WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 2, 2016) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Brooklyn.
Advertised for tonight: American Alpha arrives!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR AUG. 1
Chris here. Let's do this
WWE Signature and we go backstage where Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton watch the ending of last night's Raw. After the clip, Shane tells Orton that there will be repercussions......but it was awesome.
That said, Orton's actions have jeopardized SmackDown. Lesnar may end up invading tonight, so Shane and Daniel are prepared with more security than usual.
After Orton leaves, Shane and Daniel walk until The Miz complains about his pathetic treatment compared to the treatment that Dean Ambrose has received. Daniel drops the bomb that he didn't want to draft The Miz; he wanted to draft the Intercontinental Champion. Therefore, there will be a #1 contender's triple threat match featuring Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews, and Kalisto, with the winner facing Miz at SummerSlam.
As the duo walks again, Dean Ambrose comes up, says stuff, and leaves.
After the SmackDown intro, Dean Ambrose comes out to the ring.
Ambrose introduces himself to the SmackDown crowd before telling us how he got to where he is today. Now, it's all about being the top dog and leading SmackDown in the right direction. Ambrose intends to stay on top for a long time.
Ambrose then turns his attentions to SummerSlam and calls his opponent, Dolph Ziggler, to the ring.
Ziggler says that Ambrose and him are similar, but Ambrose says no. Ziggler is all show; Ambrose is all go. As for Ziggler, he isn't taking the WWE Championship.
Ziggler reminds us that he came into WWE as a male cheerleader and had to scratch-and-claw to even get close to where he is today.
Ambrose asks if Ziggler is done feeling sorry for himself before saying that he wastes his time complaining. Ambrose never complained; in fact, he doesn't give a damn what people think. He persevered to become WWE Champion while Ziggler was too worried about his image.
Ambrose gives a sobering announcement: Ziggler will steal the show as he always does, but he's gonna flat-out lose to Ambrose at SummerSlam because Ambrose is a winner.
Ziggler comes back saying that becoming WWE Champion has been his dream since he was five. He kept this dream as he went to Kent State to break all kinds of records. For the last seven years, Ziggler has been a laughingstock, being told that he sucked or that he was too good. He turns his delivery up to eleven, screaming that he is gonna beat Ambrose's ass at SummerSlam because he is that damn good.
"You're not....you're not gonna do any of that."
Ambrose tells Ziggler that his real problem is that he isn't as good as he thinks that is his.
Ambrose drops the mic and leaves.
The segment is seemingly over, but WYATT INTERRUPTION. We come back to see Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Ziggler. He then cuts a promo asking if this is going to be our next champion. Wyatt says that Ziggler stole something from him before challenging him to a match. If Ziggler can beat Wyatt, then he is truly worthy of being the #1 contender.
If Ziggler falls, Bray Wyatt will take Dolph Ziggler's place at SummerSlam.
Backstage, Ziggler confronts Daniel and Shane about his upcoming match with Bray Wyatt before saying that he wants the match. Daniel questions Ziggler, who has a fiery desire to prove himself. Ziggler orders the match be made, and Shane accepts.
Kalisto vs Baron Corbin vs Apollo Crews (#1 Contender Match for Intercontinental Championship)
The Miz and Maryse are on commentary.
This was a fairly quick yet fun match with some fun spots. In the end, Corbin was hurricanrana'd out of the ring. This allowed Crews to get in a rollup on Kalisto to win.
Apollo Crews def Kalisto and Baron Corbin; becomes #1 Contender to IC Championship
After, Corbin beats up Kalisto, causing crews to make the save until The Miz interjects with a Skull Crushing Finale on Crews. An unimpressed Corbin hits End of Days on Miz
Becky Lynch vs Eva Marie
Doesn't start. Instead, Eva has a "leg injury" that prevents the match from starting.
Renee Young tries to interview Carmella, but is interrupted by a jealous, ego-fueled Natalya. The two bicker.
