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    WWE The WWE Summer Shakeup

    WWE: The 2017 Summer Shakeup
    Back-story

    SummerSlam Weekend Results
    Different finishes to what actually happened are at the top of these lists, and are starred at the start and the end to distinguish which were different finishes.
    NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 3
    -Andrade 'Cien' Almas df. Johnny Gargano.
    -SAnitY df. The Authors of Pain to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
    -Aleister Black df. Hideo Itami.
    -Asuka df. Ember Moon to retain the NXT Women's Champion.
    -Drew McIntyre df. Bobby Roode to become the new NXT Champion.

    SummerSlam Pre-Show
    *Akira Tozawa df. Neville to retain the Cruiserweight Championship.*
    -The Miz & The Miztourage df. The Hardys & Jason Jordan.
    -The Usos df. The New Day to regain the Smackdown Tag Team titles.

    The Main Show
    *Alexa Bliss df. Sasha Banks to retain the Raw Women's Championship.*
    *Randy Orton & Rusev was a non-starter after Rusev attacked Orton pre-match and the referee called it off.*
    *Sheamus & Cesaro df. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins to retain the Raw Tag Team titles after Rollins stole a chair slid in by Sheamus but accidentally nailed Ambrose, leading to the finish.*
    *Braun Strowman df. Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns & Samoa Joe to win the Universal Championship. Braun emerged victorious after sidelining Brock with two powerslams through announce tables and crushing him with the last one remaining at ringside. He went on to pin Reigns with a running powerslam through a table in the ring after Joe had been speared to the floor by Roman.*
    -John Cena df. Baron Corbin.
    -Big Cass df. The Big Show.
    -Natalya df. Naomi to become the new Smackdown Women's Champion.
    -Finn Balor df. Bray Wyatt.
    -AJ Styles df. Kevin Owens to retain the United States Championship.
    -Jinder Mahal df. Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship.

    Key Notes
    Before SummerSlam, on the pre-show, Renee Young was told by Daniel Bryan & Kurt Angle that in the following week, stars from both shows will be available to trade in what was being a called a dramatic shakeup.

    In a press release, the WWE stated that they have acknowledged varying responses to their current product. They said that they are actively looking to radically change their on-screen product, largely looking towards a more sport like product than the sports entertainment style.

    This will lead to the Raw Talk & Talking Smack studio being incorporated into the main shows, analysing, previewing and reviewing parts of both Raw & Smackdown Live. Renee Young will be hosting both shows, and will be interviewing stars with the panel of guests, or by herself.

    The praise directed at Saturday's Takeover show has given Triple H especially more encouragement to switch gears to a more simple and stripped back onscreen product. Even though Talking Smack was deemed to be 'too much of a shoot' at times, it's said that there is an intention to go down a more reality/shoot sports based product moving forward mixed with the entertainment elements we're used to as well.

    John 'Bradshaw' Layfied has left his role as Smackdown announcer to continue outside work. This has led to Corey Graves joining Tom Phillips & Byron Saxton on Smackdown Live. In addition to being highly thought of backstage, he was already on the road Tuesday nights for 205 Live and was an obvious addition.

    He will continue to work Raw as well on Mondays with Michael Cole. Booker T has taken time off to concentrate on his wrestling school back home. It will remain Cole & Graves as the announce team for the time being at least.

    205 Live will be dramatically changed in the near future. The live format following Smackdown Live on Tuesdays will continue for a month before going to Full Sail to be recorded the night before NXT tapings in a month long block. It will be available on the Network every Thursday night. The show's name will be changed accordingly at a later date when it changes nights.

    On top of that, superstars from the main roster and NXT are likely to be moved, or maybe even traded to 205 from Raw, Smackdown Live & NXT. Cruiserweight talent is also expected to continue on Raw after the rebrand, and perhaps even Smackdown Live to promote the show on national television. There's speculation they are looking to create a tag team championship for the show too. The aim is to take back the Cruiserweight Classic feel in a pure wrestling based show.

    The pay-per-view schedule will also be reviewed, largely due to criticism of there being too many in a short space of time. The addition of more pay-per-view shows so far this year is seemignly making it harder for fans to watch all the content, or at least in its entirety.

    More specialised shows are being considered to replace the brand specific shows to prevent repetitive cards, dragging storylines out needlessly, as well as saturating the product. Being considered are the return of King of the Ring, and even a first ever Queen of the Ring. There's also the possibility of a Bragging Rights like event, as well as the possibility of the main roster competing against NXT talent and tournaments based on one specific title. 205 will likely be given at least one of the scheduled dates.


    *Okay. I will be writing Smackdown Live only, for time constraints. At the start of this year when I was getting into gear with my previous thread on another forum, I started a new job that took over my life completely, trying to juggle that and other work commitments. Now I'm down to just the one full time job and have sufficient time on my hands to write at the pace I need to. I've written enough shows to get ahead of time so there's no pressure on me to catch up.

    So, to the trading season, or trade week in effect! As I won't be writing Raw, I'll summarise the trades or potential trades leading into Smackdown Live from the Raw show of August 21st.

    After almost two months of being referred to as a 'free agent', John Cena showed up on Raw and announced he was back on Monday nights.

    This had a knock-on effect however, leaving Kurt Angle with an unfortunate situation on his hands. Having not been given his contracted rematch for the Universal Championship, Finn Balor went to the Raw General Manager for assurances. When he was told he would not be in the No Mercy main event with Brock Lesnar, Balor asked just how far down the pecking order he was with Cena's arrival on Raw. He also brought up the other guys he sees in front of him, despite his rematch clause.

    Angle told him the clause had expired as it's been a calendar year, and after hearing that, Balor officially requested a trade to Smackdown Live. Angle understood Finn's position and assured him he'd look to do a trade with Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan, but that it would have to be a good deal still for Raw. Balor did accept that. He got his wish though. As we got towards the end of the night, having spent time with Shane & Bryan backstage, the three of them appeared with Renee in her live studio to announce trades that they'd come to.

    They confirmed that Finn Balor will be going to Smackdown Live, in exchange for 'The Viper' Randy Orton. Angle was clear that he was a big fan on Balor, that he felt bad for him in his position, yet he had no choice but to do the best thing for Raw in wanting to get the best deal he could. He said that bringing Randy to Raw is certainly that and good for both parties. Shane & Bryan acknowledged that Randy is a massive talent, but that they were beyond excited to be able to bring Balor to Tuesday nights.

    One trade that couldn't get done, and that Shane was desperate to get done was bringing The Hardy Boyz over from Raw. He was extremely vocal in his intent to lure the "unpredictable, risk taking" team to Tuesdays, offering up Breezango to Angle. That wasn't enough for Angle, and even after he admitted that he finds them entertaining, he didn't think of it as a fair trade, calling The Hardyz legends of the tag team division who can still compete at the top after 20+ years in the business. Shane grudgingly accepted that, and even after adding Baron Corbin into the mix, Angle still wouldn't accept it. Shane & Bryan told Angle that they'd keep looking for other ideas going into Smackdown Live, when Angle confirmed he'd be going along to continue trade negotiations.

    Trades that did get done included:
    After vocally criticising Angle early in the evening for not being given the treatment they feel they deserve, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson demanded a trade before being told he'd look into it. They took it upon themselves to force their boss's hand by attacking Jason Jordan brutally in a match with Bo Dallas. Angle walked out from the back to tell them that if Smackdown Live wanted them, he'd let them go for nothing. It was an offer Shane & Bryan were happy to take up, recognising their talent and confidently stating their belief that they can manage them better in the land of opportunity.

    The Revival will head to Tuesdays too, with The Hype Bros going the other way.

    Kalisto moving to Smackdown Live in exchange for Mike Kanellis. Maria Kanellis followed her husband in exchange for Paige.

    Angle also announced that he had secured a free agent, with Shelton Benjamin joining Raw now he's recovered from his injury. He teased Shane & Bryan by letting them know he thinks they'll regret cancelling their offer to him last year when he got injured, just after agreeing to go to Smackdown Live.

    Appearing on Raw in their main roster debut, The Authors of Pain debuted with Paul Ellering to answer a challenge from Heath Slater & Rhyno.

    It was also announced that the former Cruiserweight Champion Neville will be switching from the Cruiserweight division on 205 to join Smackdown Live.

    In addition, Chad Gable will be heading to 205, as will Hideo Itami from NXT.

    As stated previously, negotiations will continue on Smackdown Live. Also, going into the show, Shane told Renee that he & Daniel had made a huge decision regarding Jinder Mahal and the WWE Championship that they will announce on Smackdown Live that will have massive implications for Smackdown Live and the locker room going forward.

    Rosters

    RAW
    Champions

    Braun Strowman - Universal Champion
    Nia Jax - Raw Women's Champion
    Sheamus & Cesaro - Raw Tag Team Champions
    The Miz - Intercontinental Champion

    Akam
    Apollo Crews
    Baron Corbin
    Big Cass - Injured for up to 9 months
    Big Show
    Bo Dallas
    Braun Strowman - Universal Champion
    Bray Wyatt
    Brock Lesnar - Injured (Kayfabe) *Part-time contract
    Cesaro - Raw Tag Team Champion
    Curt Hawkins
    Curtis Axel
    Darren Young - Inactive
    Dean Ambrose - Injured (TBD)
    Elias
    Fandango
    Goldust
    Heath Slater
    Jason Jordan
    Jeff Hardy
    John Cena
    Matt Hardy
    Mike Kanellis
    The Miz - Intercontinental Champion
    Mojo Rawley
    R-Truth
    Randy Orton
    Rezar
    Rhyno
    Roman Reigns
    Samoa Joe
    Seth Rollins
    Sheamus - Raw Tag Team Champion
    Shelton Benjamin
    Titus O'Neil
    Tyler Breeze
    Zack Ryder

    Women
    Alexa Bliss
    Alicia Fox
    Kairi Sane
    Lana - Manager of Tamina
    Liv Morgan
    Mandy Rose
    Maria Kanellis
    Mickie James
    Naomi
    Nia Jax - Raw Women's Champion
    Nikki Bella - Inactive
    Ronda Rousey - Yet to Debut
    Sasha Banks

    Tag Teams/Stables
    Alexa Bliss, Mandy Rose and Liv Morgan
    The Authors of Pain - Managed by Paul Ellering
    The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro)
    Breezango
    Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins - Inactive (Due to Dean Ambrose's injury)
    Heath Slater and Rhyno
    The Hype Bros
    The Miztourage (The Miz, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Maryse)
    Titus Worldwide (Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews)

    Other On-Screen Talent
    Charley Caruso - Interviewer
    Corey Graves - Color Commentator
    Jojo - Ring Announcer
    Kurt Angle - General Manager
    Michael Cole - Lead Announcer
    Mike Rome - Interviewer
    Paul Ellering - Manager of The Authors of Pain
    Paul Heyman - Advocate for Brock Lesnar
    Renee Young - Host
    Stephanie McMahon - Principal Owner of WWE
    Triple H - COO of WWE
    Vincent Kennedy McMahon - Chairman of WWE

    Smackdown Live
    Champions

    Kevin Owens - WWE Champion
    Carmella - Smackdown Women's Champion
    The Usos - Smackdown Tag Team Champions
    AJ Styles - United States Champion
    Asuka - Queen of the Ring

    Aiden English
    AJ Styles - United States Champion
    Big E
    Bobby Roode
    Chris Jericho
    Dash Wilder
    Dolph Ziggler
    Epico Colon
    Erick Rowan - Inactive
    Finn Balor
    James Ellsworth - Accompanies Carmella
    Jey Uso
    Jimmy Uso
    Jinder Mahal
    Kalisto
    Kane - Inactive
    Karl Anderson
    Kevin Owens - WWE Champion
    Kofi Kingston
    Konnor
    Luke Gallows
    Luke Harper
    Matt Hardy
    Neville
    Primo Colon
    Rusev
    Sami Zayn
    Samir Singh
    Scott Dawson
    Shinsuke Nakamura
    Sin Cara
    Sunil Singh
    Tye Dillinger
    Viktor
    Xavier Woods

    Women
    Asuka
    Bayley
    Becky Lynch
    Carmella - Smackdown Women's Champion
    Charlotte Flair
    Dana Brooke - Inactive
    Emma
    Natalya
    Paige
    Tamina

    Tag Teams/Stables
    The Ascension
    The Colons
    Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers
    The Hardy Boyz
    The KO Squad (Kevin Owens, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
    The Lucha Dragons
    The New Day
    The Revival
    The Usos - Smackdown Tag Team Champions

    Other On-Screen Talent
    Byron Saxton - Color Commentator
    Corey Graves - Color Commentator
    Daniel Bryan - General Manager
    Dasha Fuentes - Interviewer
    Greg Hamilton - Ring Announcer
    Kayla Braxton - Interviewer
    Renee Young - Host
    Shane McMahon - Commissioner of Smackdown Live
    Tom Phillips - Lead Announcer

    205 Live
    Akira Tozawa
    Ariya Daivari
    The Brian Kendrick
    Cedric Alexander
    Chad Gable
    Drew Gulak
    Gentleman Jack Gallagher
    Gran Metalik
    Hideo Itami - Cruiserweight Champion
    Lince Dorado
    Mustafa Ali
    Noam Dar
    Rich Swann
    TJP
    Tony Nese

    Tag Teams
    Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander
    Tony Nese and Drew Gulak
    Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado
    Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher

    Other On-Screen Talent
    Corey Graves - Color Commentator
    Cathy Kelley - Host
    Greg Hamilton - Ring Announcer
    Kayla Braxton - Interviewer
    Vic Jospeh - Lead Announcer

    NXT
    Champions

    Drew McIntyre - NXT Champion
    Vacant- NXT Women's Championship
    SAnitY - NXT Tag Team Champions

    Adam Cole
    Aleister Black
    Alexander Wolfe - NXT Tag Team Champion
    Andrade 'Cien' Almas
    Angelo Dawkins
    Bobby Fish
    Buddy Murphy
    Drew McIntyre - NXT Champion
    Eric Young - NXT Tag Team Champion
    Johnny Gargano
    Kassius Ohno
    Killian Dain
    Kyle O'Reilly
    Lars Sullivan
    Montez Ford
    Nick Miller
    No Way Jose
    Oney Lorcan
    Otis Dozovic
    Roderick Strong
    Sawyer Fulton
    Shane Thorne - Injured
    Tommaso Ciampa - Injured for around 4/5 months
    Tucker Knight
    The Velveteen Dream
    Wesley Blake

    Women
    Aliyah
    Billy Kay
    Ember Moon
    Nikki Cross
    Peyton Royce
    Ruby Riot
    Sonya DeVille

    Tag Teams/Stables
    Heavy Machinery
    IIconic (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce)
    SAnitY
    The Street Profits
    TM61 - Inactive
    The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)

    Other On-Screen Talent
    Christy St. Cloud - Interviewer
    Kayla Braxton - Ring Announcer
    Mauro Ranallo - Lead Announcer
    Nigel McGuiness - Color Commentator
    William Regal - General Manager
    Zelina Vega - Manager of Andrade 'Cien' Almas

    Unassigned Talent/Live Events
    Bronson Matthews
    Dan Matha
    Donovan Dijak
    Kishan Raftar
    Kona Reeves
    Riddick Moss
    Steve Cutler
    Tino Sabbatelli

    Women
    Abbey Laith
    Bianca Belair
    Dakota Kai
    Lacey Evans
    Nixon Newell
    Reina Gonzalez
    Rhea Ripley
    Sage Beckett
    Sarah Logan
    Taynara Conti
    Vanessa Borne
    Zeda

    UK Talent
    Mark Andrews
    Pete Dunne - United Kingdom Champion
    Trent Seven
    Tyler Bate
    Wolfgang

    Live Specials/Pay-Per-Views
    2017

    24/9 - No Mercy (Raw Exclusive)
    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
    http://wrestlingclique.com/showthrea...post2103863588

    8/10 - Ultimate Glory (Smackdown Live Exclusive)
    Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
    http://wrestlingclique.com/showthrea...post2103873662

    22/10 - Queen of the Ring
    Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    http://wrestlingclique.com/showthrea...post2103882950

    18/11 - TakeOver: Houston
    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

    19/11 - Survivor Series
    Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

    17/12 - Clash of Champions
    TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

    2018
    28/1 - Royal Rumble
    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    8/4 - WrestleMania
    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

    19/8 - SummerSlam
    Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
    Last edited by Nige; 04-29-2018 at 11:57 AM. Reason: Roster updates

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    Re: The WWE Summer Shakeup

    I'm a big fan of your work on other forums.

    I like the roster changes and most of the results changes, other than Rollins nailing Ambrose with a chair... I'm confident you'll tell a great story though.

    I'm really excited for Neville and Kalisto on SDL and Itami on 205 and hope they get nice pushes.

    Braun getting the UC strap is "best for business."

    OK, The AoP got the call, let's see what you do with them!

    Cena and Orton back on the red brand, should be interesting. Wonder if they'll be there mostly to put young guys over?

    Really dig both rosters and I'm excited for how things develop!

    Glad to have a new BTB from you!
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    Re: The WWE Summer Shakeup

    This looks great. I can't wait to see how it goes.

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    Re: The WWE Summer Shakeup

    If you're who I believe you are then I'm pretty pumped. Your previous threads are of high quality and very, very consistent. Welcome to WC, hope you enjoy it here and find your place like others such as Stojy & Hug Life have.

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    SD Live Smackdown Live - 22nd August 2017

    Smackdown Live
    Tuesday August 22nd 2017
    Barclays Center
    Brooklyn, New York

    *A highlights package recapped the big moments from SummerSlam on the Smackdown Live side of things. We saw how Natalya made Naomi tap out to win the Smackdown Women's Championship, The Usos reclaiming the Smackdown Tag Team titles from The New Day, AJ Styles retaining the United States Championship against Kevin Owens, and ending with Jinder Mahal being helped to retain the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura.*

    *Opening Video*


    We went straight to a brand new Smackdown Live studio in a skybox overlooking the arena, where Renee Young was sat with Daniel Bryan, and Raw's General Manager, Kurt Angle. She welcomed us to a new look Smackdown where "we'll be shaking things up." She welcomed her guests before telling us how the trade talks have been continuing since Raw last night, with the window closing as tonight's show goes off the air. Renee asked for an update on any progress, and all Bryan & Angle would say was that they're close on some, and that work still needs doing on others. One that Bryan did confirm was that his sister-in-law, Nikki Bella will be joining her husband, John Cena on Raw, and how in exchange, he was thrilled to announce that Smackdown Live have received Bayley. Bryan was really thrilled and told Renee he was confident that she will get through her recent problems, but that wasn't all he was happy with. Smackdown's General Manager told her that he & Shane had concluded deals to bring two NXT stars up too, and if that wasn't enough, he said that Shane was about to reveal the huge announcement they talked about on Raw last night.

    The Singh Brothers could be seen behind them entering the arena, introducing Jinder Mahal, confusing Bryan, who said that he was expecting Shane. Renee said we'd have to wait & see what happens as we went to the announce team of Tom Phillips, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton, who followed on from what Bryan & Renee said, unsure of what was happening but went along with it as the WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal made his entrance to a chorus of boos. Mahal and the Singh brothers entered the ring to more heat, and just as Mahal lifted the microphone back up to his mouth after not being able to speak straight off the bat, "Here Comes The Money" blasted out and Shane McMahon came bursting out of the back to a huge roar inside the Barclays Center. Jinder looked on from the ring in disgust at the interruption, still glaring at Shane as the Commissioner joined him in the ring, almost apologetically, and after initially apologising for spoiling the party, he went back on it and told the WWE Champion there actually was no reason to apologise. In fact he told Mahal that he should be the one apologising for once again cheating to retain the title most people now believe he does not deserve to hold. The disgust we saw from Jinder grew, as it did on the faces of the Singh brothers too.

    Shane continued, explaining that there is a big shakeup taking place in the company right now and on Smackdown Live, he put it to Jinder that a lot of criticism over the current product is aimed at him for being an undeserving champion. Shane said that he gets the criticism, calling Jinder a champion that no one, even those in his native India wouldn't be proud of after cheating time & time again to keep hold of the most prestigious championship in the history of the business. Not done there, Shane said SummerSlam was one step too far, and after a big shakeup in company direction was decided, he said he & Bryan talked about doing something spectacular all weekend and that they'd come to a decision on what they can do to do just that. They agreed on the direction in wanting the talent & competition to do the talking and the competition to speak for itself in a competition of 12 superstars, calling it the Smackdown12 but the S12 for short. With Jinder staring furiously at him, Shane-O-Mac told the WWE Champion that if he really believes he deserves to hold the most prestigious championship in the history of the business, he's going to have to prove it in the next seven to eight weeks.

    Mahal responded by accusing Shane of yet "more persecution," and he will not allow it to happen a second longer. Shane told Jinder that it will happen, that Smackdown Live will go on to showcase the best wrestling on the planet with 12 men competing in four groups with the four winners going to a live special on the WWE Network called Ultimate Glory to compete in the semi finals and then the final. Suddenly, Shane & Jinder were interrupted by Rusev, who came out clapping, and when he stepped in the ring, he congratulated Shane on finally making a good decision. He looked towards Jinder, pointing to his title and told the WWE Champion that he might as well give him the WWE title now as he's going to do to eleven men what he did to Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Unfortunately for Rusev, there was bad news coming his way with Shane telling him he was sorry to break it to him, but he wasn't one of the men entered in the S12, and that was solely because of what he did to Randy Orton Sunday night by disrespecting the opportunity he & Daniel gave him by putting him in a match with the former WWE Champion.

    Rusev was furious as he heard Shane continue, saying that they don't reward those actions, and if he hadn't have attacked Randy before the match and lead to it being cancelled, he probably would've been in and the 12th spot would've gone to him, not Luke Harper. Rusev's response to ask "who the hell" Harper even is, making Shane smirk. He smiled again and said that he's sure Harper wouldn't particularly take that well, and that he'd probably want to show Rusev who he is, so he thought he'd turn this into an opportunity for both of them in the interest of competition. He told Rusev he would get a chance to take part in the S12 after all, only if he could beat Harper, and that match would happen next. Rusev calmed down slightly and pumped himself up as Jinder then cut in, saying that he didn't go out there to talk about Rusev or anyone else, demanding that Shane listen to him, but Shane cut him off, saying that he's heard enough from him. Shane told Jinder he's had his chance time & time again to talk himself up, but now it's time to let his actions do the talking instead, telling him he will be in the first S12 match in the main event. He revealed his opponent would be Big E, and that the Singh brothers might not be much of a difference maker as the rest of The New Day will be there to make sure no one else helps him, telling him this is the time we find out if The Maharaja is good as he claims to be.

    *Commercial Break*

    The Opening Match
    S12 Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Luke Harper vs. Rusev
    Both men threw their best shots at each other, going all out to secure the 12th spot in the S12. Harper looked to have the upper hand after he ducked a thrust kick and kicked Rusev in the gut to set him up for a power bomb. The Bulgarian Brute countered with a back body drop, then ran at Harper as he got up by the ropes, but Harper sent him tumbling down to the floor after holding the ropes down. Harper then went for a suicide dive, but Rusev caught him with the thrust kick he missed moments earlier. Harper was in trouble and Rusev knew it, laughing at the crowd as he turned towards them. He helped Harper back up and tossed him back in the ring, and while the ref was concerned for Harper and knelt down to check on him, Randy Orton appeared at ringside, spun Rusev around and hit him with an RKO out of nowhere on the floor. The Viper sent the crowd wild, and with the ref oblivious, Orton backed up smirking at what looked to be payback for SummerSlam. Harper picked himself back up in the ring as Rusev slowly dragged himself back up onto the apron. He was in serious trouble, not knowing where he was as he clawed his way back up, staggering out into a big super kick to that put him flat on his back and out for the count with Harper going for the cover and getting the three to secure the last spot in the S12. He leaned back on his knees and threw his arms up in the air. He had a wry smile on his face as he left the ring, backing up the aisle as a seething Rusev sat up, glaring right back at him.

    Winner: Luke Harper by pinfall @ 9:04

    Naomi & Natalya were then briefly shown making their way through the back ahead of their upcoming SummerSlam rematch for the Smackdown Women's Championship!

    *Commercial Break*

    We saw a video package from during the break where a livid Rusev was pacing through the back, shouting out for Randy Orton, calling him a "son of bitch." As he got to the parking lot, he saw Randy Orton, now a Raw superstar after being traded last night. The Viper turned around as he was stepping into his car. From a distance, he wished Rusev good luck in the tournament, stepped inside, shut the door and drove off with Rusev almost foaming at the mouth, watching as Randy headed out of Smackdown Live.

    Match 2
    Smackdown Women's Championship
    20 Minute Time Limit

    Naomi vs. Natalya (c)
    Desperate to win her title back, Naomi came out of the blocks all guns blazing and leaving Nattie reeling. She was panicked early, taking some time out on the outside as Naomi looked on, realising she had the new champion worried. Naomi and the fans thought she had regained her title after dropping Nattie from a fireman's carry into a roundhouse kick. Nattie was out of it but just got her shoulder up at the last second, and not letting the disappointment get to her, Naomi switched gears to do all she could to get the title back by trying to lock in Feel The Glow. Nattie fought back and wouldn't let Naomi lock it in, dragging herself to the ropes and clinging on for dear life. Naomi had to back up, and when Nattie made it back up, Naomi was right on her, and just as it looked like Nattie was on the brink, she ducked a leg lariat and rolled Naomi up, holding her tights. Naomi kicked out though at two, and both women raced their way back up. Naomi struck first with a right hand, but when she went for a sitout jaw breaker, Nattie stood firm and stayed upright, then kicked Naomi square in the chest with real venom. The champion wasted no time in grabbing Naomi's legs and turning her over to tie her up in the Sharpshooter. Naomi desperately tried to get to the ropes, scratching and clawing ever so close until Nattie dragged her right back into the centre of the ring, giving the challenger no choice but to reluctantly tap out.

    Winner: Natalya by submission @ 9:13.

    After raising her title high in the air as Naomi was being checked on by the ref by the ropes, Nattie was joined in the ring by Dasha Fuentes. Naomi rolled out of the ring as Dasha asked the champion for her response to winning the Smackdown's Women Championship at SummerSlam and now retaining it. Natalya was very smug in saying that she knew this would happen, that she would prove to all the doubters that she truly is the best there is, the best was and the best there ever will be. She told Dasha it was about time Smackdown Live had a champion to be proud of, calling it the end of belts that glow and that the best of the best rise to the top, just like Shane McMahon said earlier. She promised the crowd that they now have a champion to be proud of, and that there's no better champion than a Hart. Dasha then wanted to get her thoughts on the rapidly breaking news, asking Natalya if she heard the news before she came out for her match. Clearly not knowing what Dasha was talking about, Nattie asked what this news was, and how it could be more important than her retaining her title.

    Dasha filled her in, explaining that one of the two NXT superstars joining Smackdown Live is joining the women's division, who she said is sure to make a massive impact, and before Natalya could respond, Asuka's music hit and the crowd erupted as the NXT Women's Champion made her main roster debut and walked menacingly down to the ring in a trouser suit with the NXT Women's title over her shoulder. The fans were out of their seats as Asuka entered the ring and Natalya looked on, unimpressed. Asuka walked towards Dasha, who asked Asuka how it feels to be on Smackdown Live and if she's ready for the main roster after nearly two years unbeaten in NXT. Asuka smiled menacingly, saying that she's ready... "but no one is ready for Asuka!" She smiled right at Nattie, lifting her title up in her face, pissing Nattie off no end, who tried not to show she wasn't intimidated by Asuka's arrival with her music playing again with both champions not taking their eyes off the other.

    *Commercial Break*

    In the studio with Renee Young were Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan & Kurt Angle. They talked about the debut of Asuka, with Renee saying what a coup she is for Smackdown Live. Bryan said he was over the moon to get Asuka to come to Smackdown Live, explaining how rare it is nowadays that anyone can undefeated for almost two years, and for anyone who hasn't seen her in NXT, they have no idea just how incredible Asuka is. Renee agreed, saying how excited she is to get to see Asuka in the women's division, and Angle commented on how strong their women's division is, even with Naomi losing her rematch. Raw's General Manager said she might go to the bottom of the pile now, and how he'd love to have her on Raw. Hearing that, Shane leaned forward and told Kurt that he's right in that Naomi is a tremendous talent but that the women's division is so strong right now, he could be open to trading her, suggesting that Naomi could be the key to getting the trade for The Hardys over the line.

    Renee asked if the proposed trade to bring for the Hardys from Raw was now Naomi, Baron Corbin & Breezango. Bryan felt that could be too much but he did say the Hardys would add so much to the tag team division. Shane confirmed the offer for Angle to think about, and he was clearly tempted. He said that adding Naomi made it very tempting, too much so that he accepted. Shane was happy at getting what he wanted, and he told Renee that Matt & Jeff were there as he spoke to them on Raw to say he'd do whatever he could to trade them. Renee asked why he wanted the Hardys so bad, and he said that it's because he sees himself in them, that they're risk takers and pure excitement. Bryan then chimed in and said that if they were there, just like the superstars they'd already traded in, they could make a six man tag match with The Hardys teaming up with Finn Balor to take on Neville and Gallows & Anderson. Shane loved it and said it was on, with Renee saying just how great a match that would be later, along with Big E against Jinder Mahal in the S12 still to come.

    Going to the locker room, we saw The New Day with Big E getting himself ready, psyching himself up for his big match against the WWE Champion. Xavier Woods was pumped for Big E, as was Kofi, but the excitable Woods told Big E that they're going to get their tag team titles back soon enough but how this is so great, that they can make more history with holding not just the tag team titles but the WWE title too. Kofi told the focused Big E that Woods was right, wishing him luck, assuring they'd be right there with him later against Jinder, promising him there was no way they were letting the Singh brothers save Jinder's ass again. Woods then jumped in to say that when Big E won, there's going to be a party in Brooklyn and a huge rendition of "NEW DAY ROCKS..." Kofi & Woods sang it as the determined Big E stayed calm, focusing firmly on his match and the opportunity ahead.

    Back in the studio, Renee Young said that there would be one big party if Big E could defeat Jinder Mahal later, and after saying that, Shane, Bryan & Angle had taken some time to discuss more potential trades, she had the breakdown of the S12 and how it's going to work, but first she said it was time to look at another addition to the Smackdown Live roster.

    A video package focusing on Booby Roode was shown, showing us his incredible entrance at TakeOver: Brooklyn last year with the fans singing his "Glorious" song. It went on to show his highlights in NXT, the announce team, especially Corey Graves talking up how "glorious" he is, showcasing his NXT Championship victory in San Antonio at the start of the year when he defeated Shinsuke Nakamura, as well as his other high profile victories over Kassius Ohno & Roderick Strong.

    We went back to Renee, who said that Bobby Roode won't just be coming to Smackdown Live but he will be a part of the S12, and she said we were going to take a look at the groups, all the competitors and the matches we can expect to see over the next six weeks.

    WWE Championship Tournament (S12)

    Group 1
    Bobby Roode, AJ Styles & Sami Zayn

    29/8 - AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn - Next Week!
    12/9 - Bobby Roode vs. Sami Zayn
    19/9 - Bobby Roode vs. AJ Styles

    Group 2
    Finn Balor, Luke Harper & Neville

    5/9 - Finn Balor vs. Neville
    19/9 - Luke Harper vs. Neville
    26/9 - Finn Balor vs. Luke Harper

    Group 3
    Tye Dillinger, Shinsuke Nakamura & Dolph Ziggler

    29/8 - Tye Dillinger vs. Dolph Ziggler - Next Week!
    12/9 - Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
    26/9 - Tye Dillinger vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

    Group 4
    Big E, Jinder Mahal & Kevin Owens

    Tonight - Big E vs. Jinder Mahal
    5/9 - Big E vs. Kevin Owens
    26/9 - Jinder Mahal vs. Kevin Owens

    *2 points secured for a victory and 1 one for a draw.
    *Group matches (like all non-title TV matches now) will have a 15 minute time limit.
    *The semi finals and final at the live special will have 30 minute time limits.

    Semi Finals & Final - Sunday 8/10 (Ultimate Glory)
    Winner of Group 1 vs. Winner of Group 2
    Winner of Group 3 vs. Winner of Group 4

    Backstage, Finn Balor left his locker room, ready for action when he was approached by Dasha Fuentes. She wanted to speak to him before his match to get his thoughts on being on Smackdown Live, especially for the reasons he left Raw and how he must be feeling about now getting an opportunity in the S12 and to possibly become the WWE Champion. He smirked and admitted that the timing really couldn't have been better but that it's just the way it's played out, and in all seriousness he couldn't be happier as it's come along at the right time. Confident in his chances, Balor told Dasha that he wasn't given the opportunity to get the Universal Championship back, but it's fine because he had to go through similar obstacles he'll have to in the S12 to win the Universal title, beating Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins along the way. He told Dasha that this might just be tougher against 11 other fantastic talents, but this is what it's all about for him, competition at the highest level and proving himself against the absolute best.

    They were then joined by surprise by two men familiar to Balor in the shape of Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. Gallows & Anderson greeted Finn and told him just how good it was to have the boys back together again and they can't help but think the time is right to get The Club back together, but Finn quickly interrupted. He told them that they'll always be his boys, and more like brothers in actual fact, but he wanted to say that it was nothing against them, and as close as they were and tore it up together in Japan, this is something he has to do by himself. He made it clear that it's a different time now and a fresh start for all three of them. Anderson said he gets it, but he wanted Finn to know that they won't ever give up on him because they all know inside them that The Club will always live on, and as far as it being a fresh start, Finn was right and they were there to make a statement, even if it had to be at Finn's expense. He & Gallows did their "too sweet" gesture and walked off, leaving Finn to watch them leave.

    *Commercial Break*

    We got a glimpse of The Usos, the new Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions from after their win on Sunday at SummerSlam after they'd walked back through the curtain. Celebrating and bumping chests, Jimmy & Jey talked to camera, saying that The New Day may have got one over on them once, but that they showed them again just who the real top dogs are, whose house Smackdown Live really is. They made it clear for everyone that they feel Smackdown Live is their house, their world, and that no one is going to change that, as there's no one who can stop The Usos.

    Match 3
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Finn Balor & The Hardy Boyz vs. Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson & Neville
    In an all action match, it came down to Balor looking to wrap up the match after a much needed tag from Matt. Balor flew in on a mission, flying at Anderson after getting a tag himself from Neville. Balor found himself in the ascendency and had Anderson on the brink when Gallows tried to come to his partner's rescue, but Finn ducked a clothesline and followed it up with a Pele kick to send Gallows down and rolling out of the ring. Neville looked to save his team too, but the Hardys stormed in to take him down, and then out with a double clothesline to the outside. They took a look at Gallows & Neville then making their way back up on the floor as Anderson got sent falling back into the pads with a running front dropkick. Jeff watched as Matt took Neville back down with a slingshot cross body before turning back himself to run the ropes and come racing back across to leap over the top to take Gallows down with a somersault plancha. With Anderson at his mercy and Gallows & Neville out of the picture, Balor went up top to a massive roar inside the Barclays Center. Anderson wasn't moving and Balor hit Coup de Grâce to secure the win. He & The Hardys celebrated after the bell, lapping up the ovation from the crowd.

    Winners: Finn Balor & The Hardy Boyz @ 10:48

    Quickly going backstage, we saw an angry looking WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal with the Singh brothers making his way through the back ahead of his upcoming match, and then we saw The New Day leaving their locker room with Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston getting around a pumped-up Big E.

    *Commercial Break*

    We went to Renee Young in the studio who wrapped up the trade window, saying that she'd had confirmation from Shane McMahon that all business was now done. She reminded us how earlier The Hardys joined Smackdown Live in exchange for Naomi, Baron Corbin & Breezango. She also went over last night's trades with Finn Balor, Gallows & Anderson, The Revival & Kalisto coming to Smackdown Live in exchange for Randy Orton, The Hype Bros, Mike & Maria Kanellis and Paige.

    She updated us on two trades that just had been finalised, telling us how Lana & Tamina will be joining Raw, swapping shows with Emma, Dana Brooke & Summer Rae. She then reminded us of the news that broke that earlier Nikki Bella will be leaving Tuesday nights to join her husband-to-be in John Cena on Monday nights, and joining Smackdown Live is the former Raw & NXT Women's Champion, Bayley. Renee said to tune in next week to see the complete new look Smackdown Live and to hear from all the new stars heading to the blue brand, but for now it was time for the first match of the S12.

    The Main Event
    S12 Group Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Big E w/Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods vs. Jinder Mahal (c) w/The Singh Brothers
    We saw a more determined & serious Big E than we're used to, and he took it right to the WWE Champion, showing no fear of Mahal or the occasion whatsoever. Kofi & Woods quickly made it clear to the Singh brothers that they were there to make sure they didn't get involved. That didn't stop them though when Big E dodged Jinder's clutches when he was going for his cobra clutch slam. They both jumped up on the apron in panic, desperate to stop Jinder falling victim to Big E's Big Ending after he scooped the WWE Champion up on to his shoulder. E dropped Jinder in a flash, gunning for Sunil & Samir as Mahal staggered back into the corner. With the ref and Big E going for his henchmen, Jinder turned around and removed the top turnbuckle pad. E didn't have to do anything though as Kofi & Woods ran around and dragged them off the apron, and they both hit head first on the way down. E turned back to see Jinder in the corner, and he ran right at him in the corner. Jinder sidestepped it though and E crashed chest first into the exposed turnbuckle. He staggered out holding his chest, struggling to breathe, and with the ref's view blocked of the exposed steel, Mahal took full advantage and hit the cobra clutch slam to secure the win and pick up two points in the S12 and put himself one win away from the semi finals.

    Winner: Jinder Mahal by pinfall @ 8:27

    Kofi & Woods looked on in shock as to what happened with E rolling out of the ring as the very smug Mahal was passed his title and thrust it up into the air. He stared down the lens of the camera, making a strong point that he's still the champion and will be doing all he can to keep it that way. To his and everyone else's surprise, "Fight" hit and out from the back into the aisle walked Kevin Owens to a very mixed response from the Brooklyn crowd. Microphone in hand, the former United States Champion sarcastically congratulated Jinder on his victory, quickly getting to his point that he wanted to make, saying that Jinder shouldn't be complaining about this situation he's been put in because if anyone has been screwed by Shane McMahon, it was him, not Mahal. Owens said that he was screwed out of regaining his United States Championship at SummerSlam by Shane. He went on to say he was struggling to accept it at first but now he's actually okay with it and actually agrees on a decision Shane & Daniel Bryan have made. The confused & irritated Mahal listened as Owens said that something did need to be done about Jinder being WWE Champion, telling him that even the idiots in Brooklyn, who he said are up there with the biggest idiots in the whole country can see that no one is persecuting him because he's Indian.

    Owens made a subtle hint that could even be the complete opposite before going on to tell Jinder that the reason people don't like him is he's the worst WWE Champion in the history of the business. That got a big pop, and Owens wasn't finished, saying how all we've seen in Jinder's Bollywood backup dancers and freaks like The Great Khali to keep the title he clearly shouldn't have. He promised change though, and with Mahal seething as he looked down at Owens, KO talked about how they're in the same group and he is his next his opponent. Owens promised Jinder that he will beat Big E too, then he will beat him to end this God awful title reign, go all the way to the final, win the WWE Championship and turn this era of Jinder The Joke into The Kevin Owens Show. Mahal was raging, shouting down at Owens, who just laughed, then taunted Mahal by saying that he can get as hot as he wants, it's not going to change anything and that he should accept it because there's not a damn thing he can do to stop it. Owens dropped the stick and taunted the WWE Champion some more as the show came to a close.

    *Credits*

    Next Week!


    S12 Group Matches
    AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
    Tye Dillinger
    vs. Dolph Ziggler

    Completed Trades/Roster Additions
    To Raw

    John Cena (Free Agent)
    Randy Orton
    Baron Corbin
    Shelton Benjamin (Free Agent)
    The Authors of Pain (from NXT)
    Naomi
    Nikki Bella
    Breezango
    Mike Kanellis
    The Hype Bros
    Tamina
    Lana
    Maria Kanellis

    To Smackdown
    Finn Balor
    The Hardy Boyz
    Bobby Roode (from NXT)
    Asuka (from NXT)
    Neville (from 205 Live)
    Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Free Trade)
    The Revival
    Bayley
    Kalisto
    Emma
    Paige
    Dana Brooke
    Summer Rae

    To 205 Live
    Chad Gable
    Hideo Itami (from NXT)


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    Re: The WWE Summer Shakeup

    I've been looking forward to this thread for a while, and it did not disappoint. While I'm a little disappointed that we won't be seeing RAW or 205 Live, especially after that awesome Smackdown, you make it worth it by making Smackdown absolutely huge.

    - Off the bat, I really like Angle and Bryan watching over Smackdown and discussing their trades. It really gives a sense of urgency to the trade-offs. Bayley for Nikki Bella is fair. It'll be great to see Bayley able to develop separately from Sasha Banks for a while, and Nikki joining Cena only makes sense.

    - Mahal and Singh Brothers are great as always, and so is Shane. Smackdown never really explored the Mahal vs Authority story that was pretty much handed to them on a silver platter, and I love it. I also enjoy the idea of the S12. Tournaments are amazing. Also, good lead-in to Rusev vs Harper. Those two would work magic against each other.

    - Rusev vs Harper felt a little off to be honest. I don't see the point in Orton continuing his feud with Rusev and costing him the match unless Rusev is a last-minute addition to RAW. If that happens, then I can understand and like it more. However, I do love me some Luke Harper and I'm glad to see him winning matches. Good stuff.

    - Naomi and Natalya work good against each other. Since Naomi is now on RAW, I wonder who we'll see face Natalya. Bayley, Charlotte, Becky, Asuka, Emma....PAIGE??? I don't think Asuka will immediately be facing Nattie. I see that happening around November-ish while Natalya and Asuka have filler feuds in between. I'm excited to see where the SD Womens' Division heads from here.

    - I honestly don't like that it took 4 guys just to get The Hardy Boyz. I love Matt and Jeff, and they're some of my favorites of all time, but it doesn't seem fair to Naomi, Baron, or Breezango that it took all of them just to be as important as two people. It reminded me of when Triple H was traded for Booker T and The Dudley Boyz (2004 I think?). It makes The Hardys seem really important, but the other four...not so much.

    - I love that The New Day gets to do some singles' stuff without breaking up. Hopefully, they remain a unit throughout your thread even if they don't wrestle as a tag team as much. Big E has so much upside and can't wait to see him face Jinder Mahal.

    - BOBBY ROODE!!! YES YES YES! Smackdown is getting all the big NXT names. And you're starting him off big with the S12 tournament. I love it.

    - I love every bracket for the S12 tournament. I see Roode, Balor, Nakamura, and Owens winning each block. But no matter who wins, as long as it makes sense in your story, I'm game.

