Welcome to Smackdown Live and this week Smackdown comes to us from Oakland, California and we kick things off with Shane McMahon making his way out to the ring
Shane says we just witnessed a cowardly act by Kevin Owens as he beat his father down in the middle of the ring. One thing is for sure. He has to give his dad credit for being a salty SOB. They have not always seen eye to eye but at the end of the day, Vince is his father and he loves him. Imagine if you were at home last week with your children and you watched someone you loved get beat down by a coward, how would that make you feel? Shane says his sons saw his grandfather beaten down. McMahons fight back with vengeance when attacked.
Shane says Kevin does not realize what he has done, or maybe he has. Shane says he is in the middle of the ring and Kevin is a no show. Not only did you beat down the Chairman and CEO of the WWE, you beat down the patriarch of his family. Shane says he condemns Kevin to a ruthless beatdown at his hands. He condemns Kevin to vengeance at his hands. Shane says he condemns Kevin to Hell in a Cell.
RANDY ORTON VS AIDEN ENGLISH
Aiden stomps away at Orton. Irish whip by English and Orton explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. English off the ropes and Orton drops him with a powerslam. Aiden on the apron is pulled through the ropes looking for the draping DDT but Aiden drops to the floor. Orton follows and drops English off the barricade. English counters and delivers a back suplex through the announce table sliding back into the ring as we go to break
Orton returns to the ring and English with kicks to Orton. English punches Orton and then connects with a knee to the back. English with a reverse chin lock. Orton gets to his feet and he head butts English and punches him. Orton with a European uppercut. English with a kick but he misses a clothesline. Orton goes for the power slam but English holds on to the ropes. English with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall.
English with an Irish whip and he charges into the corner and connects with a running back elbow for a near fall. English returns to the reverse chin lock. English takes Orton to the mat and he sings for Orton. Orton with forearms and punches. Orton with more punches and European uppercuts in the corner. English with a thumb to the eye followed by a drop kick for a near fall. English with a side head lock but Orton with punches. English with a knee and Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. English with a boot when Orton charges. English comes off the turnbuckles and Orton catches him with an RKO for the three count
The winnere of the match: Randy Orton
Post Match: Orton poses in the ring and Rusev's music plays. Rusev goes to the ramp and he says going into SummerSlam, he was going to be a national hero in Bulgaria. In just ten seconds, you turned him and his family into a national disgrace. Rusev says he is going to rip the fangs out of the viper's mouth. He says he is going to do this right now.
ALEXANDER RUSEV VS RANDY ORTON
The bell rings and Orton blocks a kick and tries for an RKO but Rusev pushes him away. Orton collides with English, who got onto the apron. Rusev with a jumping thrust kick for the three count.
The winner of the match: Alexander Rusev
Tom Phillips says that Kevin Owens will be live, via satellite to respond to Shane McMahon.
Jinder Mahal and the Singhs walk in the back
After the match, Rusev is celebrating in the back and Renee Young says that he looks elated. Rusev asks Renee what that means. Rusev says he has broken the viper in half and he returns home a conquering hero. Rusev starts chanting as he walks away.
The Singhs introduce Jinder Mahal and he makes his way to the ring. Jinder says it is hard to believe but some of you were in an uproar over what he said about Nakamura. Nakamura did not like it either, but apparently his face is full of delight. We see a photo on the TitanTron. Jinder says he is alway angry and they show his "angry face" and it is the same photo. Jinder says half of you are jingoistic and believe that the people of Japan feast on feline and dine on dolphin. Your prejudice is all that Shinsuke Nakamura has to look forward to. You will turn on Nakamura just like him. Jinder says that Nakamura is an artist and they show his "artistic face" and it is the same photo.
Jinder says after he beats Nakamura at Hell in a Cell, this will be his "defeated face" and it is the same photo. Jinder says that Nakamura 'rooks the same'
The people chant your name and sing along with your entrance music, but it hides their xenophobia. Behind your back, they are saying you get your hair cut by a dog groomer. They call you Mr. Miyagi (Samir and Sunil do the wax on, wax off gesture). Jinder responds to the people saying 'that's too far' and says wait until what he has to say in Punjabi.
We are back and Renee Young is with Shinsuke Nakamura. He is asked about Jinder Mahal and Nakamura says that Mahal is funny, but not as funny as when he wins the WWE Championship.
AJ Styles comes to the ring and he has something to say before his US Title Match.
AJ says before he talks about Baron Corbin, after what happened last week between Kevin Owens and Mr. McMahon, Kevin has no idea what he has done. You beat up the man responsible for AJ Styles being in WWE. You beat up the man responsible for the WWE Universe being here. AJ says he was excited to hear that Kevin and Shane will be in Hell in a Cell because you won't survive.
