You can click here for spoilers about tonight’s show. We begin with a look back at Austin Theory’s night at Money in the Bank.
We are live from the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texa, as Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring accompanied by Paul Heyman and The Usos.
The entrance took about 8 minutes, then we see Theory is on the stage with his briefcase and Roman does not realize it. We go to commercial.
When we are back, Theory is nowhere to be seen. Reigns asks Texas fans to aknowledge him. Roman says we have a few You Suck chants and some Roman chants. At the end of the day when the tribal chief is in the house, business picks up. That means life is good. Life is so damn good. I said this before and as long as God wakes me up, I can do anything. I got in my workout and got on the private jet to get here. I am happy to be here on my show. It is an absolute privilege and honor to see my Bloodline, my family. Then I see my Wise Man, my special counsel and he looks like this. What did you do to him? Why does he look so concerned and worried?
Roman tells Paul he shouldn’t be concerned. He done did it all. You should feel very confident. What is the problem? Do we have a problem? Roman tells Paul to put his hand out and he comments on how nervous Paul is.
Paul’s hand shakes and Roman gives Paul the mic to tell what is wrong with him.
Paul says he loves his Tribal Chief and he loves the Usos. Paul says we have a problem and that problem is Brock Lesnar. Paul says that Roman is the G.O.A.T. in an era when no one can hold on to a championship, you hold on to both championships. Six hundred plus days heading into a Thousand day reign, the longest in 35 years. The problem is that Brock Lesnar doesn’t respect that. He has one last chance against Roman Reigns. He has one last match against Roman Reigns. When Brock is cornered, that is when he is at his most dangerous. Who was 24 and not supposed to beat the Rock? Brock Lesnar. Who went up against the 21-0 Undertaker and broke the streak? Brock Lesnar. Whose back is against the wall in a do or die situation and becomes a footnote in the chronicles of the Tribal Chief or who ends this all? Brock Lesnar.
Paul says he is scared. We are going to have to see Roman go savage and go violent. He has to smash Brock. To pin him for 3 seconds is one thing, but to put him down for 10 seconds in a Last Man Standing is another. This has to be the most dominant performance by Roman Reigns.
Theory’s music plays and he jogs to and around the ring, but he has no referee with him and Theory jogs back up the aisle to the stage just to play mind games.
— We take a look at the Viking Raiders and their new attitude. They make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
The Viking Raiders vs. Jinder Mahal and Shanky
We go back to the ring and the horns blow as The Viking Raiders come to the ring – Erik and Ivar. The “new, vicious” Viking Raiders march to the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Jinder Mahal and Shanky. Ivar starts with Shanky but Jinder immediately tags himself in. Ivar locks up with Jinder and takes him back to the corner. Ivar unloads and tags in Erik for the double team. Erik takes Jinder down by his arm and grounds him as fans rally.
Jinder fights back and superkicks Erik. Jinder has no one to tag to because Shanky is dancing at ringside. He yells at Shanky. Jinder turns around and gets rocked as Ivar tags back in. They do the double team slam in the middle of the ring and Ivar covers Jinder for the pin to get the quick win.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
After the match, The Vikings attack Jinder and beat him back down. Shanky rolls in the ring but they also beat him down. The music interrupts and out comes The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods with mics. They admit The Vikings kicked their butts last week. They turn around and show The Vikings their rear ends, saying their butts are still here, so The Vikings didn’t get the job done. The New Day says the beatdown wasn’t sanctioned, but now they have ass kicking sanctioning tickets, so it’s on. They pull out actual tickets, then rush the ring. The New Day brawls with The Vikings but Erik and Ivar easily get the upperhand, beating Kofi and Woods down again. They make quick work of The New Day, then leave them laying. Erik and Ivar exit the ring as the music hits.
– Cole shows us how Happy Baron Corbin attacked Pat McAfee after WWE Money In the Bank. He also hypes Corbin vs. McAfee at SummerSlam. Corbin joins Cole and Graves now. Corbin says he’s here to do the job better than McAfee does. Cole says McAfee couldn’t get cleared to be here tonight, and he’s playing in a celebrity golf tournament. Corbin knocks how bad McAfee’s golf game is going.
– We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther with Ludwig Kaiser. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Kaiser says there is no competitor worthy of stepping in the ring, much less compete with your Intercontinental Champion. None of you are worthy of seeing the RING GENERAL compete tonight. However, he knows it is customary for Intercontinental Champions of less ilk to defend this championship against anyone in an open challenge.
Gunther says anyone who fights an opponent you don’t know is a fool. Somebody has to deserve the opportunity to compete with him for the championship. Kaiser says they are being honest.
Shinsuke Nakamura’s music plays and Corbin and Corey go full McAfee on the announce table as Nakamura goes to the ring. Nakamura takes the mic and he he says that Gunther doesn’t want to accept him. You keep your title for now, what about Kaiser? I challenge you a match right now.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura with knees to the midsection and Kaiser gets his feet up but Nakamura puts Kaiser in the ropes and hits a sliding German suplex. Kaiser hits Nakamura from behind and Nakamura hangs in the ropes and Kaiser with a drop kick to send Nakamura to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kaiser wtih an arm bar but Nakamura with punches. Nakamura with a jumping side kick. Nakamura with kicks to Kaiser. Kaiser blocks a kick but Nakamura wtih a heel kick. Nakamura chokes Kaiser in the corner. Nakamura puts Kaiser on the turnbuckles and Nakamura with a running knee for a near fall. Nakamura gets a boot up and Kaiser blocks it and hits an enzuigiri in the corner. Kaiser misses a kick and Nakamura with a spinning heel kick. Nakamura with Kinshasa for the three count.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
After the match, Gunther yells at Kaiser for his performance. He tells Kaiser to stand up. Gunther chops Kaiser for his performance and embarassing him. Gunther with another chop. Gunther tells Kaiser to get back to his feet and Gunther with a third HUGE chop and Kaiser is down.
— We take a look at Liv Morgan’s night at Money in the Bank. Liv makes her way to the ring as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Michael Cole is in the ring with Liv Morgan.
Michael congratulates Liv and the crowd chants ‘You Deserve It’. Michael recounts what happened to Liv on Saturday. Michael mentions that Ronda had a knee injury against Natalya and then Liv cashed in. Maybe Ronda wants a rematch.
Liv tells Ronda to bring it. She says she can’t wait because this title is a culmination of a lifetime of hard work, sweat, and tears. I know what it took to get here and I will work ten times harder to stay here. No one wants this championship more than me.
Michael mentions how Liv was a waitress ten years ago to save money to train. Every time you almost got there, you had it pulled away from you. You wear your heart on your sleeve and you have had so many setbacks. What does it mean to be Smackdown Women’s Champion.
Liv says this means everything to her. She dreamed about this her whole entire life. Sometimes I thought maybe I would never get here, but here I am. Liv says this is a little reminder to never give up.
Natalya interrupts.and she says she can dream too of when you are going to shut up. The only reason you are Smackdown champion is because of her. Your Cinderella story ends at SummerSlam. You never would have beaten Ronda fresh and I injured her. I loved watching Ronda scream in pain and while I may have lost the match, I loved the hell out of it.
Ronda Rousey’s music plays and she gingerly makes her way to the ring.
Ronda congratulates Liv for seizing the moment at Money in the Bank. Savor this honeymoon phase because you will find out that challenging for the title is so much easier than defending it. Ronda says she is not dressed to compete, but she asks the people if she wants to beat up Natalya.
Natalya attacks Ronda but Liv sends Natalya to the floor. Ronda gets back in the ring with Liv and we go to commercial.
Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya
They lock up and Ronda with kicks to the leg. Ronda puts Natalya’s leg in the ropes and the referee counts to force Ronda to stop. Ronda with a kick to the leg. Natalya goes to the floor and Ronda follows. Natalya gets back into the ring and Ronda slams the knee into the apron. Natalya rolls to the floor. Natalya goes up the ramp and limps to the back. Ronda kicks Natalya in the back of the leg and Ronda wtih punches. Ronda gets Natalya up and drops Natalya on the apron. Ronda with an ankle lock on the apron and Ronda releases the hold before the five count. Ronda with an ankle lock and Ronda turns into a power slam. Ronda returns to the ankle lock and she grapevines the leg.
Natalya taps out.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Megan Morant is in the back and she is with Drew McIntyre. She asks Drew about his match to get a title match in Wales and what he is going to do. Drew says he has been to the UK and he says Clash at the Castle is going to be huge. He said he is coming after the champion after SummerSlam. It could be Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, or Theory. His attention tonight is on Sheamus. They first met when he was 19 and the stakes have never been higher. Drew says he knows the other two will try to attack him if they get a chance. Drew says he has the deadliest three and that is the countdown for the Claymore.
— The stage is being set up for the Maximum Male Models to amaze with their Tennis Collection.
We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Max Dupri is in the ring and he says last week’s debut of Maximum Male Models was not just a success, it was a viral sensation. Tonight, we present the 2022 Tennis Collection.
Out first Ma.Ce. Out next is Man.soor.
Max says if you feel you have what it takes to strut down the aisle like them, you can send your photos for consideration. If you do not have the natural qualities of Ma.Ce or Man.Soor, don’t bother.
Corey asks Cole if his juices are titillated after that segment.
Kayla Braxton is in the back with Theory and she asks what message was he trying to tell. Theory says he wanted to make sure that Roman knows he was watching. He wants to cash in against Brock for what he did but he would love to cash in on Roman because of his arrogance tonight. Theory says he will become a two time United States Champion after beating Bobby Lashley. Whoever survives the Last Man Standing match, they better be ready for a cash in. Theory says Roman is screwed because either Brock beats him or I beat him. The same goes for Roman Reigns.
Madcap Moss shows up and he says he would love to try to shove that briefcase in Theory’s mouth.
Back to commercial.
Aliyah and Lacey Evans vs. Shayna Baszler and Shotzi
Aliyah is in the ring and Lacey makes her way out but the crowd does not care so she goes to the back after Graves points to her lackluster reaction. The music starts back up and out comes Evans to a louder pop. Evans seems to be happy with that reaction as she runs out, but she stops and goes backstage once again, apparently signaling for a louder reaction. Her music plays for the third time and she comes back out to another pop, but she looks unhappy. Fans boo.
Evans takes the mic and says before her opponents come out, she wants to say how disgusted she is over the response she just got. Fans boo. Evans asks if the fans know who she is, don’t they know what she’s been through. She reminds everyone how she’s poured her heart and soul out on TV, in hopes of helping the fans, but for what… those cheers and that reaction? Fans continue with “What?!” chants now. Evans says looking at a woman like her kills the people because of how weak they are. She goes on and says everyone knows all the struggles she’s been through and deep down in their souls, they know they can’t go through half of what she did and be the woman she is. Evans says the truth hurts, but when she comes out in the ring, she deserves a standing ovation, meaning everyone should be up on their feet. The boos continue.
Evans says she doesn’t know what it is, maybe the fans are too weighed down by pulled pork and brisket, that they can’t stand up. It makes her sick to see. Evans says the fans are disgusting. A “you suck!” chant starts up now. Evans says she’s an American hero, she’s sacrificed and put her life on the line for the likes of the fans, and for what, those cheers? Until she gets the respect she knows she deserves, as far as she’s concerned… every single one of the fans can go to hell. The boos get louder. Evans goes to exit the ring but Aliyah stops her and asks why. Evans drops her with the Woman’s Right. Evans exits the ring to more boos as we get a replay of the punch to Aliyah.
— We go back to the ring and out come Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos – Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, for this non-title match. We see how The Street Profits lost to The Usos at Money In the Bank, but with Montez Ford’s shoulder up. Back to commercial.
The Usos vs. Los Lotharios
The match is joined in progress and Jimmy with a back drop to Humberto but Humberto lands on his feet. Angel tags in and he sends Jey to the apron. Angel kicks Jey off the apron and then Humberto and Angel tease a dive to the floor but the Usos move. They go back and forth between the ring and floor. Angel with a kick and the pants come off. Humberto with an arm drag to Jimmy followed by chops. Jey tags in and they hit a pop up Samoan drop followed by a kick for a near fall. Angel knocks Jimmy off the apron with a super kick. Jimmy with a super kick to Angel. Jey with a super kick to Humberto and Jimmy tags in and they hit the 1D for the three count.
Winners: The Usos
After the match, Kayla is in the ring with Jimmy and Jey and she brings up what happened on the three count during the tag title match at Money in the Bank. We see Ford’s shoulder up on the three count. Kayla brings up that the Usos cheated to win. Jey asks if the undisputed champions need to cheat. Jimmy says pinning the Street Profits must mean that they cheated. Kayla mentions that there might be a special guest referee during their match at SummerSlam. Jimmy and Jey don’t care as long as the referee can count to three.
— Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring for our main event of the night as we go to commercial.
— We are back and next week, Natalya faces Liv in a Non Title Match. Moss faces Theory.
#1 Contender’s Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus
Before the match, Sheamus tells Ridge and Butch to hold their horses. It is them and it is for the big one for a title match at Clash at the Castle. I have your number. Sheamus has something in his throat and he starts to cough. Sheamus says he hopes he doesn’t have a case of the COVID. He says he cannot compete until he gets tested. He says he has a back up plan. Butch is foaming at the mouth to get his teets on you. We will be at ringside in case you miss us.
#1 Contender’s Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Butch
Butch with punches and Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Butch goes to the turnbuckles and connects with a knee to the head. Butch with a double wrist lock and body scissors. Drew with a head butt to Butch and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Drew sets for the Claymore but Ridge gets on the apron and Drew takes care of him. Butch comes off the turnbuckles but misses Drew. Drew with a neck breaker and then he hits a Claymore for the three count.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, the music hits as Drew stands tall. Holland immediately attacks from behind but Drew takes him out with a Future Shock DDT. Sheamus tends to Butch at ringside now as we get a replay of the Claymore to Butch. Sheamus is slowly entering the ring now but he backs off when Drew points Angela at him. Sheamus talks trash from the apron as Drew gets closer. Drew chops the sword but Sheamus hops off the apron, and Drew cuts the ring rope instead. The pyro explodes from the ring posts as the sword cuts the top rope. Sheamus is terrified as he looks on from the ramp with Butch and Holland. Drew stands tall in the middle of the ring with his sword as the music hits. We go to more replays. Drew poses in the corner now with the sword, yelling out at Sheamus and his crew about how he will become Undisputed WWE Universal Champion and there’s nothing they can do about it. SmackDown goes off the air.