Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 8/9/17: Smackdown Live Toronto Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Last week Shinsuke Nakamura defeated John Cena to become the new #1 Contender to Jinder Mahal and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE SummerSlam. Shane McMahon also announced himself as the special guest referee at WWE SummerSlam as WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defends his title against Kevin Owens.

** Smackdown Live Card **

- The Usos battled Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn.
- Charlotte battled Lana.
- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi battled Ms. Money In The Bank Carmella in a non title match.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal battled Randy Orton in a non title match.

- John Cena gets a WWE SummerSlam opponent.

- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon have a face to face.

** Smackdown Live **

- John Cena Promo: Cena talks about his match last week with Shinsuke Nakamura, says Nakamura hits hard and learned Nakamura fears nothing. Baron Corbin interrupts and tells Cena to shut up. Corbin says the Money In The Bank briefcase he carries means he does what he wants when he wants and if Cena is looking for someone to respect then he should look no further than Corbin. Cena says Corbin is a skinny fat over rated dumpster fire and dares Corbin to step into the ring with Cena. Corbin says he doesn't need to prove anything, Cena has nothing he wants and like he said he does what he wants when he wants. Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan interrupts and says that since Corbin isn't dressed to wrestle tonight, than it'll be Corbin vs. Cena at WWE SummerSlam to end the segment.

- The Usos vs. Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Tye fighting off The Usos on a double team. Tye goes for the Tye Breaker on Jey, but can't connect and ends up eating an Uso Kick from Jimmy. Tye gets his leg taken out and then Jey applies the Tequila Sunrise submission for the tap out win.
Winners: The Usos, by submission.

- After the match, The Usos mock The New Day until Big E interrupts. Big E distracts The Usos, allowing Woods and Kofi to attack from behind. Big E joins in for the 3 on 2 beat down until The Usos escape the ring.

- Backstage, Randy Orton says Rusev was in the wrong place at the wrong time last week. Orton talks about his match with Jinder Mahal tonight and says Mahal has no where to run and no one to help him with The Singh Brothers not here tonight.

- The Fashion Files return with another Twin Peaks parody video. Fandango claims to have been probed by aliens. Arn Anderson interrupts looking for catering and is questioned about Tully the stuff horse that was killed. Arn leaves with two doughnuts and the mystery continues.

- Charlotte vs. Lana: The match closes out with Lana slapping Charlotte, forcing Charlotte to deliver a Big Boot on Lana. Charlotte traps Lana in the Figure Four Leg Lock submission and arches up into the Figure Eight to get the tap out win.
Winner: Charlotte, by submission.

- Shane McMahon Promo: Shane reminds us that he'll be the special guest referee at WWE SummerSlam and calls out Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. Styles and Owens stare each other down and talk trash till Shane separates them. Owens brings up the fact that one McMahon already screwed a Canadian in the past, but Owens admits Bret Hart deserved to get screwed. Owens doesn't understand how Shane can call the match fair when it was Styles that tried to take Shane out at Wrestlemania 33. Styles says the officiating hasn't been great lately so he's good with Shane being the referee, but if Shane screws him then he'll pay like he did at Wrestlemania 33. Owens reminds us that Shane screwed Mankind at Survivor Series 1998. Shane says he knows he's had issues in the past but he'll call this match down the middle, but he will step in if they get out of hand. Styles suggests having the match tonight, Owens agrees, but would rather wait till they're in a city in the United States that matters. Styles and Owens shove each other and then Owens lands a cheap shot. Styles hits a Pele Kick, but accidentally hits Shane. Owens escapes as Styles raises his title in the air to end the segment.

- Backstage, Tamina tells Lana that she'll never be a great wrestler like her and Lana tells Tamina she'll never be as ravishing as her. Tamina tells Lana that she's going to help her get title shots the way Lana got three in a row.

- Carmella vs. Naomi: The match closes out with Naomi kicking Carmella in the face and then goes to the top rope. Carmella cuts her off and sends her to the mat. Naomi goes to the top rope again, but James Ellsworth suddenly appears and shoves Naomi off the ropes. Carmella hits a super kick on Naomi and scores the pinfall on the champion.
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Nattie Neidhart rips on James Ellsworth's looks and tells him and Carmella to keep their noses out of her title match. Ellsworth thinks it's funny that he's only been back 5 minutes and the women's division is already scared of them.

- We get a pre-recorded interview with Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura says he came to the WWE to wrestle the best, Cena was the measuring stick and he beat Cena last week. Nakamura says the Nakamura Era begins when he beats Jinder Mahal at WWE SummerSlam.

- Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton: The match closes out with Orton countering the Cobra Clutch Slam and hits Mahal with the draping DDT. Mahal counters the RKO and gets a near fall rollup. Mahal lands a kick to the face of Orton and then goes for the Cobra Clutch Slam. Orton counters again and nails the RKO and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall.

- After the match, Orton poses on the Smackdown Live stage when suddenly Rusev appears and lays out Orton with a thrust kick to end the show.

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