WWE SmackDown recap & reaction (8/8)

John Cena kicked off this week’s episode of SmackDown and danced along to “John Cena sucks!” chants on the entrance ramp. Cena came down to the ring and stood with a smile on his face as the crowd booed and cheered. Cena discussed Shinsuke Nakamura defeating him last week and earning a shot at the WWE Championship at WWE SummerSlam.



Cena said that Shinsuke is afraid of nothing and a “Nakamura” chant broke out in the crowd. John noted that for a while he didn’t know why people were chanting Nakamura’s name, but last week he found out why. Cena said that Nakamura hits extremely hard and that he was shocked when he found out that he lost. Cena said that he shook Shinsuke’s hand after the match because Nakamura earned the right to call himself a champion.

Baron Corbin interrupted and said that he was so sick and tired of people talking about the stupid handshake after the match. Corbin said that he was Mr. Money in the Bank and that means that he is the future and that he has no problem making Cena a part of the past. Cena responded by calling Corbin “a skinny-fat overrated dumpster fire”. Cena then pointed to a sign in the crowd that read “Baron Corbin is a dumpster fire” and the entire crowd started chanting “dumpster fire!” at Corbin.

Cena challenged Corbin to come down to the ring for a fight. Corbin declined and said that John Cena isn’t worth his time because he has nothing he wants. SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan then came down to the entrance ramp and had a stare down with Corbin as the crowd chanted “yes!”.

Daniel Bryan tried to talk but the entire Toronto crowd started chanting his name. Bryan acknowledged the crowd and then directed his attention back to Corbin. Bryan said that he doesn’t know if Corbin is a dumpster or the future. Bryan then announced that Baron Corbin will face John Cena at WWE SummerSlam on August 20th.

Reaction: It comes as no surprise that Cena will face Baron Corbin at WWE SummerSlam. Corbin came down to the ring with his new entrance music and I thought he had a great back and forth with Cena here. I’ve criticized Corbin’s promos in the past, but I honestly think he has incredible potential in WWE. His promos have always felt forced, but tonight he was solid. Cena carried the majority of this segment and the entire crowd chanting “dumpster fire” was quite entertaining. This feud feels random, but I think working with Cena will only help Corbin as WWE is clearly setting him up for a major push in the near future.

Tye Dillinger & Sami Zayn vs The Usos 

Zayn and Dillinger were in control of the match early as SmackDown went to a commercial break. During the break, The Usos took control of the match and isolated Sami Zayn in the ring. Jimmy and Jey took turns beating down Zayn in the corner. When SmackDown returned, Jimmy went for a Splash in the corner but Zayn got out of the way and Jimmy hit the ring post.

Zayn tagged in Dillinger and Jey was tagged in at the same time. Tye connected with a Clothesline and then stomped on Jey in the corner. Dillinger went for a Suicide Dive but Jey punched him in the face as he was in between the ropes. Zayn then flipped onto Jimmy and Jey outside the ring.

Back in the ring, Dillinger planted Jey for a two count. Jimmy connected with a Superkick to Zayn outside the ring. Dillinger went for the Tye Breaker on Jey but Jimmy broke it up. Jimmy then booted Dillinger in the back of the leg and Jey applied the Tequila Sunrise for the submission victory.

After the match, The Usos cut a promo on New Day in the ring. For the second week in a row, Jimmy and Jey mocked New Day’s mannerisms and catchphrases. Big E then interrupted and started dancing on the entrance ramp. Woods and Kofi then attacked The Usos from behind. Woods brought some steel chairs into the ring. Big E lifted Jimmy Uso up onto his shoulders and Kofi was about to crack him over the head with a chair but Jey dragged Jimmy out of the ring. The crowd chanted “New Day rocks!” as The Usos retreated up the entrance ramp.

Winners: The Usos

Reaction: I am all for a tag team of Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger. WWE clearly has no idea what to do with those two talented Superstars.They’ve spent the past couple months destroying RAW and SmackDown’s tag divisions, so why not put them together? I thought this match was entertaining. The Usos and New Day are going to have a great match at SummerSlam and this has been one of the best feuds going in WWE right now.

