SmackDown Recap: September 19, 2017
S2017 episode 944 Aired on September 19, 2017

Following Kevin Owens’ heinous Sin City SmackDown attack on Mr. McMahon that gave The Chairman three fractured ribs, SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon returned from his suspension to Team Blue with one clear directive: To let KO know that he was in for the beating of a lifetime when they meet inside Hell in a Cell on Oct. 8. Shane touched on his tumultuous history with his father, but said he loves him and plans on avenging him inside Hell in a Cell.

Looking to continue his ascent up the ranks on SmackDown LIVE, Aiden English took aim at Randy Orton. The Mozart of Mayhem brought his best to The Viper, managing to keep him down and, at times, inflict significant damage to The Apex Predator, but Orton defeated English with a vicious RKO out of nowhere after English took flight from the top rope.

Immediately following Randy Orton’s victory over Aiden English, an irate Rusev hit the scene and boldly proclaimed that he was here to avenge his 10-second loss to Orton at SummerSlam. He challenged The Viper to a match on the spot, and Orton, never one to back down, immediately accepted.

Almost immediately after the match started, English popped up on the apron, and Rusev pushed Orton into him. Rusev capitalized on the distraction to connect with a kick flush to Orton’s face, giving The Super Athlete a controversial victory over his nemesis in mere seconds. However, questionable or not, The Bulgarian Brute celebrated the victory as though it was one of the biggest accomplishments of his career, both on the ramp and in a backstage interview.

With so much at stake, four of Team Blue’s top Superstars let it all out in their quest to become the next Superstar to challenge Natalya for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE Hell in a Cell.

All four nearly captured victory at points in the contest, as they held nothing back in pursuit of the title. However, in a chaotic sequence, Tamina landed a top-rope splash on Becky, Naomi interrupted the count, Lana dragged Naomi out of the ring and received a kick to the head for her troubles, and Tamina kicked Naomi off the apron. Finally, Charlotte came all the way back from one of the toughest stretches of her life, defeating Tamina with a vicious kick, securing her ticket to WWE Hell in a Cell and earning the chance to regain her throne.

In other action... WWE Champion Jinder Mahal insulted Shinsuke Nakamura yet again... Tye Dillinger’s attack prevented Baron Corbin from answering AJ Styles’ United States Open Challenge... A Fatal 4-Way Match was made to determine who will challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE Hell in a Cell... The New Day def. Hype Bros... Kevin Owens addressed his situation with the McMahon family via satellite... and Dolph Ziggler performed several more extravagant entrances.

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