Tonight on Smackdown Live, another chapter in the Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler is written. After this match was booked last week, tonight these rivals look to settle things in the ring. Find out who was victorious? Also rumors were running wild that WWE Champion Jinder Mahal was going to issue a challenge at Survivor Series. Keep reading to find out who? Finally, best friends reunited Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn take to the ring to challenge some of Smackdown Live’s top superstars in the main event. If you’re curious to see who they faced and how they did, keep reading!
Smackdown Live hailed from Seattle, Washington tonight and they were hot for Daniel Bryan and rightfully so being he’s pretty much a hometown hero. Also I should note that Michael Cole filled in on commentary because Tom Phillips was on assignment. Daniel Bryan announced at the top of the show that there would be a six women tag match between Natalya, Tamina, and Lana taking on Naomi, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair. Bryan also covered Mahal’s announcement and the match between Roode and Ziggler. Bryan though wanted to address Sami Zayn. Zayn then made his way to the ring. Bryan asked if this is the Sami Zayn that he’s known for thirteen years?
Sami Zayn said that he’s still a great guy and that he took ownership of his career back and asked if this made him a bad guy for doing so? He thought Bryan of all people would understand. Bryan tries to tell Zayn he’s been in his shoes, but Zayn quickly tells Bryan they’re not the same. Some similarities yes such as they’re gifted in ring performers, well at least he still was. Zayn goes on about the YES movement, the Wrestlemania main event, and how the fans helped Daniel Bryan while they didn’t uphold their end of the agreement when it came to him. Sami then tells Daniel if he worked smarter and not harder then he wouldn’t have had to retire. This prompts the Seattle crowd to start a “SAMI SUCKS” chant. Zayn then tells Bryan he broke his body for the fans just to end up a Bella housewife.
Kevin Owens then comes out and is happy to see that Sami Zayn has seen the light and started to finally listen to what he’s been saying. Owens then tells Bryan that he’s become a hypocrite.
Bryan chimes in and tells Owens that he doesn’t care about Zayn and he’s proven it before and that he only cares about himself. Daniel then tells Kevin that he resents him because he’s doing what’s best for the fans and not best for him.
Owens then tells Bryan he does what’s best for business and that Daniel Bryan is now the Authority!!! Zayn agrees with Owens and tells Bryan that he became the very thing he spent his career fighting against and called him a sellout. Sami thanks Daniel for opening his eyes because what Bryan became could’ve been Zayn. Bryan had enough and left the ring which prompted Owens to ask where are you going? Then Owens said walking out of the arena is the best thing you got nowadays. Bryan then replies that he’s going to find a couple of dudes to punch you in the face.
Chairman’s Take: Great opening promo here!!! Owens and Zayn pretty much tore Bryan apart with this promo and the location couldn’t have been better for Zayn to get heat from the crowd. Owens and Zayn’s alliance has been one of the few recent bright spots on Smackdown Live lately.
Natalya, Tamina, and Lana vs Naomi, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair
Carmella joins the commentary team during this match which prompted the same usual questions regarding when is she cashing in her Money in the Bank briefcase? Naomi and Natalya start the match which leads to Natalya running to the outside. Naomi not waiting around leaps the ropes and takes out both Natalya and Tamina. After the break they show a highlight where Naomi took over the match with a Rear View, but then gets taken out by a Tamina superkick. Lana has control of the match for a bit and knocks Becky off the apron which upsets Charlotte. With the ref distracted by Charlotte, Naomi gets triple teamed in the other corner. Eventually Naomi tags in Charlotte and she starts her Flair chops on Lana. Charlotte unleashes a t-bone suplex which shortly after sets up the figure eight, but Natalya puts a stop to it. Becky takes Natalya out with a Bexploder Suplex. Becky gets superkicked by Tamina. Naomi hits the lateral press on Tamina. Lana tries a rollup pin with the tights, but fails and moments later finds herself tapping out to Charlotte’s Figure Eight.
WINNERS: Charlotte, Becky, and Naomi via submission
After the match Natalya drags Charlotte out of the ring and throws her into the commentary table. Nattie goes for a chair, but Charlotte kicks her. Natalya runs away as Charlotte chases her down with the chair.
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: The match wasn’t a classic by any means, but it did progress the feud between Natalya and Charlotte and it got all the Smackdown Live ladies on the show. Carmella didn’t get involved in the action at all making us wait another week for a possible cash in.
Daniel Bryan backstage tells Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens that their opponents in the main event of Smackdown Live will be Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Breezango and Ascension are involved in another comedy segment Pulp Fashion. Ascension are convinced 2B is the Bludgeon Brothers, but Breezango are still on the case.
Baron Corbin vs Sin Cara
Baron Corbin before the match announces that he is closing the United States open challenge. The match didn’t last long as Sin Cara went on the offense quick with a dropkick followed by a suicide dive to the outside. Sin Cara then stands on the top turnbuckle and launches himself at Corbin taking him out. Strange enough Corbin gets counted out awarding the win to Sin Cara.
WINNER: Sin Cara via countout
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: Been forever since we seen Sin Cara and he gets a squash pretty much on the United States Champion Corbin who pinned AJ Styles last week??? Not really sure what to make of this one. Only thing I’m certain of is that Sin Cara is probably getting a United States title match in the future.
Renee Young is backstage with the Usos. The Usos talk about winning their match at Hell in a Cell to become five time WWE Tag Team Champions and having the tag division on lock. They’re confronted by Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. Gable asks Renee how come she didn’t ask how they were feeling? Gable and Benjamin then start rapping on the Usos and tell them that they’re going to be tag team champs real soon. They then offer handshakes for respect, but pull away.
