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WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS, THE FACE OF AMERICA OPEN CHALLENGE, TAG TEAM ACTION, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2017-04-18 21:59:00

This week's show starts off with a graphic In Memory of Matt A'noai.

We are in Louisville, Kentucky and your announcers are Byron Saxton, John Layfield, and Tom Phillips.

Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring.  

Charlotte says seven days ago, the Queen arrived on Smackdown Live.  Seven days and she has already lost her patience.  Did Daniel and Shane go on summer vacation early?  Are they binge watching Fast and Furious?  Charlotte says she is fastly getting furious.  They will deal with a Queen scorned.  How has she not been granted a title match yet?  She says she is only going to ask one more time.  What is taking . . . SO . . . LONG?

Naomi's music plays and she makes her way to the ring.  

She says that this is Smackdown and around here we don't have kings and we sure as hell don't have any queens.  What we do have are champions.  You are looking at one.  She says she has been watching Charlotte for a long time and she knows what she wants.  Naomi says that she does not like seeing Charlotte begging around here.  Naomi says she will give Charlotte what she wants because she is never scared.

Naomi says they are going to do this right here and right now.

Naomi punches Charlotte and throws her to the floor.

A referee holds Charlotte back.  Naomi drop kicks Charlotte off the apron and . . . 

Shane McMahon's music plays and he Shane-O Shuffles on the stage before addressing the situation.  He says if you want to see them fight, they will fight tonight.  Shane says superstars have to earn their opportunities here despite their pedigrees and resumes.  You still have to earn a title match.  If you can beat Naomi, you will become the number one contender for the Women's title and you will have a title match next week.

Charlotte punches Naomi and throws her to the floor before the match starts.

Naomi returns to the ring and she sends Charlotte to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Natalya is not in a good mood in Shane's office.  Natalya is not happy with the way that Charlotte is being treated because she should be given that chance. 

Shane says that Natalya had an opportunity at Wrestlemania.

Natalya disagrees and Shane says that all she had to do is ask.

Carmella and James Ellsworth enter and Carmella says she agrees with Natalya.  How can Shane let Charlotte get what she wants.

Ellsworth says that the person who deserves to be the face of the Smackdown's Women's Division is Carmella.

Tamina Snuka enters and she wants her chance against the champ.

Ellsworth tells Tamina to get in line and they all start to argue.

Natalya says this is Charlotte's fault, but she has a way to deal with this so she wants to sit down and talk with Carmella and Tamina about this.

Match Number One:  Sami Zayn versus Luke Harper versus Dolph Ziggler versus Mojo Rawley versus Erick Rowan versus Jinder Mahal in a Number One Contender Match

Mahal hits Ziggler and then they pair off with Rowan and Zayn as well as Mojo and Harper.  Harper sends Mojo into the turnbuckles and then he snap mares Rawley and kicks him in the back.  Rowan with a forearm to Mahal and Zayn and Rawley work over Harper.  Zayn with punches to Harper.  Mahal with punches to Rawley.  Mahal with shoulders to Rawley.  Rowan rakes Harper's eyes but Harper punches Rowan and sends him to the floor. 

Harper sends Ziggler into the air and then to the mat.  Harper follows with a boot and he gets a near fall.  Harper goes to the apron on an Irish whip and he connects with a forearm to Rowan and follows with a slingshot senton.  Harper with a Michinoku Driver to Zayn for a near fall.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for a superplex from Rawley to Ziggler.  They fall to the floor.  Harper superplexes Rowan and they go to the floor.  Zayn with a sunset flip power bomb to Mahal for a near fall.  Zayn goes for the Blue Thunder Bomb to Ziggler but Ziggler blocks it.  Ziggler with super kicks to Zayn and then Harper.  Harper with a clothesline for a near fall.  Rowan with a power bomb to Harper.  Mahal with a rollup for a near fall.  Mahal and Rowan go for clotheslines at the same time and both men are down.  Rawley with a shoulder tackle to Mahal and then Zayn ducks and Rawley goes over the top rope to the floor.

