This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live. Tonight the WWE United States Championship tournament continues as Jinder Mahal faces Xavier Woods and Bobby Roode faces Mojo Rawley in two semi-final matches. We also have Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch taking on the Riott Squad and much more so be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST for all of the action and be sure to check out the post show podcast afterwards!
-We open the show with New Day and Xavier talking about his match against Jinder tonight with the winner going on to the finals of the WWE United States Championship tournament next week. Jinder comes out and interrupts them and gets in the ring, he and the Singhs playing to the crowd until Kofi and Big-E leave to ringside.
WWE United States Championship Tournament Semi-Final Match
Xavier Woods vs Jinder Mahal
Jinder immediately drops Xavier with a boot before choking him in the ropes and hitting a snapmare into several knees in the back and a knee drop. Xavier fights back only to be dropped with a back elbow for a quick two count, then Xavier dropkicks Jinder in the corner, only to be caught coming in and dropped with an elbow. Jinder then hits a huge splash for a quick two count as we go to commercial.
Xavier fights back as we come back from commercial brieflly before Jinder clotheslines him for a quick two count, then Jinder sends Xavier out of the ring after beating on him, Xavier barely getting back in the ring in time. Jinder whips Xavier across the ring and puts on a modified camel clutch before dropping Xavier with a jumping knee for a near fall as we go to commercial.
Xavier hits a missile dropkick as we come back from commercial, then drops Jinder repeatedly before hitting an enzuigiri and a sliding PK for a near fall. New Day get rid of the Singhs at ringside before Xavier misses the springboard elbow drop and Jinder tosses him into the bottom rope throat first. Jinder then hits the Khallas for the pin and the win after New Day run the Singhs to the back.
Winner: Jinder Mahal defeats Xavier Woods via pinfall with the Khallas to get into the finals of the WWE United States Championship tournament next week.
-We get a promo by Baron where he says that he's going to win the Royal Rumble, then a video package for Goldberg going into the WWE Hall of Fame before finishing with an interview with AJ Styles and every Smackdown! Live member of the women's roster talking about how they're going to each win the women's Royal Rumble.
Bobby Roode vs Mojo Rawley
They lock up to start the match for a clean break before Roode drops him and plays to the crowd. Mojo drops Roode when he is busy playing to the crowd before tackling Bobby and sending him out of the ring and into the barricade as we go to commercial.
Mojo is in control as we come back from commercial, dropping Bobby with a boot before backing him into the corner and shoulder tackling him until the referee makes him back off. Mojo puts Roode in an abdominal stretch that he fights out of before sending Mojo shoulder first into the ring post. Roode then hits a blockbuster from the second rope for a near fall before finishing with the Glorious DDT for the pin and the win.
Winner: Bobby Roode defeats Mojo Rawley via pinfall with the Glorious DDT to advance to the finals of the WWE United States Championship tournament next week.
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