WWE didn't leave things to chance, and according to reports, they officially banned all pool oriented toys from last night's SmackDown Live taping at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. He talked about his victory over Kevin Owens at SummerSlam and then attempted to change his focus to the U.S. Championship Open Challenge.
Still, Tuesday represented an enormous moment in the already stellar career of the Canadian. He will no longer receive a USA title match as long as Styles is champion.
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Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Singh Brothers via submission in a handicap match: The Singhs worked in their dress clothes, and Nakamura quickly picked up a win with a triangle choke. In the SmackDown Women's Championship match, Natalya pulled off a surprising win over Naomi. Styles took exception to this and argued with Corbin; Owens eventually ran Styles into Corbin, who proceeded to give Owens a pair of fast counts.
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That led to dirtier play from Owens, as he took advantage of Corbin's lack of fair play, prompting Commissioner Shane McMahon to rush out in an attempt to restore the match to an impartial state. The team of Naomi and Becky got the win after Becky hit an exploder suplex on Carmella and then Naomi hit a split legged moon-sault on her for the pin. But last Tuesday night WWE made the decision to scrap Baron's championship push because of his conduct on Twitter, and instead forced him to drop his title opportunity in an nearly comedic fashion that same night.More news: Trevor Siemian Named Broncos Starting QB
Backstage - Dolph Ziggler: In a sarcastic shoot-style promo, Ziggler said he was thrilled to be returning to SmackDown Live with a backstage segment and that he now knows what it takes to be a star in WWE - singing, playing guitar, rapping, lights, a fancy robe and a valet. Baron Corbin convinced Owens to let him be the referee as long as Corbin gets first dibs at the title. As they were arguing, Owens hit a low blow on Styles.
When the main event match arrived, "The Lone Wolf" Baron Corbin was Owens' special guest referee.
The confusion allowed Styles to hit the "Phenomenal Forearm" to retain the title, leaving a livid Owens in the ring. Shane McMahon came out.More news: Revenue Estimates Analysis Hibbett Sports, Inc. (HIBB)