WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 10, 2017) from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, featuring the fallout show from the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Detroit.
Advertised for tonight: Sami Zayn might explain, AJ Styles challenges Baron Corbin for the US title, Becky Lynch vs. Carmella, and more!
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR OCT. 10
And the ship sails on, back to the north through the fog and ice and the albatross follows on. The mariner kills the bird of good omen, his shipmates cry against what he's done. But when the fog clears, they justify him and make themselves a part of the crime, but me, I'm just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show, folks.
The show opens with a recap of the main event of Hell in a Cell, the brutality thereof, and the shock ending where Sami Zayn pulled Kevin Owens out from under Shane McMahon's twenty foot elbow drop.
Commentary welcomes us to the show and hypes up AJ Styles' rematch for the United States Championship for later.
Newly-crowned SmackDown Tag Team Champions the Usos make their entrance. They told us, Jimmy says, they got this whole division on lock. When you walk in Hell in a Cell, you come out a changed man, so they want New Day to come out, as they have something to tell them, face to face.
New Day make their entrances, Big E and Xavier Woods moving a little stiff thanks to the war they had on Sunday. Jey says on Sunday night, two of the best tag teams in WWE went to war, and they made history that night. Compared to them, the other teams in the back suck. E says he wouldn't say "suck", but Woods agrees that they're the best. Jey says Hell in a Cell was hell, in a cell.
Jimmy continues, talking about how nasty it got and all the plunder they brought into the match as Jey points out that Woods gonged him. Every time they wrestle each other it's a clash of the titans, Ali vs. Frazier, and they make it hard to follow, but what the WWE Universe doesn't know is that after the show, they didn't see them driving to the next town, ice pack over an eye, one-armed, checking in and having the receptionist asking if they're okay?
They didn't see them telling their kids and family that everything's okay, and then they lay down and close their eyes and it hits them, nobody can understand what the Usos are going throught other than New Day. After all they've put each other through, after beating the hell out of each other, they belong here. They are the tag division, they run the tag division.
Big asks if they knocked a screw loose and Xavier asks if they're asking for a truce. Kofi Kingston points out it'd be an Uce Truce, and the Usos say they're trying to say "respect". They go to shake hands--
Enter the Hype Bros. Mojo Rawley isn't having it, he says that's the problem right there, the same two teams taking the credit every week and leaving the division out in the cold. Jimmy asks if they're mad because they're the starters and Jey tells him to sit on the sidelines like he did in his NFL career.
Before they can respond, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin come out. Chad says they're not here to complain, but the Hype Boys are out here to pick a fight? Uh-uh, back of the line, way behind the guys that just broke 'em at Hell in a Cell. The Usos agree, and tell Gable he's smart, going out and getting a Shelton Benjamin to team with. Former IC, US, tag team champion... back of the line.
Enter Breezango. New Day are Fandangoing, good lord. Before they can say anything, the Ascension join the crush. Tyler Breeze asks them to stop following them, but Konnor says they're tired of being stuck in the wasteland, and tonight-- The Usos let them know that they're in the Uso Penitentiary and that means they're all locked up. Well, New Day go to bat for Breezango and the Usos admit they like Fashion Files.
Anyway, the Usos tell them if they want a shot at the titles, come up in this ring and make one.
This brings Daniel Bryan out. He says tonight isn't a good night for this, and he thanks Usos and New Day for their incredible match at Hell in a Cell, but asks they leave the ring. The crowd chants "No!" but Bryan reiterates, when he says get out, he means get out, and they're gonna determine the Usos' new challengers, with the other teams in a four-way match... right now!
Well, after the break.
Back from commercial in time for the bell!
Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze) vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder) vs. the Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Match)
Konnor and Mojo to start, off the ropes, leapfrog, blind tag from Ryder and he comes in with a dropkick. Viktor tags in and gets caught with a flapjack, back elbow up, corkscrew uppercut, drawing Zack to his feet for a chop, going for a slam, Ryder floats over and Gable tags himself in. Kneeling armbar on the wastelander but he gets to his feet, tag to Shelton.
