June 5, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Otis defeated King Corbin by disqualification when Corbin hit him with a chair
- Lacey Evans defeated Sonya Deville via Woman’s Right
- Drew Gulak defeated AJ Styles via bridging pin
- The New Day & Shorty G defeated Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura & Mojo Rawley via Big Ending by Big E on Mojo
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Bayley & Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) via pinfall reversal by Sasha on Nikki to win the titles
In-Ring: Jeff Hardy, Sheamus
WWE SmackDown kicks off with clips from last week involving the Jeff Hardy and Elias incident. They air clips of Sheamus against Daniel Bryan where Jeff Hardy made his way down to the ring which distracted Sheamus and gave Daniel Bryan the win.
Back in the Performance Center, Jeff Hardy makes his way down to the ring. Michael Cole announces that Elias has a torn pectoral muscle and will be out for some time.
Hardy gets in the ring and says it’s great to see everyone. He says first of all he’d like to thank WWE management and Fox for giving him the time to get things off his chest. Last week the WWE Universe witnessed something awful. People’s lives were in danger and the show was thrown into chaos. And a good man Elias walked away with injuries which could have been a lot worse.
Jeff says here’s his point of view. He says he pulled up to the performance center, excited about the day, he got out of the car and bam. It felt like someone hit him with an anvil. Next thing he knew, police surrounded him and asked him questions. His clothes smelt like alcohol and he started questioning everything. Sobriety, his career, his family. How could he look at his wife and two daughters in their eyes and explain this? Hardy says he’s here for a reason, he’s in the WWE for a reason.
Hardy says it’s good to know that he’s not on this path alone because even though his head was spinning, he knew deep down in his heart that he did not slip last Friday. He says he’s in that police station, he’s passing every sobriety test. They said they saw the person come out ofis car and flee the scene but the person had red hair and a red beard. He says he was furious and he couldn’t get back here soon enough because we all know who fit that description.
He tells Sheamus he won’t get away with it. Out comes Sheamus onto the stage. He tells Jeff not to point the finger at him because all Jeff did was blame other people for his problems. Why are people like Jeff always have an excuse and blame someone else? He says his fans are worse than him, they’re enablers. The superstars in the audience boo as Sheamus tells them to shut it.
Sheamus tells Jeff for once in his life to be a man and admit what he did. But Jeff won’t because he’s not a man, he’s just a junkie. Sheamus tells Jeff not to worry about the disappointment his wife and daughters must feel after another one of his slip ups because they’re are used to it.
Jeff runs outside of the ring as the two brawl. Sheamus hits him with the Brogue Kick and throws him into the plexiglass. Sheamus celebrates as we cut to the back.
Backstage: Otis, Mandy Rose, King Corbin
Otis is backstage with his Money in the Bank briefcase along with Mandy as they stop next to a chair. The chair has Corbin’s crown on it as Otis asks Mandy if he should go for it. She tells him to try it on as Otis wears it and Mandy tells him it looks great on him.
Corbin walks up to the chair and asks where his crown is. He asks an employee backstage where his crown is and the employee tells him he saw Otis wear it and Corbin is furious.
Otis vs. King Corbin
The bell rings and we are under way. Right hands by Otis but Corbin throws Otis into the corner. Corbin runs towards Otis but Otis moves out of the way and clotheslines Corbin to the outside.
Corbin gets back inside the ring and Otis with another clothesline to the outside. Otis goes to the outside as Corbin pushes him into the ring apron and throws him face first into the ring post. Mandy cheers Otis on as Corbin throws him back into the ring. Corbin with a spine buster as he goes for the cover but Otis kicks out. An arm bar head lock by Corbin as Otis makes it to this feet. Right hands by Corbin as he gets Otis in the corner.
Right hands by Corbin as Otis is taken down. Corbin goes for the cover but Otis kicks out.l More right hands by Corbin as the NXT superstars cheer Otis on. Kicks by Corbin as Otis starts to fire up. Elbows to the face by Otis and a clothesline takes Corbin down. A throw away slam by Otis onto Corbin taking him down.
Corbin in the corner and a splash by Otis takes Corbin down. Otis about to go for the caterpillar but Corbin rolls to the outside. Corbin grabs his crown as Otis goes to the outside. Corbin hits Otis with a chair and the referee rings the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, Otis
As the referee rings the bell, Otis gets into the ring and takes out Corbin. Otis with the caterpillar and the elbow onto Corbin. Mandy Rose gets in the ring as the two celebrate.
