WWE SmackDown Results, September 8 2023, report by Jason Gordon for jjasportstudio.com
WWE Women’s Champion Iyo Sky and Bayley w/Dakota Kai vs. Charlotte Flair and Shotzi
All four women brawl. The fight spills out of the ring. Sky flattens everyone with an Asai moonsault. After the break, Damage CTRL takes turns working over Shotzi. Flair seethes while watching from the apron. Shotzi manages to tag in Flair. Flair catches Bayley and Sky with a crossbody off the top. Flair lights Bayley up with chops. Bayley tries a crossbody, but Flair catches her and lands a fallaway slam. Front walkover clothesline by Flair. Flair sets up the Figure Eight. Bayley turns it into a roll up.
Flair kicks out and locks in a Figure four. As Flair tries to bridge into the Figure Eight, Sky flies in and lands Meteroa. Top rope rana by Sky. Bayley goes up top but stops, distracted by something happening in the crowd. Asuka is in the time keeper’s area, standing behind Dakota Kai. Asuka yanks the WWE Women’s Championship off of Kai’s shoulder. In the confusion, Flair knocks Bayley off the top and dropkick Sky off the apron. Shotzi hits her modified DDT on Bayley for the win.
Winners- Charlotte Flair and Shotzi
Backstage, Paul Heyman runs into AJ Styles. Heyman asks Styles why he would dare to interfere in their business. He knows Styles has other things to worry about. Styles goozles Heyman. Jimmy Uso attacks Styles from behind.
Backstage, Kayla Braxton is with Bayley, Sky, and Kai. Sky says she’s ready for Asuka. Sky wants a match with Asuka and will put the title on the line.
In-Ring Segment: LA Knight
Knight craps all over The Miz for blaming John Cena for his loss. Knight says he didn’t ask for or need Cena for anything. Miz doesn’t have to like it, it’s the truth. Knight is about to accept Miz’s challenge, but Grayson Waller’s music hits. Waller says Knight is getting ahead of himself. Waller introduces Austin Theory and notes they are now the only undefeated tag team in WWE. Theory says there won’t be anything left of Knight for the Miz after tonight. Knight tells Theory that at just 26 years old, he can get his keester kicks tonight by L-A-Knight!
LA Knight vs. Austin Theory w/Grayson Waller
Theory runs over Knight. Knight runs over Theory. Neckbreaker by Knight. Theory lays in a flurry of strikes in the corner. Suplex by Theory. Knight sends Theory out of the ring. Knight dribbles Theory head off the commentary desk while the crowd chants, “Yeah!” Knight sends Theory back into the ring. Theory stuns Knight on the top rope. Knight falls out to the ring apron. Theory hits a hangman’s neckbreaker off the apron.
After the break, Theory gets a near fall after a rolling blockbuster. The fight spills out of the ring. Theory suplexes Knight. While the referee is distracted, Waller hops up on the apron and removes on of the turnbuckle pads. Knight lands the LA Elbow. Waller distracts the referee. Theory rolls up Knight. Knight kicks out. Theory charges in and almost runs into the exposed turnbuckle. Theory turns around and eats the BFT from Knight. Knight pins Theory.
Winner- LA Knight
In-Ring Segment: The Judgement Day
Bálor says they have all the gold. Dominik tries to speak and gets drowned out in boos, as usual. Priest says they accomplished something The Bloodline couldn’t do. They did something not even Roman Reigns could do. They defeated Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens for the tag team championships. The Brawling Brutes interrupt. Butch snaps Bálor’s fingers. Priest gets clotheslines over the top rope by Holland.
The Judgement Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest) w/Dominik Mysterio vs. The Brawling Brutes
The match starts during the break. Bálor and Butch trade submission holds. Butch stomps on Bálor’s elbow. Holland tags in and swings Bálor around with a front facelock. Delayed butterfly suplex by Holland. Bálor tags in Priest. Priest and Holland exchange shoulder blocks. Priest floors Holland with a leaping shoulder block. Holland picks up Bálor and Priest at the same time. Double suplex by Holland.
After a distraction from Dominik, Priest floors Holland with a lariat. Pretty Deadly is shown watching the match in the back. Bálor and Priest take turns working over Holland. After the break, Bálor breaks up Holland and Butch’s attempt to hit their finish on Priest. Priest hits South of Heaven on Holland, then does the same to Butch, dropping him on Holland. Bálor lands the Coup de Gras on Holland for the win.
Winners- The Judgement Day
As The Judgement Day are celebrating in the ring, Bobby Lashley’s music hits. Lashley and The Street Profits walk to the ring. Lashley gets in Priest’s face as Ford and Dawkins stare down Bálor and Dominik, respectively. The Judgement Day stands tall. Lashley says Priest is right; The Bloodline is crumbling, but it’s not The Judgement Day that’s in power. It’s Lashley and The Street Profits.
Jimmy Uso vs. AJ Styles
Jimmy tries a superkick as soon as the bell rings. Styles avoids it and kicks Jimmy in the back of the knee, sending him flying in the air. Uso tries a few kick roll ups, to no avail. Styles chops Jimmy in the corner before landing a snap suplex. Styles beats down Jimmy. The referee checks on Jimmy. Styles picks Jimmy up and tries to set up the Styles Clash, but Jimmy rolls out of the ring. Jimmy rolls back in after using the count. Styles lands a few strikes. Jimmy floors Styles with an elbow strike. Jimmy rolls back out of the ring and throws up the one.
Styles tries a sliding knee. Jimmy counters with a superkick. Heyman and Solo Sikoa, who isn’t supposed to be here, appear on the stage. Jimmy is elated. Jimmy slams Styles’ head into the ring steps. After the break, Heyman and Sikoa are at ringside as Jimmy works over Styles. Styles surprises Jimmy with a back suplex. Jimmy and Styles trade strikes. Enziguri by Jimmy. Styles responds with a Pelé kick. Styles sends Jimmy out of the ring near Sikoa. Diving elbow strike by Styles. Styles sends Jimmy back into the ring.
Jimmy avoids the Phenomenal Forearm. Ushigoroshi by Styles. Jimmy kicks out. Leaping DDT by Styles. Jimmy kicks out. Styles gets distracted by Sikoa’s mere presence, which allows Jimmy to know Styles off the top. Styles falls out of the ring. Sikoa steps aside and doesn’t engage. Jimmy asks Sikoa what he’s doing. Styles decks Jimmy and kicks Sikoa in the back of the head. Styles sends Jimmy into the ring post. Phenomenal Forearm by Styles. Styles pins Jimmy.
Winner- AJ Styles
Sikoa chases Styles off. As Styles walks up the ramp, Priest and Bálor attack him from behind. Priest tosses Styles back into the ring. Sikoa drops Styles with the Samoan Spike.
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