Randy Orton surprised Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman last night by showing up on Monday Night Raw and interrupting one of Heyman’s tirades to deliver a patented RKO Outta Nowhere on an unsuspecting Beast Incarnate. As the WWE Universe prepares for Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2016, Lesnar upped the stakes by coming to SmackDown Live and interrupting Randy Orton’s match against Fandango.
At the conclusion of last week’s SmackDown Live, Dolph Ziggler shocked the sports entertainment world by winning a 6-Pack Challenge Match to earn a shot at Dean Ambrose and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on August 21 at SummerSlam. After being called out by Dean Ambrose, Ziggler had problems with The Wyatt Family on this week’s SmackDown.
Two of the five men that Ziggler was able to get past in last week’s main event include John Cena and AJ Styles. As both men were focused on the main event, neither had much to say about the feud they’ve had over the last several months. This week, AJ Styles calls out the leader of the Cenation, and their match is booked for SummerSlam.
The preview posted at the WWE website for this week’s SmackDown provided very little insight into this week’s episode. What will Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan do to try to once again defeat Monday Night Raw in the ratings like they did two weeks ago?
WWE SmackDown Live Results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from SmackDown Live on August 2. This episode of SmackDown is the follow-up to the first week of WWE programming after the WWE Draft and the brand extension. As the competitors for the blue brand continue to ease into their roles on Tuesday nights, this episode of WWE SmackDown airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
SmackDown Pre-Show On The WWE Network
The Pre-Show was hosted by Scott Stanford, Lita, and Jerry Lawler and consisted mostly of recaps from Monday Night Raw and last week’s SmackDown Live. They sprinkled the show with an “exclusive” interview from Breezango, a special look at American Alpha, and a few social media polls to get the WWE Universe ready for SmackDown. They also showed highlights of John Cena hosting the Teen Choice Awards and took another look at Eva Marie’s over-the-top entrance from last week’s SmackDown Live.
Shane And Daniel Hire Security And Set No. 1 Contenders Match
SmackDown Live kicked off by showing McMahon, Bryan, and Orton reviewing footage of The Viper’s sneak attack on WWE Raw. Anticipating a response from Brock Lesnar, Shane has hired extra security for this week’s SmackDown. Management then ran into WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and informed him that a Triple Threat Match (Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin) would determine his opponent for WWE SummerSlam 2016. They also crossed paths with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose, who was on his way to the ring.
Dean Ambrose Calls Out Dolph Ziggler — Ziggler Attacked By Bray Wyatt
Ambrose and Ziggler went face to face in the ring, trying to prove their worth at the SmackDown main event by cutting epic promos for their SummerSlam match. The encounter wasn’t physical, and Ambrose left the ring after getting in the last word. As Ziggler stood in the ring, Bray Wyatt appeared and hit him with the Sister Abigail. As Dolph lie on the mat, Wyatt said that if Ziggler didn’t make it to SummerSlam, he would be taking the open spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match. After a commercial break, Ziggler went to management and requested a match against Wyatt with his No. 1 Contender status on the line. He was granted his wish.
New No. 1 Contender: Apollo Crews Defeated Baron Corbin and Kalisto
WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and wife Maryse provided guest commentary as Apollo Crews won the Triple Threat Match by pinning Kalisto. Post-match, Corbin attacked Kalisto. Crews tried to make the save, but he was interrupted by The Miz. After delivering a Skull-Crushing Finale to Crews, The Miz was hit with the End of Days by Baron Corbin.
These SmackDown Live results will be corroborated by WWE’s official SmackDown Live page.
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Eva Marie: Leg Injury?
After another elaborate entrance, Eva Marie feigned a leg injury. She was assisted to the back by the referee and a trainer as her match with the Lass-Kicker was called off. For some reason, it wasn’t considered a forfeit victory for Becky Lynch. Post-match, Carmella and Natalya were being interviewed backstage by Renee Young, when they exchanged words and set a match up for themselves.
American Alpha Defeated The Vaudevillains
Jason Jordan and Chad Gable won their SmackDown Live debut match in grand fashion by hitting their Grand Amplitude finisher. The NXT call-ups look to be a dominant force in the blue brand’s tag team division.
AJ Styles Calls Out John Cena
The Phenomenal One cut a promo on John Cena that wasn’t all that different from the kinds of things said in the past by guys like Kevin Owens, CM Punk and The Rock. After giving Cena a chance to respond, Styles made the challenge for one more match at SummerSlam. Of course, Cena accepted, making John Cena vs. AJ Styles official for August 21.
Brock Lesnar Hits Randy Orton With The F-5
Just as Randy Orton was setting Fandango up for the RKO, Brock Lesnar simply bypassed the additional WWE security and ended the squash match prematurely by hoisting The Viper up on his shoulders and dropping him with the F-5. Lesnar was escorted to his car by Shane McMahon and the security team.
Rhyno Gores Heath Slater… Again
Last week, as Slater was trying to convince Shane that the One Man Band was the hottest free agent in sports entertainment, Rhyno made a surprise appearance and laid Slater out with a Gore. This week, Slater approached GM Daniel Bryan backstage, making his case again for being signed to SmackDown Live. Bryan agreed that if he could win a match next week, then he would be granted a SmackDown contact. His opponent will be Rhyno, who showed up and laid out Slater once again.
Natalya Attacks Carmella — Second Women’s Match Cancelled
As the Princess of Staten Island was working the mic on her way to the ring for a match against Natalya, the WWE Women’s Division veteran attacked Carmella from behind and locked in the Sharpshooter outside the ring. Just like Becky Lynch vs. Eva Marie from earlier in the night, this women’s match-up never even started.
These SmackDown Live results have been corroborated by WWE’s official SmackDown Live page.
Updated WWE SummerSlam Card
- Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
- Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler — WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
- Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor — WWE Universal Championship Match
- Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte — WWE Women’s Championship Match
- The Miz (c) vs. Kalisto — WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
- John Cena vs. AJ Styles
- The New Day (c) vs. The Club — WWE Tag Team Championship Match (unconfirmed)
- Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns — WWE United States Championship Match (unconfirmed)
- Enzo and Big Cass vs. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho (unconfirmed)
- Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil (unconfirmed)
Unless otherwise noted, the matches above were confirmed on WWE’s official SummerSlam preview page.
Where To Watch
WWE SummerSlam 2016 is set for Sunday, August 21. It will air exclusively on the WWE Network at 8/7c. The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show will begin at 7/6c.
WWE SmackDown Live airs Tuesdays on the USA Network at 8/7c. Replays of WWE SmackDown aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a replay of SmackDown Live is available to stream on-demand Wednesdays with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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