Chris Jericho returns! Another United States title Change! And John Cena wants to face Jinder Mahal at Summerslam. Why ? How does he do that? Because he’s John Cena, that’s why.
Chris Jericho returns continuingly losing and regaining the United States championship sure is one way to keep your “NEW FACE of America” gimmick still applicable. AJ Styles demanded his rematch from Kevin Owens-making nothing of their bizarre, potentially botched finish, at battleground-but someone else wanted a piece of KO: a returning Chris Jericho, the guy who claimed he wouldn’t come back to WWE until next year. Because Smackdown is the place where title shots aren’t given, they’re earned by having surprise entrances, Shane McMohan immediately made a US title three way between them for tonight main event.
As far as Jericho’s return was, creatively it squandered a lot of potentials. Think of his Y2J countdown WWE debut, or his 2013 Royal Rumble return. in comparison, his Smackdown 2017 comeback is a footnote, simply interrupting the show’s opening segment. Shinsuke Nakamura beat Baron Corbin After their disappointing battleground match, Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin had a slightly better second encounter. At least this one had a definitive ending, with Nakamura picking up the clean win-building him up for his big match next week.
The Corbin/Nakamura feud has done nothing for either guy so far, and WWE’s old booking logic-if you have the money in the bank briefcase, we’re going to beat you all the time-isn’t helping Baron either. Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs Tamina and Lana Lana has slightly longer tights this week. I read an article, The story is still that Lana can’t wrestle with Charlotte and Becky Lynch easily beating her and Tamina. Whatever lane and Tamina’s dynamic is, it’s not getting over. Jinder Mahal Summerslam March after beating Randy Orton at the battleground, still WWE champion Kinder Mahal demanded to know who is Summerslam opponent will be.
He was answered by John Cena, and another reason behind Jinder’s huge push made itself apparent he’s just another foreigner for Cena to conquer. Daniel Bryan interrupts, reminding everyone that it’s him and Shane who make the matches around here, so next week we’ll have an NO. 1 contender’s match for the WWE title between John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura! Which is such a huge dream match why not save it for a larger program? Why squander it on TV with a one-week build? maybe my fears are displaced, and some Corbin interface will stop the match from starting.
But I’m not hopeful. Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger beat Aiden English and Mike Kanellis vs Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger – all of Smackdown’s lower-mid card in one handy five-minute tag team match! Zayn pinned Kanellis yet again, hammering another nail in Mike & Maria’s coffin. New day tag Title Celebration We only got the first few of Big E’s opening “DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR” in the arena, as The Usos hellishly attacked them backstage before their tag title celebration. This feud is set to continue, which probably means four weeks of Jimmy vs Kofi, Jay vs Woods, Big E vs Jay, Big E vs Jimmy, etc, exposing the lack of depth in Smackdown’s tag division.
AJ Styles beat Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens AJ, Jericho and Owens put on a really solid main event, with several terrific sequences and striking exchanges. For some reason, though, two finisher kick-outs bugged me more than usual. AJ kick out of Jericho’s codebreaker, when he could’ve just fallen out the ring rather than get covered; and Jericho kicking out of KO’s pop-up powerbomb ( why not have that as the last move instead of the Frog Splash. Those two sports and the finish marred the main event for me. Aj threw Owens out and stole his winning pin on Jericho. Styles is once again the United States champion, and KO’s two-day reign is over, his third run in four months.
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