WWE Friday Night SmackDown
June 19, 2020
WWE Performance Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
AJ Styles, Matt Riddle, Daniel Bryan, and Renee Young Segment
Renee Young: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome a preeminent superstar of his or any other generation. This is a man that outlasted Daniel Bryan in an epic and grueling tournament finals matchup. He is the face that run’s the place. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles.
AJ Styles: I love it. That was perfect, the way you listed all of my accomplishments and my accolades, it’s like i’m an accolade machine, right? And why wouldn’t I be? This is SmackDown Live, the house that AJ Styles built. That’s why I wanted to invite all you guys here, for this historic moment, because I wanted you guys to know, that this was as close as you’re gonna get to the Intercontinental Championship. Uce, you feel me, right? I knew you would.
Renee Young: Well, AJ, the Intercontinental Championship is the one that has alluded you. So, before I present it to you, I gotta ask, what does this milestone mean to you?
AJ Styles: It means a lot of things. It means, vindication. That everything I ever said was true, like, winners find a way to win. The cream rises to the top, Renee. You know, life’s reward is for those who stand up and grab it, not for those who sit and want a hand out, doesn’t work that way. But I could sit here and chitchat about all of my accomplishments, and all that greatness about AJ Styles, but why don’t we get down to what everyone wants. This is why you came here tonight, to see it, let’s give it to them, Renee. But first, hold on, I mean, you’re great, Renee, you’re not the right person for the job, no offense.
No, there is one person qualified to present this championship to me. Where’s he at? Daniel Bryan. Come give the champ his title. Why don’t you come put it around my waist? No one more qualified than you, Daniel Bryan, to do this. Come on, Daniel, I beat you fair and square, I mean, have a little respect for a championship that you said means so much to you. There you go, that’s the spirit. It just takes a little guts. All you have to do, put it around my waist, and says congratulations, it’s that simple. Listen, it’s all about respect, it’s a respectful move to do, Daniel. Just give it to me, I mean, I beat you to get it, so, yeah, come on. I’m trusting you not to do anything stupid, so put it around my waist, have a little respect.
What is it, Daniel? Does it undermine everything you ever said about being a champion? Is that it? If that’s the case, that’s despicable, that’s terrible. Come on, you’re better than that. Come on, put it around my waist. Just be a man about it. You’re a man, right? Prove it. You don’t have to do it. If you’re a coward, you’re a coward. You don’t want to put it around my waist, then that’s fine. Don’t forget to say congratulations, make sure you put on tight. Oh, feels so good. That’s it? Terrible, terrible, no one heard that. Tell me congratulations like a man.
Daniel Bryan: Okay, you want me to say a few words?
AJ Styles: That’s not what I said.
Daniel Bryan: Okay, congratulations, AJ Styles. Last week, you were the better man. And though, you and I, we disagree on a lot of things, I respect your ability in this ring. And you know what, let me add to it. I think you are going to be a great Intercontinental Champion. Maybe even better, you know what, you have the opportunity to be the greatest Intercontinental Champion in WWE History. Yeah, what about that?
Yeah, if you show up every week, if you push yourself, and if you defend that Intercontinental Championship against the amazing superstars standing around this ring, that are hungry for an opportunity. I mean, imagine your legacy if you defended that championship against Chad Gable, imagine that match. Imagine your legacy if you defended that championship against Gran Metalik, imagine that match. Imagine if you defend the Intercontinental Championship against Big E, wow, what a match that would be.
AJ Styles: That’s enough. I’m sorry I asked you to say anything. I’m sorry, okay. I just want you to shut up. All right, I’m not you, your vision is not my vision. You see, a select few will have an opportunity at this championship, somebody on my level, okay? And speaking of getting opportunity, you’re at the back of the list.
Daniel Bryan: Okay, I can handle that. But if you’re so interested in earning things, and people earning things, that means that you’d be willing to defend your championship against Drew Gulak, given that he pinned you in this very ring, two weeks ago. Defend the title, he earned it.
AJ Styles: What’d I say? I am not Daniel Bryan, okay? I’m not giving handouts, not anymore. If you want an opportunity to fight me for this championship, then you’re gonna have to earn it, that means you’re gonna have to be the number one contender, and that is that. And the next person who wants to stand up and run their mouth, they’re gonna have to deal with the consequences.
Matt Riddle: What’s up BRO? My name is Matt Riddle.
AJ Styles: I know who you are. I know exactly who you are. Oh, the talk of the town, but all I see, is some dude with no shoes in my ring.
Matt Riddle: It’s all good, I never wear shoes.
AJ Styles: I think you’re missing the point. I see another shoeman being, looking for another handout. And, yeah, they all come, in different shapes and sizes.
Matt Riddle: BRO, i’m not asking for anything. I don’t want you to give me anything. I’m actually here to give you some advice, some info. Cause I here that you’re the face that runs the place. Well, I wanted to inform you, that I’m the BRO that’s gonna run the show.
Styles is throwing haymakers at Riddle. Riddle drives his knee into the midsection of Styles. Riddle with forearm shivers. Riddle with a Mid-Kick. Riddle dumps Styles out of the ring.
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First Match: AJ Styles vs. Matt Riddle
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Riddle blocks a boot from Styles. Riddle with a Release German Suplex. Riddle drives his knee into Styles ribs. Riddle with Two GutWrench Suplex’s for a two count. Riddle stomps on Styles chest. Riddle transitions into a ground and pound attack. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Styles decks Riddle with a JawBreaker. Riddle denies the irish whip. Styles avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Standing Switch Exchange. Styles backs Riddle into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Styles with a back elbow smash. Riddle responds with a RoundHouse Kick for a two count. Riddle hits The BROTon for a one count. Riddle applies a front face lock. Riddle transitions into a kimura lock. Styles brings Riddle to the corner. Styles with clubbing shoulder blocks. Chop Exchange. Riddle unloads a series of sumo strikes. Riddle with forearm shivers. Riddle is fired up.
Styles dropkicks Riddle. Styles slams Riddle’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles with two forearm smashes. Styles kicks the left hamstring of Riddle. Styles slams Riddle’s head on another turnbuckle pad. Riddle with heavy bodyshots. Riddle is mauling Styles in the corner. Styles nails Riddle with a throat thrust. Styles clotheslines Riddle over the top rope. Riddle with a forearm smash. Styles kicks Riddle into King Corbin. Corbin shoves Riddle. That leads us to a big standoff on the outside. Styles has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Styles applies a rear chin lock. Riddle gets back to a vertical base. Styles pulls Riddle down to the mat. Styles slams Riddle’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles with a Pendulum BackBreaker.
Styles hammers down on the back of Riddle’s neck. Styles with Two Mid-Kicks. Riddle wants more punishment. Styles obliges with a straight right hand. Styles taunts Daniel Bryan. Styles with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a one count. Forearm Exchange. Styles is heavily relying on the turnbuckle pads in this match. Styles rams Riddle’s face across the top strand. Following a snap mare takeover, Styles with a Running Knee Drop. Riddle is displaying his fighting spirit. Styles drops Riddle with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Styles kicks the left hamstring of Riddle. Styles applies a wrist lock. Riddle with a forearm smash. Styles backs Riddle into the ropes. Styles with a forearm smash. Styles goes for the irish whip, but Riddle blocks it. Styles dodges The RoundHouse Kick. Styles chop blocks Riddle. Riddle with a Jumping Knee Strike.
