Before SmackDown Live even got underway this week, we knew that we were going to be treated to two big matches. First up was a two out of three falls match between Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler and then there was the night's main event pitting Kevin Owens against Shinsuke Nakamura. Both matches would act as qualifying bouts for Superstars to earn their way onto Team SmackDown Live for Survivor Series, and that wasn't the only news we would hear on Tuesday night about Team Blue's line up for the pay-per-view.
SmackDown Live have the talent to perform great comedy segments without having to resort to a Trick or Street Fights like Raw do around this time every year. The likes of Rusev, Aiden English, and of course, Breezango are able to bring comic relief to Tuesday night without most of the WWE Universe rolling their eyes, or even worse changing the channel. Although the aforementioned names are amusing, the true kings of comedy in WWE right now are The New Day. The trio showed up to SmackDown Live in some terrific wrestling related costumes this week. Xavier Woods was aptly dressed as Jimmy Hart, Kofi Kingston opted for Brother Love, and Big E was Akeem. Big E actually had a match while dressed as Akeem, one that he lost to The Bulgarian Brute.
The supposed main event of Survivor Series will be WWE Champion Jinder Mahal going up against Raw's Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. One of those names doesn't belong, and we're sure we don't need to point out to you which one it is. Mahal continued his weekly berating of The Beast but something still doesn't really feel right. Even though Brock Lesnar accepted Mahal's challenge, it still feels like The Maharajah is poking a bear that simply isn't interested. WWE needs to have Lesnar appear on SmackDown Live before Survivor Series and really send a message to Mahal. Instead, his side feud with AJ Styles continues as The Phenomenal One made short work of Mahal's sidekick Samir Singh this past Tuesday.
The Lone Wolf has had something of a thorn in his paw the last few weeks on SmackDown Live. For two straight weeks, the United States Champion has been on the wrong end of a defeat to Tuesday night's resident luchador, Sin Cara. Their first meeting ended in a count out for Corbin and then a week later his over exuberance wound up seeing him disqualified. Maybe it would be third time lucky for Baron on this week's SmackDown Live? Well, no it wasn't. Corbin took a different approach this week and went after the mask of Sin Cara. That's a big no-no when it comes to luchadors and clearly, Corbin knows that as he wouldn't give it up. Eventually, Sin Cara lost his cool and really took it to Corbin. So, much so that the pair of them both got counted out, so that's three weeks without a win for the US Champ.
Monday night Raw opened this week with the return of its commissioner, Stephanie McMahon. The Billion Dollar Princess dressed down her General Manager, Kurt Angle, telling him that she wasn't happy with how he handled their show being placed under siege by SmackDown Live. She then made Angle the captain of Team Raw at Survivor Series to give him a chance to make up for that. Shane McMahon, not one to be outdone by his sister, went one better than that 24-hours later on his own show. The SmackDown Live commissioner first condemned the attack on Daniel Bryan the night before and then made himself captain of Team Blue. So at Survivor Series, Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon will be in the same match for the first time since King Of The Ring 2001.
When Sami Zayn threw out all his morals at Hell In A Cell at Survivor Series and aligned himself with Kevin Owens, he probably thought success would have befallen him by now. Instead, he and KO are continually on the losing end of things. Last week, Zayn missed the chance to be added to Team Blue at Survivor Series when he lost to Randy Orton and this week his new best friend Kevin Owens also couldn't get himself among the blue brand's ranks for Survivor Series. The Prizefighter had Zayn at ringside for the latter half of his match with Shinsuke Nakamura but he still couldn't get the job done. That was partly down to The Viper though. Orton interjected to make sure The Underdog didn't aid Owens and his plan worked. Shinsuke picked up the win leaving both Zayn and Owens with nothing to do for Survivor Series.
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