WWE SmackDown kicks off with the Grayson Waller Effect
August 18, 2023
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With potted plants, a desk and chairs in the ring, Grayson Waller
welcomes everyone to SmackDown. He says he can’t wait until Edge
comes down later tonight and thanks Grayson by saying “thank you for
making me relevant again”. But enough about Edge, let’s talk about
who will get the Grayson Waller rub and that is Santos Escobar and
the new United States champion, Rey Mysterio!
Out come the two superstars and Escobar has a brace on his left leg
as they walk down to the ring. We see clips of Rey Mysterio winning
the United States Championship last week after Escobar’s injury.
Waller congratulates Rey on winning the Championship. The fans chant
“619” as Rey thanks Grayson. Rey says it feels great to once more be
United States Champion. Grayson tells Santos he can imagine being
Champion. Rey says Austin Theory tried to cook up a plan and that
was a plan that they ruined, together. Waller tries to stir the pot
by saying Rey is the Champion.
Rey tells Waller it doesn’t matter who is Champion as the title is
now with the LWO. Waller tells Rey he stole Escobar’s chance last
week, in which Rey tells him he stole nothing. Waller tells Santos
he even beat Rey yet when it was Escobar’s big night, it was Rey who
stole his opportunity. This is what legends do, Rey is not ready to
pass the torch. Escobar tells him to shut up in Spanish.
Escobar calls Waller a dog and tells him to listen. He says the only
person he is angry at is that low life, good for nothing, Austin
Theory. He says he gave Rey his blessing because he respects Rey,
something that Waller does not have. Escobar calls Rey his friends
Escobar says he knows what Waller is trying to do but it won’t work.
They are a family. He says Theory got what he deserved and once he
is fully healed… And out comes Austin Theory to loud boos from the
crowd. Theory congratulates Rey on becoming a three time United
States Champion but where is the father of the year award? He wants
to know who is running this show because what happened last week was
a tragedy, he was played. Theory gets in the ring and tells Escobar
that he wasn’t man enough to step up to the greatest United States
Theory says he is the greatest and Rey was not supposed to be in
that match. And Adam Pearce is going to come out and hand him what
is rightfuly his and that is the United States Championship. He says
that belongs to him as he yells to Pearce, telling him to come out.
And out comes Adam Pearce. He tells Theory no one wants to hear him
complain. LA Knight’s music hits!
A loud “LA Knight” chant from the crowd as he says “let me talk to
ya”. He didn’t just hear Austin Theory say he was the greatest
United States Champion of all time. If he recalls, Theory is the guy
who defended his title once every three months and he fumbled the
LA Knight says he doesn’t care who is the champion, sometime or
another, it’s coming to him. He went through 24 other men at
SummerSlam and it won’t be a problem to go through Theory. He says
he and Theory are dressed to fight, he sees Rey with the title and
he thinks to himself, what if it was for a shot at the United States
Championship. Austin Theory against LA Knight. Pearce looks at LA
Knight and makes the match.
Austin Theory vs. LA Knight
As the bell is about to ring, out comes The Miz. The bell rings and
we are under way. Theory attacks LA Knight and stomps on him in the
The Miz joins the commentary team. Theory with a fall away slam. He
slams LA Knight into the corner but LA Knight comes running back and
hits him with a clothesline. A suplex by LA Knight followed by an
elbow drop off the second rope. He goes for the cover but Theory
Theory rolls to the outside as LA Knight follows him but Theory
slams LA Knight into the ring apron. Theory grabs LA Knight but LA
Knight hits him with an elbow to the face. He slams Theory’s face
into the announce table. He throws Theory back into the ring as he
and Miz go face to face. Theory kicks LA Knight in the face but LA
Knight with a right hand and he throws Theory into The Miz.
Back from commercial, Theory with a clothesline on LA Knight in the
middle of the ring. Theory runs towards LA Knight but LA Knight
grabs him and slams him onto the mat. LA Knight repeatedly slams
Theory into the turnbuckle and hits him with a neck breaker. He goes
for the cover but Theory kicks out. LA Knight stomps on Theory in
the corner and with every stomp, the fans chant “Yeah”. LA Knight
lifts Theory up but Theory lands on his feet and hits LA Knight from
Theory goes for A-Town Down but LA Knight lands on his feet and hits
Theory with a power slam. LA Knight runs to the ropes but Miz gets
on the ring apron and that distracts LA Knight. Miz gets down from
the ring apron and LA Knight turns around and hits Theory with a
LA Knight chases The Miz outside of the ring. Miz gets in the ring
and LA Knight clotheslines him to the outside. Theory rolls LA
Knight from behind, grabs the tights and gets the pin.
