WWE SmackDown Live
July 25, 2017
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Chris Jericho and Shane McMahon In-Ring Segment:
This feels right, doesn’t it? Kevin Owens is once again your United States Champion. At Battleground, he proved that if your heart is pure and you’re a good person, good things happen. Owens took his title back from that thief, AJ Styles. Now that he’s once again your United States Champion, he can go back to defending his title with the pride and the honor it deserves. That’s why he’s reinstating The Kevin Owens United States Open Challenge. It will start next week. Owens would never defend his title in front of a bunch of hicks in Richmond, Virginia. AJ Styles comes down to the ring to interrupt. Owens says that Styles better be out here to congratulate him and say that he’s the better man. Styles is out here for his rematch for the United States Championship. Owens has to remind Styles that he’s not putting his title on the line tonight.
Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring. It’s The Return of Jericho, Welcome Back Maaaan! Jericho wants Owens to be quiet. We’re not in Montreal, this is America and he’s sick of hearing Owens yapping. The last time Jericho was on SmackDown Live, he left on a stretcher thanks to Owens, but he’s back for his rematch for the US title, tonight. Styles says that a lot has changed since Jerich has been gone. The next guy in line for the US Title is him. You know what happens to a guy who cuts in line ahead of him?
Jericho would kicked the guy at the supermarket and put him in the Walls of Jericho. By the way, AJ Styles just made the list. Jericho calls Owens a stupid idiot as he’s walking to the back. Shane McMahon comes out to the stage and tells Owens to hang around for a moment. Both Chris Jericho and AJ Styles have rematches for the US Title. Both men will get their opportunity at the same time. That match will not happen at WrestleMania because it’s too far away. It won’t even happen at SummerSlam. Tonight, Kevin Owens will put the United States Championship on the line against AJ Styles and Chris Jericho.
First Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
Nakamura and Corbin are trading back and forth shots. Nakamura ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Nakamura drops Corbin with a forearm smash. Nakamura follows that with a knee drop to the back of Corbin’s back. Nakamura goes for Kinshasa, but Corbin counters with a big lariat. Corbin rolls Nakamura back into the ring. Corbin goes for the cover, but Nakamura kicks out at two. Corbin tosses Nakamura out of the ring. Corbin drives Nakamura back first into the barricade. Corbin with a knee strike across the chest of Nakamura. The onslaught continues as Corbin sends Nakamura sternum first into the barricade. Corbin shoves Nakamura to the canvas. Nakamura fires up with a series of strikes. Corbin goes for the Deep Six, but Nakamura gets back on his feet. Nakamura gets Corbin trapped in the Cross ArmBreaker. Nakamura transitions into a Triangle Choke.
Corbin gets back to a vertical base. Nakamura locks in the Guillotine Choke. Corbin connects with a vertical suplex. Corbin applies a half nelson chin lock. Corbin drives his knee again to the chest of Nakamura. Nakamura responds with a leaping leg lariat. Nakamura lands a series of buzzsaw kicks to the chest of Corbin. Corbin slaps Nakamura in the face. Nakamura drops Corbin with a Big Boot. Nakamura repeatedly drives his knee to the face of Corbin. Nakamura places Corbin on the top turnbuckle.
Nakamura connects with a running knee strike to the ribs of Corbin. Nakamura follows that with a Flying Leg Lariat for a two count. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa, but Corbin counters with a Back Breaker for a two count. Corbin starts driving his knee to the face of Nakamura. Nakamura ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Corbin plants Nakamura with the Deep Six for a two count. Corbin goes for the End of Days, but Nakamura gets back on his feet. Nakamura mounts Corbin in the corner. Nakamura lands the Kinshasa to the back of the head of Corbin. Nakamura follows that with another Kinshasa to pickup the victory.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) July 26, 2017
Second Match: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Tamina Snuka & Lana
Becky and Lana will start things off. Collar and elbow tie up. Becky goes for the DisArmHer, but Lana immediately tags in Tamina. Tamina backs Becky into the ropes. Becky ducks a clothesline from Tamina. Becky with a quick roll up for a two count. Becky drops Tamina with a side leg lariat. Tamina drives Becky back first into the turnbuckles. Becky lands a spinning heel kick. Tamina sends Becky face first to the canvas. Tamina goes for the cover, but Becky kicks out at the count of two. Tamina tags in Lana. Tamina bounces Becky’s head on the top turnbuckle. Lana lands a snap vertical suplex for a two count.
Lana repeatedly drives her knee to the back of Becky. Lana applies a half nelson chin lock. Lana connects with a hair whip to the canvas for a two count. Lana tags in Tamina. Tamina clotheslines Becky. Becky responds with a enziguri. Becky tags in Charlotte. Charlotte knocks Lana off the ring apron. Charlotte lands a series of knife edge chops. Charlotte struts in the middle of the ring. Charlotte connects with a knee drop for a two count. Charlotte goes for a BodySlam, but Tamina counters with a SuperKick. Lana tags herself in. Charlotte kicks Tamina out of the ring. Charlotte drops Lana with a Big Boot to pickup the victory.
