WWE Friday Night SmackDown
July 3, 2020
WWE Performance Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Michael Cole Interviews Matt Riddle & King Corbin
Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, in NXT he was known as The Original King Of The Bros. Please welcome, Matt Riddle. And Matt, welcome, we just showed the viewers what you accomplished on Friday Night SmackDown a couple of weeks ago. An auspicious beginning, a major upset when you knock off a WWE Champion, a United States Champion, the current Intercontinental Champion, AJ Styles. So now, a couple weeks later, can you put into words what that moment mean to you?
Matt Riddle: Not really. To be honest, to get called up from NXT, and to be on SmackDown now, it’s just awesome. To walk down that ramp, to stand in this ring, it’s a love child of a lot of work and a lot of dreams, bro. But then, to have AJ Styles punching me in the face, I was like, bro, it was like an out of body experience. I was like, AJ, I respect you, bro. But at the same time, i’m pretty sure I like AJ a little more than he likes me. But after my victory over AJ Styles, to celebrate my win with the entire SmackDown Roster, with Daniel Bryan, bro, with Drew Gulak, bro, with Otis, bro, with The New Day, bro, I was like, bro, I can get use to this.
Michael Cole: Talk about getting use to things, your feet, I mean, you’ve competed everywhere and you do it in bare feet. Why?
Matt Riddle: Well, Michael Cole, that is a great question. And I guarantee a lot of people at home and even here are probably wondering why, too. I’m gonna warn you, it’s a long story. When I was a child, my family took me on vacation to Wisconsin and it just so happened to be winter time and they had this sweet indoor pool. I’d swim in the indoor pool, but then I’d go outside and play in the snow. I did this back and forth, back and forth, one day I kinda stayed outside a little too long, because when I came back in to go swimming, and I put my feet in the water, my feet were on fire.
When I told my mom, she said, “I’m pretty sure you have frostbite, Matt.” We went to the doctor, sure enough, I had frostbite. They were even thinking about amputating the bro’s tootsies, the feet’s, the foots, bro. Bro, luckily, I pulled through and that didn’t happen, but that’s why I never wear shoes. Whenever I put a pair of shoes on, I get that burning sensation. I never wear shoes, I don’t care if it’s a wedding, a bar mitzvah, I don’t care if I’m hanging out with a bear, I never wear shoes anywhere, bro. Also that day, I learned something, I learned that you could lose everything in a moment. And even though I can’t feel anything with my feet, my feet allow me to feel everything else, that much more.
Michael Cole: Well, keep competing bare foot because after what you accomplished a couple of weeks ago, I cannot wait to see what is next for Matt Riddle here on Friday Night SmackDown.
King Corbin: Okay, Riddle, well, if that is your real name. You know, you could’ve come out here and you could’ve save everybody a bunch of time, you could’ve said, the reason why I don’t wear shoes is, because when I was a little kid, I was an idiot, and I still am to this very day. What are you looking at, Michael? Last week, you embarrassed yourself, you thank that old bag of bones that can’t even carry my crown. And now you’re out here, and you’re giving this guy, air time?
You’re no better than him, you should be ashamed of yourself. Matter of fact, Cole, get out of my ring, get out. Now, I came out here to talk to you about that little stunt that you pulled last week at the end of the show. Yeah, you chose to dive on me after I was ganged up on by Jeff Hardy, The New Day and Braun Strowman. Now, that was a real sign of disrespect. Do you know i’m The King? You should bow down to the king. This isn’t gonna be tolerated. You should all bow down to the king. Look, I don’t like you, nobody is happy you’re here, and nobody wants you here. So here on SmackDown, I’m gonna make sure that every second you’re out here, you pay for it.
Matt Riddle: You do you, bro. You do you.
King Corbin: You do you, bro? What does that even mean? What does it mean, huh? I’ll tell you what it means, it means, that here on SmackDown, you better be ready for a match at any moment. And you in particular, because someone needs to teach you some respect, someone needs to slap you around and put you in your place, new guy.
