WWE Friday Night SmackDown
June 5, 2020
WWE Performance Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Jeff Hardy & Sheamus Segment
Jeff Hardy: Wow, it’s great to see y’all, man. First of all, I would like to thank WWE Management and FOX for giving me this time to get this off my chest. Last week, the WWE Universe witness something awful. People’s lives were in danger. The entire show was thrown into chaos. And a good man, Elias, luckily walked away with serious injuries that could’ve been a lot worse. It’s not a pretty picture, y’all, so let me paint you a different portrait from my point of view. So, I pulled up to the Performance Center Parking Lot, excited about the day, excited about the show, I grabbed all my stuff, I got out the car, and bam.
It felt like somebody hit with me an anvil. Everything went dark. Then next thing I knew, police were surrounding me, they were asking me questions that I couldn’t answer, my clothes reeked of alcohol, my brain was barely conscious, the handcuffs were ripping the skin away from my wrist. Man, I started to drift back to that dark time that I vowed I would never return to. So, I started questioning everything, man. Everything I’ve worked for, the last eight months, sobriety, my career, my family. How could I look at my wife and my two daughters in the eye and explain something like this? I mean, how many more times could I beg for forgiveness? It’s all good because I’m here for a reason. I’m in the WWE for a reason. And, man, I’ll tell you what, it’s good to know that I am not on this path alone, because even though my head was spinning, I knew deep down in my heart that I did not slip last Friday.
So, i’m in that police station, right? They’re throwing everything sobriety test at me, i’m passing right and left. Eye witnesses showed up, that they interviewed. They said they saw the person get out of my car, flee the scene, they said the person had red hair and red beard. A red beard, right? I was furious, man. Soon after that, I mean, I was free to go, and I couldn’t get back here soon enough, because we all know who fits that description, right? Sheamus, the anger and rage that developed in me inside that night can only be expressed through action. You tried to take everything away from me, man. And i’d be damned if i’m gonna let you get away with it.
Sheamus: That’s mean, Jeff. Don’t go pointing fingers and try to cast aspersions on me, fella, because you’re just doing what you’ve done your entire life, blaming other people for your problems. You know, I don’t get it. Why is it so hard for people like you to admit responsibility? You always have an excuse for your actions, always blaming somebody else. And those fans of your’s, Jeff, those fans are like the cops on your behalf, they’re worst than you, they’re in denial. Actually worst than that, Jeff, they’re enablers. Shut your bleeding traps, would you? Jeff, for once in your life, be a man, and admit to what you did. But you won’t, will you, because you’re not a man, you’re just a junkie. Oh, Jeff, don’t worry about the disappointment and embarrassment your wife and daughters feel after another one of your slip ups, they’re used to it.
Hardy avoids The Brogue Kick. Hardy tackles Sheamus. Hardy transitions into a ground and pound attack. Sheamus connects with The Brogue Kick. Sheamus repeatedly throws Hardy into the ringside plexiglass to close the segment.
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First Match: Otis Dozovic w/Mandy Rose vs. King Corbin
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Corbin is livid. Dozovic is throwing haymakers at Corbin. Corbin kicks Dozovic in the gut. Corbin sends Dozovic shoulder first into the steel ring post. Dozovic side steps Corbin into the turnbuckles. Dozovic repeatedly clotheslines Corbin over the top rope. Corbin regroups on the outside. Corbin runs Dozovic into the edge of the ring frame. Corbin sends Dozovic face first into the ring post. Corbin rolls Dozovic back into the ring. Corbin with the irish whip. Dozovic avoids The Wrap Around Lariat. Dozovic goes for a Bodyslam, but Corbin lands back on his feet. Corbin hits The SpineBuster for a two count. Corbin applies a half nelson chin lock. Dozovic with heavy bodyshots. Corbin answers with a forearm smash.
