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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/2/19)

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Is SmackDown losing to Raw?

With both the WWE World Championship and SmackDown Women’s Championship being sought after by Raw superstars, will the Blue Brand lose its top two belts? Or can Kofi Kingston and Bayley gain some ground before Extreme Rules?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big E w/ Xavier Woods VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan; Bryan wins.
  • Bayley VS Nikki Cross; Bayley wins.
  • Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
  • Ember Moon VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Moon wins.
  • Heavy Machinery VS Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler; Heavy Machinery wins and joins the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules.

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SmackDown reviews the truly explosive incident on last night’s Raw.

In a Falls Count Anywhere match, Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley battled all around the ring, but went crashing through the stage LED’s and into the generators! Injuries are rather severe for The Monster Among Men, but the Rocky Mountain Machine will be able to speak later tonight.

 

SmackDown is the Kevin Owens Show!

And yes, just the Kevin Owens Show after he literally walked out on Sami Zayn in an 8 Man Tag match last week. But Kevin doesn’t let that bother him any as he sits in the middle arm chair. He welcomes San Antonio to his show! His guests tonight will team up in two weeks at Extreme Rules against a team no one ever saw coming. Yes, he means The Big Dog, Roman Reigns, and legendary The Undertaker! But his guests are Drew McIntyre and the Best in the WORLD, Shane McMahon! Shane and the Scottish Terminator head to the ring, surprisingly smiling even after being called out by the Deadman last night. They join Kevin in the ring, and McIntyre insists Kevin sit to the side.

Shane says the introduction wasn’t good enough, so he has Greg Hamilton “do it right.” The BEST in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD gets what he wants, and the interview can begin. Kevin takes a moment to review the footage from last night. The lights, the lightning and the bell, and how Taker vowed to collect the souls of Shane and McIntyre, and ensuring they will NEVER Rest In Peace. “Oooh~, spooky~!” So Shane isn’t afraid of The Undertaker? No, he’s not. But fans still chant for Taker as Shane says he’s on a hot streak. Shane beat Miz, he beat Roman, and he’ll do it again with the Taker added on top. And to let us all in on a secret, Shane’s making it a No Holds Barred Tag match.

McIntyre says Taker and Roman stepping in the ring with The Best in the World and The Most Dangerous in the World, we know what they’re capable in a normal match. But now that there’s nothing holding them back, “this will be a vicious, physical assault like nobody has ever seen before.” Shane says McIntyre is scary. Kevin agrees. But before moving forward, Kevin wants to point something specific out. The titantron gets the part Kevin means: Shane and McIntyre getting out if the ring when Taker arrived, and even all the way to the crowd. Now that all looks just a little bit like Shane’s just a little bit afraid. But Kevin knows the truth. Shane isn’t afraid, it’s just that when Taker’s entrance starts, you just can’t help but end up in the fourth row! Right?

Shane asks what Kevin is doing. Kevin is just trying to help us understand the situation. Shane says Kevin should just be a good little host and read his cards as agreed upon. Okay, okay, sorry. “Shane, you single-handedly beat Roman Reigns at Super Showdown, without anyone’s help. Knowing that Roman fears you and drew, will he fare any better with the Undertaker?” Actually no a better question is about Shane’s in-ring return where he lost to Taker at Wrestlemania. McIntyre says this is over. But it was on the card. McIntyre gets in Kevin’s face but here comes Dolph Ziggler? This is not how it’s going to go. You’re right, it’s NOT going to be Ziggler complaining! It should’ve been Ziggler? Well it was for like a minute, and it never will be again, so GET OVER IT!

Ziggler tells Kevin that we all know Ziggler should be world champion right now! All his loyalty and hard work in the WWE, he deserves it! Ziggler has lived his life, looks the part, while Kevin looks like he should be in a hot dog eating contest. Y’know what, if Kevin was, he’d win! Unlike Ziggler in matches! If Ziggler wants another shot, then so does Kevin! Shane should decide! Who gets after Kofi? Kevin or Ziggler? Neither, because Samoa Joe is next. But if these two want to talk about opportunities and titles, then you two team up to face Heavy Machinery. The winners go on to Extreme Rules to join The Planet’s Tag Team Champions and The New Day in a Triple Threat tag for the titles! Kevin and Ziggler talk trash, but Kevin demands his music play so he can just leave. The music does play and Kevin does leave. Shane has given these two their chance, will they even last to the first bell?

 

The Planet’s Tag Team Champions just now hear all this.

The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match becoming a Triple Threat shows that Shane has been making unpopular decisions. But as management, they must accept the decision despite the odds changing. Not that Kayla would know how to calculate odds. But that doesn’t matter, because Daniel Bryan and Rowan vow to walk in and walk out of Extreme Rules still the Planet’s Tag Team Champions.

 

SmackDown returns with a backstage interview of the New Day.

What is their opinion on the title match change? Well a Triple Threat means the new Day doesn’t have to be in the decision to not win. But ya bois are always ready for a fight! That means they will find a way to take back what is theirs, and they will kick in the door! They’ll become sixth time tag team champions! Awwww~ San Antonio~! Feel~ the power~ as they make their entrance!

 

Big E w/ Xavier Woods VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan!

With the SmackDown Tag title match changing, momentum is even more important than before! Which side takes leaps and bounds towards the now Triple Threat Tag at Extreme Rules?

The bell rings and Big E circles with Bryan. The fans rally behind “New! Day Rocks!” but Bryan is annoyed. They tie up and Bryan headlocks to a hammerlock to a waistlock. But Big E just swivels his way free and tosses Bryan overhead! Big E keeps swiveling but Bryan just scowls. Bryan and Big E circle and Big E waistlocks. Bryan elbows out then runs, but Big E doesn’t budge from going shoulder to shoulder. Big E dares Bryan to try again but it’s the same result. Bryan tries a third time, but gets caught into the abdominal stretch! Big E puts some stank on it as he spanks Bryan! Bryan pops free but runs into a headlock. He powers out but Big E runs him over!

