WWE SmackDown episode on August 14, 2020, featured a confrontation between WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman and The Fiend, Tri-brand Battle Royal to determine the opponent for SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley at SummerSlam, and more.
Big E vs John Morrison:
The opening match was interrupted by Retribution who beat down both the stars and created chaos in the ring.
Backstage, the men’s locker room talked about Retribution with Big E giving an inspiring speech. Corbin and Sheamus mocked him and downplayed his singles run.
Tri Brand Battle Royal | Asuka wins:
Several competitors from RAW, Smackdown and NXT went at it, with Asuka picking up a surprise win by eliminating Shayna Baszler.
Backstage, a furious Sasha Banks and Bayley were attacked by Asuka, who became No.1 contender for both RAW and SmackDown titles at SummerSlam.
Mandy Rose cut an intense promo and challenged Sonya Deville to a Hair vs Hair match at SummerSlam, as she knows Deville values her looks as much as anyone else.
Sheamus vs Shorty G:
Sheamus took revenge for G’s actions from last week by taking him down with the Brogue Kick.
AJ Styles introduced the Phenomenal Intercontinental Statistics System (P.I.S.S) and said no one is worthy of his IC title right now, while former Impact star Abyss (Joseph Park) made a cameo. Jeff Hardy interrupted and made his case, before attacking Styles. Hardy added his name to the whiteboard to end the segment.
Backstage, Lince Dorado and Gran Metallik sneakily walked up to the Tag Team Champions and snatched away their belts.
AJ Styles was furious after Hardy’s actions and tried to rub his name off the whiteboard, only to find it was in permanent marker. He shouted at his assistant as he made his exit.
Gran Metallik def. Shinsuke Nakamura:
A returning Kalisto helped to neutralize Cesaro as Metallik picked up the win over the former NXT Champion with a flying elbow.
Matt Riddle was interviewed backstage where he brought up his attack on Corbin. Shorty G walked up to him and apologized for attacking before Corbin blindsided Riddle.
Alexa Bliss talked about her relationship with Strowman in an interview and brought up all of Strowman’s good qualities. Bliss seemed disturbed by Strowman’s comments from last week where he said he doesn’t care about her.
Sonya Deville accepted the challenge laid down by Rose and said Rose will look great once she is bald.
Big E def. John Morrison:
Retribution continued their assault backstage during the match, but Big E picked up the win with the Strech Muffler submission.
Post-match, Sheamus attacked Big E with a Brogue Kick out of nowhere, while a bald Strowman made his return to SmackDown.
Strowman called out The Fiend, but Alexa Bliss came out instead. Bliss asked Strowman about his recent troubles, while he refused to look her in the eye. Strowman picked up Bliss and delivered a Gorilla Press Slam before The Fiend entered the ring.
Strowman disappeared and laughed maniacally on the big screen as the show went off the air.