Sheamus interrupted and stated Big E was scared and now vulnerable without the rest of New Day, and thats why Retribution assaulted, however that they wouldnt dare interfere with his match later in the night with Shorty G. Big E ended the segment by stating if Sheamus had any sense, he d understand that he is not alone.Asuka won a battle royal to win a shot at Bayleys SmackDown womens champion: Asuka– who already has a title shot at Sasha Banks set for SummerSlam– was a surprise entrant, shocking Bayley and Sasha Banks, who were operating as ring announcers. There was a bit too much of the “eliminated rival removes somebody else” gimmick through the match, but deciding to run with two Asuka matches at SummerSlam is a gutsy call and should make for a set of very excellent matches– unless WWE decides to make a triple hazard match. Shorty G by means of pinfall: Prior to the match, Sheamus told security they could leave, playing up his earlier statements to Big E that Retribution would not attempt run in on his match. Shinsuke Nakamura by means of pinfall: Before the match, Cesaro and Nakamura cut a backstage promo, stating that they would squash the “small” Lucha House Party like bugs in a tag title match. Huge E and Morrison was yet another match on the card that had possible to deliver in a huge method, however all the nonsense lowered the real match to background sound.
With only two editions of SmackDown to precede the WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view, Friday nights program saw completing focuses of continuous attacks by Retribution and the continuing issues between universal champion Braun Strowman and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. The outcome was a unbalanced and unfocused show that ended on a shocking note with Strowman assaulting longtime buddy and previous combined tag partner Alexa Bliss.In the programs last section, Strowman came to the ring to require The Fiend pertained to the ring to face him, only to be confronted by Bliss, who had actually been attacked and taken by The Fiend two weeks earlier. Happiness required Strowman snap out of whatever was incorrect with him– and whatever caused him to declare last week to “not give a damn” about her– prior to slapping him. When lights started to go out throughout the structure, strowman lifted Bliss above her head as The Fiend teased revealing up. At the minutes the lights returned, Strowman introduced Bliss into the air, leaving her down in the ring when The Fiends red lights came on, just for Strowman to have vanished from the ring. Strowman then showed up on the video screen, laughing maniacally prior to The Fiend took part on the laughter.Theres one week left to construct on the story, however it has actually produced a rare circumstance where a pay-per-view championship is now a heel vs. heel affair, with The Fiend twisting Strowman to the point where both guys have actually now performed harsh attacks on Bliss.We were with you all night long, bringing you highlights, recaps and grades for the action. Keep reading for total outcomes and a wrap-up of whatever that happened on the show.WWE SmackDown results, gradesRetribution began the show by assaulting Big E and John Morrison: Before the match between Big E and Morrison might start, members of retribution swarmed the ring and attacked. After leaving both males down and out, the group ranged from the ring before The Miz diminished to assist Morrison. After a business break, King Corbin told the locker room that they are under attack and recommended everybody follow him as leader. Huge E told Corbin to stop talking and said hell be damned if “the Foot Soldiers from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” would hold him back and gotten in touch with the locker room to stand and battle. Sheamus cut off and said Big E was scared and now vulnerable without the rest of New Day, and thats why Retribution attacked, however that they would not attempt hinder his match later in the night with Shorty G. Big E ended the segment by saying if Sheamus had any sense, he d understand that he is not alone.Asuka won a battle royal to win a shot at Bayleys SmackDown womens champion: Asuka– who already has a title shot at Sasha Banks set for SummerSlam– was a surprise entrant, stunning Bayley and Sasha Banks, who were operating as ring announcers. Asuka ran to the ring and attacked Bayley prior to the remainder of the entrants also got and ran into the ring. Ruby Riott was almost instantly removed, effectively “taking the bullet” for Liv Morgan. The IIconics were eliminated minutes later and pulled Morgan off the canvas for an elimination before