Arm wringer into a body slam, off the ropes with an elbow drop that gets two and Chad tags back in and goes back to the armbar. Viktor reverses to a top wristlock but the Olympian gets to his feet and rolls out, reversing to a legscissors pick and going right back to his armbar! Gable floats over a suplex and hip tosses him right into a top wristlock.
Viktor escapes with clubs and a ram in the shoulder and is able to tag Konnor in. Whip into a corner lariat, huge jumping knee, a cover made and the ring floods with the rest of the men in the match to break it up as we go to break.
Back from commercial and Mojo is running shoulder blocks on Breeze, getting him in the corner for a Stinger splash! Across the ring for another, off the ropes, huge tilt-a-whirl slam but everybody breaks the pin up! The match breaking down, everybody brawling on everybody for a moment but the ring clears and Rawley takes Tyler into the corner and makes the tag, but Viktor pushes Ryder off to cut the Rough Ryder off and Konnor clotheslines Mojo to the outside!
Breeze with a schoolboy nearfall on Ryder but Zack cuts him off after, thinking Broski Boot but Fandango makes the save! Shelton legal, spinebuster on a wastelander, one for Rawley, exploder from Gable on Breeze, a spinebuster on Konnor and they're fired up! Getting Tyler up for the powerbomb bulldog but Dango makes the save! Breeze lands a kick, Fandango up top for Last Dance but nobody's home!
Chad moonsault on Dango, he Gallon Throws Breeze into Shelton's waiting arms...
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin win by pinfall with the powerbomb / bulldog combination on Tyler Breeze, becoming #1 contenders to the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
An interviewer is waiting outside of a locker room shared by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, but they're taking their sweet time before commenting on Hell in a Cell.
Commentary hypes up a tag match for later and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package spotlighting the Unleash Your Warrior campaign.
Commentary then works their way through a still picture recap of the SmackDown Women's Championship match from Sunday. Backstage, Natalya is hanging out with the title belt and talking about how good it feels when Lana rolls up with Tamina to tell her how much better it'll look on her buddy. Nattie says she used to fantasize too, but now it's real and it's hers.
This brings Carmella out of the woodwork to talk about her briefcase, and Neidhart says they all deserve to be champion more than Charlotte Flair. Charlotte rolls up and Nattie asks if she broke her pathetic father's heart again and it IS ON! They brawl, Becky Lynch and Naomi arriving to support Flair until a few referees come in to break it up.
Baron Corbin is interviewed backstage, and he says it feels good to shove the title in the face of all the keyboard warriors as well as Tye Dillinger and AJ Styles. AJ says he likes to use shortcuts, well, he didn't need to use any to win the title at Hell in a Cell, and tonight he's gonna win.
We're promised Carmella in action after the break.
Back from commercial in time to see James Ellsworth chained to the turnbuckles.
Becky Lynch vs. Carmella
Becky right in with a double leg takedown into mounted punches! Carmella scrambles to the ropes but Lynch yanks her away and keeps pounding! The Princess of Staten Island gets a slap off but Becky's righteous anger continues boiling and she hits the exploder suplex! Carmella bails, Lynch follows outside but Jimmy gets in the way and Carmella takes full advantage.
Slamming Becky's face into the apron repeatedly, clubbing overhand, back inside for the cover but it's only one. Grounded cobra clutch, looking for a ripcord as Lynch gets to her feet but she's denied and Becky starts throwing forearms and uppercuts. Boots up in the corner, Carmella heads over but gets taken down...
Becky Lynch wins by submission with Dis-Arm-Her.
Commentary promises us an explanation from Sami Zayn after the break.
Back from commercial, "the victorious" Kevin Owens makes his entrance, limping, his arm taped up, but walking under his own power.
He gets on the mic and says at Hell in a Cell he did exactly what he said he was going to do-- he sent Shane McMahon to hell. And now Shane is gone and he's never coming back, and we should be counting our blessings. Not just for that, but because on Sunday night we almost lost him, too. At one point during the match, he saw it, he was blinded by the white light you hear so much about.
He felt his soul start to separate from his body and he began to ascend, it was such a bizarre feeling, like he was looking down at himself, and all of a sudden he was standing in a long, long line at the pearly gates, and he doesn't like standing in line, so he was aggravated, trying to find a way to cut in line when he was waved to the front by St. Peter himself.
