WWE Smackdown Live Results: AJ Styles' Summerslam Opponent Revealed

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Smackdown's General Manager Paige was very active on social media this week ahead of their show.

She announced the teams participating in the Smackdown tag team tournament, the winner of which will be facing The Bludgeon Brothers at Summerslam.

Also on the show, Becky Lynch had the opportunity to win a title shot - if she could beat current champion, Carmella.

Rusev would be facing Andrade 'Cien' Almas early in the night too.

Here are the results from Smackdown Live:

RANDY ORTON EXPLAINS HIS RECENT ACTIONS

Randy Orton addressed the crowd after his recent heel turn at Extreme Rules. He stated the WWE Universe were to blame for his most recent actions because they do not show him enough respect for the 16 years he has spent in WWE.

He threw shade at independent wrestlers, those in bingo halls and who steal hand gestures (clearly aimed at Bullet Club). He said whether he was a Legend Killer, Apex Predator or Viper, he would always have the RKO.

Rating: 8/10

It's brilliant to have Orton back as a heel, seeing as it has been at least 3 years since he has been a heel in a solo run. He was super intense and you felt he was menacing, ready to hurt more members of the roster. When Hardy returns, their feud will really divide the crowd.

RUSEV VS ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS

After a heated backstage exchange between Zelina Vega and Lana, two of AJ Styles' most recent opponents squared off. Almas performed his brilliant 'Tranquilo' spot early on but Rusev used his superior size to dominate.

In fact, Almas got very little offence at all as Rusev produced his Spin and Roundhouse Kicks for a near fall. The Bulgarian then reversed an attack into the Machka Kick however it all went down on the outside of the ring.

Zelina Vega and Lana squared up to each other before Vega got in a wild slap and Lana did a double leg takedown and rained down punches. Aiden English, who did not accompany the married couple to the ring, came out and pulled Lana off Vega. Almas' manager then flew into English who in turn tumbled into Lana. 

Rusev, distracted by all the commotion, was upset by English's actions and then got locked into Almas' Hammerlock DDT and was subsequently pinned. 

Rating: 7/10

The short match was very promising and many fans will be excited by a potential feud between the two men and two women who accompany them. A mixed-tag match is especially mouth-watering. Rusev is naturally a face with the WWE Universe and he was booked as such this evening against a clear heel in Almas. It looked as though Rusev's push came too late but the crowd reacted well and should turn face on English and absolutely squash him fairly soon to continue up the card. 

SAMOA JOE VS R TRUTH

Truth did not stand much of a chance if 'truth' be told. Facing off against Smackdown's biggest wrecking machine, who last week sent Tye Dillinger to sleep, it looked a big task for Truth in his first match since WrestleMania.

Early into the contest, Truth got in some offence which rocked Joe slightly but it took a matter of seconds for Joe to get in a headbutt, Urinage and then sink in the Coquina Clutch.

Rating: 4/10

It was fun to see Truth in a ring again, he looks in good shape considering his lengthy absence. Joe was once again dominant and hopefully has a really good match at Summerslam considering he had to miss WrestleMania with injury.

ASUKA VS BILLIE KAY

Asuka made light work of Billie Kay this evening.

A series of strong kicks concluded by a vicious Roundhouse was enough for The Empress of Tomorrow.

Rating: 4/10

A really short match but this sort of booking is what made Asuka such an exciting prospect in lead up to WrestleMania. Sadly for The IIconics, this is the sort of role they could be playing for a while. They talk a good game but are not ready for a title push any time soon.

AJ STYLES' SUMMERSLAM OPPONENT

Paige was centre stage and introduced the WWE Champion into the arena. AJ signed the contract straight away and before Paige could announce the challenger, James Ellsworth interrupted.

Ellsworth thought he was due to have a title shot as he beat Styles during his first WWE run. But Paige had heard enough and after some cruel insults, Paige fired James Ellsworth.

As Paige went backstage and made sure Ellsworth was escorted out of the arena, Samoa Joe flew into the ring and attacked Styles from behind. He locked in a deep Coquina Clutch and then moved over to the contract and signed on the dotted line, whether Paige liked it or not.

Rating: 8/10

This segment had two brilliant outcomes. The firing of Ellsworth and the confirmation of Styles vs Joe. Ellsworth was good in his comeback at Money in the Bank but it should have been a one or two night deal, not the next month and a half. Paige looked slightly naive by leaving the contract wide open but Joe took full advantage and his submission move looked really dangerous. Most fans will be delighted that Joe is getting a WWE Championship opportunity.

BECKY LYNCH VS CARMELLA

As announced last week, if Lynch was successful tonight then she would get a title match at Summerslam. Lynch tried to lock in her DisArmHer early but Carmella was able to wriggle away and eventually hurl the Irish Lasskicker into the barricade.

Lynch managed to hang on in the match with some late kick-outs and eventually regained some control with her Bexploder Suplex. She survived several other moves, including a Superkick before a slight lapse in Carmella concentration led to the arm being trapped and the DisArmHer being locked in. Lynch got the tap fairly quickly and heads to Summerslam for a title match.

Rating: 6/10

This was merely a preview of what is to come at SummerSlam and it should leave fans feeling quite excited about the match. Lynch looked good and is extremely over with the crowd. It has been months since she was in the title picture so it's a relief to see her challenging for a title at a big PPV event. 

THE NEW DAY VS SANITY

In the first match of the tag team tournament, Big E and Xavier Woods faced Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain with The Usos on commentary.

Woods and Dain got worn down and Big E got a hot tag and went to town on Wolfe with suplexes. Young distracted on the apron and then got up on the turnbuckle shortly after before being pushed off by Kingston. This left Wolfe alone and The Midnight Hour was enough for Woods and E to win and advance in the tournament - they face The Usos or The Bar next week.

Knowing this, Sheamus and Cesaro appeared and said they are ready to become champions again, after last holding tag titles at WrestleMania before losing to Braun Strowman and Nicholas.

Rating: 6/10

The match was a little short to make way for a later segment and there were too many interruptions from Eric Young, who tried to distract every minute. It's a shame to see SAnitY lose again on TV but Wolfe took the pin as he is the weakest in the group.

THE MIZ AND MRS PREMIERE PARTY

Along with baby Monroe Sky, The Miz and Maryse headed to the ring to plug their new reality show. Also, The Miz began to use his baby as a tool to abuse Daniel Bryan by saying Monroe has accomplished more than Bryan has since his return to WWE.

A trailer of their show aired which Daniel Bryan then admitted he had changed to show all of The Miz's embarrassing moments. He came to the ring to apologize in person but was stopped on the ramp by The A-Listers security team.

He made easy work of them before getting into the ring and being distracted by a fake doll that The Miz threw at him before a cheap shot followed. The Miz then picked up Bryan and put him straight down again with a Skull Crushing Finale.

Rating: 6/10

It felt odd ending a wrestling show without any wrestling. Obviously, they needed to promote the new reality show and it may help numbers but it made Bryan look fairly weak. He changed the video but in the physical confrontation, he was almost helpless to The Miz. This feud is exciting as it has been building for years and finally, fans get to see a match between Bryan and The Miz at SummerSlam presumably.

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