We closed Smackdown Live with a huge main event that saw a grudge match between Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal. It was contested in a non-title capacity to let The Viper take his redemption against the WWE Champion. The Singh Brothers were not out with Mahal during the match and he could not capitalize. Orton connected with an RKO for the win.
The finishing moments got a bit sour for the crowd since Rusev came out of nowhere and attacked Orton who is his Summerslam opponent. A superkick from the back put down the Viper that closed the main show. However, WWE did not want the fans to go home on a bitter note.
So, in the dark match of the night, they reserved a huge contest for the crowd in Toronto. The fans during both Raw and Smackdown were rowdy enough and got to witness a street fight named after the city.
— BlueJay27Fraser? (@AceFraser27) August 9, 2017
Following the 205 Live show, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura formed a dream team to take on the team of Baron Corbin and Kevin Owens. It was quite an interesting street fight with no disqualification rule intact for the contest. The babyface team picked up the win to send back the crowd home, happily.
— WWE Trivia TO (@WWEtriviaTO) August 9, 2017
This was not the only dark match of the night. Prior to the kick-off of Smackdown Live, there was yet another off-TV segment consisting a match. The fans in attendance got to witness a huge six-man tag team action.
— Wrestling-News.Net (@WN_Net) August 8, 2017
Luke Harper and The Hype Bros teamed up to lock horns against the team of Aiden English and The Ascension. Quite expectedly, the fan favourite superstars picked up the win. According to the reports from wrestlingINC.com, Luke Harper received a huge pop from the crowd that might help him to return to the main show in future.
— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) August 9, 2017
The feud between Lana and Charlotte might not be over following the match that we have witnessed on Smackdown Live. These two had an altercation even on Twitter indicating that the rift will continue.
— WWE (@WWE) August 9, 2017
Plus, the women’s champion, Naomi was interviewed during the Smackdown fallout segment. She was not broken at all after suffering a pinfall at the hands of Carmella. So, she is not scared before heading towards Summerslam against Natalya.