Tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live opens up from The Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Tom Phillips welcomes us to the show. He is joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
We go right to the ring and out first comes Charlotte Flair as Greg Hamilton does the introductions. Tom Phillips tells us from the broadcast table that AJ Styles is here tonight to address Samoa Joe one more time before their SummerSlam Match on Sunday. Becky Lynch is out next, followed by SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella.
Carmella starts by saying that almost as absurd as defending her title in a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam is Paige forcing her to come out here tonight for this face-to-face-to-face. Carmella then says that she is tired of their faces and tired of being constantly punished for being such an amazing champion. But hey, she is champion, so life is good. Carmella then says that she wants to talk about something everyone is thinking and that is that poor Becky Lynch doesn’t stand a chance now.
Carmella then says that she used to be a clown for a living and she should think about going back because it’s the one thing she does better than Charlotte. Becky admits that she would rather not have Flair in the match, but only because she’s an incredible athlete. Lynch then says that she was losing sleep about dismantling Carmella, and when Charlotte got added into the match she needed a new dream, and added whooping Flair to her dream of beating Carmella.
Carmella cackles about how she beat Charlotte twice and runs down her accolades, and Flair cuts her off and says that the lies and the cheating ends at SummerSlam, and she’s pulled out all the stops to retain, digging James Ellsworth up to beat Asuka, and she wonders why no one respects her. Maybe it’s because she’s a Diva living in a women’s era.
Carmella cops to the notion and asks them to compare their beauty, bodies, and charisma to theirs, and further, she’s the champ and they are not.
SmackDown Live General Manager Paige heads out. She says that The WWE Universe owes Carmella a big thank you for losing to Charlotte and setting up the Triple Threat Match, and she knows they’re going to steal the show. Paige then says that as general manager it’s her duty to create the best competition for SmackDown, so why wait until Sunday to see what they do best. Paige then says that for Carmella that’s talking, so she sends her to the announce desk. Paige then says that Flair and Becky will show Carmella how it’s done in a tag team match. Paige then introduces their opponents and out first comes Mandy Rose. Sonya Deville is out next.
The tag team match will begin after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and the tag team match begins.
Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville: Charlotte starts off strong against Sonya and lays into her with a series of chops. Becky tags in and continues the offense on Sonya. Mandy tags in and then Charlotte tags in shortly after to double team her with Becky. Charlotte looks for a slam, but Mandy escapes and slams Charlotte down by the hair. Sonya tags in but walks into a fallaway slam by Charlotte. Becky tags and hits a splash on Sonya at ringside. Back in the ring, Becky covers Sonya for a two count then tags Charlotte back in. A distraction from Mandy leads to Sonya connecting with a body kick to Charlotte. Mandy tags in and they stomp a mud hole in Charlotte in the corner. Sonya tags back in to continue the offense on Flair. Mandy tags in without Charlotte noticing and hits a running knee to her face. Becky and Sonya get the tags, and Sonya takes control with a series of strikes. Mandy tags in and Becky fights her off with a series of clotheslines and a spinning heel kick. Becky hits a t-bone suplex, then Sonya runs in and Becky kicks her down. Becky applies the Dis-Arm-her on Mandy shortly after for the win via submission. Winners: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch
After the match, Flair joins Becky in the middle of the ring and they stand tall. Carmella stands on the announce table and raises the title, taunting Flair and Becky.
We get a promo from The Miz & Maryse talking about the success of Miz & Mrs, announcing that the USA Network has ordered a second season. They thank everyone for tuning in and promise that the second season will be like nothing we have ever seen.
On that bombshell, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we see Charlotte Flair backstage with Becky Lynch. Flair congratulates Becky on the win but says that she didn’t have to do it all by herself. There is some tension teased between the two. Flair then says may the best woman win on Sunday at SummerSlam in the Triple Threat Match and Becky says no worries, she will. Becky walks off.
The Bludgeon Brothers are set for a 3-on-2 Handicap Match against a team of enhancement talent called The Triple Threat.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Triple Threat: The Brothers quickly clear the ring and hit the double powerbomb on one of their opponents. They follow the other two opponents out to ringside and put the boots to them. The Brothers slam two of the jobbers together, drop them on the floor, then Rowan slams Harper on top of them. Back in the ring, the Brothers hit the powerbomb Doomsday Device. This one is a no contest as The Bludgeon Brothers attacked before the opening bell. Winners: No Contest
The bell rang before The Triple Threat was introduced but Graves says that the match never started and there was no pin. Harper and Rowan just stand tall as we go to replays.
