The show opens up with a video package recapping the interaction that took place between Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon from last night’s Raw and the assault by The SmackDown Live roster to The Raw Roster.
Michael Cole is still filling in for Tom Phillips this week as Phillips is still on assignment. We are welcomed to the show by the announce team.
Shane McMahon makes his way down to the ring. He starts by saying that he has been undergoing serious physical rehab for the last two weeks but he is happy to be back in the ring and back in charge. He says that Survivor Series is fast approaching us and this is the only time when SmackDown and Raw go head-to-head, and he learned at a very early age that when you’re gonna get into a fight, it’s always better to strike first.
And that’s why he paid a visit to Raw last night. He said when Kurt called and he was desperately asking for an opponent for Finn Balor, it hit him. They let AJ Styles stay an extra night and he knew exactly what he was going to do. He said that Angle had the audacity to say that SmackDown’s talent isn’t as good as Raw’s, and that’s when #UnderSiege was unleashed. He said they caught Raw by surprise, but they won’t be, because they are ready.
Sami Zayn interrupts and makes his way down to the ring. He offers a hello and a no hard feelings over Hell in a Cell, but Shane says that there are hard feelings, and that they will deal with that at a later time. Shane said when Sami pulled Owens aside for his health, where did that leave McMahon? Not only could he have been seriously injured, he added insult to injury by pulling Owens on top for the pin, so that is a lot of hard feelings.
Sami says that’s fine, but if he was standing here as a competitor and not the commissioner then he would take Shane out in one second. Samy says he would have left him hurting even worse than he was at Hell in a Cell, and this gets McMahon in his face but Zayn tells him to calm down, that’s for another day, and he is here right now to let him know that his good buddy Kevin Owens have mulled it over and they have decided that they will be a part of SmackDown at Survivor Series.
Same said that they will do what they do every night, and that is to put the burden on their shoulders and lead, but the bottom line is Shane wants, no, Shane needs them to represent SmackDown at Survivor Series. Sami then said that McMahon is a lot of things, but one thing he is not is a stupid man, well at least when he is not taking death-defying risks. But the point is he and Owens have selflessly and kindly volunteered their services for Survivor Series.
Shane says that he doesn’t want them representing SmackDown nor does he need them, but what he will do as commissioner, since this is the land of opportunity, is he will give them another opportunity if he wants to be on the Survivor Series team. All he has to do is win a match. Zayn is all for it, and asks who his opponent is. McMahon tells him he has Randy Orton.
Commentary hypes up the AJ Styles vs. Sunil Singh match for later and we head backstage where we see The New Day come across some Raw Fruit on a table and then they throw it away because it is labeled “Raw” and then we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we get a video package for WWE Zombies and see that The Usos have joined the commentary booth.
Big E does the usual New Day Promo and The New Day make their way down to the ring.
The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable: Kofi and Xavier will represent The New Day in this one. Gable and Woods start off and it’s evenly matched in the opening moments. Kofi and Benjamin tag in and they trade counters. Shelton drops Kofi but Kofi comes right back with a dropkick to Shelton’s knee. Woods tags in and they briefly double team Benjamin. Kofi comes back in but he gets thrown outside. Big E pours some Booty-O’s onto Kofi to revive him. Back in the ring, Shelton suplexes Kofi for a two count. Gable and Woods come in and start going at it. Woods gets the upper hand and dropkicks Gable in the back of the head for a two count. Benjamin tags in and Woods starts firing up for a comeback. Gable tags back in and goes up top for the double team, but Kofi breaks it up. This leads to Benjamin booting Woods in the head behind the referee’s back, and then Gable rolls him up for the three count. Winners: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable
We head backstage where we see The SmackDown Live Women Roster hanging out and talking about how much ass they kicked last night when Carmella suddenly shows up to ask if any of them have seen James Ellsworth. They say that they haven’t, and Daniel Bryan rolls up, offering to send a search team out immediately. Daniel Bryan then said that all of them will be on the Survivor Series team, to which Lana points out there is six of them and he immediately informs her that she is not in.
Bryan realizes that some of them don’t like each other, but at Survivor Series they will have a unified front and a strong leader. Charlotte Flair immediately offers herself up for the position, but Becky Lynch disagrees. Carmella then points out that they are not in charge. Bryan agrees and he books a five-way match for later tonight to determine who will be The Captain for the Women’s Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.
Commentary hypes up the match between AJ Styles and Sunil Singh once again, but up next right after the commercial break will be Fashion Dogs.
Back from the commercial break, commentary informs us that additional security are in the building to prevent Raw from retaliating.
We begin Fashion Dogs with Tyler Breeze saying that he doesn’t understand why Fandango gets to be Mr. Pink, but Fandango says that they are both Mr. Pink, just different shades. We see Ellsworth tied up and The Ascension comes in with a can labeled gas, saying that they are going to do “wasteland stuff”, but it turns out that the gas is just for Konnor to drink.
