We are live from Evansville, Indiana, and a limo arrives at the building. The Miz emerges with his wife, Maryse, the stars of Miz and Mrs., debuting tonight after Smackdown. They are not alone because they have brought their daughter.
– Randy Orton makes his way to the ring and he has something to say, even though he is dressed to fight as well, but first we take a look at Randy’s return to a WWE ring when he attacked Jeff Hardy after Jeff’s loss to Shinsuke Nakamura.
Randy says he has heard all of your theories about why he did what he did. It was not any unfinished business. It was not about the Smackdown Top Ten List. Do you want to know why he did what he did? Look in the mirror. He did it because of you. Randy says he has busted his ass for you for sixteen years. When he began his career, who was around when he started? No one is left. Everyone who walks down that aisle eats at the table he set. Yet, he gets no respect. He does not get the respect that he deserves. Why is that? Is it because he does not paint his face or flail his arms? Is it because he does not change the color of his merchandise to take money from you? Is it because he does not show up once a year? Is it because he did not come from an indie, wrestling in bingo halls or steal a hand gesture?
He did this in front of millions of people. He started as the Legend Killer, but he realizes who the real legend killer is. It is each and every one of you. Randy says he won’t let you win. Now, he is THE legend and it will be his mission to put every superstar you put on a pedestal. He started with Jeff Hardy. That is why Jeff is not here tonight. When he is finished with Jeff, he will not come back. Randy says he will end Jeff’s career. Jeff’s career is inspiring with twists and turns. Randy says he is only interested in the chapter he writes for Jeff, the final chapter.
You can call him what you want, but you only have to call him by the three most destructive letters in wrestling… R-K-O!
– The announcers talk about the all-women’s WWE Evolution pay-per-view before sending us to a commercial break.
– We are back with a look back at last night’s announcement by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
– We see footage from earlier in the day when Zelina Vega and Lana discuss who deserves to face AJ Styles. Rusev challenges Almas to a fight on Rusev Day.
Rusev vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
We go to the ring and out comes Rusev with Lana. Andrade “Cien” Almas is out next with Vega. Fans chant Rusev Day as the bell hits. No Aiden English at ringside tonight. The bell rings and they lock up.
Almas with a kick and forearm followed by a side head lock. Rusev goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Almas lands on his feet. Rusev with a shoulder tackle and then he sends Almas to the ropes but Almas hangs in the ropes and goes fully tranquilo. Almas goes to the floor. Rusev follows and they return to the ring. Rusev blocks a kick and connects with a clothesline. Rusev sets for a suplex and hits it. Rusev has Lana join him on the apron to pose.
Almas returns to the ring and Rusev with a kick and a series of elbow drops. Rusev with a knee to the midsection followed by an Irish whip. Almas moves and Rusev hits the ring post shoulder first. Almas with a triangle in the ropes and then he releases the hold. Almas with kicks and then he kicks Rusev again despite the referee’s warning. Almas with a drop kick and Rusev goes to the floor. Almas goes to the floor and he connects with a forearm after blocking a punch. The return to the ring and Almas with another forearm and kicks. Almas with an arm bar.
Rusev gets to the ropes and Almas with a boot before releasing the hold. Rusev with an Irish whip but Almas with a back elbow. Almas with a tornado reverse DDT and he gets a near fall. Almas returns to the arm bar. Rusev with chops while Almas holds on to the arm bar. Rusev with an arm drag and punches. Rusev with punches but Almas with a knee. Rusev with a series of round kicks and then he hits a running hip into the corner and he follows with a running spin kick.
Rusev runs into a boot from Almas and Rusev with a knee and round kick to the temple for a near fall. Rusev sets for the Machka Kick but Almas moves and he chops Rusev. Rusev is not happy at Almas and Rusev with a series of forearms. Almas with a boot followed by a spinning back fist. Rusev with a Machka Kick when Almas sets for the running double knees.
Meanwhile, Lana and Zelina have something to say to each other and Vega with a slap. Lana takes Vega down and Aiden English comes out to pull Lana off Vega. Aiden gets between Vega and Lana and Vega jumps on Aiden’s back and Lana goes down.
Rusev thinks Aiden injured Lana and the distraction leads to the hammer lock DDT and the three count.
Winner: Andrade Almas
After the match, Lana blames Aiden while Aiden is conflicted on the floor.
R Truth is in the locker room and he says it is the first time he is competing since Wrestlemania and he has to face Samoa Joe. Truth asks Tye if he saw what Joe did last week. Truth reminds Tye that he was knocked out. Tye reminds Truth who he is and he asks Truth what is he going to do. Truth says he is going to show Samoa Joe what is up. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and Lana is arguing with Aiden English backstage. English says he’s done all this for Rusev and Lana but Rusev won’t return his calls, what was he supposed to do? Lana says maybe Rusev didn’t want to talk to English. Rusev has been pacing in the back but he stops and interrupts them, saying that’s enough & maybe none of them are good enough for Rusev Day. Rusev storms off.
R-Truth vs. Samoa Joe
We go to the ring and out comes R-Truth rapping. Samoa Joe is out next.
