The September 2nd edition of WWE Smackdown was taped in Detroit following the August 26th episode.
Next week’s Smackdown is a taped episode because WWE Clash at the Castle takes place on Saturday, September 3rd in Wales, so the company will fly to Europe several days in advance. That meant that they started this week’s Smackdown taping for the August 26 episode at 7pm ET and then taped next week’s show right after.
Thanks to longtime TJR reader Brian Robinson for the spoilers for the Friday, September 2 episode taped in Detroit at the Little Ceasars Arena.
Match #1: Karrion Kross def. Drew Gulak by submission in 1:20.
Kross crucified Gulak in the ropes afterward. Kross had his full NXT entrance with Scarlett. Kross won by submission with the Kross Jacket.
Ronda Rousey came out (normal entrance, complete with music and Titantron) and called out Adam Pearce. She made him read a letter from WWE Headquarters that said she was on company probation, but her suspension is lifted and she can wrestle again. Pearce said he would have fired her if it was up to him. She told him to kiss her ass and then Pearce cut a promo about how hard his job is and how he has a problem with her. Then he called her the biggest bitch he ever met so she put the armbar on him and left him cowering in the corner, holding his arm.
Match #2: Hit Row def. Maximum Male Models in 3:05.
MMM tags in and out with just their index finger. It was funny. They also have model-type moves like doing a runway walk over a downed opponent. Hit Row won by pinfall with the Heavy Hitter. Los Lotharios came out during the match and jumped Hit Row when it was over. The Street Profits ran out to make the save and posed with Hit Row afterward.
Happy Corbin came out and got the cheap heat insulting Detroit and the Lions. He issued an open challenge, which was answered by Shinsuke Nakamura.
Match #3: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Happy Corbin in 2:25.
Nakamura won the short match by pinfall with the Kinshasa.
Match #4: Butch def. Ludwig Kaiser in 8:37.
Good TV match. Butch is just Pete Dunne without the name now. He’s back to wrestling like Pete Dunne and wearing ring gear like Pete Dunne. Butch’s new gear says “Brawling Brutes” on the sides, but other than that, it was standard Pete Dunne (singlet, no kneepads, hair down and not in a man bun). Butch won by pinfall with The Bitter End. Sheamus and GUNTHER teased a fight after the match, but were separated.
Match #5: The Viking Raiders def. The New Day in a Viking Rules Match in 19:22.
The ring is decorated like a Viking ship, complete with a masthead area. Kofi and Woods were dressed as Thor and Loki and Kofi even brought out his own Mjolnir at one point. Really good street fight tag match. Raiders win after throwing Woods off the masthead area through two tables.
Main Event Segment: Roman Reigns Championship Celebration
Sami is the host of the celebration with The Usos. Sami is hilarious as always. They introduce Roman who pulls up in an SUV in the back, but gets laid out by Drew. Drew comes out and beats up Sami and the Usos. One of the Usos got slammed through the announce table during the final segment. Drew cut a promo about beating Reigns at Clash at the Castle. End show.
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The next WWE Premium Live Event is Clash at the Castle from Cardiff, Wales on Saturday, September 3. Here’s what we know so far.
* Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
* Bianca Belair, Asuka & Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley, Dakota Kai & IYO SKY
* Riddle vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins
* Intercontinental Championship: Gunther (c) vs. Sheamus
* Smackdown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
You can watch WWE Clash at the Castle, streaming live Saturday, September 3, at 1pm ET/10am PT on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.