Welcome to SmackDown Live after a huge episode of Monday Night Raw!
Last night on Raw, Shane McMahon came to Monday Night Raw and brought with him the entire SmackDown Live roster, who destroyed everyone they came across backstage. It was a huge shot across the bow ahead of Survivor Series, where Team Raw will face Team SmackDown Live. Kurt Angle was not expecting the shots-fired by Shane McMahon, and it’s first blood to the blue brand. However, is Raw going to retaliate? Surely the red brand will want to extract revenge but will it be tonight? Also, are Shane and Kurt the team captain’s? That seemed to be the implication last night but I hope to get some confirmation on tonight’s show.
Elsewhere on tonight’s show, AJ Styles looks to make a mark on Jinder Mahal as he battles Sunil Singh. Styles’s WWE Championship challenge is impending but right now Mahal is focused on Brock Lesnar, which could leave Styles with a great opportunity to catch him off-guard. Styles has had a hard weekend, flying from South America to compete against Finn Balor, then he teamed with Rollins and Ambrose at the beginning of Raw, only to join SmackDown Live as they obliterated Raw. Styles could be exhausted from all the travel and fighting, but he should have enough in the tank to off one of the Singh Brothers, but two of them? Perhaps not.
A huge 8-man tag team match also features on tonight’s SmackDown Live. The Uso’s team with The New Day to take on Rusev, Aiden English, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. These 8 have had some troubles as of late and they look to settle their differences on tonight’s show. It will be interesting to see New Day and Uso’s teaming for the first time, which could signal a babyface turn for The Uso’s, and maybe even a heel turn for Gable and Benjamin.
Also on tonight’s SmackDown Live, a new episode of The Fashion Files, Shane McMahon returns to face Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, and Baron Corbin battles Sin Cara! Remember to download the Ringside Talk app and let us know your thoughts and feelings. Enjoy the show!
SmackDown Live opens with a replay from last night’s Raw, in which the SmackDown Live roster invaded!
Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring and we see that Michael Cole is still filling-in for Tom Phillips.
This is his first SmackDown Live since Hell in a Cell. Shane brings up Survivor Series and says that he thought of his pre-emptive strike when Angle asked to borrow AJ Styles for TLC. He also points out that Angle criticised the blue brand’s roster, but little did he know they were lying in wait, getting angrier. He says that led to #UnderSiege, and the crowd starts to chant “under siege.” He says such an attack won’t take SmackDown Live by surprise because they’re ready.
Sami Zayn comes out to interrupt Shane McMahon and dances like crazy on his way to the ring. I’m loving heel Sami. Zayn gets into the ring and dances around Shane before saying, “No hard feelings about Hell in a Cell”. Shane says “oh there is”. Shane brings-up HIAC and mentions that he could have been seriously injured, “so there is a lot of hard feelings!” Also, if that was all Zayn was concerned about, why did he then put Owens onto him to score the pinfall?
Sami Zayn says that if Shane McMahon was standing here today as the competitor, he would leave him hurting even worse than HIAC. Zayn says that the reason why he is out here right now, he and Kevin Owens have decided that “fine, fine, we will be a part of Smackdown Live at Survivor Series.” The bottom line is that Shane wants Owens and Zayn, no, Shane needs Owens and Zayn for Survivor Series. The bottom line is that Kevin Owens and himself have volunteered themselves for Survivor Series. Shane says that he doesn’t want them and doesn’t need them to represent SD at Survivor Series.
Shane says that if Sami Zayn defeats a certain wrestler, he will make the Sd Survivor Series team. His opponent is Randy Orton! The winner will be the first member of the Smackdown Live Survivor Series team.
Later tonight, AJ Styles takes-on a Singh Brother but The New Day are ready for action, next!
The Uso’s have joined the commentary team to watch this next match. The New Day make their way to the ring!
The match starts with Woods and Chad Gable. Drop kick by Woods. Gable tags Benjamin and Woods tags Kofi. Both men trying to out-wrestle each other with amateur holds and reversals. Kofi finally takes down Benjamin and makes the tag to Xavier Woods.
Cover by Woods but a kick-out by Benjamin. Benjamin sends Woods into the ropes, runs and clotheslines him to the outside as we head to a break.
Suplex by Benjamin, covers, 1,2 but a kick out by Kofi. Kofi Kingston was able to counter and hit the DDT on Benjamin. Both men make the tag.
Woods goes to work on Chad Gable and goes for the cover but a kick out by Gable. Gable does a spinning front kick with both feet to take down Woods. Gable tags Benjamin and he hits a nice double suplex.
