SmackDown Live

The 06/18/19 edition of WWE SmackDown Live, out of the Toyota Arena in Ontario, Canada, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1035 of SmackDown Live by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.





The Freaky Hour


The New Day opened the show with their usual antics, Big E announcing that he had decided the second hour of SmackDown Live was going to be known as the freaky hour from now on.

But Dolph Ziggler, of course, had to interrupt the festivities, threatening Kofi Kingston with what he planned to do to him inside the steel cage on Sunday. And the next time he went to Ghana, it would be for an apology tour for disappointing all of his hometown fans with a horrific loss.

Though this proclamation angered Kofi and The New Day, they let the threats roll of their backs, claiming that Kofi would be the one to defeat Dolph Ziggler on Sunday, but first, Xavier Woods would defeat him on SmackDown.

Ziggler became visibly unhinged and went off on one of his “should have been me” rants, then walked toward the ring for his match.



Xavier Woods vs. Dolph Ziggler


Dolph Ziggler angry about Xavier Woods’ interference in his match at Super Showdown, and Xavier Woods angry about Dolph’s general treatment of him and his friends, the two men went after each other with a high level of ferocity, but both struggled to gain the upper hand.

Dolph Ziggler eventually grabbed it, but no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t put Woods away. The two traded strikes, Ziggler catching Woods with a massive kick in the corner then throwing him into another. But Woods came back with the Honor Roll, but before he could finish Ziggler off, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn ran down the ramp and attacked Kofi Kingston and Big E.

Ziggler was still laid out in the ring at this point, but Xavier Woods took a little too long seeking vengeance on Zayn and Owens and met a DDT from Ziggler when he finally got back in the ring.

Though Woods kicked out of the subsequent pin, he had taken some major damage and was rag dolled around the ring by Ziggler. Woods gained a near fall with a rolling elbow, throwing Ziggler from the ring and dropkicking him in the face when that didn’t work.

It appeared Woods was about to take the victory with a massive gutbuster, but again, Dolph powered out. Dolph Ziggler superkicked Xavier Woods from the apron to the floor, dazing him, then hit a Zig Zag once he was back in the ring. But instead of pinning Woods, Ziggler cranked his arm in the ropes, then superkicked him again in the face.

A seemingly unconscious Xavier Woods was then pinned for a count of three and lost the match.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler



A Moment of Bliss Gets Heated


With her new best friend and backup for her championship match against Bayley at Stomping Grounds at her side, Alexa Bliss kicked off A Moment of Bliss…sans coffee. She demanded that someone bring it out, and Bayley did, but she was drinking it.

Alexa Bliss said that she wasn’t surprised that Bayley stole her coffee, as she had been such a bully online for weeks. Bayley denied this accusation, telling Nikki Cross that Alexa wasn’t really her friend.

Alexa Bliss completely lost it at this point, informing Nikki and the entire WWE Universe that no one, including Bayley, was nice to her when she first got to NXT. The only one who gave her the time of day was Charlotte. Bayley wasn’t a hugger, she was a liar.

Bayley said Alexa was the liar and entitled to boot. The argument escalated, getting more and more heated until a brawl broke out. Bayley had just gotten the better of Alexa when Nikki Cross intervened, throwing Bayley down and screaming at her to leave Alexa alone, allowing Alexa to attack her as well. Nikki looked concerned for Bayley but left with her friend.



Heavy Machinery vs. The B-Team


While SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan and Rowan, sat in the guest commentary position, Heavy Machinery worked to prove to them that they were worthy of a championship match.

Unfortunately, this goal began slipping through their fingers rather quickly, as The B-Team brought Tucker over to their corner and pummeled him with double team maneuvers.

Tucker fought Curtis Axel off with a lariat, making it to his corner for the hot tag to Otis. Otis came in guns blazing, flooring both members of B-Team, unfazed by every attack they threw at him.

After powering up with some hip thrusts, Otis flung Curtis into Bo Dallas in the corner causing Curtis to roll out of the ring, and Bo to be susceptible to the Caterpillar. Otis and Tucker followed up with a Compactor, winning the match, still not impressing Daniel Bryan, but obtaining the coveted Championship match at Stomping Grounds.

And The B-Team’s punishment didn’t end there. Bo and Curtis were both seen earlier in line for an audition to be Baron Corbin’s guest referee, so Seth Rollins was waiting with a steel chair with their names on it.

Winner: Heavy Machinery



The Best Trio in The World


Shane McMahon, Elias, and Drew McIntyre came to the ring, not to talk about Roman Reigns’ assault on them last night on Raw, but instead to shine a spotlight on Drew McIntyre ahead of Stomping Grounds.

Drew McIntyre claimed that Shane McMahon had advised him to end Roman Reigns’ career right then, but he wanted Roman Reigns at 100% on Sunday, so he had no excuses when he lost to the Scottish Psychopath.

Someone then came down the ramp to confront them, but it wasn’t Roman, it was The Miz, who showed the trio the footage of Roman decimating them the night previously.

Shane said that showing the video wasn’t funny, and Miz agreed, showing an actually funny video of Shane running for his life as Roman Reigns chased him down to spear him in the ring.

Miz was going to continue showing the clips, but Shane stopped him, so he opted for launching into a diatribe about Shane’s betrayal and horrific treatment of Miz, who was the one to help him get where he was in the first place.

To get revenge, Shane declared that there would be a match involving Miz, Elias, and Drew McIntyre. And Miz was welcome to have a partner, but he had to find him in the next 10 seconds. Luckily, R-Truth happened to be walking by, and though he very obviously wanted nothing to do with the match, Miz roped him in anyway.



The Miz and R-Truth vs. Drew McIntyre and Elias

Tag Team Elimination Match

Elias started off against The Miz, but as he was still suffering from his beatdown at the start of Raw last night, he quickly lost control to Miz and R-Truth, who worked together to wear him down.

R-Truth was so busy taunting Elias, he inadvertently allowed him to tag in Drew McIntyre, who proved to be far less than an easy target, steering R-Truth over to his corner where he and Elias clobbered him.

Truth managed to send Elias flying out of the ring, but Drew McIntyre was there to throw him back in. While the referee was preoccupied, Shane McMahon created a distraction, causing R-Truth to be eliminated by Elias.

As R-Truth was no longer in the match, the gang of 24/7 Title pursuers were free to resume the chase. Shelton Benjamin grabbed the championship and took of running, not realizing he had to pin Truth to take it. The referee stopped him, and in the confusion, Truth snatched his title back and ran for it.

Miz was left to fend for himself against Elias, McIntyre, and an interfering Shane McMahon. Miz was able to dispatch Drew McIntyre by throwing him into the time keepers area, then nearly eliminated Elias with a DDT, but Elias kicked out of the pin.

Miz tried for the victory again with It Kicks, but was unsuccessful. After being shoved away by Elias after a roll-up, Miz ran straight into a headbutt from Drew McIntyre, who tagged in and Claymore’d him for the victory.

Post-match, Shane McMahon held Miz still while Drew continued the punishment, screaming that Roman Reigns had the same thing waiting for him on Sunday.

Winner: Drew McIntyre and Elias



The Kabuki Warriors Finally Get A Shot


Shortly after passing a returning AOP, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce ran into Asuka, Kairi Sane, and their manager Paige. Paige suggested a match between the two teams, which The IIconics of course denied, but Paige had already set the match with those in charge and announced it would be for the Tag Team Championships and take place next week in Tokyo.



Ember Moon Fails to Get Revenge


Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose were shown backstage enjoying a box of doughnuts while marveling over the fact that they were able to eat an entire box and still look amazing. Fed up with their recent treatment of her, Ember Moon confronted the duo, saying she had been dealing with bullies her entire life and wasn’t going to take it anymore.

Sonya and Mandy told her to relax, but it was too late, Ember lunged at them, sending doughnuts flying in every direction. But she couldn’t take them both at once, and Sonya Deville tore into her so ruthlessly that officials had to pull Ember to safety.



The 24/7 Championship Changes Hands


Having broken away from the pack of men chasing after him, R-Truth frantically ran through the parking lot in search of Carmella. He conveniently found a car, but instead of a driver, there was a referee.

A Carmella imposter stood nearby, revealing himself to be Drake Maverick. He attacked R-Truth and won the championship before speeding off, yelling about his wedding (which we hope will be where Truth wins the title back).



Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins

2-Out-Of-3 Falls Tag Team Match

Earlier in the evening, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens came to Shane McMahon to demand that he do something about the bad people, referring to The New Day and Seth Rollins. Shane responded with an opportunity to do it themselves, in the form of this match against Kofi and Seth.

The second the bell rang, Kofi Kingston connected with Sami Zayn’s head with a Trouble in Paradise, taking the first fall for his team. Kevin protested the pin, but the bell had rung, so the fall was completely legit.

Back from commercial, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston had shifted their focus to Kevin Owens and were working his left arm without much opposition. Seth Rollins jumped to the top rope and lept into the air, but was caught with a DDT from Kevin Owens.

Owens desperately, repeatedly pinned Seth Rollins, but he kicked out every time. Frustrated, Kevin gave the ring to Sami Zayn, who had little more luck against Rollins, despite dominating The Kingslayer.

Zayn tried to superplex Rollins from the top rope, but Rollins shoved him away. He tagged in Owens, who resumed Zayn’s efforts and caught a blockbuster from Rollins.

Kofi Kingston and Sami Zayn went one-on-one again, Kofi trying for another Trouble in Paradise, but Zayn dodged the attack. Sami came back with a Blue Thunder Bomb and pinned the champ, but Kofi kicked out.

Rollins tagged back in, suicide diving onto both Zayn and Owens in turn, then flattening Owens in the ring. The Kingslayer prepared for a Curb Stomp, but was stopped by Zayn. Kingston pulled Zayn away, but the few moments was enough to allow Owens to get back to his feet.

Owens fought hard to regain the upper hand, but ultimately fell victim to Rollins’ Curb Stomp, losing the match.

Winner: Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston