Welcome to EWrestling.com’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results for July 24, 2020!
Ewrestling.com’s own Matt Boone’s preview for tonight reminds us that TONIGHT: Jeff Hardy and Sheamus are set to throw down in a Bar Fight on SmackDown! Also, Naomi set to continue the conversation on “Miz TV”. Finally, Bayley & Sasha Banks set to address the championship landscape.
Featured below are WWE Friday Night SmackDown results from Jul 24, 2020 written by EWrestling.com’s newest female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown Live Results (7/24/2020) – Performance Center, Orlando, FL
Tonight’s July 24th 2020 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown is brought to you by Progressive, we are informed by Michael Cole on commentary. Corey Graves, also on commentary, welcomes us to the Performance Center in Orlando, FL.
As previously announced, the Bar Fight match between Sheamus and former alcoholic Jeff Hardy is announced to kick off tonight’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
Jeff Hardy Promo
We go to Jeff Hardy who starts off by stating, “Hello my name is Jeff Hardy and I’m an alcoholic. Tonight I meet Sheamus in a place that is now my enemy, in a Bar Fight. Hardy goes on to state, “I am Jeff Hardy, and tonight I’m going to beat the holy HELL out of Sheamus!”
Sheamus Response Promo
Next we flash to Sheamus who says the headache he gets in the bar tonight will not be from a hangover, it’ll be from a Brogue Kick delivered by Sheamus. Sheamus continues on to mock Hardy and says in the morning, that ache in Jeff Hardy’s head, won’t be from a hangover but from Sheamus delivering a Brogue Kick!
JBL Chimes In On “Bar Fight” Match
John “Bradshaw” Layfield informs us he’s had his fair share of bar fights. JBL goes on to state that he won’t give us his prediction right now for tonight’s “Bar Fight” match between Sheamus and Jeff Hardy. We then head into the Performance Center.
Sasha Banks & Bayley In-Ring
Sasha Banks music sounds as we enter the Performance Center. Michael Cole reviews the events at Extreme Rules where Banks believed she won the Women’s Title after Bayley put on the referee’s shirt and gave the three count, then bullied the timekeeper into ringing the bell. Cole then breaks down what took place at Monday’s Raw where Banks was informed she would be in a re-match this Friday for the title as she never actually won.
Banks starts, “Do you guys want to know the definition of greatness?” Banks and Bayley continue on showing us a literal definition of the word with their picture next to it. They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. Bayley states the women’s revolution started with them, and it’ll end with them. They’re officially ushering in a new era of greatness, and all the kids at home that “look up to them” need to watch them and see that their dreams can come true, but no matter how hard they try, they’ll never be as great as they are. The two laugh maniacally.
Enter Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss
Cross starts off, “You ruined my shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. You stole the Championship from Asuka!
“I’m going to start with you Bayley, because I want a shot at that championship, NOW!” Nikki shouts at Bayley. Bayley responds, “I won the match at Extreme Rules fair and square. You can have your title match, as long as she beats a worthy adversary. A former SmackDown champion, a future Hall of Famer, and her own best friend, Alexa Bliss, winner gets a title shot next week!
Nikki shoves Alexa shouting, “We have to!” and heads down the ramp. Alexa Bliss looks stunned as she sits on the stage at the top of the ramp from being shoved to the ground by her best friend and tag-team partner. We head to our first commercial break!
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match
Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross
As we return from commercial break, we see Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss standing inside the ring. Bayley and Sasha Banks are guests on commentary next to Michael Cole and Corey Graves. The referee signals the bell, the bell rings and the match officially begins!
Circling, collar and elbow, Cross backs her into the ropes, Bliss turns her around and puts her in the corner, Nikki out with a waistlock, Alexa with a wristlock, reversed. Reversed back, Cross busting out some World of Sport evasions and Bliss following right with her into the stalemate. Charging in, schoolboy for one, again they stalemate!
Bliss with a side headlock, Cross with a side headlock takeover, headscissors counter, again they stalemate. Go-behind, Alexa with the side headlock, shot off, duck the elbows, shove Nikki to the mat! Off hte ropes, drop down, arm drag, arm drag, Cross gets an armbar. Bliss posts to her feet, she gets whipped into the corner, slips away, but Nikki blocks the big right hand!
Up top, tornado DDT blocked, DDT blocked, Cross decks her with a lariat! Another one, a third, a basement dropkick and she’s fired up! Stinger Splash, short whip into another, running bulldog… NOPE! Looking for the neckbreaker, Alexa counters with the Nodowa Otoshi and dropkicks her out of the ring!
