Michael Cole shows us video from the SmackDown Women's Title change last week and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair's appearance.
SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair vs. RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss
We go to the ring and out first comes SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair. We see more international announce teams in the arena tonight. RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss is out next.
The bell rings and they lock up. Flair sends Bliss to the mat and she rolls to the floor for an early breather. Flair tells Bliss to bring it. Bliss teases coming back in but she just taunts Flair. Bliss finally comes back in as they stare each other down. Fans do dueling chants. They lock up and Flair takes it to the ropes. The referee breaks them. They lock up again and Flair takes it to the corner. Bliss with a kick to the gut. They trade shots. Flair drops Bliss on the apron. Bliss yanks Charlotte to the floor by using her arm. We get a replay.
Bliss brings it back into the ring and covers for a 2 count. Bliss dropkicks Flair back out to the floor. Bliss with some trash talking and a dropkick into the steel steps. Bliss brings it back in for another 2 count. Bliss keeps Flair grounded now, putting an elbow into her ribs. Flair tries to fight back but Bliss drops her for another pin attempt. Bliss with several boots to the body. Bliss takes Flair back to the corner and talks some trash. Bliss with more stomps before yelling at the referee following a warning. Flair with an elbow to the mouth. They trade a pin attempt and Bliss sends Flair face first into the turnbuckle. Bliss goes right back to working on the ribs.
Flair blocks a move and suplexes Bliss into the turnbuckles. Flair goes to the top for a moonsault but she has to kick Bliss away. She stands up for the move but Bliss kicks her legs out. Flair gets hit again and ends up on her head on the mat. The referee checks on Flair as Bliss goes back to the top for Twisted Bliss. Flair rolls but Bliss hits her with knees to the ribs and covers for another pin attempt. Bliss shows frustration now. Flair counters a sunset flip and powers up with Bliss. Flair looks to turn it back around but Bliss counters with a pin attempt for a 2 count.
Bliss with another kick to the ribs. Bliss hits the sunset bomb for a 2 count. Flair blocks a DDT. They trade more shots now. Flair with chops. Bliss takes Flair down and tries for a guillotine. Bliss gets it locked in. Flair powers to her feet with the hold still applied. Flair turns that into a sitdown powerbomb for a 2 count. Flair goes for the Figure Four but Bliss punches her in the nose and stops it.
Flair charges with Natural Selection out of nowhere but Bliss kicks out just in time. Flair positions Bliss and steps on her. Flair goes to the top for a moonsault but Bliss rolls out of the way and Flair lands hard. Bliss with another 2 count. More back and forth. Bliss with more frustration. Flair ends up hitting a big spear but she can't get the pin. They're both down as fans count with the referee. Bliss with a running dropkick to the ribs in the corner. Bliss with kicks to the ribs now. The referee backs her off and checks on Flair. Bliss talks some trash and stands on Flair's back, then double stomps. Bliss goes to the top now.
Bliss goes for Twisted Bliss but Flair gets her knees up. Flair charges with a big boot to the face. Flair with the Figure Eight as the crowd pops. Bliss taps for the submission.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
After the match, Flair recovers and takes her title as the referee checks on Bliss. We go to replays. Flair stands tall as Bliss cries in the corner while clutching her title. SmackDown is up 3-2 now.
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