WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (7/31/20): Bayley vs. Nikki Cross

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
July 31, 2020
WWE Performance Center
Orlando, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

The Firefly Fun House 

Hi, fireflies, sorry I was late. I was out searching for Braun Strowman. Unfortunately, Braun must still be wandering that filthy swamp, somewhere. Well, unless those nasty gators got Braun, first. Either way, a part of his soul will be trapped there, forever. Just let me make one thing clear, okay, I never wanted to hurt Braun Strowman. I only wanted to help him. And now, he is awake, and he wants something that Braun has. And until he gets what he wants, none of you are safe. Let me in. Bye, good to see ya, bye.

First Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Gran Metalik w/Lince Dorado For The WWE Intercontinental Championship 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Styles backs Metalik into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Strong lockup. Stalemate in the corner. Styles tells Dorado to shut up. Test Of Strength. Styles kicks Metalik in the gut. Styles punches Metalik in the back. Styles repeatedly stomps on Metalik’s back. Styles drives Metalik face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Styles with a knife edge chop. Styles with a Pendulum BackBreaker. Styles follows that with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Styles with clubbing shoulder blocks. Styles kicks out the legs of Metalik. Styles whips Metalik into the turnbuckles. Styles tugs on Metalik’s hair. Metalik negates The Styles Clash. Styles with a straight right hand. Metalik is throwing haymakers at Styles. Styles nails Metalik with a throat thrust. Metalik reverses out of the irish whip from Styles. Metalik leapfrogs over Styles. Styles goes for an elbow drop, but Metalik ducks out of the way. Metalik with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Styles sweeps Metalik off the ring apron. Styles goes for a SlingShot Forearm, but Metalik counters with a leg sweep. Metalik with a Flying Hurricanrana into the ringside barricade. Styles regains control of the match during the commercial break.

Styles has Metalik perched on the top turnbuckle. Metalik with elbows into the midsection of Styles. Metalik with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Metalik tees off on Styles. Metalik goes for The Monkey Flip, but Styles blocks it. Styles with boots to the midsection of Metalik. Styles with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Styles repeatedly stomps on the left hamstring of Metalik. Styles wraps the same leg around the bottom rope. Styles with a Leg DDT. Styles drops his weight on the left knee of Metalik. Styles applies the single crab. Metalik grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Styles kicks Metalik in the gut. Metalik with forearm shivers. Styles shoves Metalik into the ropes. Metalik rolls Styles over for a two count. Styles goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Metalik lands back on his feet. Metalik rolls under a clothesline from Styles. Metalik with The Spinning DDT for a two count. Metalik scales the ropes. Metalik connects with The Missile Dropkick for a two count. Styles negates The Metalik Driver. Styles delivers The Phenomenal Blitz. Metalik avoids The Phenomenal Forearm. Metalik with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Styles responds with a chop block in mid-air. Styles makes Metalik tap out to The Calf Crusher. After the match, Styles attacks Dorado from behind. Styles plants Dorado with The Styles Clash.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, AJ Styles via Submission 

Jeff Hardy & King Corbin Segment 

Jeff Hardy: Wow, I got to admit, man, I haven’t felt this good in a long time. The last few months, you know, with Sheamus has been tough. He’s been a constant reminder of how dangerous my demons could be. And, he sucks, you’re right. I just have to remind myself of how bad it could be, you know, because sobriety is gonna be a never ending challenge I have to face, everyday.

But, man, beating Sheamus in that bar fight was a reminder that i’m on the right path. I’m an alcoholic. I’m so much more than that. I’m a loving husband, a loving father, I’m a WWE Superstar, man. I get to perform in this ring for y’all and I love that. I’m like so grateful that the love of my family and friends, have got me to this point, right now. And it just makes me never want to let y’all down, again. The struggle is real and i’m gonna fight it, everyday. I just want to make the most of my life for y’all. And again, I’m so grateful to be alive and well, here, today, on SmackDown.

King Corbin: Oh my goodness, enough, enough. Jeff, I mean, really? If I have to stand around, and continue to listen to you talk about your sobriety, I think my head is gonna explode. I mean, what is going on here on SmackDown? Jeff, you are The Charismatic Enigma, who’s known for taking things to the extreme. And now you’re standing in this very ring, whining and crying about recovery. I mean, I get it, Jeff, your life, it sucks, but shut up and deal with it. I mean, it is bad enough I have to listen to this, I gotta deal with that stupid, Matt Riddle, that can’t find his shoes. Tonight, I have match with the idiotic, Drew Gulak. I feel like i’m losing my mind. I feel like SmackDown, my kingdom, is turning into an insane asylum.

