By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.web Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Friday Evening Smackdown (Episode 1,197)
Dwell from Atlanta, Georgia at State Farm Enviornment
Aired July 29, 2022 on Fox
[Hour One] The printed staff of Michael Cole and Pat McAfee opened the present and hyped the “good quaint Donnybrook” match…
Drew McIntyre made his entrance with out the silly sword. Sheamus ran out and attacked McIntyre and ended up operating him into the ring put up. Sheamus threw McIntyre contained in the ring and joined him. The referee rewarded Sheamus’s assault by instantly calling for the bell to start out the match…
1. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus in a Donnybrook match for a shot on the Undisputed WWE Common Championship at WWE Conflict on the Fortress. Sheamus grabbed a shillelagh and swung it at McIntyre, who ducked and suplexed him. McIntyre picked up the weapon, however Sheamus kicked him and knocked it out of his hand.
The match spilled to ringside the place barrels, a small bar, and different objects have been arrange. There have been additionally flags on the ringside barricade and small flags on one of many ring posts. Sheamus grabbed one other shillelagh and ended up delivering his golf equipment to McIntyre’s chest with it.
Sheamus tried to suplex McIntyre by way of a desk that was leaning towards the barricade. McIntyre reversed it and suplexed Sheamus onto the ground. McIntyre ran Sheamus into barrels that have been arrange within the entryway. Sheamus knocked over one of many barrels and was down heading right into a business break. [C]
Sheamus arrange for White Noise, however McIntyre countered right into a Future Shock DDT onto a pile of chairs that had been positioned contained in the ring. Ridge Holland confirmed up and hit McIntyre over the again with a shillelagh. Sheamus dropped McIntyre with a knee to the top and coated him for a detailed close to fall. McIntyre ended up operating Holland into the ring put up after which suplexed him by way of the desk leaning towards the ringside barricade. [C]
McIntyre arrange for a superplex, however Sheamus reduce him off, crotched him, and put him in a tree of woe. McIntyre sat up and tossed Sheamus again contained in the ring. McIntyre went for a Claymore Kick that Sheamus averted. Sheamus put McIntyre down with an Alabama Slam for a two depend. At ringside, Shemaus tried to run McIntyre into the small bar, however McIntyre reversed it.
Butch appeared on prime of the Irish Whiskey barrels and dove onto McIntyre. Sheamus broke a bar stool over the again of McIntyre. Again contained in the ring, Sheamus hit White Noise from the second rope for one more close to fall. Butch handed a large shillelagh to Sheamus. McIntyre ducked it and put Sheamus down with a Glasgow Kiss. Butch ran in after which McIntyre hit him with the Shillelagh.
McIntyre put Butch down with a Claymore Kick. Sheamus instantly blasted McIntyre with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus coated McIntyre for a detailed close to fall after which acted shocked by McIntyre kicking out of his finisher. A “that is superior” chant broke out. Sheamus went for one more Brogue Kick, however McIntyre caught him and powerbombed him by way of a desk contained in the ring.
McIntyre regarded conflicted as he watched Sheamus crawl over to a shillelagh and choose it up. McIntyre blasted Sheamus with a Claymore Kick after which pinned him.
Drew McIntyre defeated Sheamus in 25:30 in a Donnybrook match to earn a shot on the Undisputed Common Championship at WWE Conflict on the Fortress.
After the match, Kayla Braxton entered the ring and interviewed McIntyre. He instructed Sheamus that it didn’t need to be this manner. He mentioned anyone has to take the title off the part-time champion. Principle confirmed up and slammed the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase over McIntyre’s head after which beat him with it…
Powell’s POV: Change has arrived. When is the final time that Smackdown opened with a 25-minute match? The query stays whether or not there’s a storyline motive the inventive forces opted to find out the No. 1 contender earlier than the Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar match at SummerSlam. As an example, will McIntyre cease Principle from cashing within the Cash within the Financial institution contract at SummerSlam following that assault and since his character needs to face the Reigns vs. Lesnar winner? On a aspect word, I wish to be enthusiastic about McIntyre not bringing the silly sword to the ring, however he could have left it behind this week due to the pre-match Sheamus assault. Sadly, Cole talked about the sword in the course of the match, so we could not have seen the final of it.
The printed staff arrange footage of final week’s angle involving McAfee and Glad Corbin. As they have been speaking, Corbin confirmed up holding up an indication with an outdated photograph of McAfee that had “Loser” written on it. Corbin confirmed off his ticket and took a seat behind the printed desk… [C]
Corbin continued to taunt McAfee popping out of the break. Cole instructed McAfee to disregard Corbin, then recapped the angle from Uncooked that noticed Seth Rollins take out Riddle to clarify their SummerSlam match being postponed. McAfee continued to get irritated by Corbin, who tossed popcorn at him. Cole and McAfee ran by way of a few of the SummerSlam lineup.
