SmackDown Recap: October 31, 2017
S2017 episode 950 Aired on October 31, 2017

After SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan was viciously chokeslammed by Kane on Raw last night, Shane McMahon addressed his returning sister Stephanie McMahon, Kurt Angle and the entire Raw brand to kick off SmackDown LIVE. The SmackDown Commissioner blamed his sister equally as much for the attack on Bryan as Kane or Angle. In response to Stephanie’s bombshell announcement from last night that Angle would be the captain of Team Raw at Survivor Series, Shane-O-Mac named himself the captain of Team SmackDown!

After AJ Styles defeated Sunil Singh last week on SmackDown LIVE, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal’s other “advocate” Samir Singh was now the one eager to defend his leader’s honor by taking on The Phenomenal One here on Team Blue. First, however, Mahal took center stage to yet again address his opponent at Survivor Series, Raw’s Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.

The Modern Day Maharaja insisted he was not afraid of The Beast and planned on beating, victimizing and conquering Lesnar on the one night a year when Raw and SmackDown Superstars compete. However, before Mahal got too deep into speaking to his people in Punjabi, he was interrupted by Styles, who was clearly ready to compete.

The Phenomenal One made quick work of Samir, nearly driving him through the canvas with a devastating Styles Clash to pick up the win in near-record time.

Mahal would get the last, though, relentlessly beating down Styles after his big win, punctuating the assault by twice dropping his nemesis with the Khallas and making a statement to both The Phenomenal One and Brock Lesnar.

With the fourth spot on SmackDown’s Survivor Series team on the line, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens squared off under the bright lights of Tuesday night’s main event.

After some astounding back-and-forth action, it seemed KO had a massive advantage when Sami Zayn made his way to ringside, but WWE’s Rockstar refused to stay down despite a vicious attack from Owens, even kicking out after KO landed a massive frog splash. When KO instructed Zayn to get the announce table ready to attack Nakamura, the duo’s plans were immediately thwarted by Randy Orton, who rushed out of the crowd and dropped Zayn with a massive suplex onto the table instead. This opening allowed The King of Strong Style to prevail from the hellacious battle with a stinging Kinshasa to earn his way onto Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.

In other action … Bobby Roode def. Dolph Ziggler in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to qualify for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series … Baron Corbin def. Sin Cara via disqualification … and Rusev def. Big E.

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