SMACKDOWN! LIVE (06.27.17)
SAN DIEGO, CA (Valley View Casino Center)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Byron Saxton
Written by Brendan Wahl
Daniel Bryan opened the show by coming down to the ring and hyping tonight's matches but then Carmella [w /James Ellsworth] interrupted and referred to Smackdown Live as "the land of injustice" because of her being stripped of her Money in the Bank briefcase. She again stressed that the match had no rules and that "the first person to gain possession of the contract wins the match" and also cited precedence about people interfering in other MITB ladder matches. Bryan responded by saying that no one has ever handed a participant the actual briefcase and his decision would stand. Ellsworth claimed Bryan had some phony injury so Bryan responded by not only banning him from the match but had security remove him from the entire building. Bryan sarcastically wished Carmella good luck and left the ring.
1) Tag Team Champions The Usos def. The Hype Bros in a non-title #1 contendership match by pinfall in 5:40 when Ryder was pinned with the top-rope splash. There seemed to be some timing issues as the three count aired immediately after the commercial break. After the contest, The New Day interrupted and said they would take down the Usos at Battleground but the champions responded by saying that the New Day don't deserve a shot... but they did accept the challenge anyway.
Breezango interrogated The Ascension in another edition of Fashion Vice but the duo denied trashing their office. While the interrogatees enjoyed their cheese tray, Breezango's office was trashed again and thus the mystery will continue.
2) Women's Champion Naomi def. Lana by pinfall in 42 seconds with a split-legged moonsault.
Becky Lynch cut a brief promo about tonight's MITB rematch.
Aiden English performed a brief operatic before Randy Orton interrupted the proceedings. During the commercial break, Orton laid English out with the RKO and then when the show came back, he was sitting on a chair in the middle of the ring. Orton demanded another rematch for the WWE Championship and if not, he threatened to go to the back and beat the hell out of Jinder and then every other day after that as well. Shane McMahon answered the call and said that Orton can't be out here threatening Mahal's safety or staging sit-ins during a live show. Orton even threatened to show up in the crowds with a ticket and attack Mahal at every show whether he gets arrested or not. Shane empathizes with Orton and granted him a rematch for Battleground but there will be a stipulation and Jinder would get to choose it. Soon after, Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers made their presence known with naming the stipulation as the Punjabi Prison match.
Daniel Bryan announced that there will be an Independence Day Battle Royale next week with the winner getting a shot at Kevin Owens' United States Title.
Mike & Maria Kanellis came out to cut a promo but were interrupted by Sami Zayn as he made his way out for his match.
3) Baron Corbin def. Sami Zayn by pinfall in 8:10 with the End of Days.
4) Carmella def. Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Natalya and Tamina in the Money in the Bank Ladder match in 24:28. Ellsworth interfered but Becky took him out and then Carmella was able to capitalize with a chairshot and won the briefcase for the second time.