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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
    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
    Enzo Amore
    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
    Zack Ryder

    Women
    Alexa Bliss
    Alicia Fox
    Bayley
    Dana Brooke
    Emma
    Maria Kanellis
    Mickie James
    Nia Jax - Raw Women's Champion
    Sasha Banks
    Summer Rae

    Tag Teams/Stables
    The Authors of Pain - Managed by Paul Ellering
    Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins
    The Hardy Boyz
    Heath Slater & Rhyno
    The Hype Bros
    The Miztourage (The Miz, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel & Maryse)
    Titus Worldwide (Titus O'Neil, Akira Tozawa & Apollo Crews)
    Sheamus & Cesaro

    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

    Vacant - WWE Championship
    Natalya - Smackdown Women's Champion
    The Usos - Smackdown Tag Team Champions
    AJ Styles - United States Champion
    Carmella - Miss. Money in the Bank

    Aiden English
    AJ Styles - United States Champion
    Big E
    Bobby Roode
    Chris Jericho
    Dash Wilder
    Dolph Ziggler
    Epico Colon - Injured
    Erick Rowan - Inactive
    Fandango
    Finn Balor
    James Ellsworth - Accompanies Carmella
    Jey Uso
    Jimmy Uso
    Jinder Mahal
    Kalisto
    Kane - Inactive
    Karl Anderson
    Kevin Owens
    Kofi Kingston
    Konnor
    Luke Gallows
    Luke Harper
    Matt Hardy
    Neville
    Primo Colon - Inactive
    Rusev
    Sami Zayn
    Sammi Singh
    Scott Dawson - Injured for around 4 weeks
    Shinsuke Nakamura
    Sin Cara
    Sunil Singh
    Tye Dillinger
    Viktor
    Xavier Woods

    Women
    Asuka - Injured for around 2 weeks
    Becky Lynch
    Carmella - Miss. Money in the Bank
    Charlotte Flair
    Lana - Manager of Tamina
    Naomi
    Natalya - Smackdown Women's Champion
    Nikki Bella - Inactive
    Paige - Inactive
    Tamina

    Tag Teams/Stables
    The Ascension
    Breezango
    The Colons - Inactive
    Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers
    The Lucha Dragons
    Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
    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 & Cedric Alexander
    Tony Nese & Drew Gulak
    Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado

    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 Champion
    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 6 months
    Tucker Knight
    The Velveteen Dream
    Wesley Blake

    Women
    Aliyah
    Billy Kay
    Ember Moon
    Liv Morgan
    Mandy Rose
    Nikki Cross
    Peyton Royce
    Ruby Riot
    Sonya DeVille

    Tag Teams/Stables
    Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly
    Heavy Machinery
    Iconic - Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
    SaNity
    The Street Profits
    TM61 - Inactive

    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
    Kairi Sane
    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

    22/10 - Queen of the Ring
    Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    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; 01-06-2018 at 01:29 PM. 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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    Finn Balor vs. Neville
    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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