WWE SmackDown Live
July 17, 2018
Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Jeff Hardy In-Ring Promo:
— WWE (@WWE) July 18, 2018
Shinsuke Nakamura Backstage Interview:
First Match: AJ Styles vs. Andrade Cien Almas w/Zelina Vega
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Almas applies a waist lock. Almas transitions into a side headlock. Almas with an arm-drag takeover to Styles. Styles applies a waist lock. Almas reverses the hold. Almas with another arm-drag takeover. Almas decks Styles with a Back Elbow Smash. Almas goes back to the side headlock. Styles backs Almas into the turnbuckles. Almas kicks Styles in the gut. Almas scores his third side headlock of the match. Styles with shots to the midsection of Almas. Styles leapfrogs over Almas. Styles goes for a Dropkick, but Almas holds onto the ropes. Almas and Vega are playing mind games with Styles.
Styles knocks Almas off the ring apron. Styles runs Almas into the ringside barricades. Almas blasts Styles with a Spinning Back Fist. Almas follows that with a Jumping Knee Strike for a one count. Almas drops Styles with a big haymaker. Almas is mauling Styles in the corner. Almas goes for a Running Knee Strike, but Styles ducks out of the way. Styles hits The SlingShot Phenomenal Forearm. Styles rolls Almas back into the ring. Styles grabs the left boot of Almas. Styles with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Styles is distracted by Vega. Almas shoves Styles into the edge of the ring frame. Almas delivers multiple knife edge chops. Almas applies an arm-bar. Styles and Almas are trading back and forth shots. Styles creates distance with a WheelBarrow FaceBuster.
Coming out of the commercial break, Styles with a Basement Forearm Smash. Styles follows that with a Leaping Clothesline. Styles goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Almas lands back on his feet. Almas dropkicks Styles. Almas slaps Styles in the chest. Almas with rapid fire elbow strikes. Almas connects with a Draping BackBreaker/Lariat Combination for a two count. Almas lands a Standing Dropkick. Almas knocks Styles off the top turnbuckle. Almas goes for a Running Meteora, but Styles counters with The Ushigoroshi for a two count.
Styles sets up for The Styles Clash. Almas deposits Styles on the ring apron. Almas negates a Phenomenal Forearm. Almas with a Feint SpringBoard MoonSault for a two count. Almas goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Styles lands back on his feet. Styles decks Almas with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Almas kicks Styles in the jaw. Styles responds with a Pele Kick. Almas gets Styles tied in the tree of woe. Almas with a Flying Double Foot Stomp. Almas follows that with a ShotGun Meteora for a two count. Almas goes for The HammerLock DDT, but Styles counters with a Calf Crusher which forces him to tap out.
Winner: AJ Styles via Submission
Lana & Aiden English Backstage Segment:
Second Match: Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose w/Sonya Deville
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rose applies a wrist lock. Becky reverses the hold. Rose rocks Becky with a straight right hand. Rose goes for a Bicycle Knee Strike, but Becky counters with a Spinning Heel Kick. Rose irish whips Becky to the corner. Becky side steps Rose into the turnbuckles Becky with a SpringBoard Side Kick. Becky is distracted by Deville.
Rose knocks Becky off the second rope. Rose with the cover for a two count. Rose slams Becky’s face on the canvas. Rose repeatedly stomps on Becky’s chest. Rose with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Rose goes back to the wrist lock. Rose locks in the Abdominal Stretch. Becky with shots to the midsection of Rose. Rose dropkicks Becky. Rose follows that with a Bicycle Knee Strike for a two count.
Rose transitions into a ground and pound attack. Rose with the lateral press for a two count. Rose goes for a clothesline, but Becky counters with an O’Connor Roll for a two count. Becky kicks Rose in the jaw. Becky rolls Rose over for a two count. Rose ducks a clothesline from Becky. Becky drops Rose with a Leaping Shoulder Tackle. Becky dropkicks Rose. Becky connects with The BexPloder Suplex. Becky locks in The Dis-Arm-Her which forces Rose to tap out.
Winner: Becky Lynch via Submission
— WWE (@WWE) July 18, 2018
Paige & Carmella Backstage Segment:
R-Truth & Tye Dillinger Backstage Segment:
Third Match: Samoa Joe vs. Tye Dillinger
— WWE (@WWE) July 18, 2018
Dillinger attacks Joe before the bell rings. Dillinger repeatedly stomps on Joe’s chest. The referee is trying to calm down Dillinger. Joe rolls himself out of the ring. Dillinger runs Joe back first into the announce table. Dillinger continues to bring the fight to Joe. Dillinger applies a side headlock. Joe launches Dillinger crotch first into the steel ring post. Joe rolls Dillinger back into the ring. Joe delivers multiple jabs. Joe decks Dillinger with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Joe talks smack to Dillinger. Joe levels Dillinger with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Joe locks in The Coquina Clutch which forces Dillinger to tap out.
Winner: Samoa Joe via Submission
The Miz’s Eulogy For Team Hell No
Fourth Match: Kofi Kingston w/The New Day vs. Eric Young w/Sanity
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Kofi applies a waist lock. Young responds with a wrist lock. Kofi reverses the hold. Young transitions into a front facelock. Kofi backs Young into the turnbuckles. Kofi ducks a clothesline from Young. Kofi kicks the left hamstring of Young. Kofi dropkicks Young for a two count. Kofi goes back to the waist lock. Young with clubbing blows across the back of Kofi. Kofi creates distance with a single leg takedown. Kofi lands a Flying Clothesline. Kofi clotheslines Young over the top rope. Young is trying to regain his composure on the outside.
