The line up for this week's SmackDown Live in Las Vegas promised a big show. Not only were we being treated to three championship matches, but there was also the not so small matter of Vince McMahon returning to the show for the first time in four years. With the Mae Young Classic Final following immediately after there were a lot of big names in the crowd including Mauro Ranallo and Ronda Rousey, so on this night WWE's blue brand had to make sure it delivered.
Last week on SmackDown Live Shinsuke Nakamura earned the opportunity to face Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship once again by defeating Randy Orton. That match will go down at Hell In A Cell in a few weeks time. This week, however, the WWE Universe had to sit through another Jinder Mahal promo as he addressed his new challenger. It was a promo with a different flavor to what we're used to though, The Modern Day Maharajah threw some photos of Shinsuke up on the titantron and went about making fun of the faces the former NXT Champion pulls while in the ring, sprinkled in with some casual racism. To make matters worse, there was no retort from the Japanese star as he was not on the show this week.
The third and final title match of the night came in the form of Naomi versus Natalya. Unfortunately, it wasn't a case of the best being saved for last however. Natalya is definitely a deserving Women's Champion, and this title reign has been a long time coming, however, this feud with Naomi will likely not go down in history as one of the greatest. Miss Money in the Bank watched on from the announce desk, and the whole feel of the evening gave the impression that we may see a cash in. There was no such luck though as Nattie and Carmella clashed before the final bell. Once the champ made Naomi tap to the sharp shooter, the Princess of Staten Island was still shaken at ring side.
In the first of three championship matches on this week's SmackDown Live, AJ Styles defended his US Championship against The Perfect Ten, Tye Dillinger. The Phenomenal One promised Dillinger the shot after Baron Corbin interfered and ruined his last chance. Hopefully, the brass at WWE watched this one closely because Dillinger showed exactly why he should be higher up the card than he currently is. Corbin did try to ruin this match as well though, but the champion wouldn't let him. The Lone Wolf was knocked from the apron by a Phenomenal Forearm, and the distraction almost cost Styles the match as Dillinger rolled him up afterward. Despite the challenger's best efforts though, he couldn't knock off the champ and eventually tapped to AJ's Calf Crusher. Corbin attacked the champ post match and promised that it'll be him answering the open challenge next week.
At the last two pay-per-views, New Day and The Usos have waged war over the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, arguably stealing the show at both events. Well, on SmackDown Live this week, they did battle once again, this time with the added element of it being a Sin City Street Fight. These two teams seem incapable of having a bad match against one another. Xavier Woods was sent to the back so that the odds were even and then carnage ensued. We saw superkicks through steel chairs, Usos put through tables, and eventually, The New Day regained tag team gold. Big E hit the Big Ending, and with that the match was over, making the trio four-time Tag Team Champions.
The highlight of the night was always going to be Vince McMahon's return to SmackDown Live for the first time in four years. The Chairman addressed the situation between Kevin Owens and his son Shane McMahon, and safe to say that it didn't exactly go the way KO envisioned. Vince informed him that The Prizefighter would wind up bankrupt if he attempted to sue WWE, then dropped the bombshell. Kevin wouldn't get a lawsuit, but instead a match against Shane McMahon inside a Hell in a Cell.
Owens clearly wasn't pleased with how things went, so he did the unthinkable. When shaking hands with Vince KO headbutted the boss, busting him open. He then super kicked Mr. McMahon and finished things off with a frog splash. Afterwards, Owens had a "what have I done" look on his face because rest assured, there will be repercussions for the former Universal Champion.
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