American Alpha vs The Vaudevillains
Quick one. American Alpha won with Grand Amplitude.
American Alpha def The Vaudevillains
AJ Styles comes out to the ring. He tells them to cut the music as he has no time for it.
AJ is only here to talk about John Cena, and the man himself comes out to hear it.
Now since Cena is out here, AJ could partake in his favorite hobby, but he won't. Instead, he wants to share his message (as the crowd chants for soccer mom hair).
AJ is here to tell us what his problem with Cena really is: Cena is still in the WWE, and AJ doesn't want him there. He calls the Cenation "weak-minded people" before making a dig on both Nashville and TNA. He especially focuses on the delusional kids and parents who worship Cena.
And who else is delusion? John Cena, who believes everything that he hears.
Here's some hard truths: you don't get a trophy for participating; you get a trophy for winning. AJ beat John Cena, and he wants his damn trophy.
Cena says that AJ has some issues before saying that he has never made the fans like him. He brings up the dueling "Let's go Cena" chant, but AJ fires out a huge "Cena sucks", leaving Cena silent.
AJ is gonna prove that Cena is no more than a fraud. He asks Cena why he's still there, and Cena says that he's here to shut AJ's mouth. He fires back at AJ's claims about the kids and parents before bringing up the "why are you still here" question.
Why is Cena still here? Because he's here out of love. He loves wrestling, and he loves seeing people cheer for him and all that he does. He's never gonna leave either because it is his home.
As for tomorrow, AJ is gonna sit on his ass as Cena goes to do late night talk shows because it's what he loves. AJ is only here to be a good wrestler, and he'll go somewhere else if he doesn't succeed.
"I'm here out of love. What the hell are you doing here?"
AJ sarcastically applauds Cena. He completed expected Cena to say that.....and it's also the Cena who never backs away from a challenge.
"SummerSlam: AJ Styles vs John Cena. No excuses. No Club. Me and you"
"I need to teach your ass a lesson. You're on"
AJ is fully wishing for Cena to come out after SummerSlam to admit defeat. Either way, AJ will win.
Fandango vs Randy Orton
Security is surrounding the ring because Brock Lesnar Watch.
Yeah, this is a match and....wait.....WHAT THE HELL IS BROCK LESNAR DOING IN THE CROWD?!??
RKO to Fandango but LESNAR HOPS THE BARRICADE AND DELIVERS THE F5 TO ORTON!!!
Randy Orton def Fandango by DQ
Shane McMahon and a whole lot of people come out to shoo the Beast away. Lesnar, with his bloodlust for revenge satisfied, leaves without claiming additional victims.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan is dealing with the Brock Lesnar issue when Heath Slater sneaks into his office and hypes himself. Daniel offers him a contract...if he can win a match next week. Who is the opponent......
GORE!!! GORE!!! GORE!!!!
"You know...I think we're gonna need a medic in my office"
Renee Young interviews Dean Ambrose. The two stand before Ambrose talks about the events of tonight involving Dolph Ziggler and Bray Wyatt. He talks about both men, especially Ziggler.
Randy Orton leaves the training room. They try to interview him, but he leaves
Nope. Instead Natalya attacks Carmella from behind during her entrance. Sharpshooter on the floor and all that.
Bray Wyatt vs Dolph Ziggler (#1 Contender Match for WWE Championship)
As you'd expect, this was a pretty fun back-and-forth match that featured a good false finish when Ziggler hit a Zig Zag on Bray. The match went on until Ziggler slammed Bray's head into an exposed turnbuckle. This allowed Ziggler to hit a Superkick to win.
Dolph Ziggler def Bray Wyatt; Ziggler still #1 Contender for WWE Championship
Afterward, Ziggler and Ambrose exchange words until Erick Rowan attacks Ziggler. Ambrose comes in to save, but is taken down by Rowan. Bray soon hits Sister Abigail on Ziggler.
Bray and Rowan stand tall to end.