WWE SmackDown recap & reactions (July 29, 2022): Off to SummerSlam

Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar have a protracted historical past, the form of historical past you may draw on to inform a easy story heading into one more massive match between the 2. That’s kind of what we bought in the primary occasion spot of Friday Night time SmackDown this week in Atlanta.

Paul Heyman was charged with saying just a few phrases, however he didn’t have to say a lot. That is the form of match that sells itself.

As a substitute, they went with the whole lot surrounding it, simply sufficient so as to add some intrigue to it. Concept attacked Lesnar from behind earlier than he may get his palms on Heyman, and Brock completely annihilated the poor man as a result of Vince apparently forgot to show him that you simply don’t assault Lesnar within the again, you assault him within the crotch.

Straight for the most important weak spot, child.

Whereas Concept was making an attempt to hurry off, Drew McIntyre hit the scene to put him out with a Claymore earlier than staring down Lesnar. That will very nicely be what the longer term holds. Most likely not, however perhaps!

It was a bit of unusual to have this present with out Roman Reigns, however that’s a actuality we should always simply get used to at this level. The half time standing of the highest guys goes to be a serious speaking level of McIntyre transferring ahead, so we’ll simply should take care of it.


There have been experiences some time again that Vince McMahon needed Ronda Rousey to smile extra. In case you thought that kind of went towards the whole lot that all the time made Rousey attention-grabbing, you had been certainly one of many.

They could really be correcting course now that McMahon is out.

That’s certain what it felt like on this present, the place Rousey was again to being her very pissed off self, trying to kick some ass and take some names. She is the “Baddest Lady on the Planet” in any case. The chief objective all the time ought to have been to make the badass look actually badass always, whereas discovering new and attention-grabbing methods to make that clear.

Right here, they achieved that by having Shotzi try to brag about scoring a win over Aliyah and Rousey hit the scene to inform her to get the hell out of dodge. When Shotzi got here again with “oh, hey Ronda” and tried to throw a punch, Ronda simply put her on her ass and easily responded “Bye, Shotzi.”

That’s badass.

She took the microphone and stumbled over her phrases a bit whereas getting throughout how pissed she was, which is clearly a step again, however she made up for it by telling some random man within the crowd “you shut up, and your mother failed you.”

Additionally fairly badass.

You don’t must be a Rousey fan to assist this, just because it’s not a lot that it’s Rousey however quite it’s an indication that there are actually inventive minds who perceive the right way to really use somebody like Rousey. That is good!

All of it led to Rousey teaming together with her opponent at SummerSlam, Liv Morgan, in a match towards Natalya & Sonya Deville. They advised a superb story with the match, too, with Morgan repeatedly refusing to tag Rousey in as a result of she needed so badly to indicate that she may win on her personal and she or he didn’t want Ronda.

Lastly, Morgan bought shut sufficient that Rousey may merely tag herself in, at which level she ran wild on Deville, tapping her with the Ankle Lock whereas Morgan took care of Natalya. What was notable was that Morgan solely gained after Ronda bought in.

This was a good way to construct to their title match at SummerSlam.


All the remainder
  • WWE opened this present with Drew McIntyre and Sheamus lastly having their good quaint donnybrook match, presumably as a result of they needed to arrange the following high contender on the September PPV initially of the present so they might construct to tomorrow night time’s PPV on the finish. They nonetheless ended this section with Concept attacking McIntyre, as a result of I suppose Concept has to have his hand in a minimum of 50-percent of all segments on any WWE program proper now. Anyway, the match itself was a enjoyable gimmicked up brawl that was nicely obtained by the followers within the enviornment. No shock in McIntyre getting that headlining spot in Cardiff.
  • I actually get pleasure from Pat McAfee and hope they’ve him work just a few extra applications whereas he’s with WWE however it could be unbelievable in the event that they got here up with higher inventive for these applications than “man who doesn’t like him harasses/assaults him whereas he tries to do his commentary job.” This time it was Bum Ass Corbin screaming behind him from the group — he purchased a ticket for this, apparently — whereas they did a full advert learn for the SummerSlam card. It was vastly annoying, and never in a great way. It additionally bought in the way in which of the really attention-grabbing factor right here, that he was holding up an indication that had a photograph of McAfee’s mugshot from his 2010 arrest for public intoxication. The difficulty is there are most likely numerous WWE followers, doubtless the overwhelming majority, who don’t even recognized about as a lot. They by no means bothered to clarify it in any method. Simply used it for an inexpensive spot and left it unexplained to an viewers who virtually definitely wants that rationalization. The section ended with Corbin leaping the rail, after all, and punting McAfee within the nuts.
  • We had been presupposed to get an Aliyah vs. Lacey Evans match, however the latter wasn’t medically cleared, as we had been advised, and as an alternative we bought Aliyah vs. Shotzi. In the long run, Shotzi scored the victory to a muted response.
  • The Usos and The Road Earnings bought along with Jeff Jarrett to go over the principles for the tag staff title match at SummerSlam. He made clear his solely job is to rely to 3 when somebody’s shoulders are down, however that’s at SummerSlam and in the event that they needed to brawl right here, go for it. In order that they did and, inevitably, Jarrett bought completely destroyed by a superkick to the face from Jey Uso. He apologized repeatedly however Jarrett didn’t appear eager on forgiving him and the section ended with The Road Earnings standing tall. A pleasant little bit of added intrigue, I suppose, not that this match wanted it.
  • Max Dupri remains to be round in any case! He confirmed up with Maxxine to assist debut the Beachwear assortment in a backstage pre-taped section that you will have missed in the event you blinked through the latter half of this present. His beard is rising again in and he appeared a bit of extra relaxed however there wasn’t a lot to attract from such a brief pre-tape.
  • The Vicious Viking Raiders beat The New Day and I simply can’t make myself care about any of this. The match was positive, I’m simply not terribly drawn into this complete factor. After the match, they ran an damage angle on Xavier Woods, utilizing their shields to knock him down and a chair to harm his ankle.

This was a reasonably good present general!

Grade: B

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