Written by: The Immortal KB
Tonight’s edition of SmackDown is live from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The next PPV is WWE SummerSlam this Sunday on August 21st live from the Barclays Center.
When the crowd is hot it enhances everything and tonight was one of those nights.
A video package hyping John Cena vs. Jinder Mahal began the show.
The Singh Brothers came out and introduced WWE Champion Jinder Mahal from the stage. As he walked out, Jinder spoke from mid-ring, on a beautiful rug with some rope decorations, and said his people are celebrating Independence Day of the Greatest Nation on Earth, India. Boos from the crowd. He said they are celebrating the reign of the greatest WWE Champion of all time also. An Indian celebration dance performance took place on the stage with nine dancers and a live drummer. A woman sang the Indian national anthem. The fans rudely booed very loud.
Jinder said this was exactly the reaction he expected. He said the people can expect him to beat their hero, John Cena, later tonight. He said for years, their hero Cena had the weight of the company on his shoulders, but there’s a new face of WWE. The crowd chanted “USA! USA!” He said he is the one who makes WWE the “Global Superstar” that it is. He corrected himself and said “Global Phenomenon.” He said people are paying for WWE Network to see him dominate at Summerslam. He said when Cena faced Nakamura, it was called a dream match, but he will end that dream tonight against Cena. He said he will show Nakamura why his destiny is to lose to the Modern Day Maharaja. He then spoke in Punjabi.Then out came Shinsuke Nakamura to one of the biggest pops in the modern era with the crowd singing along to his entrance music. He said today in Japan people pray for peace. He said Sunday in America at Summerslam will be the day he loses the WWE Title. He made straining faces as a “Yes!” chant began. He then sang, “To meeeeeeeee!” He did the shaky arm gestures and his music played and he slid under the bottom rope to ringside. The Singh Brothers yelled down at him and he smiled back.
The first match of the night was Becky Lynch vs Natalya. They cut to cheering fans during Becky’s ring entrance with many of them were wearing Bullet Club t-shirts, not available at WWE Shop. Before the match began, Naomi made her full ring entrance. The announcers wondered how Natalya felt about it. She smiled at first, then got upset as it lasted longer. The announcers welcomed her to the announce desk. Natalya put Lynch in a headlock early and glared at Naomi at ringside. They cut to a break early, but showed the action on a split screen. Natalya choked Becky over the middle rope and yanked her by her hair back to center ring. Then she applied an abdominal stretch mid-ring.
Lynch fought back with some kicks and an exploder suplex. Becky went for an Dis-arm-her. Natalya countered into a sharpshooter attempt. Becky escaped and went for another armbar. Natalya rolled her up for a two count. Becky kicked Natalya. Becky went for a top rope legdrop, but Natalya moved and applied a sharpshooter to get the submission win in the eight minute match.
To be honest this match went on too long. Becky Lynch is overly protected even though she rarely wins matches and other women have more of an it factor. Also this entire match made Natalya look weak because with SummerSlam on Sunday this should have been a squash match. Overall it was a D+ match unfortunately come SummerSlam the women matches going to take up an hour. The women should have their own show similar to 205 Live.
Afterward, Natalya went after Becky again. Naomi said, “What the f…” and stopped herself there, then entered the ring for the save. Natalya let go and bailed out to ringside. Naomi went to check on Lynch. Suddenly Carmella’s music played and she came out with James Ellsworth. She stood in the aisle addressed both Naomi and Natalya. She said she is Miss Money in the Bank. She wished them both luck and said from the bottom of her heart, may the best woman win. Ellsworth said whoever wins will also lose. He pointed at the MITB briefcase.
Backstage Tamina approached Lana angrily and asked why she doesn’t have a match tonight. She said she thought they came to an understanding that Lana would use her ravishing ambition to help her become champion. Lana said she’s not ready. Tamina objected and said Lana had back-to-back-to-back title opportunities. Lana said people just walk past her and don’t fear her. Tamina asked her what that meant. Lana said, “They don’t fear you… yet.” She told her to follow her lead. She said she’ll use her beauty and cunning and manipulate her way into helping her. She said she will become a destructive force with one purpose which is to crush. “Together we will become unstoppable,” she said. She said only then will she become Smackdown Women’s champion.
Backstage they showed Daniel Bryan laughing at a text. The Usos said they wanted to talk to Bryan about something. He asked if they want him to be the third member of their “rap group.” So the Usos are a rap group? He said he’s been working on his beats and hooks and they’re sick. The Usos said they want to know which New Day members they’re facing at Summerslam. Bryan said it’ll be Big E & Xavier Woods, with Kofi Kingston in the corner. Uso said they want Kofi & Woods tonight because of what happened last week. Bryan said he can hook them up with that.
The second match of the evening was Rusev vs Chad Gable. Early on, Gable caught a charging Rusev with a boot and then overhead suplexed him. Rusev rolled to ringside. Phillips called it incredible. When Gable went after him, Rusev tossed him into the air and into the ringside steps. Then the rammed his head into the steps three times as the ref counted. He threw Gable into the air and over the announce table. The ref called for the bell for a double countout in the two minute match.
