Yesterday marked the last night before Smackdown Live comes up with the annual PPV event, Clash of Champions on this Sunday. It is going to be the final PPV event of the year 2017, as the blue brand received the last chance to hype-up the upcoming show. The night witnessed the main event of Shinsuke Nakamura going against Kevin Owens in a singles match.
In the middle of the match, chaos broke out that forced the general manager of the show to come out and act as the special guest referee. He called down the match right in the middle by letting Owens and Zayn win the contest and pick up some momentum before Sunday Night.
The night also witnessed a return of a former ECW superstar named Colin, Delaney. The social media was quite responsive about this sudden comeback and even mentioned him as the earlier version of James Ellsworth. He did not have a good time inside the ring since The Bludgeon Brothers man-handled him alongside his partner. On a fallout video, Delaney expressed his feelings while coming back to the company.
Two dark matches were in store including one championship match for the crowd in attendance in Cleveland, Ohio. The first one featured Tye Dillinger competing against Mike Kanellis. As per the general norm, Tye defeated Mike with his finishing manoeuvre. This contest has become pretty predictable by featuring in the dark segment on a regular basis.
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The other dark match witnessed the WWE Championship being on the line. AJ Styles wrestled Jinder Mahal over the title just before his title defence at Clash of Champions and retained it in style to send the crowd home on a happy note.
Rusev and Aiden English were seen in a happy mood after picking up a huge win over the Smackdown tag team champions to pick up the ultimate momentum before heading towards Clash of Champions. On the fallout show, they spoke about bringing some surprises after they arrive to compete in the tag team championship match on this Sunday. Dolph Ziggler was seen cutting a promo on his PPV match for the US title, as well.