WWE Smackdown Live Results (8/8): Naomi vs. Carmella
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The Aug 8th edition of WWE SmackDown airs live on the USA Network from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Brooklyn.
Advertised for tonight: Naomi vs. Carmella in a non-title match, Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton in a non-title grudge match, Lana vs. Charlotte, and more!
The show opens with a recap of John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura from last week as well as the aftermath that aired on the WWE Network, with Baron Corbin attacking both Nakamura and Cena and Cena delivering an AA to Corbin through the announce table.
We are then welcomed to the show by Tom Philipps.
John Cena makes his way to the ring. He says he knows some folks are excited and some are upset, but they're all as fired up as he is, and that is what's important. He also says that WWE provides us moments that last a lifetime, and that was one of them, as SuperCena squared up with the King of Strong Style, and he found out real quick that Shinsuke is afraid of nothing.
And he also found out that Nakamura hits hard. Real hard. He was doing his thing, thought that he would punch his ticket to SummerSlam, be 17-time champ, and then it hit him, he lost. No blind referee, no foul play, no Montreal Screw job, he just lost. So he dusted himself off and shook the hand of the man who earned the right to try and become champion.
And out of respect, he shook his hand back.
Baron Corbin interrupts and makes his way down the ring. He says that he is sick and tired of hearing about handshakes and dream matches. He says who cares? All he knows is that Cena stuck his nose in his business, and that Money in the Bank contract means he does what he wants, when he wants, and if John wants somebody to respect, it's Corbin, the future, who has no problem making Cena the past.
Cena then calls him a skinny fat overrated loudmouth dumpster fire, just like a sign in the crowd says. Corbin holds the briefcase high and reiterates his point as the crowd begins to chant "Dumpster fire!" at him, which Cena says he's sure they, as Canadians, mean that in the best way.
Baron says he doesn't need to beat John Cena and he can take his respect and shove it, because all he needs is the WWE Championship and Cena isn't worth his time.
Daniel Bryan's music plays and he makes his way down the ring. He says that he doesn't know if Corbin's a dumpster fire or the future, he doesn't have a crystal ball. But what he can tell him is that at SummerSlam, it'll be Baron Corbin vs. John Cena.
Commentary hypes up the Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal grudge match for tonight and Shane McMahon laying down the law ahead of his being the guest referee in the US title match at SummerSlam. The Usos are shown walking backstage, as they will have a match after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, the Usos make their entrance, followed by their opponents.
The Usos def. Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger: Zayn and Dillinger gets a lots of offense in in the opening minutes of the match. Dillinger then hits ten stomps on Jimmy Uso in the corner which prompts Jimmy Uso to roll outside to recover. Jey cheap-shots Tye through the ropes, so Zayn hits a suicide dive over the top rope onto both Usos. Back in the ring, the two legal men Dillinger and Jey go at it. Jimmy hits the blind tag and cheap shots Tye. The Usos double-team Tye Dillinger, then Jey locks Tye in the Tequila Sunrise for the win via submission.
After the match, the Usos cut a promo on The New Day. They get distracted by Big E coming out on the stage, then the Usos get jumped by Xavier and Kofi from behind. Jimmy eventually pulls Jey out of harms way and The Usos escape up the ramp.
Commentary hypes up the Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal match up for tonight once again and promises an exclusive interview with Shinsuke Nakamura later. But up next, it will be the Fashion Peaks, after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Randy Orton is being interviewed.
He says that last week Rusev was in the wrong place at the wrong time, running his mouth about how he's not scared of anybody, so Orton wanted to give him something to be afraid of. As far as his match against Jinder Mahal tonight is concerned, Jinder has done everything in his power to escape with the title, but tonight, with no Singh Brothers, Mahal just won't get away, period.
Up next, The Fashion Peaks begins. Tyler Breeze is picking away at a typewriter and talking to the Ascension about the weird dream he had last week with them in it. He describes it and they say it sounds about right. Viktor picks up a pie and walks off, because they just came here for the free pie.
