By Steven Flora
Although the final SmackDown before Survivor Series saw Charlotte Flair capture the SmackDown Women's Title and the return of General Manager Daniel Bryan, the Superstars of Raw turned Tuesday night upside-down when they unleashed an earth-shattering counter-siege on Team Blue.
Raw launched a vicious counter-siege on SmackDown
The New Day vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn ended in a No Contest
Before turning their attention to a huge first-time-ever matchup against Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens, The New Day looked to impart the Power of Positivity upon their dream showdown against The Shield this Sunday at Survivor Series, noting they were far more unified than The Hounds of Justice.
The subsequent match pitting Big E & Xavier Woods against Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens began as a knockdown, drag-out slugfest typical of an exciting SmackDown Live main event. However, that all changed when The Shield’s music suddenly rang through the arena, and the combatants of SmackDown realized that Raw’s counter-strike had finally arrived.
When The Hounds of Justice surrounded the ring, Zayn and Owens bailed, and Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns attacked The New Day. The Usos soon joined the fray, followed by Cesaro and Sheamus, resulting in an out-of-control melee.
Meanwhile, the Raw Women’s division emerged backstage and delivered a systematic onslaught upon the Team Blue ladies, as Alexa Bliss punctuated the attack with a clubbing blow to Charlotte, her opponent at Survivor Series in a Champion vs. Champion Match.
Back in the ring, another wave of Raw Superstars hit the scene, drawing Shane McMahon and a slew of SmackDown Superstars to join the fight, but things went from bad to worse for the blue brand when Raw Commissioner Kurt Angle summoned Braun Strowman into the squared circle to help clean house.
With SmackDown Superstars laid out in every direction, the Superstars of Raw converged on Shane McMahon. With The Shield holding SmackDown’s Commissioner, Angle made it clear to Shane that this counter-siege will be nothing compared to Sunday at Survivor Series.
Just to make sure the point was driven home, The Shield wrecked Shane with a Triple Powerbomb, Angle took down his nemesis with a picture-perfect Angle Slam, and The Hounds nearly sent Shane through the canvas with another Triple Powerbomb.
Side Note: Great ending to the show, and while we all knew Raw would get their revenge on Smackdown Live, it's great to see Raw standing tall and unified after Stephanie McMahon pretty much ran it down as being weak and defenseless. So to see Raw getting revenge on Smackdown Live was refreshing with the added bonus of the Angle slam! It's been a while since we've seen that!
Charlotte Flair wins the Smackdown Live Women's title in Flair country
SmackDown Live Women's Championship Match: Charlotte def. Natalya (c) to become the NEW SmackDown Live Women's Champion.
Side Note: Great moment and FINALLY, someone wins in their hometown! Charlotte deserves this since Natalya & Alexa would make no sense (heel vs heel). The added bonus of Ric Flair at SmackDown Live despite his health condition was the icing on the cake for a night that was done with flair.
Corbin retains his U.S. Title
WWE United States Championship Match: Baron Corbin (c) def. Sin Cara to RETAIN his U.S. Title
After weeks of battling Sin Cara on SmackDown, Corbin used End of Days to overcome his lucha adversary in an explosive United States Title showdown.
With the victory, The Lone Wolf solidified the fact he will go head-to-head against Intercontinental Champion The Miz in a Champion vs. Champion Match at Survivor Series this Sunday in what is sure to be a heated affair, as the two Superstars have been trading shocking insults via social media in recent weeks. Winner: Baron Corbin (c) (Retains title).
Side Note: Surprisingly not a bad match, in fact, it was the best match between the two. Both superstars were good, but this really isn't a good program for both and they both need new opponents ASAP!
The Usos look ahead to The Bar at Survivor Series
Jimmy Uso def. Chad Gable
Prior to Jimmy Uso’s match against Chad Gable, he and his brother Jey made it clear that Raw Tag Team Champions Sheamus & Cesaro will not just be stepping into the ring with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions at Survivor Series; they would be stepping into The Uso Penitentiary.
Gable & Shelton Benjamin notched a controversial count-out victory last week during their SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match against the Samoan warriors after Gable took out Jey Uso with a savage chopblock, so Jimmy was fired up from the get-go and looking to gain retribution for his twin tonight.
The Usos, who will attempt to clear The Bar this Sunday, picked up major Survivor Series momentum when Jimmy overcame his opponent by connecting squarely with a wicked Superkick for the 1-2-3. Winner: Jimmy Uso.
Side Note: Was a good match that gave you a break from the euphoria of Charlotte's win and the main event. I do wonder if Gable & Benjamin will get their title shot again because it looks like to me Jey Uso's leg is completely fine.
Other Notable Moments
Daniel Bryan returned to welcome new WWE Champion AJ Styles: After being attacked by Kane three weeks ago on Monday Night Raw, General Manager Daniel Bryan returned to SmackDown with vigor. The four-time World Champion insisted Raw’s recent actions were driven by their fear of SmackDown and their embarrassment over #UnderSiege, and that’s why they added Triple H to Team Red at Survivor Series. He assured the WWE Universe his brand always comes back twice as strong and they were ready for any counterattack Raw may bring on the final SmackDown before Survivor Series. Above all, Bryan promised Team Blue would reign supreme at WWE’s fall classic and prove to be the superior show. Bryan then welcomed newly crowned WWE Champion AJ Styles to the ring and opted to act as The Phenomenal One’s “advocate” (a la Paul Heyman), making the argument that Universal Champion Brock Lesnar always quits when things get tough, and when The Beast is beaten by Styles in every way possible, he will quit again at Survivor Series and Styles would reign supreme. Styles then acknowledged he is the underdog, but said he will find a way to triumph over Lesnar and prove, without a doubt, “The House that AJ Styles Built” was truly the A-show.
Overall SmackDown Live Rating: B-
Things to look forward to next week