Rusev Explains Why He Missed WWE SmackDown Live
- Author: Essie Rivera May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 9:33
The dynamic duo is so immensely different than everything else on the show that Tyler Breeze and Fandango are nearly exclusively responsible for injecting fun and humor into a broadcast overly serious with Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal and Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles at the top of the card. Styles for his part said that he would bring the United States title back to America. However, Mahal came out with a warning for Orton as the Singh brother - Samir and Sunil ambushed the WWE champion from behind.
Kevin Owens will host an episode of The Highlight Reel after officially taking Chris Jericho out of the action.
Speaking of Jinder Mahal, Mahal tonight is scheduled to have a match against AJ Styles. Or might Kevin Owens get involved in the match and cause Styles to lose? But, Owens bailed out of the ring avoiding any sort of physical contact.
Jinder Mahal won with the cobra clutch slam. Fandango and Tyler Breeze probably won't win Sunday night, but they've taken advantage of their opportunity and have been one of the most entertaining parts of the last few Tuesday nights. This distracted Naomi and Carmella rolled her up for the win. This is evidenced by Styles thinking he has Orton near the end of the match when Orton miscues on a RKO.
The article mentions that the show is also unsure about Paige's status, who was suspended the day before Marie last August, and has been a continued source of controversy ever since. This was to make the six-woman tag team match official for this Sunday's Backlash.
Shinsuke Nakamura will make his long awaited full WWE in-ring debut at Backlash. Orton was not given much time to celebrate as Mahal approached the ring declaring that he would destroy his rival's pride, body and future at Backlash. Flair got the microphone and said that that they need to bring everything that they have and that she would be coming after the SmackDown Women's Title after Backlash.
Backstage - Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin: Announcing that McMahon has granted him a match against Corbin at Backlash, Zayn began ranting about why Corbin was scared of him. But tonight on SmackDown Live, Orton will go head-to-head with Baron Corbin ahead of his big match on Sunday. Orton hit a powerslam then hit a DDT off the second rope.