This week's episodes of WWE SmackDown and 205 Live will emanate from the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The show continued to follow up from the big "SummerSlam" PPV as various feuds continued and new ones begin towards the next PPV, "Hell in a Cell".
Dolph Ziggler returned to SmackDown Live last week, promising to return to in-ring action tonight with a whole new look. He tosses the Singhs but Rusev arrives and the heels toss Orton and beat down Nakamura.
It was also announced that on next week's "SmackDown Live", Orton will go against Nakamura in a match where the victor becomes new No. 1 contender for the WWE title. Just as they are about to do so, Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way to the ring.
For only teaming for the first time, Gable and Benjamin have decent chemistry together.
With a hold of Kofi Kingston's tights for leverage, the Usos steal a pinfall victory and get the advantage in their next match against the three-time champs. Konnor sent to the floor and Benjamin hits pay dirt for the win.
AJ Styles came to the ring for his WWE US Championship "open challenge". He damn near cost AJ the title last week, so Styles will surely be looking for payback on tonight's show. After the match, Lana instructed two photographers to enter the ring and take pictures of them celebrating the victory. Styles quickly submitted Dillinger with the Calf Crusher, and Corbin laid out the rookie after the match before engaging Styles in a stare-off. Post-match, Corbin threw Dillinger into the barricade and went after Styles who knocked him out of the ring.
The former NXT Champion made his main roster debut on Smackdown last week, with his "Glorious" entrance well received by the fans.
The WWE originally planned to have Rusev put over Roode, however, owing to the Bulgarian's ongoing issues with the WWE, the company has chosen to bring Ziggler back on its TV programming in order to have him lose to Bobby Roode and make the Glorious One a bonafide star for the WWE's blue brand.
Aiden English was doing his signing bit in the ring when Kevin Owens interrupted and told him to leave the ring.
Kevin Owens lost his last shot at the U.S. Championship last week but only after more refereeing controversy involving Smackdown commissioner Shane McMahon. McMahon explained the situation and noted that he counted the pinfall.
A distraught Owens went and sat on the commentary table during the match. Aiden has a match with Sami Zayn. Owens took over as referee. Owens pop-up powerbombed Sami, then gave English a fast count of three.
According to Sky Sports, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan sees Benjamin as a tag team partner for Gable, but the veteran is a skilled and underrated performer, who would undoubtedly benefit from a rivalry with AJ Styles. After catching Kofi Kingston with a roll-up via a blind tag, the Usos were in a dominant position as they could decide on what kind of match they wanted to have in their title defense. Kofi got rolled up by Jimmy Uso for the winning pinfall, meaning The Usos will choose the stipulation when these teams meet for the titles again. Tamina heeded The Ravishing Russian's advice and crushed the local, defeating her with a superkick for the win.
Has Lana prepared Tamina to crush the competition?
Main event time, and with the numbers evened out it looked like the night would belong to Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. The match had been set up from the earlier incident that saw Jinder and The Singh Brothers attack Nakamura with Orton trying to make a save. Nakamura and Rusev gets tags.
The match ended up lasting over 13 minutes. Shinsuke kicks at Rusev and then knees him in the mid section. Randy Orton rushed in to clear Jinder out of the ring with a DDT move. Eventually, Nakamura landed the Kinshasa on Rusev for the win. Orton pats Nakamura on the back, and then hits on RKO out of nowhere to end the show.