It was the second last episode of SmackDown Live before SummerSlam and as expected, the company offered an action-packed episode. Two new matches were announced for the 'Biggest Party of the Summer' this week.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston locked horns with United States Champion AJ Styles as the former pinned the latter.
Following a distraction from The Fiend, Dolph Ziggler managed to pin Finn Balor. Elsewhere on the show, the team of Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross defeated Ember Moon and Bayley.
Kevin Owens attained significant momentum after beating Drew McIntyre. We saw a rematch from Smackville when the Intercontinental Champion Nakamura faced Ali. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus was confronted by Charlotte Flair, while Roman was ambushed by a mysterious attacker to close out the show.
The blue brand continued the momentum from last week and it was an awesome episode this wee and here, we discuss three things WWE made clear on SmackDown Live.
#3. Ali will challenge Nakamura at SummerSlam
Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura faced Ali in a non-title match on SmackDown Live this week. Before the match, they also tussled at Smackville where Nakamura defeated Ali. However, the scenario was altered this week on SmackDown as Ali beat the champion.
Nakamura won the Intercontinental Title at Extreme Rules by defeating Finn Balor. The company gave us a hint of the rivalry between Ali and Nakamura when the former confronted the latter in a backstage interview. Considering that Ali pinned the champion this week, he could demand a title shot next week.
Ali skipped Super ShowDown, Stomping Grounds and Extreme Rules but he is expected to be a part of the biggest show of the summer. There is no denying that Ali and Nakamura are exceptional performers and they could tear the house down at SummerSlam.