August 20, 2019
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- King of the Ring First Round Match: Andrade defeated Apollo Crews via Hammerlock DDT
- Buddy Murphy defeated Daniel Bryan via Murphy’s Law
- The Revival defeated Heavy Machinery via roll up by Wilder on Tucker
- King of the Ring First Round Match: Elias defeated Kevin Owens via roll up and a fast count by self-appointed referee Shane McMahon
In-Ring: Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston
WWE Smackdown Live kicks off with Randy Orton walking down to the ring. We see a clip of last night’s Raw where Orton interfered in the tag team match and hit the RKO on all three members of the New Day with help from The Revival.
Randy Orton says unlike Kofi, he is not a liar and the truth is at Summerslam, Kofi ran from a fight against him in front of his family. And the reason being that Kofi Kingston is stupid. Orton says last week he gave Kofi the opportunity to prove himself and he failed. Kofi got hit with the RKO twice because Kofi is stupid.
Orton says last night with help from the Revival, they decimated the New Day. And the best part was when he held Kofi and made him watch as they shattered Xavier’s foot. Why? Because Kofi Kingston is stupid. Orton says that Kofi fails every time he is given a chance to prove himself and the power of positivity is crushed through RKO.
The New Day’s music hits as Orton looks on at the stage. Orton turns around and Kofi hits him with Trouble in Paradise. The fans chant “Kofi” as he starts trash talking Orton. Kofi goes to the outside and grabs a steel chair. He opens the chair and places Orton’s leg in between the chair. Kofi climbs the second rope but out come the Revival. Kofi beats the up with the chair as Orton rolls to the outside.
Backstage: Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens
Shane McMahon is backstage and in comes Kevin Owens. Shane wanted to see him, Kevin says he had a horrible week and he’s trying to focus on his King of the Ring match. Shane tells Kevin to say what’s on his mind. Owens says he knows what’s on his mind, last week he got fined $100,000 and he reacted badly. Owens says he saw his family and it dawned on him how bad it is. Owens says $100,000 might not be a lot for Shane but it is for him. Owens tries to play the family card with Shane and tells him that is what’s on his mind. Man to man, father to father, Owens says he wishes Shane would re-consider.
McMahon looks at Kevin and says he will take it under consideration and to excuse him. Kevin Owens walks away.
King of the Ring First Round Match
Andrade vs. Apollo Crews
The bell rings and we are under way. Andrade runs towards Apollo and a big clothesline by Apollo. he goes for the cover but Andrade kicks out. He turns towards Andrade but Andrade moves out of the way as Apollo hits the turnbuckle. The double knees by Andrade. He goes for the cover but a two count only. Andrade goes for the hammerlock DDT but Crews reverses it into an inside cradle as Andrade kicks out.
Andrade is on the ring apron and he catches Apollo in a submission in between the ropes. Andrade climbs the top rope and jumps but a dropkick by Crews. Andrade rolls to the outside and with Apollo on the ring apron, Andrade trips him off the ring apron. Andrade back in the ring, jumps to the outside as Crews catches him but Andrade flips Crews into the steel steps.
Back from commercial, both men are in the ring but Crews hits Andrade with the double knees. Crews with right hands followed by a kick. Crews with the Olympic slam. He goes for the cover but Andrade kicks out. Apollo lifts Andrade up but Andrade lands on his feet and hits crews with a boot to the face. Andrade climbs the turnbuckle but Crews slows him down. He goes to throw Andrade but Andrade ands on his feet as Crews is thrown into the corner. Andrade goes for the double knees but Crews moves out of the way.
Crews goes for another Olympic slam but Andrade with a boot to the face. He runs to the ropes but Crews hits him with a kick to the face. Crews with a standing shooting star press. He goes for the cover but Andrade kicks out.
Andrade is on the ropes as Crews goes to pick him up but Zelina holds Andrade’s leg. Crews is distracted and Andrade hits him with the spinning elbow followed by the Hammerlock DDT. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan, Rowan
Daniel Bryan and Rowan are backstage. They have someone who is wearing all black and they are covering the person’s face. Bryan says he knows what he did and everyone knows what he did. They sit the person down and tell him not to move.
