This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown Live! Tonight we have an action packed show as in our main event Naomi defends her Smackdown Live Women's Championship against Charlotte as well as AJ Styles rematching with Baron Corbin, Randy Orton takes on Eric Rowan and much more so be sure to come back here at 8PM EST for all of the action!
-We open with Renee having Shinsuke come out for an interview to start the show. Dolph comes out immediately after he does right when Renee is about to ask a question and interviews Shinsuke himself, mockingly acting like he's translating Japanese, saying that Shinsuke is saying that Dolph is his favorite wrestler and that he's intimidated by being in the ring with his hero. Dolph says that Shinsuke isn't who you think he is and his name is actually Michael, essentially retelling the life of Michael Jackson. Dolph continues to mock him before Shinsuke grabs the mic and says it's his turn to ask questions, asking Dolph what his problem is. Shinsuke translates for him, using Japanese rather than English, ending it with the English word jackass before superkicking Shinsuke. Shinsuke hits a reverse exploder suplex, then goes for the Kinshasa, but Dolph rolls out of the ring right when he does as we go to commercial.
AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin
AJ shows off his speed early, but Corbin shows off his strength, shoving him away with ease as we hear Kevin Owens who has joined on commentary before the match started. AJ tries to chop the taller Corbin down with kicks to the legs, then puts him in a headlock before Corbin powers out and sends AJ to the outside as we go to commercial.
Corbin is in control as we come back, hitting a chokebreaker for a quick two count, then sets AJ on the top rope before going for a superplex, but AJ slips out the back. AJ hits a Pele kick, then a running, leaping clothesline in the corner before hitting a sliding forearm for a near fall. AJ teases a Styles Clash, then a Calf Killer before Corbin drops him from behind with a clubbing blow before Kevin tries to distract him, AJ kicking him away. AJ then rolls Corbin up for the pin and the win before Owens comes in and he and Corbin beat on AJ.
Winner: AJ Styles via pinfall
-Sami Zayn comes out after the match and sends Kevin to the outside before hitting Corbin with a Helluva Kick before KO hits AJ with a pop-up powerbomb after sending Sami out of the ring.
-We then have an interview with Charlotte before her title match tonight as we go to commercial.
Beat the Clock Challenge Match One American Alpha vs The Colons
Gable gets a back slide immediately for a quick two count, then locks in a side headlock, Jordan tagging himself in quickly after. Jordan hits a dropkick, then Gable tags himself in, Gable rolling him up from behind for a near fall. Gable knocks Epico off of the apron before Primo drops him with a knee for a quick two count. The Colons double team Gable before beating on him as the clock reaches two minutes and thirty seconds. The Colons double team Gable more for a quick two count, then Epico puts him in a side headlock as Jordan is eager for the tag. Epico hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall, then tags in Primo who hits a back drop for a quick two count. Primo locks Gable in a submission before transitioning to a front headlock and sending Jordan off of the apron and to the floor before hitting a front dropkick to Gable. Jordan rushes in and sends Epico out of the ring before AA hit Grand Amplitude for the pin and the win at five minutes and seventeen seconds.
Winner: American Alpha via pinfall
-We get a segment from earlier today with Rusev saying he didn't like the shakeup and that the only way he'd join the brand is if he got a title match at Money in the Bank, otherwise he'll just pack his bags and go back home to Bulgaria. We then have Becky Lynch being interviewed about Charlotte, Becky saying that Charlotte has a great opportunity before Natalya, Carmella, Tamina and James Ellsworth confront her before telling her to choose sides wisely before leaving.
Randy Orton vs Erick Rowan No Disqualification Match
Rowan comes after Randy immediately, then Randy clotheslines him out of the ring before Rowan drags him out of the ring. They exchange strikes on the outside before Randy sends Rowan into the ring post, then slams him into the barricade before back dropping him onto it. Randy smashes Rowan's face on the announce table repeatedly before dropping him onto it before Rowan whips him into the steps. Rowan splashes Randy in the corner before dropkicking him for a quick two count, then gets out a Kendo stick out from under the ring. Rowan hits Randy with the stick repeatedly before dropping him with it for a near fall, then Rowan gets a table out from under the ring.
Rowan goes to suplex Randy out of the ring and through the table, but Randy counters and grabs the stick before hitting Rowan with it before Rowan falls off of the apron and through the table as we go to commercial.
Rowan is in control as we come back, showing he's a monster before beating on Randy and sending him out of the ring before smashing him onto the announce table. Randy hits a draping DDT once they get back in the ring, then Randy teases an RKO before Rowan rolls out of the ring. Rowan sets a chair up in the corner, then goes to spear Randy, but Randy gets out of the way and Rowan spears the chair before Randy hits an RKO for the pin and the win.
Winner: Randy Orton via pinfall
-Jinder comes out after the match and confronts Randy, saying that he has more class and culture than anyone there and that at Backlash he will earn back everyone's respect. Randy goes to DDT him, but the Singh brothers attack him from behind before Jinder leaves with the belt.
The Beat the Clock Challenge Match The Ascension vs Breezango
Konnor immediately drops Tyler with a back elbow, then beats on him before he and Viktor tag in and out until Tyler tags in Fandango. Fandango is then dropped with a high knee by Viktor before tagging Konnor back in, The Ascension double teaming Fandango for a series of quick two counts. Tyler then superkicks Viktor before Fandango hits a reverse suplex for the pin and the win.
Winner: Breezango via pinfall
-We come back to a long video package about the House of Horrors Match.
Naomi vs Charlotte WWE Smackdown! Women's Championship Match
They exchange headlocks until Naomi hits a running bull dog into the turnbuckle before going out of the ring. Naomi grabs her from behind from the apron and Charlotte pulls her leg out, sending her down onto the apron and pulling her off of it and to the floor as we go to commercial.
Charlotte is in control as we come back until Charlotte hands her in the tree of woe and kicks her to the mat for a quick two count. Charlotte drops her with a chop for a series of one counts, then chops her repeatedly in the corner before Naomi kicks her away. Naomi hits a jawbreaker, then a series of kicks before dropping her with a back elbow and a stunner, then an enzuigiri from the apron before hitting a sunset flip, but Charlotte rolls through. Naomi then hits a roundhouse kick version of a GTS for a near fall, then they exchange forearms before Naomi drops her with a jumping hip attack for a near fall. Charlotte counters a huricanrrana with a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall, then goes for a moonsault, but Naomi gets her knees up. The rest of the women's division come out and beat on Charlotte before Naomi tries to fight them off, then they drop Naomi. The show goes off with Carmella, Natalya and Tamina standing tall over the fallen Charlotte.
Winner: No contest and Naomi retains the belt