Matt Riddle: Let’s go, bro.
King Corbin: No, no, no, no. You don’t just walk in here and get handed an opportunity to face The King, no. Tonight, right now, your opponent is this guy, John Morrison.
First Match: Matt Riddle vs. John Morrison w/The Miz
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King Corbin joins the commentary team for this match. Quick grappling exchange. Riddle backs Morrison into the ropes. Morrison kicks out the legs of Riddle. Morrison applies an arm-bar. Riddle with a waist lock takedown. Test Of Strength. Morrison grapples around Riddle Riddle applies a Knee Bar. Morrison grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Morrison with a forearm smash. Morrison delivers a gut punch. Morrison drives his knee into the midsection of Riddle. Riddle avoids the leg sweep. Riddle applies The Kimura Lock. Morrison bodyslams Riddle. Riddle responds with Two GutWrench Suplex’s. Morrison with a Rolling Alabama Slam. Morrison goes for The PK, but Riddle counters with The Ankle Lock.
Riddle goes for a Release German Suplex, but Morrison lands back on his feet. Morrison with a SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Morrison transitions into a ground and pound attack. Morrison hits The Moonlight Drive for a two count. Morrison kicks Riddle in the chest. Morrison with a knee lift into the midsection. Morrison punches Riddle in the back. Morrison applies a rear chin lock. Forearm Exchange. Morrison skins the cat. Morrison ducks a clothesline from Riddle. Morrison with an Apron Enzuigiri. Morrison drops Riddle with The Corkscrew Plancha for a two count. Morrison applies a front face lock. Morrison punches Riddle in the back. Morrison with an uppercut knee strike. Morrison with The Shining Wizard for a two count.
Morrison goes back to the rear chin lock. Morrison with forearm shivers. Morrison with a Mid-Kick. Riddle wants more punishment. Morrison obliges with another mid-kick. Morrison pulls down his elbow pad. Morrison delivers the eye poe. Riddle responds with The Fisherman’s Buster. Morrison launches Riddle over the top rope. Both men are knocked down after a double forearm. Riddle throws his flip flops at Corbin. Riddle has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Riddle unloads a series of strikes. Riddle with a Running Forearm Smash. Riddle hits The Exploder Suplex. Morrison avoids The PK. Riddle goes for a Standing MoonSault, but Morrison ducks out of the way. Riddle with The BROTon. Riddle with The BRO To Sleep. Riddle connects with The Bridging German Suplex for a two count.
Riddle goes for The Floating BRO, but Morrison gets his knees up in the air. Morrison sweeps out the legs of Riddle. Morrison with The Spinning Razor’s Edge for a two count. Riddle locks in The BROMission. Morrison climbs up to the second rope. Morrison with a side headlock takeover. Riddle slaps Morrison in the chest. Morrison is teetering on the middle turnbuckle. Morrison with an Avalanche Spanish Fly. Morrison follows that with The Standing Spanish Fly for a two count. Second Forearm Exchange. Riddle delivers his combination offense. Riddle with an OverHead Kick. Riddle with The Final Flash Knee Strike. Riddle goes for a PowerBomb, but Morrison lands back on his feet. Morrison dropkicks Riddle. Riddle PowerBombs Morrison. Riddle with The Pump Knee Strike for a two count. Riddle knocks Miz off the ring apron. Riddle is distracted by Corbin. Morrison rolls Riddle over for a two count. Riddle plants Morrison with The Inside Cradle to pickup the victory.
