The First 30 Minutes
In case you missed it, SmackDown LIVE Superstar Randy Orton ended RAW last night with a bang. You can read about that and other shenanigans from last night’s RAW here.
It appears that both the GM and Commissioner of SmackDown are not too pleased with the Viper’s slithery ways. Shane knows that Lesnar will not be taking the situation lightly and it wouldn’t be above the Beast Incarnate to make an appearance on SmackDown. This IS where Lesnar first kicked his career off making a name for himself and becoming a Champion. Randy may want to watch his back and Shane definitely needs Orton healthy with the lack of household names on the SmackDown Live roster. So what’s the solution?
Security. Because it’s worked in the past, right? Orton isn’t taking this whole thing seriously. Clearly he proved last night that he’ll be fine with or without anyone’s assistance. Exit stage right.
Shane and Daniel don’t seem to care what Orton thinks. It’s their job to make sure that all of their staff and Superstars are safe from outside interference. They disperse the security and continue down their path until they hear the voice of a whiny champion.
The Miz seems to have a problem with the way he was treated after his ‘victory’ at Battleground. I mean, he DID bring the title back to SmackDown and he was a pretty high draft pick. Ambrose was literally lifted by the entire roster and Miz’s match left everyone wondering what just happened. Daniel Bryan tells Miz right to his face that he drafted the title and not the person. Speaking of title, Miz needs a #1 contender for SummerSlam so Bryan sets up a Triple Threat match that will take place tonight to determine that. The contenders? Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews and Kalisto.
How does everyone know where to find Shane and Daniel? This is getting ridiculous. This time it’s Dean Ambrose and he just volunteered to kick off the show with a few words.
All Superstars Matter?
Ambrose enters the ring and it’s clear he still has a chip on his shoulder. He invites Dolph Ziggler to the ring to share it with him.
Ziggler is clearly not dressed for a match or anything and he comes down to the ring as humble as can be. No showing off, just simply showing up. Dean Ambrose doesn’t seem to care. He just wanted to tell Ziggler to his face that he will not be losing his title anytime soon. He talks about scratching and clawing his way up the roster and realizing and living his dream. Ambrose believes that Dolph is too worried about showing off and getting the approval of the WWE Universe and the locker room.
Ziggler takes exception to these words, seeing as he got his first push as a member of the Spirit Squad. You want to talk about scratching and clawing? Ziggler was once a caddy for Kerwin White aka Chavo Guerrero. Ambrose came in as the leader of The Shield. He walked into the company as a favorite and practically had main event status handed to him while Dolph had to wrestle on well, WWE Main Event! There’s no denying the struggles both Superstars had to overcome, the REAL question is who will walk out of SummerSlam with the gold?
Ambrose has heard we he needed to hear and said his piece. He leaves. Commercial break? Not quite.
I’m Here to Show the WORLD
And just like that, Bray Wyatt appears and steals the show. Kind of ironic. Bray doesn’t feel like Dolph deserves his status as the number one contender so he offers Dolph a challenge. A match tonight. He wants Ziggler to put his status as the number one contender on the line. There are officially buzzards to follow.
After a commercial break, Ziggs finds the two most findable people in the history of hide and go seek, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. He’s livid. Ziggler doesn’t believe that anyone is in his corner and he feels obligated to prove himself. Prove himself to everyone including the guys who drafted him. He demands that Shane and Daniel book the match Bray Wyatt is asking for. Shane calls it a deal and Ziggler storms off. Was Dean Ambrose right about Dolph? Did he just make the biggest mistake of his career?
Baron Corbin Vs. Kalisto Vs. Apollo Crews – #1 Contender Match
Miz and Maryse take a front row seat for this bout. With one of these guys being the Miz’s next big challenge, it’s only right. The match starts and Corbin is punching everyone. He almost punches himself. There are no scenarios in which teamwork is a thing, and it’s clearly and truly every man for himself.
Crews is down after a Deep 6. He some how managed to kick out. Kalisto and Corbin duke it out with Corbin immediately getting the upper hand. Corbin goes between both men throwing punches until Crews is able to fight back. Down goes Crews again. Corbin turns around and catches a flying Kalisto. Corbin carries him close to the ropes and Crews kicks him in the back of the head with a Drop kick. Kalisto flips Corbin over the top rope and Crews rolls him up from behind. Three count! Apollo Crews is the new #1 contender for the IC championship.
That wouldn’t be the end of things. An angry Baron Corbin takes out his frustrations on Kalisto. Crews runs back to the ring to help. Crews gets Corbin in the corner but is blindsided by The Miz. Miz plants Crews with a Skull Crushing Finale.
As he stands over Crews, Miz doesn’t sense a dark presence behind him. What is it you might be asking?
The End of Days.
Becky Lynch Vs. Eva Marie
Yeah! The women’s division is alive and strong on SmackDown! There may not be a title but there is fierce competition. Becky is clearly a front runner here, and Eva Marie is….nice to look at? I personally believe she’s gotten better over time but it’s been a while since she’s been in the ring. Will there be rust? And what new tricks does she have under her sleeve?
