A WWE star gets fired! AJ Styles will face Samoa Joe at Summerslam! And R-Truth made his in-ring return!
Randy Orton Gets Interesting
After we saw The Miz arrive with a returning Maryse and their daughter Monroe Sky, Randy Orton came out to explain his actions from last week. He says this has nothing to do with unfinished business from 10 years ago, it has nothing to do with the Smackdown Top 10 – although I’m sure no one thought it was that – but it’s because he deserves respect from the fans who don’t give it to him. This was a good promo, that relied a bit too heavily on buzz words like indy darling and bingo hall, but established a new Randy Orton – which was sorely needed.
WWE Evolution Promo
Hey guys, did you know there’s an all-women PPV coming this October? Well if you were under a rock yesterday you might have missed this pretty exciting news. But that’s okay, not only did we get a recap video here, it was mentioned in virtually every promo throughout the night.
Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Rusev
After going toe-to-toe with AJ Styles last week, Andrade “Cien” Almas took on Rusev in a match where both men wanted to prove they could be a future contender to the WWE Champion. Rusev was Aiden-less, but English made an appearance later in the match to stop a fight between Lana and Zelina Vega. Sadly this backfired, and Almas pinned Rusev off the distraction. Backstage, Rusev shushed the arguging Lana and English and said maybe neither of them are good for Rusev Day.
Samoa Joe def. R-Truth
R-Truth had his first match since WrestleMania, losing quickly to Samoa Joe…
Asuka def. Billie Kay
…And Asuka easily dispatched of Billie Kay with a kick to the head. This, of course, came after both Asuka and IIconics cut promos about how great Evolution is going to be. Smackdown will need to do more than simply beating Billie Kay to rehab Asuka after the Carmella debacle.
Paige Fires James Ellsworth
Shinsuke Nakamura cut a quick cellphone promo on Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy, and then Paige came out to announce AJ Styles’ Summerslam opponent. AJ welcomed any challenge. Well, after he talked about how great Evolution was going to be, that is. Got to get that plug in. This brought out James Ellsworth who wanted to face AJ at Summerslam – seeing as though he’s pinned him three times already in the past. Paige told James to stop this, and then fired him after he insulted her! Ellsworth was then thrown out of the building. Is this really the end of Ellsworth? Like he was brought back just to screw over Asuka in two title matches? Shouldn’t Asuka get her revenge on him before he leaves or something?
Samoa Joe To Face AJ Styles At Summerslam
But while all that was happening, Samoa Joe attacked AJ Styles from behind and laid him out with the Coquina Clutch – revealing that he will face the WWE Champion at Summerslam. Yes please, mate!
Becky Lynch def. Carmella
Carmella told Paige backstage that she will still be champ by Evolution – god, I hope not- and then had a match with Becky Lynch where if Lynch won she would get a title shot at Summerslam. So now that Carmella doesn’t have Ellsworth at ringside, she’s really going to struggle right? I mean that’s the only reason she was able to beat Asuka twice, right? Nope, she quite easily dominated Lynch for 90% of the match, and Lynch got a surprise Disarmer for the fluky tap out win. The Carmella character makes no sense. None of this makes sense. And to make matters worse, it made the number one contender look like a joke. A failure on many, many levels this was.
New Day def. SAnitY
And just in case you thought Smackdown might start taking SanitY seriously by giving them a push, they lost clean to New Day to get knocked out the Smackdown Tag Title Tournament. 50/50 booking at its finest. The Bar made their return to Smackdown Live and cut a promo on New Day and Usos – with SAnitY seemingly not feeling so good Mr. Stark and disappearing from sight.
The Countdown To Miz And Mrs
And the main event of the show – and I’m not kidding here – was an advert for Miz And Mrs which was debuting on the USA Network after Smackdown Live. WWE can barely promote 205 Live after Smackdown but they can dedicate an entire segment to Miz And Mrs? Of course Maryse plugged how great Evolution is going to be as well just in case you’d somehow forgotten that was a thing. The big talking point however was the return of the countdown clock – making its return to WWE after its controversial Extreme Rules appearance. Miz tried to show a preview of the show, but it had been re-edited by Daniel Bryan to show all of Miz’s failures. Bryan came out, but Miz threw a fake baby at him and laid him out with the Skull Crushing Finale to end the show.
While this show announced matches for Summerslam, it didn’t do a whole lot else. Aside from the Almas and Rusev match and Joe’s attack on AJ, there wasn’t a great deal about this show to like. This week’s Smackdown Live is Ellsworthy.