The Sports Courier’s Fred Richani recaps the WWE SmackDown Live 8/29/17 results on our official TSC News YouTube channel, featuring WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura continuing their rivalry, Kevin Owens looking to confront Shane McMahon following his controversial U.S. Championship loss to AJ Styles last week, Lana’s mentorship of Tamina Snuka, Bobby Roode attempting to make the blue brand GLORIOUS, and the official tag team debut of Chad Gable and veteran Shelton Benjamin!
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WWE SmackDown Live 8/29/17 Results
Location: Little Rock, AR
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and the Singh Bros. came out to complain about Shinsuke Nakamura’s victory last week. Mahal is appalled by the Singh Bros.’ performance and demands respect. The Singh Bros. apologize on behalf of India and the entire continent of Asia. Boy, this dragged. Nakamura came out to interrupt, only to be attacked by Mahal, Singhs, and Rusev. Randy Orton runs in for the save, setting up Mahal and Rusev vs. Nakamura and Orton.
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable def. The Ascension (Conor and Viktor).
Good showcase match for the new team. Benjamin looks great for 42 and got over huge in front of this crowd.
WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) def. Tye Dillinger to retain the title in a U.S. Title Open Challenge Match.
Styles is bringing back the U.S. Title Open Challenge that John Cena popularized in 2015. Baron Corbin teases answering the call, but Tye Dillinger beats him to the punch. Corbin attacks Dillinger before the match, but is fought off. Dillinger insists on still wrestling Styles and taps out after a couple of minutes to the Calf Crusher. Corbin immediately attacks Dillinger and stares down Styles. Guess we have our next U.S. Title feud. Styles has his work cut out for him.
Bobby Roode def. Mike Kanellis (w/ Maria Kanellis).
This was a glorified squash. Pun intended. Better showcase for Roode than last week. He is a complete babyface. Well, as much of a babyface as a narcissist can be. Glorious DDT for the win. WWE sure gave up on the Kanellis act in record time.
Aiden English is in the ring singing. He has an immaculate voice that the crowd clearly doesn’t care for. Kevin Owens angrily interrupts and urges English to leave the ring. Surprisingly, English obliges and remains unscathed. Owens goes off on Shane McMahon’s allegedly spotty referring, costing him his final title shot against AJ Styles. Owens says one year ago today, he won the WWE Universal Title and a year later, he’s titleless thanks to McMahon. He jokingly says Stephanie McMahon would never interject herself in a match like Shane. That was a good line.
Shane McMahon comes out and tells Owens he has no one to blame but himself and orders English to wrestle Sami Zayn.
Aiden English def. Sami Zayn — sort of.
Owens interrupts the match by taking the referee’s shirt, putting it on, and deeming himself the official. Huh? Owens hits a popup powerbomb on Zayn and counts three for English.
Shane McMahon is being interviewed backstage. McMahon says Owens has just left the arena and that’s what he’ll do too. Foreshadowing, kids.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. The New Day to pick rematch stipulation.
This is a non-title match with the winner choosing the stipulation for the next match with the titles on the line. Shouldn’t The Usos be allowed to move onto other challengers if they beat New Day again tonight? Xavier Woods has a knee brace, but is thankfully able to walk. Guess the knee injury he suffered on Monday night’s house show wasn’t as bad as it looked. Usos pick up the win in a solid match for the right to wrestle the team they’ve beaten twice again.
Tamina def. A Local Talent.
I have no idea who has the honor of attempting to wrestle Tamina tonight, but she deserves a long ice bath. Lana told Tamina to “crush” like Rusev back in the day. Unfortunately, Tamina isn’t half the worker Rusev is. Tamina picks up the win via superkick. Post-match, Lana gets her paid media to snap pics of “Ravishing” Tamina.
WWE Women’s Champion Natalya, James Ellsworth, and Carmella have a confrontation backstage. Natalya challenges Carmella next week. Carmella says she may cash in. Natalya channels her inner John Cena and tells Carmella she’ll make her the “Baron Corbin of the women’s division.” Oof. After Carmellsworth leave, Naomi tells Natalya she gets her title rematch in two weeks.
Nakamura vs. Orton next week. Winner gets a WWE Championship match with Jinder Mahal.
Main event: Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura def. WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and Rusev.
We return from commercial to see Nakamura finishing up his entrance as if he’s at the level of Mike Kanellis. Mahal and Rusev are also already in the ring waiting for Orton. Bad look, WWE. Nakamura hits the Kinshasa knee on Rusev for the win in what was a perfectly fine, but unspectacular TV/house show main event.
Post-match, Orton hits a vicious RKO that Nakamura sells even better than Rusev to setup their match next week!
Overall, a decent episode of SD Live, but the brand is in desperate need for a new champion who can wrestle the main event style.
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