WWE SmackDown 07 02 2019

WWE Smackdown Results
July 2, 2019
San Antonio, Texas
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Doug Lackey of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever.”

Live from The AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas… Tom Phillips welcomes us to this week’s Smackdown Live! and a recap of last night’s literally explosive ending to Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley’s Falls Count Anywhere Match on Raw. We will be hearing from Bobby Lashley regarding the match and obtain further updates to Strowman’s injuries.

In the meantime, Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring for another episode of ‘The Kevin Owens Show’. Owens’ guests tonight are facing two superstars who we never would have thought would be teaming up, Roman Reigns and The Undertaker, at Extreme Rules… Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. Shane asks for Greg Hamilton to give his proper introduction… THE BEST… IN THE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD! SHANE! MCMAHON!

Owens takes us back to last night and The Undertaker’s response to McMahon and McIntyre. “Oooo spooky.” McMahon says sarcastically. Owens asks if the two are actually afraid of The Dead Man.

“I’m not afraid at all! I’m on a hot streak right now. I’ve run through The Miz, I’ve beaten Roman Reigns… and by the way, our match will be a No Holds Barred Match,” says McMahon. McIntyre says that everyone knows what he’s capable of doing in a regular match, and what Shane is as well. We cannot imagine what they will be capable of in a No Holds Barred Match.

Owens asks for a specific part of the montage to be replayed… the part where Shane and Drew retreat from the ring and their frightened facial expression. “It’s a gutteral reaction, right? A reflex. You can’t really help yourselves, right?”

McMahon tells Owens to just read the index cards and do his job. Owens reads that Shane beat Reigns without any help and that he is cowering… he goes to another index card and asks how it felt to make his big return to the WWE after a 7-year absence only to lose to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. McIntyre leaps in front of McMahon and Owens but we are interrupted by Dolph Ziggler.

“NO! NO! NO! You’re not gonna’ come out here and say how it should have been you! It should have been you! Yeah! It should have been you 8 years ago, and it kind of was, then it wasn’t and it’s not going to happen again! JUST GET OVER IT!”

Ziggler says that everyone knows that he should be WWE Champion right now. He has the looks to be a champion, where Owens looks like he should be in a hot dog eating contest. Owens says if he was in one, at least he’d be a champion unlike Ziggler who has never won any wrestling matches.

Shane McMahon pairs Ziggler and Owens together as a tag team to face Heavy Machinery tonight, where the winner will be injected into the Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match at Extreme Rules making it a Triple Threat Match. Owens yells at production to play his music to intro him out of the ring.

Backstage, Daniel Bryan gives his reaction: While management’s decisions have been unpopular as of late, there’s nothing he can say about it except that Rowan and himself will walk in as champions and walk out as champions.

*Commercial Break*

In the gorilla position, Xavier Woods says that Big E and him are always ready for a fight of any kind, regardless if it is a Triple Threat or not. AAAAWWWW SAN ANTONIO!…. Big E and Woods make their way to the ring, followed by Daniel Bryan and Rowan. Their respective tag partners will be at ringside for this match.

Big E  v. Daniel Bryan

Big E gets a ‘New Day Rocks’ chant going throughout the crowd. Bryan goes from headlock to go-behind, causing Big E to swivel his hips making Bryan unbearably uncomfortable. Fireman’s Carry up and over to the corner, Bryan looks at Big E perplexed. Bryan off the ropes for a shoulder block, nope. Again? Nope. Again? Big E tussles Bryan around into an Abdominal Stretch and a positivity spanking. A flip-inducing clothesline sends Bryan down and rolling out of the ring.

*Commercial Break*

We’re back and Big E is caught in corner, Bryan kicking at his left hamstring. A running dropkick sends Big E sprawling and crawling to the center of the ring. Bryan decides to slap Big E in the face… not smart. Big E fights back with a couple belly-to-belly suplexes, but the third is countered by a kick back to the hamstring. Bryan tries for the ‘Yes Kicks’, Big E catches the leg, delivers the 3rd belly-to-belly! Follows with a splash! 1… 2.. kick out. Bryan rolls to the apron, Big E tries for a spear through the ropes, dodged!

Bryan goes back in the ring, off the ropes, Big E intercepts the suicide dive with a forearm. With the ref checking on Bryan, Rowan shoves Big E into the post and back in the ring. Woods tries to make the save but eats a right hand from the big man. In the ring, Flying Knee on Big E! 1.. 2.. 3!

Winner: Daniel Bryan via pinfall

R-Truth is backstage for an interview and we’re shown how he lost his 24/7 Title last night to Drake Maverick. R-Truth talks about how he never really got to go on his honeymoon. And what’s better than 2 on a honeymoon? 3! And he heard Hornswoggle’s in the arena. And he wants his baby back!

