Wrestlenewz brings you play-by-play coverage and results for tonight’s Smackdown Live broadcast. Pre-show starts at 7:50 pm EST and the main show starts at 8 pm EST. WWE World Champion Randy Orton will square off against Baron Corbin in a non-title match. Tweet and follow @wrestlenewz on Twitter.
Smackdown Live: 8 pm EST
Show opens up and WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens is in the ring. He has a TV screen behind him that says “Kevin Owens’ Highlight Reel” as he cuts a promo mocking and insulting the absentee Chris Jericho who is ostensibly on the injured list because of Owens. As Owens suddenly begins speaking French to piss off the crowd, AJ Styles’ music hits and he comes out to interrupt.
Styles says he never thought Owens would stoop so low as to steal the name of Jericho’s show. Owens responds that he’s better at the show, in fact he’s better than Jericho at everything including beating Styles. Styles tells Owens, in English, that he will defeat him for the US Title this Sunday and bring the belt back to the US of A where it belongs.
No. 1 contender to the WWE World Title Jinder Mahal enters now. Owens states that Styles had to act like a typical rude American and interrupt his segment. The guest was supposed to be Jinder to talk about his world title opportunity. Jinder says that he will win the title at Backlash on Sunday against Randy Orton. Styles tells Jinder that he better stay focused on tonight because they have a match and he’s not likely to be walking away from it.
Owens tries to take insult Styles but then Style slides in the ring to go after Owens but Owens gets quickly out of dodge. Then Style calls out Jinder to come face him right now. And it looks like that match will be next.
Singles Match: AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal
Bell sounds and Jinder takes control early. He puts Styles on his back and drops some heavy knees on his chest. Styles tries to stand up and Jinder runs and punts him in the ribs and follows up with some stomps. Jinder tries to suplex Styles into the ring from the apron but Styles counters by driving his shoulder into Jinder’s gut. Now Styles tries to pour on some offense as he lands some strikes.
As Styles attempts to bounce off the ropes, he stops short as he sees The Singh Brothers creeping at ringside. Jinder capitalizes on Styles’ hesitation and lays him out, pinning for a 2-count. Commercial break.
Back again and Jinder hits Styles with a drop kick and pins but Styles kicks out. Jinder sets Styles up on the top rope for a superplex. Styles sneaks out the back door. As Jinder leaps off the turnbuckle, Styles catches him with a drop kick on the way down. Styles gets Jinder on his shoulder but Jinder slides off and pushes Styles into the ropes, booting him in the face as he bounces back.
As Jinder motions to continue his attack, Styles hits a pele kick and an oshi gurashi for a near-fall. As Styles prepares to execute the Phenomenal Forearm. Kevin Owens, who was at the ringside commentating table, hits Styles in the back of the leg with his US Title belt. Jinder follows up with his finisher, which sounds something like “colass(?)” in alphabetical phonetics and is apparently the Punjab word for “finish”.
So, Jinder hits the finish…
Winner: Jinder Mahal