Welcome to Wrestling-Edge’s Results and Coverage for the June 12th, 2020 edition of Friday Night SmackDown airing live from Orlando, FL at the WWE Performance Center.
Featured below are WWE Friday Night SmackDown results from June 12th, 2020 written by Wrestling-Edge’s greatest female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN RESULTS (6/12): ORLANDO, FL.
Tonight’s edition of SmackDown begins at 8:00pm on Fox. Are you ready??
Show Opener: Jeff Hardy
We open our show with Jeff Hardy from last week and scenes from two weeks ago, where Jeff was arrested for supposedly driving drunk and hitting Elias. We see his mugshots from over the years. Jeff goes on to tell us that eyewitnesses showed up to say that the perpetrator was someone with red hair and a red beard, and Jeff took every alcohol test the cops gave. We see Sheamus coming out to confront him, and calling Jeff a junkie.
Jeff tells Sheamus that he’ll be damned if he lets Sheamus get away with trying to take everything away from him. Sheamus tells Jeff not to worry about the disappointment his wife and daughters will feel…they’re used to it. We then see Sheamus and Jeff brawling last week and hear Sheamus reiterate that Jeff is just a junkie.
In the Ring: Jeff Hardy & Sheamus (Contract Signing)
Renee takes a moment to remind us that this Sunday, Sheamus and Jeff will face each other at Backlash. She tells us that WWE officials want these two superstars to sign a contract. Out first is Sheamus to a chorus of boos. Out first is Sheamus to a chorus of boos. Sheamus comes to the ring, accompanied by a doctor and a trio of personal security. As he looks to the security team, Sheamus says the personal security are there for Jeff.
Sheamus comes to the ring, accompanied by a doctor and a trio of personal security.
Out next is Jeff Hardy as his music sounds over the speakers of the Performance Center. The crowd behind the Pleixglas begins to cheer and clap as Jeff hits the stage, makinghis way down the ramp and entering the ring. Renee starts off speaking to Sheamus as she asks Sheamus what this is all about. Sheamus says he brought a curtain out for Renee’s benefit. Jeff accuses Sheamus of hitting Elias; Jeff claims Sheamus has tried to ruin his life but at Backlash, he’s going to end this.
Sheamus starts off by saying that Jeff’s history of pills and booze are well known, and that he spoke with WWE officials and Jeff has to take a urine test right now. Sheamus says there’s no way he’s going to step into the ring with a junkie. A chorus of boos. Sheamus yells “it’s the truth!” Jeff says “My name is Jeff Hardy, and I’m an alcoholic. And if this is what I have to do to get to you, that’s fine.
Alcohol, addiction, since my early 20’s” and talks about letting his fans, family and self down. He says he goes to meetings every week. And he’s sick and tired of being sick and tired. Sometimes all it takes to quell the demons inside is to be in the presence of a bastard like Sheamus. Jeff agrees to go along with this B.S. just to get his hands on Sheamus at Backlash.
Sheamus says most tests take a few days to get results, but Doctor Crushinbell has a rapid results test so they can get results right now, and Sheamus paid for the whole thing himself. He then asks Renee to step out of the ring so Jeff can take the test. Jeff steps into the curtained box with the doctor to give a urine test. Sheamus looks at the camera and says he has a public service announcement: if you’re a user, you’re a loser, just like Jeff.
Sheamus tells Jeff to hurry up as people have things to do. The doctor and Jeff step out with a pint full of urine. The doctor keeps eyeballing the urine. Sheamus makes cracks about Jeff having a lot to drink at the bar earlier. Sheamus tells the audience and the people at home to “just say no” as he smiles and turns back to Jeff.
The doctor dips the test strip into the scary large amount of urine that Jeff Hardy just released into the jar behind the black screen. Jeff turns his focus to Sheamus as he states, “Ya know, sometimes it’s better to be pissed off… then pissed on” with that Jeff takes the jar from behind his back and throws it in Sheamus’s face. The crowd begins to chant, “You got pissed on! You got pissed on!” Sheamus removes his shirt and wipes his face as he gags and breathes heavily with anger and disgust.
Hardy already exited the ring and is halfway up the ramp as he looks back at Sheamus who is now retching and trying to catch his breath. We head to commercial break.
Backstage – Sheamus
Sheamus is gargling and spitting out water. The doctor comes in and tells Sheamus that Jeff’s test results came back negative.
Corey Graves and Michael Cole are our announcers tonight as usual. They tell us the test results are great news for Jeff. They plug the Intercontinental championship finals later tonight.
