This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live. Tonight a new champion begins his reign after AJ Styles won the WWE United States Championship against Kevin Owens at a non-televised event. Tye Dillinger faces Jinder Mahal in a non-title match and much more so be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST for two hours showcasing the Smackdown! Live brand!
-We open the show with a video package showing how AJ Styles won the WWE United States Championship at Madison Square Garden in a non-televised match. AJ then comes out to the ring and talks about winning the belt, saying that it's not about Kevin, but about the championship. AJ talks about how John Cena elevated the title and that he's going to do the same, saying that the open challenge should be brought back and that tonight anyone can come out and prove him wrong. John Cena comes out, seemingly answering the challenge, Cena asking if that includes or excludes him before accepting when AJ says that definitely includes him.
AJ Styles vs John Cena WWE United States Championship Match
Just as the match is about to start Kevin Owens comes out and gets on the mic and says that no one wants to see the match or cares about either of them. Kevin says that no one wants to see John, John saying that they can't see him and that if he gets in the ring he'll take him out before Rusev attacks Cena from behind. Rusev then locks in the Accolade after Kevin hits a pop-up powerbomb to Cena before leaving.
Winner: Match never started
Jinder Mahal vs Tye Dillinger
Jinder shows off his strength by tossing Tye around with ease before knocking him down and hitting him with several knees. Jinder then plays to the crowd after the referee makes him back off as we go to commercial.
Jinder beats on Tye as we come back from commercial, playing to the crowd more and mocking Tye before they exchange strikes. Tye comes back with a series of punches in the corner before Jinder pushes him away, knocking him over before hitting the Khallas for the pin and the win.
Winner: Jinder Mahal via pinfall