WWE Smackdown LIVE took place from Manchester, England. Here’s all the action that went down.
Shane McMahon and The New Day kicked off SmackDown LIVE
Starting off the Smackdown LIVE tour of the UK, Commissioner Shane McMahon roped in the New Day to spread the power of positivity to the assembled masses as he continued to talk about the upcoming war against RAW at Survivor Series. With The New Day being responsible for Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose losing their tag team belts to Cesaro and Sheamus, Shane and the shenanigans squad decided to celebrate.
And then Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn decided to make an appearance. The New Day had Shane’s back however for the war of words that followed, while the boss himself decided to set up a match between Kofi Kingston and Zayn right then and there.
Kofi Kingston def. Sami Zayn
And what a match it was. While Kingston and Zayn pulled out all the stops, the remaining New Day members and Kevin Owens remained in their respective corners. Kingston would grab victory wit a risky top-rope splash on Zayn, leading KO to rush the ring and throw a few right hooks at Kingston before his teammates could send the former champ packing.
Randy Orton def. Rusev to deny Rusev a spot on the SmackDown Survivor Series Team
Only one spot was left in team Smackdown LIVE for their Survivor Series supremacy match against RAW. A spot that would either go to Randy Orton or Rusev. In a brutal bout, the Bulgarian found himself coming up short against the Apex Predator, who soon locked in an RKO outta nowhere as he secured his spot for the mother of all brand conflicts.
Becky Lynch def. James Ellsworth in a battle of the sexes
Normally I hate anything to do with the James Ellsworth character, whose gimmick ran out of steam many months ago, but last night was special. After talking far too much trash on social media, Ellsworth had the ever-living crap kicked out of him by the superb Becky Lynch, in a fight that was more one-sided than when a puppy took on a tornado.
So vicious was Lynch’s onslaught, that Ellsowrth attempted to scarper from the ring, but found his exit blocked by Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Lana and Tamina. Thrown back in the ring, Ellsworth was soon locked into the Dis-Arm-Her/Him and tapped out. The night got even worse for Ellsworth, as he received a Superkick from Carmella, thus ending his night.
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable def. The Usos via Count-out
The Usos may not be feuding with The New Day currently, but they may have found themselves in the crosshairs of a tag team who are even more dangerous. Facing off for the gold, The Usos played dirty before the bell even rang. Jumping the competition before the match started proper, the Usos threw everything and the kitchen sink at Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, but the duo were able to bounce back and even the odds.
After Jey Uso found himself unable to meet the ref’s 10-count following a ferocious chopblock outside from Gable, the challengers picked up the win via count-out. A win that sadly didn’t include the titles, thanks to da rules.
AJ Styles def. Jinder Mahal to win the WWE Championship
Survivor Series was supposed to be a champion vs champion showcase that would have seen WWE Champion Jinder Mahal face RAW’s reigning Beast Incarnate. Instead, AJ Styles threw a huge spanner in the works by besting the modern-day maharaja in the main event of the night. Mahal may have had a size and numbers advantage, but the heated battle ended when Mahal’s pride got the better of him.
Attempting a Khallas from the top rope, Styles countered and dropped the champ neck-first onto the rope, leaving him the space to fly and collide with a Phenomenal Forearm for the ages. Styles got the 1-2-3, a new champ was born and the Singh Brothers were left in pieces by a furious Mahal. For the first time ever, the WWE championship had changed hands outside of the US of A, leaving Styles to prepare for a titanic match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Last Updated: November 8, 2017