WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (7/17/20): AJ Styles vs. Matt Riddle II

WWE SmackDown Results 7/17/20
WWE Performance Center
Orlando, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Big E w/Kofi Kingston vs. Cesaro w/Shinsuke Nakamura. The Winner Will Pick The Stipulation For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match At Extreme Rules 

Big E clotheslines Cesaro. Big E delivers a gut punch. Big E dumps Cesaro out of the ring. Cesaro kicks Big E in the gut. Cesaro uppercuts Big E. Big E drives Cesaro back first into the steel ring steps. Big E rolls Cesaro back into the ring. Cesaro sends Big E shoulder first into the steel ring post. Cesaro dropkicks Big E off the ring apron. Cesaro talks smack to Kofi. Cesaro slams Big E’s head on the ring post. Cesaro rolls Big E back into the ring. Cesaro with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike for a one count. Cesaro drives his knee into Big E’s back. Cesaro applies a rear chin lock. Big E with heavy bodyshots. Cesaro PowerSlams Big E for a two count.

Cesaro goes for another Flying Double Axe Handle Strike, but Big E counters with Two OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Cesaro. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Big E shakes his hips. Big E hits The Running Splash. Big E plays to the crowd. Cesaro decks Big E with a back elbow smash. Cesaro uppercuts Big E. Big E launches Cesaro over the top rope. Big E drives Cesaro face first into the ring post. Big E with clubbing blows to Cesaro’s chest. Big E with a Running Splash on the apron. Cesaro regains control of the match during the commercial break. Cesaro with Two Running European Uppercuts.

Big E drops Cesaro with The Uranage Slam for a two count. Cesaro kicks Big E in the face. Cesaro ducks a clothesline from Big E. Cesaro connects with The SpringBoard European Uppercut for a two count. Big E negates The Neutralizer. Big E locks in The Stretch Muffler. Cesaro rolls Big E over for a two count. The Cesaro Swing. Cesaro applies The SharpShooter. Cesaro transitions into a CrossFace. Nakamura attacks Kofi from behind. Big E is pissed. Big E goes for The Big Ending, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Nakamura with a RoundHouse Kick behind the referee’s back. Cesaro plants Big E with The Neutralizer to pickup the victory. After the match, Cesaro and Nakamura pulls out a table from under the ring. Kofi lands The SomerSault Plancha. Kofi tees off on Cesaro. Kofi prepares for The Flying Double Foot Stomp. Nakamura pulls Cesaro off the table to avoid disaster.

Winner: Cesaro via Pinfall 

– Kayla Braxton had a backstage interview with King Corbin. Corbin says that Matt Riddle started the beef between the both of them. He believes that tonight’s Intercontinental Championship Match will be quick and decisive and AJ Styles will remain the Intercontinental Champion. Things have been going well for Riddle, but it is the honeymoon phase. He’s playing with fire and he will be burned. After AJ Styles is done with Matt Riddle, people will realize the Bro is nothing but a little boy.

A Moment Of Bliss With Special Guest: Asuka, Bayley and Sasha Banks

Nikki Cross is overly giddy about the fifth anniversary of the Women’s Evolution. She gives a shoutout to Aunt Claire who made a great Shepherd’s Pie. Blisstradamus has a couple of predictions for us. First, the Los Angeles Lakers will win the NBA Championship, Matt Riddle will win the title tonight, Braun Strowman will win the Wyatt Swamp Fight, and she says that her special mystery guest will tear the roof off this place on Sunday. It’s someone who’s very unconventional. Nikki believes that she’s the guest. Her dream of becoming SmackDown Women’s Champion will become true this Sunday at Extreme Rules. Alexa is trying to calm down Nikki.

How many Nitro brews did she have today? Nikki is not special guest. Bayley & Sasha Banks interrupts the proceedings. According to Bayley, Nikki should get used to being disappointed because she will be a failure on Sunday. Sasha says that Nikki will go back to being Alexa’s shadow. Blissstradamus got a few things wrong. She forgot to give credit for the Women’s Evolution architects. They paved the roads and built that ring. Since Alexa likes to tell the future, Bayley has a prediction of her own. She will beat Nikki Cross and Sasha will defeat the Empress of Yesterday, and then finally they will have all the titles. There’s nothing that anyone can do about that. Folks, the real special guest is, Asuka! Bayley and Sasha starts brawling with Alexa and Nikki while Asuka was making her entrance. Alexa informs that we’ll have an impromptu tag team match, next.

