Show: WWE SmackDown
Location: Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum Center
Airing on the USA Network
Welcome to SmackDown Live. There was a RIP graphic for Rosey and a recap of Superstar Shakeup shown. Charlotte Flair walks down to the ring to open the show. She said that the queen has arrived at SmackDown Live and in just a week, she has already lost her patience. She said that she is getting furious because she is the greatest Superstar to step in the ring and has yet to get a Women’s Title match. She is only going to ask one more time. This led to Naomi walking down to the ring. Naomi came out and said let’s not waste any more time. They started brawling until Shane McMahon walked out and booked them in a match for tonight. If Flair wins tonight, then she gets a title match against Naomi next week. McMahon walked to the back and Flair attacked Naomi then sent her to the floor.
We see Natalya complaining to McMahon about Flair getting a title match instead of her. Carmella and Tamina come in and say that they should get a tile match.
Six-Pack Challenge: Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Mojo Rawley vs. Erick Rowan vs. Samia Zayn
They all start brawling to begin the match. Harper hit Ziggler with a big boot. Rowan attacked Harper from behind. Harper with a forearm shot then a back elbow and a front senton. Zayn missed a dive and Harper sent him to the floor to cut to break.
We’re back with Rawley hitting a suplex to Ziggler, Harper with a suplex to Rowan and Zayn with a sunset powerbomb to Mahal. Zayn covered Mahal for 2. Ziggler went for the Zig Zag, but Zayn blocked. Ziggler hit Zayn with a super kick, and Harper hit Ziggler with a big boot. Rowan hit a powerbomb to Harper. Rowan and Mahal hit a double clothesline. Harper tossed Zayn and Mahal to the floor, which led to him hitting two outside dives. Ziggler hit Harper with a drop kick. Rowan hit Ziggler with a heel kick for 2. Rowan powerbombs Ziggler to the floor. Rowan tossed Zayn into the ring and covered him for 2. Rowan tossed Zayn to the floor, and we cut to break.
Ziggler hit a crossbody, but Rawley caught him and hit a press slam. Rawley hit Ziggler with a right hand. Mahal covered Ziggler for 2 as Zayn broke it up. Mahal with a knee strike to Zayn. Rowan hit a power slam to Mahal for 2 as Harper broke it up. Rowan put Harper on the top rope, and Ziggler hit Zig Zag to Rowan for 2. Ziggler with a drop kick to Harper but Harper caught him and hit a powerbomb for 2. Mahal sent Harper into the steel steps. Zayn sent Mahal into the ring post. Zayn hit an outside dive to Harper. Zayn hit an outside dive to Rawley. Zayn hit a power slam to Mahal. The Bollywood Boyz came from under the ring and distracted Zayn. Mahal hit his finisher to Zayn for the win.
Winner: Mahal – new #1 contender to WWE Championship.
Post-match, Mahal cut a promo in the ring about how he will be the next WWE Champion. Randy Orton walked out to the ring. Orton said that Mahal has won the jackpot and that his prize won’t be the WWE Title but rather it will be an RKO. Orton brought up Bray Wyatt. He said that he would burn down the House of Horrors just like he did the last house that Wyatt had. Wyatt appeared on the big screen and said that he wants Orton to feel his pain. He vowed that Orton will not walk out of Payback.
A video package to hype Shinsuke Nakamura was shown.
There was a backstage segment with AJ Styles and Baron Corbin, which led to Style challenging him to a match tonight.
We see Flair, Natalya, Tamina and Carmella backstage. They welcomed Flair to SmackDown Live. Natalya shoulder blocked Flair.
Non-Title Match: Naomi vs. Charlotte Flair
They lock, and Flair knocked her down. Flair locked in a headlock, which led to Naomi fighting out of it. Naomi landed a series of kicks then clotheslines her to the floor.
We’re back with Flair in control of Naomi. She hit a back suplex then a series of knee drops. Flair missed a knee drop, and Naomi hit her with a springboard kick. Naomi rolled her up for 2 then landed a series of strikes. Naomi with a hurricanrana and a jawbreaker. Naomi caught her with a kick then hit a springboard dive for 2. Flair hit Natural Selection for the win.
Tag Team Match: American Alpha vs. The Shining Stars
Gable and Primo started things off. Primo sent Gable into the corner and into the ring post. The Shining Stars worked over Gable while the crowd was silent. Jordan got the hot tag and landed a series of suplexes. Epico pinned Jordan for the win. I had technical issues and missed the finish. My apologies for that.
Winner: The Shining Stars.
A video package hyping Tye Dillinger was shown.
Kevin Owens walked out to the ring and introduced himself. Owens introduced his opponent, Gary Gandy, who is a job guy.
Singles Match: Kevin Owens vs. Gary Gandy
Owens knocked him down, beat him down in the corner and hit the pop-up powerbomb for the win.
Post-match, Owens said that as long as he is US Champion then he will remain the face of America. Owens said that Chris Jericho, AJ Styles or anyone else for that matter will take that away from him. He will be on commentary for the next match, which is the main event.
Singles Match: AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin
They start brawling to begin the match. Corbin sent him to the floor and sent him face first onto the apron.
We’re back with Corbin in control of Styles. Corbin sent Styles into the ring post. Styles fought back and hit a pele kick. Styles with a splash in the corner and then a flying forearm for 2. Corbin hit a backbreaker for 2. Styles fought back and tossed him to the floor. Styles went for the Styles Clash but Corbin back dropped him onto Owens. Styles kicked Corbin then hit a forearm shot off the apron. Styles beat the 10 count and this one is over.