Welcome to WWE Smackdown Live and Smackdown this week is coming to us from Tampa, Florida and we kick things off with Renee Young in the ring and she introduces Becky Lynch who makes her way out to the ring.
Becky says when you wait so long for something sometimes you doubt if it will ever happen but knew if she kept pushing hard enough it will happen. She hasn't been champion since 2016 and last week when she beat Carmella she couldn't sleep because she kept thinking about Summerslam.
She says she knows the champion will have a target on her back but she wasn't born to be a champion she fought to be a champion and will walk into the first ever all women PPV WWE Evolution as the new Smackdown Women's Champion
Carmella makes her way to the ring. She says it is not what Becky thinks. Normally she would make some excuse for why she lost last week. That is not the case. Last week, you beat me fair and square and earned your opportunity at SummerSlam. Carmella says she did not think about the importance of Stephanie's announcement. Carmella says they are going to be part of the first women's pay per view. They are not representing Smackdown or Raw, they are representing every woman who has ever been in the ring. Carmella says she felt like she failed. Carmella says she has been jealous because Becky was always ahead of her.
Carmella says she was always told she would only be a manager but you were there to give her advice. Then you go on to WWE and you are the first woman drafted to Smackdown. Carmella reminds everyone was the last pick. Becky was the centerpiece while Carmella was an afterthought. Everyone has always loved Becky. Carmella starts to tear up and she says that people do not think she should be the champion. She tries so hard to block out the haters who say that she sucks and is unworthy of the title. People say that she should just go away. She says she has to put on a brave face and act like she belongs here. She is looking forward to tearing the house down.
She wishes Becky good luck and she offers her hand.
James Ellsworth's music plays and Carmella hits Becky from behind and then she gets a chair.
Charlotte Flair comes out and hits an Exploder on Carmella.
Back from commercial, Carmella walks into Paige's office complaining about what happened and Paige said she actually believed Carmella but tells her she should be ashamed of herself and is going to show Carmella how to be a real champion. Tonight Carmella will face Charlotte Flair and if Charlotte wins then the Smackdown Women's Championship at Summerslam will become a triple threat match
THE USOS VS THE BAR
Before the match starts, the team that will face the winners in the finals of the tournament, the New Day make their way to the ring. The New Day have their own announce table.
Sheamus and Jey start things off and Sheamus with punches. Jey slides into the corner and connects with uppercuts. Sheamus is sent to the floor and Cesaro keeps Sheamus from doing anything crazy.
Sheamus returns to the ring and tags in Cesaro. They lock up and Cesaro with a side head lock. Jey with a back elbow and then he backs Cesaro into the corner to tag in Jimmy. Jimmy with a forearm and arm bar. Jey tags back in and he goes up top and connects with a double sledge to the arm. Sheamus knocks down Jey while the referee deals with Cesaro. Sheamus tags in and he hits a knee drop on the apron. Sheamus with a punch and European uppercut before tagging in Cesaro. Cesaro gets a near fall and then he applies a reverse chin lock.
Sheamus tags in and they kick Jey in the corner. Sheamus with forearms across the chest and then he pushes Jey to the floor. Jimmy tries to check on Jey but he is sent back. Cesaro goes to the turnbuckles and hits a double sledge for a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Jey with punches but Cesaro keeps Jey from making the tag. Sheamus tags in and he kicks Jey in the ribs. They hit a double clothesline and Sheamus gets a near fall. Sheamus with a knee drop and then he hits a second one. Sheamus with a top wrist lock.
Sheamus with knees to the ribs to continue to wear down Jey. Sheamus pulls Jey to the mat and holds on to the top wrist lock. Jey with punches and uppercuts. Sheamus with a knee to the midsection and then he goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Jey lands on his feet. Sheamus hits the ring post with his shoulder when Jey moves. Both men are down. Cesaro and Jimmy tag in and Jimmy with clotheslines and a thrust kick. Jimmy with an uppercut and Samoan drop for a near fall. Jimmy with a dragon whip and then he sets for the running hip strike but Cesaro goes to the floor. Jimmy with a plancha but Sheamus pushes Cesaro out of the way. Jimmy with a super kick and then he hits a cross body for a near fall.
