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WWE SmackDown Live results (June 19, 2018): Gauntlet!

WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 19, 2018) from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, featuring the fallout show from the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Chicago.

Advertised for tonight: A Gauntlet match to determine the next challenger for the WWE championship, Sanity debuts, and more!

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.)


You’ve got to stick your neck out, don’t fight that circuit anymore. It’s not enough. Cut out my heart, I’ll trust my gut. I’ll trust my gut... I’ll trust it. You tried to draw a straight line, you make a circle every time... but me, I’m just here to liveblog this wrestling show, folks.

The show opens with Paige in her office, talking about Money in the Bank.

She recounts the results of SmackDown’s matches on the card before pointing out that Extreme Rules is only four weeks away so we’ve got a gauntlet match featuring Big E, Rusev, the Miz, Samoa Joe, and Daniel Bryan to determine a #1 contender to the WWE Championship.

In the arena, Carmella makes her entrance.

She says she wants to be real with us, and believe it or not she had a lot of self-confidence issues when she was younger. She didn’t think she’d ever be good enough, and that was really hard for her, but she became the author of her life, worked harder than anyone, and saw something beautiful in herself, and became a champion. She wants anybody who thinks they’re not good enough to look in the mirror and repeat the words... “Mella is money.”

Psyche! She didn’t have confidence issues! And you can work twice as hard as her and you’ll only be half as good. She successfully cashed in Money in the Bank, became champion, and beat Charlotte Flair twice. And now she beat Asuka, and listen closely... she did it all by herself. She made the Empress of Tomorrow bow down to the Princess of Staten Island.

Enter Asuka. She gets in the ring and takes her mask off... it’s James Ellsworth once again! He says no one was ready for Ellsworth, and especially not Asuka. Like the old saying, if you love someone, let ‘em leave, and... the rest isn’t important, but he’s back, and he’s back to serve the greatest woman in history. Better than Charlotte Flair, better than Lita, better than Trish Stratus, better than Mother Theresa, Beyonce, Ronda Rousey... and last but not least, better than Asuka.

Enter Asuka, for real this time. She takes James out with a rolling solebutt but Carmella has a superkick for her! She and Jimmy head up the ramp and celebrate as Asuka looks on in anger.

Commentary hypes up our tag title match and we cut backstage to see Becky Lynch trying goggles on in the mirror. She’ll be wrestling Billie Kay after the break.

Back from commercial in time for entrances.

The Iconic Duo get on the mic and ask where they are and what one might do in Toledo. They could talk ABOUT Becky, but how about talking to Becky? This leads to a mock interview where Peyton Royce does the “time to stop saying I was and start saying I am” promo but finishing it with “I am a loser” and suggesting that Lynch is better off as Charlotte Flair’s troll of a sidekick.

Billie calls Becky out and tells her to keep living in the past, because the future is Iconic.

Becky Lynch vs. Billie Kay

Lynch all laughs to start but she shoots in for a double leg into mounted punches! Readjust, more punches, exploder suplex connects and Kay rolls to the floor! Baseball slide, uppercut, Becky throws her inside but she rolls back out. Uppercut, forearm, Peyton runs interference and Billie is able to put the Lasskicker’s face into the ringpost to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Kay is in control with a rear chinlock in the middle of the ring. Lynch posts to her feet, body blows, scoops her up, escape, off the ropes and Billie clubs her before choking her over the bottom rope. Referee Danilo Anfibio orders her to break and Royce takes advantage to get a cheap shot in. Back to the chinlock, shifting to reverse when Becky stands up.

Lynch rams her into the corner a few times to shake her off, heads up top, diving forearm and she’s fired up! Lariats ensue, cradle back suplex, only good for two! Shot to the jaw, headed up top, again Peyton runs interference but Becky’s able to stay in control, dump Billie out... plancha takes Royce out!

Back in, Kay goes for a suplex, reverse, roll through...

Becky Lynch wins by submission with Dis-Arm-Her.

We get a promo from Jeff Hardy. He stands in the darkness and recounts Shinsuke Nakamura’s loss at Money in the Bank before saying his memory of Shinsuke’s victory over him on SmackDown is stuck with him and has shaken his soul. His actions had an unintended consequence. Instead of unsettling him, they gave him sharper focus, and his eyes were closed before, but now they’re open.

Jeff turns and reveals his face is painted with eyes on his eyelids and he opens them, revealing his real eyes, milky white. He tells Nakamura that he sees him.

Commentary hypes up our gauntlet match for later as well as SAnitY’s debut, for which we get a video package. Eric Young says the chaos has arrived as they make their way backstage and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for WWE Super Show-Down in Australia this October.

Daniel Bryan is interviewed backstage about the gauntlet match, where he’ll be first in. He says he won’t survive, he’ll win. At Money in the Bank, he proved that size doesn’t matter, and tonight he might have to face three of the best all in a row-- Rusev, Samoa Joe, and Big E. What about Miz? He said three of the best, and all you need to know about his stamina is to see his performance at Greatest Royal Rumble.

Legs, lungs, and heart will take him to the WWE Championship, and he flips the script on Renee Young and asks if she thinks he’s ready. She says she’s sure he’s sufficiently prepared but that’s not what he wanted so he asks again and gets a “Yes”, which leads to, of course, Yes! fingers.

The Usos make their entrance and cut a promo on SAnitY. They want to make a name for themselves, and remember when the Usos tried to make a name for themselves? They were at the drawing board, they had facepaint like Ultimate Warrior, looking fresh outta Sesame Street, but hey they figured it out, and it’ll take a lot more than paint to make a name.

You gotta show your heart, keep it 100, have a few screws loose, and they did all that. Tonight chaos meets Uso Crazy, and they welcome SAnitY to the Uso Penitentiary.

SAnitY attack before the bell! They beat the Usos down and hit the back suplex neckbreaker on one of them! No match!

We go backstage with the Club. Luke Gallows says they’re in the best shape of their lives and gets Karl Anderson to show his abs off.

The Bludgeon Brothers are in a dark room wearing animal masks and turn to face the camera to send us to break.

Back from commercial we get an ad for WWE 2K19 featuring AJ Styles on the cover.

Commentary walks us through a still picture recap of Styles/Nakamura from Sunday and we cut to Shinsuke backstage gurning.

He’s actually being interviewed. He asks what a loss is, but he’s not pretending not to speak English. He asks how he lost? He’s standing right here in front of us, and the only reason AJ is WWE Champion is the referee counted very fast and not in Japanese, which is very unfair. As far as Jeff Hardy goes, if he crosses him again, he will get him.

We get entrances for our tag title match, but the action won’t begin until after the break.

Bludgeon Brothers (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) (c) vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)

Gallows punching Rowan in the corner, dumping Harper to the floor, Anderson goes for a plancha but Luke puts him into the steps as Erick boots Big LG to the mat! Setting him up top, climbing to join him... GIANT-SIZED SUPERPLEX! KARL BREAKS IT UP! Harper dumps him, Rowan heads out with him and they hit a double back suplex facebuster into the apron. Off the ropes, big splash, only a nearfall!

Luke tags in, chops in the corner, tag back to Erick, elbow drop and a knee drop, rear chinlock applied but he shifts to a neck crank and the double-fisted head vise! Gallows to his feet, off the ropes, he gets run over and Rowan goes back to the head vise. Again Big Hoot gets to his feet, pushed into the corner and Harper tags back in. Forearms to the back of the neck, big right hand slap, whip to the corner but Gallows gets a boot and clears Rowan from the apron!

Brodie Bomb blocked, big right hand, off the ropes, superkick and Machine Gun gets back to the apron and reaches for the tag! Tag made, up top, diving crossbody, duck a lariat and he hits the Anderson spinning spinebuster... NOT ENOUGH! Fired up, Erick comes in and catches him, float over the slam, dump him to the floor, Karl turns around... TRUCK STOP! ONLY TWO!

Harper can’t believe it and Gallows pulls Rowan off the apron only to get booted into the timekeeper’s area. Tag made, Anderson diverted...

Bludgeon Brothers win by pinfall with an assisted powerbomb on Karl Anderson, retaining the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

Daniel Bryan makes his entrance and has a tense moment with the tag team champions on the ramp as they go to leave.

We see Miz shadowboxing backstage, cut to Rusev Day talking strategy, Samoa Joe shadowboxing, and New Day hoisting Big E up in preparation for the main event.

Some hype for 205 Live and the three-way between Buddy Murphy, Hideo Itami, and Mustafa Ali sends us to break.

Back from commercial, Big E makes his entrance to kick our match off.

Big E vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Rusev vs. Samoa Joe vs. the Miz (WWE Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match)

Collar and elbow, Bryan with an arm wringer to a side headlock, E tries to counter and the back suplex is floated over. Circling, Big throws him aside and swivels his hips before hitting the ropes to run him over. Leapfrog, drop down, leg pick and Dan sets up the Romero Special! He can’t get him all the way up in it so instead he grabs a Dragon sleeper! E punches his way out of it but Bryan’s right on him with hamstring kicks, a shoulder armbreaker, a hammerlock to take him to the mat and knees to the bicep to follow it up.

Ode to Jim Breaks denied, E forces himself to his feet, back elbow, drop down, hip toss blocked, backflip, Big hits the belly-to-belly suplex! To the apron, E lines up him... big splash on the apron to send us to break!