Big E runs but Bryan gets clear to go for a hip toss. Big E blocks but Bryan hits low. Bryan gets a leg up but Big E flips him back to then LARIAT Bryan down! Bryan bails out of the ring and we go picture in picture. Big E waits for Bryan in the ring, but Bryan stays away. Big E goes to get Bryan but Rowan stands in his way. Bryan gets in the ring and Big E follows, but Bryan uses a corner as a defense. Big E rushes in but Bryan bails out again. Bryan regroups with Rowan and the ref keeps Big E back. Big E dares Bryan to get back in as the ring count begins. Bryan takes his time but does return. Big E approaches and they tie up with knuckle locks. Bryan kicks low and puts Big E in the corner for punches!

Bryan gets all ten punches then switches to Yes Kicks! The referee reprimands Bryan but he just keeps kicking. Big E blocks the whip to body shot back. Big E climbs up for his own corner punches! Big E puts plenty of saliva on them, too! He gets all ten then whips Bryan to ropes. Bryan kicks back then chop blocks a leg out! Rowan applauds while Big E writhes. Bryan grabs the leg and turns Big E over for a partial Crab, then the full Half Crab! Big E endures and Woods rallies the fans. Big E powers up but Bryan stomps the leg! Bryan circles Big E before bringing him up and into a corner. SmackDown returns to single picture as Bryan wraps the leg around the ropes.

Bryan fires off more kicks but the ref backs him off. Big E falls down, Bryan basement dropkicks the bad leg! Fans rally for Big E as Bryan toys with him. Big E gets mad off the slaps and starts throwing hands! Big E whips corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over, Bryan keeps moving, dodges but runs into an overhead suplex! And then another! Big E grabs Bryan again but Bryan headbutts back! Bryan kicks out the bad leg! He gives Big E more Yes Kicks! Or perhaps No Kicks given the fans’ chants. Big E ducks the buzzsaw for that belly2belly! Then the BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and rolls to the apron.

Big E rallies the fans again and builds speed, to DIVE but miss Bryan! Big E crashes and burns and now Bryan builds speed, to run into Big E’s forearm! But then Rowan attacks while the ref isn’t looking! Woods goes after Rowan but gets rocked! KNEE PLUS! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall

The SmackDown Tag Team Champions outsmart the New Day, but this was just 1v1! Now that their title match is 2v2v2, will they manage to hold onto the titles?

 

Backstage interview with R-Truth!

Truth is no longer the 24/7 Champion, but he doesn’t want to review the footage from last night. After all, Drake Maverick attacked from behind with his entire luggage to take the title. And now Drake takes the title, and his wife, on the honeymoon! Truth remembers when he went on his honeymoon. Wait, when was that? Well they wanted to go but couldn’t, and there was rain. But in the end, they never did go. But what’s better than two on a honeymoon? Three! Hornswoggle and his wife are still somewhere in San Antonio! So Mr. 7/11 Television Champion, “I want my baby back!” Truth is on the hunt but will he find Maverick and Michelle before they leave the states?

 

Alexa Bliss gets an idea.

Nikki Cross will host tonight’s Moment of Bliss. What? No, Nikki’s never done this! It’s fine. Nikki is on a roll! She can totally do this. But Nikki- No no, Alexa has faith in Nikki. Gotta kick her out of the nest. But Alexa’s sure Nikki will fly high. Nikki finds the courage. Will this go well, considering the SmackDown Women’s Champion is their guest?

 

SmackDown returns with A Moment of Bliss.

The Loony Lass gets an introduction as she walks out to be the one-night-only host. She is her usual excited self but she does bring it down to begin the show. She picks up Alexa’s sparkly mic to greet San Antonio and takes a moment to thank someone she admires most: “I love you, Alexa Bliss.” Aww… But now, welcome to the special edition of Moment of Bliss. Many know and can hear, she’s from Glasgow, and she has an accent. She will talk a little slower for the sake of being understood.

For tonight, the guest is none other than Bayley! Bayley makes her entrance, and Nikki is a bit grumpy given what’s been happening between her, Alexa and Bayley. Bayley takes her seat and picks up the mic. Nikki thanks Bayley for being here tonight and Bayley thanks Nikki for having her. Bayley is surprised Alexa let Nikki have the spotlight. Nikki wants Bayley to understand Alexa is a lot more generous than most give her credit for. And Bayley gets they’re friends, but Nikki doesn’t have to do Alexa’s bidding. Bidding? No, Nikki’s not doing that. She is simply hosting Alexa’s show for her, and to ask the tough questions.

So to start, Nikki asks Bayley why she’s calling Alexa a liar. Well… It’s because… Duh, she is! But that’s not the Alexa Nikki knows. After everything they’ve been through, it is unfair for people to drag Alexa’s name through the dirt! It stops now! Well it’s not fair to Nikki, who beat Bayley, and then beat Carmella, to not have a title match. Surely everyone wants to know: Why is it Bayley VS Alexa and not Bayley VS Nikki? Nikki isn’t sure what to do with that. But Nikki does wonder why they can’t just face each other again right now! Well if that’s a challenge, then Bayley accepts. Nikki fires up and heads for the ring! Will Nikki earn herself a title match this time?

 

Bayley VS Nikki Cross!

