WWE Friday Night SmackDown continues. After that opening segment, we now have our first match of the night, WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman taking on the Miz in a non-title match.
WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman vs. The Miz (Non-title)
Miz tries to attack but to no avail. Waistlock, but he can’t get anything off of it, Braun clobbers him. Power whip into the corner sends him bouncing painfully to the mat. Strowman whips him to the ropes, drops him with a big shoulder tackle. Braun hits the Coconuts Crush, atleast I think that’s what some of the games called it. Miz low bridges Strowman to the floor, gets him with a running knee when Braun tries to re-enter. Morrison runs off the steps for a wild Flying Chuck to take him down! I assume the ref missed it, perhaps a fly drifted by his face.
Miz pursues Strowman and side steps to send him barreling into the steps! Back into the ring, Miz up top and hits a Flying Double Axe Handle. Tries a second one but Strowman catches him out of the air, wants a Running Powerslam! Miz escapes out the back, low dropkick to the shins! Yes Kick hits, tries for his Snap DDT but Strowman grabs him to block it, drives him into the corner, Biel Throw! Morrison up on the apron but gets taken to the floor with a quick right hand! Suplex toss to Miz! Strowman roars! Hoists him up and puts a little emphasis on the Running Powerslam for the victory!
Winner: Braun Strowman
Strowman celebrates. Morrison takes up a microphone. Says he wanted a singles match tonight, a tag match last week but at Backlash they’re challenging him to a match that we know he can’t do! A handicap match against the both of them, for the Universal Championship! That is a hilarious challenge, they have zero right to that match and absolutely no reason in the world to be getting it, but of course Strowman accepts!
This is also funny because it’s playing off the fact that Strowman lost his Intercontinental title in a 3-on-1 handicap match so they’re gonna be acting like Braun just can’t deal with the numbers by himself. Of course 2-on-1 is quite quantifiably easier than 3-on-1. I feel like challenges shouldn’t de-escalate like that but whatever, he’ll prove he can hang with this.
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