SmackDown LIVE Preview, Nov. 7, 2017: AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal

After defeating both Singh Brothers in consecutive weeks, AJ Styles was the victim of a heinous attack at the hands of WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. As a result, Commissioner Shane McMahon has declared that The Modern Day Maharaja will defend his title against The Phenomenal One tonight on SmackDown LIVE in Manchester, England. Who will leave the U.K. with Team Blue’s top prize? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
AJ Styles to challenge WWE Champion Jinder Mahal tonight on SmackDown LIVE:
AJ Styles will challenge Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship tonight on SmackDown LIVE from Manchester, England, in a bout that has major Survivor Series implications. SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon made the announcement on Twitter Thursday afternoon, as a result of Mahal’s savage attack on Styles this last Tuesday.


Due to @JinderMahal vicious attack on @AJStylesOrg, he will defend the #WWEChampionship against AJ this Tues. in Manchester, UK on #SDLive.
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) November 2, 2017

The Phenomenal One has made it clear for several weeks that Mahal and the WWE Title are in his sights, but The Modern Day Maharaja retaliated by saying that there is no worthy competition on SmackDown LIVE. Mahal has instead been laser-focused on his upcoming Champion vs. Champion bout with Raw’s Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. That slight has not sat well with Styles, who has physically gone after the WWE Champion on several occasions.

Instead of stepping into the ring with The Phenomenal One, Mahal sent his charges, The Singh Brothers, into battle with Styles to defend his honor. To send a message to The Modern Day Maharaja, Styles dispatched of both Samir and Sunil Singh in quick, brutal fashion. However, after Styles’ victory over Samir last Tuesday, Mahal blindsided The Phenomenal One, brutalizing him in a vicious attack at ringside before planting him into the canvas with the devastating Khallas.
Mahal has been set on proving that he is the “beastmaster” and the top champion in all of WWE, but his Survivor Series showdown with The Beast could be in jeopardy if Styles dethrones him. In response to the announcement of this match, a confident Styles had the following to say on social media:

I’m sure he’ll bring his two cronies…
I’ll bring a Phenomenal Forearm and a Styles Clash. #AndNew #SDLive
— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) November 2, 2017

Mahal, on the other hand, is not thrilled about the match, but promises he will be leaving England as champion:

What does the Modern Day Maharaja have to say about @ShaneMcMahon’s HUGE announcement for #SDLive?!@JinderMahal @SinghBrosWWE
— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2017

What will happen in this monumental WWE Championship Match? Tune in to SmackDown LIVE tonight to find out!
Becky Lynch to face James Ellsworth tonight on SmackDown LIVE:
After a heated exchange on Twitter, Becky Lynch will battle James Ellsworth tonight on SmackDown LIVE in Manchester, England.
The tiff began when Ellsworth took to social media to call Lynch’s captaincy of the SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series team into question:

Just look at this perfection. @CarmellaWWE is the true leading lady of #SDLive…SHE should be captain of Team Smackdown at #SurvivorSeries
— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) November 4, 2017

The Irish Lass Kicker, having defeated The Princess of Staten Island and three other SmackDown Superstars to earn the captaincy, took exception and told Carmella to keep her pet in check. Lynch even issued a challenge to Carmella, offering a chance for Ms. Money in the Bank to prove herself.

.@BeckyLynchWWE responds to @RealEllsworth and @CarmellaWWE‘s tweets after #WWE Live in #WWEMadrid!
— WWE (@WWE) November 5, 2017

Carmella, however, declined, offering up an interesting proposition:

You’re offering up challenges like you’re so tough? Well I? DON’T accept, but @realellsworth does #SDLive
— MS Money in the BANK (@CarmellaWWE) November 6, 2017

Never one to shy away from competition, Becky happily accepted the challenge:

Oh Ellsworth accepts alright. Accepts that come Tuesday on Smackdown I’m going to shut his face and break his arm
— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 6, 2017

Ellsworth seems to be talking a big game heading into tonight’s battle across the pond.

Before you tune into #RAWManchester Watch me spit straight fire at straight fire #BeckyvsEllsworth #SDLiveManchester …
— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) November 6, 2017

The Superstar who said he’ll do anything for Carmella went on to make an outrageous claim about what should happen if he were to defeat The Irish Lass Kicker:

@BeckyLynchWWE really shouldn’t be the captain for #TeamSmackdown at #SurvivorSeries so if I win at #SDLiveManchester I should be captain…
— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) November 6, 2017

What will happen in this one-of-a-kind battle? Tune in to SmackDown LIVE tonight to find out!
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos defend against Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable:

The newest rivalry in SmackDown’s Tag Team division finally hits the ring tonight in England, as The Usos defend their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against the tandem of Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable.
After winning a Fatal 4-Way Match to earn a future title opportunity, the mat wrestling masters almost immediately set out to get under the champions’ skin. Benjamin & Gable initially approached Jimmy & Jey in what appeared to be a handshake offering of sportsmanship ahead of their title match, only to pull their hands away at the last second. The challengers continued antagonizing the champions two weeks later, revealing that their title match would take place tonight in Manchester.
The Usos have had their sights set on Survivor Series and their Champions vs. Champions showdown with the Raw Tag Team Champions. Before they can focus on a battle with new titleholders Cesaro & Sheamus, however, Jimmy & Jey must get through Benjamin & Gable. Who will move on to Houston?
Will Raw retaliate for The New Day’s raid?

The latest salvo in the battle for brand supremacy was launched last night when The New Day raided Raw. Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods made their presence felt in Manchester when they interfered in the main event – a Raw Tag Team Title Match between champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose and Cesaro & Sheamus.
Just as the bout was reaching a thrilling apex, The New Day entered through crowd to berate The Bar, the Shield brothers and the rest of the Raw roster for their lack of response to #UnderSiege. This time, however, Team Red rushed to ringside to chase off the invaders. But the fray proved to be a distraction for Rollins, who turned around into a devastating Brogue Kick from Sheamus that led to The Bar leaving Manchester as the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
With tensions rising between the two brands as Survivor Series approaches, will Raw be out for retribution when SmackDown comes to Manchester?