WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 29, 2022) with a live show emanating from State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring the go home show ahead of this weekend’s SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) event in Nashville, Tennessee.
Advertised for tonight: After weeks of delay, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus will finally wrestle to determine the number one contender for the WWE Universal championship at Clash at the Castle in September. They’ll do battle in a a good old-fashioned Irish Donnybrook match.
Elsewhere on the card we’ll see Aliyah vs. Lacey Evans, New Day vs. the new vicious Viking Raiders, and Maximum Male Models will show off their beachwear collection.
The events page of WWE’s web site says Brock Lesnar will be in the house, for what it’s worth.
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 29
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The show opens with Sheamus attacking Drew McIntyre during his entrance! Beating him down in the ramp, into the ring and we’re off!
Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus (WWE Unified Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Irish Donnybrook)
Brawling, Drew hits a Michinoku Driver for two! To the floor, Sheamus trips him up, grabs the shillelagh but McIntyre is able to counter and throw him over the announce table, getting a table out from under the ring after! The Celtic Warrior cuts him off, back inside, brawling and Sheamus gets the broken shillelagh from last week and beats Drew down with it!
Grinding the end of the shillelagh into McIntyre’s eye, drawing him up for the Beats of the Bodhran with the shillelagh! Back to the floor, Drew hits a suplex and we go to break.
Back from commercial, McIntyre lands a chop but Sheamus catches him with a tilt-a-whirl slam! Following it up with a chairshot to the back, wedging the chair in the turnbuckles, Drew fires up with some belly-to-belly suplexes, neckbreaker, kip-up and he’s fired up!
Reversing White Noise, Future Shock DDT on some chairs... NOT ENOUGH! Ridge Holland runs in and whacks Drew with a shillelagh, Sheamus in with a knee.. SO CLOSE! To the floor, McIntyre suplexes Holland through a table and we go to break!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Sheamus gets him hung up in the tree of woe... SPIDER BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPERPLEX! Celtic Warrior sidesteps the Claymore, Alabama Slam... NOPE! Back to the floor, Drew whips Sheamus into a section of bar at ringside and does it again! Pete Dunne out of nowhere off a barrel with a dive!
Back inside, Sheamus in control, fireman’s carry, headed up top... AVALANCHE WHITE NOISE CAN’T KEEP DREW MCINTYRE DOWN! Celtic Warrior with a huge shillelagh, Drew ducks the shot and cracks him with a headbutt! Butch and Sheamus both eat shillelagh shots, McIntyre counts down, Claymore on Dunne!
Celtic Warrior capitalizes, Brogue Kick... NOT ENOUGH! Calling for another, Drew catches him... POWERBOMB THROUGH A TABLE! Waiting...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with a Claymore to become #1 contender to the WWE Unified Universal Championship.
Post-match, Drew is interviewed.
He says it didn’t have to be this way but he did what he had to because somebody had to take the title off the part-time champion— AUSTIN THEORY ATTACKS WITH THE BRIEFCASE AND BEATS HIM DOWN!
Happy Corbin appears in the crowd to mock Pat McAfee, he says he has a ticket and Pat can’t touch him, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Corbin is still heckling McAfee as Michael Cole leads us through a recap of Raw’s main event.
Commentary hypes up SummerSlam as it stands and Happy ends up jumping the rail and kicking Pat in the gentleman’s area, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Austin Theory runs into an interview.
He says he’s sick and tired of everyone treating him like a punching bag, because he’s gonna be a triple champion and he can’t help it that guys like Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Lashley, and Madcap Moss are jealous of him.
He walks off and runs into Paul Heyman, who leads him off to offer some advice.
Pat McAfee rejoins commentary, hurting but good to go.
Aliyah vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Circling, collar and elbow, side headlock, go-behind, Blackheart yelling at her. Aliyah with a side headlock, shot off, Lou Thesz Press into punches! Wristlock, punches, into an armbar but Shotzi overpowers her and yells about being her daddy. Choking Aliyah in the ropes, off the ropes, a hip attack goes through her head!
Boston Crab, high-angle in the middle of the ring, Aliyah gets the ropes but Blackheart just drags her back to center! Breaking free, elbows, rolling solebutt, off the ropes, neckbreaker drop... NOPE! Lou Thesz Press to the floor, more punches but Shotzi puts her into the ringpost face-first!
Shotzi Blackheart wins by pinfall with Never Wake Up.
Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey are backstage getting promo photos taken when Natalya rolls up to talk trash.
Sonya Deville soon joins her and agrees with her criticisms.
