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Fourth of July Intro
Welcome to Smackdown Live and we kick things off with the return everyone has been talking about. The free agent himself, John Cena. Cena says he can't be rattled tonight because he is fired up and we get a "Let's Go Cena/Cena Sucks" chant from the crowd
Cena says he is fired up because today is Independence Day and says America was built on an idea. A concept that anyone can come to America and achieve what they want and today is not only a day to have fun but to stand up and celebrate the american dream
He says everytime he steps into the ring he wants to compete with the best especially as of late because a lot of superstars are starting up rumours about his future saying he's gone all hollywood and a part timer
Cena says he is not a part timer. He's an all timer and the reason he is a free agent is because if he's nearing the end of his career he's going down in a blaze of glory. He drops a list of names and says line them up and he will knock them down and calls himself a man with nothing to lose. Today the franchise is back and the champ is here an dhe couldn't think of a better time because today is Independence Day.
Rusev makes his way out. Rusev says he works so hard in the same ring Cena's standing in where Rusev got hurt. Cena's out making movies and they're running commercials for two months about John Cena's return while he's at home working to make his way back. He sent messages to Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon with no response so he's here tonight. Cena talks about opportunity but Cena will not take any opportunities away from Rusev. Cena's american dream is a lie just like America is a joke
Cena says they're not in bulgaria. They're in the USA. Cena then asks the crowd if America is a joke. Maybe it is but every joke has a punchline and tells Rusev to come down to the ring and he'll punch Rusev in the mouth. Rusev then continues to insult the WWE Universe. The crowd starts a "USA" chant.
Cena says to forgive Rusev he's been away for too long and had time to think which isn't always a good idea. They're not bossing anyone around it's just when Rusev bosses them around they're not afraid to stand and fight and challenges Rusev to a good old fashioned Flag Match
Rusev accepts but Cena isn't going to boss him around. They're going to fight on Rusev's time. Cena tells him to run away like a coward then sends him off with a song as he leads the crowd in a "USA" chant
Backstage: Chad Gable walks into Daniel Bryan's office followed by AJ Styles. Bryan says he's sick of Kevin Owens and been calling him all week saying Gable and Styles don't belong in the battle royal. What Bryan proposes is a match. Chad Gable vs AJ Styles in a "Win And You're In Match" and that match is next
WIN AND YOU'RE IN: CHAD GABLE VS AJ STYLES
They lock up and Gable with a waist lock take down. Gable with another waist lock take down. Gable holds on to the waist lock as Styles tries to find a way to escape. Styles lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and he kicks Gable in the leg. Styles with a Phenomenal Drop Kick
Styles with a front face lock and Gable backs Styles into the corner. Gable with a punch but Styles with an Irish whip and Gable floats over and gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Styles with another kick to the leg and he tries for a suplex but Gable blocks it. Gable with a double leg take down and Styles with a head scissors that sends Gable into the ropes. Gable with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Gable with a knee drop to the elbow and he does it a second time. Gable with a key lock. Styles with a chop but Gable chops back. Styles with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker.
Styles goes to the apron for a moment but then he returns to the ring and sends Gable into the turnbuckles. Styles kicks Gable and then he goes to the apron. Styles goes up top and Gable stops him. Styles with a head butt to send Gable to the mat. Gable goes for a belly-to-belly superplex but Styles holds on and gets to his feet and he drops Gable on the turnbuckles. Gable stops Styles on a springboard move. Gable lands on his feet on a moonsault attempt when Styles moves.
Styles suplexes Gable into the turnbuckles. Gable counters a Styles Clash attempt with an ankle lock and he pulls Styles into the center of the ring when Styles goes for the ropes. Gable holds on as Styles tries to counter. Styles applies the Calf Crusher but Gable escapes by rolling through. Styles with strikes to Gable but Gable with a German suplex and both men are down.
Gable goes for Chaos Theory but Styles counters with a rollup for a near fall. Styles with a Pele Kick but Styles cannot capitalize. Gable sends Styles to the apron and Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm for the three count.
The winner of the match: AJ Styles
Post Match: Styles helps Gable up and he gives him a nod of approval before leaving the ring.
