Note: The following contains full results for WWE NXT that aired on July 13, full results for WWE Cruiserweight Classic that aired on July 13, and spoilers for WWE Thursday Night SmackDown airing on July 14.
Even though Vince McMahon named Shane McMahon the Commissioner of WWE SmackDown on Monday night, Stephanie’s brother and rival was nowhere to be seen on the final episode of Thursday Night SmackDown, taped one night after the big announcement on Monday Night RAW. While John Cena was busy with the ESPYs and Roman Reigns off TV while serving his suspension for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy, it fell once again to guys like Seth Rollins and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose to carry the show, taped exactly one week before the WWE Draft on the premiere episode of SmackDown Live.
One day before SmackDown airs on the USA Network, the WWE Network offered two hours of high-quality professional wrestling in WWE NXT and the premiere of WWE Cruiserweight Classic, featuring four matches from the first round of the CWC tournament. Countries represented on the first episode included American Samoa, Chile, China, France, Iran, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. It was an appropriate follow-up to the episode of NXT that only featured one match: Finn Bálor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. NXT Champion Samoa Joe was in the house as well.
WWE SmackDown Spoilers: 7/14/16
This episode of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown was taped in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 12.
- Sasha Banks defeated Dana Brooke, earning a WWE Women’s Championship Match against Charlotte.
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Rusev in a non-title match as Zack Ryder provided a distraction while doing guest commentary.
- The Club (AJ Styles & Karl Anderson) defeated Enzo & Big Cass.
- Zack Ryder defeated Alberto Del Rio and fought off a post-match attack from the WWE United States Champion, Rusev.
- Darren Young and Bob Backlund were guests of The Miz on an episode of MizTV that ended with Backlund putting The Miz in the Crossface Chickenwing.
- Charlotte cut a backstage promo saying that she would team up with Dana Brooke at WWE Battleground 2016 to face Sasha Banks and anyone she can find as a tag team partner.
- Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens by disqualification when Seth Rollins attacked Ambrose. After Sami Zayn made the save, a tag team match was booked for the main event.
- Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn.
These SmackDown spoilers have been corroborated by ProWrestling.net.
WWE NXT Results: 7/13/16
The following matches and segments for this week’s episode were taped at Full Sail University on Friday, July 1. Tom Phillips and Corey Graves provided commentary.
- Before the NXT opening sequence, a recap of the Finn Bálor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura feud aired.
- Samoa Joe opened the show win an in-ring promo saying that the winner of the Bálor vs. Nakamura match isn’t guaranteed a title shot. He was interrupted by Rhyno, who returned on this week’s episode after interrupting the Hype Bros vs. Blake & Murphy tag team match in a surprise return on last week’s episode.
- It was announced that Bayley vs. Nia Jax, American Alpha vs. Authors of Pain and Samoa Joe vs. Rhyno were all booked for the July 20 episode of WWE NXT.
- A video package aired highlighting Bálor and Nakamura’s history in Japan, complete with commentary from current WWE and NXT Superstars, including Triple H, as well as Finn and Shinsuke themselves.
- Finn Bálor went without make-up or any elaborate costuming for this match, as he often does for high-profile NXT matches. The former NXT Champion received a very strong reception from the NXT Universe at Full Sail, but The King of Strong Style received an even stronger reaction.
- The bell rang to start the one and only match of the night at 26:27 into a program lasting 52:24.
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Finn Bálor in a well-fought match that ended with a clean pinfall after he connected with a Kinshasa knee strike. After the match, the competitors kept it classy and shook hands.
These WWE NXT results have been corroborated by WWE’s official NXT page.
WWE Cruiserweight Classic Round 1 Results: 7/13/16
The following matches and segments for the premiere episode were taped at Full Sail University on Wednesday, June 22. A strong emphasis is being placed on each competitor’s country of origin. Daniel Bryan and Mauro Ranallo provided commentary.
- Gran Metalik (Mexico) defeated Alejandro Saez (Chile)
- Hoho Lun (China) defeated Ariya Daivari (Iran)
- Cedric Alexander (USA) defeated Clement Petiot (France)
- Kota Ibushi (Japan) defeated Sean Maluta (American Samoa)
- Thanks to their respective victories, Kota Ibushi vs. Cedric Alexander is set for Round 2 of the CWC.
- Brief video packages and interviews were aired for each competitor prior to their match.
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Where To Watch
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. The WWE Cruiserweight Classic airs on the WWE Network immediately following WWE NXT and is also available to stream on-demand.
July 14 will be the last time USA airs WWE SmackDown on a Thursday night 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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