Randy Orton was interviewed backstage about his match tonight against Jinder Mahal. Orton said that Jinder Mahal won’t get away tonight because the Singh Brothers will not be by his side tonight.

Another episode of Fashion Files was shown. Tyler Breeze was shown with The Ascension. Breeze said that the dream he had last week was a code and that he needs to crack it. The Ascension then took the pie on the desk and left. Breeze asked where Fandango was and Fandango appeared behind him with a tie wrapped around his head.

Fandango claimed that he was abdubcted by aliens and that he could leave any time he wanted to. Breeze asked he didn’t leave and Fandango replied “anal probes”. Fandango said his misspoke and meant to say “wardrobes”. Fandango revealed that he could now see into the future and that the next person that walks through the door destroyed Tully, their fake horse. Arn Anderson walked into the room and admitted he destroyed Tully because Breezango didn’t name him Arn because he was the Hoss of that group. Arn then took a couple donuts and left.

Charlotte vs Lana

Charlotte threw Lana across the ring to start off the match and then taunted Lana. Charlotte connected with a couple of chops. Lana accidentally pulled down Charlotte’s pants and the crowd chanted “thank you Lana!”. Charlotte applied the Figure Eight for the submission victory.

Winner: Charlotte

SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon came down to the ring and was joined by US Champion AJ Styles and Kevin Owens. Dueling AJ Styles and Kevin Owens chants broke out in the Toronto crowd. Kevin Owens apologized to Shane McMahon for shouting at him last week because it was right after he got screwed over by the referee. Owens said he is not worried about Shane screwing him over at SummerSlam because we’ve already had a McMahon screw over a legendary Canadian. The crowd then chanted “you screwed Bret!” and Owens said that Bret deserved it.

Owens rolled footage of AJ Styles attacking Shane McMahon in the parking lot last March and slamming his head through the car window. Styles said that Owens was trying to stir the pot and told Owens that it wasn’t working. Styles then threatened Shane McMahon that if he screws him over, he will face the repercussions just like he did at WrestleMania.

Shane McMahon said that he believes Styles is confusing him for another McMahon and that he doesn’t operate like that. Owens interrupted and showed footage from Survivor Series 1998 where Shane McMahon was the special referee and gave Austin the middle finger during the tournament and cost him the match against Mankind. Owens said that there is hours of footage of Shane McMahon screwing wrestlers over as a special referee on the WWE Network and the crowd laughed.

Shane McMahon vowed to call this match right down the middle and stated that he will not get involved unless he has to. Shane told Styles and Owens to not give him a reason to get involved at SummerSlam. AJ Styles then proposed that they have the United States Championship match right now. Owens claimed that he would rather win the US Championship at SummerSlam in NYC in a city that actually matters. Styles then got in Owens’ face and said that this is the closest he will get to the title. Owens shoved Styles and AJ went for a Pele Kick and hit Shane McMahon in the head. Owens then exited the ring and laughed on the entrance ramp.

Reaction: Kevin Owens was hilarious during this promo. For the most part, I haven’t enjoyed this feud but Shane McMahon as the referee does add some unpredictability to the match. Owens and Styles can certainly put on a great match at SummerSlam and I’m looking forward to it.

Lana was shown backstage and Tamina interrupted. Lana asked Tamina to leave and Tamina said that Lana will never be as good of a wrestler. Tamina said that it was Lana’s ambition that got her three shots at the SmackDown Women’s Championship, not her in-ring skill. Tamina then stated that Lana is now going to help Tamina get at shot at the title.

Carmella vs Naomi

Naomi connected with a kick to Carmella’s head and followed it up with a slap that knocked Carmella out of the ring as SmackDown went to a commercial break. During the break, the action returned to the ring and Carmella knocked Naomi to the mat. Carmella then stood over Naomi and started taunting her. Carmella bounced Naomi’s head off the top and middle turnbuckle and then posed in the middle of the ring.

Carmella continued to taunt Naomi and moonwalked across the ring. Carmella hit the Bronco Buster for a one count. Carmella continued the attack and elbowed Naomi in the shoulder a couple of times before applying a Chin Lock. Naomi powered to her feet but Carmella dragged her back down while still applying the Chin Lock.

When SmackDown returned, Carmella dragged Naomi to the mat by her hair for a two count and then once again applied the Chin Lock. Natalya was shown watching the match backstage as Naomi connected with a Backbreaker. An “Ellsworth” chant broke out in the crowd as Naomi connected with a series of kicks. Naomi planted Carmella with a Jawbreaker and then charged at her in the corner. Carmella sent Naomi to the ring apron but Naomi booted Carmella in the side of the head.

Naomi went to the top rope but Carmella met her up there. Naomi shoved her to the mat but Carmella got up and grabbed Naomi’s hair. The referee separated the two and Ellsworth showed up and shoved Naomi off the top rope. Carmella then connected with a Superkick for the victory.

After the match, Carmella and Ellsworth celebrated in the ring.

Winner: Carmella

Natalya approached Carmella and James Ellsworth backstage. Natalya insulted Ellsworth and said that he was sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Natalya said that SummerSlam is her night to shine and that she will become SmackDown Women’s Champion. Natalya warned Carmella and Ellsworth to not get involved in her match at SummerSlam. Ellsworth and Carmella laughed and wished her luck against Naomi at SummerSlam.

Renee Young interviewed Shinsuke Nakamura. Shinsuke said that he wanted to be in WWE for his whole career to compete against the best in the world. Nakamura said that John Cena has been a measuring stick in WWE for the past decade and said that he beat him last week. Nakamura said that he couldn’t describe what it was like to stand in the ring with John Cena and to walk away victorious. Nakamura said that winning the WWE Championship is his destiny and that he will be watching Jinder Mahal tonight on SmackDown. Nakamura stated that he will win the WWE Championship at SummerSlam and that the “Nakamura dynasty” will begin.

Randy Orton vs Jinder Mahal

Orton started out the match in control and beat the hell out of Mahal. Jinder escaped outside the ring and Orton followed him out there and leveled him with a Clothesline. Orton then cleared off the announce table and Mahal rolled back into the ring. Orton got back into the ring and Mahal stomped away on him. Orton responded with a Clothesline that knocked Mahal out of the ring.

Orton brought Mahal onto the announce table and the crowd started to cheer. Orton went for an RKO and Mahal shoved him off the table into the timekeeper’s area as SmackDown went to a commercial break. When SmackDown returned, Mahal was in control of the match as the action returned to the ring.

Mahal applied a Chin Lock in the middle of the ring and Orton powered to his feet to break the hold. Orton connected with a headbutt and avoided Mahal as he charged at him and Jinder flew into the ring post. Nakamura was shown watching the match backstage as both Orton and Mahal made their way to their feet.

Orton planted Mahal with a Superplex for a two count. Orton connected with a couple of Clotheslines and followed it up with a Fallaway Slam. Orton then climbed to the second rope and started punching Mahal in the head as the crowd chanted “10!” after every punch. Mahal escaped but Orton planted him with a Powerslam for a two count.

Mahal connected with a knee to the face for a two count. The crowd chanted “Jinder” as Mahal went for the Khallas but Orton blocked it. Orton connected with a DDT while Mahal was hung up between the ropes. Orton went for an RKO but Mahal reversed it into a roll-up for a two count. Mahal went for the Khallas but Orton reversed it into the RKO for the victory.

After the match, Rusev attacked Orton on the entrance ramp.

Winner: Randy Orton

Reaction: I’ve seen enough Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton matches to last a lifetime. I’m not a fan of seeing the WWE Champion lose clean on a random match on SmackDown. I’m no fan of Jinder Mahal, I’ve just never liked seeing champions get beat in throwaway matches and WWE seems to do that a ton. Overall, SmackDown was decent tonight. There weren’t any outstanding matches, but the promos were entertaining.

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