WWE Friday Night SmackDown
July 24, 2020
WWE Performance Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, and Nikki Cross Segment
Sasha Banks: Do you guys want to know what greatness means in the dictionary? Greatness is defined by your quality or the state of being great, as in size, skill, achievement or even power.
Bayley: Yeah Sasha, but that’s the old definition of greatness. And, you know, after we’ve taken over the women’s division, and now that we posses all the gold, do you want to show everyone the new definition of greatness? That’s us.
Sasha Banks: Oh my god, we are good. We said that we were going to get all the gold. And when we say something, we meant it, because we just don’t talk the talk, we walk it.
Bayley: I suck? Look at all of this. Do you know hard it is to walk the walk with all this damn gold around our waist, you idiot?
Sasha Banks: So, from this point on, The Women’s Evolution is over. Because it started with us, and it’s going to end with us.
Bayley: So today, we officially bring in a new era, an era of greatness. The Era of Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Sasha Bank: So, to all the little boys, all the little girls sitting at home, watching us, looking up to us, just know if you do great things, one day all your dreams can come true.
Bayley: And remember, no matter how hard you try, you will never be as great as us, eat it, we got them.
Nikki Cross: Sasha, you’re nothing but a fraud. I’m sick of this nonsense. You ruined my shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. You stole that Raw Women’s Championship from Asuka. The Era of Sasha Banks and Bayley is over.
Sasha Banks: What are you talking about?
Bayley: Did you forget to take your rabies medicine or something?
Alexa Bliss: Honestly Nikki, I don’t really think this is advisable tonight.
Nikki Cross: I had the shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and all i’ve got to show for that, is cracked ribs. No, all week long, i’ve been replaying that in my head, feeling the hurt in my ribs, and i’m just gonna take it out on both of you. I’m gonna start with you, Bayley, because I want a shot at that SmackDown Women’s Championship, now.
Bayley: Okay, hold your horses, settle down there, you little sheep. At Extreme Rules, I won the match, fair and square, all right? But, you know, being the role model that I am, I like to lead by example, and SmackDown, our show, is the land of opportunity. Nikki, you can have your championship rematch, okay? If you could win your match against a worthy adversary. A former SmackDown Women’s Champion, a future hall of famer, your own best friend, Alexa Bliss. And, the winner can face me for my championship, next week.
Cross shoves Bliss to close the segment.
First Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross. The Winner Will Battle Bayley Next Week For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2020
Bayley & Sasha Banks joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cross backs Bliss into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Bliss applies a wrist lock. Cross reverses the hold. Bliss applies a hammerlock. Cross grabs a side wrist lock. Bliss rolls Cross over for a one count. Cross with a quick rollup of her own. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Bliss applies a side headlock. Side Headlock TakeOver/Counter HeadScissors Exchange. Bliss drop steps into a side headlock. Bliss drops Cross with a shoulder tackle. Cross drops down on the canvas. Cross with two deep arm-drags. Cross applies an arm-bar. Cross sends Bliss to the corner. Bliss side steps Cross into the turnbuckles. Bliss goes for The Fake Out Slap, but Cross blocks it. Cross decks Bliss with a back elbow smash.
Bliss denies The Tornado DDT. Bliss slaps Cross in the face. Cross clotheslines Bliss. Cross with two running forearm smashes. Cross with a low dropkick. Cross levels Bliss with Two Body Avalanches. Cross follows that with The Running Bulldog for a two count. Bliss hits The STO. Bliss with a basement dropkick. Cross regroups on the outside. Cross gets Bliss trapped in the ring skirt. Bliss with a forearm smash. Bliss kicks Cross in the face. Bliss shoves Cross into Bayley and Sasha. Bliss has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Forearm Exchange. Cross tugs on Bliss hair. Bliss slaps Cross in the face. Bliss with a shoulder block. Bliss kicks Cross off the ring apron. Bliss with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Bliss kicks the injured ribs of Cross. Bliss repeatedly stomps on Cross chest. Following a snap mare takeover, Bliss applies the abdominal stretch. Bliss continues to kick the injured ribs of Cross. Bliss with a Double Knee Drop. Cross exits the ring.
