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The SmackDown Live Review – October 3rd, 2017

Last stop before Hell in a Cell. This episode of SmackDown Live is set to be tense. Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens are going to stand face-to-face one last time before their Hell in a Cell match. Baron Corbin and Tye Dillinger will square off. Shinsuke Nakamura, The Usos and The New Days are set to have a lot to say. 

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The show opened with Renee Young in the ring for an interview of Shinsuke Nakamura. She asked him how he was affected by Mahal crossing lines with his recent comments. He told her words will never hurt him, unlike stick and stones may break bones. When Nakamura mentioned the WWE Championship, The Singh Brothers came to the stage and while introducing The Modern Day Maharaja, Mahal attacked Nakamaura from behind. Sneak attack as usual, Nakamura fought back and was going for the Kinshasa but The Singh Brothers grabbed his legs and Mahal hit the Khallas. Mahal posed, fans booed.

HERE ARE THE OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPENED:

– Natalya and Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth) defeated Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Earlier, Natalya warned Carmella not to try to cash in her Money in The Bank contract on Sunday. Flair and Lynch were in full control of the match but Natalya distracted the referee, allowing Carmella to hit Lynch with the briefcase and Flair to be distracted. Natalya hit her from behind and applied the Sharpshooter for the victory.

– Bobby Roode defeated Mike Kanellis in a very short match (spinebuster, Glorious DDT and pinfall). Dolph Ziggler came to interrupt his celebration, taunting Roode about his entrance for Hell in a Cell. Ziggler congratulated Roode on finally weaseling himself into the back door of WWE after all these years and said he’s going to show the world an entrance like we’ve never seen before on Sunday. Ziggler added he’s going to expose Roode for what he is, nothing more than an entrance. Ziggler left the ring, Roode tried to prove him wrong by showing him how to make a Glorious entrance.

– The Usos warned The New Day about what’s to come at Hell in a Cell. War words between the teams. The New Day claimed they’ve changed the tag team division and so will retain the titles in the Cell.

– Backstage, Jinder Mahal told Nakamura underestimated him, just like the WWE Universe, and he will still be our WWE Champion after Hell in a Cell.

– Tye Dillinger defeated Baron Corbin. Very nice match, Dillinger answered to every Corbin’s attack. Corbin had to knock him off into the steel steps to take control. But Dillinger rolled him up for the win. First “big” victory for Dillinger since he started in the main roster. AJ Styles said to an upset Corbin, via big screen, his loss streak will continue this Sunday (Corbin lost to Cena at SummerSlam, failed to cash in his Money in the Bank contract)

– Susan G. Komen segment with Dana Warrior presenting pink replica belts  to breast cancer survivors. The SmackDown Live full Women’s roster was in the ring to congratulate the 3 female Warriors who shook the ropes like the Warrior was doing.

– Randy Orton destroyed Shakespeare in Love, sorry Aiden English. English came to the ring with Rusev, ripped the crowd’s eardrums while singing a Happy Rusev Day. Rusev promised to destroy Orton at Hell in a Cell, so more Happy Rusev Days are going to come. Rusev distracted Orton as the bell rang, so English took control. But one RKO outta nowhere and English was out of speech. Orton was smiling as Rusev was backing up the ramp.

– Backstage Sami Zayn warned Shane McMahon about how Owens can become when he snaps. But Shane replied he won’t be locked in the Cell with Owens, Owens will be locked in the Cell with him.

– In the main-event, Shane O’Mac came to the ring to face Kevin Owens. Owens didn’t appear and Shane said just like he thought, Owens is a no-show. Shane added Owens’ true colors come out when his back is against the wall. He continued claiming he was going to change Owens’ life when the Cell doors close. Shane changed the rules – the Cell match will now be Falls Count Anywhere. Shane wanted to beat some humility into Owens, beyond recognition. Owens appeared walking down the stairs of the arena. Owens stopped, tried to turn back but Shane rushed to join him. The attack started in the stairs, continued in the arena’s entrance where Owens powerbombed Shane through a merchandise table and sent him into a concrete column.

Owens brought Shane back to the ring through the crowd and grabbed a mic to agree with the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation, so he could beat Shane anywhere he wants to. Owens promised Shane to powerbomb him over and over until he forgets the names of his sons and to throw him off the Cell, so Shane will not have to jump off it.

The tauting and fight continued over a barrier, over the announce table. Shane was crawling, referees and officials tried to check on Shane but Owens continued his attack with a superkick and a nasty Pop-up Powerbomb. Owens finally left the ring as Shane was laying on the mat, pointing at him.

This Hell in a Cell PPV is set to be a must-see. The match between Shane and Owens was built to be a great one. As far as tonight episode is concerned, many words, many taunting. Great performance of Tye Dillinger. But nothing more as The Blue House was already locked in its Cell. 

*****

Here is the final card of Hell in a Cell

Falls Count Anywhere Hell In a Cell Match: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens

Hell In a Cell for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles:  The New Day (c) vs The Usos

WWE Title Match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Natalya (c) vs. Charlotte Flair 

WWE United States Title Match: AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin

Randy Orton vs. Rusev

Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler

Kickoff Pre-show Match: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable vs. Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley

All pics courtesy of WWE.com