AJ talks about the Short Cut King Baron Corbin. He used a short cut to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase and he failed. He had a chance to redeem himself against John Cena and he failed. AJ says when you step in the ring with the Phenomenal One, you will fail. You can huff and puff, but you will never blow down the House that AJ Styles built.
US CHAMPIONSHIP: AJ STYLES VS BARON CORBIN
Corbin attacks Styles during the introductions and then he kicks Styles in the corner while the referee warns Corbin.
Tye Dillinger attacks Corbin from behind and clips him. Dillinger with punches and then he clotheslines Corbin over the top rope to the floor. Dillinger punches Corbin.
Corbin has trouble staying on his feet and he holds his ankle. Styles with a flying forearm and then he applies the Calf Crusher and Corbin taps but the match has not started. Corbin crawls to the floor.
We are back and Baron Corbin limps in the back and Renee Young stops him. Baron says he feels violated. He would have won the title but the Perfect Zero attacked him. Then AJ Styles put him in the Calf Crusher. Corbin says he will not whine. He says he is going to get even.
Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring.
Charlotte wooos and then she says it is good to be back. Charlotte thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers while her dad was sick. It has been a rough six weeks but her dad is making a comeback. However, when she was away, she learned a valuable lesson. Life is fragile and it is unexpected. That is why you have to make the moments count. From here on out, she is going to make every moment as big as possible for her and her dad.
Natalya interrupts and she comes to the ring with some people carrying an easel. Natalya says she is happy that Ric is doing better. Natalya says that it is time to talk about something else and she says that Charlotte can stay in the ring.
Natalya says as your champion, she is honored to host the first ever Celebration of Women. Natalya mentions Florence Nightengale, Oprah Winfrey, and the women in the Mae Young Classic. It has been women who have broken down barriers and led to new opportunities. They need to focus on one women. A woman who completed the journey that Amelia Erhart could not finish. Natalya says it is a woman she is very proud of.
Natalya reveals a photo of herself.
Charlotte says that was truly inspiring and uplifting. Charlotte thanks Natalya for interrupting her because she is here to challenge Natalya for the Women's Title.
Becky Lynch's music plays and she come out.
Becky says that her and Charlotte can agree that Natalya is crazy. She says Natalya is the craziest there is, the craziest there was, and the craziest there ever will be. Becky says she loves Charlotte's father but there is only one place that title is going and that is to her.
Naomi comes out and she tells Nattie she has to stop because Nattie does not represent all women. You don't even represent the women of Smackdown. The only thing you represent are your stank cats. Naomi says that since Becky and Charlotte are asking for title matches . . .
Tamina Snuka's music plays and she comes out with Lana.
Lana tells Natalya not to listen to these disrespectful villagers.
Natalya says that she appreciates that Lana and Tamina respect her.
Lana tells the Crazy Cat Lady to shut up. Lana says they are here with a Ravishing Revolution and the other women have had their chances and lost. It is about Tamina.
Natalya leaves the ring and she says she is not crazy and she will be the champion forever.
Daniel Bryan's music plays and he comes out.
Daniel tells Gloria Steinhem to calm down and he apologizes for interrupting her celebration.
Tonight, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Tamina, and the returning Charlotte Flair will compete in a Fatal Four Way Match and the winner will face Natalya at Hell in a Cell..
We are back and The Usos are at the announce table for this match.
We are told that the Usos will have their rematch at Hell in a Cell.
NEW DAY VS THE HYPE BROS
Big E and Mojo start off and they go to a stalemate. Big E with an abdominal stretch but Mojo with a reversal and he plays the bongos on Big E. Big E complains about gimmick infringement. Big E with a clothesline and Mojo goes to the floor.
We go to split screen and Mojo gets back into the ring. Big E with a punch and Kofi tags in. Big E with a snap mare and Kofi with a running kick. Mojo with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Kofi goes to the turnbuckles but Mojo catches Kofi and slams him. Mojo sends Kofi into the turnbuckles and Ryder tags in. Mojo with a clothesline into the corner followed by a flapjack from Ryder. Mojo tags in and he connects with a forearm to the back. Mojo with a forearm to the temple. Mojo with more punches and a slam. Ryder tags in and hits a slingshot splash for a near fall.
Ryder sends Kofi into the turnbuckles and punches Kofi. Ryder with a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Kofi with elbows and an arm drag but Ryder with a clothesline for a near fall. Ryder with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. Ryder with shoulders in the corner and Mojo tags in and Ryder with a forearm and Mojo with a back elbow. Mojo gets a near fall. Mojo with a shoulder in the corner and he connects with a second. Mojo misses on a third attempt and Mojo hits the ring post shoulder first.