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross walk together backstage, Bliss is giving the hosting duties of ‘A Moment of Bliss’ to Cross! And Bayley’s her guest!

*Commercial Break*

It’s time for ‘A Moment of Bliss’ and here’s comes the host… complete with her entrance theme, Nikki Cross. She leaps into the chair and thanks Alexa Bliss for this opportunity. She says because she’s from Glasgow, Scotland, she has a little bit of an accent and will try to talk slow enough for everyone to understand her. And now, her guest… Bayley.

Bayley’s actually a little impressed that Bliss is giving Cross hosting duties. Cross tries to say that Bliss is more generous than she thinks but Bayley interrupts… and that Cross shouldn’t be doing her bidding. Cross asks the first tough question: Why did she call Alexa a liar? Um… because she is one. Cross thinks it’s unfair how Bayley drags Alexa’s name through the dirt. What Bayley thinks is unfair is that Cross beat both herself and then Carmella… so why isn’t Nikki facing Bayley for the Smackdown Women’s Title?

“I don’t know!”, Cross replies, “But what I want to know is why I’m not facing you in that ring right now?!” Bayley accepts Nikki’s challenge. Nikki stomps down the ramp and it looks like that’s what we’re getting.

*Commercial Break*

Bayley (Smackdown Women’s Champion) v. Nikki Cross *Non-Title*

Bayley with dropkick right out of the gates! 1… 2.. kick out. Snap suplex! 1.. kick out. Cross rolls out of the ring to compose. Back in the ring, Cross eats a Bayley back elbow off the ropes. 1.. 2.. kick out. Sent to the corner, Cross is put in an arm lock by Bayley. Jawbreaker to get out of it, but Cross takes a knee to the gut sending her back to the corner.

Whipped to the opposite corner, Bayley gives her a running elbow…. but Cross leaps on her back. The action goes to the outside, Cross sending Bayley back in. Top rope crossbody! 1… 2… kick out. Cross giving forearm after forearms to standing Bayley! Whipped to the corner, running bulldog! Cross is fired up! Bayley tries for a backslide, 1.. 2.. kick out.

Cross goes to the top rope again for a crossbody, Bayley flings her off the top. Bailey-to-Belly! 1.. 2.. 3!

Winner: Bayley via pinfall

Kofi is backstage throwing pancakes, making his way to the ring.

*Commercial Break*

We get a vignette of Ali giving us positive and inspirational… words… of sorts.

Kofi Kingston is making his way down to the ramp for another one of those ‘Face to Face’ moments the WWE loves to give… with Samoa Joe. We’re refreshed with a montage from the 6-Man Tag Match from last night’s Raw. Here comes his challenger for the WWE Title at Extreme Rules… the aforementioned Samoa Joe.

“Kofi and I gonna’ discuss some very personal matters. So Kayla, in order to prevent of further collateral damage, please exit the ring.”

Every time Samoa Joe looks around, Kofi is given forms of benevolence and generosity. Every time The New Day is given a chance at singles’ gold, Kofi is offered up. Samoa Joe sees game, game recognizes game. He knows Kofi is just using everyone. In the future, who knows, we may see Woods as his hype man and Big E as his butler.

Kofi reminds Joe that he’s beaten everyone by himself since Wrestlemania. And also reminds Joe what he has done by himself, especially losing to Ricochet by himself. What happened to the Samoa Joe that took on all comers? Now we have Samoa Joe hiding behind corners, sneaking around backstage. “Your ass is too big to be playing hide and seek.”

Samoa Joe talks about Kofi’s Wrestlemania celebration, using his son to sell his new T-Shirt. Kofi looks beyond it, he knows why he attacks family. He’s jealous! Jealous Joe! He’s jealous because… he’ll never have a Wrestlemania moment like Kofi had.

Samoa Joe asks Kofi to shake his hand, though he’s put him to sleep for the past two weeks. I guarantee I won’t lay a hand on you… are you the man you pretend to be? Kofi raises his hand… to Samoa Joe’s face and a middle finger! Trouble in Paradise! Kofi leaves the ring with Samoa Joe on his back.

Heavy Machinery is backstage, responding to the Triple Threat opportunity they have tonight. Owens and Ziggler may have 18 combined titles between them, but not one win together as a team. They’re gonna’ implode. We’re gonna’ take care of business!

Apollo Crews is backstage walking to the ring for his match against Andrade tonight! And Abby the Witch looks around the corner to make sure he knows which way to go.

*Commercial Break*

Once again, we are reminded of the insanity that happened during Lashley and Strowman’s match from last night’s Raw. Strowman may have suffered from a ruptured spleen due to the incident. A tweet by Lashley is shown for all to take in…

Apollo Crews v. Andrade

Apollo and Andrade out of the gates punching each other like mad. Andrade beats Apollo down in the corner, follows it with the double knees. 1… 2… kick out. Apollo clotheslines Andrade to the outside. Standing on the apron, Asai Moonsault onto Andrade! Back in the ring… 1… 2… kick out.

*Commercial Break*

We’re back from the break and Apollo is on fire! The fight continues to the corner, where Andrade is sitting on the top turnbuckle. Gorilla press from Apollo is followed by a standing moonsault! 1.. 2.. kick out. Back on their feet, Andrade lands on his feet from a belly-to-back attempt. Feint kick, back elbow to Apollo’s dome!

Apollo rolls to the outside, Andrade plancha over the ropes…. caught! Apollo gives Andrade a Snake Eyes onto the apron. Apollo sends Andrade back in the ring, the ref checks on him… giving Zelina the opening to huracanrana Apollo into the commentary desk! Andrade brings him back… Hammerlock DDT. 1… 2… 3.

Winner: Andrade via pinfall

Ziggler and Owens are in the locker room insulting each other while trying to encourage each other for tonight’s main event.

Ember Moon is making her way to the ring backstage. She has a match with Mandy Rose… and Carmella’s going to be in Ember’s corner.

*Commercial Break*

Aleister Black tells us that no one was at his door when it was knocked last week. He wants the one who knocked to reveal himself at Extreme Rules.

In the ring…

Ember Moon v. Mandy Rose

Spinning forearm by Ember starts this match, with Carmella and Sonya DeVille looking from ringside. Off the ropes, a series of counters ends with Rose flipping Ember overhead from a belly-to-back position. 1.. 2.. kick out. Rose sends Ember to ropes hard and follows with blunt knee strike! 1.. 2.. kick out.

Sent to corner, Ember leaps to the top turnbuckle… Codebreaker! Ember goes back to the top… Eclipse! 1… 2… 3!

Winner: Ember Moon via pinfall

Shelton Benjamin is backstage… and asked who he thinks will win the WWE Title at Extreme Rules. After his eyes look in 245 different directions, he smiles and exits.

Owens and Ziggler are on their way to the ring for tonight’s main event.

*Commercial Break*

The commentary team has A LOT of company during this match: Smackdown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan to one side, Xavier Woods and Big E with their own commentary desk on the other.

Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler v. Heavy Machinery

Ziggler and Otis are starting us off. Ziggler tries to take Otis’ legs down, nothing doing. A second attempt, Otis has Ziggler around the waist, lifting him off the mat once… twice. Ziggler breaks away, dropkick. Ziggler sends Otis to the corner… nope… Otis sends him. Avalanche to Ziggler.

Owens pulls Ziggler out of the ring… and Woods jumps Rowan from across the table! It’s hysteria at ringside! Big E eats his second flying knee from Daniel Bryan tonight! Rowan is tearing apart New Day’s desk, pancakes areflying everywhere. Rowan sends Woods through it with the Iron Claw!

*Commercial Break*

Back from break, Tucker and Owens are in the ring. Tucker sends Owens flying with a shoulder tackle off the ropes. Owens sends Tucker to the ropes, a leap over a lying-down Owens, perfect dropkick to Owens! 1.. 2.. kick out. Owens backs Tucker into the corner, raining fists. Tucker with a knee to the gut, tries to run the ropes but a low-bridge from Dolph sends him to the outside.

Dolph tagged in, brings Tucker back in after his face eats the barrier. 1… 2.. kick out. Owens tagged in, kicks a prone Tucker. Standing Frog Splash! 1.. 2.. kick out. Owens drags Tucker to the opposing corner. Ziggler tagged in… Dolph with a swinging neckbreaker, Owens with a Senton follow! 1.. 2… kick out.

Tucker trying to reach for the tag but is pushed back into the opposite corner. Owens tagged in and starts mocking Otis. He goes for the Avalanche, eats a Tucker back elbow. A short leap to the second rope, flying cross body by Tucker! Otis gets the hot tag! Ziggler’s in… unfortunate for him!

Short clotheslines back and forth! Lifted up, Ziggler goes for a spin and a slam! Overhead belly-to-belly… 1.. 2… kick out. Ziggler pops up, drops Otis with a DDT. Owens tagged in. Superkick… tries for a second, Otis sends him to the outside. Ziggler tries for a Zig Zag from behind, Otis flings him off. In the corner, Otis with the Avalanche… and Ziggler is in position for The Caterpillar. Before Otis makes his way to the opposite corner, another superkick from Owens.

A kick to the gut, Owens trying for a Stunner! Otis shoves away just at the right moment for Ziggler to accidentally superkick Owens! Tucker gets in and clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring! Otis has Owens up… Tucker to the ropes… Compactor!

Winner: Heavy Machinery via Pinfall

Owens is not happy with Ziggler… and Stuns him for his mistake!