WWE SmackDown Live
July 11, 2017
San Antonio, Texas
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
AJ Styles, John Cena, Kevin Owens and Rusev In-Ring Segment:
Battleground came a little early for AJ Styles at MSG. Styles never said he was the face of America, but he’s an upgrade from Kevin Owens. This is not about Kevin Owens. It’s about the United States Championship around his waist and what it represents. It wasn’t a long time ago that the US Champion would want to prove he was the best. That person called it the US Open Challenge. How about we bring that back ? Every time you see a man with this title around his waist, you will know that he’s the best. If there’s any WWE Superstars who disagrees, tonight is your lucky night. Tonight, you could come out here and prove him wrong. Right here, right now is AJ Styles US Open Challenge and it starts right now.
John Cena comes down to the ring. Cena just wanted to make sure that Styles realizes what he just said. Is Cena excluded from the Open Challenge? Styles says that the Challenge is especially open for Cena. Cena goes on to accept Styles challenge and he wants the match to happen right here, right now. The referee comes down to the ring. We have the formal introductions for the title match. Charles Robinson was about to ring the bell, but Kevin Owens appears on the ramp. Nobody wants to see another stupid AJ Styles versus John Cena match.
The only thing people should care about it’s the rightful owner, and that’s Kevin Owens. Why is John Cena back? Nobody misses him and we don’t need him here. Cena doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near his title. It’s not that Owens doesn’t want to see Cena, it’s because can’t see him. Owens is like everybody else who runs their mouth and wants them to leave. Cena calls Owens a Michelin man. Cena will run through Owens and Styles Rusev attacks Cena from behind. Owens plants Styles with the Pop Up PowerBomb. Rusev drops Cena with a Thrust Kick. Rusev gets Cena trapped in the Accolade.
– SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan announces that tonight’s main event will be, AJ Styles & John Cena vs. Kevin Owens & Rusev.
First Match: Jinder Mahal w/The Singh Brothers vs. Tye Dillinger
Jinder and Tye goes into the collar and elbow tie up. Jinder backs Tye into the corner. Jinder launches Tye to the other side of the ring. Jinder goes for a bodyslam, but Tye gets back on his feet. Tye lands a back elbow strike in the corner. Tye connects with a SpringBoard Clothesline for a two count. Jinder responds with a Big Boot. Jinder follows that with a knee drop. Jinder applies a rear chin lock. Jinder rams his knee across the back of Tye’s neck. Jinder is mauling Tye in the corner.
Jinder whips Tye back first into the turnbuckles. Jinder drives his knee to the ribs of Tye. Jinder goes back to ground game. Tye tries to fight out of the rear chin lock. Jinder drops Tye with a back elbow strike. Jinder applies a Cravate. Jinder won’t Tye to get back on his feet. Jinder continues to attacks the ribs of Tye. Jinder bodyslams Tye. Jinder follows that with a massive haymaker. Tye starts firing off rapid fire shots. Tye follows that with a leaping clothesline. Tye goes into the Corner Mount. Jinder drops Tye with a Running Knee Strike. Jinder plants Tye with the Khallas to pickup the victory. After the match, Jinder announces that he’s bringing the Punjabi Prison to next week’s SmackDown.
Winner: Jinder Mahal via Pinfall
Second Match: Xavier Woods w/The New Day vs. Jey Uso w/Jimmy Uso
Woods lands a thrust kick to the gut of Jey. Woods with a clubbing blow to the back of Jey. Woods drops Jey with a Forearm Smash. Jimmy Uso trips Woods behind the referee’s back. Jey knocks Kofi Kingston off the ring apron. Referee Charles Robinson ejects Big E, Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso from the ringside area.
Woods goes for the O’Connor Roll, but Jey blocks it. Jey SuperKicks Woods for a two count. Jey goes for the Uso Splash, but Woods gets his knees up in the air. Jey lands a big right hand. Woods responds with a Enziguri from the ring apron. Woods gets Jey tied in the tree of woe. Woods connects with a SpringBoard Clothesline to pickup the victory.
Winner: Xavier Woods via Pinfall
Shane McMahon, Naomi, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Tamina Snuka, Lana and Carmella Office Segment:
Naomi arrives to Shane McMahon’s Office. Naomi wants to know who’ll be her challenger at WWE Battleground and it better not be Lana. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Tamina Snuka and Lana enters the conversation. Charlotte says that Lana doesn’t deserve anything. Tamina tells Charlotte to watch her mouth. Natalya says that if Charlotte’s so genetically superior, why is she making a deal about Lana? Especially when Charlotte has been riding her daddy’s coattails her entire career.
Shane McMahon announces that at WWE BattleGround, there will be a Five-Way Elimination Match. The winner of that match will go on to face Naomi at SummerSlam for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. As far as tonight is concern, Charlotte & Becky Lynch will take on Natalya & Tamina Snuka. Carmella has a petition to get James Ellsworth reinstated. Shane McMahon rips up the petition and says that decision is final.
