WWE Smackdown Results
October 14, 2017
Report by Mike Killam for ProWrestling.com
The show started with Shane McMahon addressing the entire Smackdown locker room backstage, giving them an inspirational pep talk in the style of a fired-up Southern Baptist preacher. He said they’ve put together the greatest five man team in the history of WWE, but struck gold in signing the 16-time world champion John Cena (who did not appear to be among them). The New Day put over their match against The Shield at Survivor Series and led the roster in a “Smack-Down-Rock” chant.
Smackdown general manager Daniel Bryan hit the ring to a great ovation. He admitted to making a mistake by going to Raw alone, in an attempt to create peace between the brands, blaming Stephanie McMahon for being vindictive and ruthless. Bryan said that Smackdown is ready for retaliation if the Monday night crew decided to show up tonight looking for revenge. He put over John Cena as the fifth member of the team (to a mixed reaction), before introducing the brand new WWE Champion… AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One made his way to the ring to receive an absurdly loud reaction. Bryan noted that the Universal Champion on Raw has his own Advocate, so he offers his services to Styles tonight for one night only. The champ accepted so Bryan began to recite Paul Heyman’s usual “reigning, defending, undisputed champion of the world” line. The GM talked about Brock Lesnar being big and strong, but said he has a tendency to quit; “just like he quit WWE years ago, and just like he quit to a half-assed knee bar on a UFC show.” Damn.
Bryan continued, claiming that AJ Styles will drag Brock Lesnar into deep waters, where he may last a total of ten minutes before running out of breath. He told the fans the #1 reason to order the WWE Network on Sunday is to see a giant, muscular monster be mentally beaten by the best wrestler in the world! Styles took the mic and said that he can talk for himself, because he’s not a puppet like Brock. He declared victory at Survivor Series because he has to lead the way for Tuesday nights and prove that the “House that AJ Styles Built” is the A-Show in WWE.
United States Championship
BARON CORBIN (c) vs. SIN CARA
The challenger took the upper hand early on throwing Corbin to the floor with a headscissors takedown, but got beaten up during the commercial break as the champ threw him into the barricade. For the next five minutes Corbin just steamrolled through Sin Cara with big offense in the corner, numerous splashes, big boots, elbows, etc.