Here's to hoping that you've had enough time to digest and enjoy everything you took away from Hell In A Cell on Sunday night because now it's time for the fall out in the form of this week's SmackDown Live, so here are our the biggest takeaways from the show. And what an awful lot of fallout there was to pack into just two hours of television. Some people may have forgotten that there were actually two Hell In A Cell matches on Sunday's pay-per-view of the same name, and judging by the opening segment of SmackDown Live, it'll be the last time we see The Usos and New Day do battle for a while. Then there was the big one. What exactly would Sami Zayn have to say for himself following his hand in Sunday night's main event? Then if you watched Talking Smack on Sunday night you'd know there was the not so small issue of a United States Championship rematch to take care of also. Like we said, there's an awful lot to unpack.
How long is WWE going to insist on constantly pushing Rusev's buttons? The man has clearly been annoyed since making the move to SmackDown Live and it's a minor miracle that the Bulgarian is even still with WWE. Rusev suffered yet another loss to Randy Orton at Hell In A Cell then quickly followed that up with a tag loss on Tuesday night. The former United States Champion tagged with Aiden English to take on the team of Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. It may have been English who took the fall after a Kinsasha from The King Of Strong Style, but Rusev ate another RKO right before the match came to a close.
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Baron Corbin has gotten himself in quite a bit of trouble these last couple of months. Apparently, it all began when The Lone Wolf clashed with a veteran on Twitter and found himself having to apologize. So it makes sense that of all the Superstars in WWE right now, there are none that take offense to what the fans have to say about them on social media more than Baron Corbin. The United States Champion referenced his Twitter haters on Talking Smack Sunday night, he took a shot at them again during a backstage interview before his title defense on SmackDown Live, then he dealt a parting blow after successfully defending his United States Championship at the culmination of Tuesday night's show. Maybe take a break from social media, champ.
This summer, SmackDown Live has been defined by one rivalry. Not the one revolving around the WWE Championship, but rather the one for the brand's Tag Team Championships. Time after time, The Usos and New Day have stolen the show and once again at Hell In A Cell, they raised the bar yet again. Jimmy and Jey's win suggested that the feud may continue, but unfortunately, on SmackDown Live, that was revealed not to be the case. What's more is as the rest of the tag teams on the blue brand fought for the chance to be the next number one contenders it became painfully clear that none of them can hold a candle to the magic New Day have with the champions.
The epic rivalry between New Day and The Usos may be over, and the prospect of Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable as number one contenders may be less than appealing, but it's not all doom and gloom in SmackDown Live's tag team division. Later in the evening, it was revealed that one team was not included in the number one contender match at the beginning of the nigh—Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. The return of the former Wyatt Family members has been a long time coming and on Tuesday night, they finally made their return. Harper and Rowan being off TV is a massive waste, so their return is long overdue.
Despite there being a United States Championship match advertised for the evening, the main reason fans tuned into SmackDown Live this week was to hear an explanation from Sami Zayn. The Underdog has never really been a heel in his long career, let alone in WWE, so how this is all going to pan out will be incredibly interesting. Well, so far so good for Zayn. Kevin Owens played the heel role he knows so well, introducing Zayn as his best friend, and then Sami went on a poignant rant about aligning himself with Owens so that he can finally get the recognition he deserves. It was the perfect start to the former NXT Champion's heel run.
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