Smackdown Live was back again this week live in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio!! Last week we found out that John Cena would battle Shinsuke Nakamura tonight in a #1 Contenders Match for a shot at Jinder Mahal and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE SummerSlam. AJ Styles walked out of Smackdown Live last week the new WWE United States Champion after defeating Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat Match. We found out afterwards that Styles will defend his title in a rematch against Owens tonight.
** Smackdown Live Card **
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defended his title against Kevin Owens.
- Aiden English battled Sami Zayn.
- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi and Becky Lynch battled #1 Contender Nattie Neidhart and Ms. Money In The Bank Carmella.
- Rusev battled Chad Gable.
- John Cena battled Shinsuke Nakamura in a #1 Contenders Match for a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
- Will Breezango ever find out who's been stalking them??
- The Usos mock WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The New Day.
** Smackdown Live **
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall.
- After the match, WWE Medical are checking on Mike Chioda as Owens yells at him, claiming that his shoulder was up and shouldn't have been counted out in the pinfall.
- Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon inform referee Mike Chioda that he did in fact make a bad call in the Styles/Owens match. Kevin Owens appears, angry, and drops Chioda on the floor. Shane tells Owens he can't touch an official and the decision stands. Shane gives Owens a rematch at WWE SummerSlam against Styles, but Owens wants a referee that can do his job right. Bryan suggests Shane as the special guest referee and Shane loves the idea. Owens says Shane is incompetent and he hates the idea. Shane tells Owens to go cool off and he can take the match or leave it.
- We get another Fashion Files with Breezango, set to the theme of the TV show Twin Peaks. The Ascension appear again and Breezango still is left clueless on who's been targeting them the past few months.
Winner: Aiden English, by pinfall.
- After the match, Sami Zayn sits in the ring shocked as Mike and Maria Kanellis appear on the stage. Mike and Maria remind us about how much they love each other and how they love the fact that Sami Zayn just lost.
Winners: Becky Lynch and Naomi, by submission.
- Backstage, Jinder Mahal says he doesn't care if John Cena or Shinsuke Nakamura win tonight because he's leaving WWE SummerSlam still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Mahal says he's knocked down every hero put in front of him and no one will stop The Modern Day Maharaja.
Winner: Rusev, by submission.
- After the match, Rusev grabs a microphone and says that he still has no opponent for WWE SummerSlam because everyone is scared of him. Randy Orton suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Orton says Rusev has never beaten him and he's not afraid of Rusev. Orton says that if Rusev wants a WWE SummerSlam opponent than he's got one now. Rusev yells at Orton in Bulgarian and then tries to attack Orton. Orton dodges the attack and lays out Rusev with an RKO to end the segment.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall, to become the #1 Contender.
- After the match, Cena and Nakamura show respect to each other as Jinder Mahal watches from his skybox to end the show.