    - I like Finn interacting with Gallows & Anderson. They have a common story where they were kinda thrown to the side by Kurt Angle, so maybe they'll unite.....maybe! But I liked that and the six man. It makes sense to call back to The Hardys and Finn's alliance a few months ago, so the tag was good.

    - Lana and Tamina going to RAW makes me think even more that Rusev will be a last minute pick for RAW. He has tension with Shane for ruining the Randy match, RAW bound Randy messed with Rusev, and now his wife is headed there. I think it makes all the sense in the world. Also, Emma/Dana/Summer to SD is good. Hopefully they're used better in your thread.

    - Jinder vs Big E was lit. I loved that Big E looked like a monster, but Jinder was always winning. The Kevin Owens interruption was a shock though. He even sounded like a babyface. I hope it's just to fuck with Jinder because I'm not so sure on the idea of babyface KO, but heel Sami is working irl so anything can happen.



    Overall, great show with just a few little nitpicks. I can't wait to see next week!

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    SD Live Smackdown LIVE - 29th August 2017

    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday August 29th 2017
    Verizon Arena
    Little Rock, Arkansas

    *A highlights package recapped Shane McMahon's announcement last week in the launch of the S12, as well as the WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal winning his first group match against Big E. Kevin Owens, their other group rival then came out and warned Jinder he was going to beat the both of them and go on to take his title at the live finals.*

    *Opening Video*


    Live in the skybox studio, Renee Young welcomed us to this week's show, letting us know just how exciting of a time it is with the S12 announced and underway. She told us how we'd see two more group matches tonight with AJ Styles going one-on-one with Sami Zayn, and Tye Dillinger facing off against Dolph Ziggler. Renee said that there's a lot more ahead too, announcing that it will be the first appearance of Shinsuke Nakamura since his controversial defeat to Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam, and on top of that, Becky Lynch & Carmella's rivalry will continue and hopefully come to an end. Renee added that she'd sat down with both women earlier and we'd see that footage later on before they lock horns. Taking Renee by surprise, Bobby Roode, the suited & booted former NXT Champion walked onto the set. Having been announced to be joining the main roster last week via a vignette, Roode asked Renee why he wasn't introduced properly last week, stating his belief that his arrival is the most glorious moment in Smackdown history.

    Playing it down ever so slightly, Roode went on to say that it was okay and he'll have the chance later to watch in person the two men he'll face in the next few weeks before he goes on to beat them both, win the S12 and become the new WWE Champion. Just as he'd made his point and looked to walk out of the shot, Renee asked him if he felt that he could come straight from NXT, outlast the best superstars Smackdown Live has to offer and win the S12. He smirked, then told Renee she'd obviously missed him take NXT to a whole other level, and she'd know that if she watched just one NXT show in the past year. He promised her that there's no doubt whatsoever he's going to do the same here and become the WWE Champion to boot, telling Renee that that will be "absolutely glorious." This time he left, having firmly made his point. That left Renee to tell us that we'd be continuing where we left off last week with the S12 and a match between 'The Perfect 10' Tye Dillinger and the returning to action former world champion, Dolph Ziggler.

    The Opening Match
    15 Minute Time Limit
    S12 Group Match

    Tye Dillinger vs. Dolph Ziggler
    Ziggler came back looking to exert his experience over Tye, and after starting quickly with a couple of holds & moves, he taunted him. Dillinger shook it off though and gave it everything he had to defeat the former world champion. He came close after ducking a super kick from Dolph and hitting a bridging German suplex that almost got him a three count. He went looking for the Tye Breaker, but Dolph slipped down off his shoulders and hit the Zig Zag out of nowhere. He couldn't take advantage for several seconds though, allowing Tye to just get his shoulder up before the referee could count to three. Ziggler sat back up in pure frustration, staring right at the referee. The ref just reiterated the count to him. Ziggler stood back up in a hump, urging the groggy Tye to do the same, stalking his prey for another Zig Zag.

    The Perfect 10 struggled back up, oblivious to what was waiting for him, and as he got to his feet, Ziggler looked to strike, going for the Zig Zag again. Tye stepped forward and dodged it with Ziggler falling to the mat, who rushed right back up. Dillinger spun around quick to meet him, missing with a wild right. Dolph ducked it and kicked him in the gut, sending Tye down to one knee. Ziggler stepped back and then went for the fameasser, but Tye pulled back, lifted Dolph up in a flash onto his shoulders and hit the Tye Breaker to a big pop, wasting no time in going for the cover and getting the three. The Perfect 10 leaned back on his knees, celebrating his somewhat surprise of a victory. The fans continued to cheer him as he backed up the aisle all smiles, and when Ziggler sat back up he was not happy. The Show Off shook his head in shock & anger, furious he'd lost and seeing Dillinger punching the air on his way to the back, a win away from the semi finals.

    Winner: Tye Dillinger by pinfall @ 12:23.

    *Commercial Break*

    Back into the studio with Renee Young, she was joined by the Commissioner of Smackdown Live, Shane McMahon and the General Manager, Daniel Bryan for a roundup of last week's eventful show. Starting with the announcement of the S12 tournament for the WWE Championship, Renee mentioned Jinder Mahal winning his first of two group matches last week, an upset of sorts before the break with Tye Dillinger and a great main event of AJ Styles & Sami Zayn still to come. Shane jumped on the back of her comments and said that this was exactly why they put this competition together; to test the champion, to give guys like Tye Dillinger an opportunity to showcase the talent they have, and then the incredible competition & action you're going to get with the likes of AJ Styles & Sami Zayn. He told Renee that the exciting thing is it's only just beginning. Bryan agreed with Shane, saying that it's going to keep getting better & better. He talked about how next week we'll get to see Finn Balor & Neville collide, which he said he couldn't wait to see, putting them over as two of the talents they were so excited to bring to Smackdown Live.

    The next subject of the discussion was the now former NXT Women's Champion, Asuka. Renee explained that when she arrived on Smackdown Live last week, she was still the NXT Women's Champion but that since then it's come to light that she injured her collarbone at TakeOver in Brooklyn more seriously than initially expected. She did say that it's not a major injury but that it will keep her out of the ring for up to six weeks, and even though the likelihood was that she'd have to give the title up now she's come to Smackdown Live, she now has just done that. Shane said it was a shame that her historic title reign has ended like this and in all honesty he was open to her doing double duty just to see how long she could keep it and add to this run as it's great for everybody, including Smackdown Live. He said just how unheard of it is now for someone to go almost two years undefeated, and as champion she's been going strong too for nearly 18 months. Shane called her a remarkable talent who's going to come to Smackdown Live and make one hell of an impact. Bryan backed Shane up in calling her an unbelievable talent and get for Smackdown Live, and like Shane said, she could've carried that title for a long time. He did disagree though with her bringing it with her, stating his opinion that she should've given it up and focused on the Smackdown Women's Championship instead. Bryan said that will be the case now and she's sure going to change the women's division in the near future.

    The next subject was the unfortunate personal situations of Charlotte & Dana Brooke. Renee said just how terrible it was what's happened with Dana Brooke and the sudden loss of her boyfriend, and then Charlotte's dad, 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair now looking to be overcoming a serious medical situation. Shane couldn't put into words how he imagines Dana is feeling, and even though she's literally just joined the Smackdown Live locker room, she has his & Daniel's deepest sympathies and she has all the time she needs to try & deal with her loss. Bryan told Renee that Dana has their complete support, and moving on to Ric, he said it's a relief to know his condition is improving and getting better, and like Dana, Charlotte has as much time as she needs.

    Moving on, Renee brought up an incident with Rusev last week and how we saw him lose his match with Luke Harper for the last spot in the S12 thanks to interference from the departing Randy Orton. She explained we knew how he went looking for Randy after the match and just missed him, but it came to light after the show of another incident where he put his hands on an official. We were shown video footage of him getting into a confrontation with 205 Live stars Gran Metalik & Lucha Dorado, who were there ahead of the show later on, leading to Rusev attacking them and then shoving an official who attempted to break it up. Back to the studio and Renee told us that as a result of that, Rusev has been suspended indefinitely. Shane shook his head and said that Rusev didn't learn his lesson at all from SummerSlam, and putting his hands on an official is one of, if not the biggest things you can do wrong in this business, so they've sent him home so he can let that sink in before he takes actions into his own hands again.

    Wanting to get to a positive note, Renee asked both men how happy they were with the business they did in trade week last week. Bryan told her that they were thrilled, picking up some incredible talent like Finn Balor & Neville, who he said again we'll see got at it next week, in addition to the likes of The Hardys & Bayley, then Asuka & Bobby Roode from NXT too. He said there were too many to mention and Shane jumped in, saying that it went great and there are some amazing new faces we'll see in coming weeks on Smackdown Live and how great a place they're in now. Wrapping it up, Renee told them just how great a job they've done and she's excited to see it all unfold before thanking them for their time. She then went on to talk about an upcoming match between Becky Lynch & 'Miss. Money in the Bank' Carmella and how she caught up with both of them earlier in the day ahead of their grudge match coming up next.

    The pre-recorded interviews with Renee Young were shown next, starting with Becky Lynch. Sat on the ring apron in the empty arena, Renee thanked Becky for sparing the time ahead of big match later against Carmella before first asking her about all the changes to the women's division after last week's trade additions and Asuka's call-up from NXT. The Irish Lass Kicker called it "exciting," telling Renee that she thrives on competition and that they've sure got that now, enough to make it the best women's division in the world. She said it took her back to NXT two years ago with The Four Horsewomen and she's going to enjoy being part of this division like she did then. She couldn't shake something though, and she went back to what Asuka said last week about no one being ready for Asuka. Becky told Renee that there's no doubt Asuka is incredible and she gets why Asuka might think what she does after going near two years unbeaten, but the fact is she said is that she's moved up a level now.

    Lynch said that if Asuka thinks it's going to be easy "up here" she's going to be in for a shock, and if Asuka says that to her in person, she won't back down and will happily show her she's ready and not scared of her one bit. Moving on to her match with Carmella, Renee asked her how she was feeling about getting the chance to get in the ring with Miss. Money in the Bank after everything that's happened the last couple of months with Carmella & James Ellsworth, saying that there's obviously some business to tie up. Becky called it an understatement, admitting she's still not over how Carmella has the Money in the Bank briefcase, saying that she doesn't deserve it. She claimed that Carmella knows it, or she should if she's honest with herself. Failing that though, Becky said she'd prove it to her later when she finally gets the chance to get her hands on her. Renee thanked her again for the time and wished her luck for her match later, getting a "thanks" back from The Irish Lass Kicker.

    Next it was the turn of Carmella. James Ellsworth was sat alongside her on the bench in her locker room as Miss. Money in the Bank was sat with Renee. The host of Smackdown Live put to her what Becky said earlier about Carmella not deserving the Money in the Bank briefcase and how she'd prove it later, asking her for her reaction. Not happy, Carmella asked Renee if it looked like she cared what a "jealous cry baby" like Becky thinks. She told Renee that Becky needs to get over it, just like anyone else who's got a problem with it, reminding Renee that she didn't just win it once, but twice. She asked Renee what she had to do to shut the haters up, saying "huh" and asking her again what she has to do, looking to Renee for an answer.

    She didn't get one, but she did get a response with Renee saying that the influence James Ellsworth has had is enough to question whether she would've won it by herself. Furious, Carmella asked Renee who the hell she thinks she is talking to her like that. Miss. Money in the Bank said Renee was lucky she's off limits or she'd drop her "like that" like she's going to Becky later. Promising when she's done, she told Renee that she & Becky, and everyone else for that matter will find out why she's Miss. Money in the Bank and Renee can take that to "the damn bank." Done with Renee, she told her to get the hell out of her locker room and told Ellsworth to get her out. Ellsworth ordered her up & out, and Renee obliged, telling them though that she didn't intend to cause any trouble. Carmella's response was just to tell Ellsworth to get "that skank" out, and out she went.

    *Commercial Break*

    A quick video promo featuring The Lucha Dragons was shown, starting with some brief highlights, ending with Kalisto's Salida del Sol off the ladder against The Usos over 18 months ago. We then saw a quick response in the back from Kalisto, stood next to Sin Cara to them being back together on Smackdown Live. Kalisto says he always felt they could or should get back together, that they split on good terms and just how close they came to becoming tag team champions. He said that there's no team like them on the roster, how they bring lucha libre to the WWE, how much that and their heritage means to them, promising to show much on Smackdown Live.

    Match 2
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Becky Lynch vs. 'Miss. Money in the Bank' Carmella w/James Ellsworth
    Unsurprisingly Ellsworth played a big part in the match, getting under Becky's skin on several occasions, and after she ducked a super kick from Carmella and hit a Bex-plex, Ellsworth shifted Carmella's foot on the rope to stop a three count. Becky suspected it but couldn't prove it. She was so convinced and stood up staring right at him and accusing him as he played the innocent. She inadvertently gave Carmella time to sit up, and when Becky went back to her, Carmella shot back up and hit a Mella Buster. That wasn't enough for the three, and she quickly tried to lock in the Code of Silence but Lynch instantly fought it and dragged herself across to the ropes. As the match went on, Becky found herself in a great position after dodging a running single leg dropkick, quickly to grab Carmella's arm to try & lock in the Dis-Arm-Her. Ellsworth jumped up on the apron in a flash, pissing Becky off no end. She immediately let go of Miss. Money in the Bank and ran at Ellsworth, who jumped down off the apron and away from Becky. She chased him around the ring as the fans cheered, seeing the panic on his face. He eventually dived in the ring, followed by Becky, who jumped up to run right into a super kick from Carmella, who hooked both legs, seizing the opportunity to pick up the win, and another assisted by Ellsworth. She gloated all the way back up the aisle, and Becky was livid as she sat back up seeing Carmella & Ellsworth there laughing back at her with the briefcase being lifted up high too, seriously getting to Becky.

    Winner: Carmella by pinfall @ 11:03.

    *Commercial Break*

    It was back to the studio with Renee Young, where she talked briefly about the match before the break and how it again looks like Carmella needs James Ellsworth to help her, and while they were on the subject of the women's division, she said it was a pleasure to announce joining her & Daniel Bryan at that time; Bayley. The newcomer to Smackdown Live smiled and thanked Renee. Renee said it was awesome to have her there and asked her how she felt about coming to Smackdown Live and if she was shocked at all to be leaving Raw. She admitted she was surprised as there were no real talks about it but she found out it was late and guessed it made sense that Nikki (Bella) wanted to go to Raw and be with her John (Cena) when she comes back. Bayley called Nikki a big star in her own right with the new series of Total Bellas and now joining Dancing With The Stars. She wished Nikki luck in that and said that sort of stuff is more of what Raw's about and she actually thinks Smackdown Live is more her kind of show and better for her, so she's excited to get going. Renee said she wanted to talk about some of the tough times Bayley has had lately, bringing up the shoulder injury that deprived her of a title match at SummerSlam against Alexa Bliss, and something that Renee said was "unimaginable" to her in Bayley getting booed when she announced she wouldn't be able to compete at SummerSlam.

    She told Bayley she really felt for her that night, saying it was so undeserved before asking the woman herself for her response to that. Admitting it took her by surprise too, she said it hurt, as it did when she was booed in Brooklyn. She brought up how a year ago in the same building when she debuted on the main roster, she got such an amazing reaction, and the same the year before that when she beat Sasha Banks to win the NXT Women's Championship. Bayley told Renee & Daniel that she doesn't think she's changed and doesn't know what she's done to deserve that, and after saying that she guesses the fans are entitled to react how they want, but Bryan interrupted to reassure her, saying that she didn't deserve it at all. He told her she hasn't changed, but she then said that maybe that's the problem, and maybe it's a difference between the fans on the main roster as opposed to NXT, suggesting that maybe the difference between the two sets of fans is greater that she or anyone else thinks. She was baffled as to why someone would cheer Alexa Bliss, who's nothing but means and cheats to win, saying that she simply doesn't get it.

    Bayley was adamant she's not going to change into someone she doesn't like, but maybe Alexa was right when she said that she might need to show more of a ruthless side. Bryan jumped on that, telling her that the main roster is definitely more cutthroat and that you do need to have a real inner strength & determination to survive it. The General Manager said to her that she doesn't need to change but she should do what he did and stand up to those who try to hold him down, and even though Nikki is his family, he couldn't tell Bayley how happy he was to bring her to Smackdown Live. He let her know how much he respects her and her ability, and that when he found out Nikki wanted to go to Raw, she was the first & only name he mentioned to Kurt Angle and he was thrilled it all went through. Renee told Bayley she was happy too and that she thinks the move will do her good, and then Emma walked onto the set, not looking at all happy. In a casual dress, Emma asked the surprised duo why Bayley was the one getting the interview time instead of her. Shaking her head, Emma said in her first night, it was just like Raw already but that she's not going to be ignored or disrespected anymore.

    She asked if she needed to remind them that she's the one who paved the way for Bayley and the "so called four horsewomen of NXT." On a rant, the Australian told them how before those four got their chance, she & Paige created the opportunities for them, and as much as people try to ignore that fact, she's not going to allow it anymore. Emma told them that she doesn't just deserve credit but now she is "demanding" it. Bryan tried telling her to calm down, but she didn't at all. She looked right down the lens of the camera to log on to the WWE Network and go watch NXT Arrival to see just how she & Paige started the women's revolution. Turning to Renee, Emma asked her if she has any idea how insulting it is to be ignored, and that talentless tramps like the Bellas get more recognition than her, turning to Bryan then to suggest it probably helps if you have people in the right places. Bryan stood up and told her that was enough and to listen to him for just one second so he could respond. Choosing to ignore the comments about his wife & sister-in-law, he told Emma that she has an opportunity for herself now to earn that respect she wants, assuring her that she will get the chance to show everyone on Smackdown Live what she can do.

    He mentioned the match she talked about with Paige at Arrival, calling it a great match, also acknowledging others of hers that he's seen, letting her know that he knows full well what she can do in the ring. Bryan guaranteed her that if she has the right attitude, she'll get a fair chance on Smackdown Live, and he admits she probably didn't have the right luck on Raw with injuries and getting lost in the mix, but he called this a clean slate. He told her that the best way to make an impression on his show is in the ring, and that the same goes for Bayley too, giving him an idea. He turned to Bayley briefly and then back to Emma to say that they'll both get that chance next week against each other. Emma smirked, saying "I like that." She looked past Bryan to Bayley, telling her she'll see her next week and that she hopes her shoulder's healed or her fresh start will be over before she knows it. She strolled off and Renee told Bayley it'll be great to see her in action next week and wished her luck. Bayley thanked her, and then Bryan for giving her the chance. He told her she was welcome and that she'll do fine.

    We were taken into the locker room of Sami Zayn as he was stretching, getting himself ready for his big match with AJ Styles in the first of their group matches. The United States Champion, AJ Styles then walked in, quickly easing Sami's mood by telling him not to worry and saying that he was just there to tell him how much he respects him and how he can't wait to share the ring and this opportunity with him later, wanting to wish him luck and saying "let the best man win." Sami shook hands with him and told AJ he respected that and said he too couldn't wait to go out there and put on one hell of a show. Styles said "amen to that," smiled and turned back around to leave the room, leaving Sami to continue preparing himself for their S12 clash in the main event.

    A quick glimpse of Shinsuke Nakamura stretching and warming up backstage for his match coming up very shortly was shown.

    *Commercial Break*

    Footage from earlier in the day showed The Revival stood in the empty arena in the aisle, looking towards the ring with Dasha Fuentes, who welcomed them to Smackdown Live, then asked them how they feel about being traded to Smackdown Live. In their training gear, it was Scott Dawson who answered, wanting to set the record straight, ensuring we all knew and Dasha especially that they weren't traded off by Kurt Angle from Raw, but that it was Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon who went banging Kurt's door down to bring "the top guys" to Tuesday nights. He was determined to make sure Dasha knew that was the case, and Dash followed it up by asking her which promotion in the world wouldn't want them, telling her that they don't call themselves the Mercedes Benz of tag teams for no reason. Wilder said that it isn't just a line; that it's the absolute truth. Dawson had more to say, saying that they are hands down the best tag team on the planet bar none, adding that they have been for a long time now and that they've backed it up time & time again.

    Dasha told them that she didn't intend to question why they were traded or their ability for that matter, but she did put it to them that despite being so successful in NXT and the only team to win the tag team titles there twice, it's surely fair to say that things haven't been as smooth for them since joining the main roster. She accepted that they've had bad luck with injuries to them both, and Dawson interrupted her to say that to make no mistake, the injuries are the only reason they haven't dominated the main roster like they did in NXT. That wasn't all, and Dawson told Dasha to put the injuries to the back of her mind and to think about how in spite of those injuries, they still beat The New Day on day one, then The Hardys too. He asked her how many other teams can claim that, telling her that they will do the exact same again on Smackdown Live now. Wilder told her to listen to Dawson because he's telling it exactly how it is and it's what they'll do when Dawson is cleared to compete. Dawson stared right at Dasha before they said "top guys out" together and brushed past her to walk backstage.

    Into the arena and Aiden English had the spotlight shine down on him. He called himself a true artist, not like his opponent, who he promised he was going to humble in "this very ring." Booed by the crowd, he responded by asking for silence. Just after he cleared his throat, Shinsuke Nakamura's music blasted out and he walked out from the back to a huge roar from the Little Rock crowd. English looked down at him with disgust for interrupting him, not that Shinsuke bothered as he soaked up the reaction from the fans.

    Match 3
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Aiden English
    In his first appearance since SummerSlam and the controversial defeat to Jinder Mahal in their WWE Championship match, Shinsuke came out and let out some frustration on a furious English. He still hadn't let the interruption go, getting in Shinsuke's face, resulting in a slap to the face. The frustration then came bursting out of Nakamura. He unleashed some thunderous kicks to the body of English, who had no answer. He was quickly begging for mercy, and after some momentary respite, Nakamura went right back at him, making easy work of him. After a ferocious roundhouse kick to the side of the head, Shinsuke got himself fired up in the corner and watched the groggy English sit back up, and the Japanese sensation came flying out of the corner to hit the Kinshasa to pick up the win, letting out some much needed steam after SummerSlam.

    Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfall @ 1:58.

    Nakamura got his arm raised, showing a smile as Dasha Fuentes entered the ring to catch a quick word with him. She said how we hadn't heard from him since the disappointment of SummerSlam against Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship, but now being part of the S12 and having the chance to compete for the WWE title again made up for it. Trying to put a brave face on it, Nakamura told her he knows why he lost and it wasn't his fault he lost. He said that he was cheated, but like she said, he does have another chance now and he's very happy about it. Shinsuke told Dasha that she just saw what strong style is and The King of Strong Style is going to become the new WWE Champion. The fans cheered and his music hit again as Nakamura bowed to the crowd, again soaking up the reaction.

    *Commercial Break*

    In the studio, Renee Young introduced us to her guest; the man who qualified for the S12 last week, gaining the last place in Luke Harper. Wearing a black T-shirt, Harper was congratulated by her on his victory last week. She then said that we don't really know too much about him before asking him how he feels about having this opportunity now as an individual to compete for the WWE Championship. Admitting it does feel strange the position he finds himself in now being so used to be part of The Wyatt Family, he told Renee that Bray saw weakness & strength in him and that he knew how to exploit that, turning him into somebody who forgot about his own personality and allowed himself to be transformed into whatever Bray wanted to him to be for his own benefit. Harper explained that it's taken him a long time to process that and find himself again, saying with great relief how thankful he is now to be out of that poisonous situation. Renee also referred to the long time he spent with The Wyatts, but also mentioned that in that time he still became an Intercontinental Champion.

    She also brought up how Braun Strowman is now the Universal Champion since breaking free of Bray, and she asked him whether he feels now he can go on to achieve what he has, knowing that he too has been a champion before in his own right. In the time he's had to digest everything, Harper told Renee that he knows what he's capable of and how he can do things in the ring that no one else his size can. Continuing, he said that he feels that this has all come along at the right time and he's going to take this chance. The subject of his group opponents was discussed next with Renee asking him how he feels about competing against Finn Balor & Neville for a spot in the semi finals of the S12. Harper called Neville's year impressive and said that he isn't just a cruiserweight, telling Renee how he's competed against Neville before coming to the WWE. On to Finn and he called him one of the best in the world so he knows it's going to be two tough matches ahead of him, but at the end of the day he backs himself 100%. Renee wrapped it all up by telling him how great it was to speak to him and wished him the best of the luck in the S12.

    Turning to the camera, Renee talked about the S12 matches we'll see next week and that we were about to hear from the four men involved ahead of those two matches live next Tuesday. First up, we heard from Kevin Owens after he'd walked backstage last week having crashed Jinder Mahal's victory celebration over Big E, to tell him that he was coming for his title and no one could stop him being the next WWE Champion. KO, to camera said that he meant every word of what he said and he wasn't afraid to say it to the faces of Jinder & Big E, wanting them to know exactly what is going to happen so they don't get their hopes up that either of them will be advancing past him to the semi finals. He guaranteed that he will beat Big E in two weeks (although it's next week in real time), then Jinder and then anyone else who has the bad luck of finding themselves in his way of getting to the WWE title. Signing off, he reiterated what he said in the arena so that everyone understands and doesn't get their hopes, nobody can or will stop him from becoming the WWE Champion.

    Next we heard from Big E, after his match last week and as he was leaving his locker room, shouting up to his New Day teammates that he'd catch them up as he agreed to stop to talk to Dasha Fuentes. After Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods carried on, she asked how it felt to be beaten in his first of two group matches, and especially given the way he did in that everyone seems to against Jinder, in a controversial manner. E was brutally honest, telling her that he could complain about Jinder cheating to beat him but he's not. He calmly but defiantly said that he still has a chance, knowing what he has to do, saying that is to beat Kevin Owens. Telling Dasha how it's all on the line now, Big E said that he's cool with that and that it's all on him. He said that's the way he wants it and he hopes Owens doesn't take him lightly, for his sake. With that said, he nodded ever so slightly at Dasha and went on his way out of the arena.

    Up next was Neville, interviewed in a pre-recorded segment sometime this week after a workout in a gym. To camera, he wanted to point out that he came to Smackdown Live to show the world he isn't just the King of the Cruiserweights, and he's so much more than that. He talked about just how much he dominated that division to the point where he was begging for competition, begging for someone to step up to the "Neville level." Claiming he lost motivation for him losing the title eventually from carrying the division and doing all he could on 205 Live, he said that he's going to show the world why he was the longest reigning NXT Champion until Finn Balor came along. Continuing, he said it was ironic that his first opponent in the S12 is Finn, that he still holds a grudge for Balor eclipsing him and he's so glad he has the chance to get in the ring with him and show Finn hasn't and won't eclipse him, vowing to prove everyone who doubts him wrong next week.

    Last not but least was Finn Balor. Pre-recorded last week in the parking lot on his way out of the arena after his Smackdown Live debut win in a six man tag team match, he was asked for a quick word on his first night on Smackdown Live and then his thoughts on his first S12 group match against Neville. Balor was a happy fella after the win and said as much, saying that this opportunity to come to Smackdown Live couldn't have come at a better time, and it's especially funny that he left Raw for the reasons he did and has come to Smackdown Live and he has the chance to compete for a world title when he was denied his rematch on Raw. Remaining calm though, Finn said that he doesn't take it for granted though because he knows how good the talent is and Neville is. Focusing on Neville, he said that Neville is tough enough and has a real chip on his shoulder right now, making him more dangerous. He talked about the time he joined NXT, Neville was King and deservedly so, and that's why he knows he's in for a fight next week. Talking up his own chances though, Finn said that he believes in himself, reminding us all of how just over a year ago when he debuted on Raw to fight for a shot at the Universal Championship and how he beat Roman Reigns, and then Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. Balor defiantly said that he knows he can beat the best, as well as how he knows he will have to throughout this competition if he is to become WWE Champion, but when he's at his best, he can beat anyone, starting next week with Neville.

    Making their way through the back on their way to the ring for the main event, we got a split screen of the United States Champion, AJ Styles and Sami Zayn, both looking focused for the match ahead.

    *Commercial Break*

    The Main Event
    15 Minute Time Limit
    S12 Group Match

    AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
    The fans in Little Rock were treated to the presence & glorious entrance of the former NXT Champion, Bobby Roode, who joined Tom Phillips & Corey Graves at ringside, being welcomed warmly by Graves. Roode thanked Graves for showing him the appreciation he deserved and told him he was using his right to take a look at the two men he'll eliminate from the S12 on his way to becoming a WWE Champion. In a sign of respect just before the bell, both men came together and shook hands. AJ & Sami brought their best, not holding back and hitting hard, feeling the need that was what it would take. Knowing he was the underdog, Zayn threw the kitchen sink early at the United States Champion early, taking AJ down on the outside with a somersault plancha to really get the fans going. He didn't waste any time feeling the moment and instead picked AJ up and tossed him back in the ring to go for a cover. It obviously wasn't enough to put Styles away but he kept going, but he was up against an equally determined Styles. The former WWE Champion came roaring back at Sami, and into the closing stages, they went full throttle.

    Styles found himself in control, or so he thought after countering Sami's tornado DDT attempt through the ropes on the floor with a super kick. The United States Champion sent Sami right back in the ring, sensing the clock could be running down and jumping back on the apron. He watched as Sami struggled his way back up with AJ begging him to get up, looking for the Phenomenal Forearm. He sprung off the ropes coming down with force at Sami, but Sami ducked it and hit a bone crunching Blue Thunder Bomb. The crowd counted along with the referee, and AJ just, and only just got his shoulder up before the ref was about to count to three. Sami sat back in shock, really thinking he had the match won. AJ was still hurt though and he dragged himself into the corner, using the ropes to get himself back up as Zayn locked & loaded from the opposite corner, lining him up for the Helluva Kick. Styles was oblivious, and with the announce team of Phillips & Graves warning that time could beat them both, Zayn burst across the mat to drive his boot down AJ's throat. AJ countered with a back kick though, then rolled onto the mat, taking Sami down with him to lock in the Calf Crusher.

    Sami was close to the centre of the ring and had nowhere to go, desperately trying to hold on despite clearly being in agony. AJ begged him to tap as Sami did everything he could to keep his hand off the mat and tapping. He looked so close as his hand dropped closer to the mat, holding on as much as he could when the bell rung. Styles let go of the hold, assuming Zayn tapped with the ref called across to the apron. He talked to AJ as Greg Hamilton announced that the match went to the time limit and the result was announced as a draw. Styles was gutted but quickly realised there was nothing he could do, and when Sami made it back up to his feet, still feeling the effects of the Calf Crusher and general fatigue, Styles grudgingly walked across and offered Zayn his hand. Like at the start of the match, they shook and AJ turned back around to leave the ring, still showing some frustration at feeling he had the match won, leaving him having to win his next & final group match as Roode joked about how glorious an outcome that is, telling Phillips & Graves how much closer he is to becoming WWE Champion as the show came to a close.

    Result: Time limit draw @ 15:00.

    *Credits*

    Next Week!

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    Big E
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    SD Live Smackdown LIVE - 5th September 2017


    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday September 5th 2017
    Denny Sanford Premier Center
    Sioux City, South Dakota

    *A highlights package recapped last week's events, where AJ Styles & Sami Zayn fought to a time limit draw in their S12 match, followed by Tye Dillinger's upset win in his first group match against Dolph Ziggler.*

    *Opening Video*


    Going straight to Renee Young in the live studio, she welcomed everyone to Smackdown LIVE and hyped up what we were going to see with Big E meeting Kevin Owens, and Finn Balor taking on Neville in the group stage of the S12, as well as Emma going one-on-one Bayley. Renee told us the implications later for when Big E meets KO, how if he loses, that will be it for him and his chances in the tournament and becoming WWE Champion. She went on to say that it was the first matches for Owens, Balor & Neville, who she said will be looking to start with a 'W'. Suddenly she paused, holding her earpiece and listening to something in her ear. She quickly said that there was something happening backstage and we cut to a shot in the back where Emma was being pulled off Bayley by officials, with Bayley down, rolling around on the floor in pain.

    Daniel Bryan walked into the shot, clearly not happy with what he was seeing, and the General Manager called for help for Bayley, then asked Emma what her problem was, telling her how he gave her an opportunity, only to have her do this with it and throw it back in his face. Not even slightly bothered, Emma told him she was making her point, that she deserves respect, more so than Bayley, who she said got the opportunities that she created while Bayley was a nobody in NXT. Bryan responded by firmly telling her that this wasn't the way to do it, calling it in fact the opposite and how no one gets respect that way. Emma still didn't care, telling Bryan exactly that, as well as that maybe he & Bayley will take her seriously now, and so should everyone else. Off she went having made the point she intended to as Bayley was attended to by the medical team.

    *Commercial Break*

    The Opening Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    The Lucha Dragons vs. Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado
    The fans were treated to a lucha battle with some exiting high flying fast paced action. It was the reunited Dragons that came out on top after Kalisto made a blind tag when Sin Cara was sent into the ropes. Sin Cara bounced off as Kalisto entered and kicked Dorado square in his ducked head. Dorado turned around in a spin, right into Salida del Sol from Kalisto. Metalik slid back in the ring and ran into a super kick as he desperately tried to stop the cover. Kalisto got the three and The Lucha Dragons picked up a victory on their first night back together.

    Winners: The Lucha Dragons by pinfall @ 7:51.

    They couldn't celebrate for long though, and after climbing the ropes, they were attacked from behind by the Smackdown Tag Team Champions, The Usos. Jimmy & Jey dropped their titles to put the boots to Kalisto & Sin Cara. Kalisto was tossed out of the ring, and when they were about to hit a double seated super kick on Sin Cara, The New Day charged down the aisle to make the save, sending The Usos scurrying away in a hurry. They backed up the aisle with their titles as Kalisto crawled back in the ring, checking on Sin Cara with Xavier Woods grabbing a microphone. With Kofi alongside him staring down at the smug champs, Woods said that they may have taken the titles back from them at SummerSlam, but there's one thing they still need to remember, that Jimmy & Jey have to defend them against them in a rematch. Xavier told them that winning the titles back doesn't mean they can go around being the playground bullies of the division, and that after all, they should know that bullies get what they deserve in the end, warning them that this is no different. Kofi grabbed the stick and told the still sn-iggering Usos not to get cocky, as very soon The New Day will be four time tag team champions. He threw the stick down and gestured down towards them with Xavier, yet still Jimmy & Jey laughed, lifting their titles up and taunting the former champions.

    *Commercial Break*

    Into the Smackdown LIVE studio with Renee Young, she was sat with The Hardy Boyz & Shane McMahon. She welcomed them on to the show and to Smackdown LIVE after joining two weeks ago during trade week, mentioning their debut victory that night in six man tag team action. Renee said how it's been their first chance to sit down together and talk about coming over from Raw, asking them how it feels to be on Smackdown LIVE, as well as being sat with the person in Shane McMahon who wanted them so badly and fought so hard to bring them over. Matt responded, telling Renee how it's been a long time since they were last on Smackdown and how happy they are to be a part of it again. He talked about how they sat back last week to watch the competition in the S12, how it's right up their street seeing the competition right now and how they know Shane has similar plans in store for them and the tag division. Jeff chimed in, turning to Shane and then Renee to say how Shane made his plans clear to them during SummerSlam weekend when they first heard about trade week, then turned back to Shane to thank him for his faith in them, promising they're going to repay him. Calm as you like, the Smackdown LIVE Commissioner told them he had no doubts whatsoever, that he has so much respect for them, what they've accomplished and how incredible it is to have anyone, whether it be a male, female or tag team on the roster who's still going strong after almost 20 years.

    What impresses him even more he said is that they're still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down, calling them innovative and risk takers. Shane said that's exactly what gets him excited as a fan, that he loves their energy and he's so happy to have the Smackdown LIVE. He told Renee that Matt was right when he said that he has big plans for the tag team division, and the women's division too for that matter, saying just how strong every division is right now. They were then joined by Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, walking in unannounced and not looking particularly happy. They walked behind The Hardys and Anderson said it was just so typical that all the talk & attention is on The Hardys, calling them "the WWE's own." Only just getting started, Machine Gun said that it makes them sick that the Hardys haven't achieved anything close to what they have in the past five years, yet since he & Gallows didn't achieve anything ten years ago in the WWE like Matt & Jeff did, it doesn't matter what they've accomplished and the contribution they've made to the industry. Taking exception, Shane stood up, trying to appease them by telling them that he knows all too well just how successful they were in Japan, explaining to them that's why he was happy to bring them to Smackdown LIVE. Gallows laughed, then asked Shane if he pushed as hard for them as he did the Hardys, then if he even would've given up anyone for them had Kurt Angle not wanted them out of Raw, simply for making their point of how criminal their treatment has been since coming to the WWE.

    Still trying to calm them down, Shane said that it was completely hypothetical, but the bottom line is he knows how good they are and he wants them as part of this tag team division he's built up. Not exactly believing him, they listened to him continue, saying that he knows they've struggled to acclimatise to the WWE, but he told them that'll take time given the difference coming from Japan. Anderson still wasn't happy, telling their boss that they didn't need to be patronised, saying they've still managed to overcome the pro-WWE bias to win the Raw tag team titles until they got blindsided at WrestleMania with the Hardys being back for their "historic return," and he made no bones in saying that still pisses them off no end given the Hardys had no right being in that match. Hearing enough, Jeff stood up, looking right at Anderson to tell him that they still won the match, and if that doesn't justify them being part of that match, they could go "right now" if they want, getting in Anderson's face. Anderson smirked, telling Jeff to take it easy, and Shane agreed. He did though say he had another idea, especially in the spirit of this new era of competition in the tag team division, making a match between the two teams for later on now he has time to make up after what happened with Emma & Bayley earlier. Both teams liked it. Gallows & Anderson left the set looking determined to make a statement later on, with Matt & Jeff thanking Shane again, shaking hands and telling him they won't let him down.

    *Commercial Break*

    Back in the live studio with Renee Young, she rounded up what happened last week. First she covered Becky Lynch's controversial defeat to Carmella, where James Ellsworth once again played a major role in it. We saw a brief recap where Becky chased Ellsworth around the ring and back inside, where she ran into a super kick from Carmella that gave Miss. Money in the Bank the win. We got to hear Becky Lynch's response later that night in exclusive footage, shot in her locker room as she sat on her bench, packing her bag, and The Irish Lass Kicker was not happy. She shook her head, full of frustration as she spoke to camera, saying that all Carmella proved again was that she needs James Ellsworth and she doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the Money in the Bank briefcase, never mind getting to carry it round with her 24/7. Lynch still had more to say, saying that the joke's gone too far, that she's not laughing and she's had enough of it. Finally she finished up by saying that it's not over, "not by a long shot." Back in the studio, and Renee said that it's clear as day that it's not quite over yet between The Lass Kicker & Miss. Money in the Bank.

    Getting onto the S12 matches, she started with the time limit draw between the United States Champion, AJ Styles & Sami Zayn, giving both men one point with just one match left each and Bobby Roode with two. We got to hear from Bobby Roode as he walked back through the curtain having watched the match at ringside, giving his thoughts on how their group stands. The Glorious One spoke to camera, saying that his job just got easier with AJ & Sami failing to win and how this puts him in the driver's seat. The arrogant former NXT Champion said that he's got one foot firmly in the semi finals, and that is "simply glorious." Back to Renee, and she informed us that Roode will make his Smackdown LIVE in-ring debut next week in his first S12 group stage match against Sami Zayn, who she said has to win to stand any chance of advancing, whereas if Roode does get the two points, he will go to the top of that group going into the final match with AJ Styles. She told us that there's a lot of action left in this group yet, and as confident as Roode is, he still has to win both his matches as it stands now, and if it comes down to it against AJ, that will not be easy against the former WWE Champion and current United States Champion.

    Next on the agenda was Tye Dillinger's upset victory over a stunned Dolph Ziggler. Renee called it a huge moment for The Perfect 10, and the complete opposite for Dolph, who she said is up against it to stand any chance of going through. She linked to his response, and we saw Dolph Ziggler's reaction last week with a cameraman following him up on his way through the back, asking him for a response to the defeat. Not wanting to speak whatsoever, Ziggler shoved the camera away from him, telling them to get it out of his "damn face" and carried on up the hallway, kicking a stray bottle on the floor. On the flip side, we then got to hear from Tye Dillinger, just as he was about to re-enter his locker room. All smiles after his victory, Tye agreed that it was the best win of his career so far, getting why it might be called an upset, but as great as he felt in the moment, it'd be nothing compared to how it'll feel if he gets through to the semi finals. Feeling that belief in himself, Dillinger said although he's seen a lot of Shinsuke Nakamura in NXT and knowing just how good Shinsuke is, he said he's never felt so confident and he doesn't know if he'll ever get this chance again. In closing, Tye said that it'll be his toughest ever match when he gets in the ring with Shinsuke and he knows he'll have to be nothing short of The Perfect 10, and that's exactly what he'll be.

    Back into the studio and Renee talked about Dillinger's opponent next time out being Shinsuke Nakamura, but first Nakamura will face off against Ziggler next week having already beaten Dolph on a couple of occasions since coming to Smackdown LIVE. Renee reminded us of Shinsuke's emphatic response last week on his first appearance since the controversial title match against Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam, and how he looks hell bent on getting another chance at the WWE Championship. Referring to Dolph, she said it's do or die for The Show Off and we'll see if we get the best of The Show Off next week in Las Vegas, which she suggested could well bring the best out of Dolph. Moving on to tonight's action, she said it was time for Big E's do or die match having lost to the current champion in Jinder two weeks ago against the man who has declared his intentions to beat them both, Kevin Owens. She told the audience that match was coming up next after the break.

    *Commercial Break*

    Match 2
    15 Minute Time Limit
    S12 Group Match

    Big E w/Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods (0-0-1 - 0 points) vs. Kevin Owens
    The Singh Brothers ordered some backstage workers out just before the bell to carry an expensive Maharaja chair into the aisle so the WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal could take a close look at his next opponent in Owens. Both Big E & Owens weren't happy to see him but quickly focused on each other, knowing they both needed a win. It was win or bust for Big E, and that was clear in his approach, going all out from the bell. A spear through the ropes to the outside set the early tone, and he rushed back up on his feet to send KO back inside to make a cover, only to get a two count. With Woods & Kofi willing him on, he fought through an Owens' onslaught, and when he got out the way of a cannonball, he picked himself back up, locked & loaded on the former United States Champion and pulled down his straps. He was determined to put Owens away, scooping him up for the Big Ending as Owens staggered into his clutches.

    Owens wriggled free though and staggered back into the ropes, pissing E off, who turned around and ran right at him into a super kick attempt. E ducked it though, grabbed Owens and spun him around from facing the ropes to the centre of the ring and tossed him across the mat with an overhead belly-to-belly. Woods & Kofi thought that was it and watched as Big E made the cover, but again he could only muster a two. He was frustrated but quickly shook it off to get back on his feet and bring the groggy Owens with him, looking down towards Jinder, pointing right at him, but with his eye taken off the ball ever so gradually, Owens pulled back and then leaned back to connect with a feint super kick, following it up with another before sending E into the ropes and hitting the pop-up powerbomb. It was lights out for E as Owens made the cover and got the three to pick up two points and book himself a showdown with Jinder with the winner advancing to the live semi finals and the loser eliminated completely.

