This week’s Smackdown Live was an example that it might not be best to send your top stars overseas just a few weeks away from a big event. Neither John Cena or AJ Styles made an appearance, which wasn’t good to build a major match.
The show started off very much like it started as Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan stood tall in the ring, boasting about taking out WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and number one contender Dolph Ziggler last week. Ambrose came out and confronted the pair of giant superstars and wasn’t ready to rush the ring until Ziggler came out to do the same.
This led to Daniel Bryan announcing a tag team match between the two pairs for the main event.
Another tag team match started the show as American Alpha took on a pair of development talent, but not before The Ascension, The Vaudevillians and the Hype Bros ran to check out the new tag team.
It looks like all of them are looking to put themselves at the top of the list for the Smackdown Live tag championship. A brawl ensued and American Alpha ended up standing tall.
Eva Marie was looking to make her debut on the blue brand after she seemed to feign an injury before her match with the Lasskicker Becky Lynch. However, a wardrobe malfunction kept her from competing as she ran to the back once again.
Lynch was upset and wanted a match, but Alexa Bliss came out to make her debut on the main roster. Marie came back out to distract Lynch, allowing Bliss to get an upset win in her debut.
Alberto del Rio started off Smackdown before the main intro by challenging Randy Orton to a match. The two faced off and the Mexican Aristocrat attempted to injure The Viper before his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, but it was Orton who got the last laugh with an RKO Outta Nowhere.
Carmella made a big statement as she was able to thwart Natalya’s sneak attack and get to her match with the Queen of Harts. The Princess of Staten Island was able to pull off the huge win in her debut match.
Ziggler and Ambrose may be SummerSlam opponents, but they seemed to work pretty well together as a tag team to take out the Wyatt Family. However, their tag team was short lived as the champion hit the challenger with a Dirty Deeds and stood tall to close the show.
Styles and Cena return next week for the go-home show before SummerSlam and it should be a fun night to see what happens just five days from the biggest party of the summer.
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