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WWE SmackDown Results August 22nd 2017, Shelton Benjamin returns to WWE

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Updated: 23 August 2017 07:28 IST - Published: 23 August 2017 06:07 IST
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Styles used the distraction to hit Owens with a guillotine and then a Phenomenal Forearm for the win.

AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens
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Both men took each other down with a clothesline and Shane McMahon came out. KO hit Styles with a low blow and covered him as Corbin counted. As Corbin was about to count to 3, Shane pulled Corbin out of the ring. Corbin gave Shane the ref's shirt and left. needless to say, Owens was disgusted.
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AJ breaks out of the hold and goes for a Phenomenal Forearm. KO ducks and Styles locks in a Calf Crusher instead. As Owens was about to reach the ropes, Styles rolled him back into the middle of the ring. Corbin broke up the hold telling Styles that KO touched the rope. Owens then pushed Styles into Corbin and with Styles distracted, he rolled him up but Styles kicked out.
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Back from the commercial, KO is in control with one of his trademark headlocks. Corbin has called the match down the middle so far but he looks super-weird in a ref's shirt.
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AJ Styles (C) vs Kevin Ownes (for the WWE US Championship)

Baron Corbin is the special guest referee for this match. Owens left the ring as soon as the match began before hitting Styles with a cheapshot to take control. He then pounded Styles in the corner.

AJ hit back, sending KO rolling out before hitting him with a springboard elbow as we headed to commercial.
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Dolph Ziggler is backstage. He's upset that his big return has only culminated in a backstage segment. He says he had finally found out what it took to be successful in WWE - dance moves, lights, lasers and big fancy robes. He said he would also have a woman who glows in the dark accompany him to the ring.
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Becky finally made the tag and Naomi hit a sunset flip roll-up on Natalya. Carmella had her back turned and she was talking to Ellsworth when Natalya made the blind tag, much to Carmella's chagrin. Nattie then chased Carmella into the ring and Bbecky caught Carmella and hit her with an Exploder Suplex.
Naomi finished Carmella off with a split-legged Moonsault for the win. This wasn't how Carmella imagined tonight going.

Becky Lynch and Naomi def. Carmella and Natalya
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Nattie went to make a tag but Carmella just got off the apron. Becky used the time to get back on her feet and hit an enzeguiri. Becky Lynch headed to the top rope but Nattie caught her foot and planted her onto the mat.
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Natalya and Becky Lynch are legal as we get back to the action. Natalya sends Becky face-first into the turnbuckle before stomping a mudhole into her. Nattie then locks in a headlock but Becky powers her way back up to her feet. Natalya replies with a discus clothesline, almost beheading Becky.
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Naomi and Becky Lynch vs Carmella and Natalya

Carmella and Naomi started us off but Carmella immediately tagged in Natalya. Nattie and Naomi were about to lock up when we headed to the break.
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Carmella came out next and she donned new ring-gear. She told Natalya that even though she thought it was her time, she was in Carmella's sights and on borrowed time. Carmella then added that she let Nattie have her moment at SummerSlam but her time would come.

Ellsworth said that Nattie should watch her back since Carmella could cash in at the end of the match.
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Natalya comes out with her newly won SmackDown Women's Championship belt. She took the mic and said that she extinguished the glow and she vowed to stay champion for a long time.
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Nakamura then stacked the two Singh's onto the top turnbuckle and hit a running knee to the gut. He then tossed one of the Singh's out of the ring and locked in a Triangle Choke on the other. He tapped out promptly.

Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Singh Brothers
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Shinsuke Nakamura vs The Singh Brothers (\w Jinder Mahal)

Nakamura immediately hit each Singh Brother with a low kick sending them scurrying back to their corner. When they got ready to fight again, Nakamura piled them into the corner and hit the double good vibrations.


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Moo Rawley takes Jey Uso down outside the ring before Jimmy Uso neutralizes him with a superkick. Jey then distracts Zack Ryder, who was on the top rope, helping Jimmy to pull him down. Jimmy then hit a superkick for the win.

The Usos def. The Hype Bros
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As Jimmy Uso is down, Rawley makes the tag. Zack Ryder comes in hot and he's all over Jimmy Uso. He's set to go for the Broski Boot but Jey Uso pulls his brother out of the ring.
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Jimmy tagged in his brother Jey as the Usos took control. They trade tags and grind Mojo Rawley down as Zack Ryder gets even more desperate for the tag. 
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Hype Bros vs The Usos

The SmackDown Tag-Team Champions are in action against the Hype Bros. Mojo Rawley starts off against Jimmy Uso and starts off strong. He plants Jimmy before hitting a forearm in the corner.
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Daniel Bryan is backstage with Chad Gable. Gable is disappointed with everyone asking him about Jason Jordan and his father Kurt Angle. Angle replies that he didn't just send Jordan to RAW but made a deal to sign one of his friends. He then introduced Shelton Benjamin who's returning after 7 years and would be Chad Gake's new partner. Their tag-team will debut next week.
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Renee Young joins Bobby Roode in the ring. Roode congratulates Shane and Daniel Bryan for breaking the bank and signing him. He then said that in a New York Minute, SD went from being great to GLORIOUS.

As we get ready for the next segment, let's take another look at Bobby Roode's GLORIOUS entrance.
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English is on the top rope but he misses his senton and Roode plants him with a Spinebuster. Roode then hits the Glorious DDT and it's all over. A very impressive debut from Bobby Roode.

