Following an outstanding Summerslam 2022 edition, WWE Smackdown will bring the fallouts from the premium live event. At the same time, we will also start the journey towards the next PLE in line for next month. While nothing has been confirmed for tonight’s show we do expect the two headliners to be present on the August 5 episode that takes place at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greensville, South Carolina.
In the main event of the WWE SummerSlam 2022 premium live event, Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match to retain the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. With that, he entered the 700th day of his landmark title reign that will now have to pass through the top-most babyface superstar present on WWE Smackdown.
Once Summerslam was over, the main event for WWE Clash at the Castle Premium Live Event was made official where Drew McIntyre will take on Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns for both of his coveted Titles. WWE has since also aired the vignette for this week’s WWE Smackdown containing these two and thereby hinting that the two might have a face-off, tonight.
McIntyre defeated Sheamus in an Old Fashioned Donnybrook Match on WWE Smackdown, last week to earn his rights for the title match. Then at Summerslam, The Scottish Warrior cut a promo at Summerslam to make fun of the multiple matches between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. He also claimed to win the Undisputed Title at Clash At The Castle, next month.
This will be the first WWE PPV in the UK in almost twenty years since the Raw branded Insurrextion PPV in 2003. It will also be the first joint brand PPV in the UK alongside the first stadium show in the UK in about thirty years. On such a mega occasion, the homeland favorite McIntyre is expected to win the title and hence, we expect a push to the WWE Smackdown superstar.
WWE Smackdown Preview (05/08/22): Ronda Rousey suspension story
In the co-main event of WWE SummerSlam 2022, Liv Morgan retained WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship against Ronda Rousey. The final pin-fall count of the match was controversial as Ronda was on her back while having Liv trapped in the Armbar.
Since Ronda’s shoulders were down on the mat, the referee began counting the pin when Liv tapped out. The referee didn’t see Liv’s tap during the second count and rather awarded the victory to Liv via pinfall.
Rousey initially thought that she won WWE Smackdown Women’s Title but that wasn’t the case. Being irate about the decision, she attacked both Liv and the referee after the match with her Armbar submission.
Due to this attack, it was announced by the WWE that Rousey won’t be appearing on WWE Smackdown as she’s fined and suspended,
“Following her attack on referee Dan Engler at SummerSlam, Ronda Rousey has been fined an undisclosed amount and will be suspended. An irate Rousey attacked the official after her SmackDown Women’s Title Match, claiming he missed Liv Morgan tapping out to the Armbar while he counted the pinfall. Due to her suspension, Rousey will not appear on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown.”
According to the reports of Wrestling Observer, this suspension won’t last long because Rousey is scheduled to be a part of the Clash At The Castle premium live event on September 3rd. That being said, the storyline suspension should be lifted, sooner than expected. More on the story should unfold on the post-Summerslam episode of WWE Smackdown.