Cesaro pushes Jimmy into the corner and Jimmy with a back elbow. Cesaro pushes Jimmy off the turnbuckles into the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus and Cesaro go for a double superplex but Jey pulls Sheamus to the floor. Jimmy sends Cesaro to the mat and Jimmy with a corkscrew moonsault and both men are down. Cesaro and Jimmy with punches and chops. Cesaro with a European uppercut and then he tags in Sheamus. They set for a European uppercut White Noise combination but Cesaro is met with a super kick. Jimmy with a splash and Cesaro makes the save.
Jimmy hip tosses Cesaro over the top rope. Jey tags in and Jimmy and Jey go up top for a double splash but Cesaro with a European uppercut to Jimmy. Sheamus gets his knees up and then gets the three count on Jey.
The Winners Of The Match: The Bar
Backstage: Charlotte says thanks to Carmella she has this golden opportunity and she didn't even think she was going to be at Summerslam but the Queen is back and ready to reclaim her throne
Video: Last Tuesday's attack on AJ Styles at the hands of his Summerslam opponent Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe says last week he just sent a message and says he respects AJ Styles and respects The House That AJ Styles Built and respects that Styles made the WWE Championship prestigious. Last week Styles came out and told a lovely tale about his daughter and telling her she can do anything she puts her mind to but he's known Styles a long time and is barely home long enough to hug his child
Joe says Styles feels more comfortable on the road living out of a suitcase more than staying at home being a husband and he understands that. Styles put being champion above being a father and a failure at that. Come Summerslam when the whole world's cheering for Styles, his family will be cheering for Joe because after he tears down Styles' house, AJ's family will have their daddy back, but Samoa Joe will be WWE Champion
Jeff Hardy is in the ring and says the US Championship is part of his lifeforce. It's his fifth eye, revitalizes him and it is his deep connection to the WWE Universe
When he lost it, a piece of him was severed away and it's important for him to beat Shinsuke Nakamura but one thing that's more important is to beat up Randy Orton and he calls Orton out.
Orton makes his way out to the ring and Hardy is ready for a fight. Orton climbs on the apron staring at Hardy as Shinsuke Nakamura attacks from behind. Shinsuke looks to hit the Kinchasa but Orton stops him then moves out of the way as Nakamura hits the Kinchasa.
Orton and Nakamura then stare each other down and Nakamira slides out of the ring. Orton stands over Hardy and sets up for an RKO. Harrdy gets to his feet but Orton dumps him to the mat again. Orton with The Garvin Stomp on Hardy
Orton pulls Hardy through the ropes and hooks him up for the draping DDT. Orton then pulls Hardy to the apron and hits a DDT on the floor. The Viper then clears the announce table and lays Hardy across the table unloading with punches.