Corbin unloads a series of bodyshots in the corner. Corbin drops Dozovic with a big haymaker for a two count. Corbin is displaying his frustration. Corbin with forearm shivers across the back of Dozovic. Corbin applies a half nelson chin lock. Corbin jumps on Dozovic’s back. Dozovic backs Corbin into the turnbuckles. Dozovic hulks up. Dozovic ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Dozovic with two elbow knockdowns. Dozovic clotheslines Corbin. Dozovic with Two Exploder Suplex’s. Dozovic follows that with a Body Avalanche. Dozovic plays to the crowd. Corbin exits the ring. Corbin decks Dozovic with a throat thrust. Corbin drives a steel chair into the midsection of Dozovic which causes the disqualification. After the match, Corbin delivers multiple chair shots. Dozovic with Two Body Avalanches. Dozovic connects with The Caterpillar.
Winner: Otis Dozovic via Disqualification
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Second Match: Lacey Evans vs. Sonya Deville
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Deville attacks Evans before the bell rings. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Evans with Two Arm-Drag TakeOvers. Evans tells Deville to get up. Standing Switch Exchange. Deville decks Evans with a back elbow smash. Deville applies a waist lock. Deville with a waist lock takedown. Deville kicks Evans in the gut. Deville with the irish whip. Evans side steps Deville into the turnbuckles. Evans with a forearm smash. Evans sweeps out the legs of Deville. Evans follows that with a SlingShot Elbow Drop for a one count. Evans slams Deville’s head on two turnbuckle pads. Evans applies a Rope Assisted Kimura Lock. Deville delivers a gut punch. Deville talks smack to Evans. Deville slaps Evans in the face. Evans reverses out of the irish whip from Deville. Deville drops Evans with The Big Boot.
Deville uses the middle rope as a weapon. Deville repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Evans. Deville clotheslines Evans. Deville stands on Evans hair. Deville with a Mid-Kick. Deville paint brushes Evans. Evans slams Deville’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Evans blocks a boot from Deville. Evans sends Deville face first into the canvas. Evans with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Evans inadvertently slings Deville into the referee. Ref Danillo suffered a knee injury. Deville with a double leg takedown. Deville dropkicks Evans into the steel ring post. Deville has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Deville with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Deville with a forearm smash. Deville follows that with another Mid-Kick for a two count. Deville applies a rear chin lock. Evans backs Deville into the turnbuckles. Evans with clubbing shoulder blocks. Deville pulls Evans down to the mat.
Deville hits The Draping NeckBreaker onto the knee off the ring apron. Deville stands on Evans neck. Deville rolls Evans back into the ring. Deville hooks the outside leg for a one count. Deville with a forearm smash. Evans fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Evans ducks a clothesline from Deville. Evans with a Running Lariat. Evans with two clotheslines. Evans follows that with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Evans delivers The Axe Kick. Evans with a Running Knee Strike. Evans hits The Bronco Buster. Evans lands The SpringBoard MoonSault for a two count. Deville responds with a Knee Lift. Deville with a straight right hand. Deville applies a chin lock on the top rope. Deville drags Evans face first into the top rope. Deville connects with The Shining Wizard. Deville is displaying her frustration. Mandy Rose appears on the titantron. Rose calls Deville a failure. Evans plants Deville with The Woman’s Right to pickup the victory.
Winner: Lacey Evans via Pinfall
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AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan Segment
Renee Young: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest tonight are two of the most extraordinary superstars of their or any other generation. And next week, they meet in the finals of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. Please allow me to introduce to you, first, a man who has blazed his own unique path to superstardom many times, Daniel Bryan. And Daniel Bryan’s opponent, a superstar who is equal caliber who knows no bounds, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles.
AJ Styles: You know what, why don’t you just start with me, Renee? I mean, listen, we know what’s gonna happen, we know what he’s gonna say. He’s gonna call me a coward because I made the smart move in taking my bye to the finals. While Daniel, like a fool, fought his way in. And truth be told, had Jeff Hardy not got involved in your match, it would be Sheamus standing right where you are, Daniel Bryan.
Renee Young: Okay, AJ. Well, Daniel, do you think that AJ is a coward?
Daniel Bryan: Yes, yes I do, at least he shows traits of cowardice. But listen, AJ has his way of thinking, and I have mine, and I’m okay with that.
Renee Young: Well, AJ, the Intercontinental Championship is the one title that’s alluded you, is that a reason why you took a bye into the finals?
AJ Styles: I’ll say it again, I took my bye because it was the smart move. You see, Renee, when I look in the mirror, I see a champion. I see the best, the greatest champion WWE has ever seen. See Daniel Bryan, he’s all heart. And I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing that you’re doing the right thing, I mean, it’s a noble. What I am saying is, it’s stupid.
Daniel Bryan: I see what you’re doing, you’re trying to get under my skin, and it’s not working. Listen, you and I have known each other a long, long time. Long enough to know that we have two entirely different world views, and apparently two entirely different visions of what it means to be the Intercontinental Championship. In your vision of being the Intercontinental Champion, you’d probably defend this championship, sparingly.
And only against a select few opponents, under the guise that nobody else is good enough, because when you look in the mirror, you believe what you just said. You see yourself as the greatest champion of all-time in WWE, but you couldn’t even fathom some unexpected person coming up and shattering that vision. And that is why you’re a coward. My vision of being the Intercontinental Champion, is defending that championship every week on SmackDown. Whether it be against a decorated veteran or a young up and comer, any superstar who wants an opportunity, they’re gonna get it.
And I don’t do that because it’s noble, I do that for myself, because I want to push myself, I want to test myself, I want to learn, I want to grow. When I think of being the best, it’s not who I am right now, it’s who I can be. And also, when the WWE Universe tunes into Friday Night SmackDown, I want them to be excited each and every week, knowing that there’s gonna be a championship match, knowing that maybe their favorite superstar could finally beat me, could break through and win a championship here in the WWE. That’s what I want, that’s my vision.
AJ Styles: You know what it sounds like to me? It sounds like you want me to just give a handout. Is that what you want? You want a handout? I don’t believe in handouts. I believe in earning an opportunity. And you know what, speaking of opportunity, how did Drew Gulak get the opportunity to become your coach? How that happen? An opportunity to work here in the WWE. You know what, it doesn’t sound like an opportunity to me, it sounds like a handout. So, if we can’t agree what our visions are, I believe it’s a handout, you believe it’s an opportunity. How about this, how about I reach across the isle and do something unexpected? How about I give Drew Gulak an opportunity? Right here, tonight. Right now, in this very ring. You know, Gulak, I know you’re back there. I saw you. So why don’t you come down to this ring, get your handout, aka, an ass whipping?
Third Match: AJ Styles vs. Drew Gulak w/Daniel Bryan
Gulak tackles Styles before the bell rings. Gulak is raining down haymakers. Gulak kicks Styles out of the ring. Styles regroups on the outside. Styles kicks Gulak in the gut. Styles blasts Gulak with a knife edge chop. Styles with forearm shivers. Styles with a blistering chop. Styles whips Gulak across the ring. Styles scores the elbow knockdown. Styles slams Gulak’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles with clubbing shoulder blocks. Styles continues to chop Gulak. Gulak decks Styles with a JawBreaker. Styles leapfrogs over Gulak. Styles drops down on the canvas. Styles goes for a dropkick, but Gulak holds onto the ropes. Gulak applies a Fujiwara Chin Bar. Styles grabs the bottom rope which forces the break.
Gulak applies The CrossFace. Styles backs Gulak into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Styles with a back elbow smash. Styles kicks Gulak in the gut. Styles is mauling Gulak in the corner. Following a snap mare takeover, Styles kicks Gulak in the back. Styles ducks a clothesline from Gulak. Styles with a Snap Uranage BackBreaker for a one count. Styles goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Gulak lands back on his feet. Gulak HeadButts Styles. Styles reverses out of the irish whip from Gulak. Gulak kicks Styles in the face. Styles clotheslines Gulak. Styles applies a rear chin lock. Gulak gets back to a vertical base. Gulak with heavy bodyshots.
