Welcome to SmackDown Live, where we have a huge main event.
A huge first-time-ever battle between Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura will determine the next challenger for Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship tonight on SmackDown. Orton hasn’t been in the title picture since his last match with Mahal ended with the shocking return of The Great Khali, who prevented him from escaping the Punjabi Prison. Nakamura’s on the other hand, challenged Jinder at SummerSlam but was foiled by The Singh Brothers, who distracted The King of Strong Style, giving Mahal the opening he needed to retain the championship. Last week on SmackDown, Orton laid-out Nakamura with an RKO, sending a clear message: I want to be the Champion and you’re in my way. This could be a special main event.
Kevin Owens is a man with a screw loose as of late. Owens is convinced that Shane McMahon and WWE referee’s are out to get him. KO tried to prove his point last week by forcing the referee for the match between Sami Zayn and Aiden English’s match to give him his jersey. Owens then laid-out Zayn with a Pop-up Powerbomb and counted the pinfall for English – a decision that McMahon later overturned. It seems Shane and Owens are on a collision course that could see them collide at Hell In A Cell…perhaps even inside of one.
Elsewhere on tonight’s show, Miss Money In The Bank, Carmella, gets an opportunity to send a message to the WWE Women’s Champion, Natalya, by beating her one-on-one. Should Carmella defeat Natalya, there’s nothing stopping her from cashing-in and having a title match immediately afterwards. Especially if Ellsworth is lurking in her corner to help out. Will Carmella be able to defeat the Champ, or will Natalya prove that Ms. Money in the Bank isn’t ready to hold the Title?
In a rather odd bit of housekeeping, Corey Graves has taken over from JBL as SmackDown colour commentator. JBL gave-up his on-screen role to continue his work outside of WWE of helping under-privileged children. A noble deed it seems, although rumour has it he left due to the pressure he felt a few months ago from fans calling him a bully. Regardless, JBL seemingly does do great work with kids and I hope he gets to help many more, and Graves is the best commentator in WWE right now, so having him on SmackDown Live is only a plus.
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