SMACKDOWN! LIVE (05.02.17)
FRESNO, CA (Save Mart Center)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Byron Saxton
Written by Brendan Wahl
Jinder Mahal was taking photographs with Randy Orton's stolen WWE Championship before Shane McMahon came over and took it away from him while also noting that he'll be taking on Sami Zayn tonight in singles action.
Shane McMahon made his way to the ring and welcomed the new United States ChampionChris Jericho and welcomed everyone to the "Show of Jericho" ("smack it down, mannnnnnn!") Shane mentioned that Jericho would defend the title against Kevin Owenstonight but AJ Styles was the one to come down and interrupt. He talked about being excited to take the title from him at Backlash if he makes it to the end of the night with the championship still in tact. Jericho was about to put AJ on the list for not thinking he could retain the title tonight but was interrupted by Kevin Owens, who said that he would take back what is rightfully his when he beats Jericho to get his championship back. He told Styles to get out of his ring... so he did by jumping Owens in the aisle and a number of officials having to break it up.
1) Jinder Mahal def. Sami Zayn by pinfall in 10:52 when he hit him with the arm-trap neckbreaker after interference from the Singh Brothers.
Natalya tried to convince Becky Lynch to join her, Carmella (with James Ellsworth) and Tamina in the fight against Charlotte Flair. Becky said she would think about it.
Dolph Ziggler complained about an entire PPV being built around Shinsuke Nakamura who isn't even here tonight. Shane re-iterated that his name was Shinsuke Nakamura but Dolph said what he does to Sin Cara tonight would be impressive.
Aiden English did his singing intro and it seemed to be his permanent gimmick now.
2) Tye Dillinger def. Aiden English by pinfall in 1:04 when he hit him with the Tyebreaker. After the match, Aiden was visibly upset.
Chris Jericho was in the middle of an interview conducted by Renee Young when he spotted a crying Aiden English. At first, he comforted him but then not surprisingly, added him to the List.
Charlotte Flair talked about the "so-called welcome committee" and mentioned that the Smackdown Women's Championship is her destiny. She was jumped by Natalya, Carmella and Tamina though and they left her laid out.
3) Carmella/Natalya (with Tamina & James Ellsworth) def. Smackdown Women's Champion Naomi/Charlotte by pinfall in 11:42 when Carmella rolled Naomi up following a distraction from James Ellsworth. After the attack on Charlotte prior to the match, she was only able to make it to the ring later on. Becky Lynch then came out and shook hands with the heels before attacking them and getting beaten down as well.
4) Dolph Ziggler def. Sin Cara by pinfall in 4:33 with the superkick.
The first episode of The Fashion Files is shown with Breezango working as actual fashion police.
5) Kevin Owens def. United States Champion Chris Jericho by pinfall to win the title in 12:37 when he hit him with the Pop-Up Powerbomb. Owens then followed up with two more powerbombs and then put a steel chair around Jericho's neck and rammed him into the ringpost.