June 12, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated The New Day via Nakamura countering a Kofi splash with his knees
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles defeated Daniel Bryan via Phenomenal Forearm to win the title
- Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery defeated The Miz, John Morrison & Dolph Ziggler via Caterpillar by Otis on Ziggler
Contract Signing: Jeff Hardy, Sheamus
Live in the Performance Center, Renee Young is in the ring for the contract signing. Young welcomes Sheamus out to the ring first. He makes his way down to the ring with a doctor who is holding a jar and security guards. They place a large black square in the ring as well. Renee welcomes Jeff Hardy to the ring.
Young asks Sheamus what everything is about. He says he doesn’t want to offend her. Jeff accuses Sheamus of hitting a man with a car. Sheamus says he had nothing to do with what happened between himself and Elias. Hardy tells him not even his security team will be able to help him at Backlash.
Sheamus says the security is here for him. Before he signs the contract, he needs assurance. He says Jeff can’t be trusted. It could be the alcohol or the pills. That’s why he got his lawyer to convince WWE management that for the safety of everyone, before he signs, Jeff will have to take a urine test. He tells Jeff if he fails, which he probably will, he will be in a lot of trouble. And there would be no match at Backlash because he won’t step in the ring with a junkie.
Jeff says his name is Jeff Hardy and he is an alcoholic. And if this is what he has to do to get to Sheamus, he’s fine with that. Alcohol, addiction, he is tired of fighting. He goes to meetings every week where he talks about how he let his family, fans and himself down. And he is sick and tired of being sick and tired. His demons are starving and sometimes is all it takes to feed them is to be in the presence of a bastard like Sheamus. But not this time. He will go along with it just to get his hands on him on Sunday.
Sheamus says it takes 24 hours to get the results of a test but thanks to the doctor, he will administer a rapid test. And Sheamus even paid for it himself. And just so there are no shenanigans, the doctor will supervise the whole thing. Sheamus tells Renee to leave because Jeff looks like he is having a bit of stage fright.
Renee leaves the ring as Jeff goes to urinate. Sheamus says this is a message to the kids. If you’re a user, you’re a loser. Don’t end up like Jeff Hardy, don’t do drugs. The whole thing is done as the referee does his examination. Sheamus asks Jeff if he wants to apologize to his family or if he wants to issue a positive message to everyone at home.
Jeff says sometimes it’s better to be pissed off than to be pissed on. Jeff throws the jar of urine onto Sheamus and signs the contract. Sheamus is disgusted as Jeff leaves the ring.
Back from commercial, Sheamus is in the washroom cleaning his mouth with mouth wash. The doctor comes in and tells Sheamus that Jeff’s test results came out negative. Sheamus gets even more angry as he continues to wash his face.
The New Day vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
The New get in the ring and take a knee and they throw their jacks onto Michael Cole. Kofi and Big E air play the violin and dance as Nakamura’s music plays. The bell rings and we are under way. Cesaro and Kofi start off the match.
An arm bar by Cesaro as Kofi flips and reverses it dropping Cesaro. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. Kofi sends Cesaro to the ropes but Cesaro lands a tilt-a-whirl back breaker onto Kofi. Nakamura is tagged in. Nakamura runs towards Kofi but Kofi with a double stomp. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. A clothesline by Kofi takes Nakamura to the outside as Big E is tagged into the match. Big E throws Kofi over the top rope onto Nakamura. Cesaro clotheslines Kofi on the outside and Big E clotheslines Cesaro on the outside.
Big E throws Nakamura into the ring. Big E on the ring apron but Nakamura with a kick takes Big E down. Cesaro with an uppercut onto Big E.
Back from commercial, Cesaro is in the ring with Big E. He has an arm bar locked in but Big E with right hands. Cesaro pushes Big E into the corner and hits him with an uppercut. Nakamura is tagged in as they double team Big E. Nakamura goes for the cover but Big E kicks out. Cesaro is tagged back in and he goes for another arm bar. Cesaro throws Big E into the corner. He runs towards Big E but Big E with an uppercut. Big E with a belly to belly onto Cesaro.
