WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton (with Luke Harper)
As the Wyatts came to the ring, JBL spoke in quiet tones comparing the team to the legendary Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen tandem. There was a slight pop when the Wyatts’ entrance ended followed by a small “Randy” chant. The champions had control early, including Slater nailing a nice spinkick on Orton. Orton sent him up and over to the apron outside, where Wyatt swept his legs and sent him to the floor. When he returned, Orton picked him up and slammed him down over the ropes. Slater bounced back in, where he was nailed with the Garvin stomp. Wyatt tagged back in and worked over Slater, including a running splash in the corner.
Slater was deposited back out to the floor, where he struggled to get to his feet Orton set him up for the hanging DDT when Slater returned to the apron. Slater tried to fight him off but after Wyatt hit him, Orton caught him with his snap powerslam for a two count. Wyatt cinched in a side chinlock. He sent Slater into the ropes for a backdrop but Slater kicked him and made the tag. Rhyno cleaned house on Wyatt, including a shoulderblock off the buckles. Orton protected Wyatt but was knocked off the apron to the floor. Rhyno followed and tried to gore Orton on the floor but instead got Luke Harper, who took the bullet for Randy. When Rhyno returned to the ring, he was nailed with the RKO out of nowhere and pinned.
Winners: Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton
After the Match: Wyatt placed the belt on Harper’s shoulder, so it appears we will be looking at them defending under the Freebird rule perhaps. Orton then placed the other belt on Luke’s shoulder. The crowd really reacted for the Wyatts posing in triumph.
Men’s Elimination Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman) vs Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon)
The champions start off, and they go at it until all the other partners get in, and Rollins and Reigns start to team up against Team Smackdown. Shane tags in and cleans house, then AJ and Ambrose wind up working together to clear out the ring…but then they turn their attention on each other and start brawling. Shane McMahon tries to separate them, AJ nails Ambrose from behind, and Strowman comes in and hits a running powerslam to eliminate Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose has been eliminated.
Strowman drags Shane into the ring, and Shane unloads with a flurry of pounches, but Strowman is too big and crushes Shane with a splash in the corner. AJ tries for a Phenomenal forearm, but Strowman knocks him to the floor, then flattens Orton when he tries to come in. Bray Wyatt is in and goes face to face with Strowman, and Wyatt tells Strowman to attack Team Raw, and he goozles Jericho, then lets him go and clotheslines Wyatt’s had off. Strowman knocks Wyatt to the floor with a diving dropkick. Strowman goes after Wyatt and rams him into the ring apron. Orton gives Strowman an RKO into the announce table, then helps Wyatt up and they put Strowman on the table and Shane comes off the top rope with an elbowdrop to Strowman that sends them both through the table. The brawl continues on the floor, and AJ Styles dumps Shane back into the ring, but James Ellsworth holds Strowman’s foot from under the ring to prevent him from getting back in, and Strowman gets counted out.
Braun Strowman is eliminated.
Strowman beats Ellsworth up to the top of the ramp and tosses him off the stage into some production equipment before walking to the back. Owens is in the ring and working Shane over, does the Shane dance, and covers for 2. Jericho tags in and dropkicks Shane for 2, he goes for a Lionsault, but Shane gets the knees up and gets a small package on Jericho for 2. Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Shane, another on Randy Orton, and he covers Shane for 2. Rollins tags in and puts the boots to Shane, then Jericho tags in and comes off the top with a splash that misses, and Shane tags Styles in. Styles goes to work on Jericho and hits an over the knee neckbreaker for 2. Jericho blocks the Styles Clash and goes for the Walls of Jericho, Styles breaks free and gets the Calf Crusher, and Jericho rams AJ’s head into the mat and goes for the Walls again, Styles reverses to a small package, Styles unlaods with a series of strikes, nails Owens on the apron, goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens comes in and nails styles with Jericho’s list and hits him with Jericho’s list. He gives styles the pop-up powerbomb as the referee calls for the DQ.
Backstage: Randy Orton looks into the mirror and his face morphs and Orton is not sure what he just saw.
Randy Orton versus Bray Wyatt
They lock up and Bray looks back at Orton from the turnbuckles. Orton goes for an RKO and Wyatt avoids it and goes to the floor. Bray returns to the ring. Orton with punches but Wyatt with an uppercut and a double thrust to the throat. Orton sends Wyatt to the mat and then he does the Garvin Stomp and follows with a knee drop. Orton punches Wyatt in the corner. Orton with a European uppercut and he punches Wyatt. Wyatt sets for Sister Abigail but Orton escapes. Orton avoids Wyatt and Wyatt goes to the floor. Orton sets for an IEDDT but Wyatt escapes and he drops Orton on the ropes and pulls him to the floor. Wyatt with punches and a double thrust to the throat. Orton is sent into the announce table. Orton goes for an RKO but Wyatt sends Orton over the announce table. Wyatt goes into the ring to break the referee’s count. Wyatt sets up the ring steps in front of the announce table but Orton with a forearm and clothesline. Orton sends Wyatt back into the ring. Wyatt sends Orton into the ringside barrier from the apron and Wyatt does Orton’s pose. Wyatt with boots in the corner followed by a clothesline and a back senton for a near fall. Orton with punches but Wyatt with a knee and he sends Orton into the turnbuckles and follows with a splash.