Second Match: Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Asuka & Nikki Cross w/Alexa Bliss

Bayley and Asuka will start things off. Bayley pie faces Cross. Asuka tags in Cross. Cross tackles Bayley Cross transitions into a ground and pound attack. Cross with a double leg takedown. Cross is raining down haymakers. Cross slams Bayley’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Cross repeatedly stomps on Bayley’s chest. Stalemate in the corner. Bayley side steps Cross into the turnbuckles. Cross launches Bayley over the top rope. Bayley with a leaping forearm smash. Bayley tags out to Sasha on the ring apron, but that is illegal. Bayley pulls Cross down to the mat. Bayley with the cover for a one count. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha kicks Cross in the gut. Sasha with a forearm smash. Sasha with a Snap Vertical Suplex. Sasha applies an arm-bar. Sasha brings Cross to the corner. Bayley tags herself in. Double Irish Whip. Double Elbow Knockdown for a one count. Bayley stomps on Cross’s back. Bayley hammers down on the back of Cross’s neck. Sasha attacks Cross behind the referee’s back. Bayley tags in Sasha.

Double Whip into the turnbuckles. Sasha taunts Asuka. Cross headbutts the midsection of Sasha. Sasha drives Cross face first into the top turnbuckle. Sasha with rapid fire bodyshots. Bayley applies a chin lock behind the referee’s back. Sasha tags in Bayley. Sasha is choking Cross with her boot. Cross with an inside cradle for a two count. Bayley with an elbow drop. Bayley applies a rear chin lock. Cross gets back to a vertical base. Cross crawls under Bayley. Cross tags in Asuka. Asuka ducks a clothesline from Bayley. Asuka repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Bayley. Short-Arm Reversal by Bayley. Asuka with a forearm smash. Asuka thrust kicks the midsection of Bayley. Sasha tags herself in. Bayley kicks Asuka in the face. Asuka with a double shoulder tackle. Asuka with clubbing hip smashes. Asuka knocks Bayley off the apron. Sasha with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Asuka avoids The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Asuka gets Sasha trapped in the ring skirt. Asuka tees off on Sasha. Asuka tags in Cross. Cross with forearm shivers. Cross is fired up. Cross dodges The Ring Post Dropkick. Bayley receives the same treatment. Asuka with a Sliding Knee Strike. Cross follows that with a Flying Crossbody Block off the ring apron. Asuka and Cross dances on the announce table.

Bayley and Sasha are cutting the ring in half during the commercial break. Sasha with clubbing mid-kicks. Sasha poses for the crowd. Asuka rolls Sasha over for a two count. Sasha clotheslines Asuka for a two count. Sasha kicks the left wrist of Asuka. Sasha with the irish whip. Sasha with a Draping Double Knee Drop for a two count. Sasha repeatedly stomps on Asuka’s chest. Sasha tags in Bayley. Bayley delivers a gut punch for a one count. Asuka is displaying her fighting spirit. Asuka with a backslide cover for a one count. Bayley drops Asuka with a running knee lift. Bayley mocks Asuka. Bayley with an elbow drop for a two count. Bayley slams Asuka’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha with a shoulder block. Sasha with a Corner Hip Attack. Following a snap mare takeover, Sasha applies a rear chin lock. Asuka with elbows into the midsection of Sasha. Sasha drives Asuka back first into the turnbuckles. Bayley tags herself in.

Bayley pie faces Asuka. Bayley with clubbing shoulder blocks. Bayley talks smack to Cross. Asuka decks Bayley with a back elbow smash. Asuka kicks Bayley in the face. Asuka rolls Bayley over for a two count. Asuka with a Pop Up Knee Strike. Cross and Sasha are tagged in. Cross with two clotheslines. Cross headbutts the midsection of Sasha. Cross dropkicks Sasha. Cross with a monkey flip. Cross levels Sasha with a Body Avalanche. Cross follows that with a Running Bulldog for a two count. Sasha avoids The Flying Crossbody Block. Sasha with a basement dropkick for a two count. Sasha is displaying her frustration. Sasha drags Cross to the corner. Sasha tags in Bayley. Cross has Bayley perched on the top turnbuckle. Bayley negates The Draping Purge. Bayley dumps Cross out of the ring. Cross with a throat thrust. Cross hits The Tornado DDT off the announce table for a two count. Asuka starts brawling with Sasha. Sasha goes for a Flying Meteora, but Asuka ducks out of the way. Asuka SuperKicks Sasha. Bayley responds with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Cross kicks Bayley in the gut. Cross goes for The Tornado DDT, but Bayley rolls her over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Bayley & Sasha Banks via Pinfall 

The Firefly FunHouse 

Third Match: Braun Strowman vs. John Morrison w/The Miz 

Strowman is completely irate. Strowman bullrushes Morrison into the corner. Strowman with a Big Biel Throw. Stromwan levels Morrison with a Body Avalanche. Strowman clotheslines Morrison. Strowman walks over Morrison. Strowman rams his boot across Morrison’s face. Strowman with clubbing concrete sledges. Strowman ChokeSlams Morrison. Strowman applies The Lifting Arm-Triangle Choke. Strowman connects with The Running PowerSlam to pickup the victory. After the match, Morrison is receiving medical attention.

