With Monday Night Raw taking place in Memphis, the SmackDown Live crew invaded Little Rock, Arkansas. Since the SmackDown Live doesn’t have a PPV until October we should get a few PPV-quality matches on free TV until then. We learned that next week, Shinsuke Nakamura will take on Randy Orton to see who’s the #1 contender for the WWE title. Before that, they teamed up to battle Rusev & Jinder Mahal, but they were beat down at the beginning of the night. A.J. Styles brought back the U.S. Open Challenge that was made famous by John Cena. Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon continued their saga as Owens continues to talk about his frustrations since moving to SmackDown Live. Usos & New Day met each other as the winner gets to pick the stipulation for their next championship match. Let’s see the top 10 moments from SmackDown Live.
10- Shinsuke Nakamura & Jinder Mahal came face-to-face and started battling each other. Nakamura was getting the best of Mahal, but the Singh Brothers grabbed the legs of Nakamura and Mahal nailed him with a kick. They all were beating him down until Orton hit the ring to help, but Rusev made his way to the ring and laid out Orton with a kick. Mahal finished the segment by hitting his finisher on Nakamura.
9- Tamina nailed the jobber with a superkick that lead to her pinfall victory.
8- A.J. Styles brought back the U.S. Open challenge and it was accepted by Tye Dillinger. Baron Corbin attacked him as he made his way to the ring, but Dillinger got revenge on Corbin and told the referee to ring the bell.
7- The Usos made a blind tag and Jimmy rolled up Kofi from behind to pick up the win.
6- Chad Gable tossed Viktor to Shelton Benjamin and he hit him with a face buster for the win.
5- Bobby Roode hit Mike Kanellis with the Glorious DDT for the win.
4- Tye Dillinger tried to hit his Tye Breaker on Styles, but it was reversed into the Calf Crusher to pick up the submission win. After the match, Corbin attacked Dillinger and went after Styles, but was met with a Phenomenal Forearm.
3- Shinsuke Nakamura hit the Kinchasa on Rusev to pick up the win for his team.
2- Kevin Owens left the commentator desk and entered the ring to demand the referee to give him the shirt. He argued with Sami Zayn saying he’s the referee and Aiden English attacked Zayn from behind. Owens took control, hit the pop-up powerbomb on Zayn and told English to pin him. Owens did a fast 3-count allowing English to win the match.
1- After their match, Orton & Nakamura talked to each other, but Orton hit the RKO out of nowhere to close out SmackDown.
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