This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live! Tonight the WWE Superstar Shakeup continues after 20 Superstars switched brands last night on RAW which saw the like a of Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and Natalya coming over to team red and The Miz being sent to the blue brand. Who will join RAW? Who will be taken from RAW and brought over to Smackdown! Live? Be sure to come back here at 8PM EST to find out these questions and more and don't forget to stick with us after the show for the post show podcast!
-We open the show with a recap of Shinsuke Nakamura attacking AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan last week before AJ comes out and talks about what Shinsuke did to him and how he showed his true colors. AJ says that Shinsuke is a con artist and talks about him ruining his match with Daniel Bryan before demanding that Shinsuke come out to the ring. Instead Rusev Day comes out and Aiden says that Shinsuke isn't there tonight. Aiden says that AJ can fight Rusev before AJ agrees as a referee gets in the ring.
AJ Styles vs Rusev
Rusev goes after AJ, but he quickly locks in the Calf Killer only for Aiden to come in and attack AJ for the disqualification.
Winner: AJ Styles defeats Rusev via disqualification.
-After the match Daniel Bryan comes out and helps AJ and sends Rusev and Aiden away as we cut to the back with Shane and Paige before they make a tag team match for the main event later tonight between AJ and Daniel and Rusev Day as we go to commercial.
-Shelton Benjamin comes out to the ring and says that he never needed Chad Gable and doesn't care that he is on RAW now before waiting for his opponent in the form of Randy Orton only for Randy to be interrupted by the new WWE United States champion Jeff Hardy.
Jeff Hardy vs Shelton Benjamin
Shelton immediately beats Jeff down before launching him out of the ring under the bottom rope as we go to commercial.
Shelton is in control as we come back from commercial until Jeff hits Whisper in the Wind for a near fall. Shelton counters the Twist of Fate until a spin kick for a near fall of his own before Jeff ends up hitting the Twist of Fate. Jeff then hits a Swanton Bomb for the pin and the win after countering each other's finishers.
Winner: Jeff Hardy defeats Shelton Benjamin via pinfall with a Swanton Bomb.