Payback,Since tonight is the go-home show to this Sunday’s PPV Payback, most, if not all of the matches have been announced. Today, two new segments have been added to the kickoff show. They are:
- Enzo & Big Cass vs Gallows & Anderson
- MizTV With Special Guest Finn Balor
Here’s the rest of the card that was already announced:
- Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton (c) (WWE Championship Match) (House of Horror Match)
- Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens (c) (WWE United States Championship Match)
- Sheamus & Cesaro vs The Hardy Boyz (c) (WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match)
- Austin Aries vs Neville (c) (WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match)
- Alexa Bliss vs Bayley (c) (RAW Women’s Championship Match)
- Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe
- Braun Stroman vs Roman Reigns
Card of course subject to change.
Published in WWE.com‘s quick hits for Smackdown Live this week, 4 segments were announced for the show. A couple of these being championship related.
- American Alpha, Breezango, The Colons and The Ascension in a Beat The Clock tournament to become the #1 contender for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships.
- One thing to note, The Colons are the new repackaged name of The Shining Stars. Current Smackdown Tag Champs are The Usos
- AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin Rematch
- After their match last week on Smackdown ended with a countout giving Styles the victory, they have decided to give this match another chance this week on Smackdown.
- Charlotte Flair vs Naomi (Smackdown Women’s Championship Match)
- Last week on Smackdown, Charlotte earned her Championship match by beating Naomi fair and square. This week, Charlotte has to beat her again to get the gold.
- Shinsuke Nakamura to be interviewed
- The first segment to kick off the show this week will be Shinsuke Nakamura in an exclusive interview.
That’s all that WWE has announced for Smackdown so far, more updates will come to the site as they get announced.
WWE taped this week’s edition of Main Event in Kansas City, MO before Raw.
Here are the spoilers:
Rhyno vs. Titus O’Neil
Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik vs. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak
Tag Team Match
Winners: Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik
WWE has announced that tickets are available for the Smackdown Live exclusive PPV Battleground.
See their announcement below:
The SmackDown LIVE-exclusive pay-per-view WWE Battleground 2017 comes to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, July 23, and you can get your tickets now!
Tickets start at $25 and are available at WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com.
Now in its fifth year, WWE Battleground has turned into one of WWE’s most exciting events. Previous editions have featured such classic matchups as a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way featuring John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns, as well as a WWE Championship Triple Threat between former Shield members Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. What will Team Blue have in store when this year’s event comes to the City of Brotherly Love?
Relive past WWE Battleground events now on the award-winning WWE Network, and don’t miss out when WWE Battleground debuts in Philadelphia this July.
Current Smackdown Live talent Tyler Breeze spoke to The Des Moines Register to promote Tuesday’s Smackdown Live broadcast.
During the interview Tyler spoke on his Fashion Police gimmick with Fandango, and fan criticism over how WWE is handling him.
His “Fashion Police” Gimmick With Fandango:
“The best part about it is, people like it,” Breeze said. “People care about it and it’s building. People are showing up to our events hoping to see us, which is exactly what you want when you work for WWE. I don’t really see us stopping anytime soon because there’s still some Smackdown Live tag titles that we have our eyes on.”
Regarding fan’s criticizing WWE for how they utilize certain talents:
“This is something a lot of people like to talk about,” Breeze said. “When you’re here and you’re a part of the WWE, it’s bigger than what actually happens. Smackdown Live is a two-hour show. Fortunately we have such a talented roster that there’s only so many minutes and sometimes you’re not always going to be the one to get those minutes. It’s just a matter of time. The people’s voices are heard, and if they want to see Breezango, they’re going to get it. They just have to be patient.”
Make sure to check out the entire interview here.
During Eric Bischoff’s latest podcast episode, he speaks on the opportunity provided to Jinder Mahal and how the WWE Network was the influence behind it.
