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WWE SmackDown Live results (Sept. 12, 2017): Vince McMahon returns

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WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 12, 2017) from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) next month in Detroit.

Advertised for tonight: Vince McMahon is back, three title matches, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


It is 1999, the human race has to face it. They are confronted with the truth; it's secret, mysterious. A surgeon said it in the news, the human race is dying but the result is no disease. Searching for you, but me, I'm just here to liveblog a pro wrestling show, folks.

The show opens with a recap of the Shane McMahon / Kevin Owens brawl from last week and the fallout therefrom, including Shane's indefinite suspension.

Live in the arena, Kevin Owens makes his entrance. He gets on the mic and welcomes us to the Kevin Owens Show, saying we all better get used to saying that, because we all saw Shane's "cowardly and brutal" attack. He points out that he didn't fight back, and he chose not to, because he respects authority, and McMahon was a figure of authority who attacked him.

Which is why he's now suing everyone in WWE, from the board members to the McMahons to everyone who's anyone, until SmackDown is no more, and from then on it'll be Kevin Owens presents the Kevin Owens Show starring Kevin Owens. He's going to make a few changes, a few improvements, including firing some folks, like Sami Zayn. Gone!

Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton aren't going anywhere, but they'll have to wear the same suit. And he doesn't mean matching suits, he means they'll wear one suit, because they sound the same and they might as well be the same person. The Fashion Files? Cancelled forever! But before he carries on telling us how he's going to make it better, there's one person he needs to talk to, and he calls Mr. McMahon down.

Shane's music starts playing and Owens is apoplectic as he shuffles out, but it's actually Dolph Ziggler. KO says Dolph is actually talented, which rules Shane right out, and Ziggler apologizes, saying he was just trying out a new entrance and it's gonna go in the "maybe" pile, since it didn't really work out. Owens thanks him and sends him on his way before carrying on--

Enter Daniel Bryan. He takes the atmosphere in for a second before saying he hates to break it to Owens, but he doesn't run the show. He's happy he's having a good time, but the fun and games will be over soon, and Kev says he's happy he's happy and once he takes over, he has big plans for Dan as the janitor on the Kevin Owens Show.

Bryan says he's not opposed to a little hard work and manual labor and KO should probably try it, but just wait, because Mr. McMahon is gonna be here very soon and Owens isn't gonna like what he has to say. Owens fires back that Vince isn't going to like what HE has to say and he takes leave.

Commentary hypes up our three title matches tonight, with the United States Championship coming up after the break.

Back from commercial, commentary talks about the recent natural disasters and points out how we can donate to the Red Cross.

AJ Styles (c) vs. Tye Dillinger (WWE United States Championship)

Collar and elbow, Tye gets a side headlock, AJ shoots him off, drop down, leapfrog, Styles evades a suplex but gets caught by the blockbuster! Dillinger off the ropes but he runs into a dropkick, whip across, sidestep the charge, boot up, forearm cuts off the springboard, AJ reverses a suplex over the ropes but Tye stops him short and puts him into the ringpost to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Tye has AJ in the corner for the ten mounted punches but Styles counters with a running powerbomb! Dillinger grabs a wristlock but AJ lands some forearms, putting strikes together, Pele kick comes up empty and Tye runs the ropes but gets laid out by a lariat. Charge in, up and over to the outside, Styles blasts him with a forearm, gets into position, but Baron Corbin runs in!

Phenomenal Forearm fends the Lone Wolf off, Tye gets a nearfall schoolboy, fireman's carry, AJ escapes but is caught moments later, Tye Breaker... NOT ENOUGH! Dillinger fired up, he draws the champion to his feet but gets his leg picked and the Calf Killer is on in the middle of the ring! Tye struggles, but inevitably...

AJ Styles wins by submission with the Calf Killer, retaining the WWE United States Championship.

AJ holds the title high before offering the Perfect Ten a handshake, gratefully returned. Corbin, however, isn't so grateful, yanking Styles out of the ring and dumping him over the barricade! He fends Dillinger off as well... END OF DAYS ON THE FLOOR FOR STYLES!

He gets on the mic and tells AJ that he wants a title shot next week.

Rusev is interviewed backstage about his recent return to Bulgaria. He says he suffered the biggest embarrassment of his career when Randy Orton beat him in ten seconds at SummerSlam. So he needed the time to recharge, but his family and his people looked at him with shame and embarrassment, expecting a winner but getting a loser.

But Rusev is not a loser! He lost his killer instinct but he knows what he has to do to get it back, he has to break a legend.

Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers are walking backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial, the Singh Brothers give Jinder Mahal his usual big introduction.

He gets on the mic and begins talking about Shinsuke Nakamura, putting over his charisma and energy as like nothing seen in WWE before. His preparation is not just physical, but mental, trying to get in Nakamura's head. They put a picture of Shinsuke mid-pose and the Singhs fall over laughing as Jinder says what he sees there is constipation.

Mahal says he looks like he's going to sculpt a masterpiece but forgot the most important phrase in English, "Where is the bathroom?" Another picture and this one is described as Shinsuke listening to Michael Jackson and thinking about what to rip off next, which leads to the Singhs trying Nakamura's hanging off the ropes pose and failing horribly.

One more picture, Mahal describing this one as his reaction to somebody yelling "Godzilla!" He asks the crowd if they're really laughing at what he's saying before saying that's the American way, anything he's said, these people have thought, and Shinsuke doesn't want the title because people will treat him the same way they've treated Jinder, chanting "USA!" when he tries to speak, telling him his eyes, skin and hair are different, that he looks like Pikachu having a seizure.

He tells Nakamura that it's not worth it and he should just walk away. He then addresses his people in his language of Punjabi.

Backstage, Kevin Owens is talking to a crew member about his changes, including a new intro video, a new entrance for himself, a private jet for him and his family, separate limos, and he peels off, walking over to Sami Zayn, who happens to be standing nearby. He asks Sami how he's doing, saying he's great and asking if he remembers about seven years ago they were driving in a blizzard through Ohio.

They had just wrestled in an armory in front of like 42 people and promised each other they'd do anything to get to WWE so they'd never have to do it again. And Owens is about to own the biggest company in sports entertainment, and Zayn is about to get out of a job. Kev just wanted to tell him that he has permission to break that promise when the armories start calling again.

Sami says he'd rather go back to wrestling in armories than ever work for Owens.

Commentary hypes up our tag title match and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Big E does the deal and the New Day make their entrance.

New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Sin City Street Fight)

All-out brawling kicks us off, the New Day lads dumping both Usos out of the ring in short order and looking for plunder, getting a table out and setting it up at ringside. Usos come back, Jimmy clubbing Big E and Jey back body dropping Kofi before putting E into the ringpost together to send us to break.

Back from commercial and the Usos are firmly in control, beating Big down in the corner. But E sidesteps a charge, catches a thrown chair... and turns around right into a superkick Van Daminator! Jey rolls outside to go for Kingston and Kofi gets a few shots in but is fended off as Uso gets a kendo stick and passes it to his brother.

Jimmy cracks it across Big's back and throws it to Jey, who tees right up for a shot of his own. Tying E up in the ropes, Kofi counters a lariat into a rolling Divorce Court and fends Jey off with a dropkick! Kingston has the kendo stick and takes the Uos out at the hips before breaking it across Jimmy's back!

Jey catches a shot with the broken stick and charges in but Kofi back body drops him outside! Countering a charge from Jimmy with a chair up, to the second, he throws it at Uso... DOUBLE STOMP THROUGH THE CHAIR! NO GOOD! Jimmy rolls outside after and Kingston throws the chair at him full force! Climbing up top, trust fall senton but the Usos catch him and dump him into the barricade as roughly as humanly possible!

E back in, belly to belly suplex on Jimmy, he puts Jey's face into the announce table repeatedly before throwing him over it! Back inside with Jimmy, the big Rock Bottom out of the corner, Jey comes back in, belly to belly suplex! Hip swivel, off the ropes, big splash on both brothers and the straps are down!

Jey up for the Big Ending but he slips out, gets lariated to the outside, Jimmy with schoolboy, feet on the ropes... NO GOOD! Superkick connects but E has his wits about him, Big Ending... JEY MAKES THE SAVE! Another superkick!, Big catches the boot on a second go, enzuigiri staggers him... STEREO SUPERKICKS!

Usos climbing opposite corners but Kofi makes the save and shoves Jey off and through the table on the floor! Gamengiri for Jimmy, Big gets him up...

New Day win by pinfall with Midnight Hour on Jimmy Uso, winning the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

Xavier Woods returns to celebrate with his partners.

Daniel Bryan is backstage talking to a crewmember in advance of Mr. McMahon's arrival.

Commentary hypes up our women's championship match for later and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a recap of the Mae Young Classic finals red carpet and a little hype for the finals themselves. A "YouTube influencer" is shown in the crowd, followed shortly thereafter by Ronda Rousey.

Carmella is at the commentary desk with James Ellsworth chained and collared next to her.

Naomi vs. Natalya (c) (WWE SmackDown Women's Championship)

Collar and elbow, Naomi with a side headlock takeover that Natalya counters into a headscissors for a momentary stalemate. Back to the lockup, forcing a break, Naomi catches a boot and sets up the Speedball kicks, landing the buzzsaw enzuigiri for a nearfall! Sliding slap follows and she declares it Glow Time, but a wheelbarrow is countered into a Face Eraser into the turnbuckles for a nearfall for the champ!

We go to break on Natalya posing and taunting.

Back from commercial, Neidhart has a reverse chinlock in but Naomi fights out of it, running the ropes and they both go for crossbodies at the same time and wipe out. Both women down as referee Charles Robinson issues a standing ten count, Nattie gets up first but Naomi fires off leg kicks. Off the ropes, headscissors takeover, scorpion kick, hanging the champion in the ropes and kicking her back to set up a springboard leg drop... NO GOOD!

