We’re just under two weeks away from Hell in a Cell and tonight on Smackdown Live, not only did another match get added to the card, but FOUR of them did.
What matches got added you ask? Find out in this recap of Smackdown Live!!!
If you’ve been out of the loop the past few weeks, Kevin Owens has had enough of Shane McMahon and his authority on the Smackdown Live brand. Smackdown Live starts tonight with a recap of the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. From Shane McMahon telling Kevin Owens what happens when you mess with the McMahon family to Kevin Owens violent attack on the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Smackdown Live tonight hails from Glendale, Arizona and I must say this crowd was a quiet one. There were a few instances where they came alive, but overall they were silent. The show starts off with Kevin Owens and the question that many in the WWE Universe wonder is that does KO fully understand what he’s done and what he’s getting himself into?
Kevin Owens starts off by saying that he was called a coward for his actions and for not being in attendance for Smackdown Live last week. Owens however makes it known that he’s standing in the ring right now and that he’s standing in the land of opportunity so Owens calls out Shane McMahon telling him here’s your opportunity, where are you? Owens then comes to the realization that McMahon is a coward. Owens goes on stating how he respects and actually likes Shane’s father Vince McMahon and Shane saw first hand what Owens did to a man he liked and respected so imagine what he’d do to someone he didn’t like or respect.
“Worlds Apart” starts playing and Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring with a microphone in hand. Zayn asks Owens if he knows what he’s done? Zayn goes on telling Owens that when he snaps, it never ends well such as headbutting Vince McMahon. Zayn admits he’s out there against his better judgment, but he warns his former friend that he’s about to cross a line that he’s never crossed before and if he crosses it there’s no coming back. Sami isn’t talking about KO’s wrestling career, but his life and his family and he needs to stop what he’s doing now
before it’s too late.
Owens tells Zayn that he’s cool and not too worry about his family. KO then makes sure to remind the Underdog from the Underground that he’s a former United States, Intercontinental, and Universal Champion while his nemesis has accomplished none of those things. Owens then says that he’s going to make Shane McMahon regret bringing him to Smackdown Live. KO goes onto Zayn again asking him if he’s done anything that had the impact of his skull busting open Vince McMahon had? Zayn admits that he hasn’t had the success in WWE that Owens has had, but Zayn tells Owens that he cut corners to get where is. Zayn admits he may not be doing great right now, but he’s going to keep doing things the right way. Sami then tells KO that he may have won titles, but when he looks in the mirror he doesn’t see a piece of trash staring back at him.
“Flight Of The Valkyries” plays meaning only one thing, general manager Daniel Bryan comes out to tell Kevin Owens that Shane McMahon isn’t here and might be better for him if he isn’t, but he does know someone who’s here at Smackdown Live tonight that wants to fight and our main event for the evening has been booked. Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens.
Great opening segment! WWE is clearly committed to making Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon the featured match at Hell in a Cell and I’m invested. The build for this match has been fantastic and now they’re giving Sami Zayn a chapter in this story. It’s no secret Zayn and Owens have had a long storied past and even Zayn is somewhat concerned where KO is going with his sinister plan. I usually don’t like seeing the same wrestlers fight frequently, but because of this promo tonight, I’m invested for another round in the Zayn vs Owens series.
Baron Corbin Vs Tye Dillinger
Our first match for Smackdown Live is Baron Corbin vs Tye Dillinger. Right as Dillinger gets to the ring “Phenomenal” hits as the WWE United States Champion AJ Styles makes his way ringside. Corbin is distracted by the Phenomenal One’s presence giving Dillinger the jump on Corbin as Smackdown Live cuts to commercial.
During the break, Corbin takes his time on the outside getting back into the ring. Dillinger takes down Corbin with a Lou Thesz Press beating on Corbin before the Lone Wolf rolls to the outside and baits the Perfect Ten to the outside and smashes him off the post on the outside. Corbin then takes advantage of Dillinger by throwing him into the barricade and starts heckling the Glendale fans in attendance. Dillinger starts building up momentum, but Corbin stops it and stares down the fans.
The commercial break is over and Dillinger goes for a roll up pin, but only scores a two. Corbin then gets the upper hand again and takes Tye down with a chokeslam backbreaker. Styles at the commentary table starts yelling at Baron Corbin in the ring. Dillinger hits Corbin with a superkick and then they end up outside again. Corbin charges towards Dillinger, but misses hitting his shoulder off the steel steps. Tye throws Baron back into the ring and attempts the Tye Breaker, but Corbin escapes. Corbin then takes some water and throws it on AJ Styles. Corbin then takes Dillinger as he goes after Corbin and throws him into Styles. Both men are down as Corbin returns to the ring to pick up a countout victory over Tye Dillinger as the Perfect Ten didn’t make it back in time. Corbin nails Dillinger with a big boot for efforts and escapes before AJ Styles confronts him.
