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WWE SMACKDOWN TAPING
MAY 9, 2017
LONDON, ENGLAND AT O2 ARENA
REPORT BY PAUL JACQUES, PWTORCH CORRESPONDENT
(1) Tye Dillinger beat Aiden English
-Randy Orton started talking about the House of Horrors. He was quickly interrupted by Jinder Mahal, who said he’d win the title at Backlash.
-Kevin Owens was out shortly after and he was followed by A.J. Styles. Baron Corbin came out afterward. He was very quickly attacked by Sami Zayn. A brawl escalated. On the screen a six0man tag was announced for later.
(1) Natalya (w/Carmela, Tamina, James Ellsworth) beat Becky Lynch (w/Naomi, Charlotte) when Natalya pinned Becky. A brawl nearly happened outside the ring but Charlotte pulled Naomi away, this distracted Becky and Natalya pinned her from this.
-Natalya & Tamini & Carmella vs. Becky & Charlotte & Naomi was announced for Backlash.
(2) Erik Rowan pinned Luke Harper after a spinning powerslam. A short but loud “Fire Bradshaw” chant broke out during this match, lasted less than 30 seconds.
-Dolph Ziggler was bad-mouthing Shinsuke Nakamura. Shinsuke came to the ring and challenged Dolph to a match right now. Dolph said no, they’d fight at Backlash. They ended up having a quick brawl which Shinsuke got the better of.
(3) Breezango beat The Ascension when Fandango pinned Viktor after a top rope legdrop.
(4) Jinder Mahal & Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn & A.J. Styles & Randy Orton when Mahal pinned Orton with his slam finisher.
205 LIVE TAPING
Jack Gallagher opened the show with Austin Aries. Jack was planning on toasting Aries to thank him for saving him on Raw. Neville interrupted them and TJP attacked Aries from behind. A brawl between the four happened and it ended with Jack and Aries in the ring downing a beer each.
(1) Mustaffa Ali pinned Tony Nese
(2) Akira Tozawa pinned Brian Kendrik. After Kendril gave Tozawa a pretty bad beat down.
-Only the Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler dark match remains.