WWE had just one last stop for the SmackDown Live roster before they roll into Detroit for Hell In A Cell on Sunday, and it was in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night. That meant another entire show of Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens trying to keep their animosity for each other in check just enough so they can make it to Sunday night, probably some more tributes from Dolph Ziggler, and likely a few borderline racist jibes from our current WWE Champion. Here are the five biggest and best things that happened on this week's SmackDown Live, check out if any of the above did happen and more importantly if it was entertaining enough to make it onto this list.
At Hell In A Cell on Sunday night, The Usos and New Day will clash for the third pay-per-view in a row. This time, however, it will be inside the demonic structure that the pay-per-view takes its name from. If their previous clashes are anything to go by, then chances are this one will be the match of the night. On the go home SmackDown Live show for Hell In A Cell, Jimmy and Jey decided to read their upcoming opponents their rights. They weren't alone for long though, and the champions eventually joined them and wanted to read The Usos their lefts. At first, Kofi and co were very complimentary, but it ended with New Day telling the twins that come Sunday they will be left in a pile in the center of the ring.
Dolph Ziggler has been mimicking and mocking Superstars' entrances for weeks now in an attempt to prove that wrestlers with flashy gimmicks are awarded better opportunities than him. Well, Bobby Roode has unsurprisingly taken issue with that. This week on SmackDown Live, The Glorious One faced off against Mike Kanellis and proved that he is far more than just a robe and a catchy song. Roode defeated Kanellis in no time at all. Ziggler was still not impressed though. After the match, Ziggler did a little entrance off his own involving party poppers and an air horn before declaring that he will show Roode up at Hell In A Cell on Sunday night. Roode made sure it was his own Glorious theme playing as The Showoff made his way back to the locker room though.
WWE has come under a little heat for some of the things said about Shinsuke Nakamura by Jinder Mahal the last few weeks. On the back of that, The Modern Day Maharajah eased off a little last week, but still insulted his Hell In A Cell opponent nonetheless. Finally, Nakamura responded though and left the WWE Champion laying. Mahal didn't wait long to exact his revenge this week, attacking Nakamura during the opening segment of SmackDown Live. The King of Strong Style was being interviewed in the ring by Renee Young when he was interrupted by The Singh Brothers. Turns out Jinder's lackeys were nothing more than a distraction. With Nakamura looking up the entrance way that left Mahal free to attack the Japanese star from behind. With the help of The Singhs, it was Mahal standing tall on Tuesday night, just five days before he clashed with Nakamura for his WWE Championship.
Baron Corbin will do battle with AJ Styles at Hell In A Cell on Sunday night for the United States Championship. Throughout the pair's rivalry though, there has been one other man that has been ever present, Tye Dillinger. Corbin went about proving something on SmackDown Live this week by attempting to beat The Perfect 10. Clearly, The Lone Wolf already had one eye on his title shot as Dillinger managed to roll up Corbin and pick up the win. US Champion AJ Styles then appeared on the titantron to remind Corbin, as well as all of us, of all his Hell In A Cell opponent's failings during the last couple of months. There have been a lot of them, and The Phenomenal One promised to add to Corbin's woes on Sunday night. You'd have thought Dillinger's win would have seen him at least earn his way into Sunday's title match though. Who knows, maybe the former NXT man will be added to the bout before the week is out.
On Sunday night, Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens will go one on one inside of Hell In A Cell. Since Owens attacked Vince McMahon, he and Shane haven't been able to be in the same building together without one constantly hunting down the other. This week, however, we were promised a face to face between the two, and it was inevitable that tempers were going to boil over. At first, Kevin Owens refused to come to the ring at all, and Shane fell right into his trap. The commissioner went after The Prizefighter and wound up being attacked by the former Universal Champion, getting himself put through a merch table. It was then that Owens decided to make his way to the ring, but ever the glutton for punishment, Shane-O Mac decided to follow him. McMahon tried to fight back, but the beating remained extremely one-sided in favor of Kevin Owens. If this was a glimpse of what's to come on Sunday, then it might be the last time we see Shane for quite a while.
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