Harper sends Zayn to the floor and then Harper wtih a suicide dive to Mahal and then he returns to the ring for a suicide dive on Rawley and Zayn.  Ziggler drop kicks Harper off the apron and Ziggler runs into a spinning heel kick from Rowan for a near fall.  Rowan power bombs Ziggler onto everyone on the floor.  Rowan sends Zayn back into the ring and he gets a near fall.  Rowan sends Zayn to the floor and Harper returns to the ring as we go to commercial.

We are back and Ziggler and Rawley are in the ring.  Ziggler with a head butt and Rawley avoids a neck breaker and hits a series of shoulder tackles.  Rawley with a Stinger Splash but Ziggler with an uppercut.  Rawley catches Ziggler off the turnbuckles and then sends Ziggler to the mat.  Rawley knocks Rowan off the apron.  Rawley with a running forearm and Mahal sends Rawley to the floor.  Zayn breaks up Mahal's cover.  Mahal with a Harley Race knee but Rowan with a uranage to Mahal for a near fall.  Rowan with a forearm to Harper but Harper punches Rowan from the turnbuckles.  Ziggler sends Rowan into Harper on the turnbuckles and Ziggler with a Zig Zag to Rowan but Rowan kicks out.

Ziggler with a drop kick to Harper but Harper counters a Fameasser into a sit out power bomb and Harper gets a near fall.  Harper signals that it is over but Mahal pulls Harper to the floor and then he sends Harper into the ring steps.  Mahal misses a shoulder in the corner and hits the ring post and goes to the floor.  Zayn with a flip dive onto Harper.  Rowan grabs Zayn on the apron but Rawley with a shoulder tackle.  Zayn with an Arabian Press onto Rawley.  Zayn with an Exploder to Mahal in the corner.  Zayn sets for the Helluva Kick but the Bollywood Boys grab Zayn's legs and Mahal with a cobra clutch slam for the three count.

Winner:  Jinder Mahal

After the match, Renee Young interviews Jinder.  Jinder says you want to boo the Maharajah.  You boo because he is not the stereotypical All American.  Is it because of his family wealth?  It is because he speaks two languages?  You Americans do not accept diversity but you have no choice but to accept Jinder Mahal as your next WWE Champion.

Randy Orton's music plays and he makes his way onto the stage.

Randy says he guesses congratulations are in order.  You have won the jackpot, but your prize won't be this title.  

Orton enters the ring.  The only prize you have awarded yourself is an RKO from yours truly.  Before he puts his hands on Jinder, he has to deal with another thorn in his side.

Randy says he does not know what a House of Horrors Match is, but if it is like the last house you took him to, he will burn it down as well.

Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron and he tells Randy he wants him to feel his pain.  He wants Randy to feel his suffering.  All of the agony that he has had to endure, orchestrated by your hand.  Still, none of these things will compare to what you will face in his House of Horrors.  You don't understand what you are getting yourself into.  You may walk into the House of Horrors as the viper, but he promises Randy he will never walk out.  Never . . . RUN

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Shinsuke Nakamura video package.

Renee Young is with AJ Styles.  She asks him about his US Title Match and who would he prefer to face.  AJ says it does not matter because he has the home court advantage.  This is the show that AJ Styles built.

Baron Corbin interrupts and Renee says that she is interviewing AJ.

Baron asks why is Renee interviewing him.

AJ reminds Baron that he beat Baron and Sami last week.

Baron says he stood up to Kevin last week and then AJ and Sami stuck their noses into the situation.

AJ says if Baron wants an encore, he can beat Baron tonight.

Baron accepts and says that AJ asked for this.

Charlotte walks in the back and she is confronted with a united front.  Natalya welcomes Charlotte to Smackdown.  Ellsworth says they are humbled to be in the presence of such greatness.  Charlotte walks past them and bumps into Carmella.  We go to commercial.

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