Roman Reigns and Rusev engaged in a war of words
On SmackDown, The Big Dog collided with The Super Athlete, the Divas revolution kicked into high gear and SummerSlam got even bigger.
Roman Reigns started Smackdown off by issuing a “Family vs. Family” challenge to Luke Harper & Bray Wyatt at Summerslam. Just after The Big Dog announced he’d enlist the help of his lunatic brother Dean Ambrose in the showdown, Rusev and Summer Rae interrupted. The Bulgarian Brute demanded the powerhouse Reigns exit the ring, prompting the former Shield muscle to declare Rusev’s recent behavior with “hot Summer” as creepy before inviting The Super Athlete to step inside the squared circle. Amid “U.S.A.” chants from the WWE Universe, a fired up Rusev instead chose to wave the Bulgarian flag and wait for their match in Smackdown’s main event.
Mark Henry & The Prime Time Players def. the New Day
Despite an onslaught from the promoters of positivity, the well-oiled machine known as The New Day couldn’t defeat the union of Mark Henry & WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players. Amid 6-Man Tag Team mayhem, Mark Henry unsuspectingly tagged in for his team and connected with the World’s Strongest Slam on Kofi Kingston for the victory.
SmackDown showcased Charlotte
Given a closer look at the self-proclaimed “genetically superior” Diva
Charlotte vs. Naomi ended in a no contest
Charlotte and Naomi battled in heated competition on SmackDown until the match was shaken up by Team B.A.D.’s interference, which came after the former NXT Champion had the onetime Funkadactyl locked in the Figure-Eight. Although the match was originally ruled a no contest, The Authority announced it would restart as a tag team match.
Sasha Banks & Naomi def. Charlotte & Becky Lynch
The Divas revolution was in full force on SmackDown, as Team B.A.D. members Naomi & NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks picked up the win against Charlotte & Becky Lynch. After a spear to the reigning NXT Women’s Champion, Charlotte was in the driver’s seat. But a reversed rollup and a handful of tights helped Naomi pick up the victory over her new rival.
Stardust def. Zack Ryder
The Superstar that hails from the fifth dimension, Stardust delivered a villainous assault against “Long Island Iced-Z” Zack Ryder, connecting with the Queen’s Crossbow for the win. After the match, Stardust commented on the announcement that “Arrow” star Stephen Amell would be on Raw, and he asked his rival to “be his hero.”
Big Show’s giant SummerSlam message
Big Show proclaimed he was not only training and ready to defeat The Miz and Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam, but that he would also do so by knocking out The Big Guy.
Roman Reigns def. Rusev
Amid Roman Reigns and Rusev’s hard-hitting clash, Summer Rae tried to make her way into the ring, prompting Lana to arrive at ringside and come to blows with her sultry lookalike. The Divas’ brawl ended in a slap so potent that it left “hot Summer” trying to cool her face down! The Super Athlete subsequently blew a gasket, taking his frustrations out on Reigns. The Bulgarian Brute thought he had captured victory after hitting a superkick, but Reigns countered a second attempt before connecting with a crushing Spear. After Reigns was declared the winner, Bray Wyatt appeared on the TitanTron to formally accept his rival’s Family vs. Family SummerSlam challenge.