The August 22, 2017 Edition of Smackdown Live is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's Smackdown brand, which took place on August 22, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
After AJ Styles retained the United States Title in an action-packed melee against Kevin Owens at SummerSlam with special guest referee Shane McMahon doing his best to call it right down the middle, both Owens and Styles were right back in each other's face tonight on SmackDown LIVE.
KO, believing he was robbed of a victory following a controversial call by Shane-O-Mac, demanded a rematch tonight. Although Shane didn't believe Owens was deserving of another chance, The Phenomenal One was ready to oblige. Feeling liberated, KO also demanded that he choose the referee, another concession the ever-confident Styles was willing to make.
Shane-O-Mac agreed under one condition: If Owens loses tonight, this would be his last opportunity at the United States Title for as long as Styles was champion.
Your move, Owens.
SmackDown LIVE just got a whole lot more GLORIOUS!
Much to the surprise of the WWE Universe, former NXT Champion Bobby Roode arrived on Team Blue and made an immediate impact, emphatically defeating Aiden English with a head-ringing Glorious DDT in an impressive debut bout. After the contest, Renee Young interviewed Roode in the ring, asking what had brought him to SmackDown LIVE. After congratulating Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan for breaking the bank to bring him to the blue brand, Roode very simply stated that SmackDown LIVE just went from being “great” to ... you guessed it, glorious.
Now that his former partner Jason Jordan had moved to Raw, Chad Gable paid a visit to SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan's office to inquire about his future on the brand, and the “Yes!” Man had some great news for the former Olympian: In exchange for sending Jordan to Raw, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle helped SmackDown LIVE sign a good friend of The Olympic Hero: Shelton Benjamin! And, not only had Team Blue inked the former Intercontinental, United States and Tag Team Champion, but the “Gold Standard” was interested in forming a tag team with Gable.
Astonished that he would get the chance to team up with one of his heroes, Gable jumped at the opportunity, and Bryan informed the new team that they would have their first match together next week.
Fresh off regaining the SmackDown Tag Team Championship with a victory over The New Day at SummerSlam Kickoff, The Usos looked to keep the momentum going against The Hype Bros. Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley gave it a valiant effort, pushing the pace against Jimmy and Jey, but The Usos prevailed with a merciless kick to The Ultimate Broski's head for the 1-2-3.
After the match, The Usos put the entire Team Blue Tag Team division on notice, letting them know that the titles were back in The Uso Penitentiary for good.
With Shinsuke Nakamura closing in on the WWE Title against Jinder Mahal this past Sunday at SummerSlam, the pesky Singh Brothers interjected themselves into the bout, drawing Nakamura's attention. The King of Strong Style immediately eliminated them from the equation, but the distraction allowed Mahal to sneak up behind The Artist and defeat him with the ring-shaking Khallas.
The repercussions were less than pleasant for The Singh Brothers on Team Blue, as The King of Strong Style decimated them in a 1-on-2 Handicap Match that saw WWE's Rockstar absolutely dominate, defeating Samir with a Triangle Choke.
After the match, The Modern Day Maharaja attempted to blindside The Artist to no avail, as Nakamura fended off the attack and left Mahal seeing stars after connecting squarely with the Kinshasa.
Acting a bit erratic in an interview with Dasha Fuentes, Dolph Ziggler promised to start acting like the “star” of WWE, doing everything from singing, to wearing a flashy robe, to having a theatrical entrance. The Showoff promised these changes would start occurring next week before abruptly storming off.
03:55 After attempting to lock down several options, Kevin Owens finally landed on Baron Corbin as his choice to be the special guest referee for his United States Title Match against AJ Styles. Corbin agreed to the officiating role on the condition that KO gives him an opportunity to challenge him for the United States Title if he wins back the championship, to which Owens agreed. However, after confronting Styles in the backstage area, The Phenomenal One told Corbin to answer the call of his United States Championship Open Challenge after he defends his title.
Corbin remained mostly impartial throughout the high-stakes title bout, but the mood quickly changed when Styles inadvertently bumped into Corbin after Owens shoved him. The Lone Wolf then got in Styles’ face and shoved him back, leading to several near falls on a pair of rollups by KO. Shane McMahon then rushed out to make sure no injustice would be served.
Shane and Corbin began getting into it, allowing Owens to low-blow The Phenomenal One behind Corbin's back. Owens attempted to capitalize on his rule-breaking ways, but Shane, having seen the low blow, pulled Corbin out of the ring during his count. Enraged over Shane's actions, The Lone Wolf took off his referee shirt, tossed it at Shane-O-Mac and made his exit. Shane, thinking on his feet, donned the referee shirt as the match continued.
A furious Owens tried to get his head back in the game, but he could not recover from the shock, which allowed Styles to mount some offense and connect with the devastating Phenomenal Forearm for the win. Shane raised Styles’ hand, Corbin was nowhere to be found, and Owens, now with no more opportunities at the United States Title anytime soon, walked off in utter shock.
The New Face of America was now rocking a pretty mean frown.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark Match: Breezango (Fandango &Tyler Breeze) defeated The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor)
- Bobby Roode defeated Aiden English (6:00)
- The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) defeated The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder)
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated The Singh Brothers (Samir & Sunil Singh) (w/ Jinder Mahal) (4:00)
- Naomi & Becky Lynch defeated Natalya & Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth) (9:00)
- AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin Owens to retain the WWE United States Championship (w/ Shane McMahon and Baron Corbin as Special guest referee) (14:00)
Other on-screen talent
AJ Styles & Kevin Owens agree to match
Bobby Roode v Aiden English
The Usos v The Hype Bros
Shinsuke Nakamura v The Singh Brothers
Becky Lynch & Naomi v Carmella & Natalya
AJ Styles v Kevin Owens
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