The opening video package of WWE SmackDown on FOX highlights of the last Saturday’s Premium Live Event from
Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. We now live on Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina as
The Usos exit another black SUV and it is driven by Roman Reigns. Michael Cole welcomes us to SmackDown and Pat McAfee is in the building with him.
Ricochet vs Happy Baron Corbin
Samantha Irvin does introductions, Bobby Lashley is out next, and then Happy Baron Corbin comes out.
Ricochet starts the opening match off with a kick to his face. He runs the ring but gets caught in the end of days on the floor followed by a powerbomb.
Ricochet fights back but gets hit with a right hand from Corbin and fans boo him at ringside.
Ricochet comes back into it and Corbin tries to run away from him because of all the cheers for Ricochet, but he gets caught in a deathlock and both men go down.
Ricochet comes back into it, attempts to get up top only for Corbin to catch him mid-air with a big shot in response.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Ludwig Kaiser
We go to Shinsuke Nakamura, first out of the ring. Nakamura if he defeats Gunther in this match,
will earn a future title shot from WWE‘s Intercontinental Champion.
Back from the break and out comes Ludwig Kaiser with WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther. Gunther yells at Kaiser and orders him to tag in and enter the ring.
They lock up and Cole confirms Nakamura’s title shot will take place next week if he is able to earn it. Kaiser takes Nakamura down and works on his back as Gunther looks on.
Kaiser lowers control, drops Nakamura in the corner, bellows an order and stomps away.
He then turns the momentum back around and brings Nakamura to his knees with a knee strike.
With that, Nakamura takes advantage of Kaiser’s momentum and turns the tables, forcing him down and quickly pinning him.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Gauntlet Match: Aliyah vs Sonya Deville vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs Shotzi vs Shayna Baszler vs Natalya vs Xi Li
Out comes Aliyah and Sonya Deville. Liv Morgan takes a seat at the ringside. The bell rings.
As Deville and Aliyah get up, Aliyah hits a shoulder bump but then gets tagged by Deville with an elbow.
Deville rushes over and plants a knee, before choking Aliyah with the middle rope and getting warned for it.
Aliyah counters with a roll-up for 1, and Derville scoops her but she slides out. They run the ropes to end it with a Spinebuster from Deville for 2.
Deville grounds Aliyah in the middle of the ring now. Aliyah turns it around and springboards at Deville with a clothesline for 2.
Deville rocks Aliyah to turn it back around. Fans chant for Ronda Rousey now. Deville with the Deville’s Advocate in the middle of the ring for the pin to eliminate Aliyah. Out next comes Raquel Rodriguez.
Raquel rushes to the ring, but she gets caught in a powerslam attempt.
She slides out of it and takes Deville down with a chop block to the knee.
Raquel grabs the headlock on her opponent now and is slowly scoring a new headlock taker over Deville as the fans rally behind their favourite.
After another shoulder, Raquel grounds Rodriguez in the middle of the ring once more before putting her back onto her feet again with a stiff arm to end the sequence.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
After the match, Baszler stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. When Morgan looks on from ringside, her match with Baszler is confirmed for Clash at the Castle.
– Sami Zayn is bothering Roman Reigns again, this time backstage of a Raw event.
The Usos come out and Sami says that everything is “set up” for Reigns tonight, but he needs to speak with him.
The Usos say that the situation isn’t going to be resolved easily, since Sami is an honorary Uce, and they are angry because they had their best SummerSlam this past Sunday.
Adding insult to injury, the Usos say now that if Sami doesn’t step up his game by taking his Bloodline shirt off soon,
there’s a “curse” on him no one wants to see fulfilled—the curse of being a mid-carder in WWE.
The Usos walk away red-faced and exasperated as Sami hangs down in his chair nettled.
Is SmackDown or Raw better?
The Viking Raiders vs Tommy Gibson and Jim Mulkey
We go back to the ring and The Viking Raiders are out – Erik and Ivar. Two enhancement talents wait in the ring Tommy Gibson and Jim Mulkey.
As the bell rings, The Vikings begin their attack on the opponents, who are identified as the greatest team in South Carolina.
Ivar slaps an opponent with back elbows in the corner. Erik delivers power moves to another opponent.
The Vikings then double team for under a minute as they destroy their opponents.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
Who is running SmackDown?
Vince McMahon was announced on July 11 as the Raw General Manager. The next week on Raw, Daniel Bryan revealed he was the new SmackDown GM. Due to Raw being a three-hour show and SmackDown being a two-hour show, Raw received three picks each round and SmackDown received two.
Kofi Kingston vs Erik
The commercial, after a brief hiatus, is back on and Kingston and Erik are going at it.
A stunned Kofi is knocked down with a kick from Erik, landing limp on the ground.
His attempt to kick back at Erik only makes getting hit worse for him, as he’s quickly grounded by a relentless flurry of strikes. Determinedly, the fans in attendance rally for Kofi, chanting for The New Day as Ivar watches from ringside.
Erik runs into a kick in the corner. Kofi goes to the top and nails a big crossbody for a close 2 count.
Erik blocks the SOS and spikes Kofi into the mat with a big Uranage.
Kofi kicks out at 2. Erik with more power moves for another pin attempt.
Kofi knocks Erik down and looks to mount offense now.
Erik charges but Kofi sends him through the ropes to the floor.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Is SmackDown scripted?
Professional wrestling shows are created to be entertaining, which often uses scripted fights and contains moves that could cause injury if not performed correctly.