SmackDown returns with the bell and Nikki runs right at Bayley. Bayley dropkicks and covers, ONE! Bayley snap suplexes Nikki to a cover, ONE! Nikki can’t get away at first as Bayley rains down rights, but finds her way out. Nikki talks to herself that this is for Alexa, she has to calm down and fight. She gets in the ring and gives Bayley a headbutt! She whips but Bayley reverses, and elbows Nikki down! Cover, ONE! Nikki grimaces as she gets to a corner but Bayley whips Nikki corner to corner hard! Nikki hits buckles then the mat but Bayley stays on her with elbows. Bayley puts on an armlock but fans duel between the two. Nikki fires up as Bayley has the chicken wings, and Nikki jawbreakers free!

Bayley comes back with a knee and Nikki gets to a corner. Bayley stomps away then whips corner to corner again. She hits a big back elbow, but Nikki comes back with the thrashing sleeper hold! Bayley throws Nikki off, but Nikki throws Bayley out of the ring! Nikki swings to wreck her with a dropkick! Nikki puts Bayley back in then climbs up high. Crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki fires up and starts rallying with big forearms! She whips Bayley to a corner then hits a corner splash! Then a bulldog! Nikki is furious and fans are fired up with her! But Bayley slips out of the Purge to a backslide! TWO and Nikki throat chops! Nikki hops up but Bayley comes in. Nikki boots her away, but Bayley denies the Tornado DDT! Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Bayley and Nikki break even, but how will The Goddess feel that her “friend” isn’t on the list for contention?

 

SmackDown hears from Mustafa Ali.

“The chase is real, man. Everybody out here chasing that WWE Championship because they know it’s going to bring them money, power, fame, all that.” But Ali doesn’t want that. He chases the title because he wants to bring change! Change to minds that believe lies. Lies about how where they’re from, what they look like and what their names are defines them. That all of it equates to all they’ll ever be. No.

Ali will change all of that when he becomes WWE Champion. He repeats: when HE becomes WWE Champion! The announcer will say a name “that sounds just like yours,” that’ll change minds. When billboards and posters have his face front and center, a face that “looks just like yours,” that’ll change minds. And when the stories, the trials and tribulations, and those stories sound “just like your story”, that’ll change minds. Let the chase continue. Let the lies be expose. And most of all, let the change begin. When and where will Ali bring the change to the WWE?

 

SmackDown returns to the WWE Championship Face-to-Face!

Kofi Kingston arrives first, tossing pancakes to the people! Then his challenger, Samoa Joe, follows. Joe has this new chance at the WWE Championship because of one sneak attack a week ago on Raw, and then a Six Man Tag victory on last night’s Raw. Each man has a mic as they stand in the ring together. Kayla feels the tension and Joe lets her know they’ll discuss some very sensitive subjects. He suggests she take her leave. Kayla moves aside and Joe talks to Kofi now. “Do you see what that was, Kofi? That was an act of generosity, of benevolence.” It’s something Kofi knows very well. He always seems to be on the receiving end of that when the New Day gets a singles title opportunity. His boys, Woods and E, are always willing to give that chance to Kofi because Kofi is their guy.

But as Joe sees it, “game recognizes game” and a hustler sees a hustler. Joe prefers to hustle with fear but Kofi hustles with charisma. Kofi pretends to be everyone’s friends, everyone is always talking him up. But Joe knows Kofi is using the people. Kofi is no better than Joe. In fact, maybe in a few years, Woods is Kofi’s hype man and Big E is the butler. Kofi isn’t sure how many times he has to say it, but he’ll say it so Joe understands: Wrestlemania, Kofi beat Daniel Bryan for the title, by himself. Kofi beat Ziggler in a cage by himself, he beat Kevin at Money in the Bank by himself, and he’ll beat JOe at Extreme Rules by himself. But what has Joe done by himself lately? Besides losing the US Championship to Ricochet.

If Kofi is being honest, he’s sympathetic to Joe. What Kofi wants to know is what happened to the Samoa Joe that took on all comers? But now we have this Joe that creeps around and sneak attacks. We’ve got a Joe hiding like he’s playing a game. Kofi wants to keep it real, though. “Yo ass is too big to be playing hide ‘n’ seek.” Joe chuckles and says this just makes his point. Kofi always has an answer, always ready with something slick. Going back to Mania, Kofi was even thinking ahead. He had his wife and kids wearing the merch to peddle to the mindless idiots who think he actually cares about them. And Joe is right on cue, too. This is where Joe goes after the family, like he did to Styles. But Kofi understands why Joe does that: he’s jealous. It’s Jealous Joe!

Fans echo “Jealous Joe!” And Kofi knows why Joe is jealous. He’d be jealous, too. Because Joe will never have such a great moment at Mania to share with his wife and kids. Joe says it doesn’t matter how much he tells the truth, everyone is all existing in their ignorance. Maybe Joe proves to everyone who Kofi really is. It is a simple offer: shake Joe’s hand. And he will do so in recognition that when Joe has had Kofi locked up and put to sleep, Kofi knows that his opponent is the next WWE Champion. But if Kofi does this, if Kofi puts his ego aside, Joe guarantees the safety of Kofi and all those he holds dear until Extreme Rules night. All Kofi has to do is shake Joe’s hand. Kofi knows Joe isn’t playing around, right? He knows what Joe does, so is Kofi really the man he pretends to be?!

Fans aren’t so sure, but Joe does hold the hand out. “They can all be safe.” Joe will make it even easier. There’s a countdown until Joe starts slapping Kofi all around this ring. Five. Four. Three. Two. But Kofi smirks, and flips Joe off!! Joe is furious, and swings on Kofi, but gets Trouble in Paradise! Kofi doesn’t care what Joe thinks or what Joe does, he holds his title up high. But is Joe’s wrath only going to be unleashed on the road to Extreme Rules?

