First off, I would like to give my best wishes and blessings for Ric Flair. I didn’t write anything last week about him because I wanted to wait until more news broke out, and I honestly was preparing for the worst, thinking I would have to write a tribute piece tonight. I am glad that did not happen, and that he is on the road to recovery.
In the business he loves, SummerSlam in the books, and we have a “new era” of sorts that begins with Smackdown! tonight. We have new champions, some still champions, and a whole lot of questions as to who’s going against who for the next month. I will not spoil for those who want to be surprised, so instead just read on to find out!
Smackdown Live Television Report for August 22, 2017 – “More Opportunities”
Introduction Segment: Video Promo
A recap of SummerSlam featuring the United States Championship Match between Champion A.J. Styles and challenger Kevin Owens with Commissioner Shane McMahon as the special referee is shown.
We go live to The Barclay’s Center and the United States Champion A.J. Styles is out first. Amid chants of his name, he has a microphone in hand in the middle of the ring. “Welcome to Smackdown! Live, ‘the house that A.J. Styles built!’ And I am still your United States Champion after beating Kevin Owens at SummerSlam.” He calls himself “the workhorse of WWE,” and brings back the United States Championship Open Challenge, beginning immediately! The man to answer … the former champion, Kevin Owens.
“K.O.” stands on stage with a mike too, but A.J. quickly denies him. Owens disputes the outcome of their SummerSlam match, and reiterates a “screwjob” from a McMahon to a “legendary Canadian.” The Commissioner now joins in the ring with the two rivals. Shane sticks to his word that he “called the match right down the middle, and in the end, A.J. won, fair and square.”
Kevin argues about McMahon’s physical aptitude and then airs footage of the three-count that was waived off because Styles placed his foot on the bottom rope. A.J. has heard enough and tells Owens that if he wants it, he can have a rematch. Shane relents but books it, however, “K.O.” wants more. Citing numerous issues, he wants a referee of his own. McMahon refuses but Styles is fine with it, so Shane again reluctantly agrees, but also puts Owens on notice that this will be his last opportunity for the championship if he loses.
General Manager Daniel Bryan is on his cellphone when The Singh Brothers walk in. They introduce WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, who puts himself over. Daniel points out that he can’t win without the help of Samir and Samil, which Mahal becomes displeased with the accusation. Bryan books a match with Shinsuke Nakamura taking on The Singh Brothers tonight!
Kevin Owens spots Sami Zayn and asks him to be the referee, despite their history. Sami doesn’t even recall why they started feuding as they have been for a while, which Owens agrees and tells him that Zayn’s not had much of a job on Smackdown! lately, so why not have one tonight. Sami looks like he is pondering that idea while Kevin walks away.
Aiden English calls for a spotlight and he sings in an operatic voice, until he is interrupted by ….
Bobby Roode makes his Smackdown! debut and will be wrestling now!
Match #1: Single – Aiden English VS. Bobby Roode
They both pose and then Bobby clotheslines Aiden to the floor!
Roode and English go back-and-forth until Aiden misses a top-turnbuckle dive and is slammed with a spinebuster. Bobby signals, and then drives English to the canvas with his Glorious DDT! (Implant DDT). Roode covers fro the victory!
Winner via Pinfall: Bobby Roode
Post-match, Rene Young interviews “Glorious.” He touts his successes, and thanking Shane and Daniel for bringing him to Smackdown off of Free Agency. “Smackdown went from being ‘great’ to being ‘glorious!’”
Daniel is with Chad Gable, who wants a new start. Bryan is going to give it to him in the form of a new tag team partner – the returning Shelton Benjamin! Chad is excited, but Benjamin seems a little more reserved and wants to find out what happens next week when they will be in their first match together as a team.
Kevin Owens has a referee’s shirt and hands it to Sami Zayn, but Zayn denies him afterall.
The Hype Bros – Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley make their entrances for a bout, next!
Match #2: Tag Team – The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder) VS. Tag Team champions The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) (Non-title)
Mojo and Jimmy start out trading shots, and then Jey and Jimmy double-team Mojo, allowing The Usos to take control. Rawley eventually gets the hot-tag to Zack, but The Champions are too much and Superkick him for the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winners via Pinfall: Tag-Team Champions The Usos
Post-match, Jimmy and Jey warn all of Smackdown! Live’s Tag-Teams that The Usos are here to rule!
Shinsuke Nakamura is walking through the halls, and is taking on The Singh Brothers next!
Match #3: Two-On-One – Shinsuke Nakamura VS. The Singh Brothers (Samir and Samil) (with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal)
Even though both Brothers can be in the ring at the same time, Nakamura dominates the early part of this contest. Jinder helps out – hands off – and that allows The Singhs to double-team for a bit, until Shinsuke catches one of the Brothers in a Triangle Choke, forcing them to give-in!
Winner via Submission: Shinsuke Nakamura
Post-match, Mahal attacks, but Nakamura turns it around and hits his Kinsasha knee-to-the-face!
Kevin is still looking for a referee and is caught by Breezango! They want to be his “referees,” but he flat-out rejects them. Baron Corbin walks up and offers his help, only if he gets a shot at the title. Owens agrees.
New Women’s champion Natalya struts to the ring. She puts down former champion Naomi, and declares herself “forever” to be Smackdown’s champion. She promises to bring back “dignity” to the championship.
“Ms. Money In The Bank” Carmella and James Ellsworth make their entrances and threaten Natalya about her cashing in for a title shot. “At SummerSlam, I let you have your moment, but just remember, when the time is right, I’ll be trading in my contract for that championship. Capiche?”
Match #4: Tag-Team – Women’s Champion Natalya and Carmella (with James Ellsworth) VS. Becky Lynch and Naomi
Carmella and Naomi start out, with Carmella dancing around at first, and then suddenly tagging in Nattie. The Champ and Naomi lock up and we go to break!
Becky and Nattie are now in the ring, with Natalya stomping away at Lynch in the corner. Nattie clamps on a grounding rear-chinlock, but Becky works out of it, however Natalya hits back with a clothesline. Nattie wants to switch, but Carmella hops off of the apron; they argue and Becky takes advantage. She elbows Natalya out of the corner, but the Women’s Champion pulls her off of the second turnbuckle and covers but only gets two! Lynch reverses a suplex into an inside cradle, and then tags in Naomi, who locks on her submission. Natalya works out of that and tries the Sharpshooter, but Naomi wiggles out. Nattie forces Carmella in, and Becky and Naomi finish her off!
Winners via Pinfall: Becky Lynch and Naomi
Dasha is with a Dolph Ziggler, who is back after a long absence. He pokes fun at everyone who has some fancy attribute to them, claiming that’s what he needs to be noticed again. Dolph vows to start that next week.
Locker Room Promo
Lana is with Tamina and tells her that her “quest” for the Women’s championship starts next week. She has Tamina bring out her “rage” through meditation, and calls her “the most-feared woman on Smackdown! Live.”
United States Champion A.J. Styles is walking towards the entrance area when Baron Corbin stops him. He wants to make the same deal with Styles, but A.J. informs him to get in line with the Open Challenge next week, when Styles wins tonight. Corbin quips “see you out there, champ,” and walks away.
Baron Corbin makes his entrance for the main-event, next!
Match #5: Single for the United States Championship – Kevin Owens (Challenger) VS. A.J. Styles (Champion) (Special Referee: Baron Corbin)
Owens stalls on the outside and then slides in and stomps away. Styles gains control as Corbin fairly looks on.
Kevin trips up A.J. on the apron and throws him into the barrier with a fall-away slam. He rolls him back in the ring for a near-fall, and then wears him down with a grounding rear-chinlock. Owens continues to govern until Styles reverses into a wheelbarrow-facebuster!
They slug away at each other and then A.J. hits numerous fists and kicks. He measures Kevin in the corner and runs at him with a leaping-forearm! He almost gets this after a fireman’s-carry neckbreaker! Styles and Baron have calm words, and then A..J. sets up for the Phenomenal Forearm; Kevin ducks but gets trapped in the Calf-Crusher! He just about taps and almost clasps the bottom rope; Styles rolls him away, but Corbin tells Styles that Owens actually did grab the rope.
Kevin shoves A.J. into Baron, who shoves Styles back into a roll-up for a very-quick two! Owens rolls-up again for another fast-count, and they both clothesline each other. Commissioner McMahon charges down and bickers with Corbin about his officiating. In the ring, Kevin gives A.J. a low-blow and covers, but Shane pulls Baron out of the ring! They squabble again, and then Corbin ditches the referee shirt and job!
McMahon is now the ref, to Owens’ chargin! Styles capitalizes with his Phenomenal Forearm and covers for the victory!
Winner via Pinfall and STILL United States Champion: A.J. Styles
Post-match, A.J. celebrates as Kevin looks on in disbelief and anger to close the show.
End of Smackdown! Live.