Winner: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch via Pinfall
Jinder Mahal, John Cena and Daniel Bryan In-Ring Segment:
Jinder crushed the legacy of Randy Orton at WWE Battleground. Orton wouldn’t beat him at his own game. He underestimated him, just like the people in this country. Jinder will stay WWE Champion as long as he desires. Jinder wants to know who’s the challenger for his WWE Championship at SummerSlam? Jinder will address his people in the language of Punjabi. John Cena comes out to interrupt Jinder. Jinder wasn’t finished. He knows what Cena will say. Jinder you don’t deserve to represent 1.3 Billion people of India, because you needed help from The Singh Brothers and The Great Khali. Cena came out here to congratulate Jinder. He respects that Jinder is in the best shape of his life and that the WWE Championship means so much to him that he will do anything to keep it.
This is not a moral shake down but it’s a congratulations. Jinder may recognize his voice from pistachio commercials, but he’s John Cena and he doesn’t care if you have a giant, a cast of merry men. He’ll be facing Super Cena. Cena will be walking out of SummerSlam a 17 Time Champion. Cena tells Jinder that he can’t see him. Daniel Bryan comes out on the stage. Cena is on a quest to make history but he don’t make the matches. You have to earn your opportunities, even if your name is John Cena. Next week, Cena will take on Shinsuke Nakamura for the first time. The winner of that match will go on to face Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam.
— WWE (@WWE) July 26, 2017
Third Match: Aiden English & Mike Kanellis w/Maria Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger
English and Dillinger will start things off. Collar and elbow tie up. English backs Dillinger into the corner. Dillinger lands a series of knife edge chops. Dillinger follows that with a back elbow strike. Dillinger tags in Zayn. Zayn connects with a Flying Double Axe Handle. Zayn lands a tilt-a-whirl head scissora takeover. English tags in Kanellis. Zayn clotheslines Kanellis. Kanellis responds with a back elbow strike. Maria distracts Zayn which allows Kanellis to land a cheap shot. Kanellis tags in English. English repeatedly stomps on the back of Zayn. English tags in Kanellis English and Kanellis are cutting the ring in half. Kanellis bounces Zayn’s head on the top turnbuckle. Kanellis is mauling Zayn in the corner. Kanellis uppercuts Zayn for a two count.
English tags himself in. English with a haymaker to the jaw of Zayn. English whips Zayn to the corner. English applies a rear chin lock. Zayn gets back to a vertical base. English and Kanellis continues to isolate Zayn. Kanellis drops Zayn with a Big Boot for a two count. Another quick tag to English. Zayn and English are trading back and forth shots. Zayn tosses English out of the ring. Zayn tags in Dillinger. Dillinger clotheslines English. Dillinger follows that with a Big Back BodyDrop. Dillinger clotheslines Kanellis. Dillinger proceeds to stomp on Kanellis head. Dillinger goes into the Corner Mount. Dillinger drops English with a Double Axe Handle. Dillinger dives over Kanellis and English. Zayn made the blind tag. Zayn connects with the Helluva Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) July 26, 2017
Fourth Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE United States Championship
Jericho and Styles starts attacking Owens immediately after the bell rings. Owens exit’s the ring. Jericho rolls Styles over for a two count. After a long pinning exchange, Owens drops Styles with a big right hand. Owens kicks Styles out of the ring. Owens is left in the ring with Jericho. Owens and Jericho engages in rockers punches. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Owens blocks it. Jericho lands a Big Boot. Jericho follows that with a missile dropkick for a one count. Styles is mounting Jericho in the corner. Styles goes for a vertical suplex, but Jericho blocks it. Styles knocks Jericho off the ring apron. Owens clotheslines Styles. Owens goes into a ground and pound attack. Owens whips Styles sternum first into the turnbuckles for a one count. Owens goes back to the ground and pound attack.
Owens drops Jericho with a right hand. Owens connects with a Senton Splash for a two count. Owens repeatedly stomps on Jericho’s chest on the outside. Styles lands a chop/right hand combination. Owens responds with a back elbow strike for a two count. Styles gets Owens trapped in the Calf Crusher. Jericho with the LionSault to break up the submission hold. Jericho goes for the cover, but Styles kicks out at the count of two. Jericho with a Back BodyDrop to Styles. Jericho connects with a corner clothesline. Jericho places Styles on the top turnbuckle. Owens gets Jericho in the Electric Chair position, but Jericho gets back on his feet. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Owens immediately escapes and lands a big haymaker. Styles sends Owens crashing to the outside. Styles connects with the SpringBoard 450 Splash. Owens tosses Styles out of the ring before he can make the cover. Owens tries to take advantage of the situation, but Jericho kicks out at two.
Styles drives Owens back first into the barricade. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Jericho counters with the Walls of Jericho. Jericho catapults Owens onto Styles. Jericho gets Owens trapped in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho plants Styles with the CodeBreaker for a two count. Jericho repeatedly slaps Styles in the face. Jericho drops Styles with a forearm. Jericho goes for the LionSault, but Owens trips him in mid-air. Owens lands two running cannonballs. Styles responds with a leaping forearm strike. Owens SuperKicks Jericho. Styles drops Owens with the Pele Kick. Jericho with a SpringBoard Dropkick that sends Styles crashing to the outside. Owens lands another SuperKick. Owens plants Jericho with the Pop Up PowerBomb for a two count. Owens follows that with the BullFrog Splash. Styles tosses Owens out of the ring and scores the pinfall. After the match, Owens snaps at the ringside area. Owens grabs a mic and talks about this whole situation not being fair. Owens wants his US Title Rematch, Next Week. Owens will take his title back next week.
Winner: New WWE United States Champion, AJ Styles via Pinfall