WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 28
0 of 6
For the second night of WWE action in Toronto, the August 28 edition of SmackDown Live was focused almost entirely on Hell in a Cell with huge rivalries beginning to develop on the blue brand for the next WWE event.
Two major matches were announced ahead of time for the show. Charlotte Flair was set to defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship against former champion Carmella, while a tag team tournament began once more with Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Colons in Round 1.
With new challengers fighting for a shot at their SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods promised a big title celebration after dethroning The Bludgeon Brothers last week. It was also expected that AJ Styles and Samoa Joe would once again come to blows in their personal rivalry.
While Monday Night Raw has been focusing on multiple shows at once, SmackDown’s whole focus on Hell in a Cell promised a more exciting and energetic show with real stakes in every segment.
1 of 6
The New Day started the night ready to celebrate its title win only to have King Booker make a surprise appearance. While Big E had some issues with Booker T’s royal titles for the trio, Booker ultimately praised the team and welcomed it to the five-time championship club.
The champs then watched the Triple Threat tag team title match that followed at a personal announce table. Gallows and Anderson rolled as a unit before Primo and Epico hit Gallows with a double backstabber and Cesaro stole the pinfall for the win.
Paige then told Rusev and Aiden English backstage that they would be fighting The Usos and Sanity next week to determine the team that would face The Bar to earn a shot at New Day.
Sheamus and Cesaro def. The Colons and Gallows and Anderson by pinfall to advance to face the winner of next week’s Triple Threat
The King’s return was a surprise move, bringing back Booker’s weirdest gimmick. Honestly, it would have just made more sense for the WWE Hall of Famer to come out as normal here, but it made for a fun if also bizarre opening segment.
The Triple Threat that followed was fun even though tag team Triple Threats are always awkward. Primo and Epico got some moments to shine for the first time in years, and Gallows and Anderson also looked good. The Bar, though, was the only team that could win.
2 of 6
Jeff Hardy blamed Randy Orton for re-forming his identity and warping his reality. The Enigma called out The Viper, who promised to finish his work in erasing Hardy’s current identity. After the Apex Predator refused to fight Hardy right away, The Charismatic Enigma announced he would fight Orton inside Hell in a Cell.
This feud has been oddly paced to the point that it is hard to imagine it is already worthy of being inside the Cell. With Styles vs. Joe already suited for that role as well as Charlotte vs. Lynch, this brand is bloated with matches that could happen inside the rare structure.
The promos here were somewhat abstract and lacking in necessary heat, which only further cemented how hard it has been to invest in the content.
3 of 6
After The IIconics taunted Naomi once more, their teamwork proved to be too much for the WrestleMania 34 women’s Battle Royal winner. Behind the referee’s back, Peyton Royce caught Naomi with a high side kick that allowed Billie Kay to roll her up for three.
Kay def. Naomi by pinfall
While The IIconics are charismatic heels, they have not impressed much in the ring. This is especially true of Kay, who struggled through this match. She did not seem comfortable at any point here and seemed out of position repeatedly.
4 of 6
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella talked up how much they were excited to beat up The Miz and Maryse. However, Andrade “Cien” Almas with Zelina Vega interrupted and derided Bryan before Paige made a match between The Beard and El Idolo.
Bryan and Almas went to war, trading big shots; however, Miz came out after Bryan hit a double underhook superplex. Despite Bryan overcoming the distraction and trapping Almas in the “Yes!” Lock, he could not get the tapout after Maryse threw Brie into the post to set up Miz to assault Bryan.
Miz let Almas hit a hammerlock DDT on Bryan before locking Bryan in the “Yes!” Lock and forcing him to watch Maryse lay out Brie. Miz then hit a Skull-Crushing Finale.
Bryan def. Almas by disqualification
Bryan vs. Almas was a great preview of what the two could do together down the line. They had a fun sprint and kept the energy up throughout. Cien probably took one too many dangerous bumps, but it made for an engaging clash.
Still, the biggest moment of this segment was Miz and Maryse’s attack. They made this mixed tag match feel personal as they went right after the faces viciously, keeping this feud hot.
5 of 6
AJ Styles called out Samoa Joe, demanding he stop all the mind games. However, Joe appeared on the TitanTron with a different plan. He called up Wendy Styles and promised to be at her cookout next Tuesday. Styles headed backstage to try to find Joe but found no one.
This was a solid short promo segment that continued this story. It did feel a bit rushed for a segment that contained the world champion and his most dangerous contender. The WWE Championship rivalry continues to feel a bit secondary despite the best work of SmackDown’s two top male stars.
6 of 6
Carmella slowed down the pace early in this match, and it worked as she came after Charlotte Flair viciously with strikes and vicious high-impact offense, including a suicide dive and Frankensteiner. She managed to block the Figure-Eight and hit a pair of superkicks.
However, Charlotte still caught her with a Spear, Natural Selection and Figure-Eight for the submission victory. Becky Lynch assaulted The Queen after the bell and then promised to take her title back at Hell in a Cell.
Charlotte def. Carmella by submission to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Credit should be given to Carmella, who continues to look better with each major match, with this easily the best The Princess of Staten Island and The Queen have been together. This was a fun, fast-paced title defense with the right finish.
Charlotte put away the woman who stole her title after WrestleMania and now can move on to a greater threat in a focused and incensed Irish Lass Kicker.