Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines IA

Time and location

Tuesday, Apr 25 | 8/7 PMC

Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, IA

Where to watch

SmackDown LIVE Results : Full Details

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler scrapped to kick off SmackDown LIVE

The Artist Known as Shinsuke Nakamura arrived to give an exclusive interview to Renee Young, but before he could get rolling, he was interrupted by newfound rival Dolph Ziggler.

The Showoff shooed Renee away and verbally lit into The King of Strong Style, insulting him and not allowing him to speak. Finally, Nakamura retorted, calling Ziggler a “jackass.” Ziggler attempted to respond with some fisticuffs, but The Artist was ready, dropping The Showoff and forcing him to flee from the ring.

 

AJ Styles def. Baron Corbin

Following last week’s hard-hitting contest that saw AJ Styles defeat Baron Corbin via count-out, the two ran it back tonight on SmackDown LIVE. Just as he did last week, United States Champion Kevin Owens, who will potentially defend his title against Styles at WWE Backlash if he can retain it against Chris Jericho at WWE Payback, sat in on commentary.

The two Superstars duked it out in a hard-hitting affair, but Styles caught Corbin off-guard with a rollup for the victory after KO tried to get involved.

Following Styles’ win, The New Face of America and The Lone Wolf began to lay a beatdown on The Phenomenal One. The two were unable to get their licks in for long, however, as Sami Zayn soon rushed out, evening the odds. Styles and Zayn neutralized Owens and Corbin for a bit, but the United States Champion got the last laugh and stood tall after taking the No. 1 contender down with the Pop-up Powerbomb.

Baron Corbin goes into a rage: WWE Talking Smack, April 25, 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)

The Lone Wolf flies off the handle during WWE Talking Smack, attacking Sami Zayn and putting his hands on a WWE official: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

 

American Alpha def. The Colons in a Beat the Clock Challenge Match

American Alpha vs. The Colons - Beat the Clock Challenge Match: SmackDown LIVE, April 25, 2017

In the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge, American Alpha and The Colons try to set the bar with the fastest time.

As the first two of the four teams competing in the Beat the Clock Challenge, American Alpha and The Colons tried to set the pace to determine the new No. 1 contenders to The Usos’ SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

Jason Jordan & Chad Gable worked vigorously, seeking redemption from their loss to Primo & Epico a week ago. The two teams engaged in an all-out scramble, looking to end matters quickly and establish a time that would be tough to beat.

American Alpha found the winner’s circle, defeating The Colons with Grand Amplitude. It would now be up to The Ascension or Breezango to claim victory in less than 5:17 later in the show.

 

Rusev petitioned for a championship opportunity at WWE Money in the Bank

Rusev demands a WWE Championship Match at Money in the Bank: SmackDown LIVE, April 25, 2017

After being sent to SmackDown LIVE in the Superstar Shake-up, Rusev refuses to compete for Team Blue unless he receives a WWE Championship Match at Money in the Bank on June 18.

Rusev made his first appearance on SmackDown LIVE via a pre-recorded video to express his disdain for both SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan. The Bulgarian Brute claimed that he would only ever appear on Team Blue if he got a championship opportunity at WWE Money in the Bank on June 18.

 

Randy Orton def. Erick Rowan (No Disqualification Match)

With his House of Horrors Match against the maniacal Bray Wyatt looming at WWE Payback this Sunday, Randy Orton faced off with The Eater of Worlds’ former disciple, Erick Rowan, in a No Disqualification Match on SmackDown LIVE.

Rowan brought his most brutal offense to try and weaken The Viper, even doling out some brutal lashes with a kendo stick. However, The Apex Predator battled back, putting Rowan through a table, ramming him into a steel chair and connecting with an RKO for the win.

After the contest, Orton got on the mic and promised The Eater of Worlds that the House of Horrors Match this Sunday will be Wyatt’s eternal hell. However, the WWE Champion was then interrupted by the No. 1 contender to his title, Jinder Mahal. The Maharaja emphatically stated that he would not put up with what he perceived as Orton’s disrespect toward him ahead of their match at WWE Backlash on May 21.

The two engaged in a war of words that saw The Singh Brothers, also known as The Bollywood Boyz, attack The Viper from behind. Mahal soon joined in, putting the exclamation point on the beatdown. The Maharaja then grabbed the WWE Championship and raised it above his head before leaving with it, sending the clear message that he was as serious of a threat to Orton’s title reign as anyone.

 

Breezango def. The Ascension in a Beat the Clock Challenge Match

Breezango vs. The Ascension - Beat the Clock Challenge Match: SmackDown LIVE, April 25, 2017

Can one of these teams beat the time set by American Alpha to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity?

With American Alpha’s win time of 5:17 looming large, Breezango and The Ascension knew they would have to act quickly if they wanted to secure top contendership to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at WWE Backlash.

Konnor & Viktor attempted to use their size and strength to wear down Tyler Breeze & Fandango, but Fandango connected with the Falcon Arrow onto Viktor, allowing Breezango to topple The Ascension with 2:36 to spare to become the new No. 1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Titles!

 

SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi vs. Charlotte ended in a no contest

After Charlotte Flair defeated Naomi to become No. 1 contender last week, The Queen and the SmackDown Women’s Champion squared off in tonight’s main event, this time with the title on the line.

The two Superstars left it all in the ring, dazzling the WWE Universe with a technically-sound, athletically-fueled contest. However, the victor would never be determined, as the scheming group of Natalya, Carmella and Tamina interrupted the match and attacked The Queen and Naomi, causing the contest to be thrown out.

The three Superstars were so aggressive in their assault of Flair that Naomi opted to come to her rival’s aid. However, the numbers game was too great, and the three left Charlotte and the champion laying as they basked in the glory of their excellently executed plan.