WWE Smackdown Results (7/17): AJ Styles vs Matt Riddle, Final Stop Before The Horror Show


WWE Smackdown Results
July 17, 2020

The show started with 80s WWF-style single-camera promos where the roster hypes tonight’s lineup and Sunday’s Extreme Rules card. AJ Styles promises to retain the Intercontinental title, Matt Riddle calls him an arrogant jerk, Braun Strowman threatens to bring The Horror Show to John Morrison, etc. Super weird.

1) Cesaro (w/ Shinsuke Nakamura) def. Big E (w/ Kofi Kingston). Nakamura saved his partner from the Big Ending while the referee was blind to it, kicking him in the side of the head from the apron. Cesaro delivered The Neutralizer to win. Kofi Kingston dove over the ropes after the match and took both foes out. They set up a table on the floor, but Cesaro rolls to safety and escapes up the ramp.

Baron Corbin was interviewed and called AJ Styles one of the greatest wrestlers ever, while Matt Riddle can’t even put shoes on. He claimed Riddle’s honeymoon phase is almost up. He’s playing with fire, and he’s going to get burned. Got any more cliches, big guy?

Cesaro & Nakamura announced that they will challenge The New Day in a Tables Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships, this Sunday at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.

A Moment of Bliss. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross talked about the 5-year anniversary of the start of the women’s evolution. Bayley & Sasha Banks interrupted before they could reveal the special mystery guest, and talked trash about pretty much everyone else in the WWE women’s division. Banks claimed there was nothing anyone could do to stop her from becoming Raw Women’s Champion on Sunday and… out came Asuka as the mystery guest! A wild brawl broke out, leading to a tag team match.

2) Bayley & Sasha Banks def. Asuka & Nikki Cross. The closing moments saw Cross hit a Tornado DDT on Bayley out on the floor, but Banks made the save. Asuka tackled her to the floor and the two hit hard. Meanwhile, Bayley rolled up her Extreme Rules challenger with her feet on the ropes for leverage, stealing the pin.

The old “Follow the Buzzards” Bray Wyatt cut one final promo before the Swamp Fight with Braun Strowman. He claimed that a piece of him has always been in the swamp, and at Extreme Rules he’s going to help him embrace the Monster that he has truly become.

3) Braun Strowman def. John Morrison (w/ The Miz). This did not last long. Strowman basically mauled Morrison for a minute, shook him like a ragdoll in the Cobra Clutch, and hit him with the running powerslam.

4) Lacey Evans def. Naomi. After that atrocious karaoke segment last week, the women got about 3 minute to work here this time around. Evans tied Naomi’s hair up in the ropes and hit her with the Women’s Right.

Jeff Hardy was interviewed backstage and compared fighting a bully like Sheamus to battling addiction. He’s just gotta plant his feet, accept reality and tackle it head-on. Okay. Sheamus blindsided him with a boot to the throat, and told Jeff he’d see him next week. Bar Room Brawl! Next week on Smackdown!

5) AJ Styles (c) def. Matt Riddle to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Tremendous match. It went about 20 minutes on TV with two commercial breaks. They’re making us wait to finally see these two on PPV and that’s a very smart choice. The story was basically that they were two elite wrestlers who went move-for-move and countered everything the other had. No one even hit a finisher. Styles simply just caught him with a pin and was the better man.

After the match, Styles extended his hand and Riddle cautiously accepted. King Baron Corbin came out of nowhere with a kick to the head, and beat down Riddle as the Intercontinental Champion walked away. No hesitation. Corbin hit the End of Days and left the “Original Bro” lying to end the show.