SMACKDOWN! LIVE (05.16.17)
MANCHESTER, NH (SNHU Arena)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Byron Saxton
Written by Brendan Wahl
The show began with United States Champion Kevin Owens doing his own version of the Highlight Reel until he was interrupted by AJ Styles, who promised to beat him for the championship this Sunday so he can bring it back to the USA. AJ suggested that they brawl right now but that triggered the appearance of Jinder Mahal, who said that he was supposed to be the intended guest of the talk show. He showed footage of defeating Orton last week and said that it will happen again this Sunday at Backlash. AJ told him to focus on tonight and then when he was prodded by both Mahal and Owens, he got into the ring and scared the US Champion off. AJ then called Jinder in right now so they could start their match. Owens joined the announce table for color commentary.
1) Jinder Mahal def. AJ Styles by pinfall in 15:40 with the cobra clutch slam after Owens hit AJ in the leg with the US Championship.
Another edition of the Fashion Police was shown featuring Breezango continuing their investigation.
WWE Champion Randy Orton cut a promo on facing Jinder Mahal at Backlash.
2) Breezango def. The Colons by pinfall in 3:18 when Fandango got the victory over Epico following a falcon arrow. After the match, Tag Team Champions The Usos came out to cut a promo on the victorious team and told them that the fun and games will be over at Backlash.
Shane McMahon came out to the ring to moderate a contract signing between The Welcoming Committee (consisting of Natalya, Tamina & Carmella (and James Ellsworth)) and the team of Charlotte Flair, Women's Champion Naomi & Becky Lynch. After some back-and-forth between the ladies, Ellsworth turned down all the females on the opposite team and then Naomi jumped him. However, before a brawl could break out... Shane made it Naomi vs. Carmella next!
3) Carmella [w/Welcoming Committee] def. Women's Champion Naomi [w/Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair] by pinfall in 11:20 when she rolled her up after a distraction was provided due to both teams brawling with each other.
Dolph Ziggler showed a video of all the remarkable things that Shinsuke Nakamura has done on the main roster. There was no footage so Ziggler instead showed a video package of his own accomplishments.
Sami Zayn talked about how he now has a match against Baron Corbin at Backlash. Before he could get very far, Corbin attacked him from behind.
4) WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Baron Corbin by pinfall in 13:20 when he hit the RKO. After the match, Jinder Mahal came down to cut a promo about defeating him at Backlash for the WWE Championship. This distraction allowed the Singh Brothers to attack from behind and for Mahal to nail the champion with the cobra clutch slam.