Monday night's Raw left this week's SmackDown Live with a pretty tough act to follow. Judging by the line up though they were more than capable of doing so. Two blockbuster championship matches plus a first time ever match for New Day to help them prepare for their confrontation with The Shield at Survivor Series. Strap in because this bumper show made for some very big moments.
The Tag Team Championship match between The Usos and Benjamin and Gable came to an abrupt end last week after Chad inflicted a nasty looking injury on Jey. Well, it turns out it wasn't as nasty as it may have looked, although it still cost the challengers a real shot at the twins' titles. Whether they get another go at the gold is up in the air right now, and instead on this week's SmackDown Live Gable went one on one with Jimmy Uso. Both men are talented performers so it made for an entertaining match. It was Jimmy who ultimately came out on top though.
The United States Championship was the first title up for grabs on this week's SmackDown Live. Baron Corbin had to defend his championship against Sin Cara with the winner going on to face The Miz this Sunday. The luchador has been a thorn in the paw of The Lone Wolf for a number of weeks now, so this one was far from a foregone conclusion. Corbin wouldn't have wanted to lose this one, especially with the trash him and Miz have been talking via social media in the build to Survivor Series. Corbin did successfully defend his title and finally defeated Sin Cara. An End of Days brought about Sin Cara's end of days and it'll be Corbin facing The Miz on Sunday.
In typical Paul Heyman fashion, Brock Lesnar's advocate cut a pretty impressive promo on The Beast Incarnate's upcoming opponent Monday night on Raw. AJ Styles was always going to have a response though, and the new WWE Champion actually had an advocate of his own. SmackDown Live's GM Daniel Bryan filled that role, and he filled it well. Bryan took elements of Heyman's promo from the night before and twisted and mocked them in a pretty amusing fashion. The Phenomenal One also chipped in himself, pointing out that unlike Lesnar he doesn't need a puppet. Everything that can be said has been said and now all there is left to do is have the dream match to take place.
The second title match of the night came in the form of Natalya versus Charlotte. The women battled it out for the SmackDown Women's Championship with the winner also going on to face Alexa Bliss at Survivor Series this weekend. One thing is for certain, both women left it all out there on Tuesday night. Charlotte and Nattie put on a hell of a match and it was Baby Flair that wound up winning the bout. Once she got her patented Figure 8 locked in and there was nowhere for Natalya to go, she had no option but to tap. After the match, Flair cut a promo warning Alexa Bliss of what's to come and also got teary-eyed talking about her father Ric. Then, even more tears came as The Nature Boy surprised his daughter by joining her for the celebrations.
Tuesday night's main event pitted the New Day against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. The latter showed no interest in supporting the plight of Team SmackDown going into Survivor Series, and they confirmed that's how they felt during their match with New Day. Just as things started to heat up The Shield's music hit and The Hounds of Justice began to make their way to the ring. It looked as if it would be a five-on-three situation, that was until KO and Sami ducked out and headed back to the locker room. From there on in, chaos ensued. Women from both brands fought backstage while more and more men from both shows filled the ring and area around it. Raw won this battle though. The lasting image was that of Shane McMahon being yelled at by Kurt Angle after being beaten senseless by the Raw GM and The Shield. Game on for Survivor Series this Sunday.
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