Note: The following contains spoilers for WWE Thursday Night SmackDown, airing on June 9 on the USA Network.
Only a few episodes of WWE SmackDown are left that will allow spoilers, as the program shifts to airing live on Tuesday nights beginning July 19. Until then, those who can’t wait until Thursday can read SmackDown spoilers. On this week’s episode, big-name stars like John Cena, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Stephanie McMahon, and Shane McMahon are all absent. Instead, SmackDown focuses primarily on the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and the rest of the undercard for this month’s WWE Network special, WWE Money in the Bank 2016.
Soon, SmackDown and Monday Night RAW will go through an official brand split, resulting in a WWE Draft that will make all WWE Superstars exclusive to one show or the other. It’s possible that WWE is testing the waters with some of the upper-middle card talent to see who can step up and deliver ratings when SmackDown goes live on Tuesday nights. This week, the show opens by putting the popular tag team division on display, with a New Era match-up featuring Enzo Amore and Big Cass against The Bullet Club. Contestants for the MITB Ladder Match perform as the second hour begins and as SmackDown goes off the air. The WWE Women’s division and the United States Championship are addressed in between.
WWE SmackDown Spoilers
This episode was taped in Wichita, Kansas, on June 7. It is scheduled to air on the USA Network on June 9.
- In-ring segment: All three members of The Bullet Club talk about their upcoming matches at WWE Money in the Bank 2016. AJ Styles says that he’ll beat John Cena, while Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson say they’ll win the WWE Tag Team Championship. They are interrupted by Enzo Amore and Big Cass, which sets up the opening match. The New Day provide guest commentary for the match.
- The Club vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass ends in a No Contest after The Vaudevillains and The New Day get involved.
- Backstage segment: Renee Young interviews Rusev. Titus O’Neil interrupts to say he will take the United States Championship at Money in the Bank.
- Alberto Del Rio & Kevin Owens defeated Cesaro & Sami Zayn. Owens attacked tag team partner Del Rio before pinning Cesaro to end the match.
- Dana Brooke loses to Becky Lynch by disqualification.
- A new “Make Darren Young Great Again” segment airs with Darren Young and Bob Backlund.
- Dolph Ziggler provided guest commentary as Baron Corbin defeated Kalisto.
- Backstage segment: Apollo Crews and Sheamus have a physical altercation.
- Chris Jericho pinned Dean Ambrose in the main event. The Lunatic Fringe attacked Y2J with a ladder after the match as WWE SmackDown goes off the air.
These SmackDown spoilers have been corroborated by 411 Mania.
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Updated WWE Money in the Bank Match-List
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
- Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. TBD
- Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) vs. The Club vs. The Vaudevillains vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass
- John Cena vs. AJ Styles
- WWE United States Championship Match: Rusev (c) vs. Titus O’Neil
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin (unconfirmed)
- Golden Truth vs. Breezango (unconfirmed)
- Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch (unconfirmed)
— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2016
Unless otherwise noted, matches were confirmed at WWE’s official Money in the Bank preview page.
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.
USA airs WWE SmackDown at 8/7c. While they are not made available on the WWE Network for several weeks after they air on USA, replays of WWE SmackDown are made available on-demand with a Hulu Plus subscription starting Friday.
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