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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (July 8, 2022): Roman Reigns returns

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WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 8, 2022) with a live show emanating from Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, featuring the fallout episode after last weekend’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) event.

Advertised for tonight: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returns to SmackDown, Ronda Rousey reacts to losing the SmackDown women’s title to Liv Morgan at Money in the Bank 2022, Max Dupri’s Maximum Male Models titillate the juices of your guilty pleasures via their tennis wear collection, 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 8

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The show opens with a recap of the men’s Money in the Bank situation.

The Bloodline make their entrance.

Austin Theory appears on the stage holding his Money in the Bank briefcase and we go to break.


Back from commercial, Roman Reigns gets on the mic.

He says he can handle anything and he’s breathing and happy and healthy to be at work on his show, and he asks Paul Heyman what’s wrong him, saying he should be very confident because he’s working with the greatest of all time and he knows they’re not going back to debating this.

He asks Paul to put his hand out and gives him the mic to say what’s wrong. Heyman draws it to his mouth, shaking, and says he loves his tribal chief but his opponent at SummerSlam is Brock Lesnar. Brock doesn’t respect any of his achievements and now he’s got one last chance, and Lesnar is at his most dangerous when he’s backed into a corner.

Beating the Rock at 23 when he wasn’t supposed to, conquering the streak when he wasn’t supposed to, and Roman’s gonna need to smash him to put him down for ten seconds in his final title match, and he’s gonna have to show up at SummerSlam if he wants to do it.

Enter Austin Theory.

He laps the ring holding his Money in the Bank briefcase and leaves again.

The new and violent Viking Raiders make their entrance to send us to break.


Jinder Mahal & Shanky vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)

Vikings in control early, Erik grinding Mahal down with an armbar, Jinder slips out, superkick, nobody to tag because Shanky is on the floor dancing for the crowd! Vikings blast Mahal...

Viking Raiders win by pinfall with a double-team powerbomb on Jinder Mahal.

Post-match, New Day make their entrance and tell everybody to hold up repeatedly and at length.

Kofi Kingston admits the Vikings have kicked their butts two weeks in a row, but their butts are still here and still thicc AF. And those beatdowns weren’t sanctioned, so they did not count, but they have a pair of certified sanctioned ass-beatings to give the Vikings the whooping they deserve.

New Day rush the ring to beat the Vikings down but they get run over and stomped into oblivion! Avalanche World’s Strongest Slam on Kofi!

We get a recap and some hype for Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin at SummerSlam and Happy joins commentary since Pat isn’t here tonight, and we go to break.


Back from commercial, GUNTHER and Ludwig Kaiser are in the ring for an open challenge.

Ludwig talks about how nobody in the back is fit to challenge GUNTHER for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, neither are the audience fit to see GUNTHER compete. GUNTHER says any champion who accepts a match against somebody they don’t know is a fool and opportunities have to be earned.

Enter Shinsuke Nakamura.

He gets in GUNTHER’s face and gets on the mic, saying if he doesn’t want to accept him, he can keep the title for now, but he’ll fight Kaiser right now!

Ludwig Kaiser vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura running hot out the gates, sliding German suplex, jawing at GUNTHER and Kaiser trips him up and dropkicks him to the floor as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Nakamura with body blows, duck a lariat, off the ropes, dropkick connects! Back and forth, Shinsuke lands a kick and lines him up...

Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa.

We get a video recap of the women’s Money in the Bank, including Liv Morgan’s cash-in.

Morgan makes her entrance and we go to break.


Back from commercial, Michael Cole interviews Liv Morgan in the ring.

She says the title is proof of all the work she’s done so far and she’s willing to work ten times as hard to keep it, because no one wants it more than she does.

Enter Natalya.

She talks about how much she liked making Ronda Rousey hurt and made Liv’s job easy.

Enter Ronda Rousey.

She tells Liv to enjoy it while it lasts because keeping the title is harder than winning it, and for Nattie she can say she enjoyed hurting her knee but she’d be happy to give her what for again tonight.

Neidhart attacks Rousey, Liv runs her off, and we go to break.


Natalya vs. Ronda Rousey

Collar and elbow, Rousey on the attack, trapping Natalya’s leg in the ropes and hammering her knee. Leg kicks, Neidhart hobbles out of the ring and Ronda follows after her, kicking her leg out of her leg! Fireman’s carry, drop her on the apron, more elbows to the knee, ankle lock on the apron, using all of referee Charles Robinson’s count!

Back inside all the way, ankle lock in, Rousey falls back into the grapevine, Nattie holding out as long as she can...

Ronda Rousey wins by submission with a grapevined ankle lock.

Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage.

He says he’s been to Europe recently and Clash at the Castle is gonna be huge. Whoever comes out of SummerSlam as champ, he’s coming for him, whether it’s Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, or Austin Theory. He couldn’t care less, tonight he’s focused on Sheamus.

Max Dupri makes his entrance and we go to break.


Back from commercial, Max Dupri talks up what a success Maximum Male Models’ debut was and this week they present their 2022 Tennis Collection.

Mace and Mansoor walk wearing tennis themed outfits while Max talks up their physiques and outfits.

Austin Theory is interviewed backstage.

He talks about wanting to knock Roman off his pedestal after beating Bobby Lashley to win the United States Championship back.

Madcap Moss rolls up and says that’s a lot of words and he’d love to try and shove them back in Austin’s mouth.

Aliyah makes her entrance and we go to break.


Back from commercial, Lacey Evans false starts her entrance about three times because she’s not happy with her response from the crowd, and gets on the mic to berate them for giving her a poor reaction. She goes in on them at length and at one point actually calls herself an American hero.

She says until she gets the respect she deserves, every single one of us can go to hell.

She goes to leave, Aliyah confronts her and Lacey drops her with the Woman’s Right!

The Usos make their entrance and we go to break.


Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

Lotharios running hot, keeping the Usos at bay, back and forth, Jey lands a superkick on Carrillo, off the ropes...

The Usos win by pinfall with 1D on Humberto Carrillo.

Post-match, the Usos are interviewed about their victory at Money in the Bank.

They feign ignorance about the finish and we get footage of Montez Ford’s shoulders not being all the way down. They say if pinning the Profits 1-2-3 is cheating, then they’re cheaters, but if the count was off it’s on the referee. They’re informed there’ll be a special guest referee at SummerSlam and they’re all confidence.

Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and we go to break.


Back from commercial Sheamus gets on the mic before the match and says he has Drew’s number, but he starts coughing and claims a tickle in his throat, saying he hopes he doesn’t have a dose of the ol’ COVID and whoops, rules say he can’t compete until he gets tested but don’t worry he’s got a backup plan, and Butch is gonna beat him up just fine.

Drew McIntyre vs. Pete “Butch” Dunne

McIntyre right in with a belly-to-belly suplex, Dunne off the turnbuckles with a knee strike, wrenching in a double wristlock but Drew blasts him with a headbutt and another suplex! Ridge Holland runs interference, McIntyre knocks him down, enzuigiri from Pete cuts him off.

Nobody home on a dive, jumping neckbreaker into a kip-up, countdown...

Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.

Post-match, Ridge Holland attacks but Drew drops him with Future Shock!

McIntyre threatens Sheamus with his sword, swinging, chopping the top rope and making Kane’s pyro come out of the posts for some reason.

That’s the show, folks.