Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, is here with your Smackdown Live Recap Edition.
This week's Smackdown Live took place in Nashville, Tennessee. Would we see Brock Lesnar invade Smackdown Live and avenge being attacked on RAW by Randy Orton? Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler had their first face to face before going one on one at Summer Slam for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bray Wyatt throws down a challenge with a special stipulation on Dolph Ziggler, for the main event. Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin and Kalisto battled in a Triple Threat Match to determine a #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Becky Lynch battled Eva Maria. American Alpha make their Smackdown Live debut and face The Vaudevillains in tag team action. Randy Orton battled Fandango. Nattie Neidhart battled Carmella.
*** Smackdown Live ***
- Backstage, Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are watching the ending of RAW with Orton RKO'ing Brock Lesnar. Shane asks Orton if he's happy with what he did, Shane expects Lesnar to retaliate, he'll take care of Orton later, but it was pretty awesome what Orton did. Shane has hired security to bodyguard Orton and to make sure Lesnar doesn't get in the building. Orton says he's not worried because he proved that one RKO can stop The Beast. The Miz and Maryse arrive, Miz compares himself to Matt Damon and doesn't appreciate Bryan's lack of excitement when Miz was drafted to Smackdown Live. Bryan says he was more than happy to acquire Miz. Bryan then announces a triple threat match between Baron Corbin, Kalisto and Apollo Crews, with the winner facing The Miz at Summer Slam for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Dean Ambrose Promo: Ambrose says he got here by busting his butt, he beat both of his Shield Brothers at WWE Battleground, he's not a one hit wonder, he's representing Smackdown Live and his legacy. Ambrose calls out Dolph Ziggler and out comes Ziggler. Ziggler says he's a fan of Ambrose and they have a lot in common. Ambrose says they're nothing alike and someone like Ziggler isn't taking his championship away. Ziggler says he's scratched and clawed his way through the WWE just like Ambrose has. Ambrose says all Ziggler ever did was complain about all the unfairness on him where Ambrose just busted through the roadblocks. Ambrose says Ziggler cares too much about his image and what people think and say about him. Ziggler says he's a kid from Cleveland that made a promise to himself that he would one day be a WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Ziggler says he's been disrespected, overlooked, was told he wasn’t good enough and promises to burn the house down in Brooklyn at Summer Slam. Ambrose says it's not happening because there is no conspiracy on why Ziggler's been held down, the fact is Ziggler just isn't good enough.
- Backstage, Dolph Ziggler tells Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan that he accepts Bray Wyatt's challenge. Ziggler says he's proving to the world that he's the worthy #1 contender.
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall, to become #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Winner: No Contest
- Backstage, Carmella says Eva Marie's injury is a scam. Nattie Neidhart interrupts and says she was talking to her Uncle Bret Hart and they agreed that Nattie is strong enough to lead the Smackdown Live women's division. Carmella says she doesn’t need family members to obtain success. Nattie reminds her she was the last person drafted and challenges Carmella to a match.
Winners: American Alpha, by pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton, by DQ.
- Backstage, Heath Slater tells Daniel Bryan that he's still the hottest free agent. Bryan tells Slater that if he wins his match next week he'll win a Smackdown Live contract. Rhyno interrupts and Gores Slater. Bryan tells Slater he'll be facing Rhyno next week.
- Backstage, Dean Ambrose says he's uneasy with Dolph Ziggler putting his #1 Contendership on the line against Bray Wyatt. Ambrose says he's been preparing for Ziggler not Wyatt.
Winner: No Contest
- Backstage, Daniel Bryan tells Dolph Ziggler that he believes in him. Shane McMahon reminds Ziggler that his #1 Contendership will be on the line. Ziggler says that Bryan and Shane don’t believe he can get the job done and says "screw you" to Bryan and Shane.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall, to retain his #1 Contendership to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.