WWE Smackdown Results – July 17, 2020

WWE Smackdown Results - July 17, 2020

We start the show in the back, where AJ Styles hypes his IC Title match against Matt Riddle later tonight.

Styles says he only lost because Riddle caught him by surprise, but tonight he has no chance because this is the Matt Riddle wonders if AJ stands for “arrogant jackass” and at the end of the night, he’ll be the bro who runs the show.

– Still backstage, Miz and Morrison also talk about Morrison’s match against Braun Strowman tonight, Morrison says he’s terrified. Braun says Morrison that the horror show might just start tonight.

– Looks like we’re getting SmackDown Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules between New Day and Cesaro / Shinsuke Nakamura. The stipulation will be decided tonight.

Big E vs. Cesaro (Winner picks either a tables match or steel cage match at Extreme Rules for Tag Title Match)

Big E punches Cesaro and sends him to the floor. Cesaro with a kick but Big E sends Cesaro into the ring steps. Big E with a splash against the ring steps. BIg E misses a shoulder into the corner and Big E hits the ring post. Big E is sent to the floor and then into the ring post. Cesaro goes up top and hits a double sledge for a near fall. Cesaro with a forearm to the back followed by a rear chin lock. Big E with elbows and Cesaro with a power slam for a near fall. Cesaro goes back up top and Big E catches Cesaro and hits two overhead belly-to-belly suplexes. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E gyrates and hits the Warrior Splash.

CEsaro with an elbow and European uppercut. Cesaro is sent to the apron and then into the ring post. Big E puts Cesaro over the apron and connects with forearms. Kofi keeps Nakamura away from the action and Big E with a splash on the apron.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cesaro with a running European uppercut into the corner. Cesaro with another one but Big E with a UranagE for a near fall. Cesaro gets a boot up to stop the spear to the floor. Cesaro with a springboard European uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro sets for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Big E counters into a Stretch Muffler. Cesaro counters with a rollup for a near fall and then Cesaro with the Cesaro swing and Sharpshooter. Cesaro turns it into a Crossface and Nakamura with a knee to Kofi on the floor.

Big E gets Cesaro up and tries for the Big Ending but Cesaro grabs the ropes. The referee avoids being hit by Cesaro and Nakamura kicks Big E. Cesaro with a Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.

Winner: Cesaro

After the match, Nakamura and Cesaro go under the ring for something and Kofi with a flip dive onto Nakamura and Cesaro. Kofi gets a table from under the ring. Cesaro is put on a table and Kofi goes onto Big E’s shoulders and Nakamura pulls Cesaro to safety.


Kayla Braxton is with Baron Corbin and she brings up his issues with Matt Riddle. Corbin says Riddle started this. Corbin is asked about the Riddle/Styles Match. Corbin says it will be quick and decisive and AJ Styles will remain Intercontinental Champion. Corbin is asked if Riddle’s win means nothing. Corbin says things have been going well for Riddle, but it is the honeymoon phase. Riddle is playing with fire and he will be burned. After AJ Styles is done with Matt Riddle, people will realize the Bro is nothing but a little boy.

– The ring is being set up for A Moment of Bliss with her Special Guest. We go to commercial.


Cesaro is backstage with Nakamura and says they finally get the respect they deserve. And this Sunday at the Horror Show: Extreme Rules, Nakamura says steel cage is unforgiving. Bones can break. Cesaro says he loves a steel cage but he really enjoyed when they smashes Kofi and Big E through a table last week. That was a good feeling and he’d like to repeat it. And this Sunday, it’s going to be a Tables Match.

A Moment of Bliss:

Bliss says she wants to talk about something that happened this week. This week was the fifth year anniversary of the women’s revolution as everyone gives the women of WWE a round of applause. Alexa says she can see the future, so it’s time for Bliss to predict that the LA Lakers will win the NBA championship. She predicts that Matt Riddle will become the new Intercontinental champion tonight and that her friend Braun Strowman is going to walk out of the Wyatt Swamp Fight victorious. And that her special mystery guest will tear the rood on Sunday. She is very close with her. Nikki says it’s her! She is a bit unconventional but she is going to blow the roof off the place!

Alexa tries cutting her off but Nikki keeps talking about how she will become the new SmackDown women’s champion. Alexa says she loves the enthusiasm but she will have to tone it down. Alexa says she is sorry to say but she is not the mystery guest tonight. Nikki says she is sorry, she just lost her mind a bit. Bayley’s music hits and out she comes with Sasha Banks.

Bayley says she better get used to disappointment because Sunday she will lose. Sasha calls her a hyper chihuahua and it’ll be back in Alexa’s shadows after Sunday. And before they get in the ring and beat them, Alexa did say it is the fifth anniversary of the women’s revolution and she is right. But she forgot to give credit where credit is due. Sasha and Bayley are the architects of the evolution. They built the ring, paved the cement. They are the first ever women’s tag team champions.

Sasha says they are welcome as they get in the ring. Bayley says as for Alexa, she has a prediction too. This Sunday, she will beat Nikki Cross, Sasha Banks will beat Asuka and they will be double champions. Sasha says and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Alexa says she was never allowed to finish and introduce her guest.

Asuka’s music hits and out comes the Raw women’s champion. Bayley and Sasha attack Nikki and Alexa as Asuka gets in the ring and she helps clear house. Alexa says they need to settle their issues and Alexa asks for a referee.

Back to commercial.

Asuka and Nikki Cross vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks

Asuka and Bayley start things off and Nikki wants a piece of her opponent on Sunday. Nikki with a cross body and punches. Bayley blocks being sent into the turnbuckles and Nikki is sent into the turnbuckles. Bayley with a punch and Sasha makes the tag. Sasha distracts the referee and Bayley pulls Nikki to the mat. Sasha with a suplex for a near fall. Bayley tags back in and Nikki is sent to the mat and Bayley gets a near fall. Bayley kicks Nikki. Bayley chokes Nikki in the ropes and then Sasha gets a shot in on Nikki while the referee focuses on Bayley.

Sasha tags in and they send Nikki into the corner. Sasha sends Nikki into the turnbuckles and Bayley chokes Nikki. Bayley tags in and Nikki gets an inside cradle for a near fall. Bayley with a reverse chin lock. Nikki goes through the legs to tag in Asuka. Asuka with kicks to Bayley followed by a back heel kick. Sasha tags in and Bayley with a kick. Asuka with a double shoulder tackle and hip strikes to Sasha. Asuka knocks Bayley off the apron with a hip attack. Sasha with a head scissors that sends Asuka to the floor. Sasha goes for a baseball slide but Asuka pulls the skirt to trap Sasha. Asuka with punches and then Nikki tags in and she punches Sasha.

Bayley goes for the drop kick through the corner but Nikki pulls out the ring skirt. Asuka with a sliding kick to Bayley and then they take care of Sasha and dance on the announce table as we go to commercial.

We are back and Sasha misses a round kick and Asuka gets a near fall. Sasha gets a near fall. Sasha with an Irish whip but Asuka gets her feet up and Sasha puts Asuka in the ropes and hits a double knee drop for a near fall. Sasha with kicks and Bayley tags in. Bayley with a punch to the midsection and she gets a near fall. Asuka with punches and Asuka with a back slide for a near fall. Bayley with a knee and Asuka goes down. Bayley with an elbow drop for a near fall. Sasha tags in and hits a shoulder in the corner. Sasha with a snap mare and rear chin lock.

Asuka with elbows and Sasha runs Asuka into the corner. Bayley tags in and she connects with shoulders in the corner. Asuka with an elbow to Bayley and Sasha. Asuka with a kick for a near fall. Asuka with a pop up knee and then Sasha and Nikki tag in. Nikki with clotheslines and head butts. Nikki with a monkey flip. Nikki with a splash into the corner followed by a bulldog. Nikki goes up top and misses a cross body when Sasha moves. Sasha with a drop kick to the ribs for a near fall.

Bayley tags in and she goes up top but Nikki stops her. Nikki goes for a hanging neck breaker but Bayley gets to the mat and then sends Nikki to the floor. Nikki with a double thrust and a tornado DDT using the announce table for a near fall that is broken up by Sasha. Asuka goes after Sasha and Asuka misses the hip attack and Sasha with a knee that sends Asuka to teh floor. Asuka tries to stop the tag and Sasha misses a knee off the apron and Asuka with a kick. Bayley drop kicks Asuka. Bayley blocks a tornado DDT and gets a rollup with her feet on the ropes for the three count.

Winners: Bayley and Sasha Banks


Miz and Morrison are backstage as Miz tells him Strowman isn’t scary. Morrison tells him Strowman is 6 foot 9, they call him a monster. Miz says just like in every horror movie, the hero defeats the monster. Morrison says and in that movie, there’s an even more awesome best friend who steps in and fights the monster in case he’s not ready. Miz says he’s not much into horror movies but Morrison has this win. Back to commercial.

– We are back with the Firefly Fun House.

The Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt, is in his swamp and he is humming his song. He says this is pretty. The rattlesnake skin is the same color as the leaves. It is a camouflage for what is under the surface. When Braun first laid foot on this hallowed ground, he was a lost sheep looking for a home. He found it. He gave Braun the truth. He gave Braun a purpose. He created the monster. Then, he left, or so he thought. This is a place where darkness comes to light. Where the devil comes to dance and all of the horrors in the world feel at home. It is a special place, an evil place. Once you enter, you cannot truly leave. Part of you will live here forever. I know you Braun. I know the truth. I know that monster that I created is just scratching, waiting to come home. I can see that it still lives in you. You have proven that you are not capable on your own. I must control it. You didn’t embrace the monster you were destined to be so I must slay the monster that you have become.

You know where to find me brother. Come home… RUN.

Braun Strowman vs. John Morrison

Before the match, an irate Braun Strowman says he will give him a very important piece of information. There comes a time in a man’s life when he has to grow up and face his fears. And t hat’s what he will do on Sunday when he enters the gates of hell and slap the devil himself in the face. And that is the only way he knows how to end this. He has to go home, go to the swamp and face his fears. Because the last thing he wants is for him to turn into the Fiend because the Fiend is everything bad he has ever done in his life. He has to go home and end him before Wyatt ends him.

Morrison and Miz look scared as they leave the ring. Strowman starts yelling as Morrison gets in the ring and the bell rings.

Strowman grabs Morrison and throws him across the ring. He hits Morrison with a big clothesline. Strowman rubs his boot on Morrison’s head. Strowman with punches as he man handles Morrison. Strowman lifts Morrison up with a one handed chokeslam and slams him into the mat. Strowman with a sadistic laugh. He lifts Morrison up and a big powerslam. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.

Winner: Braun Strowman

After the match, Strowman grabs a mic and looks at the camera. He tells Wyatt he hopes he was watching because he is coming home. Miz and WWE officials help Morrison as Miz helps him to the back.

– Lacey Evans makes her way to the ring as we go to commercial.

Lacey Evans vs. Naomi

Evans is on the mic before the match. She says after tonight, Naomi’s glow will be nothing but a little sparkle. Naomi makes her way down to the ring.

The bell rings and we are under way. Naomi throws Lacey across the ring and a knee to the face. She throws Lacey onto the ring apron but Lacey with a shoulder block and a leg sweep. Lacey with an elbow on Naomi. She goes for the cover but Naomi kicks out. Lacey with another elbow. She climbs the second rope, goes for the moon sault but Naomi gets the knees up. Naomi with a split onto Lacey. She goes for the cover but Lacey kicks out.

A kick to the midsection by Naomi, Lacey goes for the Woman’s Rights, Naomi ducks and hits her with a hurricanrana. Lacey on the ring apron and Naomi with a big kick to the head. Naomi grabs Lacey but Lacey grabs Naomi’s hair and ties her up to the middle rope using her hair. The referee helps Naomi untie her hair as Evans hits her with the Woman’s Rights. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.

Winner: Lacey Evans


Kayla is backstage with Jeff Hardy. She says since his return to the WWE, Sheamus has made fun of his addiction and why he accepted the match against Sheamus. Jeff says fighting a bully like Sheamus is like fighting an addiction. You can’t hide from it, you have to plant our feet on the ground and fight it. It’s a risk fighting him at Extreme Rules but it’s one worth taking. Kayla asks him who he thinks will win tonight. Jeff says it’s a bitter question because Sheamus framed him and he had to pull out of the Intercontinental title tournament. Sheamus attacks Jeff from behind and says Jeff is right, you can’t run, hide or wish it away. But he is here to help and he will cleanse him of his demons and to see him on SmackDown next week. Back to commercial.