Jeff Hardy: Corbin, one thing i’ve learned over the years, man, if everybody around you is the problem, maybe the real problem is you.

King Corbin: Okay, Jeff, let’s be honest here, i’m actually pretty disappointed in you. You think a guy, like you, would want to stay in my good graces. I mean, Jeff, look, I would have came to you and offered you the king’s ransom to take out Matt Riddle, but I don’t think you’d take it. I mean, now a days, in your sad and pathetic life, you are more concerned with sitting in a little circle, talking about the 12 steps and collecting coins.

Second Match: King Corbin vs. Drew Gulak

Gulak attacks Corbin before the bell rings. The match started during the commercial break. Gulak with a straight right hand. Gulak repeatedly stomps on Corbin’s chest. Gulak applies an arm-bar. Corbin drives his knee into the midsection of Gulak. Gulak starts kicking the left knee of Corbin. Corbin applies a front face lock. Gulak escapes the hold. Gulak with a haymaker. Corbin kicks Gulak in the gut. Corbin drives his knee into the midsection of Gulak. Gulak blocks a boot from Corbin. Gulak with an arm-ringer into the canvas. Gulak with a slingshot foot stomp. Gulak applies a hammerlock. Gulak punches Corbin in the back. Gulak tees off on Corbin. Gulak ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Gulak with a chop/forearm combination.

Gulak headbutts the midsection of Corbin. Corbin drives Gulak back first into the turnbuckles. Corbin delivers a gut punch. Gulak dives over Corbin. Corbin with a running haymaker for a one count. Corbin with clubbing elbow smashes. Corbin applies a half nelson chin lock. Gulak with heavy bodyshots. Corbin blocks a boot from Gulak. Corbin hits The SpineBuster. Corbin applies the single leg crab. Gulak responds with The YES! Lock. Corbin refuses to quit. Gulak dropkicks Corbin. Gulak with a Flying Clothesline. Corbin hits Deep Six. Corbin gets distracted by Matt Riddle. Gulak with an inside cradle for a two count. Corbin connects with The End Of Days to pickup the victory. After the match, Riddle transitions into a ground and pound attack. Riddle with The Final Flash Knee Strike. Chad Gable attacks Riddle from behind. Gable plants Riddle with The Roll Through German Suplex.

Winner: King Corbin via Pinfall 

Third Match: Big E vs. The Miz w/John Morrison 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Big E backs Miz into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Strong lockup. Stalemate in the corner. Big E is playing mind games with Miz. Miz applies a waist lock. Big E launches Miz to the corner. Miz signals for the test of strength. Miz with a boot to the midsection of Big E. Miz kicks Big E in the chest. Miz is throwing haymakers at Big E. Miz talks smack to Big E. Big E drops down on the canvas. Big E leapfrogs over Miz. Big E applies the abdominal stretch. New Day Claps. Big E scores the elbow knockdown for a two count. Miz slaps Big E in the face. Big E launches Miz over the top rope. Miz crawls away from Big E. Big E slams Miz’s head on the announce table. Big E drives Miz face first into the steel ring post. Big E throws Miz into the ringside barricade. Big E rolls Miz back into the ring. Morrison drops Big E with a Parkour Kick off the steel ring steps.

Miz with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Miz with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike for a two count. Miz applies a rear chin lock. Big E with elbows into the midsection of Miz. Big E launches Miz over the top rope. Big E clotheslines Miz on the ring apron. Big E with clubbing blows to Miz’s chest. Big E is distracted by Morrison. Big E goes for a Running Splash, but Miz ducks out of the way. Miz has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Miz applies a rear chin lock. Big E backs Miz into the turnbuckles. Miz drops Big E with The Big Boot for a two count. Miz transitions into a ground and pound attack. Miz toys around with Big E. Big E is throwing haymakers at Miz. Miz rakes the eyes of Big E. Miz with a NeckBreaker onto the knee. Big E sends Miz across the ring. Big E with Two OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Miz. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex.

