Welcome to the latest edition of SmackDown Live, on All Hallow’s Eve nonetheless!
Tonight’s show is set to feature a spooktacular qualifying match to determine the latest member of Team SmackDown Live at Survivor Series. Kevin Owens will face Shinsuke Nakamura to determine the latest Superstar to join Randy Orton. Owens’ best friend Sami Zayn fell short last week against Orton, but he might help Owens snatch a spot in the team tonight.
Also on tonight’s show, Bobby Roode takes on Dolph Ziggler one more time. This time Ziggler and Roode will clash in a 2-Out-3-Falls match to finally determine who is the best. Is Roode just an entrance and a catchphrase, or is he the entire package?
Elsewhere, AJ Styles faces Samir Singh. Last week Styles defeated the other Singh brother in his quest to end Jinder Mahal’s title reign. Styles dispatched of Singh very quickly last week and he will hope to do the same tonight, so long as he can get Mahal and the other brother kicked from ringside again! Sin Cara will also face Baron Corbin in a rematch tonight, and Breezango will enter the world of Strangerer Things tonight. All that and more to look forward to on tonight’s SmackDown Live. Let us know what you’re excited to see and enjoy the show!
SmackDown Live kicks-off with Shane O’Mac coming to the ring, the fans are chanting his name.
Shane begins by clarifying why SD Live invaded Raw last week. He says that the reason goes way back in history and that SD has always been looked at as the inferior brand. That’s still the case all the way up to the top with his sister Stephanie all the way down to the lowest part of the RAW common denominator. To change that perception, they picked up Daniel Bryan as the General Manager, went live, and created the land of opportunity. That wasn’t quite enough. They had a team meeting and decided the best way to make an impact was to go on RAW and kick them right in the mouth. An “Under Siege” chant picks up and McMahon thanks everyone for coming to the events and tuning into their show.
Shane then says that things got uncomfortable when Daniel Bryan was sent to RAW and attacked. McMahon says it was Kane that attacked him but he asks where Stephanie and Kurt were. There will be hell to pay for that attack. At Survivor Series, Kurt Angle said he will bring his gold medal, Braun Strowman, and three other RAW superstars because they’re meeting in their ring. McMahon’s team consists of Randy Orton, three of Smackdown’s finest superstars, and Shane McMahon himself as Team Captain! Shane signs-off and leaves.
Bobby Roode makes his entrance. He’ll face Dolph Ziggler in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls Match after the break. The winner will be a member of Team Smackdown Live at Survivor Series.
We return and Dolph Ziggler makes his silent entrance.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before Ziggler goes for a takedown. Ziggler rolls him up for a one count. Ziggler tries to keep him grounded, but Roode gets to his feet. Roode whips him off, but Ziggler shoulder blocks him down. Ziggler hits the ropes, but Roode floors him with a back elbow. Roode blocks a superkick and goes for a Glorious DDT, but Ziggler powers him to the corner and shoulders him in the midsection a few times.
Ziggler taunts the crowd and turns to get floored by a clothesline from Roode. Roode puts him in the corner before having a whip to the corner reversed. Roode boots him back and hits a blockbuster off the second rope for a two count. Roode chops the chest a few times. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Roode gives him a hip toss over the top rope. Roode gets the crowd to shout, “GLORIOUS!” Ziggler attacks him upon exiting the ring and bounces him off the ring apron. Roode reverses a whip into the barricade before getting him into the ring. Ziggler immediately superkicks him as he gets back in the ring and picks up the first fall!
During the commercial break, Roode picked up the second fall after a catapult into the ring post and a roll up. That was a bad booking decision.
They’re trading punches, and Roode avoids the famouser before hitting a big one-armed slam for a near fall. Roode sets up for a Glorious DDT, but Ziggler blocks it and picks up a two count. Roode rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler quickly pops up and connects with a big DDT for a near fall. Ziggler pulls himself up and waits for Roode to get up. Roode holds the ropes to counter the Zig-Zag. Roode hits a Double R Spinebuster and goes for a Glorious DDT. Ziggler gets out of it and hits a Zig-Zag, but Roode kicks out! A great sequence.
Both men take a few moments before getting to their feet. The crowd is really into this match. Ziggler sets up in the corner a la Shawn Michaels going for Sweet Chin Music. Ziggler tunes up the band and goes for a superkick, but Roode sidesteps it. Roode rolls him up, but Ziggler rolls through and grabs the tights. Roode kicks out and connects with a Glorious DDT for the win!
Bobby Roode joins Shane McMahon and Randy Orton on Team Smackdown Live at Survivor Series. Roode says there are three members of Team Smackdown Live with him, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon. Roode misspeaks and says he hopes the next two have “compassion” before correcting and saying passion and competitiveness. At Survivor Series, it’s Smackdown Live up and RAW down.
