United States Champion Kevin Owens def. Chad Gable in the New Face of America Open Challenge
United States Champion Kevin Owens wanted to reignite the New Face of America Open Challenge for his title on SmackDown LIVE but was quickly surprised when the first challenger out the gate was AJ Styles. The Phenomenal One made it clear that he wanted nothing more than to defeat Owens for the United States Championship, but KO quickly maneuvered his way around Styles’ challenge by stating that the only competitors eligible for the open challenge were those from Dayton, Ohio.
Owens was in store for yet another surprise, though, when Chad Gable of American Alpha answered the call, seemingly claiming that the arena itself was his home. Styles instead moved to the commentary desk as he watched Gable challenge KO.
Refusing to back down, the tenacious Gable gave Owens everything he had and seemed poised to snag both the victory and the championship several times. However, Owens weathered the storm and retained the gold when he planted Gable into the canvas with a devastating Pop-up Powerbomb for three.