Breeze asks a mirror where Fandango is three times and he appears behind him, with a tie tied around his head like a wild party man style. Tyler offers him coffee and he spits it out, saying it's good and he was abducted by aliens. He could have escaped at any time but he didn't because of wardrobes. And they gave him the ability to see into the future.
He says the next person to walk in that door destroyed Tully the Horse and it is Arn Anderson. He says that he wants to know how to get to catering and they ask him if he destroyed Tully. He then says they're damn right he did. They should have named him Arn. He takes two donuts and walks off.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance, her match against Lana will be after the commercial break.
Back from commercial break, Lana does her entrance and we see a replay of a fallout video with Lana telling Tamina how much she looks up to her.
Charlotte def. Lana: It's all Charlotte in the opening moments of the match as she toys with Lana and hits several chops across the chest. Lana slaps Charlotte across the face, so Charlotte comes back with a big boot. Charlotte locks Lana in the Figure 8 for the win via submission.
Commentary hypes up the Carmella vs. Naomi match for tonight and we see Shane McMahon walking backstage for his segment, which will be right after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Shane McMahon makes his entrance.
He gets in the ring and then he asks Toronto what's up and he thanks them for chanting for him. He says that last week the United States Championship match ended in controversy, and Daniel Bryan used his power as general manager to make him special guest referee. He introduces Kevin Owens and AJ Styles, who make their entrances.
Owens and Styles jaw at each other and McMahon maintains the peace before beginning. He starts with Owens, mentioning his apprehension at Shane being the special guest referee for the United States Championship Match at SummerSlam. And screaming in Shane's face about it. Owens says he's right, he did, but that was in the heat of the moment and right now he wants to apologize for that.
Owens says that he has been thinking and he's not worried about McMahon screwing him over, because it's not like it'd be the first time a McMahon screwed a legendary Canadian over for a title. Then he suddenly says but of course, Bret deserved it, then Owens says he doesn't deserve it and it would be terrible PR if it happened again so he's not worried about it.
But he is worried about AJ, and he says hear him out how can Shane be unbiased to someone who put his head through a car window just a few months ago? Styles says he'll be the first one to admit, he wasn't happy when Daniel Bryan made him guest referee, but officiating hasn't been great anyway, so good luck with that.
AJ turns to Owens and asks if he thinks they're all stupid, coming out here and stirring the pot, but it's not working. Besides, if Shane McMahon screws him, he'll have to face the repercussions just like he did at WrestleMania. Don't take offense, he doesn't trust anybody, let alone a McMahon. Shane thinks AJ is confusing him with other family members, and he doesn't operate like that.
Owens buts in, bringing up that it's not the first time Shane has been a special guest referee, and he cues footage up from Survivor Series in 1998, with Shane running down to count the three for Stone Cold Steve Austin on Mankind. He says it is amazing what you can find on the WWE Network, just go out and search, you can find hours and hours of footage of McMahon screwing wrestlers over as a referee.
Shane asks if they're done and says he wants to make something very clear. He and Owens don't get along, and he and AJ have history, but hear him out. None of that matters, he's gonna call the match right down the middle and he won't get involved unless he has to, so don't give him a reason to get involved.
Styles says they should make it easy for everyone. Truth was Owens didn't get pinned last week, so why not get rid of Shane, don't wait until SummerSlam, and do it right here, right now for the United States Championship? Owens says that sounds great, but to be completely honest, he'd rather win the United States Championship in the US, in a city that actually matters.
AJ answers back and tells Owens that what matters is that this is as close as he's getting to the title. Owens shoves Styles, Shane tries to keep the pace, Styles accidentally nails McMahon with a Pele kick. AJ holds the title high as Owens walks back up the ramp.
