WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results, Winners, Recap, Grades, Highlights (July 8, 2022)

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The SmackDown after Money in the Bank saw some big surprises!

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and The Bloodline started SmackDown. After the tribal chief had finished greeting, he asked Paul Heyman why he looked so concerned. Heyman hesitated before saying he was very concerned about Brock Lesnar’s return.

Heyman said he was concerned the Last Man Standing match might be too difficult for the Big Dog to win before Theory made his appearance, only to show his Money in the Bank briefcase as a veiled threat to the champion , before he went out.


WWE SmackDown Results (July 8, 2022): The Viking Raiders vs. Jinder Mahal & Shanky

The Vikings isolated Jinder early in the match and Shanky danced ringside. Jinder broke out of a hold and tried to make the tag, but Shanky wasn’t on the apron. The Raiders scored their finisher on Jinder and took the win!

Result: Viking Raiders def. Jinder Mahal & Shanky

Jinder and Shanky were mauled by Erik and Ivar when The New Day performed. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods taunted the Raiders, saying they ‘beat a** tickets’ before attacking them in the ring. The Vikings managed to take control of the situation and wipe them out before SmackDown continued.

Class: C


We saw footage of Baron Corbin attacking Pat McAfee after Money in the Bank went off the air. Corbin surfaced as a comment while McAfee was involved in a celebrity golf tournament.


Gunther was out next and said no one his level was in the dressing room before Shinsuke Nakamura walked to the ring. The Intercontinental Champion said the challenger had to earn the opportunity, so Nakamura challenged Ludwig Kaiser to a match.


Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser on SmackDown

Nakamura got a big snap suplex off the ropes early on before Gunther interfered and let Ludwig put in a few shots. Back on SmackDown after a hiatus, Shinsuke took a few knees in the stomach before Kaiser blocked a big boot and hit a suplex.

Kaiser dropped Nakamura but missed a knee kick, allowing Nakamura to land the Kinshasa for the win.

Result: C

After the match, Gunther hit Ludwig with three brutal blows as punishment for the lost fight.


Next, Liv Morgan was on SmackDown to celebrate her successful cash-in on Money in the Bank. Michael Cole told her that Ronda Rousey was already looking for a SmackDown Women’s Title rematch at SummerSlam and Liv said she was ready.

Natalya and then Ronda Rousey joined her in the ring and the former champion said she would take the title away from Morgan at SummerSlam. Natalya attacks Rousey, sending her out of the ring. Liv took Natalya out and sent her outside before SmackDown continued.


Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya on SmackDown

Rousey was in a match with Natalya when we came back from a break and she wanted to attack Nattie’s legs. Ronda herself was struggling to walk with her injured knee, and Nattie decided to run from the former champion before catching her at the entrance ramp and knocking her down.

Rousey curled an ankle lock onto the apron before moving things back to the ring and securing the hold twice more. Ronda transitioned into a knee bar before Natalya eventually knocked out.

Result: Ronda Rousey defeated. Natalia

Grade B


Drew McIntyre was backstage cheering for Clash at the Castle before saying he would be targeting whoever wins the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam.


Max Dupri was back on SmackDown with his models Mace and Mansoor presenting their “Tennis Collection”.


Lacey Evans had a fit because the crowd didn’t greet her properly. After performing three times, she refused to compete and attacked her own teammate Aliyah from the Women’s Rights Party.


Los Lotharios vs. The Usos – Tag Team Championship Contenders Match on SmackDown

The Lotharios took control of the game early on when they hit Jey with a double knee punch sending the Usos wide. Back in the ring, Humberto got an arm drag on Jimmy before Jey came in and hit a Samoa drop.

Angel broke the pin but Jimmy came in with a big super kick and took it out. Jey got the superkick on Humberto and switched to Jimmy before receiving the 1D for the win.

Result: The Usos def. Los Lotharios

After the match, Kayla Braxton showed us footage of the Usos’ botched win at Money in the Bank and said they will have a special guest referee at SummerSlam during the rematch.

Grade B


Drew McIntyre vs. Butch – The match of the undisputed WWE Universal Championship contender

Sheamus said he was ill and couldn’t compete tonight before sending Butch to compete for him.

Drew defeated Butch early and got a neckbreaker despite a distraction from Ridge Holland. Drew got a quick claymore and took the easy win.

Result: Drew McIntyre defeated. Butsch

Ridge attacked Drew after the match but took a Futureshock DDT before being sent out. Sheamus tried to get into the ring, but Drew retrieved his sword and cut the ring ropes before SmackDown blew up.

Class: C


Impact Rating: B

Ronda Rousey hinted at a rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Title at SummerSlam while Shinsuke Nakamura challenged Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship.


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