After laying out both WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and #1 Contender Dolph Ziggler at the end of SmackDown Live last week, this week’s SmackDown Live kicks off with The Wyatt Family as “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring with Erick Rowan by his side. Wyatt says that, last week, Dolph Ziggler was “desperate” and Dolph sent his face into the steel because Dolph knew that it was the “only way”. Bray then says that he had to take in the fact that everything had been “taken” from him again before saying that he is a “god” and you can never “kill a god”. Bray continues, advising Dolph Ziggler to ask Dean Ambrose about him before saying that what Dolph and Ambrose fail to realize is that SmackDown Live is his show. Wyatt says that they are their own “masters”, saying that there is no “red” and there is no “blue”, there is only him against the “whole damn world”.
This brings out WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose, who says that Bray Wyatt is playing the “victim”, saying that Bray sounds like a “baby”. The champion then says that SmackDown Live belongs to the people and it belongs to the WWE World Champion. Bray laughs at Ambrose, daring the champion to enter the ring and let him “whisper” in his ear. Ambrose says that he’s smart enough to know a “bad idea” when he sees it, but the more he sees Bray Wyatt, the more tempting it is to shove all those “fancy words” down Bray’s throat.
The #1 Contender for the WWE World Championship then comes down to the ring, showing no fear in his approach to The Wyatt Family. Dolph is quickly overwhelmed by The Wyatt Family before Dean Ambrose makes the save, sending Erick Rowan out of the ring. Bray Wyatt then looks for Sister Abigail on Dean Ambrose and, while Dolph’s intent was to hit Bray with a super kick, Wyatt would pull Ambrose into Dolph’s path as Ziggler would inadvertently lay out the champion! Dolph then delivers a super kick to Erick Rowan that sends Rowan back out of the ring, but the momentary distraction was enough for Bray Wyatt to capitalize as “The Eater of Worlds” levels Dolph with Sister Abigail! Bray then leaves the ring, regrouping with Erick Rowan as The Wyatt Family is again left standing tall.
Backstage, a confrontation between WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and #1 Contender Dolph Ziggler is broken up by SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan, who inform the SummerSlam opponents that they will be teaming up tonight to take on Bray Wyatt & Erick Rowan in a tag team match. Shane then advises Ambrose and Ziggler to get on the same page against The Wyatt Family or they might not even make it to SummerSlam with Daniel Bryan telling Dolph that, if he doesn’t like it, then “screw you”.
After an impressive debut on last week’s SmackDown Live, the opening match of the night would see American Alpha square off with local competitors Mike Vega & Mikey O’Shea. However, before the match begins, a parade of tag teams would make their way out to ringside as The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, and The Hype Bros would all surround the ring as the match gets underway. In the end, it was American Alpha hitting the Grand Amplitude with Chad Gable pinning Mike Vega to pick up another impressive win. After the match, The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, and The Hype Bros would enter the ring, sparking an all-out brawl between the four teams with American Alpha getting the better of their fellow tag teams, leaving American Alpha standing tall in the ring.
After the match between Becky Lynch and Eva Marie never got underway due to an alleged injury suffered by Eva Marie, Eva Marie would get a second chance to make her in-ring debut as “All Red Everything” was scheduled to go one-on-one with “The Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch. However, before the match can begin, Eva Marie suffers an apparent wardrobe malfunction as the referee asks for a towel for Eva to cover herself up. The referee then helps Eva Marie exit the ring before the referee informs the ring announcer that, due to Eva’s wardrobe malfunction, she will not be able to compete tonight.
A frustrated Becky Lynch is then interviewed about the situation as Becky says that she’s a “fighter” and, every time she steps into the ring, she is ready for a fight. Becky then says that there is no way that she is going to walk to the back for the second week in a row without a match, laying out an open challenge for anyone to come out there and face her. This brings Alexa Bliss out as Alexa says that she cannot think of a better way to make her in-ring debut on SmackDown Live than by defeating SmackDown Live’s first female pick in the WWE Draft.