Cross drives her knee into the midsection of Bliss. Bliss runs Cross into the ringside barricade. Bliss kicks Cross in the back. Bliss with Two Double Knee Drops for a two count. Bliss kicks Cross in the back. Bliss buries her shoulders into the midsection of Cross. Bliss pulls Cross down to the mat. Bliss applies a quarter lock. Bliss applies a modified abdominal stretch. Bliss jams her elbow into the injured ribs of Cross. Cross decks Bliss with a JawBreaker. Cross with a throat thrust. Cross headbutts the midsection of Bliss. Cross with forearm shivers. Cross repeatedly slams Bliss head on the top turnbuckle pad. Bliss denies The Tornado DDT. Bliss kicks Cross in the face. Bliss connects with The Canadian Destroyer for a two count. Cross has Bliss perched on the top turnbuckle. Cross goes for The SuperPlex, but Bliss block it. Bliss dives over Cross. Cross with a Ripcord Straight Jacket NeckBreaker for a two count. Bliss fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Standing Switch Exchange. Cross hits The Reverse DDT for a two count. Cross goes for a Flying Crossbody Block, but Bliss ducks out of the way. Cross is favoring her ribs. Cross plants Bliss with an inside cradle to pickup the victory.
Winner: Nikki Cross via Pinfall
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross Backstage Segment
The Firefly Fun House
Yowie Wowie! That sure was fun. A family reunion, it warms my soul. Braun Strowman came back home. And, I know some of you were worried that, Braun is now forever trapped in that filthy, disgusting, stinky swap, but it’s okay. That swamp is 100% certified organic. No, I think your job is done for now. I’m sorry, I can’t let you out again. Listen, you had your chance, it’s his turn now. He has been unleashed. Bye, see you later, have a great day.
Second Match: Matt Riddle vs. Tony Nese
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2020
Feeling out process after the bell rings. Riddle with a waist lock takedown. Riddle with Two Gut Wrench Suplex’s. Riddle follows that with Two BROTon’s for a two count. Nese nails Riddle with a throat thrust. Nese with a Running Bulldog across the top strand. Nese lands The SpringBoard MoonSault for a two count. Nese applies the bodyscissors hold. Riddle gets back to a vertical base. Nese negates The BRODerek. Riddle kicks Nese in the chest. Riddle with Two Running Forearm Smashes. Riddle follows that with an Exploder Suplex. Riddle hits The PK. Riddle connects with The BRODerek to pickup the victory.
Winner: Matt Riddle via Pinfall
The Original Bro has become a hunted man.
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) July 25, 2020
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2020
Miz TV With Special Guest: Naomi & Lacey Evans
The Miz: Welcome to the most must see WWE talk show in history. Welcome to, Miz TV! As the preeminent talk show host of WWE, I know that the key to staying relevant is keeping up with what’s getting the most buzz, even if I don’t yet understand why.
John Morrison: It’s true, so we got us a room full of these guys called trend-forecasters, they’re like weather forecasters, except, they’re nerds.
The Miz: And they told you to wear that in 2020?
John Morrison: Yeah, Canadian Tuxedo, Leather Sunglasses, Abs, and a little sign, #MoreMorrison is definitely gonna trend.
The Miz: What if it doesn’t trend?
John Morrison: Well, that’ll make me feel sick.
The Miz: How sick?
John Morrison: 4 Seth Rollins Pukes, Sick.
The Miz: That’s pretty sick.
John Morrison: Speaking of sick, Seth ain’t looking so hot, like, he’s not tanning, stopped training, maybe he’s depressed or something.
The Miz: Moving on to our guest, tonight, she is what the internet hive has been raving about, all week long. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Naomi.
Naomi: Are y’all done?
The Miz: Oh yeah, welcome to the show, i’m out of breath, actually. Welcome to the show, Naomi. You know, last week on Friday Night SmackDown, you suffered what had to a heart breaking loss. And yet, despite losing, it was you, not Lacey Evans, who trended worldwide with the hashtag #NaomiDeservesBetter.
Naomi: Yeah, man, it’s really crazy. The fans support me, they got my back, I have them. It’s not always easy for me to come out here with a smile on my face, and continue to push myself in the ring, but I do it because I know I have millions of people around the world counting on me and they are my motivation. They are why I keep going, straight up.
The Miz: And this was not the first time you went viral this year. You hit big when you returned at the Royal Rumble.
Naomi: I did.
John Morrison: But you didn’t win that match, either, did you?
Naomi: No, I did not.
The Miz: I guess I just don’t understand. John and I going for viral, for our hit music videos, that makes sense. But you, you do it for losing, like, shouldn’t people be talking about Lacey Evans?
The Miz & John Morrison: Yeah, how does losing make you feel? It would make me feel sick. Does Lacey make you sick?
Naomi: Right about now, you two are starting to making me sick.
The Miz: How sick? 5 Seth Rollins Pukes.
