The July 23 2019 edition of SmackDown Live, out of the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, 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 #1040 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Shane O’Mac is Full of Ideas
Shane McMahon opened the show by addressing Kevin Owens’ Summerslam challenge issued on YouTube. He accepted, but was particularly intrigued by one thing in particular – Kevin Owens said that if he was unable to defeat Shane, he would quit WWE.
If you remember, KO has quit before, so to make sure that Kevin would never return, Shane wanted his terms in writing.
Kevin Owens had heard his name enough at this point and came to the stage to speak to Shane face to face. Shane continued to anger Kevin, so he marched toward the ring to fight Shane right then, but the former commissioner had a better idea: Kevin Owens would go one-on-one with Roman Reigns.
And backstage, Shane O’Mac had yet another brilliant idea. Drew McIntyre would be the special guest referee and Elias would be the special guest timekeeper. Oh, and Shane himself would be the special guest ring announcer.
Apollo Crews vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
After impressing the WWE Universe against Kushida on NXT last week, it’s no surprise that Apollo Crews took the Intercontinental Champion by storm.
Shinsuke Nakamura clearly wasn’t expecting Apollo Crews to be as tough a competitor as he quickly proved to be, and took a bit of a beating in the early minutes of the match.
The champ wasn’t going to be taken down that easily, however, and came back with a vengeance, firing off strike after strike and grounding his opponent.
Apollo had The New Day at the announce table cheering him on and caught Shinsuke Nakamura mid-Kinshasa, Angle Slamming him to the mat. Crews fought valiantly, but could not overcome the second Kinshasa thrown by Nakamura.
While Shinsuke celebrated, Apollo started to get up, so Shinsuke attacked him, throwing him from the ring and hitting him with another Kinshasa for good measure.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Ali is Coming Back to the Spotlight
Ali has come back with the fiery promos, and this one is the best of the bunch. He is making it abundantly clear that just because he hasn’t been in the ring lately doesn’t mean that he’s given up. Quite the contrary, he is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of becoming the WWE Champion.
Miz TV: Shawn Michaels
Following a video synopsis of Raw Reunion from last night, The Miz invited his guest for the evening to join him in the ring: Shawn Michaels. While HBK made his way down, The New Day sang along to his entrance music at commentary (incredible).
Miz and Shawn were happily discussing the events of Raw when Dolph Ziggler interrupted the interview. Dolph immediately launched into a hate-filled speech toward the legends, disgusted that they ruined their legacies by prolonging their time in the spotlight.
HBK called Dolph a second-rate Shawn Michaels and Miz challenged him to “do something”. Dolph threw a punch and hit Miz when Shawn ducked, so Shawn punched Dolph, then Dolph superkicked Shawn, leaving the legend laid out in the ring while Miz tended to him.
Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair
Shortly after the match began, Bayley’s entrance distracted The Queen long enough for Ember Moon to win via roll-up. Ember jumped out of the ring to meet Bayley, apparently excited to see her friend. Or not.
Ember threw Bayley into the ring, allowed Charlotte to attack her, then took out both Bayley and Charlotte with an Eclipse.
Winner: Ember Moon
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Kofi Kingston Chooses a Contender
Knowing that the wolves were at his door, Kofi Kingston got ahead of the sneak attacks and vicious speeches by choosing his own Summerslam opponent – Randy Orton.
Randy came to the ring to accept the challenge, but couldn’t resist throwing a bit of shade while he was at it. He cut a fantastic heel promo about being the man because he was a born winner, while Kofi’s title run was simply a fluke and bringing up a match from ten years ago.
He turned to leave but thought twice when Samoa Joe passed him for his match against Kofi Kingston, choosing instead to take a seat by the ring.
Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe
Most likely enraged that Kofi Kingston would give the WWE Championship match at Summerslam to Randy Orton over himself, Samoa Joe came into this match guns blazing.
However, it didn’t unfold quite how he imagined it would, as Kofi Kingston was just as fired up from his interaction with Randy Orton (who sat ringside to watch the action), and either blocked or responded to everything Joe could throw at him.
Joe began to gain steam toward the middle of the match and even got a near fall, but Kofi persevered. Kofi was just starting to build momentum against The Samoan Destroyer when Randy Orton interfered, RKO’ing Samoa Joe.
Before The Viper could do the same to Kofi, however, he was struck in the side of the head with a Trouble in Paradise, leaving the WWE Champ standing tall.
Winner: Kofi Kingston (via disqualification)
The Fiend Remembers
In an interview with Kayla Braxton in the ring, Finn Bálor talked about being attacked by The Fiend last week. And to get payback, Bálor challenged Bray Wyatt to a match at Summerslam.
Instead of coming to the ring to accept the challenge, Bray Wyatt appeared on the big screen. And he wasn’t The Fiend, he was Funhouse Bray again. He jovially told Finn how big of a fan he and his puppet friends were of him, but that The Fiend was not so keen on him.
He also warned Finn that The Fiend was no ordinary opponent, The Fiend was an abomination. The Fiend remembers.
The Fiend then appeared on the screen and whispered “let me in” before everything went black.
Charlotte Flair is Furious
Absolutely beside herself with rage, Charlotte Flair confronted Sarah Schreiber about being left off the Summerslam card. But not to worry, Charlotte declared herself determined to find an even better opponent than Ember Moon. Because The Queen deserves the best.
Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
True to his word, Drew McIntyre was the guest referee, Elias was the guest timekeeper, and Shane McMahon was close at hand as the guest ring announcer.
Unfortunately for Shane O’Mac, his plan to pit his two biggest enemies, Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens, against each other completely backfired. Shortly after the bell rang, Reigns and Owens turned on McIntyre, taking him out before turning their attention toward Shane.
Shane tried to run but didn’t make it very far, as Roman and Kevin had plans for him. He caught a Superman Punch and a Stunner to close out the show.
SmackDown Live July 23 2019
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