Winner: Braun Strowman via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Lacey Evans vs. Naomi 

Naomi with a drop toe hold. Naomi stomps on the right hand of Evans. Naomi launches Evans to the corner. Naomi with a Sliding Slap. Evans denies The Running Bulldog. Naomi launches Evans over the top rope. Evans with a shoulder block. Evans sweeps out the legs of Naomi. Evans hits The SlingShot Elbow Drop for a two count. Evans pulls Naomi down to the mat. Evans drags Naomi to the corner. Evans with an elbow drop.

Evans goes for a MoonSault, but Naomi gets her knees up in the air. Naomi pops back on her feet. Naomi with The Split for a two count. Naomi talks smack to Evans. Naomi with Rapid Fire Hamstring Kicks. Naomi avoids The Woman’s Right. Naomi applies The Full Nelson Lock. Evans decks Naomi with a back elbow smash. Naomi ducks a clothesline from Evans. Naomi with a Running Hurricanrana. Evans heads to the ring apron. Naomi with a RoundHouse Kick. Evans ties Naomi’s braids together on the second rope. Evans connects with The Woman’s Right to pickup the victory.

Winner: Lacey Evans via Pinfall 

WWE Extreme Rules 2020 Match Card

1.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler For The WWE Championship

2.) Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks w/Bayley For The WWE Raw Womenโ€™s Championship

3.) Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross For The WWE SmackDown Womenโ€™s Championship

4.) Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt In The Swamp Fight

5.) Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio w/Dominick In The Eye For An Eye Match

6.) Apollo Crews (c) vs. MVP w/Bobby Lashley For The WWE United States Championship

7.) The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura In A Tables Match For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

Fifth Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Matt Riddle For The WWE Intercontinental Championship 

Riddle ducks a clothesline from Styles. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Riddle backs Styles into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Riddle applies a waist lock. Styles backs Riddle into the turnbuckles. Styles with two back elbow smashes. Styles with clubbing shoulder blocks. The referee admonishes Styles. Riddle denies the irish whip. Riddle ducks a clothesline from Styles. Riddle with Two GutWrench Suplex’s. Riddle follows that with a SpringBoard Knee Strike. Styles is getting flustered. Riddle mocks Styles. Riddle drops Styles with a RoundHouse Kick. Riddle repeatedly drives his knee into Styles ribs. Riddle applies The Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Riddle with a waist lock takedown. Riddle is smothering Styles. Styles reaches the bottom rope which forces the break.

Riddle with heavy bodyshots. Riddle with a Fisherman’s Suplex for a two count. Styles dumps Riddle face first on the top rope. Styles with The WheelBarrow FaceBuster. Styles with forearm shivers. Styles repeatedly stomps on Riddle’s chest. Riddle fires back with forearm shivers. Styles blocks a boot from Riddle. Styles with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Styes works on the left knee of Riddle. Riddle regroups on the outside. Styles repeatedly drops his weight on the left leg of Riddle. Forearm Exchange. Styles applies a rear chin lock. Riddle kicks Styles in the chest. Riddle with Two Flying Forearm Smashes. Riddle follows that with an Exploder Suplex. Styles dodges The PK. Riddle goes for The Standing MoonSault, but Styles ducks out of the way. Riddle hits The BROTon. Riddle drops Styles with The PK. Riddle tells Styles to get up. Riddle with The BRO To Sleep. Riddle PowerBombs Styles. Riddle delivers The Final Flash Knee Strike for a two count. Riddle has complete control of the match during the commercial break.

Riddle with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Styles explodes out of the corner with a Running Lariat. Styles with a basement forearm smash. Second Forearm Exchange. Styles kicks the left hamstring of Riddle. Riddle with a Release German Suplex. Riddle is mauling Styles in the corner. Styles SuperKicks Riddle. Riddle denies the irish whip. Styles with a leaping corner clothesline. Styles punches Riddle in the back. Styles goes for The BrainBuster, but Riddle lands back on his feet. Riddle with The Ripcord Knee Strike. Styles avoids The Floating BRO. Riddle negates The Styles Clash. Styles with a forearm smash. Styles drills Riddle with The BrainBuster for a two count. Styles connects with The Ushigoroshi for a two count. Styles goes for The Phenomenal Forearm, but Riddle blocks it. Riddle delivers The BROTon. Riddle and Styles are trading back and forth shots. Riddle goes for an OverHead Kick, but Styles counters with The Calf Crusher. Riddle locks in The BROMission. Styles rolls Riddle over to pickup the victory. After the match, Riddle shakes Styles hand. King Corbin attacks Riddle from behind. Corbin transitions into a ground and pound attack. Corbin plants Riddle with The End Of Days.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, AJ Styles via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez