WWE SmackDown Results – Aug. 8, 2017 – Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton
WWE Smackdown Results
August 8, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Commentary: Tom Phillips, JBL and Byron Saxton
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
In-Ring: John Cena, Baron Corbin, Daniel Bryan
John Cena makes his way to the ring to his customary mixed reaction. Cena says he’s as fired up as the crowd. That’s why we’re here. Any night in this WWE ring brings moments that will last a lifetime. They saw in this dream match the stage was set: a trip to SummerSlam and a championship opportunity were on the line. A “Cena” chant breaks out. Cena found out real quick that Nakamura isn’t afraid of anything. A loud “Nakamura” chant fires up. Cena wasn’t sure why they chanted that, but then he found out that Nakamura hits hard… real hard. Cena was in there doing his thing and figured he’d punch his ticket to SummerSlam. All of a sudden, Nakamura’s hand was being raised, and he realized he lost. There was no foul play or Montreal Screwjob… he just lost. That doesn’t really happen a lot to him, but he did the only thing he could do. He dusted himself off and, out of respect, shook the hand of the man who earned the right to become a champion.
Baron Corbin’s new music hits, and he makes his way to the stage with his Money in the Bank briefcase. Corbin says he’s sick and tired of the stupid handshake and dream match. All Corbin knows is Cena stuck his nose in his business. He’s Mr. Money in the Bank, and that means he can do what he wants, when he wants. If Cena is looking for someone to respect, he can respect him. Corbin is the future and has no problem making Cena the past. Cena calls him a “skinny-fat, overrated dumpster fire.” The crowd pops really good for that. Cena says if he wants to dance, he can sashay down here and maybe he’ll put his ass through another table. Corbin paces before heading down the ramp. Corbin stops and asks why he would do that when he has the contract. With this contract, he does what he wants when he wants like he said. A “Dumpster Fire” chant breaks out. Corbin starts to walk off. Corbin says Cena has nothing he wants or needs. He doesn’t need to beat John Cena. Cena can take his respect and shove it. All he needs is the WWE Championship. John Cena isn’t worth his time.
Corbin starts to walk to the back until he’s stopped by Daniel Bryan’s music. The Smackdown GM makes his way to the stage to a massive pop. Bryan starts to speak, but the crowd cuts him off with adulation. Bryan says it’s great to be in Toronto. Bryan doesn’t know if Corbin is a dumpster fire (Cena says he is) or if he’s the future. He doesn’t have a crystal ball, but at SummerSlam, it will be Baron Corbin against 16-time World Champion John Cena! A “YES” chant fires up. Cena looks pleased.
The Usos vs. Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn
Jimmy Uso will start against Tye Dillinger. Dillinger gets the better of Jimmy with a shoulder block and ten punches in the corner. Sami Zayn tags in and goes for a Helluva Kick, but Jey pulls him out of the way. We come back from the break to see Zayn avoid a splash from Jimmy. Jey tags in and stops the tag, but Dillinger is eventually tagged in. Dillinger punches Jey down and hits a flying forearm. Dillinger clotheslines Jimmy and takes Jey down before stomping his face. Dillinger stomps him in the corner while the crowd counts. Jey gets out of the ring to recover. Dillinger goes for a plancha, but Jey punches him. Zayn then takes them out with a summersault plancha. Zayn gets Jey in the ring, and Dillinger hits a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Outside the ring, Jimmy superkicks Zayn down. Jey cuts Dillinger off as he goes to the top rope. Jimmy blind tags in. Dillinger fights Jey off and jumps over him. Dillinger goes for a Tye Breaker, but Jimmy kicks him in the midsection. They hit a kick to the back of the knee, and Jimmy applies the Tequila Sunrise for the submission.
Winners by Submission: The Usos
The Usos get on the microphone and mock The New Day before saying they’ll become the new WWE World Tag Team Champions. Big E’s voice is heard to cut them off, and they await The New Day’s entrance. They attack them from behind and clean house. They get some chairs in the ring. Big E goes for a Big Ending into the chair, but Jey saves his brother Jimmy, and they run off.
Backstage Interview: Randy Orton
Renee Young is backstage with Randy Orton. She asks if he has any comments on his SummerSlam match against Rusev. Orton says last week Rusev was in the wrong place at the wrong time saying he’s not afraid of anyone in the back. Orton gave him something to be afraid of. She asks what he hopes to accomplish tonight in his match against Jinder Mahal. For three months, Mahal has done everything he could to get away with the WWE Championship, and he’s succeeded. Tonight without The Singh Brothers, he just won’t get away.