 

Backstage interview with Heavy Machinery!

Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic know they have an opportunity back into that SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but what do they feel about it being Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens? Well Otis shows what’s going on: he pumps it up! Dozer tells Tucky this is a big chance for these two big men. They will face a combined 18-championship team, but those two haven’t won as a match together! Tucker and Otis are a team, and they always scout and respect their opponents. But these two are brothers in arms, unlike Kevin and Ziggler. Those two will implode while the #BlueCollarSolid boys are headed to Extreme Rules! “WE’RE COMIIIIIN~!”

 

SmackDown hears from Bobby Lashley.

After that incident on Raw, as far as he’s concerned, Strowman got what he deserved. Strowman threw Lashley into an unsafe area. They could’ve been shocked by electricity or worse. And yet Strowman didn’t care. He got the worst of it, as he should have. But when they meet next, Lashley won’t send that ” son of a b*tch” to the hospital, he’ll send him to the morgue! When and where will Monster and Machine battle again?

 

Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

This match has been a long time coming. First El Idolo uses Apollo as an appetizer for a match with Finn Balor. Then Vega baits Apollo into an ambush. But now they’ll finally settle things mano a mano! Will Almas be able to stay tranquilo against a riled up Rising Nation?

The bell rings and Apollo fires off on Almas! Almas tries to swing back but Apollo dodges. But Vega trips Apollo up! Almas gets Apollo with fast hands and forearms then rams in his knees. The ref backs Almas off but Almas runs corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Almas and Vega are upset but still focused on Apollo. Almas drags Apollo up but Apollo pops Almas up for a fall! Apollo then clotheslines Almas out of the ring! Then hist an asai moonsault to take Almas down! Fans fire up with Apollo as he drags Almas up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Vega is relieved but Apollo keeps his cool as we go picture in picture.

Almas bails out but Apollo goes out the side to go after him. Almas leads Apollo around the way but Vega stands in his way. Apollo sees the cheap shot coming to punch Almas back! Apollo puts Almas back in the ring and drags Almas up for a scoop and slam. He then uses the ropes to slingshot out then back in for the senton! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps on Almas with a trophy lift! But Almas rakes eyes to escape! And clobber Apollo from behind! Apollo falls out of the ring and now Almas goes out to get him. Almas CHOPS Apollo into barriers, then throws big forearms. Apollo hits back but Almas throws him in the ring. Almas follows and stomps Apollo down. He puts Apollo in a corner for furious forearms!

The ref reprimands Almas but Almas runs corner to corner. He misses Cien Shadows! SmackDown returns to single picture as Apollo knees and boots back! Apollo rallies with clotheslines, then a leaping lariat! He kips right up and roars! Almas staggers over into an enziguri! But Almas denies the bomb to boot Apollo back. Almas climbs up but Apollo enziguris Almas down! Apollo trophy lifts again, to then drop Almas down for the standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps his cool as he reels Almas in. Almas slips out of teh lift and teh boot feint to elbow connects! Apollo is down and rolls out. Vega cheers Almas on as Almas slingshots out! Apollo catches him! And pops him up for an apron snake eyes!

Apollo puts Almas back in but Vega huricanranas Apollo into the announce desk! The ref completely misses that as Almas fetches Apollo in. Hammerlock, LA SOMBRA! Cover, Almas wins!

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall

El Idolo gets a win with big help from La Muneca! But will he really be able to find his way to a title with that kind of win?

 

Kevin Owens talks with Dolph Ziggler backstage.

They’re obviously not going to work as a team, without a plan. Kevin has a plan, though: Ziggler stays in the corner and looks pretty while Kevin takes care of the work. Ziggler prefers the other way around. Okay to be serious and honest, these two haven’t had the best track record since returning. Maybe Shane has a point. They’re both good on their own but maybe together they can be even better. It’s worth a shot for tag titles, right? What’s the worst that can happen? Ziggler concedes, he’s had worse. They’ll go out there, be professional, and get through it. They shake hands, but will this really work?

 

SmackDown hears from Aleister Black.

“Last week, there was a knock on my door. And as I made my way towards my door and I opened my door, I found there was no one there.” Aleister applauded that mystery man, because now this is not only a fight on a physical level, but a spiritual plane. At this point, Aleister cares little for the reveal. He only cares that he is revealed. But where? At Extreme Rules! “For if we shall fight in the heavens, we shall fight through the seven layers of hell!” If they were to meet in purgatory, fighting they shall, too. Aleister finds himself invigorated. For if he is man enough to knock on the door, then to reveal himself at Extreme Rules is the person who picks a fight with Aleister.

 

Ember Moon VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!

The War Goddess lost when Desire helped Fire win, but now tables are tuned. Can Sonya find a way to help Mandy win against Ember? Or will they finally be Eclipsed by the Moon?

The bell rings and Ember stares down with Mandy as they circle. But Sonya starts yapping and Ember starts swinging at her! But Mandy gets Ember by hr hair. Ember shoves Mandy away for a roaring elbow! Ember keeps on Mandy at the ropes with hammer fists but the ref backs her off. She whips but Mandy reverses, but then Ember slips through to mule kick. Mandy blocks that to gut wrench toss Ember! Cover, TWO! Mandy rains down rights as Sonya cheers her friend on. Mandy cools off to choke Ember on the rope! She backs off at 4 and Ember scrambles away. Mandy drags Ember up to whip Ember hard into the corner!

