Welcome to WWE Smackdown Live and we kick things off with Randy Orton making his way out to the ring. Orton has the mic and says last week Jeff Hardy called him out and we see video footage from last week's edition of Smackdown where Orton attacked Hardy.
Orton's question is do they still believe. He could have warned the squeamish to turn away. He made a vow to destroy every superstar put on a pedestal. He will become so violent that people will want to change the channel but won't because they still believe. Just like right now, they believe Jeff hardy will come out but he won't because Orton erased the enigma. Orton says he erased the enigma and will erase every superstar people respect because he doesn't get any respect
Orton says he will erase every superstar the fans choose to believe in starting with Jeff Hardy. It's not on him it's all on the WWE Universe. People can call him Legend Killer, Apex Predator, Viper but there's only one word they need to refer to him as. The three most destructive letters. RKO
Cesaro and Sheamus are in the locker room talking about their match tonight.
Backstage: Becky Lynch is in the hallway and Charlotte stops by. They speak at the same time. Charlotte says she wasn't trying to ruin Becky's moment. Charlotte says Becky knows that she is competitive. Becky says it put her in a tough position. Becky says she wants to be happy for Charlotte but she wanted a singles match against Carmella. The challenge got a lot bigger.. Becky says that to be the best, she has to beat the best.
Charlotte asks if they are okay for this tag match and Becky says they aren't Sasha and Bayley.
Carmella makes her way to the ring to join the announce team for the next match.
BECKY LYNCH AND CHARLOTTE FLAIR VS THE IICONICS
Becky looking for the Dis-arm Her early on but Peyton pulls Billie Kay out of the ring. Charlotte flies over the top rope and takes out both members of The Iiconics as we go to break
Back from break, The Iiconics are in control. Charlotte with a small package for a nearfall and Billie and Charlotte deliver simultaneous boots as both women are down. Becky in with the Beck-sploder to Peyton. Becky with a forearm from the second ropes and Becky sets up for the Dis-arm Her but Billie breaks it up
Charlotte tages in and hits a moonsault onto Billie and Peyton. Figure Eight locked in on Peyton for the submission
The winners of the match: Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch
Backstage: Renee is with the New Day and Big E says last week The New Day was dynamite on commentary but this week they're trying something new. Kofi then puts a wig on and conducts an interview with The New Day and Xavier says they've beaten The Bar before and tonight they'll beat them again and at Summerslam they will make sure that The Bludgeon Brothers bow down to the power of positivity
Miz is then shown on the set of Miz and Mrs. He says he has given and given and thanks to negotiations with Smackdown GM Paige he is going to give Daniel Bryan the gift of relevancy because at Summerslam it will be The Miz vs Daniel Bryan
Backstage: Becky Lynch and Charlotte are celebrating they're victory and Becky says but in 2 weeks it's going to be a different story and Charlotte says then they'll just have to be the best against each other
Video: Samoa Joe-AJ Styles
AJ Styles makes his way out to the ring. We get an "AJ Styles" chant from the crowd and Styles takes the mic and says he hasn't forgotten about that sound. Styles says a lot goes on between the ropes. A lot of trash talking and manhood being tested and a lot of things get personal and last week Samoa Joe made it personal when he talked about Styles' family and he wants to be the greatest superstar for his family
That doesn't make him special that's just what he's supposed to do for his family as a father and a man. He says his wife is a single parent because he can't be there but that's the sacrifices they make to give their children what they want
Styles says Joe knows his wife and kids and long before this was The House AJ Styles Built. They both shared apartment complexes and stale pizza and he threw away a decade of friendship becaus ehe mentioned Styles' family. He's not letting Joe get his hands on the WWE Championship. Styles says Joe won't walk out of Summerslam with the WWE Championship. In fact, Joe won't walk out of Summerslam period
Backstage: Rusev walks in and tells Lana last week he should have been more supportive and tonight he will be out at ringside for Lana's rematch against Zelina. Aiden English walks in and all he wants is to apologize and says he had the best intentions at heart and says he's sorry. Rusev says they forgive him then he goes to join them but Rusev stops him and says they forgive him but maybe it's best he stay backstage for the match
ZELINA VEGA (w/ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS) VS LANA (w/RUSEV)
Lana runs Vega into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders. Vega with a forearm and she goes to the floor. Lana with a kick to knock Vega down. They return to the ring and Vega kicks Lana and connects with forearms. Vega gets a near fall. Vega with a reverse chin lock and then she kicks Lana in the back. Lana with a knee to the midsection and then Lana with a suplex. Lana gets a near fall.
Lana with elbow drops and a kick to the back. Lana sends Vega into the turnbuckles as they go around the ring. Lana with a kick to the midsection followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Lana with suplexes to Vega and then Almas gets on the apron and distracts Lana. Vega with a Codebreaker and Rusev clotheslines Almas and sends him into the ringside barrier. Vega kicks Rusev in the back and Almas sends Rusev into the ring post.
Lana with a kick and she goes up top. Aiden comes out and he sends Almas into the apron but it knocks Lana down. Vega with a running double knee strike for the three count.
The winner of the match: Zelina Vega
Post Match: Aiden is in shock over what happened while Rusev checks on his wife in the ring. Aiden walks away while Rusev has an evil look on his face.
Backstage: Renee Young is in the interview area with United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Renee asks Nakamura about his match against Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam. Nakamura says that Renee is misguided because Jeff Hardy was erased. Nakamura says he understands metaphors.
