WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 14, 2017) from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this weekend in Houston, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: Charlotte challenges Natalya for the women’s championship, Baron Corbin defends the US title against Sin Cara, and more!
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 14
Driven to the margin of error, driven to the edge of control. Driven to the margin of terror, driven to the edge of a deep, dark hole. Driven day and night in circles, spinning like a whirlwind of leaves. Stealing in and out back alleys, driven to another den of thieves. But it's my turn to drive, and I'm taking us right through this wrestling show, blow by blow.
The show opens with the SmackDown locker room backstage chattering excitedly as Shane McMahon addresses them.
He says Survivor Series is this Sunday, and this roster has accomplished something never done before when they put Raw under siege. Tonight may be the night Raw retailiates, so they have to stay on the same page and be prepared. After this Sunday, they'll be known as the dominant brand. He asks Becky Lynch how she feels about Asuka saying she's going to break the SD roster, and Becky says the only thing that'll be broken is Asuka's arm.
Baron Corbin and Sin Cara are asked if they're going to shut the Miz up and Corbin says at Survivor Series, it'll be his end of days. Shane talks about how HHH has been added to the team but says they have the greatest team in Survivor Series history with the addition of sixteen-time world champion John Cena. On Sunday they'll survive, dominate, and nobody can stop them now.
Not Kurt Angle, not Stephanie McMahon, and certainly not the Shield. Kofi Kingston gets on the mic to say they're not worried about the Shield. Xavier Woods says they accepted the challenge, and why? Because SmackDown rocks. Clapping, etc.
Live in the arena, Daniel Bryan makes his entrance as we get a recap of Kane attacking him recently. He says it's great to be back on SmackDown and to be honest, after being chokeslammed by Kane, he's lucky to be standing here. Partially it's his fault for going to Raw without telling anybody and trying to make peace. But he should have known better as soon as he saw Stephanie McMahon.
But that's the thing about him and SmackDown-- they don't stay down. They get back up and hit twice as hard, and that's why Raw is scared enough to add Tripe H to their Survivor Series team. Not just afraid, but also embarrassed, because the 25th anniversary of Raw is coming up and SmackDown just ransacked Raw. That's something that he didn't agree with, because he knows how vindictive Steph can be, and there's a very good chance that Raw counterattacks tonight.
They're not afraid, though, and they'll be ready, and that's why he bleeds Team Blue. He's proud of the show, its performers, and the heart of every single person in the back. This Sunday at Survivor Series, they're going to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that SmackDown is a better show with better performers than Monday Night Raw. With that said, a lot can change in a week.
For example, SmackDown has added John Cena as the last member of their men's team, and with his pleasure, he introduces the new WWE Champion, the Phenomenal One... AJ Styles! The crowd chants and Bryan cuts AJ off before he can start talking, saying that they like to treat their champions as good or better than Raw does, and the Champion of the Universe has his own personal advocate.
So, just for tonight, he asks if AJ wants his own personal advocate, and Styles agrees. Dan does a pastiche of Paul Heyman's schtick before continuing on about Paul's five points from last night. He agrees with most of them, except point F-5, about AJ being brutalized, victimized, and conquered by the Beast, Brock Lesnar. Bryan understands why he'd think that, because Brock is big and strong, his arms and legs are big and strong and his head is big... and thick.
And Lesnar has a tendency to quit. He quit WWE years and years ago and he quit to a half-assed kneebar in UFC. Any time Brock is in trouble, gets uncomfortable, gets into deep waters (MATT RIDDLE?!) he quits, and AJ is going to push him into Deep Waters (Okay, you're doing this on purpose, Bryan), and you can only last in Deep Waters (Killing me here!) you can only last ten minutes and Brock will get pushed against the wall and mentally quit.
So yes, Brock is big and strong, but he can't go on and on, he can't go all night long, and he can't keep up with the Phenomenal One! And he's going to end up being conquered by the best in-ring competitor of this generation, AJ Styles.
AJ then points out that he's not a puppet, he can talk, unlike Brock Lesnar. Fatigue makes puppets of us all, and it might take Lesnar on Sunday. But he agrees with Heyman, he's the underdog for sure. He's wrong on one thing, though... this isn't a Rocky movie, it's an AJ Styles production, and he'll find a way, with the last breath in his body, to beat Brock Lesnar and prove that SmackDown is the House That AJ Styles Built.
Commentary hypes up our SmackDown Women's Championship match before cutting to Baron Corbin and Sin Cara walking backstage in split screen to take us to break.
Back from commercial, AJ Styles is walking backstage when he rolls up on Jinder Mahal. They have a bit of a staredown and Jinder says after Brock rips him apart limb from limb, that loss will mean nothing compared to his victory when the Modern Day Maharaja once again becomes WWE Champion. Styles, for his part, just moves on.
Baron Corbin (c) vs. Sin Cara (WWE United States Championship)
Collar and elbow, Corbin shoves him away, Cara off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl headscissors but Baron recovers quickly and throws a knee. Boots up on a charge, forearms and a chop, springboard arm drag, and a dropkick sends the champion to the floor and us to break.
Back from commercial, Sin is fighting his way out of a hold when Corbin throws him in the corner and hits kind of a release Stroke on him. Cara wakes up, all forearms and leg kicks, springboard back elbow and a lariat puts the Lone Wolf on the floor for a suicide dive! Back inside, another springboard, countered with a goozle, Cara reverses to a cradle, big springboard crossbody... only good for two!
Whip reversed, Corbin slides out and back in, Sin ducks him but gets caught by Deep Six... NOPE! Cara on the apron, Baron draws him up but Sin snaps his neck over the ropes, hits the kick, low bridges him... ASAI MOONSAULT! Back inside again, Cara up top, he leaps over a charge but gets caught on the rebound...
Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with End of Days, retaining the WWE United States Championship.
Corbin celebrates with the title as Cara writhes in pain against the barricade.
Commentary hypes up New Day vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn for later and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we're shown some local sportsballmen in the front row.
We then cut to a video recap of the entire under siege story to date.
Backstage, Shane McMahon rolls up on Daniel Bryan to welcome him back and thank him for his support. Shane talks about stressing cohesion, and Bryan agrees, which is why they have to have a conversation after Survivor Series. McMahon never spoke with him about the raid, and he paid the price when he tried to make peace. Shane tries to plead his case but Bryan tells him he'll see him on Sunday and takes his leave.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance, and the women's championship match will begin after the break.
Back from commercial in time for Natalya’s entrance.
Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya (c) (WWE SmackDown Women's Championship)
Collar and elbow, Charlotte rolls her right into a schoolboy pin! No good, back to the lockup and Flair tries her strength, backing Natalya in the corner, but the champ breaks dirty with a forearm and the match breaks down into a brawl! To the floor, Charlotte puts Neidhart into the barricade before returning her to the ring for a cover and a nearfall. Big boot connects but Nattie gets under the ropes!
A baseball slide wipes the champion out and sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Natalya has Flair locked down in a Romero Special! Charlotte breaks free of the wristlocks and rolls out before throwing devastating chops, but Neidhart comes back with a discus lariat for a nearfall. A kick and a sleeper hold follows but Flair manages to get out and hit a spear to even the playing field! Only good for a two count, Charlotte goes for the figure four to follow up but Nattie kicks her away and into the turnbuckle hard!
Trying to win right here, but Flair has life left in her and it'll take more than that to put her away. A slap, grabbing the legs for the Sharpshooter but Charlotte gives it back in kind! Countering the discus lariat into an exploder suplex but Neidhart rolls to the floor and heads for the hills only for Flair to drop her with a boot from the apron!
Climbing up on the barricade, Nattie grabs her... POWERBOMB INTO THE RINGPOST! Referee Mike Chioda counting as Natalya considers her options, she settles on a slap and puts Flair back in the ring. Stepping through the legs, rolling her over and the Sharpshooter is on! Charlotte crawling for the ropes but Nattie drags her back into the center of the ring! Posting on her hands one more time, again, crawling, the desperation written on her face and she forces the break!
Natalya raining blows down but Flair is able to dump her outside for some breathing room. Neidhart comes right back in, Charlotte's ready with the big boot, figure four, bridging back...
Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight, winning the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.
Charlotte is interviewed in the ring immediately after her victory, she asks for a moment to catch her breath because Nattie just beat the heck out of her. Ever since the Superstar Shake-up, the title has been all she's wanted, every single day. It's what she worked 24/7 for, and it took longer than she thought, but winning in her home town means everything.
So this Sunday, she's gonna walk into Survivor Series and make Alexa Bliss bow down to the Queen, because there was a Queen of Raw before there was a Goddess, and she's gonna win for Team Blue. But most importantly, we all know that her dad has had a hard time for the last couple months, and we've seen their ups and downs. Ric couldn't be here tonight, but she knows he's watching every week like always and she's gonna get a text from him, but this was for him, tonight.
Charlotte gets about halfway up the ramp when Also Sprach Zarathustra hits and her dad comes out of the doorway! They hug and Ric raises Charlotte's hand.
Commentary hypes up our main event again and the Usos are shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a new Bludgeon Brothers vignette. This time it's raining but it stops before they begin talking about how they don't hear or feel anything except the cracking of bones and whatnot. Hammers and nails, their purpose is to obliterate everyone, and so on. They'll be on the show next week, apparently!
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin are in the ring when the Usos come out. They cut a promo about how last year at Survivor Series it came down to Usos vs. the Bar, and again this year. Cesaro's mouthpiece won't protect the Swiss Superman when he gets kicked with this Kryptonite, and what they say about Sheamus is true, he does look stupid!
They've lined every tag team up and knocked 'em down. Don't believe them? Ask the Hype Bros, Ascension, Breezango, American Alpha 2, New Day, and the Bar after Sunday. Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!
Chad Gable vs. Jimmy Uso
Collar and elbow, Uso with big palm strikes in the corner, whip across but he slides right back over with an uppercut that sends Gable outside! Joining him, right hand, Shelton running interference and Chad is able to hit a dragon screw. Another one, stomping away in the corner, spinning toehold in the center of the ring into a cover and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Gable with a falling stump puller, charging in, shoulder kneebar takeover, he climbs up top but nobody's home on the moonsault and Uso is able to superkick his knee out from under him! Jimmy rallying, lariats, another low superkick, Samoan drop, calling for it... running hip attack in the corner but it's only good for a nearfall!
Gable rolls outside with Shelton Benjamin's aid but comes back in fast enough to cut a dive off with a rolling Koppo kick and to send Jimmy into the middle rope after. Jawing with Jey Uso on the floor, he shoves him, Benjamin makes the save but Gable has to waste time pushing Jey off the apron...
Jimmy Uso wins by pinfall with a superkick.
Commentary shills for the WWE Network before promising us our main event after the break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn is hanging out in the longer room when Kevin Owens rolls up to ask him what's wrong. Sami says everybody's talking about A shows and B shows and they're not even on Survivor Series. Owens blames Shane McMahon again and says they should be the ones fighting the Shield, and there's nobody better than them. A show, B show, who cares? The only show that matters is the Sami and Kevin Show. Zayn, as always, corrects him to call it the Kevin and Sami show.
Big E does the deal and New Day make their entrance. They get in the ring and talk about how they're gonna compete against the Shield and their thirteen title reigns, but between the three of them they have twenty seven... most of which are Kofi. The Hounds of Justice vs. the Unicorns of WWE, and Kofi doesn't understand why you'd call yourself a dog, because they eat their poop. (As a cat guy, can't disagree with this. Dogs are gross.)
As compared to unicorns, who are mysterious and magical. But the difference is the New Day know they can trust each other one hundred percent, but the Shield have already turned their backs on each other in the past. The only reason the Shield are back together is because it's cuffing season, and when it gets warm again and Mania season comes around, they won't be a team anymore, but New Day will be.
And at Survivor Series, they will survive, because they're the only team with true brotherhood that's never betrayed each other, and why? Because New Day rocks.
And we're going to break one more time before the actual match begins.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Kalisto's birthday party on 205 Live.
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods)
Woods and Zayn to start, circling, Sami grabs a side headlock, Xaiver shoots him off and takes a shoulder block for his trouble. Drop down, leapfrog, Woods ducking lariats, big tilt-a-whirl headscissors! Unicorn Stampede begins, quick tags as referee Rudy Charles counts until they settle on Xavier as the legal man again and he gets a nearfall out of the deal.
Sami gets him in his corner and tags Owens in, coming in hot with body blows and kicks. Straight punches to the face, scoop him up, Woods escapes, drop toehold onto the middle rope and a dropkick to the back! Leaping forearm, tag to E, hard with a shoulder block, Honor Roll... NOPE! Tag back to Xavier, off the ropes, wheelbarrow splash, rolling elbow for an interfering Zayn and Woods is fired up!
Thinking about a dive but KO trips him up, facebuster on the floor into a running senton and we go to break.
Back from commercial and Owens and Zayn are in control, Sami having Woods locked down with a leglock to tag Kev in. KO with a reverse chinlock but Xavier fights to his feet after a while, throwing punches to break only for Owens to drop him with a DDT for two! Zayn tags back in as Kevin exhorts him to break his diaphragm. Big chop, but a whip sees KO knocked down with a forearm and Woods tags E in!
Big in hot with the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes, hip swivel, off the ropes for the big splash, Owens runs interference but just gets a boot from Woods and dumped outside... TOPE CON GIRO!
SIERRA! HOTEL! INDIA! ECHO! LIMA! DELTA! SHIELD!
The Shield are here, decked out in half-shirts, part-Shield, part-Raw as they make their way down the stairs. New Day and Zayn and Owens form a unified front as the Shield make their way down and referee Rudy Charles has got the hell out of dodge, so I guess...
The match goes to a no contest due to gang warfare.
Owens and Zayn roll out of the ring and the Shield strike! The Usos come down for the save and get jumped by the Shield but the New Day are able to recover and pull back ahead! But now the Bar are here for Raw! All-out chaos! We cut backstage where the Raw women are hitting the SmackDown women's locker room for a beatdown! Charlotte Flair is the last one standing and Alexa Bliss comes in from behind with a knockout forearm!
Back to the ring, more of Raw comes down, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Apollo Crews, and Titus O'Neil! Shane McMahon comes down with a bunch more SmackDown guys, including the Hype Bros, and the chaos intensifies!
BRAUN STROWMAN IS HERE! HE WIPES OUT THE HYPE BROS AND GETS IN THE RING! SHINSUKE NAKAMURA MAKES A VALIANT EFFORT BUT STROWMAN DUMPS HIM! SHANE HAS A TRY BUT DOESN'T FARE ANY BETTER! With McMahon knocked out, Raw has turned the tide and the Shield make him watch as Braun beats up Dolph Ziggler and then they drag him around to see Big E laid out at the hands of Samoa Joe.
Putting boots to Shane, they pull him around for Sheamus to get a few licks in. JOE BREAKS FRANCESCA OVER BIG E'S BACK! The Shield hold McMahon up as Angle gets in the ring to stare him down and get in his face, asking him how it feels. If this is bad, just wait until Sunday. Kurt puts his thumbs up and turns them down, and inevitably... TRIPLE POWERBOMB!
BUT THEY'RE NOT DONE YET-- ANGLE SLAM! Braun gets in the ring and Shane's day gets even worse... ANOTHER TRIPLE POWERBOMB!
The damage done, Raw takes their leave.
That's the show, folks.