It’s the SmackDown After Extreme Rules!
And STILL your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~, Kofi Kingston! But not only that, the New Day have the SmackDown Tag Team Championships back! What is next for this GOLDEN New Day on the way to Toronto?
- Aleister Black VS Cesaro; Aleister wins.
- Liv Morgan VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins.
- Ember Moon & ??? VS Fire & Desire; Moon & Bayley win.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Randy Orton, Samoa Joe & Elias; Orton, Joe & Elias win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS The Kabuki Warriors w/ Paige; The Kabuki Warriors win by count-out, The IIconics retain the titles.
- Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kevin Owens speaks for the WWE Universe!
The only thing we’ve gotten from this new McMahon policy is MORE SHANE! And no one wants that! Shane tried to silence Kevin but he refused to stop. Shane claiming to be Best in the World is an insult to every superstar in the company. Security chased Kevin off, but Kevin wouldn’t stay gone. He made sure that when Shane least expected it, he got a STUNNER!
But now, Shane has security ready to apprehend Kevin should things get out of hand again. Kevin walks through the door and sees Shane. Shane heard all that yammering, and has an idea: the SmackDown Town Hall. Everyone and anyone can get their complaints out. Shane will hear them all out, but he will not tolerate insubordination. Kevin sees what Shane is up to. But Kevin says he works for the WWE, not Shane. But the WWE is under the McMahon Family. Shane is the boss, and he will not have Kevin spreading lies. So Shane personally tells Kevin he has the night off. Go somewhere else and enjoy yourself. Kevin heads back out the door, but will he listen to Shane’s orders?
The SmackDown Town Hall Meeting begins!
Superstars from The New Day to the Kabuki Warriors and even Buddy Murphy are present on stage while they wait for Shane McMahon to appear. “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~” gets his proper introduction, and perhaps his longest yet, before the meeting officially begins.
“As you can see, Kevin Owens-” Fans cut Shane off with boos and chants of “You Suck! You Suck!” But Shane repeats that Kevin has the night off and is barred from the building. And now we have our first ever SmackDown Town Hall. This is for any superstar that is respectful to Shane to air grievances. Who wants to speak first? The various superstars seem hesitant, but one man who doesn’t is ROMAN REIGNS! Bayley and the New Day bark for the Big Dog. Roman says it straight: no one respects Shane. And if Shane wants diplomacy, how about he kiss Roman’s ass? Superstars like Charlotte Flair and Randy Orton are a little surprised. Shane says that was not respectful, so now Roman will be fined.
Shane wants more superstars to speak, and picks Charlotte to speak. Charlotte defends Shane, Roman’s words were uncalled for. But from one wrestling royal family to another, Charlotte thanks Shane for all the opportunities she has been given. It makes Charlotte sick that Kevin would take advantage of Shane! But then LIV MORGAN speaks up! Charlotte, stop being phony. Is there anything real about Charlotte? Oh snap~! Wait who is this child? Does she work here? Oh right, because everyone is borne with a blue tongue. And Charlotte forgot about Liv until Kevin mentioned Liv in a burp. Shane keeps the peace and moves things along. Shane picks out the #BestKeptSecret, Buddy Murphy.
Murphy knows Kevin mentioned him, but he doesn’t need anyone else to fight his battles. Kevin should keep Murphy’s name out of his mouth, or he’ll slap the taste out of Kevin’s mouth. Shane loves this fire, he’ll talk with Murphy later. Shane also picks out Apollo Crews. Apollo steps up and does have something to say. Hopefully this is healthy dialogue, but… “Everybody, including myself, agrees with what Kevin Owens said last week.” Except for Zelina Vega and Andrade Almas. Don’t kiss up to the fans, Apollo. If he wants a “healthy” conversation and an opportunity, prove it in the ring. Almas tells Apollo that tonight, he’ll be pinned in the center of the ring!
