The Age Of The Maharaja

Live from London’s O2 Arena its Smackdown Live

The WWE Champion, Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to kick off the show. Orton claims at Payback he lost because he got screwed by Jinder Mahal. The Maharaja & The Singh Brothers interrupt Orton. Jinder claims he didn’t steal anything, he just took what will be his. Mahal says he’ll defeat Orton at Backlash and take the WWE Title. He claims that a new age will begin at Backlash, The Age of The Maharaja. Jinder is interrupted by Kevin Owens. KO claims no one cares about any other the him, the new Face of America. Owens says he ended Chris Jericho’s career and he plans to end the career of AJ Styles, making his intentions clear he says he wants the WWE Title. AJ Styles enters the fray, calling KO delusional. He goes onto say that Chris Jericho is no AJ Styles and neither is Kevin Owens. Baron Corbin enters the mix. Corbin is attacked by Sami Zayn from behind and a brawl ensues with Orton, AJ and Sami taking the ring.

Becky Lynch vs Natalya

James Ellsworth, Carmella and Tamina are in the ring as they introduce Natalya. Naomi makes her way out, as she brings out Becky Lynch. Finally, The Queen enters the fray. Becky has plenty of back up. Becky takes the fight to Natalya early, but Nattie turns the tables taking control on the outside. Nattie begins to wear down Becky inside the ring. Lynch mounts a comeback and swings momentum back in her favour. A distraction on the outside allows Nattie to capitalise. Natalya wins via Pinfall.

Another sexy vignette of the sultry Lana is aired promising an arrival to Smackdown Live.

Charlotte and Naomi argue backstage about the result of the match, but Becky plays peacekeeper saying that they need to bond together. Becky says the three women will face off against The Welcoming Committee at Backlash. 

Another episode of The Fashion Files airs and once again they poke fun at “The Ugos.” However, they run into The Ascension.

Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan

Rowan goes on the attack early as the two giants battle back and forth. Harper gets the better of the exchange as he sends his opponent to the outside, but Rowan soon fights back. Harper’s offence leads to a near fall. Rowan fights back only to gain his own near fall. A thumb to the eye by the Rowan leads to some sort of spinning bodyslam. Erick Rowan wins via Pinfall.

Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring to confront Shinsuke Nakamura. Ziggler calls the Universe hypocrites as he claims they don’t appreciate him as he talks about his accomplishments. Ziggler says they’re cheering for someone who’s never had a match. He says it’s pathetic that Shinsuke calls himself The Artist and says he never needed the WWE Universe to succeed because they never cared. He calls out Nakamura, the famous music fills the arena and the King of Strongstyle makes his way out. Dolph is interrupted by Nakamura who tells him to shut up. Shinsuke calls for a referee as he says he will show Dolph what he can do. With the two ready to go, Ziggler backs down and claims he’ll expose his rival as a fraud before attacking him. Shinsuke fights back sending Ziggler into retreat.

Zayn thanks AJ & Orton for teaming with him tonight and he wants to talk strategy because they must win.

The Ascension vs Breezango

Conor starts with Fandango and Fandango starts well. A distraction from Viktor allows Conor to take control and tags in his partner. Viktor’s momentum is halter as Tyler Breeze tags in and begins to take control. Fandango tags back in and hits The Last Dance. Breezango wins via Pinfall.

The Usos come out and tell Breezango that in 12 days at Backlash, they’re going to feel The Usos.

Mojo Rawley is giving some kids a tour backstage talking about how Andre the Giant was different as a child and treated differently but he worked hard to become a legend.

Rusev demands a title shot once again and says he will get his answer next week.

Jinder Mahal/Kevin Owens/Baron Corbin vs Randy Orton/AJ Styles/Sami Zayn

Corbin and AJ start for their teams as they battle back and forth. Zayn and Mahal tag in for their teams and Mahal takes the fight to Zayn but he fights back. Orton and KO tag in and Randy sends Owens into retreat. Corbin and AJ are tagged back in and they go back and forth with Corbin getting the better of it. He tags in Mahal but AJ begins to fight back. A rivalry in renewed as KO and Sami Zayn are tagged in. Owens takes control of Zayn and then brings in Baron Corbin to continue the beatdown. Corbin gets a near fall for his team. Zayn tries to fight back as Mahal tags in but The Maharaja remains in control for his team. Owens comes in as his team begin to isolate Sami from his team mates. The wear down of Zayn continues as Corbin is in now but Zayn is desperately trying to fight back. Finally, Zayn tags in AJ who regains control for his team and locks Corbin in the Calf Crusher. Owens breaks up the submission and the match breaks down. Zayn sends Corbin into the ring to AJ. As he goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, he’s knocked down by KO but Corbin only gets a near fall. Mahal beigns to wear down AJ and gets a series of near falls before he tags in Owens. AJ manages to fight back and counter Owens’ offence as he tags in Orton who takes out all the opposing team. With Orton measuring Mahal for the RKO, a distraction from the Singh Brothers leads to a big boot to Randy’s head. Zayn comes in and hits the Blue Thunder Bomb on Jinder and Corbin¬†hits Zayn with a backbreaker. AJ connect with a Pele Kick on Corbin in a chaotic scene. Owens takes out AJ and receives an RKO for his troubles. Jinder sneaks back in and hits Randy with the Cobra Clutch Slam. Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin win via Pinfall.

Quite an average episode of Smackdown Live this week, it was a good show but nothing special. The main event was awesome there’s no doubt about that but it fails in comparison to the brawl between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman on RAW. I’m going to give Smackdown 6/10.

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