Randy Orton and Kevin Owens took their personal rivalry to the next level when they squared off in a wild No Disqualification Match in the main event on SmackDown LIVE. Elsewhere, WWE Champion AJ Styles was attacked before taking on The Singh Brothers in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match.
The white-hot rivalry between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal continued to escalate here on SmackDown LIVE, with The Phenomenal One taking on The Singh Brothers in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. However, as soon as Styles entered the ring, Mahal and his cronies attempted to gain an advantage by doing a blindside number on AJ prior to the contest even starting.
And, despite the pre-match beatdown, numbers advantage and The Modern Day Maharaja lurking at ringside, Sunil and Samir Singh were no match for the untouchable Styles, as AJ pushed through and found victory with a jaw-dropping second-rope Styles Clash to Samir onto Sunil who was right below.
After the match, it seemed Mahal was going to attempt to blindside Styles, but AJ exited before Mahal could grab him, leading to Jinder delivering ring-rattling Khallases to both Singh Brothers, making a clear statement that his ruthless streak was far from gone.
Following their dynamic and dastardly debut last week, the trio of Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan – collectively known as The Riott Squad - looked to make an immediate impact on Team Blue by defeating the team of SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Natalya and Naomi.
The combination of the new group’s intensity and Flair and Natalya’s ongoing problems led to a massive breakdown when Natalya hopped off the apron and walked away, leaving Charlotte and Naomi high and dry. This put The Queen and Naomi at a massive disadvantage, which eventually led to Morgan and Logan using the steel steps to brutalize Naomi on the outside, leaving her incapacitated and prompting the medical staff to take her away on a stretcher.
This left Flair by herself against The Riott Squad, and although she briefly rallied, the numbers game proved too much, and The Riott Squad scored the victory in their debut match on the blue brand when Riott planted The Queen into the canvas with a wicked kick to the face.
WWE medical staff evaluated Naomi after the contest. Please keep with WWE.com and WWE's social channels for further updates.
After barely avoiding firing (at least for now), Kevin Owens, whose best friend Sami Zayn was banned from ringside, was forced to go to war against Randy Orton in a brutal No Disqualification Match.
Orton, still harboring a ton of resentment for Owens & Zayn being instrumental in Team SmackDown’s defeat to Raw at Survivor Series, held nothing back against KO right from the get-go. The match saw it all, including Kendo stick attacks, savage superplexes and a plethora of physicality.
However, Zayn found a way to interject himself, waiting until Orton and Owens fought to the top of the stage and were not technically at ringside (thus Zayn was not breaking Shane McMahon’s stipulation), to take full advantage of the No Disqualification parameters. Zayn viciously attacked The Viper with a steel chair, targeting his left leg.
Orton attempted to fight back after the assault, but KO targeted Orton’s damaged left leg, finishing The Apex Predator off with a superkick and picture-perfect frog splash for the controversial win.
In other action … Shane McMahon made major changes to the SmackDown LIVE main event … The New Day def. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable … and the Bludgeon Brothers def. The Hype Bros and Mojo goes berserk.