the teams battled off. There were other minor stories running through the match, including Lacey Evans and Naomi renewing their problems, ending when Evans was able to get rid of Naomi. Bianca Belair had an impressive minute, solitarily eliminating Tamina. Dana Brooke pulled the old sneak play of attempting to wait outside the ring after not being eliminated, but that didnt succeed for her before being eliminated and leaving the final 2 of Asuka and Shayna Baszler. Bayley attempted to assist remove Asuka when Baszler landed a knee while Asuka was on the apron. Asuka arrived on Bayley and Banks rather than the flooring, however, and then reversed a Kirifuda Clutch by pulling Baszler over the top rope to score the removal and get a shot at Bayleys gold at SummerSlam. There was a bit too much of the “removed rival gets rid of somebody else” gimmick through the match, however deciding to keep up two Asuka matches at SummerSlam is a gutsy call and needs to make for a set of very good matches– unless WWE chooses to make a triple danger match. Grade: BMandy Rose and Sonya Deville accepted a SummerSlam hair vs. hair match: Rose thanked Deville for advising her that she is a lot more than a pretty face when she attacked her two weeks earlier on SmackDown and cut her hair. After a short promotion, Rose threw down the challenge for the 2 to meet at SummerSlam in a hair vs. hair match. Later in the program, Deville said she was shocked by Roses earlier obstacle. She then stated after she thought about the idea, she realized Rose would look terrific bald prior to assuring to destroy Rose as soon as and for all. Deville ended up by officially accepting the match. Sheamus def. Shorty G via pinfall: Prior to the match, Sheamus informed security they might leave, playing up his earlier declarations to Big E that Retribution would not attempt run in on his match. Sheamus dominated the early part of the match prior to Shorty G was able to lock and make a resurgence up an ankle lock and then nearly score a roll-up for the win. Instead, Sheamus struck White Noise and hit a Brogue Kick to score the win in a primarily one-sided match. As Sheamus forecasted, Weve seen better matches from these 2 in the past, so its tough to not feel a bit dissatisfied. Grade: C+AJ Styles introduced a new ranking system, received a challenger: Styles said there are more pushing matters than Retribution, including who he will deal with for the intercontinental champion. He said he just wishes to enjoy being champion, choosing to sit in the house and delight in the moment while streaming on Twitch. Christopher Parks (formerly Abyss in Impact Wrestling) was with Styles in the ring and Styles said he developed a statistical system to identify who need to challenge for his title. Revealing a whiteboard that revealed just his own name and saying no one had actually earned the right to face him for the title. Jeff Hardy then pointed and disrupted the promo out that Sheamus robbed his chance in the intercontinental champion competition, but that was the past and he would let it go. Hardy also stated the title suggests a lot to him, considering that it was the first singles title he ever won. Hardy informed Styles that having a match with him sounded “extremely cool” and asked, man-to-man, for a chance at the belt. Designs stated he appreciates Hardy, but provided the runaround before saying “hell no” to the match. After Styles stated that this isnt a “pity party,” Hardy assaulted, leaving Styles down and out prior to signing his own name on Styles whiteboard. Styles seemed to consent to the obstacle later on in the show, though the bout was not verified. The segment took a hit with some trademark bad WWE humor, with Styles statistical system having the acronym P.I.S.S. (Phenomenal Intercontinental Statistic System). Grade: CGran Metalik def. Shinsuke Nakamura by means of pinfall: Before the match, Cesaro and Nakamura cut a backstage promotion, stating that they would squash the “small” Lucha House Party like bugs in a tag championship. Nakamura was securely in control of the match when the Lucha House Party music hit and Kalisto made his surprise return, taking out Cesaro and producing a diversion that permitted Metalik to hit the diving elbow on Nakamura to score the three count. Another too-short match that didnt develop any story in the ring and was just a stepping stone to the ultimate tag title shot. Grade: C+M att Riddle was attacked by King Corbin: Riddle said no one likes a bounty on their head, and as a laid back person, its irritating to keep his head on a swivel. Riddle said he has actually attempted everything to get Corbin in the