Show: WWE SmackDown Live
Location: Cincinnati, OH at the US Bank Arena
Welcome to SmackDown Live. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are handing out flyers wearing “Yep” shirts. Kevin wants Chad and Shelton to join the YEP movement.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring. AJ welcomes everyone to the House that AJ Styles built. He says he is usually cool, calm, and collected. AJ says he cannot eat or sleep. All he can do is think about defending his title on Sunday. AJ says he does not want to lose what he got back. He says he feels the same way Jinder Mahal did. What good is it to be champion if you are not willing to fight. AJ says Jinder would do anything to retain his title. He brought in Great Khali to help him in the Punjabi Prison Match. Jinder will do anything to get the title back.
The Singh Brothers come out and they have new music. They apologize for the interruption. They say that they usually introduce Jinder Mahal, but not tonight. We see what happened last week.
AJ says that was cruel and he says he feels sorry for them tonight. AJ wants Samir and Sunil to come to the ring to hug it out. AJ tells the Singhs not to hug each other. They need to come hug it out with Uncle Al. AJ hugs each Singh and he stops them from coming back for seconds.
The Singhs say that they want to be in AJ’s corner on Sunday. As far as they are concerned, Jinder Mahal will be facing AJ alone. They are done with Jinder. They talk about how they are kept in the back while Jinder flies first class. They say that Jinder cannot even tell them apart. Samir and Sunil argue and AJ stops them.
AJ asks if they are so mad at Jinder, why were they at his side last week in India? AJ wants to know if they are with him or against him. Both Samir and Sunil say they are done with Jinder.
AJ wants them to shake his hand and . . .
Jinder Mahal’s music plays.
AJ says he can see what is going on. Samir and Sunil are here to convince him that they are not working for Jinder, but he is not convincing anyone. AJ says he likes what they said about AJ and Jinder being one-on-one on Sunday and AJ guarantees that will happen and he attacks Samir and Sunil before sending them to the floor.
Jinder gets on the apron and he tells AJ he will get what is coming to him. He says the title is coming back to him on Sunday.
Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan walk in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Natalya is on commentary.
Ruby Riott (with Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan) versus Charlotte Flair in a Non Title Match
Flair with a few waist lock take downs. Charlotte gets distracted by Liv and Sarah and that allows Ruby to get a near fall with a rollup. Charlotte with a fallaway slam and Ruby goes to the floor.
Ruby gets back into the ring and Charlotte with a knee. Sarah distracts Charlotte from the floor and Ruby hits an STO and punches Charlotte. Ruby misses a forearm into the corner but Ruby floats over and sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Ruby with a snap mare and then she traps Charlotte’s arms. Ruby with a reverse chin lock.
Charlotte backs Ruby into the turnbuckles but Ruby gets a near fall. Ruby with a reverse chin lock. Charlotte with an arm drag and kick to Ruby followed by chops. Ruby with a knee and she sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles.
Ruby goes to the turnbuckles but comes off and lands on Charlotte’s knees. Charlotte sends Ruby into the turnbuckles and she kicks Ruby. Charlotte knocks Sarah off the apron and she sends Ruby to the floor. Charlotte hits Sarah and Natalya gets up. Charlotte with a forearm to Natalya and a boot to Liv. Natalya with a clothesline and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Charlotte (by disqualification)
After the match, Ruby, Sarah, and Liv bring Charlotte into the ring and Charlotte starts to fight back but the numbers are too great and they send Charlotte to the floor and into the ring steps and ringside barrier. They set up the stairs like they did for Naomi and . . .
Naomi’s music plays and she makes her way to the ring and hits a running double drop kick on Logan and Liv. Naomi sends Ruby into the ring and connects with forearms. Naomi with Rear View on Ruby and Ruby leaves the ring with Liv and Sarah.
Tamina, Carmella, and Lana attack Liv, Ruby, and Sarah from behind on the ramp.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Daniel Bryan is on the phone. He tells Shane he has everything under control. He says he will be on commentary for the main event so there is nothing to worry about. The Yep Movement enters and they give Daniel a flyer to Occupy Smackdown.
Bobby Roode joins the announcers for the next match.
Baron Corbin versus Dolph Ziggler in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Corbin pushes Ziggler on the break. Ziggler pushes back and Corbin with a punch. Ziggler with a standing drop kick and Stinger Splash but Corbin sends Ziggler into the corner and then he misses a shoulder into the corner and hits the ring post.
Roode gets up from the announce table and he removes his ring robe.
Roode enters the ring and he looks at Ziggler and Corbin. Roode winds up for a Glorious DDT and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (by disqualification)
After the match, Corbin grabs Roode by the throat but Roode with a kick and Glorious DDT.
The Bludgeon Brothers go Gallagher on the camera and we go to commercial.
We go to highlights from this week. The Ascension tell Fandango and Breeze not to give up. Fandango says they are going to face the Bludgeon Brothers and Breeze is a little shocked at the decision.
That will happen on Sunday at Clash of Champions.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan versus Colin Delaney and Joe Monroe
Delaney and Rowan start and Rowan with a drop kick and Harper is tagged in and Harper knocks Monroe off the apron. Rowan with a splash and Harper with a clothesline to Delaney. Rowan presses Monroe over his head and sends him into the ring. Harper with an assisted sit out power bomb to Monroe and he lets out a scream of horror. Harper and Rowan with the T Gimmick for the three count.