The Superstar Shake-up continued on SmackDown LIVE, as United States Champion Kevin Owens and his title became part of Team Blue. Right from the start, KO made no secret about the fact that the blue brand was now the Brand-New Kevin Owens Show.
The Prizefighter was interrupted by Baron Corbin, who wanted an opportunity at The Prizefighter’s United States Championship. Much to Owens’ dismay, the Superstar Shake-up sent Sami Zayn to SmackDown LIVE, and The Underdog from the Underground emerged to join The Prizefighter and The Lone Wolf in the ring. AJ Styles also came to the squared circle to remind all three Superstars that SmackDown LIVE was the house that he built.
SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan then hit the scene to attempt to sort everything out. He first informed Owens that his United States Title defense against Chris Jericho at WWE Payback was on as planned and whoever won would officially become a member of SmackDown LIVE as the champion.
The “Yes!” Man then doubled down on his proclamations, stating that a post-Payback No. 1 contender would be determined tonight on SmackDown LIVE with Corbin, Zayn and Styles battling in a Triple Threat main event for a future United States Championship opportunity.
With his House of Horrors Match against new Raw Superstar Bray Wyatt at WWE Payback looming, WWE Champion Randy Orton looked to make a statement against Wyatt’s disciple, Erick Rowan, on SmackDown LIVE.
As the two jockeyed for position, however, The Reaper of Souls suddenly appeared on the TitanTron from an undisclosed location. The distraction allowed Rowan to attack The Viper with the steel steps, causing the match to be thrown out. After the bell, Rowan continued his assault on WWE’s Apex Predator in brutal fashion.
AJ Styles, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn went all-out to secure a future United States Title opportunity in the SmackDown LIVE main event. The breathtaking match saw all three Superstars nearly lock up the No. 1 contendership, but Styles prevailed after hitting Zayn with the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.
In other action … SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. American Alpha … Mojo Rawley def. Jinder Mahal and Gronk reappeared … Charlotte Flair and Tamina arrived on Team Blue during the State of the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Division address … Tye Dillinger def. Aiden English … Shinsuke Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler got acquainted with one another on Team Blue … and The New Day will soon be coming to SmackDown LIVE.