Event: SmackDown Live
Date: July 9, 2019
Location- SNHU Arena, Manchester, NH, US
Results & Highlights
- Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens is shown brawling at the parking lot in an ‘earlier tonight’ segment. Other superstars and referees break them up and Shane McMahon says Owens has been sent home since he instigated the fight.
- An upset Owens appears ringside, grabs a mike and rants about how Shane McMahon mistreats other wrestlers and gets more TV time than other deserving superstars. McMahon shows up and cuts his mike feed which reminds everyone of the CM Punk ‘Pipebomb’ in 2011. Security chases Owens out of the arena.
- A returning Shinsuke Nakamura def. Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor via pinfall in a non title match.
- Nikki Cross def. Carmella via pinfall in a Women’s Single Match.
- Otis def. Big E and Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat Match.
- Cesaro reveals that he was the one to knock on the door to pick a fight with Aleister Black.
- SmackDown Live Main Event: Drew McIntyre and Elias creates distraction at ringside in a match between Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler. Shane McMahon gets in to the ring and Kevin Owens shows up out of nowhere and delivers a Stunner to McMahon and disappears in to the crowd. Reigns delivers a Superman Punch to Ziggler to win the match via pinfall.
Takeaways from SmackDown Live
1. Pipebomb 2.0!
In case you missed last week’s SmackDown Live, Kevin Owens became one of the biggest babyfaces on the WWE roster. He attacked Dolph Ziggler and returned to the face role, a position he seemed to enjoy earlier this year.
Kevin Owens mercilessly ripped through Shane McMahon’s shenanigans and how Shane’s involvements are doing nothing for the product. One of the best WWE segments in recent times, Kevin Owens’ promo was a masterclass in mic work as a babyface.
WWE is known to acknowledge their shortcomings again and again, but never try to fix the same. The same promo happened when Baron Corbin was in charge of RAW last year, and WWE promised to fix things. Let’s see if Owens’ promo has any effect or is just a mere flash in the pan. Nonetheless, it was an epic segment to start the show.
2. Stop with the Non-Title Match Losses!
One of WWE’s overused tropes is having a champion lose in a non title match, and the winner is given the opportunity to contest for the title.
It is one of the worst things to do as a company and it completely undermines the champion. Bayley lost to Nikki Cross, Ricochet lost to AJ Styles, and today, Finn Balor lost to a returning Shinsuke Nakamura, which is quite disappointing. There are other ways to get two individuals in a feud, and WWE should look into that!
3. Black finally gets a challenger
Aleister Black has been craving for a proper opponent for quite some time now. He laid down an open challenge and asked if anyone was willing to face the former NXT champion.
This week, Cesaro finally appeared as Black’s first challenger, which is a perfect way to kick things off.
Aleister Black has been on the main roster since February, but has yet to star in a singles feud. A rivalry with WWE veteran and fellow European Cesaro, will be hard hitting and filled with exciting contests.
4. Heavy push for Heavy Machinery
Otis is one of the charismatic superstars in WWE today. His unique talent sets him apart from all the other superstars in WWE. Heavy Machinery is getting ample screen time, which is very different from other tag team call-ups from NXT in recent times.
In this week’s episode, Otis defeated former WWE champion Daniel Bryan and Xavier Woods in a triple threat match, which shows a push could be in the outing for Heavy Machinery (and no one’s complaining!).
5. Roman Reigns again
SmackDown superstar Roman Reigns contested in his first singles match on SmackDown in a long time. He has been spending a lot of time on RAW due to the wild card rule, and finally returned to the blue brand.
Reigns overcame Ziggler in a high quality bout, which was a reminder of Ziggler’s in-ring ability.
Ziggler, flanked by Shane McMahon, Drew McIntyre and Elias took on Reigns who overcame all odds to win his match-up once again. Reigns had a little help from Kevin Owens, who channeled his inner Stone Cold once again to plant McMahon with a Stunner.
Overall, the show delivered in quality and was better when compared to the red brand’s outing this week.