Live in the arena, out comes LA Knight to the ring to a loud pop from the crowd. As LA Knight is about to begin speaking, out comes Jimmy Uso with Paul Heyman and Solo Sikoa.
Heyman says for decades, he has been able to spot who the next big thing will be. He goes on to say that the next big mega star in this business is going to be LA Knight. He tells LA Knight that he is on a roll, he has all of the momentum in the world. He has earned Heyman’s respect and admiration. As Heyman is speaking, the fans chant “LA Knight”. He tells LA Knight that now that he has earned his attention, the Bloodline is gonig to have to do something about it.
The fans boo as LA Knight asks him if he is done running his fat mouth yet. HE tells Heyman that he appreciates what Heyman told him but he didn’t buy his bullshit. As he is speaking, Jimmy Uso tells him to shut his mouth. He tells him that they have not been properly introduced. And they are out here to tell his ugly face that he isn’t making it to Fastlane. Jimmy tells Solo to get in the ring. As both men are on the ring apron, John Cena’s music hits and he comes running down. Cena and LA Knight stand in the ring with the Bloodline on the ring apron.
The fans chant “Cena” as Heyman tells the Bloodline to get down from the ring apron. Jimmy and Solo walk down the ring steps as LA Knight tells them that they were excited for a fight but he gets it. They didn’t have permission from their chief to come out. He says he is thinking about tonight as he challenges Jimmy to a match. And that way he can learn once and for all who’s game it is with everybody saying “LA Knight… Yeah!”
Jimmy agrees to the match as Heyman argues with him saying he has to speak to Roman about it.
Jimmy Uso with Paul Heyman vs. LA Knight
The bell rings and we are under way. LA Knight with a kick and a head lock. LA Knight to the ropes and he knocks Jimmy down with a shoulder tackle. A kick and a head lock by Jimmy as he runs to the ropes and knocks LA Knight down with a shoulder tackle. A kick to the face by Jimmy as he runs towards LA Knight but LA Knight hits him with a powerslam. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. LA Knight throws Jimmy to the ropes but Jimmy with a kick. He goes for a super kick but LA Knight moves out of the way. LA Knight goes for the BFT but Jimmy rolls out of the ring. LA Knight to the outside and he throws Jimmy back into the ring. LA Knight gets in the ring and Jimmy hits him with a kick to the side of the head and LA Knight falls to the outside. Jimmy to the outside and he hits LA Knight with a super kick.
Back from commercial, LA Knight with a bodyslam in the middle of the ring. He runs to the ropes and hits an elbow onto Jimmy. Solo gets in the ring and attacks Solo from behind as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, LA Knight
John Cena’s music hits as he runs down to the ring. He grabs Solo and throws him to the outside. Solo and Jimmy are on the outside as the fans chant “Cena”. The Judgment Day’s music hits and they walk down to the ring.
The Judgment Day and the Bloodline are face to face at ringside. Heyman extends his hand and tells Rhea authorized as they shake hands. LA Knight and John Cena stand in the ring as the fans chant “Cody”. The Bloodline and the Judgment Day get on the ring apron as “Uso” hits and out comes Jey Uso. He gets in the ring and stands alongside Cena and LA Knight. Cody’s music hits and Cody runs down to the ring and stands alongside Cena, LA Knight and Jey.
Heyman tells Solo to step down as he walks down the ring steps but a fight breaks out. Jey, Cody and Cena clean house. Cody hits a suicide dive onto the outside. Jey jumps over the top rope and lands on the Judgment Day. Cena stands in the ring and in comes Solo as both men are face to face. The fans chant “Cena” and Cena with a right hand but Solo with a super kick. In comes LA Knight. Solo goes for the spike but LA Knight ducks and he clotheslines Solo to the outside. JD McDonagh gets in the ring and LA Knight hits him wit the the BFT. Jey hits him with the super kick and Cena slams him onto the mat. Cena with the five knuckle shuffle. He hits JD McDonagh with the AA. Cody hits JD with the Cross Rhodes as all four men stand in the ring and SmackDown goes off the air.
John Cena’s music hits as he runs down to a loud pop from the crowd. He is introduced as the greatest of all time as Cena has the contract with him. The fans chant “Cena” as he tells them that he hears them and he knows they hear him. He says last week he said he came back to compete and he wants a match.
Cena says the Bloodline did not take too kindly to that and they left him knocked out. But they also left him with the contract. A signed contract for a match against the Bloodline at Fastlane. Cena says there is a big problem because he doesn’t have a partner. Cena says tonight is very important because now he has a choice. He can rip up the contract and act like it never happened or he can stand and fight. He asks the fans what they think a man who wears “Never Give Up” on his heart will make. The fans cheer. He says if he doesn’t find a partner for Fastlane, he will fight them in a two on one handicap match.
Jimmy’s music hits and out he comes with Solo and Heyman. Jimmy says look who finally showed up. Jimmy tells Cena is out here talking about Fastlane but did he not see what they did backstage. They get on the ring apron and Jimmy tells Cena he is not making it to Fastlane. Cena with a right hand knocks Jimmy off the ring apron. He tells Solo to get in the ring. Solo gets in the ring, he goes for the Samoan Spike, Cena ducks and goes for the AA but Jimmy hits him with a superkick.
Cena falls to the outside as Jimmy clears the announce table. Jimmy places Cena on the table and as he begins to climb the ring steps, Solo stops him. Solo climbs the ring steps and climbs the top rope. LA Knight’s music hits and he runs down to the ring. LA Knight gets in the ring and he hits Jimmy with a clothesline. He stomps on Jimmy and he hits Solo with right hands. LA Knight with a neckbreaker. LA Knight slams Jimmy down onto the mat and hits him with the elbow. Cena gets in the ring and he throws Solo to the outside as LA Knight throws Jimmy to the outside.
LA Knight and John Cena are face to face in the middle of the ring. LA Knight grabs the contract and signs it. He gives Cena the contract as Cena raises it in the air and SmackDown goes off the air.
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LA Knight vs. Finn Balor
We see the first-ever Firefly Fun House in the latest tribute video for Bray Wyatt. We shoot live backstage and see LA Knight walking the hall ways as he prepares to head to the ring for the main event against Finn Balor.
As he does, we head to a commercial break. When we return, we see footage of LA Knight interfering in Miz’s match with Akira Tozawa on Raw. We then see TMZ Sports’ interview with The Miz where he vows Knight won’t make it to WrestleMania if he keeps disrespecting him.
Back live, the radio screeches and the theme for LA Knight hits. The entire crowd erupts and stands on their feet as “The Mega Star” makes his way out and settles into the squared circle for our main event of the evening.
Knight gets on the mic and says he’ll get to The Miz in a second, but from what he can tell, tonight is about Bray Wyatt. He brings up the fans showing the “Fireflies” at the start of the show. He talks about great foes being great helpers. He says he and Bray Wyatt went through hell and through that, what Wyatt was really doing was getting him ready for anything.
He says he was doing good keeping it together until he saw photos of him and his family and that got to him. He says everyone can feel the spirit of Bray Wyatt in this building. The fans chant “Thank you Bray!” Knight says it as well.
From there, he switches gears and says, “Let me talk to ya!” He then brings up Miz’s interview with TMZ Sports. He says if he’s a fad, he’s okay with that, because Miz never was — no one ever cared about him. He says when he had a stunt double, he played second fiddle to him. Even when he was champion, he was a background story to the real main event of The Rock and John Cena.
LA Knight finishes by saying a wise man once told him, “The next time you see me … run!” On that note, we shift gears and see Bray’s Extreme Return as another tribute clip before heading into another commercial break.
When we return from the break, Michael Cole, Kevin Patrick and Corey Graves confirm John Cena and Jimmy Uso’s return for next week’s SmackDown, as well as Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar vs. Grayson Waller & Austin Theory. They also announce LA Knight vs. The Miz for WWE Payback 2023.
In the arena, Finn Balor’s theme hits and he makes his way out for tonight’s main event. The bell sounds and we’re officially off-and-running with this one. We see Knight jump into the early offensive lead. He takes Balor out to the floor and repeatedly bounces his head off the commentary desk.
The action resumes in the ring where Knight heads to the top, but Balor sweeps his legs out from under him and he crashes and burns — bad. On that note, we shift gears and head into a mid-match commercial break as the action continues.
When we return from the break, we see Balor working over Knight, who he eventually hits with his trademark Sling Blade spot. Knight fights back and starts going at Balor again, but this doesn’t last long, as Balor sweeps him down and stomps on his chest. He hits a running drop kick into the corner.
Balor heads to the top-rope looking for his Coup de Grace, but Knight moves just in time. Knight fires up on offense after hitting Balor with a big power slam and playing to the crowd. Seconds later, Knight finishes off Balor for what the commentators call the biggest win of his career.
