Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 4/12/17: Smackdown Live Boston Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Day two of Draft Day is upon us ladies and gents! What an exciting first night of the "Superstar Shakup" WWE Draft gave us on Monday night! Smackdown Live may have lost some superstars to RAW, but now it's Smackdown Live's turn to strengthen their roster. What superstars will be gained for Smackdown Live tonight as we were live in Boston, Massachusetts.

** This Weeks Card **
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton battled Erick Rowan in a non title match.
- The Usos defended the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship against American Alpha.
- Mojo Rawley battled Jinder Mahal.
- Tye Dillinger battled Aiden English.
- AJ Styles battled Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat Match to determine a #1 Contender for the WWE United States Championship.

- Promos By: WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens, Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon and Dolph Ziggler.

- Day Two of the "Superstar Shakeup" WWE Draft took place.

** Smackdown Live **

- After RAW ended on Monday night, it was announced that RAW announcer Byron Saxton had been drafted to Smackdown Live and Smackdown Live announcer David Otunga had been drafted to RAW.

- Kevin Owens Promo: RAW's WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens arrives to announce that the Kevin Owens Show is now on Smackdown Live and the show is now a huge upgrade with Owens here. Owens mocks the USA fans, the Boston Bruins and says he could beat up anyone here. Baron Corbin is out for the interruption, says he knows Owens can beat everyone up...but...he can't beat up Corbin. Corbin demands a WWE United States Championship Match because he feels he's owed one after beating WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose last week and then Ambrose ran to RAW.
RAW's Sami Zayn interrupts and announces that he's now on Smackdown Live, which angers Owens because he can't get away from his arch enemy. AJ Styles interrupts next and says that he's still here, he's still the reason Smackdown Live is #1 and he's still the face that runs the place. Daniel Bryan interrupts next and loves the tension in the ring right now. Bryan announces Styles vs. Corbin vs. Zayn tonight with the winner becoming #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship.

- Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan: The match closes out with Orton delivering the draping DDT to Rowan and then sets up for an RKO. The Wyatt Family graphic suddenly flashes on the TitanTron, the lights go out and Bray Wyatt taunts Orton on the screen. Bray says their paths will cross again at WWE Payback in the House of Horrors Match. The lights pop back on and Orton gets drilled with the steel steps by Rowan causing a DQ. After the match, Rowan leaves Orton laid out in the ring.
Winner: Randy Orton, by DQ.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Match": The Usos (c) vs. American Alpha: The match closes out with Gable hitting a bulldog and Jordan getting the near fall. The Usos toss Jordan and Gable outside, The Usos attempt suicide dives, but both get suplexed on the floor. Back in the ring, Gable eats an Uso Kick, but comes back and dumps Jey on the apron. Gable rolls up Jimmy, but missed Jey tagging in. The Usos double team Gable and end up hitting the top rope Uso Splash for the pinfall and the title retain. After the match, RAW's Shining Stars, now apart of Smackdown Live, attack American Alpha from behind and leave Jordan and Gable laid out.
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- Jinder Mahal vs. Mojo Rawley: RAW's Jinder Mahal arrives as a newly drafted superstar of Smackdown Live. Rob Gronkowski was in the crowd again cheering on Mojo. The match closes out with Mahal getting in Gronk's face again and talking trash. Mojo comes to Gronk's aid and decks Mahal. Gronk tosses his drink in Mahal's face and then Mojo tosses Mahal back into the ring. Mojo hits his finisher on Mahal and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall.

- Shane McMahon Promo: Shane gives the Women's Division props and says he's here to introduce the newest members. Shane then calls out Naomi, Nattie Neidhart, Carmella and Becky Lynch to be present during the announcement. James Ellsworth is with Carmella, says Naomi is a horrible champion and everyone wants to see Carmella. Naomi tells Carmella to control her side chick before he gets chin checked. Shane first introduces a returning Tamina Snuka to the roster. Tamina appears and shakes Shane's hand. Shane then announces RAW's Charlotte as a new Smackdown Live superstar.

- It's announced that Sin Cara and Rusev have been drafted to Smackdown Live.

- Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger: The match closes out with Dillinger hitting the Tye Breaker and scoring the pinfall.
Winner: Tye Dillinger, by pinfall.

- It's announced that Lana has been drafted to Smackdown Live.

- Dolph Ziggler Promo: Ziggler talks about the Superstar Shakeup, how he's not going anywhere and is still the best on Smackdown Live. Shinsuke Nakamura interrupts and heads to the ring. Ziggler says he doesn't know Nakamura, but wants to know who he thinks he is interrupting Ziggler. Nakamura asks Ziggler if he'd like to know who he is. Nakamura counters a Ziggler super kick attempt and drops Ziggler. Ziggler rolls to the floor and escapes Nakamura.

- It's announced that The New Day have been drafted to Smackdown Live.

- "Triple Threat, #1 Contenders Match": AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin: The match closes out with Corbin getting a near fall Deep Six on Zayn. Corbin misses a charge on Styles and hits the ring post. Styles lands a kick and then gets a near fall 450 springboard on Corbin. All three men brawl until Styles hits a Pele Kick on Zayn. Zayn counters the Styles Clash and dumps Styles onto the apron. Zayn hits the Helluva Kick on Corbin sending Corbin to the floor. Styles hits the Phenomenal Forearm on Zayn and scores the pinfall.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship.

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