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5 things WWE SmackDown got right (July 15, 2022)

A loaded episode of WWE SmackDown kicked off this week. Liv Morgan took on Natalya on the show after she became SmackDown Women’s Champion at Money in the Bank 2022.

The Street Profits were also looking to win against the Usos ahead of their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships rematch at SummerSlam. The fans waited to see who would be announced as the special guest referee for the game.

The New Day came out disguised as The Viking Raiders and eventually got the upper hand alongside Jinder Mahal and Shanky. It looks like the segment has also turned Mahal into a babyface after a long heel run.

Sheamus and Drew McIntyre have been booked for a match after the former pulled out last week. Also, Paul Heyman wanted to make a deal with some young superstars backstage.

The show held some pleasant surprises for the fans. Check out the five things WWE SmackDown got going this week.


#5. Pat McAfee cut another good promo to hype his match for WWE SummerSlam

Pat McAfee addressed his SmackDown opponent for SummerSlam
Pat McAfee addressed his SmackDown opponent for SummerSlam

Pat McAfee kicked off WWE SmackDown this week. He replayed footage of Happy Corbin attacking him on the show two weeks ago. McAfee spoke about the time the two stars were roommates and played together.

Pat said Corbin was a decent guy before he came to WWE. Now he’s just chasing the money, and SummerSlam will see his attitude change forever.

Corbin showed up on the big screen instead of getting in the ring with him. He warned McAfee to stay out of his business before claiming he would teach him a lesson at SummerSlam.

The segment wasn’t all that great, but it helped build a feud between the two stars. McAfee has proven himself in the ring more than once and it would be great to see him perform against a much larger opponent.

Corbin is great at overpowering his opponents. He could do enough to make McAfee a full-time in-ring performer.


#4. Liv Morgan pinned Natalya on WWE SmackDown

SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan took on Natalya in one of the biggest matches of the night. The Queen of Harts came out strong, defeating Liv early.

The heel dropped her onto the ropes and aimed for her neck before being caught in the apron by the champion. Natalya continued to stay up as she threw Liv into the ring post, sending her out of the ring.

Liv fought back, but her challenger hit a powerbomb and almost took her down. She used the ankle lock to punish the SmackDown Women’s Champion, who broke out and sent Nattie into the ring post.

She beat The Queen of Harts with the Oblivion for a big win on the show. It was good to see Liv working against one of the show’s biggest stars. Victory will help her emerge as a worthy champion.

After the match, Liv Morgan was ready to face Ronda Rousey next week. The two women are likely to get into a brawl to work towards their match at SummerSlam.


#3. Drew McIntyre defeated Ridge Holland after Sheamus was eliminated again on WWE SmackDown

Drew McIntyre def. Ridge Holland on WWE SmackDown
Drew McIntyre def. Ridge Holland on WWE SmackDown

Last week, Sheamus pulled out of his match against Drew McIntyre. Instead, the Scottish warrior beat Butch.

This week, the Celtic Warrior also refused to fight McIntyre in the Undisputed WWE Universal Title contender’s match. Ridge Holland took his seat on WWE SmackDown this week.

The former WWE Champion erupted on Holland and pinned him with a big kick. Butch and Sheamus got involved, allowing Holland to hit a powerslam and take control for some time.

McIntyre countered a Holland move and hit him with the Glasgow Kiss. He stared a hole through Sheamus while hitting his opponent with the white noise. A claymore followed, giving McIntyre a comfortable win.

The win helped Drew McIntyre build even more. It looks like he’ll face off against Roman Reigns at Clash at the Castle after ultimately winning his match against Sheamus. The creative team appears to be delaying the inevitable to keep fans interested in the match between Reigns and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

It doesn’t make sense why WWE would even give Sheamus another chance to compete in the #1 Contender’s match when he’s attempted to outrun his opponent twice.


#2. Madcap Moss and The Bloodline defeated Theory

Will Madcap Moss Get a Match Against Roman Reigns on WWE SmackDown?
Will Madcap Moss Get a Match Against Roman Reigns on WWE SmackDown?

Backstage at SmackDown, Paul Heyman offered Theory a chance to get a match against Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Instead, the youngster wanted to cash in on his briefcase at any time.

Heyman offered Madcap Moss a match against Reigns if he would take care of the tribal chief’s future problem, Theory. Moss agreed and later faced Theory in a match on WWE SmackDown.

Moss was dominant early on as he took Theory off his feet with some big moves. The match landed on the floor where the heel sent him into the ring steps before executing a dropkick.

Back inside, Moss took control of the match and continued to hold the lead. Theory countered a powerbomb and nearly pinned his opponent. Moss threw Theory outside and The Unproven One whacked him with the Money in the Bank briefcase for disqualification.

After the match, the 24-year-old thrashed the Bloodline before Sami Zayn came out to defend his tribal chief. Sami had an arm in a sling and Theory shot him before the Usos came out to scare off the young Superstar.

Moss caught him and sent him shoulder-first into the ring post as the segment came to an end. It was a fun segment that gave Madcap Moss a push. Zayn was phenomenal while Theory did what he does best on screen. It was arguably the best segment of the show.


#1. Jeff Jarret found a spot at WWE SummerSlam after Angelo Dawkins defeated Jimmy Uso

The Usos were already out when the Street Profits made their entry into the WWE SmackDown Main Event. Angelo Dawkins took on Jimmy Uso in a one-on-one match.

Jimmy dominated the match early and had Dawkins on the ropes. A jump outside the ring proved costly as Dawkins caught him with a big right hand. Jimmy stayed up and grabbed Dawkins across the barricades.

The official was knocked down, after which Uso hit a superkick and almost took the win. Dawkins recovered and hit Jimmy with a sky high to win. Replays showed Jimmy’s shoulder off the mat when the umpire counted the pin.

After the game, Adam Pearce came out and announced that a special guest referee is needed for SummerSlam to avoid such a situation. He unveiled the name of WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett as the special umpire for the tag team championship game.

It doesn’t make sense that a special guest referee could do a better job than a professional one. However, Jeff Jarrett will be at SummerSlam and that is what matters now. He will likely help add a lot more to the match for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships.


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