Both Kofi and Nakamura are tagged in. Kofi with a drop kick onto Nakamura. He runs to the ropes and a flying punch onto Nakamura. Cesaro on the ring apron distracts Kofi, Nakamura goes after Kofi but Kofi reverses it into an SOS. He goes for the cover but Cesaro breaks it up. Big E clotheslines Cesaro to the outside. A kick to the face by Kofi as he climbs the second rope. Nakamura runs and both men are on the second rope. Right hands by Kofi and Nakamura falls to the mat. Kofi goes for a splash but Nakamura gets a knee up and gets it into a cover for the pin.
Winners: Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura
Backstage: Heavy Machinery
Heavy Machinery are backstage as Otis is wearing a blindfold. Tucker tells Otis he will have to rely on his other senses. Tucker rings a bell and Otis says it’s a bell. He waves burger patties in front of him and Otis knows it’s burgers. Mandy gives him a kiss. Otis says he appreciates it as he takes it off the blindfold and realizes it’s Mandy. She hands him the Money in the Bank briefcase and walks away. Tucker tells him tonight they team with Braun Strowman and it could be his night.
Backstage: Sheamus, Jeff Hardy
— WWE (@WWE) June 13, 2020
Sheamus and Jeff Hardy start fighting backstage as referees break it up.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan
We see a video package where Corey Graves talks about the WWE Intercontinental championship.
The bell rings and we are under way. An arm bar by Bryan as AJ rolls out of it and reverses it. Bryan reverses that into an arm bar and AJ reverses it again. Bryan gets out of it and lands a drop kick. Both men on their feet. AJ with a kick as he slams Bryan into the corner. AJ grabs Daniel and goes for a suplex but Bryan blocks it. AJ with a rake to the throat. He goes to clothesline Bryan to the outside but Bryan moves out of the way and AJ onto the outside. Daniel Bryan with a suicide dive through the ropes.
Back from commercial, Daniel is in control as he drives his knee into AJ’s back. Daniel sends AJ to the ropes as AJ lands a drop kick. AJ gets Daniel in the corner and a big chop to the chest. Bryan with an uppercut as he gets AJ in the corner. A snapmare take down by Bryan as Bryan goes for a submission but AJ reverses it into an arm bar. He slams Bryan onto the mat.
AJ continues to work on Bryan’s arm but Bryan sends AJ to the ropes and a knee by Bryan takes AJ down. Bryan grabs AJ’s leg as he twists it. Bryan stomps on AJ’s calves. Bryan with a leg submission on AJ as AJ tries to grab the ropes but Bryan with an inverted Mexican surfboard. AJ’s shoulders are down for the cover but AJ kicks out. An uppercut by Bryan.
AJ in the corner as Daniel hits him with the Yes kicks. Bryan backs up and runs towards AJ but AJ grabs him into the cover. Bryan reverses it into a cover of his own and AJ reverses it as Bryan reverses that. AJ reverses it into a submission but Bryan reverses that. Both men on their feet and runs towards each other knocking each other down.
Back from commercial, Bryan with an arm bar as he continues to work on AJ’s arm. He continues to work on the arm but AJ rolls him up for the cover. Bryan reverses it and goes for the Yes lock but AJ gets out of it and sends Bryan to the outside of the ring with a slingshot. AJ jumps over the top rope but Bryan moves out of the way and sends AJ arm and shoulder first into the ring post.
Bryan gets on the ring apron and stomps on AJ’s elbow. Both men back in the ring as Bryan grabs AJ’s arm again but AJ with right hands but Bryan slams AJ into the mat. Daniel with another submission onto AJ’s arm, this time with a hammerlock. Bryan goes for the cover but AJ rolls out onto the ring apron. Bryan grabs AJ and gets him in the corner. He slams AJ into the opposite corner. He goes for the double knees but AJ Styles moves out of the way.
