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SmackDown Live Recap & Review – Episode 1042

WWE SmackDown Live
Episode 1042

Original Air Date: August 6, 2019
Event Date: August 6, 2019
(aired live)

City: Detroit, MI
Venue: Little Caesars Arena

Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton


Ring Area
Charlotte Flair, the Queen of All Eras, heads to the ring. Most people dream of greatness, but most people don’t have the genetics, talent, or discipline to achieve it. Most people quit and do something else, just like Trish Stratus.

As the industry was starting to change, Trish decided to trade everything in for a family and a minivan. Charlotte says Trish was never as good as Charlotte is. Charlotte will shatter Trish’s dreams for one more match. Charlotte shows footage of what is supposed to be a Charlotte Flair promo video, but what we see is hype for Trish Stratus. Charlotte is not pleased.

Trish Stratus heads to the ring. Trish says she played that video to remind Charlotte of why she’s been given the opportunities she has throughout her career. Trish says Charlotte is the embodiment of everything Trish fought for. So yeah, she has been dreaming of one more match to prove to herself that she can still do it. Charlotte might be the queen, but she’ll never be Trish Stratus. Charlotte responds by saying she will make Trish bow down at Summer Slam.

Trish slaps Charlotte. Charlotte pushes down her anger and just smiles. Charlotte laughs as she leaves the ring and walks away.

Rey Mysterio puts on his gloves as he walks.

Ring Area
Goldberg’s music plays, but it’s Dolph Ziggler who heads to the ring in a parody of Goldber’s entrance. After Ziggler makes it to the ring, Rey Mysterio comes out next. As Mysterio gets to ringside, Ziggler attacks him. Ziggler puts Mysterio down with a superkick.

In the ring, Ziggler says he’s going to end the legend of Goldberg at Summer Slam. Ziggler isn’t next, but Goldberg’s next match will be his last. As Ziggler finishes, Ali runs down to the ring and attacks Ziggler. Ali sends Ziggler out of the ring as the show goes to a commercial break.


Match 1
Dolph Ziggler vs Ali
(referee: Charles Robinson)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Dolph Ziggler wins via pinfall after a superkick
Time: 4:16

Match Thoughts
This was pretty good, but it was way too short. Half the match (and Ali’s promo setting the match up) happened during the commercial break, so all we really got to see was a couple minutes. The finish was no surprise considering Ziggler’s upcoming match this weekend at Summer Slam. I’d like to see this match again with more time and no need to protect someone for a PPV.


Clips of the two attacks on Roman Reigns over the past week.

Earlier today, Roman Reigns sat down with Kayla Braxton. Braxton asks Reigns how he’s been dealing with the recent attacks. Reigns says it has affected his life and his livlihood. Reigns publicly apologizes for considering Samoa Joe as a suspect. he also says that he’s going to begin his own investigation tonight.

A tribute to the legacy of Harley Race.


Match 2
Natalya vs Ember Moon
(referee: Jessika Carr)

Show/Hide Results

Result: the match ends in a Double Count Out when Natalya puts Moon in a sharpshooter on the floor
Time: 1:32

Match Thoughts
Ember Moon looked good for about a minute, but that’s about as long as this match lasted. This was about setting things up so Natalya could show how angry she is again.


Ring Area
Bayley runs down to ringside to get Natalya to release Ember Moon from the sharpshooter. Natalya lets go and walks away. Bayley helps Moon get to her feet as the show moves on.

Kevin Owens walks.

Ring Area
Kevin Owens is in the ring for the Kevin Owens Show. Owens immediately calls Shane McMahon to the ring, but Shane doesn’t appear. Owens asks for a second time, and Shane finally comes out and heads to the ring.

Owens addresses questions about why he didn’t ask for Shane to put his career on the line since Owens is putting his up in their match. Owens says he never asked because the McMahon’s can do and say whatever they want. However, in an appeal to giving the fans what they want, Owens asks Shane to agree to quit if he loses.