Backstage: Mojo Rawley opens his bag in the back and he has a Hype Bros shirt. Zack Ryder enters and he tells Mojo to stop worrying about last week. They have to put what happened last week behind them. Ryder says he talked to Daniel Bryan and they are in the battle royal tonight. Mojo says Ryder made a mistake because Mojo reminds him he just won the ultimate battle royal.
James says he is cancelling Independence Day because we are here to celebration something more important, a Carmellabration. Carmella asks if you thought someone else was going to win the contract. You wanted to right a wrong and force Daniel Bryan to strip her of her contract. Carmella says the Rolling Stones said it best when they said you can't always get what you want . . . unless your name is Carmella. Carmella says she has all the power. She determines when she defeats Naomi to win the title.
Naomi's music interrupts and she makes her way to the ring. Naomi congratulates on Carmella for being able to call herself Ms. Money in the Bank. Naomi reminds Carmella that she is the Women's Champion. That contract gives you the power to cash in for a title match anytime, any place. She says her eyes will be open to watch. She tells Ellsworthless that somebody else has words for him.
Daniel Bryan comes out and he asks James what is he going to do with him. Daniel tells James to shut up because it was a rhetorical question. Daniel says he knows what he is going to do with James. James is barred from the arena. James wonders how will he get back in.
Daniel laughs at James and tells him he was fined $10,000. He also tells James not to expect a paycheck for 30 days because he is suspended. He tells James if he breaks any rules he just set, then Carmella loses the contract. Carmella tells James to leave.
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: NAOMI VS LANA
Naomi with a kick and then she rolls through into the FTG and Lana taps out
The winner of the match: Naomi
Post Match: Tamina Snuka makes her way to the ring and she turns her attention to Lana. Tamina tells Lana to get up and let's go.
Shinsuke Nakamura is in the back and he is attacked by Baron Corbin with the briefcase. Baron asks Nakamura if he looks afraid of him. Nakamura with forearms and officials have to separate them.
The New Day make their way to the ring and they are joined by the remaining members of the Rosebuds.
Wale explains the rules. It needs to stay clean.
Big E says the Usos eat off the table they set. Before the New Day it was dark matches. He says they should could be called Chuck E Cheeks because they are butts. He tells them to say hi to their pops because even Rikishi knows New Day Rocks.
Jimmy says the New Day and Usos in a Rap Off, it can't be. What are they going to talk about? Unicorns. Jey says they will talk about Double Ds and how Woods is only 5' 1" instead of 5' 3". Jey says Big E was so predictable because they know about his pops. What about your pops.
Jey wants to keep it PG. Jimmy tells him not to go Rated R like his boy Xavier Woods.
Kofi takes over and he says Jimmy looks like he has never been in or worked out in a gym. That is true for you too because you are his twin. He tells them that they need to stop. Kofi says they have muffin tops. He wants to know why they are wrestling in shirts. Kofi says they have a first trimester pooch. They are rocking weenie do. That is when your gut hangs out more than your weenie do.
Jey asks if Kofi was Jamaican but Jimmy says he was Jafakin. They are giving Jamiacans a bad name. Jimmy says if Ron Simmons was here, he would say DAMN. They say that in order to win tonight, they will need to find a fourth New Day member.
Xavier takes over and he says the New Day always says dress for the job you want, not the job you already have. They look like a million bucks while the Usos look like divorced dads. Woods says that Jim was nothing until your wife put you on Total Divas. You both used to wear face paint and bright colors. You saw the New Day coming on the horizon. You should go back to doing what you did best . . . carrying bags . . . for Roman. Jimmy pushes Woods and it all breaks down.
Wale disqualifies The Usos and the winners are the New Day.
Randy Orton is walking backstage
RANDY ORTON VS AIDEN ENGLISH
English attacks Orton and kicks him in the corner and sends Orton to the floor. English sends Orton into the announce table and then the ring steps another time. English sends Orton into the ringside barrier and English with a running elbow. English gets a near fall. English gets another near fall. English with a reverse chin lock. Orton with punches to English followed by a power slam.
English is sent to the floor as Orton recovers and he goes to the floor as well. Orton with a clothesline on the floor and then he sends English over the announce table. Orton punches English against the announce table. Orton with an Irish whip that sends English into the ringside barrier and then the ring post. Orton with a belly-to-back suplex onto the announce table. Orton removes the cover to the table and he hits an IEDDT. Orton picks up the top of the ring steps and the referee warns Orton that he will be disqualified if he uses the steps. Orton does not care and he hits English with them and the referee calls for the bell.