Winner: Matt Riddle via Pinfall
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Second Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Drew Gulak w/Daniel Bryan For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
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Daniel Bryan joins the commentary team for this match via ZOOM. Styles ducks a clothesline from Gulak. Styles with a throat thrust. Styles with a straight right hand. Styles repeatedly stomps on Gulak’s chest. Styles kicks Gulak in the face. Styles slams Gulak’s head on two turnbuckle pads. Styles blasts Gulak with a knife edge chop. Styles dumps Gulak out of the ring. Styles with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Styles slams Gulak’s head on the ring apron. Styles rams Gulak’s face across the apron. Styles kicks Gulak in the gut. Styles rolls Gulak back into the ring. Styles hammers down on the back of Gulak’s neck. Styles with a forearm smash. Gulak answers with a liver shot. Gulak drops Styles with The Big Boot. Gulak with a straight right hand. Styles reverses out of the irish whip from Gulak. Styles goes for The Electric Chair Drop, but Gulak rolls him over for a two count.
Styles with a double sledge. Styles applies a rear chin lock. Styles backs Gulak into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Styles hammers down on the back of Gulak’s neck. Hamstring Kick Exchange. Styles stomps on Gulak’s chest. Styles rams his boot across Gulak’s face. Styles with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a one count. Styles with forearm shivers. Following a snap mare takeover, Styles with a running knee drop for a two count. Gulak with a chop/forearm combination. Gulak goes for a Bodyslam, but Styles lands back on his feet. Styles avoids the knife edge chop. Styles with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Styles drops his weight on the left leg of Gulak. Styles talks smack to Gulak. Styles DDT’s the left leg of Gulak. Styles drags Gulak towards the bottom rope. Styles stands on the left knee of Gulak. Gulak with forearm shivers. Gulak negates The Calf Crusher. Gulak applies The CrossFace Arm-Bar. Styles grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Styles regroups on the outside. Gulak with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Gulak tells Styles to bring it. Styles regains control of the match during the commercial break.
Gulak drives Styles back first into the turnbuckles. Gulak with clubbing shoulder blocks. Styles kicks Gulak in the gut. Styles sends Gulak shoulder first into the steel ring post. Styles drills Gulak with The BrainBuster for a two count. Styles hammers down on the back of Gulak’s neck. Styles kicks Gulak in the face. Styles with a Uranage BackBreaker. Styles headbutts Gulak in the chest. Styles with The Pendulum BackBreaker for a two count. Styles decks Gulak with a back elbow smash. Gulak rolls Styles over for a one count. Styles rakes the eyes of Gulak. Styles repeatedly stomps on Gulak’s chest. Gulak is throwing haymakers at Styles. Gulak is mauling Styles in the corner. Styles slams Gulak’s head on the top strand. Styles applies the cravate. Following a snap mare takeover, Styles applies a rear chin lock. Styles transitions into a front face lock. Gulak dumps Styles face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Gulak whips Styles across the ring. Gulak with a series of running dropkicks. Gulak hits The Modified Michinoku Driver for a two count. Gulak puts Styles on the top turnbuckle. Styles with a back door escape. Styles dumps Gulak face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Gulak side steps Styles into the turnbuckles. Gulak goes for a ShotGun Dropkick, but Styles counters with a Desperation PowerBomb. Styles connects with The Styles Clash. Styles drags Gulak to the ropes. Styles plants Gulak with The Phenomenal Forearm to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, AJ Styles via Pinfall
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Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross Segment
Bayley: You are one to talk, mister. Do you know the week that we’ve had? We’ve had roll through just about everybody. At the top of the list, let’s see, The Empress Of Yesterday, when you beat her on Monday Night Raw. Let’s see, then we went over to Full Sail and went to NXT.
Sasha Banks: No, no, we are not going to mention them.
Bayley: You’re right. And now we’re on our home show on Friday Night SmackDown. You know, you guys should be calling us, Sasha three shows, and Bayley three brands, get it, because we’re on everything, every show. And still, we get no respect, we are working our tails off for this entire company, and nobody shows us any respect. You know what, I take it back, there is somebody who does have respect for Sasha and Bayley. And you know who that is? Ding dong, hello, The Undertaker. Oh yeah, The Undertaker or as I like to call him, Taker. That’s right, your precious Phenom, The Undertaker called me on my personal cell phone last week after the show.
