After a whirlwind of a week, where the WWE Champion graced his motherland, it was back to business in the land of opportunities. The talk of the town however isn’t the champion; instead, it is the newly reaffirmed friendship between the Underdog from the Underground, and Kevin Owens.
It took Sami being told off by Shane to realise his worth, and Zayn made all the difference at Hell In A Cell. Now with Shane McMahon out of the picture, Owens and Sami have a free pass to do as they please on SmackDown Live.
On the flipside, one man who has undoubtedly grabbed his opportunity with both hands is Baron Corbin. The new WWE United States Champion made all the right moves at Hell In A Cell, beating Tye Dillinger and AJ Styles in the process.
Also, Natalya managed to cling on to the title for now, but new challengers emerge, as Survivor Series fast approaches. So what transpired on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live? Let us take a closer look.
Daniel Bryan’s homecoming ruined by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
The General Manager of SmackDown Live, Daniel Bryan returned to Seattle this week, and opened the show to a massive ovation. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion soaked in the adulation, before talking about what was in store this week.
It didn’t take long for Daniel to bring up the unholy alliance between Zayn and Owens, as Bryan wondered why someone like Sami would turn their back on the fans. The authority figure didn’t have to wait long to get his answer however, as Sami made his way out. Bryan and Sami talked about their relationship, and Zayn justified his actions, saying the fans never had his back.
Sami took shots at Bryan, and said had he been a little smarter, he wouldn’t have retired. This brought Kevin Owens out, who called Bryan a hypocrite for becoming something he fought against couple of years ago. The two friends hugged it out, as Sami thanked Kevin for opening his eyes, and giving him the answers.
Bryan then made his way back, saying he would find two men who would punch Owens and Sami.
Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Naomi teamed up to face Natalya, Lana and Tamina in a six woman tag team match. After a decent back and forth match, the faces picked up the victory, courtesy of a Figure Eight, as Lana tapped out. Post match, Natalya tried to attack Charlotte with a chair, but the former WWE Women’s Champion chased Natalya out of the ring.
Baron Corbin made his way out, and teased Sin Cara by saying he would put his title on the line. Corbin immediately withdrew his challenge, and laid into the masked Superstar. Sin Cara mounted a comeback, and caught Baron with a plancha from the top turnbuckle on the outside. This resulted in Corbin getting counted out!
Jinder Mahal throws down a challenge for Brock Lesnar; AJ Styles intervenes
After an exhausting trip to India, Mahal was back in the States, and got back to doing what he does best. The WWE Champion made his way out along with The Singh Brothers, and reminisced about his trip to his motherland. Jinder spoke about meeting people, and said he was treated like a God. Mahal recollected his conversation with a kid, who asked him what was next for him.
The WWE Champion said he had defeated every worthy adversary on SmackDown Live, and challenged Brock Lesnar to a match at Survivor Series! The Beast versus The Maharaja sounded like an enticing match for Jinder, who asked the fans to worship him.
The champion didn’t have more time to delve into the matter however, as AJ Styles interrupted him. Styles took offence to Jinder’s claims, saying he had defeated every worthy challenger on the blue brand. Before Mahal could throw the first shot, Styles took him out with the Pele Kick, sending the champion scrambling to the floor!
Dolph Ziggler faced Bobby Roode in a rematch from the Hell In A Cell, and both the Superstars had their moments. Towards the end however, it was the Show – Off that used his brains, rolling Roode up with a handful of tights to pick up the victory!
Zayn and Owens thwart the challenge of Nakamura and Orton; Shane McMahon to return next week
In the main event, Daniel Bryan made a tag team match, pitting the two happy Canadians and the team of Nakamura and Orton. Shinsuke and Randy had things under control, but the heels found themselves back in the match.
Towards the end, Owens and Nakamura battled at ringside, which distracted the referee for a moment. Sami capitalised on the opportunity, landing an illegal low – blow on Orton, followed by the Helluva Kick to pick up the victory for his team.
Post match, the two friends didn’t have much time to celebrate, as Daniel Bryan confronted both men backstage. Bryan told Sami and Owens that they would find their fate next week, as the Commissioner of SmackDown Live, and the man who was taken out at HIAC, Shane McMahon would be returning to the show!