After her scheduled match against Eva Marie was cancelled for the second week in a row, “The Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch would instead go one-on-one with Alexa Bliss. During the match, Eva Marie would come out to the stage, distracting Becky Lynch long enough for Alexa Bliss to take advantage, hitting her Twisted Bliss maneuver off of the top rope, pinning Becky to pick up the win in her in-ring debut. After the match, Eva Marie says that she feels “sorry” for Becky, saying that she hurried to get her wardrobe malfunction taken care of, but Alexa Bliss beat her to the punch with Eva then vowing to make her in-ring debut next week.
With less than two weeks to go before his match against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, Randy Orton was in action on SmackDown Live as “The Viper” would go one-on-one with Alberto Del Rio. Throughout the match, Alberto Del Rio would focus on the surgically repaired shoulder of Randy Orton, but Orton would battle back, setting Del Rio up for the RKO. However, Del Rio would exit the ring and Orton would follow Del Rio to the outside as “The Viper” would expose the announce table, but this would give Del Rio the time to grab a steel chair as Del Rio uses the chair on the shoulder of Randy Orton. Del Rio then sends Orton back into the ring, but when Del Rio looks to inflict more damage with the steel chair, Orton would pop up with an RKO to Del Rio! This leaves “The Viper” standing tall, having avoided serious damage to his shoulder at the hands of Alberto Del Rio.
With an opportunity to get contracted as a SmackDown Live Superstar, Heath Slater would go one-on-one with “The Man Beast” Rhyno and, if Heath Slater wins, he will get a SmackDown Live contract. During the match, Heath Slater would put his feet on the ropes to try and cheat to beat Rhyno, but the referee would notice and would call off the pinfall. Heath would then argue with the referee and it would end up costing Slater as Rhyno would plow through Heath with the Gore, pinning Slater to pick up the win and ensure that Heath Slater does not get a SmackDown Live contract.
Backstage, an enraged Heath Slater confronts SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan as Slater shouts at Shane and Daniel, calling Shane and Daniel “losers” and saying that SmackDown Live doesn’t “deserve” Heath Slater. Slater then storms out of the room before Shane and Daniel reveal that, before Heath Slater’s tangent, they had a SmackDown Live contract ready for Heath Slater to sign!
After getting ambushed by Natalya last week, Carmella was set for her in-ring debut on SmackDown Live, but during her entrance, Natalya would try to ambush Carmella again, but “The Princess of Staten Island” would see the attack coming and Carmella would strike first. Carmella would take it to the veteran, bringing Natalya into the ring as the match officially gets underway. In the end, it was Carmella picking up an upset win over the second-generation competitor, using her Code of Silence submission maneuver to make Natalya tap out.
Backstage, a beat down is in progress as Baron Corbin is pummeling Kalisto with “The Lone Wolf” picking the high flyer up and saying that was for costing him the #1 Contendership for the Intercontinental Championship last week before Corbin exits, leaving Kalisto hurt on the floor.
Then it was time for the main event as WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose would team with the #1 Contender for the WWE World Championship at SummerSlam, Dolph Ziggler, to face The Wyatt Family. Towards the end of the match, Dolph Ziggler would catch Erick Rowan with the Zig Zag before Bray Wyatt enters the ring, trying to hit Dolph with Sister Abigail. However, Dean Ambrose would intervene, taking Bray Wyatt to the outside before diving to the outside, taking Bray out. Meanwhile, in the ring, Dolph catches Rowan with a super kick, pinning Rowan to pick up the win for himself and his SummerSlam opponent. After the match, Dean Ambrose would get his payback for the super kick from “The Show Off” earlier in the night as the champion spikes Dolph with Dirty Deeds, leaving the #1 Contender laid out in the ring as Ambrose walks out with the WWE World Title belt over his shoulder and a smirk on his face.
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