And he said, Bayley Dos Straps, I am quite frankly embarrassed at all the fuss and tribute that you guys paid to me last week, when clearly you are the greatest champion in WWE history. You and Sasha Banks are redefining what it means to be a champion. There’s more, guys, relax, there’s more. And he said, At Extreme Rules, I can’t wait for you both to win your matches and hold all the gold in the WWE. I was like, damn, Taker, he knows what’s up. And I implore WWE to pay you some respect and have a tribute for you. Yes, he did. And who are we to not grant The Undertaker’s wish? I mean, did you guys watch The Last Ride on the WWE Network? Because I did, and now, I mean, finally, The Undertaker is out of here and we could move on. Why wait for after The Horror Show at Extreme Rules? Why can’t we do the tribute, tonight?
Sasha Banks: Ladies and gentlemen, joins us as SmackDown Presents: “A Tribute To Sasha & Bayley” (The Tribute video is pinned above the first segment)
Bayley & Sasha Banks: Thank You Bayley, Thank You Sasha !!!
Alexa Bliss: Wow, that was really inspirational. But you know what, you guys are right, you’re telling the truth, you did accomplish all those things.
Nikki Cross: Also, we didn’t want to be left out, so we prepared a little list of our own accomplishments.
Alexa Bliss: Did you know, Nikki is not only a WWE Superstar, but she’s also The Queen Of Scotland, and is 325th in line to the throne in England. These are real facts.
Nikki Cross: Alexa Bliss is the epitome of a champion, and also made history yesterday, as the first woman to drive across Antarctica, in a go-kart.
Alexa Bliss: I did do that. You’re the best for knowing that.
Nikki Cross: You’re the best.
Alexa Bliss: Come on. Now, you guys know how ridiculous you guys sound, right?
Sasha Banks: Yeah right, Alexa. Did you not watch that beautiful video? I know many have tried, including you, multiple times, but nobody has been able to touch my best friend for the past year. And I’ll be damned if that hyper little runt can do any different.
Alexa Bliss: Okay, we’ve heard this whole story before, you guys are best friends.
Nikki Cross: Lexi, I got this. Bayley, your accomplishments have brought you success. But how I got here, in my journey, has been all about my heart. And I know that if I put my entire heart into this, I know I could do it. I could take that title and become the next SmackDown Women’s Champion.
– Bayley does her annoying laugh. Bliss slaps Bayley in the face.
Sasha Banks: Are you kidding me? Oh, that’s how you’re gonna play? Well, Bayley has no problem giving you a little preview at Extreme Rules, right now.
Alexa Bliss: Challenge accepted, Bayley.
Third Match: Bayley w/Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss w/Nikki Cross
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Bayley drives Bliss back first into the turnbuckles. Bayley goes for a slap, but Bliss ducks out of the way. Bliss with two drop toe holds. Bliss with a basement dropkick. Bliss stands on Bayley’s back. Bliss repeatedly stomps on the back of Bayley’s head. Bliss with a Fake Out Boop. Bliss slaps Bayley in the face. Bliss hooks the outside leg for a two count. Bliss drops Bayley with The STO. Bliss delivers The Insult To Injury for a two count. Bayley dumps Bliss face first on the top turnbuckle. Bliss avoids The Middle Rope Stunner. Goddess Pose.
Bliss is distracted by Sasha Banks. Bayley kicks the right hand of Bliss. Bayley pulls Bliss back into the ring. Bayley works on the right shoulder of Bliss. Bayley with clubbing arm-ringers. Bayley works on her joint manipulation game. Bayley with the cover for a two count. Bayley toys around with Bliss. Bayley applies The Key Lock. Bayley pulls Bliss down to the mat. Bayley mocks Cross. Bliss rolls Bayley over for a two count. Bayley clotheslines Bliss for a two count. Bayley with a Leaping Back Elbow Smash. Following a snap mare takeover, Bayley stomps on the midsection of Bliss. Bayley applies a wrist lock.
