July 30, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Kevin Owens defeated Drew McIntyre via stunner
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated Bayley & Ember Moon via Twisted Bliss by Alexa on Ember
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Finn Balor via sweet chin music after a distraction from Bray Wyatt
- Ali defeated Shinsuke Nakamura via roll up
- Kofi Kingston defeated AJ Styles via Trouble in Paradise
Video: Shane McMahon
WWE Smackdown Live kicks off with a video message from Shane McMahon. He says he will not be a part of Smackdown Live tonight. Shane says he’s angry about it and we have Kevin Owens to blame for that. Because for the last several weeks, Kevin has violently attacked him for no reason. Shane says at SummerSlam, Kevin’s career is over and the announcer will hand over the microphone over to Kevin and he will look Shane in the eye and say “Shane, you’re the better man and I quit”.
In-Ring: Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre
Back in the arena, it’s Kevin Owens making his way down to the ring. We see clips of last week’s Smackdown Live main event where it was Kevin Owens against Roman Reigns. The two ended up attacking Shane McMahon, Elias and Drew McIntyre.
Kevin Owens says not to panic but yes, Shane McMahon is not here tonight and they can all get through it together, Owens says mockingly. Owens says he knows Shane is watching and he wants to re-assure him that him not being here is actually great news because maybe Smackdown Live could be about what it should be about which is the talent. But speaking of Shane, he tells him to make sure that he shows up at SummerSlam because it will be one on one in the ring. Owens says he will not quit because he will beat him. But he won’t just beat him, he will beat him so bad that every time he will look in the mirror, he will no without a shadow of a doubt that he doesn’t belong in the ring with people like him.
But the thing is that even after the beating, Shane might keep showing up and sadly no one can stop him from doing so but one thing he can do is when he does show up, he will know it’s not his ring or show. This is the Kevin Owens show.
Drew McIntyre’s song hits and out he comes to the ring. He gets in Kevin’s face and tells him he talks too much. What Shane didn’t mention is that tonight it will be Kevin Owens against Drew McIntyre as McIntyre hits Kevin. He falls to the outside and Drew throws him into the ring post and over the announce desk. Drew grabs a microphone and says that the match is now.
Drew McIntyre vs. Kevin Owens
Back from commercial and the bell rings. A boot to the face by Owens followed by a clothesline. Kevin runs to the ropes again but a shoulder block by Drew takes Kevin down. McIntyre stomps on Kevin Owens in the corner. A suplex by Drew as he goes for the cover but Kevin Owens kicks out. An overhead belly to back suplex by Drew. Once more he goes for the cover but Owens kicks out again.
Drew McIntyre with a modified arm bar as Kevin gets out of it with right hands. Kevin runs to the ropes but an elbow to the face by Drew takes Owens out again. Drew stands Owens up and a big slap to the chest takes Owens down. Another modified arm bar by Drew. Owens with punches but Drew with another overhead belly to back suplex. Drew with the cover but Kevin Owens kicks out.
Both men back up and a right hand by Kevin Owens followed by another. Drew runs towards Kevin but Kevin moves out of the way and Drew goes shoulder first into the ring post. A cannonball by Kevin Owens. He goes for the cover but Drew McIntyre kicks out. Kevin climbs the top rope but a right hand by Drew as he climbs the second rope. Aa right hand by Kevin and a headbutt as Drew falls. Owens with the frog splash. He goes for the cover but a two count only.
Back from commercial, Drew is down in the ring and a senton bomb by Kevin Owens. He goes for the cover but a two count only as Drew kicks out. Kevin goes for the stunner but the Glasgow Kiss by McIntyre. He goes for the cover but Owens kicks out. Drew goes for the Claymore but Owens with the superkick. Drew back up and another superkick by Owens. He sends Drew to the ropes and the popup powerbomb. He goes for the cover again but Drew McIntyre kicks out.
Kevin Owens climbs the top rope and Drew with a right hand. And another one. Drew climbs the second rope, he puts Owens up on his shoulders and drops Kevin Owens on his back. He goes for the cover but Kevin Owens kicks out. McIntyre throws Kevin to the outside. Drew clears the announce table. He places Owens on the table and stands on it. Both men on the announce table. Kevin kicks Drew and hits him with the stunner.
Drew rolls back in the ring. A superkick by Owens and another stunner. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler
Kayla is backstage with Dolph Ziggler. We see a clip of last week’s Smackdown Live where he hit Shawn Michaels. Dolph says superstars are upset, did they complain online? He has two words for them, too bad. That walking pile of catchphrase that was Mick Foley got destroyed by the Fiend. And Goldberg? He doesn’t belong in the ring. Shawn Michaels? He made the biggest mistake of his life when he put his hands on him. But Seth Rollins defended Shawn and what happened? Brock Lesnar beat him up. But at SummerSlam, Dolph Ziggler takes on the resident Kardashian sister, The Miz. Ziggler says Miz isn’t even the best wrestler in his house.
Ziggler says that tonight he is up against Finn Balor. Ziggler says Balor is living in the past and he is looking at the future. We are looking at the best damn thing going today.
Backstage: Ember Moon, Bayley
The camera cuts to Ember Moon backstage as Bayley enters the locker room. Bayley says they are teaming tonight but that doesn’t mean that she forgot that Ember hit her last week and Ember wouldn’t be in this position if she hadn’t picked to face her at SummerSlam. Tonight they will get through it but if Ember thinks about pulling something like that again, she will regret it.
Backstage: Aleister Black
Aleister Black is in a dark room, sitting. He says he is different. He feels different. He talks different. The willingness of any man to pick a fight with him is part of his salvation. And part of it came in Cesaro. But how does he move on? How does he write these next chapters of his book? Because he finds himself once again in his self imposed prison. Sitting, waiting a little less patiently. This time, for anybody to catch on what it is that he is trying to do for himself.
Bayley & Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
The bell rings and we are under way. Alexa Bliss and Ember Moon start the match. An arm bar by Ember applied as she sends Alexa to the ropes and a kick to the face by Moon. She tags Bayley into the match. Bliss pushes Bayley into the corner. She runs towards Bayley but Bayley throws her into the turnbuckle. Alexa goes to the outside. Nikki Cross goes to the outside and a suicide dive by Moon onto Cross.
Back from commercial and Nikki is beating up on Bayley. She tags Bliss into the match and a baseball slide drop kick by Bliss onto Bayley. Bliss slaps Bayley in the face. She goes for the cover but Bayley kicks out. Nikki Cross is tagged in. They double team Bayley. Cross throws her in the corner and Bliss is tagged back in. They double team Bayley but Bayley fights back. She throws Cross to the outside and Moon is tagged in.
Ember Moon with an enzuigiri onto Bliss. With Cross and Bliss in the corner, Moon with a jumping splash on them. The Eclipse on Cross but Bliss throws Moon into the ring post She knocks Bayley out. The Twisted Bliss onto Ember Moon. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Bayley checks up on Ember Moon after the match but gives her the Bayley to Belly.
Backstage: Sami Zayn
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2019
Sami Zayn is backstage. He is asked why he’s at Smackdown. Zayn says he’s scoping out the competition but all he sees are people complaining. But who he thinks is in a lot of pain is Aleister Black. He asks if we have seen his videos. He sits in a dark room and begs people to fight him. He says he doesn’t see someone begging for a fight but someone begging for help. He sees Black doesn’t need a fight, he needs to be beaten and exposed so the hype can end and he can move forward. Zayn says he will beat Aleister Black and end the hype at SummerSlam.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2019
Kayla is backstage with Daniel Bryan. He comes in with Rowan. Bryan looks at her and walks away.
In-Ring: King’s Court with Jerry Lawler and Trish Stratus
Lawler welcomes everyone to a very special edition of the show. He sees it’s good to be king and especially in Memphis. He welcomes Trish Stratus to the ring. Lawler says it’s great to have her. Stratus says she flew from her cottage to be here, Lawler says she’s on vacation and that’s probably why she missed the Raw reunion. Stratus says she’s bummed she missed out and she mentions Kelly Kelly becoming the first ever women’s 24/7 champion.
Jerry says standing at the end of the show was amazing but afterwards a lot of the legends were talking and a lot were saying they wish they could go back in the ring and have one last match. He asks Trish if she wishes she could come back and have one last match. The fans chant “One more match”.
Trish Stratus says it’s in her blood, it’s in her heart and soul. There probably won’t ever be a time where she won’t get that itch but she’s a mom now and as she’s talking, Charlotte Flair’s music plays and out she comes.
Charlotte says it’s a disgrace to hold a King’s Court without a proper queen. The question he should be asking is how is the greatest female superstar of any era not on SummerSlam? Trish says hi as Charlotte says hi, blah, blah, blah, blah. Charlotte gets in the ring and congratulates Trish on being a mom. She asks if one of them can hold the ropes for her. Jerry lowers the rope as Charlotte gets in the ring.
Flair says there are a lot of WWE superstars who are parents. She has a mom, Trish and Jerry have moms. Everyone has moms. It sounds like an excuse to her. Because the greatest moment of Trish’s life hasn’t happened yet because at SummerSlam, in front of her precious children, the queen challenges her. Trish thinks about it as the fans chant “One more match”.
Trish remains silent as Charlotte says she can’t hear her. Flair says she expected more out of the 7 time women’s champion but she knows what it is. Since the WWE has evolved, they are no longer models shaking their assets, they are women changing the industry. She expected more of a competitive fire from Trish. Flair says she knows what it is. She doesn’t think she can hang with the queen. Flair tells her to get the hell out of her ring, get in her mini van and go back to changing diapers.
Stratus says she respects Flair but right now, she’s just being a bitch. Trish says there would be no trail for her to blaze if it wasn’t for herself, Lita, Jaqueline, Ivory and Beth Phoenix. And second of all, she more than anyone should know that to be the woman, you need to beat the woman. Trish accepts her match at SummerSlam.
Backstage: AJ Styles, Anderson & Gallows
We cut backstage where AJ Styles is with The OC and says it’s all coming together. Styles says he sees three champions. Why? Because they’re the OC. And as for Kofi Kingston tonight, he will find out why Smackdown Live is and will forever be the house that AJ Styles built.
