Show: WWE SmackDown
Location: London, England
Date: May 9th, 2017
Airing on the USA Network
Welcome to SmackDown Live. There was a video package of Jinder Mahal winning a battle royal to become the #1 contender for the WWE Title. WWE Champion Randy Orton walked down to the ring to open the show. He cuts a promo about how he didn’t lose at Payback due to Bray Wyatt but rather due to Jinder Mahal. He vowed to beat Mahal at Backlash. This led to Mahal walking out and said that he took the WWE Title at Payback and vowed to win the WWE Title at Backlash. Mahal said that he would take the title back to his people and wear it in India. Kevin Owens walked out and said that no one cares about House of Horrors, India and England. Owens said that the only thing that people should care about is him and the WWE US Title. Owens said that ended Chris Jericho’s career last week and that he plans to end AJ Styles’ career at Backlash. He said that after Backlash, he is coming after the WWE Title. This led to Styles walking out and saying this is his show. Baron Corbin was next out but was attacked by Sami Zayn. This led to a brawl with all six Superstars, which set up a six-man tag team match that will be the main event of the show. The babyfaces stood tall in the ring to end the segment.
Carmella introduced Natalya while Naomi introduced Becky Lynch. Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Carmella, James Ellsworth, and Tamina were at ringside for the match.
Singles Match: Natalya vs. Becky Lynch.
They start brawling to begin the match. Natalya tossed her to the floor and sent her into the apron. Back in the ring, Natalya hit a drop kick. Lynch fought back with a series of right hands and a hip toss. Lynch hit a forearm strike then a spinning kick. She hit a suplex but Natalya landed a big right hand. Lynch with a springboard kick but was distracted by Tamina. A small brawl broke out and Natalya dragged her off the middle rope to pick up the win.
Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Carmella, James Ellsworth, and Tamina were at ringside. Natalya picked up the win with a roll-up.
In a backstage segment, Flair and Naomi were arguing. Lynch stopped them. Lynch, Flair, and Naomi challenged Carmella, Tamina, and Natalya to a six-woman tag team match at the WWE Backlash PPV. Lynch, Flair, and Naomi agreed to be on the same page for the match.
Another coming soon video for Lana was shown.
Breezango did another Fashion Police segment with Tyler Breeze dressed up like a British police officer and Fandango dressed like Sherlock Holmes.
Singles Match: Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper
They start brawling to begin the match. Harper hit a drop kick and Rowan ducked out to the floor then used the top rope to his advantage. Rowan hit a spinning heel kick then a splash for 2. Harper fought back and hit a forearm shot then hit a springboard dive followed by a big boot for 2. Harper went for a powerbomb but Rowan got out of it and hit a chokeslam for 2. Rowan poked him in the eye then hit a power slam finisher for the win.
Winner: Erick Rowan
Dolph Ziggler walked down to the ring and cut a promo about how he has been in the company for many years. He said that he has headlined shows, won titles and is a movie star but the fans do not like him. Instead, the fans cheer for someone who has never wrestled one match on SmackDown Live. He said that the fans are like sheep. He said that he is the strongest Superstar because everything he has done in his career has been on his own. He called out Shinsuke Nakamura, who walked out. Ziggler told him to put up or shut up. Nakamura told him to shut up. Nakamura challenged Ziggler to a match tonight. However, Ziggler declined by saying he that they will do it on his terms and that he would show everyone that he is a fraud at Backlash. Ziggler then attacked Nakamura but Nakamura fought back and stood tall in the ring to close the segment.
We see Zayn wanting to talk about strategy with Styles and Orton for their match tonight. They left the locker room without saying a word.
Another coming soon video was shown for the New Day.
Tag Team Match: Breezango vs. The Ascension.
The Ascension beatdown Fandango in the early going. The crowd was dead. Breeze got the hot tag and cleaned house. Viktor knocked Fandango off the apron and landed a series of right hands. Breeze hit a kick then one to Konnor. Fandango got the hot tag and hit a leg drop off the top rope for the win.
Post-match, The Usos came out to cut a promo on Breezango to hype their tag team title match at Backlash. They said that in 12 days they would beat Breezango and remain SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions.
We see Mojo Rawley telling a story about a boy who was different to a group of kids. He said that the boy grew up and became the Andre The Giant. He showed off the memorial trophy.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens, and Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and Sami Zayn
Styles and Corbin started things off. Styles hit a drop kick then worked over the left arm. Zayn and Mahal were tagged in. Mahal landed a series of right hands then some shoulder block. Zayn hit a headscissors then tagged in Orton. Owens was also tagged in. Orton hit a series of right hands and Owens ducked out to the floor.
We’re back with Corbin in control of Styles. Mahal was tagged in and landed some right hands. Styles hit a drop kick and tagged in Zayn. Mahal backed him into the corner. The heels beat down Zayn and we cut to break.
We’re back with Corbin in control of Zayn. Moments later, Zayn fought back and got the hot tag to Styles, who hit a series of strikes to Corbin. Mahal knocked Styles down. Zayn cleared the ring and hit a dive taking the heels out. Zayn sent Corbin back into the ring. Styles hit a forearm but was knocked off the top rope by Owens for 2. Corbin hit a back body drop for 2. Owens was tagged in but missed a senton. Orton and Mahal got tagged in and Orton hit a powerslam to him then Corbin. Orton hit the second rope DDT to Owens. Mahal hit a big boot to Orton. Zayn hit a blue thunder bomb to Mahal. Corbin took him out and Styles took out Corbin. Orton hit an RKO to Owens. Mahal hit his finisher on Orton for the win.