Riddle and Styles are trading back and forth shots. Riddle with a Fisherman’s Suplex. Riddle side steps Styles into the turnbuckles. Riddle with Two Flying Forearm Smashes. Riddle follows that with an Exploder Suplex. Styles avoids The PK. Riddle goes for a Standing MoonSault, but Styles ducks out of the way. Riddle with The BROTon for a two count. Riddle locks in The BROMission. Riddle rolls Styles over for a two count. Riddle goes for The BRO To Sleep, but Styles counters with The Calf Crusher. Riddle grabs the bottom rope to create separation. Bryan urges on Riddle. Styles shoves Bryan. Styles dares Bryan to hit him. Styles goes for The Phenomenal Forearm, but Riddle counters with The BRODerek to pickup the victory.
Winner: Matt Riddle via Pinfall
Renee Young Interviews Jeff Hardy
Renee Young: Jeff, first of all, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to talk to me tonight. Now, after everything you’ve been through for the past couple of weeks, how have you been holding up?
Jeff Hardy: It’s been a rollercoaster, you know, physically, and emotionally. I just came back from my injury, like, two months ago. I’m 42 years old, and I’ve been trying to turn my life around. It feels like i’ve been trying to turn my life around my entire adult life, in a sense. I mean, my life has been amazing, it’s just the bad times that can haunt me if I let them. I gotta do what’s best for myself and my family. And just when I feel like i’m turning things around, it’s like, I extinguish one fire, over here in this part of my life, right? then I turn around and there’s another fire in front of me. I guess what i’m trying to say is, the struggle is real.
Renee Young: You know, this rivalry with Sheamus, I think a lot of people would say that it’s been uncomfortable to watch as he just continues to target your struggles with past addictions. This past Sunday at Backlash, you had an opportunity at redemption, and unfortunately you came up short. How have you been dealing with that loss?
Jeff Hardy: I mean, I’ve lost a lot of matches, i’m gonna lose many more. But the things is, Sheamus is a constant reminder of what I don’t like about myself, and it creates this negative thinking that makes me feel like if I could just beat the holy hell out of him, shut him up, it would confirm that i’m resilient, my spirit is strong, and that i’m turning things around. But then there’s another part of me that, from losing, I guess, that negative thinking comes back in. I start to doubt myself, again, I start to wonder, am I good enough anymore? Am I a bad performer? Am I a bad husband, a bad father, all that dark stuff kinda comes back.
But the bottom line is, if i’ve learned one thing in this life, it’s that I have to catch myself before that cycle of thinking spirals out of control. Just because Sheamus calls me a pathetic junkie, just because I may act as if I believe it, sometimes, doesn’t mean it’s true. I need to have the wherewithal to step back, and look at the situation for what it is. And the truth is, I am a junkie. I have been an adrenaline junkie since I was 8 years old. The truth is I am an alcoholic, and that’s okay. The truth is, Sheamus doesn’t have a problem with me, Sheamus has a problem with himself. He’s just a miserable, insecure bully, who mistakes my honesty and vulnerability as weakness. I have overcome bigger obstacles in my life, and Sheamus is just another sickening obstacle that is in my way, on my road to redemption. Renee, I am a human anomaly, and I’m done yet.
— WWE (@WWE) June 20, 2020
Second Match: Chad Gable vs. Mojo Rawley
— WWE (@WWE) June 20, 2020
Rawley drives Gable back first into the turnbuckles. Rawley with clubbing shoulder blocks. Rawley slams Gable’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Rawley kicks Gable in the gut. Rawley toys around with Gable. Rawley whips Gable into the turnbuckles. Rawley talks smack to Gable. Gable applies The Ankle Lock. Rawley decks Gable with a back elbow smash. Gable ducks a clothesline from Rawley. Gable with a Bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Rawley dumps Gable face first on the top rope. Rawley delivers The Pounce for a two count.
Rawley transitions into a ground and pound attack. Rawley poses for the crowd. Rawley applies a half nelson chin lock. Gable gets back to a vertical base. Rawley whips Gable across the ring. Gable ducks a clothesline from Rawley. Rawley goes for a Tilt-A-Whirl Slam, but Gable counters with a Sleeper Hold. Gable dumps Rawley out of the ring. Rawley hops on the ring apron. Rawley levels Gable with a Body Avalanche. Rawley continues to run his mouth. Gable side steps Rawley into the turnbuckles. Gable with a Release German Suplex. Rawley catches Gable in mid-air. Rawley goes for The Hyper Driver, but Gable counters with an inside cradle to pickup the victory.
Winner: Chad Gable via Pinfall
Miz TV With Special Guests: Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
The Miz: Welcome to the most must see WWE talk show in history. Welcome to MIZ TV! Now, before we get to our guest, John, I think we need to address the elephant in the room.
John Morrison: Otis?
The Miz: No, Backlash on Sunday. You had the Universal Champion Braun Strowman, pinned, but I pulled you off. I lost focus.
John Morrison: You got excited. I saw it in your eyes, a momentary lapse of reason, but what’s interesting to me is why that happen.
The Miz: Why did that happen, John?
John Morrison: Because they changed the rules.
The Miz: We were preparing to become Co-Universal Champions, then right before our match, they tell us, that whoever gets the pin, is the sole Universal Champion.
John Morrison: Come on, you don’t change the rules like that anywhere else. You don’t change the rules before the big game.
The Miz: And that’s not the only thing we had to worry about. We had to worry about that Can-Ham covered in body hair.
John Morrison: Otis?
The Miz: Correct.
John Morrison: Our focus was divided.
The Miz: We had to look over our shoulders the entire time. That oaf could’ve came out with his friend, Tucker, and cash in his Money In The Bank Contract, anytime.
John Morrison: Do you have any idea how hard it is to fight for a championship when you’re practically out numbered by your opponents? I mean, if Otis wasn’t there, one of us would be standing here right now, new Universal Champion.
The Miz: And speaking of Otis, that brings us to our guest tonight. She is in one of the most intriguing, I guess they call it romances in WWE history, along with being involved in one of the most vicious rivalries we’ve ever seen. Making her Miz TV debut, give it up for, Mandy Rose. Welcome to Miz TV.
Mandy Rose: Thank you for having me.
The Miz: For sure. You know, before we get to your relationship, let’s talk about your best friend, Sonya Deville.
Mandy Rose: Ex best friend, let’s get that straight.
The Miz: Right, ex best friend, whatever. How long were you and Sonya best friends for?
Mandy Rose: Five years.
The Miz & John Morrison: Five whole years. And did you ever notice that you were upstaging her, that you were stealing the spotlight, that you’re a terrible friend, that Sonya’s the better fighter, anyway, I mean, she defeated her, twice.
Mandy Rose: Guys, I didn’t come out here for you to insult me, okay? I’m just gonna go.
The Miz: We’re just joking, we’re not taking you seriously, so let me be serious when I say, we have a surprise for you, hit the music.
Sonya Deville: Hey, what’s the matter, hunny? Didn’t think I wasn’t invited to the party? Hate to disappoint, but here I am, toots.
Mandy Rose: Sonya, really, we’re still on this? I mean, okay, I can understand you’re mad, but you’re the one when went my back, tried to sabotage my career, and my personal life. So, whatever it is you think i’ve done to you, I’m done, i’m done with this, Sonya.
Sonya Deville: You’re done? God, I only wish that I could be done, Mandy. But you know what? I just can’t, because week after week, I watch you stand in this ring and get the spotlight. And I think to myself, what have you done to deserve that? God, if it wasn’t for Miz and Morrison, I wouldn’t even be out here right now, i’d be back in catering, probably twiddling my damn thumbs. Have you even seen the promotion for tonight’s show? Probably not, because you don’t even care, right? It says, Mandy Rose on Miz TV. Where was I, huh? The thing that I keep asking myself is, what is it that you’ve done with these opportunities, Mandy? Won matches? Haven’t really done that, have ya? Hold on, let me think, said anything of any sort of value, that means anything to anybody? No, you defintiely haven’t done that, either. Hold up, let me think, I swear i’ll come up with something. I got it, make out with Otis, poolside, so that everybody could see. Well, congratulations, hunny, 2020 is looking like a great year for you, huh? You should be proud of yourself.
Mandy Rose: Sonya, just stop. What is that you want from me? I really don’t get it, I mean, yes, okay, you can hurt my physically, but i’m still standing here. You can hurt me, emotionally, you can try. But you know, Sonya, unlike you, I have people that are by my side. And despite what you said about Otis, Otis has been there for me, loyal, since day one. So, I gotta ask you something, what is it that you have, really, besides being a fighter? You’re alone. So how much longer are you gonna hold on to these petty resentments, Sonya?
Sonya Deville: Let me break this down, really simply, so that you can understand, okay? I’m not mad at you anymore, no, I don’t even care. I’m just confused. I’m trying to figure out what I gotta do to get the Mandy Rose Treatment, right? Because i’m standing here, and i’m trying to figure out the difference between us, because i’m looking at you and i’m looking at me, and the only difference I see, is this (Mandy’s Look). So you’re trying to tell me that this is the reason why you’re getting more opportunities than me, when I’m superior in literally every other single way? You know what, Mandy? I’m done. You think you’re better than me? I’m gonna take away the one thing that matters to you, i’m gonna rip you apart, piece by piece until your outsides are just as hideous as what’s right inside of here.
Rose and Deville are brawling. Rose slaps Miz in the face to close the segment.
Third Match: The New Day vs. The Lucha House Party
BAYLEY-TO-BELLY!@WWEBigE is doing @WWE Women's #TagTeamChampion and #SmackDown #WomensChampion @itsBayleyWWE proud at ringside! @SashaBanksWWE @TrueKofi @LuchadorLD @WWEGranMetalik pic.twitter.com/74Ozes7QSU
— WWE (@WWE) June 20, 2020
Bayley & Sasha Banks joins the commentary team for this match. Kofi Kingston and Lince Dorado will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Dorado applies a wrist lock. Kofi reverses the hold. Kofi applies an arm-bar. Dorado cartwheels out of the wrist lock. Dorado with a HeadScissors TakeDown for a one count. Standing Switch Exchange. Kofi with the irish whip. Kofi dives over Dorado. Double Dropkick. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Standing Switch Exchange. Kofi sends Dorado across the ring. Dorado slips over Kofi’s back. Metalik tags himself in. Metalik with an Apron Enzuigiri. Metalik with a Flying Splash off Dorado’s shoulders for a one count. Metalik punches Kofi in the back. Metalik reverses out of the irish whip from Kofi. Big E tags himself in.
Kofi ducks a clothesline from Metalik. Kofi kicks Metalik in the face. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Assisted Leg Drop. Big E with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex over the top rope. Big E tags in Kofi. Metalik sends Kofi tumbling to the floor. Dorado with an Apron Enzuigiri. Metalik follows that with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick. LHP with Stereo SpringBoard Plancha’s. New Day are cutting the ring in half during the commercial break. Big E applies a rear chin lock. Big E sends Dorado to the corner. Dorado kicks Big E in the face. Dorado decks Big E with a back elbow smash. Big E catches Dorado in mid-air. Dorado negates The Big Ending. Big E scores the elbow knockdown. Big E with a Running Splash for a two count. New Day applies the abdominal stretch. Dorado creates distance with The Golden Rewind. Kofi and Metalik are tagged.