Breezango takes the tape off Ellsworth and starts interrogating Jimmy but he just barks and Carmella shows up before The Ascension can do it their way. Carmella berates Ellsworth for not guarding The Money in the Bank Contract and Fandango opens it up and pulls Ellsworth’s dirty underwear out. This leads to Carmella dragging Ellsworth and Breezango declaring the case closed.
The Ascension points out that they didn’t solve anything and that 2B has to be The Bludgeon Brothers. Tyler doesn’t think “Brothers” has a B in it but The Ascension double down and Breeze realizes that The B is silent. Fandango says that things are going to get strangerer, as in Strangerer Things, the next edition of the Fashion Files.
Baron Corbin makes his way down to the ring as he has a match against Sin Cara after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Daniel Bryan is on his phone when Shane McMahon shows up. Bryan asks Shane when are they going to talk about last night. McMahon says that he had the idea to strike first, and Bryan says that they are a team and he’s not sure he agrees with his decision. Shane says that as commissioner he will make decisions on his own sometimes, and Bryan says that he gets it, he’s the boss, he calls the shots, but it’s his job to tell him how he feels about stuff.
Sin Cara vs. Baron Corbin: This is a non-title match. Sin Cara charges forward off the opening bell but Corbin stops him and takes him into the corner for some punishment. Corbin hits a series of knee strikes on Sin Cara then throws him across the ring. Corbin continues to dominate the next few moments of the match until Sin Cara finally fires back with an elbow to the face and some kicks. Sin Cara makes a comeback and hits a springboard back elbow, then sends Corbin out to the ringside floor. Sin Cara follows up with a suicide dive, and Corbin is stunned but still standing. Sin Cara runs back in the ring and hits another suicide dive to take Corbin down. Back in the ring, Sin Cara hits a missile dropkick off the top turnbuckle for a two count. Corbin rolls out for a breather, and when he comes back in he drops Sin Cara with some knees. Corbin mounts Sin Cara on the mat and pummels on him. Corbin ignores the referee’s warnings to get off Sin Cara, and the referee calls for the bell. Winner by DQ: Sin Cara
After the match, Corbin takes Sin Cara out to ringside and hits The End of Days on the floor. Corbin holds up his U.S. Title and leaves as referees check on Sin Cara.
We see a shot of the back door of the arena as Cole reminds us about the increased security tonight.
We get some hype for The Styles/Singh match to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we get another recap of last night’s invasion by SmackDown Live to Raw, but this time with the fallout interviews that The SmackDown Live talent did after their attack on Raw.
The Singh Brothers comes out and does their usual huge intro for The WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. The WWE Champion cuts a promo by saying that there are those who speak the truth and there are those who lie, and Paul Heyman is a liar. This leads to a replay of some of Paul’s promo from last night. Jinder continues by saying that he will tell everyone the truth and that everything he has in WWE, he has earned.
Mahal then says that he started at the bottom and now he is the most powerful man in the entire WWE. He also says that he has dominated Randy Orton, outwrestled Shinsuke Nakamura, and yet the people doesn’t give him the same respect he gets from the 1.3 billion people of India. Jinder continues by saying that Heyman was right and he is not Brock’s equal, contemporary, or counterpart, he is his worst nightmare and at Survivor Series he will prove to everyone and that human walrus exactly why the Maharaja Era has only just begun.
As for tonight, his loyal brother Sunil Singh will face the Phenomenal AJ Styles. Not only. Before he can say more The Phenomenal AJ Styles interrupts him and makes his way down to the ring.
AJ Styles vs. Sunil Singh: Jinder and Samir slowly leave the ring, and the referee orders Jinder to leave the ringside area. Jinder argues but eventually leaves and heads backstage. The opening bell rings and AJ starts off with a head-butt. Samir immediately hops on the apron for the distraction, but AJ grabs him and throws him outside, then boots Sunil. AJ locks the Calf Crusher in on Sunil and gets the quick win via submission. Winner: AJ Styles
We head backstage where we see Sami Zayn chilling in the locker room when Kevin Owens shows up. Owens tells him that next week he has Shinsuke Nakamura for his own qualifier for the Survivor Series team. Sami says that’s fine, they will win and SmackDown officially becomes Team Kevin & Sami. Owens corrects him by saying that it will be Team Sami & Kevin.
Commentary hypes up The Five-Way Women’s Match for tonight to determine who will be The Team Captain for Survivor Series and we go to a commercial break with a video package for The Unleash Your Warrior campaign.
Back from the commercial break, we get a little hype for 205 Live featuring the title rematch between Kalisto and Enzo Amore.
We head backstage where we see Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers interrupt Daniel Bryan and he guesses correctly that they want revenge on AJ Styles. Mahal wants a match between Samir and AJ and Bryan asks him if he is sure. Samir says that he is and it will be phenomenal. Bryan points out that they made the same joke last week.
We get the entrances for the Five-Way Match coming up next.
Becky Lynch vs. Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Tamina Snuka: This match will determine who will be The Captain of The Women’s SmackDown Live Team at Survivor Series. Lana is at ringside in Tamina’s corner. Women’s Champion Natalya interrupts before this one starts and she has Greg Hamilton do a big introduction for her. Natalya then leaves without saying anything. The opening bell rings and all five women start going at it. Carmella takes Charlotte into one corner, while Tamina hits a double suplex on Naomi and Becky. The fight spills out to the floor and Charlotte gets decked by Tamina next. Back in the ring, Carmella tries to strike up a partnership with Tamina, but Tamina grabs her and hits a Samoan Drop.
Charlotte fires up and takes out both Tamina and Carmella. Becky goes after Charlotte and drops her, then Naomi takes out Becky, Charlotte comes back and throws Naomi outside into the barrier. Charlotte grabs Tamina, but Lana comes from behind for the distraction. Tamina capitalizes on the distraction with a superkick to Charlotte, then throwing her outside. Becky brawls with Tamina in the ring, then Naomi gets back in and joins. Naomi dropkicks Tamina through the ropes, then Becky rolls up Naomi from behind for a two count. Carmella runs in next and sends Naomi into the ring post and then out to the ringside floor. Carmella gets a couple of near-falls on Becky, then she argues with the ref. Carmella turns her attention back to Becky, but Becky grabs her and locks in the Did-arm-her for the win via submission. Winner and The Team Captain for The SmackDown Live Women’s Division at Survivor Series: Becky Lynch
Commentary hypes up The Orton/Zayn match and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, we get a Bludgeon Brothers video package where they talk about how a lot of things are actually their opposites and they can do anything because they fear nothing.
We head backstage where Dolph Ziggler is being interviewed. Well, he declines to actually be interviewed and he describes how every interview goes before saying “if you smell…” in a huge way, but deciding it would be better if he didn’t finish it. He introduces his new catchphrase, “I told you so” and says that he told us that Bobby Roode is a sham and he beat him.
Roode enters and Ziggler asks him what he is smirking about. Dolph asked him does he think they’re friends after beating up Raw guys together last night? Roode says that he doesn’t think they’re friends, but he likes to fight and since they have one win each, why not have one more to decide who the better man really is? Dolph says that he beat him once, he beat him twice, he can beat him three.
Bobby cuts him off and says that he’s onto something, and pitches a two out of three falls match for next week. Dolph is in and he just hopes that Roode’s ego can take being embarrassed twice in one night. Roode says that he has a feeling next week is going to be glorious.
We get our entrances for the main event, but the match will happen right after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, commentary confirms The 2 out of 3 falls match for next week between Booby Roode and Dolph Ziggler and announces that it will be another Survivor Series Qualifier Match.
Sami Zayn vs. Randy Orton: The winner of this one will qualify for The SmackDown Live Men’s Survivor Series Team. Sami agitates Orton early on until Orton decks him with a big uppercut. Orton takes Sami into the corner for more punishment until Sami slides out to the floor for a breather. Orton follows him outside but Sami stuns the Viper with a kick. Sami beats down Orton on the ringside floor, then hits a moonsault off the apron. Back in the ring, Orton tries to mount a comeback but Sami shuts him down with a spinning heel kick. Orton hits a back body drop on Sami then follows up with a clothesline and a powerslam. Sami rolls outside and tries to use the announce table, but Orton knocks him down onto it from mid-air.
Back in the ring, Orton hits a suplex for another two count. Sami comes back with a flying crossbody for a two count of his own. Orton goes for an RKO, but Sami slips out and kicks Orton down. They go up to the top turnbuckle where Orton hits a superplex for another near-fall. They fight out to ringside again, where Sami hits his patented tornado DDT leaping through the ropes. Back in the ring, Sami misses the Helluva Kick and Orton answers with a DDT. Orton hits the mat, and Kevin Owens runs in. Orton goes for a DDT but Sami rolls him up for a two count instead. The referee argues with Owens, who is at ringside now. Orton hits a low blow on Sami behind the referee’s back and Owens freaks out. Orton picks up Sami and hits the RKO for the three count. Winner and The First Person Who Has Qualified for The SmackDown Live Men’s Survivor Series Team: Randy Orton
After the match, Orton and Owens have a stare-down as replays are shown. Orton poses on the corner as his music plays, and Owens helps Sami backstage.
We head backstage where Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan are talking about tonight’s show, and how RAW didn’t strike back. Bryan believes RAW will attack them eventually. Bryan tells Shane that he better be ready when RAW does strike, because that’s his job and Shane has to deal with the consequences. Bryan walks off as SmackDown goes off the air.