This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live. Tonight we have a great show as in our main event Shinsuke Nakamura faces Kevin Owens, the Riott Squad faces Carmella, Tamina and Lana and much more so be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST for all of the action and be sure to stick with us for the post show podcast!
-AJ Styles comes out to start the show and talks about his match this Sunday night at WWE Clash of Champions where he defends the WWE championship against Jinder Mahal. The Singh brothers come out and pretend that they've turned over a new leaf and offered to be in AJ's corner in the match before being interrupted by Jinder Mahal's music.
Charlotte vs Ruby Riott
Charlotte takes Ruby down repeatedly before getting momentarily distracted by the Riott Squad before Charlotte hits a fall away slam that sends Ruby out of the ring as we go to commercial.
Ruby is in control as we come back from commercial, sending Charlotte into the corner before missing a senton. Charlotte comes back with a backbreaker and a boot before Sarah gets on the apron and the entirety of the Riott Squad go after Charlotte for the disqualification
Winner: Charlotte via disqualification
-They go after Charlotte more after the match before Naomi comes out and saves the day and sends the Riott Squad away as we go to commercial.
Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin
Corbin shoves Dolph before they exchange strikes, then Corbin is sent into the ring post before Roode comes in out of nowhere and hits the Glorious DDT for the disqualification.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler via disqualification
The Bludgeon Brothers vs Enhancement Talent
Rowan dropkicks one of them as soon as the match starts before Harper tags in and sends the other guy off of the apron; the two having the same plan as every match since they've started tagging together, keeping one out of the match while double teaming the other. The Brothers then hit a double powerbomb for the pin and the win within ninety seconds.
Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers via pinfall
-Sami and Kevin come out in a new shirt and say that the "Yep" movement has begun before we see a video package recapping what happened last week in the main event between Sami and Randy Orton where Kevin Owens was handcuffed. They then call Daniel Bryan out to the ring and try to bring him over to their side, saying that Daniel was with them on the independent circuit before they got in the WWE and that Shane is against them. Daniel says that they have an opportunity to prove whether or not they belong in the WWE and that there will be no excuses before making himself the second special guest referee in the match as we go to commercial.
The Usos vs Rusev Day
Rusev is in control of Jey as we come back from commercial, the match having started during the commercial. Rusev puts Jey in a bear hug that he stops himself before playing to the crowd. Jey comes back with a Samoan drop before superkicking Aiden in midair, then Aiden sends Jey out onto the apron before Rusev kicks him in the back. Rusev then rolls Jey back into the ring and Aiden hits a reverse DDT for the pin and the win.
Winner: Aiden English & Rusev via pinfall
-AJ is interviewed backstage before being attacked by Jinder as we go to commercial.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens
Kevin knocks Shinsuke down to start the match before they exchange headlocks before Shinsuke sends Kevin out of the ring. Kevin drags Shinsuke out onto the apron before beating on him, then Shinsuke comes back, but misses a running knee and sends Shinsuke into the barricade as we go to commercial.
Kevin clotheslines Shinsuke before beating on him as we come back from commercial until he goes for a senton, but Shinsuke gets his knees up. Shinsuke comes back with a series of forearms and a single leg dropkick before hitting a sit-out facebuster and a series of kicks. Shinsuke hits running knees in the corner before following up with Good Vibrations and his signature knees in the corner for a near fall. Shinsuke sets Kevin on the top before Kevin fights him off and goes for a swanton bomb, but Shinsuke gets his knees up. They kill the referee before Daniel Bryan puts on the referee shirt and gets in the ring and counts a near fall before Sami gets in the ring and is dispatched by Randy.
Sami then sends Randy into the ring post before Shinsuke takes out Sami on the apron only for Kevin to capitalize with a pop-up powerbomb for the pin and the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens via pinfall