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By Mike Johnson on 2019-06-23 18:05:00

WWE United States Champion Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet

Joe went right after Ricochet’s arm and shoulder but Ricochet escaped and they faced off.  They circled each other.  Joe charged but was nailed with several chops.  He used his speed to keep Joe off balance and send him to the floor.  He went for a sliding kick but Joe moved out of the way and blasted him into the apron.

Back in the ring, Joe nailed a big Uranage for a two count.  Ricochet fired back with chops but was drilled down with a big lariat.   Joe covered him for a two count.  Joe stalked Ricochet and worked him over with chops in the corner.  Joe slammed him for another near fall.  Ricochet kept trying to fight back but Joe would take him down again and again.  Joe DRILLED him with a stiff right forearm.

Joe nailed a sit-down powerbomb for another near fall.  Joe grabbed him by the face, twisting it.  Ricochet fought his way out and used an enziguiri and a kick to the face to finally topple Joe and send him to the mat.   Ricochet nailed a forearm and a rana.  He nailed Joe in the mid-section and went to the top, nailing Joe.  Joe was sent to the floor, where Ricochet nailed a dive to the floor.

Ricochet nailed a big missile dropkick and a springboard moonsault for a two count.   The crowd is hot for Ricochet’s comeback.  Ricochet ascended to the top but Joe avoided a move.  Ricochet landed on his feet and charged but was snapped over with a powerslam for a two count.  

Joe stalked Ricochet and pulled him from the mat.  Ricochet fired away with forearms but Joe laid him out.  Ricochet went for a handspring elbow but caught with a big German suplex that sent Ricochet upside down for another two count.   Good match!

Joe went for a triangle but Ricochet escaped and went for a kick.  Joe caught him and slammed him down.  Joe went for the Coquina Clutch but Ricochet snapped his throat over the top rope.  A weathered Ricochet went to the top and went for a move but Joe rolled out of the way.  Ricochet landed on his feet.  Joe caught him for a clothesline but Ricochet landed on his feet and nailed Joe.  He went back to the top and hit the 630 for the pin.

Your winner and new WWE United States Champion Ricochet!

This was all about showcasing Joe as a monster so that when Ricochet scored the win, it was a meaningful one.  It was a nice moment.  Joe looked great here and Ricochet did a good job playing the underdog in peril fighting against the odds.  Another real good match.

Backstage, they showed a number of WWE stars, including Seth Rollins and Charlotte cheering and clapping for Ricochet when he returned to the gorilla position.  Triple H embraced Ricochet.  They played this up like a big time passing of the guard.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery

Tons of Daniel Bryan and Yes chants as they are in Washington State.

They noted Tucker has a lot of family in attendance.

Bryan and Otis started out.  Otis’ strength dominated Bryan early.  Otis pressed and slammed Bryan, then tagged in Tucker.  He grabbed a side headlock and ran down Bryan with a shoulderblock and a clothesline for a two count.

Rowan tagged in and took control with a big clothesline and a dropkick.  Bryan tagged in.  Otis made the hot tag and spun Bryan around before slamming him.  Bryan snapped him face-first into the buckles and nailed a series of dropkicks in the corner before Otis caught him coming in and slammed him down for another two count. 

Bryan scored a series of kicks but Otis absorbed them and came to life, taking them and rebounding stronger.  This was great.  He finally exploded and nailed Bryan before going for the caterpillar.  He nailed it and tagged out to Tucker.  They double teamed Bryan but Rowan dove onto Tucker before they could even get the referee to count to one.

Bryan began tagging Tucker with kicks to the legs.  Tucker fired back with punches.  Tucker nailed a back suplex and went for a moonsault, his legs crashing down on Bryan’s legs as Bryan rolled out of the way.  Rowan and Otis tagged in, so now we were going to have the power men face off.  They nailed each other with lariats but neither man truly budged.

Bryan made a blind tag right before Otis caught and slammed Rowan.  Heavy Machinery went for the Compactor on Rowan but Bryan flew in off the top with a knee to the face on Otis.  He went for a dive on Tucker but was nailed as he came through the ropes.  Tucker nailed Rowan on the floor.  Otis went to grab Bryan but was caught in his perfect small package (and perhaps had his tights hooked) as Bryan scored the pin.

Your winners and still WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan and Rowan!

Another good match.  They put this together to showcase Heavy Machinery’s strengths, no pun intended, and did a good job of that.  Even with a crowd that ravenously supported Daniel Bryan, they were able to put together a good story.  Everyone came out of this meaning more.

WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss (with Nikki Cross)

Bayley started strong but was sent hard into the buckles, at which point Bliss gained control and used a side headlock to maintain it.   Bayley fought back and, on the floor, went for a dropkick under the ropes but missed.  Bliss slammed her shoulder into the ring post and began focusing her attacks there.  Bliss brought her back into the ring.   Bayley avoided a head scissor and nailed a belly to back suplex for a two count.

Bliss nailed a sunset flip on Bliss, sending her snapping into the turnbuckles.  Bayley went for a dive on the floor but instead of Bliss, she nailed Nikki Cross, who had been checking on her.  The replay showed that Bliss shoved her in the way of Bayley.  Bliss sent Bayley into the ring steps.  Bayley was placed into the ring.  Bliss went to the top for Twisted Bliss.  Cross entered the ring but the referee made her leave the ring.

Bayley cut off Bliss and they battled in the ring.  Bayley nailed the Bayley to Belly and scored the pin.

Your winner and still WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bayley!

The match was OK.  The character and storyline stuff with Cross were at the forefront here and there’s obviously more to play out. 

Cross was consoling Bliss after, so the idea is that she doesn’t realize Bliss was using her.

They aired the latest WWE 24/7 Championship silliness with R-Truth and Drake Maverick.

Backstage, Ricochet was doing photos with his new title when AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson walked in.  Styles congratulated him, but said he would see him tomorrow on Raw.

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