WWE Smackdown Results
November 7, 2017
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
The show opens with a video package focusing on Jinder Mahal defending the WWE Championship against AJ Styles tonight in the main event.
Tom Phillips is the first to welcome us to the show tonight in Manchester, England.
Shane McMahon opens the show in Manchester
Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon is out first to kick off the show. Big reaction for Shane tonight in Manchester. Shane smiles and grabs a mic. He talks about how Smackdown won’t be known as the “B show” and instead “the show” after Survivor Series. Shane holds his sister Stephanie and Kurt Angle personally responsible for what happened to Daniel Bryan when he went to RAW. He plans to get payback against Kurt Angle. Shane talks about the roster stepping up against RAW. A loud “NEW DAY ROCKS” chant starts up. Shane introduces The New Day. Big E does his introduction for Manchester.
Here comes Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. Footage from RAW last night is shown of New Day showing up and setting up a distraction to let Sheamus and Cesaro defeat Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to become the new RAW Tag Team Champions. Back live, New Day is in the ring with Shane. Kofi said it wasn’t the intention for Seth and Dean to lose the tag team titles, but such is the consequences of putting “RAW under siege baby!” Woods wonders what they really will do. They all yell “NOTHING” on the mic. Shane starts to dance with New Day as they do the “NEW DAY ROCKS” chant.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are out next to interrupt. Owens calls them stupid. Zayn tells Shane he isn’t cool and can’t dance. New Day mocks Sami’s dancing. Zayn says they could have shown up on RAW and beat up the roster as well, but they have integrity and don’t subscribe to the Shane McMahon propaganda machine. Shane says that is exactly why they aren’t representing Team Smackdown Live at Survivor Series in addition to losing qualifying matches. Owens yells they are the top two stars on this roster and shouldn’t need to qualify for the team. Big E accuses Sami of being Owens’ puppet. Shane suggests Sami deserves a match here tonight against Kofi Kingston. That match is next.
Sami Zayn vs. Kofi Kingston
Sami works over the left arm of Kofi early. Sami with an arm drag going back to a left arm lock. Kofi lands on his feet during a monkey flip attempt by Sami from the corner. Kofi catches Sami with a big dropkick to the face and Sami rolls out. Back inside, Sami cuts off Kofi when he runs out and back in. Sami with a big clothesline. Kofi catches Sami with a dropkick in the air as Sami jumps off the second rope from the corner.
Back live, Kofi catches Sami with a dive to the outside. Back inside, Sami connects with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a close two count. Kofi with a cross body and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Kevin Owens hits the ring and quickly attacks Kofi Kingston. Sami Zayn rolls out and Owens yells at him to join him near the ramp. New Day check on Kingston.
Backstage, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal is with The Singh Brothers. Renee Young asks if having to defend his title changes his mindset when preparing for Brock Lesnar. He calls Styles the appetizer to the entree that is Lesnar.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev is next. If Rusev wins, he joins Team Smackdown Live.
Another video package for The Bludgeon Brothers airs.
If Rusev wins, he joins Team Smackdown Live
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
Before the match, Aiden English sings introducing Rusev.
The bell rings and Orton goes for an early RKO attempt. Rusev avoids and lands a big kick to the head. Rusev with a series of pinfall attempts and Orton kicks out.
Back live, Rusev has Orton in a headlock on the mat. Loud “RUSEV DAY” chant starts up in Manchester. Rusev catches Orton with a spin kick off the ropes. Rusev with a big kick to the back of Orton for another two count. RKO out of no where! Orton gets the pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton
Backstage, we see Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura watching with Shane McMahon. Corey Graves notes we still have one open spot remaining on Team Smackdown Live.
Backstage, James Ellsworth is looking for Carmella. Becky Lynch shows up instead. Ellsworth says she has no shot of winning tonight since she’s a girl.
A video package airs highlighting Smackdown Live attacking RAW and Daniel Bryan showing up the following week to apologize to Kurt Angle. We then see a highlight from last night with New Day setting up a title change with the RAW tag team titles.
Back live, members of the Smackdown women’s division are at ringside.
James Ellsworth vs. Becky Lynch
The bell rings and Ellsworth starts doing push ups. The crowd starts a “BECKY’S GONNA KILL YOU” chant. Becky goes for an armbar early and Ellsworth gets to the ropes. Ellsworth trips up Becky and laughs. Becky props Ellsworth up on the turnbuckle. Becky with a kick, float over and gets Ellsworth down into a series of pinfalls. Becky rolls around with Ellsworth inside the ring. Becky spins Ellsworth around on her shoulders and then tosses him out of the ring. Ellsworth slowly gets back in the ring as Lana, Charlotte and Tamina stare him down. Ellsworth pushes Becky down. Ellsworth then pushes Becky out of the ring through the ropes. Becky connects with a dropkick off the top rope. Ellsworth launches Becky into the corner. Ellsworth is calling for No Chin Music. Becky blocks, hits an atomic drop and then kicks the middle rope when Ellsworth tries to get out. Becky with an overhead suplex. Ellsworth rolls out and is scared back in. He then shakes the hand of Becky and hugs her. Becky drops him down in an armbar. Ellsworth taps out.
Winner: Becky Lynch
After the match, Carmella gets in the ring and picks up Ellsworth. Carmella argues with Becky Lynch. Carmella then levels Ellsworth with a big superkick. Becky and the rest of the Smackdown women’s division are surprised. Carmella heads to the back with her briefcase.
The Usos defend the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships next.
Backstage, Shane McMahon is talking with Charlotte Flair when Smackdown Women’s Champion Natalya walks in. Natalya offers to take Charlotte’s place on Team Smackdown Live. Shane books Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair next week on Smackdown Live with the Smackdown Women’s Championship on the line. The winner faces Alexa Bliss at Survivor Series in three weeks. Natalya says this is unfair.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Usos (c’s) vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
Before the match, The Usos joke Gable and Benjamin are American Alpha part two.
The Usos immediately attack Gable and Benjamin before the bell rings.
Back live, Gable is in with shots to Jimmy. Jimmy responds with elbows. Jey gets the tag and hits a quick clothesline on Gable and knocks Benjamin off the apron. Gable avoids a samoan drop attempt. Jey with a samoan drop on Gable. Benjamin jumps in and hits Paydirt. The Usos are now on the outside. Gable hits a chop block to Jey. Jey makes no effort to get back inside the ring. The referee reaches the 10 count.
Winners via count out: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
After the match, they tease an injury for Jey Uso.
Video is shown of Luke Harper on the new USA series “Damnation.”
Backstage, AJ Styles says he will prove to the Modern Day Maharaja that Smackdown Live is his show and that he is the face that runs the place.
Jinder Mahal (c) w/ The Singh Brothers vs. AJ Styles
Lock up and Mahal immediately pushes Styles back down on the mat. Styles with a lock up and Mahal throws a quick elbow. Manchester directs some steroids chants at Mahal. Mahal flexes. Mahal shows his power tossing Styles out of the ring quickly.
Back live, Mahal with a headlock takedown on Styles to keep him grounded. Styles catches Mahal with a dropkick as he bounced off the ropes. Styles follows it up with a jumping forearm that catches Mahal when he jumps up to the ring apron. Mahal trips up Styles and Styles bounces off the ring apron face first. Mahal catches Styles when he jumps off the barricade and dumps him over the ringside announce table. Back inside, Mahal with stomps and chokes Styles with his boot. Mahal with a big right that drops Styles. Styles connects with his jumping forearm off the ropes. Styles with a corner clothesline and then connects with his neckbreaker over the knee for a two count. Styles with kicks to the chest of Mahal. Mahal misses a big boot attempt when Styles trips him up. Mahal face plants Styles over the mat and gets a two count. Styles gets the Calf Crusher applied. Mahal bounces the back of Styles’ neck off the mat. Styles goes back to the submission, but Mahal gets to the ropes to break it up. Mahal props Styles up on the top turnbuckle. Mahal avoids a tornado DDT, but Styles dumps him over the top rope holding the ropes down. Styles with a springboard forearm over the top rope to the outside! Back inside, Styles connects with a springboard 450 splash over Mahal. The Singh Brothers then pull Mahal out of the ring in front of the referee. Styles rolls out and attacks them. Mahal tries to attack Styles on the ring apron. Styles avoids it. Styles springboards in. Mahal launches Styles down with his modified Cobra Clutch slam. Styles gets a boot on the bottom rope to break up the pin! Mahal props Styles up on the top again. Styles grabs the head of Mahal and stuns him jaw first off the top rope. Styles springboards off the top rope and connects with his flying forearm! Styles hooks the leg and gets the pinfall! We have a new champion!
Winner and new WWE Champion: AJ Styles
After the match, AJ Styles celebrates with the WWE Championship. At ringside, Jinder Mahal levels both of The Singh Brothers for losing the match.
A graphic hits the screen. It’s now official. WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles will now take place at Survivor Series in three weeks!
The show comes to a close with Styles celebrating with the WWE Championship!
Quick Match Results:
* Kofi Kingston def. Sami Zayn
* Randy Orton def. Rusev
* Becky Lynch def. James Ellsworth
* Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin def. WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos via count out
* AJ Styles def. Jinder Mahal to become the new WWE Champion