SmackDown Recap: November 21, 2017
S2017 episode 953 Aired on November 21, 2017

In the wake of Survivor Series defeat, General Manager Daniel Bryan put Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn into a match of pure retribution against The New Day. Plus, a surprise assault from up-and-coming Superstars Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan torpedoed the SmackDown Women’s Championship Match.

Following his instant classic of a contest with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, WWE Champion AJ Styles came to SmackDown LIVE with one purpose: To settle the score with Jinder Mahal … right now! The Phenomenal One was ready to put his title on the line, but a defiant Mahal responded via the TitanTron, seemingly with no intention of locking up with Styles tonight. Instead, The Modern Day Maharaja declared that he would be invoking his rematch clause at WWE Clash of Champions next month, noting that Texas isn’t deserving of such a match to the ire of the WWE Universe.

Then, before Styles could retort, he was ambushed by Mahal’s faithful cohorts, The Singh Brothers. It wasn’t before long, though, until AJ vanquished both Singhs while he forced Mahal to watch from the Tron as he nailed an emphatic Styles Clash.

Following their thrilling SmackDown Women’s Title Match last week that saw Charlotte Flair win the championship in her hometown, The Queen and Natalya squared off in a rematch here tonight on SmackDown LIVE.

The two Superstars brought the heat in their quest to stand atop the Team Blue mountaintop, but their battle was cut short when SmackDown LIVE newcomers Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan made their second appearance of the night. After brutalizing Naomi and Becky Lynch backstage earlier in the evening, the three now mercilessly ambushed Natalya and Charlotte.

The result was the two veterans down and motionless while the new trio from WWE NXT stood tall after sending shockwaves through the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Division.

With their jobs potentially in jeopardy, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn begrudgingly squared off against The New Day in a Lumberjack Match on SmackDown LIVE.

Surrounded by a plethora of Team Blue Superstars who were obviously none-too-pleased with KO & Zayn after they betrayed Team Blue at Survivor Series, Owens and Zayn did their best to survive. However, the order was a tall one, as none of the lumberjacks seemed all too motivated to force either Big E or Kofi Kingston back into the ring whenever they exited, but would immediately pounce on Owens and Zayn.

Owens and Zayn got the reprieve they were looking for when Baron Corbin missed Zayn with a punch that instead connected with Bobby Roode, setting off a brawl between all the lumberjacks. The commotion allowed Zayn to catch Kofi off-guard with a rollup to score the 1-2-3. Following the match, Rusev & Aiden English (who Owens and Zayn had asked for assistance earlier in the evening) also struck down on The New Day, attempting to blindside the group and helping KO escape through the WWE Universe.

The New Day fought back, as Kofi Kingston leapt off the top rope to the outside to neutralize The Bulgarian Brute and The Mozart of Maheym. From there, The New Day decimated Zayn with Trouble in Paradise and The Midnight Hour.

Owens, who managed to avoid The New Day beatdown, didn’t fully escape, as he was greeted by Daniel Bryan after dashing to the backstage area. After pleading with The “Yes!” Man not to fire him and Zayn, KO was met with a bombshell announcement when Bryan informed him that he would face off against Randy Orton on SmackDown LIVE next week!

In other action … Daniel Bryan intervenes before Shane McMahon can fire Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn … Shelton Benjamin def. Jey Uso … and The Bludgeon Brothers def. The Hype Bros.

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