WWE SmackDown Results
September 5, 2017
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
We go live to Sioux Falls. Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton are the first on camera. Phillips talks about JBL stepping down from the Smackdown Live commentary team. The newest member of the commentary is introduced: Corey Graves.
Randy Orton vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is plugged for later tonight. The winner earns a shot at the WWE Championship at the Hell in a Cell PPV.
Backstage, we see Randy Orton staring down the camera. He talks about watching more stars crash and burn during his WWE career. Orton doesn’t doubt Nakamura is a star, but he gave him a big reminder last week with an RKO. “No one rises above the Viper.”
We remain backstage as a shot of Nakamura warming up is shown. Nakamura says he respects the legend of Randy Orton. He talks about chasing down his own destiny: the WWE Championship. Nakamura says he pain he inflicts on the Viper will be felt.
We go live to Sioux Falls where Carmella is introduced by James Ellsworth.
Kevin Owens immediately walks out and interrupts. Owens says he has some exciting news: the match Carmella is about to have with Natalya will have a special guest referee. He says he is the referee and walks up to the current referee demanding his shirt.
Here comes Shane McMahon. Big reaction for Shane tonight in Sioux Falls. Shane is out here right now to put a stop to this and prevent what went down last week. He talks about being patient with Owens, but Owens remains defiant. Shane wants to make something very clear. Someone in the audience audibly yells that Owens sucks. Shane talks about Owens blaming him for everything in recent weeks, especially with AJ Styles.
Owens says Shane shouldn’t act like he was doing him any favors and knows he doesn’t want him here. He said if it was up to him he would still be on RAW. Shane wonders if that is because Triple H “gave you the Universal Championship.” He tells Owens to blame himself for all the problems. Owens says everything that happens here is because Shane sees to it. He wants to know why Shane wants the spotlight, wondering if his daddy didn’t give him enough attention? Owens brings up Shane’s kids “dancing around.”
He tells Owens to never mention his kids again. Owens brings up Shane falling off the Hell in a Cell and recently surviving a helicopter crash. He says the entire McMahon family would have been better off if he didn’t survive that helicopter crash. “Your dad, your wife and especially your kids.” Shane starts throwing right hands and tackles Owens. They roll to the outside and brawl over the announce table. WWE officials attempt to break it up. Shane tells them to back off. WWE producers run to the ringside area and pull Shane off Owens. Shane keeps going after Owens throwing kicks and punches. Daniel Bryan runs down asking what he is doing.
Backstage, we see WWE officials helping Kevin Owens to the back. Daniel Bryan walks up and starts apologizing to Owens for what Shane McMahon did. Owens tells Bryan he better enjoy his job while he still has it. “I’m going to turn Smackdown Live into the Kevin Owens Show, literally.” Owens said he is going to sue every member of the McMahon family. “I’m going to take this show down. I’m going to take WWE down. Shane McMahon will regret ever putting his hands on me.” Bryan thinks they have a different way we can handle this. Owens agrees and says he is going to press criminal charges against Shane himself.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Natalya vs. Carmella w/ James Ellsworth
Natalya with a side headlock takedown early on Carmella. Carmella with a spinning head scissors takedown and follows it up with a dropkick for a two count. Natalya with a big slap. Carmella slaps her right back. Carmella bails to the outside.
Carmella avoids a Sharpshooter attempt back live. Natalya tosses Carmella to the corner. Carmella fires back with a superkick. Ellsworth accidentally throws the Money in the Bank briefcase inside the ring. Carmella yells at Ellsworth that she doesn’t want to cash in the briefcase right now. Natalya rolls up Carmella and gets the pinfall.
After the match, we see James Ellsworth accidentally dropped the briefcase inside the ring when he jumped up on the ring apron to distract Natalya. Back live, Carmella grabs a mic and Ellsworth is apologizing to her. She says he doesn’t have to apologize. Carmella says Ellsworth is the sorriest excuse for a human being she’s ever met. She says he isn’t even a human. Carmella calls him a genetic defect. She doesn’t understand why he is still employed. Carmella calls Ellsworth a charity case and that his mother should have given him away at birth. She calls him lucky to even be in here. Carmella says they are done.
Dolph Ziggler re-debuts next.
A video package about Connor The Crusher airs and Connor’s Cure.
Dolph Ziggler and we get the usual music and look. Ziggler grabs a mic and says the entire WWE Universe has no appreciation for what he can do in the ring. He calls himself the greatest performer in WWE history. Ziggler said they just want some dumb gimmick.
He throws down the mic and heads to the back. John Cena’s music goes off and Ziggler runs back out with a Cena hat on. Ziggler tosses it to the crowd and mocks Cena talking to the camera. He stops himself and says the crowd must want nostalgia.
Ziggler heads to the back. He walks back out with a woman to the “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s theme. Ziggler is wearing a red robe and says the crowd must not be buying it. He gives the robe to the woman and tells her to head to the back.
Ziggler once again goes backstage. He comes back out to Naomi’s theme wearing glowing hair. Ziggler does the Naomi knee slide. He says the crowd must want “dumb ass” stuff like this. Ziggler says anyone can do that, but no one can do what he does in the ring.
Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English is up next.
English is singing in the ring when Sami Zayn’s music hits to interrupt.
Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English
Zayn with a head scissors takedown early on English. Zayn catches English with a quick clothesline. Zayn with an elbow and boot combo in the corner on English. Zayn misses a cross body attempt from the corner. English rolls up Zayn and gets the win.
Winner: Aiden English
After the match, English grabs a mic and wants to give the audience the grand finale. He goes back to singing on the mic when Sami Zayn starts chasing him down to the back.