Segment: Fashion Peaks
It’s time for “Fashion Peaks.” Tyler Breeze is talking to The Ascension about a dream he had last week that was quite bizarre. Breeze thinks the dream was a code. The Ascension tries to sneak off with a pie. Breeze asks if they want to know who kidnapped Fandango, but they said they’re only here for the free pie. Fandango appears behind him with a necktie on his head. Breeze asks who kidnapped him. Fandango says aliens took him. He could leave anytime he wanted, but they had anal probes… he meant wardrobes. Fandango says the next person that walks through the door destroyed Tully The Horse. Arn Anderson walks in. Breeze asks if he destroyed Tully. Anderson says, “You’re damn right I did. You should have named him Arn!” Anderson says he was the horse of that group and steals some doughnuts. Fandango says their work has just begun. To be continued…
Charlotte Flair vs. Lana
They circle the ring, and Lana applies a waistlock. Flair whips her off and poses. Flair blocks a kick and holds the foot. Lana tries to beg her off before going for a slap. Flair takes her down with a drop toe hold and chops the chest a few times. Lana screams in pain before charging. Flair lifts her up and holds her before Lana goes for a sunset flip. Flair doesn’t go down, and she exposes Flair’s backside to the crowd. The crowd chants, “Thank you, Lana.” Lana goes for a backslide, but Flair turns it on her for a two count. Flair does her father’s strut. Lana slaps her in the face, so Flair big boots her down. Flair then applies the Figure Eight for the win.
Winner by Submission: Charlotte Flair
In-Ring: Shane McMahon, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens
Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring. Last week, AJ Styles pinned Kevin Owens despite his shoulder being up. Owens demanded to McMahon that he wants a better referee, so McMahon offered himself. A loud “Shane O’Mac” chant picks up. McMahon thanks them for the reception. Last week’s United States Championship Match was controversial. Daniel Bryan made McMahon the special guest referee at SummerSlam for the championship rematch. McMahon first introduces Kevin Owens and then the WWE United States Champion, AJ Styles.
They all stand in the ring, and the crowd is really buzzing for both men. McMahon steps between them. A “Kevin Owens/AJ Styles” chant fires up. McMahon says Owens was apprehensive about him being the special guest referee for their match. Owens doesn’t think he can be an impartial referee. Owens says McMahon is correct, but whatever he said or did last week was in the heat of the moment. Owens wants to apologize for that. He’s been thinking, and he’s not worried about McMahon screwing him over. They’ve already had a McMahon screw over a legendary Canadian before (the old “You Screwed Bret” chant fires up), but Owens says he deserved it! The crowd boos. Owens says he doesn’t and it would be terrible PR if he did the same to another legendary Canadian. Owens is worried about AJ. How can McMahon be unbiased to someone who did this to him a few months ago: footage is shown from last March when Styles viciously attacked McMahon and put his head through a car window, busting him open.
Styles smirks and says he wasn’t happy about Shane McMahon being the guest referee, but he’s had a problem with officiating, so he wishes him luck. As for Owens, he thinks everyone is stupid. Owens says he is stupid. Styles says he tries to be a master manipulator, but it’s not working. If McMahon screws him, he’ll have to pay the repercussions just like at WrestleMania. Styles says he doesn’t trust anyone, let alone a McMahon. McMahon says he’s confusing him with other family members. He doesn’t operate like that. Owens says SummerSlam won’t be the first time he’s been a guest referee. Owens tells Styles to look at what could happen. Footage is shown from Survivor Series 1998. Stone Cold Steve Austin gave Mankind the Stone Cold Stunner in the semi-finals of the WWF Championship Tournament. Shane McMahon started counting, but he stopped at two and gave him the middle finger. Owens says it’s amazing what you can find on the WWE Network. You can find hours of footage of McMahon screwing guys as a guest referee.
McMahon wants to make something very clear. McMahon and Owens don’t get along and he’s been at war with Styles. McMahon says he will be an impartial referee and won’t get involved… unless he has to. McMahon warns them to not give him a reason to get involved. Styles says Owens wasn’t pinned last week. Styles suggests they get rid of McMahon, not wait until SummerSlam, and do this right here and now for the United States Championship. The crowd pops loud for that and a “YES” chant fires up. Owens says that sounds great, but he said he’d rather win the US Title in the United States in a city that actually matters. Styles says what matters is this is as close as he’ll get to the United States Championship. Owens shoves him and gets a cheap shot in over McMahon. Styles goes for a Pelé kick, but he accidentally connects with McMahon! Owens laughs while he backs up the ramp. A “You screwed Shane” chant breaks out.
Backstage: Lana and Tamina
Lana is upset backstage when Tamina walks up. Lana says she’s here to gloat. Tamina asks if she was more ravishing than she was. Lana says she lost and failed. Tamina says Lana will never wrestle like her. Lana says she won’t be as ravishing as her. Tamina says it wasn’t Lana’s ability that got her three title shots. It was her ambition. Now it’ll get her a shot.
