WWE is taping this week’s edition of Smackdown tonight at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI for the show that will air on July 14, 2016. This will be the final taped Smackdown, as the show goes live on Tuesday, July 19 with a special “draft” edition to set the roster. If you want to get a peek at what will be happening on the show this week, or won’t have time to catch it but want to know the goings on, just keep on reading. You’ve been warned! Spoilers tonight courtesy SEScoops.com and WrestlingInc.com.
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The show opened with Kevin Owens, Dana Brooke, Charlotte, and Dean Ambrose in separate videos to hype their matches on the show.
Match #1 – Sasha Banks def. Dana Brooke. Banks won with the Banks Statement. Charlotte hit the ring afterward to beat Sasha down, then stood over her with the title belt.
Match #2 – Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev (w/Lana). Zack Ryder sat in on commentary and distracted Rusev at one point, which let Ziggler roll him up for the win. Rusev freaked out afterward and started breaking stuff.
Match #3 – AJ Styles and Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Styles got Enzo to tap to the Calf Crusher.
They ran the UFC 200/Brock Lesnar video package that we got on Raw.
Match #4 – Zack Ryder def. Alberto Del Rio. Ryder countered a double stomp into the Rough Ryder. Rusev hit the ring afterward, looking for a superkick but Ryder countered with a drop kick that sent Rusev crashing into Del Rio. Ryder escaped.
Match #5 – Tyler Breeze def. Kalisto. Breeze hit a superkick off a distraction from Fandango to get the win.
Miz TV came up next. Darren Young and Bob Backlund were Miz’s guests. Miz asked Young if he was nervous, but Backlund answered for Young, yelling at Miz. Darren tried to calm him down but he told Darren to shut up. Miz told Young he was lucky to win on Raw and he is not great. Backlund interrupted again, but Miz stood up and called him an old man. Backlund locked Miz in the Crossface Chicken Wing, which lead to Maryse screaming about it. Backlund let go, and Young’s new entrance music played.
There was a backstage segment with Shane McMahon and R-Truth. Truth asked Shane if he can draft Golden Truth to Smackdown, but Shane said he didn’t know. Goldust interrupted and asked why he doesn’t want them on Smackdown. Goldust acted weird, and Shane walked off slowly while Truth called for him to come back.
Charlotte announced that she will team up with Dana Brooke to face Sasha Banks and a mystery partner at Battleground. Sasha has to find a partner.
Match #6 – Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens by disqualification. Seth Rollins interfered in the match to throw it out, then Sami Zayn hit the ring for the save. Shane McMahon interrupted the moment and booked a tag match.
Match #7 – Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn and Dean Ambrose. Owens distracted Sami, and Seth hit him with the Pedigree. After, Ambrose checked on Zayn when Rollins challenged Ambrose to a fight. Ambrose threw Owens over the ropes, then hit Rollins with Dirty Deeds. He held the title up as the show ended.