Paige is in the ring and she introduces the Smackdown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch. Becky says when you are the hottest thing in the industry, any time away is a bad thing. She invaded Raw, she fought and she bled. She was on Smackdown and The Survivor Series and tried to fight but she was held back. Becky says she is putting herself back in the ring. Becky says she had to watch someone else fight Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series and she wants to deal with it now.
Becky asks for Charlotte Flair to come to the ring. Becky says she told Charlotte to give the beating she would have given Ronda, but she almost did it. If she did it, Ronnie wouldn’t be standing. It took you channeling the Man to take it to Ronda. Charlotte says she wasn’t trying to be Becky, she was being herself, the seven time women’s champion and the only woman on either roster capable of giving Ronda the beating she deserves. Charlotte says she is more capable because she is genetically superior and she has the mindset to do any solitary thing to get the job done.
Becky says Charlotte went from copying her old man to The Man. She is a bootleg Becky and Charlotte is no longer pretending. Charlotte says Nia Jax must have hit you harder than she thought. You went from quirky to delusional. You are copying her old man and still riding her coattails. Charlotte says the Queen stands out in the crowd and she will be at TLC. She was the one born ready. Charlotte says she did not fight for Becky, she fought for herself. She will fight Becky right now.
Paige tells both of them to shut up and be quiet. Paige says she hasn’t seen this much fire from Charlotte since Becky. She has not seen anyone with that much desire. Charlotte will get her title match against Becky. It will be a TLC match.
Mandy Rose’s music interrupts and she is joined by Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce. Mandy says this is a joke. How dare you say that no one has shown the desire that Charlotte has. Everyone is talking about what Charlotte did to Ronda. Any one of them could have done the exact same thing. Any of them deserve a title match. You gave up on Absolution and you are giving opportunities to your old friends.
Naomi’s music interrupts and she is joined by Asuka, Lana, and Carmella. Naomi heard what Mandy had to say and they agree. You are not questioning her desire. The entire Smackdown roster is packed with talent. Any one of them can be champion. Becky says she will take on any of them. Paige says that this is the passion she is talking about. Each woman on the roster will be in a Battle Royal and the winner will be added to the match at TLC.
Match Number Three: Number One Contender Battle Royal
The participants in the match are Carmella, Naomi, Lana, Asuka, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and Zelina Vega. They pair off and Sonya attacks Lana from behind and she kicks Lana to the floor. Zelina is pulled off the apron and is eliminated. Zelina pulls Lana off the apron and clotheslines her.
We are back and Peyton and Billie try to eliminate Carmella. Lana comes back into the ring and she stops Billie and Peyton. Lana puts Billie on the top rope but Peyton stops her. Peton and Billie eliminate Lana. They celebrate their elimination and Asuka is waiting for them. Asuka with a hip attack to Billie and a pop up knee to Peyton. Billie and Peyton are sent to the apron and Asuka takes care of both of them with a hip attack.
Carmella with a thrust kick to Asuka. Carmella sends Asuka into the turnbuckles. Asuka puts Carmella on the apron and Asuka with forearms and strikes. Carmella ducks and screams. Asuka says everything is okay and she kicks Carmella off the apron. Mandy and Sonya attack Asuka but Naomi helps Asuka. Mandy with a knee to Asuka. Sonya and Mandy try to eliminate Asuka but Naomi makes the save. Naomi with forearms to Mandy. Naomi with Rear View to Mandy followed by a springboard round kick to Sonya. Naomi goes for a head scissors but Mandy blocks it and sends Naomi to the apron. Mandy goes to the apron too and Naomi with a split and she sends Mandy into the ring post to eliminate her.
Sonya eliminates Naomi and we are down to the final two with Sonya Deville and Asuka. Sonya has kicks blocked while Asuka with a kick. Sonya with a double leg take down. Asuka is sent to the apron and Mandy tries to eliminate Asuka but Asuka with a sliding knee on the apron. Asuka with kicks and Asuka tries to suplex Sonya over the top rope to the floor. They both go to the apron and Asuka with a forearm. Sonya with a forearm of her own. They both connect with kicks and both hold on to the ropes. Asuka with a pop up knee to eliminate Sonya.
Charlotte Flair made her way to the ring. Flair smiled. A fan yelled, “Thank you Charlotte” and she said, “Yes, thank me.” She said she put the baddest beating of the so-called baddest woman on the planet and she is so proud of it. She asked Ronda Rousey is she was looking at her bruises and welts and walking a little shower. She Smasaid if Ronda was looking for an apology, she’s not going to get it. Flair said she enjoyed every second of beating her ass. She said it was for her locker room and the champ. She spent half her career fighting against Becky Lynch and she fought at Survivor Series for Becky Lynch. Lynch told her to give Ronda the beating that she would have and Charlotte did. Flair bragged that Rousey bowed down to the Queen.
Smackdown GM Paige came out and said she didn’t have to apologize. Paige said that she and everyone loved it. Paige said that on Raw, Ronda said she was going to find Flair and take care of her. Flair said that if she sticks her nose in her business again, she’s going to put Rousey’s hair in a chair again and stomp it a million times. Flair said no one can stop her. Paige reminded her she put her hands on five WWE officials, so she has no choice but to fine Flair $100,000.