Backstage: Elias, Drake Maverick
Elias is walking backstage playing his guitar. He has the 24/7 title around his waist. He tells someone to turn around and it’s a WWE referee. He asks the referee where he is and the referee points at a backstage set box. Elias hands him the guitar as Maverick pops out of it/ Elias grabs him as Maverick says he has him. Elias grabs a piece of paper and tells Maverick to read what’s written.
“Let it be known that the 24/7 championship rules have been suspended for the entirety of the night so Elias can focus on defeating Kevin Owens in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament. No exceptions, Shane McMahon.”
Elias throws Maverick back in the box and closes the lid. Maverick pops back up and says he just wants to consummate his marriage.
A Moment of Bliss w/ Charlotte Flair & Bayley
Out come the WWE women’s tag team champions Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss. The champions post with the titles as Alexa grabs a microphone. She welcomes everyone to the show. They both sit down as Bliss says they are both humbled by their title reign. They want everyone to know that just because they are champions, it won’t change anything. A Moment of Bliss will still always invite the less fortunate since the poor things have no championships of their own. But tonight is different as Charlotte Flair requested to be on the show.
Out comes Charlotte Flair to the stage. She grabs a microphone and says she thinks the white chair isn’t hers as she points to the King of the Ring throne and says that one is more her styles.
Bliss says her win against Trish Stratus can kind of be seen as a passing of the torch. Flair says she didn’t pass the torch, she took the torch. She had to admit what everyone already knows and that is that she is the queen of all eras as well as the face of the women’s Smackdown division. Bliss says some may say the face of the Smackdown division is Bayley. Alexa says she wouldn’t say that but some people would.
Flair says a lot of people say a lot of things. Bayley might be the champion but she is the brand. You’ll put Bayley on the red carpet with a side ponytail high fiving everyone? No, that’s why she is sent to do all the media work since she is Smackdown. Bayley is an afterthought, that’s why the division and the title are an afterthought.
Bayley’s music hits and out comes the champion. She tells Charlotte enough of the same old stuff. The bragging, the insults. She can treat Bayley as an afterthought but to her it just seems like a bunch of excuses. Because at the end of the day, she is the champion which means that she is better than her. And that just eats Flair up inside. Flair asks Bayley if she knows how people feel about her and her title. Not to take her word for it, she can go back to SummerSlam and see what people were talking about. It was her and Trish, not Bayley and Moon. She devalued the title and Flair has to clean up the mess when she beats her at Clash of Champions.
Bayley says if that is a challenge, she accepts. And she can’t wait to do everyone a favor and finally shut her mouth. Bayley says one more thing she forgot and she pushes Flair off the chair and into the table. Bayley laughs and walks away.
Backstage: Buddy Murphy, Roman Reigns
We cut backstage to see Buddy Murphy preparing for his match. In comes Roman Reigns. The two go face to face. Roman says they can have a conversation, he wants to know if he is lying to him or to Bryan and Rowan. Murphy says he is pretty sure he saw Rowan. Roman says he needs a yes or no, not a pretty sure. Murphy says he was only trying to help. he is pretty sure and he was just trying to help Roman out. Roman says he hopes so because if Murphy lies to him again, he will whoop his ass.
Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy
Daniel Bryan’s music hits and out he comes with Rowan. Bryan says now Murphy thinks he saw Rowan? He might have seen Rowan? He calls Murphy a liar and he is the worst kind of liar. He is a cowardly liar. Because tonight, he and Rowan will reveal who is the culprit to this tragedy that has been happening to Roman Reigns. He tells Buddy that they will reveal that he had something to do with it too.
The bell rings as Murphy hits Bryan with a knee to the face. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out. He throws Bryan in the corner and starts to stomp on him. Murphy climbs the top rope but Bryan rolls to the outside.. Murphy follows him as Bryan gets back in the ring and as does Murphy. Bryan with kicks to the chest.
Bryan with an uppercut but Murphy with a right hand. Bryan with a right hand as he throws Murphy in the corner and bites him. A snapmare by Bryan followed by a kick to the back. Bryan calls Murphy a liar. An uppercut by Bryan. He throws Murphy face first in the corner. A chop to the chest by Bryan and another. Bryan runs to the ropes but a clothesline by Murphy takes Bryan to the outside. Murphy runs and jumps over the top rope onto Bryan.
