The final episode of Smackdown Live before SummerSlam continued to hype the blue brands biggest matches.
Daniel Bryan and The Miz's long-burning rivalry finally reaches the squared circle and Samoa Joe gets a chance to win the WWE Championship for the first time as he faces AJ Styles.
Aiden English was lined up to face Andrade 'Cien' Almas and tag team contenders The New Day face SAnitY.
Here are the results from Smackdown Live:
CHARLOTTE FLAIR AND BECKY LYNCH VS MANDY ROSE AND SONYA DEVILLE
The three women involved in Sunday's Triple Threat for the Smackdown Women's Championship were presented to the ring in a face-off. Carmella talked trash about her two opponents, claiming they were not as beautiful or charisma as the Princess of Staten Island.
Paige interrupted 'Mella and wanted to show Carmella what is waiting for her in Brooklyn by putting her on commentary whilst Flair and Lynch take on Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.
The tea fanatics were in control for much of the match, even demonstrating some good tag-team offence to fend off the former members of Absolution. The blind tag gave Rose the advantage, however, as a big running knee put Flair on the canvas.
Lynch got into the ring and used her comeback sequence to demolish Rose and then lock in the DisArmHer to get the submission victory. Carmella continued the taunting from the commentary booth.
A very good match to watch and Carmella was brilliant on commentary, completely ignoring Byron Saxton throughout. Lynch looked good as did Rose and Deville who, despite losing, should take confidence from that performance.
BLUDGEON BROTHERS VS TRIPLE THREAT
Three local enhancement talents were prepared to take on Smackdown Live's tag team champions. The match did not even get underway as Harper and Rowan stormed the ring and laid waste to the three rookies.
Not a big fan of WWE champions facing enhancement talent on the go home episode of Smackdown. Everyone who regularly watches Smackdown knows the Bludgeon Bros are brilliant and could have defeated a lower-card team here instead of three unknown superstars.
SANITY VS THE NEW DAY
Despite facing recently in a tables match on the Extreme Rules kick-off show, Erick Young's men faced Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E in three-on-three action. The most recent NXT graduates dominated early parts of the match as Killian Dain used his brute strength and Alexander Wolfe even flew from the top turnbuckle to try and destroy The New Day's SummerSlam momentum.
Chaos ensued in the ring and eventually, The New Day won the match with The Midnight Hour on Killian Dain, SAnitY's wrecking machine.
The match itself was entertaining but it's just a reminder of how SAnitY have failed to make an impact on the main roster. Killian Dain was one of NXT's top talents and was always extremely popular, barely losing in tag or singles matches. But here, he was pinned cleanly in a match which meant nothing at all. It could be the time for The New Day to get another run with the tag belts, as having the Bludgeon Brothers chase for a while could be entertaining.
THE MIZ AND DANIEL BRYAN VIDEO PROMOS
In a three-part segment, WWE outlined the rivalry between Bryan and Miz. Starting in NXT, Bryan was a rookie under the guidance of The Miz. Bryan didn't win a match on the original NXT and The Miz did not blame himself for that, but as soon as The Miz faced Bryan: he lost.
In part two, later in the show, they reflected on Talking Smack two years ago where Bryan and The Miz would consistently come to blows. It looked back at Bryan's retirement in 2016 and then 'that' episode of Talking Smack that blurred the line between reality and fiction. Both men had sit-down interviews where their views were completely contrasting.
The final section focused on Bryan's return to in-ring competition at WrestleMania, where Shane McMahon and he defeated Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. The Miz moved back to Smackdown after 'Mania and reignited his feud with The A-Lister after seeing off Big Cass.
The intensity of this was beautiful, perfectly timed and well balanced. Bryan's calming nature contrasted The Miz's arrogance brilliantly and they managed to sum up the three most important stages of their rivalry very quickly, perfect for a new audience who may be new to WWE.
ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS VS AIDEN ENGLISH
Despite trying to help Rusev and Lana in recent weeks, English has done more harm than good for Rusev Day. English looked fairly strong in the opening moments, even connecting with a splash from the top turnbuckle before the tides changed quickly.
Double Knees and a Hammerlock DDT was enough for Almas to pick up a quick win.
After the match, Vega and Almas promised victory for their team in the mixed-tag match against Rusev and Lana. The European pair appeared and reminded everyone in attendance that SummerSlam luckily fell on Rusev Day.
A short match for Almas but it did the right thing in hyping the match this Sunday. Rusev and Almas are both solid in the ring whereas Lana has improved leaps and bounds in the last year. This could be one of the most entertaining matches of SummerSlam.
JEFF HARDY VS SHELTON BENJAMIN
Benjamin got his first outing on Smackdown in nearly two months as he faced Hardy, who will be facing Shinsuke Nakamura for the US Title this weekend.
Hardy easily beat Benjamin, who got in very little offence apart from a step-up knee strike. Hardy won with the Twist of Fate and a Standing Splash. Whilst celebrating his win, The US Champion came out to greet Hardy and try to get an advantage ahead of Sunday.
Benjamin initially helped Nakamura but Jeff ducked out of the way of a Kinshasa and delivered another Twist of Fate before going to the top rope to hit the Swanton Bomb. Randy Orton was shown lurking behind the titantron, choosing not to cause trouble this evening.
It's a shame to see Hardy not produce the Swanton as his finisher anymore, the Splash looked very odd and came from out of nowhere. He also ended the segment standing tall, which normally means he loses at the upcoming PPV. Orton didn't get involved, and it was a slight surprise to see him on TV after the recent allegations against him resurfacing online this week.
SAMOA JOE READS AJ STYLES SOME FAN MAIL
AJ reminded us of the pain Joe has caused him in recent weeks, even bringing up his family to try and get under the skin of the champion. Joe made his way to the arena holding a letter from someone in the WWE Universe and read it aloud. He again spoke about his family, saying he will do anything to stay on the road and away from home and it apparently said that they hope Joe wins on Sunday.
The fan said they lost AJ a long time ago, and Joe then claimed the note was signed by Wendy Styles, AJ's wife before swiftly making his way off-stage.
This did not really hype the match too much and had a really sudden ending as Styles could not even respond to Joe's obviously fake letter. It would have been good to see some physical interaction between the two as they are both so good between the ropes. Getting Styles in the Coquina Clutch would have been a brilliant visual to end the show on.
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