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WWE SmackDown Live Results: June 19th 2018, Live Commentary and Results

Who will be AJ Styles' next challenger?
Updated: 20 June 2018 07:36 IST - Published: 20 June 2018 04:53 IST
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Happy Rusev Day to everyone! Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of SmackDown Live. We'll see you again next week for Monday Night RAW.
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There are tears of joy in Rusev's eyes as AJ Styles walks down to the ring.
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Rusev hits Miz with a massive Machka Kick and the locks in the Accolade. Miz taps out! Rusev is AJ Styles' next challenger!

Rusev wins
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Miz then goes for the "It" kicks. He misses the last one but recovers and hits a DDT for a 2-count.
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Miz rolls out of the ring and Rusev follows. Miz sends Rusev crashing into the steel ring steps and rolls him back inside. He covers Rusev for a 2-count.
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Rusev reaches the ropes and catches Miz with a series of kicks.  He follows it up with a spinning wheel kick.
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The Miz vs Rusev

Rusev is out next. Miz and Rusev go back and forth. The fans are behind Rusev as Miz has  him in a headlock.
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The Miz vs Daniel Bryan

The Miz is out next. He takes advantage of the mess Bryan is and hits him with the Skull Crushing Finale and pins him. Easy pickings.

Daniel Bryan is eliminated
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Bryan follows it up with the Yes Kicks but  Joe catches the last one. Bryan promptly hits an enzeguiri. Joe rolls out of the ring and Bryan goes for a baseball slide. Joe catches Bryan in a Coquina. Bryan maneuvers out of the Coquina and beats the referees 10-count but Joe doesn't.

Samoa Joe is eliminated

The Bludgeon Brothers come out and hit Bryan with their double team finisher.
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Back from the break, Joe is back to chopping Bryan. Joe goes or a Coquina Clutch but Bryan dumps him out of the ring. Bryan goes to the apron and catches him with a flying knee strike.

Back in the ring, Bryan heads to the top rope and hits a dropkick.
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Bryan breaks free and goes after Joe's knee, slamming it against the ring post. Joe recovers and takes Bryan down and follows it up with a Senton for a 2-count.
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Joe follows it up with chops and kicks to Bryan, who's on his knees. Bryan maneuvers out of a backdrop but Joe hits him with a Powerbomb and transitions into the Boston Crab. Joe turns it into an STF and then trasitions into a Crossface.
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Daniel Bryan vs Samoa Joe

Joe's all over Bryan, hitting him with repeated chops in the corner. Bryan replies with a knee and then chops of his own. Joe replies with a beautiful powerslam out of nowhere.
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E goes fr another Spear in the corner but hits the ring post. Bryan follows it with the running knee and pins Big E,

Big E is eliminated

The next man in is Samoa Joe. No respite for Bryan.
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Big E hits Daniel Bryan with a massive spear and both men crash out of the ring. Big E should really stop hitting that spear through the ropes.
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Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but transitions into a Triangle Choke. big E dead lifts Bryan but Bryan breaks free goes for the Hell Hook again.
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Bryan trips Big E and he goes face-first into the turnbuckle. Bryan follows it up with a hurracanrana from the top rope and he follows it up with a series of running dropkicks to the corner. Big E explodes out of the corner  on the last dropkick and ends Bryan inside out with a clothesline.

Big E follows it up with a backbreaker to cover Bryan for a 2-count.
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Daniel Bryan goes for a diving headbutt but lands face first into the match. Big E has a standing backbreaker locked in on Bryan but Bryan ories apart E's fingers and breaks free.
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Big E replies with a Big Splash tp Bryan on the apron as we head to commercial.
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#1 Contender's Gauntlet Match 

Daniel Bryan vs Big E

Bryan and Big E start us off. Bryan goes for the Heel Hook early but can't lock it in. He goes for a surfboard lock and transitions it into a Dragon Sleeper. Big E breaks free but Bryan is relentless as he catches Big E with boots to the side before starting to focus on Big E's elbow.
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Rowan boots Gallows into the ring announcer's era and they hit Anderson with their finisher for the 3-count. Bludgeon Brothers return.

Bludgeon Beothers def. Gallows and Anderson
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Anderson tags himself in to a massive pop and hits Harper with a spinebuster. He then dumps Rowan out of the ring but Harper hits him with a spinning sideslam.
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Harper and Rowan trade tags as they continue punishing Gallows. Gallows knocks Rowan off the apron with a big boot and hits Harper with a superkick.
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Bludgeon Brothers (C) vs Gallows and Anderson (for the SmackDown Tag-Team Championships)

Rowan and Gallows start us off and Rowan is treating Gallows like a man half his size. Rowan has Gallows perched on the top corner and Rowan hits a nasty superplex. Anderson breaks up the count and Harper and Rowan destroy him at ringside. Rowan follows it up with a big splash to Gallows for a 2-count.
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The SmackDown Tag-Team title match is next.
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SAniTy finally make their SmackDOwn debut and they don't even wait for the bell to ring. They attack The Usos right away. Wolfe and Young hold Jey Uso as Dain crushes Jimmy Uso with a Vader Bomb. SAniTy take care of Jey Uso next and we don't even get a chance for the match to begin.
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Becky found and opening and hit a clothesline off the top rope. She followed it up with a heel kick followed by another Bexploder. Becky headed to the top rope again but Royce tried to intervene. Lynch chased her away and dumped Kay outside the ring too. Lynch went to hit both women with a crosssbody but only hit Royce.
Becky got back in the ring and locked in the Dis-Arm-Her on Billie Kay who quickly tapped out.

Becky Lynch def. Billie Kay
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Back from the break, Kay was in control of Becky and had a headlock locked in. Becky made it back to her feet but Kay took her down with a forearm. With the referee distracted, Royce hit Becky with a cheap shot from ringside.
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Billie Kay vs Becky Lynch
Becky came in fired up and went right after Billie Kay. A Bexplex early from Lynch send Kays rolling out of the ring as we head to commercial.
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We're back from the break and the IIconics are in the ring. They ask whatever there was to do in the city of Toldedo and Billie Kay answers the question saying that the city has a zoo. Kay then asked Becky how her MITB match had gone on Sunday. Royce added that Lynch was a loser and would never amount to anything other than being Charlotte's "troll of a sidekick".
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Asuka's music hit again and this time it was the real Asuka. Ellsworth confronted Asuka and he was brushed away by the Empress of Tomorrow. Carmella used the distraction to hit Asuka with a Superkick before making her exit, stage left, with Ellsworth.
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SmackDown Live kicks off with SmackDown Women's Champion Carmella. She came out and reminded fans that "Mella is money" before Asuka's music hit. Carmella looked afraid for a split-second but it turned ot to be Ellsworth dressed as Asuka again. Ellsworth came down to the ring and said "No one was ready for Ellsworth'.
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On Sunday at WWE Money in the Bank, WWE Champion AJ Styles ended one of the most grueling chapters in his reign, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura decisively in a Last Man Standing Match to retain the title. However, there is no rest for the champion, as he must prepare for his next defense on Sunday, July 15, at WWE Extreme Rules. His challenger will be determined in a Gauntlet Match. Who from Team Blue will step up and earn this huge opportunity?