Shotzi Blackheart is still on the ring and on the mic and talks shit about Ronda.
Enter Ronda Rousey.
She hits the ring, Piper’s Pit, armbar tease and Shotzi runs away.
Rousey gets on the mic and says lots of women think they should be in the title scene but she wants Liv to come down and help her show why they’re the ones fighting for the title.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up a special address from Paul Heyman for later in the show.
Liv Morgan & Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya & Sonya Deville
Natalya and Rousey to start, arm wringer to a hammerlock, Neidhart reverses to a kneeling armbar. Tags made, Morgan in with kicks, up and over and Deville takes her out with a boot! Running dropkick in return, back elbow, whip to the corner, big rising knee and Ronda tags back in.
Rousey boots Sonya down, she goes to the floor, Liv tags back in but they waste time jawing at each other and Deville pulls her to the floor and throws her into the barricade! Back inside, sliding kick, quick tag to Nattie as they work the champion over and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Morgan still in a bad way as the heat segment rolls on, Nattie looking for the Sharpshooter, Codebreaker, cover for two! Liv refuses to make the tag and ends up caught in the ropes, reversing the slingshot atomic drop into a victory roll for two!
Nattie drops her with the discus lariat... NOPE! Tags made, Rousey in hot, Piper’s Pit on Deville, grabbing her wrist but Neidhart blindsides her! Liv back in, beating Nattie down, Oblivion connects, Ronda with the ankle lock...
Liv Morgan & Ronda Rousey win by submission with an ankle lock from Rousey on Sonya Deville.
Street Profits make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Usos make their entrance.
Jeff Jarrett is out next.
He’s got words for the Street Profits and Usos both. He thought it’d be a good idea for the four of them to get together and get some things straight before their match tomorrow night. He takes his job as special guest referee very seriously.
Jey Uso asks if it’s a DQ if he punches Montez Ford in the nose and makes him leak all over the mat. Jimmy asks if wrapping the title belts around Angelo Dawkins’ head. Dawkins asks if it’s a DQ if he hits the Usos so hard that they start doing the Siva Tau again. Ford shouts a bunch and reminds us that he wants the smoke.
Jarrett says the four of them have some creative imaginations, and he’s gonna let them run wild tonight and his only job is to count the pin when two shoulders are down. But as far as tonight goes they four of them have some outstanding issues, so if somebody feels froggy, why not jump?
Angelo says there ain’t gonna be any jumping, but asks if it’s a DQ if— HE ATTACKS THE USOS AND WE GET A BRAWL! An errant superkick from an Uso takes Double J down! Jeff recovers and makes some order, the Profits dump the Usos and Ford hits a tope con giro!
We get a Viking Raiders recap.
New Day make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Maxxine Dupri shows off Maximum Male Models 2022 Beach Collection, which is SummerSlam themed, and Max Dupri joins the presentation at the end, so he’s still around.
New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Erik and Woods to start, the big viking just blasting him, off the ropes, blind tag, Kingston off the top with a crossbody for two! Kofi with a diving tijeras, Erik blasts him off his feet after and tags Ivar in! Working Kingston over, dumping him to the floor, freight train crossbody sandwiches Kofi in the barricade and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kofi hits SOS on Ivar and gets some breathing room! Tags made, Woods running hot and fast, whip reversed, Russian legsweep, kip-up, off the ropes, dropkick sends Warbeard to the floor! Dropkick to Ivar, tornado DDT to Erik... SO CLOSE!
Kofi in, back and forth but the rally comes to a close...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with a double powerbomb on Kofi Kingston.
Post-match they blast Kingston with their shields and thread Woods’ leg through a chair... SHIELD BASH PILLMANIZER!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Paul Heyman makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He introduces himself and puts Roman Reigns over as the greatest of all time and says his title reign is longer than anyone in the last 35 years and Brock Lesnar’s gonna spoil that? Over his dead body, he will. Tomorrow night, Roman won’t pin Brock, he won’t just smash him, he’s going to put Lesnar down for ten seconds, stand over his defeated and humiliated body, hold both titles high and be the last man standing.
And we will all be done with Brock Lesnar once and for all.
Enter Brock Lesnar.
He gets in the ring and corners Heyman, and Austin Theory blindsides him!
Brock gets the briefcase away from him and hammers him with it before hitting one German suplex, two German suplexes, and Austin runs away!
DREW MCINTYRE MEETS HIM IN THE RAMP WITH A CLAYMORE AND STARES LESNAR DOWN!
That’s the show, folks.