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SmackDown Recap: New US Title Contender Emerges (7 July 2016)

After a hectic ending to Monday Night Raw, who got revenge on SmackDown?

With only two weeks left before SmackDown goes live on Tuesday nights, this week’s edition was kicked off by WWE Champion Dean Ambrose! After he rolled into the ring, Ambrose grabbed the microphone from JoJo and introduced himself as the Special Guest Ring Announcer.

Ambrose gave a standard introduction to Jey Uso, but then announced his opponent, hailing from “somewhere that he didn’t get enough hugs as a child, Seth ‘Scumbag’ Rollins!” Much to the chagrin of Rollins, Dean joined the commentary team at ringside. Jey Uso put up a good fight in a back and forth match, and often got assistance in the form of distractions by Guest Ring Announcer Dean Ambrose.

As the match continued, Ambrose announced the amount of time that had passed by during the match and even sent the show to commercial at one point. Jey got close on several occasions, but in the end he attempted a splash only to land on the knees of Seth Rollins. Seconds later, Rollins managed to hit the Pedigree for a textbook three count to take the win. Rollins and Ambrose bickered some after the match, and Seth ended up retreating up the ramp as Ambrose stood tall with his WWE Championship raised high.

Next up it was time for singles action as Zack Ryder debuted a new theme song. The remix of his “Oh, Radio” theme was done by Downstait, the same band that performs The Miz, Alex Riley, and Dolph Ziggler’s themes. Ryder’s opponent was Sheamus, who he pinned to win the main event on Monday Night Raw.

Sheamus took control early and dominated for much of the match, but Zack Ryder eventually managed to turn it around and land The El-bro Drop for the pinfall win over Sheamus. Zack was interviewed after his match and asked “what’s next” for him, and Ryder then challenged Rusev to a United States Championship Match on Raw.

After the return from commercial break, Rusev was interviewed about being challenged by Zack Ryder. He said that if Ryder shows up, he might prove him wrong in thinking all Americans are cowards, but in the end he’ll still help him prove that all Americans are losers.

Next up it’s time for women’s division action as Becky Lynch begins to make her way to the ring, but she doesn’t even make it down the ramp before Natalya runs down the ramp and ambushed her from behind. Nattie threw Lynch into the barricade, and then locked her in the Sharpshooter on the outside. When she finally released, the crowd was pissed, and Becky was laying in a heap on the outside.

Next up a WWE.com Exclusive interview with Xavier Woods aired, as he spoke about the possibility of The New Day going to the Wyatt’s Compound to take them on. Xavier expressed his worries about going into the turf of The Wyatt Family, but ultimately said he will stand by the decision that was made and be at the Compound with Big E and Kofi.

Back from commercial, Enzo Amore & Big Cass made their way to the ring to speak about why they helped out John Cena on Raw as he was getting attacked on Raw. Cass spoke first, and said that their arrival wasn’t about saving Cena or about issues with The Club. Instead, Cass said that it was about sending a message, but he was interrupted by the arrival of AJ Styles and The Club. AJ took to the microphone and talked more about how much they love to #BeatUpJohnCena.

Since Cena isn’t there, AJ asked Karl Anderson what they should do instead. Anderson suggested they #BeatUpEnzo&Cass. Then, Gallows suggested that after they get done with that and get some dessert, they go #BeatUpJohnCena. AJ said he’d come down to the ring and shut their mouth, and pointed out he was talking specifically to “the guy that looks like a bird,” setting up a match between AJ and Enzo.

Back from commercial, the match got off to a fun start as AJ was all talk, and got extra frustrated as Enzo managed to get a brief upper hand. AJ took control after Enzo didn’t fully connect on a suicide dive, and then began to dictate the pace throughout the match. Enzo got in a few spots, but AJ pretty much had the match well in hand the entire time, and eventually planted Enzo with the Styles Clash for the win.

Backstage, Kevin Owens is sitting on a case wearing Chris Jericho’s scarf, and said he was considering buying one for his wife. Jericho threw a fit when he noticed a stain on it and insisted Owens give him some money since it was going to have to be cleaned. Owens obliged and gave him roughly four dollars and a jolly rancher in change, but kept his button. Kevin then wished Jericho luck against Sami Zayn in the main event and said he’d be at ringside for the match.

After the commercial, we’re back with The Miz on his way out to face Kalisto to get revenge for Maryse being hit with potato salad during the food fight on Monday. Kalisto put up a good fight and got in some decent offense, but predictably it ended with the Skull Crushing Finale as The Miz picked up a dominant win as revenge for the “Potato Salad Incident.”

Between matches, they cut to WWE Studios where Booker T, Corey Graves, and Scott Stanford announced that Brock Lesnar would be going one on one with “The Viper” Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Corey Graves spoke some on how their careers have gone since their arrival in 2002, and Booker T talked about how excited he was to see Orton return to face Lesnar. 

Finally it was time for the Main Event as Sami Zayn was going one on one with Chris Jericho, and forever rival Kevin Owens joined the commentary team at ringside for the match. Jericho and Zayn had a good back and forth match, but shenanigans eventually ensued. Don’t act surprised, Owens and Zayn can never be within five hundred feet of each other without shenanigans.

With Jericho on the outside, Sami Zayn came flying over the ropes with a plancha. Zayn popped up after knocking Jericho down and hit the announce table in a fit of adrenaline. Unfortunately, Kevin Owens wasn’t happy with this, as he grabbed a cup of water and slung its contents at Zayn for hitting the announce table “while Owens was working.” Zayn got Jericho back in the ring and was going for the Helluva Kick, only for Owens to hop onto the apron and inadvertently eat the kick himself.

Jericho tried to capitalize with the Walls of Jericho, but Zayn rolled Jericho up for the quick pinfall to take the victory. His celebration didn’t last long, though, as Jericho planted Zayn with a Codebreaker. Kevin Owens then got into the ring and began assaulting and already down Sami Zayn, finally planting Zayn with a Pop-Up Powerbomb to end SmackDown standing tall.

Patches Chance

Yo, Patches Chance here. I'm the Content Editor for the WWE section here at RealSport. In my past, I majored in English Literature at the University of Houston. I'm a former referee with the Doomsday Wrestling promotion. I've been an avid fan for over fifteen years and have written about wrestling for over a decade. I'm also a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have been a featured columnist for WhatTheBuc. Edge will always be my favorite, but Shinsuke Nakamura is the best thing in wrestling today.

SmackDown Recap: New US Title Contender Emerges (7 July 2016)

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