This wasn’t a real match to be honest but if it was it would be an F because it just didn’t sell Rusev as very dangerous and Gable got squashed.
Rusev cleared the announce table of the monitor then put Gable in the Accolade on the table. The crowd chanted “Randy! Randy!” Rusev entered the ring and took the mic and began to address Randy when, out of nowhere, Randy hit the RKO. Orton posed on the corner ropes for the crowd as his music played.
Phillips said the New York Post broke the news that Summerslam is coming back to Brooklyn next August in 2017 for the fourth year in a row. “Brooklyn has become the home for Summerslam,” said Phillips.
Styles made his ring entrance. They replayed what happened with Styles and Shane McMahon last week. Styles soaked up an “A.J. Styles” chant. He said the first thing they need to do is get Shane out there. Shane’s music played and he danced to the ring in his signature sneakers, jeans, and sports jacket. He slapped hands with fans. He then ran backwards and danced inside the ring to his music as Styles looked on. Fans chanted “Shane-o-Mac.” Shane thanked them for the love and said “right back at you.” Shane told Styles if he invited him out there to apologize for something, there is no reason for an apology. He said he is special referee for one reason, which is to get between him and Kevin Owens, “take a hit, and keep on going.” Another Shane chant, this one loud. Styles asked Shane “man to man, and between you and I and everyone else,” he wanted to know if he was going to use what happened last week as an excuse to screw him over at Summerslam. Shane said with most officials, you cannot touch them. He said if Styles pushes or shoved him, it’s a different story. He said they’re going to chalk up last week to an accident, but if Styles puts his hands on him again, he’s going to put his all over him. “Man to man,” said Shane. Styles asked if that’s a threat. He smiled, as if it amused him. Shane said he’s not threatening him. He said what he’s saying is that what’s going to happen this Sunday.
Owens walked out and said if Shane wants to give him the benefit of the doubt, that’s okay. He said he likes the idea that if Styles hit Shane, Shane hits him back. He said that means Styles can’t hit the ref just to try to hold onto his title. Owens told Shane that unlike Styles, who seems like he has something planned at Summerslam, if he were to collide with him and cause him physical harm in any way, it would be a complete accident and involuntary. He said he’s telling the truth. He offered to shake his hand. He said he is thrilled he is referee on Sunday because he is the man to call it right down the middle, which means “I am getting my United States title back.” Shane said it would not be appropriate for him to shake his hand. Shane said if he wants to shake a hand, shake A.J.’s. Owens offered with a smug smile. Styles pointed at Owens. Owens shoved his hand down, and knocked the mic out of Shane’s hand. Owens and Styles got into a heated argument. They shoved each other. Shane got between them. Owens shoved him against the ropes. Styles went to hit Owens. Owens ducked. Shane caught his arm before it hit him. Shane grabbed Styles’s wrist and lectured him with his finger pointed in his face. Owens went to super kick Styles, but Styles ducked and Owens kicked Shane. Styles looked like he blundered big time. Owens walked to the back as Styles laughed. Shane was slow to sit up and he nodded as he regained his bearings.
The New Day danced to the ring. There’s a lot of dancing to the ring this week on Smackdown. They talked about their WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title defense. They made a Foxboro Stadium reference which got a nice pop. Then they made some “Game of Thrones” reference. They said they will make the Usos bend that knee and still be the tag team champions. They led the crowd in “New Day Rocks” chants.
The third match of the evening was The Usos vs the New Day(Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) in a tag team match. Xavier and Kofi went to work early with rapid-fire offense. They took it to the Usos in the ring and then at ringside. The Usos took control during the break, which we could see on split-screen. It included an Uso throwing Kofi into the ringpost. Eventually the New Day had their comeback but then Jimmy blocked a Trouble in Paradise from Kofi. Jey shoved Xavier off the top rope second later. Jey distracted Kofi, so Jimmy clipped Kofi’s left knee. the Usos then double superkicked Kofi for the win in the seven minute match.
C+ match grade overall. My biggest problem with it is they faced off in some way the last three months. Also after all this time the New Day should be using the Freebird rule.
Fashion Police:The Fashion Peaks The bulletin board showed a picture of fake Razor Ramon and Diesel with “Doppelgangers” written under it. Then “Found” written under Fandango’s missing poster. Fandango talked about being probed and things getting weird and deep and uncomfortable. “I mean they mentally probed me,” he said. “I should have said that in the first place.” Tyler Breeze walked in in a white wig and red blouse. He said there are a lot of remaining mysteries even though they solved the case last week. He wouldn’t want people thinking they’re making this up as they go along. Fandango held up “a rock from space.” He said they left it in his back pocket. He said it’s also known as “a space rock.” He was going to throw it which he said would catch the culprits. It hit the Ascension who walked into the room to return the pie, which was terrible. Fandango examined the pie and said it was disgusting. It had hair and a used Band-aid in it. He was most disgusted by gluten. Konnor said they live a gluten free lifestyle and gluten is the root of all evil. They left. Fandango found a piece of paper that said “Two B.” Breeze wondered what that meant. They looked off into the distance and agreed it indicated danger on the horizon. Fandango said the whole tag team division is in danger. Breeze said, “Oh no, it’s happening again.” The screen then said: “Breezango Will Return… In 25 Years.” Then it changed to “In Two Weeks.”
Finally in the main event of the evening sixteen time WWE Champion John Cena took on WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Cena was greeted with a loud “Let’s Go Cena, Cena Sucks” chant. They locked up in a test of strength mid-ring. They had a bit of stalemate at first, and then Jinder dropped Cena to his knees. Phillips said Mahal has “packed on 16 pounds of muscle since he returned to WWE.” Phillips said Jinder watched the rise of Cena during his first stint in WWE, “and my how the tables have turned.” With the ref scolding Jinder for a punch against the ropes, a Singh Brother punched Cena. That drew boos. Jinder threw Cena to the floor. The Singh Brothers trash-talked him as Jinder paraded around yelling and raising his arms.
Cena rallied after the break. He signaled for the You Can’t See Me and then went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. The Singh Brothers yanked Mahal to safety at ringside. The Singh Brothers held Cena’s leg as he tried to reenter the ring after he tried to chase down Jinder. The ref saw that and ordered the Singh Brothers to return to the back. They threw a fit, but followed instructions. Jinder wasn’t happy. Cena locked on the STF. Jinder crawled to the bottom rope to force a break. The ref counted and Cena broke at four. Cena went for an AA, but Jinder grabbed the top rope. He snapped Cena’s neck over the top rope and then hit his high knee for a two count. Jinder stood behind Cena and waited for him to stand. Then he locked on his Khallas submission. Cena powered out and quickly hit an AA for a close nearfall. Cena then landed an AA off the top rope rope. Baron Corbin charged out and broke up the pin. The ref called for the bell.
The match was ruled a NO CONTEST
Corbin then hit Cena with his MITB briefcase and began to leave. He then looked at the briefcase and thought it was good time to cash in. He ran back to the ring and cashed in. The ref explained to the ediots at ringside how this whole thing works. Then Corbin entered the ring. The ref checked on Jinder and informed him the match was about to begin. He took a while and held Corbin off until Jinder stood up.
BARON CORBIN VS JINDER MAHAL FOR THE WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
When the bell rang, Cena stood on the ring apron. Corbin turned around and punched out Cena. Jinder ran up behind Corbin hit a roll up and scored a three count. The match was officially the shortest world championship match of all time. SIX SECONDS
Corbin threw a fit as Jinder’s music played. The announcers said Corbin’s plan backfired. Cena gloated on the stage as Corbin continued to pace angrily at ringside. A woman actually gave Cena the FU.
That last match combined with the failed cash in was A+. Mahal and Cena have great chemistry I would love a PPV match between the two they are huge draws. Mahal has cemented himself as a true main eventer. Cena is a top heel. Boring Corbin might not be around this time next year. Speaking of Corbin I have a theory that he failed the cash-in because of a twitter beef with a veteran. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fatal-four match of Shinsuke vs Jinder vs John vs Baron for the WWE Championship.
Overall, this was a great B+ Smackdown to up the ante for SummerSlam. The matches were below average but the emotion kicked everything up. Jinder Mahal really was the alpha and omega of tonight’s show. At only thirty-one Mahal is the present and the future. Only problem with tonight’s Smackdown AJ needs to always be in the mix at the top. Moving forward dream matches will happen on Smackdown more than Raw.
Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman (Fatal 4-Way): Brock is my favorite to win with Samoa Joe as the darkhorse.
WWE Championship — Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: The Nakamura Dynasty will begin. Shinsuke will not only be the King of Strong Style he will be King of WWE.
United States Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens: AJ will win .
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt: Demon Balor will squash Wyatt
Raw Women’s Championship — Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks: Little Miss Bliss will beat Banks
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Naomi (c) vs. Natalya: Naomi will will but I think Carmella will cash in the Money In The Bank to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion with help from Chins McMahon aka James Ellsworth
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The New Day (c) vs. The Usos: The New Day Reign will continue.
Raw Tag Team Championship — Sheamus & Cesaro (c) vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins: The Shield brothers will win the tag team gold.
John Cena vs. Baron Corbin: John Cena will lose and come back in two months to Raw. Corbin will use what happened tonight to fuel his fire.
Cruiserweight Championship — Akira Tozawa (c) vs. Neville: with the help of Titus Worldwide the power of Tozawa will have a long reign.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev: Rusev will make Orton tap.
Big Show vs. Big Cass: Big Cass will beat Big Show and get the big Enzo funk up off him
Intercontinental Championship — The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan: If this match does happen and I think it will Jason Jordan will get his first singles championship. Did you know his father is a Black man ?