Big E follows that with The Running Splash. Big E plays to the crowd. Miz uses the middle rope for leverage. Miz decks Big E with a back elbow smash. Miz ducks a clothesline from Big E. Miz negates The Big Ending. Miz hits The Implant DDT for a two count. IT Kicks ! Big E denies The RoundHouse Kick. Big E goes for a PowerBomb, but Miz lands back on his feet. Miz dropkicks Big E into the turnbuckles. Miz wraps the left leg of Big E around the middle rope. Miz abuses the referee’s five corner. Miz with Two Rising Knee Strikes. Big E responds with The Uranage Slam for a two count. Big E goes for The Spear, but Miz counters with a knee lift. Big E decks Miz with a back elbow smash. Morrison with an Apron Knee Strike behind the referee’s back. Miz connects with The Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. Miz applies The Figure Four Leg Lock. Morrison pulls the bottom rope away from Big E. Miz continues to work on the left leg of Big E. The referee ejects Morrison from the ringside area. Miz is pissed. Big E rolls Miz over for a two count. Big E makes Miz tap out to The Stretch Muffler.

Winner: Big E via Submission 

Fourth Match: Lacey Evans vs. Naomi 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Evans immediately backs Naomi into the turnbuckles. Evans ties Naomi’s dreadlocks to the top rope. Naomi uses her feet to create separation. Naomi goes for a Running Hurricanrana, but Evans counters with a PowerBomb. Evans repeatedly slams Naomi’s face on the canvas. Evans talks smack to Naomi. Evans drops Naomi with a Front DDT. Evans gator rolls Naomi to the corner. Evans applies the ring post stretch. Naomi kicks Evans in the gut. Evans drives Naomi face first into the steel ring post.

Evans slams Naomi’s head on the ring apron. Evans traps Naomi’s hair underneath the ring steps. Naomi gets back in the ring at the count of six. Evans slings Naomi across the ring. Naomi kicks Evans in the chest. Naomi with The Axe Kick. Naomi drills Evans with The PowerSlide Destroyer on the floor. Naomi rolls Evans back into the ring. Naomi hooks the outside leg for a two count. Evans denies The Running Bulldog. Evans sends Naomi crashing into the turnbuckles. Evans continues to tie Naomi’s hair on the top rope. Naomi avoids The Woman’s Right. Naomi connects with The Backslide to pickup the victory.

Winner: Naomi via Pinfall 

Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville Backstage Segment 

Fifth Match: Bayley (c) w/Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross w/Alexa Bliss For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

Cross is highly over zealous after the bell rings. Bayley kicks Cross in the gut. Bayley with forearm shivers. Bayley whips Cross across the ring. Cross ducks under two clotheslines from Bayley. Cross with forearm shivers. Cross transitions into a corner mount. Cross dropkicks Bayley into the turnbuckles. Cross with a monkey flip. Bayley negates The Purge. Cross with a Lou Thez Press. Cross repeatedly slams the back of Bayley’s head on the canvas. Bayley kicks Cross in the chest. Cross dumps Bayley out of the ring. Bayley regroups on the outside. Cross blocks a punch from Bayley. Cross with forearm shivers. Cross repeatedly slams Bayley’s head on the ring apron. Cross with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Bayley sweeps out the legs of Cross. Bayley with The Guillotine Leg Drop for a two count. Bayley is raining down haymakers. Bayley delivers a gut punch. Bayley repeatedly stomps on Cross chest. Cross kicks Bayley in the face. Cross drives Bayley ribs first into the steel ring post.

Cross with a Flying Crossbody Block off the ring apron. Cross is fired up. Bayley regains control of the match during the commercial break. Bayley applies a rear chin lock. Bayley pulls Cross down to the mat for a two count. Bayley slams Cross head on the two turnbuckle pads. Bayley with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Bayley with clubbing shoulder blocks. Cross side steps Bayley into the turnbuckle. Cross with a running throat thrust/low headbutt combination. Cross dropkicks Bayley. Cross with a Running Crossbody Block for a two count. Bayley side steps Cross into the turnbuckles. Cross decks Bayley with a back elbow smash. Cross connects with The Tornado DDT for a two count.

Cross hits The Reverse DDT on the apron. Bayley avoids The Flying Crossbody Block. Cross ducks a clothesline from Bayley. Cross drops Bayley with The Straight Jacket NeckBreaker for a two count. Cross throws The BO$$ Knuckles at Sasha. Cross with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Bayley responds with The Middle Rope Stunner. Bayley mocks Cross. Cross pulls Bayley off the announce table. Cross throws Bayley into the ringside barricade. Cross levels Bayley with a Body Avalanche. Cross rolls Bayley back into the ring. Cross is distracted by Sasha. Bliss pulls Sasha off the apron. Cross with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Cross goes for The Flying Crossbody Block, but Bayley rolls her over for a two count. Cross with an inside cradle for a two count. Bayley leapfrogs over Cross. Cross with The La Magistral for a two count. Cross follows that with a backslide cover for a two count. Bayley plants Cross with The Rose Plant to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez

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