Fans cheer for Ember but she gets a Kiss from a Rose! Cover, TWO! Mandy keeps on Ember with the straitjacket stretch. She thrashes Ember around but Ember endures. Ember fights her way up and out but Mandy rocks her with a right! Mandy whips Ember into a corner but Ember goes up for a FLYING Code Breaker! Ember climbs again as Mandy staggers, ECLIPSE! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

Sonya is shocked! She didn’t even have time to attempt anything and now Ember has evened the score! Will Ember be able to get a fair fight with Sonya to truly get back at them?

 

Backstage interview with Shelton Benjamin.

Who does the Gold Standard see winning the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules? He thinks long and hard on it, but then he just grins. He doesn’t seem to care one way or another. But will he be making some moves to get back towards the title for himself?

 

Heavy Machinery VS Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler!

SmackDown returns to the Planet’s Tag Team Champions and The New Day being ringside to watch this. They all want to know who is joining them in the tag team triple threat at Extreme Rules. Kevin makes his entrance, followed by Ziggler. It is time to see if the Prizefighter and the Show-Off can make it work against Tucker and Otis!

Teams sort out and Ziggler starts against Otis. They circle and Ziggler goes for a leg. Otis keeps him back and tosses him off. Ziggler and Otis circle again and Ziggler gets the leg back. But Otis waistlocks and slams Ziggler down! Bryan notes that this is what can happen when a team finally takes tag team wrestling seriously, unlike the New Day. Ziggler gets up only to get thrown again. Otis brings Ziggler up the second time, but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler dropkicks Otis to his knees! Ziggler drags Otis up to whip but Otis blocks. Otis whips Ziggler to a corner to squash him! Fans fire up but Kevin saves Ziggler before Otis can pump it up. Bryan again says Otis was too busy pandering to the fans, just like the New Day.

That’s the last straw! The New Day literally jump over their personal announce desk to get at Bryan and Rowan! Bryan scurries away while Rowan gets thrown into barriers! Big E runs at Bryan to get another Knee Plus! But Woods shotgun dropkicks Bryan! Rowan runs Woods over! And then throws the pancakes everywhere! Rowan rips apart the New Day’s desk and then drags Woods over, for the IRON CLAW through the table!! Bryan says that’s what they get for being jokes! SmackDown goes to one last break to sort out all the chaos.

SmackDown returns and the match of Heavy Machinery and Kevin-Ziggler restarts now that both the New Day, the Planet’s Tag Team Champions, and the wreckage they caused are all gone from ringside. Kevin starts against Tucker with the bell.

Tucker and Kevin tie up and Tucker shoves Kevin to a corner. Tucker flexes but Kevin just scowls. Kevin waistlocks to headlocks but Tucker slips around to put the headlock on Kevin. Kevin powers out but Tucker runs him over! Tucker chases Kevin down for a cover, ONE! Tucker drags Kevin up for another headlock, and fans echo Otis’ noises. Kevin powers out but Tucker shows off his agility! He dropkicks Kevin down then covers, TWO! Tucker headlocks Kevin again but Kevin powers him to a corner. Kevin backs off to CHOP and punch! The ref counts and Kevin drags Tucker out at 4 to club away on. Kevin whips but Tucker kicks him back. Tucker runs but Ziggler holds the ropes down to send Tucker out!

Kevin tags Ziggler and Ziggler goes after Tucker at the barrier. Ziggler puts Tucker in and covers, TWO! Ziggler anchors Tucker and Kevin tags in. Kevin stomps Tucker down then drops a standing splash! Cover, TWO! Kevin facelocks Tucker and Ziggler tags in. Ziggler takes the hand-off to a neckbreaker! Then Kevin drops a senton! Ziggler covers, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Tucker with a crossface, and even modifies it with a half straitjacket. Tucker endures and fans rally with Otis. Ziggler shifts to a facelock as Tucker powers his way back up. Tucker reaches for Otis, and he backs Ziggler down a step at a time. But Ziggler manages to bring Tucker back and tags in Kevin.

Kevin mugs Tucker then bumps him off buckles. Kevin CHOPS Tucker then mocks Otis. He runs into Tucker but gets a back elbow! Tucker springboards to crossbody! Both men are down and fans rally up. Tucker and Kevin crawl, hot tags to Ziggler and Otis! Otis rallies with big lariats! Then a running headbutt! Ziggler crawls but Otis is on him with a spinning scoop slam! Otis fires up as he drags Ziggler back up for an exploder! Cover, TWO! Ziggler survives but Otis keeps focus. Otis has Ziggler on the apron but Ziggler uppercuts back! SATELLITE DDT! Ziggler flounders and tags Kevin! Kevin runs in, SUPERKICK! Then he runs, but Otis sends him out! Otis denies the Zigzg to squash Ziggler! Otis powers up, Caterpillar elbow!

But Kevin returns, to SUPERKICK again! Stunner denied, and Otis dodges Ziggler to send that SUPERKICK into Kevin! Tucker clotheslines Ziggler out, Otis scoops Kevin, COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery wins!

Winners: Heavy Machinery, Otis pinning; added to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match

Just one mistake costs Kevin and Ziggler dearly! But now the Triple Threat is complete, will Tucker and Otis get blue belts to match their #BlueCollarSolid?

As for Kevin, Ziggler gets him up to confront him, but Kevin gives Ziggler a STUNNER! “This is MY show!” Will Kevin get back on track all on his own?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid SmackDown! Though, that “no matches during commercials” mandate is starting to eat into it a bit. Most of the matches we got were so fast. Ember VS Mandy was such an example, because they literally didn’t put anything screw from Sonya for sake of time. But they did get clever with it in the main event when that brawl broke out. As good as the “restarted” Heavy Machinery VS Ziggler & Kevin match was, I don’t get why this couldn’t have been Kevin and Sami given what happened a week ago. Sami should want an explanation from his best frenemy and then they could play up them finally going for titles together only for it to fall apart. Granted, Kevin going Face (or at least Tweener) is an interesting move, so we’ll wait and see how it goes.

