WWE SmackDown Live
July 24, 2018
The Ford Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2018
Randy Orton In-Ring Promo:
First Match: Rusev w/Lana vs. Andrade Cien Almas w/Zelina Vega
Almas kicks Rusev in the gut. Almas applies a side headlock. Rusev goes for a Back Body Drop, but Almas lands back on his feet. Almas ducks a clothesline from Rusev. Rusev drops Almas with a shoulder tackle. Rusev throws Almas into the ropes. Almas and Vega are doing their signature tranquilo pose. Almas rolls himself out of the ring. Rusev chases Almas out of the ringside. Almas goes for a Big Boot, but Rusev counters with a Clothesline. Rusev with a Vertical Suplex for a one count. Rusev is living his best life in the corner.
Coming out of the commercial break, Almas applies an arm-bar. Rusev punches Almas in the ribs. Rusev delivers an arm-drag takeover. Rusev is throwing haymakers at Almas. Almas drives his knee into the midsection of Rusev. Rusev responds with Two Leg Lariats. Rusev with a Running Elbow Strike to Almas. Rusev follows that with a Spinning Heel Kick. Almas kicks Rusev in the jaw. Rusev levels Almas with a High Knee Lift. Rusev with another leg lariat for a two count. Rusev goes for The Machka Kick, but Almas counters with an Open Hand Chop.
Rusev is pissed. Rusev fires up with forearm shivers. Almas with a Big Boot to Rusev. Almas goes for the HammerLock DDT, but Rusev blocks it. Almas blasts Rusev with a Discus Elbow Smash. Almas goes for a ShotGun Meteora, but Rusev counters with The Machka Kick.. Lana and Vega starts arguing with each other. Vega slaps Lana in the face. Lana responds with a double leg takedown. Lana transitions into a ground and pound attack on the floor. Ladies and gentlemen we have ourself a cat fight. Aiden English is trying to play peace maker. Rusev is distracted by the proceedings on the outside. Vega shoves English into Lana. Almas attacks Rusev from behind. Almas plants Rusev with The Hammerlock DDT to pickup the victory.
Winner: Andrade Cien Almas via Pinfall
R-Truth & Tye Dillinger Backstage Segment:
Rusev, Lana and Aiden English Backstage Segment:
Second Match: Samoa Joe vs. R-Truth
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Joe drives his knee into the midsection of Truth. Joe with multiple elbow smashes. Truth ducks a clothesline from Joe. Truth with a Single Leg Dropkick. Truth follows that with a Stinger Splash. Truth drops Joe with a Spinning Shoulder Tackle. Truth goes for a Scissors Kick, but Joe ducks out of the way. Joe HeadButts Truth. Truth side steps Joe into the turnbuckles. Joe connects with a Uranage Slam. Joe locks in The Coquina Clutch which forces Truth to tap out.
Winner: Samoa Joe via Submission
Asuka Backstage Interview:
Third Match: Asuka vs. Billie Kay w/Peyton Royce
Asuka grabs the right arm of Kay. Kay drives her knee into the midsection of Asuka. Kay with a Modified Northern Lights Suplex. Kay talks smack to Asuka. Kay rakes the eyes of Asuka. Kay paint brushes Asuka. Kay calls Asuka a loser. Asuka is pissed. Asuka dropkicks Kay. Asuka drops Kay with a Pop Up Knee Strike. Asuka hits The Shining Wizard for a two count. Kay is holding onto Royce’s finger. Asuka knocks Royce off the ring apron. Asuka goes for a German Suplex, but Kay blocks it. Asuka blasts Kay with a Leg Lariat. Asuka follows that with a Spinning Heel Kick. Asuka lands a RoundHouse Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Asuka via Pinfall
Shinsuke Nakamura Selfie Promo:
Paige, AJ Styles and James Ellsworth In-Ring Segment:
AJ Styles & Samoa Joe In-Ring Segment:
Paige & Carmella Backstage Segment:
Fourth Match: Becky Lynch vs. Carmella. If Becky Lynch Wins, She Will Challenge Carmella For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship At SummerSlam
Becky applies a waist lock. Becky with an arm-drag takeover to Carmella. Becky immediately goes for The Dis-Arm-Her, but Carmella heads to the middle rope to create separation. Becky grabs the right boot of Carmella. Carmella rolls Becky over for a two count. Carmella blasts Becky with a Forearm Smash. Carmella slams Becky’s head on the canvas. Becky bridges out of a pinning predicament. Becky and Carmella are running the ropes. Becky drops Carmella with a Leaping Forearm Smash. Carmella rolls herself out of the ring. Becky with a Flying Forearm off the ring apron. Becky rolls Carmella back into the ring. Carmella throws Becky back first into the ringside barricade.
Coming out of the commercial break, Carmella face washes Becky. Becky dropkicks Carmella. Becky and Carmella are trading back and forth shots. Becky HeadButts Carmella. Becky fires up with two clotheslines. Becky thrust kicks the midsection of Carmella. Becky uppercuts Carmella. Becky goes for The Bexploder, but Carmella counters with a Back Elbow Smash. Carmella with a FlatLiner for a two count. Carmella brings Becky to the corner. Carmella goes for a Tornado DDT, but Becky counters with The Bexploder.
Carmella launches Becky to the ring apron. Becky creates distance with a straight right hand. Carmella has Becky perched on the top turnbuckle. Carmella connects with a Handstand Hurricanrana for a two count. Becky blocks a SuperKick from Carmella. Carmella drives Becky face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Carmella is using the middle rope for leverage. Becky decks Carmella with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Becky goes for a Flying Leg Drop, but Carmella ducks out of the way. Carmella SuperKicks Becky for a two count. Becky locks in The Dis-Arm-Her which forces Carmella to tap out.
Winner: Becky Lynch via Submission
"It doesn't matter who survives, because the same fate awaits the winner…"
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2018
Fifth Match: The New Day vs. Sanity In The First Round Of The WWE SmackDownTag Team Tournament
The Usos joins the commentary team for this match. Xavier Woods and Alexander Wolfe will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wolfe applies a side headlock. Wolfe drops Woods with a shoulder tackle. Woods leapfrogs over Wolfe. Woods ducks a clothesline from Wolfe. Woods slides under Wolfe. Woods blasts Wolfe with a Discus Forearm Smash for a one count. Woods applies a wrist lock. Wolfe reverses the hold. Woods kicks Wolfe in the face. Eric Young is running interference.
Woods goes for The Honor Roll, but Wolfe counters with a German Suplex. Wolfe tags in Dain. Dain Pump Kicks the midsection of Woods. Woods is throwing haymakers at Dain. Woods thrust kicks Dain. Dain responds with The Wasteland. Dain follows that with a Senton Splash. Coming out of the commercial break, Dain has Woods perched on the top turnbuckle.
Woods with clubbing blows to the back of Dain. Woods delivers a Missile Dropkick. Woods tags in Big E. Big E fires up with Three Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E starts shaking his hips. Big E goes for a Running Splash, but Young gets in the way. Young talks smack to Big E. Dain catches Kofi Kingston in mid-air. Woods takes out Dain with a SomerSault Senton off the steel ring steps. Wolfe kicks Big E in the face. The referee is distracted by Young. Kofi sends Young crashing crotch first on the top rope. The New Day plants Wolfe with The UpUp Down Down to pickup the victory.
Winner: The New Day via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2018
Paige, The Miz and Maryse Backstage Segment:
Miz & Miz’s Premiere Party: Interrupted By Daniel Bryan