WWE SmackDown 1000 results: Batista, Rey Mysterio and Vince McMahon return and there's a shock title change
Note: This article contains full show match results and video highlights from WWE SmackDown Live, broadcast from the Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC on October 16, 2018.
All the talk in the WWE Universe is still about whether or not WWE Crown Jewel will go ahead, and if it will be moved from Saudi Arabia.
Whatever happens on November 2 though, the show must go on, and last night in DC was a very special occasion.
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Read on for four things we learned during the 1000th episode of SmackDown Live.
1. Batista and Triple H still have unfinished business and we wouldn’t bet against a match at WrestleMania 35
Of all the people to have left the WWE in recent years, the one who has moved on in the most successful and public way is Dave Batista.
As Dave Bautista, he’s taken Hollywood by storm. Not many people would have predicted that the Evolution man would have done quite as well as he’s managed.
It’s not just playing Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, either. He’s been a top Bond henchman and a Blade Runner bad guy, too among a host of other roles.
It wasn’t a given that he’d drop by last night, but we’re delighted that he did.
And what better way to mark the occasion than a full reunion of Evolution: Ric Flair, Triple H, Randy Orton and Big Dave.
They all had some banter, before the tension seemed to get very real between Batista and Triple H, and we certainly wouldn’t bet against a match at WrestleMania 35.
On his last run in the WWE, Big Dave wasn’t exactly welcomed back with loving arms (we all remember Boo-tista…), but he earned his way back into the hearts of the WWE Universe by the time of his departure.
If he does come back for another run, this time it’ll be cheers from the very start.
2. Rey Mysterio is back back back and going to the WWE World Cup
After some time away from the WWE, Rey Mysterio has made a couple of brief returns already this year, both in Battle Royals.
He was a shock entrant in this year’s Royal Rumble and chalked up one elimination (Adam Cole, bay-bay) before Finn Bálor eliminated him.
And he also appeared in the Greatest Royal Rumble match in Saudi Arabia more recently, again managing an elimination when he tossed Luke Gallows, but losing out to Baron Corbin.
But last night he seemingly returned for good, and was placed in a WWE World Cup qualifying match against Shinsuke Nakamura.
The WWE United States Champion hasn’t done much on the Blue Brand recently, and Rey took advantage of any rustiness by finishing things off with an impressive flurry capped by a powerful 619.
Also on last night’s show, The Miz got a victory against Rusev in their WWE World Cup Qualifier, thanks to a little bit of interference from ex-Rusev Day singer Aiden English.
English felt the wrath of Rusev soon after, but it was all too late, and the Bulgarian missed out on a spot in Saudi.
The WWE World Cup lineup is now complete: John Cena, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and Rey Mysterio.
3. The Bar are WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions for the first time after a shock win over The New Day with a little bit of help from Big Show
Big Show returned to the WWE last week in a losing effort against Randy Orton, and even though he didn’t have a match at SmackDown 1000 he certainly made his presence felt.
In the only title match of the evening, The New Day defended the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship against (who else?) The Bar.
It was an evenly-fought contest, as it always is between these two teams, when Big Show dropped by and dropped Kofi Kingston with a massive Chokeslam.
Sheamus took advantage of all the hullabaloo to hit Big E with a massive Brogue Kick and win straps for The Bar.
While it feels like they’ve been on-and-off champs, it’s actually the very first time Sheamus and Cesaro have become WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
They’ve been Raw Tag Team Champions a whopping four times, having first taken the belts from (who else?) The New Day back in December 2016.
This battle has raged for two years now, and the matches are always stone cold classics.
We’ve often called for new blood in the SDLive Tag Team division, and we’d still like some fresh-faced contenders, but we’ll never complain about the quality in the ring when these five are involved.
4. Vince McMahon, Edge and The Undertaker drop by on a relatively understated SmackDown 1000 that hit the right notes
Just like the much more sprawling two-venue Raw 25, SmackDown 1000 was a clever mix of old and new.
We had the proper movement of current affairs with two WWE World Cup qualifiers and the tag belts changing hands, as well as the possible resparking of an old rivalry between Batista and Triple H.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair also continued the war of words before their upcoming Last Woman Standing match at WWE Evolution with a little help from Edge.
Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles were on the same side of the ring for a change in a losing effort against The Usos, who’ll probably be a bit miffed they didn’t get a chance at tag gold on a night when they were clearly in great form.
And the show was bookended by perhaps the two biggest figures in WWE history: Vince McMahon opened the show with an appearance on Truth TV, and The Undertaker closed it with some words of warning for DX.
John Cena and, er, James Ellsworth made video appearances, but conspicuous by his absence was The Rock, who unlike Batista was just too busy to contribute to the 1000th episode of the show he basically named.
But despite (or because) it was more of a standard episode with sprinkles than anything too crazily ambitious, SD1000 felt like a much more compact, well-delivered special than Raw’s recent 25-year celebration.
WWE SmackDown Live full show match results – Tuesday, October 16, 2018
- Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles vs The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)
WINNERS: The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: The Miz vs Rusev
WINNER: The Miz
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) (Big E and Xavier Woods, with Kofi Kingston) vs The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus)
WINNERS and NEW WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus)
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Rey Mysterio vs Shinsuke Nakamura
WINNER: Rey Mysterio
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