New Day defends the SmackDown Tag Titles against Rusev Day in a very good match prior to Hell in a Cell 2018.
Maryse returns to the ring to take on Brie Bella, a new number one contender for the SmackDown tag titles is decided, Jeff Hardy attempts to cleanse himself of Shinsuke Nakamura prior to his battle with Randy Orton, and more on a pretty good episode of SmackDown Live.
The Miz and Maryse attempt to avoid Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella (while claiming otherwise) on an okay SmackDown that had a good triple threat tag match and an interesting main event.
Carmella gets her rematch, Bryan and Almas face each other for the first time, the journey to find a new contender for the tag titles begins, and New Day meets King Booker in a pretty good episode of SmackDown Live.
New Day gets another shot at the tag titles in a No DQ match against the Bludgeon Brothers in a good episode of SmackDown Live containing lots of Summer Slam fallout.
The final SmackDown before Summer Slam promoted all the matches from the blue side, though it didn’t really advance anything in any significant way.
New Day and The Bar have a glorious battle to determine who gets a title shot against the Bludgeon Brothers at Summer Slam!
Best friends battle when Becky Lynch takes on Charlotte, Miz tries to figure out which New Day member will enter Money in the Bank, Asuka endures a handicap match, and more on a good episode of SmackDown.
Even though certain promises were broken, was was an alright episode of SmackDown with a very good six man tag match.
Jeff Hardy faces Daniel Bryan, two more women qualify for Money in the Bank, new contenders for the tag titles are named, and New Day refuses to answer Miz’s questions on a good episode of SmackDown Live.
Nakamura battles Styles to determine the stipulation for their title match, New Day faces The Bar for a single spot in the Money in the Bank match, Lynch, Rose, and Deville fight for a spot in the women’s MitB, and Almas debuts on a good episode of SmackDown.
The last SmackDown before Backlash was light on wrestling, but it did have a couple of matches definitely worth checking out.
Two fun battle royals and a great Cruiserweight Title match make this a nice warm-up for Wrestlemania 34!
Charlotte and Bobby Roode battle Rusev and Lana in the last quarter-final match of the Mixed Match Challenge.
Big E and Carmella look to give Asuka her first “L” when she teams with The Miz in the second week of the WWE Mixed Match Challenge.
This was a decent episode of SmackDown as the last stop before the Royal Rumble.
This episode of SmackDown Live was (almost) all about the United States Title, and even though it didn’t feel as impromptu as it was written to be, it was still a nicely entertaining show.
The rift between Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan widens in a show that featured Kevin Owens being handcuffed to a ring rope and the team of Aiden English and Rusev making a statement.
This year’s Survivor Series might not have been completely unpredictable, but it was mostly enjoyable to watch.
This was a long Kickoff and wasn’t necessary for watching Survivor Series, but it did have three decent matches which is nice.