    Winner: Kevin Owens by pinfall @ 12:24.

    A relieved Owens stood up to get his arm raised, smirking down then at Big E's tag partners as an unimpressed Jinder stood up from his chair to be passed a microphone by Sunil. Owens' music cut as the WWE Champion directed a message to KO, telling him that contrary to what he's said, when they do meet it will be him who stands victorious, still WWE Champion to go to Ultimate Glory and to retain his crown. He shook his head in disgust as he said that there will be no Kevin Owens Show, and Owens immediately went for a stick of his own, causing Mahal to stop and wait to see what Owens had to say. KO looked right down at him and told Mahal to shut his mouth and listen because reality is about to kick in. Owens again called him a joke of a champion and someone who in ten years people will laugh at when they remember he was actually the WWE Champion, and just to clarify he said, Owens told Jinder that in no way does he find it funny. KO said he's just thankful he can do something about it, promising to do just that and put an end to the worst WWE Champion in history. Owens told the angry looking Jinder to mark his words, that when they meet, it will be the last time anyone has to endure Jinder as the WWE Champion, and as much as he doesn't want anything from the WWE Universe, many will thank him for that. He told the fans & Jinder that the only thing he wants is his title, and very soon, he will make it happen and the only person winning the S12 is "Kevin freakin' Owens." His music hit as he & Mahal stared right at each other, battle lines drawn for their winner take all battle in the coming weeks.

    *Commercial Break*

    In the live studio, Renee Young was sat with Daniel Bryan and introduced us to the special guest, the Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya. Renee thanked Nattie for her time and said how she hasn't spoken to her properly since winning the title from Naomi at SummerSlam, congratulating her on that achievement and retaining it just days later in their rematch. Cutting her off, Nattie said a very insincere thank you before saying how great it is to prove all her doubters wrong, saying that that there has been a lot but that those wins aren't just for her, it's for the WWE Universe to finally wake up and realise that she truly is the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be like she's said all along. Putting being cut off to one side, Renee focused on the exciting new period on Smackdown LIVE, mentioning the additions to the women's roster in Bayley & Emma, as well as Asuka, who she reminded us introduced herself to Nattie in person two weeks ago. After also mentioning the Money in the Bank held by Carmella hanging over her head too, Renee asked Nattie how confident she is of keeping hold of her title.

    That didn't go down well with Nattie, who fired back, asking Renee with just what she meant and was trying to say. Bryan stepped in on Renee's behalf, telling Nattie that there's a lot of competition for her title and a lot going on right now, using Asuka's arrival as an example. The General Manager gave his opinion that he Asuka's arrival on Smackdown LIVE is the biggest moment of the women's revolution since Charlotte, Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks debuted on Raw two years ago. Obviously not impressed, a low key Nattie said that she had no opinion of Asuka, but then called her irrelevant to the conversation. Bryan laughed, then said that was one word he certainly wouldn't use to describe Asuka, before asking Nattie if she was worried, as she probably should be he said about what Asuka has done, and will do to the women of Smackdown LIVE. Nattie shook her head and Renee followed that up by telling Nattie that she can see for herself as they were going to take a look at what Asuka will bring to Smackdown LIVE.

    A video package featuring Asuka was shown, starting with her arrival in NXT. It then showed a compilation of her hardest kicks and takedowns, going on to her victory over Emma at TakeOver: London, and then the announcement that she would challenge Bayley for the NXT Women's Champion in Dallas. It showed us forcing Bayley to pass out in the Asuka Lock and Asuka becoming champion, creating a stunned reaction in the arena. Next was her retaining her title against Nia Jax at TakeOver and then the rematch against Bayley in Brooklyn a year ago, knocking her out eventually with a thunderous kick to the head. Her victory over Mickie James in Toronto was then shown, as well as her lifting her title instead of shaking Mickie's hand. We heard her comments on several occasions of how "no one is ready for Asuka." Her TakeOver victories this year were shown, starting with the fatal fourway in San Antonio over Billie Kay, Peyton Royce & Nikki Cross, over Ember Moon in Orlando, the triple threat with Cross & Ruby Riot in Chicago, and finally the rematch and the battle in Brooklyn against Ember Moon with her lifting her title and the announce team describing her unbelievable dominance and record setting title reign.

    Back in the studio, Nattie really was not impressed, looking really flustered. She stood up, picked her title up off the desk and said she didn't agree to be interviewed to be part of "this Asuka lovefest." Not finished, she told Renee & Bryan that the only person they should be talking about is her and that it was a disgrace she was ambushed, so she refused to be party to it a second longer. Bryan tried to calm her down, telling that he genuinely respects her and he's pleased for her that she won the title fair & square, but that she has to realise part of her role as champion now is to accept the challenges coming her way, and with Asuka arriving and being two years undefeated in NXT, this is a big deal and she's obviously going to shake things up. Nattie simply said she disagreed and stormed off, leaving Renee not sure how to react. She said that it was a shame but Bryan was adamant that it was the truth and Natalya needs to accept that sooner rather than later. He was asked for his thoughts on Asuka coming to Smackdown LIVE and an update on the injury she suffered in Brooklyn. Bryan told her that he's so excited to see what Asuka brings to Smackdown LIVE but unfortunately we all do as she's still recovering from the injury to her collarbone, but that when she's ready, we'll have to see if anyone really is ready for Asuka. Renee smiled and told the audience to get ready for Asuka!

    *Commercial Break*

    Match 3
    15 Minute Time Limit

    The Hardy Boys vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
    We saw a ferocious tag team battle with both teams bringing the fight from the get go. There were several close calls, and Jeff had to make a desperate dive to break up a cover after Gallows caught Matt with a big boot to the face. The tide turned in The Hardys favour when Matt caught Anderson with a side effect, getting a two but getting right back up to urge Anderson up into a Twist of Fate. Gallows came rushing in but was sent over the top rope by Matt, who then ran and ducked a wild clothesline from Anderson to kick him in the gut and plant him with the Twist of Fate. Machine Gun was there for the taking and Matt tagged in Jeff for the swanton, and just as the referee was about to count the three, Gallows dragged Jeff out of the ring and sent him into the steps. A slingshot cross body from Matt followed to take Gallows down on the floor. As the match went on, the Hardys were on the verge again, and after Matt this time sent Anderson over the top with a clothesline, he went back to Gallows, the legal man. Anderson was getting back up and Jeff came in to storm the ring and dived through the ropes, but Anderson sidestepped it and Jeff crashed into the barricade. Matt was setting Gallows up for the Twist of Fate when the ref walked to the apron to briefly check on Jeff, allowing Gallows to low blow Matt and make the tag to Anderson as he climbed back up on the apron. The Magic Killer followed and Gallows & Anderson picked up the win, taking great pleasure in taunting the Hardys on their way back up the aisle.

    Winners: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson by pinfall @ 14:40.

    A split screen showed us Finn Balor & Neville making their way through the back ahead of their S12 main event coming up next!

    *Commercial Break*

    We went backstage into the medical room where Bayley was sat up on the bed with ice on her shoulder. Dasha Fuentes walked in to ask Bayley for an update after the attack in the back earlier at the hands of Emma. Obviously hurting, wincing in pain as she moved ever so slightly, she told Dasha that her shoulder was sore but thankfully there's no major damage done. When Dasha then asked her how she felt about Emma's actions, Bayley said that if Emma wanted her to take her seriously, she sure is, and that Emma will be the first person to see the new Bayley, promising that she's not going to be a pushover for anyone. She followed that up by telling Dasha that she can't wait to get in the ring with Emma and show her that she's not going to be pushed around anymore. Dasha thanked her for her time and told her she hoped her shoulder's back to normal real soon.

    The Main Event
    15 Minute Time Limit
    S12 Group Match

    Finn Balor vs. Neville
    In what was the first group stage match for both men, the two Brits threw absolutely everything they had at each other. There was a lot of seriously stiff kicks and shots, and after a fierce combo of a back kick and a roundhouse from Neville to Balor, who was on his knees, the former Cruiserweight Champion rushed to the mat to make a cover but was denied a three count with Balor bravely getting his shoulder up. Neville wasn't happy and immediately shimmied around on the mat to try and lock in the Rings of Saturn. Balor fought it and got out of it, coming back at Neville with a furious onslaught of kicks into the corner. He tossed Neville down into the mat and climbed up to the top rope, looking for the Coup de Grâce. Neville rolled out the way of it, then met Neville as he got back up with a super kick, which again was only enough for a two. Neville again went looking for the Rings of Saturn and this time locked it in, forcing Balor into real trouble. Neville locked it up tight, trying desperately to get Balor to tap. The fans willed Balor towards the ropes, and The Demon King fortunately fought his way to them. A red mist went over Neville, and he put the boots to Finn and then dragged him away from the ropes to climb up top.

    He was looking to the Red Arrow to seal the deal as Tom Phillips & Corey Graves said that time was running down and this was his chance. The Brit scaled the ropes and stared down with intent at the squirming Balor, who managed to lift his knees up into Neville as he came down through the air. He crashed & burned, and the chance was there now for Finn. He dragged himself to the ropes and climbed up them, again looking for the Coup de Grâce, and he got it, but just as he made the cover, the bell rung and it was announced that time had expired and the match was declared a draw. Finn sat up in nothing but disappointment, still breathing heavily. He couldn't believe it. He slowly made his way back up as a relived Neville sat up on the mat. Balor walked towards him, reached down and offered him his hand, helping him up, keeping hold of it until Neville shook his head and pulled away, storming out of the ring and to the back, leaving Finn stunned as the show came to a close with Balor's music hitting and a disappointing draw for him after a real fierce battle.

    Result: Time limit draw @ 15:00.

    *Credits*

    Next Week!

    S12 Group Matches
    Bobby Roode vs. Sami Zayn (0-1-0 - 1 point)
    Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler (0-0-1 - 0 points)


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    Re: The WWE Summer Shakeup

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    The S12 Tournament idea is pretty cool.

    Harper gets a 'big' win over Rusev to advance. Both guys needed the win, but I'm not complaining about the result. Rusev can now focus on Orton.

    Asuka debuting and having that moment with Natalya was cool. Will Asuka be the next challenger for the SD Women's belt?

    I like the layout groupings of the upcoming tournament dates. It was a futbol feel to it.

    Balor with aspirations to get his UC belt now is great to see. Glad it's not being delayed any further.

    I feel like The Club is a skeleton with a leader like AJ or Balor. And it doesn't appear the band will be getting back together right now. Maybe on down the road?

    Sucks Big E lost, but at least he lost due to cheating.

    KO coming out to voice his opinion on Jinder was cool. It's going to take some work for me to believe in KO being a top guy (for you or any other booker, after what the WWE did to him), but I believe in you from past work.


    Good start overall and we'll see how the rest of the S12 tournament pans out.

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    SD Live Smackdown LIVE - 12th September 2017


    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday September 12th 2017
    Thomas & Mack Center
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    *A highlights package quickly recapped last week's S12 matches, where Kevin Owens defeated Big E with the pop-up powerbomb and Finn Balor & Neville fought to a time limit draw, just as Finn hit the Coup de Grâce.*

    *Opening Video*


    Renee Young welcomed us to Smackdown LIVE from Las Vegas in the live studio overlooking the ring, hyping up the show. She told us how this week would mark the in-ring debut of 'The Glorious One' Bobby Roode in his first S12 group match against Sami Zayn, where he can move to the top of the ladder with a victory, which in the process would eliminate Sami. However she said that if it wasn't a glorious night for Roode, it would be for Sami if he gets the win and moves on to four points and the top of the ladder himself, where AJ Styles would then have to beat Roode next week to tie in a time less than Sami to overtake him and win the group. Renee then said though that if Roode is victorious, it'll setup a huge match with AJ next week, where AJ would need to win also, but if he does, he would finish Group 1 on top and advance to Ultimate Glory with four points, opposed to Roode's 3. She also toyed with the possibility of Roode managing to beat both Sami & AJ, and how that would send him cruising through to finals night at Ultimate Glory in just under four weeks.

    She moved on to talk about the second of the tournament matches we'd see with Shinsuke Nakamura going up against Dolph Ziggler, who she reminded us had to win to stand the slightest chance of going through, having lost the first of two his group matches against Tye Dillinger. Like Sami, it was all or nothing for Dolph, and a defeat will send him out of contention and setup a winner takes all contest between Nakamura & Dillinger.

    The Mae Young Classic finale was also hyped up by Renee, who told us that the highly anticipated clash between Kairi Sane & Shayna Baszler will be available live on the WWE Network immediately following this show, with quick video footage of the two women arriving earlier in the night coming up on screen. Renee said that even if people hadn't seen the tournament on the network, she could highly advise they check the final out as it promises to be a classic between two incredibly talented women, and that the winner will earn themselves a place on the main roster.

    "Done With That"

    The Smackdown Tag Team Champions, The Usos made their way into the arena to boos from the Vegas crowd. Once they got inside the ring, they wanted the stick from Greg Hamilton to send a message to The New Day, stating that Smackdown LIVE is "their house," and if New Day didn't know it already after they took their titles back at SummerSlam, they wanted to make it clear that this is "their house," "their yard," and "The Uso Penitentiary." They joked about how this rematch New Day so badly want but that they showed them at SummerSlam that they're nothing but losers, and even taunted Big E for proving that himself in the S12 and how he's the first man to be eliminated, Laughing at how New Day think they're "gonna" take their titles back, they turned serious and said that it's going down just like SummerSlam, that New Day "ain't got a single damn thing" to be positive about, that the power of positivity won't stop what's "gonna" happen. The Usos sent a bold message that they're "gonna" put The New Day down, staring down the lens of the camera before unbuckling their titles and handing them to the referee. Out came their opponents, the newly reformed Lucha Dragons, getting the crowd going and chanting "LUCHA" as they energetically made their way down to the ring.

    The Opening Match
    Non-Title Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Lucha Dragons vs. The Usos
    Sin Cara & Kalisto came to fight, bringing the fight and the challenge to The Usos. Jimmy realised just how much fight when Sin Cara caught him with an enzuigiri. Only a desperate dive from Jey kept them in the match and stopped the referee counting to three. The challenge didn't end there, and Jimmy returned the favour when he was on the receiving end of a senton bomb on Jey, pulling Sin Cara off his brother after the count of two to deny The Lucha Dragons again. Kalisto stormed the ring and went over the top rope with Jimmy, leaving Jey & Sin Cara to it. The action led to Jey eating a super kick after missing one of his own, and he just managed to get the shoulder up at two. As it went on, Kalisto was all set to hit Salida del Sol until Jimmy stormed the ring, to nail him in the back. Sin Cara burst in to get at Jimmy, but Jimmy backtracked into the ropes and pulled the ropes down to send him tumbling down to the floor. Kalisto ran at him to clothesline him over the top, but Jimmy hung on to the ropes and stayed on the apron. Kalisto ran back into a Samoan Drop from Jey, who was frustrated to only get a two count. Jimmy stood back up, gunning for Kalisto and wanted the tag, and together they nailed him with a double super kick. Jey hung on to the top rope and swung his legs through the ropes to send Sin Cara back down on the floor to allow Jey to make the cover and pick up the victory for the champions after a real challenge from the Mexican duo.

    Winners: The Usos by pinfall @ 8:32.

    Not satisfied with just the win, they wanted the stick again and sent another message to The New Day, saying that they just showed the world why they're the champs and that The New Day should take a real close look at the titles, lifting them up and in front of them. They said to look real close, because after they cash in their rematch and fail just like they did at SummerSlam, it's as close as they're ever "gonna get." They slammed the stick down and headed back up the aisle, laughing with the titles resting on their shoulders.

    *Commercial Break*

    "Flight of the Valkyries"


    A huge pop broke out inside the Thomas & Mack Center as the General Manager of Smackdown LIVE, Daniel Bryan made his way out, smiling at the reaction of the Vegas crowd. Getting in the ring and a microphone, Bryan thanked the fans for their reaction before going on to talk about how he & Shane McMahon have prided themselves on making Smackdown LIVE the land of opportunity and actually following through with it, as proved by the S12 to offer twelve superstars the chance to fight for the WWE Championship, as well as something else coming up soon, teasing a blockbuster announcement later on. He said that it's clear opportunity is there, but it's frustrated him that someone last week threw the opportunity they gave her right back in their face. Bryan said that he would like to call that person down to the ring "right now," and he asked Emma to make her way down.

    "Real Deal"

    Out into the arena walked the very smug looking Australian, Emma. She clearly wasn't bothered or worried about Bryan's reaction last week and now to her backstage attack on Bayley. He made his thoughts crystal clear when she got in the ring, telling exactly how disappointed & frustrated he & Shane are with how, after begging them to show her some respect, they gave her the opportunity to earn it and prove herself, she threw the opportunity to do just that right back in their faces. Bryan told her she had the chance last week in the middle of the ring to show everyone why she believes she started the women's revolution and paved the way for the likes of Bayley as she's said, yet she decided instead to attack her in the back like a coward. Showing no remorse again, Emma simply shrugged and said "and?" It just rubbed Bryan up the wrong way even more, and he told her that this week she was going to get another chance to prove herself, and "right now." Ensuring she can't back out this time, the GM talked up the Mae Young Classic final to take place later, saying how much he was looking forward to it and how he's enjoyed meeting some of the other participants backstage during the day, telling the Australian that he thought it'd be a great opportunity for one of them to put Emma to the test.

    The smile was slowly disappearing from Emma's face, and he told her that she will get the chance to show the WWE Universe that she started the women's revolution, and that she's not talking out of her rear end. Emma calmed ever so slightly before taking his microphone, telling Bryan that was fine, and that she had no problem beating any of the rejects he's got to step in the ring with her, and he told him to bring her out. She backed up into the corner and leaned against the ropes looking very relaxed, anticipating her opponent. Bryan said "okay," and said it was pleasure to introduce one of the most exciting & resilient competitors from the Mae Young Classic and he announced Emma's opponent was Candice LeRae. "Stars in the Show" hit and LeRae walked out from the back, getting a decent pop from the Vegas crowd and fellow competitors watching in the front row. The excited Canadian hit the ring with Emma laughing, arrogantly not worried the slightest by her.

    Match 2
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Candice LeRae vs. Emma
    Emma laughed in her opponent's face as they came together before the bell, but she wasn't laughing for long, and that was after slapping LeRae right across the face. Candice laughed back though before tackling her down to the mat, unloading then with shots to the face with the crowd cheering her on. Emma was reeling, not having an answer for the determined Canadian initially. That quickly changed when she was fired into the ropes and held on to them. Candice ran right at her into a raised boot, sending her back in a spin. Emma took advantage to follow her out and dropkick her in the knee before getting back up, running the ropes and coming back to take her down with a low dropkick to the seated LeRae. Emma put the boots to her, looking to make an example of her, taunting fellow Mae Young Classic competitors, Dakota Kai, Abbey Laith & Lacey Evans, who were all sat ringside. Emma thought the win was hers after a running cross body into the corner, but Candice got her shoulder up to deny her the win. Emma stood up and taunted her, begging her to get up. Candice struggled back up, walking into another slap, but when Emma went for another, Candice ducked it and rolled her up for a two. Emma was panicked and rushed back up into a bridging German that she only just managed to kick out of. The fans got behind Candice, cheering her on her way up top as a rattled Emma clawed her way back up, turning into a diving Candice. Emma countered though with a standing dropkick and wasted no time in shimmying round to tie Candice up in the Emma Lock. The crowd willed Candice to fight it, but the fierce looking Emma locked it in tight, pulling away at her, giving LeRae no choice but to tap, only letting the hold go at the count of four though.

    Winner: Emma by submission @ 5:03.

    The smug Emma walked to the apron and demanded a microphone. When she got it, she walked right back over to Candice, who was squirming around on the mat. She give a gentle kick to the ribs before kneeling down over her and asking her if that was "all she's got." She laughed and said she can see why Candice never made it to the final of the Mae Young Classic later on, calling her a joke. That wasn't all, and Emma went further, saying that the only reason Candice or anyone in the Mae Young Classic got a chance is because she created the women's revolution in NXT, not that people like Dnaiel Bryan, Shane McMahon or Bayley give her the recognition or respect she deserves. Determined to get it however, she said that there was one way she thought of to get it, and that was to beat it out of her. Emma dropped the stick and put the boots to Candice again, taunting her to get up. Again she just laughed down at Candice before going to apply the Emma Lock.

    "Turn It Up"

    Bayley
    came racing out of the back and down the aisle, sliding in. Emma scurried off before the angry Bayley could get near her. Bayley kicked the ropes as Emma slid away, laughing back at her, who watched Emma walk around the ring into the aisle to see her laughing at her. Bayley then kneeled over Candice to check on her, helping her up before getting a microphone, sending a message back to Emma. Understandably angry after being attacked last week, Bayley said she told herself last week that she absolutely will not be pushed around by anyone anymore, and that includes Emma. She also told the on looking Emma that she wasn't going to sit back and watch her push anyone else around either, especially someone she said who doesn't deserve it.

    There was more to come, and the unfazed Bayley told Emma that if she wanted respect so much, she should get in the ring and fight her woman to woman. Bayley said she wasn't going to turn her back either, demanding Emma to get in the ring and prove to the WWE Universe that she was the one who started the woman's revolution because she's sick of hearing it and seeing Emma do nothing but act like a coward. Emma didn't like that last line one bit, then saw Bayley drop the stick and call for her to get in, and Emma snapped. She ran back down the aisle and jumped up on the apron, staring right at the ready Bayley, but she soon jumped back down to the floor and turned her back on Bayley and the ring to a chorus of boos. The furious Bayley and disgusted Candice shook their heads as Emma shrugged off the boos and jibes coming from the fans as she walked back up the aisle.

    *Commercial Break*

    Renee Young in the live studio took us through a roundup of last week's events. The first talking point was Finn Balor's time limit draw with Neville in their opening S12 match, calling it an upset of sorts with Neville standing toe-to-toe with the former Universal Champion. We heard Neville's response after the show last week, talking to camera in exclusive footage, asked about managing to avoid defeat and earn himself a draw against Finn, as well as for his reaction in declining to shake Balor's hand after the match. Neville was insulted, saying that it was insulting for anyone to think he was just there for to Finn to beat. The former Cruiserweight Champion told the cameraman that only Finn has held the NXT Championship longer than he did, calling himself an equal to Finn, which is why it's an insult he's meant to be satisfied that he wasn't beaten by Finn with everyone assuming he would be. Neville said that no one will underestimate him anymore, and with one match left, he said he will go on to beat Luke Harper and advance to Ultimate Glory to prove to everyone that he shouldn't be underestimated a second longer.

    We got to hear Finn Balor's response after he got through the curtain last week, talking to Dasha Fuentes, telling her that he was absolutely gutted when the bell rung, thinking he had the match won. Admitting he would've been relieved, Balor gave Neville "a ton of credit," saying that was one hell of a tough match and that Neville is right when he says that he's more than just a cruiserweight. He called him very tough and very dangerous, and there & then Finn said that he knew this made it hell of a lot tougher for him to get through to Ultimate Glory, knowing how tough a match it will be against Luke Harper too. Not fazed though, Balor told Dasha this is what he came to Smackdown for though, calling it the best competition on the planet, and in a weird way he can't wait for another brutal match next time out, although he said he knows only a win will be good enough, no buts.

    Back in the studio, Renee spoke about last week's win for Kevin Owens over Big E, meaning that it will come down to a winner takes all match between KO and the current WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal for who wins that group and the spot in the semi finals at Ultimate Glory in just under four weeks. Renee told us that earlier today, she had the chance to sit down with Jinder to talk about that crucial upcoming match, as well as the critical comments Owens has made about him & his title reign. In a mock set backstage with Renee, Jinder Mahal, with The Singh Brothers stood behind him said that Owens has a big mouth, who desperately needs to learn some respect. The WWE Champion told Renee what better way for him to learn it by finding out that The Maharaja is not a joke, that he deserves to be WWE Champion by beating Kevin Owens and shutting his big mouth once & for all. He had more to say, telling Renee that it's not just Owens who will realise he is not a joke, but the WWE Universe too, and they'll soon learn that he will be WWE Champion for a long time to come.

    To his & Renee's surprise, Kevin Owens crashed the party, telling The Singh Brothers "easy," before laughing and asking Jinder if he was serious, and if really believed what he just said. Jinder stood up and listened as Owens told Jinder he has no idea what he's in for when he steps inside the ring with him, "no idea whatsoever," and even more so now that the WWE Championship is there for the taking. He told Jinder that it was nothing personal, just business in that Jinder's just unfortunate that he's the one he has to go through to get to Ultimate Glory, however he also said that he's not going to keep his mouth shut either if he has an opinion. So Owens ran his mouth, telling Jinder that he thinks he is a joke, but if Jinder disagreed with him, then he can bring all he's got in two weeks. Owens warned him though that Jinder's best won't be anywhere near close to what it's going to take to stop him, and that the same goes for everyone in the locker room. Jinder was seething as Owens laughed in his face and walked off, telling him to enjoy his title while he can, because it won't be long.

    We returned to the studio briefly where Renee went over a quick recap from last week where Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated The Hardy Boyz after a confrontation earlier in the evening, getting the win after a low blow from Gallows allowed them to hit the Magic Killer. After the show last week as they were leaving the building, a cameraman caught up with the duo and asked Gallows & Anderson for their reaction to their win and the manner of it with the low blow there for all to see. Anderson obviously wasn't bothered how they did it, simply asking the cameraman who won, saying that they did, that it doesn't matter how you win, it's if you win and that's it. Anderson then told him to go tell The Hardys "hard luck," and that's it not always about The Hardys, and from now on it's all about Gallows & Anderson and no one else.

    Going back to the studio, Renee was joined by Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan, and she asked them for an update on Rusev, who's been suspended for several weeks now after putting his hands on officials backstage three weeks ago. Bryan told Renee that he & Shane have talked about it and asked for this time to announce that his suspension ends next week and he's been invited to apologise, as well as the implications for putting your hands on an official. Shane had something to add, telling Renee that they also had a big announcement to make, which Daniel referred to earlier. Talking up the success of the Mae Young Classic again, Shane said that in six weeks on October 22nd on the WWE Network, there will be the first ever women's live special, and that wasn't all, telling Renee it will be called the Queen of the Ring. Renee was stunned and said that it was amazing, and Bryan said that the women set an incredible example with the Mae Young Classic and that the women on the main roster want that chance to show what they've got in that environment, adding that qualifying starts in three weeks and they'll have more to announce next week. Renee was so excited by it and talked up just how amazing that is going to be before announcing it was time to go to a commercial, and coming up after, it will be Shinsuke Nakamura's first group match against the man who has it all to do, Dolph Ziggler.

    *Commercial Break*

    Match 3
    15 Minute Time Limit
    S12 Group 3 Match

    Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler (0-0-1 - 0 points)
    With the pressure on to get the win to stand even the slightest chance, Dolph came flying out of the gate at Nakamura. Unfortunately for Dolph though, Nakamura was ready too, and he was on a mission himself. He wasn't for wasting time either, looking for the Kinshasha within the first minute. Ziggler got out the way of it though and hit the skids, sliding out of the ring and out of harm's way. Nakamura wanted him back in, and when Dolph climbed back on the apron, he flew at him and nailed him with a raised knee strike. Shinsuke followed him out to send him right back in, helping him up to send him into the corner and following in for a running high knee strike to the face. He was all business, and despite Ziggler hanging on briefly, Shinsuke dodged a fameasser and hit an inverted powerslam before this time managing to connect with the Kinshasa and pick up the quick win after a fiercely determined performance. Nakamura celebrated as Tye Dillinger was shown looking on in the back, seeing that he will go head-to-head with Shinsuke for a spot in the semi finals at Ultimate Glory, but with Nakamura topping the ladder after setting a quicker time in his win over Dolph than Tye. Ziggler sat up on the floor and was full of rage as he stood up, knowing he was out with two defeats, and he knocked the top step off before stomping down the aisle, all as Nakamura soaked up the ovation from the Vegas crowd.

    Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfall @ 4:40.

    Group 3 Standings: 1. Nakamura - 2 pts (1-0-0). 2. Dillinger - 2 pts (1-0-0). 3. Ziggler - 0 pts (Eliminated).

    *Commercial Break*

    A video package focusing on Asuka was shown, specifically on SummerSlam weekend in Brooklyn. It started for her with her NXT Women's Championship defence against Ember Moon, retaining after a mammoth battle, focusing on the struggle in lifting her title with the collarbone we later found out she broke. We then saw her Smackdown LIVE debut three nights later, confronting the new Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya, telling her that "no one is ready for Asuka." We then saw an update recorded in the past week, with Asuka speaking to camera, saying that she will soon be ready to come to Smackdown LIVE, promising she will dominate there just like she did in NXT, smiling as the camera zoomed in on her menacing smile.

    We went into the arena and the music of the Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya played, with Nattie heading down to the ring in her ring gear, not looking particularly happy. After getting a microphone, Nattie said that she's sick of people talking about every other woman on the roster but her. She was crystal clear in saying that she should be the one everyone talks about now she has the prize every woman in the locker room badly wants, holding up her title and bragging how she won it at SummerSlam and sent Naomi packing to Raw with her tail between her legs. Still not happy, she said that it clearly isn't enough as all people are talking about is Asuka coming to Smackdown LIVE, which Natalya said was fine, but it isn't something she should be asked about before everything else, especially after how she was so rudely interrupted by her on her coronation three weeks ago.

    Nattie still isn't over that, and she talked about how Asuka told her that "no one is ready for Asuka," then said that the fact of the matter right now is that Asuka is the one who isn't ready for anyone. She moved on to Carmella, bringing up Miss. Money in the Bank and how she's also been asked about this threat hanging over head, but Natalya said that Carmella, even with Money in the Bank is no threat to her, adding "please" to the end of her sentence. Her next target was Charlotte, saying that the Queen is at home right now playing nurse to "poor old daddy," and even if she wasn't "wiping her dad's behind and mopping up his drool," she'd still be playing second fiddle to the real Queen in the Queen of Harts. She then brought up the Mae Young Classic, calling it a historic night for women, and although the two finalists she said would be no threat to her either, she still wished them the best of luck later on and said that she'd still be watching as there's nothing else for her to do as there's no one on the level required to challenge her, at least that she could think of. She then tried to think of anyone she could've missed.

    "Celtic Invasion"

    Becky Lynch
    exploded out of the back, microphone in hand, and in her ring gear too. Stopping in the aisle, and after wanting to say first how big a night it is with the Mae Young Classic final after the show, The Irish Lass Kicker asked Nattie if she had any idea or if she cared how disrespectful she was being on such a historic night. Carrying on down to the ring, Becky said that she was "kinda hurt" that she was left out, but what really got to her was what she said about Charlotte and her dad. Stepping in the ring, Becky told Natalya that what she said was "real low" and that she should apologise. Nattie laughed, clearly not feeling the same way, in fact telling Lynch that the person who should apologise was Becky herself for interrupting her when she wasn't finished. Although she quickly followed that up by telling Becky that she didn't get around to her, but now that Becky was out there, she would address her, calling her an "embarrassment." Stunned, Becky repeated Nattie's comment, and Nattie explained, telling Becky that James Ellsworth had made a fool of her so many times that she's become just that, an embarrassment.

    Becky shouted it back at her twice before trying hard to calm herself down. She responded calmly though, telling Natalya that if she was such an embarrassment and probably no threat to her like everyone else she mentioned, maybe Nattie should show everyone why she should be talked about and why she's the champion by putting the title on the line against her, "right here, right now." The champion laughed, then told Lynch that it doesn't quite work like that, calling Becky "sweetheart" before telling her it was nice try but she had said what she came to and turned to leave. Just as Natalya put the stick down and stepped through the ropes, Daniel Bryan walked out, telling her "not so fast." Natalya stopped in her tracks as Bryan then told her that Becky was on to something, and on a night like this for women's wrestling, he felt it was only fitting that they have a women's title match, so he was making it official and called for a referee to come on out with Nattie shaking her head, really not happy. She had no choice though as the pumped-up challenger psyched herself up.

    Match 4
    Smackdown Women's Championship
    20 Minute Time Limit

    Becky Lynch vs. Natalya (c)
    Caught cold, it was a slow start from the champion, with Becky relishing the opportunity and getting Natalya even more riled up. The champion grew into it though, shoving her off the second rope and down to the mat as The Irish Lass Kicker unloaded with right hands. Nattie was right on her, dragging her up and connecting with a sitout powerbomb. It was only enough for a two, and as it continued, Becky came roaring back and clotheslined Nattie over the top rope. She landed on the apron, but Becky sent her down to the floor with a springboard dropkick. As Natalya landed on the floor, Miss. Money in the Bank, Carmella came walking out from the back with a face like thunder, followed by James Ellsworth. She confronted Nattie as she stood up, spinning her around and asking if she was no threat as a confused Becky watched on. Nattie shook her head, not interested in what Carmella had to say and climbed back on the apron. Carmella saw red and smashed Natalya across the back with her briefcase, giving the ref no choice but to call for the bell and disqualify Becky.

    Winner: Natalya by DQ @ 7:22

    Becky immediately went after a microphone as Carmella talked smack, kneeling over Nattie, asking if she was a threat now. Becky was raging though, and let it be known, asking Carmella what the hell she thought she was doing. She then talked about being cheated out of Money in the Bank by her & Ellsworth time & time again, then said how they're now screwing out of the title. "Enough is enough," Becky said and she told Carmella to put the briefcase down and get in the ring to settle this once & for all. Miss. Money in the Bank just laughed, not taking Becky seriously at all, backing away with Ellsworth to piss Becky off even more. Nattie sat up and looked down towards the remorseless Carmella while Becky tossed down the stick, shaking her head full of fury with her music playing.

    Going backstage, we got a quick look at 'The Glorious One' Bobby Roode walking through the halls of the arena, ready for his debut match, and then we got a glimpse of Sami Zayn, his opponent also making his way through the back, psyching himself up too with their main event match up next.

    *Commercial Break*

    Into the live studio, and Renee Young told us that next week we will see Luke Harper in his first group stage match against Neville, and we were going to take a look at Luke Harper, now free of The Wyatts and looking to make a name for himself all by himself. We saw a quick clip of when he was interviewed by Renee two weeks ago, when he said that he's found himself now he's free of Bray and he knows he can do things no other man his size can. We then saw a compilation of some of those things he can do and his biggest weapons, from suicide dives, to the spinning sidewalk slam, super kicks, running sitout powerbombs and discus lariats. The video ended with the super kick to Rusev that put him through to the S12 group stage and reaction afterwards.

    The Main Event
    15 Minute Time Limit
    S12 Group 1 Match

    Sami Zayn (0-1-0 - 1 point) vs. Bobby Roode
    The United States Champion, and also Roode's opponent next week, AJ Styles joined the announce team at ringside to cast an eye over him ahead of next week's clash, and perhaps an all or nothing one if Roode was to emerge victorious. In the ring, both men knew the importance of the win, especially Sami in the last of his two matches and with one point on the board after his opening draw with Styles. He brought out the big guns, and he had to. After the Blue Thunder Bomb only brought him a two count and Roode rolled out of the ring and harm's way, Sami joined him on the outside. With Roode getting up in front of the announce table, Sami burst across the floor and dived through the ropes to hit the incredible tornado DDT to drill Roode's head into the floor. Zayn was hell bent on getting the win there & then, getting back up as quickly as he could, dragging Roode up with him and tossing him into the ring. Sami climbed back in and made a cover, hooking both legs, but Roode grabbed the bottom rope with his hand. Zayn backed up and watched as Roode crawled into the corner and used the ropes to help get back up on his feet.

    Sami locked & loaded for the Helluva Kick, charging across the mat. Roode stepped out of the corner though as Sami had to put the brakes on. Roode quickly rolled him up, resting his feet on the rope, and the ref saw him just as he was going to count to three. He stood up and got into it with the referee and Sami caught him off guard, rolling him up from behind. That too was just a two, and when both men got to their feet, Roode reversed an Irish whip and planted Sami with a double A spinebuster. He made the cover for a two, then brought Sami up for the Glorious DDT. Zayn countered with a Northern Lights suplex, again getting a two as Roode crawled towards the corner. He used the ropes again to help get back on his feet with Sami sensing the end was near. He went bursting across the mat for the Helluva Kick, but Roode countered with a drop toe hold to send Zayn's head into the second turnbuckle. Zayn was in deep trouble, and Roode wasted no time in dragging him up and away from the corner to this time hit the Glorious DDT and pick up the win, and the two points that put him top of the group, leaving AJ needing to beat him next week to advance to the semi finals.

    Winner: Bobby Roode by pinfall @ 14:25

    Very pleased with himself, the smug Roode stood up and got his arm raised, turning to look in Styles' direction as Sami rolled out of the ring, being checked on by the referee. Roode walked to the apron and looked down at AJ, smirking and talking smack at him, telling him that was his fate next week too. The United States Champion stood up at the table, picked up his belt and a microphone, congratulating Roode on his win before climbing up the steps to join him in the ring. Styles joked that Roode would probably be feeling pretty glorious, but warned him that next week we'll find out truly how glorious he is. Acknowledging how Roode's spoken about having one foot in the semi finals even before tonight because of his own time limit draw with Sami, AJ admitted that's true right now, but the fact of the matter is Roode still has to get in the ring with him next week, and if he beats Roode, it won't be The Glorious One going to Ultimate Glory, it will be 'The Phenomenal' AJ Styles. He told Roode not to get carried away because he doesn't have it in the bag like he might think he does, adding how they've known each other for a long time and Roode should know full well that it's not going to be easy, but if he does, even for a second, it certainly won't be glorious. Having heard enough, Roode grabbed the stick from him and told AJ to shut his mouth, and then asked him who the hell Styles thinks he is to interrupt him after his glorious victory & debut. When he then said "and as far as next week goes," Roode nailed AJ with the stick to send him down to the mat to a chorus of boos inside the arena. Roode just smirked, dropped the stick and stood over AJ, laughing as his music hit again.

    Group 1 Standings: 1. Roode - 2 pts (1-0-0). 2. Styles - 1 pt (0-1-0). 3. Zayn - 1 pt (Eliminated).

    Group 2 Standings: 1. Balor - 1 pt (0-1-0). 1. Neville - 1 pt (0-1-0). 3. Harper - 0 pts (0-0-0).
    Group 4 Standings: 1. Mahal - 2 pts (1-0-0). 2. Owens - 2 pts (1-0-0). 3. Big E - 0 pts (Eliminated).

    Just before the show came to a close, we saw images of Kairi Sane & Shayna Baszler warming up backstage for the upcoming Mae Young Classic finale.

    *Credits*

    Next Week!

    S12 Group Matches
    Bobby Roode (1-0-0 - 2 points) vs. AJ Styles (0-1-0 - 1 point)
    Luke Harper vs. Neville (0-1-0 - 1 point)

    Mae Young Classic Finale
    Kairi Sane df. Shayna Baszler


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    SD Live Smackdown LIVE - 19th September 2017


    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday September 19th 2017
    Oracle Arena
    Oakland, California

    *A highlights package recapped last week's events in the S12, starting with Shinsuke Nakamura's comprehensive win over Dolph Ziggler to eliminate The Show Off. We then saw Bobby Roode's victory over Sami Zayn with AJ Styles watching at ringside, leading to a confrontation afterwards in the ring, culminating in Roode nailing AJ with the microphone in a cheap shot, standing over AJ as the show came to a close.*

    *Opening Video*


    Renee Young gave us a warm welcome in the live studio, welcoming us to Smackdown Live and another big night of action ahead. She hyped up an eight man tag team match that will see The New Day team up with The Hardy Boyz to take on The Usos and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. The S12 matches were talked about next with Luke Harper's first group match against Neville, in a must win for Neville after his opening draw with Finn Balor. Renee then moved on to the Group One decider between AJ Styles & Bobby Roode, with the United States Champion needing a victory, or Roode will advance to Ultimate Glory and the live semi finals. Outside of the in-ring action, she said that we will see the return of Rusev after his suspension came to an end. She moved on to say that we were about to hear from Shane McMahon about the announcement last week of the Queen in the Ring coming next month.

    "Here Comes The Money"

    The crowd cheered as Shane-O-Mac burst out from the back full of energy, heading down to the ring with a big smile on his face. He didn't hold back in saying just how much of an honour it was last week to be able to announce that in five weeks, the WWE will hold its first ever women's only live special and in the inaugural Queen of the Ring tournament. The Commissioner of Smackdown Live told the fans he's incredibly excited, knowing he's not alone either, telling them that everyone should be excited, calling the Mae Young Classic a great success that has paved the way for the women on the main roster to have their own opportunity in a competition like the Mae Young Classic. Shane let the WWE Universe know that all the women in the locker room badly wanted that opportunity having watched the Mae Young like everyone else, but with envy, and he said that the platform is now there for them. He announced this other first in WWE history will see 16 women from Raw & Smackdown Live compete in the name of what Smackdown Live is all about in honest competition. After saying that there will be qualifying matches on television, the final eight will compete at the Queen of the Ring event in five weeks.

    After that, he told the audience that he was going to introduce them to one of the first entrants, who he was proud to introduce, and the music of the Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya hit. With a smug smile on her face, Nattie made her way down to join a rather surprised looking Shane in the ring. Still smiling, Nattie thanked him for the opportunity, saying that it's perfect timing coming off her title victory at SummerSlam and how she's made more impact than anyone in the Mae Young Classic, saying though that that's nether here not there. The Women's Champion then told Shane that she wished he'd warned her he was going to introduce her as the first, and most important entrant. Looking almost upset for her, Shane told her that she was mistaken, he honestly wasn't expecting her and was expecting someone else. Looking incredibly surprised, Nattie asked who else that could possibly be instead of the Smackdown Women's Champion. She then speculated that it could be Asuka, asking Shane if that was who it was going to be given "everything's been about Asuka lately," and how she's absolutely sick of it. She shook her head, getting visibly frustrated,

    Nattie told everyone how she's the champion, not Asuka, then told Shane to bring her out so she can tell Asuka to her face that she's not impressed by her and she can show her who the real star of the women's division is. Clearing it up for her, Shane told Natalya that it wasn't Asuka, leaving Nattie even more confused, and as soon as she asked again who it was, "Recognition" hit and Charlotte Flair walked out to a big pop, making her first appearance since her dad's health problems. Nattie was not happy and looked on with utter frustration as Flair walked down the aisle and into the ring, and Natalya quickly asked Shane if he was kidding. He said not, and welcomed Charlotte back to Smackdown Live, also letting her know on behalf of the entire WWE that they're so relieved that her dad is recovering so well and getting back to old Naitch form already. Shane told her how happy he is to welcome her back in this fashion as part of the Queen of the Ring tournament. Charlotte could barely thank Shane before Natalya cut in and asked him if "this is what we're doing now," basically putting everyone in the locker room ahead of the champion.

