We’re live from Manchester, New Hampshire as the pyro goes off inside the SNHU Arena. Tom Phillips welcomes us. He’s joined by JBL and Byron Saxton. Tom hypes tonight’s show.
– WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens is in the ring for his own version of Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel, complete with the Jeri-Tron and all. Owens welcomes us and says he’s taking The Highlight Reel over because the original host will never, ever bee seen again. We see a replay of Jericho losing his rematch two weeks ago and the post-match attack from Owens. Fans boo Owens.
Owens says Jericho was obsessed with scarves, gifts and lists but the only list he is on now is the injured list, and that’s because of Owens. Owens says what he did to Jericho is just a sneak preview of what he’s going to do to AJ Styles at Backlash on Sunday. Fans boo. Now that that is out of the way, Owens wants to introduce his guest and he wants to do it French, because he can. AJ’s music interrupts instead and out he comes to a pop.
AJ watched Owens steal Jericho’s thunder and everything else for a year but didn’t think he would stoop this low. Owens disagrees and wonder what the hell AJ is doing here because he would never invite AJ on his show. Fans chant AJ’s name. AJ promises to beat Owens for the title on Sunday and bring it back to the good ‘ol US-of-A. Fans chant USA now. AJ wants to fight tonight and not wait until Sunday. The music interrupts and out comes Jinder Mahal with The Singh Brothers. Jinder says he was supposed to be the guest on The Highlight Reel. Owens calls AJ a rude American who put his nose where he doesn’t belong. Jinder says what will happen at Backlash is exactly what happened last week. He shows us video of himself getting the pin on Randy Orton during last week’s tag match. Jinder says he will become WWE Champion on Sunday. AJ tells him to focus on tonight or he might not make it to Backlash.
Jinder quotes Ghandi but gets the “what!?” treatment as he speaks from the ramp. Jinder says AJ will lose tonight just like Orton will lose at Backlash. Owens says AJ is in for a rough week with losses to Jinder and himself. AJ enters the ring now and Owens scrambles to the floor. AJ tells Owens to run while he can because he won’t be running anywhere on Sunday. AJ says tonight is about he and Jinder. He tells Jinder to come down to the ring so he can start The AJ Styles Highlight Reel. Jinder heads to the ring as we go to commercial.
Jinder Mahal vs. AJ Styles
Back from the break and the match starts. Owens is on commentary. Back and forth with some stalling to start. Jinder catches a kick and sends AJ into the corner. AJ fights in from the apron and they run the ropes. AJ connects with a dropkick. Jinder with a shot to the throat to turn it around. Jinder sends AJ down into the corner and puts a boot to his head.
Jinder drops knees on AJ in the corner. Jinder stomps and talks some trash. Jinder keeps control as fans rally for AJ. The Singh Brothers look on and talk some trash to AJ. Jinder with more knee drops as the referee warns him. Jinder tries to suplex AJ in from the apron but it’s blocked. AJ with a thrust to the gut. AJ brings himself in with a forearm and drops Jinder. AJ with kicks to Jinder on his knees now. Jinder blocks a Styles Clash but AJ unloads with strikes. The Singh Brothers distract AJ, allowing Jinder to drop AJ over the top rope. Jinder with a knee to the jaw for a 2 count. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Jinder continues to work AJ over. Jinder with a low dropkick for a 2 count. Jinder with a headlock as fans chant for AJ again. The Singh Brothers cheer Jinder on. AJ fights up and out but Jinder drops him to boos. Jinder whips AJ hard into the turnbuckle for another pin attempt.
Jinder takes AJ to the top and works him over. Jinder climbs up for a superplex but AJ counters and slides to the mat, dropping Jinder into the turnbuckle. AJ runs into a kick. Jinder goes to the second rope but AJ dropkicks him in mid-air. Both are down in the middle of the ring now. They get up and trade shots. AJ unloads and takes Jinder’s knee out. AJ with a forearm for another 2 count. Jinder counters a move and sends AJ to the corner for thrusts. AJ catches him but Jinder blocks and nails another big kick for a close 2 count.
More back and forth now. AJ hits a pele kick and a big shot in the corner. AJ drops Jinder over his knee for another close pin attempt. They go to the floor and come back in. AJ charges in the corner but gets sent to the apron. AJ nails a forearm. AJ readies for the Phenomenal Forearm but The Singh Brothers distract the referee, allowing Owens to nail AJ with the title from behind. Jinder takes advantage and hits his finisher The Coloss for the win.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
After the match, Jinder leaves with The Singh Brothers as his music hits. AJ clutches his knee and we get replays.
– Still to come, Orton vs. Corbin and more. Back to commercial.