Commentary sends us to a video package looking at the history between The Miz and Daniel Bryan. They show footage from Daniel Bryan’s time on NXT and his first interactions with The Miz, along with some new original interviews with both men talking about their feud.
SAnitY make their entrance for their Six-Man Tag Team Match against The New Day and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we are just in time for The New Day’s entrance.
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. SAnitY (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain): Big E and Eric Young start things off, and Big E slams him down then dances. Eric fights back with series of elbows, but Big E shuts him down with a belly to belly suplex. Kofi tags in and leapfrogs over Big E for a leg drop on Young. Kofi tees off on Eric with kicks, but he misses one and Eric sends him down to the ringside floor. Wolfe tags in and beats down Kofi at ringside before taking him back in the ring. Dain tags in now and works over Kofi on the mat. Kofi tries to get a tag, but Dain shuts him down with a dropkick. Dain follows up with a fisherman’s suplex, then Wolfe tags in and hits a shot off the top. Dain comes back in but Kofi stuns him with a DDT and tags in Woods. Wolfe tags in and Woods drops him then clears the SAnitY apron. Woods dropkicks Wolfe down then boots him in the head. Woods hits a tornado DDT and pins, but Eric Young comes flying off the top with an elbow to break it up. Young tags in now and fireman’s carries Woods onto Wolfe’s knees. Dain tags in and Woods fights back with chops to the chest, but Dain drops him with a cross body. Big E runs in to break it up, then he suplexes Eric Young. Wolfe runs in and goes at it with Kofi now. Kofi goes up top and hits a suicide dive onto Wolfe and Young at ringside. Big E tags in and they hit the Up Up Down Down on Dain for the three count. Winners: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
After the match, The New Day celebrates their win and dances in the ring as we go to replays.
Commentary sends us to a second video package on the history between The Miz and Daniel Bryan. This time we look at their respective successes in WWE, and then their infamous incident on Talking Smack.
Commentary hypes up The Miz and Maryse making an appearance on NBC’s Today tomorrow as well as AJ Styles’ appearance and Jeff Hardy’s return to action for later on tonight to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Paige knocks on Samoa Joe’s locker room door and he answers.
He asks what’s up and she says that he refused a chance to address the crowd tonight separately just like AJ Styles will. Joe then says that he is shy, and Paige says that she doesn’t want him ruining her SummerSlam main event by attacking AJ tonight and he needs to be professional. Joe then says that that is funny because she wasn’t looking for a professional when she offered him the shot, she liked his killer instinct. AJ wants to make a promise tonight?
Samoa Joe then says that he will make a promise tonight that he’ll do what he damn well pleases when he wants, and Paige and the WWE Universe will have to deal with the consequences or he can sit back here and relax and take advantage of all his hard work. Joe then says that he will enjoy this night, and he walks back in his locker room.
Aiden English is in the ring struggling to sing into the mic. He steels his resolve and launches into his song about making amends to Rusev and Lana by making Andrade “Cien” Almas pay tonight in the name of Rusev Day.
Almas makes his way down to the ring for his match against Aiden English but first we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and the match begins.
Aiden English vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas: Zelina Vega is at ringside in Andrade’s corner. Aiden starts off strong out of the gate, but Andrade stuns him with a back elbow and then drops him in the corner. Almas hits the running knees in the corner and then the hammerlock DDT for the three count after a very short match. Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
After the match, Vega enters the ring and joins Almas for the celebration. We go to replays. Vega takes the mic and tells everyone to mark their calendars because on Sunday it will be…Almas takes over and says that it will be the end of Rusev Day. Vega adds that it will be the end of Lana Day also because she plans to expose Lana for what she really is – dead weight that is bringing down her husband. The music interrupts and out comes Rusev with Lana. Rusev accuses them of acting like they just won the lottery. Rusev says that Almas’ luck runs out this Sunday and Vega will learn why Lana is the best, Lana’s #1. Fans start the chant for Lana now. Lana then says that together they will crush Almas and Vega because this year, SummerSlam falls on Rusev Day.
