SmackDown Recap: May 23, 2017
S2017 episode 927 Aired on May 23, 2017

After Sami Zayn scored what many considered to be an upset victory over Baron Corbin at WWE Backlash, the two collided again on SmackDown LIVE, this time with Money in the Bank momentum very much in play.

Clearly operating with a new level of confidence in the wake of defeating The Lone Wolf two nights prior, The Underdog from The Underground moved swiftly and forcefully, catching Corbin off-guard with a rollup for the win.

After the surprisingly quick loss, an outraged Corbin brutally attacked Zayn, savaging him with a steel chair, brutalizing him around the arena and leaving The Underdog from the Underground in a crumbled heap.

Following his shocking WWE Championship win over Randy Orton at WWE Backlash, Jinder Mahal, accompanied by The Singh Brothers, wanted to kick off the golden age of The Modern-Day Maharaja in style. He first celebrated with drummers and dancers in grand fashion. He then chastised the WWE Universe for doubting him and basked in his triumph with an amazing pyrotechnics display.

Whether a golden age was beginning remained to be seen, but it was unquestionable that Mahal stood tall on this night.

With the Money in the Bank Ladder Match looming, four of SmackDown LIVE’s top Superstars linked up in tag team action with each side and every individual wanting to shine, as all of them proverbially moved one rung closer to potentially earning a guaranteed opportunity to challenge for the WWE Championship.

The hard-hitting contest saw no shortage of personal exchanges, as both AJ Styles and United States Champion Kevin Owens, as well as The Artist Known as Shinsuke Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler, looked to pick up where they left off at WWE Backlash.

At the end of a chaotic battle, The Phenomenal One and WWE’s Rockstar prevailed when Nakamura nailed the Kinshasa on The New Face of America for the win.

In other action … Shane McMahon announced the participants in this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match … Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch def. Carmella & Natalya … Tyler Breeze def. Jey Uso … Fandango def. Jimmy Uso … SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. Breezango.

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