We start the night with Jinder having a photoshoot with the WWE Title before Shane interrupts, taking the belt back so he can return it to Randy Orton as he tells Jinder to earn it.
Shane makes his way to the ring. Shane welcomes the newest member of SmackdownLive, the new United States Champion Chris Jericho. He proclaims Smackdown the new “Show of Jericho!” Shane announces that Y2J will defend his US Title against Kevin Owens. The two are then interrupted by AJ Styles. AJ tells Jericho he’s standing in the house that AJ Styles built. AJ says nothing will please him more than beating Chris Jericho at Backlash. Jericho calls himself the new Face of America. As Jericho is about to AJ on the List of Jericho, they’re interrupted by Kevin Owens, who says the only thing that matters is that he gets his rematch tonight and he tells AJ to get out of his ring. AJ charges after Owens and beats him down.
Sami Zayn vs Jinder Mahal
The two men battle back and forth early on with Mahal gaining the advantage. But Zayn fights back with Mahal in retreat. Back from the break and Jinder is in firm control as he’s wearing down his opponent. A distraction from the Singh Brothers helped turn the tide in the match. Jinder continues to beatdown Sami in the ring. Zayn’s attempt at a comeback is halted by Mahal’s brutal physicality. Sami manages to muster another comeback but he only gets a near fall for his efforts. Another distraction leads to a small package pinfall and a series of near falls. Zayn continues his fight back but again the Singh Brothers do just enough to distract Sami. Jinder Mahal wins via Pinfall.
Natalya claims that the Welcoming Committee is looking out for Becky and Carmella tells her that they have her back even if no one else will.
Dolph claims it’s a big surprise that Nakamura isn’t in the arena tonight and it’s a big surprise he hasn’t proven himself. Shane interrupts Ziggler saying Nakamura introduced himself last week.
Aiden English vs Tye Dillinger
Aiden attacks Dillinger from behind to jump start the match. Tye fights back halting all his opponents momentum as he begins to dominate. Dillinger hits a modified version of the Tye Breaker. Tye Dillinger wins via Pinfall.
Jericho is interviewed regarding his US Title defence, he’s distracted by a crying Aiden English he tries to “console” him but ends up putting him on the List of Jericho.
Charlotte claims the Welcoming Committee only stopped the inevitable as she calls the Smackdown Women’s Championship her destiny she’s then interrupted and attacked by the 3 women.
Naomi/Charlotte vs Natalya/Carmella
Following the attack, Naomi is put in a handicap situation. Carmella starts with Naomi. The Champion takes the fight to Carmella early with her lethal kicks. Carmella tags Natalya in as her and Naomi go back and forth in a technical exchange. Natalya soon takes control after she slams her opponent face first into the steel stairs. Nattie & Carmella begin to dominate as Carmella gets a near fall. Nattie tags back in as Naomi attempts to fight back. With both women down in the centre of the ring, Charlotte’s music hits and The Queen very gingerly limps down to the ring to stand by Naomi. Charlotte immediately gets a tag and she takes complete control of the match but the numbers game soon catches up to her as Natalya regains control. Charlotte tries to fight back against Carmella as we come back from the break. Naomi gets the tag and she goes to work taking over the match. She hits Carmella with The Rear View but various distractions from Natalya and Elsworth allows for a roll up. Carmella & Natalya win via Pinfall.
After the match, the Welcoming Committee attack their opponents only to be stopped by Becky who comes out and fakes joining them as she attacks but the numbers catch up to her. The Committee clear the ring and deliver a 3 on 1 beatdown to Lynch.
Dolph Ziggler vs Sin Cara
Both men go back and forth until Dolph takes control following a cheap shot. Sin Cara fights back using his speed and high-flying ability. Both men fight back and forth until Sin Cara slams down Dolph but can only get a near fall. Dolph blocks a Moonsault and follows up with a Superkick. Dolph Ziggler wins via Pinfall.
Another sultry, seductive vignette of Lana airs promising a SmackdownLive debut coming soon.
A segment showing the Fashion Police in their new HQ claiming their new targets in the Fashion Files are “The Ugos.”
United States Championship Match: Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens
Owens takes control early as he begins to wear down Y2J. Jericho fights back grounding Owens. Jericho’s comeback is halted after he falls to the outside and KO capitalises immediately but only does enough for a near fall. Jericho counters Owens attempt at the Pop-Up Powerbomb but his Lionsault is also countered also as the two former friends go through a great series of counters, until Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho but Owens forces a rope break. Owens tries to fight back but once again, the Pop-Up Powerbomb is countered in the Walls of Jericho. Another rope break is forced by KO. Owens fights back on the outside with a massive superkick and follows it up with a DDT on the concrete. Another superkick inside the ring this time, but Jericho kicks out at 2. Jericho gets a near fall after a small package roll up. However Owens remains in control as he finally executes the Pop-Up Powerbomb. Kevin Owens wins via Pinfall. Kevin Owens is the new United States Champion.
After the match, Owens brutally attacks Jericho and yells at him “you were never my best friend!” As Jericho is helped out of the arena, KO runs back to continue the assault on Jericho once again, wrapping a chair around Jericho’s neck.
A good showing tonight from the Smackdown team, we saw the formation of a great new feud, Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles. We also saw the ending for now of Y2J vs KO. With Jericho going off on tour with his rock band Fozzy this was a great way to write him out of the show, we get Owens looking like his old self a dominant heel and potentially setup a revenge angle when and if Jericho does return at the end of the year possibly. The women’s rivalry is gathering some speed as he finally edge closer to a potential face turn for Charlotte. I can’t ignore the fact that Jinder Mahal is looking good heading into his WWE Title at Backlash. I know I called him a joke in an earlier post but I have a sneaky feeling he’s the next WWE Champion. A good show tonight but I feel like RAW won this week so I’m going to give Smackdown 7/10.