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WWE SmackDown Results, Live Updates, Highlights & Commentary online from Friday Night SmackDown before Extreme Rules (17th July 2020)

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 18, 2020 08:27 IST

Will Riddle become the new IC Champion?

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Well, that's it for SmackDown folks! There are two PPVs this weekend, be sure to follow us here at Sportskeeda for all the news, live results and more! 

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Styles, belt over his shoulder, walks up to Riddle who's understandably upset. He offers his hand to Riddle, leading to a handshake between the two. 

Just as they do, King Corbin blindsides him. Styles doesn't help Riddle, however, deciding to leave him to the hands of the Lone Wolf King. An End of Days leaves Matt Riddle laying. 

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AJ Styles defeats Matt Riddle via pinfall. 

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Riddle fights out of the Calf Crusher and nearly locks in he Bromission, but Styles is able to squirm out and roll his challenger up for the win! 

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Riddle counters a dive from AJ and sets up for the BroDerick, but AJ escapes. A Broton connects. They trade strikes yet again, and Styles is able to trap Riddle in the middle of the ring with the Calf Crusher. 

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Riddles again escapes the Styles Clash, only to get brought over the ropes for an incredibly devastating brainbuster. 

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Riddle sets Styles up in the corner but is rocked with a superkick, setting Styles up for a running forearm smash. Riddle blocks the Styles Clash and escapes an Ushigoroshi attempt. 

Riddle rocks Styles with the Final Flash Knee Strike and moves up for the Floating Bro, but Styles dodges. 

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Styles flies out of the corner with a brutal clothesline. Riddle shakes it off, leading to a strike trade between the two. Styles seemingly got the best of his challenger but was caught with a surprise German suplex. 

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Bro 2 Sleep and the powerbomb sets up for the Final Flash Knee Strike. Styles somehow manages to kick out. 

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Riddle catches Styles with a forearm in the corner and follows up with an exploder suplex. The running broton and penalty kick rock the Phenomenal One. 

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Styles focuses on the left leg, looking to soften up Riddle for the Calf Crusher. 

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Back from commercial, and Riddle is just demolishing Styles. Knees to the ribs set Riddle up for an armbar attempt, but Styles gets to the ropes. A bridging fisherman suplex gets a two-count. 

Styles does turn things around, though, hanging Riddle up in the ropes and following up with a wheelbarrow facebuster. 

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A nasty kick to the head lays out Styles as we go to break. 

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A double gutwrench suplex takes Styles to the floor. As Styles gets back on the apron, a springboard knee rocks the champion. 

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Riddle locks up with Styles and brings him to the corner. The Original Bro, though, is met with a series of elbows and shoulder trusts, momentarily stunning him.  

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It's tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime for your MAIN EVENT!! Matt Riddle vis AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship! 

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Cross, like a hound dog hearing sirens in the distance, perks up when Bayley and Sasha round the corner. She lays out Bayley before getting pulled away by Bliss. 

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Bayley and Sasha Banks insult Nikki Cross when interviewed by Kayla Braxton. Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss react to it, and Cross says that her confidence has been shattered. 

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Jeff Hardy is asked about his upcoming barroom brawl with Sheamus next week. Sheamus cold cocks him, laying him out while te Celtic Warrior reminds him that he can't run from his demons. 

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Lacey ties Naomi's hair around the ropes, and the distraction allows her to rock the former SmackDown Women's Champion with a Women's Right. 

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Naomi and Lacey seem evenly matched early on, but a duck of the Women's Right allows Naomi to send Lacey to the apron with a headscissors takedown. An enziguri rocks Lacey. 

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It's time for Lacey Evans vs Naomi. Now, remember Lacey, the veteran who was part of the first women's match in Saudi Arabia and has spent months defending her daughter against Bayley and Sasha...turned heel because she lost a karaoke contest. 

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Oh, they don't use the stretcher. THEN WHY BRING OUT THE STRETCHER?!?!?

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Morrison is so damaged that he has to be taken out of the ring by a stretcher. 

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After the match, Strowman speaks to Bray Wyatt, reminding him that on Sunday he'll be coming home. What's gonna happen at the Wyatt Swamp Fight? 

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Braun Strowman defeats John Morrison via pinfall. 

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A deadlift one-handed chokeslam spikes Morrison. Strowman begins to laugh before locking in his old standing anaconda vice submission. An out cold Morrison gets planted with the powerslam for an easy win for the Universal Champion. 

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Well, Morrison is launched across the ring and manhandled by Braun Strowman. Of course he is, Strowman looks like a standing Bear. 

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Strowman rambles on about how if he doesn't destroy Bray on Sunday, the Fiend will emerge and end him. Oddly enough, that's something I alluded to in the article above! 

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Strowman says that on Sunday, he'll slap the devil himself in the face. Tonight, though? He's slapping that Hollywood smile off Morrison's head. 

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Speaking of embracing the monster, it's time for John Morrison vs Braun Strowman! 

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According to Wyatt, Strowman didn't embrace the monster he was destined to be, so he must destroy the one Strowman has become. 

Hasn't embraced the monster? Strowman has embraced the monster all over the WWE roster...take that for what you will. 

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Much like Hotel California, once you enter this swamp, you can never truly leave. Wyatt knows that deep inside, his monster is just waiting to come home. On Sunday, he'll bring back his lost sheep. 

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