Here’s what he had to say:
(Transcript sourced from EWrestlingnews.com)
I think one of the real values in that infrastructure (the WWE Network) is not so much the obvious. Meaning, it’s not just that they’ve got two million subscribers to the WWE Network and that generates x amount of dollars. What they really have, at the core of all of that, is the ability to do internal research. They can subtly and discreetly reach out to their database who are all WWE fans in different parts of the world. They can ask questions. They can basically do qualitative research and find out what people want to see in certain markets. I don’t know this for a fact but that’s what I would do. If I had that data I would be zeroing in on specific markets where I knew I could make money. Either because I knew there was an advertising market in that community or I knew there was a live event market I wanted to be in. Whatever strategic or technical reason I would zero in on that market and I would find ways to reach out to my database and I would engage them. I would ask them what they want to see, how they want to see, what their preferences were and what their reactions were to certain things I had already been doing. I would engage them in a way that would help me make really smart decisions. So you’re not constantly throwing stuff up against the wall and hoping it sticks. You are actually making decisions on great research. I’m guessing that is probably what WWE is doing and if it’s a big surprise that Jinder Mahal has all of a sudden come out of nowhere I would suspect there is some data that supports that decision.
Former WWE talent Cody Rhodes was recently interviewed by 107.7 The Bone in San Francisco. During the interview he spoke on many subjects.
here are some highlights:
If he ever saw or experienced JBL bullying anyone backstage:
“I’ve known JBL since I first got there ya know in 2007…I never encountered that with John at all. Wrestling isn’t for everybody though. It’s not bullying sometimes when it’s just playful ribbing… I never personally saw any bullying the entire time, and I was there for 11 years, and in every locker room.”
WWE’s plan for Cody for the Brand Split:
“At one point the plan was for me to be Stardust on one brand, and Cody Rhodes on another brand. I thought that was a really great idea. Absolutely wanted to do it! Everybody wanted to do it except for one person who will remain nameless, but that one person has the main vote.”
Check out the entire interview here
WWE held a Smackdown brand live event over the weekend. Here are the results:
Note: Some Raw talents competed on this show.
Becky Lynch & Mickie James vs. Carmella & Natalya
-Alexa Bliss Special Guest Referee-
Tag Team Match
Winner: Becky Lynch & Mickie James
Mojo Rawley vs. Dolph Ziggler
Winner: Mojo Rawley
American Alpha vs. Breezango vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
Triple Threat Tag Team Match
Winners: American Alpha
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Baron Corbin
-WWE Intercontinental Championship-
Winner: Dean Ambrose (retains)
Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto
Winner: Apollo Crews
Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
Winner: Luke Harper
Randy Orton (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Bray Wyatt
Triple Threat Match
Winner: Randy Orton (retains)
Here are your WWE Raw brand Live event results from this weekend. As a side note, some Smackdown Live talents also worked this show.
Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Golden Truth & Sin Cara vs. The Colons & Curt Hawkins
Six-Man Tag Team Match
Winners: The Golden Truth & Sin Cara
Finn Balor vs. Jinder Mahal
Winner: Finn Balor
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
-WWE Cruiserweight Championship-
Winner: Neville (retains)
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
-Raw Women’s Championship-
Winner: Bayley (retains)
Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Tag Team Match
Winners: Sheamus & Cesaro
Big Cass vs. Titus O’Neil
Winner: Big Cass
Seth Rollins & Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens (c) vs. Samoa Joe
Tag Team Match
Winners: Seth Rollins & Chris Jericho
Here are your NXT live event results from this weekend:
Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. The Ealy Twins
Tag Team Match
Winners; Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan
Lana (w/ MaryKate) vs. Liv Morgan
Jeet Rama vs. Kona Reeves
Winner: Jeet Rama
Buddy Murphy vs. Dylan Miley
Winner: Buddy Murphy via Countout
SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain) vs. Heavy Machinery
Tag Team Match
Kassius Ohno vs. Cezar Bononi
Winner: Kassius Ohno
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. No Way Jose
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
Asuka (c) & Hideo Itami vs. Eric Young & Nikki Cross
Mixed Tag Team Match
Winners: Asuka & Hideo Itami