The blue brand returns tonight, airing live from Orlando, Florida, How will AJ Styles respond to Samoa Joe‘s ambush last week? Will we see the Miz vs Daniel Bryan made official? Will tension continue to develop between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch after Flair inserted herself into the championship picture last week? I’ve got your answers - and your preview - for tonight’s August 7 Smackdown!
A Quick Recap:
- Becky Lynch cut a killer promo, but was interrupted by Carmella. The Princess of Staten Island sang Becky’s praises to start, but attacked Lynch when James Ellsworth’s music hit as a distraction. Charlotte Flair made her return to Smackdown Live, saving Becky from a complete beatdown.
- Paige made Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella the main event for the evening. If Charlotte won, she would be added to the women’s championship match at SummerSlam.
- The Bar def. the Usos, move on to face the New Day in the finals of the tag-team tournament to determine the #1 contenders for SummerSlam.
- Samoa Joe critiques AJ Styles parenting abilities. Ruthless.
- Jeff Hardy cuts a promo on the United States Championship, Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton, and calls Orton out for his attacks over the past few weeks. Orton enters the arena, but before he can square up with Hardy, Nakamura attacked the Charismatic Enigma. After teasing tension, Orton and Nakamura beat down Hardy.
- Becky Lynch was interviewed backstage and expressed her disappointment at potentially competing in a triple threat at SummerSlam.
- Zelina Vega def. Lana after Aiden English accidentally interfered.
- Bludgeon Brothers promo. Meh.
- Daniel Bryan and the Miz engage in duelling promos. It was fantastic, and I’m so damn excited for them to punch each other in the face.
- Charlotte Flair def. Carmella, and was added to the Smackdown Women’s Championship Match at SummerSlam.
One Big Thought:
It hasn’t been a very happy Rusev Day lately, but at least he’s still being placed in a premium position.
I have to admit, I had my doubts that WWE would continue to feature Rusev after his unsuccessful championship opportunity last month. However, while it’s been heartbreaking, the Bulgarian Brute and compatriots Lana and Aiden English have been the subjects of a storyline with Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega. I’m thrilled to still see Ru Ru featured, and with a potential mixed tag team match potentially looming at SummerSlam we’re bound to be celebrating a Happy Rusev Day soon once again.
State of the Championships:
Three Things to Watch For:
- If you’re not already excited for Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz, you’re not truly a wrestling fan, are you? Even disregarding their previous history, the build to their - okay, still technically rumoured - match at SummerSlam has been nothing short of excellent. Tonight, the Awesome One will make a SummerSlam announcement - expect it to be something that Bryan isn’t happy about.
- Naomi still exists, guys - just thought I’d point it out.
- A friendly reminder that we’re lucky enough to be getting Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles in WWE. Just think about that.
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