By Jacky Chen
Smackdown Live, 8/2/16.
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
The night is kicked off with Shane McMahon complementing Randy Orton for RKOing Lesnar. He has set up tight security so Lesnar doesn’t get in. The Miz interrupts McMahon and announces a Triple Threat match for the number one contendership to the Intercontinental Championship.
Dean Ambrose interrupts them and welcomes everyone. He calls out Dolph Ziggler and the two have a verbal smackdown. Ambrose says that Ziggler doesn’t have what it takes. As Ambrose walks off in victory, Bray Wyatt shows up and Sister Abigails Ziggler. He says that Ziggler will be defending his number one contendership later that night against Wyatt.
Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin for the Number One contendership to the Intercontinental Championship
Crews won the match with a roll-up on Kalisto. After the match, as Kalisto looked at a victorious Crews in confusion, Corbin snuck up and ambushed Kalisto. Crews saved Kalisto but was hit with a Skull Crushing Finale by the Miz, who was on commentary. Corbin then hit the End of Days on a gloating Miz to get the last laugh.
Winner: “The Always Smiling Superstar (not really)” Apollo Crews by pinfall (rollup)
Match Rating: 4/10
Becky Lynch vs. Eva Marie
The match was called off by the referee as Eva Marie had a “knee injury”.
Winner: Nobody-match never started
Match Rating: 0/10
American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) vs. The Vaudevillains (Simon Gotch and Aiden English)
In American Alpha’s debut, they did a good job against the Vaudevillains. American Alpha won after hitting the Grand Amplitude to English.
Winner: American Alpha by pinfall (Grand Amplitude-pop up suplex (double team)
Match Rating: 5/10
AJ Styles calls out John Cena. They cut a very long promo which I’m not going to describe. Cena and Styles will have a match at Summerslam and if Styles wins, Cena will have to admit that Styles is better.
Randy Orton vs. Fandango
The match was dominated by Orton. During the match, Breeze attempted to interfere only to be power slammed by Orton. The match came to an end when Brock Lesnar stormed the ring and gave Randy a F5.
Winner: Randy Orton by disqualification (due to Brock Lesnar’s interference)
Match rating: 3/10
Carmella vs. Natalya
As Carmella made her way to the ring for her debut match, she was assaulted by Natalya. Natalya suplexed Carmella and locked her in the Sharpshooter.
Winner: No contest
Match rating: 0/10
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bray Wyatt
With Dean Ambrose at ringside, number one contender Dolph Ziggler and Bray Wyatt face off. Ziggler picked up the win after a superkick. While Ziggler was celebrating, he was ambushed by Erick Rowan. As Ambrose rushed to save Ziggler, he too was taken down by Rowan. Wyatt hit the Sister Abigail on Ziggler to end the night.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall (superkick)
Match rating: 10/10
That concludes this week’s report on Smackdown Live. If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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