A new episode of SmackDown Live just wrapped up live on the USA Network. Here’s what happened:
9:45 – Randy Orton defeats Jinder Mahal, executing an RKO.
9:35 – In an interview with Renee Young, Shinsuke Nakamura says that he’s always wanted to compete against the best in the world. He says that facing Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam is his destiny, and he will become WWE Champion, at which point the Nakamura Dynasty begins.
9:33 – Backstage, Natalya says that James Ellsworth is already sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. She warns the two of them to keep their noses out of her business at SummerSlam.
9:20 – Carmella defeats Naomi. She does so with the help of James Ellsworth, who returns and distracts Naomi, causing her to slip and fall off the rope.
9:16 – Backstage, Tamina tells Lana that she will never wrestle like her. She also suggests that she wants to recruit Lana to help her get her own opportunities.
8:56 – Shane McMahon enters, and he introduces Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. Owens says he’s not necessarily worried that Shane will screw him over during the match, as he doesn’t want another “Montreal Screwjob” situation. However, he suggests that Shane McMahon can’t be unbiased here considering the fact that Shane and AJ recently feuded. AJ Styles says that Owens is obviously trying to manipulate them both, and besides, if Shane McMahon tries to screw him over, he’ll have to deal with the repercussions. Owens also shows footage of Shane McMahon being a special guest referee at Survivor Series 1998, when Shane screwed over Steve Austin.
Shane says that it’s no secret that he doesn’t get along with Kevin Owens and has feuded with AJ Styles, but he says he will be an impartial referee and won’t get involved unless he has to. He tells them not to give him a reason to get involved. AJ Styles suggests they get rid of Shane and instead have the match for the U.S. Championship tonight. Kevin Owens says that he’d rather win the U.S. title in the United States and in a city that actually matters. Styles and Owens begin to brawl, and in the ensuing chaos Styles accidentally takes down Shane.
8:46 – Charlotte defeats Lana. This match only lasts about four minutes.
8:38 – In another Fashion Peaks segment, Tyler Breeze says he thinks his dream from last week was a code, and he wants to crack it. He tries to find Fandango, and Fandango suddenly appears with a tie around his head. He says that he was kidnapped by aliens, and he claims he can see into the future now. Arn Anderson, claiming he’s the one who destroyed Tully the horse. He also steals two donuts.
8:36 – Backstage, Randy Orton says that Jinder Mahal won’t get away from him this time because the Singh Brothers won’t interfere.
8:29 – After the match, The Usos start mocking The New Day. As they do, Big E does his normal “Don’t you dare be sour…” opening and enters. But Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston don’t join him. Instead, they attack The Usos from behind.
8:19 – The Usos defeat Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn. They do so by forcing Tye Dillinger to submit.
8:03 – John Cena enters. He says that last week, he quickly found out that Shinsuke Nakamura is not afraid of anything. Cena indicates that he was totally unprepared to face Nakamura and underestimated him. But he says that Nakamura earned the win.
Baron Corbin enters. He says that last week, Cena stuck his nose in Corbin’s business. If Cena is looking for someone to respect, it should be Corbin, he declares, because he’s the future. Cena tells Corbin that he’s an overrated, loudmouthed dumpster fire. Cena suggests they fight, and Corbin says he has no need to because he’s Mr. Money in the Bank, and the contract means he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants. Corbin concludes that Cena isn’t worth his time.
Daniel Bryan enters. He books a match between Corbin and Cena at SummerSlam.
8:00 – The show opens with a recap of the John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura match from last week.