WWE SmackDown Results
September 19, 2017
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
A video package runs highlighting Kevin Owen’s headbutt to Vince McMahon last week.
We go live inside the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Here comes Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon to kick off the show.
Shane McMahon opens Smackdown in Oakland
No dancing around for Shane tonight as he heads to the ring all business. Shane says we all just witness the cowardly act by Kevin Owens last week, beating down his father in the middle of this ring. “One thing’s for sure, my old man is one tough salty S.O.B.” He talks about having differences in the past with his father, but he loves him. Shane wants Owens to imagine if he was home last week, with his children and watched someone he loved get beat down by a coward. He says when anyone crosses a McMahon, the family will strike down with vengeance and he isn’t sure Owens realized what he has done. Shane says Owens is a no-show so far tonight. He talks about Owens beating down the patriarch of the McMahon family. Shane condemns Owens to a beating inside Hell in a Cell.
Randy Orton is in action next.
English throws rights and kicks early backing Orton to the corner. Orton fires back with a clothesline from the corner. Orton with a snap powerslam on English. English rolls to the ring apron. English avoids the DDT through the ropes, but Orton goes after him on the outside hitting a back suplex over the ring barricade. English with a back suplex counter, hits Orton in the back of the head and drops Orton over the announce table.
Back live, English has Orton grounded in a side headlock. Orton with right hands to English in the corner. English with a thumb to the eye and dropkick combo for a two count. English gets up on the corner, jumps and eats an RKO out of no where! Orton gets the pinfall.
After the match, Rusev walks out with a mic in hand. Rusev said going into SummerSlam he was going to be a national hero in his home land of Bulgaria. He said instead, Orton turned him into a national disgrace and tonight he is going to rip the fangs out of the Viper’s mouth. Rusev drops the mic and gets inside the ring.
The referee calls for the bell and here we go.
Orton immediately goes for an RKO. Rusev counters and tosses Orton towards the ropes. Aiden English is up on the ring apron. Orton takes out English with an elbow. Rusev with a superkick on Orton, hooks the leg and gets the pinfall!
After the match, Rusev jumps out of the ring and celebrates his big win.
At ringside, Tom Phillips reveals Kevin Owens will be live tonight via satellite.
Charlotte Flair returns to Smackdown Live later tonight.
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers are up next.
Backstage, Rusev is celebrating his big win over Randy Orton. Renee Young walks up and says he looks elated. Rusev isn’t sure what that means, but he continues celebrating. He begins shouting “RUSEV NO. 1” as he walks off backstage.
Jinder Mahal addresses Nakamura once again
The Singh Brothers introduce WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.
Inside the ring, Mahal grabs a mic and is aware some people were not happy with some of his controversial comments about Shinsuke Nakamura last week. Mahal again mocks Nakamura, like last week, with photos of Nakamura making funny faces. He predicts the prejudice of the people will continue and that they will turn on Nakamura the same way they turned on him. Mahal keeps showing the same photo for all of Nakamura’s reactions adding, “Shinsuke…you always ‘ROOK’ the same.” Mahal and The Singh Brothers laugh.
The crowd in Oakland starts a loud “NAKAMURA” chant. Mahal says they chant his name and sing along to his theme to hide their own xenophobia. He says it looks like Nakamura gets his hair cut by a dog groomer. Mahal refers to Nakamura as Mr. Miyagi. Oakland literally starts a “THAT’S TOO FAR” chant. Mahal says if they think that is too far, wait until they hear what he has to say in his own native language of Punjabi.
Mahal begins speaking in Punjabi staring into the camera. He holds up the WWE Championship and stares up at a photo on the screen of him doing the same.
The commentary team says Mahal went way too far tonight.
Backstage, Renee Young is with Shinsuke Nakamura and wants his reaction to the comments by Jinder Mahal. Nakamura says Mahal is a funny but, but nothing will be funny when he wins the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell.