John Morrison: That’s pretty sick. Watch it, Naomi, fans don’t like a weak stomach.
The Miz: Yeah, let’s face it, you won’t trend worldwide if you’re doing that.
Naomi: Miz, it’s not about trending or not trending. I wasn’t trying to trend. You need to be asking the question, why are fans so behind me, why do they rock with me through thick and thin, why are they so upset that Lacey attacked me over a karaoke contest? That’s the topic of the conversation, right there.
The Miz: I actually didn’t have those questions for this interview.
Naomi: No, I got some more questions for you. Why do you feel, that you get to pass judgment on me and my fans? I’ve been showing up for the last decade, showing up and showing out, consistently. I give it my all every time I step into this ring. That’s why fans care about me, that’s why they support me, that’s why they’re behind me, and that’s why they want more for me. Do I need to further explain?
The Miz: I did not expect this interview to be so confrontational.
John Morrison: Naomi, I am so sorry, because it’s about to get worse.
The Miz: We have a surprise guest. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Lacey Evans.
Lacey Evans: Gentlemen, I have a question for you, have you ever got your ass kicked so bad, that it became a pity hashtag that went viral? She’s been here over a decade, hasn’t got much to show for it, and is just about as washed up as ever, bless her heart.
Naomi starts brawling with Lacey Evans to close the segment.
Third Match: Drew Gulak vs. Chad Gable vs. Gran Metalik vs. Lince Dorado In A Fatal Four Way Match. The Winner Will Battle AJ Styles Next Week For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
4️⃣ Superstars. 1️⃣ championship opportunity.
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2020
AJ Styles joins the commentary team for this match. Dorado dropkicks Gable to the floor. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Gulak with an inside cradle for a two count. Dorado punches Gulak in the back. Gulak answers with a gut punch. Double Irish Whip. Double Hip Toss. Assisted Senton Splash. Metalik tells Dorado to bring it. Dorado with a single leg takedown. Metalik drops down on the canvas. Metalik leapfrogs over Dorado. Dorado lunges over Metalik. Gulak trips Dorado from the outside. Gulak pulls Dorado out of the ring. Gulak bodyslams Dorad on the floor. Metalik with a Running FrankenSteiner off the ring apron. Metalik taunts Styles. Gable goes for a Release German Suplex, but Metalik lands back on his feet. Gable ducks a clothesline from Metalik. Gable with a deep arm-drag. Gable applies a wrist lock. Gable whips Metalik across the ring. Gable avoids the handspring back elbow smash. Metalik ducks a clothesline from Gable. Metalik thrust kicks the midsection of Gable. Metalik scales the ropes. Metalik delivers The Missile Dropkick for a two count.
Dorado with a low dropkick. Dorado is mauling Gulak in the corner. Gulak reverses out of the irish whip from Dorado. Dorado showcases his athleticism. Dorado kicks Gulak in the face. Dorado with a Running Hurricanrana. Dorado ducks a clothesline from Gable. Dorado lands The Suicide Dive. Dorado repeatedly stomps on Gulak’s chest. Metalik with an Apron Enzuigiri. Gable dropkicks Metalik in mid-air. Gable follows that with The Orihara MoonSault. Gable has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Gulak uppercuts Metalik. Gable with a Belly to Back Suplex. Gulak pulls Gable off the cover. Gulak hooks the outside leg for a one count. Dorado with a pair of lateral presses. Gulak dumps Dorado out of the ring. Gable denies the snap mare takeover. Rollup Exchange. Gable uses the middle rope for leverage. Gable with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a two count. Gable reverses out of the irish whip from Gulak. Gable unloads two knife edge chops. Gable with forearm shivers.
Gulak repeatedly stomps on Metalik’s chest. Gable shoves Gulak. Will they work together? Metalik denies two bodyslams. Gulak kicks Metalik in the gut. Double Irish Whip. Metalik drops Gable and Gulak with a HandSpring Double Back Elbow Smash. Dorado with a running clothesline. Dorado dropkicks Gable off the apron. Dorado with forearm shivers. Dorado is lighting up Gulak’s chest. Gulak reverses out of the irish whip from Dorado. Dorado side steps Gulak into the turnbuckles. Dorado thrust kicks the midsection of Gulak. Dorado hits The Quebrada for a two count. Gulak puts Dorado on the top turnbuckle. Dorado with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Dorado connects with The Golden Rewind fore a two count. Dorado argues with Metalik.