Woods fights back with an elbow followed by a kick, 1,2 but Benjamin kicks out. Both men back up, Benjamin delivers a spine buster and makes the tag. Gable on the top rope with a flying clothesline on Kofi. All four wrestlers were in the ring at that time. The match ended with Gable sending Woods to the ropes and Benjamin kicks him while standing on the apron, Gable covers for the 3 count!
Backstage, we see Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Tamina, Lana, Naomi and Carmella bickering. Daniel Bryan interrupts them and assures that all of them will be at Survivor Series. Lana tells Bryan that there are six of them, Bryan says “Not you Lana.” He realises that some of them don’t like each other, but they have to unite. Charlotte volunteers to be the captain. They started arguing. Bryan makes a fatal-five way match, where the winner becomes team Survivor Series captain.
We return and get a video clip of the time Kurt Angle invaded Raw with the milk truck, which leads to Cole and the announcers saying that he clearly knows how to invade buildings. However, there is security throughout the building.
Fashion Dogs plays and it involves The Fashion Police working with The Ascension to figure out who is behind their latest string of attacks. They have James Ellsworth kidnapped but Carmella comes and frees him. The Ascension realise that it could be The Bludgeon Brothers. Next week will be a new episode, entitled “Strangerer Things”.
Later tonight, Sami Zayn vs. Randy Orton, in order o decide the first member of the SmackDown Live team at Survivor Series.
Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring in Milwaukee. He faces Sin Cara, after the break!
Back from the break and Daniel Bryan is on his phone when Shane McMahon walks in. Bryan asks about Shane not informing him of the RAW invasion last night. Shane says the idea was to strike first and show RAW who was boss. Shane says he was just getting ready for Survivor Series. Bryan thought they were on the same team and he isn’t sure if he agrees with Shane’s decision. Shane says sometimes he has to take action and make things happen, it’s in his job description. Bryan comments on giving his input to Shane, as that’s in his job description. Bryan walks off.
The bell rings and Cara charges but Corbin attacks and takes him to the corner. Corbin unloads with knees and yells at the referee. Corbin drops Cara and then launches him across the ring. Corbin stomps on Cara now. Corbin with another big knee to the gut. Corbin with more offense and talking trash.
Cara finally gets an elbow in and some kicks. Cara makes a comeback and hits a springboard back elbow, sending Corbin to the floor. Cara runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive but Corbin is still standing. Cara goes back in and nails another suicide dive to bring Corbin down. Cara goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick for a 2 count. Corbin goes out of the ring for a breather. He comes back in and drives Cara into the corner.
Corbin unloads now as the referee warns him. Corbin mounts Cara on the mat and unloads with strikes. The referee warns him and finally calls the match.
After the bell, Corbin finally stops beating on Cara. Corbin retains but Cara has picked up another non-title win over Corbin. Corbin pulls Cara out of the ring and hits End of Days on the floor as fans pop and boo. Corbin talks trash and stands over Cara as two referees try to get him to leave. Fans chant “one more time” for another End of Days. Corbin raises his title with a smirk.
We see a shot of the back door of the arena as Cole talks about security being increased tonight.
After the break we will see highlights of last night’s Raw and then AJ Styles will be in action.
We get a replay of last night, when SmackDown Live destroyed Monday Night Raw. Within the video is footage of the SmackDown Superstar’s talking about the beat-down afterwards.
The Singh Brothers come out and introduce Jinder Mahal, while mocking Paul Heyman’s regards to them last night.
Jinder and The Brother’s come to the ring as the announcers talk about Mahal Vs. Lesnar.
Fans chant USA as Jinder takes the mic. He raises the WWE Title. Jinder says there are those who speak the truth and then there are those that lie, and Paul Heyman is a liar. We see footage from Heyman’s promo on RAW where he knocked Jinder and The Singh Brothers. Jinder calls Heyman a used car salesman. Jinder says he has earned everything that he has in WWE. He started at the bottom but now he is the most powerful man in WWE. Jinder goes on and says Heyman was right… he’s not Lesnar’s equal or counterpart, he’s Lesnar’s worst nightmare. Jinder says he will prove to everyone at Survivor Series exactly why The Modern Day Maharaja’s Era has just begun. As for tonight, his loyal brother Sunil Singh will face AJ Styles. The music interrupts and out comes Styles.
Jinder stalls leaving the ring, as does Samir Singh, so the referee orders Jinder to go to the backstage area and he does after arguing. The fans are very happy now!
The bell rings ans AJ starts with a headbutt. Samir immediately gets on the apron to interfere. AJ grabs him and kicks Sunil as he comes from behind. AJ sends Samir off the apron and then applies the Calf Crusher on Sunil for the quick win.
