SmackDown Recap: August 22, 2017
S2017 episode 940 Aired on August 22, 2017

SmackDown LIVE just got a whole lot more GLORIOUS!

Much to the surprise of the WWE Universe, former NXT Champion Bobby Roode arrived on Team Blue and made an immediate impact, emphatically defeating Aiden English with a head-ringing Glorious DDT in an impressive debut bout. After the contest, Renee Young interviewed Roode in the ring, asking what had brought him to SmackDown LIVE. After congratulating Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan for breaking the bank to bring him to the blue brand, Roode very simply stated that SmackDown LIVE just went from being “great” to … you guessed it, glorious.

With Shinsuke Nakamura closing in on the WWE Title against Jinder Mahal this past Sunday at SummerSlam, the pesky Singh Brothers interjected themselves into the bout, drawing Nakamura’s attention. The King of Strong Style immediately eliminated them from the equation, but the distraction allowed Mahal to sneak up behind The Artist and defeat him with the ring-shaking Khallas.

The repercussions were less than pleasant for The Singh Brothers on Team Blue, as The King of Strong Style decimated them in a 1-on-2 Handicap Match that saw WWE’s Rockstar absolutely dominate, defeating Samir with a Triangle Choke.

After the match, The Modern Day Maharaja attempted to blindside The Artist to no avail, as Nakamura fended off the attack and left Mahal seeing stars after connecting squarely with the Kinshasa.

Advantage Nakamura.

After attempting to lock down several options, Kevin Owens finally landed on Baron Corbin as his choice to be the special guest referee for his United States Title Match against AJ Styles. Corbin agreed to the officiating role on the condition that KO gives him an opportunity to challenge him for the United States Title if he wins back the championship, to which Owens agreed. However, after confronting Styles in the backstage area, The Phenomenal One told Corbin to answer the call of his United States Championship Open Challenge after he defends his title.

Corbin remained mostly impartial throughout the high-stakes title bout, but the mood quickly changed when Styles inadvertently bumped into Corbin after Owens shoved him. The Lone Wolf then got in Styles’ face and shoved him back, leading to several near falls on a pair of rollups by KO. Shane McMahon then rushed out to make sure no injustice would be served.

Shane and Corbin began getting into it, allowing Owens to low-blow The Phenomenal One behind Corbin’s back. Owens attempted to capitalize on his rule-breaking ways, but Shane, having seen the low blow, pulled Corbin out of the ring during his count. Enraged over Shane’s actions, The Lone Wolf took off his referee shirt, tossed it at Shane-O-Mac and made his exit. Shane, thinking on his feet, donned the referee shirt as the match continued.

A furious Owens tried to get his head back in the game, but he could not recover from the shock, which allowed Styles to mount some offense and connect with the devastating Phenomenal Forearm for the win. Shane raised Styles’ hand, Corbin was nowhere to be found, and Owens, now with no more opportunities at the United States Title anytime soon, walked off in utter shock.

The New Face of America was now rocking a pretty mean frown.

In other action … AJ Styles and Kevin Owens agreed to a high-stakes matchup for later in the night … Shelton Benjamin returned to WWE on SmackDown LIVE … The Usos def. The Hype Bros … Naomi & Becky Lynch def. Natalya & Carmella … and Dolph Ziggler promised to do what the “stars” do next week on SmackDown LIVE.

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