The last SmackDown Live on the USA Network is in the rearview window and as of next week, the blue brand will be live on Fridays on the Fox Network. On this weeks show they had all Four Horsewomen, the 24/7 Champion Carmella, and a match for the tag team division.
As of this writing and after this week’s SmackDown we still don’t have a title match for the SmackDown Women’s Title at Hell in a Cell. It wouldn’t make sense for it to be anyone besides Flair, Carmella, or both, but with the pay-per-view being only a week from Sunday we will find out soon enough.
The first women’s match of the night was advertised heading into the show. The newly crowned 24/7 Champion Carmella and Charlotte Flair took on Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley. This was as a result of Carmella making the save for Flair last week and making the odds even.
Carmella started off the match strong against Banks until she found herself tossed outside the ring. Bayley would take the tag and continue the attack on perhaps her now-former friend. Banks and Bayley would isolate Carmella from her corner throughout the first half of the match. Once Flair was tagged in, she dominated the SmackDown Women’s Champion. After a pin attempt from Carmella, the match would end with her tapping out to the Bank Statement.
The women’s locker room would then run out to chase Carmella and R-Truth out into the crowd. The aftermath sees Banks and Bayley attacking Flair. Becky Lynch would come out for the save as she attacks the pair and locks in the Dis-Arm-Her on her Hell in a Cell competitor. Bayley would pull Banks out of the ring getting her out of the submission and they retreat up the ramp.
The second match of the night was Fire & Desire going against The Kabuki Warriors in tag team competition. The match included Mandy Rose boasting about being on the cover of Maxim magazine. She would continue her bullying ways as she mocks Kairi Sane saying she will never look like her. The match was decent but short. Sane would pick up the win for her team as she hit the Insane Elbow on Rose to pick up the pin.
This has propelled The Kabuki Warriors to the front of the line for a match against the Women’s Tag Team Champions. Nikki Cross comments on Twitter about their victory.
The show would end with the women! Becky Lynch is being interviewed backstage by Kayla Braxton. Within moments of her responding to Braxton’s question, Sasha Banks would attack her from behind.
Banks would be the one standing after this attack as SmackDown goes off the air.
WINNERS: The Kabuki Warriors
After weeks of not being on our television screens, The Kabuki Warriors have remerged and with a victory. At this time there is not a Women’s Tag Team Title match scheduled for Hell in a Cell, but this could lead to one.
It still may be too early to take the belts off Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss, but at least the titles are being used more.
WINNER: Sasha Banks
Becky Lynch has been still looking strong in this feud with Banks returning. It is nice to see the power shift from show to show. At the end of this week, Banks stands strong as the winner. Her attack on Lynch ending SmackDown was a great way to go. It will be interesting to see who will end next week heading into Hell in a Cell with the odds in their favor.
It has been announced that next week on SmackDown’s debut on the Fox Network that we will see the Four Horsewomen in a rematch from a few weeks ago. Lynch and Flair will team up to face Banks and Bayley. Perhaps they should have held off the attack at the end of the show for next week, but maybe they should pull the trigger and make this the main event on their move to Fox.
LOSERS: Fire & Desire
A loss for them did the complete opposite the win did for The Kabuki Warriors. Unfortunately with such a small tag team division only so much can be done. Although it is good to see The Kabuki Warriors again, this means that Fire & Desire’s short feud with the tag champs seems to be already over.
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