WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (7/8/22): Why Is Paul Heyman Scared?

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
July 8, 2022
Dickies Arena
Fort Worth, Texas

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Commentators (Michael Cole & Corey Graves)

Ring Announcer: Samantha Irvin 

Transcription by Josh Lopez

Roman Reigns Promo 

Roman Reigns: Fort Worth, Texas! Acknowledge Me. We got a couple you suck chants going on over here. We got some Roman chants going over here. But at the end of the day, when The Tribal Chief is in the house, business picks up. And that means life is good. Life is so damn good, I mean, and I said this before, as long as god wakes up, I can handle anything. Woke up in the compound. Went to the private gym. Got that workout in. Jumped on the private jet. Made my way here. A great day. I’m breathing, I’m healthy, I’m happy to be at work, I’m happy to be on my show SmackDown.

It’s an absolute privilege and honor to see my Bloodline, and then I see my Wiseman, my special counsel and he looks like this. What did y’all do to him? Why does he look so concerned? Why are you so worried? What’s wrong with you? No, no, no, your Tribal Chief is here. You shouldn’t be so concerned. You should know, I’m the greatest of all time. I done did it all. I smashed them all. You should feel very confident that you’re in a good place. What’s the problem here? Do we have a problem? We’ve been through this before, I know we’re not going back there. Matter of fact, let’s do this. Wiseman, put your hand out, come on. Indulge me, put your hand out, there you go. Now tell us what’s wrong with you.

Paul Heyman: I love you, my Tribal Chief. And I love The Usos. But we have a problem, and that problem’s name is Brock Lesnar. My Tribal Chief, you are the goat. You are the greatest of all time, in an era where no one can hold onto a championship, you, sir, hold on to both heavyweight championships. The Undisputed Champion 600 plus days, heading into seven, heading into eight, heading into nine, heading into a 1,000-day reign. The longest reigning champion of the past 35 years. But here is the problem. Brock Lesnar doesn’t respect that. Brock Lesnar has one last chance against Roman Reigns. Brock Lesnar has one last match against Roman Reigns. And when Brock Lesnar is cornered, that’s when The Best is at his most dangerous. I know this for 20 years. Who wasn’t supposed to beat The Rock for the title? Brock Lesnar. Who went up against The Undertaker at WrestleMania and wasn’t supposed to conquer the streak? Brock Lesnar.

Who has his back against the wall right now, my Tribal Chief? Who is in a do or die situation? Who becomes an obscure reference in history, a footnote in the chronicles of The Tribal Chief Roman Reigns, or who ends this all? Brock Lesnar. I’m scared. I’m scared because what’s going to have to happen now is that we’re going to have to see Roman Reigns go savage. We’re going to have to see a violent Roman Reigns. We’re going to have to see Roman Reigns Smash Brock Lesnar. Because pinning Brock Lesnar down for three seconds is one thing but putting him down for ten seconds in his final title match in a Last Man Standing Match is a whole different story. So you are going to have to show up on the 30th at SummerSlam and be a Roman Reigns like never before. The greatest performance in the history of Roman Reigns’ Career. The most violent, the most diabolical, the most dangerous, a beast slayer, The Goat of all goats, so that they say at the end of the match, ladies and gentlemen, your winner, The Head Of The Table, The Tribal Chief, In God Mode Himself, Roman Reigns.

First Match: The Viking Raiders vs. Jinder Mahal & Shanky 

Ivar and Shanky will start things off. Mahal tags himself in. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Ivar backs Mahal into the turnbuckles. Ivar with clubbing blows to Mahal’s back. Ivar tags in Erik. Viking Raiders gangs up on Mahal. Erik applies an arm-bar. Mahal SuperKicks Erik. Mahal gets distracted by Shanky’s dancing on the outside. Erik tags in Ivar. Erik attacks Mahal from behind. Erik knocks Shanky off the ring apron. Viking Raiders connects with The Double PowerBomb to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Viking Raiders via Pinfall 

Second Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser w/GUNTHER 

Baron Corbin joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Nakamura drives his knee into the midsection of Kaiser. Nakamura sends Kaiser to the corner. Nakamura blocks a boot from Kaiser. Nakamura kicks Kaiser in the back. Nakamura with a Spider German Suplex. Nakamura gets up in Gunther’s grill. Kaiser has Nakamura draped across the middle rope. Kaiser dropkicks Nakamura to the floor. Kaiser has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Nakamura with heavy bodyshots. Kaiser drives his knee into the midsection of Nakamura. Kaiser goes for a Bodyslam, but Nakamura lands back on his feet.