Shinsuke Nakamura faces Kevin Owens in another Survivor Series Qualifying Match later tonight. We’ll also see AJ Styles take on Samir Singh.
The New Day is walking around backstage in their Halloween costumes. Xavier Woods is dressed as “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, but he looks like Katt Williams. Big E is Akeem the Dream. Kofi Kingston is Brother Love, complete with his face being painted red. Rusev and Aiden English come up to them. Rusev asks what’s wrong with them. RAW could be at their doorsteps. Woods says they’re ready to fight no matter what. Rusev says Halloween is a dumb holiday for dumb children. Only one day matters – Aiden English sings, “Rusev Day.” Rusev pours out the candy and stomps on it. Big E is furious and challenges him to a match. Rusev accepts.
Elsewhere backstage, Becky Lynch is talking to the Women’s Division of Smackdown. James Ellsworth is dressed like a dog. Carmella makes him sit. Lynch unites the team before Natalya, the Smackdown Live Women’s Champion, comes up. She tells them to settle their tea kettles. She may not be part of the Women’s Team Smackdown Live, but she’ll be facing Alexa Bliss. On every team is a weak link. Could it be Naomi or Charlotte Flair. If Team Smackdown loses to Team RAW, they can blame Flair.
Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action, next.
The bell rings, and Corbin grabs Cara and starts ripping at the mask. Cara hits a springboard arm drag, but Corbin immediately big boots him down. Corbin throws him out of the ring and drives him into the barricade spine-first. Corbin rips at the mask again, but Cara throws him off. Corbin charges, but Cara moves, and he hits the barricade hard. Cara kicks him and goes for a suicide dive, but Corbin forearms him.
Corbin rips at the mask again, but Cara gets away and rolls out of the ring. Cara fights him when he leaves the ring and drives him into the ring steps. Cara punches away at him before Corbin knocks him away. Cara chop blocks him and continues attacking. Cara then spears him onto the table. The referee calls the match off.
Cara has Corbin grounded and continues punching him in the face before kneeing him in the head a few times. Corbin tries to escape, but Cara throws a chair at him. Corbin then escapes through the crowd.
Renee Young is backstage with The Usos. She asks how they’re preparing to take on The Shield at Survivor Series. Jimmy Uso says they already proved they have this division on lock. Now they’ll prove they’re the A-Team on the so-called B-Show. Jey is going to welcome The Shield to The Uso Penitentiary. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable walk up to them. Benjamin says at Survivor Series, it’s the Smackdown Tag Champions versus the RAW Tag Champions. Next week, they’ll be facing The Usos for the titles. Gable does a rap, and it’s bad.
Shinsuke Nakamura takes on Kevin Owens in a Survivor Series Qualifying Match. Coming up next, AJ Styles takes on Samir Singh.
Samir and Sunil Singh make their way to the stage. They say they’re the advocates of the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Champion, The Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal!
Jinder Mahal makes his way to the ring. Mahal was ejected from ringside last week when AJ Styles easily defeated Sunil Singh. Mahal says he was unfairly ejected from ringside last week because of the fear of what he was going to do to AJ Styles. Someone else should be feeling that fear: Brock Lesnar. Fear is setting in for Lesnar and Paul Heyman. At Survivor Series, The Beast will be beaten, victimized, and conquered. Mahal will forever be known as “The Beast Master.” Tonight, he’ll be at ringside as Samir faces AJ Styles in his honor. Mahal then speaks to his people in his people, but AJ Styles cuts him off.
The bell rings, and Singh talks some trash before slapping Styles. Styles tackles him and punches away at him. Styles hits a Pelé Kick and immediately hits the Styles Clash for the win.
Mahal immediately attacks Styles and punches away at him. Mahal continues punching and kicking him. Sunil Singh holds Styles’ leg, and Mahal superkicks Styles. Mahal then slides Styles ribs-first into the ring post. Mahal goes outside and stretches Styles out against the ring post. Sunil Singh stomps away at Styles before Mahal pulls him off. Mahal then hits the Khallas. Mahal holds him up for a moment before dropping him. Mahal then holds up the WWE Championship and leaves the ring. Mahal then gets back in the ring and hits a second Khallas.
Sami Zayn is complaining to Kevin Owens about Shane McMahon making himself Team Captain of Team Smackdown Live. Owens says he’ll get onto Team Smackdown Live and make sure they win. That way, Shane McMahon will owe them and they’ll get everything they want. This will be the Sami and Kevin Show.
Coming up next, Big E will take on Rusev.
We get another promo video that says the Bludgeon Brothers are coming.
Rusev and Aiden English are in the ring. English asks for complete silence as he sings a Halloween tune but he quickly gets cut off by Big E and The New Day.
The bell rings, and Rusev smacks Big E’s Akeem hat off. Big E attacks, applies an abdominal stretch, and stomps him down in the corner. Rusev goes to the apron, and Big E blocks a punch. Rusev then grabs the arm and yanks it off the middle rope before sending him shoulder-first into the ring post.
