WWE SmackDown Live
July 4, 2017
Talking Stick Resort Arena
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
John Cena & Rusev In-Ring Promo:
The WWE Universe can’t rattle him tonight he wants everyone to bring it. Cena is fired up because today is our Independence Day. The United States is a beautiful country built on an ideal. Built by and defended by all walks of life. Today we all celebrate the American Dream. That’s why Cena loves this country. Cena has that same feeling when he’s in the ring. Superstars from all walks of life come out every week to show with their hard work, they have what it takes to compete with the best. Every time Cena walks in the ring, he wants to compete with the best. As of late, there’s a lot of superstars running their mouths about his future. Cena has gone Hollywood and sold out. He’s lost his edge. Cena is nothing more than a part time mascot. He would like to respond to that narrative.
Cena is not a part timer, he’s an all timer. The reason why he’s a free agent is because if his time in the WWE is limited, he’s going down in a blaze of glory. If there’s a superstar in the back that thinks he’s talking about them, indeed he is. Cena wants line them up Seth Rollins, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns, so he can knock them down. Cena has never lost his passion in the last fifteen years. The most dangerous man is the one who has nothing to lose. Today, the franchise is back and the champ is here. It’s our independence day. Rusev comes out to interrupt Cena. Rusev says that Cena doesn’t work hard. While Cena was in Hollywood making his movies, now he decides to come back. Rusev was at home rehabbing his shoulder and he was wondering where’s his comeback commercials. Rusev deserved that. Rusev sent a video message to Shane and Daniel Bryan and they didn’t respond. Rusev isn’t waiting anymore.
Cena won’t take any opportunities from him. Cena’s American Dream is nothing but a lie, just like America is a joke. Cena tells Rusev that we’re not in Bulgaria, we’re in the USA. Cena wants Rusev to come to the ring so he can punch him in the mouth. Rusev says Cena is trying to boss him around. All Americans think they can boss people around. On Bulgaria’s Independence Day we march and show our strength. In America, they sit at home and stuff their faces with cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Rusev has been gone a while and that means he’s had time to think. That’s not good for Rusev. Cena doesn’t boss people around, Americans fought for the right to voice what they believe in. If Rusev is proud of his Bulgarian flag, we can put it in a corner. Cena will put Old Glory in a corner and we can have a Flag Match. Rusev says he’ll fight on his time and his terms. Rusev waves his flag proudly while Cena calls him a coward. Cena says nobody leaves empty handed and he gets the crowd to chant USA.
– AJ Styles and Chad Gable are talking in Daniel Bryan’s office. Bryan is getting tired of Kevin Owens complaining because he doesn’t want either Gable or Styles in the Independence Day Battle Royal. Bryan announces that AJ Styles will take on Chad Gable in a Win and You’re In Match and that match is next.
First Match: AJ Styles vs. Chad Gable. The Winner Of The Match Will Be Entered In The Independence Day Battle Royal
Gable and Styles goes into the collar and elbow tie up. Gable connects with a waist lock takedown. Gable is using his chain grappling game to ground Styles. Gable goes for a belly to back suplex, but Styles gets back on his feet. Styles kicks the hamstring of Gable. Styles leapfrogs over Gable. Styles follows that with a dropkick. Gable rams Styles back first into the turnbuckles. Gable connects with a sunset flip for a two count. Styles kicks Gable in the chest. Styles applies a front face lock. Styles goes for a suplex, but Gable blocks it. Gable lands a double leg takedown. Styles responds with a hurricanrana. Styles lights Gables chest with the knife edge chop. Gable repeatedly drives his knee to the shoulder of Styles. Gable applies a standing arm-bar. Gable dodges another knife edge chop from Styles. Styles plants Gable with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Styles bounces Gable head on the top turnbuckle. Styles lands a big haymaker in the corner.
Styles and Gable are battling for position on the top turnbuckle. Gable goes for an Avalanche Belly to Bell Alpha Plex, but Styles blocks it. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Gable trips him in mid-air. Gable misses on the Moonsault. Styles plants Gable with a Snap Vertical Suplex into the turnbuckles. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Gable counters with the Ankle Lock. Styles gets out of the Ankle Lock and gets Gable trapped in the Calf Crusher. Gable rolls out of the Calf Crusher and drops Styles with a Over the Head Belly to Belly Suplex. Gable goes for a German Suplex, but Styles counters with a O’Connor Roll for a two count. Styles connects with the Pele Kick. Gable sends Styles to the ring apron. Styles lands the Phenomenal Forearm to pickup the victory.
Winner: AJ Styles via Pinfall
Carmella & Naomi In-Ring Promo:
James Ellsworth is cancelling Independence Day because we’re here to celebrate something more important, a Carmellabration. If you thought someone else was going to win the contract. The WWE Universe wanted to right a wrong and force Daniel Bryan to strip her of her contract. The Rolling Stones said it best when they said you can’t always get what you want, unless your name is Carmella. Carmella has all the power. She determines when she defeats Naomi to win the title. Naomi comes out to interrupt Carmella. Naomi congratulates on Carmella for being able to call herself Ms. Money in the Bank. Naomi is the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
That contract gives Carmella the power to cash in for a title match anytime, any place. Naomi says her eyes will be open to watch. Naomi calls Ellsworth, Ellsworthless and that somebody else has words for him. Daniel Bryan comes down to the ring. Bryan tells Ellsworth to shut up because it was a rhetorical question. Bryan says that Ellsworth is banned from the arena. Ellsworth wonders how he’ll get back in. Ellsworth is also fined $10,000. Also he shouldn’t expect a paycheck for 30 days because he’s suspended. If Ellsworth breaks any rules he just set, then Carmella will be stripped off the Money in the Bank Briefcase. Carmella and Ellsworth runs to the backstage area.
Second Match: Naomi (c) vs. Lana for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Naomi kicks Lana in the gut. Naomi connects with a sunset flip. Naomi gets Lana trapped in Feel The Glow which forces Lana to tap out. After the match, Tamina appears in the ring. Tamina tells Lana to get up and get out of the ring.
Winner: Still WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Naomi via Submission
– Shinsuke Nakamura was about to be interviewed by Dasha Fuentes. Baron Corbin attacks Nakamura from behind. Corbin says that he’s not afraid of Nakamura. Nakamura responds with a series of right hands. Both men have to be separated by the referee’s.
– John Cena will take on Rusev in a Flag Match at the WWE Battleground PPV.
The Rap Battle Between The Usos & The New Day featuring Wale
Wale reminds both tag teams to keep it PG. The Usos eat off the table they set. Before the New Day it was dark matches and kickoff shows. The Usos should could be called Chuck E Cheeks because they are bumbs. Rikishi knows that New Day Rocks. The New Day and Usos in a Rap Off, it can’t be. What are they going to talk about? Unicorns. Jey says they will talk about Double Ds and how Woods is only 5′ 1″ instead of 5′ 3. Big E was so predictable because they know about his pops. What about Big E’s pop? The Usos are not going Rated R like his boy Xavier Woods. Kofi Kingston says that Jimmy looks like he’s never been in or worked out in a gym. That’s true for Jey too because he’s Jimmy’s twin Kofi says they have muffin tops. Why are The Usos wrestling in shirts? They have a first trimester pooch. They’re rocking weenie do. That’s when The Usos guts hangs out more than their weenies do.
Kofi was Jamaican, but Jimmy says he was Jafakin. They are giving Jamaicans a bad name.If Ron Simmons was here, he would say DAMN. In order to win tonight, the New Day needs to find a fourth New Day member. Xavier takes over and says the New Day always says dress for the job you want, not the job you already have. New Day looks like a million bucks while the Usos look like divorced dads. Jimmy was nothing until his wife put him on Total Divas. The Usos used to wear face paint and bright colors. They saw the New Day coming on the horizon. The Usos should go back to doing what they did best, carrying bags for Roman Reigns. Jimmy pushes Woods and it all breaks down. Wale tells The Usos to get out of the ring because they are disqualified.
Winner: The New Day via DQ
Third Match: Randy Orton vs. Aiden English
English attacks Orton from behind while he was doing his pose on the top turnbuckle. English hits Orton in the face with the microphone before the bell rings. Orton rolls out of the ring. English whips Orton shoulder first into the steel ring post. English starts singing again in the middle of the ring. Orton crawls back into the ring. English repeatedly stomps on Orton’s chest in the corner. English tosses Orton out of the ring. English bounces Orton head on the announcer’s table. English irish whips Orton again into the steel ring steps. English sends Orton sternum first into the ringside barricade. English rolls Orton back into the ring. English goes for a cover, but Orton kicks out at two. English lands a knee drop. English goes for another cover, but Orton kicks out at two. English applies a rear chin lock. Orton gets back to a vertical base and lands a series of right hands. Orton connects with the PowerSlam. Orton clotheslines English. Orton launches English over the announcers table. Orton transitions into a ground and pound attack. Orton whips English face first into the steel ring post. Orton dumps English on the announce table.
Orton knocks English off the announce table with the IEDDT. Orton hits English in the face with the steel ring steps and gets intentionally disqualified. Orton rolls English back into the ring. Orton drops English with the RKO. After the match, Jinder Mahal appears on the stage. Jinder says that Orton continues to disrespect him because of the color of his skin. Jinder says that he would like to put the entire WWE Universe in the Punjabi Prison so they can get a sneak preview of what he’s going to do to Orton at WWE Battleground. Jinder says that he’s going to speak to his people in his language of Punjabi. Orton says that Jinder will shut the hell up. Orton says that no one will stop him from kicking Jinder’s ass in the Punjabi Prison. The WWE Universe doesn’t hate Jinder because of his heritage, it’s because he’s a jackass.
Winner: Aiden English via DQ
– Naomi, Mike & Maria Kanellis and The Winner Of The Independence Day Battle Royal will join Daniel Bryan and Renee Young on Talking Smack.
Fourth Match: AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn vs. Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan vs. Mojo Rawley vs. Zack Ryder vs. Viktor vs. Konnor vs.Tyler Breeze vs. Jason Jordan vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Primo vs. Sin Cara vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Fandango in a Independence Day Battle Royal. The Winner Will Take On Kevin Owens For The WWE United States Championship at WWE Battleground
Zayn kicks Ziggler in the gut. Zayn sends Ziggler to the ring apron. Harper lands a clubbing blow to the back of Konnor. Sin Cara tries to eliminate Ryder. Harper lands a big boot that knocks Ziggler off the ring apron. Ziggler is officially eliminated. Rowan clotheslines Fandango over the top rope. Fandango is officially eliminated. Rowan launches Breeze onto Fandango. Fandango rolls Breeze back into the ring. Rowan tosses Breeze out of the ring. Tyler Breeze is officially eliminated. Rowan sends Sin Cara onto Breezango on the outside. Sin Cara is officially eliminated. Harper with a forearm smash that knocks Konnor off the ring apron. Konnor is officially eliminated. Mojo clotheslines Harper over the top rope. Luke Harper is officially eliminated. Rowan attacks The Hype Bros from behind. The Hype Bro sends Rowan out of the ring. Erick Rowan is officially eliminated. Mojo from out of nowhere tosses Ryder out of the ring. Zack Ryder is eliminated. Mojo rams his shoulders to the midsection of Styles. Sami Zayn with a Helluva Kick that sends Mojo to the outside. Mojo Rawley is officially eliminated.
Sami Zayn, Tye Dillinger and AJ Styles are the final three participants left in the ring. Dillinger with a thrust kick to the gut of Styles. Dillinger with the Corner Mount to Zayn. Dillinger plants Zayn with the Tye Breaker. Dillinger follows that with the Tye Breaker to Styles. Dillinger tries to eliminate both Styles and Zayn, but they both hold onto the bottom rope. Dillinger slaps the chest of Zayn. Zayn with a Back Body Drop that sends Dillinger out of the ring. Tye Dillinger is officially eliminated. Zayn lands a series of forearm smashes. Zayn plants Styles with the Exploder Suplex to the turnbuckles. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick, but Styles sends him to the ring apron. Zayn rams his shoulders to the midsection of Styles. Styles connects with the Pele Kick to pickup the victory. After the match, Kevin Owens attacks Styles from behind. Owens talks smack to Styles. Styles drops Owens with a enziguri. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens rolls out of the ring.
Winner: AJ Styles
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