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WWE SmackDown 5 Takeaways: AJ Styles Is Moving On

12 October 2017

Can Shane McMahon avenge the savage assault on his father by Kevin Owens or will the unhinged Kevin Owens drag the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner to hell and back inside Hell in a Cell and make good on his promise to beat another McMahon "senseless"?

Tuesday's edition of SmackDown opened with both teams coming out to the ring and having a moment of respect.

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.

Sunday at Hell in a cell Natalya technically lost to Charlotte Flair, yet Natalya retained the belt thanks to the champion's advantage. After referring to themselves as brothers, the pair then shared an emotional hug in the middle of the ring before continuously raising each other's hands up in celebration. Zayn in classic heel turn style revealed that he did it because he was exhausted of the mediocre rut he was stuck in.

Shinsuke Nakamura may have failed to grab the gold at Hell In A Cell, but he still had plenty of fight left in him as he teamed with Randy Orton to take down Rusev and Aiden English. The decisive win for Corbin was unexpected but added to the match. 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.

Jerry Jones takes part in meeting with players about protest remarks
They are still being paid, and I don't think they necessarily have the right to play in games. Jones just got carried away being a rich guy and there's no laws he has to respect".

A competitive match brought about a new set of challengers for the Usos and for Smackdown in general. 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.

AJ Styles invoked his rematch clause for the WWE United States Championship on WWE Smackdown last night, live on Sky Sports Main Event. The lone wolf defended his title showing the strength and size difference between him and styles.

United States Championship: Triple Threat Match: Baron Corbin def. AJ Styles (c) and Tye Dillinger by pinning Tye Dillinger following the Phenomenal Forearm by AJ Styles (c) to win the United States Title. Perhaps he and Dillinger renew the budding rivalry that they had going into Hell in a Cell.

WWE SmackDown Live can be seen Tuesdays at 8/7c on USA Network.

WWE SmackDown 5 Takeaways: AJ Styles Is Moving On