Winner: Austin Theory
A video package airs of John Cena, Sheamus, Natalya, The Miz,
Charlotte Flair and Sami Zayn congratulating Edge on his 25 years in
A video package shows Bret Hart on a TV show with Edge in the
audience asking him a question about becoming a wrestler. We see
clips of Edge’s WWE career with Booker T, Paul Heyman and more WWE
stars talking about him on his 25 years with the WWE.
Damage CTRL’s music hits and out come Bayley and Dakota Kai. Bayley
says even though the dumb dumbs in Toronto are not worthy, they are
going to grace them with a Champion. They are not used to that
either but they will grace them with the new WWE Women’s Champion,
IYO SKY. Out comes IYO SKY for their tag team match.
Bayley and IYO SKY with Dakota Kai vs. Charlotte Flair and Bianca
The bell rings and we are under way. Bianca and Bayley start the
match. Bianca with a waist lock take down turned into a head lock.
Bayley gets to her feet and out of but Bianca spears her into the
corner. A snap suplex by Bianca and Flair is tagged in. They double
team Bayley in the corner.
Flair stomping on Bayley in the corner and she slams her face first
into the top turnbuckle. A chop to the chest by Flair. She goes for
a suplex but Bayley lands on her feet and slams Flair onto the mat.
IYO SKY is tagged in and they double team Flair. She goes for a chop
but Flair kicks her away. Flair with a splash in the corner and she
throws IYO SKY onto the ring apron. A big boot by Flair and IYO SKY
falls to the outside. Flair on the ring apron and a cannonball onto
Bayley and IYO SKY on the outside of the ring.
Back from commercial, Flair with a back breaker onto Bayley. Flair
climbs the top rope but Bayley with a right hand and she throws
Flair onto the mat. Bayley goes for the cover but Flair kicks out.
IYO SKY is tagged in and they double team Flair. IYO SKY with a
crossface but Flair gets out of it. Flair with a back body drop and
she tries to make the tag but IYO SKY knocks Bianca off the ring
apron. IYO with a chop to the chest. She throws Flair to the ropes
and IYO with a drop kick. She goes for the cover but Flair kicks
out. IYO grabs Flair but Flair throws her onto the top rope. Bianca
is tagged in and she hits IYO SKY with a shoulder tackle.
Bianca with a drop kick followed by a vertical suplex. She spears
IYO in the corner and hits her with right hands. Bayley gets in the
ring and Bianca with a back breaker. A spine buster by Bianca onto
IYO. Bianca with a moon sault onto Bayley. IYO with a drop kick to
the back of Bianca’s knee. She drags Bianca to the corner and tags
Bayley back into the match. Bayley goes for the cover but Bianca
kicks out. Bayley grabs Bianca but Bianca kicks her away. IYO gets
in the ring and a double neck breaker by Bianca. She tags Flair back
into the match. Flair with a cross body off the top rope onto Damage
CTRL. Flair with chops to the chest onto both Bayley and IYO.
Flair with a fall away slam onto Bayley. Flair with a clothesline.
She goes for the cover but Bayley kicks out. Flair climbs the top
rope but Bayley pushes her to the outside. Bayley distracts the
referee as IYO stomps onto Flair on the outside. Bayley to the
outside and she throws Flair back into the ring. She goes for the
cover but Flair kicks out. IYO is tagged back in and she goes for a
moon sault, Flair moves, IYO lands on her feet and a right hand by
IYO. Flair in the corner, IYO goes for a spear, Flair moves out of
the way and Bayley is tagged in. Bayley goes for the Figure Eight
but Flair hits her with a right hand. Bianca is tagged in and Flair
with a big boot onto Bayley, Bianca with the KOD. She goes for the
cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Charlotte Flair and Bianca Belair
Cathey Kelly is backstage with Bianca. As she is asking her a
question, Damage CTRL hit her from behind with a chair. They place
Bianca’s left leg in between a chair and slam a chair onto her leg.
Bianca screams in pain as WWE officials break it up.
The Street Profits vs. The O.C.
The bell rings and we are under way. Gallows and Ford start the
match and Gallows with right hands. He tags Anderson into the match
and they double team him. Anderson goes for the cover but Ford kicks
out. Anderson runs to the ropes and Ford with a clothesline. Dawkins
is tagged in and they double team Anderson. Dawkins slams Anderson
onto the mat and he hits Gallows with a right hand. Ford is tagged
in and Dawkins with a neck breaker. Ford with a frog splash off the
top rope. He goes for the cover but Gallows breaks it up. Dawkins
throws Gallows to the outside. Dawkins is tagged in. Anderson throws
Dawkins shoulder first into the corner and he hits Ford with a spine
Gallows is tagged in and they double team Dawkins. Gallows goes for
the cover but Dawkins kicks out. Anderson is tagged in and they go
for the Magic Killer but Dawkins kicks Gallows to the outside. Ford
gets in the ring and he flies over the top rope onto Gallows who is
on the outside. Ford gets on the ring apron and is tagged in. The
Street Profits hit Anderson with a sit down power bomb neck breaker.
