Written by: Immortal KB
This episode of Smackdown was in the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA with an approximate attendance of around 10,000. This Sunday is Smackdown exclusive PPV Backlash. There will be a kickoff show where Aiden English the skinny,crying,singing guy will face off against “the Perfect Ten” Tye Dillinger. On the main card The Welcoming Committee of Tamina,Natalya,and Carmella will face off against Becky Lynch,Charlotte Flair, and The Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi.The Lone Wolf Baron Corbin will take on Sami Zayn. In his long awaited main roster debut “The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura will match up against Dolph Ziggler.In a match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship the Fashion Police will attempt to defeat the champions the Usos.The United States Championship will be defended by Kevin Owens against The Face that Runs the Place AJ Styles.In the main event Jinder “Hardbody” Mahal will try to cut the head off of The Viper Randy Orton and take his WWE Championship as his own.
The show began with Kevin Owens version of The Highlight Reel the show Chris Jericho would do.A clip aired from two weeks ago when KO put Jericho out of commission by ramming him into a ringpost with his head inside a steel chair. As he was announcing his guest out came AJ Styles to a massive pop.He said he did terribly in high school French class, so “I’m going to say this in English, because I can.” He said he will beat Owens on Sunday for the championship for “the good ol’ U.S. of A.” but then Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers interrupted stated he was KO’s guest,he would defeat AJ later in the night, and he also quoted some Ghandi before AJ challenged him to enter the ring so they can “start the A.J. Styles Highlight Reel.”
The First match of the night was Jinder vs AJ Styles in a battle of the contender. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to the fact that AJ Styles really in the WWE and is loved by the entire world. Jinder has the look at a main event guy now that he has gotten rid of that potbelly during the 3MB struggle days. If this was a test to see how major Jinder can be he passed it. This was a great match with a few back and forths until KO hit AJ and Jinder was able to hit the cobra clutch slam for the pin.The match was fifteen minutes on the dot.
Another Fashion Files video dropped and with it The Fashion Police are batting a thousand.In the video Fandango said he was up to his neck in atrocities and then walked in a janitor who was actually Tyler Breeze. Fandango asked how his undercover work was going. He said Smackdown Live is filthy with fashion felonies. He held up Baron Corbin’s shirt – “three shirt, all wolves.” He said Sami Zayn’s drawers are the same color as his credenza. Breeze held up “Day One Ish” on a black t-shirt. Fandango read it as “Day One Is H” and asked what that means. Fandango said Tyler is “Prince Pretty, Prettiest of all the Princes.” He began to freak out about his janitor outfit. “What did I do?!” he asked. Fandango said on Sunday they will be champions and their day will be “H.”
Renee Young interviewed Randy Orton and he stated nobody respected Jinder not because of what he looks like or sounds like and due to ignorance and intolerance. He said the truth is they don’t like Jinder “because Jinder’s an ass.”
The second match of the night was a squash match.The Fashion Police beat The Colons. After the match the Usos ran a promo on them similar to their last few promos.
Up next was the contract signing for the women’s match at Backlash. We all know how these go.This brawl was started when James Ellsworth told Shane-o-Mac that he can take care of himself. Shane said, “James, I have no idea what you’re talking about.” He said it’s obvious that Becky longingly gazes at him. “I have to drop some water on your straight fire,” he said. “Like Vince McMahon You have no chance in hell.” He took some shots at Charlotte and Becky next. He told Becky that eventually Carmella is going to stop her flow and take her title and steal her glow. “Duh!” Carmella yanked Naomi face-first into the table. After the brawl Shane setup Carmella vs Naomi. Ellsworth made himself a guaranteed HOfer with that promo.
The third match of the night was Naomi vs Carmella. The match was used to get heat for Backlash with Carmella winning with a rollup.
Dolph Ziggler said he wanted to expose Shinsuke Nakamura as a fraud and a nobody. He said he did his homework and research and he found all the remarkable things Nakamura has done in WWE.Shinsuke’s ring entrance video started but it stopped and the screen said, “No Footage Found.” Ziggler said he has done nothing in WWE, but he has done everything. He threw to a video package highlighting himself.
Sami Zayn was being interviewed when Sami Zayn laid him out.
The main event of the night was Randy Orton vs Baron Corbin. Corbin looked impressive he even hit a deep six but Orton hit an RKO out of nowhere for the pin.
After the match Mahal and the Singh Brothers ambushed Orton. Mahal hit the Cobra clutch slam and held the WWE Championship around his waist as smackdown ended.