Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 7/26/17: Smackdown Live Richmond Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

We're back with this week's Smackdown Live recap, just two days removed from this past Sunday's WWE Battleground pay per view. Jinder Mahal continues his reign as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Kevin Owens and The New Day are new champions and now we're just one month away from WWE SummerSlam. What surprises would Smackdown Live have for us this week, as they were live in Richmond, Virginia.

** Smackdown Live Card **

- Shinsuke Nakamura battled Baron Corbin in a rematch from WWE Battleground.
- Charlotte and Becky Lynch battled Tamina and Lana.
- Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn battled Mike Kanellis and Aiden English.
- WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens defended his title against AJ Styles and Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat Match.

- New WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens gets a surprise visit.

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal demanded his next opponent for WWE SummerSlam.

- The Usos send a message to the newly crowned WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The New Day.

** Smackdown Live **

- Kevin Owens Promo: Kevin Owens brags about his Battleground victory over AJ Styles and how good things come to good people. Owens announces the return of the United States Championship Open Challenge....but....not this week in front of the hick fans of Virginia. AJ Styles interrupts and demands his rematch for the title right here, right now. Owens shoots down that idea and then gets interrupted by.....CHRIS JERICHO! Jericho says he's back and wants his rematch for the title that he never got because he was stretchered out last time he was in a WWE ring. Styles says he's glad he's back, but Jericho needs to get in line behind Styles. Jericho accuses Styles of line jumping him and adds Styles to The List. Owens tries to walk out, but gets interrupted by Shane McMahon. Shane announces a Triple Threat Match for the title tonight between Styles, Jericho and Owens to end the segment.

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin: The match closes out with Corbin getting a near fall Deep Six. Nakamura counters End of Days and trades shots with Corbin. Nakamura blocks a low blow from Corbin and connects with kicks. Nakamura hits the Kinshasa on Corbin and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Naomi talks about Nattie Neidhart disrespecting her. Nattie interrupts and mocks Naomi for what she's done to the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship since winning it. Nattie says Naomi is disrespectful and needs to appreciate the ones that paved the way for Naomi. Naomi says she has respect, earned the title and will make Nattie feel the glow at WWE SummerSlam. Carmella appears and reminds Naomi that she's watching her with her Money In The Bank briefcase.

- Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Tamina and Lana: The match closes out with Charlotte in control of Tamina. Tamina counters a slam and plants a super kick on Charlotte. Lana tags in as Charlotte kicks Tamina outside. Charlotte then hits a Big Boot on Lana for the pinfall.
Winners: Charlotte and Becky Lynch, by pinfall.

- After the match, Tamina yells at Lana for losing, but still let's Lana leave with her.

- Jinder Mahal Promo: Mahal brags about defeating Randy Orton at WWE Battleground and demands to know who his next opponent is for WWE SummerSlam. Mahal begins speaking in his home language to his fans in India when John Cena interrupts. Cena says he's here to congratulate Mahal after Mahal sarcastically guesses at what Cena is going to say to him. Cena sends his congratulations and sends a heads up to Mahal, because at WWE SummerSlam Mahal will meet Super Cena as Cena will become a 17 Time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Daniel Bryan interrupts and informs Cena that Cena doesn't make the matches he has to earn them just like everyone else. Bryan announces a #1 Contenders Match next week between John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura to end the segment.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens tells Shane McMahon that it's not fair that he has to defend his title in a Triple Threat Match. Shane says he's not worried about Owens he's worried about putting on a great main event for the fans.

- Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English and Mike Kanellis: The match closes out with Dillinger hitting a ten count punch on Kanellis in the corner. Dillinger drops English and unloads more offense on Kanellis. Zayn tags in and scores with the Helluva Kick to score the pinfall.
Winners: Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger, by pinfall.

- The New Day head to the ring and suddenly get jumped from behind by The Usos. The Usos drag Kofi and Woods out to the stage, beat them down and toss them into the LED board. Big E tries to make a comeback, but gets drilled with double Uso Kicks. The Usos celebrate as The New Day is left laid out. 

- Backstage, Shinsuke Nakamura says that next week John Cena won't see him and Jinder Mahal will see him at WWE SummerSlam.

- "WWE United States Championship, Triple Threat Match": Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho: The match closes out with Owens hitting double corner cannonballs on Jericho and Styles. Jericho plants an enziguri on Styles and then Jericho eats an Owens super kick. Styles hits a Pele Kick on Owens and all three men are down. Jericho tosses Styles outside and then eats another Owens super kick. Owens hits the Pop Up Power Bomb on Jericho, but Jericho somehow kicks out at two and a half. Owens hits a frog splash on Jericho, but Styles grabs Owens and tosses him outside. Styles quickly covers Jericho and scores the pinfall to win the title.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to win the WWE United States Championship.

- After the match, Kevin Owens has a temper tantrum, tears apart the announcers table and tosses steel chairs. Owens grabs a microphone and demands a title shot against Styles next week. Styles accepts as the show closes out.

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