Third Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
Nakamura and Corbin starts brawling at the ringside area before the bell rings. Corbin sends Nakamura into the crowd. Corbin drives Nakamura into the barricade. Referee’s and Agents are trying to separate both men. Nakamura goes into the ring and tells Corbin to bring it. Corbin raises the Money in the Bank Briefcase over his head and decides to walk to the back.
Winner: No Contest
Fourth Match: Tamina Snuka & Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch
Tamina and Becky will start things off. Collar and elbow tie up. Tamina drops Becky with a right hand. Charlotte tries to distract Tamina. Tamina whips Becky to the corner. Becky lands a big boot. Beck follow that with a leg lariat. Becky with a leg drop. Becky tags in Charlotte. Charlotte lands a knee drop for a two count. Charlotte applies a rear chin lock. Charlotte goes for the German Suplex, but Tamina blocks it. Tamina HeadButts Charlotte. Tamina tags in Natalya. Natalya drives Charlotte’s head to the canvas. Charlotte kicks up and lands a knife edge chop. Charlotte tags in Becky. Becky with a Flying Double Axe Handle to the wrist of Natalya. Becky dropkicks Natalya. Becky connects with the BexPloder Suplex, but Natalya rolls out of the ring.
Tamina whips Becky shoulder first to the steel ring steps. Natalya applies a rear chin lock. Natalya rams her knee across the back of Becky’s neck. Tamina attacks Becky behind the referee’s back. Tamina and Natalya are cutting the ring in half. Becky side steps Tamina into the turnbuckles. Tamina with a clubbing axe handle to the back of Becky. Tamina bodyslams Becky for a two count. Tamina goes back to the rear chin lock. Becky tries to fight out of Tamina and Natalya’s corner. Natalya continues to ground Becky in the middle of the ring coming out of the commercial break. Becky lands a Deep Arm-Drag. Natalya drives Becky back first into the turnbuckles before she can make the hot tag. Lana comes down to the ringside area. Becky gets back to a vertical base.
Becky lands a knee strike. Tamina responds with a clothesline. Tamina knocks Charlotte off the ring apron. Tamina and Natalya are double teaming Becky behind the referee’s back. Natalya goes for the SharpShooter, but Becky blocks it. Becky finally tags in Charlotte. Charlotte returns the favor and knocks Tamina off the ring apron. Charlotte lands a series of knife edge chops. Charlotte drops Natalya with a Big Boot. Charlotte connects with a Exploder Suplex. Lana dodges a right hand from Charlotte. Tamina makes the blind tag. Charlotte goes for the Figure Four Leg Lock, but Tamina counters with the SuperKick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Tamina Snuka & Natalya via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Kevin Owens & Rusev vs. John Cena & AJ Styles
Cena and Rusev will start things off. Rusev applies a side headlock. Rusev drops Cena with a shoulder tackle. Rusev rolls out of the ring and waves the Bulgarian Flag. Rusev gets back into the ring and is a victim of a shoulder tackle. Cena connects with a running bulldog. Rusev tags in Owens. Owens repeatedly stomps on Cena’s chest. Owens mocks Styles. Owens and Rusev are cutting the ring in half. Owens is choking Cena behind the referee’s back. Rusev lands a big right hand across the jaw of Cena. Rusev and Cena are trading back and forth shots. Rusev drops Cena with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Rusev goes for a Flying HeadButt, but Cena rolls himself to the other side of the ring. Cena tags in Styles. Styles clotheslines Rusev. Styles follows that with a Hesitation Forearm Smash. Styles gets Rusev trapped in the Calf Crusher, but Owens breaks up the submission attempt.
Rusev goes for a bodyslam, but Styles gets back on his feet. Rusev blocks a Ushigoroshi attempt from Styles. Styles attacks Owens in the corner. Rusev from behind lands a big leg lariat. Rusev tags in Owens. Owens transitions into a ground and pound attack. Owens applies a rear chin lock. Styles rolls Owens over for a two count. Owens clotheslines Styles. Owens goes for the cover, but Styles kicks out at two. Rusev tags himself in. Rusev with a shot to the midsection of Styles. Rusev kicks the shoulder of Styles for a two count. Rusev talks smack to Cena. Rusev with a running elbow drop. Rusev gets Styles trapped in the Bear Hug. Styles connects with a enziguri. Cena and Owens are tagged in. Cena ducks a clothesline from Owens. Cena lands two flying shoulder tackles. Cena follows that with a side slam. Cena connects with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rusev enters the ring and SuperKicks Cena. Styles drops Rusev with the Phenomenal Forearm. Styles with a Pele Kick to Owens. Cena plants Owens with the Attitude Adjustment to pickup the victory.
Winner: John Cena & AJ Styles via Pinfall
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