John Pollock & Wai Ting review a strong edition of SmackDown, featuring the return of Charlotte and a change to the women’s title match at SummerSlam, an excellent Samoa Joe promo, Randy Orton attacks Jeff Hardy again, Daniel Bryan challenges The Miz and a run through of the major stories of the day.
Big Cass returns and faces Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe for the final spot in the men’s MITB match, Lana and Naomi engage in a Dance-Off. We talk reports from the first day of the CM Punk & Colt Cabana vs. Chris Amann defamation trial, and your chance to win tickets to Smash Wrestling’s “The Northern Tournament”
Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy for the first time with the winner facing Samoa Joe next week, Shinsuke Nakamura reveals the stipulation for his match against AJ Styles. John catches us up on NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament including his recommended matches thus far, plus Tuesday’s surprise appearance from Chris Jericho.
Shinsuke Nakamura debuts his HEEL entrance music before dismantling The (reunited) Club’s Gallows & Anderson in front of a helpless AJ Styles, Big Cass explains why he hates short people like Daniel Bryan, and The Uso’s finally find The Bludgeon Brothers’ “glowing” kryptonite. We run through the entire card and give our predictions for Friday’s Greatest Royal Rumble.
The final episode of SmackDown leading into WrestleMania 34 features the return of Shane McMahon confirming his partnership with Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles continue sharing “mind games”, and Carmella fails another MITB cash-in attempt. Plus, Charlotte meets Asuka in the MMC finals and another spectacular match from 205 Live.