SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Ember Moon
Week in and week out, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley has established herself as a truly inspirational titleholder, most recently with a successful title defense in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match against Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross at WWE Extreme Rules. Up next, she will look to stop an absolute force of nature when she battles Ember Moon at SummerSlam. Could a championship Eclipse be on the horizon?
After Moon was challenged by Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville to find a partner to face the outspoken duo in a tag team contest on SmackDown LIVE, Bayley answered the call and helped The Shenom secure the victory in convincing fashion.
As the smoke cleared on the hard-hitting tag team bout, Kayla Braxton asked Bayley who her next challenger might be in the wake of her pay-per-view triumph. Responding to the calls of the WWE Universe, the gusty titleholder wasted little time offering The War Goddess an opportunity, which Moon accepted with a joyous “Hell yeah!”
Don’t miss what is sure to be a classic showdown at The Biggest Event of the Summer, Sunday Aug. 11, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on WWE Network.
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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