Elias then strums his electric guitar to introduce himself, and take his turn speaking. The “Greatest Acquisition in SmackDown History” is interrupted by the New Day. Big E tells Elias he is the greatest jackass in SmackDown history! Keep it clean, guys, c’mon. But Kofi Kingston will not agree with Kevin, #TheNorthRemembers, but there are some good points he’s made. How long did it take Kofi to be WWE Champion? TOO LONG! Shane says they need to cut Kofi off, but Kofi says no one is getting opportunities! There goes the mic. Fans boo this oppression of free speech but Shane plays dumb. This Town Hall went great for the first time, and thanks for participating. This concludes the meeting. But was anything really settled under this?
Cesaro stays back to speak up. What brings the Swiss Cyborg of Raw over here? Wild Card rule allows Cesaro to challenge Aleister Black to a rematch from Extreme Rules! He hopes Aleister will pick, a fight, with him. And obviously that means tonight. Shane likes the idea, and makes it reality! Cesaro VS Black, who wins in this gritty rematch?
Shane continues to brag that he doesn’t have to rule with an iron fist. But he does get another STUNNER!! Kevin defies the authority again, and mocks Shane’s shuffle. What will be the consequences of such defiance?
Aleister Black VS Cesaro!
Both men wanted a fight and they got one at Extreme Rules. But the fighting is far from over as they do it again here on SmackDown! Will the Embodiment of the End make the Swiss Cyborg #FadetoBlack twice in one week?
The bell rings and Aleister circles with Cesaro. They tie up and Aleister ducks to throw forearms. Cesaro knees back then throws the European Uppercuts. Cesaro whips but Aleister reverses to kick Cesaro back and then down! Alesiter runs but fakes Cesaro out to springboard and sit down. SmackDown goes picture in picture as Aleister stares a hole through Cesaro.
Cesaro catches his breath as he stares back at Aleister. Aleister watches Cesaro consider his options. Cesaro runs in and shoulders Aleister away, but Aleister kicks him back! Aleister is on Cesaro in a corner with those kicks, then kicks him against the ropes. Cesaro forearms back but Aleister keeps on kicking. ALeister has Cesaro in another corner, but Cesaro catches a kick to dump Aleister out! Aleister hits the floor while Cesasro checks his chest. Cesaro goes out to fetch Aleister, putting him in the ring and stalking him to the other side. Cesaro knees Aleister against the ropes then throws more uppercuts. Aleister BOOTS back, but Cesaro keeps on giving EuroUppers! Cesaro suplexes Aleister and covers, TWO!
Cesaro keeps his cool as he wraps Aleister up in a chinlock. Then he adds an arm of Aleister’s for a partial straitjacket. Aleister endures and fights out to give more kicks. Aleister whips but Cesaro reverses, only to run into an elbow. Aleister hops up and hits the meteora! Cesaro is reeling as Aleister grits his teeth. Aleister throws forearms and uppercuts of his own. He whips but Cesaro reverses, to pop-up uppercut! Cover, TWO! Aleister checks his teeth but gets a basement uppercut! Cover, TWO! Aleister even pushed Cesaro’s face as he kicked out. Cesaro wraps back on and has the cobra clutch. Aleister fights his way up but Cesaro knees him over and over. Cesaro wrangles Aleister down and grinds him into the mat.
Aleister fights up again and kicks at Cesaro’s legs. He runs but back into a sleeper hold! SmackDown returns to single picture as Cesaro leans his full weight on Aleister. Fans rally up as Aleister endures again. Aleister fights up and arm-drags out, to bobs ‘n’ weave and counter punch. Cesaro knees low but runs into Aleister’s elbows! Aleister fires off, sweeps and thrusts the knee! He kips up and fans fire up with him! Aleister runs, quebrada! Cover, TWO! Cesaro escapes and Aleister is angry, but not without focus. Aleister waits for Cesaro to stand, but Cesaro gets clear to give back an uppercut! Cesaro throws more uppercuts, runs and BOOTS Aleister down! Cover, TWO! Into a Crossface! Cesaro pulls back but Aleister endures.
