Fresh off making it to the final three of the Independence Day Battle Royal, Tye Dillinger received the biggest opportunity of his career when he took on WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, who was once again flanked by The Singh Brothers. The Perfect 10 brought his best to The Modern-Day Maharaja, but Mahal prevailed after a brief flurry by Dillinger, besting him with a ring-shaking Khallas.
After the contest, Mahal stated that he was going to give everyone a little taste of what Randy Orton was in for at WWE Battleground when he brings the Punjabi Prison to SmackDown LIVE next week.
Following weeks of contention between the two, Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin would finally settle their differences here on SmackDown LIVE … well, almost. In a measure of payback from when Corbin attacked Nakamura during his entrance at WWE Money in the Bank, WWE’s Rockstar flipped the script and blindsided The Lone Wolf before the contest here. Afterward, the two rivals tore into one another in a wild brawl around ringside and in the crowd before being separated by WWE officials.
It was announced later in the show that Nakamura and Corbin would clash at WWE Battleground.
Following the tumultuous tussle that opened the show, John Cena & AJ Styles teamed up for the first time ever to take on Kevin Owens & Rusev in an explosive main event.
With all four Superstars firing on all cylinders, it was as competitive a main event as you could ever expect to see. At the end of the tremendous bout, The Phenomenal One drilled Rusev with a head-ringing Phenomenal Forearm and staggered Owens with a Pele Kick, allowing The Cenation Leader to plant The New Face of America with a resounding Attitude Adjustment to obtain the victory. After the contest, Cena raised Styles’ arm, and the two Superstars showed one another a sign of mutual respect.
In other action … New United States Champion AJ Styles kicked off SmackDown LIVE with an Open Challenge … Xavier Woods def. Jey Uso … Natalya & Tamina def. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch … and Sami Zayn felt Maria & Mike Kanellis’ Power of Love.