WWE Smackdown Live 7/16/19
They all congratulate each other for their big wins at WWE Extreme Rules. Big E mocks Daniel Bryan and his announcements. Big E goes on to accept Bryan’s tag team title rematch before he even asks for it. The music hits and out comes Bryan with Rowan to the stage.
Bryan looks to speak but he’s changed his mind. He turns and walks to the back as The New Day looks on from the ring. Graves says they have spoiled Bryan’s announcement. Bryan comes walking back out with Rowan. He looks angry but ready to speak. Bryan turns back around and walks to the back again. Bryan and Rowan come walking out for a third time. Fans chant for The New Day as Bryan goes to speak. He doesn’t speak but he looks around at the crowd again, and at The New Day. Bryan drops the mic and walks to the back again as fans boo.
The music hits and out comes Samoa Joe as The New Day looks on from the ring. Joe says it seems Bryan isn’t in the mood for championship opportunities but he is. Joe knocks Woods and Big E, and challenges Kofi to put the WWE Title on the line tonight. Fans cheer. Joe waits for an answer. The music interrupts and out comes Elias. Elias says with all due respect, Joe had his chance at Extreme Rules and it didn’t work out. Elias says if anyone is primed and ready to take the title from Kofi, he is. The music hits and out comes Randy Orton to join Elias and Joe on the stage next. Orton says it’s been a while since he had the title around his waist, so he thinks he’s going to take it from Kofi, and he’s going to do it with the three most dangerous letters in WWE – RKO. Elias says they can’t all have title matches tonight, but us three can send a message to the other three in the ring. The New Day asks if that’s a challenge. They huddle and discuss, then accept the match, playa. Orton says he’s good on a six-man. Orton turns around and walks to the back. Kofi takes the mic and taunts Orton, calling him a little limp. Orton stops and listens, then turns back around. Orton marches to the ring as his music hits. We go to commercial.
The New Day vs. Elias, Samoa Joe and Randy Orton
Back from the break and Elias locks up with Kofi Kingston. Kofi drops Elias first for a 2 count. Randy Orton provides a distraction, allowing Elias to hit Kofi from behind.
Samoa Joe tags in and unloads on Kofi in the corner. Joe keeps control and whips Kofi hard into another corner. Kofi comes back and drops Joe with knees for a 2 count. Kofi mounts offense and tags Xavier Woods in for some double teaming. Woods with a flying elbow drop as Big E tags in.
Big E runs the ropes and splashes Joe for a close 2 count. Joe fights off Big E and in comes Elias. Big E catches Elias in an abdominal stretch and spanks him. Big E slams Elias. Woods comes back in for another double team as Big E wheel-barrows him on top of Elias for a 2 count. Woods keeps control of Elias and hits an Honor Roll for a 2 count.
Orton with a big cheap shot to Woods as the referee is distracted with Elias. Elias unloads on Woods in the corner now. Elias drops Woods with another elbow for a 2 count. Elias mounts Woods and then tosses him out to the floor. We go to commercial as the screen splits.
More back and forth between the two teams after the break. Elias climbs up for a superplex on Woods but Woods sends him to the mat. Woods flies out with a missile dropkick. Fans rally for The New Day now. Orton tags in as Kofi springboards in to take him down. Kofi drops Joe off the apron and goes back to unloading on Orton now. Fans cheer Kofi on as he drops Orton and hits the Boom Drop in the middle of the ring. Kofi waits for Orton to get up. Orton blocks the Trouble In Paradise. Kofi blocks the RKO. Kofi side-steps and hits a crossbody for a 2 count as Elias breaks it up.
Big E runs in with a belly-to-belly on Elias. Joe levels Big E with a clothesline. Woods attacks Joe and sends him over the top rope to the floor. Woods runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Joe down on the floor again as fans pop. Woods comes back in and tangles with Elias from the apron. Joe pulls Woods down to the floor. Joe applies the Coquina Clutch on the floor and Woods fades. Big E comes over but Elias drops him on the floor with a knee. Elias comes back in the ring but Kofi nails him with Trouble In Paradise to send him back out. Orton comes in and drops Kofi with the RKO for the pin to win.
Winners: Randy Orton, Elias and Samoa Joe
– After the match, Orton stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. We come back to Orton standing tall over Kofi in the ring, looking down at him.
– Still to come, Owens vs. Ziggler in the main event.