Fans rally and Aleister reaches. Aleister rolls Cesaro to a cover, TWO! Cesaro puts Alesiter in a corner but mises and gets post! Aleister runs in to knee trigger Cesaro down! The Cyborg is down, but Aleister picks him up with his foot. Aleister spins, BLACK MASS! Cesaro’s mouth guard goes flying!! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
That’s a 2-0 sweep for the Dutch Destroyer! Will Cesaro want to keep this going? Or is Aleister moving on to even tougher fights?
Dolph Ziggler finds Shane backstage.
The Show-Off knows Shane got got by Kevin, but tonight is about teaching Kevin a lesson. It should be Ziggler. No, Kevin got away. But if Kevin wants to give the people what they want, then he should want this match, too. Make it the main event of the show! Well if that’s the case, Shane will make the match. The Best in the World and Ziggler want to air some grievances on Kevin, but will it go their way?
SmackDown shares exclusive footage from after Extreme Rules.
After losing the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Daniel Bryan was going crazy. His mission to #SaveTagTeamWrestling failed! He followed his dream, he tried to elevate the “jokers” to a main event status, but he failed! So if Bryan wants to change the world and save everyone, he has to aim higher. Bryan has to go where Bryan has not gone before. He knows now what he must do. But what does this mean for his apparent announcement later tonight?
Liv Morgan VS Charlotte Flair!
The Juvenile Delinquent made her presence known during the SmackDown Town Hall Meeting, and did so by confronting the Queen! Will she pay for her insolence? Or will she make the show #SmackDownLIV with a huge return victory?
The bell rings and Liv circles with Charlotte. They tie up and Charlotte just shoves Liv down. Charlotte doesn’t take Liv serious for a second, but then Liv goes Matrix to dodge her! Liv fires off forearms and then hits a huricanrana! She keeps moving to dropkick Charlotte down! Charlotte scrambles to a corner and Liv waves. Liv and Charlotte stand, and Liv ducks to waistlock. Charlotte elbows out to club Liv to a corner. Charlotte stomps Liv and then pulls her against the ropes. She lets up at the ref’s count of 4 with a “WOO~!” Charlotte drags Liv up to CHOP her! Those Flair CHOPS echo out and then Charlotte back suplexes. Liv slips out to enziguri Charlotte down!
Liv hits a swinging stomp onto Charlotte’s back! She drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO! Charlotte’s tougher than that as a nine-time Women’s Champion. But Liv keeps moving, huricanrana blocked into a powerbomb! Charlotte Figure Fours to the Figure Eight! Liv taps, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission
Again, there’s a reason she’s #CharlotteNineTime. The Queen shows the delinquent the gap between them, is it only a matter of time before Charlotte gets her tenth?
As for Liv, sore and sobbing as she is, she grabs a headset. Charlotte is right, Liv isn’t real enough. But she vows to be real when she returns again. What does this mean for the future of SmackDown Liv?
Dolph Ziggler calls Kevin Owens.
He has to get Kevin’s number from a referee, but he dials it up all the same. Will Kevin pick up? Will Kevin take the bait of this main event play?
Ember Moon & ??? VS Fire & Desire!
The Shenom has been bullied by Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, not that they see it that way. God’s Greatest Creation and the Gladiator Gal want to push Ember around, but will they be able to when Ember has back-up? Though, speaking of, who is her back-up? The mystery partner is… BAYLEY! The SmackDown Women’s Champion is feeling great after beating both Raw’s Goddess and Loony Lass, will she and SmackDown’s War Goddess put out the fire and desire?
The bell rings and Mandy attacks Ember while Sonya goes after Bayley! Sonya throws knee after knee into Bayley while Mandy pushes Ember out. Mandy then returns to their corner to tag in, and Sonya feeds Bayley to a Kiss from a Rose! Then sliding wizard from Sonya! Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy clubs Bayley down then chokes her on the ropes. The ref counts and Mandy lets up because she knows. Mandy wraps Bayley up for a chinlock but Bayley fights out to a saido suplex! Tag to Ember to shotgun dropkick Mandy down! Ember lights Mandy up with those kicks! She has Mandy in a corner and stomps away. Ember whips corner to corner and htis an elbow. She rolls Mandy to climb up, but Sonya runs in. Bayley gives Sonya the Bayley2Belly! ECLIPSE for Mandy! Cover, Moon & Bayley win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Bayley, Moon pinning
And that is the power of a champion and a #Shenom! Will this show Mandy and Sonya what you get for bullying?
