SmackDown Live was broadcast live from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
SmackDown Live main event: Kevin Owens def. (TKO) Sami Zayn after a powerbomb onto the apron, Shane McMahon eventually interferes
These two had a good match because well... they've been wrestling each other for 15 years, they weren't going to have a bad match.
Owens hit a couple of big superkicks early, while Sami reversed a pop-up powerbomb into a gorgeous looking blue thunder bomb. The match eventually went outside the ring, where Owens reversed a DDT attempt into a superkick. Owens then powerbombed Sami onto the apron, resulting in the match being called off.
In the post match beatdown, Owens looked like he was going to kill Sami with a chair when Shane McMahon's music finally hit. Owens then threw Sami into Shane before Owens ran off into the crowd.
Shinsuke Nakamura finally confronts Jinder Mahal
Mahal gave a quick apology for his promo last week that some said was offensive. He then immediately launched into the picture thing again, only for one of the pictures of Nakamura on the tron to actually end up being Nakamura. "The Artist" then came out and took out both Singh Brothers and Mahal to end up standing tall.
Baron Corbin def. (countout) Tye Dillinger
A.J. Styles was ringside for this one. Whole match climaxed around a spot where Dillinger was started to gain control of the match when Corbin rolled outside to confront Styles. This resulted in a schmoz outside where Corbin eventually threw Dillinger into Styles over the announce table. Corbin got the countout win, and cut a promo after the match about how he was coming for Styles' U.S. Championship.
Also sidenote: it's funny when you can see that WWE is doing a countout, because the ref actually counts like a normal person instead of doing a 10-count that actually takes like 47 seconds.
Rusev held a celebration after beating Randy Orton last week
This was hilarious and fantastic.
Aiden English served as the MC for what became known as the "Rusev Day" celebration, with Rusev being present with the key to his hometown in Bulgaria. English then started singing a song in Rusev's honor, only to catch an RKO out of nowhere by Orton. An irate Rusev then got the same treatment in what may be one of the best looking RKOs of all time.
Charlotte Flair def. (pin) Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth)
Ellsworth was chained to the ring post. No seriously.
Carmella actually got a lot of offense until she ran into a big boot and got pinned. After the match, Natalya came out to congratulate Charlotte on both the win and on her father recovering in time just to see her lose at Hell in a Cell.
Best of the rest of SmackDown Live
- Dolph Ziggler did the Undertaker's entrance this time. The live crowd was not amused. After Dolph did his shtick, Bobby Roode finally called him out. Looks like the two will be facing off in at Hell in a Cell, where Roode should win.
- Kevin Owens opened the show in what was his first in-ring appearance since his whole kerfuffle with Vince McMahon. Owens was interrupted by none other than rival Sami Zayn, who called Owens a giant piece of garbage, among other things. This is what led to their match in the main event.
- When the New Day came out for the tag match between The Usos and the Hype Bros, Xavier Woods appeared to no longer have the large brace on his injury knee. That seems like good news.
- The Usos then beat the Hype Bros in what wasn't much of a match. It was announced afterwards that the Usos would be taking on the New Day for the tag titles in a Hell in a Cell match.
WWE SmackDown results leading to Hell in a Cell
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