SMACKDOWN! LIVE (05.09.17)
LONDON, ENGLAND (O2 Arena)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Byron Saxton
Written by Brendan Wahl
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WWE Champion Randy Orton opened the show in the ring but was interrupted by Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers. Jinder even showed off some photos of himself with the WWE Championship in preparation of his expected victory. As he made his way to the ring, there was another interruption and this time it was from United States Champion Kevin Owens, who said that no one cares about either of them and they should just care about him. Owens talks about ending Chris Jericho's career last week and then adding that he would also end AJ Styles' career at Backlash. Owens threatened to eventually capture the WWE Championship as well when he becomes the face of the company. This brought out AJ Styles who said that Owens should enjoy being the "new face of America" because he will never be the face of Smackdown Live. Baron Corbin was the last to come out but he got jumped by Sami Zayn in the aisle. The Singhs managed to pull Jinder to safety and the heels made their way to the back.
James Ellsworth referred to the crowd as a bunch of "daft plunkers" and told everyone to drop to a knee before Carmella (along with Tamina) introduced Natalya to the ring. Becky Lynch was brought to the ring by Women's Champion Naomi but then Charlotte joined the fray and stood by Becky & Naomi.
1) Natalya [w /Carmella, James Ellsworth & Tamina] def. Becky Lynch by pinfall in 3:02 when Becky is distracted by all the brawling between both teams on the outside. There was some tension between Naomi & Charlotte following the match.
Charlotte and Naomi argued in the back before Becky separate both of them before saying that they need to stick together against the Welcoming Committee. Becky announced they would face the committee in a 6-woman tag team match at Backlash.
Another edition of Fashion Police featured Breezango investigating facepaint on the floor of the arena but it led to them finding The Ascension just hyping each other up.
2) Erick Rowan def. Luke Harper by pinfall in 4:17 when he raked his eyes and hit a spinning powerslam.
Dolph Ziggler came down to the ring to call out Shinsuke Nakamura for a confrontation. Nakamura said they could do this right now and then the referee even came down but Ziggler quickly said "nope" and then jumped him. However, Nakamura cleared him from the ring.
Sami Zayn talked to his partners AJ Styles and WWE Champion Randy Orton, which furthered his 'geek' gimmick that he was given for a while on RAW. Eventually, both guys left the locker room.
3) Breezango def. The Ascension by pinfall in 2:37 when Fandango hit Viktor with the Last Dance. The Usos then came down after the match and cut a promo on facing them in 12 days at Backlash.
Mojo Rawley told a group of kids about his upbringing and then showed off his Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale trophy. One of the kids kicked him in the leg, which he laughed off.
4) United States Champion Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Jinder Mahal [w /The Singh Brothers] def. WWE Champion RandyOrton, AJStyles & Sami Zayn by pinfall in 20:49 when Mahal hit Orton with the cobra clutch slam and got the win.