AJ Styles rolls up in Paige’s office because she wanted to see him. She says that she knows things are getting intense but she needs both of them to stay professional. She admits talking to Joe didn’t go well but AJ is the champ and people look up to him. AJ then says that he made his wife a promise that he intends to keep, then he walks off.
We see Jeff Hardy acting weird backstage and commentary hypes up part three of the Bryan/Miz feature for after the commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and as promised, we get the third and final video package about The Miz and Daniel Bryan for the night, which reviews Daniel Bryan’s return to the ring and the lead-up to their SummerSlam Match.
Jeff Hardy makes his entrance for his match against Shelton Benjamin and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and the match begins.
Jeff Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin: Shelton starts off strong and grounds Jeff with a chin lock. Jeff escapes and hits the Whisper In The Wind off the top for a two count. They trade blows in the middle of the ring until Jeff drops Shelton with a forearm shot. Jeff follows up with an atomic drop and leg drop, then a running dropkick to the grounded Shelton for a two count. Shelton goes for a kick but Jeff ducks and answers with a mule kick. Shelton tries to fight back, but Jeff catches him with an inverted DDT. Jeff goes up top, but Shelton runs up the turnbuckle and knees Hardy. Shelton follows up with a superplex and they both land hard. Shelton charges but Jeff stops him with a Sling Blade and then the Twist of Fate. Jeff covers for the three count. Winner: Jeff Hardy
After the match, Hardy’s victory celebration is interrupted as the music hits and out comes WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Shelton tries to take advantage of the distraction with a sneak attack but Hardy blocks it and knocks him out of the ring. Nakamura rushes the ring and nails a knee to the spine from the back. Nakamura charges for a Kinshasa but Hardy blocks it and hits a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes to the top and nails the Swanton Bomb for a big pop. Hardy’s music hits and he stands tall. The camera shows Randy Orton lurking over near the stage, watching Hardy as he makes his exit. Orton ducks back out of sight.
Commentary runs down The SummerSlam Card and promotes The WWE Network.
AJ Styles makes his entrance to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and AJ Styles has mic in hand.
He goes to speak but fans start chanting his name. Styles starts by saying that he is blessed because for almost 20 years he’s been able to travel the world and compete against the best sports entertainment has had to offer. AJ then puts over the WWE Title and says that there is a reason why it’s so hard to hold on to The WWE Title – because of the pressure that the title holder is put under. Styles then says that Samoa Joe hit his pressure points because he’s a mastermind. Styles then says that it started when Joe blindsided him three weeks ago. We see a replay of the attack.
AJ then says that right when he thought he knew Joe, Joe stabbed him in the back and then stabbed him in the heart. AJ shows us a replay of the recent promo that had Joe sending AJ a “personal message” with comments on his family. AJ then talks about Joe speaking on his family and says that he felt that as a man, a father and a husband, he had to defend himself. AJ then says that he got emotional and Joe took him to a place he never wanted to go, a dark place where he wanted to rip Joe’s head off. AJ then says that he got home where he could hold his wife and kids. AJ then says that his wife Wendy told him that he can’t lose his cool like he did, the family loves him and respects what he does but he has to stay focused. AJ goes on but the music interrupts and out comes Joe in a suit.
Joe speaks from the stage and says that AJ just told the fans a lovely tale but they both know he wasn’t telling the truth. Joe then tells AJ to relax because he wants to help AJ keep his promise to his wife. Joe has a letter from a fan that he thought AJ needs to hear. The letter was written to Joe and says that Joe’s comments made him physically ill but because they were true. Joe then says that the fan used to be the biggest AJ fan in the world but it was now clear that AJ never wanted kids or a wife. Joe then says that the fan believes AJ will do anything to become champion to stay away from his family. Joe then says that the fan prays he wins at SummerSlam so AJ can feel what it’s like to lose what he loves the most, because the fan lost AJ a long time ago. Joe then reads the end of the letter and it’s supposedly signed by Wendy Styles, AJ’s wife. Joe’s music hits as he and AJ stare each other down. AJ is in the ring and Joe is still on the stage. The final SmackDown before SummerSlam goes off the air.