ring. Shorty G then apologized and interrupted for assaulting Riddle, saying he only did it since he has a family in your home and the cash to take him out would have been life changing. After Shorty G apologized and said he felt ill about it, Riddle forgave him and said to let him know if he ever wanted a match, since hes constantly down for a battle. Corbin then attacked Riddle from behind, leaving him down and out and thanking “Chad” for the aid, though it was unclear whether Shorty G was really a part of the strategy. Alexa Bliss resolved her participation in the concerns between Braun Strowman and The Fiend: Nikki Cross faced Bliss backstage and excused shoving her two weeks back and asked what occurred with The Fiend. Bliss didnt wish to talk about it, however informed Cross that she wasnt leaving since she desired answers from Braun Strowman. Later on, in an interview sector, Bliss discussed her relationship with Strowman and their previous as Team Little Big. She was asked if there was ever anything romantic in between the 2, to which she stated, “possibly.” Bliss then discussed how scary being around The Fiend was, but also said he was “engaging” and for the first time in her life, she comprehends the idea of “moth to a flame.” Bliss was asked how she felt about Strowmans remarks to The Fiend that he “does not give a damn” about her. Rather than answer, Bliss looked off video camera as the show went to commercial.Big E def. John Morrison via submission as Retribution attacked once again: Morrison focused on the knee of Big E, hurt in the earlier attack from Retribution, early. Huge E rapidly took over, tossing Morrison from the ring and likewise striking a splash as Morrison was set out on the ring apron. Miz, who was on commentary, provided a diversion, enabling Morrison to strike a slice block on Big Es bad knee. Otis then made his method to ringside, Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. The lights then started to flicker in the building and the show cut to industrial. After the industrial, much of the locker room surrounded the match and the ring continued. The lights then flickered once again and Retribution was revealed backstage assaulting team members and damaging property– and, inexplicably, trapping a man in a bathroom. The lineup members eventually recognized what was going on and ran backstage but Retribution was currently gone. The match continued for another few minutes before Big E locked Morrison in a stretch muffler to secure the submission. Sheamus ran in and laid out Big E after the match but left as Braun Strowman made his way to the ring. The retribution nonsense continues to miss out on the mark, and the entire situation was made to feel ridiculous as Michael Cole and Corey Graves sat feet far from the wrestlers who had actually surrounded the ring going over that someone required to let them learn about the backstage attack. Huge E and Morrison was yet another match on the card that had prospective to deliver in a huge way, but all the nonsense reduced the actual match to background noise. Grade: C-Braun Strowman called out The Fiend, attacked Alexa Bliss: Strowman said The Fiend understands precisely what hes going to get when they take on at SummerSlam. Strowman once again stated he was now the “most wicked boy of a bitch anyone ever laid eyes on.” After stating he would kill The Fiend and “take in” his entrails, Alexa Bliss music hit. Happiness said they needed to have a conversation and that Strowman is not acting like the male she knows, specifically when he said he does not give a damn about her. Strowman accused Bliss of utilizing him as a pawn and stated everybody who comes into contact with The Fiend changes, including her. Happiness slapped Strowman a number of times, yelling, “get up, this isnt you” prior to he lifted her over his head, ready to throw her from the ring, but the lights started to go out, with Strowman throwing Bliss into the air as everything went black. The traffic signals came on and The Fiend remained in the ring and Strowman revealed up on the big screen, laughing. The Fiend participated the laughter as the program went off the air. This was the official moment Strowman was completely changed by his interaction with The Fiend– the extremely thing he implicated Bliss of going through. Its an interesting enough angle, and one where Bliss has done a great job with what she has been given. Strowman continues to struggle providing engaging discounts and doing character work. The tone of the SummerSlam match has also moved to something of a heel vs. heel pairing, especially after Strowman viciously assaulted Bliss. Grade: B-.