WWE fans still recovering from Brock Lesnar v Samoa Joe and the ambulance-trashing antics of Roman Reigns at Raw pay-per- view Great Balls of Fire.
But the superstars of SmackDown LIVE are already gearing up their next major PPV, Battleground on July 23. Here are seven things we learnt from SmackDown
The US Open Challenge is back
AJ Styles – who beat Kevin Owens for the WWE US title over the weekend – opened the show by bringing back a popular gimmick: the US Open Challenge.
John Cena answered the challenge, but before Cena and Styles could renew their old rivalry, Owens and Rusev attacked them – setting up a tag team match for later in the show.
Styles is still scheduled to face Owens one-on-one at Battleground – but let’s hope the US Open Challenge is now a permanent fixture again.
Jinder looked a perfect 10 against Tye Dillinger
For all the criticisms hurled at Jinder Mahal, the ‘Modern Day Maharajah’ is getting on with the job of being WWE Champion – and steadily improving.
His upcoming match with the boring Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison – one of WWE’s worst ever gimmick matches – will be a slog.
But he looked solid against Tye Dillinger last night.
And for once, Jinder didn’t need the help of the Singh brothers to win.
It’s bad news for Dillinger though. He’s only just made it back to TV and he’s already being jobbed out.
Nakamura v Corbin shouldn’t be happening now
The Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamua feud intensified last night when the pair had a pull-apart brawl.
But WWE has picked a bad time to put them together in a feud.
The men are both future headliners for the SD brand – and both need momentum.
If Baron wins the feud, then Nakamura – who was a force to be reckoned with on NXT – will have lost his second feud on main roster WWE, and a mid-card one at that.
If Nakamura wins, then Corbin looks like even less credible as the Money in the Bank briefcase holder – and a less worthy champion when he cashes in.
Shouldn’t they be respectively feuding with different superstars, who are either expendable or can handle the losses?
If only WWE was more willing to have up-and- comers go over John Cena.
Tamina is finally getting her push
Last week Tamina formed an alliance with Lana – and this week scored the pinfall over Charlotte in a tag match that also included Natalya and Becky Lynch.
It looks like WWE is finally going to do something with Tamina – the daughter of Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka – after years of having her stand around and try to look menacing.
Tamina could now be line for a shot against Women’s Champion Naomi.
But with Charlotte, Becky, Natalya, and Carmella on the SD roster, it’s another case of WWE picking the least interesting talent of the bunch for a push.
Love hurts for Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn had yet another backstage confrontation with heelish lovebirds Maria and Mike Kanellis.
This time Sami asked some questions that have sure been on everybody’s minds the past few weeks.
He said: “What do you actually do here? Mike, do you compete here? What is all this about?”
Zayn quickly got his answer when Maria slapped him and Mike smashed a vase of flowers over his head. So the lovers do have some fight in them after all.
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FIVE FEET OF FURY
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IS IT OVER?
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The Hype Bros are about to split-ski
To celebrate being in San Antonio, Texas, Breezango lampooned Walker, Texas Ranger for this week’s Fashion Files skit.
Attempting to arrest Zack Ryder for wearing a bad suit, Breezango stumbled across a building story between Ryder and his partner Mojo Rawley.
There are tensions between the partners after Rawley eliminated Ryder for the Independence Day battle royal last week – and a heel turn from Rawley is imminent.
It’s about time WWE pushed Rawley, who’s been treading water since his surprise win in the Andre the Giant battle royal at WrestleMania.
Cena and Styles make a phenomenal team
AJ Styles and John Cena put their past differences aside by teaming against Owens and Rusev in the WWE SmackDown Live main event.
They got the win after hammering KO with a Pele kick and Attitude Adjustment combo.
Rusev must be kicking himself that he’s been booked to feud with Cena after returning from such a long break from action.
Any chances of Rusev being rebuilt for a main event spot will be ruined when Cena inevitably steamrolls over him in their match at WWE Battleground.
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