With ladders adorning the stage in preparation for the WWE Money-in-the-Bank pay-per-view this Sunday, SmackDown LIVE would kick off with 8-Man Tag action as, before they challenge The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at WWE Money-in-the-Bank this Sunday, The New Day’s Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston, with Big E in their corner, would team with Breezango to face SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos and The Colons. At the end of a wild match, it was Kofi Kingston holding Primo in place as Xavier Woods come off of the top rope with a double stomp to the chest of Primo as Xavier pins Primo to pick up the win for his team.
Before she defends the SmackDown Women’s Title against Lana this Sunday at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi would go one-on-one with one of the five participants in the Women’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, Tamina, in a non-title match, with Lana at ringside. In the end, it was Naomi hitting the split-legged moonsault on Tamina, pinning Tamina for the win. However, there would be no time for Naomi to celebrate as Lana would ambush the SmackDown Women’s Champion, planting Naomi with a fisherman’s spinebuster! Lana would then grab the SmackDown Women’s Title belt, holding it high over her head in what could be a sign of things to come this Sunday.
Five nights before they square off in a rematch for the WWE Championship at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, with The Singh Brothers in tow, and “The Viper” Randy Orton would confront each other face-to-face on SmackDown LIVE. The champion would make his way to the ring first, telling the fans to stand up and show some “respect” for the WWE Champion. Jinder then says that Randy Orton is “afraid” of disappointing his friends and family in his hometown of St. Louis this Sunday before saying that Orton has a “fear of Jinder Mahal”.
The champion continues, vowing to tear down Orton’s “legacy” until there is nothing left, saying that the sun has risen on a “new era”, the era of the “Modern Day Maharaja”. Jinder then addresses the fans in Punjabi before Randy Orton’s music interrupts the proceedings. Upon hearing the music, Jinder sends The Singh Brothers out to intercept “The Viper” but the veteran had a plan as Orton would enter through the crowd, catching the WWE Champion with the RKO before quickly slipping out of the ring and back into the crowd! Orton then stares down Jinder and The Singh Brothers from the crowd as The Singh Brothers stand over their fallen leader.
Before they are two of the five competitors in the Women’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match at WWE Money-in-the-Bank this Sunday, Charlotte Flair would go one-on-one with Natalya on SmackDown LIVE. At the end of a hard-fought match between the two second-generation Superstars, it was Charlotte hitting Natalya with Natural Selection, pinning Natalya for the win.
Then it was time for the main event as, five nights before they take part in the Men’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles would team with Sami Zayn and “The Artist Known As” Shinsuke Nakamura to face United States Champion Kevin Owens, “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin, and Dolph Ziggler in a 6-Man Tag match. In the end, it was Sami Zayn scoring with the Helluva Kick to Baron Corbin, pinning his bitter rival to pick up the win for his team. However, as soon as the match was over, Dolph Ziggler would blindside Sami Zayn and AJ Styles, putting the boots to both men as Kevin Owens sends Shinsuke Nakamura into the barricade on the outside. The United States Champion then brings a ladder into the ring as Owens and Ziggler use the ladder as a weapon to take out both Sami Zayn and AJ Styles. Owens and Dolph then get in each other’s faces, arguing over who is winning the briefcase this Sunday.
However, the argument is interrupted by Baron Corbin, who knocks Kevin Owens into Dolph Ziggler before Corbin grabs a ladder, using it to take out Kevin Owens. “The Lone Wolf” then uses the ladder to knock Dolph off of the ring apron. Corbin then sets up the ladder in the ring before symbolically climbing towards the top, but Shinsuke Nakamura comes in and tips the ladder over, sending Corbin crashing to the mat. Nakamura then delivers the Kinshasa to “The Lone Wolf” before Nakamura is the one who climbs the ladder, symbolically unhooking the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase and proudly holding it up.
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