Friday Night Smackdown 9/25/2020

First-Ever WWE Intercontinental Championship Ascension 

Corey Graves interviewed A.J. Styles, Sami Zayn, and Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy in the ring.

They're going to hang both belts above the ring in a special cermoney. Graves noted it's the first-ever WWE Intercontinental Championship Ascension.

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Non-title Triple Threat match: Sami Zayn defeated Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles 

This was a good fast-paced match, and all three worked hard.

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Bayley Promo

SmackDown Woman's Champion Bayley came out and sat on the ramp. Bayley had the same chair she used to beat down Banks. She doesn't care about Banks and doesn't have the time to deal with her. 

Bayley turned her attention to her Clash of Champions opponent Nikki Cross. She noted Cross thinks she has an advantage this time because Bayley doesn't have Banks. Bayley pointed out that Banks isn't in her corner because of what she did to her. Bayley promised to defeat Cross this Sunday night. This was a good promo by Bayley. 

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Shinsuke Nakamura (w/Cesaro) defeated Gran Metalik (w/Kalitso & Lince Dorado).

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Who gives a fuck about the Lucha House Party?

This was just tweets from different wrestlers praising Animal and the Road Warriors. 

They showed a great video package on the feud between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso. It featured Afa, Sika, Rikishi, and Uso.

Jey Uso Promo

Jey Uso made his way down to the ring. He discussed his upcoming title match against his cousin Roman Reigns. Reigns and Paul Heyman were in the back watching Uso in the ring. Uso knows that Corey Graves is interviewing Reigns later, but he's taking over. 

Uso showed clips from last week's Samoan Streetfight. After the match, they hugged, but Reigns glared at Uso as he walked away. Uso wants to know why Reigns smiled at his face but frowned behind his back. 

Uso asked Reigns to come to the ring and answer. In the locker room, Reigns and Heyman just sat in their room. Paul Heyman stepped out of the locker room and addressed Uso. He noted Reigns would answer Uso's questions but on his time. Heyman promised that Reigns would appear later when he's ready. 

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King Corbin defeated Matt Riddle

Riddle and Corbin had a good match, although it did drag at one point.

Wrong person won

**1/4 Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Down

Lacey Evans defeated Alexa Bliss 

Evans and Bliss worked a slow pace, and the match still dragged. It felt like it went a bit long and had a lame finish. 

*1/4 Thumbs In The Middle Pointing

Universal Champion Roman Reigns Interview

There wasn't much time left when Reigns and Heyman started their promo. This was a fine segment. 

Paul Heyman began to speak when Jey Uso's music hit. Reigns noted that Uso is one-half of one of the greatest tag teams of this generation. Uso can't be the top guy because it'll always be Reigns. The family depends on him and needs him to provide for them.  

Reigns and Heyman left the ring. They started to walk away. Uso grabbed the mic and said Reigns might be wrong. Reigns stood in the aisle with his back to the ring. Uso noted he could be the top guy and provide for his wife and kids. He gave a passionate promo and said the family can depend on him.

Reigns and Heyman left. Uso celebrated and walked to the back. Suddenly, Reigns hit the Superman punch on Uso as he stood on the stage. Reigns yelled that he provides for the entire family. He's the top guy, and Uso is never going to take his place at the head of the table. Reigns stood above a fallen Uso as SmackDown ended. 

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