Ladies and gentlemen, we just went to Hell and back! Hell in a Cell has come and gone and if you missed it, make sure you check out the replay. Both Hell in a Cell matches were excellent in their own ways and there even were a few titles changing hands tonight. Not to mention there was a match transformed into a triple threat and a potential heel turn as well. If you’re curious what I’m talking about then keep reading.
We’re five days away from Hell in a Cell and tensions are at an all time high on Smackdown Live. Some superstars were left standing while others were left down for the count. If you want to know who has the momentum going into this Sunday’s pay per view, then check out my recent review of Smackdown Live.
By “The Chairman” Steven Vincent
Once upon a time, Survivor Series used to be considered one of the big four pay per views every year along with Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and Royal Rumble. However, the past few years I don’t feel Survivor Series is on the same level as the other big three pay per views.
What if I told you there was a way to make the Survivor Series so important that it would affect not only the next few months in WWE, but the payoff was at the Royal Rumble?
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?
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.
John Cena Opening Segment
-Cena said last week he found out that Nakamura hits hard. And he thought he was easily on his way to become 17 time Champ. Then next thing he knew he lost.
-The crowd broke into a Jinder chant, cheering their national hero who is so proud of Canada that he is billed from India.
-Cena said last week Nakamura earned the right to become a Champion.
United States Title Opening Segment
-Kevin Owens comes out and says he will being pride back to the United States Title. And he is re-instating the Kevin Owens United States Title Open Challenge, but it’ll begin next week.
-AJ Styles comes out. He says he is out there to get his rematch for the Title. Owens says he isn’t defending the Title in front of hicks from Richmond, Virginia.
-Suddenly, CHRIS JERICHO COMES OUT!
Justin C here. After watching the G1 all week, I have no idea how Battleground is going to keep me entertained. I’ll try my best. Maybe I should call this “Justin C Watches The Boring of the WWE?”
Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
-English controls into “commercial” where the WWE advertises the show we are currently going to watch on the Network.
-Dillinger catches English with a dropkick. He goes for the Tye-Breaker but English bails to the outside. Back in the ring English hits a spinebuster.
-English ended up getting the win when I wasn’t looking. I bet Dillinger still wishes he was in NXT.
WINNER: Aiden English