Ford goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: The Street Profits
Bobby Lashley’s music hits and they celebrate on the ramp.
A video package showing last week’s fighting between the Bloodline
Paul Heyman is standing backstage and he looks worried and tired. In
comes Kayla who asks for an update on the Bloodline. Heyman looks at
her and says no. She asks him about Roman. He shakes his head.
She says she has heard a lot of rumors and Heyman cuts her off. And
says she is going to come to him about rumors. He asks about which
rumors. About Roman’s cousin, Jey? The one who abandoned WWE, who
quit the Bloodline? Who quit, SmackDown and WWE? If she is going to
ask him about his family? What about her family. He asks how her mom
is, if she has heard from her lately. He heard rumors. He asks her
about her dad and cousins. But no, she doesn’t want to talk about
the rumors of her cousin but rumors about the cousin of the Tribal
Chief. He says she won’t even ask him about Edge and his 25 years or
Austin Theory. His phone rings, he tells her as they say in Quebec,
which is a real province unlike where they are, he has to take this.
Heyman speaks on the phone and says he is on live television doing
an interview. He looks surprised and says really as the call ends.
She asks him what that was about. He says Jimmy Uso will be live on
SmackDown next week. She asks him if he cares to share his source.
Heyman says he would love to but even he would not dare as he walks
Edge vs. Sheamus
With Sheamus already in the ring, Edge’s music hits and the crowd
goes crazy as he walks down. His wife Beth and their daughters are
in attendance as he gets in the ring. Both men shake hands and the
fans chant “Thank you Edge”. A head lock by Edge as he runs to the
ropes and he knocks Sheamus down with a shoulder tackle. Sheamus
gets back to his feet and a head lock by Sheamus and he runs to the
ropes knocking Edge down with a shoulder tackle.
Both men smile as Edge gets back to his feet. Sheamus to the ropes
and Sheamus with an Irish Curse back breaker.
Back from commercial, Edge with a forearm to the face. He goes for
the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Sheamus runs towards Edge but Edge
throws him onto the ring apron. Edge to the outside and he power
bombs Sheamus off the ring apron onto the outside. He throws Sheamus
back into the ring. Edge throws Sheamus back into the ring and Edge
climbs the top rope and lands a cross body onto Sheamus. He goes for
the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Edge goes for the sharpshooter but
Sheamus kicks him away. A slam by Sheamus. He goes for the cover but
Edge kicks out. Edge rolls onto the ring apron as SHeamus grabs him
and goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán but Edge blocks it. Edge
with right hands. Edge back in the ring and Sheamus rolls onto the
ring apron. Edge spears Sheamus onto the outside.
Back from commercial, Sheamus has Edge in the Boston crab but Edge
with right hands onto the back of the leg of Sheamus. Edge gets
Sheamus into the crossface but Sheamus reaches the ropes. Sheamus
climbs the top rope as Edge gets to his feet. A kick to the face by
Edge as he climbs the top rope. Edge with a superplex off the top
rope and he hits Sheamus with the Edgecution. He goes for the cover
but Sheamus kicks out.
The fans chant “You still got it” as Edge makes it to his feet. He
climbs the top rope but Sheamus hits him with a kick. Edge climbs
the second rope and he gets Edge on his shoulders. Sheamus with the
White Noise off the second rope. He lifts Edge up and hits him with
the Celtic Cross. He goes for the cover but Edge kicks out.
Edge gets onto the ring apron and Sheamus with the 10 Beats of the
Bodhrán. Sheamus continously hits Edge across the chest and Edge
falls onto the ring apron and into the ring. Sheamus grabs Edge and
says he warned him but Edge slaps him in the face. Edge with a
clothesline. Edge goes for the spear but Sheamus hits him with the
knee followed by the Brogue Kick. He goes for the cover but Edge
The fans boo Sheamus as he goes for a Brogue Kick but Edge ducks,
rolls Sheamus up but Sheamus kicks out. Edge gets up and hits him
with a spear. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Edge with
another spear. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Pyro goes off in the arena as Edge looks at Beth and his daughters.
Sheamus gets to his feet and both men hug as SmackDown goes off the