Friday evening Smackdown opened with a section that’s certain to go away a foul style. Jeff Hardy emerged because the prime suspect in a success and run case towards Elias and was arrested. The present started with Elias laying on the street and being tended to by paramedics subsequent to a crashed automobile, that alcohol and paperwork suggesting it the automobile was rented by Hardy. Hardy was discovered laying close to the bushed, reeking of the scent alcohol and arrested.
It took some time for the entire angle to be digested utterly. WWE Smackdown has prior to now included real-life eventualities in storylines however on this explicit case, they could be taken issues just a little too far. Jeff Hardy ’s historical past of substance abuse and DUI offences are extraordinarily delicate subjects. Portraying it on TV is a fairly stable instance of poor reserving and positively not what the WWE stands for.
None the much less, the angle led to cancellation of two matches for the night – Elias vs AJ Types and Jeff Hardy vs Daniel Bryan for the Intercontinental title match. Types gleefully accepted a walkover into the match ultimate, however Bryan determined to struggle for it. So so as to decide his opponent, a 10-man Battle Royal was arrange. Regardless of a formidable present by King Corbin, who eradicated the primary 4 members, it was Sheamus who gained the match by taking out Jey Uso with a Brogue Kick.
The win led to an attractive predominant occasion with Bryan and Sheamus battling for a spot within the ultimate. Sheamus saved mocking Bryan, reminding the Chief of the Sure Motion of his 18-second win at WrestleMania 28. Sheamus landed the White Noise however simply when it appeared he would shut in on the win, Hardy walked out the ramp. Sufficient to distract Sheamus, Bryan struck with the operating knee and arrange a conflict with Types subsequent week to find out the brand new Intercontinental champion. The present got here to an in depth with Jeff Hardy beating down on the Celtic Warrior.
It was the proper finish to a formidable present in any other case, which noticed a few thrilling matches within the girls’s division. Lacey Evans battled Sonya Deville which led to a double depend out earlier than and Sasha Banks picked up a win over one half of the Smackdown Ladies’s tag champ Alexa Bliss. Shorty G had his second, defeating Cesaro through pinfall with a sundown flip. A match that stemmed from the Battle Royal earlier within the night, noticed the Olympian overcome an early onslaught from the Swiss Superman earlier than choosing up a formidable win.