Winner: LA Knight
WWE SmackDown kicks off with LA Knight walking down to the ring to a loud pop. He says SummerSlam is the biggest party of the summer and he looks ahead and he sees a 25 man battle royal. And he thinks of the different competitors that might be in it. LA Knight calls the competitors a group of stooges, yeah.
He says every one has a chance, even The Miz. But he looks at Sheamus and he thinks about the business that happens tonight. He says Sheamus has done it all, a champion. But he hasn’t been beaten by someone with every one saying LA Knight… Yeah!
Out comes Sheamus with Ridge Holland and Butch to the ring.
LA Knight vs. Sheamus with Ridge Holland and Butch
The bell rings and we are under way. The fans chant “LA Knight” as he stares at them. A knee by Sheamus brings boos from the fans. A head lock by Sheamus as he runs to the ropes and he knocks LA Knight down with a shoulder block. Sheamus to the ropes but LA Knight with an elbow to the face. LA Knight stomps on Sheamus in the corner but the referee breaks it up. LA Knight to the ropes and both men collide and fall to the outside of the ring.
Out comes Santos Escobar, The Miz, Grayson Waller, Karrion Kross with Scarlett and AJ Styles with Michi. LA Knight and Sheamus continue to fight but on the ring apron. Sheamus gets LA Knight on his back and hits him with White Noise.
Back from commercial, both men with right hands. Sheamus to the ropes but LA Knight with a slam. LA Knight runs to the ropes and hits a jumping elbow drop. LA Knight lifts Sheamus up on his shoulders and he slams Sheamus face first onto the mat. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out.
LA Knight goes for the BFT but Sheamus rolls him up for the cover but LA Knight kicks out. Sheamus with the Irish Curse Backbreaker. He lifts LA Knight up on his shoulders and gets on the second rope and hits him with the White Noise. He goes for the cover but LA Knight kicks out. Sheamus gets LA Knight in the Texas cloverleaf but LA Knight gets to the ropes.
Sheamus climbs the top rope but LA Knight jumps onto the top rope but both men slip and fall to the outside of the ring. The wrestlers at ringside begin to argue and out comes Theory and he knocks Santos Escobar down. The wrestlers brawl on the outside of the ring. Sheamus and LA Knight are back in the ring. Sheamus grabs The Miz and drags him onto the ring apron and hits him with the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. LA Knight rolls Sheamus up but Sheamus kicks out. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but LA Knight moves out of the way and he hits The Miz. LA Knight hits him with the BFT. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: LA Knight
Hit Row are in the ring about to rap and LA Knight’s music hits. A loud pop from the crowd and they chant “Yeah”. LA Knight says “let me talk to ya” as the fans chant “LA Knight”.
He says he knew Will Smith was in the game but he didn’t know uncle Phil became a rapper. He says “who’s hotta than Top Dolla? Well, alota alota”. LA Knight tells them that the way B-Fab is looking at him, she has a tingle in her loans and she is horny. But business before pleasure. And the business is with Ashante. A lot of people claim to be undeniable and inevitable but he lives it. And he can be the next to get dropped on his head by the mega star with everybody saying “LA Knight… Yeah”.
LA Knight vs. Ashante
The bell rings and we are under way. Ashanta with right hands and he distracts the referee. Top Dolla with a cheap shot on LA Knight. Ashante goes for the cover but LA Knight kicks out. Ashante goes for a splash in the corner but LA Knight moves out of the way and he hits Ashante with a neck breaker. Top Dolla gets on the ring apron but LA Knight knocks him down with a right hand. LA Knight with a power slam onto Ashante and he hits him with a big elbow followed by the BFT. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: LA Knight
Michael Cole announces a SummerSlam Battle Royal with both Raw and SmackDown superstars. We cut backstage with Adam Pearce talking on the phone about the SummerSlam Battle Royal.
In comes LA Knight. He tells Pearce that after last week’s debacle, he is looking at the biggest mistep by not having the biggest rising star in WWE history at SummerSlam. If he wants the SummerSlam Battle Royal to mean something, he should have LA Knight in it. In come The Brawling Brutes. Sheamus tells Pearce to tell LA Knight that at the SummerSlam Battle Royal, he will have to fight like his life depends on it. Because they only produce bangers after bangers after bangers after bangers. LA Knight tells Sheamus he will get banged on the head and Pearce announces both of them in the SummerSlam Battle Royal. And that they will go one on one next week on SmackDown.