The New Day vs Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
“Don’t you dare be sour, and give it up, for your eight-time tag team champions, and feel the power!” Out first is Kofi Kingston and Big E representing the New Day, they head down the ramp and enter into the ring first. Both superstars kneel while raising one arm, fist clenched, for about ten seconds before going back to their usual antics.
Out next are their opponents. First to make their way to the stage is the Swiss Cyborg, Cesaro. Out next is Cesaro’s teammate, Shinsuke Nakamura. The two superstars make their way down the ramp and enter the ring where they join Big E and Kofi Kingston for tonight’s tag-team match up. Big E is dancing in the ring to Shinsuke’s theme music.
The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and the match officially begins. Things start off between Cesaro and former WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston. Cesaro locks Kofi’s arm; Kofi flips and spins, utilizing Cesaro’s own arm lock to go for an early pin, but gets nothing. Kofi goes into the ropes and comes rushing back but Cesaro catches Kofi and spins him in the air, hitting a wicked back breaker. Cesaro tags in Nakamura.
Nakamura lines up in the corner but Kofi charges and hits a double foot. Nakamura rolls outside. Big E is tagged in. Big E tosses Kofi over the top ropes to the outside, taking out Nakamura. Before Kofi can even celebrate, a big boot from Cesaro takes out Kofi. Big E hits a huge Clothesline on Cesaro. Big E takes Nakamura back into the ring.
Cesaro heads into the ring and hits an uppercut, and we go to commercial with Cesaro & Nakamura taking control.
As we return from commercial break, commentary members Michael Cole and Corey Graves inform us that Cesaro & Nakamura have maintained control throughout the commercial break. Cesaro is working Big E’s arm. Cesaro makes the tag; Nakamura hits a big knee and covers but gets nothing. Another tag back to Cesaro, who locks Big E in that shoulder/arm lock. Cesaro sends Big E into the corner and follows. Big E picks up the Swiss Superman and slams him down. Both men tag their partners. Kofi in, hitting a great comeback sequence of jumping lariats, a drop kick, a jumping forearm and culminating in the Boom Drop on Nakamura.
The crowd chants “New..Day Rocks!” Cesaro on the apron to distract Kofi; Nakamura takes advantage and attempts a pin. Kofi turns it into a pin of his own and Cesaro breaks it up. Kofi goes up top, Nakamura chases him up top. They’re punching it out on the top rope. Kofi looking for a Splash, Shinsuke pulls up his legs just in time, and rolls up Kingston for the three count pin and win!
Winners: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
Backstage – Mandy Rose, Otis & Tucker
Mandy’s wearing a Canadian Tuxedo and wishes Otis good luck. She reminds him not to forget his Money in the Bank case. Tucker tells Otis this is their night, and tonight the Universal Champion Braun Strowman is their partner tonight, insinuating that Otis may want to cash it in. They’re distracted then as the camera pans over to see Sheamus and Jeff brawling back stage as officials futilely try to break it up. We go to commercial.
Michael Cole reminds us that we’ve got a big six-man tag team match ahead of us later tonight. Corey then hypes the Intercontinental Championship title with a video package showcasing some of the greatest to wear the belt. They cover how the belt has been a pillar of excellence.
Video Clips = Former Intercontinental Champions
We get clips of the belt with the Miz, Ultimate Warrior, Razor Ramon, British Bulldog, Bret Hart, Stone Cold, Mr. Perfect, etc. Corey says that while Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles both boast unique accolades, there journey set them apart. Daniel Bryan took a respectable approach, taking no shortcuts, whereas AJ took a more calculated approach and took his bye.
Video Clip – Daniel Bryan
We see clips of the tournament, showing Daniel Bryan fighting through multiple opponents to get to the finals whereas AJ had a bye week. Corey’s voice over asks who will join the lineage of legends and become timeless?
Intercontinental Championship Finals
AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan
Out first for this Intercontinental Championship Finals match is AJ Styles. As Styles heads down the ramp towards the ring, Michael Cole reminds us that the inaugural champion was Pat Patterson in 1979 and illustrious names such as Macho Man Randy Savage have held this title.
Out next is Daniel Bryan as a chorus of “Yes” chants echo through the Performance Center. We’re reminded that Sami Zayn was the champion but the title was stripped as he couldn’t defend it.
With both superstars in the center of the ring, we receive the official announcements. “From Gainesville, GA weighing in at 217 pounds is AJ Styles! And his opponent, from Aberdeen, Washington and weighing in at 210 pounds is Daniel Bryan” the referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and the match is officially underway!
To start things off, both men circle one another in the center of the ring. An early lock up and Daniel locks on to AJ’s left arm, twisting it and holding it. AJ rolls through and reverses the move, twisting Daniel’s arm. Daniel looks like he’s setting up for a Russian Leg Sweep but AJ twists Bryan’s left arm and works it. Daniel rolls through and hits a drop kick, knocking Styles down into the corner. Both men get to their feet. Daniel extends an arm, looking for a test of strength. AJ reaches out but kicks Bryan into the gut and sends Bryan into the turnbuckle.
Daniel and AJ lock up; AJ with a throat thrust. Daniel retaliates and sends AJ out to ringside and we’re sent to commercials.
Styles vs. Bryan (continued)
As we return from commercial break, Daniel Bryan is in control of AJ Styles. Bryan with a unique pinning combination, Styles kicks out at two. Both men back in the ring, Styles with a Leap Frog followed by a Dropkick right to the jaw of Daniel Bryan. After that, Styles slows down the pace of the match, throwing a Strike to the face of Bryan.
Styles powers Bryan into the corner, landing a Chop to the chest of Bryan. Then, Styles takes Bryan to the canvas, twisting the arm of Bryan. Styles almost dislocates the shoulder of Bryan. Back to their feet, Bryan shoves Styles off the rope and hits a blow to the midsection of Styles. Bryan turns Styles over and attempts the Surfboard Submission. Afterward, Bryan lands a Double Stomp as he’s unable to use his arm.
Bryan focusing on the knee of Styles, putting pressure on Styles, another two count as Bryan attempts a pin on Styles. Back to their feet, Bryan lands several “Yes” kicks to the chest of Styles. Styles reverses with a roll through, back and forth roll ups for two counts.
Bryan with Leg Scissors, Bryan lifts up and looks for a Back Slide, both men off the ropes for a center of the ring collision as we head to commercial break once again!
Styles vs. Bryan (continued)
We return from commercial break once again, Michael Cole stating this match couldn’t be more even, AJ Styles looks for a roll-up pin attempt at that moment, Bryan looking to continue to work on the shoulder of Styles, looking for the “Yes” Lock. Styles catapults Bryan out of the ring. Styles up over the top, Bryan catches him.
Bryan sends Styles shoulder first into the ring post with a hard thud. For the follow up, Bryan pulls Styles to the apron and Stomps the shoulder of Styles before entering the ring. Then Bryan slides back out of the ring, and rolls Styles in. Bryan focuses on twisting the shoulder of Styles. Bryan returns to the Hammer Lock.
Styles shouting out in pain. Double Under-hook, Styles able to roll out and onto the apron giving himself a breather. Bryan lifts Styles back to his feet. Bryan picks himself up on the rope and he hits a Body Slam while Styles chokes Bryan. He ran and kicked him and we went to commercial break.
Styles vs. Bryan (continued)
We return from commercial break, and Styles and Bryan are exchanging blows back and forth. Styles is launched over the top rope by Bryan. Bryan off the ropes and heads towards Styles on the outside, Styles jumps up and hits a Kick, knocking Bryan back to the canvas. Styles looking for the Phenomenal Forearm, Bryan counters with an Elbow Lock, Styles reverses with a Calf Crusher.
Bryan struggles to crawl to the ropes. Bryan rolls over and counters into an Arm Bar as Bryan shifts his weight. Styles reverses into a Triangle for a pin attempt, Bryan lands a hard Kick on Styles for the two count. With that, Bryan is left stunned, Styles breathing heavy on the mat. Bryan lifts Styles to his feet.
Daniel once again focuses on the arm of Styles. Bryan puts Styles on the top turnbuckle. Styles delivers Back Elbows to Bryan, knocking him off the ropes. Bryan heads back up behind Styles who once again delivers a number of elbows. The crowd shouting for Bryan to get up. Bryan again from behind, climbs the ropes for a third time. We get a glance of the title next to the ring.
Back Suplex by Bryan off the top, both men laid out on the canvas as we head to commercial break once again!!
Styles vs. Bryan (continued)
We return and Bryan flips off the turnbuckle, Styles flips off the turnbuckle onto Bryan for a two count on Bryan. Bryan babying the injured left leg as it buckled during the previous move. Styles lifts Bryan into a fireman’s hold, Bryan lands several blows forcing Styles to release him. Next, Styles hits the Pay-Lay followed by the Brain Buster as Styles drops Bryan on the back of his neck for another two count!
