The 07/09/19 edition of SmackDown Live, out of the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, 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 #1038 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Kevin Owens Opens SmackDown With a Bang
The show kicked off, not in the arena, but in the parking lot. Dolph Ziggler pulled up and was immediately interviewed regarding Kevin Owens’ turn on him last week.
Dolph had just gotten started with his string of insults toward Kevin when Owens himself drove up. Kevin and Dolph launched into an argument ending with Kevin’s fist connecting with Dolph’s head.
Several superstars appeared to pull them away from each other, one of which being Shane McMahon, who demanded that Kevin leave the arena while Dolph was allowed to go inside.
But Kevin wasn’t having it. Michael Cole was in the middle of listing the coming events of the evening when Kevin Owens’ voice rung out from the arena. Kevin went on a heated rant about Shane McMahon stealing the spotlight from stars who really needed it.
Shane, of course, came to the stage to make sure Owens’ microphone was cut, but this didn’t stop him, as every time Shane cut his mic, he grabbed a new one. And before Shane could detain him, Owens exited the arena through the crowd.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Finn Bálor
Shinsuke Nakamura absolutely dominated Finn Bálor for much of this match, and though Bálor had a glimmer of offense in the middle of the action, he was unable to overcome the vicious ferocity of Nakamura. After a brutal beating and two Kinshasas, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated the Intercontinental Champion.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Contract Signing
Nikki Cross represented her team (Nikki and Alexa Bliss) in the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship contract signing with Bayley. The champ continued to do her best to convince Nikki that Alexa Bliss was simply using her, trying to prove that Alexa would never “share” her SmackDown Women’s Championship if Nikki helped her win it.
But no matter what Bayley said, Nikki refused to give up on her best friend and invited Bayley to stick around for her match against Carmella so she could get a preview of what was to come on at Extreme Rules.
Carmella vs. Nikki Cross
Poor Carmella got the full blast of Nikki Cross’ rage as a result of Bayley’s comments during their contract signing. Carmella wasn’t completely annihilated, as she never stayed down for long, regardless of what Nikki threw at her, but Nikki was unquestionably the dominant competitor.
Carmella gained some momentum toward the end of the match, but when Nikki threw The Purge, her fisherman’s neckbreaker, Carmella just couldn’t go on any longer.
Winner: Nikki Cross
Paige Isn’t Playing Games
Women’s Tag Team Champions, The IIconics, were meandering through the backstage area when they were approached by Paige and her clients, Asuka and Kairi Sane.
Billie Kay feigned illness to avoid a match with the Kabuki Warriors, but Paige wasn’t fooled. Though she couldn’t force them into a match right then, she promised that it was coming. The Kabuki Warriors would get their shot at the tag team championships. And to ensure that Billie and Peyton understood her clearly, she smacked Billie across the face.
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Summit
“First you were out here taking orders from Bray, then you were out here taking orders from Harper, now you’re out here taking orders from Daniel, we’re having a hard time finding out WHO YOUR DADDY IS?”- @XavierWoodsPhD to @ERICKROWAN— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 10, 2019
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The New Day started the summit by talking about the three way they were having this weekend, and how they couldn’t wait to touch their championship tips together after they beat Daniel Bryan and Rowan this at Extreme Rules.
This obviously angered Daniel Bryan and Rowan, who came out to reprimand The New Day for talking about three ways and tips. A brawl nearly broke out when Big E and Xavier Woods taunted Rowan for his constant following of other superstars rather than making a name for himself, but Heavy Machinery joined in to diffuse the situation.
In a much more respectful manner, Heavy Machinery put their names in the hat for winners of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships, informing The New Day that all the respect in the world wouldn’t stop them from COMMMINNNNNN’.
Otis vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Xavier Woods
Eager to prove his previous statement to be true, Otis used his strength to his advantage to overpower Bryan and Woods, at one point throwing them both in an insane double delayed vertical suplex.
While the match was going on in the ring, Rowan busied himself with laying out Big E and Big Tucky at ringside. With Otis laid out outside the ring, Daniel Bryan nearly took Xavier Woods down with his LeBell Lock, but Otis broke up the submission before Woods could tap out.
Once Otis had caught his breath, he went right back to demolishing Xavier and Daniel. Otis successfully hit a caterpillar, but slamming Xavier Woods to the mat was what ultimately won him the match.
Fire and Desire Desire A Match
Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose continued their mistreatment of Ember Moon, this time issuing a challenge: they would give her one week to find a suitable partner for a tag team match to take place next week on SmackDown Live.
Aleister Black’s Challenger Revealed
Though someone at long last knocked at Aleister Black’s door, this man initially refused to show himself until Extreme Rules, opting instead to meet him in the ring, revealing his identity at the last second.
This man apparently changed his mind, agreeing to a dual interview with Aleister, then backed out, but then, just when Aleister was about to lose his mind from exasperation, Cesaro stepped into the frame and will be the one to step in the ring with Aleister on Sunday.
Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler
Earlier in the evening, Dolph Ziggler was keen to get in the ring with Kevin Owens, and told Shane McMahon so. However, Kevin had been banned from the arena for the night, so Shane gave him a match against Roman Reigns (who just so happens to be one of his opponents at Extreme Rules) instead.
But Shane O’Mac wasn’t about to watch the action from backstage, and came to stand at ringside with Elias and Drew McIntyre to keep a close eye on the action.
Roman Reigns easily overpowered Dolph Ziggler from the start, almost comically so. However, with the distractions and assistance provided by Drew McIntyre and Elias, who Shane suggested get “closer to the action,” Dolph was able to evade a loss at the hands of Roman Reigns much longer than he probably should have.
Drew McIntyre and Elias snatched Ziggler from the clutches of defeat, so Roman dove onto all three of them. Shane O’Mac lept in the ring to get a better look at the carnage, opening himself up for a stunner from Kevin Owens.
Shane, Drew, and Elias all incapacitated, Roman Reigns finally took the victory with a Superman Punch.
Winner: Roman Reigns
What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #SDLive— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) July 10, 2019