What's up wrestling fans, Smackdown Live was back this week with some big news before this week's show even began! In case you missed my Weekend 3 Count, go back and read it and you'll see that the #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship, AJ Styles, is now in fact the new WWE United States Champion after defeating Kevin Owens at a Madison Square Garden house show this weekend. How will this effect this week's Smackdown Live show as it was live in San Antonio, Texas??
** Smackdown Live Card **
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defends his title against John Cena.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal battled Tye Dillinger in a non title match.
- Xavier Woods battled Jey Uso.
- Baron Corbin battled Shinsuke Nakamura.
- Charlotte and Becky Lynch battled Nattie Neidhart and Tamina.
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles and John Cena battled Kevin Owens and Rusev.
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles announces the return of the US Open Challenge, which brings out John Cena.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal prepares for his match against Randy Orton at WWE Battleground.
** Smackdown Live **
- AJ Styles Promo: Styles says WWE Battleground came early, he's here to represent the WWE United States Championship and he's bringing back the US Open Challenges. John Cena's music surprisingly hits and out comes Cena to accept the Open Challenge after Styles agrees that Cena can challenge for the title too.
Winner: No Contest.
- Backstage, it's announced that we're getting AJ Styles and John Cena vs. Rusev and Kevin Owens tonight.
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall.
- Jinder Mahal Promo: Mahal says he speaks the truth and still gets disrespected. Mahal says he brings class, diversity and excellence to the WWE. Mahal is upset with Randy Orton threatening his family and the whole country of India knows that Mahal is the greatest WWE World Heavyweight Champion ever. Mahal says he's going to make Orton's life hell and promises to bring the Punjabi Prison structure to Smackdown Live next week.
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall.
- Backstage, Shane McMahon is on the phone with Daniel Bryan. Shane sends best wishes to Brie Bella and their daughter Birdie Joe. Naomi interrupts and asks who her next challenger is. Shane announces a Fatal Five Way Match at WWE Battleground between Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Lana, Nattie Neidhart and Tamina with the winner facing Naomi at WWE SummerSlam for the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship. All the ladies start arguing forcing Shane to announce Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Nattie Neidhart and Tamina for tonight. Carmella appears with a petition from her lawyer to reinstate James Ellsworth. Shane rips up the petition and says Ellsworth is still suspended.
- Backstage, Baron Corbin says he's teaching Shinsuke Nakamura a painful lesson tonight.
Winner: No Contest.
- Backstage, AJ Styles tells John Cena that he remembers Cena took his WWE World Heavyweight Championship the last time they fought. Cena says Styles won't keep the WWE United States Championship either if he's going to pick a fight with Cena. Cena also promises that he has Styles' back tonight.
Winners: Nattie Neidhart and Tamina, by pinfall.
- Backstage, Sami Zayn finds Mike and Maria Kanellis and asks why he owes an apology when he's already apologized twice. Zayn says that if anything they should apologize to Zayn for getting in his way. Maria slaps Zayn in the face and then Mike busts a vase over Zayn's head.
- Backstage, The Fashion Files return with Breezago dressed as cowboys and questioning Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley about their office being destroyed. Mojo says they wouldn't do something that shady. Ryder tells Mojo that the way Mojo eliminated Ryder from last week's battle royal was shady. Mojo tells Ryder to get his head back in the game and not to worry about that happening because it was every man for themselves.
Winners: John Cena and AJ Styles, by pinfall.