WWE SmackDown Live Results (07/31): Jeff Hardy Returns
Tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live opens up with a graphics in memory of WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff and former WWE Tag Team Champion Brian Christopher Lawler
We are live from The Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida as Tom Phillips welcomes us to tonight’s show. He is joined by Byron Saxton and Corey Graves.
We head to ringside as Renee Young introduces the #1 contender for The SmackDown Women’s Title Becky Lynch for an interview and she makes her way down to the ring.
Lynch starts by saying when you wait so long for something, sometimes you doubt it’s ever gonna happen, and she did that, but she knew if she kept pushing she would get where she wanted. Lynch then says but she hasn’t been champion since December 2016 and hasn’t had a title shot in over a year and a half, and she hasn’t been able to sleep with the opportunity weighing on her mind. The honor, the excitement, the pressure, knowing you have to fight mind, body, and soul for the title every week.
Lynch then says that she wasn’t born to be a champion, she fought to be a champion, and at SummerSlam she’ll fight mind, body, and soul to beat Carmella and it will be her honor to walk into Evolution as champion.
Carmella’s music hits and she makes her way down to the ring. She grabs the mic and says that normally she would come out here and make excuses but that’s not the case tonight. Carmella then says that last week Becky beat her fair and square and earned an opportunity for SummerSlam, and in fact she was so focused on their match that she didn’t get a chance to think about Evolution. Carmella then says that it hit her like a tidal wave in the locker room that they are gonna get to be a part of the first-ever All-Women PPV, and they will represent every woman who’s ever wrestled for WWE and that made her skin crawl because she feels like she failed as a representative.
Carmella then says that they should be building each other up and honestly that comes from a place of jealousy – in NXT they told her she would only ever be a manager, but Lynch was killing it. Then in WWE, Becky’s the first woman drafted for SmackDown and Carmella was last-drafted overall, and the WWE Universe looks up to her while they don’t think Carmella even deserves to be champion.
Carmella starts crying and talks about how she spends all this time and effort blocking out the haters who say she sucks. Carmella then says that legends in the industry are online saying that she should just go away and it’s exhausting, but she has to put on a brave face and tell herself she deserves to be here just like Becky does, and to walk into SummerSlam against someone she has always looked up to, she couldn’t be more excited.
Carmella then says that she can’t wait to tear the house down with Lynch and prove everybody wrong, and she wishes Lynch luck before offering a hand. Becky is skeptical and doesn’t offer her hand in return and James Ellsworth’s music hits. Carmella blindsides Lynch and superkicks her. Carmella gets a chair from under the ring and lays it on the mat, thinking about a DDT and Charlotte Flair makes the save. Charlotte boots the chair out of Carmella’s hands and hits an exploder suplex. Flair checks on Becky as Carmella grabs her title and retreats. Flair stands up and points at her. Flair and Becky talk as Carmella heads to the back.
We see Samoa Joe backstage staring intently and we are told that he has a message for AJ Styles later tonight.
We then cut to Jeff Hardy hanging out in the locker room as he intends to confront Randy Orton later on tonight as well.
The Usos are shown clapping backstage and say that everything top to bottom comes through them first, and it’s The Usos vs. The Bar tonight. They borrow a bit of The Rock’s schtick and welcome The Bar to The Uso Penitentiary to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Carmella rolls up on Paige in her office to complain.
Paige says that she actually believed her at first but she should be ashamed of herself. Carmella then says that she poured her heart out, but she’s not a role model, and she’s one thing Paige will never be again, champion. Paige then says that she will teach her to be a real champ with the odds stacked against her, so tonight she will wrestle Charlotte Flair, and if Flair wins, The SmackDown Women’s Title Match at SummerSlam becomes a Triple Threat Match.
The New Day make their way down to the ring and take a seat at their own pancake-filled announce table to watch and join the commentary for the next match.
The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) vs. The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso) (#1 Contender’s SmackDown Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match): Sheamus and Jey start this one off and they trade some big strikes. Jey boots Sheamus through the ropes down to the floor, where he regroups with Cesaro. Cesaro tags in and drops Jey then keeps him grounded with a chin lock. Sheamus tags in and boots Jey down, then they hit a double team clothesline on Jey Uso for a two count. Sheamus follows up with some knee drops to keep Jey Uso down. Jey fights back with right hands, then Sheamus misses a spear and slams into the ring post. Jimmy and Cesaro tag in, and Jimmy starts laying into Cesaro with clotheslines and kicks. Jimmy hits a Samoan Drop for a two count. Jimmy follows up with a kick to the head, then Cesaro rolls outside for a breather. Jimmy goes flying for a suicide dive but Sheamus takes the shot. Jimmy hits Cesaro next and takes him back in the ring. Jimmy hits a splash for a two count. Jimmy goes back up top, but Cesaro shoves him off and Jimmy crashes down onto the fan barricade at ringside. Back in the ring, The Bar looks for the double team on Jimmy, but Jey pulls Sheamus out to ringside. Jimmy goes flying off the top with a corkscrew plancha on Cesaro on the mat. Jimmy and Cesaro trade right hands now until Sheamus tags in. The Bar looks for the double team again, but Jey breaks it up with a superkick on Cesaro. Sheamus dumps Jey outside and Jimmy superkicks Sheamus. Jey tags in now and hits the Uso splash , then he pins but Cesaro breaks it up. Jey dumps Cesaro outside, then Jimmy tags in. Jey and Jimmy both go up top for splashes, but Cesaro takes down Jey with an uppercut, and then Sheamus blocks Jimmy’s splash. Sheamus rolls up Jimmy for the three count. Winners & Advances To The Next Round Of The SmackDown Tag Team Title Tournament: The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro)
After the match, The Bar stands tall in the ring as we go to replays. They turn their attention to The New Day at ringside. The New Day gets up and enters the ring. The New Day vs. The Bar is confirmed for next week. The two teams face off in the ring and talk trash now as fans chant for The New Day. The Bar exits the ring and backs up the ramp as The New Day’s music starts up.
Commentary promises us comments from Daniel Bryan about The Miz throwing a baby doll at him last week as well as Lana vs. Zelina Vega for later on tonight.
We head in the locker room area where Charlotte Flair is being interviewed. She says that it has been a wild night and she was just here to support her best friend, but thanks to Carmella’s big mouth she has gotten a golden opportunity. Charlotte then says that she knows Carmella has beaten her twice, but The Queen is back and ready to reclaim her throne, wooo.
We get a recap of Samoa Joe’s attack on AJ Styles from last week and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Samoa Joe makes his way down to the ring.
He gets on the mic and calls AJ Styles out, saying what he did last week was a message and he thinks AJ is more than familiar with his favorite form of communication, so no hard feelings. Joe then says that truth be told, he respects Styles, the house that he built, and the fact that he’s made the title the most prestigious in WWE. Joe then says that he respects the grind and what he’s sacrificed.
Joe then says that AJ has put being champion in front of friends, in front of vices, and even in front of being a member of his own family, which he finds kind of funny. Joe then says that last week Styles told a tale about staring his lovely daughter in her eyes and telling her she can be anything she can put her mind to, but he’s known AJ for a long time and he knows the truth that AJ is he’s barely home long enough to hug her, let along looking lovingly in her eye.
Joe then says that the truth is Styles feels more comfortable on the road living out of a suitcase than he does being at home, a husband to his wife. Joe then says that it’s the sacrifice, he gets it, and he’s put the title ahead of anything, even if it means being a failure as a father. Joe then says that it hurts, he knows, but no matter how hard AJ works, he’s coming soon to take the title from him, and at SummerSlam when the whole world is cheering him on, his family, in their realest feelings, will be cheering for Joe. After he’s done tearing the house down and putting AJ to sleep, his family will be happy to have their daddy back, but Samoa will be WWE Champion. Joe drops the mic and walks out.
We head backstage where we see that Jeff Hardy is putting the finishing touches on tonight’s face-paint and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Jeff Hardy makes his way down to the ring.
He gets on the mic and says that the United States Championship is part of his life force, his fifth eye that deepens his connection with the WWE Universe, and when he lost it, a piece of him was severed and nothing is more important than taking it back from Shinsuke Nakamura. However, almost as important is beating the hell out of Randy Orton and that is what he’s out here to do, and he calls Orton out.
