WWE Smackdown Live Results (9/5): Orton vs. Nakamura
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The Sept 5th edition of WWE SmackDown airs live on the USA Network from the Denny Sandford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) next month in Detroit.
Advertised for tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Randy Orton for the first time ever with a WWE championship shot on the line, Carmella vs. Natalya in non-title action, and more!
The show opens with a video package recapping the ending of last week's main event tag team match and the devastating RKO that followed.
Tom Phillips welcomes us to the show.
Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton wish John "Bradshaw" Layfield the best of luck now that he's left the commentary desk and welcome new partner Corey Graves into his spot.
We head backstage where Randy Orton is being interviewed. He says he's watched more stars crash and burn than he can count. Orton also says that Shinsuke Nakamura is a star, no doubt, but will he rise, or will he fall? Orton also says that the RKO last week was a reminder that all it takes is one second of distraction, and nothing will stop him from taking the WWE Championship back from Jinder Mahal.
We go to another area backstage where Shinsuke Nakamura is shown shadowboxing. Nakamura also speaks and he says he respects the legend of Randy Orton. He says he knows how to inflict pain out of nowhere, but he's chasing his destiny, the WWE title, and the pain he'll inflict on the Viper will be felt everywhere.
We head to the ring where James Ellsworth and Carmella currently are. Ellsworth gives his usual big intro for Carmella but is interrupted midway by Kevin Owens. Owens says he's sure whatever he had to say was profound, but he has a more important announcement, and that is that he will be the special guest referee in Carmella's match against Natalya. He demands the referee shirt from referee Dan Engler.
Shane McMahon's music hits and he makes his way down the ring. He says that he came out here to shut this down and nip it in the bud, and Owens isn't gonna come down and make himself a referee. Shane also says that he's been patient at every turn but Owens has been defiant and he wants to make it very clear that Owens has to stop blaming him for his losses. Owens blamed him at SummerSlam, but he was warned that putting hands on McMahon would end poorly.
Shane continues by saying that on Smackdown, he got to pick his own referee, Baron Corbin, who didn't even finish the match, and once again he blames Shane. Owens says the only reason Corbin left is because McMahon pulled him out of the ring, interfering just like he did at SummerSlam. And furthermore he knows that Shane never wanted him on Smackdown, and he agrees, because if it was up to him, he'd still be on Raw.
McMahon goes down memory lane and asks if that's because Triple H gifted him the Universal Championship. But on Smackdown everybody has to earn their own successes, so don't blame him, blame yourself. Owens scoffs at the idea that him not having the United States Championship has nothing to do with Shane and says he makes everything about him.
Owens asks if he needs the spotlight because his daddy didn't give him enough attention as a kid. Owens says that Shane is willing to parade his kids around and make them dance during his entrance. McMahon cuts him off right there and tells him not to involve his kids, and Owens shifts to asking if the fall off the cell has to do with impressing dad, if the helicopter crash was about impressing dad, and Owens goes so far as to say his whole family would have been better off if he hadn't survived the crash.
Everyone, his dad, his wife, and especially his kids would have been better off. Shane has had enough and starts throwing punches. To the outside, over the announce table, raining down all the punches he can dish out. McMahon backs referees off and security comes down, followed by Adam Pearce, Joey Mercury and SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan, who succeed in backing him off and calming him down. Shane heads backstage and Daniel Bryan doesn't look happy.
We then go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Kevin Owens is being helped backstage by Charles Robinson and some other referees. Daniel Bryan runs up and apologizes for Shane and says he was way out of line. Owens says Bryan better enjoy his job while he has it because he's going to sue Shane and literally turn SmackDown into the Kevin Owens Show literally. Owens says he's suing WWE and every member of the McMahon Family. Bryan asks if there's another way they can handle this, and Owens says the only other option would be to press criminal charges against Shane.
Natalya def. Carmella: Carmella hits a hurricanrana early on and follows up with a dropkick. They trade slaps to the face then Natalya drops Carmella with a discus clothesline. Natalya comes back with a suplex, then we see Naomi watching on a monitor backstage. Carmella comes back with a front face lock, but Natalya powers out and slams her down. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Carmella fights out. Carmella hits an elbow and a superkick for a two count. James Ellsworth gets on the apron and hands over the Money In The Bank briefcase. Carmella gets mad and doesn't want the briefcase now, and Natalya takes advantage of the distraction and rolls up Carmella from behind for the win.
