Published On: Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018

Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams: WWE Smackdown Live Results and Review July 3 2018

WWE Smackdown Live is coming from the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska tonight and features an Independence Day United States Championship Open Challenge with Jeff Hardy defending his title. We will also see more from the newly reunited Team Hell No.



Show Opener with Team Hell No In Ring Interview with Renee Young

BodyslamDaniel Bryan and Kane are back together and picking up where they left off, but the Uso’s aren’t the same guys they were when Team Hell No was last together. This was a great segment, especially for Paige. Her minor misspeak couldn’t be missed, but didn’t ruin it. She’s doing a fantastic job as General Manager.

Jeff Hardy Backstage

BodyslamJeff is doing great with these bits before his matches. They are creepy and intense, and set him up well. The red, white, and blue was done well, keeping with the theme of his usual appearance but carrying the theme of the day.

Asuka Backstage

BodyslamAsuka’s English is getting better and she’s doing more in her promos. And she’s convincingly intimidating.

Independence Day United States Championship Open Challenge

Jeff Hardy (c) vs. The Miz

Jeff Hardy Wins by Pinfall after a Swanton Bomb

BodyslamJeff Hardy and The Miz put on another great match to start the show. These two still have good chemistry and styles that mesh well. This could be a match we see a lot of because they do so well together. I wouldn’t mind.

James Ellsworth Backstage

BotchJames cuts a sexist promo for cheap heat. I had hoped they would be more creative with this angle.

The Inaugural Third of July Pancake Eating Contest with The New Day

Bodyslam The colored pancakes did not look appetizing. Sanity’s interference came as no surprise, but the ensuing melee was sufficiently satisfying.

Asuka vs. James Ellsworth with Smackdown Women’s Champion Carmella

Match Ends in Double Countout as James Ellsworth runs and Asuka chases. Carmella attacked Asuka, pushing her into the ringside barricade, and then Carmella dragged Ellsworth backstage.

BotchThis was too predictable. Ellsworth is still a coward, and Carmella getting involved was obvious from the beginning. There’s a storm moving in on this program, and the ship is taking on water. Hopefully they have something better coming up to save this.

Kane and Daniel Bryan Backstage

BodyslamI half expected them to go to counseling in the middle of this. This is clearly going to backfire on Bryan at some point, but he’s ready to forgive and forget for now.

Aiden English with Rusev vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles

AJ Styles forces Aiden English to tap out to the Calf Crusher. Rusev attacks AJ Styles and puts him in The Accolade after the match.

Bodyslam AJ did okay with his promo before the match, but Rusev absolutely nailed his. The match was pretty good for how long it was, and it would be interesting to see these two get more time together. Rusev was intense in the ring and entertaining on commentary.

The Iconics Backstage

BodyslamPeyton and Billie are great at their mean girl role, and their accents help make them seem profusely pretentious. It works perfectly.

Carmella and James Ellsworth Backstage

BodyslamPaige teasing Ellsworth is hilarious. Carmella is clearly disgusted with him. His rematch with Asuka will be a Lumberjack Match, so he will get beat up by all the ladies next week. There may be a chance at saving this.

Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce with Billie Kay

Becky Lynch wins by Submission forcing a tap out from Peyton Royce with the Disarmer.

BodyslamPeyton and Billie are not the best wrestlers on the roster, but they do well enough and their psychology carries them, especially Peyton. She got smoother as this match went on, and when she gets aggressive it works really well for her presence in the ring.

Shinsuke Nakamura Backstage

BodyslamShinsuke is just as weird as Jeff, so this feud seems natural, and could be better than his feud with AJ if they give it a real chance.

The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) vs. Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan)
If The Usos Win they are in the Tag Team Championship Match at Extreme Rules

Kane pins Jey Uso after a Chokeslam.

BodyslamIncredible match, great story, and just a lot of fun to watch. The crowd loved it and we were glued to the screen at home. The finish shows Kane is still an unstoppable monster, and it’s pretty obvious that Bryan is going to face him at some point. But Team Hell No should be fun while it lasts.

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- Greg Bowen is a writer, musician, DJ, political activist, and wrestling mark who still has Macho Madness to this day.

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