The WWE “superstar shake-up” will once again be in full swing on tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live. On Monday Night Raw last night, we saw some yuuugggeeee brand switches. Raw got hold of mega-stars from SmackDown like Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Alexa Bliss, The Miz & his lovely wife Maryse.
But tonight’s all about who will get drafted to the blue team. SmackDown will get a grasp of some superstars from Raw’s elite squad. But who? Who? Who? Who? The New Day?
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Opening Segment: Kevin Owens In-Ring Segment
It looks like Big KO got drafted to the blue team. “SmackDown is officially the Kevin Owens Show,” says the United States Champion.
KO makes an open challenge to anyone in the locker-room. He says that he can beat the hell out of anyone in the arena.
Baron Corbin’s music hits. Big Bad Corbin has come to answer KO’s challenge. Corbin says that KO may be able to beat up everybody in this arena, but he can’t beat Baron up. Corbin talks trash, claiming that Owens tucked his tail in-between his legs and ran away from Raw.
Sami Zayn is out next, and Owens looks stupefied.
AJ Styles is the next man out, and the very vocal crowd absolutely love him as they continue to chant his name. SmackDown is still the home of the phenomenal one.
Daniel Bryan’s music hits. He mentions that Owens next opponent will be Chris Jericho at WWE Payback, so no one from SmackDown will challenge for the United States Championship until then. Bryan then announces a triple threat #1 contender’s match between AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, and Baron Corbin. The crowd and general manager chant YES! YES! YES!
Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan
Rowan’s mask looks wicked awesome. But unfortunately for Rowan, Randy is at the top of his game. Orton dominated most of the match. He even hurled Erick into the steel steps.
Bray Wyatt appeared on the titan-tron and sent out a warning to Randy. Orton turns around and finds himself helpless at the hands of a most unmerciful Erick Rowan.
Rowan smacks Orton with the steel steps and gets disqualified.
WWE Champion Randy Orton defeats Erick Rowan by disqualification
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship match: American Alpha vs. The Usos
American Alpha is in the lead, dominating the Usos and sending them hurling to the outside as we go to a commercial break.
The Usos have the upperhand when we come back from the break. But then…Chad Gable comes in the ring like a great ball of fire. He manhandles both Usos.
American Alpha and Usos trade off big moves. But The Usos proved to be the most cohesive unit in the ring.
The Usos defeat American Alpha to retain the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships
Post-match: Primo and Epico assault American Alpha after the match.
Mojo Rawley vs. Jinder Mahal
The New England Patriots‘ Rob Gronkowski even got involved in this one. “Hardbody” Mahal tried to get into Rob’s grill, but ended up getting a full brew thrown at his face.
Mojo Rawley defeats Jinder Mahal
In-Ring Segment: Shane McMahon invites the SmackDown Women’s Division Down To The Ring
Shane trolls the audience by stating that SmackDown’s new acquisition for the women’s division is a second-generation superstars whose father is a WWE Hall of Fame. The crowd woos in anticipation of Charlotte Flair, but out comes…Tamina. She’s the daughter of “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka.
McMahon stopped trolling and announced SmackDown’s newest and possibly best acquisition is “The Queen” Charlotte Flair.
Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger
Aiden starts off this segment underneath a spotlight. He begins to sing opera-style. Tye Dillinger interrupts English’s song. The crowd goes nuts for the Perfect 10.
Dillinger dominants almost all of this match. At one point, he is stomping a mud-hole into his paler opponent. Lights out for English.
Tye Dillinger defeats Aiden English
In-Ring Segment: Dolph Ziggler is interrupted by The King of Strong Style
Dolph Ziggler is in the ring, and he’s talking trash about WWE’s superstar shake-up. But then out comes…Shinsuke Nakamura. The crowd once again goes nuts!
The crowd sings along to Shinsuke’s song (again). They’re treating this guy like he’s a certified legend right off the bat.
Ziggler is not impressed by the King of Strong Style. Dolph acts like he doesn’t even know who this guy is. “Shinsuke Nakamura,” replied the wrestling rockstar in red leather. Dolph goes for a superkick, but Nakamura catches the kick. Shinsuke mentions “bring it on” to a reeling Ziggler.
Triple threat #1 contender match for the WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin looks like a million bucks going into this match. Corbin hits both opponents with a double suplex and sends AJ hurling to the outside. But Sami Zayn is a wily competitor, as he takes down the larger Baron with a head-scissors. AJ and Sami toss Corbin outside the ring and then stare each other down.
AJ executes a phenomenal hurricanrana on Zayn. But Sami fires back, as he flies above the ring and comes crashing down on AJ and Corbin with a sweet moonsault.
Baron battles back, fighting AJ into the corner as the referee tries to make him stop. Corbin tells the referee to “shut up.”
But in the end, no one could shut up “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles.
AJ Styles defeats Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn to be the NEW #1 contender for the WWE United States Championship
Who was drafted to SmackDown?
- Byron Saxton moves from RAW to SmackDown
- WWE United Sates Champion Kevin Owens moves from Raw to SmackDown (the winner of Chris Jericho vs. Owens at Payback receives the roster spot)
- Jinder Mahal moves from RAW to SmackDown
- Sami Zayn moves from RAW to SmackDown
- Primo and Epico moves from RAW to SmackDown
- Tamina Snuka moves from RAW to SmackDown
- Charlotte Flair moves from RAW to SmackDown
- Rusev moves from RAW to SmackDown
- Sin Cara moves from RAW to SmackDown
- Lana moves from RAW to SmackDown
- The New Day moves from RAW to SmackDown
WWE SmackDown Announced Matches
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship match: American Alpha vs. The Usos
- Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan
- Triple threat #1 contender match for the WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
- Mojo Rawley vs. Jinder Mahal
- Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger