There was really only one thing on the docket for SmackDown Live this week it seems, and that was to get some names on the board for their five-man team at Survivor Series. With their women's team already assembled and the champion versus champion matches in plac,e it was really only the men that needed sorting. That very much showed through on Tuesday night. The show began with an announcement revolving around the men's team, and it ended with another addition being made. Naturally, those were two of the biggest moments, so here's all the information you need about those plus three other big occurrences from this week's SmackDown Live.
It's been coming for a while now, and over the course of Raw and SmackDown Live this week, it was confirmed. Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon will be Raw and SmackDown Live's respective team captains come Survivor Series. The main difference as of right now is McMahon sees that as an honor and bestowed it upon himself whereas Kurt was given the role as more of a punishment from Raw's commissioner, Stephanie McMahon. Shane-O Mac opened SmackDow Live this week to add himself to his own brand's team as well as address Daniel Bryan appearing on Raw earlier in the week only to be brutally attacked by Kane. The are no real surprises when it comes to the team captains, now time to fill out the rest of the teams.
Immediately following Shane McMahon's announcement that he will be captaining Team SmackDown Live at Survivor Series, a two out of three falls match between Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode was scheduled. The match had been promised for a week but on Tuesday night, it was revealed that it had a little bit more at stake than just pride. The winner of the match would join McMahon and Randy Orton on the blue brand's Survivor Series team. Ziggler picked up the first fall via a superkick and then Roode leveled things up during a commercial break. The Showoff then looked to have things sewn up after he planted The Glorious One with a Zig Zag but it wasn't to be. Instead, Roode kicked out and battled back to take the win and the Survivor Series spot himself.
Baron Corbin has had his hands full with a different opponent to the ones he's been used to as of late. The likes of John Cena and AJ Styles have been the norm for The Lone Wolf's opponents over the last few months, but for three weeks now, Corbin has had his hands full with Sin Cara. The luchador has picked up a win via disqualification and another via count out and this week Corbin had yet another chance to try and pick up a win. Corbin took an aggressive approach from the off, immediately trying to tear Sin Cara's mask off. It's the ultimate sign of disrespect to a luchador, so naturally, Corbin didn't give up the ghost. Eventually, Sin Cara snapped and the two men were counted out leading to a no contest. The US Champion was then forced to escape from an irate Sin Cara through the WWE Universe.
Jinder Mahal may have his sights set on Brock Lesnar heading into their Survivor Series showdown, but as of right now, he has another problem that's a lot closer to home, AJ Styles. Last week The Phenomenal One made extremely short work of Mahal's lackey Sunil Singh, and this week, it was the turn of the equally annoying Samir Singh. This week, The Modern Day Maharajah made sure he stayed at ringside to keep an eye on things, but that didn't affect the outcome. Samir befell the same fate as Sunil did the week before, but this time Styles received a post-match beat down for his troubles. Mahal wasted no time jumping in the ring and punishing Styles for defeating Samir, sending a clear message to his Survivor Series opponent in the process.
Last week, Sami Zayn came up short against Randy Orton and thus missed out on the opportunity to join SmackDown Live's five- man team at Survivor Series. This week it was the turn of The Underdog's best friend Kevin Owens to try and earn his place as he pitted himself against Shinsuke Nakamura. It's a main event match anywhere in the world, but naturally, there was always going to be some foul play. As soon as KO looked like he might be in a bit of bother Zayn made his way to ringside to potentially offer his services. Thankfully though, Randy Orton was also on hand to make sure that didn't happen. The Viper took care of Zayn while The King of Strong Style did his thing in the ring. One Kinsasha later and Shinsuke was the man being added to Team SmackDown Live.
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