Segment: The Miz, John Morrison, Braun Strowman
A white van is parked outside and it’s The Miz and John Morrison inside. They’re staking out the arena and in comes Braun Strowman in his car. Strowman gets out of his car and grabs his luggage as he gets into the arena.
Back from commercial, Miz and Morrison are in the van. Miz says everyone knows what it’s like to deal with annoying coworkers. And ever since they challenged Strowman to a match for the WWE championship, everyone has been asking why they did that. Miz says these are the same people who underestimated them their entire career.
Miz says Strowman showed up to work with not a car in the world. Morrison says but that will change. Miz says what will happen is strategic. And by the time they get to Backlash, Braun Strowman’s life will be a living hell.
We cut to the arena and see Strowman in the cafeteria. He pouts water in his protein shake bottle as the bottle over spills. Miz and Morrison celebrate in the van as Strowman is angry and walks away.
Backstage: Shorty G, Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura
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Kayla Braxton is backstage with Shorty G. She asks him about his return last week on SmackDown and his win against Cesaro. In comes Mojo who says Shorty G “My apologies, little man”. He says there are more important things to talk about like his friend Gronk who got robbed of his 24/7 title and Shorty G’s interview just got cut short.
Shorty G laughs and tells Mojo that was classic, clever stuff. Shorty G turns around as he is attacked by Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Big E and Kofi get in as Cesaro, Nakamura and Mojo leave.
Sonya Deville vs. Lacey Evans
Lacey Evans is walking down to the ring but she is attacked by Sonya Deville.
The bell rings and we are under way. Both women lock up and a take down by Evans as Sonya gets back up. Sonya with a take down on Evans and both women back up. A kick by Sonya as she sends Evans to the ropes. Sonya goes for a right hand but Evans ducks and a leg sweep takes her down. Evans on the ring apron jumps over the top rope and hits her with an elbow. She goes for the cover but Sonya kicks out.
She throws Sonya into the corner and she starts to work on Sonya’s arm and neck. Evans backs off and a right hand by Sonya takes Evans down. A kick to the leg by Sonya as she gets Evans in the corner. Sonya slams Evans down onto the mat. A kick to the chest by Sonya. She goes to throw Evans into the corner but Evans reverses it. A leg take down by Evans.
She grabs Sonya and hits her with knees to the face. Evans on the ring apron flips over and goes for a school boy as Sonya rolls onto the official. The referee is down holding his knee. Sonya and Evans are standing as WWE officials run down.
Back from commercial and there’s a new official. We see a clip during commercial that Sonya got a cheap shot in on Evans. Back live, Sonya with a head lock on Evans as she throws Evans down onto the mat. Sonya drags Evans onto the ring apron as Sonya whiplashes Evans off the ring apron onto the outside.
Sonya steps on the neck of Evans as she climbs the steel steps. She throws Evans back into the ring and goes for the cover but Evans kicks out. Sonya lifts Evans onto her shoulders but Evans lands on her feet and a running clothesline by Evans and both women are down.
Evans with a clothesline takes Sonya down. Evans with a running knee onto Sonya taking her down. Evans climbs the second rope and she jumps onto the top rope and lands the moonsault. She goes for the cover but Sonya kicks out. Evans grabs Sonya but Sonya with a knee to the face followed by a right hand. Sonya with a running knee onto Evans. She goes for the cover but once more Evans kicks out.
Mandy Rose is on the big screen. She tells Sonya that it hurts Sonya knowing that she is not a fighter, she’s a failure. Sony calls out Mandy as Evans hits her with the Woman’s Right. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Segment: Braun Strowman, The Miz, John Morrison
Kayla is backstage with Braun Strowman. He’s smiling with his championship as she asks him about Miz and Morrison. He calls them dorks and he says they are like two annoying bugs flying around your neck during the summer.
We cut to Miz and Morrison in the van as Miz presses a button on a remote. Green slime falls down onto Kayla while Strowman was standing next to her. Strowman apologizes and says he knew that was meant for him. Miz argues with Morrison telling him he told him to place the bucket on the left. They call it a success as Kayla calls them bastards.
In-Ring: Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles
Renee Young is in the ring with the Intercontinental championship on a table. Young welcomes out Daniel Bryan. Out comes Bryan as Renee welcomes his opponent, AJ Styles to the ring.
Young says she will start with Bryan as AJ cuts her off. AJ says we know what Bryan will say. He will call him a coward for taking his bye to the finals while Bryan was a fool and had it not been for Jeff Hardy, Sheamus would be in the ring. Renee asks Bryan if he thinks AJ is a coward. Bryan says he does but they each have their own way of thinking.
