After much speculation over the last couple of days, former NXT Champion Bobby Roode made his debut on SmackDown Live in Brooklyn, New York. Roode dropped the NXT Championship to Drew McIntyre during Saturday’s NXT Takeover Brooklyn III. Roode is most known for his 12-year tenure with the former Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling, where he was a six-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, the longest-reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and a one-time TNA King of the Mountain Champion.
Below is a snippet of the action that happened on SmackDown Live:
United States Championship rematch announced
“The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles comes out to the ring, and informs the audience that the United States Championship Open Challenge will start again. Kevin Owens comes out to the ring and tells AJ that he did not win fair and square. Shane McMahon comes to the ring and gives his case to why he made the questionable calls that he did.
Owens says that he wants a rematch. Styles says that he can beat Owens anywhere, and that he’ll do a title match to stop Owens’ whining. Owens is given the option to choose anyone to referee the match.
Bobby Roode makes his debut
Aiden English begins the segment by singing his usual tune. Suddenly, the lights go out, and the “Glorious” Bobby Roode makes his debut. Roode gives English a Glorious DDT and pins him for the victory. Renee Young interviews Roode after the match, and Roode claims that he has made Smackdown Live “glorious”.
— Bobby Roode (@REALBobbyRoode) August 23, 2017
Gable gets a new partner
SmackDown Live general manger Daniel Bryan calls Chad Gable into his office. He asks how Gable is feeling after his tag team partner Jason Jordan left for Raw. Chad says that’s the only conversation people have him. Bryan says that Raw general manager Kurt Angle promised Bryan that he would sign a good friend of his. Bryan tells Gable that Shelton Benjamin will be his new partner, and that they will debut as a tag team next week.
The Usos were not hyped
The Usos take on the Hype Bros in the first tag team match of the evening. After winning the match, the Usos welcome Brooklyn to the “Uso Penitentiary”.
Nakamura gets his revenge…sort of
After their interference in the WWE Championship match at SummerSlam, the Singh brothers are forced to do a 2-on-1 handicap match against Nakamura. Nakamura wins by putting Samir in a triangle choke. Jinder Mahal attacks Nakamura after the match, but Nakamura knocks out the WWE Champion.
The SmackDown Live women’s roster gets their first action of the night with a tag team match between Naomi and Becky Lynch against SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Natalya and Ms. Money In The Bank winner Carmella. During the match, Carmella refuses to tag in, trying to devise a plan to possibly take away Natalya’s championship. After a sneak tag, Carmella is forced into the match and is pinned by Naomi for her troubles.
Dolph Ziggler is interviewed backstage after the commercial break. He says that he will be a new person, but that the audience will find out next week. Lana and Tamina have a pow-wow in the locker room. Lana tells Tamina that she is going to crush her competition, and that they will not stop until Tamina becomes champion.
After being initially rejected by Sami Zayne, Owens finally finds a special guest referee in “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin. Owens promises Corbin that he will give him an opportunity at the United States title if he lets Owens win. Corbin tells Styles about Owens’ offer, but Styles tells Corbin that everyone is open to challenge him for the United States title.
Owens starts off the match strong, as Corbin is lenient with Owens’ antics. After a bit, Styles starts to find his stride. After a few questionable calls, Styles and Corbin start arguing, leading Corbin to favor Owens calls. Shane McMahon runs out to the stage to confront Corbin. After Owens gives Styles a couple of groin shots, Shane makes Corbin stop refereeing, and Shane takes over as referee. Styles gets in a Phenomenal Forearm and pins Owens for the victory.
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