    The fury came out, saying how she doesn't care about Charlotte, where she's been, how her dad is or how his recovery's going, repeating how she couldn't care less, as the lack of respect she's getting is really starting to "piss me off." Trying to appease her as Charlotte tried to compose herself, Shane told Natalya that this isn't about ignoring her or disrespecting her at all, but how he's giving everyone including her the opportunity to prove themselves in the ring, mentioning her, Charlotte, Asuka, Bayley & Emma as just some. Wanting to get her words out, Charlotte asked if he minded her addressing the champion. She got to Nattie, saying how she's not had the chance to congratulate her on becoming champion since she's not been around, but with that said she said, she then called her a "disrespectful little bitch." Not finishing there, Flair told Nattie how she heard what she said last week about her dad and how she should consider herself damn lucky she wasn't there last week, or she'd have put Natalya in hospital herself.

    She continued, saying that Natalya is lucky she'd had a week to calm down, but that how she would never be as disrespectful as her and talk about Nattie's dad, Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart like that, but then again she said why would she, given that he was never on the same level as her dad and not many people nowadays will know who the hell The Anvil even is. Natalya was not happy. Charlotte though, still wasn't done, and told Nattie again that it's a good thing she's had that week to calm down and call Shane. Looking on confused, Nattie heard Flair say that she & Shane had come to a great idea, and she then asked Natalya how it feels to be Smackdown Women's Champion, but how she won't be going to the Queen of the Ring. Absolutely confused, Nattie asked Shane what Charlotte was talking about, and the Commissioner explained that Charlotte called him last week after hearing her comments about Ric and the announcement of the Queen of the Ring. Shane revealed that Charlotte asked for a certain match and to be part of the Queen of the Ring, so he came to the idea to put the two together in the first qualifying match for the tournament.

    The fans popped for that one with Flair smiling but Nattie not the opposite, looking very unimpressed. Shane announced that they will meet in two weeks on Smackdown Live. With a wry smile on her face, Charlotte asked Natalya what he thought about that, carrying on to tell her she might be champion for now, but that everyone knows, and even if some don't, they'll find out in two weeks who the real Queen is. Charlotte let out a big "WOO" as her music hit again and the livid Nattie backed up, shaking her head as Flair shook hands with Shane, but as she turned to leave the ring, Nattie ran back towards her and knocked her down to the mat. Nattie turned and stared at Shane, then right down to Charlotte, lifting her legs up for the Sharpshooter. Shane tried to get her off, and Charlotte quickly kicked up at her to send her stumbling back. Both women raced back up, and Nattie ran right into a big boot that sent her down to the mat and rolling out of the ring. Charlotte's music hit again as she stared down at Nattie, slowly standing back up to reach inside and grab her title, walking to the aisle with her tail between her legs ahead of this huge match in two weeks.

    *Commercial Break*

    "New Day, New Way"

    A massive roar broke out as The New Day made their entrance in classic New Day fashion, full of energy. Quickly getting serious, Xavier Woods got to The Usos and their tag team championship rematch, saying how The Usos have been spreading the word that he, E & Kofi won't be getting their titles back and are destined to fail. Laughing to himself, Woods said that it's funny because that doesn't worry them one bit, saying how together they crashed & burned years ago and absolutely everyone wrote them off, apart from each other. He openly said that they got why that happened, why people wrote them off and sung "New Day sucks" everywhere they went. Woods said that's what they call failing but how they dug deep and turned it around to hear "New Day rocks" for the past two years and become the longest reigning tag team champions in history. He sent a message The Usos way, saying that "this is real," that was overcoming failure and one night at SummerSlam doesn't constitute a failure, or a big one anyway. Woods called it one bad night but here they are, ready to bounce back and get their titles back. He said that in three weeks, The Usos are going to be in for the fight of their lives and The New Day will become four time tag team champions, gyrating with the crowd singing along. They were then joined by the partners, The Hardy Boyz to a big pop before their opponents then made their entrances.

    The Opening Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    The New Day & The Hardy Boyz w/Big E vs. The Usos, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
    Just as the bell was about to ring, The Revival's music hit and they walked down to ringside and to the announce table to join Tom Phillips, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton. All four teams came out with a point to prove, giving it everything they had as Dash & Dawson talked about how they should all be grateful that they weren't in the match as they'd show everyone up and why they're the Mercedes Benz of the tag team division. When it came down to it, all hell broke loose with Jey Uso & Woods in the ring. Jimmy reversed Kofi's attempts to send him into the steps on the outside, and it was Kofi who crashed into them. As Jeff then dived over the top to take Gallows, Anderson & Matt down, Jimmy took the opportunity to slip one of the title belts into the ring towards his brother. Big E saw it and jumped up on the apron to try & tell the referee what'd happened, but with the ref looking down at the carnage on the floor, he missed it and argued with E on the apron. Jey picked the title up, and when Woods walked towards him, he walked right into a shot to the skull with the title. The ref turned as Jey shouted at him to make the count, and he did, to three as the champions got one over on The New Day again ahead of their rematch. Jimmy dragged Jey out of the ring and they walked around the four men on the floor trying to sit back up, lifting their title up into the air.

    Winners: The Usos, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson by pinfall @ 14:33.

    Dash & Dawson stood up at the announce table with Dawson holding a microphone, and Dawson told everyone that he & Dash were there to give their expert insight as the Mercedes Benz of the tag team division and the only two time NXT Tag Team Champions. He said that what they saw was that The New Day clearly aren't or ever were the team everyone thinks they are, and he mentioned how they've already said that having beaten them themselves, then that the same goes for The Hardys. Dawson wasn't finished, telling Gallows & Anderson they didn't impress anyone, just like their entire run in the WWE to date, and as for the champions, they could only sneak a win against teams who really aren't that great or on the level of The Revival. He wrapped it all up by saying that they should all be grateful that he's got a ruptured bicep, or he & Dash would be dominating this division, but he promised the WWE Universe that they soon will and to make no mistake about it. Their music hit as all five teams glanced around at each other.

    *Commercial Break*

    It was over to the live studio for a round-up with Renee Young, going over last week's S12 matches and the implications. First up was Bobby Roode's victory over Sami Zayn, and Renee talked about just how big that was going into the AJ Styles/Bobby Roode match later on, meaning that AJ must defeat Roode, or it'll be Roode that advances to Ultimate Glory instead. She then said that they'd caught up with both men going into the do or die clash later in the main event. We went back to last week where Roode caught AJ with a cheap shot with the microphone after Roode's victory over Sami.

    We then heard from AJ Styles when he walked back through the curtain, stopped to get his reaction to the cheap shot and how he feels about having to beat Roode to move into the semi finals at Ultimate Glory. Still a little foggy from the mic shot, the United States Champion said that Roode might've got him with a cheap shot but it's going to be a cheap shot he's sure going to regret. The former WWE Champion said that all Roode has done is stoke the fire, and it's on, and with only one of them being able to go to the semi finals, he's sure as hell going to make sure that it's going to be AJ Styles.

    We then got to hear from Bobby Roode as he arrived in the building earlier today, talking to camera to say that it won't just be last week he left AJ on his back, saying the exact same will happen again later after he's beaten the so called Phenomenal One and booked his place at Ultimate Glory and moved one step closer to the WWE Championship. That he said will be "absolutely glorious."

    Back in the studio, we saw a quick recap of last week's match between Shinsuke Nakamura & Dolph Ziggler, where Nakamura comfortably got the victory to set up next week's winner takes all match with Tye Dillinger. Renee reminded us how Ziggler is obviously eliminated now, meaning that it'll come down to the Nakamura/Dillinger match next week to see which of them tops their group and heads to Ultimate Glory in three weeks.

    She then moved on to talk about the confrontation last week between the current WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal & Kevin Owens. Renee told us how it's clearly becoming very personal between the two, but that next week they will settle it in the ring with the winner moving on to Ultimate Glory, questioning whether Owens will be the one to end Jinder's title reign as he's said he would, or whether Jinder will continue to defy the critics and go on to the semi finals instead.

    Last on the agenda was Luke Harper & Neville's impending match, with Renee letting us know the implications it'll have on next week's match between Harper & Finn Balor in the last group match. She told us how two wins for Harper will take him to Ultimate Glory, but a win for Neville or Finn will determine which of them qualifies instead. She hyped up just how crucial these three matches next week are and told us to make sure we tune in. Neville's music played inside the arena, and Renee took us over to Tom Phillips, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton.

    Match 2
    S12 Group Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Luke Harper vs. Neville (0-1-0 - 1 point)
    It was all on Neville to get the win if he wanted to stand a chance to advance after his opening draw with Finn Balor, unless he drew this and Harper then drew with Finn next week. A defeat for Harper would leave him out in the cold with Neville in a strong position, and Neville knew that. Despite giving up weight & height, Neville targeted the legs of Harper as Finn Balor was shown looking on from the back. The work to the legs looked like it was about to pay off when Harper's knee buckled when lifting Neville for a powerbomb. Neville landed on his feet and nailed Harper with a thunderous enzuigiri, but it only gave him a two count with Harper just getting his shoulder up. Neville wasn't happy, getting right in the face of the referee and shoving three fingers in his face for the count he thought he should've had. Turning back, he kicked Harper as he sat up square in the head. Neville looked up to the top rope, thinking he'd have to go up there to put Harper away. Up he went for the Red Arrow, staring down at Harper, who at the last second managed to roll out the way and pull himself back up in the corner.

    When both men got to their feet, Harper went looking for a discus lariat but missed with Neville connecting with a feint Pele kick. It put Harper down on one knee and Neville turned back to run the ropes, but Harper was waiting for him, shooting up to connect with a hellacious super kick. Neville wasn't moving, yet somehow managed to just get his shoulder up before the ref could count to three. Harper took it in his stride and calmly got back up to his feet, stepping back into the corner. The lights may have been on for Neville but there was nobody home as he barely made it to his feet, and when he did, Harper came out of the corner and this time connected with the discus lariat to put Neville down for three and out of the S12. Harper put himself top of the group going into his now do or die match with the watching Balor next week and was looking very relaxed & confident indeed as he got his arm raised and wound down with an angry Neville sitting up floor not looking at all happy.

    Winner: Luke Harper by pinfall @ 10:17.

    Group 2 Standings: 1. Harper - 2 pts (1-0-0). 2. Balor - 1 pt (0-1-0). 3. Neville - 1 pt (Eliminated).

    A very unapologetic looking Rusev, dressed casually was shown walking through the back, headed for the ring and the demanded apology from Shane McMahon.

    *Commercial Break*

    "Roar of the Lion"

    'The Bulgarian Brute' Rusev made his way out into the arena, smirking as he walked down to the ring. He laughed as he got a microphone, and despite being suspended for three weeks, he spoke about how he was told he had to come out and apologise for his actions several weeks ago when he put his hands on a referee backstage. Rusev directed a message to Shane McMahon, saying that there wasn't going to be an apology and he's sorry for nothing. Quickly correcting himself, The Super Athlete said he was sorry that Randy Orton managed to sneak off to Raw before he could crush him after Randy stopped him becoming the WWE Champion. He told the crowd that anyone would be angry for that and he's not sorry because he was robbed of the chance to win the WWE Championship, stating his absolute certainty that no one on Smackdown Live would've or could stop him.

    "Break The Walls Down"

    To the shock of everyone, the returning Chris Jericho strolled out from the back and down the aisle with a microphone. His music stopped and he asked if Rusev knows what happens to people who think it's okay to attack innocent officials, if he knows what happens when you put your hands on them and refuse to apologise. As he stepped inside the ring, Rusev asked Jericho if he knows what happens if you interrupt an angry Bulgarian beast who can snap his pencil neck in two. Not intimidated, Jericho told Rusev he's been around long enough and guys like Rusev who are full of crap and nothing more than bullies who'll attack officials and others from behind like a coward. He looked Rusev in the eyes and said he was just "a Bulgarian Kevin Owens." Not quite done, Jericho said that was the reason why he felt the need to come out and tell Rusev that he's nothing but a no good son of a bitch who needs someone to stand up to him, so there he was.

    Sn-iggering, Rusev told Y2J that he should've stayed home and not come back and stuck his nose in someone else's business, because after tonight, he won't be coming back ever again. Rusev dropped the stick and immediately went for Jericho, who ducked a wild right and unloaded on The Bulgarian Brute with the crowd cheering him on. Rusev meant business though and pushed Jericho away and on to his back. Jericho rushed back up and walked right into a thrust kick from Rusev, and he wasn't finished with Jericho, stamping on his back and going down to lock in The Accolade on him. He tortured Jericho as the fans could only look on, and as much as he tried to hang on, he eventually passed out and Rusev let the hold go. He stood over Jericho, just smirking to a chorus of boos as his music blasted out again with officials running down to attend to Jericho.

    *Commercial Break*

    It was time to go to Renee Young in the live studio, who told us that during the break, Chris Jericho was helped backstage and was being checked over by the WWE medical team, but the understanding is that he will be okay. With that out of the way, she introduced us to her guest; Emma. In a nice looking dress, Emma was congratulated by Renee on her win last week, and then pressed more on what happened afterwards though when Bayley came to the aid of Candice LeRae and tried to get some sort of retribution for what happened the week before when Emma attacked her backstage before their scheduled match. Renee asked Emma if she was surprised by Bayley's reaction to confront her, and if that was the reason she decided to back away. Appalled, Emma asked, "really?" The Australian was furious, and asked Renee why she skated over her dominant debut victory when she showed everyone how it was for her to show the world that she did indeed start the women's revolution. Emma told her not to worry though, and that she expects it'll happen sometime very soon.

    Suddenly, Shane McMahon walked into the studio and greeted both women, with Renee quickly jumping on his promo earlier, saying how big of an announcement it was about the Queen of the Ring, having Charlotte back and going up against Natalya in two weeks in a qualifying match. The Commissioner was in full agreement, saying just how excited he is for the tournament itself, as well as Charlotte against Natalya. He then told Emma he was glad she was there as he wanted to speak to her about her role in the Queen of the Ring as he's going to give her the opportunity she's wanted to prove herself or the specific point she wants to make. She was told that she will be in action in three weeks in a qualifying match against Bayley. Her reaction was to laugh and stand up, turned to Renee and told her to get used to calling her "Queen," being so incredibly dismissive of Bayley, and off she went, leaving Renee to ask Shane if he could give her any more information on what we can expect to see in Queen of the Ring qualifying. Being quite open, he told her that he had a few unknowns to deal with, referring to Asuka's injury and Dana Brooke's "unimaginable" personal situation.

    He did though confirm that Becky Lynch & Carmella will definitely be part of it, and just as he said that, Carmella herself walked in with James Ellsworth, and Miss. Money in the Bank said "finally," telling Shane she'd been looking for him all night, wanting to know if she's going to be part of Queen of the Ring. She was laughing to herself, speculating who her opponent would be to qualify, asking Shane if she has to embarrass Becky Lynch again, turning to Ellsworth and laughing together. Shane told her he had a better idea than that, and since she clearly thinks she's better than Becky, which is debatable he said after what we've seen, he'll put her against someone else. Carmella asked who, and Shane said that it isn't guaranteed yet but he's been told it's 90% certain that who he has in mind will be able to compete in three weeks, and if that's the case as he expects, Carmella's opponent will be the undefeated 'Empress of Tomorrow' Asuka. Carmella's jaw dropped, and Shane had to ask her if she was okay. She snapped out of it and it turned to fury, stomping out in a huff and yelling at Ellsworth to follow, which of course he did. Joking with Renee, Shane asked her if she thought Carmella was happy about his decision and they laughed as "Glorious" hit inside the arena and Renee passed over to the announce team for the main event.

    The Main Event
    S12 Group Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    AJ Styles (0-1-0 - 1 point) vs. Bobby Roode (1-0-0 - 2 points)
    AJ didn't waste time, not waiting for the bell and going right for Roode. The ref had to step in front of Styles, delaying the start as a rattled & shocked Roode looked on. As soon as the bell rung, the United States Champion was right on The Glorious One, unloading with a series of shots. Roode was helpless, unable to defend himself as Styles backed him up in a corner and continued the onslaught. The referee stepped in, allowing Roode a reprieve and a way in, with a sly rake to the eyes. Both men had close calls, and after Styles ran full force into the corner at him, Roode stepped out and rolled him up, holding the tights and rested both his feet on the ropes. The ref saw it at the last second, and soon Roode had to fight against the Calf Crusher. Styles locked it in tight, making Roode scream out in agony, but he fought with all he had to drag himself to the safety of the bottom rope. Styles quickly went to drag him away from the ropes and pulled him up for the Styles Clash. The counter came from Roode with a back body drop, and Roode followed it up with a bone crunching spinebuster. That only got him a count of two, and Roode's frustration really started to show. He went looking for the Glorious DDT, and this time AJ pulled away and caught him with a spin kick. He ran back into the ropes but Roode ran at him to clothesline him over the top.

    Styles landed on the apron, not hitting the floor. Roode turned around and walked towards him, surprised to see him and walked into an enzuigiri. AJ watched Roode all the way back up, sizing him up for the Phenomenal Forearm. The fans willed AJ on, and he sprung off the ropes and up into the air, coming down at Roode, who ducked it and the ref took the brunt of it. Styles was stunned and looked down in horror at the referee, then attempted to help him back up. Roode breathed a sigh of relief, then kicked AJ as he turned around in the groin, then planted him with the Glorious DDT. Boos rang around the arena as Roode shouted at the ref to make the cover, and he slowly crawled across to make the count, counting to two with the time it took him to get there. Roode lost it, standing right back up and bringing AJ with him, who couldn't put up a fight, being drilled with another Glorious DDT, which this time got the three to more boos as "Glorious" hit and the smug Roode stood up to celebrate becoming the first man to advance to Ultimate Glory as AJ rolled to the ropes. The celebration continued as Roode looked back from the aisle as a fuming AJ sat up by the ropes, staring down at him, not that Roode had a care in the world as the show came to a close.

    Winner: Bobby Roode by pinfall @ 14:41.

    Group 1 - Final Standings: 1. Roode - 4 pts (Qualified). 2. Styles - 1 pt (Eliminated). 3. Zayn - 1 pt (Eliminated).

    Group 3 Standings: 1. Nakamura - 2 pts (1-0-0). 2. Dillinger - 2 pts (1-0-0). 3. Ziggler - 0 pts (Eliminated).
    Group 4 Standings: 1. Mahal - 2 pts (1-0-0). 2. Owens - 2 pts (1-0-0). 3. Big E- 0 pts (Eliminated).

    *Credits*

    Next Week!

    Final S12 Group Matches

    Jinder Mahal (1-0-0 - 2 points) vs. Kevin Owens (1-0-0 - 2 points)
    Finn Balor (0-1-0 - 1 point) vs. Luke Harper (1-0-0 - 2 points)
    Shinsuke Nakamura (1-0-0 - 2 points) vs. Tye Dillinger (1-0-0 - 2 points)


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    SD Live Smackdown LIVE - 26th September 2017


    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday September 26th 2017
    Gila River Arena
    Glendale, Arizonap

    *A video package recapped last week's highlights, featuring the return of Chris Jericho to confront Rusev during his non-apology, resulting in Jericho passing out in The Accolade. We got to see Shane McMahon announcing the first ever Queen of the Ring tournament and Charlotte's return to interrupt Natalya, with Shane then announcing the two will meet in a qualifying match two weeks from then. Luke Harper's defeat of Neville in the S12 to setup a winner takes all match this week with Finn Balor was shown, and finally we saw Bobby Roode overcome AJ Styles in controversial fashion to book his spot at Ultimate Glory.*

    *Opening Video*

    We went straight to the live studio skybox overlooking the ring with Renee Young welcoming us to a massive week of competition with the final three S12 group stage matches to determine who'll join Bobby Roode in the semi finals at Ultimate Glory. She reminded us of the three matches we'll see, with Shinsuke Nakamura meeting Tye Dillinger, Finn Balor taking on Luke Harper and the current WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal colliding with Kevin Owens. A quick video clip showed footage of them all arriving in the building earlier today and heading into the arena. Renee talked about Bobby Roode's win over AJ Styles last week and how he booked his place, having this week to sit back and watch who will join him, and in his case, who he'll face when Balor meets Harper. She went on to say that we could well see the end of Jinder's title reign when he takes on his biggest critic in Owens, and coming up in a matter of moments, Nakamura will continue to make up for the disappointment at SummerSlam against someone out to cause an upset and earn himself the biggest opportunity of his career in The Perfect Ten.

    The Opening Match
    S12 Group Match

    Tye Dillinger (1-0-0 - 2 points) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (1-0-0 - 2 points)
    Out to cause an upset, Tye went straight at Nakamura, fighting fire with fire. He started quickly, catching Shinsuke off guard initially. There was a response from Nakamura, coming back with his trademark stiff shots, putting Dillinger down. It was a quick paced match with both men going all out with all they had to get to Ultimate Glory. Tye looked like causing that upset when he ducked a roundhouse kick to lift Nakamura onto his shoulders and plant him with the Tye Breaker. The crowd were stunned, as was Dillinger as Nakamura lay flat on the mat by the ropes. The ropes saved him as he got his foot on the bottom rope before the ref could count to three. The Perfect Ten leaned back on his knees, devastated. He had no choice but to get back to work and take advantage of the situation with Shinsuke vulnerable. He stood back up, pulled down his kneepad to expose the knee and drag Shinsuke back up, looking for another Tye Breaker. Shinsuke slipped down his shoulders and nailed Dillinger with a jumping knee to the face when Tye turned around, then caught him with a spin kick to put him down on one knee. Nakamura backed up into the corner, lining him up for the Kinshasa, and he got all of it to get the win and take the second place at Ultimate Glory, and a potential rematch with Jinder Mahal from SummerSlam, or a clash with Kevin Owens. The fans erupted as Nakamura got his arm raised, and when Tye stood back up, Nakamura offered him has hand, and the two men shook, before bowing, showing each other respect before Shinsuke went on to continue celebrating his win and the chance to become WWE Champion in two weeks.

    Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfall @ 5:28.

    Group 3 Final Standings: 1. Nakamura - 4 pts (Qualified). 2. Dillinger - 2 pts (Eliminated). 3. Ziggler - 0 pts (Eliminated).

    *Commercial Break*

    Going backstage, Kevin Owens was taping up his wrists in his locker room when Dasha Fuentes entered the room, looking to get a word from him, asking him how he was feeling about his match later on against Jinder Mahal. Laughing, he said that he feels great, calling this the end to the worst WWE Champion in history, but not just that, saying that this will be the beginning of The Kevin Owens Show. KO told Dasha that this is his time, how to this day it still makes him so angry at how he was robbed of the Universal Championship but that this is his chance to prove that he was in fact robbed and should still be world champion. He emphatically said that this is the time, that there's no one now who can stop him, that there's no one remotely near his level or capable of stopping him when his mind is set on something. Owens was adamant that he's set on becoming WWE Champion, that he's sure as hell going to make it happen, and at the same time end this joke that has been Jinder Mahal once and for all, telling Dasha that she can count on it. The incredibly focused Owens then told Dasha that she'd got her interview and to get the hell out to leave him to get ready, and she did as the camera zoomed in on Owens' determined face.

    Match 2
    The New Day w/Big E vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
    With The Revival watching at ringside and giving their "expert" insight again, these two teams went at it hell for leather. Gallows & Anderson were out to continue making a statement, but they came up against an equally determined duo ahead of their tag team title rematch with The Usos. It was a physical battle with a couple of close calls for both teams. Gallows & Anderson were hanging on after Gallows just broke a count up after a tornado DDT from Woods. However, there was a twist in the tail when The Usos ran down the aisle and attacked Big E at ringside, taking out his knee. Kofi immediately jumped up to the top rope and took Jimmy & Jey down with a diving cross body. Woods looked on, oblivious to Anderson crawling across to make a tag to Gallows, who then hit the ring and nailed a stunned Woods with a big boot to get the win for him & Anderson. They put the boots to Woods, and as Kofi stood back up, he slid back into the ring to help out his partner. It didn't take long for The Usos to jump in and attack Kofi, who was laid out with a double super kick. Gallows & Anderson laughed before leaving the ring, and The Usos weren't done, going after E again, lifting the top step off the bottom one and bringing it down onto E's knee. He was screaming out in pain, much to the amusement of the champions. The referee was quickly joined by more officials and EMTs to check on E as The Usos then backed away to boos, who were complimented by Dash & Dawson on commentary for doing what they have to do like real champions should.

    Winners: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson @ 9:07.

    *Commercial Break*

    Backstage in the medical room, Daniel Bryan walked in to check on Big E, who was lying on the table with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods there. As Bryan walked in and asked how everything was, E, in agony was told by the doctor that he'd have to go to the emergency room for an x-ray. Kofi & Woods shook their heads and told Big E they'd take him, and then turned to Bryan as E tried to sit up the table, shimmying round. He was clearly struggling, and he told Bryan to listen up, and the same for his teammates too, telling the General Manager that a rematch now with The Usos isn't enough. Woods told Big E to leave The Usos to them for now if his knee's in bad shape. He agreed though that just another rematch isn't enough anymore, demanding they get The Usos next week in a no holds barred match, and Kofi joined in, telling Bryan he wanted to beat their asses all over the building. After having a short think about it, Bryan agreed that it needs dealing with, adding that The Usos do deserve a taste of their own medicine. He told them he's going to give them the chance to settle the score with The Usos in a Falls Count Anywhere match, but it won't be next week; it'll be two weeks at Ultimate Glory. Still full of anger for what happened before the break to Big E, Kofi & Woods nodded, settling for that, thanking Bryan helping E off the table, helping their teammate out of the room to get to the ER.

    We went to the live studio with Renee Young & Rusev. Looking slightly uncomfortable, Renee talked about what happened last week when Rusev returned from his suspension, failing to apologise as asked by Shane McMahon, only to get interrupted by the returning Chris Jericho, unfortunately ending with Jericho needing medical attention after passing out in The Accolade.

    A video recap reminded us of how it happened, with Jericho calling him a no good son of a bitch for attacking officials who needed someone to stand up to him. Rusev didn't take to it kindly and threatened Jericho, who wasn't backing down. After ducking a Rusev shot and fighting back at him, Jericho ultimately found himself on the end of a big kick and being locked up with nowhere to go in The Accolade, passing out in the process.

    Back into the studio, the unapologetic Rusev was smirking, but not for long as Shane McMahon walked in, wiping the smile right off Rusev's face. He asked what this was, asking if it was some sort of ambush. Shane sat down alongside him, saying hello to Renee before Rusev asked again what was going on, if they were all there to talk about how he should apologise again, adamant that he wasn't. He said that what they should be talking about is what he did to Chris Jericho last week, asking them who they thought looked like the stupid idiot now. Shane wasn't playing along, letting Rusev know exactly what he thought, telling him he was going to be completely honest with him and let him know exactly what he thinks. He told Rusev that both he & Daniel Bryan both respect his ability, but what they have a major issue with is the blatant lack of respect for them, for officials and pretty much everyone else, and he can't have that. Not caring one bit at what Shane said, The Bulgarian Brute simply asked him what he was going to do about it, and as for Bryan, if he had a problem, he'd get in the ring with Bryan if he wanted to come out of retirement to put him right back in it.

    Laughing to himself with Shane & Renee completely unimpressed, Rusev listened to Shane's response. The Commissioner of Smackdown LIVE told him to take his actions very seriously from now on or he'll find himself more than suspended, but in terms of what he's going to do about last week, Shane said he was going to do something Jericho asked him to do. Confused, Rusev then found out that Jericho asked for a match with him in two weeks, and Shane confirmed that it will happen in two weeks at Ultimate Glory. He might've laughed briefly, but Rusev then said that Jericho really is an idiot, calling asking for a match with him after what he did to him last week a big mistake, just like showing up to try and be the big hero. Standing up, Rusev told Shane to make sure he knows what's going to happen in two weeks, saying that he's going to hurt Jericho even more than last week, so much so Jericho won't ever be able to come back again by the time he's done with him. Rusev took his mic pack off and threw it down on the table before walking off. Renee said that was just another reason to watch Ultimate Glory in two weeks on the WWE Network, but right now, Dasha Fuentes was standing by backstage with the WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal.

    Cutting to the back at the interview set, Dasha Fuentes introduced the WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal, asking him for his thoughts in his do or die S12 match with Kevin Owens in the main event, with the prospect of losing his WWE title. Not happy with that last comment, Jinder said that Dasha was like everyone else, saying that people have doubted, disrespected and persecuted him for months now, but that no one has taken his title from, or even come close. Pointing to his title, Jinder said that it is his, still is his and will be, telling Dasha that Kevin Owens will not beat him, calling him nothing but an overweight pig who doesn't even deserve to be in the ring with him. He promised that The Maharaja will show his critics he is not a joke and all his people watching in India that he is The Modern Day Maharaja by making everyone eat their words, just as he did with Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. Not quite done, the disrespected champion said he had a message for the fans hoping he'd lose his title later that they were going to go home angry again, as there's no way he's losing his title, saying that the era of Jinder Mahal is just getting started. Dasha thanked him for his time, and the focused WWE Champion stared down the lens of the camera, firmly making his point.

    We got a split screen of the focused Finn Balor and Luke Harper making their way through the back for their upcoming S12 decider.

    *Commercial Break*

    "Glorious Domination"


    Bobby Roode entered the arena to boos, as well as some fans singing his music, and the smug Canadian entered the ring to get a microphone. All set for Ultimate Glory against the winner of the scheduled match between Finn Balor and Luke Harper, The Glorious One bragged about his victory last week, saying how he "humbled" 'The Phenomenal' AJ Styles like he said he would to get to the semi finals. He said that AJ and all his fans can bitch and whine as much as they like, it simply doesn't matter, because the only thing that does matter now is that he's going to Ultimate Glory and was the first one to get there before Shinsuke Nakamura got there earlier. As arrogant as ever, Roode said that he wanted to give the fans a heads up before they get all carried away Shinsuke. He told them that they might not have seen it, but on two occasions this year in NXT, he beat Nakamura. Roode told the fans booing him that he's not just the person to beat him even once in NXT, but he was also the one to take the NXT Championship from him. Saying how he sat back earlier to watch it without a care in the world because he's not worried about Shinsuke having beaten him twice, Roode told the audience that he's going to watch the final two matches, and should it come to it at Ultimate Glory, he'll beat Shinsuke again and anyone who's in his path. Roode wrapped it up by saying that when he does, he will go on to become WWE Champion, and that it'll be "absolutely glor..."

    "Catch Your Breath"

    Out went the lights and Finn Balor made his entrance to a massive pop. Once in the ring, and the lights came back on, the furious Roode stared right at Balor on the ropes.

    "Swamp Gas"

    The lights went out again as Luke Harper made his way to the ring, eyes locked straight ahead on it.

    *Commercial Break*

    Match 3
    S12 Group Match

    Finn Balor (0-1-0 - 1 point) vs. Luke Harper (1-0-0 - 2 points)
    Roode stayed at ringside to watch the two men competing to face him at Ultimate Glory in the semi finals. It was more of a patient start compared to the full fury of Shinsuke and Dillinger earlier. There was respect from Balor, and perhaps Harper playing mind games with Finn. As it went on though, the big shots came. Balor unloaded, as did Harper with some stiff kicks. It was Harper who came closest first, countering a sling blade attempt to hit a spinning side slam, getting a two count. He looked to take advantage and set Finn up for a running sitout powerbomb, but Finn countered with a back body drop, hurting his back though in the process. As Harper made his way back up, he ran at Finn for a clothesline, with Balor ducking it. Harper ran through off the ropes and came back for a discus lariat, but Finn ducked and connected with a Pele kick. Down went Harper, but it was just enough for a two. Balor went looking for the turnbuckle dropkick, but Harper cut him off half way and nailed him with a discus lariat, turning Balor inside out and sending him rolling out of the ring with the momentum. Harper was frustrated at seeing Balor escape, but only needing to avoid defeat to advance, he watched calmly as the referee counted. Balor just rolled back in at nine, and Harper went to pounce. He dragged the struggling Balor back up, setting him up for another powerbomb.

    There was no resistance from Finn this time and Harper lifted him up above his head, running across the ring to drive Balor into the mat, but Finn countered with a hurricanrana. Harper went head first into the pads and fell to the mat, lying there for the taking. Finn sat up to see the open window for him, jumping up and climbing to the top rope with time running down. Time was there this time, unlike against Neville in his first group match. The fans cheered as Balor settled himself and came off the top into the sky for Coup de Grâce, getting all of it. The fans counted to three with the referee as Balor booked his spot at Ultimate Glory against the watching Roode. Finn got his arm raised and got his breath back, breathing a sigh of relief after a real battle. Harper sat up looking not so happy, and as Finn turned around, he offered Harper his hand, helping him up and shaking in respect of a solid battle. After Harper then walked away and to the ropes, he stopped and looked up, then turned back to look at Finn, confusing Balor, who then was on the end of a super kick. Harper stared down and then into the crowd, who booed him with Roode laughing at the announce table. Harper turned away and left the ring having let his frustration out, and just as Balor started to sit back up, Roode took his headset off and dived in the ring, dragging Finn up to hit the Glorious DDT to a ton of heat. Laughing down at Balor, Roode's music hit as he stood over the man he'll meet in two weeks for a shot at the WWE Championship.

    Winner: Finn Balor by pinfall @ 14:21.

    Group 2 Final Standings: 1. Balor - 3 pts (Qualified). 2. Harper - 2 pts (Eliminated). 3. Neville - 1 pt (Eliminated).

    *Commercial Break*

    It was time to go to the live studio where Renee Young was joined by Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan to talk about the huge announcement last week with the first ever Queen of the Ring tournament to take place next month live on the WWE Network. Renee said just how incredible a moment this is as the women's revolution continues, and how exciting it is that qualifying starts next week on Raw & Smackdown, and in style next Tuesday night with the returning Charlotte taking on the Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya. Shane told Renee that's one not to be missed and something he can't wait to see. He was asked by Renee for an update on Dana Brooke's status and if she'll be competing in qualifying next week against Becky Lynch. Unfortunately, Shane explained that Dana isn't ready to come back just yet with all she's going through right now, but that in her place next week, he will find someone to compete with Becky for a place in the Queen of the Ring last eight next month. Back to Renee, and she said that after being caught off guard last Tuesday with Charlotte's return and their match next week, Natalya gave her thoughts after the show last week.

    We were taken back to last week and exclusive footage of Natalya in the back, talking to camera, saying just how degusting it is at how disrespected she is, in spite of being the Smackdown Women's Champion. The angry Canadian made it crystal clear how she continues to be ignored, ahead of women like Asuka, Charlotte and Bayley. Enough was enough she said, and that if she has to make an example of Charlotte in two weeks (next week real time), then that's what she'll do.

    Back in the studio, Charlotte was sitting down alongside Shane & Daniel, welcomed by everyone and Renee, who asked Charlotte for her thoughts on what we just heard from Nattie. Charlotte answered by saying that it's clear winning the title has gone to Nattie's head, but that it's fine, as next week she's going to bring her right back down to earth with a bang. Asked for her thoughts on the Queen of the Ring in general, Charlotte said that it's a great idea and another historic event for women's wrestling, on the back of the Mae Young Classic. She said it's great to be a part of history like she was in main eventing a pay-per-view last year while at the same time being part of the first ever and only women's Hell in a Cell match in history. She called these opportunities amazing and to keep coming, especially now as they'll have no idea how much it means to her to make her dad proud by officially becoming the Queen of the WWE. At that moment, 'The Lass Kicker' Becky Lynch walked on to the set, saying hello to everyone and hugging Charlotte, welcoming her back with a big hug. Lynch sat down alongside Charlotte and was asked by Renee how she feels about having the chance to qualify next week for the Queen of the Ring.

    Becky told Renee she had no idea how excited she is, calling it absolutely incredible. She talked about just how hard it was not be part of the Mae Young Classic, calling that an amazing tournament, congratulating Kairi Sane on her win two weeks ago and welcoming her to the WWE and the main roster, speculating that she could even meet her in the tournament. Renee asked Becky if this was a good opportunity to move on from everything that has happened with Carmella and James Ellsworth. The Lass Kicker agreed, saying that she has the chance to prove herself and put herself in title contention without being screwed over by those two again. Bryan informed Becky of the confirmation that Dana Brooke won't be her opponent next week, and instead it will be as yet, an unnamed opponent. Becky responded by saying that Dana has everyone's sympathy, finding it impossible to imagine what Dana's going through and sends her nothing but her best wishes. Joining them all of a sudden was Natalya, and the Smackdown Women's Champion looked even more put out, asking why she's again being ignored and is at the bottom of the priority list, calling it a joke.

    She turned to Renee to tell her that if she's going to talk to any of the women, it should be her, not wasting her time with Charlotte and Becky. Natalya told Renee that she should be speaking to the real Queen, the soon to be Queen and Queen of Harts, no matter how much Shane and Bryan want someone else to be Queen. She told them she had some bad news for them as it wasn't going to happen, promising to show everyone that she is the Queen, that she will win the whole thing and love every minute of shoving it in all of their faces. Charlotte stood up, getting right in Nattie's face, telling Natalya she was sorry to break it to her that she won't even be going to the Queen of the Ring as she's going to make her tap out in the middle of the ring next week in the Figure 8, and after what Nattie said about her dad, she's going to enjoy every second of it. Not backing down, Nattie asked Charlotte if she really thought so, getting a defiant "I do" back from her. Nattie smirked, then said "I don't," and slapped Charlotte hard across the face. "You bitch," Charlotte responded, about to swing for her when Becky intervened, holding her back and telling her to wait until next week, telling Charlotte she was better than this as Nattie walked off laughing, telling Charlotte to do as she's told and be a good little girl.

    A split screen popped up with both the WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal and Kevin Owens making their way through the back for the upcoming main event and final group match of the S12.

    *Commercial Break*

    Finn Balor was backstage, drinking some water and recovering from his match earlier on when he was approached by Dasha Fuentes, asking him for his reaction to his victory earlier to put him into the semi finals of the S12 and a match in two weeks against Bobby Roode, as well as Roode's actions earlier. Finn smirked, saying it's nothing he's surprised about as Roode's shown in a short space of time on the main roster that he's a cheap shot artist, and if anything, he's actually more annoyed with Luke Harper suckering him with that kick. Going back to Roode though, he said Roode doesn't impress him, and as much as Roode says he's beaten Shinsuke Nakamura twice, Roode has never beaten him, and if he wants to get to Shinsuke again, he has to do just that. Finn though said that Roode made a big mistake earlier that he's going to regret at Ultimate Glory, telling Dasha that Bobby Roode is going to get a wakeup call he badly needs it and to make no mistake about it. To his surprise, his old buddies, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows walked into the shot, telling Dasha to take a walk, then the cameraman, pushing him away with the cameraman spinning around and falling to the floor and the shot going black.

    The Main Event
    S12 Group Match

    Jinder Mahal w/The Singh Brothers (1-0-0 - 2 points) vs. Kevin Owens (1-0-0 - 2 points)
    With the WWE Championship on the line for Jinder, knowing if he lost, he'd lose the title, he was all business. Unfortunately for him, so was his opponent. Owens knew he had to win to get to the semi finals after Jinder's quicker victory over Big E than his own win over Big E. As ever, Mahal had to rely on the support of The Singh Brothers to hang on in the contest. He looked all set to be on the end of a frog splash from KO until Sunil jumped up on to the apron and grabbed Owens' boot with Samir distracting the referee on the other side of the ring. It gave Jinder the chance to get back on his feet, take a shot at Owens before hitting a superplex. The WWE Champion was not happy though when Owens got his shoulder up at two, denying him the win and a SummerSlam rematch at Ultimate Glory with Shinsuke Nakamura, who was shown watching intently in the live studio with Renee Young, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. Jinder wasn't happy, and he begged Owens to get up, stalking him for the cobra clutch slam, desperate to put Owens to bed and retain his title, for now at least. He pounced on Owens, who fought it with elbows instantly, getting himself free, or so he thought with Mahal ducking a wild right to take him back down with a neckbreaker, only that again couldn't get him a three count.

    Furious, the WWE Champion dragged Owens up, looking for his finisher again, but Owens countered with a hip toss to send him down to the mat, following it up with a feint super kick and a snap DDT. He couldn't take advantage straight away, and when he did crawl on top of Mahal, Sunil placed Mahal's foot on the bottom rope. Owens saw him too and couldn't persuade the referee, so KO took action into his own hands, leaving the ring and chasing after Sunil, who dived in the ring. When Owens dived in, Jinder caught him with a reverse STO, and again though, Owens got the shoulder up. Mahal was getting angrier and angrier, blaming the referee this time. Desperate to finish it, he again urged Owens up, looking for his finisher. Owens evaded Jinder as he came at him, connecting with a back kick and an enzuigiri. Instead of going for a cover when he saw Sunil reaching inside the ring again for Jinder's leg, Owens went on the chase, catching up with Sunil, as he & Samir begged for mercy. Owens held his hands up, appearing to show them mercy before hammering Samir and grabbing Sunil to send him into the ringpost. Samir picked himself back up, walking right into a super kick. Mahal was in trouble, and the torn crowd with having to contend with two heels cheered Owens as he climbed up to the top rope, leaping off the top for a frog splash.

    Jinder brought his knees up though and held on to Owens to roll him into a small package, but again for only a two. Both men were feeling the effects now, and as they clawed their way back up, it was Jinder up first, grabbing Owens to pull him into the centre of the ring. Owens was in danger as Jinder grabbed him for the cobra clutch slam as an oblivious Sunil crawled up the apron and tried to pull himself in the ring. The referee walked across towards him, turning his back on the action, allowing Owens to sweep his leg back into Jinder's groin. The torn crowd reluctantly cheered again as Owens saw the moment in front of him, grabbing Mahal to send him into the ropes, planting him as he came back with the pop-up powerbomb. Samir climbed back on the apron in a panic, getting knocked straight back down by Owens with a hard right, who then took Sunil down with a super kick as he tried to get at him. With Mahal down, Owens finally went for the cover, but with the distraction, Jinder just about managed to get his shoulder up at two. Owens was livid, as were some parts of the crowd. A red mist came over Owens, who wasn't having it. He went right back to work, dragging the practically lifeless champion back up, sending him into the ropes again for a second powerbomb. The Jinder Era looked over as Owens went for another cover, and after the referee counted to three, it was. Owens won, ending Jinder's title reign!

    Winner: Kevin Owens by pinfall @ 13:28.

