By Steven Flora
Mr. McMahon’s arrival on Sin City SmackDown caused a ripple effect, as he announced Kevin Owens will square off with Shane McMahon at WWE Hell in a Cell inside the unforgiving structure. This led to Kevin Owens pulverizing Mr. McMahon in one of the most shocking moments in Team Blue history.
Kevin Owens brutally attacks Mr. McMahon
Well, things sure did just get mighty interesting.
Mr. McMahon made his electric return to SmackDown Live and called Owens to the ring. The two then began to break down last week’s brawl between KO and Shane-O-Mac and the pending lawsuit Owens is threatening. Mr. McMahon made it clear he would be prepared to fire Owens on the spot and cause him to go bankrupt if KO went through with filing the lawsuit.
Owens, growing increasingly frustrated, was forced to listen to Mr. McMahon declare he wished Shane had done far worse to KO. The Chairman added he didn’t suspend Shane for attacking KO, but for not finishing the job. This all led to Mr. McMahon making a Hell in a Cell Match — Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens at WWE Hell in a Cell. KO, now furious, accepted the match, but on one condition: that he be allowed to lay into A McMahon without fear of consequence. Mr. McMahon agreed, the two shook on it and all hell broke loose.
Owens suddenly headbutted Mr. McMahon from point-blank range, busting The Chairman open. Far from done after the shocking strike, KO cold-heartedly assaulted Mr. McMahon with a punch, kicks and a dastardly Frog Splash. Stephanie McMahon then rushed out, first giving Owens a death stare and then checking on her father as he attempted to regain his bearings after the brutal attack.
After this unbelievable moment in Team Blue history, one question rang loud: How would Shane McMahon respond?
Side Note: An absolutely incredible end to a strong SmackDown Live. To see the boss, the chairman & CEO of WWE take two swift kicks, a superkick, a frog splash and a headbutt, is simply incredible. Owens definitely crossed the line and boy this feud between Owens and Shane will be really interesting come next week, where we will be hopefully seeing Shane-O-Mac. Announced at Hell in a Cell is Shane vs Owens which should be a instant classic and should definitely steal the show.
IT'S A NEW DAY … in Sin City!
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match: New Day def. The Usos (c) to become the NEW SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions
Arguably the two greatest tag teams over the past decade in WWE, The New Day and The Usos wrote another chapter in the book of their classic rivalry in a wild Sin City Street Fight. The Usos, attempting to stay on a roll after regaining the gold from The New Day at SummerSlam, looked to be the aggressors early and often in the contest. However, the pair of Big E & Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods still not medically cleared to compete due to injury), refused to go quietly into the night.
Chaos ensued, with Kofi going crazy with a kendo stick on The Usos, and Jimmy & Jey making Kingston regret he ever attempted his signature Trust Fall by catching him and flinging him into the barricade.
With his partner temporarily neutralized, Big E survived a multitude of double-team attacks, allowing Kofi to recover and send Jey crashing through a table by shoving him off the top rope to the outside. The Dreadlocked Dynamo followed up by stinging Jimmy with Trouble in Paradise, and he and Big E connected with The Midnight Hour on Jimmy to regain the titles, baby. Winner: New Day (c) (NEW Champions).
Side Note: Probably the match of the night, which isn't saying much really, but I still can't see why The Usos need to lose again. In theory, Woods is injured so New Day don't have the 3 man advantage over Usos, therefore the Usos would seem the favorite to go over in Sin City. The Usos shouldn't have lost the titles but hopefully they'll cash in on their rematch clause at Hell in a Cell.
Queen of Harts prevails in Sin City
SmackDown Live Women's Championship Match: SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya def. Naomi
This huge SummerSlam rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship got off to an odd start when Carmella took her place at the announce desk and provided commentary with James Ellsworth … who she had chained to a dog collar.