– We are back and Lana returns with her cabaret act.
The Fashion Files:
Fandango looks at the board of fashion failures and a janitor enters and Fandango criticizes him. Tyler reveals that it is him. Fandango asks about his recog… undercover work. Tyler shows Baron Corbin’s shirts, Sami Zayn’s drawers and say they are the same color as credenza. Tyler shows an Uso shirt and Fandango wonders what Day One Is H means. Tyler says the Usos are scary. Their hair is so well conditioned and luscious. He says they have no chance. Fandango calms him down and reminds Tyler that he is a Prince. Fandango and Tyler say they will win and it will be their Day One Is H. They do a freeze frame high five.
Randy Orton walks in the back and he is asked about the reaction to Jinder Mahal. Randy says Jinder thinks the people don’t respect him because of how he looks or speaks. He thinks people don’t like him because of intolerance. They don’t like Jinder because he is an ass.
Breezango vs. The Colons
We go to the ring and out comes the #1 contenders Breezango. We go to commercial.
Tyler sends Epico into Primo and Tyler gets a near fall. Epico sends Tyler into the ring post and ets a near fall. Primo tags in and hits a splash to the back and gets a near fall. Primo with a kick. Primo with an arm bar. Tyler with punches but Tyler is sent to the mat by Primo. Primo chokes Tyler in the corner. Primo with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Primo with another Irish whip but he misses a splash and Tyler with a spinning heel kick.
Fandango and Epico tag in and Fandango with jabs and clotheslines. Epico with a kick but Fandango with a spinning heel kick. Breeze is sent to the floor and Fandango takes care of Primo. Fandango with a Falcon Arrow for the three count.
After the match, the #1 contenders celebrate until the music interrupts and out come SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos. They say Breezango does this for the likes and the re-tweets but The Usos do this for the titles and the day one-ish. They go on and welcome Breezango to the Uso Penitentiary, where they make all the rules. They promise to take Breezango to trial at Backlash. They read Breezango their rights and issue a warning before their music hits and the segment ends.
– We see Becky Lynch and Naomi walking backstage. Charlotte Flair joins them and they head to the ring. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
Back from the break and out comes SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon for a contract signing.
Shane talks about how the women’s division is part of why SmackDown is the top brand. He talks about the six-woman match at WWE Backlash this Sunday. He introduces Carmella, Tamina Snuka and Natalya first. They come out and James Ellsworth is with them. Shane introduces their opponents next and out comes Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi.
Shane says Natalya had a few words before we get the contract signed. Natalya runs them down and calls them pathetic. She says we will see who’s the best at Backlash on Sunday. Natalya signs. Tamina and Carmella also sign. Becky takes the mic and says there was no chance in hell she would join Natalya. She can’t wait to slap their faces on Sunday. Becky signs. Naomi says her opponents should be focusing on their next hair appointment instead of the past three weeks because they’re all getting snatched bald on Sunday, including Ellsworth. Naomi signs next. Charlotte says they’ve all had an issue with her since she came to SmackDown. They whined and complained, the formed their little babysitter’s club. Charlotte tells them to bring it all to the table on Sunday because they will solve their problems and then, The Queen is coming for her crown. She points at Naomi’s title and does a “wooo!” at her. Charlotte signs.
Shane makes the match official but Ellsworth picks up the mic. He appreciates Shane trying to help a brother but The Kid can take care of himself. Shane has no idea what he’s talking about. Ellsworth says it’s obvious that Becky gazes at him. Ellsworth quotes Vince McMahon and says Becky has no chance in hell with him. Ellsworth says Charlotte is a Queen that sees him as a probable King but he’s the Prince to the Princess of Staten Island and she also has no chance with him. Ellsworth says Naomi is out here flapping her gums but eventually Carmella is going to steal her title and her glow. Naomi grabs Ellsworth. A brawl almost breaks out but Shane stops it. He makes Carmella vs. Naomi and calls for a referee. Shane’s music hits as we go to commercial.
Carmella vs. Naomi
They lock up and Carmella goes into the ropes. Carmella retreats to the ropes again. Carmella goes to the apron and gets fanned by Ellsworth. They lock up and Naomi with punches while Carmella screams and tries to get away. Naomi with a Thesz Press and punches. Naomi sends Carmella into the corner and hits a splash followed by a running bulldog into the turnbuckles. Naomi with a drop kick on the apron. Naomi gets a near fall. Naomi with an arm bar.
