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WWE SmackDown recap & reaction (9/26)

WWE SmackDown

Kevin Owens started off this week’s episode of SmackDown and came down to the ring to cut a promo. Owens said that he has been called a coward for what he did to Vince McMahon and not being on SmackDown in person last week. Owens then said that maybe Shane McMahon is the coward as the crowd chanted his name. Owens added that he respects and likes Vince McMahon.

Owens looked right in the camera and said “Shane, you saw what I did to a man that I respect, so imagine what I will do to someone I don’t”. Sami Zayn interrupted and came down to the ring. Sami shook his head while looking at Owens in the ring. Sami stated that Owens has lost complete control. Zayn added that he has known Owens for 15 years and knows it never ends well when Owens snaps.

Zayn said that he was out here against his better judgement to try to talk some sense into Owens. Sami stated that Owens is about to cross a line that there is no coming back from and that Kevin needs to get a grip. Owens claimed that he didn’t snap and that Zayn is only out here because he out-shined him once again. Owens boasted about all of his accomplishments and said that Zayn will once again be watching from the back as he main-events Hell in a Cell and destroys Shane McMahon.

Owens asked Sami “what have you ever done in your life that had the impact my skull had on Vince McMahon’s head?”. Sami admitted Owens was right and that he has accomplished more than him in WWE. Zayn stated that Owens has taken every cheap shot in the book and Sami will have his moment one day by doing it the right way. Sami said that he can look himself in the mirror and not see a giant piece of trash like when Owens looks in the mirror.

SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan interrupted and came down to the entrance ramp. Bryan said that Shane McMahon isn’t here right now and he is not sure if Shane will be here. Daniel Bryan then announced that Owens will face Sami Zayn later tonight.

Reaction: I hope that moment does actually come for Sami Zayn because I feel like he has been wasted on both RAW and SmackDown. Owens cut a decent promo here. Owens and Zayn have incredible chemistry in the ring, so the match should be entertaining later tonight, even though I feel like we’ve seen it 50 times now.

Baron Corbin vs Tye Dillinger

AJ Styles came down to the ringside area before the match and Baron Corbin became distracted. Corbin shouted at Styles and Dillinger took advantage and knocked him out of the ring as SmackDown went to a commercial break. When SmackDown returned, Dillinger reversed a Corbin Suplex into a roll-up for a two count.

Corbin hit a Chokeslam Backbreaker onto Dillinger as Styles joined commentary. Dillinger connected with a Superkick and then a knee to Corbin’s face for a two count. Corbin rolled out of the ring and Dillinger followed him. Corbin charged at Dillinger but Tye jumped out of the way and Corbin crashed into the steps.

Corbin stumbled up to the announce table and launched a cup of water in AJ’s face. Corbin then threw Dillinger into Styles and both Superstars fell behind the announce table. Dillinger was then counted out and Corbin won the match. AJ Styles rolled into the ring and Corbin retreated up the entrance ramp.

Baron grabbed a microphone and called AJ Styles dumb. He said he knew that he and Tye were going to work together. Corbin added that AJ knows he can’t defeat him one-on-one. Corbin stated that he is not going take any short cuts and that he wants AJ Styles at Hell in a Cell. Corbin claimed that he was going to take AJ’s United States Championship and then threw the microphone to the floor.

Winner via Count-out: Baron Corbin

Reaction: Baron Corbin’s new theme is as generic as it gets. I thought his original theme was much better and I’m not sure why WWE felt the need to change it. I still have a difficult time taking Baron Corbin seriously after his failed MITB cash in and then his loss to Cena at SummerSlam. I thought WWE was building him up to be WWE Champion and he just completely fell off a cliff out of nowhere.

It has had an effect on this feud for me because I don’t really see Corbin as anything special anymore. I would have rather this match had been a Triple Threat match for the United States Championship at Hell in a Cell between Styles, Dillinger and Corbin.

WWE Champion Jinder Mahal came down to the ring with the Singh Brothers. Mahal said that he may have gone a little too far in his promo last week. The crowd started to chant “Nakamura!” and Mahal said that he was going to compliment Nakamura. Mahal then showed a Nakamura making a goofy face on the jumbotron and that this was his upset face. Jinder then showed another image that represented Nakamura’s face after he defeats him at Hell in a Cell. As it turns out it wasn’t an image, it was Nakamura backstage.

The lights then went out in the arena and Nakamura’s music hit. Mahal sent the Singh Brothers to attack Nakamura on the entrance ramp. Jinder then attacked Shinsuke from behind and slammed him into the barricade. Mahal brought Shinsuke to the ring and Nakamura connected with a kick. Nakamura then booted the Singh Brothers off the ring apron and connected with a Kinshasa that knocked Mahal out of the ring.

Reaction: Just like last week, the segment involving the WWE Champion was in the middle of the first hour of SmackDown. It didn’t kick off the show, it didn’t kick off the second hour or close the show. Mahal is a terrible WWE Champion, but not too many people could make this embarrassing material work. I’ m not sure if Shinsuke Nakamura is ready to be WWE Champion, but at this point I just want to see anyone else as WWE Champion. Jinder has said in the past that he has creative input with his character and promos. I hope that isn’t true because these promos have been absolutely terrible.

Hype Bros vs The Usos

New Day came down to the ring and took a seat in the crowd and enjoyed some snacks. Mojo and Zack controlled the match early, but started arguing. Jey Uso shoved Mojo into Ryder and Zack fell of the ring apron. Jimmy then hit a Splash onto Mojo for the pinfall victory.

After the match, The Usos confronted New Day by the barricade. New Day said that they wanted to defend their titles against The Usos inside a Hell in a Cell on October 8th.

Winners: The Usos

Reaction: I don’t care enough about the Hype Bros for this storyline to be dragged out so long. Just have Ryder or Mojo turn heel and move on. On a positive note, I am looking forward to New Day versus The Usos at Hell in a Cell. These two teams have fought each other over and over again but it is always a good match. A good match on a SmackDown event nowadays is rare nowadays, so you’ve got to cherish it.

Aiden English performed the Bulgarian anthem as Rusev came down to the ring. Rusev then stood on a podium as the mayor of his hometown read a statement in Bulgarian. Rusev was then presented a key to the city and declared September 26th “Rusev Day”. Rusev then raised the gigantic key and played his “great and historic” victory over Randy Orton last week.

Rusev said that he is younger and hungrier than Orton and that he ripped the fangs out of the viper’s mouth. Rusev added that he “destroyed the legend of the Legend Killer” and that this is his jungle now. Aiden English performed a song for Rusev Day as Rusev posed on the podium. Randy Orton planted English with an RKO out of nowhere. Orton then hit Rusev with an RKO and posed in the corner.

Reaction: I was amused by the ridiculousness of this segment. Happy Rusev Day everyone.

Daniel Bryan said to Sami Zayn backstage that he just got off the phone with Shane McMahon. Bryan stated that Shane is on his way to the arena. Zayn said that he doesn’t have an opportunity to face Kevin Owens in two weeks at Hell in a Cell and that he doesn’t want Shane McMahon to interfere in the match tonight. Bryan said that he would talk to Shane and that tonight Owens is all his.

Randy Orton told Renee Young backstage to inform Rusev when he wakes up that he wants a match at Hell in a Cell. Orton then wished Young a Happy Rusev Day and walked away.

Carmella vs Charlotte

Carmella controlled the match early as SmackDown went to a commercial break. When SmackDown returned, Carmella was still in control and connected with a kick to the face. Charlotte went for a roll-up but Carmella kicked out. Charlotte then hit the big boot for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Natalya came down to the entrance ramp and said that she was glad Ric Flair is healthy enough to see his overrated daughter fail at Hell in a Cell.

Winner: Charlotte

Dolph Ziggler came down to the ring as The Undertaker.

Ziggler said anyone can put on a costume and act like a zombie. Ziggler claimed that nobody can do what he does in the ring and Bobby Roode’s theme hit. Roode made his way down to the ring as Ziggler leaned against the turnbuckle in the corner.

Roode said that Ziggler is an amazing talent, but is also a hypocrite. Roode stated that Ziggler spends a lot of time trying to impress the people he says he doesn’t care about. Roode challenged Ziggler to a match at WWE Hell in a Cell. Ziggler said that Roode is everything that is wrong with WWE. Dolph accepted the challenge and started to mock The Undertaker again and say Roode will “rest in peace” at Hell in a Cell but Bobby interrupted. Roode said Hell in a Cell will be glorious before exiting the ring.

Reaction: It was nice to see Bobby Roode on an episode of SmackDown again. There’s not much to this storyline right now but Roode and Ziggler should put on an entertaining match at Hell in a Cell.

Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn

Owens and Zayn traded punches to start off the match. Zayn hit a Clothesline but Owens quickly was able to throw Sami out of the ring. Owens followed Zayn out of the ring and Sami connected with a Clothesline and both Superstars fell to the floor. Shane McMahon was shown entering the arena and walking backstage as SmackDown went to a commercial break.

When SmackDown returned, Owens connected with a Superkick in the ring for a two count. Sami connected with a Tornado DDT and went for the Helluva Kick but Owens hit another Superkick. Owens went for the Pop-Up Powerbomb but Zayn countered it into a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count.

Owens rolled out of the ring and Zayn Moonsaulted on top of him. Sami tried to leap through the ropes to hit Owens with a DDT but Owens was ready and hit another Superkick. Owens then Powerbombed Zayn onto the ring apron. Referee Charles Robinson then stopped the match.

Owens sat on the announce table as the doctors tried to take Sami Zayn backstage. Owens eventually got up and attacked Sami Zayn from behind. Owens grabbed a chair and put around Zayn’s neck. Shane McMahon came out to the entrance ramp and sprinted towards Owens. Kevin Owens shoved Sami Zayn into Shane McMahon and then Owens escaped through the crowd.

Reaction: The main-event was decent. I thought the ending was pretty uneventful, as Owens was able to avoid Shane McMahon. There is one more episode of SmackDown remaining before WWE Hell in a Cell. I think the match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon has the potential to be great. The SmackDown Tag Championship match should be entertaining as well. The rest of the storylines haven’t interested me on SmackDown. Overall, this week’s SmackDown was boring and I’m not all that excited for Hell in a Cell and we are less than two weeks away from the PPV.

What did you think of this week’s episode of SmackDown? Let us know in the comments below.


  • Nicholas Giambattista

    What are you talking about I thought Smackdown was very entertaining.

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