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5 things WWE SmackDown got right (August 5, 2022)

Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing Match at WWE SummerSlam. He came to SmackDown with The Usos by his side to celebrate winning the show.

Shinsuke Nakamura wanted a shot at Intercontinental Champion Gunther. He was ready to take on Ludwig Kaiser to earn the opportunity this week.

Liv Morgan also spoke about her victory over Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam. SmackDown was ready to crown their next challenger for Clash at the Castle on this week’s show.

Triple H booked a loaded episode of SmackDown with some entertaining matches and segments. Check out the five things WWE SmackDown got right on this week’s show.


#5. Ricochet won against Happy Corbin

Ricochet defeated Happy Corbin on WWE SmackDown.
Ricochet defeated Happy Corbin on WWE SmackDown.

Happy Corbin wasn’t pleased with Ricochet’s reaction to Pat McAfee’s victory backstage at SummerSlam. This led to a match between Corbin and The One and Only on WWE SmackDown this week.

Corbin decided early on for the end of days, but Ricochet quickly fought his way out. He sent the big man out of the ring and dived him to keep control. The former Golden Gloves boxer sent Ricochet into the ring post before hitting a big right hand.

The One and Only failed to hit a top rope powerbomb and was thrown off the ropes. Pat McAfee provided a distraction that Ricochet needed, allowing him to hit Recoil before scoring the win with the 630 splash.

The match was good in many ways. Ricochet had a chance to prove himself against one of the show’s best workers. Meanwhile, McAfee remained active in his rivalry against Corbin.

Ricochet is one of the Triple H guys who can benefit from the change at the top. He could get some big games that could lead to big wins later.


#4. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Ludwig Kaiser after a good fight

The artist put down Ludwig Kaiser to get at Gunther on WWE SmackDown.
The artist put down Ludwig Kaiser to get at Gunther on WWE SmackDown.

Shinsuke Nakamura looked for a chance at Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship. This week he faced Gunther’s partner Ludwig Kaiser in another singles match.

Kaiser went on the offensive early and stomped Nakamura into the corner. The artist responded with an elbow and some knees to break out and hit a slam. He hit some signature moves to keep Kaiser off his feet for some time.

Kaiser tried his best to keep the competition under control for some time. He hit an uppercut before slamming Nakamura to the mat. The Ring General’s aide couldn’t survive much longer when Nakamura executed a heel kick and finished off his opponent with the Kinshasa.

The artist stared Gunther into the ring as the segment ended. The match between these two superstars would be awesome to say the least. WWE SmackDown will try to keep the title with Gunther a little longer before he can advance to first place in the title.

The real story here is the relationship between Kaiser and Gunther. It looks like the former will soon part ways with The Ring General and aim for his title.


#3. Raquel Rodriguez struggled to prove herself in the Gauntlet Match

Liv Morgan joined WWE SmackDown ahead of the No. 1 Gauntlet Match. She spoke about how she proved how much the title meant to her by surviving Ronda Rousey’s armbar. The crowd chanted, “You knocked,” and Liv admitted she couldn’t hold out much longer.

Sonya Deville walked out saying she would win the Gauntlet Match to face Morgan for the title at Clash at the Castle. The match started when Aliyah came out to take on Deville.

The two women traded a few moves before Sonya missed a new finisher on Aliyah and pinned her. Raquel Rodriguez went out next and immediately punished Deville. He applied a headlock and wore down the former WWE official.

She eliminated Deville with a Texana Bomb before Shotzi came out next. The two women went at each other hard and kept the action going with some good moves. Shotzi was a good challenge for Raquel who had a hard time keeping her down for long.

In the end, Raquel hit Shotzi with a spinning elbow drop and her finisher to eliminate the star from the match. Xia Lee quickly made his way outside and unloaded on Rodriquez. She worked the former NXT Women’s Champion’s knee, locking her in a one-leg crab hold.

Raquel showed off some power moves before hitting the Texana bombshell for another elimination. Natalya ran out next and immediately went after Raquel’s injured knee. Using her experience, she locked herself in a leg curl to punish her taller competitor.

Big Mami Cool continued to show her strength, hitting a vertical suplex before breaking out of a sniper. She hit a big slam off the top rope, knocking Natalya down for another elimination.

SmackDown did an incredible job of showcasing Raquel’s talent on the show. She eliminated some of the best women on the roster while injured. It was a good way to build her up without having to go all the way so quickly.


#2. Shayna Baszler earned a title shot against the SmackDown Women’s Champion

Shayna Baszler grabbed a big win on WWE SmackDown
Shayna Baszler grabbed a big win on WWE SmackDown

Shayna Baszler was the final competitor in the Gauntlet Match. She targeted Raquel Rodriguez early and used a submission move to punish the injured Superstar.

Raquel still tried to hold his own and fought back with some good moves. She hit a fallaway slam before attempting a spinning elbow drop. Shayna countered them and locked in the Kirifuda clutch.

Big Mommy Cool stood up and showed that she wasn’t ready to give up that easily. However, the queen of spades achieved the win with a pinfall count.

It was a good fight between the two women, and WWE did well to keep Rodriguez away from Liv Morgan for now. Shayna has been a non-factor in the women’s division of SmackDown for a while and will benefit from the match at Clash of Champions.

While she might not win the title at the event, it looks like she’s going to help Liv become a much tougher Superstar.


#1. Karrion Kross attacked McIntyre on WWE SmackDown

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns walked in with The Bloodline at his side. He wasn’t sure when Paul Heyman would be back after receiving the F5 through the announcement desk at SummerSlam.

The leader of WWE SmackDown demanded credit before opening up about his monumental victory over Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Next, Drew McIntyre came out and said he’d heard enough.

The Scottish warrior was poised to defeat The Tribal Chief at Clash at the Castle and become the second-ever Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. Just then, he was attacked by the returning Karrion Kross.

Kross tore the Scottish superstar apart and banged his head against the steel steps. The latter’s valet, Scarlett, placed an hourglass in the ring at the end of the show.

Triple H made WWE very unpredictable in just one week. It was great to see Kross back on the show. He’s poised to erase his previous run on the main roster and become a top threat again. It’s good to see several superstars aiming for the company’s top title to keep things interesting.


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