Randy obliges and makes his way down to the ring, but before he gets in the ring Nakamura blindsides Hardy and rains knees down on him and Orton blocks the Kinshasa. He and Shinsuke go toe-to-toe as he backs the champion into the corner before giving him the nod and then the Kinshasa. Nakamura takes his leave and the Viper lies in wait, going to that special place.
And just clocking Jeff to the mat when he gets up. Then an RKO. Orton makes his way around Hardy as he puts boots to the Charismatic Enigma. Orton hangs Hardy up in the ropes, then he nails him with the DDT. Then a second DDT off the apron to the floor. The Viper dismantles the announce table, sets Hardy atop it, pummels him a bit and rips his sleeves and shirt off, stripping him to the waist.
The necklace is next, and Randy jams it in his pocket before getting a bottle of water from the timekeeper’s area. He opens it up and pours it on Jeff’s face to wake him up for another round before getting in his face and using a washcloth to wipe the paint off his face. Orton slams Jeff into the table one more time for good measure. Orton pulls the chain out and walks off to send us to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and we see Becky Lynch leave her locker room and roll into an interview.
She says that she is happy for Charlotte to be back and have this opportunity. Lynch then says when she’s in the ring she relies on instinct more than math, but she’s not too happy at the prospect of a triple threat and she has been fighting for months for this opportunity. Lynch then says that one-on-one she can beat anyone, but when pressed she says that she never roots against her best friend.
We see a recap of what transpired last week between Lana and Zelina Vega as they got into it at ringside during the Rusev vs. Almas match, and then Aiden English’s involvement.
Lana vs. Zelina Vega: The opening bell sounds and they talk trash to each other in the opening moments. They exchange shoves and slaps, then Lana spears Zelina down. Zelina rolls outside to regroup with Almas. Back in the ring, Zelina drops Lana and applies a sleeper hold. Lana backs Zelina up against the turnbuckle, but Zelina turns around and lays into her with kicks. Zelina follows up with the running double knees in the corner for a two count. Zelina looks for the DDT, but Lana reverses into a back body drop. Lana starts to mount a comeback and hits a neckbreaker. Lana does a spinaroonie back to her feet, then hits a running knee strike for a two count. Lana goes up top but Almas causes a distraction on the apron. Aiden English runs down and drops Almas. Zelina rolls up Lana from behind with a handful of tights for the three count. Winner: Zelina Vega
After the match, Aiden looks shocked as Vega and Almas head up the ramp. Lana recovers and she’s not happy. Vega is all smiles as she looks on from the stage.
Commentary hypes up next week’s tag team tournament finals between The New Day and The Bar and we go backstage with The Bludgeon Brothers. They say if Cesaro and Sheamus set The Bar, they’ll break it, and they will shatter The New Day, and no one will escape the bludgeoning.
Back in the arena, Daniel Bryan makes his way down to the ring and we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and Aiden English is backstage looking for Lana because he wants to apologize to her.
He says that he just wanted to do the right thing and she tells him to leave just as Rusev comes shouting and stomping down the corridor. Rusev asks if Lana is okay and she says that that wouldn’t have happened if he was out there, and Lana says that she needed him out there tonight before storming off.
We head back to the ring and Daniel Bryan has a microphone in hand. He starts off with Evolution, and he talks about how his wife, Brie, was in a thirty-second match when #GiveDivasAChance started trending, and this announcement is a huge step forward. But every time we take two steps forward, we take one step back, and he asks the truck to roll last week’s baby toss footage.
Bryan continues by saying that watching that bothers him, because for two years The Miz taunted him, baited him, antagonized him all because he felt protected since he wasn’t cleared to compete. Bryan then says that The Miz felt the things he said and did wouldn’t haunt him and that he would be safe, but then he was cleared, and that wall came crumbling down. So what did Miz do? He brought his wife to the ring, he brought what he thought was his very own baby to the ring, to build a new wall between them since he knows in a fair fight, Bryan will destroy him.
