The blue brand returns tonight post-SummerSlam with a massively shifted landscape. General manager Paige has announced that the August 21 Smackdown will be a “Special Edition” of WWE’s Tuesday night programming. What can we expect after one of the better PPV’s in months? As always, I’m Spencer Love with your preview of the August 21 Smackdown Live!

A Quick (SummerSlam) Recap:

  • Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega def. Rusev & Lana via pinfall.
  • The New Day def. The Bludgeon Brothers via DQ, Bludgeon Brothers retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
  • Charlotte Flair def. Carmella and Becky Lynch to win the Smackdown Women’s Championship
  • Samoa Joe def. AJ Styles via DQ, Styles retains the WWE Championship
  • The Miz def. Daniel Bryan
  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jeff Hardy, retains United States Championship

One Big Thought:


It was bound to happen eventually. Tired of being overshadowed by her best friend Charlotte FlairBecky Lynch finally snapped at SummerSlam. Following the conclusion of the Smackdown Women’s Championship match - which Flair won, naturally - Lynch went to to town on the now-champ, ruthlessly beating her down amidst cheers from the WWE Universe. Was it a full heel turn? I’m genuinely not sure; it’s hard to think so after the Irish Lass Kicker left the Biggest Show of the Summer to the biggest cheers. That question will be answered tonight, however, as Lynch has been promised an opportunity to explain her actions. Is it her first step down the path to the dark side? Or, did an overemotional Becky Balboa simply lose control of her feelings temporarily? Find out on the August 21 Smackdown!

State of the Championships:

AJ Styles lost both his match and a little bit of dignity after the verbal lashing that Samoa Joe delivered in their SummerSlam classic. The match was excellent, punctuated by Joe’s ruthless words directed at Styles wife and child seated in the front row. Now, the Phenomenal One gets a chance to respond to the Samoan Submission Machine tonight. Expect the announcement of a match at Hell in a Cell, or a reasonable conversation about the hurtfulness of words.

The Bludgeon Brothers may have lost at SummerSlam, but they still hold the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. When Erik Rowan decided to, well, bludgeon the New Day at the Biggest Show of the Summer, the team was disqualified in a disappointing finish to an otherwise excellent match. Now, the two teams will battle in a No Disqualification match. With Rowan rumoured to be injured, could the titles change tonight? (This writer thinks yes).

Charlotte Flair is the Smackdown Women’s Champion, and not many people seem to be happy about it - least of all the aforementioned Becky Lynch. The Irish Lass Kicker laid a brutal beating on her likely-former friend at the end of their triple threat match with definitely-former champion Carmella. How will the Queen handle her best friends actions, or her response tonight? Will the Princess of Staten Island invoke her rematch clause tonight?

Shinsuke Nakamura remains your United States Champion, yet is without a clear challenger for his title with Jeff Hardy seemingly out of the picture. Will we see someone new emerge? Will we get a tournament to determine the #1 contender? I hope for the former - I’m a sucker for a tournament.

Other Things to Watch For:


It was bound to happen eventually - after three consistently good weeks, Randy Orton was a colossal disappointment at the Biggest Show of the Summer. After the aforementioned Nakamura/Hardy match, Orton approached the ring looking intent to strike. However, he simply ran down the ramp only to turn around and walk back up it, as though he had forgotten something in the back but wanted to play it off like he was cool. Not so, Randy Orton - now, he’ll take on Jeff Hardy in singles action tonight. Hopefully the match makes up for his forgetfulness.

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz was simply excellent. It was always going to be difficult to live up to the matches high expectations, but the two put on a great match that featured a ton of excellent storytelling. Ending the match with a punch to the fac

Zelina Vega may have had a tough time getting her feet on the ropes at SummerSlam, but she did secure a victory for herself and Andrade “Cien” Almas over the beloved Rusev Day. Rumour has it that the WWE brass are impressed with El Idolo and his associate. Who will he step up to face next?

That’s it, that’s all wrestling fans! You watching tonight’s show? Let us know your thoughts @WCSportsCA or in the comments section below!

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Spencer Love

Once stood in front of Cedric Alexander in line at a hotel. Slightly big deal.

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