We see Styles back to his feet first, then he assists Bryan to his feet, Styles goes for the Styles Clash, Bryan reverses, hitting a two count pin attempt. Bryan with a Waistlock into a German Suplex. Styles with a reversal and a German Suplex of his own. Styles maintains the grip, Bryan reverses with a German Suplex of his own, Styles and Bryan going back and forth. Bryan delivers “Yes” Elbows on Styles.
Bryan trying to lock in the “Yes” Lock, Styles pulls his arm back as if he’s about to tap out. Styles gets to the rope and puts his foot up as the referee forces the break. Bryan looking angry and determined as the crowd begins the “Yes” chant! Bryan hyping up with “Yes!” chant, Styles catches Bryan and hits the Styles Clash as Bryan attempted a Running Knee.
Styles doesn’t have enough to make it to his feet to head to Bryan for the pin. We see Styles uses the ropes to stand-up. Finally, Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm as he flies over the ropes and kicks off for the three count pin and win!
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: AJ Styles!!
After the Match
“They don’t want none… they don’t want none…” Corey Graves and Michael Cole discuss the Phenomenal Intercontinental Champion as we review the replays from the match.
Interview Inside the Ring
“What does it mean to finally win the title after it eluding you your entire career? “I am the best WWE Champion, the WWE Universe has ever seen. I am… Phenomenal.” Styles drops to the canvas to continue looking at his championship title belt!
We see Bryan holding his leg in the corner of the ring, the referee checking on him, Bryan pulls his shin-guard down, still holding his leg in pain as we cut to another area of the Performance Center.
Miz and Morrison Antics Recap
“Hey Hey” on one lens, “Ho Ho” on the other as we see The Miz and John Morrison in the back of a van, pulling childish pranks including messing with Braun Strowman’s drink causing it to explode, then green slime pouring on Kayla Braxton during an interview with Strowman.
Finally Miz smashing the car of Strowman, Morrison smashing it with a bat. Strowman finding Miz and Morrison in the van after a WWE employee points it out. Strowman uses his energy as he states, “You’re a dead man” Strowman lifts and turns the van onto it’s side. “You guys think ur funny, now THATS funny!”
Backstage Tonight – Braun Strowman
Braun says a lot is going on tonight, with in-ring drug tests; Sheamus raising hell; a new Intercontinental champion; Miz and Morrison lurking somewhere.
Braun says he’s not in the mood for any BS tonight. Braun admits he likes Otis and Tucker, but if they try anything tonight, Braun states, “I have no problem, obliterating, Heavy Machinery.”
In the Ring
We see crewmen setting up balloon arches and we’re told that it has something to do with the new Women’s Tag Team Champions, who will be up next! We head to commercial break!!
We return from commercial break and immediately head into a video package highlighting the events leading up to Bayley and Sasha Banks ultimately winning the tag-team match that made them SmackDown Women’s Tag-Team Champions.
In the Ring: Women’s Tag Team Champion Celebration
As we return to the ring in the Performance Center, we hear the entrance theme for The Boss, Sasha Banks. Banks comes out first, wearing white. Out next is Bayley wearing her Smackdown Women’s Championship around her waist and carrying her tag title over her shoulders. Both women approach the announcers and show them their belts, then give Michael Cole shades to put on so they can take a selfie with him and Corey.
(Commentary members Michael Cole and Corey Graves remind us that this Sunday, at Backlash, is a Triple Threat Women’s Tag Championship match between the Iiconics, Bliss & Cross, and the current tag champs.)
Bayley lifts the mic and begins to speak. She is clearly angry as the crowd begins to “Booo” the champions. She yells that this is their party and the crowd is lucky they’re even invited. The crowd starts a “you suck” chant. Bayley says that she doesn’t suck, because she’s got two belts. She says its lonely at the top when you’ve beaten everyone and you’re the most dominant Smackdown Women’s champion in history. But she’s not lonely because she’s got da boss, da blueprint, Sasha Banks.
Sasha Speaks Next
Sasha tells us that she told us so, but we didn’t want to listen. Then Sasha said they’re the role models. She says that they told everyone they’d win the titles back when they wanted to, and they did. She says that she and Bayley are best of friends and unstoppable.
Bayley wants to read a poem she wrote but is interrupted as Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross come down to the ring. Bliss says its fine to have a celebration, but she draws the line when it comes to poetry. Bayley is yelling that they’re ruining their celebration. Nikki tells them it’s okay.
The Iiconics Join In
The Iiconics come up on the big screen and have some facts. Fact: they’ve both beaten Cross & Bliss recently. Fact: they ended the Boss n’ Hug Connection’s first title reign. And fact: you probably shouldn’t turn your backs on Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss. At that, Bliss & Cross attack Banks and Bayley, and toss them out the ring. The Iiconics blow kisses on the big screen as Bliss & Cross celebrates. Bayley holds her face and yells “you stupid idiots, we’ll see you Sunday!”
