"In a NY minute, SmackDown Live went from being great to being absolutely. glorious".
For the first match of the night, Aiden English was in the ring and started doing his singing bit. Bryan made a deal with Kurt Angle to get one of his "close friends" to SmackDown Live, and that is Shelton Benjamin. He worked as a heel for the entirety of his developmental run, but played a babyface last night.
Like Monday Night Raw last night, SmackDown has to follow up on the events of SummerSlam just two days ago. Backstage, Daniel Bryan spoke with Chad Gable and apologized for Gable losing his tag team partner Jason Jordan to "Raw". Bryan said that Mahal can't win a match without help so tonight, Shinsuke Nakamura will have a chance at retribution because he will wrestle both Singh Brothers.
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After settling on Baron Corbin as referee, Owens faced off against Styles in another highly-competitive match that once again featured the special guest official getting physically involved. Owens wants to know how Styles can be champion even though he beat him. Owens refused to accept the match unless he could pick his own referee, which Styles and McMahon eventually agreed to as long as Owens understood it was his last shot at the US title as long as Styles is champion. Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder also had a good showing and were somewhat protected by the distraction finish. While this probably won't happen, a win for the Hype Bros could shake up the tag team division. The Sing Brothers stepped in and bragged about Jinder Mahal's title defense. During that event, there were a few championships that changed hands on the roster including Natalya winning the women's title and The Usos reclaiming the tag team titles.
Carmella tries to stay out of the match but once she's tagged in, Naomi hits her with the split-legged moonsault to pick up a win, gaining some of her momentum back. This led to Baron Corbin walking up and telling him that he will do it if he gets the first title match against Owens, which Owens agreed to do so.
He hit Owens with a Pele Kick and then a Styles Clash to pin Owens to keep his title in a thrilling match.