WWE SmackDown Live comes to Las Vegas, Nevada with not one, not two, but three championship matches! Plus: Vince McMahon makes a rare SmackDown Live appearance!
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We have a ridiculously stacked Tuesday night of WWE programming and kick things off with Sin City SmackDown taking place in Las Vegas. On deck for tonight are three WWE championship matches and the first wave of promotion for SmackDown’s October 8 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view headlined by Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.
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WWE SmackDown Live 9/12/17
Thomas & Mack Center – Las Vegas, NV
Remember tonight WWE Network, the Mae Young Classic Final of Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler airs live immediately following SmackDown. After the Mae Young Classic, we get a new 205 Live episode featuring TJP (TJ Perkins) vs. Rich Swann and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville poking fun at his No Mercy challenger Enzo Amore.
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SmackDown Live GM Daniel Bryan confronts Kevin Owens in the ring and reminds him Vince McMahon will be here tonight. Before Bryan came out, KO was interrupted by “Shane McMahon” as in Dolph Ziggler in a midlife crisis dressed as Shane McMahon. Nice. Looks like the KO-McMahon confrontation will be our main event segment.
WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) defeated Tye Dillinger to retain the U.S. Title. Styles won a good competitive match with the Calf Crusher despite Baron Corbin’s interference. Post-mach Corbin attacks Styles and tells him they’re wrestling next week on SmackDown for the U.S. Title. So much for that Hell in a Cell PPV match — for now.
Rusev cuts a backstage promo about his trip home to Bulgaria. He says his people looked at him like he was a loser after losing in 10 seconds to Randy Orton at SummerSlam. He says he must destroy the “Legend Killer” Randy Orton.
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal hyped his Hell in a Cell match with Shinsuke Nakamura with bad comedy. Mahal showed photos on the titantron of Nakamura apparently constipated and contemplating how he can further ripoff Michael Jackson. Mahal says Nakamura shouldn’t win the title because fans treat all foreign superstars the same way, without respect. They will make fun of his accent, appearance, etc. Mahal ends the promo saying he will be victorious at Hell in a Cell. The verbiage wasn’t great, but Mahal’s commanding presence and growing confidence in this role saved this segment.
SummerSlam rematch for WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day defeated The Usos (c) in a Sin City Street Fight to regain the WWE Tag Team Titles. Yet another great match between two excellent tag teams. This had its fair share of violent spots, including kendo stick shots, a chair thrown in the face/chest of Kofi Kingston, Big E slamming an Uso on the announcers table, and Kingston being awkwardly thrown into the barricade. Finish came when one Uso was knocked off the top rope through the table on the outside, allowing New Day to hit their double team finisher Midnight Hour on the other Uso for the pin.
We see red carpet shots of Ronda Rousey, the cast of GLOW, Lana, and other celebrities in attendance for the Mae Young Classic final of Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler. Rousey is also shown in the crowd right before the SmackDown Women’s Championship match.
SummerSlam rematch for SmackDown Live Women’s Championship: Natalya (c) defeated Naomi to retain the SD Live Women’s Title. Both women were already in the ring. I guess they’re strapped on time. Carmella and James Ellsworth (on a leash, literally) were on commentary. This was too short to be anything special. Finish came when Natalya was arguing with Carmella at ringside. Naomi hit a crossbody. Natalya moved out of the way as Carmellsworth gets wiped out, allowing Naomi gets throw into the LED post. Natalya follows up with a sharpshooter for the clean submission win. This did no favors for Naomi.
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable defeated The Hype Bros. Mojo Rawley showed the winners respect, but Zack Ryder didn’t seem too keen on that. Foreshadowing?
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to confront Kevin Owens in the ring about the suspension of SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon. Mr. McMahon says if KO sues WWE, KO will be bankrupt. McMahon says he suspended Shane because he didn’t finish the job. McMahon pokes fun at KO’s weight and everyone that’s tried to sue him. He reinstates Shane and officially books Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon inside Hell in a Cell! Owens headbutts McMahon and literally busts him open, presumably the hard way. KO proceeds to pound McMahon, kicks him in the head, and even hits a a frog splash. As a bloodied Vince is being helped out of the ring, Stephanie McMahon gets in KO’s face and goes to tend to her father. KO is at the top of the ramp looking shocked at what he has just done. This is the strongest angle WWE has done in a long time and instantly makes Kevin Owens into the badass give no f***s guy he was when he initially debuted in 2015.
Overall, an excellent edition of SmackDown Live capped off with a shockingly effective angle for a feud I frankly didn’t care for going into it. Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to Stephanie McMahon simply burying KO before Hell in a Cell.
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