Split-legged moonsault follows but nobody's home and Nattie goes for the Sharpshooter only to get kicked outside where Carmella confronts her. Natalya shoves her and Naomi wipes out both of them with a diving crossbody! Neidhart takes full advantage and puts her challenger into the ringpost! Back in the ring, the Sharpshooter is on and she's sitting down, Naomi has nowhere to go...

Natalya wins by submission with the Sharpshooter, retaining the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.

Nattie celebrates with the title on the ramp as Naomi sits in the ring contemplating her loss.

Aiden English is backstage singing some opera when Kevin Owens rolls up. He stops and KO tells him not to stop on his account because unlike everyone else he enjoys his beautiful voice, and actually he's going to need somebody to sing the new theme for the Kevin Owens Show. English has a song worked out and demos it for Kev, who's into it.

Commentary hypes up Mr. McMahon's appearance for later and throws us to break.

Back from commercial, Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance.

He says last week he came out to show us that these so-called elaborate entrances are nothing done by wannabe supposed superstars who couldn't lace his boots. He says he's the greatest in-ring performer in WWE history and he shouldn't need an elaborate entrance to look like a star, but that's the association people have, so fine.

He heads to the back and comes out again, doing Bayley's entrance. Of course, he stops short and takes all the gear off and slaps the tube men down, asking if that's superficial and saccharine enough for us. The sad reality is at some point the bell has to ring and the performer has to be able to compete. Which reminds him, the biggest waste of them all, a superstar who couldn't hold a candle to his athletic ability but we all idolized him...

Ultimate Warrior's music plays and Dolph comes running down doing the full entrance, running the ropes and shaking them and everything. He takes the mask of the paint off and gets back on the mic, talking again about this being what the crowd thinks makes a star. Anyone can do what he just did, he says, anyone, but no one can do what he does in this ring.

And each and every one of us couldn't care less, so he couldn't care less about us.

Daniel Bryan is shown backstage on the phone, and we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for entrances for a tag team match.

Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder)

Gable and Rawley to start, Mojo with the mindgames but Chad grapples him and pulls him over for the tag. Shelton in, putting Rawley into the post and taking him down with a double wristlock, maneuvering it over his head into a top wristlock but Mojo breaks with punches. A forearm cuts him off but Rawley keeps firing, he catches a boot and Benjamin nails him with the leg-feed crescent kick!

Mojo manages to get him in the corner and tags Ryder in, assisted flapjack gets a pin but Gable breaks it up. The match breaks down for a moment, Gable and Rawley both cleared but Shelton counters the Rough Ryder into a spinebuster and gets Zack up for a powerbomb, tag to Chad...

Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin win by pinfall with a powerbomb / inverted bulldog combination.

Hype Bros walk off with a bit of dissent in the air.

Daniel Bryan is backstage talking to Mr. McMahon, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Kevin Owens makes his entrance once again.

Enter Mr. McMahon. Owens greets him and asks if he minds being called Vince, saying this is a first for him, standing in the ring with the chairman and CEO of WWE. He feels what every WWE superstar before him has felt, and that's intimited. Vince counters saying he feels less intimidated and more nauseated, recounting the "heinous, derogatory" comments KO made and the beatdown that followed.

McMahon takes issue with Kev's description of not fighting back because he respects authority, saying he didn't fight back because Shane was beating his ass. Big bad courageous Kevin Owens, he's not going to fight back, he's going to sue every McMahon, WWE, the board of directors, and if he could, he'd sue everyone in the WWE Universe, right?

All because he thinks he has the upper hand and he wants that power. Vince says if he files the lawsuit, he'll immediately call his lawyer and he'll hopefully be there to hear the words "Kevin Owens, YOU'RE FIRED!" So go ahead and file your lawsuit! He asks Owens if he has any idea how many lawsuits he's been in, and how many has he lost? Not one.

For better or worse, the laws of this land are written for people like him, because there's a b next to his name for billionaire, and by the time the lawsuit gets to court, there's gonna be a b next to KO's name as well, bankrupt. So go ahead and see what happens.

Owens retorts that Shane put his hands on him, and Vince gets that, saying he suspended him. Well, not so much for putting his hands on KO, but because he didn't finish the job. He suspended Shane for not hitting him so hard his liver came out, didn't kick his ass so hard his bowels popped out, didn't pummel his face so badly you can't tell the front from the back.

So he's going to reinstate Shane and give him the opportunity to do everything he just said and more, because there will be no lawsuit, there will be a match. Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon, inside Hell in a Cell! Owens says that's fine, but he needs a promise that he's not gonna get fired for beating his son senseless. He wants Vince's word that if provoked, he can beat a McMahon senseless, and he gets it.


Referee Danilo Anfibio hits the ring to check on McMahon but KO punts him in the ribs! More referees come down, Jason Ayers and Mike Chioda, but Kev waits for Vince to get to his feet and superkicks him! He throws Chioda out of the ring and climbs the turnbuckles but 5-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce tells him to back off. Owens refuses... FROG SPLASH! VINCE IS OUT COLD!

A medic comes to check on Vince at last, and Owens finally leaves the ring, running into Stephanie McMahon on the ramp. She has words for him as she goes to check on her dad, who refuses the stretcher present.

That's the show, folks.