Looking for a dropkick through the ropes, Cross gets her hung up in the ring skirt but can’t capitalize because Bliss kicks her! They brawl into Sasha and Bayley at commentary and we go to break.
Back from commercial, trading forearms over the ropes, Cross gets a handful of hair but Bliss kicks her to the floor. Off the ropes, slingshot dropkick, Alexa thinking about the countout win but Nikki beats the count. Snapmare into a top wristlock, kicks, double knees and Cross rolls out of the ring.
Bliss follows after and throws her into the barricade before clobbering her with a lariat and rolling back inside to take the count. Again Nikki beats the count and Alexa puts boots to her, cover for two. Pressing the attack, back to the top wristlock, stepping on her ribs for good measure. Cross struggling, in the middle of the ring, nowhere to go until she manages to throw Bliss aside.
Jawbreaker, throat thrust, forearms back Alexa into the corner! Smashing her face into the turnbuckles, tornado DDT blocked, Bliss hits the Yoshi Tonic. Up top, jockeying for position, no dice, and Nikki hits the Regal Cutter when they’re both back down on the mat but her ribs give out and she can’t maintain the cover!
Nikki hits yet another Regal Cutter for the cover, Bliss is able to kick out once again! Nikki then looks for a Diving Crossbody, Bliss is able to move out of the way. Bliss looks for the come up, Nikki with a combo for the cover, gets the three count pin and win!
Winner and #1 Contender For WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Nikki Cross
Firefly Fun House
Firefly Fun House’s intro plays and warps and distorts as we go to cartoon version of the swamp briefly before getting a recap of the SWAMP FIGHT from Extreme Rules.
Bray Wyatt is in the Fun House and tells us that sure was fun. Family reunions warm his soul, and Braun Strowman came back home. He knows some of us are worried that he’s trapped in the swamp forever now, but it’s okay, that swamp is 100% certified organic.
The lantern says some unintelligible stuff and Bray tells it he thinks it’s done for now and he can’t let him out again.
It’s his turn now, and he has been unleashed. We cut to footage of the Fiend for those of us who don’t get it, but Bray laughs it off and waves goodbye.
We head into a video clip highlighting the events that took place between Riddle and AJ Styles during their match from last week’s SmackDown.
Matt Riddle Entrance
“Brooooo…” Matt Riddle’s music sounds in the arena as Riddle makes his way to the top of the stage. We head to commercial break as Riddle makes his way down the ramp towards the ring.
Matt Riddle vs. Tony Nese
We return from commercial break and tonight’s match-up is officially announced, the bell rings and the match begins. Riddle starts things off with a Waistlock Takedown into the rolling Karelin lifts and a high jump senton for two! Another senton, another two count, and Nese finally gets into it with an over the ropes bulldog and a springboard moonsault… NOPE! Bodyscissors applied, Matt posts to his feet and muscles him over for the Tombstone but Tony gets away from him!
Charging forearms in the corner set up the exploder suplex, off the ropes, Penalty Kick, hoisting him up, and landing a Tombstone Piledriver for the three count. Broooo!
Winner: Matt Riddle
After the Match
Riddle pics up the mic and says he’s kinda new here and doesn’t know how this works but he’s gonna give it a try, and he calls King Baron Corbin out.T
Enter King Baron Corbin
He says Riddle doesn’t get to just call him out, he’s gotta put in a formal request for an audience, and that request will be rejected because he doesn’t belong in his kingdom. Corbin said that Riddle has a little bit of talent and a “new car smell,” but that fades and you’re left with a fratboy with no shoes who looks like he just rolled out of bed, and he doesn’t belong in SmackDown.
He told him to go back NXT, or go to 205 Live because he’ll be a top guy there. Then Corbin put out a King’s Ransom for anyone who can prove that Riddle doesn’t belong in his kingdom. Then Riddle said that Corbin is the next special guest on the Bro Show.
Tony Nese Sneak Attack
Nese attacks from behind and Riddle lays him out with a roundhouse kick!
Backstage – The Miz and John Morrison
Miz and John Morrison are backstage chatting about hashtags, with Morrison pitching ideas and Miz turning them down as we go to commercial break.
JBL cut a promo about bar fights.
The Miz and John Morrison welcome us to Miz TV. They introduced their guest for the evening, Naomi, before talking about trends. She talked about last week’s loss and how #NaomiDeservesBetter trended on Twitter. She said it’s crazy to have that kind of support. It’s not easy to push herself in the ring, but she kept doing it.
They brought up how she went viral and how it doesn’t make any sense because she lost. Naomi said that they’re making her sick. They asked “how sick?” Then they gave themselves “five Seth Rollins’ pukes.”