R Truth and Tye Dillinger show up in the interview area and Truth challenges Nakamura for a title match at SummerSlam. Nakamura asks how will he get the match. Truth says he will pin Carmella.
Nakamura says something into Japanese and Truth is insulted. Truth says his match with Carmella is off and he wants a match with Nakamura tonight.
Miz appears on the TitanTron and Byron asks why isn't Miz here tonight. Is it because he is afraid of Daniel Bryan? Miz says Byron will never be more than a second rate commentator. Byron brings up the renewal of Total Bellas and he asks if Miz and Mrs can have similar success. Miz mentions that the first two episodes did better than any episode of Total Bellas. Miz talks about how successful Miz and Mrs is and he says that he is a star.
Byron asks Miz if he has anything to say about his match at SummerSlam. Miz says not to miss the third episode of Miz and Mrs after Smackdown. Miz says that we see him do some CPR and Daniel Bryan should watch to resuscitate his career.
Miz is asked about the match at SummerSlam and what if he cannot back up his talk over the last eight years. Miz asks how many times has Daniel Bryan come to him. Miz says that Daniel Bryan needs a match against him because he should be the champion. Miz says he has been carrying Daniel Bryan since day one. He says he is sick of hearing Daniel call him soft while Daniel has been at home the last two years.
Miz says he is not hiding from Daniel Bryan or anyone. He will expose Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam and prove that Daniel is beneath him. Miz suggests getting Daniel out to talk about the match.
Daniel Bryan appears and he attacks Miz and Daniel fights off security. Miz hits Daniel in the head with a vase. Miz is escorted out while Daniel struggles to get back to his feet.
R-TRUTH VS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
Truth on the offense early on as Truth takes him over with a hurricanrana. Hip toss to Shinsuke. Truth off the ropes goes for the scissor kicks but Nakamura dodges and connects with his own. Nakamura looking for the triangle and has it locked in as Truth tries to reach the ropes and does.
Nakamura puts the boots to Truth then delivers a series of knee strikes. Nakamura with a front face lock and delivers a reverse exploder. Nakamura, out of the corner, connects with the Kinchasa for the three count
The winner of the match: Shinsuke Nakamura
The Bludgeon Brothers cut a promo about tonight's Tag Team Tournament Finals
BLUDGEON BROTHERS VS 3SK
Rowan slams Pavel Koslov over the top rope to the floor and Rowan with a running cross body to Julio Rivera and Akila Lee. Harper and Rowan work them over on the floor and then Koslov is pulled back into the ring for the the Doomsday Device and the three count.
The winners of the match: The Bludgeon Brothers
NEW DAY VS THE BAR - TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT FINALS
Big E and Cesaro start things off and Cesaro with a waist lock and Big E with a standing switch. Big E with a back drop to Cesaro and he gyrates. Cesaro with a kick and punch and then he puts Big E in a side head lock. Big E with a back elbow and Kofi tags in and kicks Cesaro and gets a near fall. Kofi with a wrist lock and Cesaro with an Irish whip and monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi with a drop kick for a near fall. Cesaro punches Kofi and tags Sheamus back in.
Sheamus with a European uppercut and Kofi lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Kofi goes for a monkey flip but Sheamus blocks it. Sheamus puts Kofi on the turnbuckles and connects with a forearm to send Kofi to the floor. Xavier checks on Kofi but Sheamus picks up Kofi and connects with a European uppercut. Sheamus brings Kofi back into the ring and Cesaro tags in. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Kofi with elbows and then he goes for a sunset flip but Cesaro stays on his feet and he tags Sheamus in. Sheamus and Cesaro with a double clothelsine for a near fall.
We are back and Sheamus with a single leg Boston crab on Big E. Sheamus puts Big E on the turnbuckles and Sheamus sets for a superplex. Big E blocks it and Cesaro tags in. Cesaro with a boot to the head and Sheamus tags in. Cesaro goes for a superplex and Sheamus with a knee from the turnbuckles but Big E kicks out. Sheamus kicks Big E in the back and tries for the Cloverleaf. Sheamus gets a near fall as he tries to get Big E over. Big E kicks Sheamus to the floor. Kofi gets back on the apron and Cesaro pulls Sheamus into the ring. Kofi tags in and he hits clotheslines on Cesaro and follows with the Boom Drop. Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise but Cesaro is pulled to the floor. Kofi with a plancha trust fall onto Cesaro and Sheamus. Kofi with a double stomp for a near fall.
Kofi sends Sheamus to the floor. Kofi lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Sheamus tags in and they hit a double back breaker and Sheamus gets a near fall. Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick and Kofi avoids it. Kofi runs into an elbow and Cesaro tags in. Kofi with a forearm to Cesaro followed by a drop kick to Sheamus. Big E tags in and they set for Midnight Hour but Cesaro knocks Kofi off the turnbuckles. Sheamus and Cesaro hit a spike White Noise for a near fall. Sheamus sends Kofi into the ringside barrier.
Cesaro with a European uppercut and Big E with punches. Cesaro with the Giant Swing and Sharpshooter. Big E tries to get to the ropes but Cesaro pulls Big E into the center of the ring. Sheamus pulls Kofi away from the ring and Kofi with a tornado DDT off the ringside barrier. Big E tries to crawl across the ring and he goes to his corner but Kofi is not there. Cesaro with a crossface in the center of the ring.
BIg E picks up Cesaro and Kofi tags in. Kofi goes up top and they hit Midnight Hour for the three count.
The winners of the match: The New Day