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
Opening Segment Shenanigans
-AJ Styles opens the show along with a video package recapping him winning the United States Title at MSG this past Friday.
-Styles says it is time to bring back the United States Title Open Challenge, and he calls anyone out.
-John Cena comes out! He wants to make sure that he heard Styles correctly and says he accepts.
-Kevin Owens comes out and says no one wants to see another Styles/Cena match. What a heel!
Aiden English vs Tye Dillinger
-English sings his way to the ring and trashes Chicago. Dillinger interrupts his encore.
-English gets control by pulling Dillinger’s arm into the ropes.
-Dillinger connects on an atomic drop and gets a comeback going.
-We start with Jinder Mahal doing a photoshoot with the WWE Title. Shane comes in and takes the Title back, and says tonight Jinder is facing Sami Zayn.
Shane McMahon/Chris Jericho Opening Segment
-Shane comes out to introduce Chris Jericho. This is just another reminder of how much better Smackdown is compared to RAW at the moment.
-Shane tells Jericho that he is facing Kevin Owens tonight. AJ Styles comes out to another great pop.
-Styles says he doesn’t forget the past and he is currently standing in his ring. Jericho gets ready to put Styles on the list but Kevin Owens comes out.
-Kevin Owens is out to start the show. He is now on Smackdown Live. He says Canada is much better than the United States.
-KO says that if anyone has a problem with him to come out and settle it in the ring. KO says he is here only for him and to be the face of America.
-Baron Corbin comes out to represent America!