SmackDown Live may be over an hour shorter than its Monday night rival, but somehow the blue brand still manage to cram in just as many big moments as they do on Raw. Likely, a sure fire sign that Raw's third hour really isn't needed, but that's a conversation for another time. We're here to run down the five biggest moments from this past Tuesday's SmackDown Live. From tag team breakups to new factions being named, there certainly were quite a few to choose from.
5. The New Day And The Bludgeon Brothers Pick Up Wins
WWE have been attempting to push Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable as of late. SmackDown Live's Tag Team Champions The Usos need some new challengers, and they seemed to be the best option in the eyes of the company. That opinion might very well have changed. On Tuesday night, The New Day picked up a win against Benjamin and Gable while Jimmy and Jey watched on from ringside. The trouble is, those two teams seem to be friends now, so who will be next to take on the twins for the titles? Well, directly after that match The Bludgeon Brothers dispatched of The Hype Bros in extremely short order for the second successive week. Perhaps it'll be Luke Harper and Erick Rowan challenging for the titles next.
4. Rawley Turns On Ryder
As mentioned above, The Hype Bros were given a second chance to try and defeat The Bludgeon Brothers on SmackDown Live this week. If anything Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley were defeated even more quickly than they were last week, and this time they didn't even need to take one of them out of the matchup. After the match, Ryder tried to explain himself to the WWE Universe, citing that the landscape changed. Clearly, Rawley had heard enough excuses. The now-former Hype Bro jumped Zack and put the boots to him. The break up of these two has been coming for a while now, and Tuesday night signaled the return to the singles side of things for Rawley, but this time as a heel rather than a babyface.
3. AJ Styles Overcomes The Odds
Jinder Mahal is very fond of letting Sunil and Samir Singh do his dirty work for him. That happened once again this week as The Singh Brothers took on AJ Styles in a two-on-one handicap match. Clearly, that wasn't enough of a handicap for them as Mahal also decided to give the WWE Champion something of a beat down before the match even began. The pre-match attack certainly made the bout a lot longer than it perhaps would have been otherwise, but it still wasn't enough to cause The Phenomenal One to suffer a loss. Styles won in extremely impressive style by delivering a Styles Clash to one Singh from the middle rope onto his partner. Styles hastily escaped the ring following the win and Mahal was forced to take his frustrations out on the Singhs instead.
2. The Riot Squad Pick Apart Their Opponents
Who are The Riot Squad we hear you ask? Well, that's what Ruby Riot has christened the faction made up of herself, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan. The trio had their first match together on Tuesday night and it was a pretty impressive one. Natalya, Naomi, and SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair were their opponents, although the first of those three can hardly be considered as being a part of the match at all. Nattie left her partners high and dry pretty early on. Not long after that, Logan and Morgan dragged Naomi to ringside and delivered a brutal beat down with the help of the steel steps. Riot forced Flair to watch on from the ring before the three of them eventually took care of her also and picked up the win.
1. Kevin Owens And Sami Zayn Bend The Rules
The main event for this week's SmackDown Live was set a week in advance by Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens vs Randy Orton. At the start of Tuesday's show, Shane McMahon threw in a couple of stipulations—no disqualifications and Sami Zayn is banned from ringside. Owens and Orton were having one hell of a match, taking turns to beat each other down with kendo sticks. Then, Sami Zayn showed his face. The Underdog waited until The Viper and The Prizefighter were battling in the entrance way as the announcers astutely pointed out that he technically wasn't at ring side. The steel chair he brought with him and utilized on Orton proved to be just enough to help KO get the upper hand. Sami returned to the locker room and once the match was back in the ring Owens overcame Orton via a frog splash.