– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown opens up with stills from the main event of Sunday’s WWE Hell In a Cell pay-per-view.
#1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Hype Bros vs. The Ascension vs. Breezango vs. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan
Konnor starts off with Mojo Rawley. Viktor comes in and Ryder drops him on his face. Viktor comes back with a corkscrew uppercut for a 2 count. Chad Gable tags in and takes control of Viktor, taking him to the mat. Shelton Benjamin tags in and keeps up the attack on Viktor for another pin attempt.Gable tags back in and keeps Viktor grounded on the mat.
Viktor ends up ramming Gable back into the corner and tagging in Konnor for some double teaming. Konnor with a big knee for a 2 count as other teams run in. Mojo rams Breeze into the corner, then tags in Ryder. They go for the double team but Viktor pushes Ryder.
Benjamin and Gable take out Breeze and others. Benjamin wit a spinebuster to Konnor. Gable and Benjamin stand tall. They go for the double team on Breeze but Fandango makes the save. Fandango misses the Last Dance on Benjamin. Gable with a big moonsault. The chaos leads to Gable and Benjamin getting the pin on Breeze to earn a future title shot.
Winners and New #1 Contenders: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
– After the match, the new #1 contenders stand tall as The Usos look on. The Usos stand up at ringside and stare at Gable and Benjamin.
Carmella vs. Becky Lynch
Ms. Money In the Bank is in the ring. James Ellsworth, wearing his leash, is chained to the ring post. Becky Lynch is out next.
Becky takes Carmella down and mounts her with strikes. Carmella slaps Becky and tries to retreat but Becky grabs her. Becky with the Bexploder suplex. Carmella works Becky over on the floor as fans chant for Becky. Carmella brings it back into the ring for a 2 count.
Becky gets up and out, managing to knock Carmella back into the corner. Becky charges but Carmella knocks her out of the air. Carmella approaches but Becky applies the Disarm Her in the middle of the ring for the win.
Winner: Becky Lynch
– After the match, Becky celebrates as her music hits. Carmella retreats to the floor and Becky taunts her before standing tall.
Out comes Kevin Owens. Greg Hamilton announces him as the victorious Kevin Owens.
Owens limps to the ring and has his arm taped up. Owens says he did exactly what eh said he would do at Hell In a Cell – he sent Shane McMahon straight to hell. Owens says the SmackDown Commissioner is gone and he’s never coming back. Owens says fans should be counting their blessings because they almost lost him as well. St. Peter himself was about to welcome him into the Pearly Gates but said the people need him on Earth just as bad. Owens was then given his own guardian angel – Sami Zayn. Owens then realized his new purpose, to make SmackDown his own personal paradise. Here we are tonight in his own personal heaven, or as he likes to call it – The Kevin Owens Show. Owens then introduces his best friend and guardian angel, Sami Zayn.
The music hits and out comes a happy Sami to the ring. Sami does his usual mannerisms as some fans cheer. Sami starts to speak but Owens apologizes for interrupting. Owens wants Sami to confirm to the people that he had no idea Sami was going to interfere on Sunday night. But first, Owens needs to tell Sami from the bottom of his heart – thank you. Sami says the recent powerbomb from Owens opened his eyes to everything. Sami says his whole life has been about pleasing the people. Sami says he put the wishes of the people on his shoulders but it just brought him to mediocrity while Owens was becoming champion. Sami thought his time had come when Shane brought him to the land of opportunity. Sami says Shane put on a show, about how RAW was misusing him and ow SmackDown would show him the respect he deserved. Sami says that was the last meeting he had with Shane but it’s OK because people get busy, and he had that little helicopter accident. Sami says he would keep showing up with a smile on his face until a few weeks ago when he saw Shane backstage and tried to warn him what Owens is capable of. Sami says Shane just brushed him off. Sami says that’s when he realized that Shane never really cared about him or wanted him to get an opportunity. Cut to Hell In a Cell, Sami was watching the match like everyone else and wanted Shane to win like everyone else. When Shane knocked Owens off the Cell to the announce table, he had the match won but he turned around and started to climb back to the top of the Cell again.
Sami says Owens has been a lot of things to him over the years but one thing he will always be is his brother. When Sami saw Shane go back to the top of the Cell, he realized Shane only cared about himself and wanted to end Owens’ career or worse. Sami says he then saved his brother because it was the right thing to do. He saved his brother because Shane had become an absolute psychopath. Sami thought he despised Owens for a long time but now he sees he just despised the fact that Owens was right. Now there’s not much left to say but thank you. Sami and Owens hug in the middle of the ring to a mixed reaction. Sami’s music hits and they hug again. Owens raises Sami’s arm and tells the crowd to give it up for him. The music stops and Sami raises Owens’ arm, asking the crowd to give it up for him. They go back and forth with getting props for each other. Owens’ music hits and they hug again. Owens raises Sami’s arm and they play to the crowd some more.
Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev and Aiden English
Rusev is already out with Aiden English as Randy Orton makes his entrance. Shinsuke Nakamura is out next.
The bell rings and Orton goes at it with Rusev. Rusev avoids an early RKO attempt but gets sent to the floor. Orton slamming Rusev on top of the announce table. Orton smiles and brings Rusev back into the ring. English tags back in and covers for another pin attempt. English keeps Orton grounded now. Fans chant for Orton as he fights up and reaches for a tag but English keeps control.
Nakamura gets the tag and unloads on English, delivering a bunch of kicks while he’s on his knees. English catches a kick but Nakamura drops him. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa but Rusev runs in and grabs him. Nakamura decks Rusev and Orton follows up with the RKO. Nakamura hits the Kinshasa on English for the pin.
Winners: Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura
– After the match, Orton and Nakamura stand tall as we go to replays.
WWE United States Title Match: AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin
AJ Styles is already out as is new WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin. Greg Hamilton does formal ring introductions.
The bell rings and AJ goes right to work, nailing an enziguri and a dropkick to send Corbin to the floor. Corbin charges but AJ pulls the top rope down and Corbin lands on the floor. Corbin goes to the floor for a breather as fans boo.
Fans chant for AJ as Corbin works him around the ring, talking trash. AJ fights back and unloads, nailing Corbin in the corner. AJ keeps control and scoops Corbin onto his shoulders but it’s countered. Corbin slides under him and goes to the floor but AJ launches him over the announce table with a big dropkick through the tables. Fans chant for AJ as he brings Corbin back into the ring.
AJ sells a knee injury but keeps control. Corbin catches Styles in a Deep Six and they both go down. More back and forth and counters now. AJ ends up applying the Calf Crusher in the middle of the ring. Corbin breaks it with a big shot into the mat. They get up and Corbin unloads with elbows. AJ blocks End of Days and hits a pele kick. Corbin rolls to the floor for a breather to avoid the pin. AJ leaps off the apron but Corbin catches him and launches him to the floor. Corbin brings it back into the ring and hits End of Days for the pin.
Winner: Baron Corbin
– After the match, Corbin stands tall as we get replays. Renee enters the ring to interview Corbin, asking if he has any words for the WWE Universe tonight. Corbin says they all can look at the title and eat it because it’s his and it’s not going anywhere. Corbin says they can cry and he will buy a boat to sail down their river of tears. Corbin stands tall with the title as SmackDown goes off the air.