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WWE SmackDown results, recap: Corbin surprisingly cashes in before SummerSlam

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For as bad as WWE’s build to SummerSlam had been the past few weeks, the go-home editions of Raw and SmackDown truly delivered. Tuesday night featured the first time Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura have come face-to-face, the continuation of an improved build to the United States Championship match and a surprising main event that featured Baron Corbin cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase five days before the company’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year.

But I’m not going to spoil all of the results for you in this space. Read below to check out everything that happened Tuesday as WWE put its final stamp on the build for SmackDown this Sunday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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WWE SmackDown results

Confrontation — Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura: It was announced at the start of SmackDown that Mahal would face 16-time heavyweight champion John Cena for the first time ever in the main event. Mahal opened the show in the ring and introduced some Punjabi dancers to celebrate India’s independence day as the Singh Brothers danced in the ring. He then cut a promo that made little sense about Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura. This lasted nearly 11 minutes before Nakamura’s music hit. “Today, in India, it is Indian independence day. However, today, in Japan, it is the day we commemorate some who have died in war and pray for peace. And Sunday, in America, at SummerSlam, will be the day you lose the WWE title to me,” Nakamura said.

Nakamura better win Sunday. I can’t take more of Mahal as WWE champion.

Natalya def. Becky Lynch via submission: Nice, clean win for Natalya heading into SummerSlam, giving her some rub that she could take down Naomi for the women’s championship. Natlaya avoided a splash from Lynch and locked her in the Sharpshooter for the victory in the middle of the ring. Natlaya attacked Lynch after the match and put her back in the Sharpshooter, leading Naomi — who was watching at ringside — to leave her position and chase the challenger out of the ring. Carmella hit the stage immediately after the match to sarcastically wish both competitors luck at SummerSlam. James Ellsworth then added that the winner would be a…

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