    Owens wasted no time in celebrating, pulling away from the referee's attempts to grab his hand and left the ring to grab the WWE Championship and a microphone. He stood on the announce table and told everyone to take it in as this is what we'll all see in two weeks, even saying he should be champion right now, but the fact is it's just a matter of time. Owens promised he will be the new WWE Champion at Ultimate Glory when Smackdown LIVE officially becomes The Kevin Owens Show. "Fight" played as Owens thrust the title up in the air as Jinder sat up in the ring, staring furiously at him as the show came to a close.

    Group 4 Final Standings: 1. Owens - 4 pts (Qualified). 2. Mahal - 2 pts (Eliminated). 3. Big E- 0 pts (Eliminated).

    *Credits*

    Next Week!

    Queen of the Ring Qualifying Matches

    Charlotte vs. Natalya
    Becky Lynch
    vs. TBD

    >Ultimate Glory<
    Date: Sunday October 8th 2017 (2 Weeks from Sunday).
    Location: Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, Michigan.

    S12 WWE Championship Finals
    Semi Finals

    Finn Balor vs. Bobby Roode
    Shinsuke Nakamura
    vs. Kevin Owens
    Final
    Balor/Roode vs. Nakamura/Owens

    Plus
    Smackdown Tag Team Championship
    Falls Count Anywhere

    The New Day vs. The Usos (c)

    Chris Jericho vs. Rusev


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    No Mercy - Sunday September 24th 2017

    No Mercy - Sunday September 24th 2017
    Los Angeles, California


    Pre-Show

    The Opening Match

    Breezango vs. The Authors of Pain w/Paul Ellering
    Build-Up: New to Raw, both teams looked to make an impression. Breezango brought their unique personalities to Monday nights and introduced The Fashion Files to the flagship show. They earned themselves a win over Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas in their debut match. It upset the watching Miz, but he & his Miz-tourage made a quick exit as soon as they saw the former NXT Champions making their way menacingly to the ring. Having targeted Tyler & Dango, they made a massive statement, leaving them flat on their backs.

    The dominance of The Authors of Pain continued, racking up a debut victory over Heath Slater & Rhyno, and following it up with a win over The Hype Bros. The Fashion Files targeted Akam & Rezar, as well as Paul Ellering. That was met with a challenge to settle it in the only place they can by Ellering, accepted by Tyler & Dango.

    Match: Akam & Rezar came out of the blocks firing, showing the audience how dominant they can be. There was fight from Breezango though, altough it didn't last long. Their size & strength was too much for Breeze & Fandango to deal with, hitting the Super Collider, and then The Last Chapter on Fandango to secure the win.

    Winners: The Authors of Pain by pinfall.

    The Main Event
    Sasha Banks & Naomi vs. Tamina & Lana
    Build-Up: After joining Raw in the draft, Tamina & Lana quickly set their sights on The Boss. On behalf of Tamina, Lana let Sasha & The WWE Universe know that they don't see her as a boss, and if any woman on the Raw roster was a boss, it was Tamina. Sasha laughed it off, and welcomed the challenge, saying that she'd happily get in the ring with anyone and show them why she is indeed The Legit Boss. The challenge was laid down and quickly accepted by Lana, on Tamina's behalf.

    In a singles match on Raw, Tamina scored the win after a distraction from Lana allowed her to catch Sasha off guard with a super kick. Not at all happy with that and taking it lying down, Sasha demanded a rematch, wanting both of them. They accepted and joked about her needing a partner. Sasha said she would find one, and she did, confronting the duo with Naomi following her out and taking the fight to a rattled Tamina & Lana.

    Match: Banks & Naomi had the crowd onside from the get go, and despite a motivated Tamina dominating for a large part, a fight back from Naomi brought Sasha & Lana into the action at the conclusion. It came down to Sasha getting the win, making Lana tap to the Banks Statement after she & Naomi sent Tamina tumbling down to the floor.

    Winners: Sasha Banks & Naomi by submission.

    The Main Show

    The Opening Match
    Intercontinental Championship

    Jason Jordan vs. The Miz (c) w/The Miz-tourage
    Build-Up: Having come out on the wrong end of their six-man tag team match at SummerSlam against The Miz-toruage while teaming with The Hardys, Jordan still wanted a piece of Miz and his Intercontinental Championship. Despite Miz being adamant that Jordan didn't deserve it, Jordan's father, Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle gave him the match live on Raw, eight nights after SummerSlam. Jordan took Miz to the limit, and just as it looked like he was about to pick up the win, Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas saved Miz, and his title, getting him disqualified. Miz escaped, and he knew it, and despite Miz accusing Angle of nepotism, a rematch was made for No Mercy with the title put on the line.

    Match: Jordan again showed off his incredible natural talent, dominating a big part of the match. Axel & Bo again demonstrated their importance to Miz by causing small but important distractions. When Jordan came back into the match, looking to make Miz tap to the ankle lock, Bo jumped up on the apron. Jordan let go and went right for Bo, with the referee following. He couldn't do anything as Jordan nailed him to the floor, followed him out and hit an overhead belly-to-belly suplex on to the floor. Meanwhile, Axel slid Miz's title into him, and when Jordan slid back in the ring, he walked into a shot to the face with the title. The referee followed him back in after Miz slid the belt back out, and Miz followed the title shot up with the Skull Crushing Finale to get the three and retain his title.

    Winner: By pinfall, and still the Intercontinental Champion, The Miz.

    Match 2
    Raw Women's Championship

    Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss (c)
    Build-Up: A smug Alexa didn't hold back in bragging about her victory over Sasha Banks at SummerSlam, and she vowed in an interview backstage the night after with Nia, that she would crush Sasha's dreams once and for all later in a scheduled tag match. Alexa teamed with Nia to defeat Sasha & Mickie, after a leg drop to Mickie from Nia. Alexa made a blind tag when Nia hit the ropes before dropping the leg to enter the ring and make the cover herself. As Bliss then paraded around the ring with her title, Nia was not happy at all. When Bliss eventually did come towards her to raise Nia's hand, Nia shook her head, catching Bliss by surprise, but that was nothing when Jax scooped her up on to her shoulders and hit a Samoan Drop. A leg drop followed and Nia picked up Alexa's title, standing over her with it before dropping it back down.

    In the subsequent weeks, Nia talked about how Alexa would never have held on to her title for as long as she did, or even get the title in the first place if it wasn't for her. Jax vowed to make Bliss finally see that without her help, she is nothing, and that Raw will finally have a real champion to be proud of. Alexa did not want to face Nia at all, telling Angle she hadn't done anything to justify it, so Angle made a fatal four way number one contender match with Jax, Naomi, Mickie & Alicia Fox. Jax was victorious and earned herself a title match, leading to a desperate Bliss looking for help from Tamina in the final weeks before No Mercy. There was no such look and Alexa realised she was going to have to go it alone.

    Match: Alexa tried to get herself counted out straight after the bell rung, leaving the ring and grabbing her title. Nia climbed out at the other side, so when Alexa walked round that way, there was no getting past her challenger. Nia sent her right back into the ring. Bliss pleaded for mercy, but there was none forthcoming, and Nia enjoyed throwing her around the ring, as did the crowd. Bliss was in real trouble, and there was no way out. She couldn't make any serious inroads, despite some cheap tactics. Even when she went for a low blow, the referee shook his head and didn't disqualify her, realising what she was trying to do. Nia had time to recover, and that's what she did, coming back with fury to dominate Alexa, eventually hitting the Samoan Drop and the leg drop to become the new Women's Champion.

    Winner: By pinfall, and the new Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax.

    Match 3
    Raw Tag Team Championship

    Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. The Bar (c)
    Build-Up: Some dissension followed their SummerSlam defeat after Ambrose inadvertently hit Rollins with a chair, leading to the finish that saw The Bar retain. Despite it being Ambrose who didn't want to reunite originally, he fiercely apologised in his attempts to convince Seth it wasn't deliberate. It was all to The Bar's amusement, but not for long. After Ambrose managed to convince Kurt Angle to give him & Seth another chance, he & Rollins found their common ground and set their sights on putting SummerSlam behind them. Sheamus & Cesaro tried to cause more tension between them, but it didn't work and Ambrose & Rollins continued to stay united to put real pressure on the champions leading in.

    Match: It was another fierce battle with both teams throwing everything they had at each other, and then some. Both teams came so close at different times, and no more so than when Rollins hit a big knee to send Sheamus into Dirty Deeds from Ambrose. Cesaro though dove in at the last second to break it up. After an apparent injury earlier into the match to Ambrose's right knee, Cesaro took it out from under him after he sent Rollins down to the floor. He followed out to send him crashing into the steps, freeing up Sheamus to hit a hobbling Ambrose with the Brogue Kick, and the champions retained their titles once again. Ambrose received medical attention afterwards and was helped to the back by the referee & Rollins.

    Winners: By pinfall, and still the Raw Tag Team Champions, The Bar.

    Match 4
    Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe
    Build-Up: Samoa Joe was not a happy man having failed to become Universal Champion at SummerSlam, and he wasted no time in letting the rest of the locker room see that. R-Truth was the victim the night after SummerSlam, and the week later, Joe challenged anyone who dared enter the same ring as him. To his slight surprise, one of the draftees to Raw in The Viper answered the call. Joe's anger was still bubbling underneath, and he didn't wait for Randy to enter the ring, meeting him in the aisle, leading to an all-out brawl. The match didn't get started, and Joe's anger only increased after he just managed to escape an RKO on the floor, sending Orton forward and into the security wall. Randy came back at him, but at that point a whole host of security staff came racing down to get in between them both and pull them apart.

    A match was made for a week later, but it again quickly got out of hand, leading to a quick double count out. This time, Orton did hit an RKO on the floor when Joe made a small mistake in turning his back on Randy momentarily, while trying to get a referee out of his face. The Viper struck, and the animosity only increased in the following weeks after Kurt Angle made this match for No Mercy.

    Match: Like in their initial confrontation on Raw, Joe met Randy in the aisle and they slugged it out there before finally making it into the ring. It was an all-out battle, and the referee barely struggled to keep control. The action spilled to the outside again, and when Randy failed with an RKO through the announce table, Joe took charge by choking Randy out on the table. Joe had Randy out, or so he thought when he tossed him back in the ring. Randy kicked out at two, but another Coquina Clutch followed and Randy passed out, still not putting a smile on Joe's face after getting the win.

    Winner: Samoa Joe by TKO.

    Match 5
    Cruiserweight Championship

    Akira Tozawa (c) w/Titus O'Neil & Apollo Crews vs. Hideo Itami
    Build-Up: The shock after Tozawa's title win over Neville, and then following it up on the SummerSlam pre-show hadn't passed when it came to Raw the night after. Titus Worldwide held a celebration, but one person who didn't want to party was the shock debutant in Itami. The Brooklyn crowd were pleased to see him, but Tozawa wouldn't be at the end of it. Hideo called Tozawa and their celebration a joke, going on to say that Japan would be disgusted that Tozawa was champion and he's not. Tozawa had heard enough and challenged Itami to a match for the title to prove he was no joke. Itami accepted and left, but with Titus & Apollo's backs turned briefly, he slid back in, spun Tozawa around and hit the GTS before quickly escaping again. Itami made his main roster debut a week later, defeating Gran Metalik, and some other wins on Raw & 205 Live, heading into No Mercy undefeated.

    Match: The determined & undefeated Itami was out to take the title from Tozawa, but it wasn't going to be easy. The insults made Tozawa far more determined too. It was a real stiff battle. The decisive moment came when Itami rolled out the way of the Drop Zone, a diving senton. Tozawa's back hit hard and Itami was right up to bring Tozawa with him and hit the GTS to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.

    Winner: By pinfall, and the new Cruiserweight Champion, Hideo Itami.

    Match 6
    Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin
    Build-Up: In his first Raw appearance, backstage with Charley Caruso, Corbin was asked if he felt the move to Raw was the right time for him to rejuvenate himself after losing his Money in the Bank briefcase and his defeat at SummerSlam to John Cena. The Lone Wolf took great exception and refused to answer, walking away from her. He went to the ring and said he'd already been disrespected, and no matter what happened in his last few weeks on Smackdown LIVE, nothing changes he is the future of the WWE and no one can stop him from becoming the top guy in the company. He said that included John Cena, calling his win over him a fluke, and that he is the guy everyone should be worried about. Corbin was quickly confronted by "Thee Guy" Roman Reigns.

    The Big Dog got right in Corbin's face and let him know he wasn't impressed by him one bit, and if he came to Raw to make a statement, and if he really thinks he's the guy to look out for, he should step in the ring with "thee guy." Corbin simply laughed and walked back up the ramp. He found out very soon from Kurt Angle that if he wants to prove himself, he will get the chance to do that against Roman, and Roman himself talked about how he has something to prove after leaving SummerSlam without the Universal Championship. In an interview with Caruso, he was attacked by Corbin, who left Roman down in the back, setting up this match for No Mercy.

    Match: It was a real slugfest between these two, both with a point to prove after bad nights at SummerSlam. Corbin didn't shy away for the most part, despite fighting smart at times and getting out of dodge before Reigns found himself in real control. As the match went on though, Roman was looking the more likely, but when Corbin dodged a Superman Punch and connected with Deep Six, it looked like he could get the win, but he didn't. Roman got the shoulder up at two. The Lone Wolf wasn't impressed and urged Roman to get back up for End of Days. Roman countered and sent Corbin into the corner, following in for a big clothesline, but Corbin snuck out for a roll up, resting his feet on the rope. Again it was a two. Both men rushed back up, and Corbin was on the end of a right hand, then a big boot. A Superman Punch followed, and then a spear that saw Roman get the three and the win.

    Winner: Roman Reigns by pinfall.

    The Main Event
    Universal Championship

    John Cena vs. Braun Strowman (c)
    Build-Up: The new Universal Champion was introduced to the Barclays Center, and talking to Charley Caruso in the ring, The Monster Amongst Men said there's nobody he can't destroy. He talked about how he put Brock Lesnar on the shelf after putting him through three announce tables and how it'll be a long time before anyone sees him again. When he was asked who he believed his next challenger would be, they were interrupted by Kurt Angle. The Raw General Manager said that he had found a new challenger in the shape of the new addition to the Raw roster, John Cena. Out came Cena, talking up his respect for what Strowman has done, and now how he did something to Brock Lesnar no one has, but that there's no man in the company he hasn't beaten, including Brock. Cena told Braun, even though he respects him, he's not intimidated by getting in the ring with him. Motivated by the chance to make history and beat someone who looks unbeatable is what he lives for. Strowman laughed it off and told Cena he was kidding himself and that he would never beat him. Angle said that we would see at No Mercy.

    With Cena absent from TV for the most part, he showed up on the go home show, stating his absolute belief that he would upset the odds and overcome somebody people don't think he can to become a 17-time world champion and win the one title that has evaded him. Out came Strowman, who again told Cena he was kidding himself, and warned him he'd end up like Brock at SummerSlam. The war of words turned into a war of fists, with Cena refusing to lie down. Braun thought he was playing with Cena as he scooped him up for a running powerslam, and he paid the price, as Cena slid down and showed the WWE Universe just how strong he is by lifting the Universal Champion up on to his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment, and getting all of it. Cena looked down, and helped Braun up, having to hit a second AA to keep The Monster Among Men, and that too wasn't enough. Cena locked in the STF. Strowman fought it and pulled himself up, breaking free as both men stood back up staring at each other, knowing it'll be a fight until the end in six nights.

    Match: Strowman tried toying with Cena in the opening minutes, quickly finding out that Cena wasn't someone he could toy with. Cena kept getting back up and fighting back. As the match went on, Cena seized some serious momentum, hitting an AA after ducking a big boot, only to get a two count. He went looking for the STF, and Braun somewhat comfortably made it to the ropes. Cena went up top, hitting a leg drop bulldog, but again he could only get a two. He again went for an AA, yet this time Strowman fought his way down and hammered away at Cena, shoved him into the ropes and ran out to meet him with a thunderous clothesline. Cena ducked it though and countered with an AA to again lock in the STF. Braun had to again fight, and did. Cena looked deflated as Strowman used the ropes to get back up. Cena ran right at him, into a raised boot, then was on the end of a thunderous lariat that turned Cena inside out. He wasn't moving, there for the taking. Braun dragged him up over his shoulder and hit the running powerslam to get the win and retain his title.

    Winner: By pinfall, and still the Universal Champion, Braun Strowman.

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    SD Live Smackdown LIVE - 3rd October 2017


    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday October 3rd 2017
    Pepsi Center
    Denver, Colorado

    *A video package recapped last week's highlights with the culmination of the S12 group stage. Shinsuke Nakamura was victorious in a quick hell for leather battle with Tye Dillinger to advance to the semi finals. Finn Balor's win over Luke Harper followed, putting him through to face Bobby Roode, who was watching at ringside, and took the opportunity to slip in the ring after a cheat shot from Harper, to hit Finn with a Glorious DDT. Finally, we saw Kevin Owens end Jinder Mahal's title reign by defeating The Modern Day Maharaja and close out the show to say that he will become the new WWE Champion at Ultimate Glory and turn Smackdown into The Kevin Owens Show.*

    *Opening Video*


    Renee Young welcomed us warmly as always in the live studio in a skybox overlooking the ring, letting the WWE Universe know that we're just five nights away from Ultimate Glory and the culmination of the S12, which after last week, we now know will see a new WWE Champion crowned. She hyped up the semi finals and final we'll see live on the WWE Network Sunday at Ultimate Glory with Kevin Owens, the man who ended Jinder Mahal's title reign last week, going one-on-one with Shinsuke Nakamura. The other semi she reminded us of was the battle we'll see between Finn Balor and Bobby Roode. She then told us how the main event later on will see all four men going head-to-head in a fatal four-way match, less than a week before they all compete for the chance to become the new WWE Champion. Moving past that, she quickly said that there's two other big matches scheduled to take place, with the start of the Queen of the Ring qualifying. Renee told us how Becky Lynch will find out who her opponent is later, along with all of us, but right now it was time to see the first of the two qualifying matches, going straight to the ring.

    "Recognition"

    A huge pop broke out as Charlotte Flair made her entrance, all set for her big qualifying match with the Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya. She headed down to the ring looking confident, but not too much, very calm and composed, getting the crowd to "WOO" along with her.

    "New Foundation"

    The Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya slowly walked out from the back, not looking at all pleased at the prospect of having to face Charlotte. Flair looked down at her, watching her every step, getting herself ready for the battle ahead.

    The Opening Match
    Queen of the Ring Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya
    It was hard to believe Natalya's title wasn't on the line in the manner in which they both went at it. There was another prize at stake, and with the possibility of missing out on the Queen of the Ring live show in just under three weeks, both Charlotte and Nattie didn't want to be that one sitting out on the sidelines. A win over the champion for Charlotte, and defeat to Charlotte will have been other things on their respective minds. Nattie was hell bent on winning in any way she could, and after sending Charlotte into the ringpost, she slid back into the ring, hoping to get a count out win. Charlotte just made it back in to piss the champion off. Frustration was getting to her. An opportunity presented itself to her when Charlotte missed with her picture perfect moonault. Natalya was right on her, stamping on her back and locking the Sharpshooter in straight away without having to turn her over. Charlotte had to fight with all she had, and she did, just getting to the ropes. Natalya continuously shouted "NO" after she had to let the hold go at the count of four. Charlotte dragged herself back up using the ropes, and when Nattie ran at her, she lifted her boot up into Nattie's face, sending her back in a spin.

    Charlotte ran at her for another big boot to the face, but Nattie ducked it, turned and swept Charlotte's legs to try and apply the Sharpshooter again. Flair fought it though and kicked up at Natalya with force, sending her falling back and through the ropes, down to the floor. When Nattie sat up, she was starting to boil over. She grabbed her title from the timekeeper's table as she stood up and slid back in the ring with it. The referee immediately blocked her off and grabbed it from her, and with the ref's back turned, she went to kick Charlotte low. Charlotte grabbed the foot though before it could connect and swept her other leg from under her to apply the figure four. Nattie was screaming in pain, and even more when Flair bridged into the figure eight to a big pop from the crowd. She tried to hold on as long as she could, but ultimately Nattie had no choice but to tap out and Charlotte scored herself a big win, advancing to the quarter finals and Queen on the Ring proper in three weeks, as well as scoring a win over the current champion. She was beaming afterwards, while it was the opposite for Natalya as she sat up in the ring seething as she saw Charlotte backing up the aisle with her big smile.

    Winner: Charlotte Flair by submission @ 12:14.

    *Commercial Break*

    Back to the live studio, Renee Young was joined by her bosses, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. They were there to talk about the S12 finals and the final four for this Sunday at Ultimate Glory, and it was D-Bry that went first, saying that the only place to start was with the first man to get through to the semi finals. That man was Bobby Roode. Bryan admitted he was slightly surprised when Roode got through his group given he was up against Sami Zayn, and especially AJ Styles. The Smackdown General Manager added that he always thought Roode was capable, knowing how much ability he has, but he was surprised that he came out on top of AJ, then brought up the controversial finish to that match. With that said, Bryan said it was still quite the statement, and that he's a massive threat to win the whole thing Sunday and be the one to become the new WWE Champion. Shane-O-Mac agreed, saying that Roode sure has made the transition coming from NXT to the main roster look very smooth indeed, and on top of the disappointment he had with losing the NXT Championship in Brooklyn. On the flip side of that title loss, Shane said it has to be seen as impressive that he's come from that to within one match of fighting for the WWE Championship.

    Moving along ever so slightly, Renee said that it's Finn Balor standing in Roode's way Sunday night of competing for the title, and how Balor will be happy right now having left Raw to come to Smackdown to fight for opportunities such as the one he has at Ultimate Glory. Shane had nothing but positive things to say about Finn, saying it's clear Finn is a fighter with a great attitude, which is exactly why he said he and Daniel wanted to bring him from Raw, and that he hasn't let them down at all. Nodding along, Bryan joined in and told Renee that he sees a lot of himself in Finn, in that he's a small guy who probably isn't seen as the champion the company wants, but it isn't about that to him and Shane. Bryan talked about how Balor put pressure on himself, and it might've showed when he drew against Neville in his first match, but he put that behind him to come through a real tough fight last week against Luke Harper. He made Renee know that absolutely won't have been easy, calling Harper arguably the most underrated on the roster, but going back to Balor, he said he believes he'll go very close at least come Sunday night.

    Next up for discussion was the man who ensured we'll crown a new champion on Sunday in Kevin Owens, and Renee asked them if they thought anyone wants this as much as Owens, given what we've seen from him so far. Not looking or sounding thrilled by the prospect of it given their previous issues, Shane said that he thinks everyone wants it, but as far as Owens goes, the thought of Smackdown becoming The Kevin Owens Shows worries him greatly. What he couldn't dispute though was that Owens is talented and how he's got to this stage, however one thing he is absolutely convinced of is that he hasn't faced a challenge yet like he will Sunday in Shinsuke Nakamura. Renee agreed with Shane, saying that Shinsuke has been on fire since the controversial end to the SummerSlam championship match with Jinder Mahal that led to the S12 being made. Turning to Bryan, she asked him if he thinks Shinsuke will continue this roll he's been on and put SummerSlam behind him by winning the WWE Championship at Ultimate Glory. Bryan simply said that you can make a case for all four, and the only thing we know for sure is that we're going to see three incredible matches, and right now he couldn't pick a winner.

    Bringing up some stats, Bryan talked about the history of these guys in NXT, telling everyone who didn't know, that all four men have been NXT Champion. He mentioned how this year alone, in something that may surprise people, Bobby Roode has beaten Shinsuke twice in title matches, so if it came down to those two like it could, you might have to lean surprisingly towards Roode, with that 2 & 0 record. He then brought up the possibility of a Finn/Owens final, and in NXT Finn has a 2 & 0 record over Owens, again in title matches, although they were over two years ago, and then a year ago in their only match, Shinsuke beat Finn. The General Manager said there are a few little things to look to there, but even after all that, you have four former NXT Champions who have both good and bad records against each other, making it so hard and almost impossible to pick a winner. With Bryan not able to answer, Renee pushed Shane for his pick. He did have an answer, albeit not a convincing one, saying he had a hunch that it'll be Nakamura, agreeing with Renee in saying how he's been on fire, looking so determined to not let anything stop him becoming champion after what happened at SummerSlam.

    Even Bryan couldn't disagree with that, but he said that nothing should surprise anyone, saying that Finn's attitude since coming to Smackdown is equally impressive, and after what he's dealt with on Raw and having to give up the Universal Championship. He then said that Owens is looking more focused than he's ever seen him, and that that in itself is dangerous, and with Bobby Roode, he's two for two against strong opposition and has only lost once in more than year, then there's the fact he's 2 & 0 against Nakamura this year. Pushing Bryan again, Renee still wouldn't or couldn't get an answer from him. She had to move on, and did, to the Queen of the Ring, asking Shane who Becky Lynch's opponent will be in qualifying later on. Smiling, the Commissioner told her that he and Bryan had indeed found an opponent, and he was going to go and tell Becky in person who it is she'd compete against later for a spot in the Queen of the Ring proper. He stood up and took his leave, saying he was going to tell Becky, as well as that he was leaving Bryan to make another big announcement.

    Asked by Renee what in fact that was, Bryan said that they've had a fair few firsts this year, and recently especially, and in two weeks there's going to be another, live on the USA Network. Bryan told her how the S12 is showcasing the best the men have to offer, while the Queen of the Ring is going to do the same with the women, and now it's time for the tag team division to get their spotlight. He reminded us how they've brought some great teams to Smackdown in the draft, referencing The Hardys, Gallows and Anderson, and The Revival, as well as the now reunited Lucha Dragons, adding to the likes of The Usos and The New Day. Getting to the reveal, Bryan said that in two weeks we will see the first ever tag team Money in the Bank ladder match. Renee was stunned, calling it incredible, and Bryan said it sure is, calling it another big step for Smackdown, adding that he knows they'll deliver. With this, along with the Queen of teh Ring and Ultimate Glory, Renee said that we have so much to look forward to, and that there was still more action to come later on, with Becky Lynch's qualifying match for the Queen of the Ring and the fatal four-way main event, but now we would hear from the now former WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal.

    In footage recorded after last week's show, we heard from an angry Jinder Mahal on his way out of the building with The Singh Brothers. Speaking to camera, Jinder said that he was cheated, and still furious, vowing he's not going to just "take it." He said that he still has a rematch, and he will use it to get his title back, and all the celebrations from the WWE Universe that he's no longer champion will be for nothing. He promised he is not going to go away, that he will be back to get his title and will love every second of ramming it down everyone's throats when he does. With one last message, The Modern Day Maharaja said that everyone should cancel their parties because he will WWE Champion again, very very soon.

    *Commercial Break*

    Video footage from earlier in the day was shown, as The New Day (without Big E) stood in the parking lot, looking very serious indeed, pacing up and down the lot. They were approached by a cameraman, who asked them what they were doing out there. Xavier Woods said it was real simple, that he and Kofi came for a fight, not wanting to wait until Sunday, threatening to do to The Usos what they did to Big E last week, and saying that they weren't going anywhere until they got their hands on them.

    Skipping forward to later in the day, we saw The Usos parking up and getting out of their car. Kofi and Woods made their move, walking across with purpose and shouting out to Jimmy and Jey, letting them know they were coming for them. The Usos looked at each other, and the tag champs shook their heads, shouting towards Kofi and Woods, telling them it wasn't happening until Sunday. They got back in their car, started the engine, reversed out and sped off out of the lot as the pissed Woods and Kingston ran off, just managing to smack their hands on the hood of the speeding car. They were pissed as they saw the men they'll meet Sunday get away and head out of the building.

    Back live, we heard from Kofi and Xavier as they spoke backstage with Dasha Fuentes, talking about what happened earlier. Wasting no time, Woods called The Usos cowards, telling Dasha how they ran last week after attacking Big E from behind, and now running from a fight with him and Kofi. Kofi jumped in as Woods was too angry to carry on, shaking his head and biting his lip. He said that The Usos are liars, how they call Smackdown their penitentiary, but all they've shown the past two weeks that they're nothing but yellow bellies who run away from a fight. He looked into the camera and sent them a message, telling them that they can't run Sunday, and as much as he and Woods didn't want to wait, they've been left with no choice but to bring absolutely everything they have and then some. Woods cut in, saying that what Kofi was trying to say is that the WWE Universe is going to see a New Day no one has ever seen before. He said that this is about way more than just titles, and to make no mistake, they're going to Detroit to treat the champs the same way The Usos treated Big E last week. Kofi came back in and told The Usos that what they feel right now is The New Day breathing down their necks, coming for them and their titles.

    We saw some more video footage from last week, when Kayla Braxton tried to catch up with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson backstage, asking them to clear up speculation about the conversations they've had with Finn Balor in recent weeks and if they want to reunite with him. They stopped and turned around, only for Anderson to tell her to get out of their faces before he and Gallows tried to carry on, but Kayla wasn't for giving up. She followed, and Anderson turned around to say that it's no one else's business but theirs and to do as he said and get out of their faces. She didn't listen again and said that there are people asking questions with so much at stake at Ultimate Glory for Finn. Gallows had heard enough and turned to ask her why she wasn't listening to Karl, then asked her what he told her to do. He told her to do it, and off they went up the hall, refusing to answer Kayla's questions.

    We cut backstage, where Kayla Braxton was standing by outside the locker room, saying she was going to try and speak with Finn Balor to clear up the rumours, as well as for his feelings going into the main event and Ultimate Glory. She knocked and walked in as Finn was taping up his wrists. He welcomed her in and asked what he could do for her. She told him she wanted to ask him a couple of things, starting with his response to his win last week over Luke Harper to advance to the semi finals this Sunday for a chance to fight for the WWE Championship. Laughing, he said last week was eventful, that's for sure, and putting the two cheap shots to the side, he said first and foremost, he did what he had to do, win his match against a tough opponent to get to the semi finals. Now he's there, Balor said he'll do what he came to Smackdown to do, get himself the opportunity and take it to become a world champion again, unlike on Raw. Moving on to his opponent Sunday, Kayla asked for his thoughts on facing Bobby Roode, as well as what Roode did after the match, and the first cheap shot from Harper.

    Smirking, Balor said that he's used to it, seeing how Roode did it to AJ too, and with this much at stake, he gets it as some people will do whatever they can to get the upper hand. With that said, all he had to say to Roode was that he better be ready Sunday when they're face-to-face, because Roode won't have it like he did last week when he was a sitting duck. Balor told Kayla that he's waited so long for this opportunity and he feels for Bobby, as he wouldn't want to be standing in his way. Kayla apprehensively moved on to the next subject, asking Finn if he could clear up some rumours that have been circulating in the locker room about the possibility of The Balor Club reuniting. Balor laughed, telling Kayla that was all they were; rumours. He openly admitted that he loved every second of their time together in Japan, and that there's no doubt they dominated as a group in Japan, that they'll always be brothers, but the reason he left Japan was to come to the WWE to a make name for himself, by himself. Wrapping it up, he said that Sunday is his chance to do just that, to prove to himself he can become the WWE Champion, and that's what he'll do, all by himself. Kayla thanked him for his time and wished him luck later and for Sunday.

    *Commercial Break*

    Earlier in the day, Renee Young sat down with Bobby Roode on a makeshift set, and she started with a tough question, asking him for his response to some people seeing him as the outside chance to leave Ultimate Glory as the WWE Champion, despite the strong start to life on the main roster. Disgusted, Roode shook his head, and when he could speak, he told Renee it was an insult that anyone would call him an outside chance or an outside shot. He touched on what Renee said about what he's done since coming to Smackdown in beating The Ultimate Underdog in another former NXT Champion in Sami Zayn, and then a former WWE Champion and the man who says he is the face that runs the place, in AJ Styles. If that wasn't enough, he said he left Finn Balor flat on his back last week in the middle of the ring, assuring Renee that the same thing will happen on Sunday. Taking a brief pause, Roode said that he couldn't shake the insult of being called an outside chance, asking Renee if she even knew he went a whole year undefeated in NXT, and that in his whole time there he only lost one match, and in that time, he beat Shinsuke Nakamura twice.

    He leaned forward and told Renee he was the one who ended Shinsuke's unbeaten run in NXT, took the title from him and beat him again to retain it. He then said that he's undefeated on the main roster and with all that in mind, if that was enough to get some "damn" respect. Bravely, Renee said that his record isn't really in question, and what may be persuading people to see him as an outside chance is the underhand manner in which he beat AJ Styles, and then attacked Finn Balor last week. Smirking, Roode leaned back and said that was subjective, and that at the end of the day, all that matters is that he delivers, like he will in the main event later he said. Most importantly though, he said he will deliver at Ultimate Glory and that she was looking at the guy who will walk out of Detroit the new WWE Champion, no matter what she or anyone else thinks. He stood up, pulled off his tie-mic and threw it on the floor, saying "outside shot, my ass" as he walked off the set.

    *Commercial Break*

    Into the arena we went as "Celtic Invasion" blasted out and 'The Lass Kicker' Becky Lynch made her way out, full of enthusiasm for the challenge ahead, looking to join Charlotte in qualifying for the Queen of the Ring. She entered the ring, cheered on by the crowd and full of straight fire as she then looked towards the aisle, waiting to see who her opponent was going to be.

    "Stars in the Night"

    A mixed response broke out as Paige made her shock return, walking out into the aisle with a big smile on her face as Becky looked on, slightly taken aback. She stepped back, psyching herself up as Paige walked down the aisle, looking up at Becky with real focus, determined it seemed to make an impression on her long awaited return.

    Match 2
    Queen of the Ring Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Becky Lynch vs. Paige
    Both women really wanted this, and it was clear to see from the start. Paige was back to make a statement, and she did that in the early going, starting aggressively. A high knee strike in the corner shook Becky, and she found herself on the end of an exploder suplex into the pads after she staggered out into Paige's path, who spun Becky around to send her into the pads. Becky came back fighting, giving as good as she got. They fired some seriously hard shots at each other, and it was Paige who looked to have fired the deadly one with a vicious side kick, only for Becky to get her shoulder up to deny a stunned Paige the comeback win. Paige thought she had the win in the bag from there though, dragging the almost lifeless Becky with her, setting her up for the Ram-Paige. There was still fight left in The Lass Kicker though, fighting back with elbows to get herself free, connecting with a back kick, and then a Northern lights suplex.

    A two count followed, and when both women made it back up, Becky struck, dragging Paige into the Dis-Arm-Her. Paige was in trouble and had to fight to hang on as the crowd cheered Becky on, who shouted at Paige to tap. She didn't though and dragged herself towards the ropes, managing to get close until Becky stood up, dragged her back into the middle of the ring and locked the hold in again. Paige was screaming out in agony, lifting her hand up as she struggled to hold on. All of a sudden, Emma came running down the aisle to the shock of everyone, and jumped on to the apron. Becky didn't know what was going on and got up to question her, as did the referee as Paige sat up. She slowly got to her feet as Becky told Emma to get down, and when she turned around, she walked into a hard forearm shot from Paige, followed up by the Ram-Paige. Emma jumped down and the referee went to count the fall, counting to three as Paige secured her place in the quarter finals with Charlotte.

    Winner: Paige by pinfall @ 10:57.

    A thrilled Paige celebrated emphatically, gesturing to the crowd to make them know she was back, and when Emma climbed in the ring, the two embraced with a big hug in the middle of the ring as Becky rolled to the ropes, checked on by the referee. Emma and Paige turned to look at Becky, smiled at each other before walking over and dragging Becky away to put the boots to her. Paige told Emma to drag her up, and she did, sending Lynch into another Ram-Paige from Paige. They laughed as they stood over Becky, as the referee again went to check on Becky. Paige left the ring with a big smirk on her face with Emma, who was equally amused by what they'd done to Becky. As they walked up the aisle, Dasha Fuentes walked out from the back to speak with them. She asked them what this alliance between them was, getting a laugh from the two women, and trying to play it nice, Paige said that not only is she glad to be back, sarcastically thanking Dasha for asking how she is, but that she's back with the woman, who along with her started the women's revolution.

    Emma nodded at Dasha, and Paige had only just started, telling Dasha that what Emma's been saying for the past month is true, that the two of them are the ones who started this revolution but hadn't had the credit, and that if Emma hadn't convinced the WWE Universe yet, they will together. Continuing, she said that this win was just the start, but that there's no better time with the Queen of the Ring coming up. She jokingly offered her commiserations to Becky, who was sat up in the ring, before handing over to Emma. The Australian congratulated her friend on her victory and said that next week it's her turn to qualify for the Queen of the Ring, promising she will, and not just that, she'll take great pleasure in beating Bayley. That wasn't all, and Emma said that joining Paige by putting Bayley back on the shelf for a while makes her happy, but more importantly, it will show everyone that the real revolution is here. Paige's music hit again and they raised each other's arms as an unhappy Becky looked on.

    *Commercial Break*

    In the live studio, Renee Young was standing by, and she said she had a guest with her who'd asked for the time to get something off his chest, and she introduced us to the United States Champion, AJ Styles. She told him it was great to have him there before asking why he asked for the time to speak with her. Wanting to be completely honest, Styles said that he had high hopes for the S12, telling Renee how badly he wanted to win back the WWE Championship and become a double champion to add what he's already achieved in the 18 months he's been in the WWE. He told her that he's more disappointed than anyone could know, while at the same time, he knows it wasn't through a lack of trying or complacency. He talked about how he came up against a Sami Zayn with a real point to prove, ending up in running out of time to get the win he needed, and when he came up against Bobby Roode, knowing he knew a win would be enough, Roode essentially beat him with a low blow.

    Easily sensing his disappointment, Renee asked him if that defeat to Roode two weeks ago still hurts him, and he said that it did. AJ told her that he doesn't feel any better, and being honest, being just days away from Ultimate Glory, he's even more pissed off now than he was then, knowing he won't be competing for the WWE Championship, all because of one low blow. Grudgingly, he said he knew he couldn't do anything about it, and that all he could do was move on, which he said he is going to do, not just because he's not part of the S12 finals, but because he's still the United States Champion. The U.S. Champion said he asked himself what better way to come back fighting than to bring back the United States Championship Open Challenge. He told Renee that he's putting the disappointment behind him and showing the WWE Universe he's coming back strong ever, and that they'll see him Sunday night defending his title. Renee told AJ she thought that was a great idea, wished him luck and said she'd see him Sunday night in Detroit.

    "Break Down the Walls"

    We went to the arena from the live studio overlooking the ring as Chris Jericho walked out to a big pop from the Denver crowd. Looking happy to be there despite passing out to The Accolade last time he was on Smackdown a couple of weeks back, Y2J collected a microphone to let the WWE Universe know just what he was thinking ahead of his clash with Rusev at Ultimate Glory. Cutting right to the chase, Jericho said that since the last time he was in this ring and the news since broke he called Shane-O-Mac and asked for a match with Rusev, he's had people on Twitter and in person calling him an idiot and asking him why he's come back to fight Rusev. He said that there's one thing in this business that he can't stand, and that is disrespect, and that's what Rusev has shown for weeks. He told his Jericholics that what Rusev did in putting his hands on innocent officials and refusing to apologise, then bragging about it is disgusting and beyond disrespectful. Jericho said that Rusev is nothing but a coward, and that real men don't put their hands on innocent officials who aren't there to be treated like punching bags. Telling the crowd it makes him feel angry just thinking about it, Jericho said that it's clear Rusev has no respect for anyone, but there's a real problem, saying that he sees it as his job to stand up to ass clowns like Rusev who think they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, to whoever they want.

    He called Rusev one of a number from a generation of self-entitled disrespectful little punks, and as much as Rusev was bragging about making him pass out a few weeks ago, he had a warning for him. Jericho told Rusev that he's been in tougher fights with tougher superstars than him, and there's a reality check in that he's certainly achieved a lot more in his career than Rusev ever will. Not done just yet, Y2J said he was going to hit the cold hard truth that Rusev won't appreciate, acknowledging that Rusev has undeniable talent, but that there's a big question mark, and that's why Rusev hasn't even ever come close to being a world champion or won anything of note the past couple of years. He told the fans not to worry as he has the answer, saying that despite the undeniable talent Rusev has, he has twice as much of an ego, and there was another knock coming, calling Rusev a massive failure. He asked the question of why Rusev hasn't dominated everyone like he claims he can, and maybe should given his size. Again he gave an answer for Rusev, telling him to listen up "back there," calling him an arrogant, complacent jackass who'll be exposed Sunday at Ultimate Glory.

    "Roar of the Lion"

    Out came the angry 'Bulgarian Brute' Rusev, staring right up at the not at all intimidated Jericho. Almost foaming at the mouth, Rusev had a microphone, trying to calm himself down as he stomped down the aisle and to the ring. He climbed up the steps and entered the ring, saying that he's seen Jericho's mouth get him in trouble before, but speaking about his mouth, he was going to kick his teeth down his throat and make him pass out like he did two weeks ago. Not done, Rusev said he didn't care about Sunday, and this time he wasn't going to let go and end his overrated career once and for all. Jericho nodded for a second before stepping back into the ropes and through them to jump down to the floor as an angry and confused Rusev looked on. Jericho grabbed a steel chair and climbed back in the ring, telling Rusev to "bring it, tough guy." The crowd cheered, and the not so happy Rusev attempted to play it cool, backing up himself and saying that he can wait, but warned Jericho that a chair won't save him Sunday, and that nothing will. Jericho told him he was prepared to take his chances and he guessed he'd see him then. "Break Down The Walls" hit as Rusev left the ring, staring and gesturing up at him as he backed up the aisle, with Jericho just smiling, not intimidated at all by The Super Athlete.

    *Commercial Break*

    Backstage, Kevin Owens was limbering up for the main event match, looking as serious as he has been in the past month or so. Dasha Fuentes walked towards him, asking if she could grab a quick word with him, telling him she wanted to get his thoughts about his chances of winning the S12 and the WWE Championship at Ultimate Glory after ending Jinder Mahal's title reign last week. Owens smirked, asking Dasha if she was serious, quickly telling her that he's the only one with any chance whatsoever, and the other three standing in his way have no chance. Getting serious, he said that he told the entire world he would beat Jinder, and he did, that he'd be the one to end his joke of a reign, and he did, and after that he should be WWE Champion, but he's not. He told Dasha that it doesn't matter though, as there's no one on earth who's capable of stopping him right now, that it doesn't matter how motivated they are as no one wants it more than he does. KO brought up Finn Balor, and how much Finn has said he wants it, but he said that Finn isn't the only one who didn't get a rematch for the Universal Championship.

    He made it clear he felt he was screwed out of the same title by Chris Jericho, so Finn can go cry a river as far as he's concerned. While on the subject of Finn he said, KO told Dasha that he wanted to address these rumours doing the rounds of The Club getting back together. Owens said that Finn knows deep down he doesn't stand a chance should they meet in the final Sunday for the title, and probably the same should he face Nakamura, which Owens said won't happen though, so Finn knows he would need help in any case, which is why KO said he thinks Finn has gone running to his old buddies from Japan to help him. KO talked about how Finn's not been quiet about coming to Smackdown and doing whatever he has to do to become world champion, and that both Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan need to pay attention and make sure that he's not getting screwed Sunday like he was at Fastlane against Goldberg and at SummerSlam against AJ Styles by Shane himself.