As for the new Triple Threat for the SmackDown Tag Titles, I feel like this is just upping things to get fans interested in the PPV. These three teams will put on a great match, but Heavy Machinery is more than likely in the match to take the pin from whoever wins, saving a proper 2v2 of New Day VS Planet’s Tag Champs for Summerslam. Meanwhile, we’re getting a more natural build towards a SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat. Alexa letting Nikki host the talk show was likely to set up the situation. I’m surprised Bayley won here, but again that’s probably Alexa’s plan. This would keep Nikki from a contention claim so it’ll only be Alexa VS Bayley. But there’s still the go-home to turn that around.

Aleister Black and Mustafa Ali had great promos tonight. Aleister’s challenger being unnamed means they’re still working out who it could be, and I wonder if it’d be Randy Orton. It would totally work for Aleister to make his entrance first, then get an RKO Outta Nowhere. That way they don’t need to use Extreme Rules for their match, but build on SmackDown towards Summerslam and beyond. Ali wants after the title, so maybe when we head for Summerslam, he’ll rise up. Though that would only be if it’s Samoa Joe. Speaking of, the face-off of Joe and Kofi was great. Joe is taking this from an interesting angle with saying Kofi is two-faced, and Kofi flipping him off was quite the surprise! This has to push their match towards something No Disqualification, as I expected it to be.

Shane making No Holds Barred is classic Heel McMahon, but much like making the Mixed Tag into Extreme Rules for Rollins-Becky VS Corbin-Lacey, what keeps this tag match from becoming tornado? If there are no rules, then Roman and Taker could just fight Shane and McIntyre all around the ring with no worries of tags. If either tag match doesn’t do this, then Vince has truly neutered Extreme Rules the PPV once and for all. At the same time, with Heyman and Bischoff working things now, they have to be able to convince him to do the logical thing and let everyone off the leash. That will make Extreme Rules great again, like we need it to be.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (7/16/19)

It’s getting hot in the Cruiserweight Division!

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

And STILL Cruiserweight Champion…

Drew Gulak and Tony Nese gave it there all at Extreme Rules, but it is the Philly Stretcher that won as the hometown hero! What is next for this cruel and calculating Cruiserweight Champion on the road to Summerslam?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Samir Singh w/ Sunil; Tozawa wins.
  • Mike Kanellis VS Jackson James; Kanellis wins.
  • Jack Gallagher VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.

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The Cruiserweight Champion speaks.

“For months, Tony Nese was looked at as the pinnacle of this division, and everyone else was fine with that. How sad.” The Premier Athlete lacked the killer instinct to truly lead. And even after becoming champion, Nese dared to doubt Drew Gulak. But now Gulak has erased all doubt, and his grip on the title is growing tighter by the day. Who will dare to step up next when they know what kind of pain and punishment to expect in Gulak’s 205 Live?

 

Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Samir Singh w/ Sunil!

The Bollywood Boys tried to mock the Man with a Plan, and he looked to make them pay for it in the ring. But then when the Singh Brothers were beating him down 2v1, the Stamina Monster came to his friend’s rescue! Now Tozawa will take on the other Singh to see if they can sweep. Will Bollywood be celebrating or commiserating after their run-in with these former Cruiserweight Champions?

The bell rings and the two circle. Samir knees low and clubs Tozawa down to then stomp him in the corner. The ref counts and Samir backs off to swivel those hips. But Tozawa CHOPS away! He fakes Samir out to JAB! Samir crawls to a corner but Tozawa stomps him down. Fans “AH! AH!” but Samir yanks Tozawa into buckles. Samir stomps a mudhole into Tozawa, then swivels his hips again. Samir grinds his feet in while Sunil trash talks. The ref counts so Samir lets up to drag Tozawa up and whip. Tozawa hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Samir covers, TWO! Samir keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Kendrick and the fans rally up. Tozawa fights up and out, but Samir clubs him bakc. Samir runs but into the kick!

Tozawa swings, slides under and then fireman’s carries. Samir fights with elbows, but Tozawa still tosses him! And then adds the shotgun dropkick! Samir bails out and regroups with Sunil, but Tozawa runs over. Sunil blocks his path so Tozawa adjusts to CANNONBALL onto Saimr! They crash into the barriers, but Tozawa is up to “AAH!” with the fans! Tozawa puts Samir in the ring and in a drop zone. He climbs up top but Sunil lurks. Kendrick shouts at Sunil and Tozawa hops down. Tozawa dodges Samir and rolls him up, Tozawa wins!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall

But Sunil goes after Kendrick! Then Samir and Sunil work together to stomp a Bollywood mudhole into Tozawa. Samir rains down rights and Sunil has the Boscar. Roll film and… Kendrick stops the attack! Kendrick throws Sunil out and Tozawa kicks Samir down! The Bollywood Boys are on the retreat again, but they forgot their trophy! Tozawa grabs it, and holds it up high. Now it’s Tozawa’s Boscar, for Best Performance Against a Singh Brother! Will he and Kendrick rack up more wins and more accolades as the summer heats up?

 

205 Live presents part 2 of their closer look at Humberto Carrillo.

The young luchador is already in his second year of signing with the WWE, and his first year alone has been a dream come true. He told his parents that he would be here one day, it is truly a childhood dream come true. There has been a lot of change in his first year. His first goal is to keep the lucha libre tradition to represent both him, his family and where he comes from. And now, his goal is to be WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Will the rise of Ultimo Ninja happen within his second year as a WWE superstar?

 

Mike Kanellis VS Jackson James!