Nakamura ducks a clothesline from Kaiser. Nakamura with a flying boot. Nakamura delivers his combination offense. Nakamura with clubbing mid-kicks. Kaiser blocks a boot from Nakamura. Nakamura with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Nakamura with Good Vibrations. Nakamura plants Kaiser on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura drives his knee into Kaiser’s ribs for a two count. Nakamura applies The Sleeper Hold. Kaiser backs Nakamura into the turnbuckles. Kaiser blocks a boot from Nakamura. Kaiser with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Kaiser with The Butterfly Suplex. Nakamura avoids The PK. Nakamura drops Kaiser with a Step Through Kick. Nakamura connects with The Kinshasa to pickup the victory.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall 

Third Match: Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rousey repeatedly kicks the left knee of Natalya. Rousey wraps the left leg of Natalya around the middle rope. Rousey hammers down on the left knee of Natalya. Rousey with a hamstring kick that sends Natalya to the floor. Rousey slams the left knee of Natalya on the ring apron. Natalya walks up the ramp way. Rousey with another hamstring kick. Rousey with heavy bodyshots. Rousey dumps Natalya back first on the apron. Rousey continues to hammer down on the left knee of Natalya. Rousey applies The Ankle Lock in the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Rousey with The Exploder Suplex. Rousey makes Natalya tap out to The Ankle Lock.

Winner: Ronda Rousey via Submission 

Fourth Match: The Usos vs. Los Lotharios 

This match started during the commercial break. Jimmy unloads two knife edge chops. Carrillo applies a wrist lock. Jimmy whips Carrillo across the ring. Jimmy goes for a Back Body Drop, but Carrillo lands back on his feet. Garza tags himself in. Garza with a low dropkick. Garza ducks a clothesline from Jey. Garza sweeps out the legs of Jey. Garza tags in Carrillo. Double PK. Los Lotharios are playing mind games with The Usos.

Stereo Wrecking Ball Dropkicks. Garza throws his pants at The Usos. Carrillo delivers his combination offense. Carrillo is throwing haymakers. Jey made the blind tag. Jimmy reverses out of the irish whip from Carrillo. Assisted Samoan Drop for a two count. Garza SuperKicks Jimmy off the apron. Jimmy SuperKicks Garza in mid-air. Jey shoves Garza off the top turnbuckle. Jey SuperKicks Carrillo. Jey tags in Jimmy. The Usos connects with The 1D to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Usos via Pinfall 

Updated WWE SummerSlam 2022 Match Card 

– Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Austin Theory For The WWE United States Championship

– The Miz vs. Logan Paul

– The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits For The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship

– Pat McAfee vs. Baron Corbin

– Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs Brock Lesnar In A Last Man Standing Match For The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship

Fifth Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Butch w/The Brawling Brutes 

Butch with forearm shivers. McIntyre backs Butch into the turnbuckles. McIntyre with an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex. Sheamus immediately runs interference. Butch kicks McIntyre in the face. Butch with a Flying Boot. Butch with clubbing blows to McIntyre’s back. Butch applies The Hanging Kimura Lock. McIntyre HeadButts Butch. McIntyre with another Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex. McIntyre knocks Ridge Holland off the ring apron. Butch with an Apron Enzuigiri. Butch dives over McIntyre.

McIntyre drops Butch with a NeckBreaker. McIntyre pops back on his feet. McIntyre connects with The Claymore to pickup the victory. After the match, Ridge Holland attacks McIntyre from behind. Forearm Exchange. McIntyre delivers his combination offense. McIntyre plants Holland with The Future Shock DDT. McIntyre tells Sheamus to bring it. Sheamus climbs up on the apron. McIntyre breaks the top rope with his sword to close the show.

Winner: Drew McIntyre via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez