Tuesday Night Smackdown! Live Television Report for April 25, 2017 – “Grievances”
Introduction: Video Promo
The regular Smackdown! Live opener plays.
Rene Young is in the ring and brings out Shinsuke Nakamura. Before he can say a word, Dolph Ziggler interrupts. He mocks an interview with Shinsuke, insinuating he is really the late singer/dancer/pop-star innovator Michael Jackson. The questions are switched around, and then Nakamura says a couple of phrases in Japanese and calls Dolph a “jackass.” Ziggler kicks Shinsuke, but Shinsuke fights back. He can’t hit his finisher – the Kinsasha running-knee – as Dolph bailed to the aisle.
Later tonight, the Women’s Championship is on the line as Charlotte challenges Naomi; up next, Baron Corbin wrestles A.J. Styles!
Match #1: Single – A.J. Styles VS. Baron Corbin
(Note: United States Champion Kevin Owens is on commentary.) A.J. rolls under Baron and tries a waistlock, but Corbin fends him off. Styles clamps on a standing side-headlock a couple of times, and they both continue to tussle for position. A.J. runs at Baron, but Corbin blocks him and then boots him to the floor.
“The Lone Wolf” is in control with an armlock and face stretch. He catches Styles from a run with a chokeslam and almost takes this! He goes for a superplex from the turnbuckle, but A.J. slides out and hits a Pele Kick! He runs again with a clothesline and then a low-forearm! 1 – 2 – Baron gets his shoulder up!
A.J. goes for the Styles Clash and then the Calf-Crusher, but Corbin stops both. Baron runs but gets a boot and then a forearm. Owens distracts A.J., who kicks him away, and then goes for the Phenomenal Forearm. Corbin blocks but Styles reverses a powerbomb into a sunset-flip for the victory!
Winner via Pinfall: A.J. Styles
Post-match, Owens and Corbin attack A.J. until Sami Zayn runs out! He helps until Kevin hits him hard, and then gives Styles the Pop-Up powerbomb.
Locker Room Promo
Dasha interviews Charlotte about her Women’s Championship Match tonight. Charlotte not-so-subtly puts herself over.
Up next, a Beat-The-Clock Challenge Tag-Team between American Alpha and The Colons; the eventual winners will be the #1 Contenders to the Tag-Team Championships.
Match #2: Tag-Team – American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) VS. The Colons (Epico and Primo)
(Stipulation: Beat The Clock Rules)
(Stipulation: #1 Contender’s to the Tag-Team Championship)
Gable and Epico begin, with Chad trying to get quick falls as the clock counts. Jordan is tagged in and does the same. Epico and Primo soon take over for a while, trading back-and-forth to wear down Gable. They go for their powerbomb/backstabber combo, but Jason breaks it and then Alpha end this at 5:17 after their Grand Amplitude finisher!
Winners via Pinfall at 5:17: American Alpha
Later tonight, Erick Rowan meets WWE Champion Randy Orton with No Disqualification Rules. After the break, Rusev gives us an update.
An ad for The New Day airs, telling us they’re “coming soon.”
Rusev tells us that he is not a fan of Commissioner Shane McMahon, General Manager Daniel Bryan, or Owner Vince McMahon’s “Superstar Shakeup.” Rusev threatens that he will only wrestle on Smackdown! if receives a title bout at Money In The Bank, in June.
Becky Lynch is questioned on her thoughts about Charlotte being a part of Smackdown! Live. She doesn’t get too far since Natalya, Tamina, Carmela, and James Ellsworth interject. They all warn Becky “you’re either with us, or you’re against us.”
WWE Champion Randy Orton makes his entrance for his No DQ contest with Erick Rowan, next!
Match #3: Single – WWE Champion Randy Orton VS. Erick Rowan (Non-Title)
This is even to start off, then they go to the outside, where Randy dominates. He shoves Rowan into the ring post and then backdrops him on the corner barricade. Erick reverses a whip, throwing Orton into the steel steps and then rolling him back in the ring. He hits a big dropkick but Randy raises his shoulder!
Rowan collects a kendo stick and slugs away. He pulls a table from under the ring and sets it up between the ring and the barrier. He attempts a suplex from ring-to-floor, but Randy stops him and jawbreaks using the apron. Erick just hangs on until Orton whacks away with the kendo stick and pushes him into and through the table!
Rowan is back in control, whipping Randy into the corner and stomping him. He slams Orton on the commentator’s table a couple of times. He grabs a kendo stick again, but Randy counters with the Draping DDT! The WWE Champion signals for but is fended off an R.K.O. try. Erick runs the steel steps into the head and upper-body area of Orton; he takes a chair and props it in the corner, but Randy reverses and Rowan is run into the chair, shoulder-first! Orton capitalizes with his R.K.O. and gets the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall: WWE Champion Randy Orton
Post-match, Orton takes the microphone and warns Bray Wyatt that the result of the House of Horrors Match will not go in Bray’s favor.
Jinder Mahal – who will wrestle Randy at Backlash on May 21 for the WWE Championship – interrupts. He is upset that Orton dismissed him and rips on the fans for putting him and his culture down. Randy catches him in a Draping DDT position, but The Bollywood Boyz – Harv and Girv Singh – hold onto Orton. All three pound down and Jinder slams Randy to the canvas with a Cobra Clutch Full-Nelson. He holds up the WWE Championship and then walks away with it!
Jinder and The Bollywood Boyz high-tail it with a limo, with the WWE Championship!
Match #4: Tag-Team – The Ascension (Viktor and Konnor) VS. Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango)
(Stipulation: Beat The Clock Rules – must win before 5:17)
(Stipulation: #1 Contender’s to the Tag-Team Championship)
Viktor starts fast with a running tornado-shoulder on Tyler; Ascension switch in-and-out for a bit, but Breezango make a comeback! Tyler hits a Supermodel Kick and then Fandango plants with a Falcon-Arrow Suplex to take this at 2:41!
Winners via Pinfall at 2:41 and new #1 Contender’s to the Tag-Team Championship – Breezango
WWE Champion Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt’s feud is recalled.
Naomi is asked about wrestling Charlotte; the Women’s Champion is not pleased with Charlotte’s attitude.
Naomi makes her entrance for the main-event, next!
Match #5: Single for the Women’s Championship – Naomi (Champion) VS. Charlotte (Challenger)
They lockup and clutch each other. Naomi runs Charlotte into the middle turnbuckle with a bulldog, and but is swept on the apron and then yanked off of the apron to the floor!
Charlotte has Naomi in a grounding front-facelock, and then drops a knee for two! Naomi counters with a double-kick and then a spinning-sitdown-jawkbreaker! She gives Charlotte rapid-kicks, and then a hurricanrana from a run off of the ropes! They counter each other a couple of more times, and then Naomi hits a high-kick for a near-fall! They both give forearms, but Charlotte just kicks out after a Rear-View!
Naomi goes for another hurricanrana but Charlotte counters. Charlotte climbs the turnbuckle and moonsaults, but Naomi lifts her knees! Suddenly, Tamina, Natalya, and Carmela attack both and the referee calls for the bell!
Winner: None due to Referee Stoppage
Post-match, Tamina, Natalya, and Carmela continue to hit Naomi and Charlotte, and then walk up the ramp with James Ellsworth to close the show.
End of Smackdown! Live.