Back from commercial, a drop kick by Murphy off the top rope. Murphy hits Bryan with a kick to the face. Murphy umps off the top rope and hits him with the double knees. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out. Murphy lifts Bryan up but Bryan lands on his feet. A kick to the face by Bryan as he goes for the La Belle lock and Murphy tries to get out of it. Murphy’s arm is twisted back as Bryan transforms it into the rings of Saturn. Murphy frees his arm and it’s back into the La Belle lock but Murphy gets his foot on the rope.
A loud “Let’s go Buddy” chant by the fans. Bryan with the yes kicks. He tells Murphy to stay down. Bryan places Murphy in the tree of woe. A drop kick onto Murphy. Bryan places Murphy on the top turnbuckle. Bryan climbs it as well and a belly to back superplex. Bryan goes for the cover but Murphy kicks out.
Bryan with kicks to the chest followed by a kick to the face. He places Murphy on the top rope. Murphy slides under and he hits Bryan with a running powerbomb. He goes for the cover but Daniel Bryan kicks out. Both men exchange right hands. Bryan with multiple uppercuts. Murphy with a knee to the face. He hits Bryan with the Buddy Buster. He goes for the cover but Bryan gets his leg on the ropes.
Rowan climbs the turnbuckle as the referee tells him to go down. Murphy distracted, Bryan goes for the cover, Murphy sends Bryan to the ropes, he goes to superkick Bryan but he moves out of the way and Rowan gets hit. Bryan goes for the cover but Murphy kicks out. He hits Bryan with a kick and he hits Bryan with the Murphy’s Law. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Buddy Murphy
We cut backstage and the person who was kidnapped by Bryan and Rowan is still sitting in the room.
Backstage: Buddy Murphy, Daniel Bryan, Rowan
After commercials, Buddy Murphy is backstage. He is attacked by Rowan and Daniel Bryan. They beat him up as Bryan calls him a cowardly liar. Rowan throws him around backstage. In come WWE officials to break it up.
The Revival vs. Heavy Machinery
The Revival get on the microphone. They talk about how The New Day aren’t championship material, they are cowards. They say Big E wasn’t brave enough to show his face tonight. They challenge the New Day for a title match at Clash of Champions. Heavy Machinery’s music hits and out they come for their match.
Wilder and Tucker are in the ring as the bell rings. Tucker with a shoulder block followed by a bear hug. Otis is tagged in. They double team him and Otis continues with the bear hug but Wilder with a headbutt. Tucker is back in and they continue to double team Dash. In comes Dawson and a double standing suplex by Heavy Machinery. They clothesline The Revival to the outside.
Back from commercial, Tucker is in the ring with Wilder. A headlock by Wilder as Tucker tries to get out of it. Tucket stands up with Wilder on his back but Wilder climbs the top rope and hits Tucker with the bulldog. He goes for the cover but Tucker kicks out. Dawson is tagged in.
Dawson with an elbow off the top rope but Tucker moves out of the way. Wilder is tagged in and as is Otis. A powerslam by Otis and Wilder is down. The caterpillar by Otis. He grabs Wilder and Tucker is tagged in. Dawson with a dropkick as Wilder grabs Tucker with a roll-up and gets the pin.
Winners: The Revival
Backstage: Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin
Chad Gable is walking backstage and he’s asked about being an underdog in the King of the Ring tournament. He says he agrees but fortunately for him, he’s been like that his entire life. We see Shelton Benjamin sneaking up behind him. Gable says next week, he’s an underdog but the King of the Ring is a great place to open some eyes.
Shelton puts up a sign on the door which reads “You must be this tall to participate in the King of the Ring tournament”. Gable looks up at the sign and says funny as he walks into the room.
Miz TV w/ Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura
The Miz’s music hits as he walks down to the ring. He welcomes everyone to Miz TV. He introduces Sami Zayn to the show and says that Sami requested to be on. Out comes Sami Zayn to the ring.
Both men sit on the chairs and Sami says he doesn’t really care about him or the show but he needed television time as he has things he wants to get off his chest. Miz says he’s been doing a lot of losing and he imagines Sami has a lot of thinking to do. Sami says for once in his life, Miz is right. He has been losing for months and last night he finally realized why he’s losing. He says people like Miz got stuck in the trap that is greed. Any success he has ever had has been because he has fought for causes. For what is right. And he realized that the path to redemption is through altruism. Through helping other people.
Sami says he may be one of the greatest competitors alive today but there are so many people on Smackdown who need his help. Miz asks who. Sami says one of them is ready to come out right now.
Shinsuke Nakamura comes out with his Intercontinental championship. Nakamura get sin the ring as The Miz says he’ll bite and asks Shinsuke why he would need to associate himself with Zayn.
Sami cuts him off and says in what language does he expect Nakamura to answer him in? English? Nakamura is Japanese and he is an artist. He is a poet and if he understands the pain that a poet goes through when he can’t articulate what he feels. Sami says he can because he is an artist and a poet. He says they have a bond that no one would understand. They understand each other, they are two sides of the same coin. From here on out, Nakamura does not need to experience that pain. If he wants to talk to Nakamura, he has to talk to him.
The Miz looks at Nakamura and starts to talk as Nakamura points to Zayn. Sami says he doesn’t get it but they express themselves in a language even he can understand. Nakamura hits Miz from behind. Nakamura starts to stomp on Miz as Sami holds him off but Nakamura goes after Miz again. And once more Sami pushes him off.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan, Rowan
Daniel Bryan and Rowan sit in the ring with the captured person. Bryan says Roman is coming to see them.
Backstage: Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens
Shane McMahon is on the phone and in comes Kevin Owens. Shane says the main reason he called him in the first time is well, you can’t put your hands on a WWE official. And Kevin has yet to apologize for doing that. Kevin says he’s right and he apologizes. It’s fair. Shane says he is reconsidering what they talked about. His judgement and lifting the fine. But if he ever intentionally puts his hand on a WWE official, Shane will fire him. Kevin says they are clear and extends his hand for a handshake and Shane says they are not there yet. Owens walks away.
King of the Ring First Round Match
Elias vs. Kevin Owens
The bell rings and we are under way. A shoulder block by Elias. He goes for the cover but Owens kicks out. Both men runs to the ropes and Owens clothesline Elias to the outside. Kevin runs to the ropes but Elias escapes. Owens with a right hand and a chop to the chest. Owens goes to send Elias to the barricade but Elias reverses it and Owens hits the barricade.
Elias throws Owens back in the ring. A chop to the chest by Elias but Owens hits Elias with a German suplex. Owens with a cannonball. He goes for the cover but Elias kicks out.
Shane McMahon’s music hits and out comes Shane. Shane points to the throne and walks down.
Back from commercial, Elias has Owens in a headlock. Shane McMahon is a ringside. Owens gets out of it but a knee to the face by Elias. He goes for the cover but Owens kicks out. Elias throws Owens in the corner and Elias with right hands. A knee to the face on Owens who is down in the corner. Elias with a bodyslam. He goes for the cover but Kevin Owens kicks out.
A right hand by Owens and a DDT by Kevin Owens takes Elias out. An elbow to the face by Owens. Kevin climbs the second rope and hits Elias with a drop kick. The senton by Owens onto Elias. Kevin sends Elias to the ropes but a kick to the face by Elias. An elbow to the face by Owens. He climbs the second rope but Elias slows him down and a powerbomb by Elias. He goes for the cover but Owens kicks out.
Elias places Owens on the top rope. He climbs the top rope but Owens with a right hand as Elias falls. Owens with a senton but Elias gets his knees up. Elias runs to the ropes but Owens lowers the top rope and t o the outside goes Elias. Owens with a cannonball off the ring apron onto the outside.
Shane McMahon breaks it up and Elias gets in the ring. Shane takes off his shirt to reveal a referee shirt. He starts to count and Owens is angry. He gets in the ring and as does Shane. Elias hits Owens from behind but Owens goes for the stunner, Elias pushes him and Owens stops in front of Shane not to hit him. Elias rolls Owens up and Shane with a fast count.
Backstage: Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, Rowan
Roman Reigns walks in the room with Daniel Bryan, Rowan and the man sitting down. Bryan says he had to go to extreme lengths to exonerate Rowan. He found the man. They take the mask off and it’s someone who looks exactly like Rowan, bald with a large orange beard. Reigns looks confused as Smackdown goes off the air.