Wyatt with a reverse chin lock. Orton with punches but Wyatt with an uppercut. Wyatt and Orton go to the apron and Wyatt with a DDT on the apron for a near fall. Wyatt gets another near fall. Wyatt with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Wyatt with a reverse chin lock. Wyatt with a slam and he goes to the turnbuckles. Wyatt misses a back senton when Orton rolls out of the way. Orton and Wyatt exchange punches.; Orton with a kick and head butt thrown in. Orton with a kick and forearm followed by a European uppercut. Wyatt with an Irish whip and Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with another clothesline and he ducks a clothesline from Wyatt. Wyatt holds on to the ropes to avoid the power slam. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but Orton moves. Orton with a power slam.
Backstage: Bray Wyatt had attacked Randy Orton, who was on the floor, and was slammed a door on his ankle.
Bray Wyatt came to the ring. The crowd chanted for “Randy.” They announced that due to injury, Randy Orton will not be competing. Wyatt demanded they ring the bell, so he could win by forfeit. They rang the bell and began counting Orton out. Wyatt was announced the winner via forfeit. They then announced Wyatt would compete in a No Holds Barred Match against….Kane.
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt: No Holds Barred
Kane set up a chair and called for a tombstone but Wyatt slipped out and drilled him with a Uranage on the chair for a two count. Randy Orton came out and began limping towards the ring. The crowd chanted for Orton. Bray turned his attention to Orton but Kane sat him. Orton caught him with the RKO out of nowhere and left the ring.
Kane grabbed Wyatt and nailed a chokeslam for the pin.
Randy Orton versus Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)
Lesnar runs Orton into the corner and connects with shoulders. Lesnar with knees and a forearm to the back. Lesnar goes for a German suplex but Orton holds on to the ropes and hits elbows and a drop kick. Lesnar pushes Orton away on an RKO attempt. Lesnar with a German suplex and then he hits a second one. Orton kicks Lesnar but Lesnar with a knee and a German suplex. Lesnar with a knee to the ribs and then he picks up Orton for a fourth German suplex. Orton with a kick and forearms. Lesnar with shoulders in the corner.
Lesnar with German suplex number five. Lesnar with knees and he has to hold Orton up. Lesnar sets for a German suplex and hits number six. Brock does the Brock Bounce as Orton goes to the floor. Lesnar goes to the floor and Orton with forearms but Lesnar with a knee and he slams Orton onto the Smackdown announce table. Orton falls into the crowd and Lesnar biels Orton through the Smackdown announce table. Lesnar sends Orton back into the ring. Lesnar stands over Orton and hits a seventh German suplex. Orton goes to the floor and the Raw announce table is being adjusted. Lesnar puts Orton on the Raw announce table and stands over Orton as he picks him up. Orton with an RKO on the announce table and Orton smiles. Lesnar rolls off the table while Orton gets back into the ring. Orton with the IEDDT and then he hits an RKO for a near fall. Orton sets for the field goal kick but Lesnar gets Orton up and hits the F-5 but Orton kicks out. Lesnar removes the gloves and he punches and elbows Orton. The referee stands over Lesnar and Orton as Orton is not moving. Orton is bleeding from the forehead. Lesnar is in the corner while the medical staff tries to make sure there is still blood in Orton. Lesnar punches Orton and the referee admonishes Lesnar.
Lesnar with more hammer fists to Orton and then he stands over Orton and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (by referee stoppage)
After the match: Lesnar continues to attack Orton. Shane McMahon gets in the ring. Lesnar does not let Shane gets to Orton. Shane tells Lesnar to get out of the ring since the match is over. Lesnar gives Shane an F-5.
Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho interviewing Randy Orton
Big pop for Orton. He said for the last nine months, he’s been enjoying his time with his wife and his kids but returning to the ring made him realize what’s been missing – being out here in front of tghe people. He said that he’s enjoying it so much he doesn’t care that he has to share it with Chris Jericho. Jericho said he should be thanking him because Orton gets to make his return on the Highlight Reel with the best in the world at what he does. He said that just by being in the ring with Jericho, Orton’s being put on a different level. Orton said he’s in a good mood but that could change really quick. Jericho mocked the RKO out of nowhere and said that if Orton isn’t careful, he might get hit with a Codebreaker out of nowhere.
Jericho said he’s going to catch Orton up on what’s happened since he’s been gone. He reviewed the brand split and that Orton is going to Smackdown while he’s going to Raw, kissing up to Stephanie McMahon in the process. He said the WWE champion is a barbarian who put 69 tacks into his flesh. He started whining but said it wasn’t about him, but about Randy. He said he wanted to give Randy something that he needed to help him against Brock Lesnar at Summerslam – the gift of Jericho. Orton began knocking Jericho’s haircut, saying he thought for a second he was on the Ellen Degeneres show because of it. The fans chanted, “Ellen.” Jericho told the fans to shut up and warned Orton that Lesnar was a force of nature who was coming for Orton. He showed all sorts of footage of Lesnar. Jericho talked up what a badass Lesnar was. Orton said he asked for the match because what would it mean that after nine months, he came back and beat Fandango. That was a shot at Jericho, who once lost to Fandango at Wrestlemania.
Jericho said that was cute but Lesnar was going to kick Orton’s ass and take him to Suplex City. Orton said he’s well aware and he knows Lesnar is going to suplex him over and over to get to Suplex City but it only takes one RKO to get to Viperville “no enhancement needed.” Jericho said that something tells him Orton is going to pay for that little comment. Jericho said that Brock said that Orton has been avoiding him for 15 years, that he was a coward and was going to tear his shoulder apart. Jericho passed on that Lesnar said Orton was a stupid idiot. He mocked Orton and acted like Orton wasn’t going to do a “damn thing” to him. He told Orton to go worry about Lesnar and to stay out of his business. Orton teased a RKO but then acted like he was just kidding, then snapped it. Good segment. Orton looked the happiest he’d been on camera in a LOOOOOONG time.