SmackDown Recap: October 3, 2017
S2017 episode 946 Aired on October 3, 2017

Shinsuke Nakamura kicked off SmackDown LIVE by making his electric entrance for an in-ring interview with Renee Young, who asked him if he thinks WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has gone too far in his mockery of WWE’s Rockstar over the past few weeks.

Five days before challenging The Modern Day Maharaja for the title, The Artist stated that Mahal mocked what he feared and that his opponent’s worst fears would come true when Nakamura took his championship at Sunday’s pay-per-view.

Before the interview could continue, The Singh Brothers interrupted to introduce Mahal, but this turned out to only be a distraction, as The Modern Day Maharaja surprised Nakamura by jumping into the ring and attacking from behind. Along with Sunil and Samir, Mahal executed a full-scale ambush on his imminent pay-per-view opponent, laying him out with the devastating Khallas.

After Randy Orton ruined Rusev’s Pride of Bulgaria Celebration last week, Aiden English (who also was the recipient of an RKO outta nowhere during the proceedings) offered to go head-to-head with The Viper before Randy takes on Rusev at WWE Hell in a Cell.

Prior to the match, Rusev declared that although Orton ruined Rusev Day, there would be many more Happy Rusev Days to come, including Sunday at WWE Hell in Cell when he is victorious against WWE’s Apex Predator. The Drama King followed that up with a song about it being payback time, set to Orton’s entrance music.

But, despite the pomp and circumstance, The Viper reigned supreme defeating English with a massive RKO outta nowhere. After the bell, Rusev attempted to strike on Orton, but he was ready, cutting The Bulgarian Brute off at the pass and sending a clear message that he was more than ready for Sunday.

Five days before attempting to tear each other limb from limb in their Hell in a Cell showdown, Shane McMahon came to the ring for a face-to-face with Kevin Owens, and Shane-O-Mac promised his nemesis that he will have hell to pay inside the horrifying structure, also announcing that their match this Sunday would now also be Falls Count Anywhere.

However, rather than meet Shane in the ring, Owens appeared deep in the WWE Universe, making it clear that he blamed Shane for what KO had done to Mr. McMahon and that the beating he unleashed on Shane would be much worse.

Shane eventually chased Owens through the crowd and out into the concession area where KO launched a vicious sneak attack, getting the jump on the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner by attacking him from behind and eventually powerbombing him through a merchandise table. Returning to the ring, Owens began to explain what would happen during his match with Shane on Sunday. And when a war-torn Shane reemerged, Owens again laid into his rival, unleashing a relentless beatdown that culminated with a devastating headbutt and Pop-up Powerbomb

SmackDown LIVE went off the air in a flurry of chaos, but what will happen Sunday at WWE Hell in a Cell?

In other action … SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya & Carmella def. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch … Bobby Roode def. Mike Kanellis … The Usos read The New Day their rights; The New Day read The Usos their lefts … Tye Dillinger def. Baron Corbin … and The SmackDown Women’s division honored brave breast cancer survivors with partner Susan G. Komen.

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