The New Day appeared ready to coast into WWE Backlash, but Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro had other plans with a challenge for the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Kofi Kingston & Big E had it cooking early in the match, but The King of Strong Style stopped an aerial assault from the former WWE Champion with a well-timed knee and secured the pin.
A wild Intercontinental Championship Tournament culminated in an instant classic showdown as Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles battled for the title. In an epic clash, the two highly skilled competitors continually upped the ante with one impressive maneuver after another. Bryan appeared headed for another Intercontinental Title reign as he lined up a Running Knee, but The Phenomenal One caught his opponent, then hit a Styles Clash and a Phenomenal Forearm off the top ropes to hoist the prestigious title for the first time.
The Universal Champion gave a stern warning to Mr. Money in the Bank and his teammate ahead of their matchup with Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison. The alliance between Braun Strowman, Otis & Tucker appeared to be holding strong until King Corbin’s backstage approach of Mandy Rose forced The Workin’ Man Superstar to leave the ring and go after his peach. Otis returned to help the Strowman Express get rolling and finished off the massive win with a explosive Caterpillar to Ziggler.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro defeated The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (7:25)
- AJ Styles defeated Daniel Bryan in the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament Final Match to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship (38:10)
- Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery (Otis & Tucker) defeated The Miz, John Morrison & Dolph Ziggler in a Six Man Tag Team Match (11:10)
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- WWE Smackdown Live #1086 at CAGEMATCH.net
- WWE Smackdown Live #1086 at WWE.com
- [ Smackdown #1086 on WWE Network]