Bliss with The Goddess Touch. Bayley slams the left shoulder of Bliss on the ring apron for a two count. Bayley levels Bliss with a Body Avalanche. Bayley follows that with a Running Bulldog for a two count. Cross is pissed. Bayley stands on the right shoulder of Bliss. The referee is trying to calm down Cross. Bayley sends Bliss shoulder first into the right knee of Sasha. Cross drops Sasha with a Body Block. Bayley yells at Cross. Cross clocks Bayley with a forearm smash which causes the disqualification. After the match, Cross with a Running Crossbody Block. Cross transitions into a ground and pound attack. Cross levels Bayley with a Body Avalanche. Cross goes for The Running Bulldog, but Sasha gets in the way.
Winner: Bayley via Disqualification
Wyatt Swamp Fight Preview
Fourth Match: Kofi Kingston w/Big E vs. Shinsuke Nakamura w/Cesaro
— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2020
Kofi starts things off with a Running Dropkick. Kofi is throwing haymakers at Nakamura. Kofi repeatedly stomps on Nakamura’s chest. Kofi with a Running Dropkick. Nakamura delivers a gut punch. Nakamura with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Nakamura with the irish whip. Kofi delivers The Missile Dropkick. Kofi dropkicks Nakamura off the ring apron. Nakamura regroups on the outside. Nakamura moves out of harms way. Nakamura kicks Kofi in the gut. Kofi with heavy bodyshots. Nakamura drives his knee into the midsection of Kofi. Kofi whips Nakamura into the plexiglass. Big E obnoxiously laughs. Kofi rolls Nakamura back into the ring. Kofi ascends to the top turnbuckle. Kofi is distracted by Cesaro. Nakamura with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Nakamura delivers Bad Vibrations on the bottom rope. Cesaro with a cheap shot behind the referee’s back. Big E clotheslines the back of Cesaro’s neck. Big E runs after Cesaro. The referee ejects Big E and Cesaro from the ringside area.
Nakamura has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Nakamura applies The Cobra Clutch. Kofi with elbows into the midsection of Nakamura. Nakamura with a knee lift. Following a snap mare takeover, Nakamura with a double knee drop for a two count. Nakamura tugs on Kofi’s dreadlocks. Nakamura is mauling Kofi in the corner. Nakamura kicks Kofi in the back. Nakamura hits The Spider German Suplex. Nakamura toys around with Kofi. Kofi and Nakamura are trading back and forth shots. Nakamura scores the elbow knockdown. Nakamura punches Kofi in the back. Nakamura has Kofi draped across the apron. Nakamura with a Running Knee Lift. Nakamura applies a rear chin lock. Kofi gets back to a vertical base.
Nakamura with combo jabs. Kofi drops Nakamura with a Flying Forearm Smash. Kofi with two double sledges. Kofi dropkicks Nakamura. Nakamura avoids The Leaping Clothesline. Nakamura delivers his combination offense. Kofi with The Pendulum Kick. Kofi goes for a Missile Dropkick, but Nakamura counters with The CodeBreaker for a two count. Kofi with an inside cradle for a two count. Nakamura dodges Trouble In Paradise. Nakamura with a Step Through Kick. Kofi avoids The Kinshasa. Nakamura goes for The Reverse Exploder Suplex, but Kofi lands back on his feet. Kofi connects with The SOS for a two count. Kofi slides under Nakamura. Kofi with a Standing Double Foot Stomp for a two count. Kofi plays to the crowd. Kofi goes for Trouble In Paradise, but Kofi counters with The Sleeper Hold. Nakamura plants Kofi with The Kinshasa to pickup the victory. After the match, Cesaro rolls a table into the ring. Big E goes for The Big Ending, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Nakamura runs away from Big E.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall
– Next week on SmackDown Live, Bayley & Sasha Banks will battle Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. Plus, The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro & Shinskuke Nakamura For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Updated WWE Extreme Rules 2020 Match Card
1.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
2.) Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks w/Bayley For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship
3.) Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
4.) Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt In The Swamp Fight
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