Gable shoves Metalik into Dorado. Gable with an Exploder Suplex. Gable with a series of uppercuts. Gable follows that with another Exploder Suplex. Gable with a Rolling Double Capo Kick. Gable relying too much on The Exploder Suplex. Gable with a Bridging Back Drop Driver for a two count. Gulak bodyslams Gable. Gulak applies The GuLock. Gable with a double leg takedown. Gable applies The Ankle Lock. Dorado lands The Flying Splash for a two count. Dorado kicks Gable in the face. MoonSault Party. Dorado gets crotched on the top turnbuckle. Gable dumps Gulak over the top rope. Gable with an Avalanche Release German Suplex. Metalik plants Gable with The SpringBoard Elbow Drop to pickup the victory. After the match, AJ Styles wants Metalik to shake his hand. Slap Exchange. Metalik drops Styles with The Swinging DDT. Metalik poses with the Intercontinental Title.
Winner: Gran Metalik via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2020
READY. FOR. A. GOOD. TIME.
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) July 25, 2020
Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura Backstage Interview
Fourth Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus In The Bar Fight
The Bar: The Irish Shannon’s Pub, Downtown Orlando on Church Street (Great Area, I had a blast down there when I went to cover WrestleMania 33)
Jeff Hardy: Yo, I’m here.
Sheamus: I’m so glad that you can make it. Hey, how about a shot to take the edge off?
Jeff Hardy: No thanks, can I have a cup?
Referee: Are you guys ready to do this?
Jeff Hardy: Not yet man, you know you’re just here to count the three, right?
Referee: Yes sir.
Jeff Hardy: I just want to make sure Sheamus knows something.
Sheamus: What, that you can’t handle your alcohol like a real man?
Jeff Hardy: Yeah, something like that. My brother had to DELETE his WWE Career. Tonight, I’ve got to recover mine. I’ve been doing this since I was 16 years old, man, and i’ve made enough mistakes to last a lifetime. Sobriety has changed me, Sheamus, so tonight I hope you’re ready for anything.
Sheamus: Face it, Jeff, you’re never gonna change. You’re weak. You’re pathetic. Nobody cares about you anymore.
Jeff Hardy: Are you still the bar?
Sheamus: You’re a comedian now, are ya? You’re damn right, I still raise the bar, and I still am the bar.
Jeff Hardy: Cool, I’m connected to everything now. I’m that window over them. I’m that light over there. I’m that TV over there. I am this bar, man.
Sheamus: You’re not this bar. I’m the bar. You, you’re just a pathetic junkie. All right, boss, take care of that, will ya. Watch out for Jeff, he doesn’t like bartenders.
Hardy throws beer into Sheamus face. Hardy is throwing haymakers at Sheamus. All hell starts breaking loose. Hardy slams Sheamus head on the bar table. Sheamus delivers a gut punch. Sheamus drives his knee into the midsection of Hardy. Sheamus with a knee lift. Sheamus follows that with a side slam on the bar table. Sheamus is raining down haymakers. Sheamus drags Hardy around the table. Sheamus with clubbing blows to Hardy’s chest. Hardy with a Flying Clothesline off the table. Sheamus shoves Hardy into the wall. Hardy side steps Sheamus into the jameson kegs. Hardy is throwing basketballs at Sheamus. The action spills into the bathroom. Sheamus slams Hardy’s head on the sink. Sheamus punches Hardy in the back. Sheamus jams Hardy’ face into the toilet. Sheamus talks smack to Hardy. Hardy decks Sheamus with a back elbow smash.
Hardy throws Sheamus into a bathroom stall. Hardy attacks Sheamus with a ladder. Sheamus catches Hardy in mid-air. Sheamus drives Hardy back first into the brick wall. Sheamus tries to hit Hardy with a guitar. Sheamus whips Hardy through the drum set. Sheamus has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Sheamus tells Hardy to bring. Sheamus Brogue Kicks a snare drum. Hardy is displaying his fighting spirit. Sheamus with a gut punch. Sheamus slams Hardy’s head on the bar table. Hardy ducks a clothesline from Sheamus. Hardy kicks Sheamus in the gut. Hardy connects with The Twist Of Fate. Hardy sets up the ladder. Hardy drags Sheamus towards the jameson kegs. The Bartender runs interference. Hardy PowerBombs the bartender through a table. Sheamus breaks a stool over Hardy’s back. Sheamus starts drinking. Sheamus gets floored when he sees Hardy wearing face paint. Hardy tees off on Sheamus. Hardy throws a beer bottle at Sheamus. Hardy plants Sheamus with The Swanton Bomb to pickup the victory.
Winner: Jeff Hardy via Pinfall
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