Carmella gets to the ropes. Naomi with a side head lock and elbow to the arm. Naomi sends Carmella to the mat with an arm bar. Naomi with a punch and she tries for a slam but Carmella gets to her feet and she kicks Naomi and sends her face first into the mat. Naomi with a thrust kick. Ellsworth grabs Carmella to help her avoid Rear View but the referee sends Ellsworth to the back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Naomi sends Carmella away using her rear end. Carmella with a kick to the leg but Naomi kicks back. Carmella with another kick but Naomi with another kick that sends Carmella to the mat. Carmella with another kick and Carmella cowers and screams to avoid further kicks. Naomi with a drop kick that sends Carmella to the floor. Carmella thinks about leaving but she hits Naomi with a thrust kick.
The referee starts his count. Naomi gets back in before the ten count and Carmella punches Naomi and gets a near fall. Carmella sends Naomi into her boot on the turnbuckle. Carmella with a bronco buster for a near fall. Carmella with a reverse chin lock. Naomi with punches but Carmella with a knee and Irish whip but Naomi with boots to Carmella. Naomi kicks Carmella to the mat and hits a flying clothesline and a corkscrew back elbow followed by Speedball Kicks. Naomi with a spinning sit out jaw breaker. Naomi is sent to the apron and Naomi goes up top but Tamina and Natalya stop her.
The referee sends Natalya and Tamina to the back.
Tamina and Natalya attack Charlotte and Becky but Naomi kicks Tamina. Carmella with a rollup for the three count.
We go to commercial.
– We are back with a video package for the return of the New Day to Smackdown.
Dolph Ziggler says he never understood the hype over Shinsuke Nakamura. He called him a nobody and a fraud last week. Dolph says he did his homework and research. He will show all of the remarkable things Nakamura has done here. He shows a video that says ‘Footage Not Found’. Dolph says he has done nothing in WWE while Dolph says he has done everything.
We see a video package for Dolph.
He says everyone is looking forward to Nakamura’s match at Backlash. Dolph says he is looking forward to spitting in the faces of the hypocrites when he beats Nakamura.
Sami Zayn says he has gotten his match against Baron Corbin at Backlash. Sami says he did not know why Corbin has targeted him. He says Corbin is afraid of him because Sami says he is a constant reminder that Corbin is not dominant. What happens when he faces someone that Corbin cannot keep down. That is a threat to his ego. Corbin hits Zayn from behind and he tells Sami he should stay down. He tells Sami if he shows up on Sunday, Sami will be put down permanently.
– Back from the break and the announcers hype Talking Smack and 205 Live. We go backstage to TJ Perkins for a promo on his 205 Live main event against Austin Aries tonight. Back to the ring and out comes Baron Corbin.
Randy Orton vs. Baron Corbin
They lock up and go to stalemate. They push each other and lock up. Orton with a side head lock and take down. Corbin with a side head lock and Orton escapes. They do it a few more times and they push each other. Orton goes for the RKO but Corbin pushes him away. Orton with a side head lock but Corbin with a palm thrust to the throat. Corbin with a shoulder tackle and Orton with a leap frog but Corbin with an elbow. Orton sends Corbin to the mat. Orton with the Garvin Stomp. Orton goes to the turnbuckles and he flies with a double sledge to the head.
Orton with European uppercuts and punches. Orton with an Irish whip but Corbin slides to the floor and hits a clothesline when he returns to the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Orton misses a knee drop. Corbin kicks Orton in the corner. Corbin chokes Orton in the ropes. Orton with a kick and head butt. Orton with punches but Corbin with a knee. Corbin with an Irish whip and Corbin kicks Orton in the corner. Corbin punches Orton. Corbin with a Cobra Clutch but Orton with punches and a head butt. Orton with an Irish whip and Corbin tries to slide back in and Orton avoids the clothesline. Corbin with a boot to the head for a near fall.
Corbin with a punch to the head and Orton goes down. Corbin yells at Orton and kicks him in the ribs. Orton with punches but Corbin with a forearm and punches. Corbin grabs Orton by the throat but Orton with an elbow. Corbin with a knee and then he charges into the corner but Orton moves and Corbin hits the ring post. Orton with two clotheslines and he ducks a clothesline by Corbin. Orton with a power slam but Corbin rolls to the apron. Orton sets for the IEDDT and hits it. Orton looks around and he twists to the mat to set up the RKO.
Orton goes for the RKO but Corbin pushes him away. Orton with an elbow. Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin with a forearm and Corbin slides to the floor again and Orton hits an RKO as Corbin returns to the ring for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Jinder Mahal comes out and he tells Randy to relish his victory and savor his time with the title. On Sunday, he destroys his pride, his body, and his future.
The Singhs attack Orton but Orton takes care of them and then Orton knocks Mahal off the apron. Orton sets for a double IEDDT on the Singhs, but Mahal hits Orton from behind.
Mahal with the Cobra Clutch Slam and we go to credits.
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