Welcome to SmackDown Live, following an historic Hell In A Cell PPV, not 48 hours ago!
Tonight’s SmackDown Live comes to us from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it’s set to be an episode that shapes the landscape of SmackDown Live for some time to come. At Hell In A Cell on Sunday night, Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens beat the living hell, no pun intended, out of each other for almost 40 minutes. The fight crashed through the Cell, made us all anxious with power moves atop the Cell, and culminated with Shane McMahon leaping off of the top with the intention of finishing Kevin Owens off. Of course, that didn’t go as planned because someone appeared in the nick of time to help Kevin Owens off of the announce table and to safety. And who was this timely hero? None other than KO’s arch rival, Sami Zayn? It was a move that had wrestling fans the world over staring slack-jawed at the screen and Shane’s sons flipping Sami off at ringside. Why did Zayn help Owens? Why would he then help Owens pin Shane and get the win? Zayn has a lot to answer for on tonight’s SmackDown and we can’t wait to hear it. Let us know what you think Zayn is going to say!
As if that alone wasn’t enough for tonight’s show, AJ Styles has invoked his rematch clause after losing the United States Championship to Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat match on Sunday night. Styles will no doubt be out for revenge, especially considering it was Dillinger who took the pinfall on Sunday and not Styles himself. Corbin and Styles will do battle tonight, perhaps one last time, over the US Championship but I don’t expect the title to shift hands once again.
What’s next for Jinder Mahal now that he has successfully bested Shinsuke Nakamura? Well that’s anyone’s guess but I imagine we will get at least some indication tonight of who his next opponent will be. The bigger question however, is where does Nakamura go from here? WWE spent some time building him up, having cleanly pin John Cena and Randy Orton, only to lose twice to Jinder. That leaves Nakamura in a weird place for the foreseeable future; I doubt it will happen but I think a couple of months off wouldn’t hurt him to recover and help people to forget the damage this feud has done.
Elsewhere on tonight’s show, Carmella battles Becky Lynch, and The Uso’s will talk about their incredible victory over The New Day inside the Hell In A Cell. Remember to download the Ringside Talk app and get chatting with your fellow fans, or just leave a comment and tell us what you’re thinking. Enjoy the show!