    Dasha wanted to move past that though and talk about Owens' opponent Sunday in the semi final in Shinsuke Nakamura, a man she said he's never met and who's been on a roll since the controversial defeat to Jinder at SummerSlam. Owens laughed, and asked Dasha if she really thinks Nakamura's been on a roll, bringing up how he did something last week that Nakamura couldn't at SummerSlam and beat Jinder. He guaranteed he will beat Nakamura like he's guaranteed and delivered on everything else so far. To make it "crystal clear," he told Dasha that only one man can leave with Ultimate Glory with the WWE Championship, and "mark my words, it will be me," just as he would walk out of the main event later and make Finn, Nakamura and Bobby Roode see that they don't stand a chance, and that all they are extras on The Kevin Owens Show.

    Video footage from last week was shown, letting us get to hear from Shinsuke Nakamura after his victory over Tye Dillinger, earning his spot in the semi finals of the S12. Stopped by the cameraman, he was asked how dominant he's been since SummerSlam, and if he's confident as he looks and if he feels he's the one to beat at Ultimate Glory. We saw a typical Shinsuke smile, saying he feels good, that he's ready to fight anyone, but most of all, he will be WWE Champion. He winked and bowed to the camera before walking off, full of confidence it would seem.

    We were taken to the parking lot where The New Day were heading to their car to leave the arena after The Usos left earlier in the day. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods loaded their bags and were about to step into the car when they were jumped by The Usos. Jimmy and Jey had snuck back into the building and unloaded on their opponents Sunday. They didn't hold back, sending both men crashing into the car. They left them laying, and the champions stood over them, leaning down to tell the fallen challengers that they're playing with the wrong dudes and they'll see them Sunday, but to make no mistake, this is their house and they'll be walking into The Uso penitentiary, but they won't be walking out.

    *Commercial Break*

    We were taken to the live studio, where Renee Young was joined by the first Smackdown qualifier for the Queen of the Ring, Charlotte Flair, after her win over the Women's Champion, Natalya in the opening match of the night. Showered, changed and looking very relaxed indeed, Charlotte was congratulated on her win, and asked how it feels to be going to the Queen of the Ring in just under three weeks. The former Raw Women's Champion said that she couldn't be happier, and just how great it was to be back in the ring again for the first time in what feels like years after all she's been through over the last couple of months. She told Renee that it's been a rollercoaster of emotions in that time, but to get through to the Queen of the Ring and focusing on something positive is just what she needs. Charlotte called it an incredible opportunity to official be known as the "Queen," and she can't describe just how much she wants to win it, but even looking beyond the tournament for now, she just made the Women's Champion tap out in the middle of the ring.

    Understandably making a claim for a future title shot, Charlotte told Renee that's got to put her to the front of the queue. Renee's response was to tell Charlotte she absolutely agreed with her, and that will surely be talked about a later date, but what she has been told relating to earlier on and her victory over Natalya, the Women's Champion was refusing to speak to anyone about her loss. Charlotte laughed, going on to tell Renee she wasn't surprised, citing Nattie's obvious embarrassment after weeks of demanding respect, not to mention how Nattie's talked down to her the last two or three. It was about time Natalya's mouth got the better of her, Charlotte said, and the entire WWE Universe got to see that. Moving on, Renee went on to talk about the second qualifier in the returning Paige, and the apparent threat that she and Emma could pose moving forward, especially if they'll be working together like they did to eliminate Becky earlier.

    She also asked Charlotte for her thoughts on their comments that they are the ones who paved the way for the likes of Charlotte and that they feel that they're responsible for the women's revolution. Smirking, Charlotte gave a dignified answer in saying that there's no doubt whatsoever that she respects what Paige and Emma did in NXT, and that their match at NXT Arrival showed what women were capable of, but the way that she sees it is that it was her, Becky, Bayley and Sasha who really drove the women's revolution. Continuing, she told Renee that one really good match doesn't make a revolution, and since she and the other horsewomen went to the main roster, they've taken it to a whole other level while Paige was doing nothing, out on the shelf and while Emma attempted to find some relevancy. Charlotte asked Renee whether Paige or Emma were in the first ever women's Hell in a Cell match, whether they were the first females to main event an NXT or WWE pay-per-view. Answering for her, Charlotte said that they weren't even close.

    She added that now there's been the Mae Young Classic and the Queen of the Ring, and that Paige and Emma really can't believe they're responsible for that in any way shape or form, but if they do want to challenge her on that, she's not hard to find. Renee wrapped up it with Charlotte, congratulating her on her win and thanking her for her time, before moving on to talk about the final two qualifying matches we'll see next week with Asuka making her main roster in-ring debut against Miss. Money in the Bank, Carmella, as well as Bayley's return to the ring against Emma. She said how we'd heard from Emma earlier in the evening, but we would now hear from Carmella, and then Bayley, only after a tweet from Asuka earlier in the day was read out. It read, 'Asuka is ready. I'm coming next week and coming to be Queen. #NoOneIsReadyForAsuka.' Renee said that earlier on, Carmella gave her thoughts and response.

    Recorded footage from earlier in the day showed Carmella sparring in the ring with James Ellsworth in an empty arena, before we then heard from her, sat on the apron. Miss Money in the Bank spoke to camera, saying she saw Asuka's tweet, saying that she's not scared of Asuka, rhetorically asking the cameraman why that is, holding her briefcase up to say that she's Money in the Bank for a reason, reminding us how she beat Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Natalya in the same match "twice," so Asuka doesn't scare her. Ellsworth nodded along with her, with Carmella signing off by saying that she will beat Asuka like she beat everyone else, that she'll end her undefeated streak in Asuka's first main roster match, and if people don't believe her, "just watch me," she said.

    Next we heard from Bayley, sat in the studio earlier in the day with Renee Young, both in their casual clothes. Bayley told Renee just how excited she is about the Queen of the Ring, and all the time she's been a fan, she never once dreamed that this would ever happen, and the fact that it has and she can be part of it is amazing. She was asked by Renee about her chances of winning it and becoming the first ever Queen of the Ring, and Bayley said she couldn't even think about that yet because there's so much to do to even get to the final, or the event itself, staring with Emma next week. She clearly hadn't forgotten what happened the last time she was meant to face Emma, and how determined Emma is now, so she knows how tough a challenge that's going to be, even just to get to the ring based on the last time.

    Renee brought up how she stood up to Emma after that attack backstage, confronting her and stopping Emma's beatdown of Candice LeRae a couple of weeks ago, and if she now feels stronger having shown Emma that. Bayley strongly said that she sure does, knowing that she's showed she's not there to be a pushover, that she's not going to let anyone who thinks she's not strong enough to bully her or push her around anymore. Defiantly stating that she has the fight to compete with anyone, Bayley told Renee she will show it next week and show the WWE Universe that this is a new Bayley, not someone who's soft and just wants a hug. She said that's the Bayley Renee and everyone else will see next week, and if Emma underestimates her, she'll be in for a shock.

    A shot of all four men competing in the upcoming main event was shown, all walking through the back on a split screen into four quarters was shown.

    *Commercial Break*

    The Main Event
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Roode
    No one was holding anything back ahead of the huge S12 finals on Sunday. All four were looking to make a statement going into their respective matches that will determine who becomes the new WWE Champion. It looked as if Roode was going to sneak the win after Nakamura hit Owens with a thunderous roundhouse kick. Roode tossed Shinsuke out before covering Owens, but Balor dived in at the last second to break it up. Finn looked to take the initiative, dropkicking Roode as he got up into the turnbuckle pads. The end looked near, but when he stepped through the ropes to climb up to the top, Nakamura pulled him down, and his head caught the canvas on the way down to the floor. Nakamura crawled back in and lined the struggling Roode up for the Kinshasa. The fired-up Nakamura got all of it, but Owens this time looked to steal the win, pulling Shinsuke's legs away from Roode to make the cover himself. Nakamura though pulled him back to then make the cover. Owens quickly broke up, and when he and Owens stood back up, Balor had climbed back to the top rope to come down on them with a diving cross body.

    Owens rolled out of the ring under the bottom rope as Finn and Nakamura picked themselves back up. Balor helped an onrushing Nakamura over the top and down to the floor with Owens. The Irishman was in control as a squirming Roode tried to get back to his knees. He watched closely as Roode used the ropes to help get himself back on his feet, and when he eventually did, Balor struck, charging across the ring to connect again with the turnbuckle dropkick as Owens and Nakamura slugged it out on the outside. Owens went low before delivering a power bomb on to the apron, putting Nakamura in serious pain on the floor. Owens just laughed as the referee walked to the ropes to look down at Nakamura, who was clearly hurt. Finn had stepped on to the apron, looking to go up top for his big finish on Roode, but he instead watched Owens turn, and Balor ran across the apron to hit him with a big sharp swipe of his boot to the face.

    Down went Owens, and Balor switched his attention back to Roode, climbing up top, but the time had given Roode the chance to recover. The desperate Canadian got to his knees and dived into the ropes. Finn fell down to the mat, landing hard, and Roode seized the opportunity, rushing back up and dragging Balor away from the corner to hit the Glorious DDT. He got all of it, driving Balor's head into the mat and made the cover, getting the three to land himself a huge victory heading into Sunday and his semi final against Finn. He loved every second of it and goaded the fans as Owens sat up on the floor, not happy at all. The referee went to check on Nakamura and called for help, with EMTs rushing down the aisle to assess Shinsuke, who was rolling around in agony on the floor. Roode hit the ropes, soaking up the win for all it was worth with a seething Owens looking up at him as the show came to a close, with a dejected Balor sitting up in the ring looking disappointed too ahead of the massive finals matches Sunday night at Ultimate Glory.

    Winner: Bobby Roode by pinfall @ 14:08.

    *Credits*

    Next Week!

    Queen of the Ring Qualifying Matches

    Asuka vs. Carmella
    Bayley vs. Emma


    >Ultimate Glory<
    Date: Sunday October 8th 2017 (This Sunday).
    Location: Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, Michigan.

    S12 WWE Championship Finals
    Semi Finals

    Finn Balor vs. Bobby Roode
    Shinsuke Nakamura
    vs. Kevin Owens
    Final
    Balor/Roode vs. Nakamura/Owens

    Plus
    Smackdown Tag Team Championship
    Falls Count Anywhere

    The New Day vs. The Usos (c)

    Chris Jericho vs. Rusev

    AJ Styles' United States Championship Open Challenge


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    Ultimate Glory - Sunday October 10th


    Smackdown Presents
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    Ultimate Glory<
    Date:
    Sunday October 8th 2017.
    Location: Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, Michigan.

    >The Pre-Show<

    Renee Young welcomed everyone to Ultimate Glory in the live studio overlooking the ring, telling us all how special of a night it was with a new WWE Champion guaranteed to be crowned. She explained how either Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens or Bobby Roode would leave Detroit with the most prestigious prize in the WWE. She moved on to talk about what happened in the main event on Smackdown on Tuesday night that left a major doubt as to whether Shinsuke Nakamura would be able to compete after a powerbomb on the apron at the hands of his scheduled opponent, Kevin Owens. Renee let us know that cameras captured the moments after the show when Shinsuke was helped backstage by EMTs and the referee, managing to walk with help, but seriously struggling.

    That footage showed Shinsuke Nakamura being assessed in the doctor's office, lying on his front on the table. The doctor looked very concerned and said that Shinsuke had to get to the emergency room and that there would be an ambulance on standby. The footage then showed him later on being loaded onto the ambulance.

    Back in the studio, Renee was joined by General Manager, Daniel Bryan, and he was asked for an update on Shinsuke's condition and ability to perform later. D-Bry informed Renee and everyone watching that Shinsuke has severely bruised ribs from what happened and none were broken, so he was able to compete and wanted to, but he wouldn't be at 100%, or particularly close. Obviously concerned, Renee asked Bryan if it had been suggested to him that he didn't compete.

    He told her that as much as doctors told him he was physically able to compete, their advice was that he shouldn't based on the pain he was in and the likelihood of further injury. Bryan stated categorically that it was 100% Shinsuke's decision, that he was adamant he would not be forfeiting his chance to become WWE Champion, and that he didn't blame him, despite openly stating his own concern for Shinsuke.

    Catching them off guard, the Commissioner of Smackdown, Shane McMahon joined them in the studio, welcomed by Renee, who asked him how he was feeling about the night ahead. He told her he was looking forward to it, that it was a great card, with a Falls Count Anywhere tag team title match, AJ Styles' United States Championship Open Challenge, a grudge match between Chris Jericho and Rusev, but the S12 finals and the crowning of a new WWE Champion were what it's all about.

    He then talked about the pre-show too, how we'd see a Money in the Bank qualifying match featuring The Hardy Boyz and the longest reigning NXT Tag Team Champions in The Ascension, who Shane said had a real opportunity to make a statement after a disappointing to say the least time on the main roster. He also said that four guys also out to make an impression would get the chance to compete in tag team action, as when the show's over, it will be open season again, starting this Tuesday.

    Suddenly, Bobby Roode crashed the set, walking towards Renee Young, staring right at her, and clearly not all that happy with her for whatever reason. That reason quickly became known, when after banging both his hands on the desk in front of her, The Glorious One asked her if she'd like to revise her statement about him being an "outside shot" later in the S12 finals. He asked her if she saw him beat Finn Balor Tuesday night and win the fatal four way. Not happy with how Roode was speaking to Renee, Shane stood up and tried to calm the situation by saying that everyone saw him get the big win he was talking about, but warned him to calm down and not get in Renee's face like that ever again. Roode turned around and Shane continued, telling him that he respects Renee tremendously, and that all she did was ask a fair question, and speaking to her like that was unacceptable.

    He did say he that understood why Roode took it as an insult, but that if he had something to say or prove, he should go do it in the ring later against Balor like he did on Tuesday. Roode smirked, stepping towards Shane, telling him he would, and that Tuesday was just the start, saying that he would beat Finn again, then whoever else got in his way afterwards, promising that the night would live up to the name, that it would be absolutely glorious. Roode took his leave and Shane sat back down, and Renee calmed back down, saying that it was obvious just how much the WWE Championship means to everyone, and just how much was at stake later. Bryan said it was huge, that he can't remember another night like it since Chris Jericho beat The Rock and 'Stonecold' Steve Austin in the same night.

    Shane said that was exactly what it reminded him of, and tonight would mark a night that goes down in history with a guaranteed new WWE Champion after such a competitive tournament. Renee wanted to get their thoughts on a few things ahead of the finals, going over the unfortunate situation Shinsuke Nakamura found himself in, but asked them about the rumours doing the rounds about the possible reunion of Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. She was very sure to stress that Finn has denied it, and Bryan told her that he and Shane had spoken to both Balor, as well as Anderson and Gallows about it. He said that Balor said there was absolutely nothing to it, and they believed him. Shane backed that up and said that after speaking with Gallows and Anderson, they thought it was a case of them wanting to get The Club back together, and Finn doesn't, and that was the end of it as far as they were concerned.

    It was time for some action as "Here to Show the World" blasted out, and a not so happy looking Dolph Ziggler made his way out, with Renee sending it down to ringside.

    The Opening Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger vs. Dolph Ziggler & Neville
    The four men who all competed in the S12 had the chance to come out and put their disappointment behind them. Dillinger came the closest of the four after his defeat to Shinsuke Nakamura last Tuesday night in their winner-takes-all clash. Ziggler really had a point to prove having lost both his matches, including one to The Perfect 10. The Show Off was one pissed SOB, looking to take his frustration out on whoever he could. The fans in the front row caught a lot of it, and after being warned by the referee to open his fists, the ref got it too. Neville came out fighting too, disappointed after failing to make the finals despite a surprising opening time limit draw with Balor, who went on instead to win the group. Sami came out all guns firing too having had the same fate as Neville, starting the S12 with a time limit draw against AJ Styles, before going on to lose to Bobby Roode. There were close calls for both teams, and a Blue Thunder Bomb to Neville looked to have done it, until Ziggler saved the day for him and his partner.

    They then came close after a Zig Zag to Sami behind the ref's back when Dolph tried to get Tye out of the ring and Tye looked to get in the ring and at Ziggler. Dolph ran across the mat and knocked Tye off the apron as he was stepping back though, giving Neville the chance to make the cover. Sami though was too close to the ropes and got his foot on the rope. Neville went up top, looking to go for the Red Arrow, but as he came off the top, Sami got out of the way of it. When the match came to a close, it was a missed super kick to Dillinger that led to Dolph falling victim to the Tye Breaker. Sami raced into the ring and took Neville out with a big boot to the face as the ref counted to three and the Canadian duo picked up the win, that they very much enjoyed. Their opponents though, they certainly didn't. Ziggler and Neville pushed and shoved each other before Neville eventually left the ring, and Dolph walked to the ropes and kicked the bottom rope in utter frustration.

    Winners: Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger by pinfall @ 13:47.

    We were taken backstage where Dasha Fuentes was standing by with her guests, the challengers for the tag team titles later on in The New Day. Kofi and Xavier were still without Big E after the attack at the hands of The Usos a couple of weeks ago, and after being attacked themselves on Tuesday in the parking lot, they were clearly pissed off. Asked for a response to what happened on Tuesday having waited all night for The Usos, only to see them leave and then return for the sneak attack, Kofi said that The Usos proved the point he and Woods made the other night.

    Kofi said all The Usos proved was that they're cowards, but they were cowards who made a big mistake. He told Dasha that he and Xavier were already set to show The Usos a whole other New Day than anyone's ever seen before after what they did to Big E, but after Tuesday, Jimmy and Jey had no idea what was coming their way. Woods joined in, telling Dasha that it would be a whole other side to The New Day, and with no rules holding them back, it was going to be "balls out chaos," and Detroit was going to love it, and by the time he and Kofi were done, they'd be four time tag team champions, saying it seriously and simply walking out of the shot, intent on getting revenge against The Usos.

    We went back to the live studio and Renee Young, still with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon. They talked about how impressive Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger were in the previous match, and how Dolph Ziggler's frustrations continue to grow, before getting to the interview with The New Day. Shane said that there was no doubt we would see an all-out war between them and The Usos later, but personally he couldn't wait to see it.

    Bryan said the same, and despite condemning The Usos' actions the last two weeks, especially what they did to Big E two weeks ago, he commended the teams for their attitude in missing out on the SummerSlam main show and putting on the match that they did to make the point that they should be on the main shows. Shane told Renee that Bryan was absolutely right, and the tag team division couldn't be in a better state right now, bringing him to the upcoming match and the first ever Money in the Bank tag team ladder match to take place in nine nights.

    He and Bryan both said how excited they are about that match and the quality of the teams they have. Renee told us that we were about to see one of three qualifying matches with The Hardy Boyz, who Bryan and Shane badly wanted to bring over from Raw in the draft, taking on The Ascension. Renee said that this was a big chance for them to start afresh and show everyone why they are the longest reigning tag team champions in NXT history.

    The Main Event
    Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    The Hardy Boyz vs. The Ascension
    Looking to make an impact and put their disappointing main roster run behind them, Konnor and Viktor attacked Matt and Jeff before the bell. They charged at them as The Hardys entered the ring. When the referee managed to get the longest reigning NXT Tag Team Champions to back away, he let The Hardys recover and rang the bell. The aggression from Konnor and Viktor went up a level, clearly looking to take this opportunity to get on the right track at last. There was however plenty of fight in the former Raw Tag Team Champions. Matt took the brunt of the onslaught from The Ascension before managing to drive Viktor into the canvas with a side effect. He just managed to crawl across and make the tag to Jeff as Konnor was tagged in too. Jeff flew in to the delight of the crowd, and he quickly sent Konnor tumbling down to the floor by holding the ropes down as the big man ran right at him. Viktor was in trouble as Jeff didn't hold back, connecting with a sit out jawbreaker.

    Matt made it back up on the apron and dived off it for a clothesline on Konnor, who nailed Matt with a right hand inside. He slid back in the ring and nailed Jeff with a big boot when Jeff charged at him. Jeff spun right into a reverse STO from Viktor, and only just kicked out at two. They got ready for Fall of Man, but Matt pulled Konnor out under the bottom rope, ducked a wild right and hit a Twist of Fate on the floor. Viktor walked to the ropes, looking down with shock at Konnor laying flat out, and when he turned back around and walked into Jeff's path, he walked into a Twist of Fate, the same fate as his partner. Viktor was out and Jeff rushed up to the top rope, cheered all the way up by the fans. A swanton bomb came down on Viktor and The Hardys got themselves the win to book their spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match in just over a week's time.

    Winners: The Hardy Boyz by pinfall @ 12:28.

    Matt and Jeff celebrated, but not for too long as The Revival's music hit and they walked out into the aisle, Scott Dawson with a microphone in hand. Looking unimpressed, Dawson insincerely congratulated The Hardys on their win, before quickly telling them they better hope he's not cleared to compete Tuesday night for his and Dash's qualifying match, because Matt and Jeff's win would end up being meaningless. Telling Matt, Jeff and the WWE Universe that he'd explain so that their small brains and stupid confused faces could understand, Dawson said that no team on this roster or on this planet are on the level of The Revival.

    He also said that there are no words to describe how much frustration he and Dash have for not being able to show it to its fullest since coming to the main roster and fallen victim to two of the worst timed injuries in the history of the business. With that said though, Dawson reminded The Hardys that despite having their run interrupted by injuries, they've still beaten Matt and Jeff, and that they shouldn't forget that. Dawson told them that especially now, as if he's cleared to compete on Tuesday night, not only will he and Dash be in the Money in the Bank ladder match, but will "damn sure" win it too. He signed off with "top guys out," gesturing up at The Hardys, but Matt had something to say.

    He turned back to get himself a stick, and he sent some words down to Dash and Dawson, telling them that he and Jeff sure hope Dawson is cleared, so that we can all see if The Revival can back up their words and prove if they're top guys or not. Matt then let the two time NXT Tag Team Champions know that as far as ladder matches go, he and Jeff are the Kings, and no matter who's in the Money in the Bank match with them, he and Jeff will again climb their way to victory and be the first ever winners of a tag team Money in the Bank ladder match, saying "Hardys out," dropping the stick and staring down at the still unimpressed, and now angered Revival.

    We went briefly back to the live studio, where Renee Young let us all know that with The Hardys win in the bag, that was it for the pre-show and we were just moments away from the main show and finding out who will leave Detroit the new WWE Champion. She said that it was a show not to miss and urged everyone to join them on the WWE Network to see who out of Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens or Bobby Roode would win the S12 and become the new WWE Champion.

    >The Main Show<

    Renee Young welcomed us to Ultimate Glory and the first time the WWE has been to the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, where she reminded us all how we would crown the winner of the S12, and most importantly, the new WWE Champion.

    A video package recapped Shane McMahon's announcement of the tournament over six weeks ago, and then highlights from the tournament. They included:
    Bobby Roode's debut win over Sami Zayn.
    Finn Balor's opening draw with Neville.
    Shinsuke Nakamura defeating Tye Dillinger in a hell for leather contest to determine the group winner.
    Roode controversially beating AJ Styles after a low blow to advance to Ultimate Glory ahead of Styles.
    Balor overcoming Luke Harper in a tough battle, then being sucker punched by Roode afterwards.
    Kevin Owens defeating Jinder Mahal to advance to the semi finals and mean a new WWE Champion will be crowned with Mahal eliminated.
    Roode coming out on top in the fatal four way last week, pinning Balor after he got distracted by Owens, just after a powerbomb on the apron to Nakamura.

    Video footage then showed the entrances to the building of all four men earlier in the day before going back to the live studio. Renee told us that we were finally here at the culmination of the S12 and we wouldn't have to wait much longer to see who will get to the final, and crucially who will win the WWE Championship.

    *Glorious Domination*

    Renee sent us into the arena as the lights went out and 'The Glorious One' Bobby Roode made his entrance. The ultra confident Canadian had a wry smile on his face as some of the crowd joined in with his song. He looked very confident as he got in the ring, smirking as his music stopped and we waited for his opponent.

    *Catch Your Breath*

    Finn Balor walked out calmly, full of focus with the crowd in the palm of his hands as he led the orchestra on the turnbuckle pads. Roode wasn't impressed, and Balor walked right towards him, going face-to-face, not holding back after being sucker punched by him two weeks ago. Roode laughed, but the focused Balor shoved him and unloaded with right hands, and the referee called for the bell straight away.

    The Opening Match
    30 Minute Time Limit
    S12 First Semi Final

    Finn Balor vs. Bobby Roode
    After putting Roode down with some hard shots, Balor quickly pulled off his jacket and carried on with the onslaught, kicking away at Roode in the corner. The referee had to step in between them, giving the shell shocked Roode time to get back up, completely not expecting the fast aggressive start from Finn. The fans loved it though, and Finn burst past the referee to get back at The Glorious One. Roode was reeling and Balor was on fire, all until Roode caught him with a raised boot in the corner when Finn charged in at him. The Irishman was sent out in a spin, and when he turned around, Roode ran out and nailed him with a big lariat to turn his opponent inside out. Roode jumped back up on his feet and put the boots to Finn, stomping all over him.

    We got several close calls as the match came towards its conclusion, and a bone crunching spinebuster from Roode looked to have ended it, but Finn just got his shoulder up. The Glorious One went looking for the Glorious DDT, giving Balor time though to fight it, escape his grasp and explode with a Pele kick. He couldn't take advantage initially, but when he could, he locked and loaded on Roode. He burst across the ring looking for the turnbuckle dropkick, only for Roode to sidestep it, grab Balor up off the mat and hit the Glorious DDT. Balor was out and Roode went for the cover, turning Finn over and hooking the near leg. Finn was too close to the ropes and got his foot on the bottom rope to deny Roode the win.

    While the crowd cheered, Roode stood up and got in the referee's face. He wouldn't have it that Balor escaped and let the referee have it. He snapped as he saw Finn stirring, so reached down and dragged him up, shoving him into the corner to pummel him with right hands. He lifted the battered Irishman on to the top rope, then climbed up to the second rope for a suplex, and then the top rope. He set Finn up for a superplex, but Finn blocked it, then shoved Roode down to the mat. With Roode at his mercy, Finn shook off the cobwebs to take his chance and leap into the air to come down and Roode and hit the Coup de Grâce. The crowd erupted and Finn made the cover, getting the three to advance to the final later in the evening to take on Shinsuke Nakamura or Kevin Owens.

    Winner: Finn Balor by pinfall @ 19:14.

    Finn's music hit again as he stood up to get his arm raised in victory with the fans still cheering. He backed into the ropes, still hurting slightly as Roode rolled out of the ring. He sat up on the floor as Dasha Fuentes entered the ring, congratulating Finn on getting to the final. Finn walked towards Dasha, who asked him how he was feeling now about his chances later against Kevin Owens, or the injured Shinsuke Nakamura. Not focusing on who his opponent could be, Finn said that he was on top of the world to be just one win away from becoming the WWE Champion, and in all honesty that alone meant it didn't really matter to him who he'd face.

    What he did say though, was that he felt for Shinsuke, telling Dasha he knows how it feels to be injured and in a similar situation. He said that he could never underestimate the heart of Nakamura, and neither should Owens. All that he could say was that he'd be watching, and that was it, and all he could do is beat whoever it is who comes out on top, and he promised Dasha that was what he was going to do, telling the WWE Universe that they were looking at the next WWE Champion. "Catch Your Breath" played again as Finn walked to the corner, hit the ropes and celebrated his win as a pissed Roode looked on from the aisle, shaking his head.

    We were taken backstage to the doctor's office, where Shinsuke Nakamura was sat on the table with the doctor strapping his ribs, asking him how it felt. Wincing, Nakamura still said he was okay. Suddenly, the doctor stepped back and took a look at him, telling Shinsuke he wasn't happy, and although the ribs weren't broken, he really should think about not competing later on. Kayla Braxton walked into the room, apologising for interrupting before asking for an update on Shinsuke's condition going into his match later with Kevin Owens.

    The doctor told her that he'd just given him his advice not to compete, but given the ribs aren't broken, there were no grounds not to clear him, although he had massive concerns about him competing, given the likelihood of further injury occurring. Kayla turned to Nakamura and asked him if he was concerned about the chances of his ribs getting worse given Owens' reputation, and if perhaps it would've been best for him not to compete. Shinsuke shook his head and told her he was going to fight, and he was going to be WWE Champion.

    We then heard the door open and shut, and Kevin Owens walked into the room smiling, and Nakamura stood right up, wincing again and holding his ribs. Owens told him not to worry as he wasn't there to cause any trouble, and it was clear to him he'd done the damage last week. KO then said that he'd see him out there and promised he wouldn't embarrass him too much, laughing on his way out and telling Kayla it'd be a piece of cake with a furious Nakamura watching.

    Match 2
    Smackdown Tag Team Championship
    Falls Count Anywhere
    30 Minute Time Limit

    The New Day vs. The Usos (c)
    The two rivals brought everything they had to throw at each other. Unlike at SummerSlam when they had the added incentive of making a point of being put on the pre-show, this was personal after what the champions did to Big E a couple of weeks ago. It didn't long for it to turn brutal, and after a fast start from the challengers, The Usos came back playing dirty, and bringing out kendo sticks from under the ring. They let Woods and Kofi have it, blasting them with the kendo sticks and exerting their dominance early. They were so smug as they stood over them laughing, just as they did on Smackdown last week in the sneak attack in the parking lot. The challengers weren't going to lie down though. They came back fighting, getting to use the kendo sticks themselves, and the fight spilled out into the crowd, and it was The Usos feeling the pain after a double suplex to Jimmy on the concrete floor, before Jey then was powerbombed on production boxes by Kofi.

    Jey just managed to get his shoulder up to deny New Day getting their titles back. Trash cans came out as the fight spilled back to the ring. Woods went coast to coast, but Jimmy stood up and threw the trash can into Woods as he flew through the air. Kofi then came at Jimmy, who ducked Trouble in Paradise, and when Jey slid back in the ring, The Usos nailed him with a double super kick. It looked like that would be all, but Woods just managed to break it up with a desperate late dive. He was quickly thrown out of the ring as both Usos went up top, looking for a double splash, but Kofi lifted his knees up for the first one. Jey jumped down off the top and ran at Kofi as he got up, who ducked a wild clothesline and hit Trouble in Paradise. The crowd thought we had new champions, but Jimmy made the last second save this time to disappoint the Detroit crowd. Woods dragged himself up on the floor, leaning on the apron to see Kofi denied, disappointed.

    He went up top for a big elbow on Jimmy, who was still down after the dive, unable to get up, and Woods got it, but he could only get a two. The fight went on, and to the outside, and to the German announce table to be specific. Kofi stripped it, looking to put The Usos away, but it wasn't to be. He found himself on the end of a steel chair shot to the back after a low blow from Jimmy to Woods allowed Jimmy to grab the chair and save his brother. Kofi found himself placed on the table, and Jimmy went up to the top rope, looking down on Kofi, flat out on the table. Jimmy flew through the air and hit a big splash through the table, shimmying around in amongst the carnage to make the cover and secure the win, retaining the titles. He and Jey celebrated with a big hug, hobbling around the ring, not able to stand properly as they backed up the aisle with their titles raised high in the air as Woods went to check on Kofi, with The New Day devastated to have come up short.

    Winners: By pinfall, and still Tag Team Champions, The Usos @ 24:41.

    We went up to the live studio to Renee Young with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. They talked about the brutal match they just saw with The Usos coming out on top, and Renee asked them what it meant now with the tag team Money in the Bank ladder match just over a week away. Bryan told her that they were waiting to see what happened with a possible title rematch for The Usos if they lost, but now that The Usos retained and The New Day lost their rematch, they will go straight into qualifying like everyone else for another title match.

    The General Manager said that they will face The Revival on Tuesday night should Scott Dawson be cleared, and in the third and final qualifying match will see The Lucha Dragons take on Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Renee responded by asking Bryan what will happen if Dawson isn't cleared. Shane answered that one and told her that he and Bryan will be looking for a backup, and they think they have it, dependent on another clearance issue, but we'd all find out live on Smackdown, Tuesday night.

    Renee moved on to talk about a match we'd see later between Chris Jericho and Rusev, and how last week, someone caught up with Rusev after Chris Jericho stood up to him in the middle of the ring. The footage showed Rusev angrily walking back through the curtain. Talking to the person behind the camera, he said that Jericho made a big mistake, that he'd be sorry at Ultimate Glory, promising it will be ultimate pain for Jericho. The Bulgarian Brute said that he was going to crush Jericho and make him pass out, calling Jericho a dead man walking, not that he'd be walking for long though.

    We went back to the studio briefly, where Renee said it was time for the second of our semi finals, with the winner facing Finn Balor in the main event to become new WWE Champion. She sent it down to the ring and Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.

    Match 3
    S12 Second Semi Final
    30 Minute Time Limit

    Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens
    Finn Balor was shown backstage, watching on a screen to find out who his opponent would be later in the final. It seemed early that it would be Owens after he wasted no time in going right after Nakamura and his injured ribs. The apron powerbomb last Tuesday made Owens' job easy, pummelling them with hard kicks to them and the stomach. There was no letting up from Owens, and the referee had no choice but to step in and get him to step back and let Nakamura attempt to recover. He tried with all he had, fighting off some shots and unloading with some of his big shots, including a big roundhouse kick. The crowd counted along with the referee, and it was so close to three, with Owens only just getting his shoulder up before the ref could count to three. He went looking for the Kinshasa, looking to strike while the iron was hot. The fans were willing him on, but when he burst across the mat at Owens, KO shot up and caught him with a feint super kick that sent Shinsuke back into the ropes.

    Owens ran right at him, but Nakamura lifted him over the top rope and down to the floor. Nakamura took some time out to try and get his breath back, and when Owens got back up on his feet, Nakamura went for a baseball slide. Owens dodged it and swiftly nailed him in the ribs before powerbombing Shinsuke onto the apron. Nakamura rolled around in agony, and the referee was right out on him, telling Owens to get back in the ring. Shinsuke was in so much pain, and the doctors were right down to check on him, and when they touched his ribs, he screamed out in utter pain. The referee spoke with the doctor and called for the bell, deciding that Shinsuke was unable to continue, resulting in a lot of boos inside the arena and a wry smile from Owens, who demanded the referee get in the ring and raise his arm as a disgusted Balor looked on backstage. Owens laughed his way back down the aisle as the doctors called for a stretcher for the seriously struggling Shinsuke.

    Winner: Kevin Owens by stoppage @ 8:09.

    Video footage of The Usos walking backstage after their victory earlier was shown, and the still Smackdown Tag Team Champions didn't hold back in their gloating. The cameraman walked backwards as Jimmy and Jey kept walking forwards, saying that they told everyone that this is their house, that every other tag team on Smackdown is existing in their world. Not done, they said when The New Day stepped inside The Uso Penitentiary, they sent a warning to every tag team on the roster that thinks winning the Money in the Bank ladder match is a good thing, that it doesn't matter who you are, this is The Usos' house, and "ain't nobody" coming into their house and taking their titles. They wrapped it up by saying that's because "we're The Usos, and ain't nobody can touch us." They brushed the cameraman aside and walked up the halls, titles hanging down their backs from over their shoulders.

    Cutting backstage, Finn Balor was with Dasha Fuentes, next to the screen he was watching moments ago, and was quickly asked how he felt now he knew his opponent in the final later and the man standing in the way of him becoming WWE Champion was Kevin Owens. Very calm, Balor told her that he came into the night feeling confident, and that it helps he's beaten Owens twice in NXT title matches, and with the win earlier, he couldn't feel any better. He added that it didn't really matter to him who it was he faced, as it's all about beating whoever he has to, not the person he has to beat. He spoke of his concern for Shinsuke Nakamura, saying that he felt for him, and that he had a feeling that might happen given everyone knows what Kevin Owens is like.

    Just as he said that, fresh back from the ring and standing there was Kevin Owens himself, to ask Finn what exactly it is that he's like. Quickly changing his question, Owens asked Finn why he feels like he's the only victim for not getting a rematch for the Universal Championship. He made it clear to Finn that he too was in the same boat, but that he didn't bitch and moan about it or ask to switch shows. Owens said that he came to Smackdown in the draft, won the United States Championship back, and eventually got screwed again, and that he will be damned if he gets screwed again. That he said, brought him to a second question, asking Finn if it's true that him and his "Balor Club goons" were getting back together and planning to screw him over in the process.

    Owens told Finn that he's not stupid and couldn't be fooled as easily as everyone else. Balor chuckled for a second before saying that he'd ignore everything but the last bit, telling Owens that he absolutely "hand on heart" swore that The Club was not getting back together, and there were no plans for anyone to get screwed over. Sn-iggering, Owens said he didn't buy it, but no matter what, he'll be ready for, and he guaranteed that he'd be leaving "this dump" the new WWE Champion. Standing up to Owens, Finn got up close and personal, telling Owens right to his face that we'd see about that as the camera zoomed in on both men staring at each other with so much at stake later in the main event.

    Match 4
    30 Minute Time Limit

    Chris Jericho vs. Rusev
    The Bulgarian Brute came out like a house on fire, but Jericho was smart and managed to stay out of harm's way for the most part with the referee stepping in to warn Rusev to tone down his aggression. Jericho took advantage at one point and poked him in the eye with the ref's back briefly turned. He worked his way out of the corner by kicking away at Rusev's right knee, not relenting for a second, and he took the big man down with a chop block after coming off the ropes. He continued to work the leg, hurting The Super Athlete. He couldn't keep Rusev down though, and the tide turned back in the Bulgarian's favour when Jericho tried to drive his knee into the ringpost from the outside reaching in. Rusev tried to kick out with his left boot, and Jericho had to grab it to block the shots. Rusev's power came to his advantage when he pulled back and brought Jericho crashing forward into the post. Jericho fell to the floor and Rusev took some valuable time, while Jericho lay face down on the mat. He just managed to break the count and crawl back inside, and Rusev was on him, stomping down on him with his uninjured left foot.

    It was Rusev on a mission now, looking to hurt Jericho. There wasn't much back and forth, but when Jericho did manage to turn it back around out of nowhere, he came close to the win with a roll up after Rusev ran in at him in the corner and Jericho sidestepped it and Rusev hit the pads. Both men rushed back up, but with Rusev hobbling slightly, Jericho kicked at his knee again and took him down with a low dropkick. A lionsault followed for a two count, and he went looking for the Walls of Jericho, letting go briefly as Rusev fought to kick down on the knee some more before eventually managing to turn the big man over. The fans cheered and shouted for Rusev to "TAP," but he didn't, fighting his way to the ropes. Jericho looked to pull him back after he'd turned over, but Rusev kicked up at him and sent Jericho falling back. Both men clawed their way back up, and this time it was Jericho running at Rusev, who was against the ropes and extended his elbow out into Jericho's face, sending the Canadian back pedalling across the mat. Rusev followed him out and put a sleeper on him, trying to put Jericho out.

    It didn't work, and Y2J fought it by driving his elbow back into Rusev's chest. He got clear and ran forward into the ropes, however as he came back, he ran into a thrust kick that absolutely floored him. Rusev landed badly on his right foot. Jericho stayed down though, and Rusev saw his opportunity, shaking off the pain to stomp on Jericho's back before locking in The Accolade. The fans got behind Jericho, desperately trying to help him fight the hold. He tried to get close to the ropes, but Rusev stood up to drag him back before he could get too close. Jericho fought with all he had to hold on, but it was in vain as he started to fade and eventually passed out and the referee called for the bell. Rusev wouldn't let the hold go until the count of four though, laughing as he did let go and then demanded the referee raise his hand, taking great pleasure in standing over the fallen Jericho and EMTs came down to check on him. Rusev left the ring, smiling as he backed up the aisle as he saw Jericho eventually come round. The Bulgarian Brute walked to the back as Jericho was helped up and out of the ring, then down the aisle to cheers from the crowd.

    Winner: Rusev by TKO @ 20:26.

    Footage from earlier on was shown, with Shinsuke Nakamura being stretchered backstage, and then later into an ambulance and taken away.

    Match 5
    United States Championship Open Challenge
    30 Minute Time Limit

    AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal w/The Singh Brothers
    Answering the open challenge after AJ's entrance was the former WWE Champion, and Jinder saw it as the perfect chance to make up for losing the title when he missed out on the semi finals of the S12. The Singh Brothers tried to do everything they could, as ever to try and help The Modern Day Maharaja take the United States Championship from AJ and American clutches. AJ was up to fight though, but Sunil and Samir made a difference, and after Styles set Jinder up for the Styles Clash, Samir jumped up on the apron to distract him. He did just that, and AJ chose to run at him and knock him off the apron, then did the same to Sunil when he jumped up too. When he turned around though and ran at Mahal, Jinder was back on his feet and caught AJ with a Samoan drop. It was only enough to get him a two count, and he urged AJ to get back up, stalking his prey for the Khallas. Styles avoided his clutches and connected with a Pele kick. When both men could make it back up to their feet, AJ trapped the oncoming Mahal into the Calf Crusher. Mahal was in trouble, and he knew it. So did The Singh Brothers though, with Sunil getting on the apron.

    The ref was sick of it, walked over and yelled at him to get down, but he wouldn't. Samir snuck in the ring to get at AJ, who saw him coming, let the hold go and stood up to grab him and send him crashing into Sunil, knocking him off the apron. He then grabbed Samir and pulled him into position for the Styles Clash, and he hit it, driving him down into the canvas. When AJ got back up though, Mahal was on him, hitting Khallas to a chorus of boos. He made the cover, but AJ had rolled towards the ropes and got his foot on the bottom rope to the relief of the Detroit crowd. Mahal was livid and got in the ref's face, questioning the call as AJ used the ropes to sit up. Jinder went right to him, snapping as he looked to drag him up. Styles nailed him with an elbow, then a side kick and a roundhouse to put Jinder down. AJ stepped through the ropes, lining Mahal up for the Phenomenal Forearm, and he nailed it, getting the three before Sunil could dive in and stop the count. The crowd erupted as Styles stood up to get his arm raised, lifting his title up into the air, relieved and happy to retain the title after Jinder and The Singh Brothers' attempts to take it from him.

    Winner: By submission, and still United States Champion, AJ Styles @ 14:32.

    A Queen of the Ring hype video was shown, letting us know how the women's revolution will continue with the first ever women's exclusive WWE pay-per-view, live on the WWE Network in two weeks. It reminded us how eight women, four from Raw and from Smackdown will battle it out in an eight person elimination tournament to crown the first ever Queen of the Ring.