We are back with Kayla Braxton and she ambushes Bayley and Sasha Banks in the back. She congratulates them on their victory and whether the momentum will continue on Sunday. Bayley says no one has more momentum than her. She says when she carries these titles around she has more mass than Nikki and she has more momentum than Nikki. Bayley says her best friend Sasha will decimate Asuka and become a double champion. Sasha says it is their destiny to have all of the gold. Bayley says that Nikki is bordering apoplexy but she will hate to see Nikki cry and whine into a state of depression after losing her first title match. Bayley says Nikki should go back to being a chimney sweep.

Nikki and Alexa are watching on a monitor and Nikki says she lost tonight and will she blow it on Sunday. Alexa tells Nikki she won’t blow it. Nikki says she doesn’t get chances like Alexa does. Nikki says her friends and family in Scotland are watching her lose and she is losing her confidence. Alexa tells Nikki she will win on Sunday.

Bayley and Sasha are standing a few feet away with their backs turned and Nikki attacks Bayley and then goes after Sasha. Alexa has to pulls Nikki away and Bayley tells someone to put a leash on Nikki.

– Matt Riddle walks in the back as we go to commercial.

AJ Styles vs. Matt Riddle for the Intercontinental Championship

They lock up and Riddle with a clean break in the corner. Riddle with a waist lock and Styles backs Riddle into the corner. Styles with elbows and shoulders in the corner. Riddle with a gutwrench suplex and he holds on and rolls through for a second one. Styles goes to the floor and Riddle with a springboard knee to knock Styles off the apron. Styles attacks the announce table and Riddle goes to the floor to mock AJ. AJ pulls the hood of the announce table to the floor and Riddle with a round kick to the temple.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Riddle with knees to the ribs. Riddle with an arm bar and waist lock take down. Riddle with a knee to the ribs followed by elbows. Styles gets to the ropes. The referee checks on AJ and Riddle with a fisherman’s suplex for a near fall. Styles with a hot shot and a sit out gourdbuster. Styles with forearms but Riddle with forearms and kicks. Styles blocks a kick and hits a dragon screw leg whip and Styles with kicks to the leg. AJ with a knee drop to the leg.

Riddle slaps Styles but AJ with another knee drop to the leg. Riddle with a punch but Styls with a forearm and a reverse chin lock. Riddle with punches but Styles with an elbow and he gets Riddle on his shoulders but Riddle gets back to his feet. Riddle with a kick and a running forearm and overhead exploder. Riddle misses a kick and a moonsault but he lands on his feet and hits a back senton and a running kick. Riddle with Bro 2 Sleep and a power bomb. Riddle with a knee for a near fall.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Riddle with an Irish whip but Styles with a clothesline. Styles with a kick to the thigh but Riddle with a German suplex and both men are down. Riddle with punches and kicks in the corner but Styles with a thrust kick. Styles with a clothesline into the corner and he sets for the Styles Clash but Riddle drops down to block the hold. Styles with a forearm and Riddle lands on his feet on a suplex attempt. Riddle with a knee and Riddle goes up top and misses the Floating Bro when Styles moves.

Riddle gets to the ropes when Styles sets for a Styles Clash. Styles with a brainbuster for a near fall. Styles with an Ushigoroshi for a near fall. Styles sets for the Phenomenal Forearm and Riddle catches Styles and goes for Bro Derek but Styles escapes. Riddle with a back senton. Riddle with strikes but he misses a round kick. Styles with strikes and he avoids a Pele Kick. Styles with a Calf Crusher and Riddle tries to get to the ropes. Riddle tries to roll out of the hold but Styles maintains the hold. Riddle goes for the BroMission and Styles with a rollup for the three count.

Winner: AJ Styles

After the match, AJ and Riddle stand in the ring and AJ offers his hand to Riddle. Riddle shakes AJ’s hand but Baron Corbin attacks Riddle from behind. Corbin punches Riddle as Styles leaves the ring. Corbin punches Riddle. Corbin with End of Days.

We go to credits.


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