Rift's SD Live commentary for 4/25/17 Submitted by Aaron Rift on 04/25/2017 at 07:55 PM
- Smackdown opened with Shinsuke Nakamura. Before he could start his interview, Dolph Ziggler came out. Ziggler wouldn't let Nakamura talk and made fun of Nakamura for being like Michael Jackson. Nakamura called Ziggler a jackass and Ziggler attacked Nakamura. Nakamura turned things around and Ziggler retreated. It was a fine segment but a bit concerning that the fans were doing "WHAT?" chants when Nakamura briefly talked.
- AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin. Kevin Owens was on commentary. Owens distracted Styles and Styles kicked Owens in the face. Styles ended up picking up the pinfall victory but was quickly attacked by Owens. Owens and Corbin double teamed Styles. Sami Zayn made the save for Styles. The heels were able to turn the tables and Owens took out Styles with a popup powerbomb. I wasn't surprised to see Owens get involved but I was somewhat surprised that Corbin got pinned. I'm guessing we'll see a Teddy Long special soon.
- American Alpha vs. Primo and Epico in a Beat The Clock match. Alpha won in 5:17.
- A video was shown of Rusev stating that he doesn't like Daniel Bryan or Shane McMahon. Rusev said he will only appear on Smackdown Live if he gets a title shot at Money in the Bank.
- Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan in a NoDQ match. Orton knocked Rowan off the apron through a table with a kendo stick. Rowan gained control by using the steel steps. Orton came back and won with the RKO. This was a decent but predictable match.
- After his match, Orton said he doesn't know what a House of Horrors match but it will be Bray Wyatt's eternal hell. Jinder Mahal came out and cut a promo on Orton as the crowd chanted "USA!" Mahal said he has been disrespected and will bring the title back to his people. The Bollywood Boyz appeared and the three attacked Orton. Mahal left with the WWE Title belt. The context of Mahal's promo was basically a re-creation of the promos that Muhammad Hassan did over a decade ago.
- Breezango defeated The Ascension in 2:37 to win the Beat the Clock challenge and get a tag team title match against The Usos at Backlash. I am a bit surprised that Breezango won the match. It's good for them to get the push but it sucks for American Alpha, a team that feels very insignificant right now.
- Naomi vs. Charlotte for the SD Live Women's Title. There were several nearfalls before Naomi got her knees up when Charlotte went for a moonsault. Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina ended up attacking both Charlotte and Naomi, causing the match to be thrown out. It looks like Charlotte is turning face after being attacked by the other Smackdown women.