Randy Orton gets one final opportunity to reclaim the WWE Championship from reigning champion, Jinder Mahal. After winning the WWE United States Championship at Madison Square Garden, A.J. Styles grants Kevin Owens his rematch. Five women compete for the right to challenge for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship at Summerslam 2017…
Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (C) (“The Uso’s”)
Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods (with Big E) (“The New Day”)
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
(Winners via pinfall, and new champions: The New Day)
(Winner via disqualification: Shinsuka Nakamura)
Charlotte Flair vs. Tamina vs. Lana
vs. Natalya vs. Becky Lynch
Fatal-5-Way Elimination Match to determine the No.1 Contender Match for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
(Winner via pinfall: Natalya)
A.J. Styles (C)
WWE United States Championship
(Winner via pinfall, and new champion: Kevin Owens)
(Winner: John Cena)
Mike Kanellis (with Maria Kanellis)
(Winner via pinfall: Sami Zayn)
Jinder Mahal (C) (with the Singh Brothers)
Punjabi Prison Match for the WWE Championship
(Winner by escaping the prison first: Jinder Mahal)
Unfortunately, WWE Battleground 2017 was a poor show from top to bottom. The main event feud lacked any sort of real intrigue back when it started over two months ago, and nothing has changed in the time since, which has effected Smackdown Live as a whole, and is hurting the brands “pay-per-view” shows.
For a roster traditionally known for its work rate, there was so much underwhelming wrestling on this show. Beyond two matches, it felt like almost every other match was lazy, or the talent just didn’t believe in the stories they were telling. Whatever the case, I can’t remember a show I have watched in 2017 that has left me so disappointed with the ring action.
At this point, I have no idea why Charlotte Flair ever came to Smackdown. Six months ago, she was genuinely on the cusp of becoming a breakout star in this business, but since the Superstar Shakeup she has done absolutely nothing. No singles matches at PPV’s, instead continuously in meaningless multi-woman matches that are designed to put over less talented women than she. Yes, they need a competitive division, but Naomi as champ, with Natalya challenging her, is absolutely not the feud you should be running when you have Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch on your show. It’s disappointing, and has started to damage Charlotte for me.
There genuinely is not a lot to say here, and very little that is positive. Certainly, what wasn’t a plus point was the return of the Great Khali. If he’s back full-time, then Smackdown Live really has fallen into the gutter. Right up until Wrestlemania, this show and everything it touched was must-see. Three months later, it’s stale as hell, has a poorly utilised roster, and it’s post-show Talking Smack has been cancelled.
What the hell has gone wrong?
Match of the Night
The Uso’s vs. The New Day