Kofi with a SpringBoard Tomahawk Chop. Kofi with two double sledges. Kofi dropkicks Metalik. Metalik thrust kicks the midsection of Kofi. Metalik slaps Kofi in the chest. Kofi reverses out of the irish whip from Metalik. Metalik kicks Kofi in the face. Metalik hits The Reverse SlingBlade. Kofi dropkicks Metalik in mid-air for a two count. Kofi plays to the crowd. Metalik avoids The Trouble In Paradise. Metalik puts Kofi on his shoulders. Metalik tags in Dorado. Dorado with a Flying Hurricanrana to Big E. Metalik connects with The Metalik Driver. Dorado lands The Flying Splash for a two count. LHP are double teaming Big E. Stereo SuperKicks. Big E sends Metalik crashing to the outside. Kofi with a Running Double Foot Stomp. Kofi tags in Big E. The New Day plants Dorado with The Midnight Hour to pickup the victory. After the match, Shinsuke Nakamura drops Big E with The Kinshasa. Cesaro drives his knee into the midsection of Kofi. Cesaro dumps Kofi chest first on the top turnbuckle. Cesaro connects with The Neutralizer. Cesaro Swing/Kinshasa Combination.
Winner: The New Day via Pinfall
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Fourth Match: Sasha Banks w/Bayley vs. Nikki Cross w/Alexa Bliss
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The match started during the commercial break. Sasha repeatedly stomps on Cross chest. Sasha with clubbing blows to Cross back. Sasha talks smack to Cross. Cross with a forearm smash. Cross dropkicks Sasha. Sasha begs for mercy. Sasha dumps Cross out of the ring. Cross gets Sasha trapped in the ring skirt. Cross with forearm shivers. Cross is fired up. Cross rolls Sasha back into the ring. Sasha regroups on the outside. Cross with a Flying Crossbody Block off the ring apron. Cross plays to the crowd. Cross levels Sasha with a Body Avalanche. Sasha denies The Running Bulldog. Sasha sends Cross chest first into the turnbuckles. Sasha hits The BackStabber for a two count. Sasha is displaying her frustration. Sasha is choking Cross with her boot.
Following a snap mare takeover, Sasha applies a rear chin lock. Cross gets back to a vertical base. Sasha drives her knee into Cross back. Sasha applies the bow and arrow stretch. Cross uses her hip to create separation. Cross decks Sasha with a back elbow smash. Cross with a throat thrust. Cross headbutts the midsection of Sasha. Cross with a shoulder block. Cross follows that with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Sasha has Cross perched on the top turnbuckle. Cross repeatedly slams Sasha’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Cross connects with The Tornado DDT for a two count. Cross goes for The Draping Fisherman’s NeckBreaker, but Sasha lands back on her feet. Sasha with a shoulder block. Sasha with a high knee strike. Sasha locks in The Bank Statement. Cross sends Sasha face first into the canvas. Cross with a rolling crucifix for a two count. Rollup Exchange. Sasha plants Cross with a Leaping Meteora to pickup the victory.
Winner: Sasha Banks via Pinfall
– Next week on SmackDown, AJ Styles will puts his Intercontinental Title on the line against Drew Gulak.
— WWE (@WWE) June 20, 2020
Sheamus Backstage Interview
The Firefly Fun House
Bray Wyatt: It’s been way too long, seriously. Did you guys miss me? I can’t wait to tell you all about what i’ve been up to lately. I joined a book club. I learned all the latest tick-tock moves, see. Mastered the dark art of resurrecting the death. And, oh, I learned how to knit, yeah. I even infiltrated a reptilian stronghold. I see you.
Rambling Rabbit: Hey dude, weren’t you just sitting in the corner for the last couple of weeks, moaning about losing to Braun Strowman? Remember?
Bray Wyatt: Thank you for reminding me, Rabbit. That’s right, I did lose to Braun Strowman. But in defeat, I realized that I went about this all the wrong way. You see, Braun Strowman is someone i’ve known for a very long time.
Braun Strowman: Look Bray, before you even get started, just don’t. You had your opportunity and you failed. There are no more games. This story, between me and you, it’s over.
Bray Wyatt: Our chapter may be over, but Braun, I wasn’t lying about resurrecting the dead. Our story, it’s just getting started. What’s wrong, brother? You look like you’re seeing a ghost. Now, in order for us to move forward, we must first take a step back to where it all began. I created you, Braun. Therefore, it is my duty to destroy you. And you know where to find me. All you have to do, is follow the buzzards. RUN!
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