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: Strange that Gable and Benjamin are showing heel tendencies here…. I thought the Usos were supposed to be heels, but maybe they’re trending towards face after saying they respected New Day after their lengthy feud. Guess we’ll learn more in time.
Bludgeon Brothers Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are featured in another quick hype promo.
Jinder Mahal heads to the ring after the Singh Brothers introduce him. Mahal goes on about his recent trip to India and how a young boy asks him what’s next after he beat Orton and Nakamura. Mahal then tells the crowd that there is nobody left on Smackdown Live that is worthy and at Survivor Series he must beat Brock Lesnar.
This triggers AJ Styles to come out. Styles doesn’t care about Mahal challenging Lesnar, but if offended by saying that he hasn’t beat him yet. Mahal then says that Styles is a loser and he’s a winner because he’s WWE Champion. Styles then tells Mahal that if he’s a loser then he’d have no problem facing him for the title. Mahal then says in his country Styles wouldn’t be worthy enough to stand in the ring with the Majahara. Styles reminds Jinder that they’re not in his country are we? Jinder continues to insult AJ which leads him to attack Mahal finishing him off with a Pele kick before he rolls to the outside and escapes.
After the break, Jinder Mahal confronts Daniel Bryan backstage about AJ Styles. Eventually if it’s decided that Sunil will defend the Mahajara’’s honor next week in a match against AJ Styles.
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: First off, Jinder Mahal vs Brock Lesnar should it happen is an absolute terrible idea. Should things stay on course, this will mean neither shows featured title will be on the line at Survivor Series. Hopefully instead we get AJ Styles vs Jinder Mahal, but now that Lesnar is being advertised for Raw I have a bad feeling we’re getting this terrible idea of a match.
Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler
The match starts off evenly, but Ziggler heads to the outside. Roode gives chase only to get driven spine first into the apron and dropkicked before the commerical. After the break things start slow, but Roode goes after Ziggler with a clothesline and starts building momentum. Both men try to get rollup pins, but eventually Ziggler scores one by grabbing the tights.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler via pinfall
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: For a match that was hyped up a week in advance, it came off quick and disappointing. What’s even more disappointing is that Bobby Roode suffered his first main roster loss on an average episode of Smackdown Live to Dolph Ziggler of all people. I’m already worried about Bobby Roode’s long term prospects on the main roster along with the other NXT superstars that have been booked horribly because of Vince Dunn.
Aiden English is backstage signing and some backstage personnel don’t care. This upsets Aiden, suddenly New Day show up playing trombone and showering the backstage guys with Booty O’s. After New Day start picking on Aiden, Rusev confronts them. Rusev said there is no more New Day and only thing that matters now is Rusev Day. Xavier starts playing Rusev’s theme on the trombone and Rusev tells them it’s not a joke.
Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Zayn and Nakamura start the main event off with wrist locks. Nakamura starts to play mind games and taunt Zayn. Shinsuke attacks with knee strikes and traps Zayn in the corner with Good Vibrations. Nakamura brings Zayn to his corner and tags in Orton. Zayn then tags in Owens. Orton tries to sneak in a quick RKO, but KO escapes. Orton goes to the outside to get Owens, but Zayn steps in the way. Zayn gets taken down, but gives KO enough time to get back on the offense and throws Orton into the ringpost followed by throwing him into the barricade before the break.
We come back from break and Owens and Zayn are doing a number on the left leg and knee of Nakamura. The best friends are using quick tags and Owens crushes the midsection of Nakamura with the running senton. Owens works on the knee for awhile of Nakamura and then puts him in the corner. Owens charges, but Nakamura side steps Owens and then hangs him from the top ropes and delivers a knee to the midsection. Both men are down and eventually tags are made to their respective partners. Orton and Zayn are in the ring and Orton explodes on offense taking Zayn down. Orton then goes after Owens in the corner and drops him spine first on the barricade outside. Zayn dropkicks Orton between the ropes and then looks to take Orton down with a dive to the outside. Orton then clocks Zayn before he leaps. Orton gets Zayn outside and drops him thru the announcers table. Orton gets Zayn back in the ring and hits him with a powerslam for only a two count. Owens pulls Nakamura off the apron and throws him into the steel steps. This prompts the referee to confront Owens. With the distraction, Zayn low blows Orton and then finishes him off with the Helluva Kick in the corner to score the pinfall win.
WINNER: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens via pinfall
After the match, Owens and Zayn confront Daniel Bryan backstage and ask him what’s next? Lumberjack match? Handicapped Match? Daniel Bryan on a pole match? Bryan says it’s not up to him, it’s up to Shane McMahon. Owens and Zayn then head back to the stage and celebrate their victory as the show ends.
CHAIRMAN’s TAKE: Solid main event between four of Smackdown Live’s top guys. The story here is Sami Zayn using a heelish low blow to secure the win making it official that he’s turned to the dark side with Kevin Owens. Not sure what’s next for Nakamura and Orton, but Owens and Zayn better prepare themselves for Shane McMahon’s return next week.
RATING: 5 out of 10. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are doing everything right on Smackdown Live to get people to tune in. However right now there isn’t much else going on to care about. The main event featuring Owens and Zayn vs Orton and Nakamura was solid for a television main event. The six women match is a staple and nothing out of the ordinary, but it accomplished what it needed to do. The Ziggler and Roode match was disappointing for the hype it received, let alone the result. Finally the Baron Corbin and Sin Cara match was absolutely pointless. Lastly, if Jinder Mahal is indeed facing Lesnar then his title reign may very well carry into 2018.
That’s all I got! Did you enjoy Smackdown Live this week or not? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @chairmanpodcast and thanks for reading!