Bobby Roode def. Aiden English
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We're back from commercial as Roode hits English with an Inverted Atomic Drop. The crowd explodes as Roode takes English down and hits a Blockbuster from the top rope. English replies by hitting his finisher The Director's Cut but Roode kicks out at 2.
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Aiden English vs Bobby Roode

As the match starts, Roode taunts Aiden English with his GLORIOUS pose before English tried to get in a pose of his own. Roode kicks English across the chest before clotheslining him over the ropes. We then head to commercial as Aiden English regroups.
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Aiden English is singing in the middle of the ring when he's interrupted by BOBBY ROODE! It's Bobby Roode! The former NXT Champion just made his SmackDown Live debut. This is huge!
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Kevin Owens is backstage with Sami Zayn. Owens asks Zayn to be the special guest referee later tonight. He asks Zayn to put their differences behind them since he wasn't doing much on SmackDown anyway.

Will Zayn agree to be the special guest referee for AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens?
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Daniel Bryan is backstage and he is joined by The Singh Brothers who introduce Jinder Mahal. Jinder comes on screen and he said that Daniel Bryan understood that he was an unstoppable WWE Champion. Bryan replied that all he saw was that Jinder couldn't win without The Singh Brothers.

Daniel Bryan then announced that Nakamura deserved retribution and would face The Singh Brothers in a handicap match later in the night. This will be The Singh Brothers debut match on WWE SmackDown.
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AJ's tired of Kevin Owens' whining and says that he will defend the title again tonight against Owens. KO replied that he wanted to pick the referee.

Shane replied that he would allow KO to pick the referee but this would be his last shot as long as Styles was US Champion.

Is this the last chapter of this epic feud or is there an epic twist around the corner?
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KO tells Shane McMahon that  he had survived a helicopter crash, a 450 Splash from AJ had disorientated him and cost KO the title. Owens then shows footage from SummerSlam which showed that Shane's hand hit the mat thrice despite AJ's foot being on the rope. Owens said that this should stand since KO had been pinned a few weeks ago even though his shoulder wasn't on the mat and the ref's decision had stood final.
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Kevin Owens answers Styles' challenge but AJ has no time for it. He says that he already beat KO at SummerSlam to which Owens replied that Shane screwed him over just like his father had screwed Bret.
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Styles receives a raucous reception from Brooklyn and they chant along with him as he starts his promo. Styles then announced that he was restarting the US Open Title Challenge. Who will meet him?
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Good morning. This is Pratyay and welcome to Sportskeeda's coverage of WWE SmackDown Live. The show kicks of with the WWE US Champion, AJ Styles.
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Backstage Spoilers On Tonight's SmackDown

The Maharaja Jinder Mahal's sidekicks, The Sing Brothers, namely Sameer and Sunil Singh were involved in the WWE Championship match between Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura. The brothers took a few big kicks from The Artist and it is being reported by PWInsider that the Singh Brothers will face Shinsuke Nakamura in a handicap match on tonight's episode of SmackDown.
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Top NXT Superstar Spotted By Fans:

Bobby Roode was backstage last night on RAW as we reported it here. Roode was spotted by fans arriving at Barclays Center ahead of tonight's SmackDown Live
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Will Nakamura be looking for payback?

Many members of the WWE Universe saw SummerSlam as Shinsuke Nakamura’s coming out party, believing he would knock out Jinder Mahal and take the WWE Championship. However, thanks to an assist from The Singh Brothers, The Modern Day Maharaja walked out of Brooklyn with Team Blue’s top prize still in his clutches.

Surely, The King of Strong Style will not let Mahal and The Singhs go quietly. Will Nakamura be searching for retribution when SmackDown LIVE returns to Brooklyn?

How is Kevin Owens handling his loss to AJ Styles?

Another Superstar whose SummerSlam didn’t go quite as planned was Kevin Owens. KO was a hair away from recapturing the United States Title, only for special guest referee Shane McMahon to wave off the three-count after seeing AJ Styles’ foot on the bottom rope. A furious Owens ignored Shane’s warnings and put his hands on the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner, earning a shove back into Styles, who was ready with a Phenomenal Forearm and Styles Clash to retain his title.

How will Owens deal with his defeat at The Biggest Event Of The Summer?

Another Superstar whose SummerSlam didn’t go quite as planned was Kevin Owens. KO was a hair away from recapturing the United States Title, only for special guest referee Shane McMahon to wave off the three-count after seeing AJ Styles’ foot on the bottom rope. A furious Owens ignored Shane’s warnings and put his hands on the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner, earning a shove back into Styles, who was ready with a Phenomenal Forearm and Styles Clash to retain his title. How will Owens deal with his defeat at The Biggest Event of The Summer?

How will SmackDown LIVE’s women react to new champion Natalya?

After 2,395 days, Natalya is once again a champion in WWE after defeating Naomi to win the SmackDown Women’s Title at SummerSlam. With a division ready to step up and knock her off her throne, however, there won’t be much time to celebrate for the titleholder.

Not only will she have to contend with Naomi, who will certainly be ready for a rematch, but Ms. Money in the Bank Carmella is always waiting in the wings with her guaranteed title opportunity. With the women of Team Blue anxious to step up, how long will Natalya’s reign last?

Will The New Day bounce back from losing the SmackDown Tag Team Titles?

The Power of Positivity was put on lockdown at The Uso Penitentiary during the SummerSlam Kickoff on Sunday, as Jimmy & Jey Uso dethroned The New Day, winning the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.

With their fourth reign as tag team champions in WWE under way, how will The Usos continue to assert their dominance over the rest of Team Blue’s tandems? Will The New Day bounce back and try to reclaim the titles?