SMACKDOWN! LIVE (04.25.17)
DES MOINES, IA (Wells Fargo Arena)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Byron Saxton
Written by Brendan Wahl
The night started off with an in-ring interview with Shinsuke Nakamura conducted by Renee Young. Well, it barely got off to a start before Dolph Ziggler interrupted by coming down to the ring. Dolph spent a lot of time antagonizing him so Nakamura responded by asking what his problem was followed by speaking in Japanese. Ziggler hit him with a superkick but Nakamura fought back. Dolph was able to escape the Kinshasa at the last minute though.
United States Champion Kevin Owens joins the announce table for color commentary.
1) AJ Styles def. Baron Corbin by pinfall in 10:48 when he reversed a powerbomb into a sunset flip after superkicking an interfering Kevin Owens.
Owens and Corbin prepared to double-team AJ but Sami Zayn ran out and nailed Corbin with the Helluva Kick. Owens then attacked Sami from behind and laid Styles out with the Pop-Up Powerbomb.
Charlotte Flair talked about needing a new kingdom to rule and said that she would need the Smackdown Women's Championship to exist.
2) American Alpha def. The Colons by pinfall in a Beat the Clock Challenge in 5:17 when Gable got the pinfall following their Grand Amplitude finish.
Rusev sent a pre-recorded message about how he doesn't like Daniel Bryan or Shane McMahon so he will only appear on the show when he is given a championship match at Money in the Bank.
Becky Lynch said her relationship with Charlotte Flair is complicated and that brought about the interruption by Natalya, Carmella, Tamina and James Ellsworth to say that she is either with them or against them.
3) WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Erick Rowan by pinfall in a No DQ Match in 12:14. The end came when Orton sent Rowan head-first into a chair in the corner and then finished him off with the RKO.
Orton cut a post-match promo not knowing what a House of Horrors match would entail but did ensure Bray Wyatt that the match would simply be the former champion's "eternal hell." Suddenly, Orton was interrupted by the #1 contender Jinder Mahal, who was angered over Orton disrespecting and overlooking him. Mahal promised to take his WWE Title and added that he has more class, wealth, talent and culture than anyone in the entire arena. He accused Orton of disrespecting him because of his arrogance and lack of tolerance but then said he would take his deserved respect at Backlash when he beats him for the championship. Jinder then spoke in his native tongue and went after Orton but got attacked. He went to give Jinder the DDT using the ropes but the Bollywood Boys made their way out to help triple-team the champion. Jinder then left with Orton's championship and posed with it on the entrance ramp.
Another vignette was shown for Lana to hype her new dancing gimmick.
4) Breezango def. The Ascension by pinfall in a Beat the Clock Challenge in 2:42 when Fandango got the victory following a falcon arrow. They beat American Alpha's time and thus will be the #1 contenders for Backlash.
Naomi talked about how Charlotte Flair was about to "feel the glow."
5) Smackdown Women's Champion Naomi vs. Charlotte Flair ended in a No Contest in 10:32 when Natalya, Carmella and Tamina attacked both competitors. The three ladies then stood tall alongside James Ellsworth as both Naomi and Charlotte were laid out.