WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 1, 2022) with a live show emanating from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring the go home episode for tomorrow night’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Advertised for tonight: All of the current Money in the Bank ladder match participants will go face to face. What exactly does that mean? Who knows! At the very least, you can expect to see appearances tonight from Raw superstars Omos, Seth “Franklin” Rollins,
Matt Riddle, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, and Becky Lynch.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. It will be below this line here. (Note: Going forward, there will be no ban on GIFs or images in the live blog threads. Feel free to post as you wish.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 1
No lyrics tonight, y’all— I’m moving tomorrow and was packing all day right up until typing this fifteen minutes before showtime. On with the show!
The show opens with all the men in our Money in the Bank ladder match sitting atop ladders, except Omos.
Everybody cuts promos about how they’re gonna win the match until—
The Miz makes his entrance.
Miz says he’s the only two-time Mr. Money in the Bank in this company and he should be in the match.
Ezekiel makes his entrance and says he’s the only guy who should be added to the match.
Happy Corbin comes out and guess what? Yep he wants in the match too.
Madcap Moss? Shocker, he wants in.
Adam Pearce makes his entrance and demands the ladders be cleared because we’re gonna have a battle royal, right now!
Or, well after the break.
Adam Pearce’s Battle Royal for No Particular Reason
Chaotic early on as every battle royal is, Miz avoiding elimination from Drew McIntyre, Omos eliminates Madcap Moss! Zayn throws the A-Lister into the Nigerian Giant’s loving arms and he gets eliminated! McIntyre gets into it with Omos and gets dropped by a headbutt!
Giant squaring up with Rollins and Seth eliminates himself only to get hit by an RKO on the floor from Riddle! Omos palms Matt up to the apron and Riddle grabs a triangle in the ropes! Sheamus and Drew work together and Omos is eliminated as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Riddle and Sheamus pairing off, Corbin and McIntyre, Zayn comes in and destroys Matt with a lariat! Drew lighting Sami up in the corner, Happy hits a chokebreaker on Riddle! Matt recovers, Bro 2 Sleep on Sheamus, following it up with the running senton!
Riddle going to that special place, RKO blocked, Sheamus sends him over the ropes but Matt fights to stay in... A KNEE ELIMINATES MATT RIDDLE! Sami with a Helluva Kick to Corbin, McIntyre cuts him off with a neckbreaker! Kip-up, countdown... SHEAMUS CUTS HIM OFF WITH THE BROGUE KICK!
Drew struggles against being eliminated, sidesteps another Brogue and lands wicked headbutt! Lariats, whip across, overhead belly-to-belly connects! Another one, a Claymore to Sami and Zayn is eliminated! Sheamus gets reversed, Corbin from behind and he dumps both of them...
Happy Corbin wins, last eliminating Drew McIntyre and Sheamus at the same time.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Baron Corbin says he’s so happy he’s farting rainbows, which is... a visual.
Asked about Pat McAfee challenging him to a match at SummerSlam he gets somber and refuses to answer.
We get a recap of last week’s Natalya/Ronda Rousey segment.
Nattie is interviewed and says she understands why Hollywood isn’t knocking at Ronda’s door anymore and she sees nothing but fear in her eyes and she knows the Sharpshooter hurt her and she’s not 100% physically able right now. She can make fun of her rack all she wants, she’s gonna tap Ronda out.
New Day make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, New Day cut a promo.
Money changes hands because Kofi thought the crowd would get the reference and they’re the guys who make sure they have a good time, and they were having a great time last week until those damn Viking Raiders had to come out and ruin it. Woods prompts the crowd to boo as loud as possible as they run the Vikings down for getting all serious,
New Day use a mic drop to sucker the Vikings into a brawl before the bell and they smash New Day with their shields! Big assisted powerbomb, stack ‘em up, no match.
Backstage, everybody that came out for the opening segment is yelling at Adam Pearce demanding a spot in Money in the Bank.
Pearce makes a match between them to determine the final man in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match!
Alexa Bliss, Asuka, and Liv Morgan make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Becky Lynch cuts a promo about how she’s not letting any of these snakes take her out, and she’ll be lending her expert analysis to commentary.
Alexa Bliss, Asuka, & Liv Morgan vs. Lacey Evans, Raquel Rodriguez, & Shotzi Blackheart
Bliss and Rodriguez into it, big Stinger Splash, whip across, Alexa floats off of her shoulder but Raquel drops her with a lariat! Tag to Morgan, Blackheart comes in and lights her up, to the floor, Shotzi and Lacey jawing at each other and Liv dives on them!
Raw team lights ‘em up and stands tall as we go to break.
Back from commmercial, Rodriguez beats on Asuka, tag out to Bliss, strike rush, big knee, shotgun dropkick! Catch the crossbody, tag to Blackheart, whip to the corner, body avalanche, roll up, roll through, Shotzi with the high angle crab! Bliss gets out, tag to Asuka, shoulder block takes Blackheart off her feet!
The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, Liv slides in...
Alexa Bliss, Asuka, & Liv Morgan win by pinfall with Oblivion from Morgan on Shotzi Blackheart.
Post-match, Becky Lynch runs in and hits the Manhandle Slam on Asuka!
Backstage, Sonya Deville rolls up on Adam Pearce to tell him he was wrong to put her in a handicap match when she asked for a booking, and she’s filed a formal complaint. He says he knows, and she says she knows that what she’s going to do is wrong too, and she slaps him hard!
The Usos make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Usos and the Street Profits are in the ring for some kind of game show hosted by Kayla Braxton.
She explains that the WWE Universe has been invited to ask them anything, and the Usos get the first question— how afraid are they of losing their titles, and how will Roman Reigns react if they do. The Usos scoff and bicker with the Profits and Kayla calls things to order.
The Profits are asked if they’ve lost their killer instinct and what are these rumors about them not getting along. They scoff and ask if she got that from the dirt sheets, before reaffirming that they’re like brothers and they’ve got that killer instinct every time they step in the ring with the Usos.
And on Saturday, their legacy begins and the Usos’ legacy ends.
The Usos step up to them, Braxton books it out of the ring and the Usos admit they like the Profits because they’re like them, but they’re not them, and they want the smoke. The Street Profits steal the Usos’ tagline about being the ones and they square up to close the segment.
Max Dupri is backstage telling Adam Pearce how excited he is for Maximum Male Models to finally debut.
Their showcase is after the break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for GUNTHER.
Max Dupri is finally in the ring to introduce us to Maximum Male Models.
He says his agency is based on passion and love of fashion displayed by the most virile, athletic men in all of fashion.
Our first model is MACE, who has discovered his love of fashion and you can now call him ma.ce (with some accents on the c and the e that I can’t be bothered to hunt down, pronounced like mah-say)
He walks the ramp like a runway and Max talks up his physique.
Max’s next model is Mansoor, who we will now call man.soor, again with a bunch of accents, pronounced “man-swah,” and Dupri talks him up while he walks.
Dupri says applications are open but don’t bother unless you have the unique qualities of Mace and Mansoor, to live up to the credo of MMM, “to titillate the juices of your guilty pleasures.”
Ronda Rousey is interviewed backstage.
She says despite Nattie’s bluster she’s going to tap her out again tomorrow.
We get some main event entrances and go to break.
Ezekiel vs. Happy Corbin vs. Madcap Moss vs. the Miz (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)
Pairing off, Corbin and Ezekiel and Moss and Miz, sunset flip-assisted German suplex and Zeke and Madcap get into it. Ezekiel and Corbin fighting to the floor, putting Happy into the timekeeper’s area, miz with a wrecking ball dropkick, nobody home and Zeke and Moss work together to beat him up!
Corbin with a back suplex on the apron, goozle to Zeke, chokeslam into the announce table and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Moss clearing house, Corbin takes him out! Madcap hits the Punchline on Happy in return but Ezekiel breaks the cover up! Fallaway slam sets up a Busaiku knee from the Miz... NOPE! Reality Check from the A-Lister, Corbin breaks it up, kicks into the corner but Happy catches him with Deep Six on the charge... STILL NO!
Back and forth, Skull-Crushing Finale, Corbin pulls Miz out of the ring! The match breaks down, Madcap slides in...
Madcap Moss wins by pinfall on Ezekiel to qualify for Money in the Bank.
That’s the show, folks.