WWE Smackdown: AJ Styles defends USA title against Kevin Owens

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WWE didn't leave things to chance, and according to reports, they officially banned all pool oriented toys from last night's SmackDown Live taping at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. A bump from Styles into Corbin, quickly saw the lone wolf referee become bias as can be. He was able to turn back the challenge of Shinsuke Nakamura thanks to a little distraction from the Singh Brothers.

Before the next match, Natalya came out and said that she promises to restore dignity to the Smackdown Women's title. McMahon shoved him back and that allowed Owens to roll up Styles and he almost got a pinfall.

It's a bit odd for Gable to have a tag team partner 11 years his senior, certainly one who is in his second stint with the company after a long time away. Shinsuke got the win after hitting a move off the second rope and putting a submission hold on one of the Singh Brothers.

We see Owens trying to talk Superstars into being the special guest referee for his match. Naomi got the win for her team on Carmella with the split legged moonsault.

Oh hey, Dolph Ziggler is back!


Owens was granted a final shot at the title and selected Baron Corbin as the guest referee after McMahon's inconsistent performance in a striped shirt at SummerSlam. While Corbin is distracted, Kevin Owens low blows Styles and when Corbin goes to count the pinfall, McMahon pulls him out of the ring to make sure there is a clean win. He said he learned what it takes to be a big star in WWE and all he needs is a big spotlight, a fancy robe, and a attractive woman that glows in the dark.

They started brawling then Styles sent Owens flying over the top rope to the floor.

That led to dirtier play from Owens, as he took advantage of Corbin's lack of fair play, prompting Commissioner Shane McMahon to rush out in an attempt to restore the match to an impartial state. Styles said that Corbin will have an opportunity if he answers the U.S. Open challenge because the challenge will be open every week.

They cut to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Owens stared down towards the ring at Shane and Styles as WWE "SmackDown" went off the air.

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