She mentions to AJ that the Intercontinental title is the only title he hasn’t held. AJ says he took the bye to get to the final. When he looks in the mirror, he sees a champion. He says Bryan is all heart but what Bryan is doing is stupid. Bryan says he knows AJ is trying to get under his skin. They have known each other a long time, long enough to know they have two entirely different world views. And t wo entirely different visions to what it means to be the Intercontinental champion.
In AJ’s vision. he defends the title against a few opponents. Because AJ sees himself as the greatest champion of all time. But he couldn’t fathom some unexpected person coming up and shattering that vision and that is hwy AJ is a coward. However, his vision of being champion is defending that title every week on SmacvkDown. Against decorated veteran or a young up and comer. He does that for himself, he wants to learn and grow. When he thinks of being the best, it’s not who he is right now, it’s who he can be.
Bryan says when the WWE Universe puts SmackDown, he wants them to excited. That maybe their favorite superstar can finally beat him and become champion. That’s what he wants and that’s his vision.
AJ says it sounds like he wants AJ to give a hand out. He doesn’t believe in hand outs. He believes in earning an opportunity. And speaking of opportunity, how did Drew Gulak get the opportunity to be his coach? An opportunity to work in the WWE? It sounds like a hand out. And if they can agree what their visions are, he believes it’s a handout while Bryan thinks it’s an opportunity.
Styles says how about he gives Drew Gulak an opportunity, right here tonight. He calls Gulak out to the ring to get his hand out. Gulak gets in the ring and takes out AJ Styles as Styles falls to the outside.
AJ Styles vs. Drew Gulak
The bell rings and we are under way. AJ sends Drew to the ropes and knocks him down. He throws Gulak into the corner and chops to the chest by AJ as Daniel Bryan is at ringside. A jaw breaker by Drew takes AJ down. Drew runs to the ropes, AJ goes for a drop kick, Drew stands away and goes for a submission on AJ but AJ grabs the ropes. AJ with right hands on Gulak and forearms. A snap mare take care by AJ followed by a kick to the back.
AJ with a back breaker on Gulak. He goes for the cover but Drew kicks out. AJ lifts Gulak up but Drew lands on his feet. A headbutt by Gulak followed by a big boot. Drew runs towards AJ but AJ hits him with a clothesline. AJ with a sleeper hold but Drew with right hands. He gets AJ in the corner and goes for a right hand but AJ ducks and a chop to the chest onto Drew. AJ sends him to the opposite corner. He goes for a big splash and misses as Gulak hits him with a drop kick.
Drew with a release fisherman’s suplex. A Michinoku driver by Drew as he goes for the cover but AJ Styles kicks out. Drew lifts AJ up on his shoulders but AJ with a rake to the eyes. AJ lands on his feet and a kick to the head by AJ takes Gulak down. AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Drew reverses it into the bridge and gets the pin.
Winner: Drew Gulak
Segment: The Miz, John Morrison
The Miz and John Morrison are outside and they’re next to Braun Strowman’s car. They say it would be a shame if something happened to it. Morrison asks Miz if that’s a fly on Strowman’s windshield. Miz says it is and it’s a good thing he’s been working on his golf swing. He breaks Braun’s windshield wiper with a gold club. Morrison says wasn’t Strowman’s dad into softball? Morrison with a baseball bat completely shatters Strowman’s windshield as the two laugh and walk away.
The New Day & Shorty G vs. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura & Mojo Rawley
The bell rings and we are under way. It’s Cesaro and Shorty G in the ring. Shorty G goes for a flip but Cesaro catches him. Shorty G reverses it into a cover but Cesaro kicks out. A knee by Cesaro takes Sgirty G down. A dragon screw by Gable as Big E is tagged in. An uppercut by Cesaro and Mojo is tagged in. Mojo with a cross body cover but Big E kicks out. Nakamura is tagged in.
Nakamura with right hands onto Big E. He goes for a kick but Big E blocks it and gets Nakamura in a bear hug. An overhead throw by Big E and Kofi is tagged in. They double team Nakamura as Shorty G is tagged in. He tags Big E in as they double team Nakamura. Kofi is tagged in and they double team Nakamura. Kofi with a splash off the middle rope. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. Nakamura rolls to the outside. Kofi flies off the top rope but Nakamura moves out of the way as Kofi lands on Cesaro. Nakamura gets back in the ring as Mojo takes Kofi out on the outside.