Ms. Money in the Bank then watched on as Naomi attempted to regain the SmackDown Women’s Title from Natalya in an action-packed contest. Naomi came within an eyelash of regaining the title several times, but after whiffing on a big splash to the outside (that instead connected with Carmella and the leashed Ellsworth), Natalya capitalized by smashing Naomi into the ring post and locking in the Sharpshooter to retain the gold with the submission victory. Winner: Natalya (c) (to retain her championship).
Side Note: A great match between two strong superstars. Naomi will get her chance again to be champion but until then, Natalya deserves to be on top and to shine over the SmackDown Women's division.
Tye comes up short in the United States Open Challenge
United States Open Challenge: US Champion A.J. Styles def. Tye Dillinger
After successfully defending his United States Championship several weeks ago against a compromised Tye Dillinger, who was the recipient of a brutal sneak attack from Baron Corbin moments before the match, AJ Styles opted to give Dillinger a fair fight this week.
An interrupting Corbin distracted Styles, who neutralized The Lone Wolf with a head-ringing Phenomenal Forearm that sent The Lone Wolf plummeting from the ring apron to the floor, but the move nearly costly the title-holder, who narrowly kicked out at two after being rolled up by The Perfect 10. Also kicking out at the last second after feeling the devastating effects of the Tye-Breaker, Styles weathered the storm to lock Dillinger in the Calf Crusher, retaining the gold with the tapout victory. Winner: A.J. Styles (c).
After the thriller, the two showed a sign of mutual respect by shaking hands. The celebration was short-lived, though, as The Lone Wolf dragged Styles out of the ring and threw him over the barricade. After taking out Dillinger, Corbin concluded his rampage by hitting Styles with the End of Days on the outside and announcing he would answer Styles’ United States Open Challenge next week on SmackDown Live.
Your move, Styles.
Side Note: Decent match but I can't help but get annoyed at Corbin interfering in every single match. Tye put his soul into this match and it was clear to see but Styles being the best wrestler in the world, dug deep and pulled out the calf crusher to overcome the Perfect 10! Would definitely enjoy seeing Tye and Styles going at it again for the title, maybe on PPV.
Other Notable Moments
Dolph Ziggler re-debuts on SmackDown Live … sort of: Following up on his shenanigans from last week, Ziggler treated the WWE Universe to more outlandish impressions on Sin City SmackDown, mimicking Bayley and The Ultimate Warrior after doing his best Shane-O-Mac earlier in the evening. The Showoff then chastised the WWE Universe for their taste in Superstars, reiterating his claim that anyone could do a fancy entrance, but no one can do what he does in the ring.
Jinder Mahal & the Singh brothers insult Shinsuke Nakamura: With his WWE Title defense against Shinsuke Nakamura at Hell in a Cell only four weeks away, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal began his attempt to gain the mental advantage against WWE’s Rockstar on Sin City SmackDown. After having The Singh Brothers mock The King of Strong Style’s entrance, Mahal plastered images of Nakamura’s face onto the TitanTron and proceeded to ridicule them incessantly. Mahal then doubled down on the insults by boldly declaring if Nakamura were to ever win the WWE Title, the WWE Universe would turn on him the way they “turned” on Mahal after he won it. However, The Modern Day Maharaja declared that scenario would never occur, as he planned on giving WWE’s Rockstar the beating of his career at Hell in a Cell.
Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. The Hype Bros: The new team of Benjamin & Gable faced their biggest test to date in the way of The Hype Bros. Although Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley possessed the experience advantage as a tandem, Benjamin & Gable worked incredibly fluidly together, defeating The Bros with an incredibly impressive maneuver. Winner: Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable. After the match, Rawley dapped up Benjamin & Gable, but Ryder did not follow suit, seemingly very unhappy with the loss.
Overall SmackDown Live Rating: B-
Things to look forward to next week
Where is season 2 of the FASHION POLICE?
How will Shane respond to the heinous actions of Kevin Owens?
How will Naomi bounce back from her championship loss?
Where is Bobby Roode?
What can we expect from Gable and Shelton Benjamin in the near future?