Note: The following contains spoilers for WWE NXT, airing on June 15, and WWE SmackDown, airing on June 16.
While the highly-anticipated WWE brand-split won’t officially happen until July, a look at who actually shows up for WWE SmackDown — and who is repeatedly missing from the Tuesday night tapings — makes it seem as if the split has already happened. While Stephanie and Shane McMahon argue over which of them should get to run WWE SmackDown, neither of them have made their presence felt on the B-show recently. Big names like John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins aren’t expected to show up in person for SmackDown, as WWE instead relies on Monday Night RAW replays to get those mugs on their secondary show. With this being the last episode of WWE television before WWE Money in the Bank 2016, however, the WWE will still try to make this week’s SmackDown a top-tier show.
— WWE (@WWE) June 14, 2016
On WWE NXT, the fans at Full Sail University were witness to the NXT TakeOver: The End fall-out, hoping to have questions answered about Bobby Roode, Paul Ellering’s mystery tag team, and what the future holds for imminent NXT call-ups like Finn Balor, Bayley, and American Alpha.
WWE SmackDown Spoilers
This episode of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown was taped in Biloxi, Mississippi, on June 14.
— WWE (@WWE) June 14, 2016
- In-ring segment: After Dean Ambrose appeared with Chris Jericho on The Highlight Reel to open Thursday Night SmackDown, all of the rest of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match competitors came to the ring. A 6-Man Tag Team Match was set for the main event.
- Fatal 4-Way Match: Kofi Kingston defeated Big Cass, Luke Gallows, and Aiden English.
- Baron Corbin defeated Zack Ryder. Dolph Ziggler provided guest commentary.
- Rusev defeated Kalisto. Post-match, Titus O’Neil saved both of the Lucha Dragons from an attack by the United States Champion.
- AJ Styles forced Xavier Woods to tap out.
- WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte defeated Natalya. Both Becky Lynch and Dana Brooke were at ringside for this match, fighting outside the ring.
- 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Dean Ambrose defeated Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens, and Chris Jericho.
— WWE (@WWE) June 14, 2016
These SmackDown spoilers have been corroborated by Wrestle Zone.
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WWE NXT spoilers
The only thing confirmed by WWE.com’s preview of tonight’s NXT is that fans will be subjected to the fall-out from NXT TakeOver: The End of The Beginning. The preview essentially poses two questions. First, who were the huge guys that Paul Ellering brought to NXT last week? Second, who will Finn Balor challenge after losing to Samoa Joe?
NOTE: WWE doesn’t always post a full list of matches for upcoming episodes of WWE NXT, and that is true for this week’s episode, as well. According to multiple sources, the following matches and segments were taped for tonight’s episode of WWE NXT at Full Sail University on June 9.
— Slice Wrestling (@EntSlice) June 9, 2016
- Backstage segment: NXT Champion Samoa Joe cuts a promo about his win over Finn Balor at NXT TakeOver: The End.
- The tag team that attacked American Alpha are revealed to be The Authors of Pain. They are accompanied again by Paul Ellering as they defeat a tag team of enhancement talent in front of the NXT Universe.
- Carmella made Tessa Blanchard tap out.
- TM61 defeated Blake & Murphy. The former NXT Tag Team Champions argue about the loss post-match.
- Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated “Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger.
- In-ring segment: Finn Balor cuts a promo that brings out Shinsuke Nakamura, seemingly setting up a future bout between the two.
American Alpha on our way back to the UK!
— Chad Gable (@WWEGable) June 10, 2016
The above WWE NXT spoilers have been confirmed by Daily Wrestling News.
Where To Watch
WWE Money in the Bank 2016 will air live on the WWE Network on Sunday, June 19 at 8/7c. The WWE Money in the Bank Kick-Off Show begins at 7/6c.
The WWE Network airs new episodes of WWE NXT on Wednesdays at 8/7c. It is available for streaming on-demand immediately. Additionally, on Thursdays, replays of WWE NXT are available to stream on-demand with a Hulu Plus subscription.
YOUR Thoughts on Reports USA is interested in #SmackDown going 3 Hours
— The New Age Insiders (@NewAgeInsiders) June 10, 2016
USA airs WWE Thursday Night SmackDown weekly at 8/7c. Episodes of WWE SmackDown are made available to stream on-demand through the WWE Network several weeks after the episodes air on the USA Network. Replays of SmackDown are made available on-demand with a Hulu Plus subscription beginning Fridays. However, beginning July 19, WWE SmackDown will air live on Tuesday nights at 8/7c.
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