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WWE SmackDown Live recap, results, and grades: Roman Reigns mystery continues

WWE SmackDown Live recap, results, and grades
Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, and Roman Reigns were all big parts of SmackDown Live this week. Pic credit: WWE

WWE SmackDown Live this week had more of the mystery of who attacked Roman Reigns as well as the main event that saw Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton continue their feud.

Here is the WWE SmackDown Live recap, results, and grades for the show.

Kevin Owens opens WWE SmackDown Live and comes to the ring to a hero’s welcome. He talks about beating Shane McMahon and moving on now to the King of the Ring tournament, starting next week.

However, Shane McMahon comes out and says he isn’t finished with Kevin Owens. Since Owens beat the hell out of Elias at SummerSlam and Elias was a special guest referee, McMahon fines Kevin Owens $100,000.

Owens makes it clear that $100,000 is his kid’s future and asks Shane to reconsider, but McMahon said “nope.”

Charlotte Flair vs. Ember Moon

At SummerSlam, Charlotte Flair beat Trish Stratus while Ember Moon lost to Bayley, so this match sees Moon with a lot to prove.

She didn’t prove it. She looked decent in the match, and it went 11 minutes, but Charlotte was the star here, and it looks like Moon is back to square one.

Winner: Charlotte Flair (**)

Daniel Bryan and Rowan say tonight they will clear their name in the Roman Reigns’ attack allegations. They say Buddy Murphy was lying and anyone would lie if someone were choking them out.

Roman Reigns vs. Buddy Murphy

Buddy Murphy was the best thing about 205 Live when he was there but has done nothing since moving up to SmackDown Live. He proved to everyone what he is capable of tonight.

Roman Reigns took Buddy Murphy lightly and paid for it. This match was one of Reigns’ best in a long time, and Murphy proved he is a legit star in the ring.

They went 13 minutes, and Murphy put on one hell of a fight against Reigns. If he can do this against Reigns, Murphy should be able to beat anyone on SmackDown Live.

Winner: Roman Reigns (****)

Kevin Owens vs. Samoa Joe

Shane McMahon has booked Samoa Joe to fight Kevin Owens as he looks for revenge for SummerSlam. Elias is named the outside ring official again.

Owens started to get the advantage and almost got the pin before Elias pulled the referee out, slamming him to the ground and then running in and counting a blazingly fast three count to give Joe the win.

This match was disappointing because Joe vs. KO is a dream match that was a just part of the McMahon story here.

Question: If Kevin Owens was fined $100,000 for attacking Elias, shouldn’t Elias also get fined for attacking the referee tonight?

Winner; Samoa Joe (* 1/2)

Daniel Bryan and Rowan found Buddy Murphy in the locker room and beat the hell out of him. Rowan is choking him out, and Bryan demands he admit to lying and he said he was lying. Bryan hates a liar.

Randy Orton comes out before the main event and asks Kofi Kingston to make the New Day vs. Revival main event a six-man match and Kofi agrees.

The New Day vs. The Revival and Randy Orton

There were just about 12 minutes left on SmackDown Live when the match started. The six men worked well together, as expected.

This match was decent with everyone looking good. The end came when Kofi took out Orton outside the ring. The Revival took advantage of the 2-on-1 with Xavier Woods and pinned him after a very sloppy looking Shatter Machine.

After the match, Orton RKO’d all three members of New Day one after the other with The Revival helping. Could these three start a faction? Eric Bischoff loves to create factions.

Winners: The Revival and Randy Orton (** 1/2)

Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Rowan are in the locker room, and Roman Reigns walks in. Bryan demands an apology just like Samoa Joe got from Reigns.

Roman won’t do it, and as he starts to walk up on Rowan and Bryan, DB tells him to back off because they know who did it and will bring the guilty party to him next week.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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