It had been expected that Brock Lesnar would be appearing on the August 27th edition of SmackDown after making a shock comeback at SummerSlam. However, SmackDown came and went without so much of a glimpse of the The Beast.
In the main event of the show, Paul Heyman led Roman Reigns and The Usos in a family celebration after The Bloodline retained both of their championships at SummerSlam.
After some posturing and gloating much to the disgust of the crowd, the love-in was interrupted by Finn Balor. The Prince had briefly looked set to face Reigns for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam before the contract signing was high-jacked by John Cena.
Prior to SummerSlam, Balor had already tried to get revenge on Reigns but ended up getting beaten down by The Bloodline. Not to be denied, Balor now tried his luck post-SummerSlam challenging Reigns to a match on the following week’s SmackDown. Again tempers flared, but this time Balor had backup in the form of the Street Profits.
After the show WWE confirmed that Balor will meet Reigns for the championship on September 3rd.
Writing ahead of the show’s conclusion, Mike Johnson of PWInsider noted that word within WWE suggested that Finn Balor would be Reigns’ next opponent and not Brock Lesnar as many expected. This would lead to Balor vs. Reigns at Extreme Rules, leaving the way open for Lesnar to face Reigns at Crown Jewel or Survivor Series.
One Superstar who did make a return to SmackDown was Becky Lynch. The new SmackDown Women’s Champion also made her comeback at SummerSlam, making quick work of Bianca Belair.
The Man opened the show addressing her return and title win.
The Irish Superstar said that she was going to be more dangerous than ever after working every day to get back following the birth of her daughter.
Lynch then moved onto the nature of her win against Belair, saying that she had nothing to apologise for. This brought out the former champion who laid down a challenge for Lynch on SmackDown. Before Lynch could respond the pair were interrupted by Zelina Vega, then Carmella and finally Liv Morgan.
Each woman laid their own claim to a shot at the title but Lynch remained unmoved. Belair challenged Lynch again but the champion simply said “no” and left the ring.
This led to a Fatal-4-Way match between the remaining women which Belair won. With victory Belair earned a future championship opportunity.