On September 10th, Madison Square Garden hosted “Super SmackDown” as the blue brand pulled out all the stops in New York.
In a report by Ariel Helwani, this past Friday’s show became the highest- growing show since SmackDown began in April 1999.
One of the most anticipated appearances on the show was that of Brock Lesnar, as ‘The Beast Incarnate’ returned to confront Roman Reigns following his initial surprise appearance at SummerSlam.
Lesnar went after Paul Heyman, demanding answers as to why the advocate hadn’t warned Reigns that he was going to be at the summer showpiece.
Whilst The Bloodline left the ring, Heyman began his traditional introduction for Lesnar, but all was not as it seemed. Lesnar hoisted Heyman up to his shoulders looking for an F5, but he was saved by Reigns and The Usos returning to the ring.
The Usos got taken to Suplex City for their troubles, and Lesnar issued a challenge to Reigns for a contest down the line.
Later in the night, The Usos returned to the ring to defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The Street Profits.
Reigns soon came to ringside, and eventually interjected himself in the match to cause a disqualification by choking out Montez Ford with the guillotine. Whilst The Street Profits won, the titles stayed with The Usos.
After this Reigns took the mic and accepted Lesnar’s challenge from earlier in the evening – at least, once he’d disposed of Finn Balor at Extreme Rules.
At this point the lights went out, and Finn Balor came out dressed as The Demon for the first time in over two years.
The Demon received a massive ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd, as he went nose to nose with Roman Reigns ahead of their upcoming Universal Championship match.
The record-breaking episode of SmackDown also featured Seth Rollins beating Edge, in a match where ‘The Rated R Superstar’ left the arena in an ambulance.