Young rams his shoulders into the midsection of Kofi. Young slides under Kofi. Kofi tosses Young out of the ring. Young kicks Kofi in the gut. Young bounces Kofi’s head on the ring apron. Young rolls Kofi back into the ring. Young with the lateral press for a two count. Young drops Kofi with a shoulder tackle. Kofi leapfrogs over Young. Kofi with a Leaping Back Elbow Strike for a two count. Young rakes the eyes of Kofi. There’s a stalemate in the corner. Coming out of the commercial break, Kofi side steps Young into the turnbuckles. Young knocks Kofi off the ring apron. New Day stares at Sanity.
Young stomps on Kofi’s head. Young catapults Kofi into the bottom rope for a two count. Young follows that with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Young locks in The Cravate. Kofi with shots to the midsection of Young. Young delivers a straight right hand. Young applies a Dragon Sleeper on the top turnbuckle. Young goes for a Flying Double Axe Handle, but Kofi counters with a dropkick. Kofi fires up with double sledges. Kofi unloads another dropkick. Kofi follows that with a Leaping Tomahawk Chop. Kofi hits The New Day Boom Drop.
Kofi goes for The Trouble In Paradise, but Young rolls him over for a two count. Young displays his athletic ability. Kofi with an Avalanche Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. Young heads to the outside. Kofi lands a Corkscrew Plancha. Kofi connects with The SOS for a two count. Young sends Kofi face first to the top turnbuckle pad. Kofi decks Young with a Rolling Enzuigiri. Kofi ascends to the top turnbuckle. Alexander Wolfe is running interference. Big E sweeps the legs of Wolfe. Woods thrust kicks the midsection of Dain. Kofi goes for a SpringBoard Double Foot Stomp, but Young ducks out of the way. Kofi with an O’Connor Roll for a two count. Dain shoves Woods into Kofi. Young plants Kofi with The WheelBarrow NeckBreaker to pickup the victory.
Winner: Eric Young via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy For The WWE United States Championship
Hardy attacks Nakamura before the bell rings. Nakamura signals for the low blow. Hardy responds with a low dropkick. Hardy delivers Good Vibrations. Hardy with a Flying Clothesline off the steel ring steps. Hardy sets up for The Swanton Bomb. Nakamura rolls himself out of the ring. Nakamura lightly kicks Hardy in the face. Nakamura with shots to the left knee of Hardy. Nakamura drops Hardy with a Spinning Heel Kick for a two count. Nakamura applies a rear chin lock. Hardy gets back to a vertical base. Hardy with shots to the midsection of Nakamura. Nakamura slams Hardy’s head on the canvas. Nakamura is controlling the tempo of the match. Nakamura mocks Hardy. Nakamura is choking Hardy with his boot. Nakamura connects with Bad Vibrations.
Nakamura kicks Hardy in the ribs. Nakamura applies a front facelock. Nakamura levels Hardy with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Following a snap mare takeover, Nakamura goes for a Leaping Knee Drop, but Hardy ducks out of the way. Hardy bounces Nakamura’s head on every top turnbuckle pad. Hardy with a SitOut JawBreaker to Nakamura. Hardy follows that with a Running Splash for a two count. Nakamura punches Hardy in the throat. Nakamura goes for a Release Exploder Suplex, but Hardy lands back on his feet. Hardy with a Side Russian Leg Sweep. Hardy with a pinning combination for a two count. Nakamura negates The Twist of Fate. Nakamura sends Hardy sternum first to the turnbuckles. Nakamura kicks the back of Hardy’s neck. Nakamura has Hardy draped across the ring apron. Nakamura blasts Hardy with a Running Knee Strike.
Coming out of the commercial break, Nakamura kicks Hardy in the gut. Hardy responds with a Back Elbow Smash. Hardy is trying to create separation. Hardy hits The Whisper In The Wind for a two count. Hardy is throwing haymakers at Nakamura. Hardy with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Hardy follows that with a Split Legged Basement Dropkick for a two count. Hardy plays to the crowd. Nakamura drives Hardy back first into the turnbuckles. Hardy drops Nakamura with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Nakamura fights out of The Hardyac Arrest. Nakamura lays Hardy flat on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura with a Leaping Corner Knee Smash for a two count.
Nakamura connects with a Single Knee BackStabber. Nakamura with a Sliding Knee Strike for a two count. Nakamura goes for The Kinshasa, but Hardy counters with a SlingBlade. Nakamura responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Nakamura goes for The Kinshasa, but this time Hardy counters with The Twist Of Fate. Hardy lands The Swanton Bomb for a two count. Randy Orton drags Hardy out of the ring to cause the disqualification. After the match, Orton repeatedly slams Hardy’s head on the steel ring steps. Orton stomps on Hardy’s head. Orton attacks the left ear lobe of Hardy. Orton transitions into a ground and pound attack. Orton plants Hardy with The IEDDT off the announce table.
Winner: Jeff Hardy via Disqualification, but still WWE United States Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura