Normally, WWE tapes Friday Night SmackDown on Tuesday nights. However, with both the red and blue brands going on tour overseas next week, the taping schedule was moved around and next week's episode of Monday Night Raw, airing on July 29 from Laredo, Texas, was taped last night instead.
So here are complete spoilers for the show:
- Vince McMahon opens the show essentially making Brad Maddox admit that Daniel Bryan doesn't deserve a shot at the WWE championship at SummerSlam. Naturally, Bryan comes out to a solid pop to say he does.
- The Shield def. Mark Henry & The Usos in yet another great six-man. Not sure why they didn't hold off on this match but from the sounds of it, that's a good thing and they can always do it again.
- Rob Van Dam def. Fandango when the latter did the walk out finish, leading to his getting counted out. Fandango may lead the entire roster in losing matches via this manner since he came on the scene. And it's awful.
- Kaitlyn def. AJ Lee in a non-title match because reasons.
- Dolph Ziggler def. Big E. Langston via disqualification after AJ interfered in the match. That sounds about right, and Ziggler vs. Langston should produce some quality matches.
- Christian def. Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match because reasons.
- Cody Rhodes def. Wade Barrett before Damien Sandow came out to cut a promo setting up their pending match at SummerSlam. Barrett is now a full blown jobber. Remember when he was the talk of the town? Me neither.
- Daniel Bryan def. Kane before "The Big Red Monster" went nuts and chokeslammed his former tag team partner. It was then that the Wyatt Family showed up once again to take him out.
- Brie Bella def. Natalya, presumably with her breasts fully covered.
- Curtis Axel def. R-Truth but ended up laid out anyway when
The Punisher CM Punk came down to destroy him.
- A pre-tape showed Vince McMahon complaining that he wants a real contender to take on Cena at SummerSlam, someone like Triple H. Yeah, because that's something everyone really wants to see.
- John Cena def. Ryback in a tables match to close the show. After, Bryan made his way out and handed Cena his WWE title before the two essentially celebrated together like they're the best of friends. Bryan's story has been good, but his interactions with Cena have left me wanting.
That's the show, Cagesiders. How does it look to you?