The bell rings and Joe goes right to work on Truth with strikes. Truth blocks a shot and nails a kick to the jaw. Truth with another leaping shot into the corner. Truth keeps control with more quick offense. Joe avoids the scissors kick and connects with a headbutt.
Joe keeps control and catches Truth again, spiking him into the mat hard. Joe applies the Coquina Clutch for the easy win.
Winner: Samoa Joe
– Still to come, The New Day vs. SAnitY in a tag team tournament match.
– Asuka is backstage when Dasha Fuentes approaches her for comments on the WWE Evolution pay-per-view. Asuka says she’s ready and so excited but tonight, Billie Kay is not ready for her. We go back to commercial.
– We are back and Billie Kay and Peyton Royce talk about Evolution and then they say Asuka is not the same since they beat Asuka on Smackdown. They say they are better than Asuka.
Asuka vs. Billie Kay (with Peyton Royce)
Billie has something to say to Auska that makes her laugh but Asuka with a punch and arm bar. Billie with a knee and take down for a near fall. Billie rakes at the face and pie faces her. Billie calls Asuka a loser and Asuka gives her THE LOOK. Asuka with a drop kick and pop up knee. Asuka with a Shining Wizard for a near fall. Asuka pulls Billie from the ropes and applies an ankle lock into a waist lock. Billie misses a boot but Asuka with a round kick and a second kick. Asuka with a third round kick for the three count.
– WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura is backstage with words for Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton. Nakamura taunts Hardy for coming close to winning last week and says Hardy has now been bitten by The Viper. Nakamura warns Orton to be careful because he bites back.
– Still to come, Becky Lynch vs. Carmella with SummerSlam implications. Also, Paige will reveal the SummerSlam opponent for AJ Styles and there will be a contract signing. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and The Miz is backstage with his family as the paparazzi takes photos of them.
In the Arena:
We go to the ring and SmackDown General Manager Paige is in the ring for a contract signing.
Paige says she enjoys being the GM here on SmackDown but she’s excited to see her girls tear it down at the Evolution pay-per-view. Paige says but now we are headed into the biggest show of the summer, SummerSlam. She’s here to announce the challenger to WWE Champion AJ Styles. Paige introduces Styles and out he comes as the music hits.
AJ thanks the crowd and he says that he is a husband and a father and when Stephanie McMahon announced Evolution, he thought about his little girl. He says that he can tell her that if you want it bad enough, get it. There is nothing that you cannot do or accomplish. AJ says that is why he is proud of the company he works for. AJ says that he is proud to defend the most prestigious championship in the world at the biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam. It was where he tore the house down against John Cena and where his feud with Kevin Owens ended.
AJ signs the contract and he says all he needs is his opponent.
Paige says AJ’s opponent will be…
James Ellsworth comes out and Paige tells AJ it is not going to be him. He says that he is out here to tell you that the real reason he came back to WWE is that title. Ellsworth asks who is more worthy than him? He reminds us that he has beaten AJ three time. He says that they say a fourth time is the charm.
AJ says no one says that. Ellsworth goes on and says AJ is shocked & scared. Ellsworth comments on how he will quickly defeat AJ for the title at SummerSlam. Paige says she’s got this. She tells Ellsworth to just stop it. Paige exits the ring and tells Ellsworth he’s just a joke. Ellsworth corrects her and says she’s the joke. He knocks her accent and says we can’t even understand her half the time. He picks on her look next and Paige says we don’t make fun of people around her. Ellsworth says he does and he takes a shot at how pale she is. Paige approaches Ellsworth and says she’s had enough of him. She’s got two words for him… you’re fired! Paige calls for security and out comes two guys to carry him away.
Fans chant for AJ as Paige walks to the back with Ellsworth and security. He’s kicked out of the arena and the guards make sure he’s not coming back in. The cameras cut back to the ring as Samoa Joe attacks Styles and destroys him. Joe applies the Coquina Clutch and breaks it to sign the contract. Joe makes his exit while AJ is down and warns AJ that the clock is ticking. Back to commercial.
We are back and Joe walks in the back and Paige wants to know what he did out there. She picked Joe because he was unpredictable and has a killer instinct. Joe says what Paige had planned was pedestrian. What he did was phenomenal.
Carmella appears behind Paige and she asks why would Paige fire James and kick her out of the building. Paige tells Carmella to buy a new boyfriend. Carmella reminds Paige she is her champion and she will be the champion at Evolution. She beat Asuka and Charlotte twice and she will beat Becky Lynch right now.
Carmella vs. Becky Lynch
Becky with a waist lock and arm drag into am arm bar. Becky tries for DisArmHer but Carmella gets to the ropes. Becky blocks a kick and Becky goes for DisArmHer again. Carmella with a rollup for a near fall. Carmella with a forearm and she sends Becky to the mat. Becky bridges out of a cover and then Becky with a flying shoulder tackle. Carmella goes to the floor and Becky goes to the apron and hits a running forearm. They return to the ring but Carmella rolls back to the floor. Becky misses a baseball slide and Carmella sends Becky into the ringside barrier.