Bryan then says so Miz if you think I’m wrong, come out and prove it. He’s here all by himself and he would like nothing more than to punch him in the face right now. The Miz appears on the tron flanked by security and says that he thought Bryan would have learned he’s not on the indies anymore and this isn’t a high school gym where he can just call him out. Miz then says you want me? Call my agent, because right now he’s on location for Miz & Mrs., the highest-rated reality series on USA in seven years.
Miz hypes tonight’s episode of his show and says that he has been assigned security he didn’t want because fans have been trying to sneak on set. Bryan then says that he doesn’t care about his stupid show or his pretentious lifestyle, and all being on set shows is that he’s hiding and nothing more than a coward like he’s said all along. The A-Lister takes offense to this and polls the crowd before remembering the last time he called Bryan a coward, and what happened?
Bryan got up and walked away, he didn’t want a fight, he just wanted a conflict because The Miz has carried him on his back since he was his pro on NXT, ten years of fighting on the indies to be noticed and it took five minutes to make him famous. Bryan then says that that is the difference between them, for him it’s about passion and for The Miz it’s about fame, and Miz’s dream of being a wrestler turned star has already been done and by better men than him.
Bryan then says let’s face it, the reality is Miz is never going to be The Rock. Heck, he’s never gonna be John Cena. And nobody will ever remember him as a great superstar because he’s too soft. So if he wants to prove he can be that guy, why not come down here and challenge him to a fight at SummerSlam? The Miz then says that he is done with Bryan riding his coattails and the Yes! Movement is over.
The miz then says that Bryan’s career is over, the WWE Universe has moved on, let your contract expire and entertain dozens of people in high school gyms, because the people don’t care that he defied the odds at WrestleMania 30, so why not be quiet and go away? The Miz then says that all the fans see when they look at Bryan is this – he has a bunch of crying babies displayed on the big screen. The arena fills with baby cries as Bryan looks on. The Miz returns to the screen and mocks Bryan for being a crybaby. Bryan looks on and the screen fades to black.
On that note, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the commercial break and commentary hypes up AJ Styles’ return for next week.
We head backstage where Carmella is being interviewed. She says that her math skills are just like her fashion sense, fabulous, and she wants Becky Lynch alone. She then says that she’s not buying the “best friends” deal and the real tea is that Becky Lynch is rooting against Charlotte.
Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella (If Charlotte Flair Wins, The SmackDown Women’s Title Match at SummerSlam becomes a Triple Threat Match): This one is a non-Title match. The opening bell sounds and they fight into the corner. Charlotte misses a shot and Carmella taunts her, as we see Becky Lynch backstage watching on a monitor. Charlotte takes Carmella down and looks for the Figure Eight, but Carmella escapes. They run the ropes and Charlotte takes Carmella down a couple times before hitting a fallaway slam. Carmella rolls outside and Charlotte misses a suicide dive. Carmella throws Charlotte into the ring apron and then the fan barricade to take control at ringside. Back in the ring, Charlotte mounts a comeback and looks for a moonsault off the top, but Carmella blocks it with her knees. Carmella throws Charlotte back outside and the referee counts. Carmella follows her out to the floor now and takes Charlotte into the fan barricade, then she throws Charlotte into the timekeeper’s area. Back in the ring, Carmella continues the beat-down and applies a chin lock. Carmella hits a kick, but Charlotte answers with a kick of her own. They trade pin attempts and Charlotte looks for the Figure Eight, but Carmella escapes and rolls outside. Charlotte rolls outside and hops up on the fan barricade, then hits a moonsault on Carmella on the floor. Back in the ring, Charlotte hits the Natural Selection for a two count. Charlotte looks for a spear, but Carmella blocks it with a kick. Charlotte looks for the Figure Eight, but Charlotte reverses into a pin attempt. Charlotte escapes, but Carmella kicks her back down for another two count. Carmella is slow to get to her feet, and she picks up Charlotte by the leg. Carmella looks for the Figure Eight, but Charlotte reverses into a Figure Eight of her own and Carmella taps out. Winner: Charlotte Flair
After the match, we see Becky backstage again and she’s not happy. Flair celebrates the win as her music hits. The announcers confirm the Triple Threat for SummerSlam. Carmella recovers on the floor and she’s also not happy. We go to replays. Flair continues her celebration as Becky watches from backstage. SmackDown goes off the air.
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