WWE SmackDown returned to FS1 Friday with a show that promised the latest in the rivalry between Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair over the blue brand women's title and the next challenger to Roman Reigns' Universal Championship.
Elsewhere on the show, intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs battled Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin in a timely Trick or Street Fight.
Who emerged from that match victoriously and who stepped up to The Tribal Chief?
Find out with this recap of the October 29 event.
Shotzi's Challenge for The Queen Goes Answered; Opening Match
SmackDown women's champion Charlotte Flair kicked off the evening's broadcast with a promo in which she brought up last week's "drama" before turning her attention to Sasha Banks. The Boss interrupted the proceedings before Shotzi made her presence felt, challenging The Queen to a match against an opponent she has yet to defeat.
Following a short commercial break, the Ballsy Badass of WWE squared off with the measuring stick in the women's division, looking to boost her stock by scoring a massive upset. After a brief exchange, Flair tripped Shotzi off, dropping her back- and neck-first on the top rope.
The babyface found herself on the defensive, forced to thwart the pinpoint offense of her opponent through a second timeout.
Back from the break, Shotzi scaled the ropes and caught Flair with a top-rope hurricanrana for a close two-count. She delivered a double chicken wing suplex for another near-fall but was caught charging into the ropes. A moonsault from Flair missed but a follow-up landed for a two-count. The Queen delivered Natural Selection to score the hard-fought victory.
After the match, a frustrated Shotzi attacked Banks, unloading on the Boss and leaving her lying in the corner of the ring.
Flair defeated Shotzi
Drew McIntyre vs. Mustafa Ali
Back from the break, an angry and vengeful Adam Pearce revealed that, in addition to his indefinite suspension, he is fining Brock Lesnar $1 million for his actions toward the WWE official last week on SmackDown. Kayla Braxton caught up with Paul Heyman to ask how Brock might respond to that, to which Heyman got animated before calming down and demanding the interviewer leave him alone.
Back in the arena, Drew McIntyre made his way to the ring for a second, consecutive open challenge. "Who has got the testicular fortitude to step up and challenge the SmackDown warrior right here, right now?"
Mustafa Ali answered, claiming he has more athletic talent in his pinky than McIntyre's entire body.
McIntyre tossed his opponent around the ring before both men missed potential match-ending finishers. The former WWE champion countered a DDT attempt and applied the kimura for a submission victory.
After the match, an infuriated Ali cut a promo blatantly accusing fans of rooting against him because of his name. He threw down the mic to a chorus of boos.
McIntyre defeated Ali
Knighting Ceremony with King Woods
New King of the Ring Xavier Woods joined best friend and tag team partner Kofi Kingston in the ring for a special Knighting Ceremony. After decrying Kingston worthy of the honor and naming him "The Hand of the King," The Usos interrupted and came face-to-face with their longtime rivals.
The back-and-forth segment concluded with Woods calling for a trial by combat for later in the night.
Trick or Street Fight
The holiday-themed Trick or Street Fight saw Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss battle intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs. After a hot start by the babyfaces, the heels turned the tide in their favor, targeting the guitar-playing Boogs with a kendo stick and candy. Nakamura mounted a comeback but the heels regained control, double-teaming Boogs.
The IC champion eventually launched himself at Corbin, wiping him out at the timekeeper's position. As Boogs scaled the ropes to put Moss away, two costumed competitors appeared and blasted him with kendo sticks. After the heels scored the win, the ghouls revealed themselves to be Humberto Carrillo and Angel Garza.
The heels celebrated to close out the segment.
Moss and Corbin defeated Nakamura and Boogs
Naomi vs. Sonya Deville
The latest chapter in the rivalry between Naomi and Sonya Deville was written Friday night as the WWE official booked herself as the special referee for the former's match with Shayna Baszler.
Despite a spirited effort by the babyface, the numbers advantage proved too much and Deville executed a fast count that cost her the match.
Afterward, Baszler choked Naomi out with the Karifuda Clutch and stood tall to close out the segment.
Baszler defeated Naomi
The New Day vs. The Usos
The Usos and New Day closed out this week's show, writing the latest chapter of their rivalry in a main event match.
The SmackDown tag team champions dominated the middle portion of the match, taking the fight to King Woods and putting the babyfaces on the defensive. A tag to Kingston sparked a comeback but a superkick from the twin brothers threatened that flurry.
Jimmy Uso rocked Kingston with a superkick and looked for the pin but Woods, who tagged in, scored the rollup victory to put his team in title contention.
The New Day defeated The Usos
via Bleacher Report