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We have pretty good idea about what to expect tonight and this is Jenkins doing the results since Felix has something better to do. He really picked a great night too because Vince McMahon apparently waltzed in and wrecked the script for the show this afternoon.
WWE has announced several matches and segments, but Vince McMahon overhauling a script can go a long way as well. It’s nice to know that he’s ultimately still in control of everything, right?
So far, tonight’s SmackDown looks something like this
Shane McMahon kicked off the show by saying he wouldn’t be on the show even though he was advertised. Then he told a little story about meeting with his life coach. I hope his life coach never becomes an on-screen character.
Kevin Owens Segment
KO came out and got a decent pop. He cut a promo hyping his match for Summerslam telling people not to panic because Shane isn’t there. Then he said that he will beat Shane do badly that he will look in the mirror and know he doesn’t belong in the ring.
Owens said nobody can stop him from showing up because of his last name, but when Shane shows up at least he knows that it’s not his show. It’s the Kevin Owens Show. Then Drew McIntyre walked out.
McIntyre told Kevin that he talks too much. That clip will be used by Botchamania. Then he informed Owens that they have a match tonight and he knocked him out of the ring and tossed him over the announce table.
That match is happening now.
Kevin Owens vs Drew McIntyre
Kevin started out in control until Drew started returning fire and the he took over the match. McIntyre beat Owens around the ring and shoves him into the corner before hitting a German suplex for a two count.
Owens battled back and hit a cannonball for a two count and then he climbed up top only to be stopped. As Corey Graves said he watched SmackDown last night with his life coach, but he “ran out of singles,” KO hit a frog splash for another two count.
When we came back from commercial, Owens hit a senton from the top rope for another two count. Drew dodged a Stunner and hit a headbutt before slamming Owens down for a two count of his own.
Then McIntyre went for a Brogue Kick, but KO hit a Superkick. Soon Owens put McIntyre down again and he climbed to the top. Then Drew stopped him again and Drew hit a top rope move for a two count and then they moved outside.
McIntyre cleaned off the announce table and Owens hit a Stunner on top of it. Then they moved back to the ring for another Superkick/ Stunner combo for the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Dolph Zigggler cut an interview backstage where his recent actions were brought up. They made a huge deal about kicking Shawn Michaels. Then he mocked the legends again and hyped his match against The Miz at Summerslam before moving on to Finn Balor who he is facing tonight.
Bayley and Ember Moon did a skit in the locker room about getting through their tag match tonight despite their Summerslam match.
Aleister Black cut a promo about the blood of his soul being the willingness of any man to pick… a fight… with him.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs Bayley & Ember Moon
Bliss and Moon started it out and then Bayley was tagged in. They moved outside and Bayley hit Bliss with a dropkick through the ropes. Cross got in Bayley’s face and Moon nailed a suicide dive before commercial break. Burger King is making tacos now. Neat.
As they continued after the commercial break, Moon hulked up and hit a double hip attack in the corner. She nailed Cross with an Eclipse, but then Bliss ended up taking her down and then she hit a Twisted Bliss for the win.
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
Bayley hit Moon with a Bayley To Bayley after the match was over.
Sami Zayn cut a promo where he mocked Aleister Black and his hype that he’ll never get to live up to.
Daniel Bryan’s Career Altering Announcement
He didn’t say anything and just walked away. Yep.
Jerry Lawler introduced Trish Stratus and they talked about the Raw Reunion. Then Lawler said some legends wish they could have one last match before asking Trish if she’d like to have a final match. She said that she’s a mom now and then Charlotte Flair walked out.
Then they had a back and forth promo before their Summerslam match was booked.
An outstandingly weird episode of Firefly Fun House aired that sated Ramblin Rabbit. He said something about how Bray doesn’t want people to know what the fun house really is before he ran away.
Dolph Ziggler vs Finn Balor
This match didn’t get very fan before the lights went out and then when they came up, Bray Wyatt was there, but then he wasn’t.
So Dolph nailed a sweet chin music and got the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Ali
This is a repeat from Smackville. Ali got things started with a quick kick and a suicide followed by a cross body for a two count. Then Nakamura took control after Nakamura dodged a charge and Ali ended up taking a turnbuckle to the face.
Nakamura got some offense in, but then Ali hit a somersault face crusher before Shinsuke took control again. He hit a reverse exploder, but Ali hit a Superkick and then he climbed up top and missed his finisher.
Ali tried to roll Nakamura up, but Shinsuke hit a DDT and then Ali pinned Shinsuke Nakamura out of nowhere with a roll-up.
Kofi Kingston vs AJ STYLES
AJ took Kofi down in a headlock for a bit early on after gaining control and then he hit a shoulder block after Kingston got out. Kofi then hit a back elbow and a dropkick from the second rope.
AJ was taken outside and then the OC stepped in to protect him. The New Day stepped in to fend them off before AJ took advantage once again thanks to the distraction.
While AJ and Kofi wrestled on, they promised that Roman Reigns will speak about Summerslam.
Kofi hit a DDT on AJ Styles off the second rope before taking Styles down with a couple of chops. Then he hit a Boom Drop and he prepped for the Trouble In Paradise.
Kofi nailed a double stomp, but Styles blocked a Trouble In Paradise before Kingston hit an SOS for a two count. Kofi eventually hit a splash to the back, but the OC pulled Styles out of the ring. E and Woods got in their faces and then Styles landed a punch on Koi through the ropes.
Kingston landed a kick before the OC took out the New Day on the outside. Then Kofi hit a dive and Styles hit a uranage before hitting a kick and preparing for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Kofi hit Trouble In Paradise off the springboard for the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Roman didn’t get to give his Summerslam announcement, because a bunch of production equipment almost fell on him.