R-Truth’s journey as 24/7 Champion took another interesting turn when he accidentally interrupted Shane McMahon Appreciation Night. The mishap briefly cost him the 24/7 Title, but Truth’s fortunes changed when he teamed with Roman Reigns to take on Elias & Drew McIntyre in the blue brand main event.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens reignited their recent rivalry with this clash on SmackDown LIVE. With both still harboring a lot of aggression after everything they’ve been through in recent weeks, the two Superstars went at it with intensity on SmackDown LIVE.
Both Superstars pulled out all the stops, including a pinpoint SOS from Kingston and two devastating Frog Splashes from Owens onto the banged-up WWE Champion. In the critical moments, The Dreadlocked Dynamo kicked out of KO’s ring-rattling Senton Splash from the top rope, evaded the Pop-up Powerbomb and connected with the Trouble in Paradise for another awe-inspiring victory.
Shane McMahon declared tonight Shane McMahon Appreciation Night because … well, he can. Shane-O-Mac, accompanied by Drew McIntyre and Elias, first showed a video tribute to himself and then went on about how he would teach Roman Reigns a lesson at WWE Super ShowDown. This was followed by Elias beginning to deliver a heartfelt song to Shane. The performance was cut short when 24/7 Champion R-Truth darted out of the WWE Universe and into the ring with Drave Maverick in pursuit. Truth stopped Drake’s attack and fended him off to retain his title, but he was quickly laid to waste by Shane, Elias and McIntyre, with The Living Truth picking the bones to become the new 24/7 Champion. However, Shane didn’t stop there, announcing that Reigns & Truth will team up to take on Elias & McIntyre in a tag team match tonight!
After Elias defeated R-Truth earlier in the evening to capture the 24/7 Title, Truth now teamed with Roman Reigns to take on Elias & Drew McIntyre.
Reigns & Truth had to keep eyes in the back of their head with Shane McMahon in Drew and Elias’ corner. The Living Truth & The Scottish Psychopath grounded Truth, smothering him and keeping him from tagging in The Big Dog. However, once Truth finally separated from his imposing opponents, he made the elusive tag to Reigns, who promptly disposed of McIntyre with a Superman Punch and then caused a McIntyre wipeout when Shane-O-Mac unsuccessfully got involved. From there, Reigns nearly de-booted Elias with a thunderous Spear for the 1-2-3.
The Ws didn’t stop there for Roman and Truth, as a staggered Elias was once again met with a wicked Spear, giving Truth the opening to crawl over to Elias and pin him to regain the 24/7 Championship!
In other action … Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens verbally sparred ahead of their match … Heavy Machinery got on Daniel Bryan & Rowan’s radar … Mandy Rose def. Carmella … and Bayley def. Lacey Evans.