Latest Friday Night SmackDown Winners, Ratings, Video Highlights


Before SmackDown kicked off, Adam Pearce made sure security was stepped up after what had happened at SummerSlam and with RETRIBUTION looming above the show. Vince McMahon was present behind the scenes and sent Adam Pearce on a mission to secure the signings of Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and The Fiend Bray Wyatt on the match contract for the Universal title fight at Payback.Jeff Hardy kicked off another night at WWE Thunderdome, just two days from Payback. Hardy took the mic and was talking about his first title game after winning last week. AJ Styles interrupted him and called him a cheater for using his knee brace in the game.

AJ said he was not allowed to compete and Hardy said he was going to give anyone but him a chance at the title. AJ pushed Hardy and Jeff punched him before proceeding to the open challenge on SmackDown.

Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – Intercontinental Championship Match on SmackDown

We returned after a break to see Shinsuke Nakamura in the ring with Hardy. Nakamura was hit by an instant withdrawal and Hardy was in control. Nakamura slapped Hardy’s injured knee and shot him as AJ cheered him on from the SmackDown comment table.

Behind the scenes, Cesaro wasn’t happy that Shinsuke confronted Hardy without letting him know first. In the ring, Hardy dodged a knee strike and sent Nakamura out before throwing him into AJ over the announcements desk. Returning after another break on SmackDown, Hardy hit the Whisper in the wind.

Hardy hit Nakamura with the knee brace and followed up with a Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb to claim the victory on SmackDown.

Result: Jeff Hardy defeats. Shinsuke Nakamura to retain Intercontinental Championship

After the match, Sami Zayn returned with the original Intercontinental title belt and called Jeff an impostor before knocking him down on the ramp. What does this mean for our current champion?

Match Rating: B

Posted Aug 29, 2020, 07:50 AM


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