The July 16 2019 edition of SmackDown Live, out of the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE SmackDown Live results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1039 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
SmackDown Live Town Hall
“@ShaneMcMahon, I don’t think you get it, nobody in this room respects you. And as far as diplomacy goes, well, you can kiss my a**!”- @WWERomanReigns— WWE (@WWE) July 17, 2019
This Town Hall is off to an 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 start… #SDLive pic.twitter.com/VKANvKkqlo
The show opened with Kevin Owens arriving at the building, but the moment Owens walked in the door, he was confronted by Shane McMahon and a slew of bodyguards. Shane informed Kevin of his plan to hold a “Town Hall,” where Superstars would be allowed to speak their minds, but said that Kevin was not invited.
Roman Reigns was, however, and opened the discussion by telling Shane that no one in the locker room respected him, which Shane responded with a fine. Shane then called on his good friend Charlotte Flair, who thanked Shane for his good work. And, of course, siding with the boss gained her some insults from Liv Morgan (with subtle agreement from the rest of the guys and girls).
Buddy Murphy seemed less than happy that Kevin Owens named him as one of the people who was never utilized on the show, Apollo Crews was challenged to a match by Andrade, and then The New Day grabbed the mic.
Kofi Kingston launched into a heated rant about the lack of opportunities on SmackDown, but Shane made sure to cut his microphone before he got too far. Last but not least, Cesaro challenged Aleister Black.
Shane O’Mac was happily wrapping up Town Hall when he was attacked from behind by Kevin Owens, who stunnered him before leaving through the crowd.
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro
Cesaro got his wish almost immediately, as Aleister Black made his way to the ring as a way of accepting the challenge.
The two went straight after each other once the match was underway, neither getting a firm grasp on the upper hand. Cesaro weakened Black slightly with a submission hold, but Aleister came back with his signature furious combination of strikes.
Cesaro momentarily evaded defeat with an uppercut, a big boot, and a second attempt at a submission, but his quest for vengeance was soon derailed by Aleister’s lethal Black Mass kick.
Winner: Aleister Black
Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan
Things got a little heated between Liv and Charlotte during Town Hall, so the ladies settled their differences in the ring. Charlotte Flair thought she would easily take Liv down, and literally did at first, but Liv came back with enough fire that it momentarily threw The Queen off her game.
Charlotte got herself together, but it wasn’t long before Liv came back with an enziguri and a double stomp to the back of Charlotte’s neck. Liv held her own and then some against The Queen, but was ultimately no match for the Figure Eight.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs. Ember Moon and Bayley
When Mandy and Sonya set Ember to the task of finding a tag team partner, they did not take into account that she had friends in high places; specifically, the SmackDown Live Tag Team Champion, Bayley.
In an attempt to offset the challenge, Mandy and Sonya attacked Bayley the second the bell rang, overwhelming the champ and dragging her to their corner to cut the ring in half. This wasn’t enough to keep Bayley down, however, and she made it to her corner, where Ember tagged in.
Fueled by the rage Fire and Desire had built within her, Ember tore into Mandy Rose, and while Bayley jerked Sonya away from an attempt at preventing Ember’s victory, Ember hit the Eclipse, winning the match.
To celebrate their victory, Bayley gave a speech about her desire to elevate the women’s division, then offered Ember a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship, which she gladly accepted.
Winner: Ember Moon and Bayley
The New Day Have All the Gold
The New Day came to the ring to do two things. First and foremost, to celebrate their well-decorated trio, as Big E and Xavier Woods defeated the SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan and Rowan, at Extreme Rules.
Second, to get the rematch Daniel and Rowan requested out of the way. Daniel and Rowan appeared from the backstage area, but after appearing to wrestle with whether or not they wanted to speak or come to the ring, Bryan and Rowan walked back the way they came.
They were soon replaced by Samoa Joe, who said that he had absolutely no problem speaking his mind, and threw verbal jabs at Kofi Kingston. Before Kofi could respond to Joe’s threats, Elias came to the stage to put his name in the hat for WWE Champion contender.
Kofi Kingston still hadn’t gotten a chance to speak when Randy Orton came out to challenge him as well. Elias, being the voice of reason, suggested that Samoa Joe and Randy team with him to take on The New Day right then instead of going for 3 championship matches in one night.
Randy initially refused, but after some goading from New Day, he had a change of heart.
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The New Day vs. Elias, Randy Orton, and Samoa Joe
The New Day held the upper hand for the opening portion of the match, Kofi Kingston laying out Elias then Samoa Joe. They worked together to triple splash Joe, but he kicked out of the pin.
Joe’s refusal to submit spurred his team on, and Elias and Randy Orton laid the smackdown on Xavier Woods. Elias went for a superplex, but caught Xavier Woods’ boots to the face instead, allowing Woods to tag out.
Kofi Kingston nearly took the win with a Trouble in Paradise, but Randy dodged the attack. Chaos broke out among all 6 men, ending with Xavier Woods diving onto Samoa Joe to the outside.
Samoa Joe put Woods to sleep with the Coquina Clutch while Elias flattened Big E, leaving Kofi Kingston vulnerable to the Drift Away, which he stopped with a Trouble in Paradise, only to catch an RKO from Randy Orton.
Winner: Randy Orton, Elias, and Samoa Joe
The 24/7 Title Hits the Road
Carmella was shown searching for R-Truth backstage, who she eventually found inside a broken down washing machine. Truth was tired of hiding in uncomfortable places, so Carmella suggested they go somewhere he could hide in plain sight: Comic-Con.
The IIconics (c) vs. The Kabuki Warriors
Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Peyton Royce took things to a disrespectful level the second the bell rang, slapping Kairi Sane in the face. But this proved to be the wrong decision when Kairi Sane quickly picked up steam.
Asuka tagged in and threw Billie from the ring, and right before she climbed back in, Peyton realized they could simply retain by countout and pulled her life partner back to the floor.
This strategy worked, as even though Asuka and Kairi won the match, they did not win the titles. Asuka and Kairi did not appreciate that their opponents took the easy way out, however, and beat them down post-match.
Winner: The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane)
Andrade vs. Apollo Crews
Before the bell ever rang, Andrade lit into Apollo Crews, pummeling him in the corner of the ring mid-entrance. Apollo refused to quit, however, agreeing to continue with the match even though he had been clobbered.
Lucky he did, too, as he was able to take a quick victory with a crucifix pin.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Earlier in the evening, Dolph Ziggler requested one more shot at Kevin Owens from Shane McMahon, who approved the match (because any chance to cause Kevin harm at this point is a positive to Shane).
Kevin almost took the win instantly with a Stunner, which would have been the second time Dolph’s been humiliated since Sunday. Dolph held on a little longer this time, even getting a near fall with a DDT on Owens, but KO powered on.
Kevin Owens was nearing victory when half of the locker room (all those who are in Shane’s pocket), marched down to the ring. Dolph tried to sneak attack Owens while he was distracted, but it didn’t keep Owens down.
To Shane’s delight, the tables completely turned in favor of Dolph, who was powering up for a superkick when he caught a Stunner from Owens. Shane yanked Owens out of the ring before he could complete the pin, so Kevin Stunnered him as well.
At this, Kevin high tailed it out of the arena, not sticking around to win the match or suffer the aftermath of his actions. Shane got the last words, promising to make Kevin pay, while poor Dolph was still asleep in the ring.
SmackDown Live July 16 2019 Results
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