Who poses the bigger threat to The New Day right now?
R-Truth’s journey as 24/7 Champion took another interesting turn when he accidentally interrupted Shane McMahon Appreciation Night. The mishap briefly cost him the 24/7 Title, but Truth’s fortunes changed when he teamed with Roman Reigns to take on Elias & Drew McIntyre in the blue brand main event.
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Kevin Owens, who has been at odds with The New Day for several weeks, kicked off SmackDown LIVE to rail against WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, wondering aloud how much longer Kofi could continue at the same breakneck pace that he’s set since his title victory at WrestleMania. Owens suggested that he would be the one to save Kofi from himself … by wearing Kofi down prior to his title defense at WWE Super ShowDown against Dolph Ziggler and then subsequently turning around and defeating Ziggler for the WWE Title. Kofi hit the scene for his bout against Owens, proclaiming that tonight would be the night Owens paid for everything he’s done to his New Day brothers.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens reignited their recent rivalry with this clash on SmackDown LIVE. With both still harboring a lot of aggression after everything they’ve been through in recent weeks, the two Superstars went at it with intensity on SmackDown LIVE.
Both Superstars pulled out all the stops, including a pinpoint SOS from Kingston and two devastating Frog Splashes from Owens onto the banged-up WWE Champion. In the critical moments, The Dreadlocked Dynamo kicked out of KO’s ring-rattling Senton Splash from the top rope, evaded the Pop-up Powerbomb and connected with the Trouble in Paradise for another awe-inspiring victory.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan arrived on SmackDown LIVE, ready to regale the WWE Universe as to why they truly were the Planet’s Tag Team Champions and why they didn’t think much of any other SmackDown tag team. However, before the two could continue to rail on the WWE Universe, they were interrupted by Heavy Machinery, who immediately challenged the pair to an impromptu title fight. Bryan & Rowan were off-put by Otis & Tucker’s bravado, but they accepted Heavy Machinery’s challenge as a referee ran to the ring. However, despite accepting the challenge, Bryan revealed that the match wouldn’t be tonight in Oklahoma, and the champions made their exit.
Tonight’s challenge may not have been accepted, but Heavy Machinery are on Bryan & Rowan’s radar.
With their spat ongoing on social media, Carmella and Mandy Rose squared off on SmackDown LIVE after their match last week was interrupted by several Superstars fighting over the 24/7 Title and ended without a winner.
Sonya Deville joined Mandy, but Carmella came by her lonesome, as R-Truth was still scurrying about the arena trying to fend off 24/7 Championship competition. The two Superstars went at it ferociously, but Deville created a distraction that briefly took Princess Mella off her game, allowing Mandy the opportunity to catch Carmella with a rollup for the victory.
Shane McMahon declared tonight Shane McMahon Appreciation Night because … well, he can. Shane-O-Mac, accompanied by Drew McIntyre and Elias, first showed a video tribute to himself and then went on about how he would teach Roman Reigns a lesson at WWE Super ShowDown. This was followed by Elias beginning to deliver a heartfelt song to Shane. The performance was cut short when 24/7 Champion R-Truth darted out of the WWE Universe and into the ring with Drave Maverick in pursuit. Truth stopped Drake’s attack and fended him off to retain his title, but he was quickly laid to waste by Shane, Elias and McIntyre, with The Living Truth picking the bones to become the new 24/7 Champion. However, Shane didn’t stop there, announcing that Reigns & Truth will team up to take on Elias & McIntyre in a tag team match tonight!
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley faced a steep challenge on the blue brand as the Wild Card Rule brought Raw’s Lacey Evans into the fold to battle The Hugger. With Charlotte Flair providing guest commentary, Bayley showed off an aggressive streak that she doesn’t always let out, first shoving Charlotte at ringside and then putting down The Sassy Southern Belle with a rollup. It was a reversal of an Evans’ rollup that could’ve possibly secured the victory for The Sassy Southern Belle, but the official was briefly distracted by the irate Queen, who had hopped onto the apron.
Clearly frustrated over the fact that her chance at victory was inadvertently hindered by Charlotte’s distraction, The Lady blindsided Charlotte after the contest, but she was quickly met with a swift kick to the jaw. WWE officials quickly arrived to break up the two Superstars as Bayley observed with a smile from the entranceway.
After Elias defeated R-Truth earlier in the evening to capture the 24/7 Title, Truth now teamed with Roman Reigns to take on Elias & Drew McIntyre.
Reigns & Truth had to keep eyes in the back of their head with Shane McMahon in Drew and Elias’ corner. The Living Truth & The Scottish Psychopath grounded Truth, smothering him and keeping him from tagging in The Big Dog. However, once Truth finally separated from his imposing opponents, he made the elusive tag to Reigns, who promptly disposed of McIntyre with a Superman Punch and then caused a McIntyre wipeout when Shane-O-Mac unsuccessfully got involved. From there, Reigns nearly de-booted Elias with a thunderous Spear for the 1-2-3.
The Ws didn’t stop there for Roman and Truth, as a staggered Elias was once again met with a wicked Spear, giving Truth the opening to crawl over to Elias and pin him to regain the 24/7 Championship!