Carmella vs. Naomi
Carmella quickly knees her in the midsection and talks trash. Naomi quickly takes her down with an enzuigiri and slaps her in the face. Carmella gets out of the ring to recover. We come back from the break to see Naomi fight up from a chin lock. Carmella slides out of a scoop slam and pulls her down by the hair for a two count. Carmella goes back to the chin lock. The referee throws one of Naomi’s detached neon extensions out of the ring. Natalya is watching backstage. Naomi fights up and hits a backbreaker. Naomi kicks her in the head, ducks a clothesline, and hits a trio of her own. Naomi kicks wildly at her before hitting a sit-out jawbreaker. Naomi kips up. Carmella drops her on the apron, but Naomi quickly kicks her in the head. Naomi goes to the top rope, but Carmella stops her. Naomi pushes her off and goes for a head-scissor, but Naomi counters. Carmella pulls the hair, but the referee backs her up. James Ellsworth comes through the crowd and knocks her off the top rope. Carmella then superkicks her for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Carmella
Carmella and James Ellsworth celebrate wildly in the ring before leaving. Naomi looks disgusted.
Backstage: James Ellsworth, Carmella, Natalya
Natalya is backstage with Carmella and James Ellsworth. Natalya says it’s good to see Carmella with her chinless friend. He’s already sticking his face where it doesn’t belong. Natalya warns them to keep their noses out of her business at SummerSlam. SummerSlam is her time. If she sees either of them hanging around, she’ll give Carmella a chin like him. Ellsworth says the whole Women’s Division is shaking and he’s only been back five minutes. They sarcastically wish her luck. Natalya looks nervous.
Sit-Down Interview: Shinsuke Nakamura
Renee Young is shown in a pre-taped promo with Shinsuke Nakamura. She talks about him making his debut on Smackdown Live two days after WrestleMania. Nakamura says he wanted to be in WWE and compete against the best in the world. First it was NXT. Now it’s Smackdown. Nakamura says John Cena for the last decade has been the guy… but he beat him. Nakamura can’t describe what it was like to stand in the ring with Cena. She mentions he’ll be observing the match tonight between Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal. At SummerSlam, he’ll face Mahal for the WWE Championship. What does this opportunity mean for him? Nakamura says this is his destiny. He’ll be WWE Champion and the Nakamura Dynasty begins.
Non-Title Grudge Match
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton
Jinder Mahal’s music hits, and the WWE Champion makes his way to the ring without The Singh Brothers. Mahal gets in the ring and poses. They circle the ring before getting in to a hockey fight. Mahal fights him back, but Orton quickly overtakes him. The crowd boos Orton. Mahal is actually from Canada. Mahal sends him into the ropes, but Orton takes him down with a Thesz Press. Mahal quickly gets out of the ring to recover. Orton attacks him outside and sends him into the barricade twice. Orton then gives him a back suplex onto the barricade. Orton puts him in the ring, but Mahal immediately gets out. Orton goes outside and clotheslines him on the floor. Orton then gives him a back suplex onto the commentary table. Orton clears the table and gets in, but Mahal attacks him to a loud cheer. Orton quickly clotheslines him out of the ring and throws him over the table. Orton sets up for an RKO on the table, but Mahal pushes him off. Orton hits the barricade ribs-first and falls into the timekeeper’s area.
We come back from the break to see Mahal kneeing away at Orton. Mahal applies a chin lock. Orton fights up and punches out. The crowd is booing him. Mahal reverses a whip to the corner and charges, but Orton sidesteps him. Mahal hits the ring post shoulder-first. Orton grabs him on the apron, but Mahal snaps him off the top rope. Orton quickly kicks him and connects with a superplex for a near fall. Orton grabs Mahal and punches away at him. Orton sends him into the ropes and hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a fall-away slam. Orton climbs to the middle rope and starts the ten punches, but Mahal gets out and sweeps the feet. Mahal hits the ropes, but Orton comes right back with a snap powerslam for a near fall. Orton punches and kicks him. Mahal reverses a whip, but Orton comes back with a back elbow. Mahal takes him down with a quick high knee for a near fall. Mahal stalks Orton, but Orton elbows him and catches him with a hanging DDT. Orton sets up for an RKO, but Mahal counters into a roll-up for a near fall. Mahal then kicks him in the face. Mahal goes for the Khallas, but Orton counters into an RKO for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Orton celebrates in the ring while replays are shown of what just happened. Orton poses on the ramp and tries to go to the back, but Rusev comes out and superkicks him right before the show goes to black!
Quick Match Results
* The Usos def. Tye Dillinger and Sami Zayn via Submission
* Charlotte Flair def. Lana via Submission
* Carmella def. Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi (non-title)
* Randy Orton def. WWE Champion Jinder Mahal (non-title)