Firefly Fun House
Firefly Fun House time with Bray Wyatt. We see the rabbit welcoming everyone as he says he is Finn Balor’s biggest fan. He is extraordinary but Balor made a big mistake because the Fiend is unleashed. The rabbit is talking and hides as in comes Bray Wyatt.
Bray looks at the camera and laughs and says let me in as we see flashes of the Fiend.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor
Back from commercial and the match is already under way. Balor with a forearm to Ziggler. A flying forearm takes Ziggler out. A kick to the face and down goes Ziggler. Balor with an elbow across the throat. He goes for the cover but Ziggler kicks out. Balor goes for the sling blade, Ziggler ducks and delivers the fameasser. He goes for the cover but Finn kicks out.
Ziggler preparing for the sweet chin music but Balor with the sling blade. A clothesline takes Ziggler to the outside. The lights go out in the arena, we see flashes of the Fiend walking as the lights go out again. The lights turn back on and the sweet chin music by Ziggler. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ali
The bell rings and a drop kick by Ali as Nakamura goes to the outside. Ali with a suicide dive onto the outside. Nakamura back in the ring and Ali with a cross body off the top rope. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out.
Ali runs towards Nakamura but he moves and Ali goes face first into the turnbuckle. Nakamura runs towards Ali but Ali with a kick to the face. Ali drops Nakamura face first into the mat. He climbs the ropes but Nakamura trips him. Nakamura with the reverse exploder suplex.
Shinsuke Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa but Ali with the super kick. Ali climbs the top rope, he jumps but misses. Nakamura with a DDT on Ali. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa but Ali ducks, rolls Nakamura up and gets the pin.
Video: Randy Orton
We see a video package of Randy Orton talking about his career. He mentions how by 2009 when he fought Kofi Kingston, he had already faced the Triple H, The Undertaker and he had won world titles and was at WrestleMania. He just had to be himself. Meanwhile, Kofi was being a fake.
Orton says Kofi was stupid to think he could hang with him. Orton mentions how he took Ali out and Kofi Kingston replaced Ali. And there’s no Kofimania without Randy Orton. He says that Kofi challenging him is stupid. He won’t see it coming but he’ll take the title off his waist and he will do it with the RKO.
Backstage: The New Day
"And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew.
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
and the card attached would say,
thank you for being a friend."
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2019
Kayla is backstage with The New Day. Big E says Kofi will step in the ring with AJ Styles. Woods says that could be a main event anywhere, London, anywhere. Kofi says last time he checked, they were the WWE world tag team champions and he is the WWE world heavyweight champion. Which means that Smackdown Live is no longer known as the house that AJ Styles built. Smackdown Live is now POP, the Palace of Positivity.
Kofi Kingston vs. AJ Styles
The bell rings and we are under way. A shoulder block by Styles takes Kofi down. Both men back up. Kofi takes AJ down with a submission but Styles reaches the ropes. Kofi back up and a single leg take down by Styles followed by a head lock. Kofi gets out of it but a drop kick by Styles. He runs to the ropes but a back elbow by Kofi. A drop kick off the second rope by Kofi takes Styles out.
Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, Styles ducks, Styles goes to hit Kofi, he ducks and he clothesline Styles to the outside. The OC and The New Day staredown on the outside. Kofi jumps to the outside as Styles moves. Styles with a knee to the face as Kofi is sent into the barricade.
Back from commercial, both men are back in the ring. Styles throws Kofi in the corner and a chop to the chest. A back breaker by Styles. He goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out. Styles with a kick to the chest. He sits Kofi on the top rope and climbs the second rope. Kofi knocks AJ down. Kofi jumps off the second rope and a DDT takes Styles down.
A clothesline followed by a drop kick by Kofi. Kofi goes for a splash on AJ but AJ moves out of the way. AJ runs towards Kofi but Kofi with a stomp to the chest. He goes for the cover but AJ kicks out.
Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, Styles blocks it but Kofi with the SOS. He goes for the cover but AJ Styles kicks out. Kofi goes for a suplex but AJ blocks it and a kick to the head takes Kofi out. AJ runs towards Kofi but a kick by Kofi. He climbs the top rope and a frog splash to the back of AJ. He goes for the cover but Anderson pulls Styles out of the ring. The New Day approach them on the outside. Kofi runs to the ropes but AJ punches Kofi in the head.
AJ Styles climbs the ring apron but a kick to the face by Kofi. Styles hits Big E as The OC beat up on The New Day outside. Kofi flies over the top rope and lands on everyone. He throws AJ back in the ring. Kofi on the ring apron, he jumps but AJ catches him and lands a knee to the back by Styles. AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Kofi hits him with Trouble in Paradise. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Backstage: Roman Reigns
Kayla is backstage and in comes Roman Reigns. As he’s walking, a big piece of equipment backstage falls next to him. Roman is seen next to a large piece of metal and speakers. When asked if he’s fine, he says yes and sits down. Roman stands up and walks away as Smackdown Live goes off the air.