    We went to the live studio for the final time, and to Renee Young, who said she couldn't describe just how excited she is about the Queen of the Ring and seeing the women get their chance to make more history. Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon were still there, and Renee reminded us how last week on Smackdown, Charlotte and the returning Paige became the first Smackdown women to qualify, and that this week Asuka makes her Smackdown debut against 'Miss. Money in the Bank' Carmella for another spot, as well as Bayley battling it out with Emma. She also informed us of how the Raw qualifying has been going, letting us know that Nia Jax, the Raw Women's Champion defeated Alexa Bliss in a rematch of their title match from No Mercy to qualify. It was also said that Kairi Sane made her Raw debut after joining the red brand after her Mae Young Classic victory to defeat Alicia Fox and join Nia in the quarter finals in two weeks. The last two spots will be filled by winners of the matches scheduled for Raw tomorrow night between Naomi and Tamina, and Sasha Banks and Lana.

    She moved past that to the upcoming final between Finn Balor and Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship. Renee talked about how great of a night it had been, that the main event was just moments away and for us to crown a new WWE Champion. Now that it was down to two, she asked Bryan and Shane who was their pick to go all the way, become the winner of the S12, and most importantly, the new WWE Champion. Shane talked about how his pick Tuesday night was Shinsuke Nakamura, and if it wasn't for his ribs, it might've been a different story, but that was what it was, and that his only hope was that Finn would win. After he said it was clear how determined both men were and he didn't want to call it, Bryan agreed with him in hoping like everyone he thought Finn would win, that he had the same concerns about Owens' attitude, but all he hoped for was a great match to end the S12 in the manner it should be. Renee sent it down to the ring and the announce team and Greg Hamilton to introduce the two challengers.

    The Main Event
    S12 Final - WWE Championship
    30 Minute Time Limit

    Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens
    After the bell, they remained face-to-face with Owens talking smack to Finn, who didn't let any of it get to him, turning to the crowd at one point smiling, before then turning back to nail Owens unexpectedly with a right hand. Balor continued to unload with rights, sending Owens staggering back towards the ropes. Owens countered with a knee drive to the stomach, and then sent Balor through the ropes and down to the floor. KO was right out and on Balor, helping him up to set him up for a powerbomb on to the apron. Balor wasn't having any of it, still relatively fresh and able to counter with a back body drop on to the floor. Balor then tried for a powerbomb on to the apron himself, getting a massive roar from the crowd, only after rolling in and out of the ring to restart the count. Owens countered this time, grabbing Finn around the ropes and running forward to send him into the ringpost. He rolled him back in the ring and looked to pummel Balor. Owens had the best part of the match, but frustration was starting to tell when Finn kicked out of a cannonball.

    KO went up top for a frog splash, taking too much time though in telling some of the fans shouting things at him to shut up. Balor got to his knees and dived into the ropes to bring Owens down hard on to the top rope. Finn climbed up to the second rope, then the top, looking to set Owens up for a superplex, but Owens countered to send Balor down face first with a front suplex. Balor rolled onto his front and Owens stood back up to leap through the air and come down on top of Finn for a frog splash. Owens hoped that was it, but it wasn't and Balor just got the shoulder up before the ref could count to three. Owens almost lost it, getting right in the ref's face as they both got back up on their feet. Owens looked like he was about to boil over when he saw Finn trying to sit up. He slowly and menacingly walked towards his opponent, dragging him up and telling him it was over before he sent him into the ropes, perhaps for the pop-up powerbomb. Finn held on to the ropes, pissing Owens off no end, and he ran at Balor, into a jumping kick to the side of the head.

    Finn then ran out for a slingblade. The Irishman got some serious momentum going, connecting with a back kick as Owens got back up, and Balor followed it up with a roundhouse kick to the side of the head. He staggered back into the corner, getting his breath back and taking the chance to recover. He watched as Owens struggled back up to his feet, and Balor raced out of the blocks, nailing Owens with a turnbuckle dropkick. He hit it and Owens crashed back head first into the pads before rolling across the mat, giving Balor the chance to step through the ropes and climb up to the top, cheered on by the crowd. With Owens at his mercy, Balor could sense victory, jumping up in the air and coming down for the Coup de Grâce, but Owens rolled closer to the corner. Balor rolled through and turned to run at Owens as he was getting up in the corner, but Owens got his elbow up into Finn's head, grabbed the head and hit a springboard tornado DDT. Balor was flat on his back, absolutely out of it. Owens thought he had it and made the cover, yet Finn just got the shoulder up to hang on in the match and keep his title chances going.

    After a few more near calls on both sides and Owens missed with a moonsault, Luke Gallows made his way down the aisle, getting closer to the ring. The referee was switching his attention between both Owens and Balor as they sat up, then saw Gallows and walked to the apron, telling him to leave ringside, but Gallows was going nowhere. The referee climbed out of the ring as Karl Anderson jumped the barricade at the other side, grabbed a steel chair and slid in the ring with it as both Finn and Owens were standing up. With Gallows trying to fight his way past the referee, tying the ref up, Finn saw Anderson there, stunned, asking Anderson what he was doing. Anderson held out the chair to him, pointing to Owens, who stood up, shocked and worried as he saw the chair being handed to Balor, but Finn didn't want it, shaking his head and telling Anderson to get out of the ring. Anderson tried to reason with him, but Finn didn't want to hear it, telling him to go again and turning back to go after Owens. As soon as Balor turned his back, Anderson drove the top of the chair into Balor's lower back, putting him down on one knee.

    Anderson then nodded at Owens and left the ring with the chair as Gallows backed off, leaving Owens with Balor at his mercy. The fans booed relentlessly as the sn-iggering Owens grabbed Balor and sent him into the ropes, hitting the pop-up powerbomb to more boos as the referee climbed back in the ring in time to make the count, to three and Owens was announced as the new WWE Champion. Anderson and Gallows laughed at ringside as Anderson walked around to join his tag team partner in the aisle as Owens was presented with the title, thrusting it up into the air and parading around the ring with it as Gallows and Anderson applauded on the outside. Owens looked towards them and invited them in as Balor rolled to the ropes with the ref checking on him. Gallows and Anderson joined Owens in the ring and both hugged him before raising his hands with the title in one of them, all three looking ahead to see a shocked and devastated Balor sitting up by the ropes as the show came to a close with Owens having defeated him to become the new WWE Champion with the help of his former teammates and the men he's called brothers.

    Winner: By pinfall, and new WWE Champion, Kevin Owens @ 27:23.

    *End of Show*

    This Week LIVE on Smackdown!

    Queen of the Ring Qualifying Matches
    Asuka vs. Carmella
    Bayley
    vs. Emma

    Tag Team Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches
    The Lucha Dragons vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
    The New Day
    vs. The Revival


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    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday October 10th 2017
    Van Andel Arena
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    *A video package featuring the highlights from Sunday's Ultimate Glory was shown, recapping the culmination of the S12 tournament to crown a new WWE Champion. It told us how Finn Balor overcame Bobby Roode in the opener, before Shinsuke Nakamura went on to compete against Kevin Owens in the second semi final, ignoring the doctor's advice to risk further injury to his severely bruised ribs. His almost inevitable defeat to a opportunistic Owens followed, who powerbombed him onto the apron again like last week, leading to the referee stopping the match, deeming Nakamura unable to continue. He was later shown to be put into an ambulance to be taken to a local medical facility in Detroit.

    Finally, we saw the final between Balor and Owens for the gold, culminating when Balor's former teammates, and rumoured to be reuniting 'brothers' in Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson made their presence felt. Gallows distracted the referee in the aisle as Anderson jumped the barrier to get a steel chair and step inside the ring. He offered it to Balor, pointing towards Owens for Finn to use, as a concerned Owens stood up. When Balor declined and turned his back, Anderson struck his former teammate in the lower back, sending him straight into Owens' clutches and a pop-up powerbomb, giving the smug and gloating Owens the win and the WWE title. The show ended with Owens, Gallows and Anderson all stood in the ring celebrating as a devastated and angry Balor sat up by the ropes to witness the betrayal from his brothers.*

    *Opening Video*


    We went straight to the back, where the brand new WWE Champion, Kevin Owens entered the building in his Tapout gear, along with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, all three of them all smiles. The trio were approached by a determined Dasha Fuentes, looking to speak with the new champion, who asked them for a response to all the controversy coming out of Ultimate Glory and the way he won the WWE Championship against Finn Balor. Disgusted, Owens stared furiously at her, asking her whether that's the respect a WWE Champion deserves, telling her that she should be congratulating him on his achievement, outlasting eleven other Smackdown superstars to do it, yet instead this was what he got. Shaking his head, Owens made it clear to her that he'd say everything he had to say later, and not to a disrespectful amateur reporter like her. Off he went, followed by Gallows and Anderson, leaving Dasha stood there, not quite sure how to react to upsetting the new WWE Champion.

    Renee Young welcomed us to the show as we were taken to the live skybox studio overlooking the ring. First, she talked about the man we just heard from in the new WWE Champion, Kevin Owens and how we'd hear from him later, adding that we'd also hear from the S12 runner-up, Finn Balor to get his reaction to the shocking and controversial ending to that match. Putting that to one side, Renee moved on to the injury sustained to Shinsuke Nakamura on Sunday night and the questions asked since as to his condition after being taken away from the Little Caesars Arena in an ambulance. She said that she could confirm that he does now have broken ribs as a result of his semi final match with Owens, that he will be out of action for a while, but for now it's uncertain how long he'll be on the sidelines.

    Renee went on to mention the fourth man who competed in the semi finals at Ultimate Glory in Bobby Roode, mentioning how it was his first defeat since coming to the main roster. She linked to video footage of his response after his defeat to Finn Balor in the opening match of the night. A frustrated Bobby Roode was caught on his way back from the ring, walking back towards the camera, speaking to the person behind it, telling them that Finn got the better of him "one time," that it doesn't change "a damn thing," saying it's one defeat and it's not going to stop him showing everyone that there's no one better on the face of this planet than Bobby Roode. He stormed past the camera, keen to get back to his locker room and move on from the devastating defeat.

    Back to Renee, and she hyped up the final two qualifying matches for the Queen of the Ring. She informed us of how Sasha Banks and Tamina joined the Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax and Kairi Sane on Raw last night in completing Raw's participants after Sasha defeated Lana, and Tamina overcame Naomi. Renee reminded us how Charlotte booked her spot last week having made the Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya tap to the figure eight, and how Paige made her surprise return to defeat Becky Lynch, after a distraction from Emma allowed Paige to advance to Queen of the Ring a week from Sunday. Renee told us how Emma would get the chance to join Paige in the quarter finals by taking on Bayley later, bringing up their recent issues, going back to last month when Emma attacked Bayley backstage before their scheduled match.

    A video recap showed us that moment, and after Emma crashed Renee's live studio to talk about how she was sick of no one talking about her and recognising her contribution to the women's revolution, claiming that she was the one who started it back at NXT Arrival nearly four years ago with Paige. We then got a reminder of when Emma a week later defeated Candice LeRae, and looked to continue the attack, only until she was stopped by Bayley, running down to the ring to see her off. Bayley's comments following that night were shown too, how she said she wasn't going to let anyone, and Emma at this moment bully or intimidate her, that this Bayley isn't going to let anyone walk all over her.

    It was back to Renee, who went on to excitedly talk about the other qualifying match with 'Miss. Money in the Bank' Carmella taking on the debuting, undefeated Asuka in her long awaited main roster debut. Renee said that it's been a few weeks later than expected due to Asuka's injury suffered at NXT TakeOver in August, and how we'd get a chance to see what The Empress of Tomorrow was all about.

    We got to see a highlight reel of Asuka's time in NXT with all of her most brutal shots and biggest moments, making Bayley tap out to win the NXT Women's Championship in Dallas, to retaining it with the devastating kick to the head in Brooklyn over a year ago. It culminated in Asuka defeating Ember Moon this year in Brooklyn, extending her 500+ day undefeated run.

    Switching back to the studio and Renee, she said how Carmella said last week that she wasn't worried about stepping in the ring with Asuka, and how she'd show the WWE Universe how she beat the best Smackdown had to offer twice to win her Money in the Bank briefcase. Renee said that we'd see if Carmella would be able to do that later on and end Asuka's undefeated run, or whether Asuka would continue on the main roster where she left off on NXT.

    Cutting backstage, we got a glimpse of Asuka as she made her way through the back, looking very calm and composed, on her way to the ring for her Smackdown debut and the chance to go to the Queen of the Ring in twelve nights.

    *Commercial Break*

    The Opening Match
    Queen of the Ring Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Asuka vs. Carmella w/James Ellsworth
    The crowd gave The Empress of Tomorrow a warm welcome, but Miss. Money in the Bank wasn't in a welcoming mood. She got right in Asuka's face before the bell, talking smack to her, with Ellsworth doing the same right next to her. Asuka laughed it off, looking briefly to the crowd before turning back to nail Carmella with a backhand fist, putting her right on the mat. The referee called for the bell straight away as Ellsworth looked down in shock. He encouraged Carmella to get back up, taking his eyes off Asuka. When he looked up though, Asuka smiled, then hit him with a spin kick to put him down on one knee, then ran back into the ropes to come back and nail him with a big knee strike. Down went Ellsworth, rolling to the ropes. Asuka kicked him under, but as she was looking down at him, shouting something at him in Japanese, Carmella got back up, seeing Asuka's back turned. She spotted the chance to strike, and she took it, running at her from behind to jump on her for a sleeper.

    Asuka wasn't having any of it though and turned around to face the ring and not the ropes, tossing Carmella down from over her shoulders, over her head and onto the mat. Some stiff shots followed, and she was helpless for the most part until the referee stepped in, asking Asuka to tone it down a bit. Carmella slipped out of the ring, desperately trying to get away from the dangerous undefeated Japanese superstar. Asuka went in pursuit though, and when she dived back in the ring, following Carmella, Miss. Money in the Bank reacted quickly to run the ropes, come back off them and connect with a low running dropkick to the face. She wasn't in control for long as Asuka came firing back with more devastating shots to Carmella, tying it up by tying Carmella up in the Asuka Lock to make her tap out. Asuka's music hit and she celebrated her win as Carmella, struggling for breath rolled out of the ring, with Ellsworth going right to her on a strong opening night for Asuka, looking a real contender to take the crown at Queen of the Ring a week from Sunday.

    Winner: Asuka by submission @ 5:14.

    *Commercial Break*

    Video footage from earlier in the day was shown, were Daniel Bryan went to get a word with The Revival in the locker room. Desperate to hear what the General Manager had to say, with Dawson asking what the news was, but it wasn't good. Bryan explained to them he'd just come from speaking with the medical team, regretting to tell Dash and Dawson that they were unable to clear Dawson, meaning he had been left with no choice but to pull them out of the Money in the Bank qualifying match later against The New Day. They were too angry and disappointed to respond initially, leaving Bryan the chance to tell them that he'd replaced with a team that had been cleared, former tag team champions he said in The Colons. Dawson was still shaking his head as Bryan told them no one gets it more than him to be kept on the sidelines, but he said there was nothing he or anyone could do, and just because they've missed out this time, their time will come. He told them he was sure of it and left them to it, as Dash and Dawson looked at each other, furious, with Dash picking up a foldout chair and tossing it into the wall.

    Going to more footage from earlier in the day, we saw Finn Balor sat down in the empty arena on the front row with Renee Young, staring at the ring, obviously not over the disappointment from Sunday. He was asked how he was feeling after everything that went down on Sunday, from missing out on the WWE Championship and all thanks to two men he called his brothers in Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Shaking his head, he told Renee was still shocked by it, but the overriding feeling he has now is anger. Balor then told her he's beyond angry, talking about how he had the chance to become a world champion taken away from him again, like last year. He then asked her though if she knew what the one difference is this time. She wasn't sure, but he answered anyway, telling her that that he's in a position to do something about it this time, promising her that he will do something about it and to make no mistake about it, saying that Owens and his brothers won't know what hit them. The anger was clear, and he couldn't shake it, standing up, telling Renee he'd said all he could and walked off, leaving her surprised as he left her there by herself.

    We went live to Dasha Fuentes standing by, introducing us to her guests, The New Day. Still without Big E by their side, sidelined due to injury at the hands of The Usos, they were asked for their reaction to their defeat Sunday in their brutal Last Man Standing match to The Usos. Clearly still disappointed, and understandably so, Kofi told her that they gave it their all, and all he and Woods could do was hand it to The Usos, saying that they got the job done. Moving past though, Woods said that was in the past and how they had the chance later to move on and qualify for the first ever Money in the Bank tag team ladder match. He called that "huge," and said that bouncing back is the only way they know, getting in the ring and showing the WWE Universe why they're the longest reigning tag team champions of all time. Dasha wanted to get their thoughts on now facing The Colons instead of The Revival with Scott Dawson not yet cleared to compete.

    Kofi said that it didn't matter who they face, and reiterated what Woods said, telling her that they're the longest reigning tag team champions in history for a reason. The camera panned to the side to show a stunned looking Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder standing there. Dawson looked baffled, asking Kofi and Woods if they really said it didn't matter who they faced, not letting them answer, saying it "damn sure did." Dawson was pissed, telling Kofi and Woods that if they had to get in the ring with him and Dash, there'd be no way they'd be walking out of "this dump" victorious. Not done, as Kofi and Woods listened, unsure what to make of Dawson's anger, Dawson told them he and Dash are without doubt the greatest tag team on the planet, wanting to remind them of how on their first night on the main roster, they beat the longest reigning tag team champions of all time.

    Still having something to say, he called them overrated, then how he and Dash saw them lose again Sunday night and hoped everyone will soon realise The New Day aren't anywhere near as amazing as they think they are. Still so angry, Dawson told them how they should consider themselves damn lucky that they avoided certain defeat later by not getting in the ring with who he said would've been guaranteed Money in the Bank winners in him and Dash. Wilder got his two cents in, telling Kofi and Woods he hoped that sunk in, and that better realise they need to make sure they respect the best tag team planet in future, wrapping it up by saying "top guys out" with Dawson. They walked out of the shot with Woods turning to Kofi, asking him sarcastically if he thought they were "mad or somethin'."

    *Commercial Break*

    Match 2
    Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    The New Day vs. The Colons
    Not over their inability to compete, The Revival joined Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton to let it be known just how angry they were, voicing their frustration at how they've been denied the chance to become guaranteed Money in the Bank contract winners. They were adamant in saying that they would've won that match, and would've beaten New Day too. They explained to Phillips that it's not their fault that they've not lived up to their words as they've not had the chance to back them up, getting hot about it. Graves managed to calm the situation down, siding with Dash and Dawson as they saw Primo and Epico in their return to the ring. They were back to make an impact, with Epico going right for Woods as soon as the bell was rung. They started aggressively and took control early on. New Day came back fighting, and into the later stages, Kofi was locking and loading for Trouble in Paradise after Woods took Primo down with a suicide dive in front of the announce table.

    Woods smiled at The Revival, who took exception to very little, standing up and tossing their headsets off and asking Woods what he was smiling at, walking towards him. Woods held his hands up, making it clear he didn't mean anything by it as Kofi watched on, slightly concerned for his partner, having walked towards the ropes, allowing Epico the chance to sneak up behind him and roll him up to get a shock three. The Colons scored the upset and joined The Hardy Boyz in the ladder match next week for a shot at The Usos' titles. Kofi sat up in shock as Epico jumped up, slightly surprised himself. Primo sat up looking surprised too, as did Kofi in the ring, and so did Woods as he turned around, asking Kofi what happened. Primo joined his cousin in the ring and celebrated briefly before leaving with Epico as The Revival now laughed ever so slightly.

    Winners: The Colons by pinfall @ 8:54.

    *Commercial Break*

    Kayla Braxton was standing by backstage, and she introduced us to her guests, The Hardy Boyz. All smiles after their qualifying win for Money in the Bank on Sunday night, Matt and Jeff were congratulated by Kayla, who asked them how it felt to be not only taking part in, but being the first team to qualify for next week's inaugural tag team Money in the Bank ladder match. Matt called it an honour, but more than anything else, he and Jeff can't wait for the match itself. Jeff jumped in and told Kayla Matt was right, they can't wait, but he sent a polite warning to the other teams they'll come up against, stating that they're the Kings of the ladder match, that no other team has been in as many as he and Matt have.

    Matt followed that up by telling Kayla that gives them the advantage, in their opinion, not that they're taking it lightly, because they know it's going to be tough. He smiled briefly before saying how next week's going to be just like WrestleMania, as he and Jeff will once again climb the ladders to victory, and this time it might not be championships they're grabbing, but the next best thing in Money in the Bank. He and Jeff smiled again, and then The Colons walked back from the ring, stopping to take a quick look at The Hardyz. Primo smirked and simply said they'd see them next week, and off went him and Epico with Matt and Jeff watching them leave, quickly shaking off, ready for next week's encounter with them and the winners of the main event still to come between The Lucha Dragons and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.

    *Commercial Break*

    A follow up from Rusev's match with Chris Jericho at Ultimate Glory played after he'd got showered and changed, and was on his way out of the arena. Stopped by a cameraman, Rusev told them that he warned everyone that he would crush Chris Jericho, saying that's what he did, and that no one will ever see him again. With that said, he made his intentions perfectly clear, saying he wants the WWE Championship, and that Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan better give him what he wants or more people will be "getting crushed around here." If he had to, he said he'll go through the whole locker room, and that no one will stop Rusev becoming champion. Off he went, dragging his bag through the halls of the arena, clearly knowing what he wants next.

    Match 3
    Queen of the Ring Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Bayley vs. Emma w/Paige
    Bayley wasn't lying after saying since coming to Smackdown that she's not going to let herself be a pushover anymore, taking the fight right to Emma, surprising the Aussie in the early going. She retreated to the outside, shaking off the slow start with Paige giving her words of encouragement. Paige would play a big role in the match, and it was her words that opened the door for Emma, distracting Bayley by talking smack at her. Bayley laughed off Paige's words, but having taken her eyes off Emma momentarily, she gave Emma the chance to catch her off guard. The Aussie didn't hold back in her offense, kicking hard, and she looked to make Bayley suffer when she tied her up on the ropes with the Dil-Emma, applauded by Paige. Bayley resisted Emma's attempts to apply the Emma Lock, and with Emma getting hot at Bayley crawling to the ropes before she could get it locked in, she let her frustration get the better of her.

    The ref told her to get back initially, and when Emma ran right back at Bayley, she ran into an extended elbow that sent her spinning away from the ropes, dazed by the blow. Bayley followed her out, grabbing for a Bayley-to-Belly. Paige panicked and screamed on the outside, watching as Bayley looked to put the match to bed. Emma fought it with elbows, getting free, but when she went for a German suplex, Bayley swung her elbow back to get herself free, following it up with a reverse DDT. It was only enough for a two, but with Emma still writhing around on the mat, Bayley took action, going to the top rope. She jumped up into the air, coming down for a big elbow drop, and she got it. Paige looked on in horror as the referee made the count, with the fans joining in, but Emma got her shoulder up before it could get to three.

    Breathing a massive sigh of relief, Paige then was put through it again as Bayley didn't let the disappointment get to her, standing up and calling for Emma to get back up. Bayley pulled out her bobbles, and Paige had seen enough, jumping up onto the apron. Bayley and the referee saw her, and Bayley ran at her, looking to knock her down to the floor. Paige jumped down herself before she was knocked down, and as both Bayley and the referee told her to stay there, Emma was getting to her feet. Bayley turned back, walking towards Emma as Paige yelled back at the referee, whose back was turned, allowing Emma to low blow Bayley. Bayley fell to the mat to a chorus of boos, and pouncing on the opportunity, Emma this time had no obstacle in applying the Emma Lock. The fans tried to will Bayley out of it, and as much as she tried, she couldn't get close enough to the ropes, being left with no choice but to tap out.

    Winner: Emma by submission @ 14:21.

    Not settling for the win, Emma refused to let the hold go until she had to, to avoid the result being overturned. As soon as she did, Paige had joined her in the ring, and she joined Emma in putting the boots to Bayley. That wasn't enough for them. Paige told Emma to get Bayley up, and she did just that, before sending her into Paige's clutches, who drilled her with the Ram-Paige. Boos were thrown at the duo, who couldn't give a crap what any one of them thought. Paige got herself a microphone, goading them, joking with them in asking if they were upset by what she and Emma did to "poor little Bayley." Looking down at Bayley, Paige said "that's what happens when you mess with the big girls, Bayley." They laughed before Paige looked back up and into the crowd, sending them a message, telling them that she wasn't lying or playing around last week when she said that she and Emma are the ones who are responsible for starting the women's revolution.

    She said that it wasn't a joke like Bayley is, and asked them to take a look at Bayley and think again if they think someone as pathetic and weak as her played more of a role than she and Emma have. Emma took the stick from her, saying putting all that aside, as true and important as it is, what matters now is that she and Paige are both through to the Queen of the Ring, unlike two of the four horsewomen of NXT in Becky Lynch and Bayley. She made sure everyone knew that it was her and Paige that eliminated them, before telling them that one of them will become the first ever Queen of the Ring in two weeks and prove everything they've said is the truth, not that they feel they need to, but they'll do it anyway. She dropped the stick with Paige laughing, and off they went having made their point as Bayley started to come to in the ring, not knowing too much about what had just happened.

    *Commercial Break*

    A disappointed and hurt Bayley made her way through the back, holding the back of her head when Becky Lynch came towards her, rushing to check how she was, asking if she was, clearly concerned. Although she didn't look or sound it, Bayley said she was ok, then after a brief pause, she said "you know what, I'm not." She told Becky she was angry, talking about how she just had the chance to be in the first ever Queen of the Ring tournament, but she was cheated, and she was "pissed," adding that she couldn't believe Emma got the better of her again, and with help from Paige this time. Furious the opportunity had been taken away from her, and in the manner that it did, Bayley needed calming down, but Becky wasn't in the mood for that.

    Obviously still unhappy about how she fell victim to the same duo last week in her qualifying match against Paige, she told Bayley she knew exactly how it feels and "it sucks." She said that the Paige and Emma need shutting up and quick, that she's not having them going about doing and saying what they want, all because they think they're responsible for the women's revolution. Saying again she's not having it, she said she's going to stand up to the both of them, asking Bayley if she was with her. Nodding along with everything Becky said, Bayley said she was, "100%." Firmly in agreement, off they went, determined not to let Paige and Emma run riot, and especially over them.

    The same promotional video for the upcoming Queen of the Ring live special that we saw Sunday night at Ultimate Glory was shown, hyping up the first ever women's only pay-per-view will take place with an eight woman tournament to crowd the inaugural Queen of the Ring.

    We went to the live studio with Renee Young, who talked about the Queen of the Ring, specifically how the make-up is now complete with all eight entrants set, and now the brackets were also. She went over them, starting with the top half. Renee announced that Charlotte will take on Paige, with the winner facing whoever comes out on top of the match that will see the undefeated Asuka face the Raw Women's Champion, Asuka. The bottom half sees Raw's Kairi Sane, the winner of the Mae Young Classic take on Tamina. Whoever prevails in that contest will go on to face the winner of Sasha Banks' clash with Emma.

    She also announced that next week, Smackdown's four competitors will collide in a tag team match just made by Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan, with Charlotte teaming up with Asuka to face Paige and Emma. Renee also touched upon a tweet posted by Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya earlier on. Nattie questioned the legitimacy of such a groundbreaking show for women with the Smackdown Women's Champion not being on the card, saying how disgusting it and disrespectful she thinks it is. Renee informed us that she'd been told that Bryan will address that live next week.

    Into the arena, and the lights went out for Luke Harper to make his entrance. After the menacing Harper made his appearance, we got some quick video footage from earlier in the day. Kayla Braxton asked him backstage as to why he took a cheap shot at Finn Balor a couple of weeks ago after his defeat to Finn that meant he missed out on a semi final spot at Ultimate Glory, and she dared to mention that there have been some suggestions from others that it made him look like a bad loser. Fortunately for Kayla, it didn't upset Harper at all. He had a very creepy smile on his face that turned into a disturbing laugh, before he then walked off, still laughing as he left Kayla a little unnerved.

    Match 4
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Local Talent vs. Luke Harper
    Harper stared and tilted his head at his worried looking opponent, then laughed, creepily like he did in the video we just saw. His opponent looked to take the fight to him, but walked right into an uppercut from the quick to react Harper. Very relaxed, yet menacing, Harper coolly helped him up and set him up between his legs for a powerbomb. Harper lifted him up above his head, stepped backwards to release his opponent back and send him into the turnbuckle pads. Laughing again as he turned around, Harper just watched his opponent's struggle. He waited patiently for him to get up, and when he did, Harper nailed him with the discus lariat to put him right back down and out for the count. It was an easy three and Harper, having not broken a sweat, stood up to get his arm raised, staring down the lens of the camera, quite disturbing to say the least with his creepy smile.

    Winner: Luke Harper by pinfall @ 0:59.

    *Commercial Break*

    *Fight*


    The fans booed as Greg Hamilton introduced the new WWE Champion, Kevin Owens into the arena, along with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Owens soaked up all the heat and abuse being thrown at him, as did Gallows and Anderson on their way to the ring. The heat didn't die down too much when Owens got in the ring, getting himself a microphone and waiting to speak. He just laughed, and when it quietened down enough, the new WWE Champion said "welcome to The Kevin Owens Show." He laughed again, along with Gallows and Anderson before going on to talk about his historic victory at Ultimate Glory, bragging about how he defeated both Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor in the same night, and how he could now stand there, as he said he would, the new WWE Champion. He wanted everyone to know that only he and Brock Lesnar have held both the Universal and WWE Championships, saying that's the company he's now in.

    He also wanted to take shots at the fans, gloating about how he, Gallows and Anderson played everyone for a fool, making people question whether we were going to see the reunion of The Balor Club. Owens said that he had breaking news, telling the crowd that The Balor Club are officially not getting back together, not now or ever, but that he wasn't the best person to speak about that, handing over to Anderson to address that. Anderson did just that, saying that Owens was right, that at no point were he and Gallows ever going to get back together with Finn. Explaining the reason why, Anderson said quite simply that Finn stabbed them in the back, turning his back on them to leave Japan and come to the WWE to make himself a star despite him and Gallows making him a star in Japan. He added that the same applies to AJ Styles to an extent, but Finn twisted the knife, saying how Finn seems to think what he did was fine, and that he still has the audacity to still call them brothers. Anderson wanted Finn to hear what he was saying, making it clear that they are absolutely not brothers, all because of him, and he had what happened Sunday coming for a long time.

    He wanted to Finn ask himself how it feels to be stabbed in the back, but now that they've settled the score, it's onwards and upwards for him and Gallows as they were about to earn their spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Anderson told the WWE Universe that when they've done that, they will win Money in the Bank next week and they will add the Smackdown tag team titles to the Raw ones they've already won. Owens took the stick back to tell the fans that Gallows and Anderson will do exactly what Anderson just said they would, and together the three of them will all be champions and run this show. He had something else to say to Finn though, telling him he needs to accept what happened Sunday and that this is now The Kevin Owens Show, and will be for a long, long time to come with him as WWE Champion and Gallows and Anderson as tag team champion, as everyone was about to find out. To twist the knife, Gallows took control of the stick and said that they were going to dedicate their win to Finn, amusing Owens and Anderson greatly.

    The Main Event
    Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
    15 Minute Time Limit

    The Lucha Dragons vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson w/Kevin Owens
    Kalisto and Sin Cara came out full of enthusiasm, taking the fight to Gallows and Anderson, and after being complacent initially, they quickly realised that they were in a fight as Owens watched from the announce table. The arrogant and gloating WWE Champion shot down Tom Phillips' criticism of his win on Sunday and how it's only because of Gallows and Anderson he was sitting there as champion. He simply told Phillips he didn't know what he was talking about, and he better be careful what he says unless he wanted to join Shinsuke Nakamura in the hospital. Corey Graves stood up for Owens, as Owens stood up for Gallows and Anderson after their complacent start. They found their way into through some effective 'double teaming'. It didn't go to plan though, with the resilient Mexican duo determined to get a shot at Money in the Bank as The Usos were shown watching from a skybox, sitting back after their Falls Count Anywhere win over The New Day at Ultimate Glory.

    Owens had to leave the announce table, getting so concerned that he thought Gallows and Anderson were about to lose the match after a Salida del Sol from Kalisto on Anderson, followed up with a high-angle senton from Sin Cara. Thankfully Gallows saved the day by dragging Sin Cara out of the ring to stop the count. Owens stood in their corner, trying to encourage them, and it worked. When Kalisto went for another Salida del Sol on Gallows, the big man blocked it, swung his elbow back and sent Kalisto into the ropes before nailing him with a massive boot to the face. He turned suddenly and ran the short distance to knock Sin Cara off the apron with a big boot too. With Kalisto at their mercy, they hit the Magic Killer after a tag to Anderson, and they got the win with Sin Cara crawling in the ring a second too late.

    Owens applauded on the outside, but before Anderson and Gallows looked his way, Owens had turned to the crowd, taunting them. With his back turned to the announce table and timekeeper's table, he didn't see Finn Balor jump the barricade and grab a steel chair to a huge pop from the crowd. Confused by what was going on, he turned around to get his head taken off by the furious Balor. Not satisfied, Finn stood up on the apron, chair in hand, then stepped through the ropes, pointing it towards Gallows and Anderson. They smiled, trying to act cool before backing away and leaving the ring. Balor banged into the mat, so angry before tossing it down to turn his attention back to Owens, looking down and staring at him as the show came to a close with an angry Owens sitting up staring right back at the seething Balor.

    Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson by pinfall @ 10:05.

    *Credits*

    Next Week LIVE on Smackdown!

    Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    The Hardy Boyz vs. The Colons vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

    Plus
    Charlotte & Asuka vs. Paige & Emma

    >Queen of the Ring<
    Date:
    Sunday October 22nd 2017 (A Week from Sunday).
    Location: Target Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Queen of the Ring Tournament
    Quarter Finals

    Charlotte vs. Paige
    Asuka vs. Nia Jax
    Kairi Sane vs. Tamina
    Sasha Banks vs. Emma

    Semi Finals
    Charlotte/Paige vs. Asuka/Nia
    Kairi/Tamina vs. Sasha/Emma

    Final
    Charlotte/Paige/Asuka/Nia vs. Kairi/Tamina/Sasha/Emma


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    SD Live Smackdown LIVE - 17th October 2017


    Smackdown LIVE
    Tuesday October 17th 2017
    KeyArena
    Seattle, Washington

    *A recap from last week reminded us of Kevin Owens bragging about becoming the WWE Champion and defeating Finn Balor at Ultimate Glory, as well as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows explaining that they stabbed Finn in the back as revenge for walking out on them to come to the WWE. After they managed to overcome The Lucha Dragons in the main event to qualify for this week's tag team Money in the Bank ladder match, Balor jumped the barrier at ringside, grabbed a steel chair and blasted Owens with it. He then went after Anderson and Gallows in the ring, but they didn't want any part of it.*

    *Opening Video*


    We instantly went to the live studio, where Renee Young welcomed us to Seattle and said what a historic night it was in store with the first ever Money in the Bank tag team ladder match. We got a glimpse of all three teams (The Hardy Boyz, The Colons and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) arriving in the building earlier in the day. We were then reminded of their qualifying wins, first with The Hardys' win over The Ascension at Ultimate Glory, and then last week's wins for Gallows and Anderson over The Lucha Dragons, and finally The Colons' surprise return last week to stun everyone by beating The New Day, thanks to a distraction from The Revival. Renee said that match will be the main event, but in addition to that we would also see the four women representing Smackdown at this Sunday's Queen of the Ring compete in tag team action when Charlotte teams up with the undefeated Asuka to take on the new alliance of Paige and Emma.

    In the arena, the Smackdown Women's Champion, Natalya's music hit and she walked out from the back with a face like thunder. Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton talked about Natalya's tweet last week in saying how disgusting it was that the Smackdown Women's Champion won't be at the Queen of the Ring Sunday, and she didn't waste any time in getting round to that when she got in the ring and got her hands on a microphone. Nattie shook her head, and not at the boos she was getting, letting it be known just how much of a disgrace she thought it was that at this Sunday's landmark show, the Queen of the Ring, the Smackdown Women's Champion isn't scheduled to be a part of it. Wanting to point out how it's "not about me," Natalya told the fans that she would be just as outraged if it was any other women in the same place she finds herself in, as a champion without a place on the first ever women only pay-per-view in WWE history.

    She asked what the point of the show was without her, claiming that it devalues the Queen of the Ring if she wasn't going to be a part of it. Having heard that Daniel Bryan was going to respond, she invited the General Manager to join her in the ring. His music hit to a massive pop inside the KeyArena from the Washington crowd and Daniel Bryan received a warm homecoming, bringing a big smile to his face, and more disgust to Natalya's. He emphasised with her, telling her that on paper it would look strange that on the first ever all female pay-per-view, one of the two company's champions wasn't on the card, but he pointed out that the Queen of the Ring isn't about championships. Bryan said it's about crowing the inaugural Queen of the Ring, and just like every other female on the roster, Natalya had the chance to qualify, but she failed, losing to Charlotte.

    With that said though, he did say that he did see her point, that on a night so historic, they should be showcasing the best female talent they have. Bryan told her that she will get the chance to compete Sunday night at the Queen of the Ring, bringing a big smile to her face, and as she went to hug Bryan in pure excitement, he put his arm out in front of him and said she might want to wait to hear what he said first. He told her that she will compete Sunday night, but she will be competing as the Smackdown Women's Champion, and she will be defending the title. Not sure how to respond, Nattie just said "what." She then said that she didn't say anything about defending her title. Bryan though said that as much as this wasn't planned initially, it seems only right, and especially now as Nattie wants her title recognised, telling her it will be.

    Not happy at all, Nattie said she didn't understand, and asked who even deserves to face her for her title. Bryan explained to her that there were other women like her that failed to qualify for the Queen of the Ring, and in the cases of Becky Lynch and Bayley, they were very unfortunate, given the interference they had in their matches, so he thought they both deserved a lifeline. On the back of Nattie's pleas for her title to be recognised, Bryan said it absolutely will be as later in the night, Becky would face Bayley, with the winner challenging Natalya for the title at the Queen of the Ring. Still stunned, Natalya said he had "to be kidding." Bryan wasn't kidding at all and he asked the crowd what they though and if they liked the idea, getting bombarded with "YES" chants to further piss off the Women's Champion. She wasn't the only angry woman though, as Carmella stomped out from the back with a microphone in hand, followed by James Ellsworth, who was carrying her Money in the Bank briefcase.

    She was fuming, wanting to know why she wasn't getting a lifeline like Becky and Bayley were, saying how unfair it was. As she got in the ring, Bryan said it was straight forward, telling Miss. Money in the Bank that he saw that Becky and Bayley were practically cheated in their qualifying matches, but that in her own match with Asuka last week, there was no controversy whatsoever, and Asuka won fair and square, saying it was simple as that. He added that Carmella already "kinda" has a lifeline with Money in the Bank, being able to use it he said whenever she likes. Carmella said that was irrelevant though, calling it a joke that she was the one woman now missing out, and that she's the future champion. Calling it a joke again, she then called Bryan a joke, as well as "this disgusting city" she couldn't wait to get out of. Not done, she pleaded her case some more, demanding that if Nattie lost her qualifying match and still got a match Sunday, she wanted one too, telling Bryan that the only reason Nattie was champion is because she's let her.

    Nattie laughed, telling Carmella she was out of her mind. Carmella got her answer though, with Bryan telling her that the only way she was getting her match Sunday was if she wanted to cash in Money in the Bank, and she could hand it over there and then to make it a triple threat match. Furious, Carmella grabbed her briefcase from Ellsworth, started angrily at Bryan and telling him she'll cash it when she decides to, not when some ugly troll tells her to. Bryan said that was fine, calling it her choice, and that she can enjoy having the night off Sunday, and if she didn't want to cash it in, that was her issue and she has to accept it. He did tell her to enjoy what will be an incredible show Sunday though and thanked the fans before telling them to enjoy the rest of the show and taking his leave, leaving Natalya and Carmella behind to talk smack at each other, getting heated as Ellsworth stuck his nose in too.

    We went backstage to the locker rooms, where Charlotte was lacing up her boots when Kayla Braxton walked in, hoping to get a word with her. Charlotte stood up, picked her robe up and put it on, telling Kayla to go ahead, and she did, touching on Sunday's Queen of the Ring before asking her how she felt about teaming up with Asuka in just a matter of moments to take on Emma, and her opponent Sunday in Paige. Charlotte, very focused, said that she respects Asuka and was looking forward to having the chance to team with her, but ultimately, she's a potential opponent Sunday night. She didn't want to talk about that though, telling Kayla what she did want to talk about was getting her hands on Paige and Emma, and shutting the mouths they've been running lately.

    Charlotte told her that someone needs to shut them up with a queue already formed, but that she was head of the line with the chance to get her hands on them in just a few minutes. She admitted she knew that when she gets the chance to be one-on-one Sunday with Paige, Emma won't be far away, however she wasn't going to worry about it or let them screw her over like they have Becky Lynch and Bayley so far. The determined Charlotte said that she won't let that happen to her Sunday, or anything else stop her becoming Queen of the Ring, promising to overcome anyone and everyone in her way. When she's officially Queen, Charlotte told Kayla then she'll be talking about her win over Nattie a few weeks ago and getting herself a shot at the gold. She thanked Kayla for her time before leaving Kayla behind in her locker room, one determined lady.

    Standing by at the interview set was Dasha Fuentes, introducing us to her guests, Paige and Emma. Asked about the upcoming tag team match against Charlotte and Asuka, the confident looking alliance told Dasha that this was their chance to show that Charlotte isn't a Queen like she says she is. Paige told Dasha that Charlotte damn sure won't be Sunday when she gets her hands on Charlotte and eliminates her before she can even get close to final. She moved on to talk about how they heard what Charlotte said about them a couple of weeks ago, dismissing them and their contribution to the women's revolution. Paige said that she and Emma would show Charlotte first hand, and everyone watching that she and Emma aren't lying when they say they started this revolution, and without them, we wouldn't be where we are now, days away from crowning the first Queen of the Ring.

    Emma jumped in, telling Dasha that that there wouldn't have been a women's revolution without she and Paige, and that people need to recognise that she and Paige are the women's revolution. As for the upcoming match against Charlotte and Asuka, Emma talked about Asuka's unbeaten run, saying they were paying no attention to that and it could end in their upcoming match, but that it will definitely end Sunday, as only her or Paige will win the Queen of the Ring. Paige then wrapped it up, saying that the time has come for them to show the world that they are the women's revolution like they did at NXT Arrival three and a half years ago, then everyone will have no choice but to respect them and acknowledge what they've done. Having said all they had to, they walked off the set, prepared for battle after the break.

    *Commercial Break*

    Just as we came back off the break and were about to see the four women make their entrances, a camera went into the crowd, and we saw security escorting the Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax to the front row to take a seat. Asuka's opponent Sunday took her seat at ringside, just as Asuka's music hit, and the undefeated Japanese superstars made her entrance, not taking too much notice of Nia. She even smiled as she caught a glimpse and just carried on her business, hitting the ropes and looking out into the crowd, looking so relaxed as Nia looked on, definitely with Asuka in her head.

    The Opening Match
    Charlotte & Asuka vs. Paige & Emma
    There were no punches pulled by any of the four women. Paige and Emma were as determined as they said they were, doing whatever they had to. There were cheap tactics employed by the both of them, but it was Nia who made the difference. After Asuka was knocked off the apron by Paige, landing on the floor in front of Nia, her opponent Sunday in the Raw Women's Champion grabbed her as she got back up from over the barrier. Nia forced her down to the floor and climbed over the barrier after the referee immediately called for the bell to disqualify Paige and Emma, not that they really cared as they took the opportunity to double team Charlotte on the inside. Nia hadn't even started, picking Asuka up and scooping her onto her shoulder for a running powerlsam. A big leg drop followed, and she stood over Asuka laughing as Paige drilled Charlotte with the Ram-Paige to a chorus of boos inside the arena. Paige and Emma laughed as they stood over Charlotte, and Nia took her leave, smirking down at Asuka before climbing back over the barrier.

    Winners: Charlotte and Asuka by DQ @ 11:24.

    *Commercial Break*

    Becky Lynch and Bayley were shown going through the final stages of getting ready in the locker room for their match for a shot at Natalya. Becky stood up having laced up her boots and Bayley put her jacket on, looking right at each other, realising they were moments away from going head-to-head for a shot at the women's title Sunday night. Becky just said how awkward it was, with Bayley saying, "I know, right?" Trying to ease the awkwardness, The Irish Lass Kicker told Bayley that the way she saw it, it was a great opportunity for them both, and given what's happened with Paige and Emma the last few weeks, it was maybe a good thing to show those two what her Bayley are all about, that they're not insignificant to the women's revolution like Paige and Emma say they are.

    She suggested that she and Bayley go out there and prove them wrong, and Bayley couldn't agree more, telling Becky they should go out there and tear the house down. Becky agreed and held her hand out, saying "let the best woman win." Bayley just smiled and told Becky she could do better than that, opening her body up for hug, telling Becky to bring it in. Becky laughed and gave Bayley a big hug, before saying "let's do this," and off they went with a title shot waiting for one of them at the Queen of the Ring.

    Cutting across the back, the United States Champion, AJ Styles was in the halls of the arena with Daniel Bryan. The General Manager told AJ he loved that he brought back the United States Championship Open Challenge at Ultimate Glory, and told him he was more than happy for him to bring it back next week too. Styles was about to respond when Kevin Owens, the new WWE Champion, along with Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson walked towards them, laughing as they then went to walk past them and carry on up the halls. Styles told them to "hold up." They turned around, and Styles told them he heard what they said last week about Finn Balor stabbing them in the back, leaving them in Japan, and how he supposedly did too. What really stuck with him though he said, was how they said they made him and Finn stars in Japan, then asking them if they're out of their damn minds.

    As Anderson tried to jump in, AJ told him to shut up, letting him and Gallows know exactly what he thought, saying that wasn't the case at all, and as much as he respects them, there's absolutely no way they made either him or Finn stars. Not done, Styles said that it's clear to everyone that if anyone needs someone to help them, it was Anderson and Gallows, telling them that if they think they made Owens a star too, he had news for them. He explained to them that in no way will Owens think that, and he asked the WWE Champion what he thought about that. Owens told AJ he needed to show the new WWE Champion some respect, and Owens called himself the face who now runs the place, telling AJ he better realise that this is now The Kevin Owens Show.

    AJ just laughed, then told Owens that everyone can see through them and this "arrangement of convenience," saying that it isn't going to last long, that The Kevin Owens Show isn't going to last long and he was sure as hell about that. Owens got right in AJ's face, asking "really," telling Styles he was wrong and that Gallows and Anderson will go out there later, win the Money in the Bank, then the tag team titles, and then they will run the whole show. He took a shot at Bryan and told the GM that he doesn't hold the power anymore, and they're the ones in control now. "Is that so?" Bryan asked. Exerting his authority, Bryan told Owens he was glad he ran into him as it saved him having to go find Owens himself, to let him know that Shane had sent Finn home to make sure there's no interference in the main event, not wanting the Money in the Bank match ruined by all this. Owens said that was good, but Bryan told him he had to go too. "No chance," Owens said, telling Bryan he shouldn't have to go anywhere, and that he couldn't treat the WWE Champion like this.

    Styles chipped in, saying it looked like he could, and telling Owens to take a hike. Anderson tried to calm the situation, telling Owens it was fine, to go back to the hotel and that he and Gallows would meet him there after to celebrate, calling it "no problem." Owens slowly calmed down, relenting, but he told Bryan on his way out that he won't forget this. Anderson then got in Styles' face, telling him that he and Gallows never needed him, that AJ only became a star in Japan because he walked right into The Club with him and Gallows. Anderson said that AJ needed to remember that, and even though they might've forgiven him last year when they followed him to the WWE, they didn't when he turned his back on them again after the draft. Gallows nodded and told AJ that he better watch his back from now on, tapping Anderson on the shoulder and saying "let's go." Off they went, staring right at AJ, who wasn't intimidated the least bit.

    Video footage from earlier in the night showed Shane McMahon speaking with Finn Balor in the parking lot. Shane said he understood why Finn was pissed, telling him he got it, but he promised he'll give him the chance to make it right in time, explaining he's already been speaking with Daniel Bryan about the best way to go about it. For tonight though, Shane said he was worried Finn might want to get involved in the main event and go after Gallows and Anderson like last week, and he told Balor that couldn't happen. Shane told him Money in the Bank was too important to overshadow it, and given what happened last week and his understandable state of mind right now given what happened at Ultimate Glory, he was telling him to take the night off and leave the arena. Finn asked Shane if he was asking him or telling him. Shane told Finn he knew the answer to that, again promising him though that he's going to make it right. In that case, Finn said it was fine, but that he can't wait long, and Shane promised him he wouldn't have to. Finn nodded briefly, before taking his leave, watched by Shane.

    We saw some more footage from earlier on, where Asuka was shown being offered medical attention backstage. She refused and was shouting in Japanese, resisting all attempts for officials and medical staff asking her to let them check on her. She simply walked off, holding the back of her head as she walked up the hallway.

    *Commercial Break*

    Match 2
    Winner Faces Natalya for the Smackdown Women's Championship at Queen of the Ring

    Becky Lynch vs. Bayley
    After a friendly handshake after the bell, the friends went all out to try and earn themselves a shot at the women's title Sunday, as Natalya watched backstage. She saw a real battle between Becky and Bayley, both going all out to be the one to compete for her title at Queen of the Ring. Becky tried to get it done early, going for the Dis-Arm-Her. Bayley was ready for it though and quickly got to the ropes. She managed to hit a Bayley-to-Belly early, but Becky rolled out of the ring before Bayley could make a cover. As we got to the closing stages, Bayley went for another Bayley-to-Belly, but Becky blocked it and fought herself free with elbows. She then looked for Dis-Arm-Her, and she got it locked in. Bayley had to fight, and did, dragging herself eventually to the safety of the ropes. Becky shook off her disappointment, and waited for Bayley to make it back up to her feet, and it was a mistake, letting Bayley get back to her feet. When she ran it her, Bayley nailed her with a big boot, sending Becky away in a spin, and Bayley pounced, rolling her up and holding on tight to get the three and earn herself a title match Sunday. Becky sat up in shock as Bayley, also surprised slightly as she got her arm raised.

    Winner: Bayley by pinfall @ 10:57.

    Becky stood up, nodded her head at Bayley and raised her hand again, giving her a hug before leaving the ring as Dasha Fuentes entered the ring, looking to speak with Bayley, congratulating her on her victory. She asked Bayley how it felt to be going to Queen of the Ring Sunday to challenge Natalya for the Women's Championship. Bayley couldn't quite believe it, telling Dasha that it hadn't sunk in yet, that it's all come about so fast. She did say that she's excited, and it's amazing to think she could become Smackdown Women's Champion Sunday night, acknowledging how good Natalya is, but she believes she can do it, and if she can beat Becky, there's no reason why she can't go and beat Nattie. Dasha wished her luck and again congratulated her, getting the crowd to cheer as we got another look at an unhappy Natalya backstage.

    *Commercial Break*

    We went to the live studio and Renee Young, who said the main event was just moments away, but first she had to let us know about what happened last week after The Revival cost The New Day the chance to be in the Money in the Bank ladder match when they got involved in The New Day's match with The Colons. Video footage from moments afterwards was shown, with The Revival speaking with Kayla Braxton in the production area. Scott Dawson said that New Day got exactly what they deserved, calling them everything he and Dash hate, claiming they're all entertainment, prancing around with unicorn horns strapped to their heads and throwing breakfast cereal around the damn ring. Letting off some serious steam, Dawson told Kayla that these guys have become so arrogant that they think they can do whatever the hell they want, that they're above everyone.

    He pointed out how Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods said last week that it wouldn't have mattered who they faced when it was meant to be him and Dash, had he been cleared, and Dawson said they were right, only because he and Dash would've beaten them, just like The Colons did. Dash got his frustration off his chest too, saying that New Day need to realise that he and Dawson aren't going to sit back and allow these "Kings of Entertainment" to disrespect the business that The Revival stand and fight for. He told Kayla that even if they don't, he and Dawson are hell bent on making an example of them and expose them for everything they say they are, a joke and an embarrassment to the tag teams that paved the way for them. At that point, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods came into the shot, going right after Dash and Dawson. They all slugged it out with Kayla getting out the way and officials racing in to pull try and pull them apart, shouting for help from security.

    We went back to the studio, and Renee said that The Revival will be live on Smackdown next week with a challenge for The New Day, and in addition to that, we'll see AJ Styles' United States Championship Open Challenge, and Rusev will be in action against the man who beat him for a place in the S12, Tye Dillinger. She then sent it down to the ring for the main event.

    The Main Event
    Money in the Bank Ladder Match

    The Hardy Boyz vs. The Colons vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
    The crowd were into this and right behind Matt and Jeff from the moment they made their entrance. The Usos joined the announce team at ringside, casting an eye over who will win a shot at their titles. Jeff unsurprisingly put his body on the line, making a big leap off a ladder with both Primo and Epico led on tables on the outside that were next to each other. That gave Gallows and Anderson an opportunity though, taking care of Matt in the ring when he looked to climb the ladder and grab the briefcase. He was dragged down off the ladder and laid out with The Magic Killer. The path was clear for Gallows and Anderson, and as Jeff began to sit up in the wreckage, Gallows left the ring to go after him. Just as he grabbed Jeff, a huge pop broke out. The camera cut to a shot of AJ Styles running down the aisle to knock Gallows down from behind. Anderson was climbing the ladder in the ring, turning in shock to see AJ shove Gallows into the ringpost.

    Anderson panicked and rushed up the ladder. Styles got in the ring, grabbed the ladder with a big smile on his face with Anderson really panicking. AJ pushed the ladder and sent Anderson falling through a table on the floor in front of the announce table and The Usos. The fans went nuts, and Styles left the ring smiling as Matt crawled towards the ladder, with Jeff then dragging himself back in the ring. Slowly they made their way up to try and retrieve the briefcase, and that's what they did, getting to the top and unhooking it to a huge pop from the crowd. AJ turned back in the aisle smiling, just as Gallows sat up at ringside seething. Anderson started to come round and looked up, unsure what had happened. Matt and Jeff celebrated as the show came to a close, soaking up the ovation and looking down towards The Usos, lifting up the briefcase for them to look at.

    Winners: The Hardy Boyz @ 16:58.

    *Credits*

    >Queen of the Ring<
    Date:
    Sunday October 22nd 2017 (This Sunday).
    Location: Target Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Queen of the Ring Tournament
    Quarter Finals

    Charlotte vs. Paige
    Asuka vs. Nia Jax
    Kairi Sane vs. Tamina
    Sasha Banks vs. Emma

    Semi Finals
    Charlotte/Paige vs. Asuka/Nia
    Kairi/Tamina vs. Sasha/Emma

    Final
    Charlotte/Paige/Asuka/Nia vs. Kairi/Tamina/Sasha/Emma

    Plus

    Smackdown Women's Championship
    Bayley vs. Natalya (c)

    Next Week LIVE on Smackdown!

    AJ Styles' United States Championship Open Challenge

    Tye Dillinger
    vs. Rusev

    Plus
    The Revival Issue a Challenge To The New Day


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    WWE Queen of the Ring - 22nd October 2017


    >The Inaugural 'WWE Queen of the Ring'<
    Sunday October 22nd 2017.
    Live from the Target Center
    Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    A video package went over key moments from the Women's Revolution, including the debuts of Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch on the main roster, Paige and Emma's NXT Championship match at TakeOver: Arrival, Sasha and Bayley becoming the first women to main event an NXT special, the change to the Women's Championship at WrestleMania with Charlotte lifting it after her victory against Sasha and Becky. It went on to remind us of Charlotte and Sasha being the first women to compete inside Hell in a Cell and main event a main roster pay-per-view, Becky Lynch becoming the first ever Smackdown Women's Champion, Alexa Bliss defeating Bayley to become the first woman to win both the Raw and Smackdown women's titles. We then saw Asuka's debut on the main roster, having gone undefeated in NXT for almost two years, before showing us Kairi Sane's victory in the Mae Young Classic. It ended with a voiceover, saying how on this night the women's revolution will continue with the crowning of the first ever Queen of the Ring.

    We went into the arena with fans cheering, and we were greeted with Renee Young in the ring, welcoming everyone to the inaugural WWE Queen of the Ring. She called it a landmark night in both wrestling and women's wrestling as we prepare to crown the first ever Queen of the Ring. She asked the WWE Universe if they were ready for the action, and after huge cheers, she stepped out of the ring and "Force of Greatness" hit and the Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax made her way out into the arena, and a fair amount of boos from the Minneapolis crowd. She shrugged them off, looking very confident indeed as she entered the ring, asking for Jojo's microphone.

    Nia was laughing off the boos, and she joked with the crowd, asking them if they were booing how much of a disappointment it's going to be that Asuka's undefeated streak was about to come to an end. That got more boos, and she wanted to remind everyone of what she did to Asuka on Smackdown last week. The footage played on the tron, of her sat at ringside, reaching over the barrier and grabbing Asuka by the hair and throwing her down. She then jumped the barrier, dragging Asuka up for a running powerslam, and following it up with a big leg drop.

    Back to the arena, and Nia was laughing, asking the crowd who really is the most dominant on the main roster. Nia turned serious, saying that this isn't NXT and Asuka's not been tested yet, but she was about to be and called on her to get the hell out so she could end this undefeated streak, on her way to becoming Queen. She threw the stick down in Jojo's direction. The crowd started chanting for Asuka, and they got her as "The Future" played and Asuka made her way out. She stopped in the aisle, removed her mask and her jacket straight away, staring down at Nia and paced to the ring, going right after the Raw Women's Champion.

    The Opening Match
    Queen of the Ring Tournament Quarter Final
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Asuka vs. Nia Jax
    Asuka jumped up onto the apron and Nia immediately ran at her, right into a jumping kick to the side of the head from Asuka. The Empress of Tomorrow climbed in the ring and began unloading on Jax with some stiff kicks, putting her down on one knee. Asuka turned back into the ropes, running back and taking her down with a diving knee to the face. The Raw Women's Champion wasn't for staying down, and when Asuka ran back into the ropes again, Nia jumped up from her knees and planted her with a flapjack. Nia brought the pain, but Asuka kept on fighting.

    After getting her shoulder up from a Samoan drop, she looked in real trouble as Nia hit the ropes for the big leg drop. Asuka rolled out the way of it though, and when both women made it to their feet, she unloaded with more stiff shots and put Nia down with a big roundhouse to the side of the head. It was only enough for a two count. The undefeated Japanese superstar wasted no time in locking in an armbar on Nia, who had to fight to hang on, managing to get to the ropes after a struggle. Asuka went looking for the Asuka Lock, but Nia fought her off, backtracking into the corner to send Asuka into the pads.

    When she turned around, Asuka ran out at her a few seconds later and Nia leaned forward to lift her on her shoulders for a Samoan drop, but Asuka countered on the way down, grabbing on to get her wrapped up in the Asuka Lock. The fans cheered as Nia was pulled down to the mat. She tried to hold on, trying to get to the ropes too as she fought with all she could to get there. She couldn't though, having no choice but to reluctantly tap out to a big pop from the crowd and Asuka's undefeated streak continued.

    Winner: Asuka by pinfall @ 11:34.

    Asuka's music hit as she stood up and got her arm raised and Nia rolled out of the ring under the bottom rope. The very intense Asuka didn't take her eyes off her, and then walked over to the apron to ask for a microphone. Looking right down as the angry Nia as she sat up on the floor, Asuka fiercely said that "no one is ready for Asuka." Smiling down at the furious Raw Women's Champion, Asuka had her back to the ring and the aisle with "Stars in the Night" playing.

    Asuka turned around as Paige walked with some swag from the back, very confident as she stopped and looked up at Asuka, who walked to the other side of the ring. She stepped through the ropes and walked down the aisle, meeting Paige there, staring right at her, with Paige ignorantly putting her hand up in front of her face and carrying on to the ring. Asuka was slightly amused it and turned back as Paige entered the ring, still full of confidence, with a semi final match against Paige in waiting should be prevail in her upcoming match.

    Match 2
    Queen of the Ring Tournament Quarter Final
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Charlotte vs. Paige
    Charlotte came out incredibly focused, putting Paige in her place straight away, and wiping the overconfident smile off her face. Paige took some time on the outside to get herself together, but it was much of the same with the determined Charlotte controlling the early going until Paige ducked a big boot and planted Charlotte with a fallaway slam. She stomped all over Charlotte, not holding back for a second. It was ruthless from the Brit, and after some back and forth, she found herself in the driving seat after dodging a spear attempt that saw Charlotte go shoulder first into the ringpost. Paige rolled her up, getting a close two, and when they made their back up with Charlotte unsteady on her feet, Paige nailed her with a huge side kick.

    Down went Charlotte, but she got her foot on the bottom rope at the last second to deny Paige the win. Paige was raging, screaming at the referee. She relented eventually and dragged Charlotte away from the ropes, locking in the PTO. Charlotte was in deep deep danger. She was screaming in pain as Paige applied so much pressure, trying to force the tapout. Charlotte fought with all she could, scratching and clawing her way to the ropes, and she somehow made it, to the relief of the crowd. Paige could not believe it, looking like she was about to snap. The ref kept her away from Charlotte as she tried to sit up by the ropes. Paige had enough and dragged Charlotte away to set her up for the Ram-Paige.

    Thinking she had Charlotte where she wanted her, she looked into the crowd laughing, giving Charlotte an extra couple of seconds to fight back with elbows, putting Paige down one knee. Charlotte went on instinct, going for Natural Selection, but Paige dodged it. Charlotte picked herself back up as quick as she could, walking right into another side kick. This time there was no messing around from Paige, who dragged Charlotte up and wasted no time in drilling her head first into the mat with the Ram-Paige. The referee counted to three and Paige secured a big win, putting herself into the semi finals against Asuka, taking great pleasure in soaking up the heat from the crowd as she got her arm raised and then continued to taunt them on her way back up the aisle.

    Winner: Paige by pinfall @ 13:10.

    Cutting backstage, we saw Paige's partner in crime, Emma was getting herself ready for her match later with Sasha Banks when Dasha Fuentes walked in, looking to speak with her. She started by saying how big a night this was, and then mentioned to Emma that her and Paige have put a great deal of pressure on themselves to be successful given what they've said in recent weeks, going onto ask her if she felt her and Paige could live up to that. Clearly unhappy with the question, Emma asked Dasha if she just saw what Paige did to the woman who goes around calling herself the Queen.

    Not letting Dasha answer, or even wanting to initially anyway, Emma said that Charlotte certainly didn't look like a Queen after what Paige did to her, and neither would Sasha Banks later when she was done with her. Emma told Dasha she was going to let her into a secret, letting her know that her and Paige were thrilled that they were drawn to face Charlotte and Sasha to make their point about who really started "this revolution." She said that she's heard all about Charlotte and Sasha, and how they made the women's division in NXT, how they came to the main roster and headlined Hell in a Cell inside Hell in a Cell.

    Emma said they were sick of it, and Paige had just started the job by beating Charlotte, and she was going to end it later by beating Sasha, guaranteeing Dasha that Charlotte and Sasha wouldn't be headlining this show, that was for sure, as it was going to be hers and Paige's night. With that said, she told Dasha to get out so she could finish getting ready, and slightly surprised by Emma demanding she leave, Dasha did just that as the camera zoomed in on the determined face of Emma.

    Match 3
    Queen of the Ring Tournament Quarter Final
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Kairi Sane vs. Tamina w/Lana
    The winner of the Mae Young Classic was out to win back-to-back tournaments, but she came up against the much bigger Tamina. She had to compete against two at some points too with Lana getting herself involved. The crowd were right behind Kairi though throughout. Her massive heart was there for all to see. She had to dig deep though. She stunned Tamina and Lana by just getting her shoulder up after a super kick. Kairi was barely moving though, and roared on by Lana, Tamina went up top, looking for the big splash.

    With Kairi practically at her mercy, Tamina leapt off the top, but Kairi raised her knees up into Tamina's gut and reached up to roll her up to get the three to a big pop from the crowd. The winner of the Mae Young Classic struggled back up to her feet, looking slightly surprised herself as she got her arm raised with Tamina sitting up in shock. Lana herself looked on in shock from the outside as Sane left the ring, falling back into the barricade, being hugged by fans. She went on her way back down the aisle, slapping hands with the fans with Tamina and Lana still stunned as Kairi went a step further to adding the Queen of the Ring to her Mae Young Classic victory.

    Winner: Kairi Sane by pinfall @ 8:42.

    We were taken to the back, where an angry Charlotte was trying and failing to calm herself down in the production area. Suddenly, Sasha Banks walked into the shot and up to her. Sasha saw Charlotte's mood, and she clearly understood why she was in a bad one, telling her she got why she was as mad as she looked and how Paige got one over on her. Banks said she's heard Paige and Emma running their mouths lately, getting these cheap wins on Smackdown to get to this stage.

    She told Charlotte she wanted her to know, that after all they've been through, and no matter what they think of each other, she was going to make sure Paige and Emma didn't get one over on her and wouldn't be bragging at the end of the night. The Boss told Charlotte it would be over her dead body, Paige or Emma leaving as Queen of the Ring. Charlotte nodded at her, and told her to go make it happen. Still not over her defeat, Charlotte walked off, and Sasha pulled her shades down and went on her way to the ring as her music could be heard.

    Match 4
    Queen of the Ring Tournament Quarter Final
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Sasha Banks vs. Emma
    Banks and Emma exchanged words before and after the bell, and it wasn't long before Sasha laid the first blow. They slugged it out and didn't hold back at all, both fighting for the last spot in the semi finals against Kairi Sane. It was a hard hitting clash, and Emma especially took it up a notch, looking to make a statement, and not just getting the win. She revelled in hurting Sasha, but she got frustrated with Sasha continuing to get her shoulder up to deny her the win. No more so than when she sent her into the turnbuckle pads with a double underhook powerbomb.

    Furious at not getting a three, she dragged Sasha further away from the ropes, looking to apply the Emma Lock. Sasha resisted though, and when she did, Emma stood up and put the boots to her. As Sasha sat up, Emma ran forward into the ropes, running back looking to hit a running low dropkick, but Sasha ducked it. Both women raced back up, and Sasha struck with the Banks Statement, taking Emma down to the mat and locking in the crossface to a massive pop from the Minneapolis crowd.

    They chanted for Emma to "TAP." She didn't want to and fought not to, desperately trying to get to the ropes, and just as it looked like she would, Banks let it go, dragged her back and applied it again in the middle of the ring. There was nowhere for Emma to go, and reluctantly she tapped and Banks secured the win, looking very pleased and still full of focus as she stood up to get her arm raised, one match away from the final.

    Winner: Sasha Banks by pinfall @ 13:49.

    We went to Renee Young in the live studio in a skybox, overlooking the ring, joined by Smackdown's Becky Lynch. Renee went through the brackets, looking at the semi finals to come with Asuka facing Paige, and Kairi Sane meeting Sasha Banks. She said that the night was so far living up to the expectation, and sympathising with Becky for not being able to be part of it, Renee asked The Irish Lass Kicker for her thoughts so far. Obviously devastated to be on the sidelines, Becky told Renee there were no words to describe just how devastated she was to be missing out, but how she can't complain, just looking at the other names missing it out.

    She said it shows just how strong the women's division is now that her, Naomi, Natalya and Alexa Bliss, all women who've been Smackdown Women's Champion didn't qualify, calling that crazy when you think of it, and then when you add Bayley to that too. As for her thoughts on the matches so far and the ones still to come, she first wanted to wish Bayley the best of luck and hopes she beat Natalya to win the title, Becky said it had been great for the most part. She did say that she wasn't happy that Paige found her way into the semi finals, and told Renee she really hoped she didn't win as she didn't think anyone would hear the end of it.

    Becky said that she was so impressed with Kairi in the Mae Young Classic and could well overcome the odds again, then moved onto Asuka, calling her a beast and told Renee she didn't know if anyone could stop her. She ended by saying that Sasha is her girl, and from what she saw just then, The Boss wants it more than anyone, and she let Renee know she'd spoken with Banks earlier in the day, and that Sasha had told her she felt like she had to prove herself. Lynch told Renee that's what she thought she would do and The Boss would end up leaving a Queen too.

    Renee thanked Becky and moved onto something that went down earlier on the pre-show when Naomi was about to go one-on-one with the former Raw Women's Champion, Alexa Bliss. We saw the footage, and just before the bell, two women jumped the barrier at ringside from opposite sides and jumped in the ring, circling Naomi with Alexa. The two women, who we then saw were Mandy Rose and Liv Morgan, clearly with Alexa, who smirked at Naomi, who herself had no idea what was happening. Panicked, she realised there was likely no way out and fought fire with fire and went flying at the ladies.

    Unsurprisingly, she was beaten down by all three, ending in Rose's sitout double underhook facebuster, Bed of Roses. Bliss looked on laughing and demanded a microphone. She brought up Natalya complaining about not being on the card, but how beyond disrespectful it was that she, the only woman to hold both the Raw and Smackdown women's titles was only on the pre-show. She called it disgusting, and how Kurt Angle's response last week was to tell her to go make an impact, and sending a message to her boss, she asked if this was enough, smirking again with Rose and Morgan as they stood over Naomi and all hugged.

    Footage from later on in the evening was shown, with Kurt Angle going after Alexa, Rose and Morgan in the back, asking Alexa what she thought she was trying to achieve, and all he meant in making an impact was showing him how good she is in the ring if she wants another opportunity like the Queen of the Ring or a title match. Bliss played it cool, asking him if he ever felt disrespected and had his talent overlooked. He said that he did, and Alexa didn't hold back then in telling him that he was disrespecting the best woman of this generation, even saying she shouldn't even have had to qualify given the year she's had, and if he couldn't see that Alexa Bliss owns the women's division, she and her "new friends here" will.

    We went back to footage from earlier in the day, when Natalya, the Smackdown Women's Champion arrived in the building, dragging her travel bag with her title over her shoulder. She was approached by Dasha Fuentes, who wanted to get her thoughts on defending her title later against Bayley after demanding last week to be put on the card, and now finding herself having to defend her title. Natalya asked Dasha how she thought she was feeling, calling it a joke that Daniel Bryan allowed just anyone at such short notice to fight for her title, let alone Bayley.

    Nattie said that Bayley simply didn't deserve to be in the same ring with her, and the fact it was for her title was outrageous. Natalya told Dasha that she shouldn't have been put in this position, and was then asked if she would rather now have been left off the show. Still not happy, Nattie said however that she is the Smackdown Women's Champion and that she should've always been part of this historic show, and that she'd earned it, and even though Bayley won one match Tuesday night, it didn't mean she earned her spot. In spite of all that, Natalya said that she would show everyone why she had to be on the show, and why she's the Smackdown Women's Champion.

    "Stars in the Night" hit and Paige made her entrance, walking to the ring with a big smile on her face after her win against Charlotte earlier. Before her challenge to end Asuka's undefeated streak, she had something to say. She said that she hoped Charlotte had stopped crying by now, then that there was going to be more tears very soon when she said she was going to end Asuka's undefeated streak. Paige told the fans that it wouldn't just be Asuka crying, but everyone who wants to see this incredible streak continue.

    She said that she had some news for these people, telling them it wasn't going to, and that Asuka was lucky to get by Nia before. Paige guaranteed the WWE Universe that Asuka wasn't going to get past her, and when she's done being the one to beat Asuka, there would just be one job left, and that was beat whoever was unlucky enough to get in the ring with her in the final and she becomes Queen. Having made her point, she gave the stick back to Greg Hamilton, who introduced her opponent, Asuka, who came down the aisle, full of focus, staring right up at Paige, all the way down to the ring.

    Match 5
    Queen of the Ring Tournament Semi Final
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Asuka vs. Paige
    Unlike her first encounter with Nia, Asuka calmly stepped into the ring to face off with Paige, who was feeling incredibly confident, and overconfident if anything. Asuka didn't hold back with her stiff shots, and neither did Paige, responding with hard shots of her own, to the point where the referee got between them both. The two women went all out for the chance to compete to become Queen in the final later, and Paige found herself in control of the match when she managed to reverse Asuka's attempts to send her crashing into the steps on the outside. Paige went for the count out win, but Asuka just managed to crawl back into the ring to stop the count at nine.

    Paige looked to wrap it up, dragging Asuka away from the ropes to set her up for the Ram-Paige. Asuka responded with elbows, fighting herself free and putting Paige down on one knee. Asuka ran the ropes but ran back into a thunderous side kick from Paige, who fell right down on Asuka for the cover, for a very near three count. Paige was pissed! She sat up screaming, having a paddy on the mat and smacking it with both hands. She had to focus her attention back on Asuka, and she did, begging her to get back up. Asuka was groggy, struggling to get back up, turning into Paige's clutches and a stiff kick to the gut. Asuka held onto the boot though, shocking Paige before levelling her with a right forearm shot that knocked Paige down.

    A red mist came over Asuka, as she unloaded with more stiff shots and a fierce spinning backhand. Paige was on dream street, and after a spin kick, Asuka tied her up in the Asuka Lock. There was nowhere for Paige to go, trying to hold on, not wanting to give up at all, but she unfortunately had no choice and tapped out. Asuka let the hold go and stood up, getting her arm raised victory and advancing to the final later against Sasha Banks or Kairi Sane. She turned down with a wry smile on her face as Paige rolled onto her side, being checked by the referee. Asuka looked out into the crowd, very composed and looking ready for the final.

    Winner: Asuka by submission @ 12:07.

    Backstage, Bayley was psyching herself up for her title match against Natalya. Dasha Fuentes walked towards her, asking the challenger how she was feeling with her title match against Natalya later on. First, Bayley told Dasha she wanted to say what an amazing night it had been so far and she was so proud to be part of it, and to be competing for the Smackdown Women's Championship, she was honoured. She said it was a great opportunity, and no matter what Nattie might think, she did earn it, making it clear that she beat a good friend in the first ever Smackdown Women's Champion last week.

    Bayley told Dasha that she had the chance to prove people wrong, especially Natalya, wanting to remind Nattie that she's a former Raw Women's Champion, and that she's certainly not a joke. The calm but serious Bayley looked at Dasha and told her she had the chance to become only the second woman to win both the Raw and Smackdown women's titles, and that's what she was going to do. Dasha wished her luck, getting a hug from Bayley as thanks.

    Match 6
    Queen of the Ring Tournament Semi Final
    15 Minute Time Limit

    Sasha Banks vs. Kairi Sane
    These two women brought everything they had, looking to get the shot at Asuka in the final. Sasha brought the fight from the start, looking the more dangerous. Kairi soaked it all up though and came back firing at The Boss with some fierce shots that caught Banks well and truly off guard. When she caught Sasha with a spear, it looked to be all over, but Sasha just got her shoulder up when the ref's hand came down for the three. The Boss was on the brink, still down, and Kairi looked to use the momentum and went up top for her big elbow drop. Banks reacted quickly enough to dive into the ropes, and Kairi fell into a seated position on the ropes.

    Sasha climbed to the second rope, setting the Mae Young Classic winner up for a suplex. She climbed up to the top and hit a superplex, and like Kairi just before, she just got her shoulder up. Sasha wasn't happy, and like Kairi, she decided to go up top to get her over the line. Channelling her hero, Banks leapt off the top and through the sky for a frog splash, but Kairi rolled out the way and Banks crashed into the mat. Both women clawed their way back up, and Kairi ran at Sasha for a clothesline. Banks ducked it, caught her with the double knee back breaker and transitioned into the Banks Statement. Sane was in deep trouble with nowhere to go. She fought with everything she had, trying to hold on.

    She slowly managed to drag herself towards the ropes, on the edge of getting there when Banks let it go and grabbed Kairi's legs to drag her back, but Kairi kicked back at her, forcing Sasha stumbling back. She pulled herself up using the ropes as Banks rushed back up and ran right at her, right into a side kick that sent Sasha staggering back. Kairi followed her out, taking Banks down with another big spear. The Boss was down and Kairi went up top with Sasha barely moving on the mat. Kairi raced up, then leapt off, connecting with the Seven Seas elbow drop, making the cover straight away and getting the three, to the surprise of a lot of people in the crowd.

    Winner: Kairi Sane by pinfall @ 14:27.

    Kairi struggled to believe it herself as she stood up, having her arm raised by the referee. She went into the corner, leaning on the ropes before climbing up to the second rope to celebrate. Banks sat up, looking absolutely devastated. She slowly stood up, looking towards Sane, who stood down off the ropes and turned around to see Sasha on her feet. She walked towards Banks and held her hand out, and Sasha shook, raising her hand too before letting go and shaping to move away. To the shock of everyone though, she hit the double knee back breaker from behind to put Kairi on the mat.

    Boos came from the crowd as the furious Sasha just stared down coldly at Kairi. The referee got on his knees to check on Sane as The Boss then left the ring, angrily walking back down the aisle when Charley Caruso walked out to meet her, shocked herself as she asked Sasha why she just did what she did to Kairi. Banks didn't stop, telling her to "get out of my way," and brushing right past her as Kairi sat up in the ring, not all too sure of what happened, despite booking her place in the final later against Asuka for the right to be the first ever Queen of the Ring.

    We got taken backstage quickly, getting a glimpse of Asuka preparing for the final in her locker room, stretching and limbering up for her battle to come with Kairi Sane.

    Match 7
    Smackdown Women's Championship
    30 Minute Time Limit

    Bayley vs. Natalya (c)
    Bayley came out of the gates on fire after Nattie poked it, talking smack before the bell, trying to get in the challenger's head. Bayley responded with a right hand to get the match started, and followed it up with more to put the champion on the back foot. Bayley was desperate to take the opportunity, and the crowd were right behind her. When she caught Nattie with an exploder suplex into the turnbuckle pads, an opening came. She climbed up top, looking to emulate one of her heroes in the Macho Man, diving off the top for a big elbow drop, and she nailed it. Her and the fans were full of hope as she made the cover, only getting a two count.

    She went looking for the Bayley-to-Belly, but Nattie countered, blocking it and hitting a belly-to-belly of her own. She took great pleasure in taunting the crowd, and then went about punishing Bayley. There was massive panic for Nattie after Bayley slipped down from a powerslam attempt, pushing her forwards into the corner, and when the champion staggered round, she walked right into a kick to the gut and a springboard tornado DDT. That was only enough for a two too, and Bayley couldn't believe it, leaning back on her knees and holding her head in her hands. Nattie was up against it, and Bayley could sense the end could be near.

    She urged Nattie to get up, pulling out her bobble as she prepared for the Bayley-to-Belly, and she got all of it. Cheers rang out in the arena, but they covered up the boos that would then come as Carmella climbed in the ring, dropping her Money in the Bank briefcase. Bayley saw her and stood up, walking right into a super kick. James Ellsworth was there too and screamed at the referee with Carmella as she picked her briefcase up and thrust it towards the referee. She ordered the referee to go cash it in, and he did, with Greg Hamilton announcing that Carmella was indeed cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase and the match was now a triple threat match.

    She immediately covered Nattie, getting just a two with the time delay between the Bayley-to-Belly and the cover. Carmella was stunned and turned her attention to Bayley as she started to sit up, and Carmella pounced, tying in the Code of Silence. Bayley had the crowd behind her as she tried to hang on with Carmella screaming at her to tap, over and over, until she finally did, and Carmella became the new Smackdown Women's Champion. Ellsworth rushed into the ring with the title, and Carmella grabbed it from him to hug it and then throw it up in the air as Natalya sat up in the corner looking on in shock. The new champion didn't hold back in celebrating, taunting the crowd, and as she then left the ring, posing in the aisle with the belt as Bayley and Nattie both watched on, with both of them furious.

    Winner: By submission, and new Smackdown Women's Champion, Carmella @ 17:58.

    A promotional video for next month's Survivor Series (in four weeks) was shown, to be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas live on the WWE Network.

    We briefly went backstage where Kairi Sane was stretching in the production area with the tournament final just moments away. Suddenly, Asuka walked into shot, smiling at Kairi in a slightly menacing way before carrying on her way.

    We went to the live studio, with a still stunned Renee Young asking Becky Lynch for her response to the big shock moments ago where Carmella cashed in Money in the Bank to become the new Smackdown Women's Champion. She was visibly shocked as well, and after saying how "gutted" she was for Bayley, she told Renee she shouldn't be surprised given Carmella and Ellsworth have screwed her over for months, and now she'd love another crack at her to become Smackdown Women's Champion again. Moving past that to the upcoming Queen of the Ring final, Renee asked Becky for her thoughts on who would emerge victorious and become the inaugural Queen of the Ring.

    The Irish Lass Kicker said that Asuka had proved she's an absolute beast, and for Kairi, Becky said that she's shown how much heart she has to win the Mae Young Classic, as well as showing just how talented she is. Becky told Renee that Kairi shouldn't be underestimated, saying that she may only be small but she hits hard, and it's harder than it looks, and as much as she didn't want to call it, she'd go with Asuka. Wrapping it up, she said all she wanted was a great match and wished them both the best of luck. Renee thanked Becky for her comments and sent it down to the ring for the official introductions.

    The Main Event
    Queen of the Ring Tournament Final
    One Fall To A Finish

    Asuka vs. Kairi Sane
    Despite bowing to each other after the bell, Asuka came out full force, looking to take the initiative from the get go and put Kairi on the back foot. She managed to do just that, putting Kairi down with some vicious strikes. She came back fighting though, displaying the incredible heart she has that took her to victory in the Mae Young Classic and the final here. After ducking a buzzsaw kick, Kairi caught Asuka with an Alabama slam. She had to get her breath back, recovering from the initial onslaught before coming out firing, nailing the undefeated Asuka with a flying Kabuki elbow. Asuka was down, as she tried to sit back up, Kairi came at her again, with a sliding forearm smash to the face.

    The crowd got behind Kairi as she gave everything she had to continue her own undefeated streak and add this to her Mae Young Classic victory. It seemed like it might just happen too when she went up top for the Seven Seas elbow drop. She came falling through the sky towards Asuka, who just rolled out the way of it, and Sane hit the mat hard. She struggled her way back up, as did Asuka, and Kairi ran into a spin kick, then a roundhouse kick to the side of the head. Kairi fell flat on the mat, with Asuka right on top of her to make the cover, but Kairi just got her shoulder up. Asuka wasn't happy, and stood up to grab Kairi for an ankle lock, but she turned herself and kicked up at Asuka.

    Asuka held onto the leg though, pulling Kairi up and planting her with a German suplex. Asuka didn't relent, pummelling Kairi as she sat up with stiff kicks to the body. Kairi was rolling around in agony, and Asuka could smell the blood in the water as she stalked her opponent, circling her as the battered Kairi dragged herself back up. Asuka grabbed her from behind for the Asuka Lock, but Kairi spun round and rolled her into a small package, getting a two count. Both women rushed back up, and after being fired into the ropes, Kairi came back off them to take Asuka down with a spear out of nowhere. She was still hurting and stretched her arm out across Asuka's chest for a cover, only getting a two with Asuka getting her shoulder up.

    The match went on, and Kairi picked herself back up, urging Asuka to get up. She made it up and turned into a hard forearm, and Kairi went for a DDT. Asuka blocked it, lifted Kairi up and charged forward to ram her into the corner, holding on to turn her around and tie her up in the Asuka Lock, falling to the mat herself, clutching on tight to Kairi, who was struggling. She gallantly tried to hold on as Asuka made her suffer and struggle. Kairi held her hand up, trying to hold on, but eventually she couldn't fight it anymore and tapped, meaning Asuka became the Queen of the Ring! She got up, smiling, but not overly, hitting the second rope and letting it all soak in as she continued her undefeated streak, hitting all four corners of the ring.

    Winner: Asuka by submission @ 10:19.

    Renee Young entered the ring, congratulating Asuka and announcing her as the WWE's first ever Queen of the Ring. Kairi Sane had made her way back up and Asuka saw her. The two women came together and hugged, before Kairi applauded Asuka and left the ring to her. Renee congratulated Asuka again, telling the crowd to give it up for the Queen of the Ring with confetti coming down before the show came to a close.

    *End of Show*


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    WWE Signs Ronda Rousey; Enzo Gone and More Titles On The Way!


    After intensive speculation having appeared backstage and been in attendance at the Mae Young Classic, the WWE have reported on WWE.com that Ronda Rousey has indeed signed with the company on a full time contract. It was expected to be mentioned on this evening's episode of Raw, where it was announced she will be make her first official appearance at the Survivor Series next month. It's not been confirmed in what capacity that will be just yet however.

    The company have also announced the release of Enzo Amore, believed to be for repeated incidents, including some backstage. Darren Young and Summer Rae have also been let go from the company.

    There have also been some high profile recruits headed to the Performance Center, with the WWE reporting that Ricochet and EC3 have signed with the company. It's also expected that War Machine are also headed to the WWE when their deals with New Japan are up in January.

    With Mandy Rose and Liv Morgan moving to the main roster on Raw, as we saw last night at the King of the Ring, and on Raw tonight, it is believed the WWE are strongly considering introducing women's tag team titles in the near future. Along with Paige and Emma on Smackdown in recent weeks, and new partnerships being developed like Naomi and Alicia Fox, as well as Bayley and Becky Lynch, it's looking more likely that we'll see tag team action and titles introduced. Call ups from NXT are also being discussed, as well as the possibility of NXT teams being put together and being able to appear on the main roster with the titles likely to be defended on both Raw and Smackdown.

    It's also rumoured that Cruiserweight tag team titles could be introduced very soon. With 205 now being filmed on Thursdays at Full Sail, the rebrand looks to be continuing with new tag team titles, with just the one title on the show currently.

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