As Raw moves on from the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view, the attention has immediately turned to Survivor Series next month – and the fall out from Monday’s stunning Smackdown invasion.
Shane McMahon and his Smackdown roster invaded Monday’s Raw show to attack superstars from the red brand, sending a clear message to Kurt Angle and co about just what they can expect when the two brands go head-to-head at Survivor Series.
Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Becky Lynch and The New Day were all in action on Tuesday night. Here are seven things you missed overnight from this week’s edition of Smackdown…
Shane McMahon explains Smackdown’s attack
Smackdown’s stunning attack to end Monday Night Raw has dominated discussion over the last 24 hours, and Smackdown commissioner Shane McMahon kicked off this week’s show by explaining his actions.
McMahon claimed that it was Kurt Angle’s use of AJ Styles on two successive Raw shows – despite claiming that Smackdown talent is inferior to Raw’s – summed up the attitude of the red brand, and that’s when McMahon rallied his troops to attack.
McMahon was confronted by Sami Zayn – the man who helped Kevin Owens beat the commissioner at Hell In A Cell – who suggested that he and Owens have thought things over and they will represent Smackdown at Survivor Series, only for McMahon to hit back by saying he doesn’t want or need either of them after their recent actions, but they would be given chances to quality for their Survivor Series team…
Benjamin and Gable prepare for The Usos with in over The New Day
After winning the chance to face The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships, Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable were back in action again this week, taking on The New Day as they look to gear up for their title shot.
Benjamin and Gable continued their momentum with an impressive win, as Gable pinned Xavier Woods for the victory, sending The Usos a warning about just what they will face when their Championships are on the line again.
Baron Corbin loses to Sin Cara – again
Last week, United States Champion Baron Corbin endured an embarrassing defeat to Sin Cara, as he was counted out to hand Sin Cara the victory…and a similar fate met The Lone Wolf again as the pair had a rematch.
This time, Corbin was disqualified for throwing punches at Sin Cara despite being told to stop by referee Brian Nguyen, which forced the disqualification. An enraged Corbin proceeded to hit Sin Cara with an End of Days on the outside of the ring, but with defeats in a row, Corbin may have to put his United States Championship on the line before Survivor Series.
AJ Styles defeats Sunil Singh in rapid fashion
AJ Styles has been working tirelessly in recent days, leaving a tour of South America to face Finn Balor at TLC, then joining The Shield on Raw on Monday night, before returning to Smackdown on Tuesday to confront Jinder Mahal.
WWE Champion Mahal, who will face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, was yet again complaining about not receiving enough respect for his work, reminding Paul Heyman that he has earned his success by beating Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Styles arrived for his match with Sunil Singh, and after Mahal had been ejected from ringside, Styles claimed an easy victory, forcing Singh to submit to the Calf Crusher in rapid fashion as he chases Mahal and the WWE Championship.
Becky Lynch becomes captain of Smackdown’s Women’s Survivor Series team
Raw settled on their captain for their Women’s Survivor Series team, with Alicia Fox defeating Bayley and Sasha Banks for that honour – and five Smackdown women fought on Tuesday for a similar right, given that Champion Natalya will be facing Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss.
Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Naomi and Tamina all faced off for the right to become Smackdown team captain, and it was Lynch who claimed the win, forcing Carmella to tap out to the Dis-Arm-her submission, with Lynch now leading her team into Survivor Series.
Kevin Owens can’t save Sami Zayn as Randy Orton claims win
As mentioned earlier, Owens and Zayn will have to qualify for their places on the Smackdown Men’s Survivor Series team, and Shane McMahon decided that Zayn’s qualifying match would be against Randy Orton in the main event.
Whilst Owens and Zayn believed they would both be heading to Survivor Series with ease, with Owens facing Shinsuke Nakamura next week, their plan went somewhat awry when Orton defeated Zayn.
As Orton was getting himself prepared for an RKO, Owens ran in to try and save Zayn, but Orton hit Zayn with a low blow as the referee dealt with Owens, handing The Viper the chance to hit an RKO for the win, punching his ticket to Survivor Series whilst leaving Owens and Zayn in tatters.
Tensions mounting between Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan
Whilst the invasion of Raw has got fans talking, one man who isn’t too impressed with the situation is Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan, who confronted commissioner McMahon about Monday’s events.
Bryan initially told McMahon that he didn’t agree with his decision, and wondered why McMahon didn’t even ask him about staging the invasion, with the commissioner claiming it’s in his job title to sometimes make decisions on his own without consulting with a visibly frustrated Bryan.
The pair ended the show relieved that Raw didn’t hit back, but Bryan reminded McMahon that they will attack at some point – and when they do, that will be on McMahon’s head and he must deal with the consequences, as tensions mount between Bryan and McMahon.