This episode of WWE Smackdown Live came from The Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan was announced for SummerSlam.
Randy Orton cut a promo on Jeff Hardy, saying he’d become so violent people would want to change the channel. I’m digging Orton’s heel turn so far, he feels motivated and like he’s happy being a heel again, which he’s reportedly wanted for some time.
Charlotte and Becky Lynch defeated the IIconics. Charlotte submitted Peyton Royce with the Figure Eight. This was an okay, but clunky match, with the expected and right result.
AJ Stytles cut a promo saying that Joe will not win the title, and at Summerslam, he’ll be lucky to walk out at all. We see Joe watching on from backstage and laughing. This was a very good promo from Styles, and felt like an appropriate response to Joe’s promo last week as he had good fire here.
Zelina Vega defeated Lana. Andrade Cien Almas distracted Lana, so Rusev attacked him. Almas got the upper hand on Rusev, so Aiden English saved Rusev from attack when he tackled Almas into Lana, pushing her off the top rope. Vega hit the double knee strike in the corner for the win. This was all about continuing the drama between the five involved here. UT worked in that regard, but the match was short and not very good.
Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States title was announced for SummerSlam.
The Miz cut a promo on Daniel Bryan when Bryan showed up on set at Miz and Mrs. Miz got the upper hand after hitting him with a vase. This was very good stuff, Miz continues to be a completely unlikable heel, and Bryan’s attack was well done and had great intensity until Miz got one over on him thanks to his security goons.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated R Truth. Nakamura connected on the Kinshasa for the win. This was ok, Truth put up more of a fight than expected, but Nakamura still dominated and picked up an easy win.
Bludgeon Brothers defeated jobbers in a handicap match. A fine bludgeoning from our champions.
Smackdown Live Tag Team Tournament Finals: The New Day defeated The Bar. Kofi Kingston and Big E hit Midnight Hour for the pinfall victory. The Bludgeon Brothers showed up in the crowd to watch the New Day celebrate in the ring. This was a great match and easily the best thing on the show. They got a lot of time and they delivered a solid 4-star match, with a hot crowd that was into everything, especially the cling stretch. Great work by all involved.
End of show.