After the match, Carmella gets on the mic after as Ellsworth begs off. She says he doesn't have to say he's sorry because she knows he's sorry. He's the sorriest excuse for a human being she's ever met. In fact, he's not even human! You think she needs some genetic defect like him to succeed? She wonders how he's even still employed and calls him a charity chase, saying his mother should have given him away at birth.
She talks about how lucky he is to even be in her presence, and he's stuck the pathetic lump where his chin's supposed to be in her business for the last time, and they're through. She then leaves with the Money in the Bank Contract.
Shane McMahon is shown backstage still steaming but trying to cool himself off. He also seems to be concerned about what happened earlier.
We are told that Dolph Ziggler will re-debut next after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, commentary tells us about Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, tossing to a Connor's Cure video package.
Dolph Ziggler makes his way down to the ring in his usual manner and gets on the mic on the ramp. He says that we have no appreciation for what he can do in the ring. He says that people would rather sit on their hands with the greatest performer in WWE history in front of their faces. He tells them shame on you, he tells them that they don't want him, he tells them that they would rather just have some dumb gimmick. He throws the microphone down the ramp and heads to the back.
John Cena's music plays and Dolph comes rushing back out in a baseball cap with a towel. He throws them into the crowd just like John Cena does, and makes to do John's run to the ring but stops himself short as the music cuts.
Macho Man's music hits and he comes out in a robe with a woman by his side, doing a "Macho Man" Randy Savage entrance before stopping short again, saying this isn't working and passing his robe to the woman and telling her she's not needed, sending her to the back. He then says he knows exactly what the crowd wants and what the crowd deserves and calls for the lights.
Naomi's theme plays this time and, naturally, he comes out doing her gimmick, complete with a weak slide to his knees on the ramp. He throws her gimmicks off and complains about people wanting gimmicks and lasers. He says that anybody could do what he just did, anybody, but no one can do what he can do in the ring.
Ziggler says he doesn't care about the fans either, and the fans make him sick, and he heads to the back.
Commentary hypes up a rematch between Aiden English and Sami Zayn that will happen after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Aiden English sings his intro in his usual fashion.
Aiden English def. Sami Zayn: Zayn interrupts English's song to start the match. Zayn is in control right off the bat with a hurricanrana. Zayn goes up top and misses, and English rolls him up in a small package pin for the win after a very short match.
After the match, English gets back on the mic to finish his song but once again Zayn interrupts him. Zayn chases English all the way to the back.
We get another recap of what happened between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon earlier in the night in their segment and the brawl that exploded.
We head backstage where Daniel Bryan is sad but The New Day enters with a package of underwear for him and he's happy now. He says he's glad that they came in, then The Usos suddenly enters. Bryan tells them to announce their stipulation for next week's title match, and they do so, the stipulation is a Street Fight. Xavier Woods asks the odds to be in their favor and Big E makes a joke about The Usos being about to bust that doesn't land, and Bryan needs to take a very serious phone call.
He asks a few questions, saying there has to be another way to handle this, but he understands and he'll do it right now.
That thing that he must do, we will have to wait until after the commercial break to find out.
Back from the commercial break, Daniel Bryan makes his entrance but without his music.
He calls Shane McMahon to the ring. He's not sure if Shane is still back there, but he needs to talk and he bids him to come to the ring. McMahon appears after a few seconds, also with no music, and he makes his way to the ring. Bryan asks what he was thinking, and Shane says things obviously got out of control. Bryan asks if he remembers The Miz tearing into him on Talking Smack about how he'd never wrestle again.
Bryan tells Shane that every week he kept pushing, and you know how many times he thought "screw WWE, screw this job, I'm going to head-butt this jerk right in the face"? But he didn't, because Shane told him about putting WWE, the fans, and their employees first, so every week he restrained himself, stopped himself from punching The Miz right in the face and he did what was best for the company and the show.
Bryan tells Shane he can't assault their employees, and McMahon agrees, taking full responsibility and saying he shouldn't have put his hands on Owens, but he talked about his kids and when somebody crosses that line, there's no coming back. Shane asks Bryan to imagine, as a new father, if the same thing had happened, and Bryan asks if he knows the problems they're in legally now.
Bryan says that Owens is gonna sue everybody, and Bryan cares about the people in the back and he doesn't want them losing their jobs. McMahon says he's gonna smooth everything over, but Bryan says it's too late. Bryan said that he got a call just before he came out here, from Vince McMahon, and effective immediately, per the chairman of the board and the CEO of WWE, he's sorry, but Shane is indefinitely suspended.
