SMACKDOWN! LIVE (07.11.17)
SAN ANTONIO, TX (AT&T Center)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Byron Saxton
Written by Brendan Wahl
A video package details AJ Styes and his huge US Title win at the Madison Square Garden live event.
AJ Styles opened the show with United States Championship in tow. Styles brought up the time that John Cena did the US Open Challenge (without mentioning Cena's name specifically) and announced that he is bringing that concept back to WWE. AJ then said that it would begin tonight with whoever wants to come out and prove him wrong. AJ awaited his answer... and John Cena came a-calling! They toyed around with the idea of Cena qualifying for this or not so the match was made for right NOW as they awaited the presence of a referee. The introductions are made but before tha match could start, former champion Kevin Owens interrupts and then was abe to powerbomb Styles ater Rusev appeared to take out Cena! Match cancelled.
1) WWE Champion Jinder Mahal [w /Singh Brothers] def. Tye Dillinger by pinfall in 6:37 when he hit the Khallas. After the match, Jinder said he would bring the Punjabi Prison next week and "bring hell" to Randy Orton.
2) Xavier Woods [w /New Day] vs. Jey Uso [w /Jimmy Uso] (Smackdown Tag Team Champions) by pinfall in2:23 when Woods hit a ropewalk elbowdrop onto Jey while he was tied up between the ropes.Early in the match, the referee ejected Kofi, Big E and Jimmy Uso from ringside.
Shane McMahon informed Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Lana, Natalya & Tamina that they would face each other in a 5-way elimination match at Battleground with the winner getting a title shot at SummerSlam. As for tonight, Becky would team with Charlotte to take on Nattie & Tamina. Carmella then showed up with a note from her attorney to re-instate James Ellsworth but Shane ripped it up and said that the decision stands.
Baron Corbin cut a promo on Shinsuke Nakamura, who he would wrestle coming up next. Well, unfortunately the two men simply brawled before the match could start and thus the match was never allowed to commence.
AJ Styles and John Cena awkwardly talked strategy with the latter saying that he would still be AJ's challenger at some point in the future.
3) Natalya & Tamina def. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair by pinfall in 8:45 when Tamina superkicked Charlotte following a distraction from Lana.
Maria Kanellis looked for Sami Zayn but Chad Gable answered the locker room door and said he was nowhere to be found.
Sami Zayn then met up with Mike & Maria and was slapped by the latter before Mike smashed a vase over his back.
Breezango did a "Walker, Texas Ranger"-inspired edition of the Fashion Files. They ran into the Hype Bros and accused them of potentially trashing their offices. Ryder was still upset about Mojo eliminating him from the battle royale but he re-iterated to his partner that it was "every man for himself." After the bros left, Fandango noticed that his horse was missing.
4) United States Champion AJ Styles & John Cena def. Kevin Owens & Rusev by pinfall in 13:25 when Cena pinned Owens after the AA.