AJ gets to his feet and kicks Bryan on the back of his left leg. AJ stomps on Bryan’s leg. AJ goes to the outside and slams Bryan’s leg leg across the ring apron. AJ gets back into the ring. He continues to work on Bryan’s left leg. He places Bryan’s left leg onto the second rope and twists it as Bryan’s leg is hung up on the ropes. AJ stomps on Bryan. AJ grabs Bryan by the left leg but Bryan hits him with an enzuigiri.
Both men back up as AJ tries to jump off the top rope but Bryan pushes him down. Daniel with the Yes kicks on AJ Styles in the corner. He places AJ on the top rope as Bryan climbs the top rope and a frankensteiner takes AJ down. Bryan with the Yes kicks in the middle of the ring. He goes for one more kick as AJ ducks. Punches by AJ followed by a clothesline.
Back from commercial, both men with right hands and kicks. AJ runs towards Bryan but Bryan throws him to the outside. Bryan goes for a suicide dive but AJ with a kick and Bryan falls onto the mat. AJ gets onto the ring apron. He goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, Bryan catches him and lands an under hook suplex and converts it into an arm bar. AJ reverses that into the calf crusher. Bryan gets AJ’s arm and goes for the triangle. He trips AJ down and kicks his left arm. Bryan goes for the cover but AJ kicks out. Bryan places AJ on the top rope with his back facing the mat.
Bryan climbs the top rope but AJ elbows Bryan down. Bryan gets back up and hits AJ from behind. Bryan gets back onto the second rope but AJ with back elbows and Bryan falls to the mat. Bryan gets back up and again hits AJ. Bryan onto the top rope and a back suplex as both men go down.
Back from commercial, AJ jumps backwards off the second rope, lands on his feet and slams Bryan down onto the mat. AJ picks Bryan up but Bryan with elbows onto AJ’s shoulder. Bryan goes for a clothesline as AJ ducks and hits him with an overhead kick. AJ with a brain buster. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out. AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Bryan drops him, he goes for a jackknife cover, AJ gets out of it. AJ goes for the overhead kick but Bryan catches him and gets the ankle lock in. AJ gets up but Bryan with a waist lock suplex. AJ reverses it into a German suplex. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out. Bryan reverses it into a German of his own.
Bryan goes after AJ’s shoulder and gets the Yes lock in on AJ Styles in the middle of the ring. AJ gets his foot on the ropes as Bryan breaks up the lock. Bryan grabs AJ’s arms and stomps AJ’s head into the mat. Bryan goes for the flying knee as AJ gets to his feet. Bryan runs, he goes for the flying knee but AJ catches him in mid air and hits the Styles Clash. Both men are down.
AJ rolls onto the ring apron. He lands the Phenomenal Forearm onto Daniel Bryan. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: New WWE Intercontinental champion, AJ Styles
Renee Young gets in the ring as she asks AJ what it means for him to win the title. He says he said it before and he’ll say it again. He’s the best WWE champion the WWE Universe has ever seen. He says he is phenomenal as he celebrates with the WWE Intercontinental championship.
Backstage: Braun Strowman
We see a clip of last week’s SmackDown involving The Miz, John Morrison, Braun Strowman and Kayla Braxton.
Strowman says there’s a lot going on tonight. From urine testing to a new Intercontinental champion. He says he can fix the windshield on his car but there’s nothing that can fix what he will do to Miz and Morrison at Backlash. He says he likes Otis but he has played this game before. If Tucker and Otis try anything funny, we saw his actions last week, he has no obliterating some heavy machinery.
In-Ring: Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, The IIconics
Out come the new WWE women tag team champions. Balloons fill the ring and the outside of the ring. Bayley says this is their party and those in attendance are lucky they are invited. Bayley says she is at the top of her game. When you get to the top, it’s lonely and she understands that. When you’re untouchable, beaten everyone and the dominant champion like her, it could get lonely. She says she’s not lonely because she has her best friend, the boss, the standard, the blueprint, Sasha Banks. And they are the WWE women’s tag team champions.
