WWE SmackDown LIVE results, May 23, 2017: Styles and Nakamura rock out over Owens and Ziggler
AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura teamed up to take on United States Champion Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler in a main event that pitted four of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match participants against one another. In addition, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal threw a lavish Punjabi Celebration to honor his title victory.
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SmackDown LIVE Results : Quick Hits
- Shane McMahon announced the participants in this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
- Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch def. Carmella & Natalya
- Sami Zayn def. Baron Corbin
- WWE Champion Jinder Mahal held a Punjabi Celebration
- Tyler Breeze def. Jey Uso
- Fandango def. Jimmy Uso
- SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. Breezango
- AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler
SmackDown LIVE Results : Full Details
Shane McMahon announced the participants in this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
TOLEDO, Ohio — SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon kicked off the proceedings this week by announcing the loaded lineup for this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
- AJ Styles
- Baron Corbin
- Sami Zayn
- Dolph Ziggler
- Shinsuke Nakamura
- Kevin Owens (added to the match by Shane McMahon after petitioning or running his mouth, depending on how you want to view it)
However, that announcement was only the beginning, as tensions immediately rose between all six combatants with disrespect soaring through the air just like the Superstars will be in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match itself. Shane-O-Mac implemented some problem-solving, though, and made two major matchups for tonight: AJ Styles & WWE’s Rockstar, Shinsuke Nakamura, teaming up to take on Dolph Ziggler & Kevin Owens and, in a WWE Backlash rematch, Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin.
Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch def. Carmella & Natalya
Clearly looking for redemption after falling with Naomi in a chaotic Six-Woman Tag Team Match at WWE Backlash against the “welcoming committee,” Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch squared off against Carmella and the woman who made The Irish Lass Kicker tap out on Sunday, Natalya.
Charlotte & Becky broke through when, thanks in part to Naomi keeping Ellsworth at bay, Lynch locked in the Dis-arm Her on Carmella to get the submission victory.
Sami Zayn def. Baron Corbin
After Sami Zayn scored what many considered to be an upset victory over Baron Corbin at WWE Backlash, the two collided again on SmackDown LIVE, this time with Money in the Bank momentum very much in play.
Clearly operating with a new level of confidence in the wake of defeating The Lone Wolf two nights prior, The Underdog from The Underground moved swiftly and forcefully, catching Corbin off-guard with a rollup for the win.
After the surprisingly quick loss, an outraged Corbin brutally attacked Zayn, savaging him with a steel chair, brutalizing him around the arena and leaving The Underdog from the Underground in a crumbled heap.
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal held a Punjabi Celebration
Following his shocking WWE Championship win over Randy Orton at WWE Backlash, Jinder Mahal, accompanied by The Singh Brothers, wanted to kick off the golden age of The Modern-Day Maharaja in style. He first celebrated with drummers and dancers in grand fashion. He then chastised the WWE Universe for doubting him and basked in his triumph with an amazing pyrotechnics display.
Whether a golden age was beginning remained to be seen, but it was unquestionable that Mahal stood tall on this night.
Tyler Breeze def. Jey Uso
Fandango def. Jimmy Uso
Fresh off Tyler Breeze’s victory over Jey Uso moments prior, Fandango kept the streak going, besting Jimmy Uso after a wigged Tyler Breeze caused a major distraction, allowing Fandango to also snag a rollup victory.
After the contest, The Fashion Police tried to pluck at the enraged and embarrassed Usos, challenging them to a SmackDown Tag Team Title rematch right on the spot. Still visibly frustrated, Jimmy & Jey accepted and the title match was officially confirmed moments later.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. Breezango
Tyler Breeze and Fandango seemed to be firing on all cylinders as they attempted to right the wrongs of their loss to The Usos in a SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match at WWE Backlash. Clearly in The Usos’ heads after their pair of singles victories moments earlier, Breeze and Fandango seemed primed for the win. However, The Usos were just too crafty, landing a splash on Fandango immediately after he hit The Last Dance, catching him off guard and allowing The Usos to retain their titles.
AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler
With the Money in the Bank Ladder Match looming, four of SmackDown LIVE’s top Superstars linked up in tag team action with each side and every individual wanting to shine, as all of them proverbially moved one rung closer to potentially earning a guaranteed opportunity to challenge for the WWE Championship.
The hard-hitting contest saw no shortage of personal exchanges, as both AJ Styles and United States Champion Kevin Owens, as well as The Artist Known as Shinsuke Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler, looked to pick up where they left off at WWE Backlash.
At the end of a chaotic battle, The Phenomenal One and WWE’s Rockstar prevailed when Nakamura nailed the Kinshasa on The New Face of America for the win.