WWE SmackDown 07 03 2018

WWE Smackdown Results
July 3, 2018
Omaha, Nebraska
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com

A video packages airs showing Team Hell No reuniting last week.

We go live to Omaha inside the Century Link Center. Asuka vs. James Ellsworth, WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Aiden English and a special Independence Day United States Championship Open Challenge is advertised for tonight’s show.

Team Hell No kicks off Smackdown Live

Renee Young is in the ring welcoming us to Smackdown Live. She introduces, together for the first time in 5 years, Kane and Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No.

We are reminded that Team Hell No will challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules in two weeks.

Renee talks about Team Hell No creating headlines last week and the “complicated relationship” they’ve had in the past as a team. Bryan said that is the beautiful thing about their relationship – some times they fight, some times they hug, but they always deliver in the ring. Kane talks about standing toe-to-toe against The Shield in a TLC match and graduated – with honors- from anger management.

Renee asks Kane why he came back. Kane said Daniel can have a bit of a temper and that he “always has a demon watching over him.” He mentions Bryan’s recent troubles with the Bludgeon Brothers. Bryan says regardless, he promises they will become the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. The crowd starts a loud “YES” chant. Bryan points out the last time they were in the ring together they were opponents.

Kane says that was then. Bryan says Kane tried to end his career. He adds Kane tried to Tombstone him on the floor and then on the steps. “It wasn’t even a match,” adds Bryan. Kane says they need to concentrate on what unites them if they want to beat the Bludgeon Brothers. Bryan says Kane tried to abduct his wife. Kane says “tried” and agrees they have had differences. He reiterates that he has always had Bryan’s back.

Bryan disagrees. Kane says he has. Bryan says no. Kane says yes. They say “no” and “yes” back and forth on the mic. The Usos walk out to interrupt Kane and Bryan. They talk about the tag team division getting hot. The Usos talk about the old Team Hell No t-shirts, but question why they are getting title shots so quickly. The question Team Hell No getting a title shot by just hugging. The Usos hug and equate that to title opportunities.

Bryan wants to see if The Usos can beat Team Hell No…right now. Kane adds they will consider this as a team and get back to them. Bryan tells Kane he isn’t the weak link. Smackdown GM Paige walks out to interrupt. She talks about her obligation to do what is right for the WWE Universe. Paige reminds everyone about the title match at Extreme Rules between Team Hell No and The Bludgeon Brothers. She then books Team Hell No vs. The Usos for tonight’s main event. Paige adds that if The Usos are able to beat Team Hell No tonight, they will be added to the championship match at Extreme Rules.

Jeff Hardy defends the United States Championship next.

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Backstage, Asuka tells James Ellsworth he isn’t ready for her.

The Miz is answering Jeff Hardy’s open challenge tonight.

WWE United States Championship Open Challenge
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. The Miz

Miz throws a knee and left hand early on Jeff. Jeff with a jawbreaker. Miz trips up Jeff on the top turnbuckle. Jeff tosses Miz off the corner with headbutts, but Miz rolls out of the ring quickly when Jeff attempts a Swanton Bomb.

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Back live, Jeff tosses Miz face first into turnbuckle corners. Miz catches Jeff with a kick to the face and gets a two count off a pinfall attempt. Jeff with rights to cut off Miz. Jeff with his low blow leg drop over Miz. Jeff dumps Miz over the top rope to the outside. Jeff dropkicks Miz through the ropes sending Miz into the barricade at ringside. Miz side steps Jeff who jumps off the steel steps and Jeff is sent face first into the barricade.

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We return live as Miz catches Jeff with a quick DDT for a two count. Miz misses a shot off the top turnbuckle. Jeff catches Miz with Whisper in the Wind and rolls through into a cover for a two count. Miz counters a Twist of Fate attempt into a roll up putting his feet on the ropes. The referee catches this and stops the pinfall count. Miz argues with the referee saying he won. Miz turns around and walks into a Twist of Fate. Jeff goes up to the top turnbuckle and connects with the Swanton Bomb to pick up the pinfall.

Winner and still WWE U.S. Champion: Jeff Hardy

Backstage, James Ellsworth talks about men being the superior specimen.

The New Day’s First Annual 3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest is up next.

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The New Day Presents the First Annual 3rd of July Pancake Eating Contest

Byron Saxton is our host tonight as he introduces The New Day.

Saxton does custom introductions for Kofi Kingston, Xaver Woods and Big E.

We have a 5 minute timer on the clock. The referee reveals red, white and blue pancakes. The timer countdown begins. Only a few seconds in the lights go out and Sanity’s music plays. Eric Young, Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe all attack The New Day. Young launches the face of Woods into the leg of a table. Dain tosses Big E into the steel steps. Dain then throws Big E over the announce table at ringside. Wolfe sends Kingston into Dain who charges with a cross body on the floor. Back inside, Young is holding Woods back in the corner as Wolfe and Dain setup the table. They put Woods on top of the table, Young goes up top and connects with a flying elbow crashing through the table over Woods!

Asuka vs. James Ellsworth is up next.

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Asuka vs. James Ellsworth w/ Carmella

Ellsworth is wearing a “No One Is Ready For Ellsworth” t-shirt tonight. Carmella is joining commentary at ringside for the match tonight.

Ellsworth is shadow boxing and getting in a few push ups before the match.

The bell rings and Asuka shoves Ellsworth down immediately. Ellsworth rolls out. Carmella jumps off commentary and yells at Ellsworth to get back inside. Once back inside, Asuka catches Ellsworth with a kick and attempts a headlock. Ellsworth slides out of the headlock and rolls outside again. Ellsworth gets back in and eats an elbow and body shots from Asuka. Asuka has Ellsworth on her shoulders and twirls around. Asuka with a big slap and spinning back first to Ellsworth. Asuka chases Ellsworth over the barricade into the audience. They run to the backstage area as the referee reaches a 10 count.

Winner: No Contest (Double Count Out)

After the match, we see Asuka chasing James Ellsworth back to the ringside area. Carmella runs up and hits Asuka with a cheap shot. Carmella drags Ellsworth away by his hair.

Backstage, Daniel Bryan says Kane needs to apologize before they team up tonight. Bryan starts reading off bad things Kane did to him in past years. Kane stops Bryan and apologizes to him for everything he’s done. He says when they get on the same page, no one can stop them and adds they create a fire no one can extinguish.

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Added to Extreme Rules: Jeff Hardy will defend the WWE United States Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura in two weeks from Pittsburgh.

WWE Champion AJ Styles heads to the ring and grabs a mic. Loud “AJ STYLES” chant tonight in Omaha. He talks about defending the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules against a man that is bigger and stronger than him. “But what else is new?” Styles says Rusev might be a super athlete, but he isn’t phenomenal.

Rusev interrupts and walks out with Aiden English. Rusev says Styles has never faced this Rusev before. He talks about getting his first opportunity at the WWE Championship and how it will all go down on his own holiday. Rusev said at Extreme Rules he’s taking the WWE Championship and moving into the house that Styles built.

English sings how that day will be Rusev Day.

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Aiden English w/ Rusev

The bell rings and Rusev stays on the mic wanting to tell Styles something. Styles gets distracted by Rusev allowing English to get in a quick attack. Rusev says nevermind.

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We return live as Styles connects with body shots to English and follows with a big clothesline. Rusev is watching the match from ringside. Styles with his flying sitdown forearm off the ropes. Styles with a corner clotheslines and backbreaker over the knee on English. Styles gets the Calf Crusher applied on English. English quickly taps.

Winner: AJ Styles

After the match, Rusev pulls AJ Styles out of the ring and tosses him face first into the steel ring post. Rusev then catches Styles with a big kick to the head. Rusev tosses Styles back in the ring, stomps on the lower back and applies The Accolade.

Backstage, we hear from The IIconics. Peyton promises to beat Becky Lynch tonight.

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Backstage, Paige books James Ellsworth in a rematch against Asuka next week. She adds this will be a Lumberjack match with the Smackdown women’s division around the ring.

Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay

Peyton charges at Becky right away to the corner. Becky with a quick hip toss as Billie Kay tries to interfere at ringside. Peyton trips up Becky on the top rope and connects with a big kick. Peyton pulls Becky off the corner hitting a fireman’s carry for a two count. Peyton with big knees to Becky. Peyton gets Becky in an abdominal stretch. Peyton chokes Becky against the middle rope using her knee to add pressure. Peyton misses a big kick and Becky connects with an exploder. Becky with a side kick that catches Peyton. Peyton fires back with a knee to the head of Becky. Becky rolls off the shoulders of Peyton and gets the armbar applied over Peyton’s back. Peyton taps out.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Backstage, Shinsuke Nakamura says he will take Jeff Hardy’s title at Extreme Rules.

The Usos head to the ring for tonight’s main event up next.

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If The Usos win, they advance to Extreme Rules
Team Hell No vs. The Usos

It’s time for tonight’s main event as Team Hell No heads to the ring next.

We start with Daniel Bryan and Jimmy Uso. Jimmy catches Bryan with a shoulder block early. Bryan with a drop toe hold on Jimmy and then applies a surfboard submission. Kane tags himself in and throws a quick uppercut at Jimmy. Quick tag back to Bryan who is launched into Jimmy with help from Kane connecting with double boots. Jimmy pushes Bryan to the other corner and Jey gets the tag. Bryan levels Jey with a dropkick and tags in Kane. Kane with a big scoop slam on Jey, misses an elbow, Jimmy gets the tag and Kane catches him jumping off the top rope. Jey walks up and Kane grabs him. Kane pushes both Usos over the top rope. The Usos pull Kane out and throw forearms. Jimmy with a right to Bryan. Kane blocks a shot from Jey, but Jimmy connects with a suicide dive.

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Back live, Bryan is now in and drops Jimmy with a jumping clothesline. Bryan with a corner dropkick to Jimmy. Bryan with Yes kicks to Jimmy. Bryan with a top rope snap huricanrana takedown on Jimmy. More Yes kicks from Bryan to the chest of Jimmy. Jimmy with a kick to the head of Bryan that launches him off the ring apron after a distraction by Jey. Jey gets the tag and he levels Bryan with a clothesline on the floor. Back inside, Jimmy gets the tag and stomps away at Bryan in the corner. Jimmy with a splash to Bryan. Bryan kicks out after a pinfall attempt by Jimmy. Jimmy with a headlock on Bryan. Bryan is reaching for a tag to Kane. Jimmy whips Bryan down to the mat. Tag to Jey who goes up top. Jimmy with a backbreaker over his knee and Jey with a chop off the top turnbuckle. Tag back to Jimmy after The Usos snap apart the legs of Bryan. Bryan and Jimmy collide with a double cross body in the middle of the ring. Tags to Kane and Jey. Kane with a side slam with the pinfall broken up. Kane with an uppercut to Jimmy and Jey with a dropkick sending Kane out of the ring. Kane blocks a suicide dive attempt by Jimmy and does the same to Jey. Jey avoids a chokeslam, Jimmy tags himself in and The Usos catch Bryan with a double superkick as he jumps off the top rope. Double superkick to Kane by The Usos. Kane kicks out. Tag to Jey as Jimmy pushes Kane towards the corner. Kane grabs both Usos and pushes them off. Bryan with a knee to Jimmy. Kane with a chokeslam to Jey to get the pinfall.

Winners: Team Hell No

After the match, Daniel Bryan encourages Kane to do the Yes pose like he means it.

Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers walk out. They stare down Daniel Bryan and Kane who are still inside the ring as the show comes to a close in Omaha.