48 percent voted for Bobby Roode's debut. Renee Young interviewed Roode in the ring after the match. The SmackDown GM then introduced Shelton Benjamin, saying he would be a great tag team partner for Gable.
SmackDown Live on Tuesday was packed with new storylines and superstars, along with a big-name return and yet another showdown between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens for the United States championship. At SummerSlam this past Sunday during the RAW tag team match pitting Cesaro and Sheamus against Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, Cesaro ran into the crowd and destroyed a beach ball that fans were tossing in the crowd.
Mahal may have attempted to interfere, but a Kinshasa from Nakamura sent the champ packing.
AJ Styles came out to the ring. Corbin offers to ref the match as long as he gets first dibs at a title shot if Owens walks out as champion. While handing over the title to Shinsuke Nakamura so early in his career was debatable, no one expected Jinder Mahal to retain the title. Bryan told them that they should be a tag team and that they would be in action next week. Frustrated, Corbin handed McMahon the referee uniform making the commissioner now in charge of the match.
SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya teamed with Carmella, holder of the women's Money in the Bank Briefcase, against Becky Lynch and former champion Naomi. This led to Baron Corbin walking up and telling him that he will do it if he gets the first title match against Owens, which Owens agreed to do so. The team of Naomi and Becky got the win after Becky hit an exploder suplex on Carmella and then Naomi hit a split legged moon-sault on her for the pin.
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Backstage - Dolph Ziggler: In a sarcastic shoot-style promo, Ziggler said he was thrilled to be returning to SmackDown Live with a backstage segment and that he now knows what it takes to be a star in WWE - singing, playing guitar, rapping, lights, a fancy robe and a valet. She said "see you next week" to whoever she was talking with.
Backstage - Lana and Tamina Snuka: Lana, who was back wearing a version of her suit, promised Snuka that her journey to the women's championship begins next week.
Owens was granted a final shot at the title and selected Baron Corbin as the guest referee after McMahon's inconsistent performance in a striped shirt at SummerSlam. While Corbin is distracted, Kevin Owens low blows Styles and when Corbin goes to count the pinfall, McMahon pulls him out of the ring to make sure there is a clean win. Owens makes some claims (with video evidence) as to how he got screwed and things get heated with him and Shane McMahon. Shane McMahon came out.
Good way to put a bow on the Styles-Owens rivalry while simultaneously setting up a future Owens-McMahon feud. McMahon booked the match.
The confusion allowed Styles to hit the "Phenomenal Forearm" to retain the title, leaving a livid Owens in the ring. A very good show from SmackDown overall and one that gets this viewer interested in tuning in next week.