WWE’s Super SmackDown held at Madison Square Garden on September 10th has become the high-grossing SmackDown gate in the show’s 20-year plus history.
As reported by Ariel Helwani, the episode was the highest-grossing gate in any arena, in any city, since the show first aired in April 1999.
The special event saw Brock Lesnar return to confront Universal Champion Roman Reigns. In the show’s opening segment, Lesnar stirred the pot between Reigns and his Special Counsel Paul Heyman, asking why he didn’t tell the champion he would be at SummerSlam.
As Reigns and The Usos left the ring, a visibly nervous Heyman performed his now famous introduction for Lesanr. Not that everything was suddenly back to normal. The Beast hoisted Heyman for an F5, but The Bloodline quickly intervened. Heyman managed to escape but Lesnar made his presence felt, taking The Usos to ‘Suplex City.’
The former Universal Champion also made sure to lay down a challenge to Roman Reigns.
In the main event, The Street Profits challenged The Usos for their Tag Team Titles.
With The Usos reeling, Reigns arrived at ringside, initially just keeping a watching brief. The Usos and The Street Profits threw everything at each other with numerous near falls for both teams. However, after Ford hit a splash from the top rope, he looked to have the titles won but Reigns rushed the ring and choked him out with the guillotine.
With Reigns standing tall, he accepted the challenge for a match with Lesnar. Saying that he was coming for The Beast when he’s smashed Finn Balor at Extreme Rules.
Then the lights dimmed and flashed red as smoke filled the entrance way. The signature sound of a heartbeat pulsed around Madison Square Garden and The Demon arrived to a monster ovation. Balor slowly made his way to the ring, starring down the Universal Champion as the show went off the air.
It was the first time that Balor had appeared as The Demon in two years.
Elsewhere on the show, Seth Rollins defeated Edge in a huge rematch from SummerSlam which saw the Rated R Superstar leave the arena on a stretcher.