The latest episode of WWE Smackdown Live aired tonight on the USA Network. Here’s what happened:
10:00 – Team Hell No wins. That means they will keep their title match at Extreme Rules.
9:55 – The Usos come out ferocious, but Bryan and Kane quickly take the momentum and lay into their opponents. Bryan backflip off the top turnbuckle and takes down Jimmy with an elbow to the face. The Usos gang up on Bryan but he manages to tag Kane in and the big man catches both members of The Usos by the neck and hits them with a Chokeslam.
The Usos vs. Team Hell No
9:40 – Lynch wins. She has now defeated both members of The Ilconics.
9:35 – Royce rushes Lynch and drives her to the corner for some early hits. Royce appears to have the upper hand, but Lynch takes control, and she hits the former with a runnung knee. Lynch pins Royce with a DisArmHer for the submission win.
Peyton Royce vs. Becky Lynch
9:30 – AJ Styles wins. Rusev shows up out of nowhere, however, and runs Styles into the pole. He sticks Styles him with a Machka Kick and rolls him into the ring.
9:25 – Styles tries to hit a Phenomenal Forearm but English counters and hits a suplex for a close two count. After an an exchange of brutal blows, Styles manages to roll English over into the Calf Crusher for the submission win.
Aiden English vs. AJ Styles
9:15 – Backstage, Kane apologizes to Bryan for his past actions and they reconcile.
9:12 – Neither win. Both Asuka and Ellsworth are disqualified.
9:10 – Carmella joins the commentary team to watch the match. Asuka pushes Ellsworth out of the ring as soon as the bell rings. He gets back in and she puts him in a headlock. He escapes and puts her in a waist lock. She nails a spinning back fist and a shaken Ellsworth tries to escape into the crowd. Asuka chases him all the way to the back and they both get counted out as a result. Carmella shoves Asuka into a barricade to protect her ally.
Asuka vs. James Ellsworth
9:00 – Asuka is back after the break for her match against James Ellsworth.
8:55 – The New Day is out for their first annual July 3rd pancake eating contest. The lights go out a few seconds after they start eating, and Sanity appears behind them to attack. They pummel all three members of The New Day. They end up putting Xavier Woods through the table.
8:46 – Jeff Hardy wins. He retains his United States Championship.
8:44 – Hardy takes a quick knee to the gut and The Miz takes control early on. The Miz then trips him on the top rope, but Hardy escapes. The Miz gets caught trying to use the ropes for leverage and the ref stops the count. Hardy sees a chance to strike and takes it, laying into The Miz with a Swanton Bomb.
The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy
8:20 – Jeff Hardy comes out after the commercial break wearing red, white & blue face paint. He offers an open challenge to anyone who thinks they can strip him of his United States Championship. The Miz answers the challenge.
8:14 – The Usos come out to interrupt Kane and Bryan. They’re angry that they aren’t involved in the Tag Team match and proceed to make fun of Team Hell No. Bryan challenges them to a match, and before Kane is able to talk him out of it, general manager Paige comes out to announce that The Usos vs. Team Hell No are the main event. If The Usos win, they will be added to title match at Extreme Rules.
8:08 – Kane tells Young that he returned because he could tell that Bryan was going to lose his temper dealing with Harper and Rowan. Bryan then promises that he and Kane will become the new tag team champions.
8:05 – The episode opens with a recap of Team Hell No’s surprise reunion last week. Renee Young interviews Daniel Bryan and Kane in the ring. They talk about their unconventional relationship as partners and how they have come a long way as team.