Backstage – The Miz & Morrison
The Miz and Morrison want to debut a new music video to Kayla Braxton and the WWE Universe, The Miz announces it’s called “HEY! Hey Hey!” but before it can get more than half a minute in, Braun Strowman makes his entrance, interrupting it.
Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery vs. The Miz & John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler
Braun Strowman’s entrance theme interrupts The Miz and John Morrison’s new music video. Strowman makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring as he awaits his tag-team partners.
Out next is Otis and Tucker representing Heavy Machinery. Otis carrying his Money in the Bank briefcase as they make their way down the ramp and enter the ring. As Otis and Tucker finish their entrance, Strowman points to Otis and his Money in the Bank briefcase with a warning look in his eyes. We head to commercial break.
Main Event Continued
As we return from commercial break, The Miz and John Morrison make their way to the stage, followed by Dolph Ziggler. The three make their way down the ramp and enter the ring for tonight’s match up. Braun yells at Miz & Morrison as they stay ringside. Braun climbs out the ring to go after them. The ref yells at everyone to get to their corners. Starting the match are Otis and Dolph.
Otis heads forward towards Dolph but he hops out of the ring, tagging Miz. Miz is hesitant to get in. Otis Suplexes Miz over the ropes and into the ring. Otis tags Tucker, and they hit a double team drop. Miz tags in Morrison. Morrison wraps a headlock on Tucker. Tucker throws Morrison into the ropes and flips him over his head for a back drop, but Morrison lands on his feet! Morrison sent to the mat by Tucker. Braun is calling to be tagged in.
Morrison tags in Dolph who locks up with Tucker, but is sent to the mat. Tucker tags in Otis, who immediately tags in Braun. Heavy Machinery grab Braun and throw him into Dolph in the corner, flattening him. Braun tags in Tucker who hits a beautiful Stalling Suplex on Dolph.
King Corbin Surprise Appearance
King Corbin comes up on the big screen and a camera follows him backstage. Corbin comes up to Mandy, and wants to talk about last week when Otis stole Corbin’s crown. Otis leaves the ring and runs backstage. We cut to backstage where King Corbin looks to Mandy Rose and states that he knows Mandy is fantasizing about being with a man, being with a king, being with Corbin himself.
Suddenly we see Otis run in and attack Corbin as WWE officials run up and attempt to break the two superstars apart. We head to commercial break.
Main Event Continued
As we return from commercial break, we see that Otis has not returned from the locker room yet. Tucker is in the ring being worked over by Dolph. Dolph has a headlock on Tucker down on the mat. Crowd is chanting “Tucky” as he tries to escape the hold, but Ziggler drags him to the mat and keeps it on. Ziggler continues to wear down Tucker. Tucker to his feet to try to tag Braun; Miz distracts the ref, allowing Dolph to pull the hair of Tucker and send him to the heel corner.
Morrison is tagged in and controls the pace, working Tucker’s arm. Tag made, here comes Miz. Tucker uses his legs to send Morrison out of the ring; Miz approaches and gets mule kicked out of the ring too. Dolph tries to come in and stop the tag meanwhile, Tucker escapes! Tucker goes for the hot tag but Miz & Morrison yank Braun off the apron and double team him outside, slamming him face first into the floor.
Dolph works over Tucker as Otis and Mandy come to ringside. Tucker hits a big kick on Dolph to make some space and finally tags in Otis slams Dolph; belly to belly on Miz. Slams Morrison down. Dolph hits Otis in the midsection, but Otis just jelly belly shakes it off. Another hit to Otis’ gut; no reaction. Otis tosses Dolph out the ring.
Otis calls for the Freight Train as he signals to Braun. Braun complies and charges around the ring, running over Miz, Morrison, then Dolph. He sends Dolph into the ring and Otis hits the Caterpillar, pinning Dolph for the win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery
After the Match
Mandy claps from ringside for Otis and then joins Heavy Machinery & Braun Strowman in the ring. Strowman holds his Universal title up high; Tucker hands Otis his MITB briefcase. Otis holds his Money in the Bank briefcase up high. Tucker is looking at Otis in a way that seems to say, “do it now”.
Otis looks to Braun who is now comfortable and all smiles next to Otis and Tucker, holding his Universal title high, Otis reluctantly holds his MITB briefcase high as well! That ends the 6/12/20 episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown!
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