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WWE SmackDown Live results (July 17, 2018): Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy

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WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 17, 2018) from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, featuring the fallout show from the Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

Advertised for tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura defends his newly won U.S. title in a rematch against Jeff Hardy, 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 gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need. You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you’re on the street, you gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed and then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight, you gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking, but me, I just gotta liveblog this here pro wrestling show, folks.

The show opens with a recap of the United States Championship match from Extreme Rules.

Jeff Hardy makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says he might look and act like Jeff Hardy, but he doesn’t feel like him. He feels like something’s missing, like he’s incomplete and his heart is... BROKEN. He’s not US Champion anymore because of what Shinsuke Nakamura did, and he proved he lacks ethics and conscience, the embodiment of moral turpitude, or more simply, he’s a low-down dirty jackass.

Nakamura hit a low blow because he knew that was the only way to beat him, and he probably should have called the match off but he wasn’t thinking clearly. But tonight he’s thinking clearly and he’s got three things on his mind-- to make Nakamura feel as much pain as possible, to make him fade away and classify himself as obsolete, and to take the title back from him.

Shinsuke is interviewed backstage and says Hardy is a sad clown who wears facepaint to hide his tears. He mockingly sobs into his hand and says the title being his is a reason to smile, and tonight he’ll give everyone a reason to smile by making the clown cry again. God bless America.

AJ Styles makes his entrance, he’ll wrestle Andrade “Cien” Almas after the break.

Back from commercial in time for Andrade’s entrance.

AJ Styles vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

Circling, collar and elbow, Cien goes behind, side headlock, Styles reverses but gets arm dragged into a stalemate. AJ goes behind, Almas breaks the waistlock, shoulder armbreaker, another arm drag and again they’re sizing each other up. Styles with another waistlock, back elbow breaks this time, side headlock, to the corner to break and Andrade gets right back on him with a kick before going back to the headlock.

Attempt to shoot him off, Cien slides low to block, reverse to a pin, but he keeps it on and grounds the WWE Champion a moment. Back to his feet, out with body blows, shoot off, leapfrog, drop down, dropkick countered because Almas hangs himself up in the ropes and is feeling Ingobernable as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Styles comes off the ropes with a sliding forearm! Almas rolls to the corner, gets hit with the leaping lariat, slips out of a fireman’s carry and pastes the champion with a dropkick! Drawing him up, cutting the Styles Rush off midway, big overhand chop, to the corner, AJ’s hung up and caught by the inverted facelock backbreaker / inverted headlock elbow drop combo!

Putting boots to him in passing, forearm shot, setting Styles up top, jockying for position and Cien clobbers him with a triangle dropkick! Set up for the double knees, AJ rushes in, USHIGOROSHI GETS A NEARFALL! Looking for the Styles Clash, countered, to the apron, springboard countered with a rolling back elbow! Up top, moonsault, nobody home on the first try but Andrade immediately hits a second on his feet... NOPE!

Styles floats over a suplex, hits an enzuigiri, staggering Almas in the ropes but he’s got his wits about him and lands a reverse roundhouse. Calling for it, AJ slips out, Pele kick connects with Cien on the turnbuckles! Climbing to meet him, thinking about a superplex but Cien blocks, hangs him in the Tree of Woe and comes down with a double stomp! Running knees in the corner... NOT ENOUGH!

Hammerlock, Styles reverses into the Calf Killer... IT’S OVER!

AJ Styles wins by submission with the Calf Killer.

There’s a tense moment between Styles and Almas before Cien takes his leave.

A recap of AJ’s match against Rusev on Sunday follows.

Aiden English rolls up to apologize to Lana, saying he keeps thinking about a moment over and over and he wishes he could take it back. It was the pinnacle of everything Rusev has worked for and he took it from him, and he wants her to talk to him about it. Lana says Rusev is angry and disappointed and needs his space, and she doesn’t know why he’s coming to her, because it’s all about him.

Lana continues, saying it’s about what’s best for Rusev, English asks her to consider and she says she’ll take it under consideration.

Becky Lynch makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a social media recap of Miz’s recent softball adventure.

Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose

Circling, collar and elbow, Lynch with a waistlock, reversed to a wristlock, reversed again but Rose clocks her with a forearm. Off the ropes, sidestep the knee and Becky nails her with a knee of her own! To the corner, springboard kick to the midsection, run Sonya Deville off but a second kick gets caught and into a cover for two. Drawing Lynch up, Mandy smashes her face into the mat and puts boots to her in the corner.

Right hands, the Lasskicker fighting back but getting clubbed down, straight suplex into a cover but Rose can’t put her away. Wristlock, arm wringer, into an arm-trap standing Bromission and Lynch clubs her way out of it. Whip to the corner, dropkick connects, running knee... only a nearfall! Mounted punches follow, another cover comes up empty, arm wringer and back into the arm-trap standing Bromission.

Becky slips out, schoolboy for two, off the ropes with a flying forearm, fired up, exploder suplex, pick the arm, take her down...

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

Lynch gets on the mic and thanks the crowd, saying winning feels great and she’s been patiently waiting, biding her time and she never stopped working as hard as she can for us to rack up victory after victory, but she’s just getting started. She calls Carmella out and tells her the straight fire is coming for her.

Cut to Paige watching backstage asking Carmella if she heard that. Mella is dismissive and Paige points out how much the crowd was cheering. Carmella says English accents give her a headache, and Paige asks how James Ellsworth is doing but Mella would rather talk about something more interesting, herself. And how she’s beaten Charlotte Flair and Asuka twice each, so she wants another Mellabration.

Paige says she’s gonna throw her a big party on one condition-- she has to beat Becky Lynch next week. Carmella says she’s not defending the title and Paige says of course not, that’d be silly, but if Lynch wins, she WILL have to defend her title at the biggest event of the summer, Joey Janela’s Lost in New York SummerSlam.

R-Truth is backstage asking Tye Dillinger if he’s ready, and Tye says he is but he doesn’t want a motivational speech. Truth asks what and Dillinger says he’s gonna give Samoa Joe the best he’s got and it’s revealed that Truth is on the phone with his mom and not actually talking to him as we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for entrances and a recap of Joe’s attack last week that set this match up.

Samoa Joe vs. Tye Dillinger

Dillinger in hot, putting boots to Joe at the bell but Samoa heads to the floor. Tye follows after, ramming him into the announce table, forearms, staggering the Destroyer, taking his knee pad down for knee strikes to the head, but Joe throws him into the post with an atomic drop! Back inside, Tenryu jabs, whip to the corner, back elbow into the enzuigiri and Samoa jaws at him asking if this is what he wanted.

Knee lifts, the Coquina Clutch is in...

Samoa Joe wins by submission with the Coquina Clutch.

Commentary hypes up our United States Championship rematch as well as Miz’s eulogy for Team Hell No and we go to break.

Back from commercial, mournful organ music plays and Miz makes his entrance.

Some men in suits wheel a small cloth-covered cart out with a mannequin head wearing Kane’s mask atop it and walk it to the ringside area, handing Miz the pillow with the head to take in the ring. The A-Lister sets it on a table and thanks everyone for being here tonight. He knows he’s as sad as we are, but tonight we’re gathered not to discuss what everybody’s been talking about, next week’s premiere of Miz & Mrs.

He knows we’d love to hear about how not only did he play softball but he was awarded MVP (...I’m comin’?), but tonight is not about him. Tonight we pay final respects to one of the greatest tag teams of all time. In the words of Kane’s favorite musical act, it’s time to say bye bye bye to Team Hell No. Despite being polar opposites, they were able to set their differences aside and become tag team champions... five years ago.

They inspired unity across the planet... that is, until Kane tried to maim Bryan with three Tombstone Piledrivers on the steel steps. A normal person would call that the end of the friendship, but Dan made the same mistake again and got slaughtered by the Bludgeon Brothers. Now that Team Hell No is six feet under he wants everyone to stand up and join him in honoring them in a moment of silence.

He does his “when my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut” gimmick, which somewhat disrupts the solemnity of the moment, but whatcha gonna do? But he has one more thing to say-- he told us so. Last week he said Kane was broken down and he was proven right. He’s also right about our bogus hero, Daniel Bryan, who was NEVER a world-beating wrestler like he claimed to be.

Dan is nothing more than a gloryhound obsessed with setting impossible goals to tug at your heartstrings, and he threw one last hail mary pass to try and remain relevant. That’s why the reunion, not to win the titles, but to roll out his greatest hits. And as sad as this whole thing has been, no one is sadder than Bryan. Whether he wants to accept it or not, deep down he knows the truth.

And the truth is his return from injury has been a bust, destroying his legacy week by week, and nobody will tell him that his days of headlining WrestleMania is over and his career is dead.

Enter Daniel Bryan. The pallbearers take their jackets off, ready to fight... AND BRYAN BLINDSIDES MIZ FROM BEHIND! GERMAN SUPLEX ON ONE OF THE PALLBEARERS! MIZ RUNS OFF UP THE RAMP! The American Dragon destroys the MizTV set, lies in wait... BUSAIKU KNEE ON THE PALLBEARER!

We go backstage with New Day, where Xavier Woods calls Kofi Kingston the Trashman and they do a riff on the Birds of War to send us to break.

Back from commercial in time for entrances.

Eric Young vs. Kofi Kingston

Young with a front chancery after some initial grappling, backed into the corner, duck a lariat and Kingston gets a hamstring kick off. Dropkick connects for two, waistlock applied, swinging around, overhead elbow breaks Eric free and he hits another few for good measure. Punch into the corner, more overhead elbows, off the ropes, Kofi slides to the floor and trips EY up!

Springboard lariat brings him back in, clothesline to the floor and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Kingston is down and out in the corner but manages to drop toehold him into the turnbuckles. Young trips him up on the apron and heads out after him, drawing him up and putting him on the apron for more overhead elbows. Following it up with a stomp to the head, catapult throat-first into the bottom rope but the cover comes up empty.

Drawing Kofi up, sit-down neckbreaker for two and into a kneeling neck crank. Elbows to break, into punches, EY cuts him off with a knee and puts him in the corner. Straight right hand, climbing up top and Eric hangs him in the corner with the elevated Dragon sleeper! Fired up, wild eyes, diving... KINGSTON CUTS HIM DOWN IN MIDAIR WITH A DROPKICK!

Duck a lariat, double chops, a dropkick, off the ropes with the leaping lariat! Boom Drop connects, Kofi signals with the claps but Eric ducks Trouble in Paradise and gets two off a schoolboy! Whip reversed, Flair Flip, to the next corner but Kingston catches him with a belly-to-belly superplex! EY heads to the floor, Kofi runs the ropes... TRUST FALL DIVE OVER THE REFEREE TAKES OUT SANITY!

SOS connects... NOT ENOUGH! Into the corner, enzuigiri connects, Kingston up top but Alexander Wolfe gets on the apron to run interference. Big E takes him out, Woods runs Killian Dain off, Young ducks a double stomp, kicks out of an O’Connor roll and Dain throws Xavier into Kofi...

Eric Young wins by pinfall with the wheelbarrow neckbreaker.

Shinsuke Nakamura is shown backstage with his championship before we cut to Jeff Hardy opening his eyes and go to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for next week, including Carmella/Lynch and a big announcement from Paige regarding the WWE Championship match at SummerSlam.

Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) (WWE United States Championship)

Hardy right in and clubbing away, Nakamura goes behind for a low blow but Jeff slips away! Basement dropkick, choke in the corner, Shinsuke heads outside and Hardy follows, splashing him off the steel steps! Up top, Nakamura rolls outside and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Nakamura is in control, circling a downed Hardy and kicking at him with disdain. Jeff gets to his feet and Shinsuke lays kicks in, landing a roundhouse when one gets caught. Covers come up empty and the King of Strong Style locks a rear chinlock in with a knee to his back. Hardy posts to his feet, back elbows connect to break but Nakamura hits a mat slam to drop him back down.

Smashing his face into the turnbuckles, choking him, Good Vibrations, a stomp for good measure, and he locks a guillotine choke in. Staying on him, knee lift into a snapmare but a knee drop comes up empty and Jeff’s ready to delete him! Smashing his face into the turnbuckles, one after the other, collecting all four of them, following it with a jawbreaker, running the ropes for a big splash and getting a nearfall out of the whole deal.

Throat thrust, Hardy lands on his feet on a back suplex, Russian legsweep into a double leg drop into a victory roll pin... NOPE! Nakamura puts him into the turnbuckle face-first, dropkicks him in the back, sets him up on the apron and takes his head off with a knee to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Hardy fights out of a hold with back elbows only to get whipped into the corner. Forearms to block the charge, a boot up, up top... WHISPER IN THE WIND CAN’T PUT THE CHAMPION AWAY! Trading punches, Jeff pulls ahead, whip reversed, off the ropes with a forearm, Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop and the basement dropkick, only a nearfall!

Delete! hands, kick to the gut, front chancery, Shinsuke rams him into the corner but eats the leg-feed rolling solebutt. Hardyac Arrest countered with a boot, set up for the knee lift in the corner, but it’s only good for two. Drawing him up, inverted exploder countered with elbows and Nakamura shifts to a single leg lungblower. Sliding Kinshasa... NOPE!

Fired up, lying in wait but Hardy counters the Kinshasa with a neckbreaker drop! Up top, Shinsuke crotches him and kicks him in the mouth, knocking him down, again lying in wait, countered again into the Twist of Fate! Up top, Swanton Bomb... RANDY ORTON YANKS HARDY OUT OF THE RING!

Jeff Hardy wins by disqualification.

Orton puts Jeff into the steel steps head-first over and over! Drags him along the barricade, uppercuts and punches, Hardy fights back with punches of his own but Randy rakes his eyes and puts him into the steps again!

Randy gets in his ear and tells if he wants to know why he’ll have to wait to find out... AND PROCEEDS TO TRY AND TEAR ONE OF THE GAUGES OUT OF JEFF’S EAR! HE THROWS HIM OVER THE ANNOUNCE TABLE BY THE EAR! Fit Finlay, Jamie Noble, and five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce come down to try and back him off but Orton stays attacking the Charismatic Enigma!


Orton stalks off while the agents tend to Hardy.

That’s the show, folks.