It’s the second WWE major show in a week. Last weekend was SummerSlam where Roman Reigns returned. This weekend is Payback where he is in the three-way main event. On Friday Night Smackdown, he showed up with a familiar face who may be in his corner.
OH MY GOD! WE NEVER SAW THIS COMING 😱😱😱 #TheBigDog
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— Roman Empire 👊 (@Roman_Empire_76) August 29, 2020
We’ll be back for the start of the show.
Bobby Lashley Vs Apollo Crews
MVP and Shelton look like bosses in their suits.
Crews had to chop down the giant cherry tree in Bobby Lashley. Lashley worked on Crews’ core and it was weak to the point that Crews hit a cross body from the middle rope and sold his mid-section. Crews had to play hit and run, giving Lashley two German suplexes. He hit a clothesline. But then Lashley hit a super high chokeslam and set up the full nelson. He then brought him to the ground and got the hooks in. Crews had to tap quickly. Lashley is the new US champ.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Crews tried to attack Lashley after the match. But he was put away by MVP and Shelton Benjamin. He looked like a goober. He said he was getting the title back.
JBL gave Keith Lee his card and told him that he has a million dollar buy in for some hedge funds. Keith Lee says he doesn’t have that kind of money.
Sheamus Vs Big E
You’d think that they’d let these guys go out and hit hard and go fast, but that is not the case. Big E got a nice start, but the match was slowed way down with Sheamus on offense. Sheamus was doing a lot of leg work to slow the big man down. For his comeback, Big E hit two great belly-to-belly suplexes. Sheamus headbutted himself out of another one, but Big E gave him a Uranage out of the corner.
Finally, Big E hit the third belly-to-belly. Sheamus hit the Alabama Slam on Big E for a two. Sheamus put Big E in a submission, but Big E got the ropes. Big E tossed Sheamus over the top rope and did his dive. Sheamus put him in a knee bar. Big E got out but ate a big knee for a two count. Sheamus went for a the Brogue Kick, but Big E powerbombed him. Then he hit the Big Ending for the win.
Winner: Big E
King Corbin Vs Matt Riddle
Before the match, Matt Riddle had to smile after an interview which referenced his home life situation. Huh?
Corbin jumped Riddle at the bell. Riddle would get a little bit of offense and then get cut off. Then he’d get offense again and get cut off. It’s lengthened the match a bit, but also made it a tad boring. There’s no fans to get behind his comeback really.
Riddle did eventually hit his Bro To Sleep and the Floating Bro to win. The match was fine, but nothing special.
Winner: Matt Riddle
After the match Riddle was talking to himself in the back and was jumped by Corbin and left laying.
Sasha Banks & Bayley Vs Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
This was very entertaining. I don’t want to see Sasha and Bayley break up ever, but this could be the beginning here. Great selling from Sasha and team work by the champs. They’re the best performers in WWE right now.
The finish was Nia getting double teamed and Shayna tagging herself in. Bayley and Sasha had just given their all trying to fight off Nia. Shayna put Bayley in the rear naked choke. Sasha tried to interfere, but Shayna threw Bayley off and was about to put Sasha in the Muta lock. Bayley tried to interfere, but then Shayna put her back in the rear naked and the fell back into the Muta lock, so she had both in the submission. Sasha tried to hit Shayna, but she caught Sasha’s arm and used it to choke Bayley further. Then, Bayley tapped. Bayley tapping is the key here.
A SUBMISSION MAGICIAN. ♠️@QoSBaszler makes #SmackDown #WomensChampion @itsBayleyWWE tap to secure the @WWE Women's #TagTeamTitles for herself & #NiaJax!! #AndNew #WWEPayback @SashaBanksWWE pic.twitter.com/IymvTCUwEJ
— WWE (@WWE) August 31, 2020
Winner: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
The new champs were interviewed inside the ring. Shayna was trying to be cool, calm, and collected, but Nia was being wacky as all hell.
Keith Lee Vs Randy Orton
Supposedly, Drew McIntyre has a hairline jaw fracture from the Orton punts on Raw.
Keith Lee’s Raw gear is the worst. Orton tried to big time him and chopped him three times before Lee raised up and gave him the double overhand chop. Lee hurt his shoulder and then Orton slammed him on the announcer’s table outside. Lee pounced Orton out of the ring. Lee gave Orton the same slam on the table outside.
Back in the ring, Orton gave Lee the draping DDT and then looked for the RKO. Lee turned it into the Spirit Bomb to win the match.
Winner: Keith Lee
Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins Vs Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio
Dominik started hot early. But Rey wanted Seth. They went at it and Seth threw Rey out who slide onto Buddy’s knees outside the ring. Dominik came into the ring and did a dive onto both, but was caught and then Seth gave him a falcon arrow for a close fall.
Rey made the hot tag and hit a moonsault for a nearfall. Rey hit a seated senton but then Seth hit a backbreaker to completely stop the action. Rey went to the top and was met with Seth’s knees and then a superkick for a two count. He set up for the curb stomp but Rey moved. Seth then hit a facebuster that Dominik broke up.
Murphy screwed up and kicked Seth. Rey sent Buddy into the position for the 619. But Dominik did it and hit Murphy with the frog splash off the top for the win. Rey still needs his vengeance on Seth so I imagine this will continue.
Winner: Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio
Seth was pissed at Murphy and walked out on him.
The Fiend Vs Braun Strowman Vs Roman Reigns
Strowman jumped the Fiend after the Fiend’s super long entrance. The match has supposedly started with only two competitors. Outside the ring, the Fiend put Strowman through the announcer’s table. Strowman got up and launched a chair at the Fiend. They both attacked each other with the mallet.
They fought on the stage and toward the big screen. Braun shoulder blocked the Fiend off the stage and onto a crash pad. Back inside the ring, the Fiend superplexed Strowman and the ring broke. Here comes Roman Reigns. He signed the contract as he was coming down the ring with Paul Heyman. He also came with a chair.
Roman covered the Fiend and a referee ran down, but the Fiend kicked out. He went to cover Braun and Braun kicked out. He blasted Braun with a chair and Braun kicked out. He went to hit the Fiend with a chair, but the Fiend put the mandible claw on him. Roman kicked him low to break it up. Back inside, Roman speared Strowman and pinned him to win the Universal title.
Winner: Roman Reigns