WWE SmackDown LIVE results, April 11, 2017: Superstar Shake-up rocks the blue brand
After United States Champion Kevin Owens, Charlotte, Sami Zayn and The New Day arrived as some of the new faces of SmackDown LIVE due to the Superstar Shake-up, AJ Styles triumphed in a Triple Threat Match to become the No. 1 contender to KO’s title.
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SmackDown Results : Quick Hits
- SmackDown LIVE got shook up with United States Champion Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
- Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan ended in a No-contest
- SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. American Alpha
- Mojo Rawley def. Jinder Mahal and Gronk reappeared
- Charlotte Flair and Tamina arrived on Team Blue during the State of the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Division address
- Tye Dillinger def. Aiden English
- Shinsuke Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler got acquainted with one another on Team Blue
- The New Day will soon be coming to SmackDown LIVE
- AJ Styles def. Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn to guarantee himself an upcoming United States Championship opportunity
SmackDown Results : Full Details
SmackDown LIVE got shook up with United States Champion Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
BOSTON — The Superstar Shake-up continued on SmackDown LIVE, as United States Champion Kevin Owens and his title became part of Team Blue. Right from the start, KO made no secret about the fact that the blue brand was now the Brand-New Kevin Owens Show.
The Prizefighter was interrupted by Baron Corbin, who wanted an opportunity at The Prizefighter’s United States Championship. Much to Owens’ dismay, the Superstar Shake-up sent Sami Zayn to SmackDown LIVE, and The Underdog from the Underground emerged to join The Prizefighter and The Lone Wolf in the ring. AJ Styles also came to the squared circle to remind all three Superstars that SmackDown LIVE was the house that he built.
SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan then hit the scene to attempt to sort everything out. He first informed Owens that his United States Title defense against Chris Jericho at WWE Payback was on as planned and whoever won would officially become a member of SmackDown LIVE as the champion.
The “Yes!” Man then doubled down on his proclamations, stating that a post-Payback No. 1 contender would be determined tonight on SmackDown LIVE with Corbin, Zayn and Styles battling in a Triple Threat main event for a future United States Championship opportunity.
Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan ended in a No-contest
With his House of Horrors Match against new Raw Superstar Bray Wyatt at WWE Payback looming, WWE Champion Randy Orton looked to make a statement against Wyatt’s disciple, Erick Rowan, on SmackDown LIVE.
As the two jockeyed for position, however, The Reaper of Souls suddenly appeared on the TitanTron from an undisclosed location. The distraction allowed Rowan to attack The Viper with the steel steps, causing the match to be thrown out. After the bell, Rowan continued his assault on WWE’s Apex Predator in brutal fashion.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. American Alpha
In this mega-rematch from their thriller several weeks ago, The Usos attempted to defend their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against the team they captured them from, American Alpha.
At the height of the action, Jimmy & Jey Uso overcame Jason Jordan & Chad Gable, defeating their No. 1 contenders with a superkick and big splash combo after a chaotically thrilling sequence of events.
When the smoke cleared, the Superstar Shake-up struck again, as The Shining Stars suddenly appeared from out of nowhere to attack the defeated Jordan & Gable.
Mojo Rawley def. Jinder Mahal and Gronk reappeared
In a bit of serendipity, the Superstar Shake-up brought Jinder Mahal to SmackDown LIVE just in time to face the man he was bested by in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33, Mojo Rawley.
And, wouldn’t you know it, with SmackDown LIVE emanating from Boston, Rob Gronkowski (flanked by security) was once again in the front row to support his buddy Mojo, just as he was at The Ultimate Thrill Ride… and we all know how that turned out.
Much like the New England Patriots’ championship seasons in 2004 and 2005, history would repeat, as Mahal attempted to get into it with Gronk yet again, but the Patriots’ tight end responded by throwing his drink right into Jinder’s face.
This left the new SmackDown LIVE Superstar reeling, allowing Rawley to finish him off with a running right hand for the win before celebrating with Gronk and company.
Charlotte Flair and Tamina arrived on Team Blue during the State of the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Division address
SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon invited the entire SmackDown LIVE women’s locker room to the ring to address the state of the division and announce which former Raw women’s division Superstar was now a member of the blue brand.
Before the announcement could be made, things got heated between the cornerstones of the division, with James Ellsworth saying that Carmella was far more deserving of the title than current SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi. Shane-O-Mac soon quelled (or maybe added to) the tension by first announcing Tamina and then Charlotte Flair as the newest members of the division!
Welcome to the new world.
Tye Dillinger def. Aiden English
After his perfect debut last week, Tye Dillinger looked to keep the momentum going against the now solo Aiden English, who attempted to serenade the WWE Universe with a song before Dillinger interrupted, ready to throw down.
The two former NXT standouts clashed with The Perfect 10 hitting the Tye-Breaker for the win.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler got acquainted with one another on Team Blue
Not pleased with the influx of talent on the blue brand via the Superstar Shake-up, Dolph Ziggler arrived to voice his discontent. The Showoff wasn’t greeted by a talent who was fresh on the scene due to the Shake-up, but he was indeed met by a Team Blue newcomer: Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Showoff was not amused by Nakamura’s presence and tried to take him out with a superkick, but the attempt was caught by the former two-time NXT Champion, who dropped Ziggler to the mat, causing him to bolt the scene.
The New Day will soon be coming to SmackDown LIVE
A vignette aired to announce that the Superstar Shake-up is bringing The New Day to SmackDown LIVE, baby!
What impact will the power of positivity have on Team Blue? Sounds like we’ll find out soon enough.
AJ Styles def. Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn to guarantee himself an upcoming United States Championship opportunity
In the breathtaking match, all three Superstars were almost able to secure the No. 1 contendership, but Styles managed to connect with a Phenomenal Forearm against Zayn to secure the victory.