Renee Young brings out Shinsuke Nakamura to kick the show off. Renee and Shinsuke are interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler takes over the interview from Renee and makes a mockery of Nakamura. Ziggler compares his rival to Michael Jackson again mocking both Nakamura and even the King of Pop Michael Jackson. Ziggler calls him a petty, pathetic, over-rated freak. Nakamura asks what Dolph’s problem is as he begins to mock Ziggler in return. Ziggler attempts to attack Shinsuke after he calls him a jackass but Ziggler’s attack is countered and he flees the ring.
AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin
Styles takes control early but Corbin takes over after he launches AJ to the outside. With Corbin in control, AJ fights back but can only get a near fall. Corbin counters a Styles Clash attempt and blocks the Calf Crusher. AJ attempts the Phenomenal Forearm but misses. Corbin tries to capitalise with a Powerbomb, AJ counters. AJ Styles wins via Pinfall.
Owens and Corbin attack AJ after the match who gets saved by Sami Zayn. The brawl ends with KO hitting the Pop Up Powerbomb and leaving Styles laying.
Charlotte claims that she accomplished everything on Raw and that she needs the Smackdown Women’s Championship because gold runs through her veins.
Beat The Clock Challenge American Alpha vs The Colons
Great early teamwork leads to a couple near falls for American Alpha. Epico fights back for The Colons as they begin to isolate Chad Gable and even get a couple near falls themselves. A reversal of the Double Backstabber allows American Alpha to hit Grand Amplitude. American Alpha win via Pinfall with a time of 5:17.
Rusev is on Smackdown for the first time since the #SuperstarShakeUp. Rusev was live via a prerecorded video. He claims that he doesn’t like Daniel Bryan or Shane McMahon and he didn’t like the shake up. Rusev demands a title opportunity at Money in the Bank.
Becky claims Charlotte is doing what anyone else would do. She’s interrupted in her interview by Natalya, Tamina and Carmella who tell her “you’re either with us or against us.”
Randy Orton vs Erick Rowan
Orton dominates the early going in the No DQ match but Rowan rides the momentum and takes over the match resulting in a near fall. Rowan beats Randy down with a kendo stick but again can only get a near fall. Orton counters Rowan’s attempts to suplex him through the table on the outside and sends Rowan through his own table. Rowan fights back and begins to dominate his opponent. Orton seizes an opportunity to hit Rowan with a Hangman’s DDT, but his attempt at the RKO is countered and Rowan once again regains control. Orton hits the an RKO quite literally outta nowhere. Randy Orton wins via Pinfall.
Orton says he doesn’t know what a House of Horrors match is but he’s going to find out on. Randy claims the match will be Bray Wyatt’s eternal hell. #1 contender Jinder Mahal comes out saying how dare Randy overlook him and claims he will take the WWE Title away from Randy. Mahal says he will take back his respect at Backlash. He then addresses the crowd in Punjabi saying he will beat Randy. Mahal tries to attack Orton and the Bollywood Boys help Jinder beat down the champion. Jinder takes the title and leaves the ring.
Another sexy vignette of Lana airs saying she’s coming soon to SmackdownLive.
Beat The Clock Challenge Breezango vs The Ascension
The Ascension absolutely dominate the match but a surprise Super Model Kick out of nowhere leads to a Pinfall. Breezango wins via Pinfall.
Breezango are the new #1 Contenders for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships as they beat the time set by American Alpha earlier in the night.
Naomi claims that Charlotte isn’t the greatest because she is the champion and says Charlotte is about to feel the glow.
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Naomi vs Charlotte
Charlotte takes control early as she lays out Naomi on the floor. Charlotte keeps up the offensive pressure and gains a near fall. Naomi fights back with her rapid fire kicks and a flurry of momentum sees the challenger rocked. Naomi gains a near fall over Charlotte. Naomi hits the Rear View but only gets a 2-count as Charlotte kicks out. A near fall after a Powerbomb forces Charlotte to go to the top and attempt a moonsault but Naomi gets her knees up and counters. As the two women get back to their feet, they get ambushed by Tamina, Carmella & Natalya who leave both champion and challenger laid out.
A decent show tonight from the blue team! We saw a great build up in the Orton/Mahal feud, I really don’t like the guy but I have to say he cuts a mean promo. Also, talking about feuds we’re seeing something potentially main event worthy between Nakamura & Ziggler. They’re very similar in that they can both control the crowd and they’re so influential and captivating. It’s going to be a battle of two real showmen and a real heel/face battle. We also saw an epic main event a real dream match in terms of women’s wrestling. The match ended in a no contest as both women were jumped by the newly formed trio and it seems like WWE are slowly laying the seeds for a Charlotte face turn and I’d love to see it she’s so talented in the ring and on the mic but we’ve only really seen her as a heel persona so turning her face could prove interesting and will probably show us just how big a star she really is. I’m going to give Smackdown 7/10 tonight.