Before Flair really had a chance to respond, out came The IIconics. Peyton began staring lifelessly. Billie asked her what was wrong, then figured out that she was imitating Charlotte Flair on Sunday. They began mocking Flair, then said they know that they are Paige’s favorites. Flair said that she was ready to help them find out and offered to face one of them right now.
Charlotte Flair vs. Billie Kay
Flair was aggressive with chops early and brought Kay down with a side headlock, grinding again. Flair nails a series of kneedrops and Kaye was already on the ropes. Flair took her down and went for the figure four but Kay scrambled for the ropes to break up the attempt. Kaye retreated to the floor. Flair smiled and followed out and back to the ring. Kay returned to the floor, but this time when Charlotte followed, she was caught with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Flair caught her with an O’Connor Roll but was sent into the buckle when Kay kicked up. Peyton worked over Flair on the corner as Kaye distracted the referee.
Flair came back with a Fall Away Slam, followed by Natural Selection for the pin.
Your winner, Charlotte Flair.
Flair said that wasn’t enough for her and challenged Royce to face her. Royce looked like she didn’t want to wrestle. She finally agreed but entered the ring with great trepidation. Royce then exited immediately.
Charlotte Flair vs. Peyton Royce
Flair finally attacked her and drilled her into the corner, nailing several shoulderblocks. Royce kicked her away but Flair almost immediately regained control and tossed her to the floor. Flair met her with chops against the barricade.
Royce gained control and yanked her down by the hair. She kicked at Flair, then tossed her into the ring, scoring a near fall. Royce drilled her with a right hand and scored another pinfall attempt. Flair finally caught her with a big boot. Flair went for a slam but Billie Kay attacked Flair from behind.
Your winner, Charlotte Flair by DQ!
The IIconics worked over Flair. The crowd chanted for Becky Lynch. They went to the floor to get a steel chair but the WWE staffer at ringside didn’t want to hand it over That delay gave Flair enough time to recover and spear them both on the floor. Flair began beating Kay’s head into the announcers’ table, the followed suit with Royce. She then did it to each of them at the same time. Flair ran Kay into the ringside barricade and drilled her with a hard knee.
Royce was run into the steel stairs at ringside. Kay was snatched up and tossed over one of the announcing tables. Royce was then tossed over the table as well. Flair stepped up on the table, extended her arms and told everyone to “Bow down.”
Paige announced from center-ring that she was going to call out the Smackdown Women’s Roster. Charlotte came out first and then the others. Finally, Becky Lynch walked out with a badly bruised left side her face. She didn’t look happy, understandably so (storyline and real-life). A loud “Becky!” chant rang out as she got ready to speak. She thanked the fans. “I’m angry as hell right now,” she said. “I took a good beating last night, but that’s never stopped me before.” She said the medical team won’t clear her to fight on Sunday. She said she’s been angrily knocking on doors, hoping someone will let her fight, but she’s run out of time. She said what she did to Ronda Rousey last night was just a taste of what she’d do to her at Survivor Series. She said even with a broken face and a severe concussion, she “could still kick Rondy’s ass.” She told Ronda, “You’re not the baddest bitch on the planet, you’re the luckiest.”
She said she now had to pick her replacement, someone she knows can get the job done. She walked past the IIconics, then Charlotte, then Naomi, Lana, and Asuka. Asuka said, “Pick me, I’m ready!” Fans cheered. Then she walked up to Mandy Rose and Carmella. Carmella spoke up. Becky told Charlotte to make Ronda tap out the way she was going to make her tap out. She shook Charlotte’s hand. Then they hugged. Byron said at one time they were best friends. Charlotte got emotional. The rest of the women, except for the IIconics, wished Charlotte luck. The IIconics half-heartedly clapped.
Naomi and Asuka versus Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Before the match starts, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce make their way to the ring and they have something to say. Billie says she is so excited. Peyton asks what is exciting about Newark. Billie says she was talking about Sunday and Evolution. Petyon says they will make history by winning the battle royal and it will be Iiconic.
Lana’s music plays and she makes her way to the ring.
Before she can speak, Carmella makes her way out. Carmella says no one wants to hear anyone talk, they want . . . A DANCE BREAK!!
Zelina Vega throws Carmella into the ring and everyone enters the ring. Carmella with a kick to Asuka. Naomi with a round kick to Carmella. Sonya with a spinebuster to Naomi. Peyton with a spinning heel kick to Lana in the corner. Vega throws Mandy over the top rope and then she hits a running double knee strike to Lana. Asuka comes up behind Vega and hits a spinning round kick to the temple.
The announcers run through the card for Evolution.
The IIconics arrive, but Naomi & Asuka interrupt them
Asuka and Naomi vs. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose
The IIconics join commentary. Asuka and Rose to begin during the commercial screen in screen. Deville rushes in and spears Asuka, and that allows the heels to work double teams. Back to full screen, and Deville grounds Asuka. Asuka fights back, hits a German, and we get wholesale changes to Rose and Naomi. Naomi runs wild, hits a RANA and knee strike, and the leg drop follows but Deville breaks that up and then tags in. Deville hits a running knee strike as Asuka makes the save. She dumps Rose and hits as ass attack. Naomi hits the disaster kick, Asuka tags in and they deliver kicks, and Asuka pins Deville.
Asuka & Naomi defeated Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose @ 3:55 via pin