WWE SmackDown aired live tonight from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Michigan. Sami Zayn battled Drew McIntyre in tonight’s main event. Drew will face Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at Clash at the Castle on September 3rd.
WWE SmackDown Results
- Ricochet def. Happy Corbin
- Natalya & Sonya Deville won the Last Chance Fatal 4-Way match
- Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez def. Dakota Kai & IYO SKY to advance to the finals of the Women’s Tag Team Tournament
- Drew McIntyre def. Sami Zayn
- Here are the takeaways from this week’s show:
Ricochet Picked Up A Victory
Happy Corbin battled Ricochet in the first match of the night. Ricochet knocked Happy Corbin to the outside and posed in the middle of the ring. He connected with a Dropkick to the midsection and then a Splash for a one count. Corbin connected with a massive right hand to the face that knocked Ricochet to the canvas. The action spilled out of the ring and Ricochet hit a Corkscrew Splash before posing on the announce table as SmackDown went to a commercial break.
When SmackDown returned, Happy Corbin was in control and sent Ricochet into the barricade. Corbin unloaded some punches and rolled the former Intercontinental Champion back into the ring. Ricochet responded with a Tornado DDT and both superstars fell to the mat.
Ricochet unloaded some kicks to Corbin’s chest in the corner of the ring. He followed it up with an Enziguri and Corbin stumbled to the corner. Happy grabbed Ricochet by the throat but he escaped. Ricochet hit a Hurricanrana but Corbin responded with Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin followed it up with another slam but couldn’t keep Ricochet down for three.
Happy started shouting at the referee before dragging Ricochet to his feet. Corbin hit a Clothesline but Ricochet responded with a superkick. Ricochet climbed to the top rope and hit a Shooting Star Press for the pinfall victory. Pat McAfee mocked Corbin after the match.
Hit Row & Street Profits Meet Backstage, Karrion Kross Warns Drew McIntyre
Hit Row and Street Profits had a conversation backstage. Hit Row said they want the smoke.
Karrion Kross and Scarlett appeared on tonight’s SmackDown. Kross warned McIntyre that he can strike at any time.
Natalya & Sonya Won The Fatal 4-Way
Fatal 4-Way Last Chance match for final spot in Women’s Tag Team Tournament. Natalya & Sonya Deville, Shotzi & Xia Li, Tamina & Dana Brooke, Doudrop & Nikki A.S.H. battled for the spot vacated by Toxic Attraction due to injury. The match ended quick with Natalya & Sonya Deville picking up the victory. They will battle Raquel and Aliyah later tonight.
Sheamus & Gunther Had A Staredown During A Brawl
Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Butch made their way to the ring as the show went to a commercial. Sheamus vowed to become a Grand Slam Champion and defeat Gunther at Clash at the Castle. Intercontinental Champion Gunther interrupted and came to the ring with Ludwig Kaiser.
Sheamus said that Gunther isn’t The Ring General, he is. The Celtic Warrior ran down the list of WWE legends that he has defeated during his career. Sheamus added that Gunther reminds him of himself. He stated that Gunther has something that he wants and that is the Intercontinental Championship.
Gunther said that Sheamus is nothing like him and that he will teach him what violence really means at Clash at the Castle. The two then had a stare down as Butch and Ludwig brawled behind them. Gunther and Sheamus never broke eye contact as the brawl continued all around them. Butch and Ludwig fell down after trading punches to end the segment.
Sami Zayn & Roman Reigns Had Another Conversation
Sami Zayn knocked on Roman Reigns’ door and The Usos answered. Jey Uso tried to get Sami to go away but Roman told him to stop. Zayn entered the room with The Bloodline and The Tribal Chief invited him to sit down. Roman noted that he lost last week and didn’t become the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship but this gives Sami a change to redeem themselves.
Reigns thanked Sami for helping him last week and Zayn claimed that Roman can count on him for anything. Roman asked Sami to keep Drew McIntyre occupied. Sami said he has a match against Drew tonight and he is a master in getting in people’s heads. Reigns told Sami to prove his worth to The Bloodline tonight.
The Finals Are Set For The Women’s Tag Tournament
Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez faced Natalya & Sonya Deville in the Women’s Tag Team Tournament. Bayley joined commentary as Kai & Sky were ringside. Aliyah and Raquel dominated early and sent Natalya and Sonya out of the ring. Natalya planted Aliyah with a Falcon Arrow on the floor outside the ring as SmackDown went to a commercial break.
When SmackDown returned, Natalya choked Raquel against the ring ropes and tagged in Deville. Sonya stomped on Raquel a couple of times against the turnbuckle and followed it up with a Clotheslines for a near fall. Raquel tagged in and hit a Splash for a near fall.
Natalya tripped Raquel up and went for the Sharpshooter but Rodriguez blocked it and sent her out of the ring. Raquel planted Sonya with the Texana Bomb for the pinfall victory. Raquel & Aliyah will face Dakota & IYO on next Monday’s edition of RAW to crown the new Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Maximum Male Models Spray Painted The Wrong Bus
Maximum Male Models were having issues on their photo shoot as Hit Row was singing on their tour bus. Maxxiine Dupri said she had an idea before a commercial break.
When SmackDown returned, Maxxiine had Los Lotharios with her and they spray painted the bus. It was then revealed to be Street Profits’ bus and MMM ran away to end the segment.
The New Day Tricked The Viking Raiders
Xavier Woods returned in a wheelchair and said they really underestimated the Viking Raiders. Kofi brought up the viking funeral last week and how Erik & Ivar burned New Day shirts and boxes of Booty-Os. The Viking Raiders interrupted and called the New Day pathetic. Woods then reveals he’s just in a walking boot and New Day beat Viking Raiders down with kendo sticks. Xavier took off the walking boot as well. It was announced that Viking Raiders will battle New Day in a Viking Rules match next week (Falls Count Anywhere, No DQ).
Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn
It was announced that Roman Reigns will celebrate two years as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion next week on SmackDown. Before the match, Sami and Jey got in an argument about The Locker Room Leader talking behind Uso’s back to The Tribal Chief.
Drew dominated the action early and beat Sami down in the corner of the ring. McIntyre connected with a Backbreaker and then perched Sami up on the top turnbuckle. Drew went for a Superplex but Zayn blocked it. Zayn connected with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb that sent McIntyre down to the canvas as SmackDown went to the final commercial break of the night.
When SmackDown returned, Sami connected with a massive Tornado DDT and went for the cover but Drew powered out at two. Zayn set up for the Blue Thunder Bomb but McIntyre blocked it. Drew hit the Glasgow Kiss and Sami fell to the mat. Drew unloaded a couple of Clotheslines and sent Sami to the corner.
McIntyre launched Zayn across the ring and followed it up with a Neckbreaker. Drew geared up in the corner of the ring for the Claymore but The Usos provided a distraction. Sami capitalized with the Blue Thunder Bomb but Drew kicked out at two. Drew knocked The Usos off the apron and leveled Sami with the Claymore for the pinfall victory.
After the match, Roman Reigns rushed the ring and attacked Drew McIntyre. The Tribal Chief threatened to strike the referee and he retreated out of the ring. Drew launched Reigns into the ring post but The Usos attacked from behind. Drew unloaded some strikes and threw Jimmy & Jey to the outside. Reigns leveled Drew with a Spear and The Usos brought a steel chair into the ring.
The Usos beat Drew down with the chairs before throwing McIntyre to the outside. The Usos beat Drew down some more before clearing off the announce table. Jimmy and Jey slammed Drew into the barricade and held him up. Zayn delivered a Helluva Kick to Drew’s face and The Usos struck McIntyre several times with the steel steps. The Usos rolled Drew into the ring and Roman talked some trash. Reigns then applied the Guillotine choke until McIntyre passed out in the middle of the ring. Roman then took a seat over McIntyre and posed with the titles as The Bloodline and The Honorary Uce celebrated in the background.