Things have been rough for the Kanellis Family. The Opportunist of Love has not gotten the opportunities he’s wanted, and it’s a blame game as to why. Then he finds Mrs. Maria Kanellis is pregnant, but she doesn’t even think Mike is man enough to be the father. And while Drake Maverick acknowledges his lack of focus, Mike still says what happens next is on the GM’s head. Just what is next for the Kanellis Family drama?

Maria watches backstage as Mike hits the ring. The bell rings and Mike BOOTS Jackson right off his feet! Jackson flounders to a corner but Mike CHOPS away on him! Mike lets up just long enough, to then CHOP away again. He drags Jackson out to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Maria does start to smile as she sees Mike manhandle Jackson to another corner. Jackson flops down and Mike grits his teeth as he runs in to clothesline! Mike rolls Jackson and fires himself up more. He drags Jackson up just to LARIAT him back down. But he’s not done there, he gives Jackson another LARIAT! Jackson’s torso is almost as red as his tights, as Mike hits the Power of Love! Cover, Mike wins!

Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall

Finally a win for Mr. Kanellis, but he’s not done! This is what he warned Maverick about as he throws Jackson out. He grabs a mic and says, “Did you think that is what I was going to get fined over?!” That wasn’t it at all! Mike dares Maverick to fine him in person! Maverick does come out and lets Mike vent. No, it won’t be that easy. Mike is done going into offices. What Mike has to say he says in front of everyone! Two months, his contract expired and he could’ve gone anywhere! But Mike decided to stay for two reasons: to prove to Maria that he’s good as he says he is by becoming Cruiserweight Champion; and to kick Maverick’s ass!

Well Maverick apologizes for Mike’s bad mood, but maybe Mike should look in the mirror. The reason Mike isn’t anywhere in the Cruiserewight Division is because of himself. Mike isn’t more deserving than any of the day one guys! And then he didn’t last long on Raw! Speaking of Raw and not lasting long, Mike saw what happened with Renee Michelle. Oh yes, stoop to lows. Maverick is not a competitor in the Cruiserweight Division, he is their GM. Oh wow, yeah, Mike totally forgot that! Maverick is the same GM that keeps chasing the 24/7 Championship! The same GM that embarrasses the brand walking around in his underwear! Mike isn’t the joke, Maverick is.

Maverick never said Mike was a joke! Maverick brought Mike here because he has the potential to be one of the best! Mike will not let Maverick patronize him! Maverick wants to be the bigger man, but he’s not. Maverick’s barely half a man. Height insults. Mike tells Maverick to go home, talk to his wife, beg her for forgiveness, and prove to her that he’s a man. But wait, he’s not! Because a real man wouldn’t back down from a fight, or let someone talk down to him like Mike is to Maverick. Is Maverick getting mad? He looks mad! You mad? No, Maverick’s not mad. Because a real man gets mad. A real man wouldn’t let Mike say that their wife is a filth- THAT’S IT! Maverick fires off hands on Mike, then ducks the clothesline to dropkick Mike out!

Maverick dares Mike to come back and get what’s coming to him! But Mike just grins, because he may have just caught Maverick in his trap. Will Maverick still be 205 Live GM after hitting one of his superstars?

 

Jack Gallagher VS Chad Gable!

The last time the Extraordinary Gentleman and the American Olympian tangled on 205 Live, it ended in a disappointing and even controversial count-out. Gable got the win, but not even he was satisfied. So now Gallagher and Gable go 1v1 in this rematch of redemption! Who will gain a proper victory in Worcester?

The bell rings and Gallagher offers a handshake. Gable takes it to prove this match will be respectful. They tie up and Gable waistlocks. Gable spins and trips Gallagher to float into the facelock. Gallagher rolls and escapes to wrench the wrist. Gable spins and waistlocks to spin Gallagher to a snapmare and chinlock. Fans like the technical exchange. Gallagher works his way out the back with the handstand. Gable nods respect to that, and they go again. Gable wristlocks but Gallagher rolls and handsprings to cartwheel and wrench. But now Gable rolls, bridges, spins and headlock takeovers. Gallagher headscissors but Gable pops out. Roles reverse but Gallagher jackknifes, TWO as Gable bridges out. Gable lifts Gallagher but Gallagher slips out to arm-drag! The two stand off, and fans cheer the exchange again.

Gable offers the handshake, and Gallagher accepts, but Gable uses it to drag Gallagher into a waistlock and slam! Gable shifts up to a headlock, but Gallagher powers up. Fans rally and Gallagher gets his own headlock. Gable powers out but Gallagher runs him over. Gallagher runs but Gable speeds up, only to run into a fireman’s carry and hotshot! Gallagher sunset flips, TWO, but he goes at Gable’s arm. Gable endures the armlock and powers his way up. Gable whips but Gallagher reverses, only for Gable to dodge and arm-drag back. La Magistrol, TWO! Another arm-drag and now Gable has Gallagher in the armlock. Gallagher endures as Gable pulls on the keylock. They stand and Gallagher reverses to a takedown and short-arm-scissors.

Gable rolls back to make it a cover, TWO, and Gallagher still has the arm scissor. Gable rolls again, TWO, and the arm scissor is still on. Fans rally as Gable works on a solution to the hold. Gable rolls again to deadlift Gallagher for an Electric Chair drop! Gable drags Gallagher up for European Uppercuts, and Gallagher is rocked! Cover, TWO! Gable grows frustrated and goes after a leg with a standing toehold. Gallagher endures the toe ‘n’ ankle twist while avoiding a cover. Gallagher kicks free but Gable whips him hard to a corner! Cover, TWO! Gable keeps his cool as he drags Gallagher back up. He whips Gallagher again but Gallagher goes up, under, but runs into the overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO!

