WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
July 8, 2022
Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with clips of Money in the Bank.
Live in the arena, out comes Roman Reigns with The Usos and Paul Heyman. As Roman is standing in the ring, Theory with his Money in the Bank briefcase stands on top of the ramp.
Back from commercial, Roman tells the fans to acknowledge him. Roman says life is good, as long as God wakes him up, he can do anything. He said he woke up, went to the gym, went to the private gym, came here, he is happy, healthy, happy to be at work and on his show SmackDown.
Roman says it’s a privilege and an honor to see the Bloodline, his family. And he sees his wise man, his special council and he looks the way he looks. Roman asks them what they did to Heyman. He asks why Heyman looks concerned and Roman asks him what’s wrong. Roman says he should feel confident that he is in a good place and Roman asks him if he has a problem. Roman asks Heyman to put his hand out as Roman gives him the microphone.
Heyman tells him that he loves him and he loves the Usos but they have a problem and that problem’s name is Brock Lesnar. Heyman says Roman is the GOAT and in an era where no one can hold on to a Championship, he holds on to both Championships. Heyman says the problem is that Brock Lesnar has one last chance against Roman Reigns, one last match against Roman Reigns and when Brock Lesnar is cornered, that’s when the beast is at his most dangerous.
Heyman asks him who was 24 years old and was not supposed to beat The Rock for the title. Who went up to a 21-0 Undertaker and was not supposed to conquer the streak. And who is in a do or die situation, Brock Lesnar. Heyman says he is scared because Roman will have to be the best Roman Reigns of his career. That way when he wins, they can say the ultimate needle mover, the GOAT, the Tribal Chief in God mode himself, Roman Reigns.
Theory’s music hits and runs around the ring and leaves.
Shanky and Jinder Mahal vs. The Viking Raiders
The bell rings and we are under way. Right hands by Ivar onto Jinder as Erik is tagged in. They double team Jinder and Erik with an arm bar. Jinder gets out of it and he hits Erik with a kick. Jinder goes for the tag but Shanky is on the outside of the ring dancing. Ivar is tagged in as Jinder turns around the Viking Raiders powerslam Jinder. Ivar goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
Out come The New Day. They tell the Viking Raiders that they are still here. They have “Ass Beating” tickets with them as they run to the ring. All four men fight in the ring. The Viking Raiders slam Woods onto the mat. Ivar picks Kofi up on the second rope and slams him.
We cut from commercial and Happy Corbin is on the commentary team.
Ludwig Kaiser and Gunther come down to the ring. Kaiser says there is no one worthy of competing for the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther says the challenger has to earn his opportunity. Out comes Shinsuke Nakamura as Corbin and Corey Graves play the air guitar as they make fun of Pat McAfee.
Nakamura says Gunther can keep his title for now but he challenges Kaiser to a match.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser
The bell rings and we are under way. A kick by Nakamura as he places Kaiser on the second rope and hits him with a release German suplex. On the outside of the ring, Nakamura is distracted by Gunther as he gets into the ring but Kaiser with a kick.
Back from commercial, Nakamura with a kick to the face. Nakamura with kicks onto Kaiser. Nakamura places Kaiser on the top rope and he kicks him. Nakamura goes for the cover but Kaiser kicks out. Nakamura goes for a kick but Kaiser grabs his leg and kicks him in the face.
Kaiser goes for a right hand, Nakamura ducks and hits him with a kick. Nakamura with the Kinshasa, he goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Gunther gets in the ring and yells at Kaiser in German. Kaiser extends his chest as Gunther gives him a chop. He yells at Kaiser to get up and Gunther gives him another chop. Kaiser gets up again and Gunther with another chop.
We see highlights of Liv Morgan winning the Money in the Bank and becoming the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Out comes Liv Morgan to the ring.
We come back from commercial and Michael Cole is in the ring with Liv Morgan. He congratulates her as the fans chant “You deserve it”. Cole says that Ronda suffered a knee injury during her match against Natalya and Ronda would want her rematch and possibly at SummerSlam.
Liv tells her to bring it and she can’t wait because her winning is a culmination of a life time of hard work and tears. She knows what it took for her to be where she is now and no one wants that Championship more than her.
She says she has dreamed about this her entire life and it got hard because sometimes she felt like she would never get there but here she is. And she would like to take this as a reminder, like John Cena says, never give up.
