Welcome to SmackDown Live.
We see Dolph Ziggler arriving at the arena and he is asked about the issues with Kevin Owens last week. Dolph calls Kevin a worthless tub of excuses. Dolph says he carried Kevin on his back like he has this company for ten years.
Kevin Owens shows up and honks his horn so we don’t have to hear Dolph.
Dolph yells at Kevin for interrupting his interview. Kevin asks if this is the interview that Dolph says it should have been him. Kevin goes through all of Dolph’s lines and then Kevin punches Dolph. The Singhs and B Team try to break up the fight but they do not do a great job of it. Shane McMahon and more security come out and Shane tells Kevin to get out of here and their match is off.
Shane McMahon is asked about why the match between Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens is off. Shane says that was out of control and he is here to make sure these things happen in the ring. Since Kevin started it, he was sent home. Shane is asked about tonight’s main event and Shane says he is working on something.
We are in Manchester, New Hampshire and your announcers are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.
Kevin Owens shows up at ringside and he has something to say. Kevin says he talked the truth about Dolph Ziggler and now someone else needs to hear the truth. That man is Shane McMahon. Kevin says he tried to be a company man. Kevin says that the McMahons said they would listen to the fans, and since then, Shane has gotten more power, authority, and TV time and nobody watching ever wanted that. We have to listen to Shane being called the Best in the World every week and Kevin says it makes him want to bang his head on the table every week.
Shane tells them to cut Kevin’s mic.
Kevin takes another mic and he tells the idiot there is more than one mic. Every time you call yourself the best in the world, it is an insult to everyone in the back who fights every week. When you call yourself the best in the world, everyone in the back wants to tell Shane to kiss his ass.
Kevin takes a headset and he says he is not done. Kevin says Shane takes TV time from Buddy Murphy, Asuka, Kairi Sane, Apollo Crews, Ali, Authors of Pain, and more.
Kevin leaves through the crowd and then goes to the back.
Finn Balor walks in the back in an extraordinary manner as we go to commercial.
We are back and Finn Balor says he has known Shinsuke Nakamura for 15 years. He is dangerous and he is capable of painting a picture of chaos. He is facing a man who is desperate to get his career back on track. If he thinks he is doing at Finn’s expense, Nakamura is in for a surprise.
Match Number One: Shinsuke Nakamura versus Finn Balor in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Nakamura with a waist lock and Balor goes for a reversal but Nakamura with elbows. Nakamura with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Balor with a front face lock and Nakamura backs Balor into the corner and hits a series of shoulders.
Nakamura chokes Balor in the corner. Nakamura with a cravate. Nakamura with a snap mare and knee drop for a near fall. Nakamura with kicks to Balor and Balor blocks a kick but Nakamura with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Nakamura with a reverse chin lock. Nakamura gets a near fall. Nakamura with a gourdbuster followed by knees to the ribs and back for a near fall. Nakamura with a rear chin lock and he applies a side head lock. Nakamura with a boot to the chest followed by a knee to the back of the head.
Nakamura with a knee and Irish whip but Balor with a boot and Slingblade followed by a forearm and double stomp. Nakamura misses a round kick and Balor with an elevated elbow to the chest for a near fall. Nakamura sends Balor into the corner and Nakamura with a kick to the back followed by a sliding German suplex. Nakamura sets for Kinshasa and Balor with Slingblade. Balor goes to the turnbuckles and Nakamura crotches Balor and Nakamura with a running knee to the ribs.
They go to the apron and Nakamura goes to the turnbuckles for a knee to knock Balor off the apron and to the floor. Nakamura sends Balor into the ring post and ringside barrier. Balor is sent into the ring post again. Both men beat the count and get back into the ring but Nakamura sends Balor to the floor. Nakamura with Kinshasa on the floor. Balor beats the count back into the ring and Nakamura with a kick and he sends Balor to the floor again. Nakamura sends Balor into the ringside barrier and the ring steps. Nakamura continues to kick Balor and Nakamura gets back into the ring and so does Balor.
Nakamura with Kinshasa for the three count.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Shane McMahon is in the back with Drew McIntyre and Elias. They talk about what happened last night. Drew says they will take care of Cedirc Alexander. Drew says they tried to get the advantage but Drew says they beat Roman and Cedric. Elias says he is working on the perfect funeral song.
Dolph Ziggler tells Shane what he did was bogus. Dolph was going to stop Kevin. Shane tells Dolph he should main event tonight. Shane wants Dolph to take care of a problem for them. Dolph can face Roman Reigns and they will be out there with Dolph.
Bayley walks in the back as we prepare for the contract signing.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a video package for the WWE Championship match between Kofi Kingston and Samoa Joe.
Samoa Joe says you can deny the truth all you want, but it does not change the facts. Last week, he showed Kofi compassion and he offered clemency to the ones Kofi loves. He offered him safety but he knew Kofi would not take it because Kofi is everything that he said Kofi was. Joe says he sees the hustle. At Extreme Rules, he will beat Kofi down to the bare essence of what he is. Then he will put Kofi to sleep and to all of those you have called brother and family. From those you have taken from to get to the top, he will take everything back of what Kofi has taken. Joe says he will take the WWE Championship.