Back from commercial, Cesaro with a back breaker on Kofi. He goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out. Mojo is tagged in. He knocks Big E off the ring apron as Kofi knocks Mojo down and Shorty G is tagged in. Gable with a cross body takes Mojo down as he knocks Nakamura off the ring apron. Uppercuts by Gable. In comes Cesaro but Gable throws him away. A rolling kick by Gable onto Gulak.
Gable with a moonsault off the top rope. He goes for the cover but Mojo kicks out. Gable gets the ankle lock on Mojo but Nakamura with a kick to break it up. In comes Big E, he goes for the Big Ending but Nakamura gets him tied up on the ropes. With the referee distracted, Cesaro hits Gable with an upper cut. Kofi knocks Shinsuke Nakamura down. Mojo with the Hyper Drive. He goes for the cover but Gable kicks out. Mojo throws Gable in the corner but Gable runs to the ropes, Big E is tagged.
Big E and Kofi double team Mojo and Big E hits him with the Big Ending as Gable flies over the top rope onto Cesaro and Nakamura. Kofi is tagged in as he goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Segment: The Miz, John Morrison, Braun Strowman
Miz and Morrison are back in the van and out comes Strowman. He sees his car and he’s angry. Strowman asks the security where they are as Miz and Morrison argue over who has the keys. They left the keys outside of the car as Strowman walks up to the van. The doors are locked. Strowman says they are dead men.
Strowman shakes the van and flips it over with Miz and Morrison inside. Strowman laughs and walks away.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks
The bell rings and we are under way. Cross with a cross body onto Bayley. Alexa is tagged in as she drops Bayley down. Cross is tagged in and a dropkick onto Bayley. She goes for the cover but Bayley kicks out. She sends Bayley into the corner and a big splash onto Bayley as Alexa is tagged in.
Alexa with a slap to the face. She goes for a suplex but Bayley with a knee blocks it. She picks Alexa up and slams her into the corner as Sasha is tagged in. Sasha stomping on Alexa in the corner. Bayley is tagged back into the match. They double team Alexa. Bayley turns her attention to Cross as Alexa goes for a roll up but Bayley kicks out. Cross is tagged in.
Nikki takes Bayley down and Bayley rolls to the outside. Nikki slams Sasha into the ring post off the ring apron. She goes to the outside and takes Bayley down. She throws Bayley back into the ring and with the referee distracted, Sasha grabs Cross as Bayley knocks her off the ring apron. Sasha is tagged in and the double knees by Sasha takes Nikki down.
Back from commercial, Sasha and Bayley double team Nikki. Bayley throws Nikki into the corner as Sasha is tagged in. Double knees by Sasha. She goes for the cover but Nikki kicks out. Bayley is tagged in and a chin lock by the SmackDown women’s champion. She slams Nikki into the corner. Bayley gets Nikki on the ring apron but Nikki pushes her away. Nikki gets back in the ring and goes for the tag but Bayley grabs her by the foot. Nikki kicks her away and Alexa is tagged in.
A clothesline by Alexa and another followed by a right hand on Bayley. In comes Sasha but she’s taken down with a right hand. A drop kick by Alexa onto Bayley. Alexa climbs the top rope. Sasha grabs Alexa by the leg but Alexa kicks her away. Bayley trips Alexa up on the top rope. Bayley with a Bayley to Belly off the second rope. She tags Banks in and Sasha hits Alexa with a running knee.
Sasha goes for the cover but Alexa kicks out. Sasha gets Alexa in the corner. She runs towards Alexa but Alexa with a sunset flip on Sasha but Sasha kicks out. On the outside, Nikki with a tornado DDT on Bayley on the outside. Nikki is tagged in and a cross body. She goes for the cover but Sasha kicks out. Sasha rolls away but Bayley is down on the outside. Nikki goes for a neck breaker, Sasha lands on her feet, Bayley is tagged in as Banks hits Nikki with the Banks Statement. Bayley kicks Sasha away and throws her to the outside. Sasha looks on the outside angry.
Nikki knocks Bayley down and goes for the cover but Sasha breaks it up. Sasha drags Bayley to the corner and tags herself in. Sasha on the ring apron flips onto Nikki and gets in the Banks Statement on Nikki Cross. Alexa goes to break it up but Bayley drags Alexa to the outside. Nikki reverses it into a cover but Sasha reverses that into the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: And new WWE Women’s champion, Sasha Banks and Bayley