Kevin Owens battles AJ Styles, Roode debuts

Posted August 24, 2017

Coming on the heels of SummerSlam, SmackDown had its biggest audience since April's roster shakeup episode, coming in at 2.685 million viewers. Styles said that Corbin will have an opportunity if he answers the U.S. Open challenge because the challenge will be open every week. Jinder Mahal is still WWE Champion, though, because even the King of Strong Style can't defeat the mighty finisher known as "two guys helping me". Prior to tonight, McMahon had truly done nothing legitimately wrong to Owens; however, an argument can be made that he got himself involved in this match unnecessarily.

After Owens flips out at the referee change, AJ Styles hits him with the Phenomenal Forearm to retain the United States Championship for the second time this week. The Singh Brothers (with Jinder Mahal) by Samir Singh submitting to Shinsuke Nakamura's triangle choke. Roode connected with a spine buster then the Glorious DDT for the win. Towards the end of the match, Natalya tagged in Carmella while Carmella was not paying attention and talking to Ellsworth.

Backstage - Lana and Tamina Snuka: Lana, who was back wearing a version of her suit, promised Snuka that her journey to the women's championship begins next week. The team of Naomi and Becky got the win after Becky hit an exploder suplex on Carmella and then Naomi hit a split legged moon-sault on her for the pin. Owens' music hit immediately, and while Styles said Owens already had his chances, Owens refused to accept that he lost at SummerSlam.

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They lock up, and Roode clotheslines him to the floor.

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Again it was the wrong place and wrong time for the referee, as he hit out of the ring as Owens booted Styles into McMahon. The general manager said all he saw was a champion who can't win without the Singhs, so Mahal called Bryan a xenophobe. He said that he knows what it takes to be a star in WWE. She tells Tamina to close her eyes. Owens makes some claims (with video evidence) as to how he got screwed and things get heated with him and Shane McMahon. If Owens loses, he will not be allowed to challenge for the United States Championship until AJ Styles drops the title.