Here are five things we learnt from last night’s offering from the Blue Brand
WITH Battleground over, the superstars of SmackDown LIVE are now looking towards SummerSlam – and the big matches and are feuds already being aligned.
Here are five things we learnt from last night’s SmackDown.
Chris Jericho is back (and AJ Styles made this list)
Kevin Owens opened the show to say that after winning back the US title at Battleground he was reinstating the US Open Challenge… starting next week.
AJ Styles interrupted KO, quickly followed by a surprise return from Chris Jericho.
Jericho was last scene being carried out on a stretcher after a beating from Owens – but he seemed happier to get laughs than cold-blooded revenge.
Jericho – who KO defeated for the title the first time around – wanted a rematch, and put AJ on the list for trying to “cut in front on Y2J”.
With both AJ and Jericho vying for a title shot, Shane McMahon made a match for later that night – Owens v Styles v Jericho in a triple threat.
The Usos aren’t finished with The New Day
The New Day’s planned celebration for becoming three-time tag champs didn’t last long – in fact, they didn’t make it to the stage before The Usos attacked them.
We’re glad to see this rivalry isn’t over – the heelish Usos have never been better than they are right now.
Expect these teams to have an absolute barnstormer at SummerSlam.
Nakamura and Corbin have redeemed themselves
After a dull match with a screwy low blow-DQ finish at Battleground, Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin had a far better rematch.
The crowd were behind Nakamura, who picked up the win with the Kinshasa knee strike.
It’s a damaging loss for Corbin though.
As Mr Money in the Bank, he should look as dangerous as possible, so when he does cash in (our bet is at SummerSlam) he’s a credible WWE Champion.
TV losses like this will only make him look like another jobber prematurely catapulted to the top spot.
Ah well, at least Nakamura’s on roll. Let’s hope he’s not senselessly beaten on TV anytime soon too… oh dear.
John Cena will face Nakamura next week
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal hit the ring to gloat about his victory in the abysmal Punjabi Prison match at Battleground.
John Cena congratulated Jinder and told him he respects how much the title means to the modern-day Maharajah.
But Cena – who actually referred to himself as “Super Cena” (honestly, the arrogance of it) and seems to think he can book his own matches – said he’s taking the title at SummerSlam.
Daniel Bryan arrived to say that Cena woud have to earn his shot – in a number one contender’s match against Shinsuke Nakamura next week.
It’s certainly a dream matchup (one WWE arguably shouldn’t be giving away for free on TV) but we don’t fancy Nakamura’s chances much.
AJ Styles is now a two-time US Champion
You do have to wonder what the point was of AJ dropping the title to Owens at Battleground – other than to set up the triple threat with Jericho.
Regardless, it was a great match with plenty of big spots – AJ hit a big 450 splash, while Y2J got a pop every time he tried for the Walls of Jericho.
The match finished when KO splashed Jericho from the top rope – but AJ tossed Owens out of the ring to steal the pinfall.
Owens cut a promo afterwards demanding yet another rematch this week.
The KO v AJ feud could finally be living up to its potential.