Gulak is throwing haymakers at Styles. Styles ducks a clothesline from Gulak. Styles with a chop/forearm combination. Gulak side steps Styles into the turnbuckles. Gulak clotheslines Styles. Gulak scores the elbow knockdown. Gulak dropkicks Styles. Gulak is fired up. Gulak with a corner clothesline. Gulak follows that with a Fisherman’s Suplex. Gulak connects with The Michinoku Driver for a two count. Styles fights out of the electric chair position. Styles with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Styles hits The Reverse DDT. Styles prepares for The Styles Clash. Styles talks smack to Bryan. Gulak plants Styles with The Bridging Jackknife Cover to pickup the victory.
Winner: Drew Gulak via Pinfall
Braun Strowman, The Miz, and John Morrison Segment
Fourth Match: The New Day & Chad Gable vs. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Mojo Rawley in a 6-Man Tag Team Match
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Gable and Cesaro will start things off. Cesaro goes for a PowerBomb, but Gable rolls him over for a one count. Gable with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Cesaro drives his knee into the midsection of Gable. Gable denies The GutWrench Suplex. Gable drops Cesaro with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Gable drops his weight on the left leg of Cesaro. Gable tags in Big E. Big E delivers a gut punch. Big E whips Cesaro across the ring. Cesaro with a low uppercut. Cesaro tags in Rawley. Rawley with a Running Crossbody Block for a two count. Rawley taunts Kofi. Rawley tags in Nakamura. Nakamura mocks Big E. Nakamura with combination forearm shivers. Big E blocks The Mid-Kick. Big E applies a waist lock. Big E with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex. Big E tags in Kofi.
Big E with a Corner Spear. Kofi follows that with an Assisted Stinger Splash. Gable tags himself in. Following a snap mare takeover, Gable tags in Big E. Assisted Standing MoonSault. Kofi tags himself in. Big E with a Running Splash. Kofi with The Frog Splash for a two count. Kofi plays to the crowd. Cesaro pulls Nakamura out of the ring. Kofi lands The SomerSault Plancha. Nakamura tells Kofi to bring it. Rawley delivers The Pounce on the floor. Team Cesaro are cutting the ring in half during the commercial break. Cesaro applies a rear chin lock. Kofi with heavy bodyshots. Cesaro with a Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker for a two count. Cesaro tags in Rawley. Rawley kicks Kofi in the ribs. Rawley HeadButts Kofi. Rawley is trying to get under Gable’s skin. Kofi dumps Rawley out of the ring. Rawley knocks Big E off the ring apron. Rawley tries to cheap shot Gable. Kofi creates distance with a Leaping Double Foot Stomp.
Kofi tags in Gable. Gable with a Flying Crossbody Block. Gable knocks Nakamura off the ring apron. Gable delivers his combination offense. Gable ducks a clothesline from Rawley. Gable thrust kicks the midsection of Rawley. Gable with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex to Cesaro. Gable with a Rolling Capo Kick. Gable hits The Running BlockBuster. Gable lands The MoonSault for a two count. Rawley denies The Roll Through German Suplex. Rawley goes for The Hyper Drive, but Gable counters with The Ankle Lock. Nakamura breaks the submission with a Sliding Knee Strike. Big E goes for The Big Ending, but Nakamura lands on the ring apron. Nakamura applies a sleeper hold. Cesaro uppercuts Gable behind the referee’s back. Kofi with a Flying Clothesline off the steel ring steps. Rawley connects with The Hyper Drive for a two count. Gable knocks Cesaro off the ring apron. Rawley launches Gable to the corner. Gable avoids The KO Punch. Big E tags himself in. Cesaro and Nakamura catches Gable in mid-air. New Day plants Rawley with The Midnight Hour to pickup the victory.