Kayla Braxton congratulates the winners, and asks the champ who she wants for Summerslam. Well Bayley is so happy that she’s finally through with Alexa. Now she can do what she really wants: elevate this SmackDown Women’s Division! Bayley wants someone worthy, someone with charisma but she’s also never faced. Someone who would treat the title right if they end up winning. Hmm… That sounds like Ember! Ember says “Hell yeah!” These two look ready to have a Summerslam showdown, but who comes out on top of the Blue Brand?
Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura!
The NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion is congratulated, but he says he is a storm. Now Nakamura is free to rain down his chaos on the entire roster. But as he turns around, the Beacon of Light is there. Mustafa Ali congratulates the champ, but he seems to be the first one who wants at the gold. Can Ali weather the storm that is the King of Strong Style?
Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your SIX-TIME champs and WWE Champion, and FEEL~ the POWER~! It’s a golden New Day, yes it is! Pancakes are flying and the belts are shining. Give it up for ya bois! You might as well call Kofi Kingston “Simon Phoenix” because he dismantled the Submission Machine, Samoa Joe. Yes, Kofi is the Demolition Man and the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But wait wait, look! The New Day had a great victory to dethrone the Planet’s Tag Team Champions to become the six-time, W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! “And look at us now.” African-American Leprechauns holding all the gold! White gold, even. BABYYY~!
Now everyone can guess what Bryan’s announcement is, but before we hear about a 10 minute lecture about recycling, fracking, and the ice cream licking epidemic that is downright nasty, Big E accepts the tag title rematch here and now in Worcester! The Planet’s Tag Team Champions come out and the New Day is ready to fight. But Bryan says nothing, and just leaves with Big Red Rowan. Was the tag title rematch not his announcement? Oh wait here Bryan comes again. Bryan wants to say something, but he can’t bring himself to say it. So again, he leaves. Wait, third time’s the charm. Bryan is clearly working on how to phrase it. Fans cheer “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and it only angers him. Bryan drops the mic this time, so we’re not getting his announcement. At least not yet.
But now Samoa Joe comes out! Kofi is all smiles as Joe says while Bryan isn’t in the mood for championships, Joe wants one. Kofi’s back-up dancers are passing out title matches like it’s Christmas in July. So take up their example and put that title back on the line here and now! Fans want to see that match again, and Joe wants Kofi to be the man he claims to be. But wait, is that… Elias?! The Drifter tells Joe that “with all due respect”, he had his chance and he lost. If there is anyone primed and ready to take that world title from Kofi, it’s Elias. But then Randy Orton appears!
The Viper didn’t win the Cross Brand Top Ten All Star Battle Royal to go against Lesnar, but Orton says he hasn’t had the world title in some time. So he’s gonna just take it. ANd he’ll do it with the most dangerous three letters in wrestling: R K O. But Elias says no everyone can have the match tonight. But there can be a Six Man Tag to make a point. So it’s a Six Man Tag, playa? A challenge, playa? Champion’s Huddle. The New Day accept this challenge, playa! Orton opts out. Wow…! The Viper doesn’t want to strike? Seems more like the snake is a little limp. That gets Orton to opt back in! Will The New Day pay for that joke? Or will they have the last laugh?
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Randy Orton, Samoa Joe & Elias!
Holla holla! SmackDown returns as these teams sort out. Kofi starts with Elias at the bell. They tie up and Elias headlocks right away. Kofi powers out but Elias runs him over with a shoulder. Elias runs but Kofi hurdles and elbows Elias down! Cover, TWO! Orton slithers in to distract Kofi and Elias kicks Kofi down. Tag to Joe and Joe mugs Kofi with those swift jabs. Joe drags Kofi up and whips him from open corner to open corner. Kofi hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Fans rally with the New Day clap, and Kofi double stomps Joe down! Cover, ONE!
