7/17/20 WWE Smackdown Recap
July 17, 2020
Live from: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida
SmackDown kicks of with AJ Styles backstage and says he will beat Matt Riddle to retain his title and Riddle is a flash in the pants and won’t win, Riddle says what does AJ stand for arrogant jackass and I will be the bro that wins the show after I win. Daniel Bryan says we will have a new champion tonight, Alexa Bliss says I have a guest tonight and don’t disclose who, Miz asks Morrison about facing Braun Strowman later tonight and John Morrison says he is scared, Cesaro and Nakamura says when Cesaro beats Big E tonight then he will choose the stipulation for the Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules this Sunday.
Big E does his introduction and comes out.
Singles Match – Winner of the match chooses stipulation for Tag Team Championship Match – Steel Cage or Tables Match at Extreme Rules
1/2 of SmackDown Tag Team Champions Big E w/1/2 of SmackDown Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston Vs Cesaro w/Shinsuke Nakamura
Big E tosses Cesaro to the outside, then Cesaro driven into the steps, E runs into Cesaro but Cesaro moves and goes into the ringpost. Big E sent to the outside, Big E sent into corner post, Cesaro climbs to the top rope and nails a overhead chop for a two count, Big E down and Cesaro climbs to top but is caught and dropped with two overhead suplexes, followed by a third, then Big E goes nails a Big Splash for a two count.
Big E bounces Cesaro of the ring post. Big E with a splash on Cesaro on apron as we go to commercial break
When we return Big E in control till Cesaro regains control, Cesaro with a 2 count, Cesaro in control and nails his Swing and then locks sharp shooter on Big E, Cesaro counters into a cross face, (outside Nakamura takes out Kingston with a cheap shot) Big E sends Cesaro into referee which allows Nakamura to nail a hanging kick on Big E to allow Big E to be nailed with Neutraliser for the win.
Winner via Pinfall Cesaro
Cesaro and Nakamura try and take a table out from under the ring but Kofi nails a suicide dive onto Cesaro, then Big E and Kofi Kingston set up table and put Cesaro on it about to do a move from the top rope but Cesaro pulled away to safety by Shinsuke Nakamura.
Kayla Braxton interviews Baron Corbin and he says when AJ Styles wins Matt Riddle won’t be the bro but a little man.
Backstage Cesaro and Nakamura are they won and now earned the stipulation choice and we want to put The New Day through a table so the match at Extreme Rules will be a TABLES MATCH
Moment of Bliss Segment
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are in the ring. Alexa says this week was the 5 year anniversary of WWE Women’s Revolution, Alexa says my first prediction is LA Lakers win NBA Championship, Matt Riddle wins WWE Intercontinental Champion tonight and predict Braun Strowman to win the Swamp Fight. My guest will blow the roof this Sunday – Nikki says I will become the new WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion when I beat Bayley, Music of Bayley hits, Bayley and Sasha Banks come out and Nikki will be a failure this Sunday, Sasha says you will be in the shadow of Alexa Bliss when you lose this Sunday, We are the architects of the Women’s Revolution, Bayley and Sasha enter the ring says I have prediction, I will beat Nikki Cross and Sasha Banks will become new Raw Womens Champion, Alexa says my mystery guest is… Music of Asuka hits, women brawl in the ring till Asuka comes into the ring and then Sasha and Bayley exit, Alexa calls for a referee.
We see a video of Daniel Bryan saying AJ can be a fighting champion if he embraces and if he doesn’t it could be a short reigned title reign, I think Riddle can win.
Non-Title Women’s Division Tag Team Match
WWE Womens Tag Team Champions: Sasha Banks and SmackDown Womens Champion Bayley Vs Raw Womens Champion Asuka and Nikki Cross w/Alexa Bliss
Match starts of with Asuka and Bayley, Cross wants in and then Bayley sends Cross into the post, then Bayley sends Cross into ringpost for a two Sasha Banks tags in and a suplex for a two count, Bayley tagged back in and a DDT on Cross for a two count, Referee distracted by Bayley to allow Banks to hang Cross over the middle rope, Sasha and Bayley send Cross into the corner, then Banks sends Cross into the corner, Bayley goes for a suplex but a counter to a inside cradle for a two count.
Bayley regains control and Cross goes under legs of Bayley and tags in Asuka, Asuka goes for back bounce but Banks tagged in, Banks with a spinning head scissor, Asuka catches Banks in the apron and Cross tagged in, Bayley tries to get involved but is caught in Apron, Cross with a Cross body on Sasha Banks. Asuka and Nikki Cross climb on table.
When we return Banks in control of Asuka, Bayley tagged in and punches to Asuka, Bayley with an elbow drop for a two count, Banks with a chin lock on Asuka, Banks sends Bayley into the corner and nails a splash in the corner, then running bulldog for a two count. Nikki goes for a cross body but missed, Sasha with a suplex for a two count, Bayley tagged in, Nikki drops Bayley of the top rope, Bayley tosses Nikki Cross to the outside, Nikki Cross uses announce table to nail a DDT, then sends Bayley back in the ring, Asuka goes for her hip butt move but missed and sent to the outside, Banks misses nailing Meteora, Bayley with a rollup and uses feet on the rope for leverage for the win.
Winners via Pinfall WWE Womens Tag Team Champions: Sasha Banks and SmackDown Womens Champion Bayley
Still to come a Firefly Fun House segment with Bray Wyatt.
We see Miz and Morrison backstage and Miz says you could be a hero if you beat the monster amongst men.
When we return we see Bray Wyatt at a Swamp where there fight will occur, Bray says I created a monster and the Swamp is a special place and once you enter you can’t leave, I know the truth and the monster I created is waiting to come home, and I must control and I destroy the monster you have become.
Non-Title Singles Match
WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman Vs John Morrison w/The Miz
Braun says I need to destroy Bray Wyatt and take him to a place before he takes me there and I need to the win this Sunday.
Strowman runs over Morrison into the corner. Strowman with a Big Biel Throw. Stromwan levels Morrison with a Body Avalanche. Strowman clotheslines Morrison. Strowman walks over Morrison. Strowman rams his boot across Morrison’s face. Strowman with clubbing concrete sledges. Strowman ChokeSlams Morrison. Strowman applies The Lifting Arm-Triangle Choke. Strowman connects with The Running PowerSlam to pickup the victory. After the match, Morrison is receiving medical attention.
Winner via Pinfall WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman
After the match Braun Strowman says see you at the Swamp on Sunday. Medics come out to help John Morrison
Womens Division Singles Match
Naomi Vs Lacey Evans
Naomi blocks a drop toehold and takes control of the match until she puts Evans onto the apron. Legsweep, slingshot elbow drop for two. Putting boots to her, moonsault off the second but Naomi gets the boots up! Splits leg drop for two, looking for the Speedball kicks, ducking the Woman’s Right, off the ropes, headscissors takeover! Roundhouse kick nails Lacey on the apron but Evans grabs Naomi’s hair and ties her to the second rope with it! By the time she’s untangled herself, Lacey is ready…
Lacey nails her Women’s Right for the win.
Winner via Pinfall Lacey Evans
Kayla Braxton is backstage and Jeff Hardy is interviewed. He says fighting a bully like Sheamus is kind of like fighting addiction. You can’t run from it or hide from it or wish it away, you just have to fight it every day. He gets blasted out of nowhere with a Brogue Kick! Sheamus tells him he’s right, but he’s here to cleanse Jeff of his demons
We see Nikki Cross and Bayley backstage and sees Bayley and Sasha Banks and Niki Cross runs at Bayley taking her down.
Singles Match for WWE Intercontinental Championship
Challenger: Matt Riddle Vs Champion: “Phenomenal” AJ Styles
Styles in control till AJ thrown overhead two times, rising knee of the top rope by Riddle to AJ Styles. Riddle in control and on the outside a kick by Riddle to Styles takes him out as we go to commercial break.
When we return Riddle in control of Styles with an armbar and a waistlock takedown by Riddle, Fisherman suplex by Riddle for a two count, Styles takes control and nails a face plant. Styles in control and works on knee on rope of Riddle, Riddle with a running knee for a two count.
When we return Riddle regains control and nails a release German suplex, Styles with a toss in the corner on Riddle for a two, Riddle counters but blocked by AJ, AJ goes for forearm but caught him and Riddle nails a senton. AJ hooks the calf crusher submission, Riddle breaks out of the move but AJ Styles rolls him up for the win to retain title.
Winner via Pinfall and still WWE Intercontinental Champion “Phenomenal” AJ Styles
After the match Riddle looks unhappy he lost, then goes in the ring and AJ and Riddle shake hands then Baron Corbin appears and beats down Riddle dropping him with End of Days.