Uhhh…… what is going on?
I don’t understand.
Is this for real?
Is she okay?
So maybe next time?
Speedy recovery Eva.
Maybe she wasn’t ready? I’m not sure if this is legit or not. We have no choice but to wait and see. If she truly hurt herself, we witnessed it live when she jumped down off the ropes.
How You Doin’?
Renee Young is in the studio and she has a special guest with her.
It’s Carmella! No time to miss Enzo & Cass. She’s a rising star here on SmackDown. She’s not buying Eva’s potential injury, and Nattie isn’t buying her. Natalya is jealous that Renee didn’t invite her in to talk. Nattie is the self-proclaimed leader of the women here on SmackDown and she doesn’t like Carmella’s attitude. Not enough boot kissing. Carmella is the Princess of Staten Island and royalty doesn’t back down. She challenges Nattie to a match tonight.
The Vaudevillains Vs. American Alpha
American Alpha has finally made it to the main roster! Wow. It’s like watching NXT. The Vaudevillains unfortunately don’t get the same love they did in NXT. Maybe the novelty has worn off? Or maybe they need to leave their heelish ways behind. Either way, Breezango has passed them in popularity. They need to go find The Ascension and have a fantastic match at the SummerSlam Pre-show. Otherwise they’ll be in this same predicament when it comes time to put The Revival over. But I guess, welcome to the big league Alpha!
AJ Styles has had it with John Cena. He has some words for The Face That Runs the Place and all of Cenation. With John Cena being the man he is, he’d rather hear these words to his face.
I mean, it’s all fine and dandy out here. Styles just thinks everyone that cheers for John Cena is a misguided loser. He asks Cena why he’s even still around? Cena thinks that’s a dumb question. He’s around because he loves it here! Always has and always will.
To sum it up, rematch at SummerSlam. Yeah, I know. You’re smart and you figured that. If you didn’t see this segment I would highly recommend that you find it somewhere on the internet. Styles was magnificent on the mic! John Cena was well, John Cena on the microphone.
Fandango Vs. Randy Orton
Breezango is here together because ain’t no party like a Breezango party! You can’t have Fadango without a Breeze, and apparently we can’t have this match without security. Why do we need security again?
Oh yeah. Revenge is a dish best served cold. RKOs are best served out of nowhere.
Where does that leave F5s?
Out the building….for now.
Slater Pleads His Case
Daniel Bryan is on the phone trying to figure out how Brock got through security. Heath Slater has somehow found a way into his office! Slater must be tired of being blindsided in the ring and embarrassed in front of thousands of people. He begs again for a contract and Daniel Bryan has a solution for him. DB tells Slater that he’s giving him an opportunity for a contract. Slater gets a match next week against Rhyno. Rhyno hits him with a gore out of nowhere. Poor Slater.
Ambrose Is Still A Lunatic
Ambrose weighs in on the main event for tonight. He can go either way. Ziggler is the kind of guy to lose a match like this, but Ambrose isn’t banking on it. I think he’s starting to see a change in Dolph Ziggler. Is that respect on your sleeve Ambrose?
Hey! A Randy Orton interview after being attacked by Brock Lesnar! He’s leaving the trainer’s room when he’s stopped by Charly Caruso. Let’s tune in:
Caruso: After being attacked by an invading Brock Lesnar, what is your condition?
Randy: *sips water and walks away*
Carmella Vs. Natalya
Yes! Finally a women’s match on SmackDown LIVE!
Nevermind. I guess Nattie doesn’t actually like to wrestle anymore. Let’s just blindside everyone until a PPV. Lame.
Do You Believe?
Last chance for Ziggler to change his mind and Daniel and Shane try to make it happen. Ziggler takes that as a sign of disrespect. He’s gonna prove that he deserves respect and he deserves to be in the title picture.
Bray Wyatt Vs. Dolp Ziggler – #1 Contender Match
Dean Ambrose joins us at ringside and it’s on. Ziggler comes out the gate hot! Bray cools him off with a big clothesline. Bray is working on getting a turnbuckle pad off and the ref stops him. Ziggler is able to capitalize with a Zig Zag.
Only a two count. What does Ziggler have to do in order to keep Bray down? I’m not sure. Ziggler goes for the turnbuckle pad this time and he’s able to rip it off. Bray is having none of that and escapes Ziggler’s clutches. Ziggler is sold on connecting Bray’s face to the exposed turnbuckle but ends up getting himself exposed to the mat after Bray Wyatt spikes him. Wyatt throws Ziggler into the corner with the exposed turnbuckle pad but Ziggler hits the corner low. Bray moves in and Ziggler counters. He finally introduces Wyatt’s face to the turnbuckle and follows that up with a Super Kick. Winner… AND STILL number one contender.
Family Over Everything
Ziggler rejoices and points at Dean Ambrose. He’s coming for the champ next. Before any of that can happen, one of the forgotten draft picks of SmackDown LIVE makes his first appearance. It’s Erick Rowan! He and Bray beat down Ziggler and when Dean Ambrose comes in to help he catches a beat down too.
Kiss the baby.
Some things never change.