SMACKDOWN! LIVE (08.01.17)
CLEVELAND, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Byron Saxton
Written by Brendan Wahl
1) AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens by pinfall in 16:38 to retain the title when the ref, who had earlier been accidentally punched in the eye, counted the pin following a cradle by Styles even though Owens had his shoulder up before the three count. Afterwards, Owens was FURIOUS about the controversy.
Kevin Owens yelled at Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan and then shoved referee Mike Chioda down to the ground. Shane gave Kevin a rematch at SummerSlam but he requested a referee for the match that could actually call a match down the middle. Shane said that he would be the referee and Kevin got angry at that as well.
The Usos came down to the ring after mocking New Day's entrance and then cut a promo on them.
After a parody of Twin Peaks, Tyler Breeze decided that he knows exactly where Fandango is now.
2) Aiden English def. Sami Zayn by pinfall in 1:59 when he got a cradle out of nowhere. After the match, Mike & Maria Kanellis came down to rub the loss in Sami's face.
3) Women's Champion Naomi/Becky Lynch def. Carmella/Natalya by submission in 4:51 when Naomi made Carmella tap out.
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal [w /Singh Brothers] said that no matter who wins between John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura, he will walk out of SummerSlam as champion.
4) Rusev def. Chad Gable by submission in 9:19 when he made Gable submit to the Accolade after a hard-fought back-and-forth battle. After the match, Rusev said that no one can beat him even though John Cena won the Flag match. He said that he has no SummerSlam opponent so Randy Orton answered the call. Rusev responded in Russian so Orton nailed him with the RKO.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura def. John Cena by pinfall in a SummerSlam Contendership Match in 13:20 when he hit the Kinshasa.
After the main event (and airing on 205 Live), Baron Corbin ran down to attack Nakamura so John Cena made the save and gave Corbin the AA through the announce table. He then left and Nakamura celebrated some more.