SmackDown Live was broadcast from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
WWE SmackDown Live Main Event: Charlotte Flair def.(pin) Tamina, Becky Lynch and Naomi to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Excellent match. It was Charlotte’s return to the ring ever since her father, the legendary Ric Flair, was hospitalized last month. Match involved a lot of WWE’s typical big spots in a multi-person match, and the end was awesome with a bunch of near-falls that kept being broken up. Crowd loved it.
The end of the match was a bit of a scramble that started when Charlotte hit a moonsault on both Naomi and Tamina. The scramble afterwards eventually saw Charlotte hit Tamina with a big boot and a pin to become the new No. 1 contender for Natalya’s title.
A.J. Styles and Baron Corbin had a non-match where Corbin injured his leg
This was weird. Styles and Corbin set up for their U.S. Title match that was announced last week when Styles was jumped by Corbin before the bell. The responds was Tye Dillinger jumping Corbin, who sold a leg injury from the interference. Styles then put Corbin in the calf crusher and he tapped out, but the match had never really happened.
New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) def. (pin) the Hype Bros (Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley) in a non-title match
Good match for how short it was, but the match was clearly fodder for the ongoing feud between New Day and The Usos. The New Day won with the Midnight Hour after Kofi took out Rawley outside the ring. After the match, they showed Ryder and Rawley contemplating a breakup backstage.
Randy Orton def. (pin) Aiden English, then Rusev def. (pin) Randy Orton
Aiden English opened the match by ambushing Orton in the corner. English actually got a lot of offense in, including throwing Orton on top of the announce table. The match went back and forth after coming back from a commercial break, until Orton got the win with an RKO after English jumped off the top rope.
After the match, Rusev came out and talked about how angry he still was over Orton beating him in nine seconds at SummerSlam. This led to a match for some reason, which Rusev won quickly with a superkick after Orton failed an RKO. That was weird, but Rusev being super excited about the win afterwards in an interview with Renee Young was great enough television to make up for it.
Best of the rest of SmackDown Live
- Shane McMahon opened the show quick a quick speech after a video package was shown from last week’s Kevin Owens beating of Vince McMahon. Shane condemned Owens as a coward, and said that vengeance was awaiting for Owens at next month’s Hell in a Cell event.
- WWE champion Jinder Mahal gave another promo on Nakamura that absolutely fell flat to the live crowd. This needs to stop<, and maybe WWE is figuring that out, because they didn’t even upload the promo to YouTube like they do with almost everything else.
- Kevin Owens “via satellite” apologized for assaulting Vince McMahon last week, but at the same time still called out Shane McMahon for being the cause of those actions.
- Dolph Ziggler did the “steal other wrestlers’ entrance” thing again, this week spoofing Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and DX. It was still funny, but if this is just leading to him losing to Bobby Roode, then what’s the point?
WWE SmackDown results leading to Hell in a Cell
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