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Smackdown! Live TV report for 10/17/2017

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Introduction Segment: Arena Promo

The hometown man – General Manager Daniel Bryan – is welcomed by both the ring announcer and fans. They chant his name for a bit until Bryan reminds them that the show is only two hours! Daniel runs down the card for tonight, which includes a Six-Woman Tag-Team and Bobby Roode facing Dolph Ziggler. He also says that WWE Champion Jinder Mahal is going to make a “special announcement.”

Bryan then addresses what happened at Hell In A Cell with Sami Zayn, but can’t go too far as Zayn himself interrupts, dancing out. The GM wonders what happened and Sami simply says that he retained his career. Zayn states that “management” never gave either of them a proper chance, but Daniel had the fans behind him while he did not. Sami takes a couple of shots at Bryan’s health and early-retirement, as well as accidently calling him by his real name of Brian twice. Zayn has decided that the adulation of the fans does not matter anymore, and then berates Daniel for what his career has turned into – a “housewife.”

Kevin Owens now walks out to put in his two cents; he agrees and is pleased with Sami’s words, and then rips on Bryan for turning into what he battled against for so long – the office. Zayn sees it Owens’ way too and calls Daniel a “sell-out.”

The General Manager starts to leave and Kevin wonders where, so Bryan replies that he’s “going to find a couple of dudes to punch you two in the face!”

Video Promo

A recap of Charlotte and Natalya’s Women’s championship match from Hell In A Cell is shown, as well as last week’s altercation between Charlotte and Natalya.

Charlotte makes her entrance prior to the break.

Commercials.

Match #1: Six-Woman Tag Team – Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Naomi VS. Lana, Tamina, and Women’s Champion Natalya

(Note: Ms. Money In The Bank Carmella – with James Ellsworth – is on commentary.)

Naomi and Natalya begin with Naomi getting the better for the first few hits. The heels all group on the outside, which Naomi takes advantage of with a slingshot-plancha! Natalya gains control back in the ring and wears down Naomi with a grounding rear-chinlock. Naomi works her way out with an armdrag and switches with Lynch, who manages to govern Natalya.

Commercials.

Tamina and Naomi are now going at it, with Tamina headbutting in the corner and then tagging in Lana. She slams Naomi to the canvas and then kicks her in the corner. Naomi leaps out and manages the hot-tag to Charlotte, who cleans house on Tamina, Lana, and Natalya! She boots Lana and goes for her Figure-Eight, but Nattie pushes her away. Everyone hits big moves, and Charlotte soon traps Lana in her Figure-Eight, forcing her to give in!

Winners via Pinfall: Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Naomi

Post-match, Nattie attacks Charlotte and goes to hit her with a chair, but Charlotte kicks back and chases her away.

Backstage Promo

GM Bryan walks into Sami and Kevin; he tells them that they will be wrestling Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura tonight.

Commercials.

Video Promo

The Fashion Files are turned into “The Pulp Fashion Files.” Breezango – Tyler Breeze and Fandango – question The Ascension – Konnor and Viktor. They play scenes out of the movie Pulp Fiction, and The Ascension want to be friends. Breezango’s briefcase is stolen, so they leave.

United States Champion Baron Corbin enters the ring and is in action, next!

Commercials.

Match #2: Single – United States Champion Baron Corbin VS. Sin Cara (Non-Title)

Prior to this starting, Baron proclaims that the oft-happening United States Open Challenge is “closed – forever.”

Corbin toys with Cara, but Sin kicks and punches back! He sends Baron to the outside and soars from the top of the ring post with a crossbody! Corbin suddenly can’t make it in the ring before the count of ten!

Winner via Count-Out: Sin Cara

Backstage Promo

Rene Young is with Tag Team champions The Usos. They boast about how they are in control of the tag teams on Smackdown!, but their new challengers – Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin – interrupt and declare that they will be taking those titles in short time.

Commercials.

Video Promo

The Bludgeon Brothers – Luke Harper and Erick Rowan – are in a forest and prophesize that they will bring destruction to Smackdown!

Picture-clips of WWE Champion Jinder Mahal’s visit to India air; the commentator’s announce that he will defend the WWE Championship in India on December 8 and 9.

Arena Promo

The Singh Brothers – Samil and Samir – bring out their boss, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. In the ring, he recounts his trip to India and then makes a huge challenge – to take on Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series!

A.J. Styles cuts him short; he wonders if he heard Mahal right, and Jinder confirms that he has – that he will take on Lesnar at Survivor Series. A.J. was not referring to that; he wants to know why Mahal thinks he has beaten everybody, but he has not defeated Styles. They argue about Styles’ position to wrestle Jinder for the title until “The Phenomenal One” dismantles all three with his fast kicks!

Commercials.

Office Promo

WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers barge into General Manager Daniel Bryan’s office; they want to find out what Bryan is gong to do about A.J. Styles “disrespecting” them. Daniel turns it back to Mahal, and the WWE Champion says that Samil will face A.J. on next week’s Smackdown! Live; Bryan quickly agrees!

Match #3: Single – Bobby Roode VS. Dolph Ziggler

The bell rings and Dolph is aggressive immediately with kicks and punches. Roode hits back out of the corner with a clothesline and then they both end up on the floor. Ziggler runs Bobby into the ring apron and hits a dropkick.

Commercials.

Bobby punches out of a sleeper and then backdrops out of one. Dolph flips out onto his feet but is slingshot into the ring post! Roode slugs away and hits a running forearm off the ropes. He almost takes this after slam to the mat, and then dives off of the middle rope. Dolph ducks and rolls Roode up, but only gets two! He rolls him up again for another two, and then shoves him into the turnbuckle and rolls him up, clutching the tights for the 1 – 2 – 3!

Winner via Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

Commercials.

It is announced that Universal champion Brock Lesnar will reply to WWE Champion Jinder Mahal’s challenge, next week on Monday Night Raw.

Backstage Promo

Aiden English is singing and dresses down a couple of assistants for paying more attention to their phones than to him. The New Day – Xavier Woods, Big E., and Kofi Kingston – then walk in and party with the assistants, to English’s chagrin. Rusev walks up and says “no more New Day.” He says it is “Rusev Day,” and The New Day oblige by dancing away; “The Bulgarian Brute” glares at them.

Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn make their entrances for the main-event!

Commercials.

Match #4: Tag-Team – Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton VS. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Shinsuke and Sami start, trading arm holds and flips. They soon tag-out to Kevin and Randy, where Owens gets a one-up on Orton, sending him to the floor.

Commercials.

Nakamura is dominating Owens until Zayn pulls Kevin away from a running-knee. Owens capitalizes, and he and Sami work over Shinsuke’s left knee for a while. Kevin almost gets this after a senton-splash but Nakamura moves from the corner and hits those double-knees! He makes the needed-tag to Randy, who takes out both Owens and Zayn. He sets up Sami for a DDT to the outside, but Zayn shoves him away; Orton ducks a clothesline and backdrops Sami onto and through the commentator’s table! Randy goes for the DDT inside the ring this time, but Owens gets Referee Charles Robinson’s attention, allowing Zayn to low-blow Orton and hit him with the Helluva Kick! Sami covers and receives the victory!

Winners via Pinfall: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Post-match, Sami and Kevin mock a celebration in front of GM Daniel in the Gorilla Position, and wonder who the General Manager has lined up for them next. Bryan informs them it is actually not his decision; next week, their fate lies in the hands of Commissioner Shane McMahon!

Zayn and Owens looked shocked but then go back out to the stage and gloat about their win and new friendship 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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