Kevin Owens’ Highlight Reel
Owens opens the show with his version of the Highlight Reel as he announces he is taking over after he sent Jericho off to go on tour with Fozzy. KO says that it’s because of him that Y2J is on the injured list. Owens introduces his first guest of the evening in French and as he’s doing so, he’s cut off by the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles. AJ accuses Owens of stealing Jericho’s show but KO claims anything Jericho can do he can do better including beating AJ. Owens asks AJ if he really think he’d invite him out as a guest. AJ retaliates in English because he can, he says he’s going to beat Kevin Owens at Backlash. As he makes his way into the ring he’s interrupted by Jinder Mahal. The Maharajah claims he was supposed to be the guest on the Highlight Reel. Mahal claims he’ll beat Orton at Backlash and become the new WWE Champion. Owens and Mahal tell AJ they’re both going to defeat him and as AJ charges the ring Owens retreats.
Jinder Mahal vs AJ Styles
The clash of the contenders starts fast with both men going all in, in a back and forth fight. Mahal uses a cheap shot to get the upper hand and begins to wear down AJ. Styles fights back into this match but Mahal comes back following a distraction by the Singh Brothers. Jinder picks up a near fall. Jinder carries on his domination of the match as he presses Styles and wears him down. AJ escapes a potential top rope disaster and he drops Mahal with a drop kick. Mahal fights back immediately but only picks up a near fall. AJ responds with a near fall following his signature Pele Kick. With Styles in position for the Phenomenal Forearm, Owens takes him out at the knee. Jinder hits the Cobra Clutch Slam. Jinder Mahal wins via Pinfall.
Once again the seductive dance vignettes of Lana are aired. Lana is coming soon to Smackdown Live.
The Fashion Files
The Fashion Police are back this time, Tyler Breeze has been undercover. He presents 3 examples of fashion faux pas, Corbin’s t-shirts, Zayn’s shorts and The Usos’ jumper. He goes on to say that he doesn’t know if they can beat The Usos, Fandango snaps him out of it and reassures him they will.
WWE Champion Randy Orton is interviewed and he tells Renee Young that despite what Jinder Mahal thinks, people don’t like him simply because he’s an ass.
Breezango vs The Colons
The Colons take control early as they begin to isolate Tyler Breeze. Breeze finally manages to tag in Fandango who turns the tide on Epico. Fandango hits the Falcon Arrow. Breezango wins via Pinfall.
The Usos come out again this week with another countdown to the Tag Team Title match to Backlash.
Contract signing for Becky Lynch/Charlotte/Naomi vs The Welcoming Committee
Smackdown Live Commissioner, Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring to preside over the contract signing. Shane introduces both teams and brings them to the ring. Natalya says it’s funny and pathetic to see her rivals pretend to be BFF’s. Nattie says her team will win on Sunday at Backlash. The Welcoming Committee sign the contract and Becky tells them there was no chance in hell she would join forces with them and her team sign the contract. Naomi claims that Royal Fire Glow will snatch them bald. Charlotte tells the Committee to bring everything they have and then declares her intentions clear she wants the WWE Women’s Championship. Becky’s team have all signed the contract and the troll Ellsworth pipes up, telling all three ladies they don’t have a chance with him. Naomi reaches for Ellsworth and Carmella attacks her. Shane separates the two and makes a match, Carmella vs Naomi.
Carmella vs Naomi
Naomi comes out the blocks firing dominating the match early on. Naomi wears down Carmella and even stops her attempt at a comeback. The referee banishes James Ellsworth from ringside after he pulled Carmella out of the way of the Rear View. Naomi continues her dominant performance but the fight goes to the outside and Carmella takes control. Carmella puts a beatdown on the Champion but only gets a near fall. Carmella continues to wear down Naomi, but the Champion fights back on a roll. Tamina and Natalya try to get involved in the match they’re also banned from ringside. A brawl ensues on the outside and the distraction allows Carmella to roll up Naomi. Carmella wins via Pinfall.
Dolph Ziggler claims he never understood the hype of Shinsuke Nakamura but he’s been doing some research of his remarkable feats and he says Shinsuke has done nothing in the WWE.
Sami Zayn announces that he has been granted a match at Backlash against Baron Corbin. He says that Corbin can’t keep him down and he is a threat to him. Zayn gets attacked from behind by Baron Corbin.
Randy Orton vs Baron Corbin
Orton takes control early on as he almost hits the RKO. Baron regroups and the two men battle back and forth. Randy takes control as he begins to wear down his opponent but Corbin soon fights back following a wicked clothesline. Corbin continues to beatdown the Champion as he dominates the match. Orton sidesteps The Lone Wolf as he goes into the ring post. Randy quickly turns the match in his favour with his signature Hangman’s DDT. Corbin again shrugs off the RKO but only gets a near fall after he hits the Deep Six. Orton finally catches Corbin with the RKO. Randy Orton wins via Pinfall.
Jinder Mahal comes out, he tells Orton to relish his time with the Championship as Mahal will destroy him. The Singh Brothers attack from behind and Orton initially fights them both off as well as Mahal but the numbers game catches up with him as he falls victim to a 3 on 1 beatdown.
Wow! A great episode a brilliant opening segment followed by an awesome first match, it was a stacked card and story lines tied together nicely tonight. I’m liking the build up for Nakamura vs Ziggler, Shinsuke is amazing and I really can’t wait for his debut. Mahal’s push is absolute genius he’s a great heel and it makes for an interesting match. It was a very good show tonight so I’m going to give Smackdown 8/10.