By Andrew Sparling @onlymarcspector
Smackdown Live is on! Were in Toronto and this week is gonna be a good one. SummerSlam is coming ever so closer then we realise and I’m sure the locker room is ready, but tonight comes first. Let’s see how this week plays out.
Before the show starts we get a recap of the Cena/Nakamura match from last week.
We go live and Cena’s music hits. “John Cena Sucks” fills the arena as Cena heads to the ring. He starts to talk about his match with Nakamura and let’s everyone know that Nakamura hits very hard. As he is talking he gets interrupted by Mr. Money in the Bank Baron Corbin, who has new music that is pretty awesome. Corbin basically challenges Cena and Cena points out a sign in the audience that reads “Baron Corbin is a dumpster fire”. I think “Dumpster Fire” will be a new Corbin chant for awhile. Corbin tells Cena that he’s not worth his time and tries to leave but GM Daniel Bryan comes out. He makes a match for SummerSlam between Corbin and Cena.
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) def Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger
Our first match of the night and we get some tag team action. Zayn and Dillinger both being from Canada get a huge pop from the crowd. Ever since the Usos jumped The New Day we haven’t seen them around so the Usos get some new opponents tonight. Dillinger and Jimmy start the match and Dillinger gets Jimmy in the corner. He tags in Zayn and he goes for a helluva kick but Hey pulls his brother out of the way. Zayn and Jey go at it and with everything he has, Zayn sends Jey running. Keeping Zayn in their corner, the Usos get control of the match. Jey holds a headlock on Zayn for a bit but the crowd gets behind him. Finally getting close enough to him, Zayn tags in Dillinger. He stomps Jimmy in the corner but he rolls out of the ring. Dillinger tries for a suicide dive but gets stopped with an uppercut. Zayn, on the other hand, hits his flip over the top rope taking both Usos out. Back in the ring, Dillinger tries to take over but the Usos use the switch up and Jey takes Dillinger’s knee out then makes him tap. The Usos grab a mic and call out the New Day. They answer with an attack from behind. They almost take Jimmy out with a chair but Jey pulls him out.
Renee Young talks to Randy Orton about his match with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal tonight. We visit Fashion Peaks as Tyler Breeze is still trying to find out who kidnapped Fandango. The Ascension are with Breeze but all they want is pie. Fandango appears and says that aliens abducted him. We also find out that Arm Anderson destroyed Fandango’s horse.
Charlotte Flair def Lana
The two go at each other and Charlotte takes control. Charlotte gets some kicks and Lana just takes them. Lana gets a roll over and pulls Charlotte’s pants down by accident and the crowd got a bit of a show. “Thank You Lana” fills the arena. This makes Charlotte step things ups bit. She gives us a Flair strut and then gives Lana a boot to the face. Following up with a figure eight that makes Lana tap out. This was a very short match, about 3 minutes or so.
Shane McMahon comes to the ring to talk about the US Championship match from last week. Right away he calls out both Owens and US Champion Styles to the ring. The crowd chant for both men back and forth for a bit. Owens talks about how he thinks that Shane will screw him in the match at SummerSlam and he doesn’t wanna be screwed like Bret Heart was. Styles says if Shane screws him then he will give him what he gave him at Wrestlemania. Owens shows a couple clips including when Shane screwed Stone Cold Steve Austin back in 1998. Shane guarantees that he will call things right down the middle and won’t get involved unless he has to. Styles suggests that they don’t wait until SummerSlam and they have the match right now. Owens decides not to he attacks Styles anyway. Styles comes back with a Pele kick but it takes out Shane instead of Owens.
We see Lana in the locker room and Tamina comes in to tell her that she’ll never be like her in the ring and now its time for Lana to help Tamina get her shot.
Mrs. Money in the Bank Carmella def Naomi (SDLive women’s champion)
Carmella comes to the ring first, holding her briefcase high in the air. I’m not sure if she’s ready for Naomi but she has herself a bit of a crutch just in case. Carmella gets the first strike, a knee to the gut, but Naomi comes back with a hard punch to Carmella’s face sending her to the floor. She comes back in the ring and Naomi kicks the hell out of her leg. Some gloating from Carmella gets the crowd up in arms. She controls Naomi for a bit with elbows and a headlock in the middle of the ring. Naomi fights to get out but Carmella squeezes tighter. Naomi gets back to her feet but Carmella pulls her right back to the mat. We see Natalya watching the match backstage as she scouts the SDLive women’s champion. Naomi comes with some shoulder blocks then goes to the top rope. The two struggle for a bit but then Carmella distracts the ref and Ellsworth comes from under the ring and pushes Naomi off the top buckle. This let’s Carmella roll her up and get the win. Ellsworth is back officially!
Renee Young has her interview with Shinsuke Nakamura. He talks about his match with John Cena and how he always wanted to be in the WWE. He also talks about beating Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam and starting the Nakamura Dynasty.
Randy Orton def Jinder Mahal (WWE Champion)
The Singh Brothers are not with Mahal tonight due to injury so he goes it alone. I’m sure Orton is happy about that. He comes to the ring with an almost evil smirk on his face. The bell rings and the fists fly.
Orton gets control first and the action moves to the outside. They go back in the ring but then go right back out again. Orton tries to put Mahal through the announce table but it didn’t work. The second try sends Orton into the timekeepers area. Back in the ring Mahal stomps away on Orton then gets a headlock on him. Mahal hits the ring post with his shoulder and it slows him down. From the top rope Orton gets Mahal with a superplex. Orton takes Mahal down with a fall away slam and a power slam. All these big moves wears Mahal down more. The crowd gets behind Jinder chanting his name. Orton hit a DDT and then goes for an RKO but Mahal stops him. Orton pulls off an RKO anyway and wins the match. As Orton leaves the arena, Rusev takes him out as the show fades to black.
I was not very impressed with the show this week. I know that everyone is gearing up for SummerSlam but there are so many other superstars on the roster that could have had matches. I wish WWE would do that, when a pay per view is coming up let the superstars that don’t have matches get some TV time in the ring on the shows before said pay per view. WWE should do things different sometimes. I give this show a 5 out of 10.