The winner of the match: Aiden English
Post Match: They return to the ring and Orton looks around and he twists to the mat for an RKO and he hits it.
Jinder Mahal appears on the stage with the Singhs and Jinder says the United States is the home of prejudice and the land of ignorance. You disrespect him for the way he talks and the color of his skin. Despite that, he is still your WWE Champion. If he could, he would take each and every one of you and put you in the Punjabi Prison. Watch what he does to Randy Orton at Battleground. He will destroy Randy's once great legacy. Jinder says he will talk in Punjabi but Randy interrupts.
You think you have the advantage at Battleground. Nothing will stop him from punishing your ass in the Punjabi Prison. He might as well RKO your ass back to India. Nobody likes you, but it is not how you speak, how you look or where you come from. They hate you because you are a jackass.
We are back and Tye Dillinger is walking in the back and Renee Breeze asks Tye about Breezango. He is asked about his strategy for the battle royal. Tye calls Tyler by his name but he says she is Tenee Young. He says he will have to be away from the ropes and have eyes in the back of his head. He wonders what would happen if Tyler and Fandango have to face each other.
Fandango says that he thinks Tye is onto them. Tyler says he didn't know it was them.
Renee Young is with Maria and Mike Kanellis. She asks about the Power of Love. Maria says their message is simple. Love, it is undeniable. It is ageless and it is timeless. Everyone wants love but not everyone gets it. Their love is the power of love. Mike asks Renee if his wife is the most perfect and most beautiful woman you have ever seen in your life.
Something falls off camera and we see Sami Zayn stretching. He says he wanted to apologize for what happened last week. Sami says he is a fan of their message of the power of love. Sami quotes the song Power of Love but his music starts to play and he has to go to the ring.
#1 CONTENDER BATTLE ROYAL FOR THE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Tye Dillinger, Erick Rowan, Jason Jordan, Sin Cara, Epico, Konnor, Viktor, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Mojo Rawley, and Zack Ryder
Everyone pairs off as the match starts. Ryder battles with Dillinger in the corner. Ziggler is sent to the apron but he returns to the ring and Zayn goes after Ziggler and sends him to the apron again. Viktor tries to eliminate Fandango but Fandango is back into the ring. Styles is sent to the apron but he returns to the ring. Rowan works over Cara while Jordan battles with Ryder. Harper and Konnor battle and Harper clotheslines Ziggler on the apron to eliminate him.
We are back and Fandango is eliminated by Rowan and Tenee is sent to the apron and he leaps into Fandango's arms so he is saved. Tenee is eliminated by Rowan. Rowan eliminates Sin Cara. Rawley hits Rowan from behind and kicks him. Konnor and Rawley punch each other while Kevin talks about Mojo's irrelevant football friend. Harper knocks Konnor off the apron to eliminate him and then Mojo eliminates Harper. Rowan stops the Mojo and Ryder moment. Rawley is sent to the apron and then he saves Ryder and eliminates Rowan. Rawley eliminates Ryder and Kevin is outraged.
Dillinger sends Rawley to the apron and then Styles with a forearm and Zayn with a Helluva kick to eliminate Rawley.
We are down to AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, and Tye Dillinger. Tye and Sami with punches. Dillinger kicks Styles and then Tye punches Sami in the corner. Dillinger kicks Styles. Tye hits the TyeBreaker on Zayn and then he hits it on Styles but neither is eliminated. Tye tries to eliminate both men at the same time but they both stay alive. Dillinger punches AJ on the apron and then he punches Zayn but they both hold on. Zayn with a back body drop to eliminate Dillinger.
Zayn punches Styles when he returns to the ring. Styles with punches and Zayn with an Exploder into the turnbuckles. Zayn waits for the Helluva Kick and Styles moves. Zayn goes over the top rope to the apron and Zayn with a shoulder and he tries to suplex Styles to the floor. Styles with a knee and a Pele Kick to eliminate Zayn and win.
The winner of the match: AJ Styles
Post Match: Kevin Owens attacks Styles in the ring and punches him. Styles with an enzuigiri while Owens taunts him. Styles tries for a Styles Clash but Owens escapes but AJ is standing over the title belt.
AJ holds the belt as Owens freaks out and we go to credits.