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. All-in-all, it was a fun show and one could argue better than Raw on Monday considering how much was jammed into the two-hour timeslot.
More than anything, SmackDown gave WWE fans reason to tune in next week, which is something that has been lacking from programming on both shows recently. Check out everything that went down below.
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WWE SmackDown results
Confrontation — AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon: Styles officially announce in the ring that the U.S. Open challenge was back on. Owens’ music hit immediately, and while Styles said Owens already had his chances, Owens refused to accept that he lost at SummerSlam. “A McMahon screwed a legendary Canadian out of a title once again,” he said, referring to the Montreal Screwjob 20 years ago. This brought out McMahon, who said the result was fair and final but had to sit and listen to Owens argue his point. Styles then called Owens “a whiny ass little bitch” and offered another title opportunity tonight, promising to shut Owens up for good. Owens refused to accept the match unless he could pick his own referee, which Styles and McMahon eventually agreed to as long as Owens understood it was his last shot at the U.S. title as long as Styles is champion.
Backstage — Daniel Bryan and Jinder Mahal: The Singh Brothers announced Mahal’s presence, who cut a promo about his value to the brand. The general manager said all he saw was a champion who can’t win without the Singhs, so Mahal called Bryan a xenophobe. Bryan then set a match between Shinsuke Nakamura and the Singhs for later in the night.
Backstage — Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn: Owens approached Zayn, saying he was hoping to find him backstage. Reminding Zayn that they have 15 years together in the industry, he said Zayn is the only one he can actually trust despite their recent problems. “Sometimes, I think we’ve been fighting for so long, I forget what we’re even fighting about,” Zayn responded. Owens countered by saying, since coming to SmackDown Live, Zayn hasn’t really been doing much of anything, but he could do something that counts tonight by refereeing the match.
Bobby Roode def. Aiden English via pinfall: Glorious! Roode interrupted English’s singing and received a tremendous ovation from the crowd. Roode hit a blockbuster and kicked out of the Director’s Cut from English before hitting his Glorious DDT for the easy victory. After the match, Roode congratulated McMahon and Bryan for “breaking the bank” and signing him. “If you don’t know by now, you’re about to find out that everything that I touch and everything that I do is big box office. In a New York minute, SmackDown Live went from being great to being absolutely … glorious.”
Lots to digest in the first 25 minutes of SmackDown. Finding a way to end the Styles-Owens feud, giving Nakamura a chance for retribution…