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WWE SmackDown video highlights: Sheamus backs out of main event

Sheamus was supposed to face McIntyre in a match with Clash at the Castle implications.
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Last night's SmackDown was supposed to feature a match with Undisputed WWE Universal Championship implications, but the originally advertised main event didn't end up happening.

Drew McIntyre and Sheamus were set to face off on SmackDown last night, with the winner going on to challenge for the Undisputed WWE Universal title at Clash at the Castle this September. Instead, Sheamus claimed to be sick and backed out of the match.

Sheamus started coughing during a promo before the match. He said he hopes he doesn't have "a dose of the ol' COVID" and claimed that he couldn't compete until he got tested. Sheamus said he had a backup plan, which was McIntyre facing Butch.

McIntyre defeated Butch and then laid out Ridge Holland when Holland tried to attack him after the match. Sheamus got on the apron and went face-to-face with an enraged McIntyre, who then cut the top ring rope with his sword.

Michael Cole said on commentary that the Undisputed WWE Universal title challenger for Clash at the Castle still hasn't been determined.

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WWE SmackDown video highlights --

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Jinder Mahal & Shanky vs. The Viking Raiders

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser

Video package recaps Liv Morgan's Money in the Bank cash-in

Natalya interrupts Liv Morgan

Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya

Maximum Male Models unveil their 2022 Tennis Collection

Madcap Moss makes a joke out of Theory

Lacey Evans turns heel, refuses to team with Aliyah

The Usos vs. Los Lotharios

Drew McIntyre vs. Butch

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