Becky gets back into the ring before the ten count and Carmella with forearms and she gets a near fall. Carmella with elbows to the collarbone and then she applies a reverse chin lock. Carmella with a head scissors but she misses a splash into the corner. Becky with a double jump side kick but Carmella with a near fall. Carmella rubs Becky’s face in the mat and pie faces her. Becky with a drop kick and both women are down.
Carmella and Becky with forearms as they go back and forth. Becky with a head butt and clotheslines followed by a back heel kick and European uppercut. Carmella with a Flatliner for a near fall. Carmella goes to the turnbuckles and goes for a tornado DDT but Becky blocks it and hits an exploder. Becky is sent to the apron and Becky with a forearm. Becky goes up top and Carmella hits the ropes and then hits a handstandcanrana for a near fall.
Carmella has a thrust kick blocked and Becky goes after the arm. Carmella sends Becky into the turnbuckles and gets a near fall with a rollup using the ropes for extra leverage. Carmella has a kick blocked and Becky with an enzuigiri. Becky goes to the turnbuckles and misses a leg drop. Carmella with a thrust kick for a near fall. Becky applies DisArmHer and Carmella taps out.
Winner: Becky Lynch
After the match, Becky celebrates as Carmella goes to the floor and throws a fit. Becky will now face Carmella with the title on the line in Brooklyn. We go to replays. The announcers argue over whether the referee made a bad call at one point. Carmella watches from the stage and raises the title as Becky celebrates.
– Still to come, a premiere party for The Miz and Maryse’s new USA Network series. Also, SAnitY vs. The New Day in a tournament match.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan say that four teams will fight, but there will be no winner, only punishment. Rowan says it does not matter who survives because the same result will await the winner… a Bludgeoning.
Tag Team Tournament Match: The New Day vs. SAnitY
We go to the ring and out first comes The New Day – Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. Back to commercial.
Wolfe and Woods start things off and Wolfe with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Woods with a roaring elbow for a near fall. Wolfe blocks an Honor Roll and hits a belly-to-back suplex. Dain tags in and kicks Woods in the midsection. Woods with punches but Dain pushes Woods into the corner. Woods with a kick but Dain catches Woods and hits an accordion slam followed by a back senton.
We are back and Dain sets for a superplex on Woods but Woods blocks it and he knocks Dain off the turnbuckles. Woods with a missile drop kick. Wolfe and Big E tag in and Big E with two overhead belly-to-belly suplexes. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex and then Big E sets for the Warrior Splash but Big E is distracted by Young. Dain catches Kofi. Young goes up top and Kofi stops Young. Big E gets Wolfe up and Woods hits Up Up Down Down for the three count.
Winners: Big E and Xavier Woods (Advance to face winner of Usos versus The Bar)
After the match, The Usos leave the announce table and go to the ring. Before anything can happen, the Bar make their way to the stage. Sheamus says they are back. Cesaro asks them if they were missed. Sheamus says they don’t miss any of you. Cesaro says they miss their titles. Sheamus mentions their path to the titles at SummerSlam.
– Paige is with Miz, Maryse, and Monroe and Paige says she found a babysitter for Monroe. Sin Cara stops by and Miz says it is time to introduce the cutest baby to the WWE Universe. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Miz, Maryse, and Monroe make their way to the ring.
Miz welcomes everyone to the Miz and Mrs. Premiere Party. He says we mourned the end of Team Hell No but those were the relics of the past. It is time to celebrate the future, his wife and him. Miz says it is an honor to share the spotlight with his co-star in front of the curtain and behind the scenes.
Maryse says with the historic announcement about Evolution, the Evolution started with her. Her evolution keeps going because after Smackdown, her reality show will debut.
Miz says it is Curb Your Enthusiasm meets This is Us meets Ruff Ruff Ref meets Survivor. Miz mentions that the cast of the show is here tonight, including an infant who has accomplished more in her life than Daniel Bryan since his return.
Miz mentions that mentioning Daniel Bryan has put Monroe into dream land. He wants everyone to use their inside voices. We have a special preview of the show. but it does not appear to be what Miz wanted played.
Daniel Bryan appears in the back and he says Miz and Misses looks like the greatest reality show ever. Daniel says that Kerwin is now 0 for 2 in the truck. Daniel says he is sorry, but why is he saying it back here. Daniel says he should apologize to Miz in person.
Daniel is stopped at the ropes but he fights his way through security and he goes to the ring.
Daniel enters the ring and Miz tosses ‘Monroe’ but it was a doll and Miz with a kick and Skull Crushing Finale.
Miz tells Daniel that he does not steal his spotlight. It always has to be about Daniel Bryan. It was a ruse. That baby backstage was an actor. Would he bring his precious little angel to a city like this? Now your face is in the mat. If you want to see Monroe Skye, you can watch Miz and Mrs. Miz guarantees it will be awesome.
Bryan recovers in the ring and looks at the baby doll on the mat. Miz and Maryse head to the stage and are all smiles as SmackDown goes off the air.
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