WINNER: Baron Corbin by countout
As Corbin reaches the stage, he tells AJ Styles that he should feel dumb for working with Dillinger trying to beat him when they can’t. Corbin tells Styles that he can’t beat him one on one and that he wants him at Hell in a Cell for the WWE United States Championship.
After the break, AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin for the WWE United States Championship has been
confirmed for Hell in a Cell.
Decent first match. I like that Dillinger lost by countout so this keeps him looking strong while giving Corbin momentum before his match with Styles at Hell in a Cell. Little disappointed though this match wasn’t made a triple threat at Hell in a Cell being Dillinger has been involved with Styles and Corbin the past few weeks. More than likely it looks like the Perfect Ten will be on the sidelines come Hell in a Cell while the US title will be decided between Styles and Corbin.
Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers are in the ring and Mahal says that he respects Mahal and considers him a worthy opponent and he will compliment the Artist. Jinder states that he heard Shinsuke was reportedly upset about the comments made about him the past few weeks and used the Titantron to show another picture of Nakamura. The Mahajara called himself superior to Nakamura and showed another picture of Nakamura that was supposed to show him in fear. Mahal showed another picture of Nakamura that was supposed to be his reaction after losing at Hell in a Cell. However the picture is moving and Nakamura says he’s looking at you and he’s
here at Smackdown Live.
The arena goes black and “The Rising Sun” plays as Nakamura heads to the ring. The Singh Brothers go to ambush Shinsuke, but they come short. Mahal takes advantage of the distraction and throws Nakamura into a pole. He then throws Nakamura into the ring. Nakamura however turns the tide and looks for a Kinshasa, but the Singh Brothers return. Nakamura disposes of them and the segment ends with Nakamura nailing Jinder Mahal with the Kinshasa.
This feud is supposed to be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. You would assume with Hell in a Cell that the major title would be defended inside it, but that isn’t the case here. I personally feel this Jinder Mahal title run is a complete flop and WWE needs to put the belt on somebody else. This feud feels more like a midcard title feud in my book and even then this feud is just poorly written. I really hope Nakamura leaves Hell in a Cell as the champion, but what I want to happen and what is going to happen are two completely different things.
“New Day, New Way” starts playing only meaning one thing, the WWE World Tag Team Champions are here! New Day heads ringside as we go to commercial.
The Usos vs The Hype Bros.
The next match is the Usos vs the Hype Bros. This was a quick match. Mojo starts hot, but ends up getting double teamed by the Usos. New Day in the front row start a Mojo chant. Zack Ryder gets tagged in and lands a flapjack, but takes an elbow to the face, but recovers by delivering a neckbreaker. Mojo gets back into the action, but the Usos in blink of an eye take control and finish the match off quick with a splash from the top rope to get the pinfall.
WINNERS: The Usos by pinfall
Usos then grab the mics and tell New Day that they think everything is a game and a joke. They proceed to tell New Day they belong on the sidelines with the rest of the chumps and they are what a real tag team looks like and that they’re looking at the five time tag team champs. Kofi then asks the Usos who are they talking to? Tells the Usos they talk big game for guys who just lost the tag titles. Big E chimes in about the Uso Penitentiary. This leads Xavier to tell the Usos that the New Day doesn’t want to just defend the WWE World Tag Team Championship at
Hell in a Cell, but they want to defend the titles inside Hell in a Cell. Usos seem pleased with that challenge as the segment ends.
Clearly this segment was more about proceeding with the New Day vs Usos feud than it was with the match between Usos and Hype Bros. Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder played the role of enhancement talent to elevate the Usos and probably one step closer to the dissolution of Mojo and Zack. Either or, I’m excited about the idea we’re getting the New Day and Usos inside Hell in a Cell. These two tag teams have been the bar of the tag team division on Smackdown Live and this is a perfect place to once in for all settle this long ongoing feud. I also question if there are any other actual tag teams on Smackdown Live???
We come back with Aiden English in the ring introducing Rusev for this random celebration Smackdown Live is having for Rusev. Rusev makes his way to the ring with a Bulgarian flag which gets the Glendale fans going with a USA chant. Some guy in the ring is reading some scroll Aiden English is holding in Bulgarian? As Rusev stands on a podium. Rusev receives a key and September 26 will forever be known as Rusev Day. Rusev then brags about his nine second victory over Randy Orton last week and claims Smackdown Live is his jungle now. Aiden English then sang a song in honor of Rusev Day. Out of nowhere Rusev struck hitting Randy like a truck. It’s Rusev Day, It’s Rusev Day. And with Randy’s nine second fail, Rusev became the alpha male. It’s Rusev Day, It’s RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Orton then follows up with a RKO to Rusev after taking out English. Corey Graves is relieved that the mayor of some Bulgarian city is okay.
