In a rematch from last week’s SmackDown LIVE main event, AJ Styles squared off with Dolph Ziggler as each Superstar continued to jockey for position and momentum leading up to the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match in two weeks.
Attempting to build off his victory from last week, The Showoff brought the fight to The Phenomenal One, continually wearing him down. However, Styles gained a measure of retribution from his loss the week prior, planting The Showoff into the canvas with a devastating Styles Clash for the win.
After having a heart-to-heart with SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon earlier in the evening and making a convincing plea, Mojo Rawley was given a golden opportunity: Shane-O-Mac deemed that the winner of the 2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal would be added to the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match if Rawley could defeat WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.
Mojo conjured as much hype-ness as he could against The Modern-Day Maharaja, but it was to no avail, as Mahal defeated Rawley with the Khallas, denying Mojo a win that could have had long-term effects on his career.
After the contest, Mahal spoke to the WWE Universe, informing them that he would destroy Randy Orton in The Viper’s hometown of St. Louis at WWE Money in the Bank and making it clear that they would have no choice but to accept him as their Modern-Day Maharaja.
Sami Zayn was scheduled to be on commentary for the main event, but The Underdog from the Underground was blindsided backstage by Baron Corbin, who assaulted his rival with a cavalcade of ladders before taking Zayn’s spot at the desk.
After being defeated by Shinsuke Nakamura in two of the past three weeks in tag team action, an agitated Kevin Owens was looking to get a measure of revenge on WWE’s Rockstar. High impact was at a premium with both Superstars looking to propel themselves toward the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Ultimately, Nakamura hit a wicked Kinshasa on Owens to earn a major victory. However, after the bout, The Lone Wolf ambushed the celebrating Nakamura, connecting with the End of Days and making a clear statement that he was coming for The King of Strong Style.
In other action … Lana debuted on SmackDown LIVE as the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match came into focus … Carmella, Natalya & Tamina def. Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch … and The New Day def. The Colons.
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