Smackdown Live had a strong showing at Survivor Series, unfortunately the brand just fell short of defeating Raw. Now that Survivor Series has come and gone, Smackdown Live can get back to business. That business involves a Smackdown Live Women’s Championship match where Charlotte Flair defends the title against Natalya. Also what does Shane McMahon have in store for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn for getting involved in the main event at Survivor Series? Keep reading to find out more.
1. Once Again, It Is Time For Some McMahon Family Drama
The main event 5-on-5 match had so many big stars in it that everyone thought there was no way it could be a let down. Well the WWE decided to prove all of us wrong. The ending turned into an awkward McMahon Family Drama storyline. Triple H turned on Kurt Angle to help Stephanie McMahon, and then he turned on Shane. So now we will have RAW’s up until Wrestlemania filled with constant bickering between Triple H and Kurt Angle, along with the ever so annoying Stephanie McMahon. Everyone else was made to be an afterthought in the entire match. Nothing mattered until the end sequence. And even BRAUN going over Triple H at the end to close the show just didn’t have the same impact.
On the go home Smackdown Live before Survivor Series, Baron Corbin’s United States Championship and Natalya’s Smackdown Women’s Championship are on the line. Do they retain or will Raw’s Miz and Alexa Bliss be facing new challengers at Survivor Series? Also before New Day has their huge match against the Shield at Survivor Series, they find themselves in the main event against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Does New Day gain some momentum before Survivor Series or do Owens and Zayn play spoiler? Find this out and more in this Smackdown Live review.
After Shane McMahon led Smackdown Live into Raw this past Monday night and delivered the first strike, the question everyone wants to know if whether or not Raw retaliated tonight on Smackdown Live? Regardless of whether Raw invaded or not, Smackdown Live had it’s own business to take care of. On this episode we find out the first Smackdown Live superstar to join the blue team at Survivor Series for the traditional five on five match. We also learn who will be the captain of the women’s team at Survivor Series as well. To find out these pressing answers and more, keep reading this Smackdown Live review.
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!
Hell in a Cell has come and gone, but there are many questions still lingering in the landscape of Smackdown Live. The big one many in the WWE Universe want to know is why did Sami Zayn help Kevin Owens? Also on Smackdown Live tonight we learned who is next in line to challenge the Usos for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship and whether or not Baron Corbin was successful in his first United States Championship defense? The answers to these questions and more will be covered in this very review.
Shane McMahon Is Angry
After a great video recap of last week’s KO/Vince segment (as expected with the WWE producers), Shane McMahon makes his way out. Shane calls KO’s last week cowardly but also calls his dad one tough S.O.B. Shane tells KO to imagine being in his shoes, watching someone get beatdown by a coward while you sit at home. Shane says he will strike back with massive vengeance. At least Shane didn’t say “completely destroy.” Shane condemns KO and says he will beat him in Hell In A Cell. Kind of a weak promo in my eyes. Shane doesn’t do a good job of selling angry/pissed off.
Kevin Owens Show
Kevin Owens comes out and welcomes us to the Kevin Owens Show. Kevin Owens said he didn’t fight back last week because he respects authority. He said he is suing everybody in the WWE as a result of the attack last week. KO said he will make changes when he runs the show. The first person he will fire is Sami Zayn. He is going to make Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton wear the same suit. And he is cancelling the Fashion Files! What a heel! That’s Hogan turning heel levels heat. KO calls out Vince. Shane’s music plays but it is Dolph Ziggler dressed as Shane. KO compliments him then Dolph leaves.
Daniel Bryan comes out. KO says Bryan will be the resident janitor when he takes over Smackdown. Bryan says he isn’t opposed to hard work and manual labor, KO should try it. Bryan says Mr. McMahon will be here soon. Bryan says KO won’t like what Vince has to say. KO says Vince won’t like what he has to say. So a promo to set up a promo for later.
Kevin Owens Goes There
We start with Randy Orton in a dark hallway. He says no one will get in his way of taking down Jinder Mahal and winning the WWE Title. Why the fuck is Orton just chilling in a dark hallway? Nakamura says he respects the legend of Randy Orton but is still chasing his goal of becoming WWE Champion. And tonight his pain will be felt everywhere.