Daniel Bryan is backstage with Sami Zayn and Bryan tells him that Shane McMahon is on his way and he’s coming after Kevin Owens. Sami wants Daniel to call Shane and tell him not to get involved, interfere, or attack and that he has his opportunity at Hell in a Cell. Sami would love to face Kevin inside Hell in a Cell, but he doesn’t have that chance so let him have tonight.
Randy Orton sees Renee Young backstage and tells her that he’ll see Rusev at Hell in a Cell and wishes her a Happy Rusev Day.
Another match has been made official for Hell in a Cell, but will it last more than a few seconds? Randy Orton and Rusev are set to cross paths again and I fear only the worst for Rusev. Face Randy Orton is the most bland generic character ever, but I honestly don’t know if a heel turn would save him at this point in the game. Meanwhile I will say I’m intrigued by a possible pairing of Rusev and Aiden English. Smackdown Live needs tag teams and Rusev can only do the foreign heel United States title thing so many times so a tag division run with English may not be the worst idea in the world? Guess we’ll see where this ends up.
Charlotte vs Carmella
Charlotte vs Carmella is next up on Smackdown Live. Before this match takes place, there’s a recap of last week where Charlotte won the number one contender match therefore earning a WWE Smackdown Women’s title match against Natalya at Hell in a Cell. Before Carmella enters the ring, she ties James Ellsworth to the ringpost like a dog? The match is underway and Charlotte dominates early, but Ellsworth distracts Charlotte giving Carmella the advantage as Smackdown Live heads to commercial.
During the break, Carmella knocks Charlotte back into the corner and starts taunting. This gives Charlotte momentum back and she starts hitting Carmella with the Flair chops followed by the Flair strut. Carmella leaves the ring and as Charlotte gives chase, Ellsworth again with the distraction leads to Carmella nailing Charlotte with a superkick. Carmella throws Charlotte inside the ring for a pin, but Charlotte kicks out. Carmella then puts Charlotte headfirst into the ropes and put her weight on to choke Charlotte. Carmella follows up with a series of punches before going for another pinfall, but Charlotte kicks out. Carmella then continues her attack smashing
Charlotte’s head off the mat, off the turnbuckle pads, then taunts her as she lies helpless in the
Smackdown Live returns from commercial break where Carmella slaps Charlotte and goes for another pin, but fails. Carmella continues on the offense with some elbows followed by a sleeper hold. Another pin attempt, but Charlotte kicked out again. Carmella starts telling the Glendale fans to shut up! Carmella pulls Charlotte down by the hair which gets he scolded by the ref. Carmella goes up top for a crossbody and another pin, but kickout by Charlotte. Carmella goes for a roll up, but kickout. Carmella with a reverse DDT followed by a pin, Charlotte kicks out again. Carmella starts getting frustrated and pounds the mat. Charlotte then in a blink of an eye takes control of the match and within an instant hits Carmella with a big boot to earn a pinfall victory.
WINNER: Charlotte by pinfall
“New Foundation” plays as Natalya is on the stage with a microphone. She tells Charlotte that she’s happy to know that her father is recovering and actually nothing makes her happier knowing that her dad gets to watch and see his overrated daughter fail wooooooo.
I will say this was a nice match to see in the women’s division. Don’t recall the last time Carmella and Charlotte went at it one on one so kudos to something fresh. Only complaint was that Carmella carried the majority of this match on offense and then instantly loses in one move, let alone a big boot which isn’t one of Charlotte’s finishers unless something changed? I do like Natalya coming out in the end though and getting right to the point with her promo. Natalya and Charlotte when given the opportunity have had some great matches and I can see them having another epic clash at Hell in a Cell.
Fashion Files return to Smackdown Live next week. All I have to say is about time.
Undertaker music plays, of course anyone that has been watching Smackdown Live the past few weeks knew what was coming and sure enough it was Zigglertaker. Corey Graves was clearly offended at the disrespect by Ziggler towards the future Hall of Famer. Ziggler tells the Glendale fans that you looked like you seen a ghost. This prompted probably the loudest reaction from the mostly quiet crowd all night as the fans chanted YOU SUCK at Ziggler. Ziggler then goes on saying how the fans should’ve seen the looks on their faces thinking they’d see the Undertaker twice in one year. Dolph says that anyone can put on a Halloween costume and hobble like a zombie, but no one can do what he does in this ring.
All the sudden, the lights go out and “Glorious Domination” starts playing! After a few weeks absent from Smackdown Live, Bobby Roode returns! Roode makes his way to the ring to tell Ziggler that he’s an amazing in ring competitor, but also a hypocrite for a guy who doesn’t care what the WWE Universe thinks. Roode tells Ziggler that they’re alot alike and demand respect in the ring and claim to be the greatest in history so he asks Ziggler to back up that claim and face him at Hell in a Cell.
