WWE SmackDown Live on May 9, 2017
Watch: USA Network, Hulu, WWE Network on an one-month delay
The O2 London – London, England
The show starts with a video package of Jinder Mahal defeating Sami Zayn to become the #1 contender to the WWE World Championship and plays audio of his speech about Americans not accepting diversity while showing clips of people booing. Randy Orton walks out to the ring with his championship held high, he says that at Payback he didn’t lose because of Bray Wyatt he lost because of Jinder Mahal. Speak of the Devil and Mahal enters accompanied by the Singh Brothers, Mahal states that he didn’t steal anything he simply took what he’s going to win at Backlash and shows some pictures he had taken of him with the WWE World Championship. He claims that he’ll make us respect his people, a statue will be erected in India in his honor for his victory but Kevin Owens interrupts him before he gets to speak in Punjabi. Owens says no one cares about Orton, India, or England, the only thing that matters is the United States Championship and after ending Y2J at Backlash he aims to end another career by ending AJ Styles career. Owens promises to become the new face of the WWE and repeats himself in Canadian-French because he can, and now AJ Styles walks out to gab and is soon followed by Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn and the entire segment ends in a quick brawl and Randy Orton’s music playing.
Carmella, James Ellsworth, and Tamina are in the ring and Ellsworth is dissing the crowd before Carmella introduces Natalya to the ring while Naomi introduces Becky Lynch to the ring. Charlotte comes down the ramp, too, and introduces herself to stand at ringside because Charlotte constantly needs to be the center of attention on whichever show she is on.
Becky Lynch vs Natalya
The match starts off well with Becky starting off from underneath and building to a little comeback to some chants and singing from the crowd. Naomi tries to get Carmella and Tamina away from ringside because they were trying to interfere but the ensuing commotion distracts Becky and Natalya gets a roll up win. Naomi, Becky, and Charlotte because I guess she’s an official face now stand in the ring taking in what happened while the baddies walk away in victory.
A new, extended video promo plays telling that Lana is coming soon.
Charlotte and Naomi are bickering backstage about how Naomi caused Becky to lose the match. Becky steps in between and tells the two that if this arguing keeps happening that they’ll continue to lose to who I’m now calling the ‘Welcoming Committee’. Naomi is willing to work together but Charlotte is more hesitant to team up, the last one to put her hand into the middle.
Another wonderful Fashion Police skit plays.
Eric Rowan vs Luke Harper
Eric Rowan is quick to attack Luke Harper but Harper is quick to rebound and attack back. This match is pretty good, with both men being great wrestlers, but it never reaches that next level both men are capable of. The match ends when Rowan puts a thumb to Harper’s eye and rolls him up for the victory. Matches like this between these men, TV matches with little excitement, will probably become commonplace now that Bray is on RAW and Orton has moved on to his next feud.
Ziggler’s first words are telling the crowd that they’re hypocrites, he’s been here for years and the fans no longer cheer but they cheer for a man that hasn’t even wrestled a match here. He calls it pathetic that Nakamura calls himself the artist and he’s done everything himself and that he doesn’t need the fans, to which the fans stay silent. He calls for Nakamura to come out and he does with the crowd singing along to his theme song. Ziggler keeps talking and Nakamura takes the mic away to tell him that he’ll show Ziggler what he’s made of right now, a referee jumps into the ring only for Ziggler to say no, that they’ll fight on his terms at Backlash. Nakamura gets jumped but eventually gets the upper hand and watches Ziggler walk away from the ring.
Sami is talking with Styles and Orton in the locker room and is obviously getting on his teammate’s nerves with his nonstop talking, and eventually they leave the room.
New Day have a new video game themed vignette for their eventual debut.
Breezango vs The Ascension
Konnor is dominating Fandango in the beginning of the match with heavy hits but eventually Fandango is able to tag in Tyler Breeze. The match ends as an extended squash and the celebration is interrupted by the Usos and they tell Breezango that in twelve days they’ll be doing a lot of things except wins the tag titles, it’s not paranoia it’s Uso.
Mojo Rawley is backstage with some kids and tells them a story about a kid that was bullied, but that kid overcame the bullying, and then shows the kids his Andre the Giant Battle Royal trophy.
Rusev has made a video for Shawn McMahon stating his displeasure of the lack of response about his demand from the commissioner and he’ll get his answer when he arrives to SmackDown Live next week.
Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens, & Baron Corbin vs Randy Orton, AJ Styles, & Sami Zayn
The match starts off with AJ Styles and Baron Corbin fighting it out, it shortly becomes Sami Zayn and Jinder Mahal. Orton tags in to face Mahal but then Owens gets tagged in, Owens is quick to roll outside after getting attacked by Orton to collect himself. This is a perfect match to have on in the background while you wash dishes, fold laundry, or clip your pet’s nails. Story building is the forefront here, not the actual match itself, and predictably the match falls into a bit of chaos with everyone trying to fight their current enemy and ignoring rules. Eventually order is brought back and everyone gets back on the apron while Corbin and Styles fight again. It once again becomes a cluster and everyone runs in to hit a signature spot and it eventually comes down to Mahal hitting a distracted Orton for the win in a finish that’ll ignite social media as Jinder Mahal often does.
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE ON MAY 9, 2017
Sub Par - 4/10
This is skippable episode of SmackDown Live. The show has been in a slump since what feels like February and it has definitely taken a hit since the Superstar Shake-Up, the women's division is centered around Charlotte, Dolph is having to talk through most of his segments while no one in the crowd cares, and we have another US-centric main event feud with a foreigner who isn't wrong is made to be the heel against Orton. It isn't good folks, I miss Daniel Bryan.