WWE SmackDown Live
August 29, 2017
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
– Tonight’s main event will be Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev & Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton and Rusev In-Ring Segment:
Tonight, Jinder Mahal will show his superior in-ring skills and acumen. He’ll take on his two biggest rivals, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. The WWE Universe doesn’t know what it’s like to walk a mile in the Modern Day Maharaja’s shoes. As a citizen of Asia, Jinder is shown disrespect. Every time he walks through an airport or hotel he’s shown disrespect and disdain. He’s the WWE Champion. All the jingoistic naysayers continue to berate Jinder Mahal.
Jinder is the best of the best. Tonight, someone will pay the price. The Singh Brothers failed him last week. They want to extend a public apology to the 1.3 billion people in India. It was through The Singh Brothers ignorance and lack of skill that allowed Nakamura to connect with the Kinshasa.
Nakamura will never touch Jinder again. The Singh Brothers wants to publicly kiss Jinder’s royal feet. Shinsuke Nakamura comes down to the ring. Nakamura punches Jinder. The Singh Brothers attacks Nakamura from behind. Jinder drops Nakamura with a Big Boot. Randy Orton and Rusev joins the fray. Rusev SuperKicks Orton. Jinder plants Nakamura with the Khallas.
– Next week for the first time ever, Randy Orton will take on Shinsuke Nakamura. The winner of the match will become the number one contender to the WWE Championship
First Match: The Ascension vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
Gable and Viktor will start things off. Viktor applies an armbar. Gable responds with a waist lock takedown. Gable follows that with a knee lift. Gable tags in Benjamin. Benjamin lands a series of forearm strikes. Benjamin connects with a ButterFly Suplex for a two count. Benjamin tags in Gable. Gable with an Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex to Viktor. Gable knocks Konnor off the ring apron. Viktor tosses Gable out of the ring. Konnor drives Gable back first into the ring apron. Konnor rolls Gable back into the ring. Konnor applies a rear chin lock. Gable gets back to a vertical base.
Konnor uppercuts Gable. The Ascension are cutting the ring in half. Viktor is talking smack to Benjamin. Viktor continues to ground Gable with the rear chin lock. Viktor goes for a bodyslam, but Gable lands back on his feet. Viktor blocks Gable from making the hot tag. Viktor tags in Konnor. Konnor connects with a Leg Drop. Gable is trying to fight out of The Ascension’s corner. Konnor plants Gable with a Spine Buster for a two count. Konnor tags in Viktor.
Viktor and Gable are trading back and forth shots. Konnor drags Gable’s head to the canvas Gable whips Konnor shoulder first into the steel ring post. Gable tags in Benjamin. Benjamin lands a series of clothesline. Benjamin connects with a Back Body Drop. Benjamin follows that with a Spinning Heel Kick to Konnor. Viktor attacks Benjamin from behind. Benjamin lands an enziguri from the ring apron. Benjamin drops Viktor with a Flying Lariat for a two count. Gable clotheslines Konnor over the top rope. Benjamin plants Viktor with a Leaping Reverse STO to pickup the victory.
Winner: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin via Pinfall
Second Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Tye Dillinger for the WWE United States Championship
Baron Corbin attacks Dillinger from behind while he was making his entrance. Dillinger knocks Corbin off the ring apron. The bell finally rings. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Dillinger counters with a forearm. Dillinger goes into the Corner Mount. Styles responds with a Big Boot. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Dillinger catches him in midair. Dillinger goes for the Tye Breaker, but Styles counters with the Calf Crusher which forces him to tap out. After the match, Corbin sends Dillinger crashing into the barricade. Styles Dropkicks Corbin out of the ring. Corbin is snapping in the ringside area.
Styles responds with a Big Boot. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Dillinger catches him in midair. Dillinger goes for the Tye Breaker, but Styles counters with the Calf Crusher which forces him to tap out. After the match, Corbin sends Dillinger crashing into the barricade. Styles Dropkicks Corbin out of the ring. Corbin is snapping in the ringside area.
Winner: Still WWE United States Champion, AJ Styles via Submission
Third Match: Bobby Roode vs. Mike Kanellis w/Maria Kanellis
Collar and elbow tie up. Kanellis applies a wrist lock. Kanellis transitions into a hammer lock. Roode reverses the hold. Roode connects with a waist lock takedown. Roode grapples around Kanellis. Roode does the Glorious Pose in the corner. Roode backs Kanellis into the turnbuckles. Kanellis rakes the eyes of Roode.
Kanellis repeatedly stomps on Roode’s chest. Roode is lighting up Kanellis chest in the corner. Roode lands a series of clotheslines. Roode follows that with a leaping forearm strike. Roode connects with a BlockBuster. Kanellis drops Roode with a back elbow strike. Roode responds with a Spine Buster. Roode plants Kanellis with the Glorious DDT to pickup the victory.
Winner: Bobby Roode via Pinfall
Kevin Owens & Shane McMahon In-Ring Promo:
Last week, Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens had an agreement. Owens would pick his personal referee and instead, Shane McMahon got involved. What gives Shane McMahon the right to put his hands on the official referee for the match? Then he puts on the referee shirt to make the three count.
One year ago, the greatest moment in WWE history happened when he became the Universal Champion. Owens is without his United States Title because Shane McMahon screwed him out of it not once, but twice. This wouldn’t have happened on Raw. The lovely Stephanie McMahon wouldn’t abuse her power in such a manner. This is Smackdown Live, the Land of Opportunity?
No, it’s Shane McMahon’s personal playground. Shane McMahon comes out to interrupt Owens. Owens says that Shane is here to take the spotlight away from the actual talent and make it all about himself. Shane says that Baron Corbin was extremely biased, that’s why he got involved in the match. Owens can call this a screwjob. This conversation is over. The WWE Universe is tired of hearing you complain.
Fourth Match: Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English
Kevin Owens joins the commentary team for this match. English lands a clubbing blow to the back of Zayn. English repeatedly stomps on Zayn’s chest. English rams his elbow across the face of Zayn. English connects with a Vertical Suplex for a one count. English forearms Zayn. Zayn clotheslines English over the top rope.
Zayn follows that with the SomerSault Plancha. Zayn rolls English back into the ring. Zayn goes for the cover, but English kicks out at the count of two. Kevin Owens puts on the referee shirt. English and Zayn are battling on the top turnbuckle. Zayn is arguing with Owens. English blindsides Zayn. Owens plants Zayn with the Pop Up PowerBomb which allows English to pickup the victory.
Winner: Aiden English via Pinfall
Fifth Match: The New Day vs. The Usos. The Winner Of The Match Will Pick The Stipulation For The New Day’s WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Rematch
Big E and Jimmy Uso will start things off. Jimmy kicks Big E in the gut. Jimmy lands a knife edge chop. Jimmy goes for an irish whip, but Big E counters with the Abdominal Stretch. Big E goes for the quick cover, but only gets a two count. Big E tags in Kofi. Kofi connects with a SlingShot Trust Fall to the outside. Kofi rolls Jimmy back into the ring. The New Day are cutting the ring in half. Big E repeatedly stomps on Jimmy’s chest. Big E goes for a Running Splash on the ring, but Jey Uso counters with a leg sweep.
Jey drives Big E back first into the ring apron. Jimmy connects with a Hesitation Dropkick. Jimmy goes for a Running Stinkface, but Big E counters with the Urnagae Slam. Kofi and Jey Uso are tagged in. Kofi lands a series of running axe handles. Kofi follows that with a dropkick. Kofi connects with the Boom Drop.
Kofi goes for the Trouble In Paradise, but Jey ducks out of the way. Jey kicks Kofi in the gut. Kofi responds with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Jimmy SuperKicks Big E. Kofi tosses Jimmy Uso out of the ring. Jey goes for the Pop Up Samoan Drop, but Kofi counters with the Modified Dragon Sleeper. Kofi knocks Jimmy off the ring apron. Jimmy makes the blindtag. Jimmy rolls Kofi over with a hand full of tights to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Usos via Pinfall
– Natalya tells Carmella that if she ever thinks of cashing in the Money in the Bank Briefcase, she’ll become the Baron Corbin of the SmackDown Women’s Division. Naomi tells Natalya that she’ll get her SmackDown Women’s Title Rematch in two weeks.
Sixth Match: Tamina Snuka w/Lana vs. Local Independent Talent
The Local Talent lands a series of rapid fire kicks. Lana tells Tamina that it’s time to crush. Tamina connects with the Body Avalanche. Tamina launches the enhancement talent into the turnbuckles. Tamina follows that with a running knee strike. Tamina connects with the SuperKick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Tamina Snuka via Pinfall
Seventh Match: Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal & Rusev w/The Singh Brothers
A pier six brawl ensues on the outside before the bell rings. Nakamura launches Jinder into the time keepers area. Jinder is grounding Nakamura coming out of the commercial break. Nakamura drops Jinder with a spinning heel kick. Jinder goes into a ground and pound attack. Jinder applies a rear chin lock. Nakamura gets back to a vertical base. Nakamura tags in Orton. Orton lands a series of right hands. Orton with forearm/uppercut combination to Jinder in the corner. Orton goes for the RKO, but Jinder rolls himself out of the ring. Orton clotheslines Jinder. Orton connects with a Belly to Back Suplex on the barricade. Orton goes for the IEDDT, but Jinder lands back on his feet.
Orton connects with a Fallaway Slam. Jinder tosses Orton out of the ring. Rusev sends Orton face first into the steel ring post. Rusev repeatedly stomps on Orton chest behind the referee’s back. Rusev rolls Orton back into the ring. Rusev goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at the count of two. Rusev is mauling Orton in the corner. Rusev rakes the eyes of Orton. Rusev applies a front face lock in the center of the ring. Rusev is wearing Orton down. Orton HeadButts Rusev. Rusev responds with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Rusev tags in Jinder.
Jinder lands a knee drop for a two count. Jinder applies a half nelson chin lock. Orton gets back to a vertical base. Jinder connects with the arm ringer. Orton sends Jinder shoulder first into the steel ring post. Nakamura and Rusev are tagged in. Nakamura lands a series of roundhouse kicks. Nakamura follows that with an enziguri. Nakamura places Rusev on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura with a Running Knee Strike to the ribs of Rusev for a two count. Nakamura goes for the Reverse Exploder Suplex, but Rusev blocks it. Nakamura gets Rusev trapped in the Cross Arm Breaker. Orton plants Jinder with a DDT. Orton goes for the RKO, but Rusev blocks it. Orton lands a Big Boot. Nakamura follows that with a Flying Knee Strike. Nakamura connects with the Kinshasa to pickup the victory. After the match, Orton drops Nakamura with the RKO.
Winner: Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall