WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 22, 2022) with a live show emanating from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Nashville, Tennessee.
Advertised for tonight: SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan goes face-to-face with Ronda Rousey, Maximum Male Models show off their beachwear collection and introduces Maxxine Dupri, Shinsuke Nakamura has a rematch against Ludwig Kaiser, and more!
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 22
Can’t keep hanging on to what is dead and gone, If you built yourself a myth, you’d know just what to give. Materialize or let the ashes fly, either way I’m gonna liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Stephanie McMahon in the ring and on the mic.
She welcomes us to the show and jumps right into it, talking about Vince McMahon announcing his retirement. She says he wanted to make sure to thank us all in his retirement, but she thinks this is the moment we should take to thank him, and she leads the crowd in a “Thank you, Vince!” chant before leaving.
The Street Profits make their entrance and get on the mic.
They talk up SummerSlam and say they’re gonna win the tag titles.
Enter Austin Theory, to cut a promo about how nothing matters at SummerSlam except him and cashing in, whether on Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar.
Enter the Usos, yelling at Theory to keep the Tribal Chief’s name out of his mouth, and neither Montez Ford nor his wife are leaving SummerSlam with championships.
A brawl breaks out, Austin joins in on the Usos’ side, but Madcap Moss makes the save! Heels to the floor, Dawkins takes them out with a tope con giro!
Shinsuke Nakamura makes his entrance and we go to break.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Kaiser aggressive out the gates, strikes in the corner, forearms to the kidneys, a standing choke, off the ropes, sliding uppercut for two. Nakamura fights back, snapmare and a leg drop for two, Ludwig fires back, suplex and a running knee, cover of his own but he can’t keep him down.
Whip to the corner, knee connects, big running corner knee, action to the floor and the German takes control as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Kaiser in control, Nakamura gets away, enzuigiri for separation. Flurry of strikes from Shinsuke, axe kick into a sliding kick, boots up, blocked, back roll into the sliding German suplex... NOPE! Outside, GUNTHER gets in Nakamura’s face, back inside, small package for two.
Shinsuke lands a kick, calling for it, GUNTHER up on the apron, Ludwig from behind, standing switch, O’Connor roll, this time GUNTHER hits a cheap shot and Kaiser takes advantage...
Ludwig Kaiser wins by pinfall with a Square Hammer DDT.
Post-match, GUNTHER yells at Ludwig to stand tall on the stage and then chops him down.
We see Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey getting mic’d up backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for our main event, a six-man coming off of our opening segment.
Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey have a face-to-face backstage and Ronda quickly shoos the interviewer off.
Rousey says she likes and respects Liv and she’s a breath of fresh air, but she’s gonna beat her at SummerSlam, and she expects a handshake after she wins. Liv appreciates her candor and says she can’t stare her in the eyes and say she’s gonna win at SummerSlam because she’s better, but she can because she loves this business more than she does and she needs this more, and she’ll shake hands after she wins.
Ronda says Morgan has more passion than anybody in that locker room... except her.
Happy Corbin bumrushes Pat McAfee at the announce table and beats him down!
Pat chases him to the back and gets the better of him just as road agents swarm to pull them apart and send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because that’s just how it is sometimes.
Pat McAfee hits the ring and cuts a promo before going back to commentary.
He has one thing to say to bum-ass Corbin, at SummerSlam he won’t be able to cheapshot him or blindside him, they’ll go one-on-one, man vs. big dumb bald baby, and when this foot hits his ugly head, he’s gonna put him down for a nap for good.
We get a new-look Viking Raiders video package.
New Day join the commentary team for this next one.
Jinder Mahal & Shanky vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Erik and Mahal to start, off the ropes with a big back elbow, Warbeard tags in, action to the floor in front of New Day, trading clubbing blows, putting Jinder into the steel steps and then throwing him into New Day as referee Jessika Carr counts...
Viking Raiders win by countout.
Adam Pearce is in his office when Sonya Deville rolls up to taunt him about his shows turning into disasters, and things would be different if she was in charge. She asks if he still has the money from her fine and he could hire someone to spruce up his resume.
He says she has a match against Raquel Rodriguez and leaves.
The Brawling Brutes enter and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus gets on the mic.
He says there’s a stench in the air and he doesn’t know if it’s the Charles River or all the fake Irish in the crowd, but tonight they’re gonna make history. Tonight is the night he was supposed to Brogue Kick Drew McIntyre’s head clean off and go on to face the Universal Champion at Clash at the Castle, but Drew tried to cut his head off, so no match until the sword is banned from the ring.
We get footage of McIntyre cutting the top rope and Sheamus has a meltdown over it, saying he’ll do whatever it takes to get the sword banned.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
Sheamus says Ridge will take Butch out of the ring if Drew puts the sword away, and McIntyre obliges. Drew asks when Sheamus became such a bitch and asks where the guy he knew for 20 years is. He says they have a chance to main event the first UK stadium show in 30 years and Sheamus is gonna punk out like this?
The current champ is an absentee and we need a workhorse like one of them, and he wants to have the match right here and now. Sheamus says he knows for fact that man to man, he’s the better, and if Drew wants this fight right here and now in Boston, he can have it...
...just not tonight. He already spoke to WWE upper management and they’ve agreed to run the match next week on SmackDown, and the sword is banned. In fact it’ll be a good old-fashioned Irish donnybrook, with no rules other than the sword being banned and a selection of fine shillelaghs to hand.
If that’s what it takes, Drew accepts, and Sheamus calls Adam Pearce down to make it official. Pearce comes down and makes it official!
Drew cuts a shillelagh in half to make a point.
The Usos are backstage when Paul Heyman rolls up to counsel them about their opponents and partner tonight, encouraging them to swallow their dislike of Theory and use him to win the match.
Raquel Rodriguez makes her entrance and we go to break.
Raquel Rodriguez vs. Sonya Deville
Deville with a waistlock, Rodriguez shrugs her off and clubs her down, big swinging waistlock, back elbows and a stamp to the foot to break free, arm wringer into the corner, nearfall off a running knee into a cobra clutch, Raquel breaks free, fallaway slam!
Stepping up, corkscrew Vader Bomb but Sonya gets a hand on the ropes! Big delayed standing gourdbuster counters a guillotine, Deville sidesteps a charge and plants her with a DDT! Cover for two, chest kicks, one-arm lift...
Raquel Rodriguez wins by pinfall with the one-arm powerbomb.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial and once again, Lacey Evans gets on the mic after her entrance and complains that her treatment isn’t befitting the American hero that she is.
She runs down the crowd for not accomplishing anything and says she’s better than all of us. She nails Aliyah with a Woman’s Right when she tries to get the match started and that’s all she wrote.
Jeff by god Jarrett is interviewed backstage.
He says it’s an honor to be special guest referee at SummerSlam and everybody has a piece of Double J these days. This is the biggest tag match in SummerSlam history and WWE management knew they needed somebody who’d call it down the middle, and that man is J E double F J A double R E double T, Double J, Jeff Jarrett.
The Usos make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Maxxine Dupri (fka Sofia Cromwell on NXT) is backstage with Mansoor and Mace and she says her brother has great taste, but she thinks of herself as more... delicious, and you’ll see when she debuts their beachwear collection next week.
Austin Theory & the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. Madcap Moss & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Jimmy Uso jawing at Theory, Dawkins tries to steal a win with a schoolboy but comes up empty. Off the ropes, drop down, cartwheel, dropkick, cover for two. Seated armbar to grind Uso down, Profits clear the ring, Ford plays Austin’s briefcase like a drum and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Theory going to town on Moss, stomps in the corner, stomps, grinding his forearm bone across Madcap’s face with his arm in a chickenwing. Quick tags, Moss gets away and tags Dawkins in! Leapfrog, corkscrew elbow, spinning Stinger Splash into an enzuigiri!
Jey with a superkick and a right hand, tag to Ford, off the top with a crossbody... NOPE! Enzuigiri, into the corner, kick from the apron, fighting Jimmy and Austin off with kicks but Jey cracks Montez one with a forearm that sends him crashing to the floor! Back body drop over the timekeeper’s barricade and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Ford gets a desperate DDT off and the path is clear! Hot tag to Moss, Jimmy in as well and Madcap lights him up with lariats! Duck a lariat, big flapjack, fallaway slam on Theory! Spear in the corner, a lariat sends Jey to the floor, Jimmy caught with a capture Rock Bottom for two!
Uso gets a superkick off for a deep two, Austin ducks a tag and tries to walk away with the briefcase but Jey lays him out with a superkick and throws him into his brother for another superkick! Brawling on the floor with Dawkins, Ford off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO!
Austin and Madcap brawling in the ring, Theory with the legs crossed... AOI SHOUDOU FOR TWO! Moss with the comeback, shoulder thrust in the corner, going for another and Theory cracks him with the briefcase...
Madcap Moss & Street Profits win by disqualification.
Post-match, Theory beats Moss down at length with the briefcase!
BROCK LESNAR IS HERE!
He circles around the ring as Austin cowers behind the briefcase. Brock gets in the ring... F-5! He wails on Theory with his own briefcase and holds it high! Another F-5, onto the briefcase this time!
That’s the show, folks.