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WWE SmackDown live results: Final build to SummerSlam


SmackDown's go-home show for SummerSlam takes place from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan tonight.

WWE is hyping that Kevin Owens has invited Shane McMahon to be a guest on the KO Show. Owens vs. Shane is set for SummerSlam, and the match has a stipulation where Owens must quit WWE if he loses.

The Roman Reigns mystery attacker storyline will also continue tonight. Reigns was about to issue a SummerSlam challenge last week when beams and scaffolding fell on him. On Raw last night, Reigns barely avoided disaster again when a speeding car ran into his vehicle in the parking lot.

Ahead of SummerSlam, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston sits down for an exclusive interview. He promises to respond to Randy Orton’s comments from last week. In a video package, Orton called Kingston stupid for challenging him to a match at SummerSlam.

Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


Charlotte Flair made her way to the ring to start SmackDown. She noted that every time she steps in the ring, the fans are seeing greatness. Not everyone can be great, and they usually quit or do something else. She brought up Trish Stratus and pointed out that she left when the business began changing.

Flair noted Stratus only came back because she can’t stand Flair’s success. Stratus wants to come back for one more match. She promised to shatter Stratus’ dreams. Flair then introduced a video package on her career highlights. Instead, the video highlighted Stratus’ career. Flair was unhappy.

Stratus made her way down to the ring. She played that video to remind Flair why she has all these history-making opportunities. Stratus admitted she’s dreaming of one more match. She quoted Harley Race and said there’s no greater feeling than being under those bright lights.

Flair welcomed Stratus to her nightmare. She promised to make Stratus bow down to the queen at SummerSlam. Stratus slapped Flair, and they went face-to-face. Flair laughed and walked off.

They announced Xavier Woods & Big E vs. Daniel Bryan & Rowan for later.

Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler Never Happened

Ziggler came out to Goldberg’s music and did his entrance including exiting his locker room with security.

Ziggler jumped Mysterio on the floor before the match. He rocked Mysterio with a superkick. The referees checked on Mysterio, but Ziggler picked him up for another superkick.

Ziggler grabbed the mic and noted he's sick of all these legends.

Ziggler mocked Goldberg and said he’s not next. SummerSlam is going to be Goldberg’s last match.

Ali’s music hit, and he ran down. He checked on Mysterio and then jumped in the ring. Ziggler went for a superkick, but Ali hit a spinning heel kick. He followed up with a suicide dive.

Dolph Ziggler defeated Ali

Ali was firmly in control and hit the rolling X-Factor for a near fall. Ziggler fought back and caught Ali with an elbow. He followed up with a hard clothesline. Ziggler set up for the superkick, but Ali rolled him up for a two count. Ziggler then hit the superkick for the win.

Earlier today, Roman Reigns sat down with Kayla Braxton for an exclusive interview. She asked Reigns how he’s keeping it together after the recent incidents. He noted he’s dealt with many problems, but this time he doesn’t know who the attacker is.

Reigns said the WWE offered him personal security, but he doesn’t need it. She asked him who he thinks the attacker is. He pointed out that he knows it’s not Samoa Joe. Reigns then apologized to Joe for accusing him of being the attacker. The fans clapped and cheered Reigns for making the apology. He promised to get answers by the end of the night.

Tom Philips discussed the recent passing of Harley Race.

They aired a tribute video for Race. The fans broke into a “Harley” chant after the video.

Ember Moon vs. Natalya

Natalya had the early advantage, but Moon took over. Moon rocked Natalya with a dropkick on the floor, sending her into the barricade.

Natalya fought back and threw Moon into the apron. She then hit a discus clothesline and applied the Sharpshooter for the double count-out.

Natalya refused to break the hold until Bayley ran out and pulled her off. Bayley tried to help Moon up, but she pushed Bayley away.

The Kevin Owens Show with Shane McMahon

Owens wasted no time and demanded McMahon come down to the ring. Greg Hamilton tried to do McMahon’s ring intro, but Owens took the mic away. Owens pointed out that fans always ask him why McMahon’s career isn’t on the line at SummerSlam.

Owens noted it’s because of his last name. McMahon can say and do whatever he wants. Owens pointed out the McMahon’s promised to give the fans what they want. He challenged McMahon to put his career on the line as well.

McMahon refused the challenge. He pointed out that it was Owens that offered to put his career on the line. McMahon noted there’s nothing wrong with losing to the best in the world.

McMahon went over all the ways he can defeat Owens including pinning him, making him submit, count-out or disqualification. Owens was frustrated that McMahon wouldn’t put his career on the line. Owens said McMahon just showed everyone he has no balls.

They don’t want to wait until SummerSlam and cleared the ring. Elias jumped Owens from behind, but Owens fought him off. Owens threw McMahon over the announce table, but Elias recovered and jumped Owens. Owens fought back and hit the stunner on the announce table.

McMahon pulled Owens off the table and beat him down. McMahon turned over the announce table onto Owens. Owens was trapped under the table, and McMahon then dropkicked a chair into his face.

Sami Zayn made his way down to the ring to address Aleister Black. Zayn noted that he issued a challenge to Black for a match at SummerSlam, but he hides in the back. He said Black is terrified of him.

Black interrupted, and as he made his entrance, he spoke. He noted this match isn’t happening at SummerSlam. Instead, it’s happening right now.

Aleister Black defeated Sami Zayn

Black rocked Zayn with a kick, which sent him to the floor. Black teased a dive but posed instead. After the break, Zayn was firmly in control and hit a clothesline for a two count. Zayn slowed the pace down with a chin lock. 

Black made a comeback and hit a running knee. He then hit a huge moonsault. Black followed up with another knee and Black Mass for the win. 

In the back, the interviewer asked Shelton Benjamin if he ever sees himself challenging for the 24/7 Championship. He looked around, said well, and then walked off. 

Bray Wyatt hosted another edition of the Firefly Funhouse. Wyatt noted that his SummerSlam opponent Finn Bálor isn’t scared of anything.

Wyatt said it's to cover up for his insecurities. He noted Bálor invited The Fiend to his doorstep.

Wyatt promised that The Fiend is coming for Bálor. 

In the back, Chad Gable was doing his stretches with bands. Elias approached and told the “kid” to take his bands. Elias mocked Gable for his small size and walked off.

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston sat down for an exclusive interview. Kingston discussed his 2009 feud with Randy Orton. He felt he had momentum, and the fans were behind him. It didn’t have a happy ending.

They aired clips of the match were Orton called Kingston stupid. Kingston heard rumors that Orton used his power to hold Kingston down. They aired clips of Kingston winning the WWE Championship and his trip to Ghana.

Kingston uses his power to uplift people while Orton uses his power to hold down people. He said when he wins at SummerSlam and holds the belt up, we’ll see who the stupid one is. This was a good video package.

The New Day defeated Daniel Bryan & Rowan DQ

The commentators discussed Bryan’s career-changing announcement that he never made as he made his way to the ring.

Bryan jumped Woods to start the match, but Woods fought back with a dropkick. Woods followed up with a dive onto the Bryan on the floor. Back from the break, Bryan was in control until Big E rocked him with a clothesline.

The heels took over and isolated Woods in their corner. Woods made a brief comeback, but Rowan fired back with a crossbody. Bryan hit the running dropkick in the corner followed up by a splash from Rowan for a near fall.

Woods almost made a tag, but Rowan knocked Big E off the apron. Rowan tossed Woods to the floor and then over the barricade. Back from break, Woods hit a missile dropkick on Rowan.

Big E got the hot tag and hit three belly-to-belly suplexes on Bryan. He followed up with a big splash. Bryan fought back and hit a dropkick to Big E’s knee.

Bryan hit a series of kicks on Big E, but he rolled up Bryan for a two count. Bryan applied the Lebell Lock, but Big E fought out. Bryan transitioned into a triangle, but Big E hit a powerbomb for a close near fall.

Rowan hit a big kick for a two count. Big E knocked down Rowan and Woods hit an elbow off the top for a near fall. Big E speared Bryan off the apron. Woods attempted a dive, but Rowan hit him with the stairs for the disqualification.

After the match, Rowan gave Big E the Iron Claw, and Bryan hit the running knee on Woods.

In the back, Roman Reigns walked into the locker room and told everyone to leave except for Buddy Murphy. Reigns said he saw the footage and knows Murphy was in the hallway.

He accused Murphy of either attacking him or knowing who did it. Murphy doesn’t know who it is but wouldn’t tell Reigns anyway.

Reigns snapped and threw Murphy around the room and beat him down. Murphy said he saw Rowan. Reigns asked if it was Daniel Bryan and Rowan, but Murphy only saw Rowan.

Bryan and Rowan watched from the ring. Rowan stood proudly, but Bryan just stood there.