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WWE Smackdown Results July 17th 2018, Live Commentary & Updates

What does Smackdown hold for us?
Updated: 18 July 2018 07:27 IST - Published: 18 July 2018 08:38 IST
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Back from the break, Nakamura's looking for the Kinshasa but Hardy takes him down with a clothesline. Nakamura goes for a second Kinshasa and this time Jeff hits the Twist of Fate. He follows it up with the Swanton and goes for the cover but Randy Orton appears out of nowhere again and attacks Jeff Hardy.

Jeff Hardy wins by DQ
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Jeff follows it out by a Russian Leg Sweep before rolling Nakamura up. Jeff almost get the 3-count but the champ kicks out at the last second.
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Nakamura goes for a knee drop but Jeff rolls out of the way. Nakamura feels his knee as Jeff sees an opening, hitting Nakamura with a Jawbreaker.
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Nakmaura then sends hardy face-first into the top turnbuckle before lodging his boot under Jeff's jaw.
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Shinsuke Nakamura (C) gs Jeff hardy (for the US Championship)

Jeff Hardy for his contractual rematch tonight but it didn't start off well. Nakamura is dominating the opening stages of the match as he viciously locks in a headlock.
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As Kofi heads to the top rope to finish EY off, the rest of SAnitY get involved, Dain tosses Woods into Kingston and EY follows it up with the Youngblood for the win.

Eric Young def. Kofi Kingston
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Kofi goes for Trouble In Paradise but EY dodges it. Kingston then tosses Young off the top rope for a nearfall. A frustrated Kingston followed it with the SOS but EY kicked out again.
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Kofi Kingston vs Eric Young

New Day and SAnitY's feud continues as Kofi Kingston faces Eric Young. Kofi uses his experience to stay on top early on, staying out of Young's reach for the most part of the opening stages. Kofi then dumps EY outside the ring as we head to commercial.
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Miz says that Daniel Bryan's days of main-eventing Mania are over which leads to Daniel's music playing. Bryan attacks Miz from behind before taking out his frustration at the pall bearers.
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Miz calls for a moment of silence for Team Hell No. He then adds that the only reason Team Hell No reunited was so that Daniel Bryan could relive his greatest hits before adding that Bryan's return from injury was a bust.
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We return from commercial to organ music playing as Miz walks out dressed in Black, with an associate carrying a Kane mask. Miz thanked the fans for being there and said he was as sad as any of them. Miz added that tonight wasn't about him, but instead about Daniel Bryan and Kane.
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The Miz holds a funeral for Team Hell No. NEXT!
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Samoa Joe vs Tye Dillinger

This match barely lasted 5 mins. Joe went right after Dillinger, destroying him at ringside before locking in the Coquina Clutch in the middle of the ring, putting Tye to sleep.

Samoa Joe def. Tye Dillinger
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Mandy Rose vs Becky Lynch

Mandy Rose starts off string as she takes Becky down with a dropkick which she followed up with a running knee strike. Mandy locks in a modified  standing clutch but Becky breaks free and rolls Rose up. Becky follows it up with a Bexploder. She then locks in the Dis-Arm-Her and Rose taps out in no time.

Becky Lynch def. Mandy Rose
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AJ looks for a superplex in the corner but Almas hangs Styles up on the ropes and hits a double stomp which he folllows up with the double knees. Almas looks to finish AJ off with a Hammerlock DDT but AJ locks in a Calf Crusher to make Almas tap out.

AJ Styles def. Andrade 'Cien' Almas
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Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Almas catches him in the knee with a spinning back fist, sending him crashing to the floor. Almas looks to follow up with the moonsault but AJ rolls away, or at least tries. Almas lands on his feet and hits a standing moonsault.
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Back from commercial, Almas takes Styles down with a single-legged dropkick. He follows it up witth a backbreaker modified into a reverse DDT. Almas looks to follow up with his trademark double knees in the corner but AJ catches him and hits the Ushi Goroshi for a 2-count,
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AJ Styles vs Andrade 'Cien' Almas

Styles and Almas go back and forth in the opening stages. Almas then uses an Irish Whip by Styles to hang onto the middle and top rope in his trademark fashion to avoid a dropkick by Styles.
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Shinsuke Nakamura is backstage with Renee Young. Renee asks him for his thoughts and Nakamura calls Jeff Hardy a sad clown who hides his tears with his facepaint.
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SmackDown kicks off with former US Champion Jeff Hardy. Hardy isn't happy with Nakamura after what happened at Extreme Rules. Jeff said that Nakamura attacked him from behind with a low blow because he was afraid.

Jeff finished off his promo by saying he would win his title back.
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The WWE Universe was stunned by Shinsuke Nakamura’s United States Championship victory at WWE Extreme Rules, which saw him hit Jeff Hardy with a low blow before the bell, then bulldoze him with a Kinshasa for the three-count and the title.

Though he also suffered a post-match low blow from a returning Randy Orton, Hardy demanded his contractually obligated rematch for tonight on SmackDown LIVE. Paige has granted The Charismatic Enigma’s wish, but will he be recovered enough to dethrone The King of Strong Style?

AJ Styles fended off the challenge of Rusev at WWE Extreme Rules, retaining his WWE Championship when Aiden English’s meddling backfired on The Bulgarian Brute.

With Rusev in his rearview mirror and SummerSlam rapidly approaching, will anyone step up to challenge The Phenomenal One?

Asuka may have thought she had Carmella all to herself with James Ellsworth suspended above the ring in a shark cage. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop Ellsworth from meddling in the bout, first by dropping foreign objects into the ring to the SmackDown Women’s Champion, then by escaping the cage and inadvertently distracting The Empress of Tomorrow, allowing Carmella to shove Asuka head-first into the cage and steal the victory.

After a vicious beating at the hands of The Bludgeon Brothers, Daniel Bryan had the unenviable task of facing Harper & Rowan by himself for most of their SmackDown Tag Team Title Match on Sunday. Though Kane came out to even the odds, he did so in a walking boot for a broken ankle, leaving the door open for The Bludgeon Brothers to retain their titles.
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