St. Peter looked at him and said as much as they'd like to have him up here, they need Kevin Owens down on earth, and he provided him with his very guardian angel, Sami Zayn! And as he returned down and re-entered his body, he realized his new purpose, to turn SmackDown into his very own personal paradise. Here we are, gathered tonight in Kevin's Heaven, or as he likes to call it, the Kevin Owens Show!
So he introduces his best friend and guardian angel, Sami Zayn. Sami shuffles down to the ring with a smile on his face and he gets in, grinning at Owens. He lets the moment play out for a second and goes to start when Kev interrupts, asking him to explain to everyone that he had no idea he was gonna come out at Hell in a Cell and didn't know why he chose to pull him away, but first he wants to thank him, from the bottom of his heart.
He says the powerbomb on the apron a few weeks ago opened his eyes. His whole career has been about pleasing these people, being the good guy and doing things the right way and putting all these ideals and values on his shoulder and it brought him all the way to... mediocrity. Meanwhile, Kevin Owens, his counterpart, became Intercontinental Champion, Universal Champion, United States Champion, but that's okay because he gets to sleep at night!
Yeah! And maybe in four or five years his time would come! And he genuinely thought his time would come when Shane McMahon invited him to SmackDown. Oh, he put on a show, told Sami everything he wanted to hear about Raw mistreating him-- which was true-- and how SmackDown would give him the opportunity and respect he deserves. Well, that was the last meeting he ever had with Shane McMahon.
But hey, people get busy with birthdays and the helicopter thing, so he kept coming with a smile on his face, week-in, week-out... until he saw Shane and tried to warn him of what Kevin Owens was capable of and he brushed him off, ignored him. And that's when he realized McMahon never really cared about him or wanted him to get an opportunity.
So cut to Hell in a Cell, Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens, he's watching the match with bated breath like all of us, and honestly he wanted Shane to win. And when Shane knocked Owens off the Cell to the announce table, he had the match won. He's sorry, he had Owens beat. But then he turned around and climbed back up top, and Zayn'll tell you, KO has been a lot of things to him, best friend and bitter rival, and everything between.
But the one thing he will always be is a brother, and when he saw McMahon up there, he know he didn't care about Owens either, he didn't care about anything but himself. Not the McMahon name, just ending Kev's career or worse, and so he saved his brother, because it was the right thing to do. He saved his brother because Shane became an absolute psychopath.
For the longest time he thought he despised Owens, but now he realizes he despised the fact he was right, and he doesn't think there's much else to say but thank you. They hug, and friendship rules the land. Owens raises Sami's hand and Sami returns the favor, and they do it a couple more times to really cement how great of pals they are.
Commentary hypes up our remaining matches and we go to break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Aiden English & Rusev vs. Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura
Orton and Rusev to start, Randy going for the RKO early but the Bulgarian Brute blocks and English saves his pal from the rope-hung DDT. Fighting on the floor, the Viper hits the back suplex into the barricade, but trying to return to the ring he gets cut off and Aiden wipes him out with a sliding cutter on the floor to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Rusev locks Orton down with a waistlock, taking him to the mat. Randy to his feet, breaking his grip with sheer strength but Rusev clubs his kidney and makes the tag to English. Double team into a cover, only two, and Aiden grabs a reverse chinlock. Big right hands as the Viper tries to escape, off the ropes and he gets caught with the snap scoop powerslam!
Tag to Nakamura, he clears house, duck a lariat, jump kick, the King of Strong Style is fired up! Chest kicks, English catches the buzzsaw but takes the other foot hard, charging knee in the corner to set up the rope-hung knee lift. Rolling him aside, calling for Kinshasa but Rusev rolls in and grabs his hair! Wheel kick, Randy comes in with the RKO, Shinsuke gets back in position...
Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura win by pinfall with Kinshasa on Aiden English.
Orton and Nakamura celebrate on the turnbuckles together.
AJ Styles is interviewed backstage and he says at Hell in a Cell Corbin didn't pin him, but that's the nature of the beast in a triple threat, he gets that. Baron is one of the sickest dudes to come up the pipe, but when he failed to cash Money in the Bank in successfully, he showed he's prone to mistakes. He doesn't know if the Lone Wolf has something up his sleeve, but this is the House That AJ Styles Built, and he'll be damned if he's gonna steal his title and walk out with his head held high.
He knows you're thinking he's overconfident, but that's the reality of it, and this is the End of Days for Baron Corbin's title reign.
We go to break on a video package for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Back from commercial we get an ominous video package of two cloaked gentlemen wielding hammers. They turn around and reveal themselves to be Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Harper says there is no conscience, Rowan says there's no moral compass. The virtuous will fall, the wicked rise, broken bones, severed spines... Harper. Rowan. Bludgeon Brothers.
Bobby Roode makes his entrance. He's happy to say that his very first WWE pay-per-view match was absolutely Glorious... until Dolph Ziggler attacked him afterward. So if Dolph wants to fight... let's fight.
Enter Dolph Ziggler. He congratulates Ziggler on getting his first PPV match and talks about how the WWE Universe sang along and he stepped through the ropes... and then the bell rang, and he exposed him for what he is, a fraud. From the moment the bell rang, he was the better man, the better wrestler, and Roode panicked because his elaborately constructed lie was unraveling, his whole world crumbling.
So he panicked and did the only thing he could to beat him. Don't believe him, take a look-- and he puts an image of Bobby with a handful of tights up on the tron. No, his cloud didn't get hacked, that was Roode. He was wrong, he's not just a flashy entrance, he's a cheater. Roode fires back that the only thing he proved is that he's smarter.
Dolph says no really he's smart, and he's the best wrestler ever, and he wants a rematch any time, any place. Bobby says it's obvious he doesn't accept losing very well, and if he wants his rematch, he has it... but it's gonna go exactly the way the first match went. Ziggler says that's perfect, he won't have a chance then, and Roode says he's sick and tired of Dolph talking.
Bobby wants the match right now, Dolph asks if he wants it right now and he takes his jacket off and tells him he can't always get what he wants. He'll have his rematch when and where he wants, but it sure as hell won't be tonight.
Baron Corbin is shown walking backstage and literally shoving the title in everyone's face to send us to break.
Back from commercial we're informed that Dolph Ziggler will in fact be taking his rematch against Bobby Roode next week.
AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin (c) (WWE United States Championship)
Circling, AJ ducks a lariat and hits an enzuigiri before following it up with a dropkick that sends Baron out of the ring! Corbin takes his time before returning, Styles ducks a punch and throws hands back only to get shoved away. Charging over, the Phenomenal One low bridges him and the Lone Wolf throws a tantrum on the floor.
Back in, right hands and shoulder thrusts from the challenger and again the champion heads outside to send us to break.
Back from commercial and Corbin does the pass outside and come back in with a lariat spot, posing over Styles and calling him nothing. Wristlock kick to the collarbone, punching AJ as he staggers up the ropes, kick to the gut and the Phenomenal One stumbles away. He dodges another charge and lays punches in on Baron's head, charigng in with a lariat, Styles Rush staggers the big man, he ducks a lariat but takes a basement dropkick to the knee!
Sliding forearm and both men are laid out but AJ has the energy to kip up and keep on him! Fireman's carry, Corbin slips out, boot up on the charge, Styles to the apron, slingshot over as Corbin slides out and he lands a dropkick that sends Baron wiping out over the announce table! Back in, thinking about the springboard 450 splash but he backs off, slingshot forearm, Ushigoroshi connects... NO GOOD!
Off the ropes... DEEP SIX! Shoving Styles in the corner, he sets him up top and climbs to meet him but AJ slips under and tries for the Calf Killer. Corbin fights so Styles puts him into the post, schoolboy... only two but the Calf Killer is on! Baron manages to shove him off, hobbling, throwing forearms, looking for End of Days but Styles floats over and hits the Pele Kick!
The Lone Wolf rolls outside, AJ looking for something off the apron and Corbin press slams him to the floor! Back inside, wristlock...
Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with the short-arm End of Days, retaining the WWE United States Championship.
Baron is interviewed in the ring and says every single one of us can look at the title and eat it, because it's his, and it's not going anywhere. We can cry, cry, cry, and he'll buy a boat and float down the river of our tears, because he enjoys every second of it.
That's the show, folks.