Sasha says they are the role models. They are the leaders. They are not liars. She told everyone they would win back their titles when they wanted to. These titles represent their friendship because they have been and done everything together. And together, they are unstoppable.
Bayley says Sasha is right and she actually wrote a poem for Sasha which expresses how she feels.
As she’s about to read the poem, Alexa’s music hits and out she comes with Nikki Cross. Alexa says she is fine with them celebrating but when they start reciting poetry, that’s when they draw the line. Bayley says she is trying to have a moment. Cross says her and Alexa love a good party as they get into the ring.
As they are arguing, The IIconics are on the big screen. They say that at Backlash,l their time as champs end. Peyton says they have both beaten Alexa and Nikki recently. And they ended Sasha and Bayley’s first tag titles reign. Billie says they left them laying on Raw. And if they don’t want the same thing to happen on SmackDown, for Banks and Bayley not to turn their backs. Bayley and Sasha turn around as Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross attack them and throw them to the outside.
Video: Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle is coming to SmackDown next week.
Backstage: The Miz, John Morrison
— WWE (@WWE) June 13, 2020
Kayla Braxton is backstage as she welcomes Miz and Morrison. She says she wants to talk about their actions last week. Miz says she got hit with slime, it was her birthday gift. Kayla says she wanted to talk about Braun Strowman. Miz says they have a new music video as they air a music video involving The Miz and John Morrison. As the video starts, out comes the WWE Universal champion Braun Strowman.
Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery vs. The Miz, John Morrison & Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings and we are under way. Ziggler and Otis start the match. Ziggler jumps over the top rope and onto the outside as Miz asks Ziggler what he’s doing. Miz is tagged and Otis throws him into the ring. Otis with a body slam taking Miz down as Tucker is tagged in. They double team the Miz.
Tucker with a headbutt onto Miz as Morrison is tagged into the match. Morrison with a kick onto Tucker as he grabs Tucker by the head but he’s sent to the ropes. Tucker goes for a back drop but Morrison lands on his feet. Morrison jumps off the second rope but Tucker slams Morrison down. He goes for the cover but Morrison kicks out. Morrison tags Ziggler in. Ziggler with a waist lock but Tucker knocks him down and Otis is tagged in. Strowman tags himself in. They triple team Ziggler in the corner
Braun with a bear paw onto Ziggler and Tucker is tagged back in. Tucker lifts Ziggler and he has him in a vertical suplex.
We see King Corbin on the giant screen. He walks up to Mandy Rose and Otis runs to the back. Corbin says he wants to talk about last week where Otis stole his crown and asks her if it was her idea. He tells Mandy she is fantasizing about being with him. In comes Otis who starts to beat up on Corbin. WWE officials break it up.
Back from commercial, Ziggler with a jumping elbow drop on Tucker. He goes for the cover but Tucker kicks out. A head lock by Ziggler and with The Miz distracting the referee, Ziggler grabs Tucker by the hair and gets him into the corner. Morrison is tagged in as he hits Tucker with a few kicks. He goes for the cover but Tucker kicks out. Morrison with an arm bar as The Miz is tagged in. Tucker throws Morrison to the outside and Miz as well. As Miz is being thrown out, Morrison is tagged in. Tucker knocks him down.
Tucker goes for the tag but Miz and Morrison knock Strowman off the ring apron. Miz hits Strowman with a DDT on the outside. Otis and Mandy walk down to the ring. Ziggler goes for a super kick but Tucker hits Ziggler with a kick taking him down. Otis is tagged in as he knocks Miz and Morrison off the ring apron. He hits Ziggler with a shoulder tackle.
Miz and Morrison get in the ring but he knocks them out and to the outside. Ziggler with a kick to Otis but Otis doesn’t feel it. Otis begins to dance as he hits Ziggler with a headbutt. He throws Ziggler over the top rope and onto the outside. Strowman runs on the outside and knocks Miz and Morrison down. He grabs Ziggler and throws him into the ring. Otis with the caterpillar on Ziggler. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Braun Strowman and Heavy Machinery
All three men and Mandy Rose celebrate in the ring.