated. Theory says he has beaten both John Cena and LA Knight and hopes that he enjoys his 15 minutes of fame. Knight calls Waller and Theory a mush-mouth moron and a cross-eyed half-wit and says TD Garden is on Legends Way and he will kick Theory’s ass in a legendary way tonight. That match will be up after the commercial break.
Match 2: LA Knight vs. Austin Theory
Grayson Waller joins the announce team during this match. The bell rings as Theory and Knight go back and forth in the opening moments. The action spills to the floor as Knight rams Theory’s head into the announce table repeatedly. Theory is able to recover and takes Knight out with a neckbreaker off the apron and onto the floor as we head into a commercial break.
The match continues with Knight hitting Theory with a series of moves before stomping a mudhole in the corner and connecting with a running knee. Theory is able to comeback and hits a Blockbuster for a near fall. Knight is able to quickly regain control and sends Theory out to the floor and connects with a dropkick through the ropes. Theory then counters a suplex with a suplex onto the floor as Waller removes the turnbuckle pad. The match returns to the ring as Waller tries to distract Knight. Knight then tries to throw Theory into the turnbuckle without a pad, but Theory stops himself as Knight connects with the BFT and picks up the victory.
Winner: LA Knight defeated Austin Theory by pin fall.
Waller then sneaks into the ring, but Knight sees him and chases him out of the ring.
Cathy Kelly is backstage with AJ Styles, who says he is standing and that means he can fight. Nothing is going to stop him from tearing Jimmy Uso’s head off tonight. The WWE Tag Team Champions, the Judgement Day along with Dominik Mysterio, make their way to the ring for the next match of the night as we head into a commercial break.
Paul Heyman is backstage with Adam Pearce and wants to know who is being traded to Smackdown from Raw. Pearce won’t tell him but they are interrupted by LA Knight, who wants a match with the Miz next week. Pearce makes the match official as Heyman introduces himself to Knight and says he is an admirer of his work, but tells him to knock before interrupting him next time.
The Judgement Day are in the ring and are flaunting all of their titles and accomplishments. Dominik tries to get on the mic to talk about Rhea Ripley wrestling in India, but his words are swallowed up by all of the jeers from the crowd. Dominik then reiterates that Jey Uso still has a spot in the Judgement Day as they are interrupted by the Brawling Brutes. Ridge Holland says they are there to put on a banger in Beantown. Balor laughs at their opponents but Butch grabs his fingers as the Judgement Day escapes to the floor and we head into a commercial break.
Match 3: The Judgement Day (Damien Priest & Finn Balor) w/ Dominik Mysterio vs. The Brawling Brutes (Ridge Holland & Butch)
We join the match in progress with Priest and Balor taking turns working over Butch briefly before Butch tags in Holland and powers Balor around the ring. Priest is tagged in, but Holland is still able to power them around. A distraction from Mysterio allows Priest to gain control and tags Balor into the ring as we see Pretty Deadly, with Elton Prince in a wheelchair, watching the match in the backstage area. Holland is able to make a tag to Butch, who connects with a Shining Wizard on Balor that sends him out to the floor. Butch then jumps off the top rope and onto Balor and Priest on the floor as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match to see Butch hit a superplex on Balor, but Balor is able to quickly come back and takes Butch down. They both make tags to their partners and Holland takes control and tags in Butch to hit a double team move for a near fall. Butch takes too much time and Priest levels him with a kick for another near fall. Priest then drives Butch headfirst into the mat for yet another near fall. Balor is tagged in and Butch quickly takes him down with a German suplex. Dominik tries to distract Butch, but Butch starts giving him the Ten Beats of the Bodhran, which gives Balor an opening to regain control. Priest is tagged in, but Butch counters his attack and tags Holland in. They try for a double team move, but Balor breaks it up and Priest takes them both down with South of Heaven. Balor is tagged in and hits the Coup de Grace on Holland to pick up the pin fall.
Winners: The Judgement Day defeated The Brawling Brutes by pin fall.
Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits interrupts the Judgement Day’s celebration as they make their way to the ring. The two sides stare each other down as Lashely says they are right about one thing – the Bloodline is crumbling. However, it won’t be the Judgement Day taking over, it will be Lashley and the Street Profits.
AJ Styles walks up to the rest of the members of the Club and is irate over the fact that he got jumped by Jimmy Uso tonight and they didn’t have his back. Karl Anderson reminds Styles to not get involved in Bloodline business. Styles says if that’s how it’s going to be, he doesn’t need them anywhere near his match tonight as we head into a commercial break.
Footage of the Superstar Spectacle from India earlier today is aired, which also featured John Cena’s first appearance ever in India. John Cena will be the special guest on the Grayson Waller Effect next week. Also, LA Knight will face the Miz, and in two weeks, Iyo Sky will defend the WWE Women’s Championship against Asuka. Asuka is backstage and says that Iyo has her title and she never got a rematch. In two weeks she will be taking it back. Jimmy Uso then makes his way to the ring for the main event as we head into a commercial break.
Match 4: Jimmy Uso vs. AJ Styles
The bell rings and Uso quickly goes right for a superkick, but Styles counters sweeps Uso off his feet. Uso rolls out to the floor and comes in and tries for some quick roll ups, but Styles is able to kick out. Styles takes control and aggressively takes Uso apart with a series of moves. Styles then goes for the Styles Clash, but Uso escapes and rolls out to the floor. Styles yells at Uso as he circles the outside of the ring as Uso comes in and connects with a back elbow. Uso again rolls out to the floor, but Styles connects with a baseball slide dropkick. Styles tries to follow up, but Uso connects with a kick as both Paul Heyman and Solo Sikoa walks out to the top of the stage as the announce team mentions that Sikoa is here and we head into a commercial break.
The main event continues as we see Uso send Styles crashing to the mat with a back drop and picks up a near fall in the process. The two then duke it out in the middle of the ring until they both connect with a kick that takes each other down. Styles then sends Uso out to the floor with a clothesline and follows with a forearm dive before sending Uso back into the ring. Styles sents up for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Uso ducks out of the way, but Styles connects with a backbreaker for a near fall. Uso gets in a little offense, but he looks spent as Styles connects with a DDT for another near fall.
Styles sets up for another forearm, but he decides to go to a different side of the ring as Sikoa and Heyman were at his back. This allows Uso to gain the advantage and gain control of the match. Styles gets choked on the ropes and rolls out to the floor. Uso follows him out as Sikoa turns his back on his older brother. The distraction allows Styles to recover and he connects with a punch on Uso and a kick on Solo. Styles sends Uso into the ring post before rolling him back into the ring and connecting with a Phenomenal Forearm to pick up the pin fall.
Winner: AJ Styles defeated Jey Uso by pin fall.
After the match, Styles quickly rolls out of the ring and is immediately attacked by the Judgement Day on the entrance ramp. Damien Priest and Finn Balor roll Styles into ring to hand him over to Solo Sikoa, who takes Styles out with a Samoan Spike. The two sides stare each other down as the announce team wonders what is going on and Smackdown comes to a close.
– Charlotte Flair & Shotzi defeated Damage Ctrl (Iyo Sky & Bayley) by pin fall.
– LA Knight defeated Austin Theory by pin fall.
– The Judgement Day defeated The Brawling Brutes by pin fall.
– AJ Styles defeated Jey Uso by pin fall.