SmackDown Live: Preparing for war

Posted on Nov 1 2017 - 4:46pm by Shalene Hixon
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Photo of Shane McMahon courtesy of WWE’s official website.

SmackDown Live’s Survivor Series team is starting to take shape.

The show aired live from the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

We now know who will be the team captain: Shane McMahon. He came out to announce it to open the show as well as denounce the attack on General Manager Daniel Bryan last night on RAW.

Randy Orton already earned his spot on the team last week. The third spot was up for grabs when Bobby Roode faced Dolph Ziggler in a two out of three falls match.

The two went back and forth before Ziggler caught the Glorious One with a superkick to earn the first pinfall. Roode then scored his own pinfall, tying the score at one. Both exchanged finishers and near falls before Roode was able to hit one final Glorious DDT for the win, securing his spot on the blue brand’s team.

The fourth sport was decided in the main event, Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. The King of Strong Style lived up to his name early on, dealing a huge amount of punishment to Owens. It didn’t last long, however, as Owens began to wear down Nakamura.

After some back and forth action, Sami Zayn came down to the ring to look after Owens just as Nakamura was going for his finisher. Just as Zayn was getting ready to interfere, Orton came out to make the save.

Nakamura was finally able to hit the Kinshasa, earning the victory and the fourth spot on the team.

The United States Champion Baron Corbin was looking to exact some revenge on Sin Cara for the past couple of weeks. During their match, Corbin repeatedly tried to rip the luchador’s mask off. Sin Cara went into a rage, beating down Corbin until the referee had no choice but to disqualify him.

Then WWE Champion Jinder Mahal came out with the Singh Brothers to talk about his match with WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. AJ Styles came out to interrupt and take on Samir Singh.

The Phenomenal One made short work of Samir, but just as the match ended he was blindsided by Mahal and Sunir Singh. The Modern-Day Maharaja hit Styles with two Khallas finishers, clearly sending a message to Lesnar.

Rusev, who has been tormented by the New Day the past few weeks, was looking to take his frustrations out on Big E. The Bulgarian Brute took control early on, wearing Big E down with heavy strikes and holds.

Big E was finally able to get some offense in, but a distraction by Aiden English allowed Rusev to hit a devastating kick for the victory.