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Smackdown! Live TV report for 05/23/2017

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Introduction: Video Promo and Welcoming

Still-pictures recap Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship win this past Sunday at Backlash. We go to the arena in Toledo, Ohio, where commentators Tom Phillips, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, and Byron Saxton greet us. A camera is outside, where police on motorcycles enter with sirens. An SUV is behind, and The Singh Brothers exit. They lay out a carpet and on it walks new WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.

Arena Promo

Commissioner Shane McMahon is out. He announces that Randy Orton has been granted his automatic rematch for the WWE Championship at Money In The Bank in June. He moves onto the point of Money In The Bank, which is the Ladder Match with the briefcase that holds a WWE Championship Match Contract. McMahon brings out the wrestlers who will partake: A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Kevin Owens. But, Shane says that Owens is actually not a part of this match. He asks for the final participant to make his entrance – Shinsuke Nakamura.

The United States Champion – Kevin – complains about not being included, so Shane actually includes him! All wrestlers now take verbal shots at each other until McMahon cools them down by booking a couple of matches for tonight – Baron Corbin wrestling Sami Zayn and Kevin and Dolph teaming against Shinsuke and A.J.!

Up next, Becky Lynch and Charlotte are tagging together.

Commercials.

Match #1: Tag-Team – The Welcoming Committee (Natalya and Carmella) (with Tamina and James Ellsworth) VS. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch (with Women’s Champion Naomi)

Becky and Carmella start out with a standing side-headlock by Carmella. Lynch takes Carmella down with a headlock, but Carmella soon gets back up and they trade back-and-forth; Becky knocks Carmella to the outside for a break.

Commercials.

Natalya and Carmella are now in control, double-stomping Lynch in the corner. Natalya tries to lock Becky in The Sharpshooter, but Lynch kicks off and makes the hot-tag to Charlotte. She almost gets this after a boot, and then goes tot the top turnbuckle, but Tamina stops her. Naomi takes out Tamina, and then Becky gives Natalya a dropkick from the turnbuckles.

Carmella is tagged in and is almost trapped in the Dis-Arm-Her, but James Ellsworth hops the apron. Naomi kicks him down, and then Lynch puts Carmella to the mat with her submission to force Carmella to give-in!

Winners via Submission: Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch (with Women’s Champion Naomi)

Commercials.

Match #2: Single – Baron Corbin VS. Sami Zayn

They lock up and Baron chucks Sami across the ring. He goes to pick him up, but Zayn turns him over into a roll-up for the sudden victory!

Winner via Pinfall: Sami Zayn

Post-match, “The Lone Wolf” viciously attacks Sami on the outside and into the crowd.

Commercials.

Locker Room Promo

A.J. Styles walks up to Shinsuke Nakamura, recapping their history in Japan. He tells Shinsuke to do what he says tonight, in “the house that A.J. Styles built.” Nakamura agrees, but at Money In The Bank, he says he “will turn your house into my playground.”

Video Promo

Another edition of the “Fashion Files” with Breezango is presented. Tyler Breeze and Fandango walk in to Commissioner Shane McMahon’s office and prepare to “resign.” They give over their “badges” and “guns” (water guns), but McMahon does not take their offer, and instead books Breeze against Tag-Team Champion Jey Uso later tonight! Breezango is happy and Fandango takes a donut with Shane’s encouragement.

Back live, the ring is being made for WWE Champion Jinder Mahal’s celebration!

Commercials.

Arena Promo

Many Punjab/East-Indian dancers surround the ring and put on a performance in celebration of the NEW WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal. He eventually walks to the ring and proudly pronounces his accomplishment. He criticizes the fans for going against him because of his heritage and dialect that are not “American.” He talks to “his people” in Punjabi and then relishes in pyro to finish his party.

Commercials.

Match #3: Single – Tyler Breeze (with Breezango partner Fandango) VS. Tag-Team Champion Jey Uso (with Tag-Team Champion partner Jimmy Uso)

Fandango jumps on the apron and fires the squirt gun at Jey, and Tyler takes advantage with a roll-up to quickly take this!

Winner via Pinfall: Tyler Breeze (with Breezango partner Fandango)

Match #4: Single – Fandango (with Breezango partner Tyler Breeze) VS. Tag-Team Champion Jimmy Uso (with Tag-Team Champion partner Jey Uso)

Jimmy slaps and kicks Fandango, but Breeze distracts Jimmy and Jey. Fandango rolls him up for the 1 – 2 – 3!

Winner via Pinfall: Fandango (with Breezango partner Tyler Breeze)

Commercials.

Match #5: Tag-Team for the Tag-Team Championship – Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) (Challengers) VS. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) (Champions)

Jimmy and Tyler are wrestling until Breeze dumps Jimmy to the floor; he makes the hot-tag to Fandango as Jimmy switches with Jey. Fandango just about gets this, and then tries his Falcon Arrow suplex. The Usos get out of it and superkick both Breezango members. An Uso goes to the top turnbuckle and splashes, but Fandango lifts his knees and small-packages him for a very near-fall!

Jimmy and Fandango are fighting on the top turnbuckle when Jey tags in. Fandango flies off of the top with his Last Dance legdrop, but Jey splashes from the other corner and covers for the victory!

Winners via Pinfall and STILL Tag-Team Champions – The Usos

Commercials.

Office Promo

Natalya, Carmella, Becky Lynch, Tamina, and Charlotte all make their case for a Women’s Championship Match against Naomi. Commissioner Shane McMahon listens and then books all of them to wrestle in a Five-Way Elimination next week on Smackdown! Live; the winner will face Naomi at Money In The Bank for the Championship.

Match #6: Tag-Team – Dolph Ziggler and United States Champion Kevin Owens VS. A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura

A.J. and Dolph begin with an elbow-collar tie-up. A.J. turns it into a standing side-headlock, but Ziggler switches that into a standing wristlock. Styles reverses into another headlock and then dropkicks soon after. Dolph and A.J. tag-out, so Shinsuke and Owens are now in.

The U.S. Champion yells at everyone until Shinsuke starts striking. He lines up for his Kinsasha knee, but Kevin rolls out of the ring.

Commercials.

Nakamura is playing mind-games with Owens and then snapmares him into a kneedrop. He gives him his “Good Vibrations” foot-press in the corner, but gains a quick way out and dominance. He tags in Ziggler, who chops Shinsuke in the corner, and then wears him down with a headlock. Dolph slams Nakamura’s head against the canvas and then goes back to the U.S. Champ.

Owens presses his foot against Shinsuke’s throat in the corner, snapmares him, and kicks him hard in the back. He and Ziggler double-team and govern for a while.

Commercials.

Kevin and Dolph are still dominating until Ziggler runs at Nakamura and misses, hitting the ring post! Shinsuke makes the much-needed hot-tag and A.J. is all over Dolph! He just about gets this after a Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker (thanks Phillips for that name!) but his Styles Clash attempt is countered. Owens is tagged in and run-kicks A.J. in the back off of the apron. He and Ziggler rule this bout again for a bit.

A.J. soon manages the hot-tag to Nakamura and Shinsuke gears up. He strikes hard on Owens, and then A.J. tries the Clash on Owens, but Dolph superkicks him. Nakamura fires back with a dropkick and then the Kinsasha on Kevin; he covers and receives the victory!

Winners via Pinfall: A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura poses with A.J. looking on, and then they both stare each other down with the Money In The Bank Briefcase above them to close the show.

End of Smackdown! Live.

Moe Tapp has been reporting for Wrestling-Online since January 2011, first for Raw and now for Smackdown! Live, as well as the occasional Live Event when it comes to his home-city. He has been following various pro wrestling companies and television shows continuously for over 20 years. Outside of wrestling, Moe enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading mostly non-fiction, and listening to Rock N’ Roll.

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