WWE United States Championship
Open Challenge Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Baron Corbin
Before the match, Styles gets on the mic and tells Kevin Owens he has no idea what he’s done beating up Vince McMahon. He doesn’t think Owens will make it out of the Hell in a Cell match. Styles turns his attention to the “Short Cut King” Baron Corbin. He brings up Corbin taking a short cut to win the Money in the Bank briefcase and failing. Styles talks about Corbin failing against John Cena at SummerSlam. He says Corbin will fail against him. Styles says Corbin will never take down the house AJ Styles built.
We get introductions for the challenger Baron Corbin and champion AJ Styles.
Corbin attacks Styles during his introduction. The referee backs Corbin off. Tye Dillinger runs inside the ring and starts attacking Corbin. Dillinger clotheslines Corbin over the top rope and continues throwing right hands over him on the outside.
Corbin rolls back inside the ring holding his left ankle. Corbin is yelling no at the referee. Styles dives in with a jumping clothesline. Styles applies the Calf Crusher. Corbin is tapping out, but the match hasn’t officially started yet as the referee signals no.
Corbin rolls out of the ring clutching his ankle.
Winner: No Contest
Up next, Charlotte Flair returns to Smackdown Live.
Backstage, Renee Young tries to talk with Baron Corbin. Corbin is not happy and says he sprained his “damn ankle.” He plans to get even with both AJ Styles and Tye Dillinger.
Charlotte Flair returns to Smackdown Live
Charlotte thanks everyone for the support involving her father Ric Flair. She talks about life being fragile and how she plans to make every moment count going forward.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Natalya walks out to interrupt. Natalya says everyone is happy that her father is doing better as they were all worried about him.
Natalya says it is time to talk about more important things and tells Charlotte to stay put. She is hosting a celebration tonight. Natalya brings up the recent Mae Young Classic tournament. She said women break down the barrier and tonight is a celebration of all women. Natalya wants to focus on one woman. “A woman that completed the journey that Amelia Earhart could not.” Natalya reveals a photo of her holding up the Smackdown Women’s Championship inside the ring as Charlotte lets out a “wow.” Charlotte thanks Natalya for interrupting her tonight because she is ready to challenge her for the title.
Here comes Becky Lynch with a mic in hand. She apologizes to Natalya for interrupting her ego-olympics. Becky says Natalya is crazy. She says while she also cares for Ric Flair, Becky disagrees with Charlotte because that title is coming back to her where it belongs. Naomi is out next to interrupt. She says Natalya doesn’t represent women or even the women of Smackdown Live. Naomi is also looking for a title match. Here comes Tamina and Lana. Lana tries to apologize to Natalya. Natalya thanks her. Lana then calls her a crazy cat lady. She says it is Tamina’s turn when all these other women in the ring failed.
Natalya bails and says she isn’t a crazy cat lady. Here comes Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan. He books Naomi, Becky Lynch, Tamina and Charlotte Flair in a fatal four way match for tonight where the winner will face Natalya at Hell in a Cell.
The New Day vs. The Hype Bros is up next.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Hype Bros
The Usos are on commentary tonight with Tom, Byron and Corey. The New Day vs. The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at Hell in a Cell is officially announced.
The bell rings and we start with Big E and Mojo Rawley. Big E has Mojo in an abdominal stretch. Mojo counters into a stretch of his own. Big E levels Mojo with a clothesline.
Back live, Mojo is in the ring now with Kofi Kingston. Mojo misses a corner shot when Kofi moves. Tags to Big E and Zack Ryder. Big E with two belly to belly suplexes on Ryder. Big E with a third belly to belly on Ryder and Big E shakes the hips. Ryder gets his knees up when Big E goes for a splash off the ropes. Ryder with double knees and a dropkick from the second rope on Big E. Broski Boot to Big E in the corner, cover and kick out. Kofi dumps Mojo over the top rope. Kofi launches himself over the top rope to take out Mojo. Tag to Kofi as Big E has Ryder up on his shoulder. Kofi comes off the top to connect with the Midnight Hour. Kofi hooks the leg of Ryder to pick up the pinfall.
After the match, The New Day dances and mocks The Usos.
WWE airs video of Kevin Owens headbutting Vince McMahon last week.
Kevin Owens is now live via satellite. He wants to apologize and doesn’t know what came over him. Owens wants to apologize to the WWE Universe, WWE management and the entire McMahon family. He can also say with complete sincerity: “Shane, you had it coming. This is all on you Shane. You made me do that. You made me attack your father. You made me want to headbutt his skull off his shoulders.” Owens says Shane disrespected him first and forced him to do that. He says while he has nothing but respect for Vince McMahon, he became Shane in that moment and he wants to make one more apology. Owens says what he did to Vince is nothing compared to what he will do to Shane at Hell in a cell. He says Shane may want to condemn him to hell, but people like him go to heaven.
Backstage, Mojo Rawley tells Zack Ryder he is sick of losing. He says something has to give. Rawley says it is time to do something drastic to make things change.
Dolph Ziggler is out live in Oakland. He talks about making his “elaborate entrances” the last few weeks and how they were talent that couldn’t lace his boots. Ziggler again refers to himself as the greatest in-ring performer in WWE history.
He walks to the back and comes back out dressed like Triple H. Ziggler spits out water. He asks the fans if that was cool and if he can run NXT now. Ziggler heads to the back again and walks out dressed like Shawn Michaels complete with a cowboy hat and chaps.
He says he can actually feel himself losing his smile. Ziggler isn’t done yet. He comes back out to the DX music complete with green glow sticks. Ziggler has two words for ya: “who cares.” He says the fans don’t care about in-ring performance. “You don’t care. I am the best ever. And you couldn’t care less. And I don’t care about you.”
Tom, Byron and Corey plug No Mercy this Sunday at ringside.
Tamina goes after Charlotte in the corner. Tamina clears house on Naomi and Becky as well. Tamina launches Becky into Naomi as they both fall to the outside. Tamina levels Charlotte with a quick clothesline as we head to the final break of the night.
Back live, Charlotte with a kick to the face and chops to Tamina. Becky is in kicking Tamina in the face and Naomi drops a leg over Tamina. Charlotte with a shot to Naomi. Becky kicks Charlotte. Becky with an uppercut to Charlotte. Naomi with a cross body to Charlotte and Becky for a two count. Naomi with body kicks to Charlotte. Noami with a jawbreaker to Charlotte. Naomi gets a submission locked on Charlotte when Becky breaks it up. Tamina with a side slam to Becky, but misses in the corner. Becky with a jump kick to Naomi, sends Charlotte to the corner and then eats a clothesline from Tamina. Charlotte with a spear on Tamina. Charlotte pulls Naomi off the corner. Charlotte catches both Naomi and Tamina with a double moonsault off the top rope. Both kick out after pinfall attempts. Charlotte gets the Figure Four locked on Naomi. Becky is going up top and drops a leg over Charlotte. Tamina breaks up the pinfall attempt. Tamina with a samoan drop on Becky. Tamina is going up top for Superfly splash, connects and Naomi breaks up the pin. Lana pulls Naomi out of the ring. Naomi kicks Lana in the head. Tamina superkicks Naomi off the ring apron. Charlotte with a big boot to Tamina, hooks the leg and gets the win.
Winner and new No. 1 Contender: Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair will challenge Natalya at Hell in a Cell for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship. Backstage, we see Natalya looking on at the result.
Quick Match Results:
* Randy Orton def. Aiden English
* Rusev def. Randy Orton
* AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin for the WWE United States Title never officially started
* WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Hype Bros
* Charlotte Flair def. Becky Lynch, Naomi and Tamina to become No. 1 Contender