We come back from the break to see Rusev applying an arm bar. Big E fights up and hits a pair of belly-to-belly overhead suplexes before hitting a belly-to-belly side suplex. Big E connects with a big splash and sets up for the end. Rusev slides out of a Big Ending and boots him back.
Big E ducks an attack, but Rusev kicks him. Big E then powers him down with a uranage out of nowhere. Aiden English gets on the microphone and sings about Rusev Day again. Xavier Woods cuts him off with a trombone. English attacks him. Kofi Kingston chases English into the ring. Charles Robinson keeps Kingston back and admonishes him. Big E hits English with a Big Ending. Rusev then superkicks him from behind and picks up the victory.
Sin Cara is walking backstage when Renee Young stops him and asks about the significance of his mask. Cara says it represents his family. When he puts it on, it’s a sign of his survival after a not so easy life. Baron Corbin did the most disrespectful thing to a luchador by trying to take it from him. He went through hell to get his mask and will go through hell to keep it.
Later tonight, Kevin Owens will take on Shinsuke Nakamura in the next Survivor Series Qualifying Match. Coming up next though, Breezango will present, “Strangerer Things.”
Aiden English comes up to Shane McMahon and disingenuously asks about Daniel Bryan. English says it’s Rusev Day. Rusev wants to be on Team Smackdown. English goes to sing about it, but McMahon cuts him off. If Rusev wants to be on Team Smackdown, he’ll have to earn his way on. Rusev will be in a match with the winner getting on Team Smackdown. Rusev just has to beat AJ Styles. McMahon sings, “Good Luck.”
It’s time for “Strangerer Things.” Fandango is feeding Leggo My Eggos to someone hidden, who he thinks is Tyler Breeze. Breeze then walks in dressed like Eleven and Dango is confused. They then thinks it’s The Ascension, but Viktor comes in dressed like Barb. It turns out to be Tye Dillinger, also dressed like Eleven. Konnor comes in and is dressed like Kane, and they attack him. They stop when they realize it isn’t Kane. The lights flicker and the photo of The Bludgeon Brothers is highlighted. There’s an attack, and a Jigsaw ripoff says, “Let the games begin.”
Kevin Owens is out to face Shinsuke Nakamura in our main event
Shinsuke Nakamura is out next and the winner of this match qualifies for SmackDown’s Survivor Series team.
The bell rings, and Nakamura quickly connects with some strikes. Nakamura sends him into the ropes, but Owens holds on and pulls himself out of the ring. Nakamura goads him to get into the ring, and Owens, pissed off, obliges. Nakamura knees him, hits a snapmare, and knees him again for a two count. Nakamura chokes him with his boot in the corner and kicks him. Nakamura hits a running dropkick, and Owens rolls out of the ring again. Nakamura follows him out, and Owens drives him into the ring apron. Nakamura reverses a whip into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Owens reverse a whip to the corner, but Nakamura slingshots over him. Owens quickly superkicks him for a near fall. Owens punches away at him and stomps him. Owens shouts that this is his show. Owens stomps the face for a two count. Owens applies a chin lock, but Nakamura fights up. Owens spikes him with a DDT for a near fall. Owens digs his forearm into Nakamura’s face and continues hitting him. Owens goes back to the chin lock.
Nakamura fights up and forearms out. Owens misses a clothesline, and Nakamura dropkicks him down. Nakamura starts kicking the chest, but Owens blocks the roundhouse. Nakamura manages to catch him with an enzuigiri. Nakamura attacks in the corner and lays him across the top turnbuckle for a running knee to the ribs for a near fall. Sami Zayn comes down to distract Nakamura. Owens rolls him up for a near fall. Nakamura connects with a massive kick to the skull for a near fall. Zayn bounces around the ringside area. Nakamura goes for a superplex, but Owens counters into a swinging fisherman’s superplex for a near fall.
Owens tries for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Nakamura counters into a hurricanrana and a sliding knee for a near fall. Nakamura sets up, but Zayn pulls Owens out of the ring. Nakamura pulls himself out of the ring and scares Zayn away. Owens sends Nakamura into the ring post and puts him in the ring. Owens goes to the top for a Bullfrog Splash, but Nakamura kicks out! Owens tells Zayn to clear off the commentary table. Randy Orton’s music hits, and they look toward the entrance ramp. Orton comes through the crowd and hits Zayn with a back suplex onto the table! Nakamura then hits Owens with a kick and connects with the Kinshasa for the win!
Nakamura celebrates after the match while Owens and Zayn are down and out. Orton looks on from ringside and smiles at the result.
That’s it for this week’s SmackDown Live! Let us know what you thought in the comments and be sure to read our results for 205 Live! Until next time, safe travels!