Backstage, WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos propose a Sin City Street Fight next week on Smackdown Live in Las Vegas. Daniel Bryan then takes a call and is told to go handle something inside the ring. That will apparently happen next.
Daniel Bryan addresses the actions of Shane McMahon
Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan walks to the ring without music. Sioux Falls starts a loud “DANIEL BRYAN” chant. Bryan tells Shane McMahon to come to the ring.
Shane walks down the ramp and gets inside the ring. Bryan asks him what he was thinking. Shane said things obviously got a little out of control tonight. Bryan talks about The Miz berating him on Talking Smack shortly after he retired. He talked about wanting to headbutt Miz right in the face and saying screw WWE and this job. Bryan said he didn’t because Shane told him that as the General Manager he had to put WWE, the fans and the employees first. He talked about restraining himself every week with Miz. Bryan says Shane can’t assault employees or Superstars. “We can’t run Smackdown Live like that.”
Shane agrees and knows he put Bryan in a tough spot. He takes full responsibility for putting his hands on Owens tonight. Shane adds he goes into a blind rage when people talk about his family like that. He talks about Bryan being a father now and how he could relate. Bryan tells Shane not to put him in that position. He says Owens is threatening to sue everyone in this company and he cares about the talent in the back that need a job. Shane says he will talk to Owens personally and smooth this over. Bryan says it is too late for that. He reveals he got a phone call just before he came out here.
Bryan says the phone call was from Vince McMahon. He says “effective immediately, per the Chairman of the Board and the CEO of the WWE, I’m sorry man, you are indefinitely suspended.” Shane is not pleased as Bryan exits the ring. The crowd starts a loud “SHANE O’MAC” chant. Shane puts the mic down and slowly exits the ring. The crowd in Sioux Falls starts a loud “THANK YOU SHANE” chant as he heads up the ramp.
Backstage, Jinder Mahal talks about remaining WWE Champion for the last 100 days and how he will be watching tonight’s main event very closely.
Back live, WWE United States Champion AJ Styles is on commentary joining Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves at ringside.
Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger
When the bell rings, Corbin rolls out and gets in the face of AJ Styles. Dillinger dives out and catches Corbin. Dillinger then tosses Corbin into the ring barricade. Dillinger with big stomps over Corbin. Corbin dives back inside the ring and eats chops from Dillinger. Dillinger clotheslines Corbin over the top rope as we head to a break.
Back live, Dillinger catches Corbin with a jawbreaker. Corbin slides out, slides back in and eats some shots from Dillinger. Dillinger with a jumping forearm as Corbin falls to the corner. Corbin with a cheap shot on Dillinger. Styles is not happy seeing this on commentary at ringside. Corbin with End of Days and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Backstage, AJ Styles tells Tye Dillinger it was a good fight tonight and talks about Baron Corbin pulling a cheap shot on him. Styles says next week the United States Championship Open Challenge will only be open to Dillinger next week. Dillinger shakes his hand.
A video package on the debut of Bobby Roode the last two weeks airs.
Backstage, James Ellsworth tries apologizing to Carmella. He knows he is a freak and probably belongs in a zoo, but he wants another chance. Carmella says from now on they are doing things her way. She kisses Ellsworth and then slaps him.
Shinsuke Nakamura heads to the ring for tonight’s main event.
No. 1 Contendership Match
Winner faces WWE Champion at Hell in a Cell
Randy Orton vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
We see a shot of Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers watching in the sky box.
Nakamura with a snapmare takedown early. Orton goes for an RKO and Nakamura avoids it. Nakamura backs Orton into the ropes, puts his forehead on the chest of Orton to mock him, Orton goes for his DDT off the ropes and Nakamura breaks free.
Back live, Orton dumps Nakamura over the top rope. Nakamura avoids a big DDT off the ring apron to the floor from Orton. Orton then dumps Nakamura with a back suplex over the announce table! Orton tosses Nakamura back inside and gets a two count off a pinfall attempt. Nakamura catches Orton on the side of the head with a spin kick. Nakamura with a jumping big boot that catches Orton flush. Nakamura with kicks to the chest of Orton, catches Orton with a right and then connects with a splash in the corner. Nakamura props Orton up on the corner and connects with his running high knee. Orton avoids an exploder attempt. Orton with a superplex on Nakamura. Nakamura with huge knees to Orton. Orton with a snap powerslam when Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa. Nakamura kicks out. Orton with his DDT off the ropes on Nakamura. Nakamura counters an RKO in mid air and drops down getting Orton locked in an armbar. Nakamura transitions to the triangle. Orton is trying to fight out of the submission. Orton lifts Nakamura up and drops him down in a powerbomb to break free. Loud “RANDY” chants in Sioux Falls. Nakamura with a knee to the spine of Orton to counter the RKO. Nakamura connects with the Kinshasa. Nakamura hooks the leg and gets the win.
Winner and New No. 1 Contender: Shinsuke Nakamura
Next week: AJ Styles defends the WWE United States Championship against Tye Dillinger, The Usos defend the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships against The New Day in a Street Fight and Natalya defends the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Naomi.
Backstage, we see Kevin Owens and Daniel Bryan walks up. Bryan tells him Shane McMahon has been suspended. Owens says he is only getting started. He plans to make Smackdown Live his own personal playground. Owens said Bryan can’t do anything about it. Bryan informs Owens that Vince McMahon will be on the show next week.
Quick Match Results:
* Natalya def. Carmella
* Aiden English def. Sami Zayn
* Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger
* Shinsuke Nakamura def. Randy Orton to become the new No. 1 Contender