United States Champion AJ Styles was ready to re-open the United States Open Challenge on SmackDown LIVE, a challenge that rising Superstar Tye Dillinger seemed more than eager to accept. However, before The Perfect 10 could walk down the ramp to take on The Phenomenal One, he was blindsided by Baron Corbin.
The Lone Wolf had stated in an interview minutes prior that he was going to be the one to answer the call tonight, but Dillinger had beat him to the punch. This led to Corbin and Dillinger getting into it and The Lone Wolf attacking him from behind when it was clear that The Perfect 10 did indeed plan on accepting the challenge. However, Corbin, so blinded by rage, allowed himself to wait too long to officially begin the match with Styles, leading to Dillinger being able to recover, slip into the ring, temporarily take Corbin out and begin the match with The Phenomenal One himself.
Dillinger was all over Styles in the early goings of the contest, rallying strongly despite suffering the attack from Corbin. However, Styles was able to weather the storm and defeat Dillinger with the Calf Crusher for the submission victory.
After the contest, Corbin reemerged and took out The Perfect 10. He then attempted to go after Styles, but The Phenomenal One knocked him to the arena floor. Corbin, now unbelievably annoyed, chose to walk away and fight another day.
Kevin Owens, frustrated over how his defeat to AJ Styles in the United States Title Match went down last week, interrupted Aiden English mid-song to make it clear that he believed SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon screwed him out of the win (and the championship).
Not willing to stand for that, Shane-O-Mac made his way to the ring to retort Owens and tell him that this was neither the time, nor place, for this discussion. He then asked KO to leave the ring as English’s match against Sami Zayn was occurring next.
An enraged Owens left the ring but remained at ringside and joined the commentary table. In the heat of the action, KO got in the ring and forcefully removed the referee shirt from the official and told him to get lost. Confused, but intimidated, the referee left, prompting Owens to put the striped shirt on himself. This led to Owens interjecting himself into the contest and hitting the Pop-Up Powerbomb onto Zayn, allowing English to pin Zayn with Owens administering a fast three-count.
Owens then called for the bell and told the ring announcer to proclaim The Drama King the winner, then raised English’s hand and disdainfully threw the referee shirt back at the official.
After the match, Shane McMahon declared that Owens' decision was not final and that it would not be reflected in the records book that English defeated Zayn.
Following their brawl to kick off the show, Jinder Mahal & Rusev rekindled their old alliance to take on Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton for the first time ever on Team Blue.
The team of Nakamura & Orton combatted Mahal & Rusev with valor, fending off their underhanded tactics and The Singh Brothers at ringside. Ultimately, WWE’s Rockstar was able to defeat Rusev with the Kinshasa for the win.
Earlier in the night, it was announced that The King of Strong Style and The Viper would face off next week for the first time ever in singles competition, with a WWE Championship opportunity hanging in the balance. With the tag team victory and celebrations out of the way, Orton shockingly laid out The Artist with an RKO, showing that only one thing matters to him: getting the WWE Championship back.
In other action … Jinder Mahal and Rusev got into a wild brawl with Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura … Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable def. The Ascension … Bobby Roode def. Mike Kanellis … The Usos def. The New Day allowing themselves to choose the stipulation for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Rematch … and Tamina def. local competitor.
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