Shane ponders for a second, but he responds with an emphatic “no.” Shane reminds Owens that Owens voluntarily added the stipulation of quitting if he lost. Shane then talks about how many different ways he can beat Owens. No matter how he does it, the end result will be Kevin Owens quitting. Owens tells Shane that, by not accepting Owens’ suggestion, Shane just exposed the fact that he has no balls.

Shane says he has balls and brains, and he suggests a preview of the action everyone will see on Sunday. As the two men are about to brawl, Elias shows up and helps Shane. Owens fights of Elias, but Elias attacks again when Owens and Shane are at ringside. Owens hits Elias with a stunner on the announce table. Afterwards, Shane trips Owens and hits hit with a bunch of punches. Shane then dumps the announce table over onto Owens. With Owens trapped, Shane kicks a chair into Owens’ face.

Ring Area
Sami Zayn heads to the ring. Zayn says that he offered Aleister Black a match at Summer Slam in order to help Black, but Black responded with silence. Black stayed in his dark room where he is safe and comfortable. Black doesn’t want a fight with Zayn at Summer Slam, because Black knows Zayn will expose him by not living up to his hype. Aleister Black rises from the stage. Their match will happen right now.


Match 3
Sami Zayn vs Aleister Black
(referee: John Cone)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Aleister Black wins via pinfall after Black Mass
Time: 5:52

Match Thoughts
Good match. I kind of wish they had kept this as a Summer Slam match so they maybe could have gotten a little more time, but as it was, I enjoyed it.


Sarah Schreiber asks Shelton Benjamin if he sees himself ever competing for the 24/7 Title. Shelton thinks about it. And thinks. Then he says, “well,” smiles, and walks away.

Xavier Woods hands Big E bottles of water as Big E pours them all over his body.

Firefly Fun House
Huskus the Pig Boy makes a pig of himself on candy. Bray Wyatt walks up and says Finn Balor’s courage is just insecurity in disguise. After all, why would he invite The Fiend to his doorstep? We’ve all been hurt, and now it’s Balor’s time to hurt. The Fiend is coming, and he wants to be let in.

Elias tells Chad Gable to get away from his guitar. Gable apologizes, but Elias doesn’t care. Elias says he thought he was talking to an actual child. Elias then quote Randy Newman and says “short people got no reason to live.” Elias walks away, and Gable looks sad.

A look at the buildup for the WWE Title match between Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston.


Match 4
Big E & Xavier Woods (SD Tag Champs) vs Rowan & Daniel Bryan
(referee: anilo Anfibio)

Show/Hide Results

Result: New Day wins via DQ when Rowan hits Xavier Woods with the ring steps
Time: 9:06 (2 breaks)

Match Thoughts
Very good match. The finish was unfortunate in a way, but it did its job. Plus, the match as a whole was a lot of fun. It was mostly Bryan versus New Day with Rowan picking his spots here and there, and that worked really well for those of us watching. New Day has had a rough couple of days, but their matches are always entertaining.


Ring Area
Rowan and Daniel Bryan continue to attack New Day after the match.

Roman Reigns walks into the men’s locker room. He orders everyone out except for Buddy Murphy. Reigns tells Murphy that he saw him in the footage of the recent attacks. Murphy says he doesn’t know who attacked Reigns, but even if he did, he wouldn’t tell Reigns anything. Reigns attacks Murphy and throws him all around the locker room. With Murphy pinned against the wall, Murphy says that he saw Rowan do it.

Back in the ring, Rowan stands silently with his arms crossed. Daniel Bryan looks confused.


Show Impressions
This definitely felt like the final main show before a PPV. The show was mostly light on wrestling, and the only real story that was pushed forward was one that probably isn’t going to be a major part of Summer Slam. Still, the second two matches of the night were fun.

Match of the Night
New Day vs Daniel Bryan & Rowan
This was fun and had a ton of energy. It didn’t feel like it meant anything in the bigger picture, but it was a good match regardless.


Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/2019-08-06



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