WWE SmackDown Live
Original Air Date: August 13, 2019
Event Date: August 13, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
Kevin Owens heads to the ring. Owens says yesterday was the five-year anniversary of when he signed his WWE contract. In those five years he’s been in the ring with some of the best in the world, but Sunday was not one of those times. However, he will always remember this past SummerSlam because his family and friends were there to see him kick Shane’s ass. Now, Owens has his sites set on the King of the Ring tournament.
As Owens talks, Shane McMahon comes out to the stage. Shane says he’s going to prove how much of a lowlife Owens is, and he shows an image of Owens kicking Shane in the groin during their match. Shane asks if that makes Owens a man. Owens says he won’t be lectured on being a man by someone who was once in the Mean Street Posse. Owens says that in this situation, being a man just means shutting Shane’s stupid face. Shane says Owens isn’t a man, he’s a lowlife and a cheater.
Shane wants to beat Owens up, but he won’t. Owens will fight someone tonight though. Shane will let Owens know his opponent later, but for now, Shane would like to address Owens’ attack on Elias at SummerSlam. Shane explains that Elias was an official when Owens attacked him, so Owens will be fined $100,000.
Ember Moon and Charlotte walk (not together, they’re in a split screen).
Kevin Owens enters Shane McMahon’s office. Shane tells Owens that if he attacks him, then Shane will sue Owens and take every dime he has. Owens breaks a TV and leaves.
Ember Moon vs Charlotte Flair
(referee: Drake Wuertz)
Result: Charlotte Flair wins via submission with the Figure Eight
Good match. Both women were surprisingly aggressive. Moon looked strong early, but Charlotte started to wear Moon down as the match went on. I really liked the way this match developed and ended. This match was straightforward and had no shenanigans or story elements that got in the way of the solid action in the ring.
Daniel Bryan and Rowan walk.
A look at the attacks on Roman Reigns and the accusation of Rowan.
Daniel Bryan and Rowan come out to the stage. Bryan says he and Rowan had nothing to do with the attacks on Roman Reigns, despite the false accusation from Buddy Murphy. Bryan says Murphy is a liar. Bryan doesn’t blame Murphy though. Almost anyone would cave and say anything if they were being assaulted by Reigns. Murphy had to say a name, but he said the wrong name. Tonight, Bryan and Rowan will prove that they had nothing to do with the attacks.
Sarah Schreiber asks Shane McMahon if he’s decided who Owens will face. He has, but before he can reveal Owens’ opponent, Samoa Joe walks up. Joe wants to fight Owens, so Shane allows it.
Roman Reigns walks.
Aleister Black wonder who has a debt to pay. We must all pay a debt, and Black will pay his in his self-inflicted anguish. Black can helps others pay. All they have to do is knock.
Buddy Murphy vs Roman Reigns
(referee: Ryan Tran)
Result: Roman Reigns wins via pinfall after a spear
Time: 9:51 (1 break)
Very good match. Buddy Murphy looked great, and he helped push Reigns to be better than he usually is. Buddy had some good counters for Reigns (and more than a few knees). This was very fun, and I hope it means good things for Murphy going forward.
Kayla Braxton welcomes The Revival. Dash and Dawson say the 24/7 Title interruption of their match was an insult to the tag team division. Tonight, The Revival will show New Day why they have never beaten them.
Kevin Owens walks.
Xavier Woods is hurt that he’s not in the King of the Ring. Kalya Braxton walks up and asks for a response to what The Revival just said. Woods and Big E say they have never ruined the tag division. Moving on, Kofi Kingston says he might have overreacted at SummerSlam when he attacked Orton with a kendo stick, but he’d do it again since Orton was messing with his family.
Samoa Joe vs Kevin Owens
(referee: Danilo Anfibio)
Result: Samoa Joe wins via pinfall (due to a fast count from Eias)
The match was fine, but please don’t let Joe get mixed up with this whole Shane McMahon thing. Please!
Daniel Bryan and Rowan tell everyone except Buddy Murphy to leave the locker room. Bryan and Rowan sit real close to Murphy. Bryan tells Murphy to admit that he lied about seeing Rowan near the attack on Reigns. Bryan repeats himself multiple times, but Murphy says nothing. Rowan attacks Murphy as Bryan yells. Eventually, with Rowan pressing Murphy’s head against a wall, Murphy says he lied. Bryan hates liars, so Rowan throws Murphy across the room.
Roman Reigns looks for Daniel Bryan and Rowan.
A brief look at the history of King of the Ring.
New Day comes out for the main event tag match. They’re supposed to face The Revival, but Randy Orton comes out to the stage instead. Orton tells Kofi that he ran away from a fight in front of his wife and sons at SummerSlam. Orton says that’s because Kofi knows he can’t beat him. Orton is willing to offer Kofi another chance to beat him tonight though. He proposes a six man tag match for tonight’s main event.
Big E & Xavier Woods (SD Tag Champs) & Kofi Kingston (WWE Champ) vs Randy Orton & The Revival
(referee: Ryan Tran)
Result: Scott Dawson pins Xavier Woods after the Shatter Machine
Time: 8:25 (1 break)
Good match. Woods took a ton of punishment while Big E and Kofi both waited until late in the match before doing much. That led to a pretty exciting and fun finish.
After the match, The Revival attacks Woods and Big E, but Kofi enters the ring and saves his New Day brethren. After Kofi clears Dash and Dawson from the ring, Randy Orton hits Kofi with the RKO. Orton then turns his attention to Woods and gives him an RKO as well. Up next is Big E who takes an RKO with some help from The Revival. Then Orton hits Kofi with another RKO before the segment ends.
Roman Reigns confronts Daniel Bryan and Rowan. Daniel Bryan wants an apology. He demands one. Reigns says nothing. Bryan smirks as he tells Reigns that he and Rowan have been doing their own investigation and have found the culprit. That person will be revealed next week.
This was a good show. I am beyond tired of seeing Shane McMahon and anything involving his story on the show, but other than that, I liked what I saw tonight. The Reigns story isn’t bad, some of the matches tonight were good, and having Buddy Murphy finally get some decent screen time is very nice.
Match of the Night
Buddy Murphy vs Roman Reigns
I was happy to see Murphy get as much offense as he did tonight. He looked great and had a couple of convincing near falls in tonight’s match.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/2019-08-13