Gable drags Gallagher around to drop a twisting toehold! He yanks the leg and Gallagher clutches his hamstring. Gable circles like a shark then dragon screws the leg! Gallagher clutches the knee but Gable steps through for another toehold. It is a cover, too, TWO! Gable keeps on the toehold and Gallagher has to keep sitting up. Gallagher endures then kicks with his free leg. But Gable gets the bad leg for another toehold! Then Gable twists to turn Gallagher, but Gallagher fights free. Gallagher walks into a EuroUpper, and another. Gable throws another but into a backslide! TWO, and a BIG dropkick from Gallagher decks Gable! Gallagher counter punches Gable back then whips. Gable reverses but Gallagher ducks to deck him with a right!

Gallagher suplexes Gable and holds him up there with his extraordinary strength! And drops him after roughly 15 counts! Cover, TWO! Gallagher grows frustrated with Gable’s toughness, but he gets himself back up. Gable follows, dodges and waistlocks to roll, Chaos Theory denied to the Double Wristlock! The Kimura Lock is on but Gable moves to relieve pressure. Gable powers to a cover, TWO and he’s freed. Gallagher staggers away but Gable runs in, only to get an elbow. Gallagher hops up, leaps for a missile dropkick! Gable staggers but runs over, only for Gallagher to dump him out. Gallagher runs to blast Gable off the apron, then slides. Gable gets under, only to get thrown into barriers! The Gentleman is getting gritty now!

Gallagher goes into the ring and the ring count begins. Gallagher runs to DIVE! But Gable deflects it! And then throws Gallagher with a German Suplex! Deja vu to their first match a month ago! Gable and Gallagher crawl up as the count begins. Gable stands at 4 but won’t leave Gallagher behind this time. He puts Gallagher in at 7 and hops in at 8, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, and Gable blocks the punch to full nelson. Gallagher breaks free and wants the wristlock. Gable  slips out, Tiger Driver 97! TWO, to the ANKLE LOCK! Gable shouts out the Olympic Gold Medalist as Gallagher endures! Gallagher reaches but is dragged away! Grapevine!! Gallagher unlocks the legs to hammer away on Gable’s head! Gable lets go and Gallagher is free. Worcester cheers both men’s grit as Gallagher and Gable stand.

Gable throat chops and rolling kicks! But Gallagher uses the ropes to rebound, for the Extraordinary Headbutt!! He falls to the cover, TWO!? Gable survives and Gallagher can’t believe it! Both men slowly stir and head for each other. Gallagher grimaces as he SLAPS Gable. Gable SLAPS back and now it’s a brawl! They throw forearms and elbows, then Gallagher fires off body shots and windmill fists! The ref counts and Gallagher stops. Gallagher whips Gable corner to corner, then runs in, but misses his dropkick! Gable catches Gallagher into the Canadian Rack! Dominator DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher still lives and Gable is in shock!

Fans fire up as Gable drags Gallagher to a drop zone. Gable climbs up and moonsaults, to get boots to the gut! Gallagher hits his Extraordinary Dropkick!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Gallagher is the one in shock now! Gallagher drags Gable up and hoists him to the top rope. He clubs Gable over and over before climbing up top. Gable fights back with elbows, but Gallagher clubs him more. Gallagher still staggers down, but clubs Gable into the post. Gallagher climbs up again, stands up with Gable, SUPER BACK SUPLEX, becomes Gable’s crossbody! Gable glares, rolls Gallagher, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gable wins!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall

Gable and Gallagher pushed each other to their limits, but it was Gable who edges out the Gentleman. But to be a good sport back, he offers Gallagher a hand. Gable helps Gallagher up and gives him a nod. The fans love the respect between Gable and Gallagher, will we get more from these two terrific technicians? But with this decisive defeat, what is next for Gallagher in the Cruiserweight Division?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode for 205 Live for the Summerslam build. Gulak gives us a great promo as he gets to start fresh with new competition, and we got another good Humberto Carrillo profile video. Again, pretty sure Carrillo is on his way to the title, but he’ll need to have matches to earn it. Tozawa VS Samir with Kendrick and Sunil around was a good match, but as I said last week, we’ll probably just get a tag team build to a tornado and/or No Disqualification tag match blow-off that means nothing because we have no tag titles. But it will still be a great match because Kendrick and Tozawa are great, and the Singh Brothers are also good given the tornado blow-of we just got with Lucha House Party.

I am loving the continuity between Raw and 205 Live as far as this Kanellis-Maverick story is going. Mike gets his win but then the real thing in this is the red hot promo between him and Maverick. They had great points to throw at each other, especially Mike mocking last night’s WWE 24/7 Championship segment. This could easily become the story of Maverick fighting for his job as GM given how he hit Mike. And it’s a way for Maverick to shift from the 24/7 Championship and let Truth feud with someone new. Again, if Maverick loses, I expect it to be Maria taking his place and then she gives Maverick the opportunities he “deserves,” like going against a Face Cruiserweight Champion, maybe as Carrillo’s first feud.

Then the main event of Gable VS Gallagher was incredible, regardless of Worcester dissenters thinking it was boring. Technical wrestling is not boring, Worcester was just tired and/or drunk. And then when they left the technical stuff behind for big hits and throws, the fans woke up and saw this match was actually great. Gable winning was a great choice, because now we’re getting a Gallagher crisis of confidence type thing. Gallagher sold that uncertainty at the end there, so something has to happen where he decides between 205 Live and NXT UK as his place to be in the WWE, and that could be a really good story.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/16/19)

The BEST! Town Hall Meeting, in the WOOOOOORLD~!

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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?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

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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?

 

Awwwww~ Worcester!

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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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


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