Tonight on SmackDown LIVE, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston overcame United States Champion AJ Styles in a non-title Champion vs. Champion Match with the members of The O.C. and The New Day at ringside. Plus, Roman Reigns was denied the opportunity to make a SummerSlam challenge when a pile of scaffold and metal fell down upon him, and Charlotte Flair emerged to challenge Trish Stratus to a match at The Biggest Event of the Summer.
Fresh off their hostile encounter just moments prior, Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre squared off, as Drew clearly looked to wear KO down before his SummerSlam clash with Shane McMahon.
Drew attempted to build off his earlier attack on Owens and pound the fearless rebel into submission, but Owens struck back with relentless mettle, coming at McIntyre with everything, including a ring-rattling Pop-up Powerbomb. Drew bulldozed his way through it all and appeared to be closing in on victory. In the clutch, Drew seemingly looked to slam KO through the announcer’s table, but Owens recovered and dropped McIntyre with a Stunner on the hardwood and followed up with a subsequent Stunner in the ring for the win.
Following a whirlwind seven days that saw him Superkick Shawn Michaels last week on SmackDown and battle with Seth Rollins on Raw last night, Dolph Ziggler reset as he took on Finn Bálor.
The two Superstars dazzled the WWE Universe with a frenetically paced match, with Balor looking to get himself back on track and get retribution for HBK, while Ziggler clearly just wanted to hog all the attention. It appeared The Extraordinary Man was rolling, but then the lights went out, and The Fiend briefly appeared in the entranceway, causing Finn to be distracted for just long enough to give Ziggler the opening to drop him with a Superkick for the win.
With The New Day and The O.C. overflowing in titles, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and United States Champion AJ Styles clashed in the main event on SmackDown LIVE.
This Champion vs. Champion Match had the WWE Universe on its feet from the jump, and the seesaw affair briefly came to a standstill when The O.C. and New Day got too close for comfort and began barking at each other at ringside, leading to an absolute melee. Kofi capped off the chaos by countering the Phenomenal Forearm with an awe-inspiring Trouble in Paradise for the win.
After the match, Roman Reigns was intending to make a SummerSlam challenge from the backstage area, but The Big Dog just barely evaded sheer catastrophe when tons of steel beams came plummeting toward him. Thankfully, Roman got back to his feet and seemed unharmed, but was someone responsible for this mysterious occurrence?
In other action … Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre came to blows after heated exchange … Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. Bayley & Ember Moon … Charlotte Flair crashed “The King’s Court” and challenged Trish Stratus to a match at SummerSlam … and Ali def. Shinsuke Nakamura.