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WWE SmackDown Results July 4th 2017, live commentary and updates, Kevin Owens' opponent for Battleground confirmed

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Updated: 05 July 2017 13:34 IST - Published: 05 July 2017 07:33 IST
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Key Highlights of Smackdown 4th, July 2017

- John Cena made a return to WWE but his homecoming was interrupted by a returning Rusev, who challenged him to a match. The two will battle it out at Battleground in a flag match.

- AJ Styles and Chad Gable were pitted against each other and the winner of the fight would enter the Independence Day Battle Royal later that day. Styles won the match and took one step further in facing Kevin Owens for the US Championship

- 'Carmellabration' - Carmella and Ellsworth's celebration of Carmella's victory the previous week was interrupted first by Naomi and later by SmackDown GM, Daniel Bryan. Bryan suspended Ellsworth for 30 days and fined him $10,000.

- The Naomi vs Lana match ended as soon as it started as Naomi put Lana in a Headscissors Crucifix Choke and the Ravishing Russian tapped out.

- The Rap Battle between The New Day and The Usos brought a lot of laughs (and some controversy). The New Day were crowned winners by rapper, Wale.

- The Randy Orton vs Aiden English ended in disqualification for The Viper as he repeatedly beat English with various objects to possibly send a message to Jinder Mahal. 

- The Independence Day Battle Royal had 15 wrestlers compete for a chance to face Kevin Owens at Battleground. In the end, it came down to Sami Zayn and AJ Styles - the last two in the ring. Styles hit Zayn with a Pele Kick and was knocked out of the ring.
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Kevin Owens, from the announce table, runs into the ring and takes a shot at Styles and taunts at him. Styles hits Owens with the enzuigiri and KO scurries out of the ring. AJ Styles will face Kevin Owens for the United States Championship at WWE Battleground!
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Both wrestlers are going at it and Styles kicks Zayn, who was holding on to the ropes, to eliminate him! Styles wins! 
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Dillinger tries to eliminate both at the same time but both Zayn and Styles hold on the ropes. Zayn recovers and eliminates Dillinger, who looked threatening! Zayn is sizing up Styles, who is facing his second match of the night. Zayn goes for a few punches, but Zayn hits a suplex and goes for the Helluva kick but Styles moves out. Zayn is now on the apron and tries to suplex Styles out of the ring. 
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Sami Zayn, AJ Styles and Tye Dillinger are the three wrestlers in the ring and Dillinger is taking both Styles and Zayn to the cleaners. He looks up for it and chomping at the bit to eliminate both.
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Back from the commercial break, Fandago is eliminated from Erick Rowan. Tyler Breeze is thrown out by Rowan but Fandago holds on to his tag team partner and throws him back in the ring. Rowan gets his throw on point the next time, and Breeze is eliminated. Rowan is eliminated by Sin Cara; Konnor was eliminated by Harper and Harper was eliminated by Mojo Rawley. Rawley throws out his partner, Zack Ryder, before he himself is eliminated.
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Dolph Ziggler is eliminated! Luke Harper clotheslines him out of the ring, and Ziggler is the first man eliminated from the contest.
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The action begins and Dolph Ziggler is almost eliminated as he's thrown over the ropes by Sami Zayn but he holds on to the ropes and gets back inside. Styles is almost eliminated, but again, holds on to the ropes. 
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Kevin Owens is ringside with the commentary team, possibly taking notes of the man he'll face at Battleground.
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The rules for the Battle Royale are simple: get thrown over the top of the ropes and you're out of the competition. The last man standing wins and gets a chance to face Kevin Owens for the United States Champion at Battleground. 
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Renee Young interviews Maria Kanellis and Mike Kanellis about their 'Power of Love' before Sami Zayn interferes and says that he's a fan of their 'Power of Love' before running off to make an entrance in the Independence Day Battle Royal.
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Tyler Breeze is dressed as a female journalist and interviews Tye Dillinger with Fandango lurking behind him! Dillinger says that Breezango are a threat in the Independence Day Battle Royal.
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Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Tye Dillinger, Erick Rowan, Jason Jordan, Sin Cara, one of The Colons, Breezango, Hype Bros, and The Ascension will take part in the Independence Day Battle Royal tonight!
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