Before new United States Champion Kevin Owens could gloat too much about defeating AJ Styles to win back the title at WWE Battleground or get too far into detailing his plan to bring back his United States Title Open Challenge, The Phenomenal One interrupted to demand his rematch against Owens tonight.
However, both KO and Styles were met with a huge shock when Chris Jericho burst onto the scene to make his electric return to SmackDown LIVE. Jericho, who was viciously taken out by Owens several months ago, was also due for a United States Title rematch and wanted it, yup, tonight. This prompted SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon to decree that tonight’s main event would feature all three Superstars in a Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship, much to the delight of the WWE Universe and the chagrin of The New Face of America.
Baron Corbin’s blatant low blow on Shinsuke Namakura at WWE Battleground gave WWE’s Rockstar a Disqualification win, but The Lone Wolf left his nemesis down after brutally assaulting him with the Money in the Bank briefcase, and the savage attack led to the two bitter rivals once again facing off on SmackDown LIVE.
The highly personal nature of the rivalry raised the lightning-quick physicality to an incredible degree. The Lone Wolf appeared to be closing in on victory, but The King of Strong Style refused to surrender and defeated Mr. Money in the Bank with a head-ringing Kinshasa to pick up a gritty victory.
With the WWE Universe already in a frenzy following Chris Jericho’s surprise return and the announcement of a Triple Threat Match for Kevin Owens’ United States Championship, The New Face of America, The Phenomenal One and The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla delivered a high-octane thriller in SmackDown LIVE’s main event, keeping fans on the edge of their seats from bell to bell.
With the three Superstars competing at a break-neck pace, Owens planted Jericho with a ring-shaking Pop-up Powerbomb and a devastating Frog Splash, but before KO could capitalize, Styles tossed his nemesis out of the ring and took advantage by pinning Jericho to recapture the Star-Spangled Championship.
Following the contest, Owens seethed on the microphone, expressing his disgust, claiming that being forced to defend his title against two men was unfair and demanding his one-on-one rematch next week on SmackDown LIVE.
WWE.com can confirm that Styles will indeed defend the United States Championship against Owens next week on the blue brand!
In other action … Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch def. Lana & Tamina … John Cena will battle Shinsuke Nakamura next week to see who will challenge WWE Champion Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam … Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger def. Mike Kanellis & Aiden English … and The New Day’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship Celebration was ruined by The Usos.