McAfee stood up and jawed with Corbin, who tossed his popcorn at him. Adam Pearce, Shawn Daivari, and Jamie Noble got here out and tried to speak McAfee down. Corbin hopped the barricade and kicked McAfee within the balls… [C]
Principle was interviewed backstage by Braxton. Principle mentioned he attacked McIntyre as a result of he’s uninterested in everybody treating him like a punching bag. He mentioned he can’t assist it that Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Lashley, and Madcap Moss are all jealous of him. He mentioned that received’t cease him from cashing in his MITB contract. Principle mentioned he’ll stroll into Cardiff, Wales and make McIntyre his punching bag. Principle walked away and Paul Heyman was ready for him. Heyman began to talk to Principle, however there was no microphone…
Cole and McAfee have been proven at ringside. McAfee was holding his personal balls…
2. Aliyah vs. Shotzi. Cole mentioned Lacey Evans was not medically cleared to compete in her scheduled match towards Aliyah. Cole mentioned Shotzi despises every thing Aliyah is about and lobbied Adam Pearce to get a spot on this match. Aliyah carried out a meteora onto Shotzi at ringside. After they stood up, Shotzi shoved Aliya into the ring put up. Again contained in the ring, Shotzi hit her By no means Wake Up finisher and scored the pin…
Shotzi defeated Aliyah in 3:20.
Powell’s POV: I like the best way Cole tried to present the match goal by speaking abut how a lot Shotzi dislikes the Aliyah character. I’m starting to suppose that we could by no means really see Aliyah vs. Lacey Evans on the charge factor are going.
Highlights aired of Raquel Rodriguez beating Sonya Deville, adopted by Deville chopping a put up match promo in a section that didn’t air on the present. Ronda Rouey ran out and put Deville down with a Piper’s Pit after which put her in an armbar…
Backstage, Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey have been collaborating in a photograph shoot when Natalya confirmed up and mouthed off. Deville additionally appeared and talked smack. Rousey walked away.
Within the ring, Shotzi was laughing over the mic when Rousey’s entrance music silenced her. Rousey walked to the ring and instructed Shotzi to present her the mic and depart. “Oh, hey, Ronda,” Shotzi mentioned. Rousey put her down after which mentioned, “Hey, Shotzi.” Rousey instructed a fan to close up and mentioned the fan’s mother failed the particular person. Rousey referred to as for Liv Morgan to return out and present why they’re preventing for the title at SummerSlam and never the others… [C]
Nashville imagery was proven whereas Cole hyped SummerSlam. He additionally introduced that Paul Heyman would ship a particular deal with later within the present…
[Hour Two] Smackdown Girls’s Champion Liv Morgan made her entrance. Cole mentioned the tag match was booked by Adam Pearce. Sonya Deville and Natalya made their entrances…
3. Smackdown Girls’s Champion Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey vs. Sonya Deville and Natalya. Rousey and Morgan labored collectively to start out. Natalya suplexed Morgan at ringside. [C] Morgan was remoted till she put Natalya down with a Codebreaker. Morgan may have made the tag, however she opted to cowl Natalya for a two depend as a substitute.
Deville tagged in and labored over Morgan, who ultimately put her down with a step-up enzuigiri. Morgan crawled to the nook and as soon as once more opted towards tagging out. Morgan went for her Oblivion finisher on Deville and didn’t get it. Natalya checked in and put Morgan down with a discus clothesline. Morgan averted a charging Natalya and went to her nook.
Rousey reached in and tagged herself into the match. Rousey put Deville down with Piper’s Pit. She regarded to the gang whereas establishing for her finisher. Natalya hit Rousey from behind. Morgan hit Oblivion on Natalya. Rousey then compelled Deville to undergo her armbar finisher.
Smackdown Girls’s Champion Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey beat Sonya Deville and Natalya in 11:30.
After the match, Rousey and Morgan went nose to nose with Rousey making her imply face and Morgan smiling…
The Road Earnings made their entrance… [C]
Powell’s POV: Sure, Cole referred to as it a Codebreaker for these protecting monitor of adjustments. They instructed extra of a narrative than regular in that match and Cole did a superb job of relaying into the tv viewers. The concept was that Morgan wished to show that she may get the job executed with out Rousey, however she really regarded like a dope for staying within the ring longer than she wanted to and almost costing her staff the match. Extra importantly, it’s the eve of her title protection towards Rousey, so when you concentrate on it, her character put her satisfaction forward of protecting herself contemporary for her title protection.
Unified WWE Tag Staff Champions Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso made their entrance whereas Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins have been already within the ring. Jeff Jarrett made his entrance carrying his referee gear. Jarrett mentioned he had some phrases for each groups.
Jarrett entered the ring and mentioned he thought it will be a good suggestion “for the 4 of us” to get collectively and get some issues straight earlier than SummerSlam. Jarrett mentioned he wished them to understand how severe he takes his job as particular referee.
