Tuesday, July 16, 2013, marked the night that the WWE had their weekly tapings for “Friday Night SmackDown” and below are the SPOILERS for the episode that will air on July 19, 2013, on SyFy. Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know the results ahead of time.
After the events on WWE “Monday Night Raw,” the build-up toward “SummerSlam” is in full force and every week is just going to keep getting better.
The show opened with Teddy Long in the ring. He announced that Vince McMahon was in the building to give him a job evaluation. He asked if the crowd thought he should be the permanent GM. The crowd responded positively. He said this would be the best Smackdown ever.
Booker T’s music hit and he made his return. Booker T thanked Teddy but said he would be resuming the general manager duties. Enter Vince McMahon, who said there can be only one. He asked what they have to offer. Teddy announced Curtis Axel vs. Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Title. Booker announced Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton.
Enter Brad Maddox, who said he already thought of those matches, and announced the Smackdown return of Rob Van Dam. Big pop. Vince teased all three and announced that the new Smackdown general manager is Vickie Guerrero. Big heat and “No!” chants followed. Vickie cut a promo about how she’s back and she hates all of us.
SEE: Early plans and possible spoilers for WWE “SummerSlam” 2013
~ Dolph Ziggler beat Jack Swagger (w/Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter). Ziggler won after hitting the Zig-Zag in about four minutes. Cesaro and Zeb were sent backstage after Cesaro pulled Ziggler off the apron into his uppercut. Post match, Ziggler cut a quick promo about dumping AJ.
AJ was watching backstage with Big E and went nuts. She beat up a chair and even attacked Big E. Eventually, he hugged her and they had a moment. They were about to kiss when Langston pulled away and kissed her on the forehead.
~ Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Usos never started because Dean Ambrose ran in. Mark Henry made the save to a huge pop. The Shield retreated back up the stands and the babyfaces held the ring.
~ Daniel Bryan beat Wade Barrett via LeBell Lock in about five minutes. Unbelievable reaction for Bryan. Huge pop, arena-wide “Yes!” and “Daniel Bryan” chants.
~ MizTV with Paul Heyman was next. Heyman put over Brock Lesnar and offered Punk a piece of advise: “Stay down.” Heyman threatened that if Punk ever showed his face again, he would be be victimized by Brock Lesnar.
SEE: WWE “Monday Night Raw” recap – Cena chooses Bryan, Lesnar destroys Punk
~ Curtis Axel (w/ Paul Heyman) pinned Chris Jericho in about 10 minutes to retain the Intercontinental Title. Decent back and forth match that Axel won with his hangman’s facebuster. Post-match, Ryback came to the ring and hit Jericho with the Meat Hook and Shellshocked.
~ Damien Sandow came to the ring. He said he didn’t screw Cody Rhodes, so he couldn’t understand why Rhodes attacked him Monday. However, he wasn’t going to spew angry rhetoric at Cody, because that’s what makes him different from us. He said he and Cody were still best friends, and he invited Cody to join him in the ring.
Cody entered and Sandow said he forgave Cody. He offered Cody a “metaphorical olive branch” in the form of the offer to be the “guardian of the case. Cody, you earned this.” Sandow said. Cody attacked Sandow, but Sandow quickly escaped and ran to the back.
~ Rob Van Dam beat Darren Young (w/Titus O’Neil). RVD won with the Five Star Frog Splash in about five minutes.
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero had security remove Teddy Long from the building.
A brief graphic hyped that Big Show would be making his return to “Raw” this Monday.
~ Randy Orton pinned Alberto Del Rio in a non-title main event match. Orton went over clean after an RKO in about 10 minutes.
“WWE SmackDown” airs every Friday night on SyFy at 8:00 pm EST. The SPOILERS above are for this week’s episode which will air on July 19 2013. Wrestling fans in the Orlando area can find SyFy by tuning into Direct TV channel 244.
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