Naomi said that she wasn’t trying to trend. Then she asked Miz what makes him think that he can dig at her and her fans. She said that’s why fans are behind her and want more for her. She got confrontational and Johnny Drip Drip said it’s about to get worse. Then Miz introduced Lacey Evans.
Lacey Evans Joins Miz TV
Lacey asked them if they’ve ever had their ass kicked so bad they became a hashtag. She said Naomi is washed up, and then she started to put on lipstick, but Naomi pushed her and it got lipstick all over her face. Lacey left all mad about her messed-up makeup.
Backstage – Kofi Kingston
We head backstage where we come upon Kofi Kingston who is standing with Big E. Kingston states that medical informed him he needs to be out of action for the next six weeks. Kingston then informs Big E that “it’s Big E time”.
Drew Gulak vs Lince Dorado vs Gran Metalik vs Shorty G
It is announced that the winner of this match will get a future IC Title shot against AJ Styles as we return from commercial break.
All four superstars are in the ring as the match is officially announced. The bell rings and this Fatal Four-Way number one contenders match is officially underway! To start things off, there is an equally balanced match all the way up to the commercial. Shorty and Drew ganged up on Metalik, but Dorado saved him. Then Shorty and Gulak wrestled a bit as they tried to outmatch each other. Shorty fired some forearms off on Metalik and the Gulak wanted to get involved.
Styles sat on commentary and mocked Metalik’s name. Then Dorado hit a body block for a two count. He hit another cross body off the top rope this time on Gulak for a two count. Then he hit a stunner for a two count, but it was broken up.
Shorty threw both Lucha House Party members into the corner and hit an exploder suplex to Gulak and then G hit another suplex for a two count. Suddenly, G got stuck in a Gu-Lock, but he got out of it and slapped on an ankle lock.
Dorado hit a splash on G from the top for a two count. Then Lince Dorado hit two moonsaults and went for a third, but Gulak caught him and then G got under Gulak and put him on his shoulders before G sent Gulak outside. Metalik hit an elbow off the ropes and got the win.
Winner and #1 Contender For IC Title Match Against AJ Styles Next Week: Gran Metalik
Otis & Mandy Rose Promo
Michael Cole makes mention of the current Money in the Bank briefcase holder, Otis and his “peach”, Mandy Rose. We see clips of the adorable couple as it’s announced that Otis and Mandy will be on the show next week.
Backstage – Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura
We head backstage where Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura brag about being the current SmackDown Tag Team Champions. They make mention of how happy they were about taking out Kofi.
Main Event – “Bar Fight” Match
Sheamus vs Jeff Hardy
We enter a bar where we see Sheamus come in first looking very ready for a fight with suspenders on. Sheamus took a shot and Jeff showed up. Hardy took a glass and told the referee that he’s just there for the three count.
Jeff said his brother had to delete his WWE career, but he’s here to recover it. Then Sheamus said Jeff is weak and pathetic and nobody cares about him. Jeff asked Sheamus if he’s still the bar. He is.
Hardy said he’s connected to everything now. He’s connected to the tv, everything including the bar. Sheamus said he’s the bar and Jeff is just a pathetic junkie.
Then Jeff Hardy tossed his beer in Sheamus face and they started brawling. Sheamus took control and slammed Hardy onto the bar. Then he dragged Hardy down the bar and knocked everything off of it. he beat Jeff up even more with clubbing blows to his exposed red chest.
Sheamus ordered a shot and Jeff hit a dive off the bar. Then they brawled down a hallway and Sheamus finally took advantage to drive Hardy off the walls and then he slammed a door on him several times.
They moved to the bathroom and Sheamus stuck Hardy’s face in a urinal and flushed it. Jeff Hardy slams the bartender through a table. Out of nowhere, Sheamus is back to his feet as he hits Hardy over the back with a chair, followed by placing a hat over Hardy’s face. Sheamus goes behind the bar and pours himself a drink, toasting Jeff and chugging it. “Referee get ready” Sheamus states. He removes the hat and Jeff Hardy’s eyes are glazed over and different colored as Hardy look possessed. Hardy knocks Sheamus to the ground. Hardy climbs to the top of the ladder, hitting a Swanton Bomb onto Sheamus. The referee counts to three and Hardy is the victor!
Winner: Jeff Hardy
After the Match
Hardy covers Sheamus’ face with the hat. Hardy closes and re-opens his eyes and they are back to normal. Hardy limps out of the bar as Sheamus stays on the floor of the bar. The show ends.