DATE: October 17th, 2017
At WWE Hell in a Cell, Bobby Roode beat Dolph Ziggler at his own game, grabbing a handful of The Showoff’s tights to ensure his first pay-per-view appearance was victorious and glorious. But when Ziggler blindsided him with a Zig Zag after the bell, Roode was furious.
Last week on SmackDown LIVE, The Glorious One challenged Ziggler to a fight, only for The Showoff to back away. There will be no turning back, though, when the two square off tonight on SmackDown LIVE.
There will be no turning back, though, when the two square off tonight on SmackDown LIVE.
STARTING THE SHOW WITH SMACKDOWN GM DANIEL BRYAN
WWE Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring to a huge reception. Bryan says it’s great to be home. Bryan says tonight will be a special edition of Smackdown Live. We’ll have a 6-women tag team match featuring Natalya, Tamina, and Lana taking on Naomi, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair. We also will have a special announcement from WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. We’ll also have a rematch from Hell in a Cell with Dolph Ziggler taking on Bobby Roode.
Speaking of Hell in a Cell, he wants to speak with someone who disappointed him at that event. He’s talking about Sami Zayn. Bryan begins to speak about him, but Zayn’s music cuts him off.
Zayn comes out dancing and jumping around to boos from the crowd. Bryan cannot believe Zayn came out smiling and dancing around after what he did. Is this the same Sami Zayn he’s known for 13 years? Zayn says he’s a great guy and nothing has changed. The only difference is he’s taken back the ownership of his career, a career he took 15 years to build. Zayn gets that some of these people think that makes him a bad guy, but he figured Bryan of all people would understand. Bryan says he understands his frustration and has been in Zayn’s shoes. Zayn says they’re not the same. Yes, they’re both gifted in-ring performers… well, Zayn still is at least. Management also never believed in them, but the difference has Bryan had the crowd. The crowd is the reason Bryan was in the main event of WrestleMania. When it comes to Zayn, the people didn’t uphold their end of the agreement. Zayn was to come out and work hard. In return, they were supposed to cheer so hard for him so he becomes undeniable to management. They did it for Bryan, but they never did it for him. The amazing thing is he doesn’t care anymore. Zayn says it feels amazing. If Bryan felt as good as he did, he’d be smiling if he did what he did. Bryan should take ownership of his own career and lose the martyr complex. If Bryan worked smarter than harder, he wouldn’t have had to retire in this very building. Bryan looks furious. Zayn says it broke his heart more than it broke the crowds. Zayn considers Bryan a “once in a lifetime” performer. Zayn tried to catch up to him his entire career, but every time he got to his level, Bryan was two-steps ahead. Now Bryan is the last person he would ever want to be like. Bryan broke his body for glory and adulation just to end up a housewife.
Kevin Owens’ music hits, and he comes out smiling. Owens gets in the ring and says he’s so happy for Zayn. Owens is glad Zayn saw the light and started listening to him. While Zayn is right about everything he’s said about Bryan, he has to clarify some things. Bryan was a pathetic martyr and a housewife. At one point, he was practically “Mr. Bella.” Now Bryan has become something much worse, something he fought against for so long. Bryan is a hypocrite. Bryan says Owens doesn’t care about Zayn or anyone else except himself. Owens resents him because he cares about what’s doing best for the fans. Owens says that isn’t what he means. What Bryan means is he cares about what’s doing best for business. Owens says Bryan is now The Authority. Zayn pretends to act flabbergasted before saying Owens is right. Bryan has become the very thing he spent his entire career fighting against. There’s only one word for a person like that: sellout. Bryan looks upset. Zayn thanks Owens for helping him open his eyes because Bryan’s life could have happened to him. Owens saved him from that.
They hug, and Bryan leaves the ring. Owens asks where he’s going before saying walking out at this arena is the best thing he’s got these days. Bryan says, “Where, oh where, am I going? Where am I going? I’m going to find a couple of dudes to punch you guys in the face!”
Bryan’s music plays, and he walks off.
Good opening segment. Bryan got a great reaction and the crowd was on his side throughout.
1st MATCH OF SMACKDOWN LIVE ⇒ Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Naomi VS Tamina, Lana, and Natalya (6 Women Tag Team Match)
Winner:- Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Naomi
Decent 6-women tag match. Pretty basic stuff.
Main event of Smackdown live is set by Daniel Bryan:-
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn VS Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura
2nd MATCH OF SMACKDOWN LIVE ⇒ Baron Corbin VS Sin Cara (1 on 1)
Winner:- Sin Cara (via Count-out)
A quick match with Sin Cara getting a victory.
JINDER MAHAL MAKES HIS SURVIVOR SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT
The Singh Brothers introduce WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.
Mahal makes his way to the ring while the crowd boos. Mahal says there are many things you get to experience as the Modern Day Maharaja, the first modern-day Indian WWE Champion. This past week, he took his WWE Championship to his homeland and was given a true hero’s welcome. Mahal got the royal treatment. On the last day, after dining with Bollywood’s biggest celebrities, a young boy asked him what’s next. Mahal wasn’t sure what he meant. The boy said Mahal beat Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura multiple times, the most worthy on Smackdown Live, yet in America, he doesn’t have the same level of respect he does in India. This boy was wise beyond his years. Mahal must make a challenge. Mahal must be a man they think is unbeatable. Mahal must beat the most dominant force in the WWE. At Survivor Series, he is challenging “The Beast.” At Survivor Series, he is challenging Brock Lesnar! The crowd pops big for that. Mahal wants the people to kiss his feet when he proves The Beast can be slayed. Mahal wants them to bow down to the Modern Day Maharaja. They will realize the greatness that stands before them. Mahal says he is the greatest WWE Champion of all time.
AJ Styles interrupts this, and he gets a huge reaction. Styles gets in the ring. Mahal says Styles heard it correctly: he is challenging Brock Lesnar. Styles doesn’t care about that. It’s what Mahal said before. Mahal mentioned he beat everyone worthy of beating on Smackdown Live… except for AJ Styles. Mahal says Styles is a loser while he is the WWE Champion. Styles says if he’s a loser, then he won’t have a problem putting the WWE Championship on the line. Mahal says in his country, they don’t think Styles is worthy to stand in the ring with him. Styles says we’re not in his country. Mahal says he’s at the back of the line. The fact that Styles is challenging him is a joke. Styles catches Mahal with a strike combination and takes out The Singh Brothers. Styles then ducks a clothesline and hits him with a Pelé Kick. Mahal retreats while Styles’ music plays.
So they really are going with Jinder Mahal and Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. That’ll be interesting no doubt.
3rd MATCH OF SMACKDOWN LIVE ⇒ Bobby Roode VS Dolph Ziggler (1 on 1)
Winner:- Dolph Ziggler
It’s too soon for the 50/50 booking with Bobby Roode, especially against Ziggler.
THE MAIN EVENT
(4th MATCH OF SMACKDOWN LIVE)
(Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn VS Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura)
Winner:- Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Wow — Sami Zayn pinned Orton. It was following a low blow, but still… Zayn pinned Orton. A good way to get him over w/ the turn.
Owens and Zayn confront Daniel Bryan at the Gorilla Position. They mock him and ask what’s next for them. Bryan says it’s not up to him what’s up for next week. It’s up to Shane McMahon.
Shane McMahon will be on Smackdown Live next week.
Owens and Zayn come out to the stage and mock Orton and Nakamura over their victory. They say they are Smackdown Live, and there is nothing anyone can do about it! Owens says Zayn is his best friend!
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