WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 16, 2019) from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, featuring all the fallout from the Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Philadelphia.
Advertised for tonight: Shane McMahon hosts a town hall meeting, Daniel Bryan makes a big announcement, 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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 16
My mind rejects the frequency, it’s static craziness to me. Is it a solar fever? The TV man is too loud. Our plane is sleeping on a cloud. You turn the dial, I’ll try and smile. We’ve eaten plastic weather, this family sticks together. We will escape from the south to the west side. My mind rejects the frequency, but this here pro wrestling show? I will liveblog it for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of the shoot promo Kevin Owens cut last week.
We get footage from earlier today of Shane McMahon briefing security on what to do when Owens arrives and sure enough he walks through the door. McMahon talks about the town hall he’s holding tonight and a skeptical KO scoffs before Shane tells him he’s not tolerating insubordination. Kev says he needs to look at his paperwork, because his contract says he doesn’t work for McMahon, he works for WWE.
Shane doubles down on being his boss and says he’s not gonna let Owens spread more lies, so he has the night off and he’s no longer allowed in the building. KO turns and leaves.
We get a recap of Graveyard Dogs vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre.
Shane McMahon is in the ring with the roster arrayed on the stage for his town hall meeting.
He gets on the mic and says Kevin Owens has the night off, but he gave him the idea for this meeting, and he says as long as any superstar is respectful, he’s happy to hear whatever they have to say. He opens the floor and nobody steps forward at first until after a moment Roman Reigns steps up to the mic. New Day cheer him on and Roman says Shane doesn’t get it, nobody in this room respects him.
As far as diplomacy, the Big Dog says he can kiss his ass! McMahon says since that wasn’t respectful, Reigns will be fined and dealt with later, and then he calls on Charlotte Flair. The queen steps forward and says that was so uncalled for and from one family to another, she thanks Shane. The McMahons have been nothing but gracious to her since the day she was born and Kevin Owens makes her sick to her stomach.
Liv Morgan interrupts and says nothing about Charlotte is real, to which Flair says she didn’t even realize Liv works here. They bicker a moment until McMahon shuts them down and then calls Buddy Murphy to the mic. He says he doesn’t need Owens to fight his battles for him and Kev better keep his name out of his mouth before he knocks it out.
Shane calls on Apollo Crews next. He says he hopes this counts as healthy dialogue, but everybody agrees with what Kevin said last week. This gets Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega to step up and mock Apollo for pandering to the WWE Universe before telling him he should prove he deserves an opportunity in the ring tonight, and Almas agrees, calling him to the center of the ring tonight!
Elias plays a chord on his Stratocaster and says he’s not Kevin Owens, but New Day cut him off mid-promo to call him the greatest jackass in SmackDown history. Kofi Kingston says he’s not gonna say he likes KO, but the man makes some good points. How long did it take him to get a shot at the WWE Championship? And everybody on the stage has potential to do great things but McMahon isn’t giving any opportunities, so what’s up with-- Shane cuts the mic and “apologizes” for the mic cutting otu.
McMahon says this went well, it’s a good start, and calls for a close to it but Cesaro comes out with a mic in hand. He says he’s not done with Aleister Black and he wants a rematch tonight. Shane gives it him and says tonight proves he doesn’t need to rule with an iron fist... AND KEVIN OWENS IS BEHIND HIM! STUNNER! OH HELL YEAH! Kev mock shuffles and leaves through the crowd!
On that triumphant note, we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Kevin Owens attacking Shane McMahon and laying him out with a Stunner just now.
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro
Circling, Black ducks a forearm, right hands, Cesaro fires off a knee and an uppercut in return, whip reversed, Aleister with a knee lift and a roundhouse kick, off the ropes, quebrada fakeout into the crossleg seated taunt and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Cesaro has a sleeper hold locked on with one of Black’s arms trapped. Aleister posts to his feet, arm drag out of it, punches get a knee, off the ropes he decks the Swiss Superman with a pair of elbows, legsweep, sliding knee off the ropes into a kip-up and he’s fired up! Quebrada... NOPE! Cesaro sidesteps a charge, big uppercut in the corner, off the ropes for a big boot for two!
Right into the arm-trap crossface off the cover, wrenching it back, reversed into a pin, this time Black sidesteps and Cesaro eats post. A bicycle knee strike connects, he drags the Swiss Superman up with his boot...
Aleister Black wins by pinfall with Black Mass.
Backstage, Dolph Ziggler is trying to convince Shane McMahon to give him another chance to put Kevin Owens back in his place. Shane agrees as long as Dolph can get him back in the building.
Charlotte Flair is shown walking backstage, she’s in action after the break.
Back from commercial we get a replay of the WWE.com video of Daniel Bryan pledging to go where he’s never gone before.
Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan
Morgan right into it, tijeras, jumping kick and she lays on the mat and waves at Flair. Rising back up, waistlock, back elbow to break, overhead elbow and Charlotte presses the attack, wrenching her neck over the middle rope. back suplex, Liv lands on her feet and follows with an enzuigiri! Running stomp in the corner... NOPE! The Queen with a double leg, figure four leglock applied, bridging...
Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight.
Post-match, Liv grabs the headset off of Corey Graves and says that Charlotte was right, and when she comes back she’s gonna be real.
Dolph Ziggler is backstage with referee Drake Wuertz getting a phone number from him to try and get Kevin Owens back to the building.
Ember Moon is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Bayley & Ember Moon vs. Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville)
Chaos at the bell, Deville hammering Bayley with knees and making the tag to Rose. Whip into a knee, sliding knee from Sonya, only two as Moon returns to the apron. Choking the Hugger over the middle rope, she comes back with a back suplex and tags Ember. Moon in with a kick, rolling solebutt, knee strike, enzuigiri and she puts boots to Mandy in the corner. Whip across, lariat, up top, Deville runs in but Bayley runs her off, Ember perches...
Bayley & Ember Moon win by pinfall with Eclipse from Moon on Mandy Rose.
Post-match, our winners are interviewed and Bayley is asked who her next challenger will be.
Bayley says she’s happy to be done with Alexa Bliss and she can get back to elevating the SmackDown women’s division. She wants to face somebody that’s worthy, has charisma, that she’s never faced before and would be dedicated to the title if she wins... She wants to wrestle Ember! Moon agrees!
Shinsuke Nakamura is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s a storm in a bottle, bottled rage, free to rain down chaos on the whole universe.
He turns to see Mustafa Ali standing there, and Ali congratulates him pointedly.
We see Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of all the Shane McMahon / Kevin Owens stuff from the top of the show.
New Day make their entrance.
Kofi Kingston says now that they don’t have any more technical difficulties, give it up for your boys, and Xavier Woods says you might as well call Kofi Simon Phoenix because he dismantled Samoa Joe-- he’s a Demolition Man. Kingston switches gears to put Big E and Woods over for winning the tag titles and says they’re three African-American leprechauns at the end of the rainbow, because they’ve got all the gold!
E says we all know what Daniel Bryan’s big announcement is, but before sitting through a ten-minute lecture about recycling, they want to accept the tag title rematch right here, right now, in Worcester!
Enter Daniel Bryan, with Erick Rowan by his side.
Exit Daniel Bryan, with Erick Rowan by his side.
He comes storming back, mic in hand and makes it half way up the ramp, before shaking his head and heading to the back again.
Back out again... and this time Dan drops the mic on the ramp before leaving again.
Enter Samoa Joe.
He gets on the mic and says Bryan isn’t in the mood for title opportunities, but he doesn’t suffer the same affliction.
Big and Xavier are handing out opportunities like Christmas in July, so he wants Kofi to put the WWE Championship on the line, right here, tonight!
He tells Joe with all due respect he had his chance and it didn’t work out, and if anyone is primed and ready to take the title away from Kofi, it’s Elias.
Enter Randy Orton.
He says he’s sorry but it’s been a while since he had that gold around his waist, so he’s gonna come take it.
Elias says they can’t all fight for the title, but they can send a message to them in the ring, and Woods asks if he’s suggesting a six-man tag team match, playa? New Day huddle... and they accept!
Orton says he’s good and leaves, to which Kingston says you’d think the Viper would be up and ready to strike at any given time, but it seems as though he’s gone a little limp.
Randy turns around and we go to break.
Elias, Randy Orton, & Samoa Joe vs. New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, & Xavier Woods)
Elias and Kingston to start, the Drifter with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, leapfrog, Kofi with a corkscrew elbow for one! Elias with a boot, tag to Joe, putting boots to him in the corner and following it up with a hammer whip. Knees knock Samoa down, rolling solebutt, snapmare, blind tag to Woods and they chain strikes and dives together on the Samoan Submission Machine, E tags in, off the ropes, big splash... ONLY TWO!
Joe with jabs, tag to Elias, Big catches him into the abdominal stretch and gets to spankin’! Tag to Woods, off the ropes, wheelbarrow-assisted splash for two. Chop in the corner, whip reversed, boot up in the corner, Xavier hits the Honor Roll... NOPE! Orton running interference, hair pull while referee Drake Wuertz wasn’t looking and the Drifter takes advantage with forearms in the corner and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Woods is struggling to get away from Elias, mere inches from a tag! The Drifter clears the apron, Joe blasts E on the floor with a boot! Elias puts Xavier up in the corner, jockeying for position and Woods ends up hitting a long-distance missile dropkick! Tags made, Kingston in on Orton, springboard lariat, another lariat, double chop, dropkick, off the ropes, Superman Lariat!
Boom Drop connects, Trouble in Paradise blocked, RKO blocked, springboard crossbody... ELIAS BREAKS IT UP! Big with a belly-to-belly, Joe with a lariat, Woods whip reversed, low-bridge Samoa to the floor, fired up... TOPE CON GIRO! Joe puts Woods into the apron and chokes him out with the Coquina Clutch, Elias nails E with a knee but eats Trouble in Paradise, the Viper capitalizes...
Elias, Randy Orton, & Samoa Joe win by pinfall with an RKO from Orton on Kofi Kingston.
Kabuki Warriors are shown walking backstage, their title match is after the break.
Back from commercial, Carmella is looking for R-Truth and she finds him inside of a washing machine.
He admits he got stuck and she helps him out of it and says she has a better idea for a hiding spot, in plain sight, but he’ll have to wear a costume. He says it better be a good spot, and she says he should go to Comicon. He complains that he’s done his time but she explains how he’s miscontrued what she’s saying and falls out of the washing machine.
Iconic Duo (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) (c) vs. Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Sane and Royce to start, Peyton slapping her across the face and getting an overhand chop in return. Whip reversed, slingshot into a headscissors, blind tag, waistlock Code Breaker, blockbuster and a sliding kick... NOPE! Asuka fired up, off the ropes, but Kay tags in and kicks her face off! Jawing at her, Asuka hits a reverse roundhouse kick and Billie falls to the floor!
Referee Jason Ayers counting, the Iconics realize their advantage...
Kabuki Warriors win by countout.
Post-match, Kabukis attack Royce and Kairi hits her diving elbow drop.
Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega are walking backstage, his match is next.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Apollo Crews
Almas hammering away at Crews with boots before the bell! Referee Danilo Anfibio checks on him, and we have a bell!
Apollo with punches, Andrade ducks the enzuigiri and takes it to him with mounted punches! Crews shoves him away but Cien lands the back elbow and sets him in the corner... DOUBLE KNEES! Apollo reverses the cover...
Apollo Crews wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.
We get a replay of Bray Wyatt’s return from last night.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
KO looking for the Stunner right away like on Sunday, he comes off the ropes... TOPE ON GIRO! Back inside, Ziggler gets the Fameasser... NOPE! Heartstopper elbow drop, anotehr one, into a sleeper hold, shift to an arm-trap crossface, no good. Big DDT... STILL NO! Sidestep the corner body avalanche, superkick, Owens up top... SENTON ATOMICO ISN’T ENOUGH!
Shane McMahon leads a bunch of heels down to ringside, KO distracted... ZIG ZAG CAN’T PUT THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE AWAY! Dolph puts Kev into the post, piefacing him, windmilling punches, into the post again and Shane jaws at Owens. Ziggler tunes up the band, Kev ducks the superkick... STUNNER! MCMAHON PULLS HIM OUT OF THE RING! HE HITS ANOTHER STUNNER ON SHANE AND HAS TO RUN TO THE BACK, CHASED BY THE REST OF THE ROSTER!
Presumably Kevin Owens wins by disqualification, although referee Ryan Tran never calls for the bell and no announcement is made.
McMahon dry heaves and is interviewed.
He tells Owens that he’s gonna pay and will pay bad.
That’s the show, folks.