Kofi mule kicks and snapmares to then tag Woods. They combine with the speed combo of kick, lariat and rebound splash! Woods hits an elbow, then tags Big E for the Big Splash! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Joe up but Joe headbutts back. Tag to Elias and Elias runs, but into Big E’s abdominal stretch! With spanks! Fans chant along and Big E shoves Elias to elbow him down. Tag to Woods and Woods is the human weapon, wheelbarrow splash! Cover, ONE! Woods puts Elias in a corner with a chop, then whips him. Elias reverses but runs into a boot. Woods somersaults, Honor Roll hits! Cover, TWO!
Elias powers Woods against ropes and Orton yanks Woods down by his hair! The ref misses that as Elias distracts him. Elias goes after Woods with forearms in the open corner. The ref backs Elias off but only for a moment. Elias whips Woods to elbow him down, cover, ONE! Elias mugs Woods with a rain of rights, then throws Woods out of the ring. The New Day is in trouble as SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Elias catches his breath while Woods is down. Tag to Joe and Joe fetches Woods. Joe drags Woods up to put into the ring, then keeps between him and the New Day. He mocks Woods to crawl for a tag, but then stomps Woods down. Joe rains fists and elbows down. Joe drags Woods over and tags in Orton. Orton stomps Woods’ limbs, then his stomach. He drags Woods up to toss back out the ring, then goes out to back suplex Woods on the announce desk! Woods writhes to the floor but Orton looms over him. Orton drags Woods up and in and covers, TWO! Tag to Elias, and SmackDown returns to single picture as he stomps Woods down.
Elias drags Woods back up but fans rally. Elias wraps on a chinlock and thrashes about. Woods endures and reaches for his corner. Woods fights out but Elias knees low. Elias keeps Woods from the corner but Woods clubs away. Elias pulls hair to yank Woods down! Then he hits both Big E and Kofi with cheap shots. Joe BOOTS Big E down on the outside! Elias has Woods on the top rope to CHOP, then climbs up to join him. He stands Woods up, but Woods resists! Woods fights back and sends Elias down. Woods adjusts and leaps for a missile dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tags to Orton and Kofi!
Kofio springboards and rallies! He hits Orton, he hits Joe, then he dropkicks Orton! Kofi leaping lariats Orton down! Fans are fired up with Kofi as he hits the New~ Day~ Boom Drop! Kofi then aims from the corner as fans clap along. Orotn rises but avoids Trouble in Paradise. Kofi avoids the RKO, runs, hops and crossbodies! Cover, but Elias breaks it in time! Big E gives Elias a belly2belly! Joe runs BIg E over but Woods goes after Joe. Joe whips Woods but gets sent out! Woods fires up and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Joe! Woods hurries back and baits Elias into a kick! But Joe yanks Woods down to put on the Coquina Clutch! Woods goes to sleep while Elias KNEES Big E down! Elias returns to Kofi, but gets Trouble in Paradise!
RKO ON KOFI!! Cover, Orton’s team wins!
Winners: Randy Orton, Samoa Joe & Elias, Orton pinning
Most importantly, the Viper took out THE WWE World Champion! Does this put the Apex Predator at the front of the line for Summerslam?
SmackDown returns as Carmella looks for R-Truth.
Wait where is he? The washing machine? Why? Because he’s hiding! But now he’s stuck. Just help him out. Careful now, careful. Okay, the lid is off. How did Kane do this? There ain’t no bathroom in here. Carmella has a better spot, but it’ll involve a costume. Okay, because the 48/7 European 7/11 24/7 I-75 277 Champion ain’t no joke. Yeah, they’ll go to Comic Con. No no he ain’t no con. He did his time. Not that! Just follow her. Right, right. Truth falls out of the washing machine! Man down! It’s okay, just get up. Who will Truth cosplay as he and Mella go to Comic Con?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS The Kabuki Warriors w/ Paige!