– We see The Kabuki Warriors backstage walking with Paige. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Carmella is looking for WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth backstage. He’s hiding in what looks like an old washing machine and apparently he’s stuck. Carmella helps him out. Carmella suggests Truth go to Comic Con to hide out from potential challengers. It looks like they are going to SDCC.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Match: The Kabuki Warriors vs. The IIconics
We go to the ring and both teams are already in the ring – Asuka and Kairi Sane with Paige, and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton.
Royce disrespects Sane to start but it backfires. Sane takes control and Asuka comes in for a double team. The double team continues on Royce and Asuka covers for a 2 count. Royce dodges a Rear View. Royce with a kick and a tag to Kay. Kay comes in and covers Asuka for a 2 count. Asuka ends up dropping Kay with a big kick as she screams out and goes to the floor. Royce checks on Kay at ringside as the referee counts.
Kay goes to slowly re-enter the ring at the 8 count but Royce pulls her back off the apron so they get counted out but still retain their titles.
Winners By Count Out: Asuka and Kairi Sane
– After the match, Asuka and Sane aren’t happy with the finish as they look on with Paige. They attack The Iiconics at ringside. They launch Kay into the barrier. Asuka brings Royce into the ring and levels her with a big kick to the head. Sane goes to the top and hits the InSane Elbow on Royce.
– We see Andrade and Zelina Vega backstage walking. Back to commercial.
Andrade vs. Apollo Crews
Back from the break and out first comes Andrade with Zelina Vega. Apollo Crews is out next.
Andrade attacks Crews as he enters the ring before the bell. Vega cheers him on. The referee backs Andrade into his corner and Crews is laid out face-down. Crews tells the referee he’s good to go and we get the bell.
Andrade attacks Crews as soon as the bell hits, beating him into the corner. Andrade drops Crews again and mounts him. Andrade stuns Crews and drops him with another back elbow. Andrade charges with double knees in the corner as Vega cheers him on. Crews grabs Andrade and rolls him up out of nowhere for the pin to win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
– After the match, Vega and Andrade are shocked. Crews makes his exit as his music hits, raising his arm in the air.
– The announcers look back at Bray Wyatt’s surprise return from last night’s RAW. Wyatt attacked Finn Balor in the ring.
– We see Dolph Ziggler walking backstage for the main event. Tom previously noted that Kevin Owens was on his way back to the arena. We go to commercial.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Back from the break and out first comes Dolph Ziggler for tonight’s main event. Kevin Owens is out next, looking over his shoulders for an attack.
The bell rings and Ziggler goes right for a superkick s Owens goes for a Stunner but they both block. Ziggler goes to the floor to regroup but Owens lays him out. Owens talks trash and brings Ziggler back in. Owens goes for the big senton but Ziggler gets his knees up. Ziggler with a Fame-asser on Owens for a close 2 count.
Ziggler keeps control with elbows and shots to the heart for more pin attempts. Ziggler applies a Crossface submission and keeps Owens grounded. Ziggler with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Ziggler talks more trash while taking Owens back to the mat in the middle of the ring. Ziggler keeps control and prevents momentum by Owens. Ziggler with a big DDT for another pin attempt. Fans rally for Owens now. Ziggler misses in the corner and Owens drops him with a superkick. Owens goes back to the top and this time he nails the senton. Ziggler kicks out.
Shane McMahon comes walking out with a bunch of heel Superstars, including Drew McIntyre, Elias, The B Team, The Authors of Pain, Andrade, Cesaro, Samoa Joe, Shelton Benjamin and others. They all surround the ring. Owens is distracted, allowing Ziggler to hit a Zig Zag from behind for a close 2 count. Owens goes head-first into the post in the corner. Owens manages to slap Ziggler in the face but Ziggler unloads and beats him down as the referee stops him.
Ziggler sends Owens into the ring post again. Ziggler goes for a superkick but Owens avoids it and drops Ziggler with a Stunner. Owens covers for the pin to win but Shane pulls Owens out of the ring to break the pin. Owens drops Shane on the floor with a Stunner.
Owens retreats up the ramp to the back as the group of heel Superstars chase him. We see Shane coughing and trying to recover on the floor as we go to replays. We come back to Drew checking on Shane at ringside. Kayla Braxton approaches him for comments. Shane says Owens is going to pay for this, and he’s going to pay bad. Shane limps off with Drew right at his side. They head up the ramp as SmackDown goes off the air.