Commentary hypes up the WWE Network as well as the Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton match once again, but up next, it will be Carmella vs. Naomi after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we get a little hype for 205 Live tonight, featuring Rich Swann vs. TJP.
Lana is shown in the locker room and Tamina shows up to gloat, mocking her for wanting to be a more charismatic version of her and stumbling over her words. She asks what happened and Lana admits she failed and asks her to go. Tamina says that the point is that she will never wrestle like her, and Lana says Tamina will never be as ravishing as she is.
Tamina fires back and says it wasn't her wrestling acumen that got her three straight title shots, it was her ambition, and now she's gonna help her get hers.
Carmella def. Naomi: Natalya is backstage watching this non-title match on a monitor. Carmella gets in a lot of offense in the opening moments of the match. Naomi comes back with a series of kicks then takes things into the corner. Naomi goes up top, but James Ellsworth comes out of nowhere and hops up on the apron while Carmella is distracting the referee. The distraction causes Naomi to fall and wipe out on the mat. Carmella follows up with a superkick and pins Naomi for the win.
After the match, Ellsworth and Carmella run to the back with the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Commentary informs us that the Shinsuke Nakamura interview is coming up next, after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Carmella and James Ellsworth are walking backstage when they run into Natalya. She says it's good to see her and her chinless turtle friend is already sticking his neck where it doesn't belong. She warns them to keep out of her business at SummerSlam, because that's her night to shine, and if she sees them floating around, she's gonna give Carmella a chin just like Ellsworth.
Carmella says she doesn't know what Natalya is worried about and Ellsworth wishes Natalya luck, saying they really, really want her to win. Then they leave.
We now go to the interview of Shinsuke Nakamura. He says that John Cena has been the measuring stick for the last decade, and that John Cena is the guy, but he beat him. He says he can't describe what it was like to stand in the ring with Cena. But as far as wrestling Jinder Mahal goes, it's more than just an opportunity, it's his destiny. Last week he beat John Cena, this week he watches the Maharaja, and at SummerSlam, he wins the title and the Nakamura dynasty begins.
Jinder Mahal makes his entrance, his match with Randy Orton will begin after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Randy Orton makes his entrance.
Randy Orton def. Jinder Mahal: This one is a non-title match, and we are told that the Singh Brothers are not in the building tonight due to their injuries from the Punjabi Prison match. After a brief collar and elbow tie-up, this one turns into an all out brawl with both men throwing punches and knees. Orton takes down Mahal with a Thesz Press, then Jinder rolls outside to recover. Orton follows Jinder outside and beats him down, then back-suplexes Jinder onto the fan barricade. Orton takes the Champion around to the announce tables and suplexes him onto one of those too.
Back in the ring, Jinder hits some kicks on Orton and the crowd starts getting behind Jinder. Orton clotheslines Jinder back outside and takes Jinder over to the announce tables again. Orton goes for an RKO on the announce table, but Jinder pushes Orton off and Orton crashes down near the timekeeper's area. Jinder takes Orton back in the ring and tries to keep Orton grounded. Mahal misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post.
Nakamura is shown backstage watching. Orton takes Jinder up top and hits a superplex. Orton hits a series of clotheslines on Jinder, then a fallaway slam. Orton mounts Jinder in the corner for ten punches, but Jinder pushes him off. Orton comes back with a power-slam for a two count. Orton hits an elbow to the face, but Jinder answers with a knee to Orton's face for a two count. Orton comes back with a DDT and gears up for an RKO. Jinder reverses the RKO into a rollup for a two count, then Jinder super-kicks Orton. Jinder locks in the Cobra Clutch but Orton reverses it into an RKO for the win.
After the match, Orton taunts the fans then heads to the back as Jinder recovers at ringside. But before Orton can get behind the curtain, Rusev comes out of nowhere and hits a big boot to Orton's face. After Rusev attacks Orton, Orton lays on the stage with Rusev standing above him as SmackDown goes off the air.