Smackdown Live: 8 pm EST
Show opens up and new United States Champion AJ Styles comes out to the ring. As his music stops playing, the audience chants his name. Styles say that it looks like Battleground came a little early for him. And as far as the whole “Face Of America” thing goes, he thinks this is an upgrade. He points to his own face. Styles references the time that John Cena was US Champ and had his US Open challenge and it might be about time to bring that back. Because there is no better way to prove that you are truly the best and worthy of holding that title.
Styles issues an open challenge and invites anyone from the back to come out and face him in a title match. After a moment of no response, John Cena’s music hits and he walks out to the ring, getting a pop from the crowd. Styles look less than impressed and Cena has a playful sort of look on his face. Cena grabs the mic and asks Styles if he actually realizes what he just said? That’s for everybody but Cena, right? Styles steps to and says, “No that’s you. Especially you.”
Cena accepts the challenge and a referee comes out to start the match.
United States Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena
The ring announcer makes the introductions and both men get big pops. As the match is about to begin, Kevin Owens’ music hits and out comes the former US Champion, shaking his head. He says nobody wants to see another stupid Cena vs. Styles match. We’ve all had to sit through too many of them and no one cares. The only thing that matters is that the rightful owner of that belt gets it back. And that’s Owens.
Owens asks Cena why he’s even there. Nobody missed him. Nobody wants to see him here, so he should just leave. Cena says that it’s not that nobody WANTS to see him, they just CAN’T see him. Cena tells Owens that first he’ll get him out of the way and then he’ll beat Styles for that title. As Cena makes like he’s about to run out after Owens, Rusev blindsides him. Owens jumps in the ring and hits a Pop-Up Powerbomb on Styles. Rusev proceeds to put Cena in the Camel Clutch.
The two babyfaces are left beaten down in the ring as the heel take their leave.
Singles Match: Jinder Mahal vs. Tyre Dillinger
Bell sounds and the match gets underway. Jinder Mahal begins to dominate Dillinger. Commercial break.
Back again and Jinder is employing a methodical pace. He slams Dillinger. Irish whip but Dillinger finds a jumping forearm shot that levels Jinder. Dillinger mounts Jinder in the corner and rains down as many punches as he can get. Jinder ultimately shoves him off, hits the Khallas, and gets the 3-count.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
Jinder gets on the mic and starts cutting a promo. He says the fans can boo him all they want but the modern day Maharaja brings class and dignity to the WWE. People still want to cheer for that snake Randy Orton. The crowd chants, “USA!” Jinder tells them they can chant that all they want but their efforts pale in comparison to the billions of people back in India who support him. Jinder tells Orton that he will take him to hell in the Punjabi Prison Match at Battleground.