Kevin Owens interrupts James Ellsworth and Carmella. He says he will be the referee of the upcoming Carmella/Natalya match. Shane McMahon comes out and says this isn’t happening. All KO wants to do is uphold the law and order of the WWE! Shane loses his place then says KO needs to stop blaming him for his losses. KO says he never wanted to be on Smackdown Live and if he could he would still be on RAW. KO asks if Shane didn’t get enough attention from his daddy when he was a kid. KO is probably right. KO brings up Shane’s kids and Shane tells him to never do it again.
-Jinder comes out and cuts literally the same promo you’ve seen before so nothing new.
-The Singh Brothers begged for forgiveness from Jinder and wanted to kiss his feet to show their devotion. Just as they were about to Shinsuke Nakamura came out.
-Nakamura fought off all of them for a bit until the numbers took over. Randy Orton came out to make the save until Rusev came and took him out.
-They announce Orton vs Nakamura for next week, with the winner getting a future WWE Title match.
The Ascension vs Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable
-Benjamin gets a pretty good pop coming into the ring. Gable gets the rope pulled down on him allowing the Ascension to gain control.
-The Ascension works over Gable the entire commercial break until Gable makes the hot tag to Benjamin. Benjamin hits some nice offense and they finish off the Ascension for the win.
WINNERS: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable
United States Championship Open Challenge: AJ Styles (c) vs Tye Dillinger
-Dillinger answers the challenge but Corbin stops him on the ramp. They push and shove. Corbin slams Dillinger into the barricade. Dillinger recovers and knocks Corbin away and gets the match.
-The match starts and it is super quick. Styles escapes Dillinger’s finisher and gets Dillinger to tap to the Calf Crusher in under a minute.
-Corbin attacks Dillinger after the match but Styles makes the save for him.
WINNER: AJ Styles
Bobby Roode vs Mike Kanellis
-Another quick match which sees Roode pick up the win. Not surprising since they want to get Roode over. It is still weird to see Roode as a face. It just doesn’t seem right.
WINNER: Bobby Roode
Kevin Owens Promo
-Aiden English is out there singing when Kevin Owens comes out. KO tells English that these Arkansas hillbillies don’t appreciate his music and asks him to leave. English agrees.
-KO goes over the events of last week and says this would have never happened on RAW.
-Shane comes back and KO says that once again Shane makes it all about himself.
-Shane tells KO that the fans are sick of hearing KO complain and that KO has no one to blame for his failures other than himself. Shane tells English to get back in the ring and he has a match against Sami Zayn.
Aiden English vs Sami Zayn
-Zayn sends English to the outside and hits a running swanton to the outside.
-KO says he is sick of referees not doing their jobs and comes in to put the ref’s shirt on.
-Zayn argues with KO then KO hits him with a pop-up powerbomb and English wins with a fast count.
WINNER: Aiden English
-Shane tells Renee that the match is stricken from the record.
-Dolph Ziggler said we will get his new look, next week. At this point I don’t care anymore.
The Usos vs The New Day- Winner Picks the Stipulation For Their Tag Title Rematch
-The match starts during commercial. Big E misses a splash on the apron then gets dropkicked into the barricade.
-Big E blocks a charge in the corner and makes the hot tag to Kofi.
-Jey goes for a Samoan Drop but Kofi counters into a Dragon Sleeper but Jimmy breaks it up.
-Jimmy makes the blind tag and rolls up Kofi and grabs the tights for the win.
WINNERS: The Usos
-Tamina squashed some jobber with Lana as her manager. It is just like her pairing with Rusev.
-FASHION FILES SEASON 2! They are trying to figure out the “Two B” message. They hold of new gadgets including a pants belt. Fandango says he knows what that is it’s a Title not a belt! They find arrows where it says “Or Not To B” under the original message and believe it leads them to Aiden English.
Rusev and Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton
-The match starts with a brawl and the faces send the heels to the outside into commercial.
-Back from break Jinder is slowly and painfully working over Nakamura.
-Orton gets tagged in. He goes for a quick RKO but Jinder bails. Orton clotheslines him on the outside then backdrops him on the barricade.
-The Singh Brothers jump on the apron. Jinder sends Orton to the outside and Rusev shoves him into the post.
-Now it is time for the heels to work over Orton. Orton eventually side steps Jinder and tags in Nakamura.
-Jinder breaks up Nakamura’s armbar. Orton goes for the DDT but Jinder falls out of the ropes. Nakamura eventually hits Kinsasha for the win.
-After the match Orton catches Nakamura with the RKO.
WINNERS: Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton
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