Orton rips Hardy's armsleeves off and his t-shirt before tearing off Hardy's necklace. Orton then pours water on Hardy's face and begins to wipe off the face paint
Backstage: Becky says she's happy Charlotte is back. Usually when she's in the ring she relies on adrenaline rather than mathematics so she's happy Charlotte's back but not looking forward to a potential triple threat but she never roots against her best friend
LANA VS ZELINA VEGA
Zelina playing a little mind games at the outset and Lana with mind games of her own. Zelina with a right hand and they begin to shove each other until Lana takes her down unloading with punches but Zelina slides out of the ring as we go to break
Back from break, Zelina in control as she has a neck lock on Lana. Lana gets to her feet but Zelina pulls her back to the mat and applies a chinlock. Lana gets back to her feet trying to fight back but Zelina still in control. Zelina back to the chinlock as Lana backs her into the corner breaking the hold. Lana is thrown into the corner and Zelina with a double knees in the corner and a nearfall
Zelina looks for the hammerlock DDT but Lana countrs it delivering a neckbreaker. Double knees to the back of the neck and a nearfall on Zelina. Irish whip and a back elbow in the corner. Lana is whipped into the corner and Zelina runs into an elbow. Lana on the top rope and Andrade up on the apron for the distraction. Aiden English runs down and pulls Almas off the apron but Zelina, off the distraction, rolls Lana up for the three count
The winner of the match: Zelina Vega
Promo: The Bludgeon Brothers say they will break The Bar and shatter The New Day because at Summerslam no one is safe from the bludgeoning
Backstage: Aiden is trying to apologize but Lana says the best thing to do is to just leave. Rusev walks in yelling for Aiden and asks if Lana is okay
Daniel Bryan is in the ring and says last week WWE announced the first ever all-women's pay per view called WWE Evolution. As he watched, he couldn't help feel proud of his wife Brie because Brie was in the ring for 30 seconds when a hashtag called #GiveDivasAChance spread worldwide. He says it seems every time it looks like we're taking one step forward, we take two steps back and turns everyone's attention to the big screen where we see footage from last week of Miz attacking Bryan
Bryan says watching that bothers him because for two years Miz thought he had a protective wall because Bryan wasn't cleared but then Bryan was cleared and that wall was broken down so what does he do he brings out his wife and what Bryan thought was Miz and Maryse's baby and built a wall because he knows Bryan would destroy him
Bryan calls Miz out so he can punch him in the face. Miz appears on the screen and says this isn't high school where Bryan calls Miz out for a fight. He's a talent and is on the set of Miz and Missus. Bryan says he doesn't care about Miz' show, he came out to fight and it proves Miz is a coward
Miz says last time Bryan called him a coward they were on the set of Talking Smack and Miz got in his face and Bryan walked off. He's been carrying Bryan for 10 years since he was Bryan's pro on NXT. Bryan says for him it's about passion, for Miz it's about fame and his dream of turning into a hollywood star has already been done by people better than him
Bryan says Miz will never be The Rock or John Cena and no one will ever remember him as a great superstar because he is too soft. But if Miz needs a big stage then challenges him to fight Bryan one on one at Summerslam. Miz says this a repetitive cycle. He's done with Bryan, the Yes Movement is over and tells Bryan to move on because when people look at him all they see is a crybaby.
CARMELLA VS CHARLOTTE FLAIR
Carmella and Charlotte lock up and Charlotte powers Carmella in the corner. Carmella turns it around pushing Charlott ein the corner. Back to the lock up and Carmella with a headlock. Charlotte sets up for the figure four. Charlotte with a side headlock and a shoulderblock sending Carmella to the mat.
Roll up by Charlotte for a nearfall and a suplex sends Carmella to the outside. Charlotte looks to fly but Carmella gets out of the way throwing Charlotte into the apron and then into the barricade as we go to commercial
Back from break, Charlotte unloads with chops. Clothesline ducked by Charlotte as she delivers a belly to back suplex. Charlotte goes to the top rope for the moonsault but Carmella gets the knees up and throws Charlotte to the outside.
Charlotte trying to re-enter the ring at the count of 5 but Carmella keeps her on the outside. Headscissors by the champion sending Charlotte into the barricade. Carmella sends Charlotte into the timekeeper's area and re-enters the ring but Charlotte beats the count as Carmella unloads on Charlotte. Chinlock on Charlotte as Becky looks on from the backstage area
Charlotte tries to get to her feet but Carmella keeps her grounded. Charlotte gets to her feet backing Carmella into the ropes, breaking the hold. Carmella shoves Charlotte into the corner connecting with a kick. Boot by Carmella and Charlotte connects with one of her own.
Charlotte stacks Carmella up for a nearfall. Figure four being locked in but Carmella grabs the ropes and slides to the outside. Charlotte with a moonsault from the barricade. Charlotte throws Carmella back into the ring and delivers Natural Selection but only gets a 2 count
Carmella connects with a knee. Carmella kicks Charlotte away avoiding a figure four. Kick to Charlotte for yet another nearfall. Carmella looking for the figure four but Charlotte pulls Carmella down and locks in a figure four of her own transitioning into the figure eight for the submission
The winner of the match: Charlotte Flair