Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WWE Smackdown Results - July 3, 2018

WWE Smackdown Results - July 3, 2018
This week's show starts off with footage from last week's Luke Harper versus Daniel Bryan match and the return of Kane.

We are live from Omaha, Nebraska, and Renee Young is in the ring and she brings out Daniel Bryan and Kane. Kane is out first and Bryan is out next to join him on the ramp. They head to the ring together.

Renee brings up how they have always been successful despite their complicated relationship. Bryan says that's what is beautiful about their relationship - sometimes they fight, sometimes they hug but they always deliver when they are in the ring and together they are unstoppable. Kane talks about some of their accomplishments together and says they have been through hell but he can assure us that Team Hell No is back & better than ever. Renee asks Kane why he came back. Kane says Bryan can have a bit of a temper sometimes and two weeks back when The Bludgeon Brothers attacked Bryan, Kane knew he couldn't let it go and it was just a matter of time before he found himself in trouble. Kane says Bryan always has a demon watching his back. Bryan goes on and says they are back together and he has no doubt that they will become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions at Extreme Rules. Fans chant "yes!" now. Bryan says Kane wasn't being exactly truthful when he said he's always watching over Bryan because last time they were in the ring was against each other. Bryan says he remembers Kane trying to end his career. Bryan rants some more about what happened but Kane tells him not to go digging in the past and that they need to come together for The Bludgeon Brothers. Bryan says Kane tried to kidnap his wife. Kane says tried is the keyword. Kane says they have had their differences but he's always had Bryan's back. Bryan disagrees. Kane insists. They go back and forth with "yes!" and "no!" until the music interrupts. The Usos are out next.

The Usos remember Team Hell No and get people to say they're excited that Team Hell No is back but The Usos do not believe they deserve a title shot at Extreme Rules. They welcome Team Hell No to The Uso Penitentiary. They can't believe Team Hell No thinks they deserve a title shot because they're out here hugging. Bryan challenges The Usos to come into the ring and fight right now if they think they can beat Team Hell No. Kane says Bryan means Team Hell No will consider this as a team and then get back to The Usos. Bryan asks Kane if he's ready but then he has it figured out - Kane still thinks Bryan is the weakest link. The music interrupts Bryan and out comes SmackDown General Manager Paige to the stage. Paige says it's her job to do what's right for the WWE Universe. She says Team Hell No will get their title shot at Extreme Rules but they have to prove themselves tonight in the main event against The Usos. The Usos will be added to the match at Extreme Rules if they can get a win tonight, making it a Triple Threat. The Usos and Team Hell No look on at each other as Paige's music hits.

- WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy is backstage talking about the bald eagle and how it is a symbol of America. Hardy kicks off the Independence Day US Open Challenge as we go back to commercial.

- Back from the break and we see Asuka backstage. She says it doesn't matter who she faces, men or women, they all feel the pain because no one is ready for Asuka, even James Ellsworth.

Independence Day US Open Challenge for the WWE United States Title: The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy

We go to the ring and out comes WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy. Hardy waits for his mystery opponent and out comes The Miz to answer the open challenge.

Miz makes his way out and we get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton. Hardy starts rallying the crowd as the bell rings. Miz strikes first and beats Hardy down. Miz takes it to the corner and then to the ropes. Hardy counters a hip toss and hits a jawbreaker. Miz blocks the Twist of Fate but misses in the corner.

Hardy goes to the top but Miz cuts him off and climbs up. Miz goes for a superplex but Hardy fights him off. Hardy sends Miz to the mat. Hardy looks to hit the Swanton Bomb but lands on his feet instead as Miz rolls to the floor for a breather. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Miz stands tall over Hardy as some fans boo. Hardy fights off a shot into the corner and looks to make a comeback, taking Miz to all four corners and smashing his face. Hardy keeps control and gets a "delete!" chant going. Miz drops Hardy with a knee and then kicks him in the face for a close 2 count. Miz keeps Hardy grounded now as fans chant for the champ. Hardy fights up and out of a hold but Miz keeps him locked in, taking him down to one knee with a knee in the back. Hardy looks to make a comeback now as fans pop. Hardy with an inverted atomic drop and the low dropkick for a close 2 count.

Miz counters with a kick to the head. Hardy sends Miz out of the ring to the floor. Hardy runs the ropes and sends Miz into the barrier. Hardy goes to ringside and runs, leaps from the steel steps at Miz but Miz side-steps and Hardy crashes into the barrier. The referee counts while Hardy is down on the outside. We go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Hardy drops Miz with a big kick to the gut. Miz had the Figure Four applied during the commercial. They fight to their feet and trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Hardy blocks a Skull Crushing Finale and sends Miz into the corner. Miz blocks the Hardyac Arrest. More back and forth. They trade finisher attempts again and Miz nails the big DDT for a 2 count. Miz with the flying clothesline in the corner. Miz goes to the top but lands on his feet as Hardy moves. Hardy goes up and hits Whisper In the Wind for a close 2 count.

Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Miz counters. Miz drops Hardy and puts his feet on the ropes for the pin but the referee catches him. Miz thinks he won the title and now argues with referee Charles Robinson. Miz turns around to a Twist of Fate from Hardy. Hardy climbs to the top and hits the Swanton Bomb for the win.

Winner: Jeff Hardy

- We go to the announcers and they plug the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view on the WWE Network.

- James Ellsworth is backstage looking in the mirror. Ellsworth goes on about men being superior to women and says the battle of the sexes ends tonight when he puts Asuka in her place. Because Mella Is Money and Ellsworth Is Exquisite.

- Still to come, The Usos vs. Team Hell No with an Extreme Rules spot up for grabs. Also, The New Day's first annual 3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest with host Byron Saxton. Back to commercial.

3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest:

Back from the break and Byron Saxton is in the ring for The New Day's first annual 3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest. Saxton says The New Day wanted to give us something special with this. We see a patriotic looking table in the ring with 3 places set up. Saxton introduces The New Day and out comes Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods.

Saxton goes over the rules and we have a referee to make sure no one cheats. They have 5 minutes to eat as many pancakes as possible. They start eating but the lights go out and the music of SAnitY starts up. The lights come back on and we see Eric Young, Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe attacking The New Day from behind. SAnitY destroys The New Day. Dain takes Big E out to the floor and sends him into the steel steps. Dain tosses Big E over the announce table next. Dain flattens Kofi on the floor now. Young holds Woods in the ring as Dain and Wolfe stand the table back up. Dain and Wolfe hold Woods down on the table as Young goes to the top and puts Woods through the table with a big elbow drop. SAnitY's music hits as they taunt The New Day and stand tall.

- Still to come, Team Hell No vs. The Usos with Extreme Rules implications and Asuka vs. James Ellsworth. Back to commercial.

Asuka vs. James Ellsworth

Back from the break and out comes Asuka for what is being billed as The Battle of The Sexes. James Ellsworth is out next.

Before the match starts, Carmella's music plays and she makes her way to the ring. Carmella and Asuka have some words and then goes to the announce table for commentary.

The match finally starts and Asuka pushes Ellsworth down and James goes to the floor. Carmella tells Ellsworth to get back into the ring. Asuka with a side head lock and Ellsworth goes back to the floor. Ellsworth appears to have injured his jaw. Ellsworth returns to the ring and Ellsworth with a waist lock but Asuka with elbows and strikes followed by an airplane spin. Asuka with a slap and spinning back fist. Ellsworth goes to the floor again and Asuka follows. Ellsworth runs into the crowd and Asuka follows.

The referee makes the ten count.

Double Count Out

After the match, Ellsworth and Asuka return to ringside and Carmella hits Asuka from behind.

Backstage:

Kane is in the back and Daniel Bryan stops by and he wants Kane to apologize. Kane wants to know what he needs to apologize for. Daniel runs through all of the bad things that Kane has done. Kane stops Daniel and he apologizes. Daniel wants to know for which one and Kane says for all of them. Kane says that Daniel is like a brother to him and Daniel points out that Kane set his brother on fire. Kane says the Usos are at the top of their game and if they make a mistake, they lose. If they are on the same page, no one can stop them. They create a fire that no one can extinguish. Then they will be tag team champions. Kane asks Daniel if he is ready for the Usos and Daniel says yes.

- AJ Styles gets ready for his match as we go to commercial.

- We are back and Shinsuke Nakamura will face Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules for the United States Title.

In the Arena:

Aj Styles makes his way to the ring and he has something to say before his match. He says at Extreme Rules, he will defend his championship against someone bigger and stronger than him. What else is new? That is what makes this job fun. AJ says he likes proving people wrong. AJ says he heard what Rusev said he would do. AJ says this the House that AJ Styles Built. Don't get him wrong, Rusev is a super athlete, but he is not phenomenal.

Rusev says he does not care how phenomenal AJ thinks he is because he has never faced this Rusev. Rusev who for the first time has a WWE Title opportunity. And it will be happening on his holiday. Rusev says he meant what he said and he will evict AJ from his house and he will move into the house that AJ built. Rusev asks Aiden what day will they be moving in and Aiden reminds everyone it will be on RUSEV DAY.

AJ Styles vs. Aiden English

Rusev distracts AJ and that allows Aiden to attack AJ from behind. Rusev tells him never mind. English kicks AJ in the corner and the referee warns Aiden. AJ and Aiden fight on the floor but they get back into the ring. Aiden with punches and an Irish whip. AJ hits the turnbuckles chest first. Styles with chops and a forearm to the back. AJ with a kick to the back. AJ with a forearm and waist lock but Aiden with a standing switch. Aiden with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall.

Aiden with a knee and forearm to the back. Aiden with a second forearm to the lower back. Aiden goes for a third one but AJ with an elbow. AJ with forearms and kicks. English with a back heel kick. Aiden sends AJ to the apron but AJ with a shoulder and he slingshots back into the ring but Aiden with a Dragon Suplex for a near fall.

Aiden with a rear chin lock. AJ with strikes and a clothesline to Aiden. AJ with a sliding forearm. AJ with a clothesline into the corner followed by an Ushigoroshi. Styles sets for the Styles Clash but English escapes. AJ with a Calf Crusher and Aiden has to tap out.

Winner: AJ Styles (Retains Title)

After the match, Rusev pulls AJ out of the ring and he sends AJ into the ring post. Rusev with a jumping thrust kick. Rusev sends AJ back into the ring and stomps on the back and applies the Accolade.

- Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are in the back and Peyton says she gets to expose Becky Lynch as a loser. Billie says Becky is a side kick. Peyton says that Becky is on a roll but she will win tonight. We go to commercial.

Backstage:

We are back and Carmella is yelling at James for running away from Asuka. Paige stops by and she says that she is enjoying watching Carmella use James to fight her battles. She tells James that he has a rematch next week and all of the women will surround the ring in a lumberjack match.

Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay)

Peyton runs Becky into the corner and connects with shoulders. Becky with a snap mare and Billie distracts Becky but Becky with a rollup for a near fall. Becky with an Irish whip and Peyton sends Becky to the apron. Becky with a shoulder and then she goes up top but Peyton hits the ropes and kicks Becky. Peyton with a slam for a near fall. Peyton with knees to Becky followed by a kick to the midsection. Peyton with an abdominal stretch. Becky with a hip toss but Peyton sends Becky into the ropes and Peyton chokes Becky.

Peyton with a snap mare and seated abdominal stretch. Becky with a rollup for a near fall. Becky with head butts. Peyton misses a spinning back heel kick and Becky with an exploder followed by a back heel kick. Peyton with a kick but Becky with a leg lariat. Becky runs into boots from Peyton and Peyton with a knee. Becky with a crucifix into DisArmHer and Peyton taps out.

Winner: Becky Lynch

- Tom leads us to video from Shinsuke Nakamura with his reaction to the title shot from Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules. Nakamura wonders why Hardy paints his face - is he a clown or is he ashamed? Nakamura says he will strip away everything Hardy has at Extreme Rules, including his pride and his title.

The Usos vs. Team Hell No

We go to the ring for tonight's main event and out comes The Usos. They will earn a spot in the SmackDown Tag Team Title match at Extreme Rules if they can win this match. Tom leads us to a break with an exclusive scene from The Rock's upcoming Skyscraper movie. Back to commercial.

Jimmy and Bryan start things iff and Jimmy with a side head lock. Jimmy with a shoulder tackle but Bryan with a drop toe hold and then he applies a surfboard. Bryan tags in Kane and Kane kicks Jimmy in the head. Kane with an uppercut and kicks. Daniel tags back in and Bryan with a drop kick into the corner but Jimmy backs Bryan into the corner. Jey tags in and hits a forearm in the corner. Bryan with a drop kick and Kane tags in. Kane with a slam and he misses an elbow drop. JImmy tags in and he comes off the turnbuckles but Kane grabs him by the throat. Kane grabs Jey as well and sends them over the top rope. Jimmy with an uppercut to Bryan.

Jey with a suicide dive but he is met with a forearm from Kane. Jimmy with a suicide dive and we go to commercial.

We are back and Bryan punches Jimmy and he flips out of the corner and hits a flying clothesline. Bryan with kicks in the corner and he puts Jimmy on the turnbuckles and sets for a Frankensteiner and hits it. Bryan with kicks to the chest. Bryan misses a round kick and Jimmy hits an enzuigiri that knocks Bryan off the apron. Jey tags in and he clotheslines Bryan on the floor. Jey with a chop and Bryan returns to the ring. Jey with a slam to Bryan and he stomps on Bryan's chest.

Jimmy tags in and Jey kicks Bryan. Jimmy with a running hip into the corner for a near fall. Jimmy with a reverse chin lock. Jimmy tries to keep Bryan from making the tag and he sends Bryan to the mat. Jey tags in and he goes up top. Jimmy with a back breaker and Jey with a chop to the head. Jimmy tags back in and they make a wish with Daniel. Bryan and Jimmy go for cross body blocks and both men are down. Kane and Jey tag in and Kane with a punch and boot to Jey. Kane with a clothesline into the corner followed by a side slam and he gets a near fall.

Kane with an uppercut to Jimmy and Jey with a drop kick and he goes for a suicide dive but Kane stops him. Kane with a punch to JImmy when he goes for a suicide dive but Jey with a super kick. Bryan comes off the turnbuckles and is met with a double super kick. Jimmy and Jey with a double super kick to Kane and Jimmy gets a near fall. Jey tags in and they both go up top for the double splash and Kane grabs both by the throat. Bryan with a flying knee to Jimmy and Kane choke slams Jey for the three count.

Winners: Kane and Daniel Bryan

After the match, Kane's music hits as Team Hell No stands tall. The music stops and Bryan tries to get Kane to do the "yes!" chant. Fans join in and Kane starts doing it. Bryan's music hits and they hug as the celebration continues. The music interrupts again as SmackDown Tag team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers come out to the stage as some fans boo. Rowan and Harper stand on the stage and stare back at Team Hell No in the ring as SmackDown goes off the air.


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