After the match, AJ celebrates the easy win as the Singh Brother’s head to the back.
Sami Zayn is backstage when Kevin Owens walks in. Owens reveals that he has a Survivor Series qualifying match against Shinsuke Nakamura next week. Sami says he will win tonight and then Owens will win next week, then Team SmackDown becomes Team Kevin & Sami. Owens corrects him, it will become Team Sami & Kevin. Owens leaves and Sami can’t believe how great of a guy he is.
Back from the break and Jinder storms into Bryan’s office with The Singh Brothers. He offers Samir Singh to face AJ Styles next week and the match is made.
Next up is the Women’s Fatal 5 Way to determine the team leader at Survivor Series. The match looks to begin but the music interrupts and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya from the timekeeper’s area to the ring. Greg Hamilton is right behind her. Hamilton gives Natalya a big introduction. That’s it, Natalya’s music hits again and she leaves the ring.
The bell rings and everyone goes at it. Carmella takes Flair to the corner while Tamina hits a double suplex on Naomi and Becky. They go to the floor. Tamina levels Flair and she goes to the floor.
Inside the ring, Carmella gives Tamina props and shakes her hand but Tamina pulls her into a big Samoan Drop. Carmella rolls to the floor and Tamina stands tall in the ring as we go to commercial.
We return to see Charlotte giving Tamina a beating outside the ring. She runs Carmella down with a big boot before throwing Tamina with a fallaway slam. Becky takes out The Queen with a flying elbow off the apron, and then Naomi takes out Becky with a dive over the top rope.
Charlotte counters a hurricanrana from Naomi and whips her into the barricade by her legs – ala Cesaro. Carmella almost gets the win over Lynch, but The Lass Kicker kicks out. Becky pulls her into the DisArmHer and gets the win to become the team captain for SmackDown.
Becky is the official captain of the women’s team at Survivor Series!
We return and get a new promo for The Bludgeon Brothers.
Renee Young is backstage with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler once again rants on catchphrases & gimmicks, and says “I told you so” when it comes to Bobby Roode being a fraud and nothing but an entrance, and being unable to hang with the greatest performer in WWE history. Ziggler says no one listened but he beat Roode last week. Roode appears and smirks at Ziggler. They have words and this leads to Roode proposing one more match to determine who the better man is. Roode proposes a 2 of 3 Falls match for next week. Ziggler says Roode doesn’t get it and that’s fine. Ziggler says he’s in but he just hopes Roode’s ego can take being damaged twice in one night. Ziggler wishes Roode good luck, kid, and walks off. Roode tells Renee he has a feeling next week will be absolutely glorious.
We go to the ring and out comes Sami Zayn for tonight’s main event. Randy Orton is out next to a big pop.
Back from a break and we get the bell. The winner of this match will be the Team Captain for SmackDown at Survivor Series. Sami angers Orton early on. Orton unloads with a big uppercut and turns it around in the corner.
Sami goes to the floor for a breather but Orton follows. Sami stops Orton from following with a kick. Sami with another shot to Orton on the floor. Sami ends up hitting a moonsault to keep Orton down on the outside as we go to the break.
We return and Zayn has Orton in a rear chin lock. Orton looks to make a comeback but Sami shuts him down with a heel kick for a 2 count. Orton comes back and drops Sami over the top rope. Orton stalks Sami now. Orton with clotheslines and a powerslam. They end up on the floor. Sami tries to use the announce table but Orton knocks him down onto it from mid-air. Orton brings it back into the ring for a 2 count.
Orton goes on and hits a big suplex for another pin attempt. Sami comes back with a crossbody for a close 2 count. Sami counters the RKO and backslides Orton for a 2 count. Sami drops Orton with a kick. They end up on the top going at it together. Orton hits a big superplex but Sami still kicks out. They go to the floor and Sami nails the big leaping DDT through the ropes. The referee counts as we get a replay.
They return to the ring and Sami misses the Helluva Kick as Orton moves. Orton hits the second rope draping DDT. Fans pop as Orton hits the mat now. Kevin Owens runs down and Orton goes for a DDT but Sami rolls him up from behind for a 2 count. The referee argues with Owens, who is standing on the outside now. Orton with a low blow on Sami while staring at Owens. The referee is still distracted by Owens. Orton, still staring at Owens, picks Sami up and hits the RKO for the pin.
After the match, Owens stares at Orton as we go to replays. Orton stands tall as his music hits.
We go backstage to Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan reflecting on a successful show. RAW didn’t strike tonight but Bryan believes they will eventually. Bryan says Shane better be ready when they do because that’s in his job description. Bryan walks off and SmackDown goes off the air.
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