The show opened with “The Viper” Randy Orton being warned about his conduct on Raw by SmackDown’s General Manager Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon. The two also gave Orton a security detail to ensure that he will be safe for the night. Moments later, they bumped into the A-Lister The Miz and announced that there will be a triple threat match between Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin and Kalisto to determine who will face him at SummerSlam for the Intercontinental Championship. Well, D-Bry said Apollo Creed. But I think we know what he meant…
Dean Ambrose formally opened the show and spoke about his number one contender, Dolph Ziggler, as well as building his legacy as Champion. He then invited out Dolph Ziggler down to the ring for a confrontation. Dolph even mentioned his past in the Spirit Squad and how they didn’t start at the same level in the WWE, before Dean laid into Dolph for worrying too much about everything from his image to the internet smarks, and not enough about winning. Dolph responded by furiously barking that he is ready, before Dean calmly told him that he’s nowhere near as good as he thinks he is. Bray Wyatt then turned the arena dark, before hitting a bemused Dolph with a Sister Abigail. Bray then demanded a match with Ziggler, and if he wins, he takes the number one contendership.
Up next, the triple threat match to become the number one Contender for the intercontinental Championship. The matchup began with Baron Corbin being targeted by both Kalisto and Apollo Crews, but it didn’t take long for the lone wolf to regain control. A near fall on Apollo meant that Baron maintained his dominance, but began to get frustrated. As he was focused on Kalisto, he got hit in the back with a dropkick by Crews, which then allowed him to roll up a distracted Kalisto to win the matchup and become the new number one contender.
Next up it was time for the debut of all red everything, Eva Marie, as she was supposed to battle off against Becky Lynch. The matchup wasn’t even able to get underway, however, ending in a no contest due to Eva Marie claiming injury at the start of the match. Good god I despise Eva Marie so much.
It was then time for the debut of the phenomenal American Alpha, as they faced off against former NXT rivals, the VaudeVillains. Chad Gable started the match up against Simon Gotch, showing an awesome amount of technical wrestling prowess. The two then hit double dropkicks on the most gentlemanly duo, before delivering a hot tag to Jason Jordan. Jordan set English up nicely for the Grand Amplitude and American Alpha pick up their first ever win on Smackdown Live.
Next was Cena and Styles, as the two exchanged words about their two-month long feud. AJ spoke about he’s figured Cena out, and how he doesn’t want him there anymore. He sees through Cena’s fake nobility and ensures him that his time at the top is over. He then let rip into the fans, saying they and Cena himself are all totally delusional, and that he’ll prove it. Cena then played up to the whole of the crowd again, and reminded everyone that he’s essentially a superman and the king of all babyfaces. And then, the king of the WWE then made a stark reminder to everyone in the indies that he is and always well be bigger than then, as he’d never work for any other wrestling promotion than the WWE. AJ then offered him a match at SummerSlam to end the showdown.
It was then time for Fandango to take on Randy Orton, with extra security on hand in case Brock Lesnar appeared. Orton started the match on top, working the body of fandango before landing a big Suplex. He then hit a vicious power slam to both Fandango and Breeze, before setting Fandango up for an RKO. He hit the RKO, but Lesnar was able to break through security and hit Orton with a vicious F5 before being escorted from the building.
Carmella was all set to make her Smackdown live debut, but she was ambushed by a furious Natalya. Yet again, another week of repetitive women’s storylines. Yikes.
It was then time for the main event, with Dolph Ziggler taking on Bray Wyatt, with the number one contendership on the line. The match started with Ziggler hitting an early famouser on Wyatt, but this just gave a Bray a chance on the outside to recuperate before unleashing an assault on Dolph. Bray then unleashed a vicious Suplex from the top rope to Ziggler. Dolph did however attempt to regain some momentum, but he had a superkick caught by the eater of worlds and countered into a back body drop shortly thereafter. Bray then began to remove the turnbuckle, but got caught by a huge ZigZag, but was still just able to kick out. Dolph then smashed Bray’s skull into the exposed turnbuckle, before hitting a huge superkick to pick up the win.
So, with three huge matches from Smackdown Live made for SummerSlam, what happens next week?
Liam’s Smackdown Rating: 7/10