Each groups took turns asking if it will be a disqualification in the event that they did sure issues to 1 one other. Finally, Jarrett mentioned the 2 groups have some inventive imaginations. Jarrett mentioned he wasn’t there to comprise the groups, he was there to allow them to run wild. Jarrett mentioned his solely job is to depend to a few when there are two shoulders on the mat.
Jarrett mentioned that was tomorrow, however so far as tonight goes, it’s apparent they’ve excellent points. “If one you’re feeling froggy, why don’t you leap?” Dawkins mentioned there wouldn’t be any leaping. He began to ask if it will be a DQ, then the Earnings began a brawl with the Usos. Jey by chance superkicked Jarrett. Jimmy wasn’t happy with what his brother did.
The Usos tried to assist Jeff to his ft, however he shoved them each. Dawkins ran over and shoved the Usos out of the ring. Ford ran the ropes and executed a flip dive onto the Usos at ringside…
Powell’s POV: I doubt it actually suggestions off something so far as Jarrett siding with the Earnings tomorrow, however it’s a good suggestion to make it look like the champions are much more susceptible to dropping their titles after pissing off the particular referee.
A sponsored clip spotlighted the Viking Raiders and their latest interactions with the New Day… Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston made their entrance for his or her tag match… [C]
Maxxine Dupri launched herself whereas standing subsequent to Mace and Mansoor. The Most Male Fashions beachwear video aired. After they in the reduction of to the trio, Max Dupri was with them. “What?” McAfee mentioned on commentary. Max mentioned they have been nonetheless in search of shoppers who embody the essence, the creed of Most Male Fashions…
Powell’s POV: I’m completely happy to see Max Dupri again after lacking final week’s present. Don’t get me improper, I’d be simply high-quality with him transitioning again into LA Knight, however he’s essentially the most entertaining side of the Most Male Fashions’ act up to now.
4. “The Viking Raiders” Erik and Ivar vs. “New Day” Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. The Viking Raiders’ entrance was televised. Early within the match, Ivar stood on the apron and pulled Kingston to ringside after which splashed him towards the barricade. [C]
Kingston was remoted till he hit Ivar with an SOS. Each males tagged out. Woods had an offensive flurry and bought the higher of each Viking Raiders. Woods carried out a twister DDT on Erik for a close to fall. Kingston tagged in and carried out a prime rope splash on Erik, however Ivar broke up the pin.
A short while later, Kinston rolled Erik right into a pin for one more two depend. Erik got here again and blasted Kingston with a knee to the face and tagged out. Ivar did a sit-down spot within the nook, after which the Viking Raiders hit a double powerbomb on Kingston that led to Ivar pinning him.
“The Viking Raiders” Erik and Ivar beat”New Day” Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods in 9:15.
After the match, Woods charged at Erik, who hit him with a defend after which dumped Kingston to ringside. Ivar wrapped a chair round Woods’ leg. Erik and Ivar slammed their shields onto the chair and Woods bought it like he was in absolute agony. Adam Pearce and trainers ran out to verify on Woods…
Cole hyped Paul Heyman for the ultimate section… [C]
Powell’s POV: Sadly, they’re nonetheless referred to as “the brand new, vicious Viking Raiders.” However the duo are nonetheless being booked robust and Woods did a terrific job of promoting the assault on his leg.
Paul Heyman delivered an in-ring promo in regards to the Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar essential occasion of SummerSlam. Heyman spoke about Reigns probably holding the championship for 700 days. He mentioned nobody in 35 years has gotten to that mark.
Heyman mentioned Lesnar could be the spoiler on Saturday “over my rattling lifeless physique.” Heyman mentioned Reigns received’t pin or simply smash Lesnar. He mentioned Reigns would stand over Lesnar for ten seconds after which we can even be executed with Lesnar as soon as and for all.
Brock Lesnar’s entrance music performed. Lesnar walked onto the stage with an enormous smile on his face whereas Heyman regarded terrified within the ring. Cole mentioned Heyman was frozen in worry. Lesnar took his lap across the ring after which entered the ring and walked towards Heyman, who smiled and provided him the mic. Heyman cowered within the nook as Lesnar continued to stroll towards him.
Immediately, Principle hit Lesnar from behind with the MITB briefcase. Lesnar instantly recovered and destroyed Principle with the briefcase and two German suplexes whereas Heyman fled the ring. Principle additionally escaped to ringside and was hit out of nowhere by a Drew McIntyre Claymore Kick. McIntyre and Lesnar checked out each other whereas Cole hyped the opportunity of the 2 assembly in Cardiff. Cole plugged SummerSlam to shut the present…
Powell’s POV: Any concern that some people nonetheless had about Lesnar’s standing for SummerSlam needed to be eased by his unadvertised look. General, this was an attention-grabbing present that delivered loads of SummerSlam hype even when a few of the matches and segments don’t appear to issue into the occasion. I’ll have extra to say about Smackdown in my weekly identical evening audio evaluate for Dot Web Members (together with our Patreon patrons).
Be part of me for my reside critiques of SummerSlam and the Ric Aptitude’s final match occasion this weekend.