Ember Moon vs. Natalya
The bell rings and they go at it. Ember tosses Natalya and stares her down. Natalya rag-dolls Ember to the mat next. Natalya takes it to the corner and the referee backs her off. Moon turns it back around and Natalya ends up rolling to the floor for a breather. Moon looks to fly from the apron with a clothesline but Natalya moves. Moon comes right back and sends Natalya into the barrier.
Natalya stops Moon from bringing her back to the ring. Natalya with a big discus clothesline on the floor. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter on the floor now. The referee counts her out.
Winner: Double count out
After the bell, Natalya keeps the hold locked in until the music hits and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley to break it. Bayley checks on Moon but Natalya shoves Bayley into the barrier. Natalya walks off as Bayley watches her go. Bayley goes back to checking on her SummerSlam opponent.
Ember Moon is backstage when Bayley walks up. Bayley says they are teaming tonight but she hasn’t forgot about The Eclipse fro last week. Bayley goes on and says they will get through tonight but Moon will regret it if she tries to pull something again. Bayley walks off and Moon stares at her, smiling.
Ember Moon & Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
The bell rings and Moon starts off with Bliss. Moon takes control and dropkicks Bliss to the mat. Moon tags in Bayley but Bliss rams her back into the corner. Bliss charges but Bayley sends her into the top turnbuckle. Bayley keeps control on the outside as Cross approaches. Cross and Bayley yell at each other. Moon runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive on Cross. Bliss and Cross are both down again on the floor now. Moon and Bayley have words and face off as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cross traps Bayley in the apron cover on the outside. Cross unloads and tags Bliss in. Bliss runs and dropkicks Bayley from behind while she’s trapped in the apron. Bliss brings Bayley back into the ring for a 2 count. Cross tags back in and they double team Bayley in the corner now. Cross takes Bayley back to the corner and makes another tag for more double teaming.
Bayley counters and tosses Cross out of the ring. Bliss stops Bayley from tagging. Cross and Moon both tag in at the same time now. Moon unloads on Cross and hits an enziguri to Bliss. Moon drops Cross again and kips up for a pop. Moon with a running hip attack to Cross and Bliss at the same time in the corner, sandwiching them.
Moon goes to the top and hits the Eclipse on Cross, who pushed Bliss out of the way to save her by taking the move. Bliss takes advantage and comes from behind to level Moon. Bliss ends up going to the top for Twisted Bliss on Moon. Bliss covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
After the match, Bliss’ music hits as she makes her exit with Cross. Bayley checks on Moon while she’s down in the middle of the ring. Bayley grabs Moon and drops her with a Bayley-to-Belly suplex out of nowhere. Fans give her a mixed reaction. Bayley stands tall over Moon and raises the title as her music plays.
Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair
Back from the break and both Superstars are in the ring as the bell rings. They go at it, back and forth early on. Flair takes Moon down and stomps early on. The music interrupts and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Flair is distracted by Bayley coming down the ramp, allowing Moon to roll Flair up for the pin to win out of nowhere.
Winner: Ember Moon
After the match, the chaos continues when Ember throws Bayley into the ring with Charlotte. Charlotte takes down Bayley but is distracted when Moon hits her with an Eclipse. Moon goes back to the top and drops Bayley with another Eclipse. Moon stands tall as her music hits.
Ember Moon & Bayley vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
Back from the break and out comes Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville first. Ember Moon is out next. It’s time to find out who her mystery partner is. Out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley for a pop. We see how Bayley retained over Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss in the 2-on-1 Handicap Match at Extreme Rules.
The bell rings and Rose and Deville both unload on Bayley to start. The referee tries to restore order early on as Deville is still in the ring. Deville with a big knee to Bayley as Rose covers for a 2 count. Deville finally exits the ring as Rose unloads on Bayley. The referee backs her off and she yells at him. Bayley finally drops Rose and tags in Moon.
Moon goes right to work on Rose, taking her frustration out on her. Moon with kicks in the corner. Moon goes to the top. Deville runs in but Bayley drops her with a Bayley-to-Belly suplex. Moon comes off the top with The Eclipse on Rose for the pin to win.
Winners: Ember Moon and Bayley
After the match, Bayley and Ember stand tall as Ember’s music hits. We go to replays. Kayla Braxton enters the ring and asks Bayley about her challenger for SummerSlam. She says she’s glad her chapter with Alexa Bliss has ended, so she can get back to her original plan to elevate the women’s division. Bayley wants to face someone who’s worthy of a shot, who has charisma, who she’s never faced before, who would be dedicated to the title if they win. Bayley looks at Moon and Kayla asks her if she’s up for it. Moon accepts the challenge and it looks like we might have a match for SummerSlam. They celebrate as Moon’s music hits.
Ember Moon vs. Sonya Deville
We go back to the ring and out comes Ember Moon. We see recent events that led to this match. Out next comes Sonya Deville with Mandy Rose.
strikes hard early on and takes control. Deville with a big knee strike
for a 2 count. Moon talks some trash and unloads on Deville to turn it
around. Rose ends up distracting from the floor, forcing Moon to kick
her away. This allows Deville to take advantage and send Moon into the
ring post. Deville follows up and gets the pin for the win.
Winner: Sonya Deville
After the match, Rose hits the ring to celebrate with Deville as the music hits.
Becky reminds us she did what she said she would do and she beat the alleged baddest woman on the planet to win the titles. Nothing focuses the mind more than the Superstar Shakeup. Last night on Raw, she was watching her potential challengers prowl around. The same happened tonight and she knows what her job is. Job one is to run through Lacey Evans. Becky says she does not care who they put in front of here because these titles are a passport to pick fights with whoever she wants.
Ember Moon comes out and she says the Shenom is on Smackdown. Becky tells Ember not to interrupt the Man. Ember says she is not out here for advice. She is out here to make a name for herself and why not step up to the woman who beat Ronda Rousey. Bayley makes her way to the stage. Bayley says this is exciting and what the Superstar Shakeup is all about. Bayley mentions that she is now on Smackdown. Becky asks Bayley if she wants a hug or something. Bayley says she is okay. Bayley says it has been a while and things have changed. Bayley says she was able to will Tag Team Titles and she became the first champion with Sasha. Now that she is on Smackdown as a singles competitor, she has her eyes on two other titles.
The music for the Tag Team champions play and Peyton Royce and Billie Kay come out. Billie says she thought she heard two belts. Billie mentions that Ember and Bayley have zero belts. Peyton says Naomi isn’t here to back Bayley up tonight. Billie says they have two titles and they are better than Becky’s because they are Iiconic. Paige’s music plays and she says she is on Smackdown and Peyton and Billie are having fun wearing the belts, but it would be better if you defended the titles. Paige says she has believed in these two women since…
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville make their way to the stage. Mandy says they don’t need an introduction. Sonya says Smackdown has waited long enough for the reunion of Absolution. Paige says she is not here to represent them. She is here to represent two revolutionary women. They will be the next Women’s Tag Team Champions. She brings out Asuka and Kairi Sane. Paige says if you are going to make a debut, make an impact. Eight women battle in the ring while Becky watches with a confused look on her face. Ember, Bayley, Kairi, and Asuka remain in the ring as we go to commercial.
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