This week, SmackDown Live rolled into the Keyarena in Seattle, Wash.
The biggest topic of the night was the shocking reuniting of former enemies Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. General Manager Daniel Bryan came out to address his home state crowd before being interrupted by the two.
They proceeded to mock and belittle Bryan, bringing up the fact that he can no longer wrestle due to injury. Bryan then turned the tables on them, announcing that they had to face Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event.
However, when the time came, Owens and Zayn were able to escape with the victory by using nefarious means. Owens distracted the referee and Zayn low-blowed Orton, setting him up for the Helluva Kick and the win. The two ran up to the ramp and gloated, much to the chagrin of Orton and Nakamura.
But before the main event, there was plenty of action which started with the women’s division. The team of Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch faced off against Lana, Tamina and the SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya.
Ms. Money in the Bank Carmella sat ringside as the women in the ring tore each other apart. Lana nearly got the pinfall on Charlotte, but The Queen was able to lock her in the Figure-Eight Leglock for the tap out victory.
After the match, Natalya blindsided Charlotte and tried to attack her with a steel chair just like at Hell in a Cell. But Charlotte was able to dodge the attack and get in some offense of her own before Natalya retreated.
Up next was United States Champion Baron Corbin against Sin Cara. Before the match, Corbin came out and announced that the US Open Challenge was closed for good. Sin Cara made his way to the ring and the match began.
The Lone Wolf wasn’t really worried about his match, not taking Sin Cara seriously at all. This lack of focus allowed Sin Cara to viciously attack Corbin, making him unable to answer the 10-count for upset win.
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal earlier in the night had promised a major announcement regarding Survivor Series. After talking about his recent trip to India, The Modern-Day Maharaja claimed that he had beaten everyone on SmackDown Live worth fighting.
He then revealed his major announcement: challenging WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. But it didn’t take long for AJ Styles to come out and make his own statement: that Mahal had never beaten him.
The two went back and forth until Styles had enough and dropped Mahal with a kick.
A rematch from Hell in a Cell was next, as Bobby Roode once again faced Dolph Ziggler. Each man traded blows before Ziggler was able to evade the Glorious One for a split second. He then rolled him up and grabbed his tights, stealing the victory.
Owens and Zayn reuniting is something fresh and new, especially for Zayn’s character. Getting the win over big names like Orton and Nakamura is pretty huge. It will be interesting to see what Shane McMahon has in store for them come next week.
All signs are pointing to a Survivor Series elimination match for the women’s division. With the heels outnumbering the faces, it’s a matter of time before Paige makes her return to even the odds.
Sin Cara beating Corbin really didn’t make sense, so we’ll have to see what comes of it over the next couple of weeks. Corbin can’t afford to look weak again, so I expect him to exact some revenge.
Mahal vs. Lesnar at Survivor Series is a train wreck waiting to happen. I could think of a million better things to do with either of them.
Ziggler winning his match means that Survivor Series will be where this feud ends, which is too far off to keep this going. Ziggler’s gimmick is already old, so Roode will have to carry this over the coming weeks.
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