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay perhaps shocked the world when they were the ones who came out of Wrestlemania’s historic Fatal 4 Way Women’s Tag Title Match as the winners. However, and for whatever reason, they’ve yet to actually defend those titles in the three months that have passed. But finally, a team has them backed against the wall! Will the Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess truly becoming #JoshiRoyalty when they have the gold around their waist? Or will Asuka and Kairi Sane find what makes the future IIconic?
SmackDown returns as the introductions are made and the belts are raised. The teams sort out and it will be Kairi and Peyton to start in this long-awaited title match!
Peyton slaps Kairi, and that was a mistake. Kairi CHOPS Peyton, then whips. Peyton reverses but Kair rebounds and tags Asuka. Headsicssors and waistlock to a Code Breaker and Blockbuster! Kairi hits Billie down while Asuka cover,s TWO! Asuka keeps moving but misses the hip attack. Billie tags while Peyton hits her leg lariat! Billie BOOTS, covers, TWO! Kairi and Paige coach Asuka while Billie talks trash. Asuka heel kicks Billie down! Billie bails out and Peyton checks on her. The ring count begins and the IIconics remember Champions’ Advantage. They get up at 7, but then don’t go in! The let the count hit ten!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by count-out; The IIconics are still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
The Kabuki Warriors are furious! They chase the IIconics down and throw them into posts! Then Billie gets barriers! Asuka drags Peyton into the ring and gives her a corner hip attack! ROUNDHOUSE! Kairi is up top, and is roaring as she hits her InSane Elbow! The champions cheated Asuka and Kairi out of a real match, but will there be a rematch to remedy this?
Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
SmackDown returns as El Idolo and La Muneca are already in the ring. The rising star makes his entrance and shows his physique on the way to the ring. But Almas goes after Apollo as soon as he enters! This is par for the course from the not so tranquilo Idolo. The referee checks on Apollo, and Apollo still wants this match to happen. The ref rings the bell, and Almas runs to knee Apollo in the corner! Almas fires off but Apollo hits back. Apollo misses his enziguri and Almas stomps him out for it. Almas drags Apollo up, boot feint to sharp elbow! Almas then puts Apollo in the corner, goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, Apollo turns it around to a crucifix! Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
Their egos get the better of Almas and Vega! Can Apollo turn this into something even greater in the coming weeks?
Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler!
It seems KO took the bait. What trap has Shane set for him in response to the stunner from earlier tonight?
The bell rings and Kevin blocks the superkick! Ziggler escapes the stunner, but then Kevin FLIES out onto him! Kevin wipes Ziggler out and shouts “I told you it’s MY show!” He puts Ziggler in, climbs up again, and leaps for a swanton, onto knees! Ziggler hits the Famouser! Cover, TWO! Ziggler drops a leaping elbow and covers, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated but tries another elbow. Cover, ONE! Ziggler wraps on a chinlock and then shifts to an armlock then the crossface. Fans rally up and Kevin fights up, but Ziggler rakes his eyes! Ziggler drags Kevin up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Ziggler wrangles Kevin back down but fans keep rallying. Kevin fights up again but Ziggler shifts to a chinlock. Ziggler rakes the eyes again, then squeezes tight. But Kevin fights up and out, only for Ziggler to kick the leg. Ziggler whips but Kevin reverses, only to run into buckles. Ziggler hits a corner splash! Then the satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler’s fury builds while Kevin rolls to a corner. Ziggler runs in but misses to hit the post! SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin climbs again, leaps again, NOW the swanton hits! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives and Kevin is growing frustrated. But here comes the stacked deck: Shane leading Drew McIntyre, the B-Team, Elias, The Revival, and many many more! This might as well be a Lumberjack match now!