Back from commercial, Bryan’s perched up top for the diving headbutt... NOBODY HOME! E gets on him, Canadian backbreaker rack, shaking it in but Dan breaks his grip and slips out before running the ropes for a big lariat! Slow to capitalize, drop toehold when E charges in, Yes! Kicks in the corner, setting him up top and climbing after... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER!

Fired up, corner dropkicks, but on the third E gets him with a lariat and picks him up again, inverted Big Ending... NOPE! Big picks the leg... STANDING STRETCH MUFFLER! E can’t quite clasp his hands and Bryan’s able to muscle him to the mat with the omoplata but Big blocks the full Yes! Lock. Switch to a triangle, E hosses him up but Dan floats out and posts his knee hard into the mat!

Pick the leg, E gets the ropes. Uppercuts for forearms, backflip up and over, pass to the apron... BIG E HITS THE SUICIDE SPEAR! Back in, up for the Big Ending, Bryan slips out, puts him into the post...

Daniel Bryan eliminates Big E by pinfall with the Busaiku knee.

Samoa Joe’s out next and we’re off to break.

Back from commercial, Joe is in control, chopping Bryan into the corner with a vengeance. Headbutts follow, whip across, Bryan with a knee to the face, hamstring kicks and chops alternating, off the ropes and he gets caught with the snap scoop powerslam... NOPE! Drawing Dragon up, chopping him back down, chops and punches with Bryan kneeling, buzzsaw kick, another headbutt!

Bryan back to the alternating kicks and chops, off the ropes... POP-UP POWERBOMB INTO THE OVER-THE-KNEES BOSTON CRAB! Shifting to an STF, Dan crawling for the ropes and Samoa shifts again into a crossface! Shifting and shifting, arm-trap reverse chinlock and then a Rings of Saturn but the American Dragon gets the ropes! Another headbutt, chest kicks, Bryan catches one and here comes the dragon screw!

Picking the leg, dragging Joe to the post, slamming his knee into the steel! Back in, off the ropes, Samoa with the Manhattan Drop > boot > senton sequence for a nearfall as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Joe is toying with Bryan, tapping him with disdainful kicks between chops. Dan gets to his feet, they trade chops, chests red and raw and Samoa gets the Coquina Clutch in but Bryan throws him through the ropes! Diving knee off the apron, back in, Dan perched up top and he hits the missile dropkick! Yes! Kicks follow, Joe catches the buzzsaw but eats a leg-feed enzuigiri!

Yes! fingers, fired up... and Samoa slides out of the ring to duck the Busaiku knee! Baseball slide sidestepped, the Coquina Clutch is locked in! Referee Jason Ayers counts, Bryan kickflips off the barricade...

Daniel Bryan eliminates Samoa Joe by countout.

Bludgeon Brothers hit the ring and double powerbomb Bryan!

Miz is out next, picks the bones...

Miz eliminates Daniel Bryan by pinfall with Skull-Crushing Finale.

Rusev comes down to the ring for the final stretch of the match and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Rusev hits a dropkick for a nearfall. Stomping away, the A-Lister counters with a jawbreaker and goes for the Awesome Clothesline only to get caught and hossed around into a fallaway slam that’s good for another two-count. Off the opres, low bridge, Miz runs the ropes and hits a slingshot dropkick! Aiden English playing hype man as the A-Lister heads out to Rusev and smashes him into the barricade.

Back inside, off the ropes with a boot and Miz grabs a reverse chinlock. Rusev swinging himself around to try and get out of it and when he does he takes the inverted facelock backbreaker / neckbreaker combo for two. Choke in the corner, headed up top, diving double axehandle... NOPE! Back to the reverse chinlock, and eventually the Bulgarian Lion makes the ropes!

Charging in, boot up, trading punches in the middle of the ring and Rusev pulls ahead but gets caught by a knee. Off the ropes, big roundhouse kick takes Miz out, charging shoulder block, off the ropes and he hits the spinning wheel kick! Machka Kick blocked, Skull-Crushing Finale powered out of, Miz is rammed into the corner but gets his knee up to block a charge.

Roundhouse kick crumples the A-Lister but it’s not enough to put him away! To the apron, jawbreaker, Miz yanks him down and puts him into the steps before throwing him back in for the cover... NOPE! Yes! Kicks follow, mocking Daniel Bryan, buzzsaw ducked, Rusev picks the leg, Accolade blocked, basement DDT... NOT ENOUGH! Yes! fingers, charging in... MACHKA KICK!

The Accolade is on... IT’S OVER!

Rusev wins, last eliminating Miz by submission with the Accolade to become #1 contender to the WWE Championship.

AJ Styles makes his entrance to confront his challenger, laying the title down between them and offering a handshake. Rusev accepts and Aiden English comes over to offer his hand as well. AJ goes to shake, English pulls his hand back, and Styles punches him to the mat!

That’s the show, folks.

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