WWE Smackdown: Randy Orton RKOs Shinsuke Nakamura

Posted August 31, 2017

The show continued to follow up from the big "SummerSlam" PPV as various feuds continued and new ones begin towards the next PPV, "Hell in a Cell". This was Shelton's first WWE match since early 2011.

Two returns also highlight tonight's show.

Orton and Nakamura defeated Mahal and Rusev Orton and Nakamura not only were up to task against Rusev and Mahal, but even the Singh Brothers and ring-side.

It was also announced that on next week's "SmackDown Live", Orton will go against Nakamura in a match where the victor becomes new No. 1 contender for the WWE title.

- The Singh brothers are out and announce WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. They now want to kiss his feet on behalf of India. He got in the ring with them but ended up getting attacked as they ran the numbers game.

As you can see here, Woods injured his left knee during a match against Breezango and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos at Monday's WWE live event in Texarkana, Arkansas. Viktor tags back in, as he lays the boots to Gable. The Ascension via pinfall: The two are not called "American Alpha" and are not using Gable's awesome theme music (nor Benjamin's classic "ain't no stoppin' me now" intro). Konnor sent to the floor and Benjamin hits pay dirt for the win.

With AJ Styles once again the United States champion, it was time to revive an old favourite on Smackdown LIVE: The US Open Challenge. Baron Corbin and Tye Dillinger get into to a shoving match on the ramp. Dillinger was able to recover and took out Corbin as he got on the apron to knock him down. After the match, Lana instructed two photographers to enter the ring and take pictures of them celebrating the victory. Dillinger gets a good portion of his signature moves in, but one mistake gives Styles the opportunity to lock in the Calf Crusher, ending the match right there.

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After a brief scuffle, Dillinger was still able to face Styles as he punched out Corbin and had the referee immediately start the match.

The WWE originally planned to have Rusev put over Roode, however, owing to the Bulgarian's ongoing issues with the WWE, the company has chosen to bring Ziggler back on its TV programming in order to have him lose to Bobby Roode and make the Glorious One a bonafide star for the WWE's blue brand.

When Owens was complaining, he interrupted Aiden English's song but now, English can get back to the reason why he was out there. Last week, Shane McMahon (the Commissioner of SmackDown Live) said that Owens could pick his referee for the match.

Seeds continue to be planted for an Owens-McMahon bout. and the next SmackDown-branded pay-per-view just so happens to be Hell in a Cell on October 8. Shane McMahon later on says in an interview with Renee Young that this match is null and void. McMahon explained the situation and noted that he counted the pinfall. Zayn was not pleased by this, of course, and an argument with Owens served as a distraction for English to get the upper hand.

English would take on Sami Zayn. Owens then hits Zayn with a pop-up powerbomb.

The veteran high-flier is teaming up with Chad Gable in what Smackdown general manager Daniel Bryan hopes is an exciting new tag pairing. The Usos caught The New Day by surprise, defeating Kofi with a roll up after a blind tag. Kofi got rolled up by Jimmy Uso for the winning pinfall, meaning The Usos will choose the stipulation when these teams meet for the titles again.