If Monday night's Raw was anything to go by, then SmackDown Live was set to be a pretty awesome show. Emanating from the same arena in the same city packed with UK fans that almost always bring the wood, time to settle in for two hours of non-stop action. The blue brand duly delivered as well. There was not only one, but two title matches already booked for the evening, and trust us, that and a whole lot more made this edition of SmackDown Live one that you really didn't want to miss.
This past Monday night the closing moments of Raw were focused on the invasion of SmackDown Live's New Day, and the chaos that caused. The trio's interruption in the main event led to a Tag Team Title change with Sheamus and Cesaro taking the championships from Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Following that, the rumor was New Day would be joining the Raw brand for the rest of the UK tour. Well, that turned out to simply not be true. The New Day was still with the blue brand and opened SmackDown Live with their commissioner Shane McMahon. They were swiftly joined by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, and after some back and forth, the latter wound up in a match against Kofi Kingston. The New Day member would pick up the win over The Underdog.
At the start of the week, the Tag Team Champions clashing at Survivor Series were supposed to be The Shield and The Usos. Well, that match has now been completely turned on its head. Jimmy and Jey may not have lost their titles on Tuesday night, but the future is not looking bright for the champions. Their title defense against Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable barely begun when Jey Uso suffered a nasty looking chop block courtesy of the former American Alpha man at ringside. There are times when you can just tell when an injury is real in WWE, and this was one of those times. The Uso couldn't even stand up and hence was counted out. Let's hope it's not as serious as it looked.
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Becky Lynch had the not so daunting challenge of a match with James Ellsworth this past week on SmackDown Live. Before the match, Ellsworth made a point of explaining to Becky why men are better than women, even going as far as to state that Carmella only wrestles because he lets her. Not cool James. Miss Money In The Bank was actually present at ringside for the match and after Ellsworth tapped to Becky's Disarm-her, she came to his rescue, or at least that's what it looked like. Instead The Princess Of Staten Island super kicked the beaten lap dog. RIP Carmellsworth.
This time last week, a match was booked for this Tuesday night between AJ Styles and Rusev. The bout was supposed to take place this week in order to decide who would fill the final spot on Team SmackDown's Survivor Series team. Later in the week, that match was changed without much rhyme or reason. All of a sudden, The Phenomenal One was placed in a WWE Championship match against Jinder Mahal. That left Rusev with nothing to do and a slot left to fill on Team SmackDown Live. Well, WWE decided to remedy that with a "win and you're in" match for The Bulgarian Brute against Randy Orton. You'd have thought with The Viper already on the team, it would have been obvious that Rusev was going to win. Not so. An RKO put an end to the Bulgarian's hopes of joining SmackDown Live's Survivor Series ranks and has left the blue team still one man short.
On Monday night, WWE took away what was probably one of the most anticipated matches on the Survivor Series card, The Usos versus The Shield. Well, consider that very much made up for after SmackDown Live's main event this week. AJ Styles was given the opportunity to become a two time WWE Champion, and he did it! The Singh Brothers may have been able to foil Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura in their attempts to win the title away from The Modern Day Maharajah, but The Phenomenal One proved to be just too good for Mahal and his cronies. What that ultimately means is Survivor Series' main event has just got a whole lot more interesting. Thanks to the WWE Championship changing hands for the first time ever outside of North America, Brock Lesnar's opponent in less than two weeks time will now be AJ Styles. I don't know about you, but to us, that seems an awful lot more appealing than what was originally planned.
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