With Retribution threatening to show up at any time, what will Smackdown look like this week?
Smackdown opened with a recap of the destruction that Retribution has been causing since their first appearance two weeks ago.
Micheal Cole and Corey Graves let us know that WWE has hired extra security in preparation of Retribution showing up again. Then they gave us a rundown of what to expect from the show.
Big E versus John Morrison never begins
During Big E’s entrance, we got a video promo where he reminded us that he is no stranger to singles competition. Morrison also had a video promo played as he made his entrance. In it he said that the New Day is injury prone and doesn’t believe E’ single run is by choice.
Before the match could start the lights flickered multiple times. When they finally stayed on a woman from Retribution entered the ring. Of course she was just a distraction, more and more members of Retribution showed up and took out Morrison and E.
Returning from a commercial break, Big E is backstage with some of the Smackdown locker room, including Lucha House Party, Drew Gulak, and Shorty G. John Morrison is also there and Miz is apologizing for not being there to help save him from Retribution.
The Miz then turned and blame Big E for the attack happening in the first place because of a tweet he sent out earlier in the week. Then King Corbin came and said they are under attack and need leadership. Big E doesn’t take too kindly to what Corbin is saying. He let everyone know that he may be bruised, but he is not beaten. E said he will go back out to that ring and defeat Morrison.
As Big E is getting everyone hyped up, Sheamus showed up. While he said E is being inspirational Sheamus reminded E that he is alone with no Woods or Kofi to help him. Then Sheamus said that Retribution wouldn’t dare interfere in one of his matches because they’d be too afraid of him.
Back at ringside, Sasha Banks and Bayley are in the ring.
Bayley said that Retribution actually wants to hear what they have to say and that everyone should follow their lead. Sasha talked about how she now has to face Asuka at Summerslam and mentioned that they will have to defend the Women’s Tag Team Championships at Payback.
Bayley mentioned Stephanie McMahon and how her plan to rain on their parade didn’t work. Since the Golden Role Models have taken over every single job and done it better than anyone else, they decided to takeover Greg Hamilton’s job and ring announce the battle royal.
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce were the first entrants announced. Then Bayley moved on to those entrants from NXT: Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart. Lacey Evans then was introduced and everything seemed to be going fine, that is until….Asuka was to be announced.
When Asuka came out she rushed the ring and ran Bayley and Sasha out of it. Before going to break, the rest of the women involved in the match made their way out.
Asuka won the Triple Brand Battle Royal and will go on to face Bayley at Summerslam for the RAW Women’s Championship
The IIconics kept up their feud with Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan in this one, as the two teams eliminated each other. Bianca Belair and Tamina Snuka had a fun interaction as well. The final two in the battle royal came down to Asuka and Shayna Baszler. When it looked like Baszler was well on her way to Summerslam, Asuka kept herself alive by landing on Bayley and Sasha.
After the match, Bayley and Sasha seemed to be in shock about their predicament.
In case you have forgotten, a recap of what has been going on between Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose is played before we go to commercial.
Back from commercial Bayley and Sasha Banks are walking backstage trying to figure out how Asuka was in the battle royal match. Bayley had mentioned that when Asuka beat her on RAW, her title wasn’t on the line so she didn’t have anything important to fight for. Sasha looked shocked. Then Asuka came and attacked the champs from behind.
More Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville video was played in the Progressive Match Flo.
Then we see Mandy backstage who has something to say to Deville. Mandy let Deville know that she has been told that she is just a pretty face her whole life, so everything Deville has been saying isn’t news to her. Being told she’s fake, just a model, and can’t wrestle….well it hurts to here.
Mandy then reminded Deville that while she did win the bikini world championship, it wasn’t handed to her. She had to work three jobs while putting herself through college to get there. Mandy Rose works hard. She thanked Deville for reminding her that she is so much more than a pretty face. Then she challenged Deville to a Hair versus Hair match at Summerslam.
Before commercial, Sheamus told some of the hired security to beat it. Sheamus was that confident Retribution wouldn’t mess with him.
As we returned from commercial, we saw Nikki Cross backstage. She then saw Alexa Bliss and ran to give her a hug and apologize for shoving her down the other week. Cross wanted to get Bliss somewhere safe, where the Fiend can’t find her, but Bliss said she is looking for answers from Braun Strowman.
Sheamus defeated Shorty G via Pinfall (Brogue Kick)
Shorty G began the match pretty well, almost manhandling Sheamus according to commentary. Although everything that Shorty G did, just seemed to anger Sheamus.
A TNA reunion happened backstage! AJ Styles was seen yelling at Joesph Parks, better known as Abyss. Then another commercial.
Coming back from break, we got the entrance of AJ Styles and he brought Joesph Parks with him. Styles said there is a lot going on in the WWE right now, but there are more pressing matters than hooligans destroying the ring. Something more important? Who will face AJ Styles next.
Styles said he wanted to enjoy being Intercontinental Champion and sit at home on his twitch stream. Then Styles complained about the “nerds” dropping statistics on who his next opponent should be. Styles finally said that he realized he cares about statistics when he watches baseball. Because of that he has hired the Phenomenal Intercontinental Statistic System, yes PISS (a work in progress).
Styles then began to reveal the list, which of course has him at number one. The rest of the list? BLANK! Styles said that if everyone works really hard then maybe one day they will make the list.
Jeff Hardy, a multiple time IC Champion, then interrupted. He said he has a ton of respect for AJ and his career, but Jeff didn’t get a fair shot in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. While that is over and done with, Jeff said that the intercontinental championship holds a special place in his heart. He said that Jeff Hardy versus AJ Styles just sounds mega cool and asks for a match.
Styles said statistics aside, he has always respected Hardy and admires everything he has gone through. While there are a lot of people that want to see Styles versus Hardy in WWE, but Styles says HELL NO! He said Hardy hasn’t earned his right on the board and it isn’t a pity party.
Hardy didn’t take that well and punches Styles! Then delivered a Twist of Fate! With Styles out of the ring, Hardy took the opportunity to put his name on the board.
Backstage Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura discuss Nakamura’s match with Gran Metalik. They had their back to their tag team championships though and Lucha House Party snuck up to take them! We went to another commercial as Cesaro and Nakamura chase them down.
Back from break, AJ Styles in interviewed. Styles said Jeff Hardy assaulted him. He also said that Hardy has no respect for him, for the Intercontinental Championship, or for the statistics. Styles then tried to erase Hardy’s name from the board, but it was written in permanent marker!
Gran Metalik defeated Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall
During the match up, Michael Cole and Corey Graves once again hyped up the rumors that Smackdown will not be at the Performance Center, but elsewhere and LIVE with huge fan interaction. Back to the match though, Nakamura held control for awhile, but was pretty lazy with the covers. Lucha House Party’s music hit towards the end of the match, KALISTO IS BACK! Lince Dorado and Kalisto double teamed Cesaro, leading to a distraction and Metalik’s victory.
Alexa Bliss is shown getting prepared for her interview before we went to another commercial.
Back from commercial, Matt Riddle is interviewed by Kayla Braxton. Riddle said no one likes a bounty on their head, but he is here to compete. While King Corbin calls himself a King, he just seems like a royal pain. Riddle said he has been doing what he can to get a match with Corbin, but he is out of ideas.
Shorty G then interrupted and wanted to explain his actions. He said he got way to caught up in the King‘s ransom stuff because he has a family to take care of. Shorty G said that doesn’t justify his actions so he is there to apologize. Riddle accepted, but told him if he ever does want a match he is always down.
King Corbin then attacked Riddle from behind and thanked Shorty G for his help.
We then went to the interview with Alexa Bliss. She began by talking about her history with Braun Strowman. The interviewer asked if her friendship with Strowman ever could have turned to a romantic one and she said maybe.
They talk about the Fiend and Bliss said that he is scary, but compelling all at the same time. After being in his presence she said she understood the moth to a flame thing. The interviewer then tried to ask Bliss’ feelings about Strowman’s promo last week, but she doesn’t answer as we go to commercial.
Coming back from commercial, we found out next week AJ Styles will defend the IC Championship against Jeff Hardy.
Then backstage we see Sonya Deville. Deville was surprised by Mandy Rose’s challenge, but that Mandy is going to look great bald. She says she is going to destroy Mandy once and for all.
Big E defeated John Morrison via Submission (Stretch Muffler)
The Miz caused a distraction at one point, which gave Morrison the upper hand. Otis then came to ringside because he didn’t like the things Miz was saying on commentary. During the match, the lights once again flickered and when we came back from a commercial, the locker room was guarding ringside. While the match was able to continue, Retribution absolutely destroyed backstage and the people left back there.
The Superstars had no idea until Jessika Carr came to get them. Back in the ring, Morrison attacked Big E’s knee. Although Morrison seemed to be in control, Big E was able to lock in the Stretch Muffler and continue his string of victories.
Unfortunately for Big E, as he was leaving Sheamus Brogue Kicked him. Before Sheamus could do anymore damage Braun Strowman made his entrance. Then more commercials.
Back from break, The Universal Champion (who no longer has hair), told the Fiend he knows exactly what he is going to get at Summerslam. He then called out the Fiend.
Instead of the Fiend, Alexa Bliss made her entrance.
Bliss said at the risk of making him angrier, she thinks she owes it to their friendship to have a conversation. Strowman doesn’t know what they could have a conversation about.
Bliss said she wants to talk about him because this isn’t the Braun Strowman she knows. She said they have been friends for years! Strowman said she has used him and tried to change him and turn him into something he isn’t. He sticks by his statement last week of not giving a damn about her.
Strowman said all of this without even looking at her and Bliss is so confused, so he spells it out for her. Everyone who comes in contact with the Fiend changes, Bliss included. Strowman then yelled at her to get out of his ring because he wants the Fiend.
Bliss said to be careful what he wishes for and while she can’t talk some sense into him, she guesses she will have to slap some into him! She screams at him to look at her when she is talking to him. When he turns to her, she delivers some pretty good slaps and yells at him to wake up.
Strowman just seemed not phased by it and lifted Bliss up into a military press. The lights begin to go as if the Fiend is coming, just before the final light wen out Strowman threw Bliss.
With the ring lit up in red, the Fiend finally appeared. Strowman is no longer ringside though, but is on the tron laughing. And thats Smackdown.