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WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: US TITLE MATCH, ASUKA VERSUS ELLSWORTH, STYLES VERSUS ENGLISH, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2018-07-03 21:59:00

This week's show starts off with footage from last week's Luke Harper versus Daniel Bryan match and the return of Kane.

We are in Omaha, Nebraska and your announcers are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.

Renee Young is in the ring and she brings out Daniel Bryan and Kane.  They make their way to the ring.

Renee asks about their reunion last week and their complicated relationship.

Daniel says that is the beautiful thing about their relationship.  Sometimes they fight, sometimes they hug, but in the ring they always deliver and they are unstoppable.

Kane says they fought blindfolded and with their arm tied behind their match.  They faced off against The Shield.  They have graduated with honors from Anger Management.  Team Hell No is back and better than ever.

Renee asks Kane why did he come back.

Kane says Daniel can have a bit of a temper.  He knew that Daniel couldn't let go what happened a few weeks ago with the Bludgeon Brothers and he knew it would blow up.  He says that Daniel always has a demon watching over him.

Daniel says not always but he says they will become the new Tag Team Champions.  Daniel says it is not true that Kane has always watched over him.  The last time they wrestled, they were opponents.

Kane says they were always friends.

Daniel points out that Kane tried to end his career.

Kane says that everyone likes to win.

Daniel reminds Kane that he tombstoned him many times and it wasn't even a match.

Kane says they don't have to dig up the past.  This is a new start.  They have to focus on what unites them.  

Daniel reminds Kane that he tried to abduct his wife.

Kane says tried and that they have had their differences.  He says he always had his back.

Daniel says no and Kane says yes.

They continue until the music for the Usos plays.

Jimmy says he saw him last week.  Jey says hello to Kane and the leader of Sweet Beatz.  Jimmy asks Jey if he remembers when Team Hell No were the hottest team and how they argued all the time.  Jimmy asks if they deserve a shot at the tag titles and Jimmy and Jey say HELL NO.  The fact of the matter is that a lot has changed since they were a team.  They have Smackdown on lock and they welcome Kane and Daniel to the Uso Penitentiary.  Jey says they got a tag title match for hugging.  Jimmy and Jey hug a total of four times and that means four tag title matches.

Daniel says if you think you can beat them, come into the ring and fight them right now.

Kane says they will consider this as a team and get back to The Usos.  

Daniel asks Kane if he is ready.  Daniel says Kane still thinks he is the weak link.  

Paige's music plays and she says as General Manager, it is her obligation to do what is right for the WWE Universe.  The tag title match will still take place.  Daniel and Kane will have to face the Usos tonight in the main event.  If the Usos win, they will be added to the tag title match at Extreme Rules.

Jeff Hardy says that Bald Eagle is able to spot its prey two miles away.  It proves our nation's ferocity.  Jeff says he carries this symbol with great pride and he is in search of his next prey.  The challenge is open now.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Asuka says men . . . women, it doesn't matter who she faces, they all feel the pain.  She says James Ellsworth is not ready for Asuka.

Match Number One:  Jeff Hardy versus Miz in a United States Title Independence Day Open Challenge Match

They lock up and Miz with a punch and kicks.  Jeff blocks a hip toss and Hardy with a sit out jaw breaker.  Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate but Miz escapes.  Miz misses an Awesome Clothesline when Hardy moves.  Hardy goes up top and Miz stops him and goes for a superplex but Hardy blocks it and sends Miz to the mat.  Miz rolls to the floor and Hardy leaps to the mat.

Hardy goes to the floor and chases Miz back into the ring but Miz with boots to Hardy as he comes back into the ring.  Miz with a reverse chin lock.  Hardy with elbows but Miz pulls Hardy to the mat by the hair.  Miz misses a running boot and gets a near fall with a rollup.  Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Miz escapes and goes to the floor again.  Miz returns to the ring and Hardy goes for a baseball slide and Miz returns to the floor.  Miz with knees and he sends Hardy to the floor.

Miz misses a baseball slide and Hardy goes to the apron and he hits a cross body.  Hardy slams Miz' head into the announce table and they return to the ring where Hardy gets a near fall.  Hardy with a reverse chin lock.  Miz with a knee to the midsection.  Hardy with an elbow and he sends Miz into the turnbuckles.  Hardy goes around the ring and he sends Miz into the final turnbuckle many times.  Miz with a knee and then he hits a running boot to the head for a near fall.  Miz stretches Hardy.  Hardy gets back to his feet and he reverses but Miz is able to send Hardy to the mat again.

Miz with a kick and Hardy blocks a punch and punches Miz.  Hardy with more punches and a kick.  Hardy with a running forearm followed by a reverse atomic drop and leg drop to the midsection.  Hardy with a drop kick for a near fall.  Miz with a kick and Hardy sends Miz over the top rope to the floor.  Hardy with a baseball slide that sends Miz into the ringside barrier.  Hardy comes off the ring steps but Miz moves and Hardy hits the ringside barrier.  Both men are down and the referee starts his count.

We go to commercial.

We are back and both men get back to their feet.  Hardy with an enzuigiri and both men are down again.  Hardy and Miz exchange punches.  Hardy with a snap mare to counter the Skull Crushing Finale.  Miz gets his boots up when Hardy goes for the hesitation kick.  Hardy with a victory roll for a near fall.  Miz with a kick and DDT for a near fall.  Miz with the Awesome Clothesline and he goes up top and Hardy moves.  Hardy with an elbow and he hits Whisper in the Wind for a near fall.  

Hardy with a kick and he goes for a Twist of Fate but Miz counters and rolls up Hardy and has his feet on the ropes so the referee stops at two.  Miz feels that he is the champion but that is not the case.  Hardy with a kick and Twist of Fate followed by a Swanton for the three count.

Winner:  Jeff Hardy (retains Title)

The announcers go through the card for Extreme Rules.

James Ellsworth is in the locker room and he says that men are superior.  Some women are not ready for Asuka, but he is no woman.  He is all man.  He will put Asuka in her place tonight.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Byron Saxton is out and he introduces the New Day, who will participate in a Third of July Pancake Eating Contest.

Tom tells us the record is 113 pancakes in 8 minutes.

Byron does the introductions once they get into the ring.

They will have five minutes to eat as many pancakes as possible.  Kofi will have blue pancakes while Xavier has normal colored pancakes, and Big E has red pancakes.

The lights go out and Sanity makes their way to the ring from behind and attack the New Day.  Wolfe biels Kofi out of the ring.  Young sends Woods into the table.  Dain sends Big E into the ring steps.  Dain sends BIg E over the announce table while Young punches Woods and chokes him in the ropes.  Dain with a running cross body to Kofi on the floor.  Wolfe samples a pancake as he sets up the table with Dain.  Dain sends Woods into the table and Young with an elbow drop off the turnbuckles through the table.

To hype the Asuka/Ellsworth match, we get a history lesson from the Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

We go to commercial.

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