Craziness happened last week as AJ Styles beat Kevin Owens at a house show in Madison Square Garden , and now AJ Styles is your new United States Champion! He addresses the WWE Universe to start the show. He says he’s bringing back the US Open Challenge that Cena started, every time he’s in the ring he will defend the US Title. I love it.
John Cena takes the challenge?! Wow, I saw it coming but at the same time I didn’t see it happening. This is going to be great.
Match 1-John Cena vs AJ Styles
United States Championship Match
Before the march can get started, the former US Champion, Kevin Owens comes out to interrupt things, and before long, Rusev attacks Cena, so I’m guessing we’ll have a tag match for our first match tonight.
Actually, wow, it seems our first match will be Tye Dillinger vs Jinder Mahal, ok, I’m cool with that. Actually that tag match will be our main event, that was my second guess.
Match 1-Tye Dillinger vs Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal is dominating this match as it starts out, this new strength is quite impressive . Hard to believe he was once 1/3 of 3MB.
Jinder puts away Dillinger quickly, Damn didn’t see that coming either.
Match Winner-Jinder Mahal
Match 2-Xavier Woods vs Jimmy Uso
Not long into the match, and chaos ensues, so much so that the ref ejects both Big E, Kofi, and Jey from the ring, making this a true solo match.
Jimmy tries to make this a quick match with a superkick, but Xavier kicks out keeping this thing going. Not for too much longer though, as Xavier hits this sweet elbow drop from the top rope for the win.
Match Winner-Xavier Woods
Backstage Shane McMahon and the women of Smackdown discuss who will be the number one contender to Naomi’s women’s title, setting up a five way match at Battleground to determine the number one contender to face Naomi at Summerslam.
Match 3- Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin
I like this feud much more than the Ziggler feud, and this match gets started right from the jump, as Nakamura attacks Corbin on the ramp, taking this fight into the crowd before it ever hits the ring! And it never does, as the refs call this match a wash before it gets started.
Match Winner-No one
Match 4-Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs Natalya and Tamina
2/3 of the former Team PCB in action tonight against the former members of the Welcoming Committee.
Becky starting things off strong, and with some good Tag Team chemistry with Charlotte against Tamina. Good tag team match overall, ending with Lana’s arrival/interference costing Becky and Charlotte the match as Tamina got the pin.
Match Winners-Natalya and Tamina
These Breezango slots remain to be one of the funniest bits on the show, this week’s gimmick has a Texas Ranger vibe to it, and a bit with Zack Ryder, seemingly hinting at a heel turn. So dumb but so funny.
Match 5-Kevin Owens and Rusev vs AJ Styles and John Cena
Holla holla holla, we got ourselves a tag team main event playas! It’s funny seeing Cena and Styles teaming up together after the great rivalry they had before, but that’s where the best teams come from.
Starts out with Cena taking on Rusev, Rusev in control as we get things going. Cena also getting a beating from Kevin Owens as well.
Team Styles/Cena not having too much luck tonight it seems, having about as much luck as Enzo did last Sunday.
At least til Cena gets a hot tag in, and its usual Super Cena shtick, 5 knuckle shuffle, into the AA, and 1-2-3 Cena and Styles win lol.
Match Winners-John Cena and AJ Styles
Yeah I have to give Raw the better grade this week, some good stuff on Smackdown but overall this week’s only gets a C
Smackdown Live 7.11.17 Show Grade-C