Winner: The New Day & Chad Gable via Pinfall
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Updated WWE Backlash 2020 Match Card
1.) Edge vs. Randy Orton
2.) Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship
3.) Braun Strowman (c) vs. The Miz & John Morrison in a Two On One Handicap Match For The WWE Universal Championship
4.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Bobby Lashley w/MVP For The WWE Championship
5.) Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus
Fifth Match: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
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Cross and Bayley will start things off. Cross with a Running Clothesline. Cross is raining down haymakers. Cross applies a sleeper hold. Bayley backs Cross into the turnbuckles. Bliss tags herself in. Following a rolling snap mare takeover, Bliss drops Bayley with The STO. Bliss with a double knee drop. Bliss tags in Cross. Cross with a basement dropkick for a one count. Cross whips Bayley into the turnbuckles. Cross levels Bayley with a Body Avalanche. Cross tags in Bliss. Bliss taunts Sasha. Bliss slaps Bayley in the face. Bayley drives her knee into the midsection of Bliss. Bayley punches Bliss in the back. Bayley talks smack to Bliss. Bayley carries Bliss to the corner. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha repeatedly stomps on Bliss chest. Sasha poses for the crowd. Sasha slams Bliss head on the top turnbuckle pad. Sasha is choking Bliss with her boot. Sasha tags in Bayley.
Bayley slaps Bliss in the face. Bayley uses the middle rope as a weapon. Bliss rolls Bayley over for a one count. Bliss drives Bayley back first into the turnbuckles. Cross tags herself in. Cross with a Running Bulldog for a one count. Cross follows that with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Cross drives Sasha back first into the steel ring post. Cross with a Flying Crossbody Block off the ring apron. Cross is fired up. Cross tosses Bayley back inside the ring. Cross rocks Sasha with a forearm smash. Cross is distracted by Sasha. Bayley attacks Cross from behind. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha with a Flying Meteora off the apron. Sasha and Bayley are cutting the ring in half during the commercial break. Sasha repeatedly stomps on Cross chest. Sasha tags in Bayley. Double Irish Whip. Double PowerBomb for a two count. Bayley stops Cross in her tracks. Bayley slams Cross head on the top turnbuckle pad. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha mocks Bliss. Sasha hits The ShotGun Meteora for a two count.
Sasha applies a rear chin lock. Sasha with a backslide cover for a two count. Sasha drags Cross to the corner. Sasha tags in Bayley. Bayley stomps on the midsection of Cross. Bayley applies a rear chin lock. Cross gets back to a vertical base. Cross with heavy bodyshots. Bayley runs Cross into the turnbuckles. Bayley with clubbing shoulder blocks. Cross avoids The Leaping Back Elbow Smash. Cross negates The Middle Rope Stunner. Cross with a shoulder block from the ring apron. Cross uses her feet to create separation. Cross tags in Bliss. Bliss with two clotheslines. Slap/Punch Party. Bliss dropkicks Bayley. Bliss plays to the crowd. Bliss delivers The Insult To Injury. Bliss goes for Twisted Bliss, but Sasha gets in the way. Bayley with an Avalanche Bayley To Belly. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha connects with The Shining Wizard for a two count. Sasha argues with the referee. Bliss reverses out of the irish whip from Sasha. Sasha dives over Bliss. Bliss sends Sasha face first into the middle turnbuckle pad.
Cross pulls Bayley out of the ring. Cross drills Bayley with The Tornado DDT off the apron. Bliss follows that with The Canadian Destroyer for a two count. Bliss tags in Cross. Cross with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Cross goes for The Draping Purge, but Sasha lands back on her feet. Bayley tags herself in. Sasha hits The BackStabber. Sasha applies The Bank Statement. Bayley shoves Sasha out of the ring. Cross drops Bayley with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Sasha drags Bayley to the corner. Sasha tags herself in. Sasha ducks a clothesline from Cross. Sasha with a shoulder block. Sasha with a high knee strike. Sasha locks in The Bank Statement. Bayley pulls Bliss out of the ring. Cross rolls Sasha over for a two count. Bliss delivers The Goddess Touch on the outside. Sasha plants Cross with The Rolling Crucifix to pickup the victory.
Winner: New WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Bayley & Sasha Banks via Pinfall
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