WWE SmackDown ratings get a post-Hell in a Cell bump

Tomas Mccoy
October 12, 2017

With Zayn back on his side and McMahon momentarily out of commission, Owens feels he now controls Smackdown Live.

The two teams came together and in an nearly uncharacteristic move, both paid large amounts of respect to each other.

The only other tag team with any credibility to challenge for the tag team titles at this point, given their dominance in recent weeks, would be the babyface team of Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable. Can Natalya re-enforce her claim of being "the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be" or will Charlotte Flair add another championship to her family's legacy by winning the SmackDown Women's Title?

In the ring, the rivalry between Ms. Money in the Bank Carmella and Becky Lynch was renewed.

For the sixth week in a row, SmackDown was up year-over-year, though it should be noted that last year's show went up against an Major League Baseball playoff game.

Randy Orton def. Rusev by pin following the RKO.

WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal (c) (with The Singh Brothers) def. Shinsuke Nakamura by pin following the Khallas to retain. The match went about how you would expect it to as the superstar pair dispatched Rusev and English. This would bring forth "Glorious" Bobby Roode, who would take issue with Dolph's tirade against flashy entrances, setting up a match between the two at WWE Hell in a Cell as Bobby Roode would go one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler eventually came out and accused Roode of cheating to get his victory at Hell in a Cell. This rivalry seems to be in its early stages and will be one to keep an eye on as Bobby Roode's star continues to rise on SmackDown Live.

Corbin faced AJ Styles in a match for the United States Championship in the main event of Smackdown Live and was able to retain his title. Having never been pinned to lose his title at HIAC, the phenomenal one threw out a brutal assault on the lone wolf, but came up short when his shoulder was injured by a counter-attack. Corbin then won the match after he nailed Styles with the End of Days for the three count allowing Corbin to remain the United States Champion. Corbin successfully defending the US Titles is a big step.

As for the New Day, it remains to be seen just where they may find themselves for the coming weeks.

WWE Smackdown LIVE took place from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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