Out comes Natalya to the ring. She says she can dream too of when she will finally shut up. The only reason she is the SmackDown Women’s Champion is because of her. And at Summerslam, this will end for her. She says she loved to see Ronda scream in pain and she enjoyed it.
Ronda’s music hits and out she comes. Ronda congratulates Liv as she tells her that at SummerSlam she will learn that challenging for the title is easier than defending it. Ronda says Natalya took credit for costing her the title. She is not dressed to compete but she asks the fans if they want to see her beat up Natalya. As she is talking, Natalya attacks Ronda from behind as Liv throws Natalya to the outside.
Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya
The bell rings and we are under way. A kick by Ronda as she twists Natalya’s leg on the second rope. Ronda limping on one leg as Natalya rolls to the outside of the ring. Natalya tries to leave and go to the back but Ronda kicks Natalya’s leg. She picks her up on her shoulders and slams her on the ring apron. Ronda with the ankle lock on the ring apron. Natalya get sin the ring as Ronda gets her with a suplex. Ronda with the ankle lock and Natalya taps out.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Megan is backstage with Drew McIntyre. He says recently he has been to Europe and Clash at the Castle is going to be huge. It could be him against Roman Reigns, him against Brock Lesnar or him against Theory. Drew says tonight, his attention is on Sheamus. He says he will hit Sheamus with the Claymore.
Max Dupri presents the MMM 2022 Tennis collection. Out comes Ma.Ce with a tennis racket and a polo shirt. He walks to the back as Max introduces Man.Soor.
We cut backstage and Kayla asks Theory what message he was trying to send to Roman Reigns. He says that the youngest Money in the Bank champion is always watching. He says people don’t like him but he loves that. Everyone is looking for someone to knock Roman Reigns off his pedestal and he will become a two time United States Champion at SummerSlam. And whoever survives the Last Man Standing match will have to wait for the cash in.
Aliyah comes out for her tag team match with Lacey Evans. Lacey comes out before the match with no reaction from the crowd. She returns to the back as her music hits again and she comes out. She asks the fans if they know who she is and what she has been through. She says she has poured her life out and all of that for those cheers. She says deep down they know they cannot go through half of what she has been through. And when she comes out, they should give her a standing ovation.
She says she doesn’t know if they’re too pulled down by the pulled pork and brisket. The fans chant “you suck”. She tells them she is an American hero and put her life on the line for them. And until she gets the respect she knows she deserves, everyone of them can go to hell. As she is about to leave the ring, Aliyah pulls her back but Lacey hits her with the Woman’s Rights.
The Usos vs. Los Lotharios
Back from commercial and the match is already under way. The Usos are on the outside of the ring as Los Lotharios kick them down. Jimmy gets in the ring and Humberto with an arm drag take down. Jimmy on the ropes and Jey is tagged in as they double team Humberto. Garza jumps to the outside of the ring and Jimmy with a super kick. Jey with a superkick onto Humberto. Jimmy is tagged in and the 1D. Jimmy goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: The Usos
Kayla gets in the ring and they show clips from their Money in the Bank match against the Street Profits. We see Montez Ford’s shoulder was off the mat when they got the win. Kayla tells them the world saw the replay, some people say that they got away with cheating. They ask her if the Undisputed Champions even need to cheat. They say that is not their fault, that is on the ref. Kayla says rumors are circulating backstage that there will be a special referee for their Tag Team Championship match against the Street Profits at SummerSlam.
Out comes Drew McIntyre for his match.
Winner gets an Undisputed championship match at Clash at the Castle – Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre
Sheamus begins to talk and starts to cough. Sheamus says the rules state he cannot compete until he gets tested. But he has a back up plan. The fans will get a match but not the match. He says Butch wants a match against Drew.
Butch vs. Drew McIntyre
The bell rings and we are under way. Drew with a belly to back suplex. He runs onto Butch but Butch kicks him away. Right hands by Butch. He goes for an arm bar but Drew gets out of it with the Glasgow kiss. Drew goes for the Claymore but Ridge gets on the ring apron. A right hand by Drew. A neck breaker onto Butch. Drew hits him with the Claymore. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Ridge gets in the ring and Drew hits him with the futureshock DDT. Sheamus gets on the ring apron as Drew grabs the sword. Sheamus jumps off the ring apron as Drew cuts the top rope.