McMahon sets the mic down and slowly leaves the ring to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we head backstage where Jinder Mahal is being interviewed with the Singh Brothers at his side.
He says it doesn't matter who wins tonight, because he's beaten both guys. All of Nakamura's hype didn't matter and he represents Asia much better than Shinsuke ever could. For over a hundred days he's proven that he's the greatest WWE Champion of all time, and he'll be watching the main event very closely.
So whether it is The RKO or The Kinshasa, neither will fall before the Modern-Day Maharaja, and he addresses his people in his language of Punjabi.
AJ Styles joins the commentary desk for our next match. AJ Styles talks about auctioning off his gold elbow pad he's wearing tonight for the Connor's Cure Charity.
Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger: Corbin rolls outside immediately to talk trash to AJ at ringside. Tye takes advantage of the distraction with a suicide dive onto Corbin. Back in the ring, Tye lays into Corbin with chops to the chest then clotheslines him back to the outside. Back in the ring, Corbin comes back with a chokeslam backbreaker and then a clothesline. Corbin and Tye trade strikes in the ring until Tye drops him with a flying forearm shot. Tye stomps on Corbin in the corner, then he goes for the Tyebreaker but Corbin escapes. Corbin puts the boots to Tye and Tye starts selling a leg injury. Back in the ring Tye hits ten punches in the corner, but Corbin gets in a cheap shot to the throat then hits the End of Days for the win.
After the match, AJ Styles gets up from the booth and has a stare down with the Lone Wolf before Corbin heads backstage.
Commentary hypes up our main event but right after the commercial break we will have a special look at The Glorious Bobby Roode.
Back from the commercial break, we head backstage where we see Tye Dillinger walking while holding his throat when he runs into AJ Styles.
AJ Styles tells him that it was a good fight, and he also had a good fight last week, but Corbin is a cheap shot artist. Styles promises him that the US Open Challenge next week will only be open to him, and Tye thinks that's phenomenal.
We then get a special video package looking back at Bobby Roode's NXT career highlights.
We head backstage where James Ellsworth bumps into Carmella and apologizes again to her for messing things up. He says that he is a freak, he's subhuman, and he probably belongs in a zoo, but he wants another chance and promises to keep his mouth shut and do anything she wants. Carmella turns and addresses him, saying from now on they're doing things her way, and she grabs Ellsworth and gives him a big kiss then slaps him across the face. Carmella walks off and Ellsworth looks confused.
Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way down to the ring, and the main event will begin right after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we get a bit of hype for what will be happening on 205 Live tonight.
Randy Orton makes his way down to the ring, and Jinder Mahal is shown hanging out with The Singhs in The Sky Box.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Randy Orton: Orton goes for an RKO early on but Nakamura avoids it. Orton also goes for a DDT early but Nakamura escapes and rolls outside. Back in the ring, Orton drops Nakamura across the top rope then keeps him grounded with a chin lock. Nakamura fights up and delivers some elbows to the head of Orton. Orton rolls outside and pulls Nakamura out with him. Nakamura throws Orton into the announce table, then Orton grabs Nakamura and suplexes him on top of the table. Orton takes Nakamura back in the ring for a two count. Nakamura unleashes an extended flurry off kicks on Orton, then sets up Orton in the corner for a running knee strike to the ribs. Nakamura goes up top but Orton stops him and executes a top rope superplex.
Nakamura tells Orton to bring it, so Orton charges forward and Nakamura trips him. Nakamura follows up with a series of knee strikes to a grounded Orton, then Nakamura goes for another one but Orton reverses into a spinning power-slam. Orton hangs Nakamura off the middle rope and DDTs him, then he gets ready for an RKO. Orton goes for it but Nakamura reverses and puts Orton in an armbar. Orton blocks the armbar so Nakamura goes for a triangle choke and Orton power-bombs him to get out. Orton goes for the RKO but Nakamura counters with a backbreaker. Nakamura hits the Kinshasa for the three count, and Nakamura has now earned another shot at Jinder Mahal's WWE Title.
After the match, Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers are shown watching as referee Charles Robinson holds up Nakamura's hand.
We head backstage where we see Kevin Owens walking. Daniel Bryan rolls up to him then tells him that Shane McMahon is suspended, so that thing he had with him is over. Owens says that it has only just begun, and he's gonna make Smackdown into his playground and Bryan's nightmare. Bryan says that somebody is coming next week to sort all this out and that is Mr. McMahon.
We go back to the ring where Shinsuke Nakamura is still celebrating his victory as SmackDown goes off the air.