Ziggler responds saying he doesn’t care what the fans think and tells Roode that he’s everything that’s wrong in WWE. Ziggler goes to finish with you want a match with me, you’re on brother! Don’t smile too fast, anyone who steps in the ring with me they rest in…….Roode cuts Ziggler off and finishes the sentence by saying Hell in a Cell is going to be absolutely GLORIOUS!!!
I’m a fan of these Dolph Ziggler parodies. Say what you want, but Dolph Ziggler was going nowhere before he started doing this. Whether you love or hate what he’s doing, you’re talking about him again. However it appears Ziggler is going to be playing the role of recent NXT callup enhancement talent again here at Hell in a Cell with Bobby Roode. I for one find it strange Bobby Roode is playing a face, hopefully this doesn’t last. Roode is such a better heel.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn
It’s time for the main event! Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens. Right when the bell rings, these two start throwing rapid fists at each other. KO though gets the upper hand with some kicks. Owens clotheslines Zayn in the corner which KO follows up with the cannonball to a seated Sami Zayn in the corner. The former best friends then take the action outside where Owens throws Zayn into a barricade. Owens then smashes Zayn’s head off the barricade. Referee Charles Robinson tells them to get in the ring. Owens and Zayn end up back in the ring and Owens
bounces off the ropes only to end up receiving a clothesline from Zayn. Zayn though however just when things go his way gets dumped to the outside by KO. Owens heads to the outside and charges at Zayn, but Zayn delivers another clothesline to Owens. The camera the switches to the backstage area where Shane McMahon has just arrived before heading to commercial.
Smackdown Live returns as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn continue their main event battle inside the ring. Zayn goes for a high risk move, but misses and ends up receiving a superkick from Owens. Owens goes for the cover, but Zayn kicks out. During the break, Zayn delivered a brutal vertical suplex to Owens on the apron outside the ropes. Zayn takes control of the match again bouncing off the ropes and delivering a DDT to Owens. Owens recovers by hitting another superkick then throwing Zayn into the ropes and throws him up for the Pop Up Powerbomb, but
Zayn leaps above Owens and takes him down with a Blue Thunder Bomb. Owens kicks out, but Owens finds himself in the corner. Zayn measures up for the Helluva Kick, but Owens rolls to the outside. Zayn then charges towards Owens and goes for the suicide dive tornado DDT thru the ringpost, but gets rewarded with a superkick for his troubles. Owens then grabs Zayn and powerbombs him onto the side of the ring. Charles Robinson realizing Zayn can’t continue calls for the bell ending the match.
WINNER: Kevin Owens by forfeit
Robinson calls for help while Kevin Owens sits on the announcers table at ringside. Some of the Glendale fans start a ONE MORE TIME chant wanting Owens to deliver another powerbomb to Zayn. Sami tries to get to his feet on his own, but can’t do it. Owens in his disturbing calm demeanor all the sudden runs towards Zayn and takes him out again as the medics started helping him up the aisle. Owens then grabs a steel chair and puts it around the neck of Sami Zayn. Before Owens does any major damage, “Here Comes the Money” plays and Shane McMahon makes his way towards Owens. Owens throws Zayn into McMahon and runs into the crowd. Shane gets in the ring and tells Owens to come back down. McMahon and Owens start pointing at each other and Owens waves bye bye and blows a kiss to McMahon as the show comes to a close.
Can’t go wrong with a Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens match no matter how many times we see it. It’s nice to see Zayn get a main event opportunity again, even though he’ll sadly get left off the Hell in a Cell card. Granted I liked how he was used tonight to carry along the Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon storyline. Plus I liked the finish of the main event. We’re see the sadistic side of Kevin Owens coming out again and I think we’re in for a treat at Hell in a Cell when he faces Shane McMahon.
RATING: 7 out of 10 stars!!! One of the better Smackdown Live episodes I watched in recent memory. We got a solid opening promo that hyped the main event and it delivered. The foundation of Hell in a Cell is being built and all the stories are either progressing or new seeds are being planted. Got decent matches from Corbin vs Dillinger and a fresh women’s match which is rare these days in Carmella vs Charlotte. Plus we got Bobby Roode back tonight which was a win in my eyes!
However, the Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura feud is not catching on and for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, this is a major disappointment. Nothing against Usos, but their match against Hype Bros wasn’t nothing to get excited about being it’s purpose was a quick squash. Rusev vs Orton does nothing for me and I’m a big Rusev fan, but feuding with a face Orton kills any interest I have.
Next week is the go home show before Hell in a Cell so I’m anxious to see what’s in store next week. Thanks for reading my recap on this episode of Smackdown Live. Follow me on Twitter @Chairmanpodcast and I look forward to hearing your feedback. What did you like, what did you hate about this episode of Smackdown Live?