Kevin sees he’s surrounded, but then gets a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Shane is frustrated for Ziggler. The unofficial lumberjacks pace about and Ziggler fires himself up. Ziggler drags Kevin up to throw into a post! Ziggler toys with Kevin, but Kevin SLAPS him! But Ziggler throws hands and stomps! The ref backs Ziggler off, but comes back to throw Kevin into the post again! Shane mocks Kevin’s pain while fans boo and jeer. Ziggler stomps but misses his kick! STUNNER!! Cover, but Shane drags Kevin out! So he gets a STUNNER! Kevin bails out before the horde gets a hold of him! Kevin gives up this battle so he can continue the rebellion!
Kayla Braxton asks Shane about this foiled plan. Shane says Kevin will pay! He forces himself up and walks, coughing for air. What will Shane and his squad do to make sure Kevin and every superstar that stands opposed to him learn their place?
Well this was certainly a wild episode of SmackDown. Not as good as it could’ve or should’ve been, but still really wild. Recap at the start aside, that “Town Hall meeting” was a pretty fun idea to open the show. Obviously Shane is becoming a dictator while we get some nice promos and interaction between those truly underutilized superstars. It was actually pretty genius to have Roman Reigns speak out against Shane and then do nothing else for the rest of the night. Roman’s already beaten Shane, so it’s not like he has to do anything more to him. Clearly things are shifting so that Kevin has the biggest spotlight in the story. I just wish there was better scheduling so that the main event actually gets the time it deserves.
But much like Raw last night, SmackDown was able to get the point across. Tonight’s point: Kevin 3:16 says he’ll stunner anyone on Team Shane. I don’t know if stories intertwine with Shane and Ziggler taking on Kevin and Miz as a tag team, but doing that might save room on the Summerslam card. And the build towards then might involve more of Kevin having to duck and dodge stacked decks like those other Heels surrounding him. At least it means Murphy and the Authors of Pain got to do stuff, even if it’s just chasing Kevin like he’s the 24/7 Champion. Speaking of, great little moment for Truth. That fall out of the washing machine was shoot, but he played it off well. I can’t wait to see the 24/7 Championship at a Comic Con.
Aleister Black VS Cesaro Round 2 was as good, if not better, than the Extreme Rules match, and that made it amazing for SmackDown! Aleister’s sweep of Cesaro should lead him to the Intercontinental Championship, but Mustafa Ali makes an appearance to make a point that he wants after Nakamura, too. Either choice will be great, and we’ve got three weeks to see who we’re getting. Maybe a contender’s match of Aleister VS Ali? Meanwhile, Bryan’s “career-altering announcement” was obviously just some hype, but it does bring some intrigue. His line about going where he’s never gone before is interesting, and makes me think it might not be about the SmackDown Tag titles at all.
The Six Man Tag we got instead was pretty great, playa. The Heels win to give us three strong choices for Kofi’s Summerslam opponent, but given Samoa Joe just lost, Elias still doesn’t feel quite ready, and the history of Kofi and Orton in Kofi’s 11 years in the WWE, I think it’s Orton. If Kofi is to prove he is one of the best WWE World Champions, beating Orton would go a long way towards that. The SmackDown Women’s Championship seemed built a little too fast, though. It was great for Bayley to be Ember’s mystery partner, since it was almost too obvious for it to be Carmella. Bayley and Ember put Fire & Desire away pretty easily, but it’s not as fun when a champion just chooses a challenger. Their match will be great, but there should’ve been another week of action to have someone earn the spot.
Kudos to kayfabe Liv Morgan for wanting to “be real” and earn her spot in the locker room. She gave Charlotte a bit of a fight, but Charlotte is Charlotte and she wins very easily. I’m curious to see what Liv will be like when she returns. The women’s tag title scene is still a mess, though. For three months, the IIconics have been the cover girls for how Vince robbed us of #LegitHuggable doing awesome stuff, like going to TakeOvers to take on whatever female teams NXT and NXT UK could come up with, as well as all teams from Raw and SmackDown. But nope, go with the Aussie Mean Girls and pretend those titles aren’t important. And when we finally get a title match somewhere, it’s the Heels being extra cowardly and losing on purpose. Obviously this is to extend things to Summerslam (we hope) but it still stinks in the moment.
My Score: 8.1/10