Note: This article contains full show match results and video highlights from WWE SmackDown Live, broadcast from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 9, 2018.
After the WWE Super Show-Down in Australia, WWETV is now building to two very different PPVs.
There’s the all-woman WWE Evolution in New York before the end of the month, followed soon after by WWE Crown Jewel.
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Read on for four things we learned as SmackDown Live got things going.
1. Jeff Hardy is back back back and he’s a changed man
Rumours of Jeff Hardy’s retirement have been exaggerated, it seems.
Brother Nero was thought to be taking a lengthy break at the very least to heal up after a tough year capped off by a brutal feud with Randy Orton and Hell in a Cell blowoff.
But while ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy has seemingly hung up his boots (though not officially), Jeff Hardy is not only back, he’s also like a brand new wrestler.
In his WWE World Cup qualifier against Samoa Joe, he didn’t just win. He brutalized the former NXT Champion.
After Joe twinged the knee he injured against AJ Styles in Australia, Jeff smelled blood and was relentless in targeting it.
The match ended when Jeff was awarded the win by ref stoppage when the official decided that Joe just couldn’t carry on any more.
No more mister nice Jeff, it seems.
2. Big Show is back back back, but he can’t overcome The Viper
Back for his first match in aaaaages Big Show went face-to-face with Randy Orton, with both men looking to join the WWE World Cup tournament at WWE Crown Jewel.
But while Jeff Hardy’s return was triumphant, Big Show couldn’t do enough to put away the man who had seemingly put Brother Nero on the shelf.
Big Show looked trim and tough and in with a real shot, before The Viper’s cheeky poke to the eye when the ref wasn’t looking gave him an edge.
An RKO on the Giant and that was that: Randy Orton joins John Cena, Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy as the first four (of eight) competitors in the WWE World Cup.
We’re still not sure of the format for the tournament, but we do know that Raw and SDLive will each provide two more men for the thing, and we’re a bit excited to see who else is going to join in.
We will note that while Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton are both in the match, US Champion Shinsuke Nakamura is still left twiddling his thumbs… for now.
3. Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair continue to deliver the best WWE feud of 2018 and have a Last Women Standing match at WWE Evolution
Is there anything these women can’t do? Last week we noted how engaging this feud has been, despite Becky Lynch winning the belt a few weeks back.
This one hasn’t fizzled out like so many battles do when the crowd favourite gets the upper hand, but instead seems to have kicked into a whole other level.
After Charlotte picked up a DQ win in Australia, last night on SmackDown Live the women opened the show with a title match with a special stipulation: If Becky Lynch is disqualified, she loses the belt.
The Irish Lass Kicker resisted the temptation to bend the rules this time around, but there was still no definitive end to things as the women’s out-of-ring brawling led to a double count out.
This one ain’t over yet, and Paige announced that things would finally be resolved at WWE Evolution with a Last Woman Standing match.
Along with an “I Quit” match, the Last Person Standing match is one of the hardest to get right in professional wrestling, with plenty of stopping and starting breaking up the flow.
But if there’s anyone that can use that stipulation to craft another classic, it’s Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
4. The Miz isn’t finished with Daniel Bryan OR AJ Styles despite missing out a a WWE Championship opportunity
AJ Styles will defend his WWE Championship in Saudi Arabia against Daniel Bryan after the Yes! Man overcame The Miz in less than three minutes in Australia.
It’s a dream match, and one we thought we’d never get to see when D-Bry’s in-ring career was officially over.
But whoever wins or loses, The Miz isn’t letting go of this one yet.
He’s pledged to take on the winner himself, but if last night’s antics are anything to go by we’re wondering if he’ll get involved before then.
The Awesome one stirred the pot on Miz TV before booking AJ Styles against Shelton Benjamin, with Miz and Bryan on commentary.
Styles picked up the win and Daniel Bryan gave the champ some well-earned applause, but all our thoughts were focused on how Miz will get himself involved in that Bryan/Styles match and who it’ll benefit.
WWE SmackDown Live full show match results – Tuesday, October 9, 2018
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
DOUBLE COUNT OUT
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe
WINNER: Jeff Hardy to qualify for the WWE World Cup
- AJ Styles vs. Shelton Benjamin
WINNER: AJ Styles
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Big Show vs Randy Orton
WINNER: Randy Orton
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