Last night’s SmackDown had a huge matchup on the card featuring the number one pick from WWE Draft 2019 edition. None other than Roman Reigns returned to the title picture by challenging the Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura over his title. It was also going to be the main event of the night unless an interference has occurred by the 2019 King of the Ring winner. It turned out to be the sole reason why Nakamura was able to escape with the title after the match.
Roman Reigns vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was the opening contest of SmackDown Live as per the earlier confirmations by WWE,
“Can The King of Strong Style continue cashing the checks that Zayn’s mouth writes? Or will Reigns end Nakamura’s reign and begin his own championship run to kick off the new era of SmackDown? Tune in for Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to see the thrilling Intercontinental Championship Match.”
Despite Sami Zayn’s presence at the ringside, The Big Dog was in firm control of the match landing his pendant Superman Punch on the IC Champion. He was about to go for the Spear when King Corbin arrived at the scene and hit him with the scepter. It led to the disqualification of the contest.
A three-on-one mugging was about to begin on Roman Reigns, afterward unless Daniel Bryan would appear to make the save. He ran out to neutralize the number-games to an extent. But ultimately the heels prevailed as Nakamura hit the Kinshasa on Bryan. But this set up another huge tag team match on SmackDown.
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan teamed up on SmackDown after Hell in a Cell 2019 to take on the team of King Corbin and Nakamura. The heels controlled for the most part of the match with their mean streaks until Reigns put down Corbin with a massive spear at the outside. Bryan hit some YES kicks to the IC Champ before giving the Running Knee to him. This ensured a pinfall win for him which may earn him a future title shot, as well.