Big E and Ryder tag in and Big E with two overhead belly-to-belly suplexes. Ryder misses a clothesline and Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E gyrates and he tries for the Warrior splash but Ryder gets his knees up. Big E runs into knees in the corner and then Ryder with a missile drop kick and the Broski boot but Kofi breaks up the cover. Mojo sends Kofi to the apron and Mojo goes over the top rope when Mojo charges at him. Kofi with a plancha trust fall and then they hit the Midnight Hour on Ryder for the three count.
The winners of the match: New Day
Post Match: The New Day celebrate in front of The Usos.
Kevin Owens is live 'via satellite'.
Kevin says the first thing he would like to do is apologize. Kevin says he really doesn't know what came over him. He watched the footage over and over and he cannot believe what he did. Kevin says he wants to apologize to the WWE Universe, WWE Management, and to the McMahon family. Kevin tells Shane, you had it coming. This is all on you. You made him do that. You made Kevin attack your father. You made Kevin want to punch and kick Vince like a garbage bag. Shane, you were the one who disparaged the name of Kevin Owens. Kevin says he was obliterating Shane while he did what he did to Vince.
Kevin says he knew that Vince was a man of his word and then Vince became Shane and he was looking at Shane.
Kevin says he wants to apologize to everyone because at Hell in a Cell, what he will do is nothing compared to what he will do. You may condemn him to hell, but what he does at Hell in a Cell will not condemn him to hell, he will go to heaven.
We are back and Mojo Rawley tells Zack that he is sick and tired of losing. He says something has to give. Mojo tells Zack if they want things to change, they have to do something drastic.
Dolph Ziggler comes out and he says he has been coming out and exposing the elaborate entrances of these so called superstars who could not lace his boots. Dolph says he is the greatest in ring performer in WWE history, yet you still don't get it.
Dolph goes to the back and he comes out
Dolph comes out to Triple H's entrance.
Dolph asks if that was fun or cool. He asks if he can run NXT now. He says it is harder to spit water than you think.
Dolph says he could do something to stop the show.
Dolph then comes out to Shawn Michaels' music.
Dolph says it doesn't get any more superficial than that. Dolph says he can feel himself losing his smile. Dolph says he can go lower.
Dolph comes out to DX's music and he mocks Billy Gunn.
Dolph says he has two words for you . . . Who cares. Who cares about two dads who try to be relevant and coast off into retirement.
You don't care about in ring performance, or lack thereof. You don't care.
Dolph says he is the best ever. Dolph says you couldn't care less and he does not care about you.
#1 CONTENDER'S MATCH: CHARLOTTE VS BECKY LYNCH VS TAMINA VS NAOMI
Tamina goes after Charlotte and then she stops Becky and Naomi. Tamina with a splash to Charlotte and then she sends Becky into Naomi and then go to the floor. Tamina with a shoulder tackle and suplex as we go to commercial.
We are back and Tamina picks up Charlotte for a slam but Charlotte gets to her feet and she kicks and chops Tamina. Charlotte goes for the leg and then Becky with a back heel kick and Naomi with a leg drop for a near fall. Charlotte chops Naomi and then she sweeps the legs on Becky for a near fall. Becky with a back heel kick. Becky Irish whips Naomi and Charlotte sends her to the apron. Naomi with a springboard cross body on Charlotte and Becky and Naomi gets a near fall on Becky. Naomi with kicks to Charlotte and then Naomi with a wheelbarrow sit out stunner for a near fall.
Naomi with a sunset flip followed by FTG but Becky breaks it up. Becky with DisArmHer on Naomi and Tamina breaks it up. Tamina with a Samoan drop but she misses a shoulder into the corner and hits the ring post. Naomi with a jaw breaker to Becky. Becky with a double jump side kick on Naomi and then on Charlotte. Tamina with a clothesline to Becky but Charlotte with a spear to Tamina.
Charlotte pulls Naomi out of the corner and then Charlotte goes up top for a moonsault and she hits it on Naomi and Tamina and she gets a near fall on each of them. Charlotte with a figure four on Naomi but Becky goes up top and hits a leg drop on Charlotte and Tamina breaks up the cover. Tamina gets Becky up for a Samoan drop and she hits it. Tamina goes up top and hits a Superfly splash and hits it on Becky but Naomi breaks up the cover. Lana pulls Naomi to the floor and Naomi with a round kick to Lana.
Tamina with a thrust kick to knock Naomi off the apron. Charlotte with a boot to Tamina and she gets the three count.
The winner of the match: Charlotte Flair