WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 5, 2022) with a live show emanating from Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, featuring all the fallout from the SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just this past Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee.
Not much is advertised for tonight’s episode. We’ll almost certainly here from Drew McIntyre, who is set to challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal championship at next month’s Clash at the Castle event in the United Kingdom. One wrestler we won’t see tonight is Ronda Rousey; she was suspended after attacking a WWE referee at SummerSlam.
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 AUG. 5
Oh their brains are on peroxide, phony pride speaks only when it should’ve cried. Naifs in decay return into TV, depression stunned celebs who are suborning people who need people to get in your face. Catalog a new low and England is rife with lurchers, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of SummerSlam.
We get footage of the Bloodline rolling up to the arena.
Pat McAfee gives us some commentary and telestrator doodles over slow-mo footage of him kicking Happy Corbin in the gentleman’s area.
Happy is watching backstage and Ricochet mocks him about it before challenging him to a match to kick the show off.
Happy Corbin vs. Ricochet
Circling, collar and elbow, Corbin throws him into the corner but Ricochet lands a kick! End of Days blocked, enzuigiri, off the ropes... CORKSCREW TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, nobody home on the dive and Happy drops him with a lariat! Ricky looking to springboard back in and Corbin cuts him off with a wicked right hand!
Kicks from the apron, nobody home on the Asai Moonsault and Happy Gallon Throws him into the post to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Corbin trying to grind him down, Ricochet gets to his feet, body blows, HUGE back body drop takes him off his feet but can’t keep him down! Ricochet on the rally, diving crossbody, standing shooting star press... STILL NO! Boot up on a charge, handspring caught, backbreaker rack... ARGENTINE NECKBREAKER FOR TWO!
Ricky looking for pinning predicaments, no dice, kick combo, off the ropes... DEEP SIX CUTS HIM OFF FOR A NEARFALL! Up top and jockeying for position, Happy with a goozle... AND HE CHUCKS RICOCHET OFF THE TOP AND INTO THE APRON! Jawing at Pat McAfee, Ricky is able to crotch him!
Charging in, Recoil, Ricochet goes up top...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with a shooting star press.
Post-match, Pat and Ricochet have a catch and McAfee punts the ball into the crowd after.
Backstage, Sami Zayn knocks on Roman Reigns’ door and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Usos open the door and greet Honorary Uce Sami Zayn with smiles and handshakes.
Sami asks how Paul Heyman is doing and is informed that he’s recovering at home after getting F-5’d, and then he says he wanted to come and give Roman his regards. They say it’s not a good time and they’ll text Zayn when he’s good to come in and talk to the Tribal Chief.
We get a recap of Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey from SummerSlam.
Shinsuke Nakamura makes his entrance and we go to break.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Kaiser grinding him down on the mat, overhead elbows, boots in the corner but Nakamura grabs one hand and hammers his knee with an elbow! Punches in the corner, Good Vibrations, dropping a knee, cover for two! Up in the turnbuckles, Shinsuke cuts him off and lands the big corner knee to put him on the floor!
Off the ropes, back in, duck a lariat, tilt-a-whirl slam from Ludwig and we go to break!
Back from commercial, both men down and out but Nakamura’s getting fired up. Knee lift, suplex into the ropes, hanging him up, axe kick to the back of the neck! Off the ropes, basement dropkick, charging, block the boot, chop to the back, back roll sets up the sliding German suplex!
Shinsuke gets in GUNTHER’s face and the delay is enough for Kaiser to plant him with a dropkick! Back elbow, front chancery, running knee! Ludwig with a big uppercut for a deep two, trading shots, snap fallaway slam... NOPE! Nakamura gets a cross armbar, blocked with a stomp for two! Heel kick, fired up, charging in...
Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa, earning a WWE Intercontinental Championship match against GUNTHER next week.
We get footage of Viking Raiders Pillmanizing Xavier Woods’ leg last week.
Kofi Kingston is interviewed backstage.
He says Woods is recovering in high spirits now and no matter how many times these nasty disgusting crusty-ass vikings want to put them down, they’ll always get back up, because every day is a new day. It’s almost time for him to make the vikings pay for what they did to Xavier last week, because New Day rocks.
And we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a media reel for Bayley’s return with Dakota Kai and IYO SKY in tow.
Sami Zayn knocks on the door again and the Usos need a favor from him, they need Zayn to go hang out in the production truck and do what Paul Heyman used to in order to make sure everything went right. Sami scoffs but Jimmy tells him that it’ll mean a lot to Roman and he goes off to do it.
Liv Morgan makes her entrance, arm in a brace from Ronda Rousey’s armbar, to be interviewed in the ring.
She says she’s feeling so many different emotions, but when she looks at the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship... A “you tapped out!” chant goes up and she says she wanted to address the elephant in the room and she appreciates being called on her bullshit. She says the title means everything to her and she only tapped after she thought the referee got to three, so when Ronda comes back—
Enter Sonya Deville.
She says some of these people will buy her innocent little Liv Morgan act but we all know she shouldn’t be the champion right now. It’s pathetic and honestly it disgusts her, but seeing Rousey get hands on Morgan made her happy. But it’s also a testament to how bad Adam Pearce sucks at his job.
Face-to-face, looking Liv in the eyes, she really, really loves seeing her hurt, so tonight she’s gonna win the gauntlet match, beat Morgan at Clash at the Castle, and break her heart by taking away the thing that means the most to her, the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Aliyah vs. Natalya vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Shotzi Blackheart vs. Sonya Deville vs. Xia Li (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match)
Aliyah and Deville to start, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Deville with a big back elbow and a running knee! Choking Aliyah in the ropes, reverse chinlock on the mat, jawbreaker to counter. Springboard crossbody for two, Aliyah stalking after her, Hot Shot into the second cuts her off!
Sonya scoops her up, inverted headlock elbow drop...
Sonya Deville eliminates Aliyah by pinfall with that inverted headlock elbow drop, which commentary informs us is called Deville’s Advocate.
Raquel Rodriguez is out third.
Rodriguez rams her into the corner, Sonya takes her legs out with a chop block, off the ropes with a bulldog for two. Reverse chinlock applied, Raquel posts up and counters with a side slam! Back elbow, Hot Shot, big boot, Vader Bomb sets her up...
Raquel Rodriguez eliminates Sonya Deville by pinfall with the one-armed powerbomb.
Shotzi Blackheart is out fourth and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Blackheart has an octopus hold in on Rodriguez. Raquel hosses her up and swings her around into a fallaway slam to break! Corkscrew Vader Bomb hits...
Raquel Rodriguez eliminates Shotzi Blackheart by pinfall with a Last Ride.
Xia Li is out fifth.
Li right in with roundhouse kicks, off the ropes with a dropkick, elbows to the knee, vicious knee to the ribs... NOPE! Half crab follows, Rodriguez crawling, fighting, posting up on her hands but Xia hits a seated senton to break her! Piefacing her...
Raquel Rodriguez eliminates Xia Li by pinfall with the powerbomb.
Natalya is out sixth.
She rushes right in and targets the knee, Sharpshooter denied, chop block, hamstring kicks, posting the leg, Indian deathlock applied, slapping the thigh, Raquel slaps her right in the chops! Rolling through, vertical suplex for two! Sharpshooter applied in the middle of the ring but Rodriguez fights to the ropes!
Right hands in the corner from Neidhart, Raquel gets under her...
Raquel Rodriguez eliminates Natalya by pinfall with the powerbomb.
Shayna Baszler is out last and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Baszler has a heel hook in on Rodriguez, shifting gears, stomping the foot, double wristlock applied, trying to wrench any lever that’s avaiable to her, running knee... NOPE! Rodriguez on the comeback, Stinger Splash, corkscrew Vader Bomb... COUNTERED INTO THE KIRIFUDA CLUTCH!
Raquel posts to her feet, reaching for the ropes, Shayna readjusts, Rodriguez fading but she’s able to get in the corner. Falling back, pin reverses, cover for two, bridging waistlock...
Shayna Baszler wins, last eliminating Raquel Rodriguez by pinfall with a bridging waistlock to become #1 contender to the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Sami knocks on Roman’s door again and the Usos answer. He says he fixed the production truck up and Jimmy wants to be real with him, it’s not happening tonight. Zayn asks if he’s not the Honorary Uce and Jey tells him that the rest of the Bloodline have been stepping up and winning titles and if he doesn’t pull his weight soon they’re gonna make him take the t-shirt off.
And so we go to break.
Jim Mulkey & Tommy Gibson vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
It’s a squash, baby!
Viking Raiders win by pinfall, double powerbombing one guy into the other.
Post-match, Kofi Kingston runs in with a kendo stick and wails something unholy on the vikings, shattering the stick across Ivar’s back!
They tell Kofi he’s a dead man as we go to break.
Erik vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi in hot but Erik throws him and drops him with a vicious knee strike! Big lariat, cover for two, kneeling chinlock with crossface strikes, big elevated Rock Bottom... NOPE! Knee to the back of the head, still just a two count, action to the floor, Kofi with the trust fall senton!
Ivar runs interference, back inside...
Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
Commentary informs us that starting on Monday there’ll be a tournament to crown new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
The Bloodline make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Bloodline hold their titles high.
Roman Reigns gets on the mic and asks Greenville to acknowledge him. You know the deal, they defend the titles, they win the big one, and then they brag about what they’ve accomplished when they come back to SmackDown, but a few things need to be addressed first.
Number one, let’s talk about Brock Lesnar. Roman hates him too, but he respects that man... but he still hates him. And not for why you think, it’s because he tried to kill the Wise Man. They dont have their special counsel here and aren’t sure when he’s gonna be back, and he wants to send prayers up for the Wise Man.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says he had to interrupt because otherwise the tribal queef would have talked until we went off the air, and he wants to fight right now!
Strange music plays and Drew is attacked from behind by Kevin Kross! He beats Drew down and Scarlett puts the hourglass on the apron! Kross taps his wrist to indicate that Roman’s time is coming.
That’s the show, folks.